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Sgt. Mycal Prince laid to rest
Saturday, 10.01.2011, 07:23pm (GMT-5)
By Cassie Cranshaw
On Monday, September 26th, at the Bridge Assembly of God Church in Mustang dozens of men adwomen in law enforcement and in the armed services gathered with the friends and family of Sgt. Mycal Prince to celebrate the life of this fallen hero. Following the funeral service Prince was laid to rest at the Bradley Cemetery.
Prince leaves behind his wife, Surana, and two young daughters. He is also survived by his mother Arnetta Prince, two sisters Leslie Dickenson and husband Wade, Kathy Prince and Cody Prince as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Army Chaplain, Captain Jeremy Dunn led the service. He began by reading the oath Prince took when he entered the Army, “I am soldier. I do not choose the time or the place, conveniences not in my vocabulary. I stand at the ready and when my orders come; I go. I may not see a child born, a wife, children, parents, friends; I may never see them again. But, willingly and with conviction, I go. I am a soldier. The job I’m given to do I will do even if it may costume my life. I will do it. I am a soldier.”
Looking out into the crowded church, Dunn continued, “Sgt. Prince took this oath and he took it seriously. He wasn’t looking for glory or fame. He was simply ready and willing when his country called. Duty and loyalty, these are our values and Sgt. Prince embodied them.”
Zac Davis, one of Prince's good friends spoke next, “I remember that Mycal was passionate and caring person. If he were here today he would slap me for letting that secret out. I remember the look on his face when he would hold one of his little girls. These are memories that I hold dear. While I didn’t get to know him as long as I would like, I know that I will see him again.”
Stepping aside, Davis made room for Scottie Brothers, another close friend of Prince’s.
“[Prince]always had a way of finding something for us to get into good or bad,” Brothers said.
“He asked me to watch out for Surana and the girls while he was away.”
Pausing for a moment to collect his thoughts, he continued, "I never told you what an honor it was for you to ask me to do something like that. He told me this would be his last deployment; it was too hard for him to be away from his wife and kids.”
The Adjutant General for the State of Oklahoma, Major General Miles L. Deering presented Prince’s wife Surana with several awards that Prince had earned during his deployment: The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart for wounds received in action, The Combat Action Badge for personally engaging the enemy, The Afghanistan Campaign Medal, War on Terrorism Medal, NATO Medal and the Oklahoma Distinguished Service Award.
Surana was also presented with the 45th Infantry Brigade Flag, the Oklahoma State Flag that flew over the statehouse and an American Flag.
The Patriot Guard and the VFW also made presentations to the family.
The Blue Star Mothers, Inc., a group that has been extending sympathy to families of fallen soldiers since WWI, also made a presentation to the family. Since the inception of the Blue Star Mothers, families of soldiers have been hanging blue star banners in their windows to let those who pass by know that their household belongs to a soldier.
The representative from the group explained to the crowd the importance of those banners, "The colors in the banner are significant. The red border represents the bloodshed by past warriors in defending our nation. The field of white symbolizes the purity of spirit, the price of peace that only a warrior understands. The blue star signifies the loyalty, honor and duty entrusted in our defenders.”
When a soldier is killed in the line of duty The Blue Star Mothers, present the family with a gold star to hang in place of the blue one.
“The gold star represents valor and sacrifice,” the representative said.
In closing her presentation to the family the representative read a poem that began, “I think the saddest story ever told is the family's journey from blue to gold.”
As the service closed three slideshows with pictures from Prince’s childhood, his time as a Minco police officer, and many with his wife and two daughters were displayed before the crowd. A popular Tim McGraw song played in the background, "If You’re Reading This,” as the words from the song resonated throughout the church they echoed what all in the service had on their minds about Prince and his commitment to country and family, “Standup for the innocent and weak, I’m laying down my gun; I’m hanging up boots; I’m up here with God and we're both watching over you.”