Image courtesy: Pfc. David Hauk, U.S. Army. Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 12, 2009

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Not just names

The Pentagon has announced four more casualties over the past week from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am hesitant to simply list their names, even while information about their lives is being gathered, because it's important to remember all four of these men are worth much more than that. In Montana, Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania, their families are weeping. All around the nation, people who knew these U.S. troops are also dealing with this crushing news that will forever alter their lives. The Unknown Soldiers will be telling the stories of these American heroes in the coming days.

Pfc. Gifford E. Hurt, 19, died in Mosul, Iraq, January 20.

Staff Sgt. Thaddeus S. Montgomery, 29, killed at Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan, January 20.

Capt. Paul Pena, 27, killed in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, January 19.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael P. Shannon, 52, died in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 17.

Please say a prayer for their families tonight.

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