Michael's Dispatches

Great Americans: David Leimbach Comes Home


America has lost David in body, but his spirit and the spirit of the other 119 soldiers resonates deeply with me. These are the kind of soldiers I'm thinking of when people ask me how morale is, and I say, I can't explain it, but despite the extreme pressures of multiple deployments, our combat soldiers' morale remains high. David and his comrades had done their duty. They knew the risks. And they still volunteered to return to combat. These are the kind of men and women I most like to be around and write about. I did not know David personally, but reading about him, I feel as if I know him well. The South Carolina National Guard must be some unit to have soldiers like David Leimbach, and 119 others who keep on keeping on.

David will be laid to rest in South Carolina on Monday. Please click here for more information. www.EngleFoundation.org

My condolences to the family of this Great American, and to his fellow soldiers in the South Carolina National Guard. David was lost facing down those who would do us harm. His courage and loyalty are an inspiration to us all.

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    Dawn Leimbach · 13 years ago
    First of all, I want to say how much this site is appreciated. I had heard about it, but had never gotten around to checking it out. It's nice to find a source for truth about the change our troops are making.

    I was hoping I could somehow get the comments that were with the first post concerning my husband, David. If I'm just overlooking them on the site somehow, if you could just point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
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    Arlene · 13 years ago
    In case you hadn't contacted Dawn, I leave this note for her.

    Dear Lady, my sincere condolences on your great loss of one of our bravest. If you go to the top of this page and look to the left you see a "search" button. Just put your beloved husband's name in the box and all the articles referring to him will come and you can look at each of them.

    God provide you and your family with the strength you need.
    Arlene in CA
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    Brad Barron · 13 years ago
    Michael, Once again I am impressed by your writing. I currently am serving as a new Lieutenant in Spc. Leimbach's company in SC. I wasn't able to deploy with the company this time as I was still finishing college, but I will take the time to second your opinion of the SC Guard. I have been thoroughly impressed with the men I have gotten to train with over the past few years. I learned of Spc. Leimbach's loss just a couple of days ago from another of our NCOs. I am honored that you chose to mention the service of the SC Guard and Spc. Leimbach's sacrifice in particular. Keep up the good work.
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    Gismo Fly · 13 years ago
    Dear Mike,

    Condolences on the loss of Spc Michael Leimbach. As you've described him he's a real hero. Your loss is our loss and my thoughts and sentiments are with his family.

    You will know too that the British lost three young heroes, yesterday, to an IED in Afghanistan. I would never forgive those who would cut and run after these sacrifices. We must see this dreadful business through to the end.

    "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

    Stay safe on your new assignment.

    Best regards,

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