Monday, April 7, 2003

Local soldier fighting for souls, too

Spc. Joseph Kairn II is with the 1001st Quartermaster Company in Chillicothe, Ohio. He previously served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., from 1979 until 1983 as a chaplain's assistant. He signed up for the reserves in 2000. The Hillsboro, Ohio, man and his wife, Gwen, have six children:,Carol Lynn, Lisa, Joseph III, Andrea, Daniel and Patrick; and two grandchildren.

Kairn called from the Mideast Friday. "We talked for two minutes," his wife said. "He sounded real good."

They had a chance to talk quickly about the children and his dad. Kairn told his family he waited in line to use the phone for more than an hour. "I didn't even get a chance to say I love you'' before the line disconnected, Gwen Kairn said.

The Enquirer wants to share the stories of the hundreds of Tristate men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces and their families. If you are willing to share your story, contact reporter Howard Wilkinson. E-mail: Telephone: (513) 768-8388 Mail: Howard Wilkinson, 312 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Earlier, she wrote:

"Joe and all of our troops and allies have all of our support, and prayers. Our hearts are with them. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the POWs and all the troops that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

"Joe has a Bible study group going in his tent with a few of the troops. We are members of the Bible Baptist Church in Hillsboro, Ohio. All of the American and British troops and the president are in our prayers. Joe has our oldest daughter on his prayer list. Joe is in the Army of the United States of America fighting for our freedom, and he's in the army of the Lord fighting for souls. I am very proud of him."

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