Remembering a hero

By: Paige Tebow Email
By: Paige Tebow Email

WILSON, Okla. – A Carter County family is mourning the loss of one of their own. A Wilson soldier has become the latest casualty of Operation Iraqi Freedom, killed when an IED exploded near his humvee.

Now his family is remembering him for the strength and courage he's been known for since birth.

Army Specialist Clinton Coy Blodgett was just 19 years old when he lost his life fighting for our freedom.

His father said at first he wanted to mourn his son's loss alone, but now he's speaking out so his soldier and so many others can receive the tribute they deserve.

3,450 men and women have paid the ultimate price defending our country in Iraq. When one of those casualties becomes a hometown face, that number brings on newer meaning.

"(Coy) wasn't scared of anything, warrior by time got here, till he left," said Coy’s father, Don Blodgett.

When Coy Blodgett enlisted in the infantry at age 17, he knew life wasn't always a given, but he did it anyway.

"When signed up knew had chance of dying but did it anyway, what's there not to be proud of," said Coy’s brother, D.J.

Coy had been in Iraq for more than a year as a member of the 18th infantry based in Germany, but in march he was able to come home to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation.

The family spent the short time they had doing what coy loved most: fishing, riding four wheelers, and shooting rifles.

It's that picture of him with a smile on his face they'll remember most.

"We all have a job, his was more important. Man at 19, my kids’ hero."

While times like these would force even the strongest Americans to turn their back on the war, the Blodgetts are doing the opposite.

They say honor to country and faith in God will see them through the unthinkable.

The Blodgett’s are a true military family. Coy's dad served in the Oklahoma National Guard during the Persian Gulf War.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

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  • by Katrina Location: Van Alstyne, Texas on Jun 25, 2007 at 10:14 PM
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He lived as a hero and died as a hero. May God Bless each and everyone of you. Thank you for your son who served to protect us.
  • by F.Schaaf Location: Wilson on Jun 3, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God welcome home a American hero and friend. Semper Fi....fjs
  • by Glendale Location: Kingston, Oklahoma on May 31, 2007 at 04:27 PM
    I am deeply sadden to hear of another local soldier lost. So many,So young, that will never know what it's like to be a Father much less a Grand Father. I thank you for your service to your country. I was also in a very unpopular war back in the 60s, felt it was my duty as a American to serve my country, until I found out how much the government had and was lying to us all, our lives were of no meaning to them, just big money and politics,but meant everything to our loved ones and friends back home. Go with God Semper Fi GI
  • by Anonomous Location: Oklahoma on May 31, 2007 at 06:29 AM
    It is with our deepest and utmost respect that we honor the life of this fallen Hero. Our condolences to the family and friends of Army Specialist Coy Blodgett. He will always be remembered for giving all, unconditionally, for the rest of us.
  • by A. Emerson Location: Ardmore, OK on May 30, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    You son is a true hero! Thank you for your sacrifice. I pray that God will your hurt. We will never forget what he has done and will forever be greatful! God Bless you!
  • by ML Newell Location: Portsmouth VA on May 30, 2007 at 03:25 PM
    Thank you for your sacrifice. My condolences to the Blodgett family
  • by J. Dan Location: McKinney,Texas on May 30, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of specialist Coy Blodgett.Thanks for the service to YOUR country.Rest in Peace.
  • by hometown family Location: wilson oklahoma on May 30, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    you are in our thoughts and prayers, Coy will never be forgotten, Our Hometown Hero will forever live in our hearts for what he did for our freedom and our country.
  • by Ginger Location: Sherman on May 30, 2007 at 11:26 AM
    Thank you so much!! May God be with you during this time!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Oklahoma on May 30, 2007 at 09:52 AM
    Thank you to Army Specialist Coy Blodgett and his family for the sacrifices made on behalf of our country.
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