Heritage High School graduate, George Moll is the 2015 essay winner and 10th recipient of the “Diego Rincon Memorial Scholarship.”
This year, over 50 high school graduates in Rockdale County submitted their one-page essay on “What Freedom Means to Me”.
“I want to thank each participant who submitted their essay and wish them the very best as they proceed to the next level in their education,” stated Founder and President Roger Rehorn of The Rehorn Foundation. “I also like to extend my appreciation to Pete Mecca who presented George with the $5,000 scholarship check.”
Heritage High School graduate, George Moll receiving the “Diego Rincon Memorial Scholarship” from Vietnam veteran and writer, Pete Mecca.
George will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall majoring in Mechanical Engineering. We wish him the best of success.
Diego Rincon graduated from Salem HS in 2001. After 9/11, Diego told his family he was going to enlist in the military to fight those who attacked his adopted country. In 2003, Diego joined the US Army and was a member of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. On March 29, 2015, while manning a checkpoint in Najaf, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pvt. Diego Rincon and 3 fellow soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber.
After learning of his death, Diego’s mom received his last letter home. The following are excerpts from his letter dated February 22, 2003;
“So I guess the time has finally come for us to see what we are made of, who will crack when the stress level rises and who will be calm all the way through it. Only time will tell. We are at the peak of our training and it’s time to put it to the test. I just want to tell everybody how much you all mean to me and how much I love you all.
“Mother, I love you so much! I’m not going to give up! I’m living my life one day at a time, sitting here picturing home with a small tear in my eyes, spending time with my brothers, who will hold my life in their hands….. I’m not trying to scare you, but its reality. The time is here to see the plan laid out. And, hopefully, I’ll be at home in it. I don’t know what I’m talking about or why I’m writing it down. Maybe I just want someone to know what goes through my head. It’s probably good not keeping it all inside…… I just hope that you’re proud of what I’m doing and have faith in my decision. I will try hard and not give up. I just want to say I’m sorry for anything I have ever done wrong. And I’m doing it all for you, Mom. I Love you.”
Diego was just 19-years-old when his life was taken in defense of his adopted country.
The Rehorn Foundation created this scholarship in memory of the ultimate sacrifice Diego and his family gave in defending our country.
May God bless PFC Diego Rincon and his family.