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[RIP Spc. Dennis Weichel] Rhode Island Guardsman died saving Afghan girl
CNN ^ | March 29, 2012

Posted on 03/31/2012 4:03:04 PM PDT by EternalVigilance

After the news of a U.S. soldier charged with murdering Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, the story of Spc. Dennis Weichel of the Rhode Island National Guard bears telling.

The official Pentagon news release says he died "from injuries suffered in a noncombat related incident." But there is much more to the story. Weichel, 29, of Providence, died saving the life of a little girl.

According to the Rhode Island National Guard and the U.S. Army, Weichel was in a convoy a week ago with his unit in Laghman Province, in northeast Afghanistan. Some children were in the road in front of the convoy, and Weichel and other troops got out to move them out of the way.

Most of the children moved, but one little girl went back to pick up some brass shell casings in the road. Afghan civilians often recycle the casings, and the girl appeared to aim to do that. But a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle was moving toward her, according to Lt. Col. Denis Riel of the Rhode Island National Guard.

MRAPs, as they are known, usually weigh more than 16 tons.

Weichel saw massive truck bearing down on the girl and grabbed her out of the way. But in the process, the armored truck ran him over, Riel said.

The little girl is fine. Weichel died a short time later of his injuries.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: hero

Spc. Dennis Weichel, 29, of Providence, Rhode Island, died saving the life of a little girl in Afghanistan.

1 posted on 03/31/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: EternalVigilance

God Bless this fine man. His family raised a righteous and brave warrior. I am just amazed that he gave his life for this little girl.


2 posted on 03/31/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Dick Vomer

Amen.


3 posted on 03/31/2012 4:15:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: Dick Vomer

I’d like to live in a country where this story would get infinitely more hits and comments than the death of some gang banger wannabe.


4 posted on 03/31/2012 4:18:12 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: EternalVigilance

We are so blessed as our country by this soldiers sacrifice. God bless his wife and children with grace and peace of life.


5 posted on 03/31/2012 4:18:52 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Remember, Obama said he's only 60% done with his agenda.)
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To: EternalVigilance

In the blink of an eye, a soul gives all it is worth, nothing is held back, the soul gives.

EL


6 posted on 03/31/2012 4:18:52 PM PDT by Eureka_Lead (There shall not be a dictatorship when the citizens have firearms & Ammunition - Stay Vigilant)
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To: EternalVigilance

And sadly, most people in Afghanistan would consider him an utter fool.

And that is why we can not “nation build” there. The gap is just too large.


7 posted on 03/31/2012 4:22:45 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: EternalVigilance

Prayers up for Specialist Weichel and his family.


8 posted on 03/31/2012 4:24:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: PGR88

I agree. A sad story.


9 posted on 03/31/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: PGR88

The saved child may not understand either, but the Creator does.


10 posted on 03/31/2012 4:40:02 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: EternalVigilance

Thank you for paying tribute to this hero. We sleep safe at night thanks in no small part to men such as Spc. Weichel.


11 posted on 03/31/2012 4:42:00 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

Prayers for this brave man’s family.
Is it so unusual for an American to do this?
Not really, it’s who we are.


12 posted on 03/31/2012 4:45:26 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: EternalVigilance

RIP.


13 posted on 03/31/2012 4:51:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Dick Vomer

typical of american soldiers, our female soldiers are more “men” tham almost all arab and muzzie males.


14 posted on 03/31/2012 4:56:53 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: EternalVigilance

When will the protest start for now the family of the girl won’t get death benefits!


15 posted on 03/31/2012 5:48:27 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: Steve Schulin; Taxman; Gelato; BlackElk

Ping...


16 posted on 03/31/2012 7:08:30 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You can be a Romney Republican or you can be a conservative. You can't be both. Pick one.)
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To: EternalVigilance

God remembers.


17 posted on 03/31/2012 9:44:35 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: EternalVigilance; PGR88

Thank you for posting, EV.

@PGR88 - Not quite true. Drop me a FReepmail if interested.


18 posted on 04/01/2012 1:07:11 AM PDT by EnglishCon (Gingrich/Santorum 2012.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Above and beyond the call of duty........


19 posted on 04/01/2012 1:42:36 AM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: Eureka_Lead

Your words are among the most beautiful I’ve ever read or heard. I did a google search in quotes in case you were not the author, and this thread was the only item that came up.


20 posted on 04/01/2012 5:44:50 AM PDT by floralamiss
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To: EternalVigilance

Blue cord......I think I saw Iron Mike shed a tear.


21 posted on 04/01/2012 7:33:24 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Eureka_Lead

Amazing words. Thank you.


22 posted on 04/02/2012 3:04:47 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: EternalVigilance

A hero. Rest in peace Spc. Dennis Weichel.


23 posted on 04/02/2012 3:05:50 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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