Unforgiveable

I’m pissed.

And, there are a lot of other people pissed as well. I know them well, I served with the US Army Special Forces.

These are people who don’t accept excuses, and it’s time for Dayton to stop making them. That means you, and everyone you know.

It’s time to stop letting punks run the streets, it’s time to stop making excuses for bad behavior, it’s time to stop blaming the courts, the prosecutor, the system, the drugs, the thugs and the media.

We’ve all lost something and someone valuable today.

From the Dayton Daily News:

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) North E. Woodall was found bloodied and unconscious by a neighbor about 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at 1028 Walton Ave. after an apparent home invasion, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The front door to the home was kicked in, and Woodall was found on the floor near the door, Lt. Brian Johns said….

Woodall served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam before retiring as an E-9 sergeant major, U.S. Army Special Forces , also known as a Green Beret.

The recipient of two Silver Stars

via Veteran of 3 wars, 85, dies in home invasion.

Silver Stars don’t come to those who sit by and do nothing. Sgt. Maj. Woodall didn’t serve us in three wars to let some punks do him in and go unpunished.

Someone in Dayton knows who did this and needs to step up and turn them in. All of us need to take responsibility for this senseless death.

All of us need to demand justice, and a return to civilized behavior.

Bars on the windows and doors are not the answer. Standing up and calling out the losers in our community- and either getting them in treatment, or in prison is the answer.

I hope you join me in making this mans death a wake-up call.

We can’t let this happen in our community anymore.

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14 Responses

  1. Nathan Driver July 29, 2009 / 9:31 pm
    agree 100% yet unfortunately it will be looked at as just another homicide in Dayton

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  2. Jeff July 30, 2009 / 5:06 am
    I think the “kids in the dumpster” thing was the disturbing one for me. 

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  3. Shannon July 30, 2009 / 8:47 am
    To U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) North E. Woodall
    De Oppresso Liber – Rest In Peace & God Bless.
    “NCO Creed
    No one is more professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of soldiers. As a Noncommissioned Officer, I realize that I am a member of a time honored corps, which is known as “The Backbone of the Army”. I am proud of the Corps of Noncommissioned Officers and will at all times conduct myself so as to bring credit upon the Corps, the Military Service and my country regardless of the situation in which I find myself. I will not use my grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety.
    Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind — accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers. I will strive to remain technically and tactically proficient. I am aware of my role as a Noncommissioned Officer. I will fulfill my responsibilities inherent in that role. All soldiers are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership. I know my soldiers and I will always place their needs above my own. I will communicate consistently with my soldiers and never leave them uninformed. I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment.
    Officers of my unit will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine. I will earn their respect and confidence as well as that of my soldiers. I will be loyal to those with whom I serve; seniors, peers, and subordinates alike. I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders. I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage. I will not forget, nor will I allow my comrades to forget that we are professionals, Noncommissioned Officers, leaders!”
    Had the perpetrator(s) asked anything of SGM Woodall in a different situation, he would have given it.  We own our freedoms to this great man and soldiers like him.  I pray for those who took his life and I pray for this nation that has produced people that would commit such senseless acts.  

    From another (Ret.) SFC – U.S. Army

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  4. Dad July 30, 2009 / 10:37 am
    Shannon,
    This old warhorse (also once SFC E-7 in Special Forces) thanks you for that statement.  Well said!

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  5. Melissa July 30, 2009 / 10:58 am
    Harm befalls the brave (Sgt. Major Woodall) and the defenseless (Ashonti and Tommie Johnson). Three lives, seemingly a drop in the bucket and an excuse for the media to pounce on the sensational. Another reason for us to shake our heads in sadness and anger. As a community, how do we react to affect the positive, or is it “just another day in DYT?”

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  6. J.R.Erwin.CEO July 30, 2009 / 11:39 am
    Should bring in an A-Team….to ~clean the city…..

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  7. David Esrati July 30, 2009 / 12:44 pm

    I think we need to have leaders- at all levels, that expect more. From block captains to County Commissioners. We have to expect, ask and demand better behavior, better social skills and treat people with respect who are willing to set the standards.
    From the pulpits to the dais, from the blog to the mass media- it’s time to set the record straight: walk the line, or pay for your actions.
    ’cause right now, this is costing us all.

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