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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:38 AM
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Americans Keep Dying
Soldiers' families grieve loss of sons
By Shanna Shipman

Friday, October 6, 2006 11:53 AM CDT
Times correspondent

CREVE COEUR - They were volunteers in the most honorable sense of the word.

During their pre-Army teenage years in Creve Coeur, Specialists George R. Obourn Jr. and Kristofer C. Walker developed a binding friendship, a mutual love for music and a sincere desire to serve.

The 20-year-old friends and fellow soldiers were both killed, in separate incidents, in Iraq earlier this week.

Walker's parents, Kevin and Beth Walker of Creve Coeur, were informed late the evening of Monday, Oct. 2, that their son was killed that morning by an improvised explosive device. He was stationed on the north side of Baghdad.

Oct. 7, 2006, 7:21AM
Fallen Houston-area Marine stood up for U.S.
Mother tried to keep him out, but son of immigrants 'wanted to give something back'

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Maria Salgado never bought the gun.

Really, she never planned to. She just was desperate to keep her son from joining the U.S. Marine Corps and fighting in Iraq, and thought a pistol might be the only way to chase pesky recruiters from her door.

Benjamin Salgado Rosales, her son, was passionate about the Marines. He wanted to join right away, at age 17, fresh out of Katy's Mayde Creek High School. The son of immigrants, he loved the United States, what it stood for and the opportunities it offered.

Widow says Marine didn't want her tears
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff | October 7, 2006
MALDEN -- Before he went to Iraq, Marine Lance Corporal Edward M. Garvin, 19, told his family that if he did not return, they should laugh, not cry, in his memory.

``He didn't want people crying over him," his widow, Melissa Garvin, said yesterday at her family's home as she talked about ``the love of her life," who died in combat in Iraq. ``He wanted funny stories and everybody laughing. That's who he was."

Melissa Garvin, 20, who was married May 26 in a private ceremony, strained to hold back tears yesterday, trying to follow her husband's wishes that smiles mark his passing. He had been in Iraq for four weeks.

Russellville Man Working in Iraq Dies
Oct 4, 2006 04:36 PM

RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- A 29-year-old Russellville man has died in Iraq, where he was working as a civilian to add armor to American soldiers' vehicles, his family said.

Chad Amos died 10 days ago in Tikrit, Iraq, where he was working for Lear Siegler Inc., as a foreman and mechanic. Doctors have told the family that heart failure or a pulmonary embolism may have been the cause of death, but an autopsy was inconclusive.

Amos had only 20 days left before he was scheduled to return from Iraq, where he had been since Oct. 16, 2005.

Fallen Marine was new father

Web-posted Oct 6, 2006
Of The Oakland Press

CLARKSTON - Little Caitlin Peterson has her fathers eyes and smile. But he only got to spend the first three days of her life with her.

Marine Capt. Justin Peterson, who recently celebrated the birth of his daughter, was killed Sunday in a noncombat vehicle accident in Iraqs Al Anbar province. The father of three was 32.

Prayers failed gentleman GI
A South Broward High 'Bulldog' is the fourth serviceman from South Florida to die in Iraq within the past three weeks.

Six lines, lower-case letters, and all the way from Iraq, the e-mail popped up in Melanie Hemphill's in-box last Sunday. It was from U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Burke, her former boyfriend from high school, who was stationed in Iraq for nearly a year.

It read: ``. . . sorry it took so long for me to write u back we've been real busy and i barely get time to do anything . . . tell everyone i said what up and when i get back to the states i should b takin leave sometime soon after and i wil b stoppin by . . .''

Hemphill wrote back on Monday. She expected a reply from Burke in a few days. Burke's family, which lives in Hollywood, expected him home in December.

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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:55 AM
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1. Jesus, these are sad. But the personal stories need to be told. K&R.
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 09:58 AM by Rhiannon12866
Thanks for posting these. I'm always glad to see stories about the people who are dying, and not just numbers, reported in the news. The American public needs to know. Heartbreaking pic, too... ;(

Check out this anti-war video that I posted yesterday. I thought that it was very powerful and effective at delivering the message... ;(

edited to change link to DU thread.
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Freedomofspeech Donating Member (622 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:56 AM
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2. How much more are we going to take?
There should be millions of people in the streets, yet when I go to any peace rally, few show up. Unless they are personally affected, people just don't give a damn. I lost a brother to Vietnam, and now I have students in Iraq. I can't take it anymore.
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Nimrod2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:58 AM
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:36 PM
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