It was with great sadness that I learned of the recent combat related death of Marine Cpl. Mike Lasky of Soldotna. I first met Mike in March of 2002 while I was teaching a hunter education class for the Young Marines organization in Soldotna. Mike was only 18 years old at the time, but he greatly impressed me with his high level of maturity and self-assuredness.
It was abundantly clear that his younger counterparts in the Young Marines organization looked up to Mike and had a lot of respect for him as a leader. Here was a young man who would reach out to shake your hand and look you in the eye when he spoke with you. I had little doubt as to his future career path.
I know how proud Mike was to be a Marine and to serve his country. He introduced me to his wife and baby girl last spring and then quietly told me he was going back to Iraq. When I asked why, he replied, “Because it’s what I’m good at.”
Simply stated and without a hint of false pride.
Young Mike Lasky was the consummate American patriot and the personification of what is still good and right in this country. Mike and other young men and women just like him volunteer to step into harm’s way every day so that we here at home might sleep a little safer and easier at night.
“Hero” is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days by different causes and may sometimes be used a little too casually. But Marine Corporal Mike Lasky will always be a real hero in my book. He and his family paid the ultimate price for our safety and freedom here at home.
From an old former soldier to a young Marine, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Mike, for your service and sacrifice. God bless you Corporal Lasky, and may he grant you peaceful rest.
Larry L. Lewis
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