A close friend of one seven Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers killed in a single attack against a Stryker a year ago in Afghanistan recounted the assault for a report today on Northwest public radio stations. It was the deadliest attack against a Stryker in the war.
Sgt. Nick Saucier of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division witnessed the attack, and he told the Northwest News Network’s Austin Jenkins that his first thought was hoping his friend Sgt. Dale Griffin was all right.
As Jenkins reports:
“But Dale Griffin was dead. Saucier describes how he said goodbye to his friend.
“Nick Saucier: ‘Kneeled next to him and put my hand on his head. Just gave him a kiss on the forehead and told him I was sorry.'”
The account connects the attack to Griffin’s family in Indiana, and Saucier’s take on how the unit responded to the bombing with greater vigilance.
“What’s happened in my life is that as I leave my bed each morning and go to my knees, I’m asking my Heavenly Father if there is anything I can do today to make a difference as my son was committed to do,” Griffin’s father, Gene, told Jenkins.