Muleshoe Turns Out to Honor Fallen Hero - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/13/03

Muleshoe Turns Out to Honor Fallen Hero

A fallen Marine was remembered Sunday. Private First Class Chad Bales, who spent time growing up in Muleshoe, died in Iraq about two weeks ago in a convoy accident.

On Sunday, the town of Muleshoe honored the 20 year-old in a service at the Muleshoe High School football stadium that was both solemn and spirited -- a 21 gun salute for one of America's finest and a message to his family from our Commander in Chief.

"Our nation will not forget Chad's sacrifice in our efforts to make the world more peaceful and more free. May God bless you. Sincerely, George W. Bush," the letter from the President reads.

Close to 1,000 people crowded into Muleshoe's Benny Douglas Stadium. A touching tribute to the life of Chad Bales and the family and friends he leaves behind.

"I think what you saw here in Muleshoe (Sunday) was support for family and our country," says First Baptist Pastor Stacy Conner.

Chad's was a life cut way too short last week in a convoy accident during Operation Iraqi Freedom. But a few of his friends say although it was a short life, it was full of zest and passion.

Last week, Chad's father, Kem Bales of Muleshoe, talked to NewsChannel 11 about his son and the overwhelming support of the community. A young man who died a brave warrior in the Iraqi desert preserving each and everyone of our rights -- including NewsChannel 11's right to share Chad's story with you.

"I think there's only one man who made a bigger sacrifice, and that's Jesus Christ," says U.S. Marine Captain Kraig Smith.

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