Monday, May 29, 2006

Never Forget

Today my family and I will not attend a barbecue. We will not drink ourselves senseless by the pool and we will not be attending any parades. Today I will respectfully hold in my heart these men and women who have served in the armed forces in order for me to have the choice about what I will do today.

Here is a link to another site that keeps a record for these soldiers and their familes. You can read about their lives and leave messages for the families. Please take a moment to honor these soldiers and the loved ones they left behind.
Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom


Two Thousand Four Hundred Fifty Seven dead american soldiers as of May 23

If you visit the site linked above, take a moment to read about these soldiers. Not as statistics but as sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers. Fellow human being taken in this tragic war. The media won't talk bout them. There are no pictures of the dead and wounded coming back from the hell of combat. We do not see the thousands laying in hospital beds missing pieces of their bodies and minds. Americans are kept seperated from its soldiers as the horror of this war and the consequences are too horrible to be told to the public. The bush govt. doesn't give a rats ass about them. It is up to us to remember them, and to fight in their memory to change this country back to something we can be proud of. The site encourages leaving messages for the familes of those killed. It goes without saying to be respectful should you choose to do so.


May 23, 2006

Army Spc. Michael L. Hermanson, 21, of Fargo, North Dakota.

Hermanson died in AL Abayachi, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle came under improvised explosive device, rocket propel grenade and enemy small arms fire while on a route-clearing mission during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 164th Engineer Battalion, Minot, North Dakota. Died on May 23, 2006.


May 22, 2006

Marine Sgt. David R. Christoff, 25, of Rossford, Ohio.

Christoff died from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 22, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. William J. Leusink, 21, of Maurice, Iowa.

Leusink died from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 22, 2006.


May 21, 2006

Marine Lance Cpl. Benito A. Ramirez, 21, of Edinburg, Texas.

Ramirez died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 21, 2006.


May 18, 2006  (5)

Army Sgt. Lonnie C. Allen, Jr., 26, of Bellevue, Nebraska.

Allen died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 18, 2006.

Army Pfc. Nicholas R. Cournoyer, 25, of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

Cournoyer died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 18, 2006.

Marine Cpl. William B. Fulks, 23, of Culloden, West Virginia.

Fulks died at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on May 1, 2006. He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 18, 2006.

Army Lt. Col. Daniel E. Holland, 43, of San Antonio, Texas.

Holland died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 18, 2006.

Army 1st. Lt. Robert A. Seidel III, 23, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Seidel died in Baghdad, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 18, 2006.


May 17, 2006

Navy Petty Officer Third Class Lee Hamilton Deal, 23, of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Deal died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was operationally assigned to Regimental Combat Team-5, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), and permanently assigned to 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 17, 2006.


May 16, 2006

Army Staff Sgt. Santiago M. Halsel, 32, of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Halsel died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was conducting a dismounted clearance mission during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne

Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on May 16, 2006.


May 15, 2006

Army Pfc. Grant A. Dampier, 25, of Merrill, Wisconsin.

Dampier died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 15, 2006.

Army Staff Sgt. Marion Flint, Jr., 29, of Baltimore, Maryland.

Flint died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 15, 2006.

Army Capt. Shane R. Mahaffee, 36, of Alexandria, Virginia.

Mahaffee died in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained on May 5, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat patrol operations in Al Hillah, Iraq. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, Knoxville, Tennessee. Died on May 15, 2006.


May 14, 2006  (6)

Army CW4 John W. Engeman, 45, of East North Port, New York.

Engeman died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 312th Training Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 14, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jose S. Marin-Dominguez, Jr., 22, of Liberal, Kansas.

Marin-Dominguez died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 14, 2006.

Army CW5 Jamie D. Weeks, 47, of Daleville, Alabama.

Weeks died in Yusufiyah, Iraq, when his aircraft was shot down during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on


May 14, 2006.

Army Master Sgt. Robert H. West, 37, of Elyria, Ohio.

West died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 312th Training Support Battalion, 4th Brigade, 78th Division (Training Support), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 14, 2006.

Army Maj. Matthew W. Worrell, 34, of Lewisville, Texas.

Worrell died in Yusufiyah, Iraq, when his aircraft was shot down during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on May 14, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. Hatak Yuka Keyu M. Yearby, 21, of Overbrook, Oklahoma.

Yearby died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 14, 2006.


May 13, 2006

Army Spc. Ronald W. Gebur, 23, of Delavan, Illinois.

Gebur died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 13, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. Richard Z. James, 20, of Seaford, Delaware.

James died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 13, 2006.

May 12, 2006

Marine Lance Cpl. Adam C. Conboy, 21, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Conboy died as a result of a non-hostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 12, 2006.

Army Spc. Brandon L. Teeters, 21, of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Teeters died in Ludwigshafen, Germany, of injuries sustained on April 20, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 8th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 12, 2006.


 May 11, 2006  (7)

Army Spc. Armer N. Burkart, 26, of Rockville, Maryland.

Burkart died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 11, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jason K. Burnett, 20, of St. Cloud, Florida.

Burnett died as a result of a vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 11, 2006.

Army Pfc. Eric D. Clark, 22, of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

Clark died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 11, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. David J. Grames-Sanchez, 22, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Grames-Sanchez died as a result of a vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 11, 2006.

Marine 2nd Lt. Michael L. Licalzi, 24, of Garden City, New York.

Licalzi died as a result of a vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 11, 2006.

Army Pfc. Stephen P. Snowberger III, 18, of Lopez, Pennsylvania.

Snowberger died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on May 11, 2006.

Marine Cpl. Steve Vahaviolos, 21, of Airmont, New York.

Vahaviolos died as a result of a vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 11, 2006.


May 10, 2006

Marine Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro, 28, of Bethesda, Maryland.

Carbonaro died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on May 1, 2006. He was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 10, 2006.


May 9, 2006

Army Spc. Aaron P. Latimer, 26, of Ennis, Texas.

Latimer died in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 562nd Engineer Company, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Died on May 9, 2006.


May 8, 2006

Army Staff Sgt. Gregory A. Wagner, 35, of Mitchell, South Dakota.

Wagner died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised fire projectile struck his HMMWV during combat operation. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery, Yankton, South Dakota. Died on May 8, 2006.


May 7, 2006

Army Staff Sgt. Emmanuel L. Legaspi, 38, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Legaspi died of injuries sustained in Tal Afar, Iraq, when his unit came under enemy small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on May 7, 2006.


May 6, 2006

Marine Lance Cpl. Leon B. Deraps, 19, of Jamestown, Missouri.

Deraps died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 6, 2006.

Army Staff Sgt. Dale J. Kelly, Jr., 48, of Richmond, Maine.

Kelly died in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1083 cargo truck during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), Brewer, Maine. Died on May 6, 2006.

Marine Cpl. Cory L. Palmer, 21, of Seaford, Delaware.

Palmer died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on May 1, 2006. He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 6, 2006.

Army Staff Sgt. David M. Veverka, 25, of Jamestown, Pennsylvania.

Veverka died in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1083 cargo truck during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry (Mountain), Brewer, Maine. Died on May 6, 2006.


May 5, 2006  (5)

Marine Sgt. Matthew J. Fenton, 24, of Little Ferry, New Jersey.

Fenton died at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq on April 26, 2006. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve's Inspector and Instructor Staff, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Died on

May 5, 2006.

Army Pfc. Alva L. Gaylord, 25, of Carrollton, Missouri.

Gaylord died of injuries sustained in Qasr Ar Riyy, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle during a combat clearing operation. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 110th Engineer Battalion, Kansas City, Missouri. Died on May 5, 2006.

Marine 1st. Sgt. Carlos N. Saenz, 46, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saenz died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Abilene, Texas. Died on May 5, 2006.

Marine Spc. Teodoro Torres, 29, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Torres died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Abilene, Texas. Died on May 5, 2006.

Marine Sgt. Nathan J. Vacho, 29, of Janesville, Wisconsin.

Vacho died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, Knoxville, Tennessee. Died on May 5, 2006.


May 4, 2006

Marine Cpl. Stephen R. Bixler, 20, of Suffield, Connecticut.

Bixler died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 4, 2006.

Marine Sgt. Elisha R. Parker, 21, of Taberg, New York.

Parker died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 4, 2006.

Army Spc. Bryan L. Quinton, 24, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Quinton died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Died on May 4, 2006.

Army Staff Sgt. Gavin B. Reinke, 32, of Pueblo, Colorado.

Reinke died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his RG-31 Mine Protected Vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Died on May 4, 2006.


May 3, 2006

Army Pfc. Christopher M. Eckhardt, 19, of Phoenix, Arizona.

Eckhardt died in Taji, Iraq, from a non-combat related cause. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 3, 2006.

Marine Capt. Brian S. Letendre, 27, of Woodbridge, Virginia.

Letendre died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's Inspector and Instructor Staff, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Plainville, Connecticut. Died on May 3, 2006.

Army Pfc. Benjamin T. Zieske, 20, of Concord, California.

Zieske died of injuries sustained in Kirkuk, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated during a dismounted combat patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on May 3, 2006.


May 1, 2006

Army Cpl. Robbie G. Light, 21, of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Light died of injuries sustained in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1A2 Abrams tank during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 1, 2006.

Marine Lance Cpl. Robert L. Moscillo, 21, of Salem, New Hampshire.

Moscillo died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 1, 2006.

Army Sgt. Joseph E. Proctor, 38, of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Proctor died in Tammin, Iraq when a vehicle-borne, improvised explosive device detonated near his observation post during dismounted combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 638th Battalion (Aviation), Shelbyville, Indiana. Died on May 1, 2006.


 

I am a small and precious child,

my dad's been sent to fight.

The only place I'll see his face,

is in my dreams at night.

He will be gone too many days

for my young mind to keep track.

I may be sad, but I am proud.

My daddy's got your back.


I am a caring mother.

My son has gone to war.

My mind is filled with worries

that I have never known before.

Everyday I try to keep

my thoughts from turning black.

I may be scared, but I am proud.

My son has got your back.


I am a strong and loving wife,

with a husband soon to go.

There are times I'm terrified

in a way most never know.

I bite my lip, and force a smile

as I watch my husband pack.

My heart may break,

but I am proud.

My husband has got your back.


I am a soldier, serving

proudly, standing tall.

I fight for freedom, yours and mine

by answering this call.

I do my job while knowing,

the thanks it sometimes lacks.

Say a prayer that I'll come home

and remember who's got your back.


by Autumn Parker.

2 Comments:

At 11:26 PM, Blogger dusty said...

This essay was incredibly moving. Thank you for doing it.

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger Matthew Hoffman said...

You really hit it home with this post, good to see you posting again too... funny I posted with the same title just last night....

That’s more than fifty soldiers in less than a month. The Iraqi resistance has gradually escalated the violence since the war began. You government must know by now that the country is a death trap. So you are right, they don’t give a rats arse.

 

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