Bouhammer Note- Being a National Guard 1SG myself, this story hits close to home. Not only do I feel for 1SG Blairâ€™s family, I also really feel for his men.
Rest in Peace Top. Rest in Peaceâ€¦..
The gunnerâ€™s weapon was blazing over Staff Sgt. Timothy Bellingerâ€™s head. He jumped from window to window of his armored vehicle, trying to make out the battle that 1st Sgt. John Blair was fighting in the gunnerâ€™s position above him.
Bellinger felt the strike of a rocket-propelled grenade as it tore through the turret. He heard Blairâ€™s gun cease firing. He saw the body of a man who always pushed his guys to do it right, slump lifelessly in the belt.