Just Stay

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Blog

 I came across this and thought it was a really nice story, true or not.

Just Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited. Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. “Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered. “No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.” Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?” I knew right away there had been a mistake but I also knew he needed his son, and his  son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.

“ I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him.  What was this gentleman’s name? The nurse with tears in her eyes, answered, “William Grey………”

The next time someone needs you … just be there.  Stay.

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WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A  TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.

WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

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YOU HAVE TO LIVE HARD TO BE HARD By Dan Laguna

Dan Laguna is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, a 160th pilot who later went to work for Blackwater USA in Iraq as a contractor. This book recounts, with vivid detail, his personal experiences in these positions. Mr. Laguna speaks of events that occurred during the performance of these jobs with respect to his peers and leaders. The Laguna family’s spiritual perspective is interwoven with the  tactical stories of this man’s careers. Some readers may be surprised at the open and frank manner in chich Mr. Laguna shares intimate and personal details of his faith, family and friendships, and the manner in which he copes with the losses encountered in his work. Anyone who has had the opportunity to meet him with recognize that this book is an extension of his sense of duty, honor and his personal ethos. This book is recommended to all. youhavetolivehardtobehard.com Published by Laguna Publishing //264 pages//hardcover//$25

By Gloria Shytles

On September 10, 2011 honor our fallen heroes by attending the 10 Annual 9/11 Healing Field Flag Memorial in Sandy, Utah.  Motorcycle riders can register and get more information at any of the Harley Davidson dealerships in Salt Lake. There is a $25 registration fee. The event starts at 9 am.

Ride Itinerary:

9:00 am         Meet at South Valley Harley Davidson for registration and staging.

10:15 am        Ride to the 9/11 Healing Field Memorial Flag Display at Sandy City, UT

11:00 am        Fly-overs and Dedication of 9/11 Commemorative Bronze Monument

12:00 noon   Procession departs for Ogden Amphitheater

3:00 pm        Memorial service featuring bagpipes, a flyover and speakers and unveiling of bronze monument.

Dan Laguna will be part of the ride and will be at the Healing Field Memorial Flag Display to sell and sign his book “You Have To Live Hard To Be Hard”.

Fallen Warrior

Posted: August 16, 2011 in Blog, Dan Laguna, Events, Special Operations

Another sad day for the Special Ops Community. Two men were killed serving their country. One is from Layton, UT. His body is being flown in today. I and my son-in-law, Aaron Quinlan served in the same Special Operations Unit and will be riding with the Patriot Guard Riders to greet this fallen soldier at the Salt Lake International Airport and escorting him to his hometown in Layton, UT. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. I want to thank him and his family for his service to our great country. He will be greatly missed.  NSDQ (Night Stalkers Don’t Quit) SGDM (Six Guns Don’t Miss).

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As the 4th of July approaches I am reminded of how great our country is. This country was founded on freedom and our brave soldiers sacrifice everyday for us to remain free. They do the hard things that most of us do not want to do and we would not be free if it weren’t for our soldiers.

I want to personally thank each and everyone who has served in the armed forces protecting our freedoms.  I also want to thank the families who also sacrifice for our freedom.  I personally know the toll the military life style has on the family and the soldier individually. I want to also thank my family, my wife, my children, and my mother and father for supporting me in my career as a Special Operations Soldier. Thank you and God Bless America.

My book You Have To Live Hard To Be Hard One Mans Life in Special Operations tells my life story and what it was like for myself and my family during my 30 years of military service, most of which was spent in special operations. I was a Special Forces Green Beret during my first 10 years of the Army and a Special Operations helicopter pilot for the TF 160th SOAR most of my remaining years in the Army. The book documents my near fatal helicopter accident in 1994 in which my good friend, Carlos Guerrero was sadly killed, and my lengthy recovery and return to duty a year later. It also tells about the events of January 23rd, 2007 in which my brother and 4 other men were killed on the same mission that I and my crew survived.

The book can be purchased at    http://www.youhavetolivehardtobehard.com/

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Dad and Art …. I miss you both so much. Life is not the same but I know deep down that we will be together again. Family is FOREVER! Dad, I know Memorial Day was your favorite holiday and in 2004 it was also the day you decided to go back to heaven. Tell Art I miss him and that I am sorry for how things ended for him. I would do anything to change it if I could. I know you both are in good company with the many heroes from our country through the ages. The rest of us here are doing our best to carry on and to make you both proud. You and Art are always in our prayers.

As for my other brave brothers who died in combat, thanks for your service and sacrifice to keep us all free. I pray our country will remain free and that your sacrifice was not in vain. God Bless America.

Art on Aloha Friday in Baghdad

Dad with some of his grandchildren in 1986.

January 23, 2007 brothers in Arms who gave all

Dan was invited to speak at the Native American Chamber of Commerce held at the Zions Bank Building in Salt Lake City, UT. We met the most amazing people who have similar desires to pay it forward. When you are so blessed you just want to share and help others to enjoy the same blessings.

YOU HAVE TO LIVE HARD TO BE HARD One Man’s Life In Special Operations by Dan Laguna

There really are very few books that you “can’t put down” and this is one of those books.

As a pilot and having been involved in the pilot training business for years, we would always hear stories about the “TF160 group.”  It was a mysterious group of the best trained, best disciplined and most hardened professional pilots that exist.  They operated where no man would dare and they performed operations that all knew were amazing even without knowing the facts… because they can’t be told.  Dan Laguna opens up, to the extent that he can, what it was like to be part of this elite group. More importantly he opens the door to the type of men these pilots are in their personal lives. They are family men, patriots and men of God.

My personal thanks to Dan for opening the curtain behind his incredible personal life.

Mark A. Kendell

Chairman & CEO

Kendell & Associates, LLC

International Venture Banking

You Have To Live Hard To Be Hard One Man’s Life In Special Operations by Dan Laguna

Dan Laguna has delivered one of the finest memorials to those who gave it all for the freedoms so many of us take for granted. His ability to tell the story of these high flying, super patriotic, uncommonly brave group of American heroes will keep the reader riveted page after page. He brings glory, decency, honor and esprit de corps to a world desperately in need of righteous examples of serving ones country while in the employ of a company named Blackwater. They do it with a magnificent flair and a zest for doing what is right in an upside down world. The book tells a different story than most have seen in the main stream media about Blackwater and illustrates in great detail why I’d like to be there to carry their water. Mr. Laguna has given light to those he has portrayed as they really are; living large, living big, living hard.

Gerald R. Molen

A former Marine

Academy Award winning Producer (Shindler’s List)

Co Chairman Whitelight Media Group