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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 08:44 AM
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Layton soldier predicted Iraq death - Eric Sieger, 18, who died Thursday, told family before ....
Eric Sieger, 18, who died Thursday, told family before deployment they wouldn't meet again

By Michael N. Westley
The Salt Lake Tribune



Just five months after being deployed to Iraq, 18-year-old Eric Sieger was killed when the armored vehicle he was driving rolled from the road Thursday and into a ravine.

From their Layton home, Wolfgang and Krista Sieger recalled the struggles and triumphs they shared with the boy they adopted when he was 11 years old. The Siegers are proud to say they have 15 children - seven of whom are adopted and five of whom have served in the military.

Krista Sieger last spoke with her son a week ago today. The Austrian immigrant said she loved Eric's phone calls and this one in particular because they spent so much time laughing and joking with each other. His only request was photos of the family.

''He asked for an envelope of pictures so he could keep them and carry them around with him,'' said Krista Sieger.

Military officials have not yet said what caused the Bradley armored tank Eric Sieger was driving to roll into the ravine. The corporal was plucked from the wreckage and died later at the hospital. The wreck is being considered an accident, Wolfgang Sieger said.

The news of their son's death reached their home early Friday morning. As Wolfgang Sieger, a semi-retired software engineer, opened his front door to leave for work, he was greeted by military personnel. He said he knew immediately the visit was about Eric.
"It is shocking," Wolfgang Sieger said. ''And then slowly it starts sinking in.''

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BelleCarolinaPeridot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 08:47 AM
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1. He was only a baby ...
and to Bush just another number.
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hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 08:58 AM
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2. ... a comma
:mad:
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LibDemAlways Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 09:01 AM
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3. Such a damn shame that yet another life is
needlessly cut short in Bush's immoral, illegal war.

A 20-year-old from my area was killed in Iraq last week. In the article in the local paper a family friend was quoted as saying the young man had signed up because he wanted to be a part of the "war on terror" and go after those "responsible for 9/11." Instead he ended up dead of a gunshot wound by a sniper in Anbar Province in a senseless war for oil and corporate greed.

More blood on the BFEE's already soaking hands.
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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 10:05 AM
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7. A lot of them say they signed up because of 9/11.
Then they are killed for no reason in Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11. What a betrayal.
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 09:01 AM
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4. What a sad story.....
abandoned by his mother at age six, tossed around through the system and then finally what seems a decent life with his adopted parents, only to die at the tender age of 18. Thanks to bush, he never had a chance to know that sometimes life can be good.
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helderheid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 09:28 AM
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5. Heartbreaking. This was on our front page (where it belongs)
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-05-07 09:59 AM
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6. I'm glad it was.....
maybe some people will see the light on how horrific this war is.
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