Skip to comments.1,000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour
Posted on 06/05/2010 7:42:35 AM PDT by KeyLargo
1,000th GI killed in Afghan war was on 2nd tour
May 30, 4:41 AM (ET)
By PAUL J. WEBER
KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) - The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan was born on the Fourth of July. He died several days before Americans honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.
Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Helmand province that ripped off his right arm. It was the 24-year-old Texan's second deployment overseas.
Leicht had begged to return to the battlefield after a bomb took out his Humvee in Iraq. He spent two painful years recovering from face and leg injuries, all the while pining for combat in letters from his hospital bed.
He finally got back to the front lines, but was killed less than a month into the tour of duty he desperately wanted.
"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."
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........
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Jonathan Leicht, left, and Jesse Leicht, right, pose with a photo of their brother, Marine Cpl. Jacob Leicht
A good, brave soldier. God rest his soul.
Not “GI” nor “soldier”......Marine. Semper Fi
Didn’t the leftist rags have a field day when this milestone was hit in Iraq?
Incorrect. Leicht was a Marine, not a soldier and not a GI.
Obamas A murderer, He is waging this war for Opium, UM Obama is waging war for Haliburton! Ok did I cover the lefts talking points about BUSH!
Don’t give them any bright ideas.
ENJOY THEIR SILENCE.
Cause when they start up, it WILL NOT BE ON OUR SIDE.