President Obama recently announced U.S. troop involvement in the Iraq War will stop at the end of the year, with members of the military returning home by the end of December. That comes as great news to families with loved ones in uniform, but it's bittersweet news to those who have lost loved ones in the war.
“Yes, it was bittersweet,” said Marvin Trost of Elkhart. “I was ecstatic. I said ... 'about time.’”
That was how Trost felt when word came that U.S. involvement in Iraq would end this year. His son, Sgt. 1st Class Marvin Lee Trost III, died Dec. 4, 2004, when the Humvee he was traveling in was hit by a roadside bomb.
He was the first soldier from Elkhart County to die in that conflict.
“It was the most beautiful gift that God can give each of us, is our children, so that was something that I didn't want to accept,” said Trost. I never cried so hard in my life."