Following a jump-start to our van on Sunday morning (some may remember the Tweet), I got in an interesting email-conversation with my friend, Steve Byers. It was so interesting – and inspiring – that I asked him permission to pass it on as I knew my readers would share my sentiments.

Steve was a Sergeant in the US Army with 2/15 FA, stationed with the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq when this picture was taken. I know, rather humorous.

Until you get the details:

Funny story about this. I was sound a sleep in my bunk when we came under attack at the little outpost we were at in Baghdad. I jumped out of bed barefoot and grabbed my gun.

After 10-minutes in the firefight, the shell caseings were burning my feet, so I ran in and grabbed my gear.

About 5-minutes later we got a radio call from two guys that were pinned down and they needed some fire support. As soon as I heard it, I grabbed one of my soldiers and ran to help them.

About 20-min after the firefight, I radioed down to my Platoon Sergeant and asked him if I could come down because I was cold (it was December), and he started chewing me out saying, “This is no time to be worried about the cold! We are under attack!”

So I said, “Well, if I dont come down and at least put some pants on, these white legs will give away our position.”

Needless to say, I was allowed to come and get dressed. My Platoon Sergeant told me later that he thought he was losing his mind because someone ran by him going to the fight in their underwear.

I actually got an award for it! They took a picture and sent it to our Commander.

I’ll admit, I love my Jason Bourne, James Bond, and Mission Impossible films. But true heroes drop everything when lives are at stake; the last thing they think about are themselves. Or their pants.

And ladies, he’s single.



Daniel Byers · 30 Oct ’12 at 11:24 am

I’d know those sexy legs anywhere LOL! Proud of my bro and all the men, women and families who have sacrificed so greatly for my freedom and the freedom of others.

Billy Jepma · 30 Oct ’12 at 11:57 am

That’s amazing. So inspiring to see someone just drop everything like that to go help others. Thanks for sharing CH, and Sergeant Byers, thank you for serving.

Jean and Charlie Benson · 30 Oct ’12 at 12:04 pm

All my darling military friends are my true heroes..I am so in love with our military who are willing to lay down EVERYTHING to go to foreign lands , give up the creature comforts of home and family and sometimes lay down their very lives. For me and you and every single person in this country..I love you Steven…I love you babe..And CH I love you too…Thanks for the good word on our guys ( and gals too)

    Christopher Hopper · 30 Oct ’12 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks Jean. I echo your sentiments. Much love to your man!

Nathan R. · 30 Oct ’12 at 5:23 pm

Stories like that are passed down through generations. Thanks for sharing. It’s not the first time I’ve read about soldiers fighting without pants on. Michael Yon has posted a few and even started a campaign to send better quality pants over.


Diane · 31 Oct ’12 at 6:02 am

Just a wee geographical tweak you might need to make for accuracy…Baghdad isn’t in Afghanistan, it’s in Iraq :-).

Great story though!

    Christopher Hopper · 1 Nov ’12 at 9:20 am

    Dah! Does it count that he had numerous deployments? lol Fixed.

reenie · 31 Oct ’12 at 12:13 pm

A picture is worth a 1000 words …. but the story is far more revealing than the picture! No greater love has a man that he lay down his life ( and forget to put on his pants) for his friend …….. A true hero’s work doesn’t stop in the darkness of the night, in the cold, and under fire~ it continues to bring light , warmth and hope

reenie · 31 Oct ’12 at 12:15 pm

Thank you to all our service men and to you Steve for allowing the bareing of your thighs to impress upon us what exactly it means to be in the military !!!!

Taisia · 2 Nov ’12 at 12:55 pm

By the bye, what software did you and Mr. Batson use to design your book covers?

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