Thursday, April 17, 2003

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Tristate reacts to war

Michael Gill

Scott Gill

Chief Warrant Office 2 Michael P. Gill, 31, and Capt. Scott R. Gill, 28, are in the Army. Michael earned his GED in 1990. He and his wife, Heather, and four children live at Fort Hood, Texas. Scott is a 1993 graduate of Mount Healthy High School and a 1998 graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife, Phyllis, and son live at Fort Sill, Okla.

They are the sons of Walter and Marcia Iker of Mount Healthy and the late Patrick Gill.

Their mother writes:

I wanted to let you know that I only have two sons and they are both in the U.S. Army. My oldest son is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and the youngest son is a captain. My oldest, Michael, has been in Kuwait. My youngest, Scott, left the states March 20 for the same area as his brother.

God has blessed me with two wonderful sons that love their country and stand for their country. They have always been close as brothers. Very close friends, too.

I know that Scott joined the Army because his brother joined. They have always wanted to be in the military ever since they found out that they had a second cousin that was a brigadier general. My father and brothers were Marines; my uncles were Navy, Air Force and Army. So being in the military in my family was something to be very proud of.

Some people ask me how I feel and the only way that I know how to answer the question is to say "I am so proud of my sons that I feel as if I am 12 feet tall.

"But I am a mother; so I do have two empty holes in my heart until they get home safe to their wives, children and us."

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