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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace View Post
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    Just wondered about the different announcment notices, where the GB
    ones also mention the words "with sadness" and the USDOD just says the
    standard "in support of OEF". Wonder why we don't express some sympathy
    too? Not really important, I guess, just wondered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizbud View Post
    Just wondered about the different announcment notices, where the GB
    ones also mention the words "with sadness" and the USDOD just says the
    standard "in support of OEF". Wonder why we don't express some sympathy
    too? Not really important, I guess, just wondered.
    It's not just the announcement part, liz. It's the entire notification. Here is their official announcement of another serviceman's death - Senior Aircraftman Kinikki "Griff" Griffiths

    Pretty amazing - don't you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace View Post
    It's not just the announcement part, liz. It's the entire notification. Here is their official announcement of another serviceman's death - Senior Aircraftman Kinikki "Griff" Griffiths

    Pretty amazing - don't you think?

    I certainly do. It fills out a image of the man & what a huge loss his death truly is.
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    It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Staff Sergeant Brett George Linley, from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday 17 July 2010.

    Entire announcement from the Dept. of Defence

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    Grace, may I please hijack this thread for a moment? We have had two police officers killed in Chicago in the past couple of weeks. I think this is an appropriate place to note it since this thread honors heroes.

    1) Officer Michael Bailey was coming home from work yesterday morning and was in front of his home when he was approached by men, shot and killed. He was less than a month away from mandatory retirement.

    2) Officer Thor Soderberg was killed in a robbery attempt last week.

    It is sad to see this happening more than once. It seems like the violence in Chicago gets worse when the weather gets very hot.
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    17 July 2010


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville, Ill., died July 17 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

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    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    They died July 15 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

    Killed were:

    Sgt. 1st Class John H. Jarrell, 32, of Brunson, S.C.

    Sgt. Leston M. Winters, 30, of Sour Lake, Texas.

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    16 July 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Cpl. Dave M. Santos, 21, of Rota, Marianas Islands of the Pacific, died July 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

    This incident is under investigation.

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    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt, 27, of Polo, Ill., died July 16 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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    18 July 2010


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. Justin B. Allen, 23, of Coal Grove, Ohio, died July 18 in Zhari, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was shot by insurgents while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

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    18 July 2010


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Gunnery Sgt. Christopher L. Eastman, 28, of Moose Pass, Ark., died July 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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    18 July 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    1st Lt. Robert N. Bennedsen, 25, of Vashon, Wash., died July 18 at Qalat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

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    18 July 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. Anibal Santiago, 37, of Belvidere, Ill., died July 18 in Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained July 17 in a non-combat related incident in Kwowst, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

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    16 July 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. Jesse R. Tilton, 23, of Decatur, Ill., died July 16 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained July 13 when insurgents attacked his unit in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, with rifle, rocket propelled grenade, and small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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    From the Department of Defence in Great Britain - I thought this was interesting.

    The last of 250 World War One soldiers killed in the Battle of Fromelles was laid to rest in a ceremony yesterday at the first Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery built in Europe for 50 years.


    The new cemetery, built near the site of the battle in northern France, was dedicated in the ceremony by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

    The soldiers were recently discovered in mass graves, and yesterday's ceremony, on the 94th anniversary of the battle, marks the end of a two-year project to give them a fitting final place of rest.

    The ceremony began when the coffin of the last soldier was borne out of Pheasant Wood, location of the original graves, on a WWI Mark X General Service Wagon pulled by horses from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

    The procession journeyed through the village of Fromelles, and was joined by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Excellency The Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, along with Chief of the General Staff, General Sir David Richards, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, Australian Chief of Army, and soldiers from the British and Australian Armies.

    The service was attended by hundreds of members of British and Australian families whose relatives were killed in the battle.

    Many took part in the service, reading extracts from letters and diaries from those they lost.

    The coffin was borne by soldiers from the British and Australian armies, and a joint firing party fired three shots, followed by a one minute silence.

    Wreaths were then laid by HRH The Prince of Wales, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, and Monsieur Hubert Falco, the French Minister of State for Defence and Veterans, and the cemetery was dedicated by His Royal Highness.

    The Battle of Fromelles began on 19 July 1916, 19 days after the opening of the Somme campaign, and was the first major battle on the Western Front involving Australian troops.

    The 5th Australian Division suffered losses of 5,533 either killed, wounded, taken prisoner or missing; and the 61st British Division suffered 1,547 similar losses.

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's records suggest that between 19 and 20 July 1916 the Australian dead at Fromelles amounted to 1,780, the British 503.

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