Christina A. Sharik


Army Spc Bradley S. Beard
Army Spc Bradley S. Beard, 22, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea; killed Oct. 14 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy in Ramadi, Iraq. Also killed were Staff Sgt Omer T. Hawkins II and Pfc Mark A. Barbret
I checked my e-mail one morning
and found one that stopped my heart ~
a note about a soldier
who died before his life could start…

His uncle thanked me for my poems;
It was an honor he paid to me,
when his family is dealing with sorrow,
I read, but could not see.

I did not know you, Bradley;
I hope you’ll dance in starlight.
My heart goes out to your loved ones,
and I will pray for them tonight.


My nephew was killed October 14th. His name is Bradley Beard. He was 22 years old in September. I am his uncle.

Thank you for your website and your poetry. I will share it with my family.

May your son remain safe and out of harm’s way.

Best regards,
Dave Flack
Sunnyvale, CA