Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Andrew R Weiss

Lafayette, Indiana

May 3, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
28 Army Spc

1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

My Dear Husband

Tonight...there are few things I know for sure. I know that I am surrounded by those who love me. I know that at some point all of this will hit me. I know that the reality that is floating in my head has yet to reach my heart and I know that is the blessing of time God has granted me to finish my tasks at hand. I know that there was a man who knew me inside out and not only accepted those things but embraced and love them and me.

I know in everyway he was brilliant, funny, loyal, refreshing, logical, spontaneous, serious, deep, laid back, loving, concerned, blunt and most definitely dear. I know and have known that in my husband I had my best friend, the father of my children, and my kindred spirit. What a spirit he was in life. What an impact to my life he was and to those he surrounded himself with. I realized tonight that while he was cheated out of at least 70 years my husband of almost 7 years had married young, became a father of two children, a honorable man, a provider of love and security, a life long friend and a man who in the end of it all never broke the most precious promise he ever made me. He loved me. He honored me. He cherished me until the day he died. BUT...as cheated as all of us who know him feel and I know we do feel cheated out of seeing all the things my Andy would have become...I look at our almost 4 year old who is half of him and our 1 year old son who is half of him and I realized that my Dear and Constant Love is still indeed whole when I do the math. My comfort and my strength comes to me in knowing he gave me three great gifts: Lilly, Jack, and his life continued in two forms he and I created together. My Andy will have a life complete and while it isn't what we had in mind when we began this journey almost 11 years ago. It will have to be this way. 

Andy was a soldier and for that the public will celebrate the hero he is. But...for those of us who knew him we know he was so much more than that....

Judith- 
You don't know me but I knew Kate. Your son is a hero to us all. God bless you and your family during this very difficult time. 

God Bless, 
The Rudolphs 
Mike, Tonya & our 3 boys - Keegan, Kodi & Kade

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