by: Mike Pannone

This website is dedicated to the memory of my friend Robert “Bob” Horrigan, killed in combat in Anbar province Iraq on June 17, 2005. He was a friend to many and a great soldier as well. It would take hours to explain who he was and what he meant to those that knew him but aside from his immense skills as a special operations soldier I always describe him with this analogy: If Bob only had a dollar to his name and he knew you needed it more than him he would gladly give it to you. If you still refused he would subtly slip it into your pocket before you parted ways and never make mention of it.

With less than a year left in the Army and a whole retired life ahead of him, like a good Spartan, he grabbed his spear and shield and marched off. Bob was a man of great courage, honor and loyalty who’s sacrifice should never be forgotten .

The story of Odin was brought to my attention by Bob when I returned from Walter Reed Medical Center having lost my eye to a breaching charge that had fallen just as I detonated it. I found the parallels interesting and adopted the symbol of his Javelin as a testament to those whose skill at arms is to be commended and also in honor of Bob whom had told me of it and was later killed in Iraq.

In Nordic mythology Odin is the God of war and death, but also the God of poetry and wisdom. He hung for nine days on the world tree, his eye pierced by his own spear. There he gained the wisdom of the worlds. Odin can make the dead speak to question the wisest amongst them. His hall in Asgard is Valaskjalf (“shelf of the slain”) where his throne is located. From this throne he observes all that happens in the nine worlds. The tidings are brought to him by his two raven Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory). He also resides in Valhalla, where the slain warriors are taken. One of Odin’s attributes is the spear Gungnir (goon-year), “which never misses its target and always returns to his hand.” The Nordic symbol for Odin’s spear Gungnir is show next to MSG Horrigan’s picture.

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