Eric W Slebodnik

Eric W Slebodnik

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U.S. Army
AR RAMADI, IRAQ 09/28/2005

Like the gentle tinkling of his dogtags hanging together with his fallen comrades’ tags forever together on a Fort Indiantown Gap Memorial in Annville, PA., Eric’s memory quietly whispers to those who visit this sacred site.

Eric W. Slebodnik, 21, was a soldier, an honor student, a friend but most of all, Eric was a Christian.

Sergeant Slebodnik, of Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania, died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, New Milford, Pennsylvania. He died on September 28, 2005.

An intelligent soldier, Eric was well liked and respected by all who served with him. He was very popular with the guys, especially for keeping their spirits up. He truly was a great person and a genuine gentleman.

In 2006 the township of Greenfield honored their fallen son by renaming their sport complex the Sergeant Eric W. Slebodnik Sports Complex. But unlike these memorials, Eric’s poem speaks of his heart and dedication to the country he so dearly loved:

I Will Fight For You

In the mountains high, The deserts hot

Or the alleys narrow, I will fight for you

When you sleep in your bed, When you watch the TV

When you laugh quietly in church, I will fire my weapon

I will sweat and bleed, I will pray for home

I will fight for you

Though many oppose me, Saying “Support our troops”

But denying my mission, Freedom is still not free

I will fight for you

When you work in the office, When you watch the birds

Cut the grass and spot the planes

I will fight for you

When you work your crafts, When you take your pictures

Cook their meals and read before bed

I will fight for you

When you go to your school, Later you play your guitar

Write your stories and listen to tunes

I will fight for you

For your liberty and your lives, For your homes and your friends

For the Constitution, For our faith

I will fight for you

– Eric W. Slebodnik

Eric’s portrait is also located on Poster 4


2 Responses to “Eric W Slebodnik”
  1. Ken Moden says:

    To Eric & His Family,

    I saw your poem for the first time, taped to a resturaunt wall in Northeast Pennsylvania. Deeply moved by its content, I wanted to thank you for your loving and selfless service to your country and to your fellow man.

    As a fellow Veteran and your Brother In Christ. I am also a musician and composer who would like to put your incredible poem to music. I look to the day when we can meet face to face. Until then, your legacy lives on in the hearts of true patriots everywhere who belive that service to God and Country is the only thing that will preserve the abundance and freedom in our Nation.

    Your poem honors every human in our Nation, and the soil on which they stand in Freedom. Thank you for your loving service. I look forward to the day when our Lord returns and we can meet face to face.

    Until then, your legacy lives on.
    Thank you, my brother.

    Ken Moden

  2. Julie A Manwarren says:

    This is in response to Ken Moden, who posted above.

    Ken, I don’t know if you were able to make contact with the family, but in response to your request, Eric’s words were already put to music. It was performed by a close friend of the Slebodnik family at Eric’s funeral. Credit: Don Kelly
    It has been recorded and played several times since then. You can hear the song online at

    the daughter of Sgt John T. Jeffery, friend and fellow soldier of Sgt Slebodnik
    Julie Manwarren

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