I never met heroic Clark Schwedler, the judge's son, but I know that he gave his life over-compensating for his father's mendacity.

Petty Officer Schwedler's retired former teacher Bill St. John, at Crystal Fall's high school remembered that Clark "was a bright student, focused and goal- oriented. He spoke about public service and giving back to the community during class."

I'm almost as old as his father. I would've tried to talk him out of a military career.

Clark obviously wanted to be remembered for this image. It's the source for the sketch by a barracks comrade, as well as the plaque on a Navy building dedicated to his memory. Soldiers in Iraq bonded with stray dogs, despised by the lands Mohammedist residents, they earned their keep by sniffing out hazards, such as booby traps.

I could've told him that kindness to animals is the mark of greatness, that among those books burned by his former countrymen were many biographies I've read, and I've found that great men, such as Lincoln and Washington, as well as merely fascinating men such as Howard Hughes and J.Paul Getty, told of their episodes of rescuing hurt animals.

At his age I wasn't even a third of the way into the phase of my life which I regret, of involvement with my parents and siblings, all of whom I wish that I had closed my book on when I was a teenager.

In my case, my dad believes that his authority comes from God, for Clark, he only had to contend with a father whose authority came from the ancient stupid tradition of law.

"He was a great warrior, teammate, and friend to so many of us in the Naval Special Warfare community, and his spirit and sacrifice will live on in each of us as we continue to fight the global war on terror," Capt. Chaz Heron, commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, said in a statement.

Schwedler grew up in Crystal Falls, Michigan

Schwedler began his career in 1976 as a private practice lawyer in Crystal Falls, MI. He worked in that position until 1999. He also served as a Township Attorney for Mastodon and Hematite and then as a City Attorney of Crystal Falls from 1980 to 1999. He became a judge of the District and Probate Courts in 1990 and has presided over the Circuit Court as well since 1999