Army Reserve Stepfather Honors National Guard Son in Afghan Field Where he Fell
Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo
ARIF KALA, AFGHANISTAN--United States Army Reserve Soldier Col. Frank Kestler, of Shelter Island, N.Y., prays at the Afghanistan field near Arif Kala where his stepson, 1st Lt. Joseph Theinert, was killed in combat in June, 2010. Kestler, American troops and Afghan National Police conducted a patrol to the site last autumn. In addition to saying a prayer with the other Soldiers, Kestler gathered some earth and blessed the ground with holy water given to him by Chrys Kestler, Joe's mother
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