Scottie was roommates with Husband while we were dating. He was supposed to be a groomsman at our wedding in the spring of 2008, but ended up suddenly deployed to Iraq just weeks before Husband and I got married. The story of how Scottie ended up on this first deployment is a great example of what kind of guy he was. They were looking for someone to go over for some reason I can’t remember now, and it came down to Scottie and one other Soldier. I remember Scottie telling me that he volunteered to go because the other guy had a wife and kids and it seemed like the right thing to do. Who decides to put themselves in a war zone because “it seemed like the right thing to do”? Scottie did, because that was what he was like. What was significant about this selfless act was that his original unit was scheduled to deploy near the end of 2008. This meant that Scottie deployed months before his unit and then stayed in Iraq as his temporary unit went home and his original unit arrived. In other words, Scottie did back-to-back tours in Iraq. It was during this period that he was wounded during a rocket attack and received his first Purple Heart. Afghanistan was his third deployment. This Soldier shed blood for his country in two war zones. I don't know how much more you can ask from a man.
Scottie’s Facebook wall is covered with posts dedicated to him, and the posts keep coming. I'm not surprised to see those posts. Scottie had many friends. With his quick smile and kindness, you couldn’t help but like him. When I first met Scottie, I liked him immediately. How could I not? He was just that type of guy. He was a genuine all-around nice guy. He was a man of great faith. His love of God and his Saviour was apparent in everything he did. Husband says that the one word that best describes Scottie is “good”. He was a good Soldier. He was a good roommate. He was a good friend. He was a good example of humility, love, and kindness. He had a good heart. He was a good man. He was good.
Scottie’s Kiowa helicopter was shot down on the anniversary of D-Day. He now joins the thousands of others who have paid the ultimate price for freedom and country. We have a lost a good man; a really, really good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pace family at this time. May we always remember that freedom isn’t free. Its cost is the lives of the men and women who bravely and willingly put themselves in harms way in order to make the world a better place. While we mourn Scottie’s passing here on Earth, Heaven rejoices at his arrival. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Scottie. You will be missed by everyone who knew you and your great kindness. See you on the other side, my friend. Rest in peace.
Husband and Scottie in July of 2007.
Scottie in front of a Kiowa Helicopter in Afghanistan
At the time Scottie was shot down he was flying with another pilot, First Lieutenant Mathew Fazzari, who was also killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as well.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13