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My name is Sam Schroeder. I am doing a ride up the West Coast of the United States from the border of Mexico to Canada, in honor of, and to raise support for, the families of two of my very good friends, Chris Mosko & Sean Carson. More ...

My name is Sam Schroeder. I am doing a ride up the West Coast of the United States from the border of Mexico to Canada, in honor of, and to raise support for, the families of two of my very good friends, Chris Mosko & Sean Carson. 

While I was deployed as a Special Forces Green Beret in Afghanistan in 2012, I formed a very close relationship with three other servicemen: Sean Carson, Chris Mosko, and Juan Rodriguez. Sean and Chris were both Navy EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) technicians who were supporting my Army Special Forces team in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Although Chris and Sean were from a different branch of service and hadn’t worked with our team before, they blended extremely well with our Special Forces detachment.  Along with Chris and Sean we were supported by a Marine Dog Handler, Juan (Rod) Rodriguez and his dog Lucca. The four of us had a great bond and spent a lot of time together.  We would play cards almost daily. Chris and I were undefeated at spades against Rod and Sean (at least that’s how I remember it).  Our friendship grew over the next few months and we became like brothers.

Our team was disappointed when Chris and Sean were moved to another site to support a different Team from 3rd Special Forces Group. Although we knew it had to happen it was still hard to see them go.  Shortly after Chris and Sean left, Lucca (Rod’s dog) stepped on an IED and had to be medically evacuated.  Rod went with Lucca to the states.  Within a month our group had split up.  It wasn't the same without those guys being around but it wasn't a huge deal because everyone was alright.  Chris and Sean were at a different site and Rod would be back in the states with Lucca. 

Then, on April 26, 2012 we received the news that Chris Mosko had been killed by an IED.  Chris, Brandon Eggleston (a Green Beret from 3rd Special Forces group), and Dick Lee (an Army dog handler and his dog Fibi) had all died together in that incident. Since the four of us (Chris, Sean, Rod & me) were all in different locations, it made it very difficult for us to support each other through this loss.  As a group, the three of us planned to meet on the West Coast in October for both mine and Rod's birthday. We were all looking forward to seeing each other again even though it would be difficult without Chris.

Sean and I stayed in contact through e-mail and phone calls.  We were both having a difficult time coping with Chris’ loss but we were excited that the time for our re-deployment was fast approaching. However, on August 16, 2012 Sean Carson was killed along with 6 other service members when their Blackhawk helicopter was shot down (along with 2 Navy SEALS and 4 members of the flight crew).

The loss of both Sean and Chris was devastating. It seemed impossible that we had lost them both. The four of us had felt like family. As difficult as it was for us, we couldn't even imagine what it must be like for Amanda and Nicole to lose their husbands, and for Leila to lose her Dad. 

This ride is dedicated to the memory of my noble friends who made the ultimate sacrifice. It is not for my own personal glory.  Neither Chris nor Sean would ever want to grab center stage or promote themselves for the sake of publicity.  They quietly did their work and performed at the highest level possible.  This 2,000 mile bicycle ride is not only to honor and prolong the memory of Chris and Sean but also to help the surviving families. I know these men valued their families because that is what they talked about when we were together. 

Please give as you can in support of the surviving widows, Amanda Mosko and Nicole Carson, and Leila Carson, Sean’s 6 year old daughter.  We all deeply miss these guys who hold such a special place in our hearts. 

All donations will go directly to these families.  I am not asking for personal donations. My sincere thanks to everyone for your support. 

Samuel D. Schroeder

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