Private First Class Jesse Givens

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HOIBY, LEE (b. 1926). PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JESSE GIVENS (Jesse Givens). Baritone Voice with Piano Accompaniment, "to the fallen in Iraq." Rock Valley Music Co., 2006 (CVR). Tonal; B^sub 2^-G^sub 4^; Tess: mH-H; 3/4, Lento c. ...; V/M, P/mD; 6 ½ minutes. Baritone.

On May 1, 2003, Jesse Givens, Private First Class, U.S. Army, drowned in the Euphrates River. He was thirty-four years old. Some time after his arrival in Iraq, Private Givens wrote a letter to his wife Melissa, his five year old son Dakota, and his unborn child Carson, nicknamed "Bean." The letter was not to be opened unless he was killed in action. "Please, only read it if I don't come home," he wrote. "Please put it away and hopefully you will never have to read it."

It is a poignant letter of love for his family, of hope that he has made a positive difference in their lives, of his treasuring of beautiful moments in life with his family. …