I had pleasure of meeting Sid Busch in 2011 at the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio. Even though Sid is not a man of large stature he is a MAN among men. He is easy to find on the race course because he runs with the American flag. His heart is full for the country he served. Senior Chief Busch served in United States Navy for 26 years on submarines before retiring. Sid has completed 196 full marathons and 543 half marathons.
To Sid it not just another race or another medal to hang on the wall to show everyone what he did. Sid runs in honor of a soldier that has been killed in action. He sends his finishing medal to the family, to honor their loss and to let them know they will not be forgotten.
Sid is running in honor Army Staff Sgt. Wesley R. Williams from New Carlisle, Ohio this weekend at the Baltimore Running Festival. He will wear a picture “Wes” on his singlet so everyone will know of Wesley’s sacrifice. Staff Sgt. Williams died Dec. 10, 2012 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.
Here is a link from the Baltimore Running Festival interviewing Sid.
Thank you Senior Chief for honoring the true heroes and not letting them be forgotten. It is a privilege to call you a friend.
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13