The Last Full Measure of Devotion. Captain Paul Pena.

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    It has already been posted and I am sure many of you know the story. I was part of the procession today and we laid Him to rest at Ft. Sam today. Know his name.

    27-year-old Capt. Paul Pena of San Marcos.Pena died Tuesday in the Arghandab River Valley of wounds suffered in the bombing.

    Pena was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. and was a West Point graduate.

    This is a pic that I snapped of Captain Pena's caisson as it passes to pick up the casket.

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    I did not take this pic, from the Memorial

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    The Last Full Measure of Devotion

    In the long and honored history of America,
    There are names that shine like beacons in the night.

    The Patriots whose vision gave us meaning
    and kept the lamp of freedom burning bright.

    In the long and honored history of America,
    there are those who paid the last and final price.
    Who were brought upon by chance, by desperate
    circumstance, to make the ultimate sacrafice.

    A grateful nation bows its head in sorrow, and in
    thanks for guaranteeing our tomorrow.

    The last full measure of devotion, that's what
    they gave to the cause.

    The last full measure of devotion and though they
    can not hear our applause,

    We honor them forever,
    and keep alive their stories,
    pay tribute to their lives,
    and give them all the glory.

    The last full measure of devotion,
    beyond the call of duty were their deeds.

    The last full measure of devotion,
    they gave their lives to serve for greater needs.

    And for those that did survive,
    and came back home alive.

    We honor them with commerades who
    were slain.

    In highly resolved, most highly resolved,
    that these dead shall not have died,

    In highly resolved, most highly resolved,
    these dead shall not have died in vain.