Combat Engineers in Afghanistan
May 16, 2012 1:54:00 PM UTC Post #1

My name is PFC Ryan Cook, I'm a 19 year old Combat Engineer for the Army. My job is Route Clearance which is the leading caused of death in Afghanistan, no if ands or buts about that. I grew up on Lynyrd Skynyrd, I remember being in my dads truck as a kid and free bird being on the radio "102.5 the bone" and them cutting it short. He yelled at the top of his lungs, "THAT'S LIKE CUTTING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM SHORT!!". Ive been to two Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts, and they were two of the greatest memories i ever made growing up. When i was 15 years old it was at cypress gardens in winter haven, Florida. It was me, my buddy Patrick, my brother Tyler and his friend Devin. My dad got us the tickets for my birthday present and let us do our own thing, we went around and bummed some cigs from people there and just enjoyed being young. There was a stand selling merchandise and me and my neighbor went in on a Lynyrd Skynyrd rebel flag, ill never forget the sound of everyone there screaming free bird as all four of us grabbed a corner of the flag and ran through the concert like bats out of hell we were part of "the bird". We ended getting quite the crowd and a few followers with us and we bolted for the front row which had been blocked off the entire concert, how the hell were they gonna deny us the right to be in the front. Me and my buddy Patrick still believe Ricky Medlocke was pointing his guitar at us while he played that solo.

I still listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd every day while im here in Afghanistan, there aren't to many people in my age group who know Lynyrd Skynyrd. I mean they know the popular ones like sweet home Alabama and and gimme three steps but the songs like four walls of raiford, all i can do is write about it, preachers daughter, Georgia peaches and every mothers son were never played for them.

I just figured I'd tell my story as young Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, Keep on Rockin.


May 17, 2012 11:04:51 PM UTC Post #1

Thank you for serving our country, Soldier! My great-grandpap was a Rebel in the 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. He made it home safe and sound after being in a Confederate field hospital for 71 days (I'm sure that was fun :-(. Keep yer head down and keep rockin' with Skynyrd!

May 23, 2012 3:16:40 PM UTC Post #2

Ryan..first of all I would like to THANK YOU for serving our country so boldly and bravely. You posted a great story and some wonderful experiences and that is what really separates a Skynyrd fan from the rest of the pack.
We are honored to have you among us here and invite you back every time you can get online. My own son just returned from Iraq in November, so I have an idea of what you and your commrades are enduring over there.
Be careful and return to us safe.

What you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others can live on forever.

May 23, 2012 9:10:09 PM UTC Post #3

=goarmy0521 said:My name is PFC Ryan Cook, I'm a 19 year old Combat Engineer for the Army. My job is Route Clearance which is the leading caused of death in Afghanistan, no if ands or buts about that. I grew up on Lynyrd Skynyrd, I remember being in my dads truck as a kid and free bird being on the radio "102.5 the bone" and them cutting it short. He yelled at the top of his lungs, "THAT'S LIKE CUTTING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM SHORT!!". Ive been to two Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts, and they were two of the greatest memories i ever made growing up. When i was 15 years old it was at cypress gardens in winter haven, Florida. It was me, my buddy Patrick, my brother Tyler and his friend Devin. My dad got us the tickets for my birthday present and let us do our own thing, we went around and bummed some cigs from people there and just enjoyed being young. There was a stand selling merchandise and me and my neighbor went in on a Lynyrd Skynyrd rebel flag, ill never forget the sound of everyone there screaming free bird as all four of us grabbed a corner of the flag and ran through the concert like bats out of hell we were part of "the bird". We ended getting quite the crowd and a few followers with us and we bolted for the front row which had been blocked off the entire concert, how the hell were they gonna deny us the right to be in the front. Me and my buddy Patrick still believe Ricky Medlocke was pointing his guitar at us while he played that solo.

I still listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd every day while im here in Afghanistan, there aren't to many people in my age group who know Lynyrd Skynyrd. I mean they know the popular ones like sweet home Alabama and and gimme three steps but the songs like four walls of raiford, all i can do is write about it, preachers daughter, Georgia peaches and every mothers son were never played for them.

I agree with babydk......Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice for us..........Wat a great story, thats wat tha Nation is all about..........I hope ya turned your frynds onto some of tha other great music .............Welcome to tha Skynyrd Nation..................................................rusty

I just figured I'd tell my story as young Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, Keep on Rockin.

LONG LIVE SKYNYRD NATION!!!














May 27, 2012 10:45:38 PM UTC Post #4

Along with the rest of Skynyrd Nation walk with your head high your a hero where I come from. Great story I would suggest the box set to turn your friends onto Lynyrd Skynyrd. Its hard to pick a favorite but Nuthin Fancy holds a special place in my heart. My story is Mom and Dad named me Leonard the first time I went to renew my drivers license I spelled Leonard, LYNYRD lady couldnt find me in the system told her I change the spelling she chewed my ass said you cant just change the spelling so I never did probably wont now out respect for mom and dad. That was over 30yrs ago moms gone now and dads got dementia. When you get home if we can hook up I'll buy you the biggest steak dinner we can find. Your friend in southern rock Leonard.

May 28, 2012 1:23:31 AM UTC Post #5

=Leonard_50 said:Along with the rest of Skynyrd Nation walk with your head high your a hero where I come from. Great story I would suggest the box set to turn your friends onto Lynyrd Skynyrd. Its hard to pick a favorite but Nuthin Fancy holds a special place in my heart. My story is Mom and Dad named me Leonard the first time I went to renew my drivers license I spelled Leonard, LYNYRD lady couldnt find me in the system told her I change the spelling she chewed my ass said you cant just change the spelling so I never did probably wont now out respect for mom and dad. That was over 30yrs ago moms gone now and dads got dementia. When you get home if we can hook up I'll buy you the biggest steak dinner we can find. Your friend in southern rock Leonard.

LOL...great story, and if you get to buy this young soldier a steak, we'll kick in for the champagne!

What you do for yourself dies with you, but what you do for others can live on forever.

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