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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

 

Dirge of February - The Killing Fields in Iraq

The Named and the Nameless
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"Dear America, When Will This Cruel War Be Over?", The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson,Gordonsville,Virginia,1864. "At times I feel like I am a thousand years old---that is what this cruel war has done to me." Regardless of how they feel about the reason for the war in Iraq---just and necessary or a war for the grand plans and hubris of a few---there are many households in America in which the war is forever present because they have family members serving in the armed forces in Iraq. They must feel as Emma Simpson did back in 1864 about the civil war. They want the war to be over and soldiers to return home. Many more Iraqis have lost their lives, the majority of them hapless civilians who got caught in this action by the super powers. The Iraqi civilians deserve our sympathy just as much as our soldiers do.
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"Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
---John Donne

Garrison C. Avery, 23, Army 1st Lieutenant, Feb 01, 2006
Marlon A. Bustamante, 25, Army Specialist, Feb 01, 2006
Anthony Chad Owens, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 01, 2006
Caesar S. Viglienzone, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 01, 2006
Sean T. Cardelli, 20, Marine Private 1st Class, Feb 01, 2006
Simon T. Cox Jr., 30, Army 1st Lieutenant, Feb 02, 2006
Walter B. Howard II, 35, Army Specialist, Feb 02, 2006
Scott A. Messer, 26, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 02, 2006
Lance S. Cornett, 33, Army Sergeant 1st Class, Feb 03, 2006
Jesse M. Zamora, 22, Army Specialist, Feb 03, 2006
Roberto L. Martinez Salazar, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 04, 2006
Jeremiah J. Boehmer, 22, Army Sergeant, Feb 05, 2006
William S. Hayes III, 23, Army Specialist, Feb 05, 2006
Sergio A. Mercedes Saez, 23, Army Specialist, Feb 05, 2006
Christopher R. Morningstar, 27, Army Staff Sergeant, Feb 05, 2006
Patrick W. Herried, 29, Army Specialist, Feb 06, 2006
Orville Gerena, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 06, 2006
David S. Parr, 22, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 06, 2006
Brandon S. Schuck, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 06, 2006
Jacob D. "Jake" Spann, 21, Marine Private 1st Class, Feb 06, 2006
Allen D. Kokesh Jr., 21, Army National Guard Specialist, Feb 07, 2006
Steven L. Phillips, 27, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 07, 2006
Javier Chavez Jr., 19, Marine Private 1st Class, Feb 09, 2006
Ross A. Smith, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 09, 2006
Felipe J. Garcia Villareal, 26, Army Specialist, Feb 12, 2006
Andrew J. Kemple, 23, Army Corporal, Feb 12, 2006
Nicholas Wilson, 25, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, Feb 12, 2006
Matthew Ron Barnes, 20, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 14, 2006
Michael S. Probst, 26, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 14, 2006
Rusty L. Washam, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 14, 2006
Anthony R. Garcia, 48, Army Captain, Feb 17, 2006
Amos C. Edwards Jr., 41, Army National Guard Sergeant 1st Class, Feb 17, 2006
Charles E. Matheny IV, 23, Army Sergeant, Feb 18, 2006
Matthew D. Conley, 21, Marine Corporal, Feb 18, 2006
Jessie Davila, 29, Army National Guard Sergeant, Feb 20, 2006
Daniel J. Kuhlmeier, 30, Dept. of the Air Force Civilian, Feb 20, 2006
Jay T. Collado, 31, Marine Staff Sergeant, Feb 20, 2006
Almar L. Fitzgerald, 23, Marine 2nd Lieutenant, Feb 21, 2006
Gregson G. Gourley, 38, Army Staff Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Curtis T. Howard II, 32, Army Staff Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Rickey E. Jones, 21, Army Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Christopher L. Marion, 20, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 22, 2006
Gordon F. Misner II, 23, Army Sergeant, Feb 22, 2006
Allan A. Morr, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 22, 2006
Thomas J. Wilwerth, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 22, 2006
Dimitri Muscat, 21, Army Not reported yet, Feb 24, 2006
Joshua Francis Powers, 0, Army Private 1st Class, Feb 25, 2006
Adam J. VanAlstine, 21, Marine Lance Corporal, Feb 25, 2006
Clay Farr, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 26, 2006
Joshua Pearce, 21, Army Specialist, Feb 26, 2006
Source: Iraq Coalition Casualties

Names of five dead soldiers yet to be released by the DOD.
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Jill Carroll, Update
According to an AP report in the Post, she is being held by Islamic Army, the same insurgent group that released two French hostages in 2004 after keeping them captive for four months.
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