Military Dad Killed in Action Before Making It Home for Surprise Homecoming

american flag at half mastSo often we hear about surprise military homecomings that were pulled off without a hitch. But one that was planned and never came to fruition is just as deserving of our attention. Thirty-year-old Army Sgt. William R. Moody from Burleson, Texas, was planning to surprise his family when he returned in September from Afghanistan where he was part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He and the Burleson Fire Department had been in communication since early June, making plans for Sgt. Moody to ride a fire truck and have two police cars escort the truck to his kids' elementary school ...

But tragically, that day will never come. The husband and father of three was killed on June 18 alongside three of his fellow soldiers when Taliban forces fired two rockets in the Bagram Air Force Base where they were stationed. Devastating doesn't even begin to describe it.

Fire Chief Gary Wisdom told the local press of his reaction to the heart-wrenching news:

[Sgt. Moody] struck me as a man who was very devoted to his family as well as this country. ... I have been in the fire service for more than 32 years and not a whole lot stops me in my tracks. This did. We as firefighters have a very honorable profession, but it does not compare to the service and sacrifice of soldiers such as Sgt. Moody. Our hearts go out to his family. They are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone here at the Burleson Fire Department.

Wisdom hit the nail on the head. This terrible turn of events is a reminder that as many as we see and as much as we hope they're in the cards, a surprise, happy homecoming with loved ones is no guarantee for our servicemen and women. Even when they're on the brink of coming home to reunite with loved ones, their lives are at risk. And that only reinforces just how tremendous their sacrifices and service truly are.

With hope, Sgt. Moody's loved ones and the families of the other fallen soldiers will get the support they need during this incredibly difficult and sad time.


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LostS... LostSoul88

How heartbreaking... we need to bring out all of our men and women out of there. We do not belong there. Why the hell should our soilders continue to die for a country that hate Americans and want us the hell out of there?

fleur... fleurdelys3110

This is heartbreaking. It is definitely time to pull our forces out. Let those animals kill each other off. They don't need/want our help

Candy Olivares

My heart is broken for the family.

Doris Hansen

It is truly a devastating heartbreak!! May God Bless & be with his family and help them through this tragedy in their lives. Thank you for the great sacrifice he and his family gave for us all. You are in my prayers and my heart. He is very much a Hero but I wish he could be home instead. God be with the other soldiers' families at this time of sorrow. They are all Heroes!

Nicole Lee Sudia

Oh my.......This is incredibly sad and heartbreaking!  My heart goes out to he and his family!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for serving our country!

Paula Piddington Hurst

Thank you so much for ur service... So sorry for the loss of ur husband,father,uncle. I am a mother to a service man an it kills me im so devastated ...God bless ur family.

Kelly Smith

To all my Facebook buddy's. Place read this,SGT. WILLIAM R MOODY was killed before he was able to make his surprise vist home.
All of us can give SGT. Moody and family this surprise.All you have to do Is hit like and share.

Mommy... Mommy2BeAmy

Welcome to reality. How many children await their fathers to come home from work in afghan but never get to see them again. Report that too since CM is worldwide. It's sad but there's no freedom being threatened yet were over there. Hm...

Stephanie Hamilton Smith

So sorry to hear this terrible news. Prayers for all the families involved. Salute to the fallen soldiers and many thanks for the freedoms you so dearly gave your lives to protect!

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