Matt takes a break during his second tour of Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division.
SGT Matthew Bradley Vanderboegh, currently serving in the 1st Armored Division.
DOB 19 January 1979.
He darned near died that night. It was the busiest night they had ever experienced in the Ohio State University Hospital delivery rooms -- EVER -- up to that point. Not enough nursing staff, certainly not enough obstetricians. Fetal monitor readings went south. 45 minutes later and still no Doc. Long story which culminated in my threatening to begin tearing the f-ing place apart unless they provided a doctor in five minutes. They called security on me, but the doc got there first -- in exactly two and a half minutes. "Oh shit!" quoth the Doc when he looked at the monitor. Oh, shit, indeed. We went to the head of the class.
Didn't get fired for it (remember, I WORKED there). Don't know why. Got me a son and despite having ingested merconium (baby excrement passed in the womb)and an acute case of jaundice, the kid came out okay.
More than okay, really. He remains to this day the first of three best things I ever did in my life. The other two being my daughters Hannah and Zoe. I'm proud as hell of all of them.
He's somewhere on his way to Iraq for his third tour now. But happy birthday to you anyway, Matt.
I love you, buddy.