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    Col. Geoff Parker

    From: Oakville, Ontario
    Age: 42
    Unit: Royal Canadian Regiment, attached to Land Forces Central Area Headquarters
    Died: May 18, 2010

    Killed along with five U.S. soldiers when a suicide car bomber detonated an explosive device near an ISAF convoy traveling on Darulaman Road in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2010

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    Capt. Christophe Barek-Deligny


    From: Paris, France
    Age: 38
    Unit: 22e Compagnie d'Appui, 3e Régiment du Génie (22nd Support Company, 3rd Engineer Regiment)
    Died: May 22, 2010

    Killed along with a Dutch soldier and an Afghan interpreter when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on May 22, 2010

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    Cpl. Luc Janzen


    From: Netherlands
    Age: 25
    Unit: 42 Pantserinfanteriebataljon (42nd Armored Infantry Battalion)
    Died: May 22, 2010

    Killed along with a French soldier and an Afghan interpreter when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on May 22, 2010

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    Grace, this is not a soldier on active duty, but I would like to post it anyway, if I could. This is a 30-year-old Chicago police officer and Iraq veteran who was killed when a group of 4 men tried to steal his motor cycle. He lived in a neighborhood on the south side of Chicago with nice houses, families, and people who are truly concerned that the kids in their neighborhood stay out of trouble, get the best possible education, and have opportunities to succeed in life. It's just a very sad story.


    This is from the Officer Down Memorial Page:
    Police Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV
    Chicago Police Department, Illinois
    End of Watch: Thursday, May 20, 2010

    Biographical Info
    Age: 30
    Tour of Duty: 2 years, 11 months
    Badge Number: 6181

    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Date of Incident: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
    Weapon Used: Handgun
    Suspect Info: Shot and killed

    Officer Thomas Wortham was shot and killed after identifying himself as a police officer when four suspects attempted to rob him while he was off duty at 11:25 pm.

    Officer Wortham was visiting his parents' home to show them pictures from the previous week's Police Week activities that he attended in Washington. As he was leaving, four men approached and attempted to rob him of his motorcycle. Officer Wortham drew his service weapon and fired at the suspects, but was fatally shot in the abdomen. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

    His father, a retired Chicago police sergeant, witnessed the shooting and exchanged shots with the suspects, killing one and seriously wounding another. The remaining two suspects fled in a vehicle, but were taken into custody the following day.

    Officer Wortham had served with the Chicago Police Department for nearly three years and was assigned to the Englewood District. He had recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq while serving with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Officer Wortham is survived by his sister and parents.
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    Absolutely, this is appropriate. I heard about this on the news.

    Thanks for posting it.

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    From the AP -

    1,000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour
    By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press



    KERRVILLE, Texas – The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan had already fallen once to a hidden explosive, driving his Humvee over a bomb in Iraq in 2007. The blast punched the dashboard radio into his face and broke his leg in two places.

    Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht didn't survive his second encounter with a bomb this week. The death of the 24-year-old Texan born on the Fourth of July marks a grim milestone in the Afghanistan war.

    Leicht, who spent two painful years recovering from the Iraq blast, was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Helmand province that ripped off his right arm. He had written letters from his hospital bed begging to be put back on the front lines, and died less than a month into that desperately sought second tour.

    An Associated Press tally shows Leicht is the 1,000th U.S. serviceman killed in the Afghan conflict. The first death — nearly nine years ago — was also a soldier from the San Antonio area.

    "He said he always wanted to die for his country and be remembered," said Jesse Leicht, his younger brother. "He didn't want to die having a heart attack or just being an old man. He wanted to die for something."

    The AP bases its tally on Defense Department reports of deaths suffered as a direct result of the Afghan conflict, including personnel assigned to units in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Uzbekistan.

    Other news organizations count deaths suffered by service members assigned elsewhere as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes operations in the Philippines, the Horn of Africa and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Leicht's brothers told the AP that the military also told the family that his death put the toll at 1,000.

    When military officers went to tell Leicht's parents that their adopted son had died in combat, sheriff's deputies had to help navigate them to the 130-acre family ranch tucked impossibly deep in the Texas Hill Country.

    It was here that Jacob Leicht chopped thick cedar trees and hiked the rugged limestone peaks, growing up into an imposing 6-5, 200-pound Marine with a soft heart. He watched "Dora the Explorer" with his brother's children and confided to family that he was troubled by the thought of young civilians being killed in battle.

    But for Leicht, born in a Lemoore, Calif., Navy hospital, the battlefield was the destination. He threw away a college ROTC scholarship after just one semester because he feared it would lead away from the front lines.

    "His greatest fear was that they would tell him he would have to sit at a desk for the rest of his life," said Jonathan Leicht, his older brother.

    When Jacob Leicht's wish finally came true, it didn't last long.

    His first deployment was to Iraq in 2007, but he was there just three weeks when Jesse Leicht said his brother drove over two 500-pound bombs hidden beneath the road.

    One detonated, the other didn't. The blast tore through the Humvee, shooting the radio into Leicht's face and knocking him unconscious. He felt something pinch his thumb, and the gunner's face was filleted so badly by shrapnel that medics couldn't keep water in his mouth.

    None of the five people were inside the vehicle died. Jesse Leicht said an Iraqi interpreter, the only one on board who wasn't seriously injured, dragged his brother from the mangled vehicle. The blast snapped Jacob Leicht's fibula and tibula, and the recovery was an agonizing ordeal of pins and rods and bolts drilled into his bones.

    But all Jacob Leicht could think about was going back. He launched a campaign for himself at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, writing letters and making phone calls about returning to combat. More than two years later, he was finally healthy enough to serve again.

    Nine days before his brother stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan, Jesse Leicht enlisted in the Marines. Using Facebook to reach a friend stationed at a base not far from his brother, Jesse asked the soldier a favor: If you see Jacob, let him know I signed up like him.

    "Hopefully," Jesse Leicht said, "he got the word."

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    Bringing them home

    Very moving article from our Sunday paper. My husband knows this man and has heard his stories.

    http://www.annarbor.com/news/ann-arb...ific/index.php

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    New England's War Dead -

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    Iraq

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    God Bless all of our fallen men and women. May you all rest in peace on this Memorial Day.


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    30 May 2010


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

    Lance Cpl. Anthony A. Dilisio, 20, of Macomb, Mich., died May 30 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, IIMarine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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    It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Marine Scott Gregory Taylor, 20, from Alpha Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday 30 May 2010.


    Marine Taylor was killed as a result of an explosion which occurred when he and Alpha Company were conducting a foot patrol to help reassure the local population and to increase security within the area around Sangin.

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    29 May 2010

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

    Pfc. Jake W. Suter, 18, of Los Angeles, Calif., died May 29 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

    This incident is under investigation.

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    30 May 2010

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

    Pfc. Alvaro R. Regalado Sessarego, 37, of Virginia Beach, Va., died May 30 at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, of injuries sustained April 18 from a non-combat related incident at Dahuk, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

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    1 June 2010

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

    Spc. Jonathan K. Peney, 22, of Marietta, Ga., died June 1 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he was shot by enemy forces. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga

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    Vietnam

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    Air Force Pilot Missing From Vietnam War Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

    Air Force Col. Elton L. Perrine of Pittsford, N.Y., was buried last week at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. On May 22, 1967, Perrine and Capt. Kenneth F. Backus completed a nighttime strike against the Cao Nung Railroad Yard near the town of Kep in North Vietnam. Seconds after the bomb run, a nearby aircrew reported seeing an isolated explosion approximately three miles east of the target, thought to be Perrine’s F-4C Phantom aircraft crashing. Search and rescue attempts were not initiated due to heavy anti-aircraft fire in the area.

    Analysts from DPMO developed case leads with information spanning more than 28 years. Through interviews with eyewitnesses and research in the National Archives, four locations in Lang Son Province were pinpointed as potential crash sites, separated by as many as 10 miles.

    Between 1999 and 2008, U.S.-Socialist Republic of Vietnam teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, further analyzed leads, interviewed villagers, conducted two surveys and four excavations. The teams recovered small pieces of aircraft wreckage, human remains, personal effects and life-support equipment from the four locations.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA – which matched that of Perrine’s mother – in the identification of his remains. No remains connected to Backus were recovered at the locations.

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