Chappaqua Memorial Day 2007: Staff Sgt Kyu Hyuk Chay

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  1. Posted May 29, 2007 at 23:27 | Permalink | Reply

    Some of your best writing Dave.

  2. Posted May 29, 2007 at 23:35 | Permalink | Reply

    (sigh. Don’t hit return like that Chris, there’s no preview in this silly thing!)

    (continuation of previous comment…)

    It’s a deeply moving piece, told in simple language that draws the reader in to want to read more about Staff Sgt Chay. It’s also refreshing to see the politicians set aside and ignored for a bit to focus on something more important. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the major news outlets would do that more often! And all the while giving a bit more character to your hometown for those of us that have never (physically) been there other than through your writing.

  3. cathy chay
    Posted May 31, 2007 at 07:45 | Permalink | Reply

    I am touched by your words. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be at the memorial but I felt the need to be in Washington DC and Arlington with my other widow friends and families. Please help me keep my husband’s memory alive.

  4. Jonathan Q.
    Posted June 6, 2007 at 01:28 | Permalink | Reply

    I just saw the national geographic special on SSG Chay’s SF unit on tv and had this strong urge to look him up in the internet. I’m glad I did. I want to thank him along with the interpreter who died that day. Just like SSG Chay, I’m also a naturalized American citizen (born in the Philippines) who served in the US Army, partly to thank this country for what it has given me and my family. Thank you SSG Chay, God Bless you and your family.

  5. A grateful American
    Posted June 6, 2007 at 12:55 | Permalink | Reply

    I too saw the special on National Geographic and was extremely touched. We should keep his memory and his effort for this country alive. God bless.

  6. Posted June 27, 2007 at 01:10 | Permalink | Reply

    Dear David,

    I loved your posts on Kyu Hyuk Chay. I too have put up a post on Kyu on my blog, from a different perspective. Please check it out when you have time. Thanks.

  7. Posted June 27, 2007 at 09:45 | Permalink | Reply

    Edward’s thoughtful blog post can be found at

  8. Another grateful American
    Posted August 28, 2007 at 20:15 | Permalink | Reply

    To the Chay family:
    I am writing after seeing the Natl Geographic special. My family is forever indebted for the sacrifice made by SSG Chay and the others who have given their lives in the fight for freedom. He is gone but never forgotten. God bless you and your family SSG Chay.

  9. Blake
    Posted September 2, 2007 at 16:14 | Permalink | Reply

    I just saw the moving story of this brave young man’s death on the National Geographic special and am moved to pause to say thank you for your sacrifice. No man can make a greater sacrifice than to give his life for his brothers. May you be rememebred forever.

  10. Hahn
    Posted February 26, 2008 at 20:19 | Permalink | Reply

    I just saw the show on Kyu, He sure was a great guy and someone that you could always go to. I still remeber when the email was sent out to the old unit. What a great man, paratrooper, and my deepest codolences to you and the children.

    Posted March 17, 2009 at 12:22 | Permalink | Reply

    I went to SUNY ALBANY and was in a fraternity with KYU and was touched by the dedication that Brother Kyu showed to our country after the attacks of 9/11. I have been trying to get in touch with the memorial fund that was set up in his honor and have hit a roadblock (I sent a letter to the address that I had -350 WEST 42ND STREET APT # 18-B,NY,NY 10036-and it was returned)
    If you have any access to any information that could get me in touch with the family I would really apprciate it.
    Thank you
    Eytan Calderon

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