Dear Ms. Carr:
First of all, please accept my sincere sympathies on the loss of your brave daughter, SPC Wanda Carr. I realize words do not exist to describe the pain you are going through but words also do not exist to describe the pride she has bought to her family, her country, and her fellow comrades. Even though Wanda left us about two weeks ago when her High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle was hit by an IED device, it feels as if she has never stopped watching over her unit. She inspires us every day to go out and do the work she sacrificed her life for.
I first came to know Wanda about ten months ago when I joined Brigade S1. It was soon apparent to me that Wanda was too good to be true. She was one of the most selfless individuals yet she never took credit for anything. She saw her work as a debt to the country that had been so good to her and she wanted to protect the freedom for future generations to come, no matter where they may be from. Iraq will be a free country because of the sacrifices of selfless individuals like Wanda who truly understood the meaning of liberty.
Wanda was a professional in every sense of the word. She would often be the first one to volunteer for dangerous missions and took on additional responsibilities that were not part of the formal job. She would specifically mentor rookies and provide both moral and psychological support to them which is how I realized Wanda was a born leader. She would always put herself in harm’s way yet she would always be worrying about the welfare of others. The selfless behavior displayer by her exemplified the spirit of a true soldier and her actions continue to guide us. Wanda would often say that she has two families and her actions never betrayed her words. My comrades still wonder if they will ever have a leader like Wanda in the brigade because people didn’t follow her due to her rank but because they wanted to. It’s no wonder we always looked forward to going to missions with Wanda because she would always keep us in high spirits. We do our best to stay strong in her absence but she has left too big a gap to fill in.
Just as Wanda considered everyone a family, we urge you to consider us a family and never hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do for you. You have us the best gift in the world in the form of Wanda and we will always be in debt to you. We always keep Wanda and you in our prayer and hope God gives you the courage to bear this irreplaceable loss. Please do take comfort in the thought that she is at a better place than all of us and keeps a close watch over us.
With Deepest Sympathy,