Jakob and Zachariah Reidel took pen to paper to write letters about their dad who served three tours of duty overseas in a military career that spanned three decades.

In a time when quick chats and texts are the norm for teenagers and pre-teens to communicate, two Camdenton boys undertook an old-fashioned way of doing things to honor their father.

Jakob and Zachariah Reidel took pen to paper to write letters about their dad who served three tours of duty overseas in a military career that spanned three decades.

The 12-year-old boys refer to their dad, Lt. Colonel Scott Reidel, as their hero. A person they hope to emulate. A 31-year veteran of the Army, Scott retired in the fall of 2016 after serving in Bosnia and Iraq as a chaplain.

Although he missed many special events. holidays and birthdays, Jakob and Zachariah are unfazed, they describe their father who served in combat zones as selfless.

As Veterans Day drew near, Jakob and Zachariah took the opportunity to remember those who have served through sharing with others the pride they take in their father’s accomplishments and service to his country.

In letters about their dad, the boys, in different words, wrote about his courage and his sacrifice to ensure the freedom of others.

Jakob wrote, “In Iraq, he did many heroic and selfless acts. Many times he showed strength and leadership. I call my father my hero because he served God and our country.”

Zachariah wrote of his father’s being in a war zone, “he sacrificed his life for your freedom. He was out there with no gun, with bombs going off, just to do the will of the Lord.”

Both boys closed their letters saying, “they would like to be as courageous as their dad,” when they grow up.

The Reidel family has just recently moved to the Lake area. The boys are involved in Boy Scout Troop 29 in Camdenton where they have earned the rank of tenderfoot and are members of the Paidea homeschool co-op at Graceland Church.

Letters As Submitted: 

“Dear Editor,

As Veteran’s Day approaches, I would like to tell you about my personal hero, my father. LTC Scott Riedel served 31 years in the Army as a Chaplain. He was deployed three times: once to Bosnia and twice to Iraq. In Iraq he did many heroic and selfless acts. Many times he showed strength and leadership. I call my father my hero because he served God and our country. When my father joined the Army, he sacrificed so much. He missed all holidays and birthdays, and family time. Each combat tour lasted over a year. When I grow up I want to be as courageous as my father.

Sincerely,

Jacob Riedel

Age 12”

Jakob is an active member of First Baptist Church, Camdenton. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 29, tenderfoot rank, and a member of Paidea homeschool co-op at Graceland Church. He has a brother, Zach, age 12.

“Dear Editor,

As Veteran’s Day gets closer, I would like to tell you about my hero, my dad. My father, LTC Scott Ridel, served 31 years in the Army as a Chaplain. He was deployed once in Bosnia, twice in Iraq. He was a leader and a patriot. He sacrificed his life just for your freedom. He was out there with no gun, with bombs going off, just to the will of the Lord. He went on combat tours that lasted over a year each, and missed a lot of birthdays and holidays. I would like to be as courageous as my dad, when I grow up.

Sincerely,

Zachariah Riedel

Age 12”

Zachariah is an active member of First Baptist Church, Camdenton. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 29, tenderfoot rank, and attends the Paidea homeschool co-op at Graceland Church. He has a brother, Jacob, age 12.