INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Department of Defense says a 25-year-old soldier fromIndiana has died in Iraq. Army Spc. Chancellor A. Keesling ofIndianapolis died Friday in Baghdad.
Keesling was assigned to the 961st Engineer Company out ofSharonville, Ohio. He was serving his second tour in Iraq andhad just arrived in Baghdad two weeks ago. His parents say he wasreluctant to go a second time but went because it was his duty as asoldier.
Gregg and Jannett Keesling just watched their son's body, ArmySpecialist Chancellor Keesling, return to Dover Air Force Base.
"It's a finale. It's an actual reality check and when I knewthat you are actually going to see the box. You face the fact thathe's right here in this box," Jannett said.
Chancy, as he was often called, did not come from a militaryfamily. In fact his sister tried to discourage him.
His father talked of the discussions Chancy would have with hissister, "This is not the right war, why do you want to fight thisstupid war? Just a hundred mile an hour, our daughter does. I'm inthe kitchen around the corner, he says so slowly, we must have amilitary."
His parents say he was a good soldier. But this tour wasn'tgoing well. Through emails, Gregg and Jannett knew he wastroubled.
"A lot of them were like, I'm trying to get settled in. It'shot, it's miserable. It has been a tough deployment for me so far.I miss you guys a lot," Jannett said.
Chancy committed suicide on June 19th. The Keesling's howeverbelieve the Army is working to improve resources for suicidalsoldiers. They plan to use their son's story to better educate thearmy.
"Hopefully this country will learn lot of how to reach out tosoldiers in trouble. And that will be his legacy that will help usdo this better," Gregg explained.
And so this tight knit Jamaican family wants to celebrateChancy's life.
Jannett runs an organization that helps the needy called Keys ToWork and they plan to give all donations to help a homelesswoman named Mary-Anne all in Chancy's honor.
"So if we can help and reach out to you now to help you. Wecouldn't reach out to Chancy, we couldn't reach him in the timeneeded. Hopefully we can help now," Gregg said.
Keesling's body will return to Indianapolis sometime thisweek.
Gregg and Jannett hope to bury their son near their home.
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