The Story of Drew Ferguson, a Special Forces Trooper


I belong to the Special Forces Association (Green Beret’s) and last year we, in north east Ohio, were notified that one of our brothers had died and we were invited to the ceremony to be held on August 5, 2017 at 10 AM at the Veterans Memorial Park in Avon Lake Ohio. We always go when possible to these events as is it is a very small and close group. Most NCO’s and all commissioned officers are college grads and of course are in top physical shape. The 5th Special Forces Group “The Legion” is I believe the most highly decorated united in the Army (I was in the 5th in Nam). And we have almost all seen combat and lost good friends. About half on my local chapter made it to the service.

Drew was a very unique individual (most of the Green Berets are but he was the ultimate and I wish I had known him we had much in common) and, as proof there were hundreds there from his high school class in Avon Lake including teachers, to college friends from Ohio University, to active duty Green Berets and retired Green Berets. The speakers told of story of his life which was in summary: top of his class academically, an accomplished artist and musician, a top notch athlete. He went to Ohio University and while there it was much the same except he was also in ROTC and graduated with honors including being number 13 out of over 4,000 ROTC grads the year he graduated (I’m not positive on the exact numbers).

He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and severed in the 10th Mountain Division we he got jump wings (Paratrooper) and a Ranger Tab. He did two tours in Iraq. After making 1st Lieutenant and being on the way to Captain he applied for and was accepted to undergo Special Operations training and of course became a Green Beret and did one or two tours in Afghanistan. I may not have this exactly right but its close enough since they didn’t give all the dates.

While he was doing service to his country he continued to work on his art, poetry and music; I’ll type in a sample at the end of this. Needless to say he was good at that as well. I would guess Drew was born ~1984, graduated from HS in ~2002 (after 9/11), graduated from college ~2006 and left the service in ~2016 after 10 years; making him ~33 when he died.

After getting out he turned back to is art and was in the process of setting up a website for artists called Lifeblood Art when he committed suicide; the exact date was not given so I would guess it was sometime in late July.  The family continued that work he started and The Cleveland Foundation set up the “Lifeblood Art Fund” How the hell could this happen and then I read his poetry.

 

Drew’s Song, I Know A Place

I know a place, I know a place where we can go, to pass the time
Pass. pass, pass the time

I know some friends, I know some friends, we can call, to share our night
Share, share, share our night

I know a drink, I know a drink, we can drink, to warm our bones
Warm, warm, warm our bones

I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls

I know a dance, I know a dance, we can dance, to fill our hearts
Fill, fill, fill our hearts

I know a bed, I know a bed, where we can go, to rest our heads
Rest, rest, rest our head

I know a dream, I know a dream, we can dream to change our lives
Change, change, change our lives

I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls

I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls

I know a song, I know a song, we can sing to lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls
Lift, lift, lift our souls

When I read this I know what happened since I had just finished ready CG Jung’s The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (as an artist I think you would appreciate his writing) and based on his work, which I agree with, we all have the male Yin and female Yang in us which leads to conflicts in some cases. Drew had both the warrior and the artist in him. What was bad was he was strong in both and so when he went in the army after 9/11 he was driven to be the best a Green Beret when then that put him in direct conflict with his artist side. Based on his rank and accomplishments there is no doubt that if he would have stayed in he would have made general so why did he get out? And why did he committee suicide right after getting out?

The 10 years of being in the military and being deployed 3 or 4 times where he was there to destroy things ripped his soul apart I know for I felt some of that after I got out; obviously not to the same degree, but I could see the conflict in that poem. After I got out I was working with a bunch of engineers at GE in New York and a lot of them hunted deer. I went out with them a couple of times after buying a rifle and I found I could not shoot a deer.

4 comments on “The Story of Drew Ferguson, a Special Forces Trooper

      • No, we haven’t met. I’m an East Coaster, and I’ve been overseas most of the last 2 years, first with the Army and now studying.

        I heard about the DREW program last week via Gretchen, who I met while I was in the States earlier this winter. I just wanted to share these other things that I found about him before running across your website.

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      • It was quite the deal, not literally, but seemed the entire community came out to honor him. My Al and VFW post work with veterans as we can and I wish we could have helped him. I’m running a project to build a veterans memorial park in Macedonia, Ohio here’s our website. http://nordoniahillsveteransmemorialpark.com/ The speakers at the dedication last fall were all SF guys two Vietnam and one current.

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