Sgt. Dennis P. Weichel 1982-2012
This morning I attended the funeral of Sgt. Dennis P. Weichel.
The Rhode Island National Guardsman lost his life on March 22 beneath the sandy wheels of an armored personnel carrier as the father of three sacrificed himself to save an Afghan child from the path of the 16-ton machine.
These are the deeds of a hero.
When we tell this story we need to get it right and as Scotty likes to remind me, “If we get the small stuff wrong (accidently putting street instead of avenue for instance,) then we loose our credibility on the big stuff”
Either way this is not small stuff so I am disappointed and confused as to why the Army’s press release (and many news sites) had Weichel saving a little girl yet Projo, RIPR, WBUR, Boston Herald, NYTimes all have Weichel rescuing a boy named Zaiullah.
Finally, a word of advice to certain photographers at Swan Point Cemetery this A.M.: Unlike giving ones life so that a child may live, wearing slacks and a tie instead of jeans to a military funeral is not “above and beyond the call of duty”… its just a small way to show respect to the memory of a man who earned it.