Remembering An American Hero

A Jacksonville soldier who gave his life for our country was remembered Wednesday.

NC National Guard Specialist Robert Bittiker, 39 years-old, was laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Bittiker was one of four members of the guard killed last week in Baghdad. All four were based out of eastern Carolina.

Patriot Guard riders with flags in hand stood outside the funeral home in Jacksonville as dozens turned up to pay their last respects to the American hero. After the service, a motorcycle processional took place, finishing at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

Bittiker leaves behind a wife and two children.

A memorial service for Sergeant Carlos Baldeosignh of Havelock will take place Friday night in Morehead City.

The funeral of Sergeant Roger Adams also of Jacksonville , will take place Sunday at Jacksonville High School.


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  • by C on Jul 15, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    To Big T: Don't let anonymous bother you. He or she is just another whiny pacifist, living in that same "Give peace a chance/ Woodstock" dreamworld from the '60s. I should also mention that Anonymous is also unworthy to shine a soldier's shoes. There was a time that such people would be arrested for treason and thrown into prison, but sadly, the good old days are gone. Anyhow, please know that all REAL Americans are thankful for your son and his comrades. May God bless them all, and I hope he comes home safe. Take Care.
  • by Big T Location: ENC on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Please do pass Pass on every chance you get to make such comments.All I ask is you show some compassion for the families involved. You are entitled to your opinion just dont share it
  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    Right. Once again, an attempt to "win the hearts and minds of the people". Sounds vaguely familiar to another war. "Hate the war, love the soldier!!!!" sounds like Faux News Channel driven propoganda. Sorry. I'll pass.
  • by Wendy Location: GVegas on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:53 AM
    Big T: Well said! I totally agree with you. Hate the war, love the soldier!!!Unfortunately, the media does not report the good stories that are going on over there...they just are not considered newsworthy, which I will never understand! One of my good friends was injuried and the only survivor in a suicide blast a month ago in Afghanistan. He told me that the few nuts they have over there, make all of them look bad. His mission was to help Afghans build things like roads/schools, etc. We are doing good over there! He said the Afghans they were working with want us there and want our help! Hero, when it comes to our US Military, is NEVER overused.
  • by Big T Location: ENC on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    Mr Anom, my son is in Iraq with the same Brigade.You dont have to like it but you can keep your opinion to yourself.People like you will be the first one screaming when Mr. I hate Americans attacks again.Anybody who puts on the uniform and serves his country is a hero. My heart goes out to the families who lost there loved ones.They have lost what cant be replaced.You do not have to support the war,but we all should support the troops and the families.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    "Hero" is the most overused term in the current American lexicon. What is "heroic" about dying in a so-called "war" that a majority of the country dosen't support or, quite frankly, doesn't care about? Nothing. It's called "foolishness".
  • by Larry Location: Jacksonville on Jul 8, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    Mr. T, that little perverted freak that was planted yesterday also had a family that loved him and he was never convicted of the crime you associate him with. May God forgive all of us for passing Judgment.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 8, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    Now these guys were heroes. Much more so than that little perverted freak that was planted yesterday.
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