Nothing About This

Isn’t horrible:

In Oregon, Tucker’s family grieved in private. They said in a statement they were devastated by the news but heartened by the community support.

“Tom has gained a much larger family through this ordeal than he had when he left home to go help to free the Iraqi people and protect his country from the threat of terrorism,” the family said.

Menchaca grew up in a close-knit but extended Mexican-American family in Houston. His uncle and cousins remembered a sweet, quiet young man who was proud to be in the military and later wanted to join the U.S. Border Patrol.

“He talked about how happy he was that he was serving his country,” said Sylvia Grice, 37, Menchaca’s cousin.

Relatives said he married 18-year-old Christina Menchaca of Big Spring a few weeks before being deployed to Iraq.

Leave your home behind, lad,

And reach your friends your hand,

And go, and luck go with you

While Ludlow tower shall stand.
Oh, come you home of Sunday

When Ludlow streets are still

And Ludlow bells are calling

To farm and lane and mill,
Or come you home of Monday

When Ludlow market hums

And Ludlow chimes are playing

“The conquering hero comes,”
Come you home a hero,

Or come not home at all,

The lads you leave will mind you

Till Ludlow tower shall fall.
And you will list the bugle

That blows in lands of morn,

And make the foes of England

Be sorry you were born.
And you till trump of doomsday

On lands of morn may lie,

And make the hearts of comrades

Be heavy where you die.
Leave your home behind you,

Your friends by field and town:

Oh, town and field will mind you

Till Ludlow tower is down.

— The Recruit, AE Housman