Andrew Olmstead, a United States Army major who had a blog, had written a post in advance. He gave the text to a friend and asked her to post it in case of his death. Andrew, who was 38, was killed Jan. 3 by small-arms fire from insurgents in Sadiyah, 100 miles northeast of Baghdad.
You can see his post here:
He quotes from Babylon Five and The Princess Bride, among sources. He wrote with humour and honesty; I wish I could have met him. An incredibly moving post, especially the paragraphs near the end about his wife.
Update: Out of respect to Andrew and his family, I ask that you please adhere to Andrew's wishes and not use this tragic event to push a political agenda in your comments. If you DO see someone doing this, PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND to the comment -- if I see signs of a flamewar starting up, I will delete the comments involved. Thanks.]