"I have consolation in knowing my son died a hero. And also we have a volunteer Army. No one came and forced my son, no one came and forced Casey. They volunteered for the mission. They were trained soldiers. They knew they weren't going to Boy Scout camp. They knew. They had all written their wills. We said the I love you's and be safe, don't be a hero, and come home."
That’s gold star mother Diane Ibbotson, of Albion, IL, talking to a Chi Trib editorial writer. Her son died while trying to save Casey Sheehan, who had died trying to save others in the Baghdad Sadr City battle. She has another way of grieving, helping her husband work their farm, volunteering at a church and nursing home. Watching the History Channel account of D-Day, she and her husband “take comfort in the idea that one day the battle that claimed the lives of their son, Sheehan's son, and other sons will be remembered.”