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In case you hadn't heard...

By Mike Royer

It would be a challenge for the network and cable news outlets to fit this in amidst all the coverage of celebrity deaths this past week, but I though you would want to know that Sgt. Ricky D. Jones of Plantersville, Ala. died last Sunday.

Sgt. Ricky D. Jones
Department of Defense

Sgt. Ricky D. Jones was called Mojoe by his friends and fellow athletes at Dallas County High School where he was a running back on the football team and graduated in 2001.

Sgt. Jones was a member of the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade out of Fort Polk, La. He was serving in Bagram, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense official press release said Sgt. Jones and another soldier died when they were hit by indirect fire. I don’t really know what “indirect fire” means. If you’re hit by it, it seems pretty direct to me.

Sgt. Ricky D. Jones was killed by indirect fire on Father’s Day. We’ll never know what his final thoughts were, but on Father’s Day, in a combat situation, I would think his wife and four children had to be near the top of his thought process.

The Birmingham News had a picture of six fellow soldiers carrying Sgt. Jones’ casket toward a waiting hearse that would take him back to Plantersville. I read an article written by Buster Wolfe in the Selma Times-Journal about Saturday’s funeral at Dallas County High School. Buster Wolfe reported that the Army presented the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge to Sgt. Jones’ wife, Fredda. Six-hundred people attended the funeral. Rev. J.R. Curry, who baptized Ricky Jones as a young man, spoke at the funeral. Rev. Curry called Ricky Jones a Christian and a hero and said he was “sleeping in the Lord.” Sgt. Jones was buried at Elyton Missionary Baptist Church in Plantersville.

The Dallas County Commission will vote next week to make June 27th forever known as “Ricky DeWayne MoJoe Jones Day” in Dallas County. I hope the vote will be unanimous.

The wars we fight are complicated. We may not understand why we fight where we fight. But, this can never change. We must always honor those who serve our country anywhere in the world. These men and women follow orders, go where danger is and do what the rest of us cannot or would not do. This is what heroes do.

The death of Sgt. Ricky D. Jones might not get a lot of notice, especially this past week, but I thought you’d want to know.

I’ll see you tonight at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00pm.

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