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  • A Moving Story, Worthy of Your Attention

    12/26/2010 8:10:11 PM PST · by reprobate · 34 replies · 6+ views
    This was forwarded to us by family friend XXXXXXXX: From an airline captain: My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H..R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I asked. "Yes," she said. "Is there an escort?" I asked. "Yes, I already assigned him a seat." "Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said. A short while later a young Army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked...
  • Marine dad first to get Gold Star California license plate (Father of 3/5 Fallen Marine)

    12/13/2010 8:49:14 PM PST · by Saoirise · 18 replies
    North County Times ^ | 12/13/2010 | Mark Walker
    Six years ago, on Dec. 14, Camp Pendleton Marine Cpl. Mike Anderson Jr. lost his life during house-to-house combat in the city of Fallujah, a seminal battle in the Iraq war. Last week, his father became the first person in California to be issued a "Gold Star" license plate in recognition of his family's loss. For the senior Anderson, the presentation Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger capped a five-year-long effort to get California to join 45 other states that have made the plates available to families of troops killed in action. "It's an acknowledgment of the sacrifice of families left...
  • California high school mourns 8 war deaths

    12/10/2010 6:15:52 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 49 replies
    AP via Google ^ | December 10, 2010
    CLOVIS, Calif. (AP) — It has become a never-ending heartache within the hallways of Buchanan High School: news that another former student has died in Iraq or Afghanistan. Eight former students have been killed in the two wars, including a Marine sergeant who will be laid to rest Saturday after dying Dec. 2 of a head wound in Afghanistan. The community in the heart of California's farm country has become all-too-familiar with the rituals of grief that have followed each death — tearful remembrances, flag-draped coffins, candlelight vigils. The school even built a memorial garden where the names of the...
  • Holiday Wreath Project To Honor Local Military

    12/07/2010 8:39:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    10News ^ | December 7, 2010
    Wreaths Across America Places Extra Wreaths On Military HeadstonesA project that lays holiday wreaths on the headstones of members of the military has been expanded to include those at Fort Rosecrans in Point Loma. The project, called Wreaths Across America, was started 19 years ago by the Worchester Wreath Company in Maine when it overproduced 5,000 wreaths. Instead of throwing them away, the company owner drove to Arlington National Cemetery and placed the extra wreaths on the headstones. Since then, the project has gained momentum with more than 105,000 wreaths going out this year. Local event coordinator Joann Murphy of...
  • R.I.P. SSG Adam L. Dickmyer [Killed in Action Oct. 28, 2010]

    11/20/2010 3:39:41 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | Saturday, October 30, 2010
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Adam L. Dickmyer, 26, of Winston Salem, N.C., died Oct. 28 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Navy Honors Killed, Injured in USS Cole Attack

    10/12/2010 3:42:28 PM PDT · by Dubya · 11 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2010 – Navy officials, current and former crew members and families of the fallen gathered today at Norfolk Naval Station, Va., to remember the 17 sailors killed and 39 others wounded in the al-Qaida attack on the USS Cole 10 years ago today. Suicide bombers launched the surprise Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the Arleigh Burke-class, Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer as it was anchored in Aden, Yemen, for a routine refueling stop. The attackers detonated an explosive-laden boat against the ship’s port side, tearing a 40-by-40-foot hole in the hull and sending seawater gushing into the engineering...
  • Sad Milestone: 900 Military Deaths Under Obama

    10/10/2010 2:08:54 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 5 replies ^ | 10/10/10 | Peter Andrew
    The death of a sailor from Florida marks a sad milestone for the President of the United States. Since Barack H. Obama became the Commander in Chief, 900 soldiers have lost their lives. The 900th to die was Edwin Gonzalez, 22, of North Miami Beach, Florida. The Department of Defense says Gonzales was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom as a Hospital Corpsman. He died Oct. 8 from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic, Camp Lejeune, N.C. You can see the list...
  • Afghan roadside bomb kills four US soldiers

    08/31/2010 2:44:38 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | August 31st 2010 | APF Staff
    A roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed four US soldiers, Nato said. AFP quoted spokesman James Judge as saying that a home-made bomb, one of the main weapons of the Taliban, was used in the attack. The attack comes a day after seven US soldiers were killed in two bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan. The deaths add to the rising trend of casualties for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf). June and July were the worst months for foreign troop deaths since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Nearly 50 Americans have died in August alone....
  • 7 US troops killed in latest Afghanistan fighting

    08/29/2010 2:08:01 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29th 2010 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's embattled southern and eastern regions, NATO said Sunday. Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while two others were killed in a bomb attack in the south on Saturday and three in fighting in the east the same day, NATO said. Their identities and other details were being withheld until relatives could be notified. The latest deaths bring to 42 the number of American forces who have died this month in Afghanistan after July's high of 66. A total of 62 international forces have died...
  • Decorated Little Creek-based SEAL dies in Afghanistan

    08/20/2010 8:34:07 PM PDT · by SevenMinusOne · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 8-21-10 | Cindy Clayton
    highly decorated Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach died Wednesday from injuries sustained in combat operations in eastern Afghanistan, the Navy said Friday. Chief Special Warfare Operator Collin Trent Thomas, 33, was shot while deployed with a SEAL team based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. As is customary in operations involving the elite commando units, the Navy released no other details about the circumstances of his death
  • Person of the Week: Fallen Hero Derek Farley (the real "Hurt Locker")

    08/21/2010 5:05:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    (Only Weeks Away From Coming Home) Staff Sgt. Derek Farley lived an action-packed life, and loved every minute of it. "He was someone who could see a situation and know he could handle it. He could see his way through it," said his father Kenneth Farley, 53. "He loved to make things go bang." At age 17, Derek Farley already had made up his mind about his future, telling his parents that he had contacted a military recruiter who would speak to them about his choice. According to his father, the motivation was the feeling of camaraderie with other soldiers...
  • Mother's message in a bottle to son killed in Afghanistan

    08/06/2010 4:57:16 AM PDT · by mware · 23 replies
    Mail On Line ^ | Last updated at 9:41 AM on 6th August 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A message in a bottle written by the mother of a British soldier killed in Afghanistan has been found by workers cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Sarah Adams, 43, was on holiday in Barbados when she wrote the loving message about her son Private James Prosser, 21, who was killed by a roadside bomb. She threw it into the sea and after floating 1,300 miles it was fished out of the water by workers cleaning up the oil leak from the BP pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. The workers were so moved by Mrs Adams' message...
  • Body of 2nd missing US Navy sailor recovered in eastern Afghanistan

    07/29/2010 4:53:11 AM PDT · by NCDragon · 78 replies · 7+ views ^ | July 29, 2010 |
    <p>KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials say the body of a second U.S. sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan has been recovered.</p> <p>The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information, says the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove — a 25-year-old from the Seattle area — has been notified of his death.</p>
  • 3 US troops die, deadliest month of Afghan war

    07/30/2010 1:39:59 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 30 2010 | ROBERT H. REID
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. service members were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to at least 63 and making it the deadliest month for American forces in the nearly 9-year-war.
  • 8 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Attacks

    07/14/2010 5:21:36 AM PDT · by wrrock · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | 7/14/2010 | CBS News
    Three Die as Militants Lay Siege to Police HQ in Kandahar, 5 More Killed Hours Later in 2 Separate Attacks
  • Last salute for a soldier

    06/23/2010 9:48:27 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carmen Duarte
    SIERRA VISTA - A 21-gun salute marked a farewell Tuesday to Army Spc. Christian M. Adams during a funeral service at the Main Post Chapel at Fort Huachuca. Maj. Gen. John Custer, commanding general of the Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, presented folded flags to loved ones, including Adams' mother, Donna Adams, his wife, Amanda, and their 2-year-old daughter, Faith Marie. Tears flowed among the crowd of more than 100 gathered at the military honors ceremony when little Faith Marie reached out, then held onto the flag presented by Custer in the chapel courtyard. A private funeral...
  • Pararescuemen: Honoring fallen warriors

    06/22/2010 9:57:07 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes, USAF
    6/22/2010 - SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- More than 20 pararescuemen, active duty, retired and prior service, donned their service dress uniforms, with boots and maroon berets, and fell into formation. Local freedom riders holding American flags lined the street of the funeral procession. As their fallen commrade's remains arrived and were retrieved by honor guard members, the formation saluted him. On a bright sunny afternoon in San Antonio, the mood is far from light on this day as pararescuemen from across the U.S. paid their final respects to their fallen comrade, Tech. Sgt. Michael Flores, in a funeral ceremony at...
  • Fallen soldier’s body arrives on Fort Huachuca

    06/21/2010 9:37:17 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Christian is home. Sunday, slightly after the noon hour, a plane carrying Spc. Christian Michael Adams landed at Libby Army Airfield. Waiting for him were family members and an honor guard of soldiers. The homecoming was sad, somber and sorrowful, as his family watched from just inside one of Libby’s hangars as the 26-year-old soldier’s body was taken from the plane to be returned to his family, by members of his extended family — fellow members of the Army. As the honor guard stood on one side of a red line on the tarmac, the bright sun...
  • Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan (3 dead, 7 injured, chopper crash)

    06/21/2010 12:18:47 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 21st June 2010
    Australian troops have been involved in an incident in Afghanistan that has killed an unknown number of soldiers. Defence has called a snap press conference where Defence Minister John Faulkner will detail the incident.
  • Anatomy of secret life: CIA officer's Afghan death

    06/05/2010 2:18:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 790+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | ADAM GOLDMAN
    HO This is photo provided by family shows Darren James LaBonte, 35, in Afghanistan in 2007. LaBonte was one of seven CIA employees who died when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a U.S. base in Khost, Afghanistan on Dec. 30, 2009. LaBonte and the others were remembered at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Memorial Day. As part of the ceremony, a B-17 bomber dropped flowers in the Atlantic Ocean not far from the site of the Twin Towers and the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Courtesy of LaBonte's Family) NO SALES A last...