He's been injured, badly, in Iraq. The Tribune Review has a story.
A soldier from Penn Township was injured in a convoy accident in Iraq July 14.
Jeff Cole, 20, of Level Green, was taken Wednesday to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., after sustaining a broken leg and internal injuries.
I'm not sure what Jeff's story is. My clearest memories of him involve swinging around in the back yard, and his inability to keep his favorite fast food restaurant straight with a popular children's song. (He often told me about eating at "Old McDonald's.") As I say, I've known him for years, since he was 4, but there is a substantial age difference between us. My impression from my mother was that he had no sense of direction at the end of high school and so joined the Army reserves with the plan that it would pay for college.
I'd be happy just to see him come through this alive, but I've already told my boss I may be headed to a funeral in Pennsylvania in the next couple weeks.
I was disappointed by the coverage The Tribune-Review gave this story. It looks like the reporter just called the house and wrote up a news brief based on what his older sister knew. That's really shoddy reporting. No indication they even called Defense to find out if the accident was related to combat, or how exactly the one vehicle rolled over onto another.
His parents understandably are in a bad state right now. Don Cole has been showing every day of his age since February, when Jeff's unit was called up. When they got the call from the military brass that Jeff had been injured, they flew out to Germany to meet him there, and then flew back with him to Walter Reed on the military transport.
They've been there ever since.
But if the cause be not good, the King himself hath a heavy reckoning to make when all those legs and arms and heads, chopp'd off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all, 'We died at such a place.'