My Hero. My Brother. Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance

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What you are doing is incredibly generous and admirable. I would like to submit a memorial for my brother SSG Victor Patric Lierance

"Sgt. Victoir P. Lieurance, 34, died in Samarra, Iraq, while conducting patrol operations an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Sparta, Tennessee. Died on August 22, 2005. His family has a strong military background - his father,  Andre Lieurance served 26 years in the Navy, his mother Karen served 20 years in the Navy, and is sister, Jonette Owens, served 8 years in the Army."

Victoir Lieurance was a professional. His name floated through the ranks in Tennessee’s National Guard as the best of the best Bradley guys in the state. He was no stranger to war.

After serving in the Gulf War in the 90s, fate found Vic back in Iraq in 2004-2005.

A father, husband and son of a Naval family, Vic never shrugged his calling, deploying in the summer of 2004 to serve with Knife Troop at FOB O’Ryan in Iraq’s triangle of death.

His sense of humor, which some would argue bordered on the absurb, was found on a daily basis as he patted his fellow comrades on the rear and called them “honey.” He was well known by his captain as an almost constant planner of pranks during those times he was inside the wire.

Beyond his antics was a man who loved his family. As he sat outside the bunker the night before his death, he talked about his recent leave back in the United States, and longed for the day he would rejoin his wife and children.

If there was anything he’d like to have seen in Iraq, it was camels. But there had never been any time for that – not during the Gulf War and not during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Minutes before his death on 22 AUG 2005, a herd of camels crossed the road in front of his patrol. Hundreds of them – including some rare white camels, seemed to come out to greet Vic Lieurance and the other soldiers.

Then-Staff Sgt. John McCullouch will never forget his words to Vic that day.

“Here’s your camels, Vic.”

Henri "Hank" Lieura