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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-05 03:11 AM
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Mother Wants Answers About Son's Death in Iraq
Edited on Thu Dec-08-05 03:18 AM by rucky
http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/13354555.htm?template=co...

Mother wants answers about son's death in Iraq

By Don Schanche Jr.
TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER

At age 17, Marcus Futrell was too young to join the National Guard without his mother's signature, so she signed him in.
He hoped his military stint would net him the funds to further his education. Instead, his mother got a visit Sunday that every military relative dreads: two officers on her front step, delivering the news that her son, now 20, would not be coming home.

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Now Cheryl Futrell is left with questions: How did her son die, and why?

The guard has given her no details except that the Humvee rolled over. She wants to know more about the circumstances.
"No officials from the military have called me and talked to me," she said. "I'm angry. I want to know why my son died. I want to know why he's not coming home." She was told there would be more contacts from the military after the funeral, which has not yet been scheduled. Not having information, she said, "makes me uncertain about what's going on."

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Cheryl Futrell also has questions about the bigger picture. "I have a lot of questions about the war," she said. "This is all senseless. They could have been sent home months ago. Normally, you would think of a National Guard unit being national, not international."

Cheryl Futrell said her son's unit was better suited to respond to Hurricane Katrina than fight in Iraq.

"If I had the slightest concern that this was where he would be headed in a couple of years after he signed up, I would have discouraged him. I wouldn't have signed," she said.

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RagingInMiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-05 03:14 AM
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1. She better take a number
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-05 03:24 AM
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2. Its a horrible thought and I don't know if its even possible
Edited on Thu Dec-08-05 03:51 AM by cornermouse
but, she should arrange for an independent autopsy after she gets the body before she buries him. At this point in time, she might want to check out the political and religious affiliation of the coroner before she decides who to ask.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-05 03:31 AM
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3. this is Macon, GA
chances are slim re: political and religious affiliation

she sounds feisty, though. I hope she gets some answers, or at least gets her neighbors thinking.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-05 06:29 AM
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5. I don't believe it is allowed
But I am not completely sure where I read that.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-05 05:54 AM
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4. i'd love to see her go and join cindy.
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