Rodney L McCandless
April 7, 2007
Killed in Zaganiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived here okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
We Miss you Rodney, and Love you so much.....................Aunt Mary,Marcus & Michael
|So long my cousin. You were the best of the best. I just wish I could be like you. IM doing my best
though. until we meet again on the other side.
Your Cousin Josh
|Sharla Parker, the aunt of Rodney McCandless, said her nephew tried to be a role model for younger kids."He didn't do drugs and he didn't drink, he didn't smoke. Because if one of those kids saw him do it, and those kids were looking up to him, then he felt that he would be responsible for them doing that," Parker said.|
Texas News 04/26/07:
Fallen soldier to be laid to rest Tuesday in Livingston
Remembering a special Soldier
|April 18, 2007
to my son my right hand man yes he is truly missed but not lost for i know where he is I'm not sadded. i do not grieve for my son was a hero and with that I'm proud and i must say very deeply honored that he did so well so that brightens my heart to know even that he cant be here in body he is still with me heart and soul. woww what a wonderful way to still have him by my side. love you son your dad
lynn mccandless (leggett, TX)
|April 22, 2007
I wish I could have gotten to know my future step son before going on to his next life with God. From what I understand about him he was a kind and loving young man and he was the one person that will always make you laugh and smile. He is now in a better place and no longer hurting.
Phaedra Ledger-McCandless (Leggett, TX)
Army Pfc. Rodney L. McCandless was killed by a roadside bomb April 7 in Zaganiyah. He was assigned to Fort Bragg."He was courageous. He was brave. He wasn't scared of anything. He wouldn't back down from a fight. He loved what he did. He did it for his country and he didn't mind ."His message would be, 'rock on!' He wanted everybody to just keep going pretty much. He wanted us all to keep going forward," said his uncle.Joe Mc/Candless
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