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We continue to grow our contributions to our charities year after year! This year, the participants and sponsors together raised $3,853.53 to be presented to the 1st LT Rob Seidel Foundation Fund! Yea!!
First Lieutenant Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund
Through the glass front door, Sandy Seidel could see the uniformed Army officer who had come to deliver the news, and she thought for a fleeting moment that maybe, if she didn’t answer, the man would go away. “But I knew what it was,” she said, as the memory of that moment brings back tears. For the mother of a son serving in Iraq, “it’s your nightmare.”
1st Lieutenant Robert A. Seidel III, 23, (Class of 2004) of Emmitsburg, MD, died on 18 May 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq when the Humvee he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device. He was a rifle platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, N.Y.
By all accounts, Lt. Seidel was an outstanding soldier and person. He was well liked and respected by those who knew him — friends and their parents, coaches, teachers. He was an athlete, scholar and young patriot. He graduated from Catoctin High School in 2000 and from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point four years later.
“My words can’t describe him,” said Catoctin High School football coach Doug Williams. Robert Seidel III, class of 2000, had it all. “He could do anything in the future. If he was still alive, Lord knows what he would have been able to do,” Mr. Williams said.
“Ever since he was growing up,” said his grandfather, Robert A. Seidel Sr. of Emmitsburg, “he wanted to be in the Army.” The lieutenant and his family were frequent visitors to Gettysburg, about a dozen miles from where they lived during his boyhood. “We went there often,” the father said. “And I think he recognized the price paid in casualties during that three-day battle.” He loved his family and believed in God, and he loved his country,” his father said. And he, too, “was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice in behalf of his country.”
Lt. Seidel earned Ranger, Air Assault and Airborne badges and planned to go into the Special Forces and make a career of the Army. He was deployed to Iraq in August, 2005. His grandfather, a former mayor of Emmitsburg who saw combat during the Korean War, said he often advised his grandson to choose a military branch other than the infantry, but to no avail. “He was doing what he wanted to do,” his grandfather said.
The Lynwood Clark 4th Annual Trap Shoot of Philanthropic Lodge #168 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of New Market, Maryland supports the local 1LT Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund. The 1st Lieutenant Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund was established in 2007 by Robert and Sandra Seidel, to honor their son by presenting grants to organizations that provide direct services to military veterans of the War on Terrorism. The 1LT Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations who support wounded soldiers with medical treatment, housing assistance, psychological counseling, physical and occupational therapies, companionship, mentoring and employment training.
For instance, since 2008, grants totaling over $110,000 from the 1LT Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund have supported Yellow Ribbon Fund. The Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) continues to provide practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and after they return to their hometowns. Since YRF’s beginning, more than 80 cents of every dollar spent has gone directly to programs and services, thanks in part to their small staff and a volunteer force that has grown to more than 1,300.
All contributions to the 1LT Rob Seidel Wounded Soldiers Fund are tax deductible, reference Tax I-D 52-1001048
Content provided by FREDERICK NEWS-POST MAY 20TH – 23RD, 2006; BALTIMORE SUN May 20, 2006.
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