HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan – November 2008

If you visit any of the lists of the KIA's or Injured in the Iraq Theater one thing you'll notice, the Only Occupation Forces numbers rising, being Killed and Maimed, are American Forces these last number of months!! I find myself wondering how many are on a first tour, or second, or third, or forth..................................., in Both Theaters!!

Iraq

There have been 4,521 coalition deaths -- 4,207 Americans, 2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 176 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 Korean, 3 Latvian, 22 Poles, 3 Romanians, 5 Salvadoran, 4 Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of December 1, 2008, according to a CNN count. { Graphical breakdown of casualties }. The list below is the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast Guardsmen whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The list also includes seven employees of the U.S. Defense Department. At least 30,840 U.S. troops have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. View casualties in the war in Afghanistan.

Cpl. Blair W. Emery 24 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade Lee, Maine Died of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered a roadside bomb in Baquba, Iraq, on November 30, 2007

Cpl. Allen C. Roberts 21 Marine Attack Squadron 214, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Arcola, Illinois Died from a vehicle accident in Al Asad, Iraq, on November 28, 2007

Sgt. 1st Class John J. Tobiason 42 847th Adjutant General Battalion, 89th Regional Readiness Command Bloomington, Minnesota Died of injuries suffered from an incident in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 28, 2007. The incident is currently under investigation.

Pvt. Isaac T. Cortes 26 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Bronx, New York One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle encountered a roadside bomb in Amerli, Iraq, on November 27, 2007

Spc. Benjamin J. Garrison 25 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Houston, Texas One of two soldiers killed when their vehicle encountered a roadside bomb in Amerli, Iraq, on November 27, 2007

Staff Sgt. Jonathon L. Martin 33 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Bellevue, Ohio Died on November 22, 2007, in Regensburg, Germany, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered a roadside bomb in Jisr Naft, Iraq, on November 9, 2007

Spc. Melvin L. Henley Jr. 26 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division Jackson, Mississippi Died of injuries suffered from non-combat related incident at Camp Striker in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 21, 2007

Sgt. Alfred G. Paredez Jr. 32 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Las Vegas, Nevada Died of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 20, 2007

Pfc. Marius L. Ferrero 23 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Miami, Florida One of three soldiers who died when a roadside bomb detonated during a mounted patrol in Baquaba, Iraq, on November 18, 2007

Cpl. Jason T. Lee 26 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Fruitport, Michighan One of three soldiers who died when a roadside bomb detonated during a mounted patrol in Baquaba, Iraq, on November 18, 2007. Lee died in Balad, Iraq.

Cpl. Christopher J. Nelson 22 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Rochester, Washington One of three soldiers who died when a roadside bomb detonated during a mounted patrol in Baquaba, Iraq, on November 18, 2007

Staff Sgt. Alejandro Ayala 26 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 90th Mission Support Group Riverside, California Died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Kuwait on November 18, 2007

Sgt. Steven C. Ganczewski 22 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Niagara Falls, New York Died of wounds suffered from a combat-related incident in Balad, Iraq, on November 16, 2007

Sgt. Mason L. Lewis 26 26th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Gloucester, Virginia Died as a result of a non-combat related training accident in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 16, 2007

Spc. Derek R. Banks 24 237th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command, Virginia National Guard Newport News, Virginia Died on November 14, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds suffered when the vehicle he was in struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, on October 25

Sgt. Kenneth R. Booker 25 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Vevay, Indiana Died of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Mukhisa, Iraq, on November 14, 2007

2nd Lt. Peter H. Burks 26 4th Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment Dallas, Texas Killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 14, 2007

Sgt. Christopher R. Kruse 23 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Emporia, Kansas One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded during dismounted combat operations in Mukhisa, Iraq, on November 13, 2007

Pfc. Casey P. Mason 22 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Lake, Michigan Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire in Mosul, Iraq, on November 13, 2007

Cpl. Peter W. Schmidt 30 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Eureka, California One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb exploded during dismounted combat operations in Mukhisa, Iraq, on November 13, 2007

Spc. Ashley Sietsema 20 708th Medical Company, 108th Medical Battalion, 108th Sustainment Brigade, Illinois National Guard Melrose Park, Illinois Died of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident in Kuwait City, Kuwait on November 12, 2007

Sgt. Joseph M. Vanek 22 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Elmhurst, Illinois Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit using small-arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 12, 2007

Spc. Jermaine D. Franklin 22 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Arlington, Texas Died of wounds sustained when a homemade bomb exploded in Jisr Naft, Iraq, on November 9, 2007

Capt. Benjamin Tiffner 31 Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group West Virginia Killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb during a ground convoy in Baghdad, Iraq, on November 7, 2007

Sgt. Lui Tumanuvao 29 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Fagaalu, American Samoa Died of wounds suffered when he was struck by a roadside bomb during combat operations in Arab Jabour, Iraq, on November 7, 2007

Spc. Christine M. Ndururi 21 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment Dracut, Massachusetts Died from a non-combat related illness in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on November 6, 2007

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin R. Bewley 27 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 Hector, Arkansas Killed when a roadside bomb detonated during operations in Salah ad Din province, Iraq, on November 5, 2007

Staff Sgt. Carletta S. Davis 34 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Anchorage, Alaska One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, on November 5, 2007

Staff Sgt. John D. Linde 30 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division New York, New York One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, on November 5, 2007

Pfc. Adam J. Muller 21 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Underhill, Vermont One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, on November 5, 2007

Sgt. Daniel J. Shaw 23 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division West Seneca, New York Died in Taji, Iraq, on November 5, 2007. His death is under investigation.

Sgt. Derek T. Stenroos 24 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division North Pole, Alaska One of four soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their Humvee during combat operations in Tal Al-Dahab, Iraq, on November 5, 2007

Pfc. Dwane A. Covert Jr. 20 104th Transportation Company, 13th Corps Support Sustainment Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Tonawanda, New York Died from injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident in Al-Sahra, Iraq, on November 3, 2007

Cpl. Andrzej Filipek 31 3rd Mechanized Brigade Poland Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his patrol in northern Diwaniya, Iraq, on November 2, 2007

2nd Lt. Tracy Lynn Alger 30 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 101st Airborne Division New Auburn, Wisconsin Died of wounds suffered when a roadside bomb detonated near her vehicle in Shubayshen, Iraq, on November 1, 2007

Master Sgt. Thomas A. Crowell 36 Detachment 301, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Neosho, Missouri Killed along with another airman and an Air Force civilian employee when a roadside bomb detonated near Balad Air Base, Iraq, on November 1, 2007

Nathan J. Schuldheiss 27 Air Force civilian employee assigned to Detachment 204, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Newport Rhode Island Killed along with two airmen when a roadside bomb detonated near Balad Air Base, Iraq, on November 1, 2007

Staff Sgt. David A. Wieger 28 Detachment 303, Air Force Office of Special Investigations North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Killed along with another airman and an Air Force civilian employee when a roadside bomb detonated near Balad Air Base, Iraq, on November 1, 2007

Afghanistan - The Still Forgotten War - and The Third Front Pakistan

There have been 1007 coalition deaths -- 623 Americans, 6 Australians, 127 Britons, 97 Canadians, 3 Czech, 16 Danes, 17 Dutch, 3 Estonians, 1 Finn, 23 French, 25 Germans, 2 Hungarian, 12 Italians, 1 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 1 NATO/ISAF, 3 Norwegians, 8 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 8 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 25 Spaniards, 2 Swedes -- in the war on terror as of December 1, 2008, according to a CNN count. Below are the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The troops died in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At least 2,600 U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Marine Tony Evans 20 J Company, 42 Commando Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England One of two Royal Marines killed when their foot patrol was attacked by insurgents with rocket-propelled grenades northwest of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2008

Lt. Michael Fussell 25 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia Killed when a roadside bomb exploded during a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2008

Marine Georgie Sparks 19 J Company, 42 Commando Epping, Essex, England One of two Royal Marines killed when their foot patrol was attacked by insurgents with rocket-propelled grenades northwest of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2008

Marine Alexander Lucas 24 Victor Company, 45 Commando Peebles, Scotland Killed when a roadside bomb exploded near Kajaki in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2008

Adjudant Nicolas Rey 32 3e Régiment du Génie (3rd Combat Engineer Regiment) Castres, France Killed when he stepped on a landmine during a reconnaissance patrol on the southern outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 22, 2008

Colour Sgt. Krishnabahadur Dura 36 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles Lamjung district, Nepal Killed when his Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the Musa Qaleh district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 15, 2008

Spc. Jonnie L. Stiles 38 927th Engineer Company, 769th Engineer Battalion, Louisiana Army National Guard Highlands Ranch, Colorado Died of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on November 13, 2008

Marine Neil David Dunstan 32 Brigade Reconnaissance Force, UK Landing Force Command Support Group, 3 Commando Brigade Bournemouth, England One of two British Royal Marines killed in an explosion in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 12, 2008

Marine Robert Joseph McKibben 32 Brigade Reconnaissance Force, UK Landing Force Command Support Group, 3 Commando Brigade County Mayo, Ireland One of two British Royal Marines killed in an explosion in the Garmsir district of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 12, 2008

1st Sgt. Juan Andres Suarez Garcia 41 Brigada de Infantería Ligera Aerotransportable (Airborne Light Infantry Brigade) Mieres, Asturias, Spain One of two Spanish soldiers killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden van into an Afghan Army supply convoy escorted by Spanish soldiers near Shindand in Herat province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2008

Cpl. Ruben Alonso Rios 30 Brigada de Infantería Ligera Aerotransportable (Airborne Light Infantry Brigade) Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain One of two Spanish soldiers killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden van into an Afghan Army supply convoy escorted by Spanish soldiers near Shindand in Herat province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2008

Rifleman Yubraj Rai 28 Company B, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles Khotang district, Nepal Died from a gunshot wound from enemy fire in Musa Qaleh in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 4, 2008

Civilian Casulties - Iraq

Just Foreign Policy Issues
Over a million {*1,288,426} Iraqis are estimated to have been killed as a result of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation. Learn More and Take Action»
*Estimate, click for explaination

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John Hopkins School of Public Health { October 11, 2006 report } puts the count at 650,000, with a range from 400,000 to 900,000.

Exact Count of Civilian Casulties may never be known, as is the case in every conflict, especially an Invasion by another Country. For it is the Innocent Civilians and those Defending their Countries {of which All would be counted if this land were ever invaded} who suffer the most, during and long after!

Iraq Refugees UNHCR: UNHCR Global Appeal 2008-2009 - Iraq Situation
Filetype: PDF (116k)

All the Deaths, Maimings and Destruction are the Blood on All Our Hands, No One can escape the Guilt!

October 2008, September 2008, August 2008, July 2008, June 2008, May 2008, April 2008, March 2008, Febuary 2008, January 2008, December 2007, November 2007, October 2007, September 2007, August 2007, July 2007, June 2007, May 2007, April 2007, March 2007, Feb. 2007, Jan. 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

You can view other Honor Rolls of the Fallen I have posted on my site {links above}, or from the CNN link at top and the other sources that you might use or know about.


As Of December 2, 2008, There Are 90 Pages w/5 'Silent Honor Rolls' Each, Number Of Casulties Varies With Each 'Silent Honor Roll'; Many now have numbers in the teens and twenties, click on graphic.

A Nations Security Does Not Mean A Nation Sets An Example Of Creating More Hatreds And Enemies By

    'Wars Of Choice'

, Nor By Installing And Supporting Dictators, It Leads By The Example Of Peace And Prevention, Especially As A Democracy, Gaining Friends And Supporters, And Defends With Force Only When All Other Options Are Exhausted


97 percent of U.S. deaths in Iraq have occurred after George W. Bush declared an end to "major combat."
”Mission Accomplished!”

The Rand Corporation Terrorism Report the press release here, you can get the full document here or a summary of the research brief here

I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq
Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It's no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans.

MSNBC Countdown Video Commentary

Americans, including officers like myself, must fight to protect our values not only from al-Qaeda but also from those within our own country who would erode them. Other interrogators are also speaking out, including some former members of the military, the FBI and the CIA who met last summer to condemn torture and have spoken before Congress -- at considerable personal risk.

We're told that our only options are to persist in carrying out torture or to face another terrorist attack. But there truly is a better way to carry out interrogations -- and a way to get out of this false choice between torture and terror.

Those who take some sort of relief in the "We are fighting them over there so we won't be fighting them here!", Better Rethink their Future, or rather their Childrens Future!!

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is," - George W. Bush, Texas Gov., 1999

"How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans."
Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

" What does it matter to the dead, the orphan, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?"
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Patriotism is proud of a country's virtues and eager to correct its deficiencies; it also acknowledges the legitimate patriotism of other countries, with their own specific virtues. The pride of nationalism, however, trumpets its country's virtues and denies its deficiencies, while it is contemptuous toward the virtues of other countries. It wants to be, and proclaims itself to be, 'the greatest,' but greatness is not required of a country; only goodness is."
Sydney J. Harris

The Failed Policies will Haunt Us and the World for Decades!!

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The OpEd:

The Ghosts of Desert Storm

The Plan:

Veterans all especially Gulf War Veterans Please post this on websites and forward to others that you know. We need a massive effort. The Agent Orange Vets and Atomic vets went thru this and unfortunately we are 17 almost 18 years in to this battle against our own government. I believe each veterans, their family members and spouses can have a huge impact if we all respond now. I am asking for three simple actions that each of you have the ability to do. If you think you cannt then think of General Mich, Major Donnelly and his family they were severly ill and in motorized chairs with respiratory support but they did not give up.

We may have gotten a bum deal so far but this is not about one of us individually but all of us and for the survivors that have already lost a loved one. This is about making a change now that will not be forgotten! You can do these three things from where you live for very little cost! But if we all do it in each state it must result in an impact!

For some reason each of us has some mission in our larger lives and maybe this is it.
For the current and future!

1. Tommorrow or tonight I am requesting each of the gulf war veterans and their families to write a letter to the editor of your local paper...you can find them all on line and can submit them on line. The American people need to hear from you the injuried what it has been like!!!! Tell them what your veterans day or Thanksgiving was really like dont hold back let the emotions and truth flow!

2. Then I also am requesting that if you live in your capitol of your state to hand deliver a copy of the downloaded RAC report to your governor.

Write a short letter and ask them to address the issue in an editorial, ask them to direct their legislatures to have one hearing with their Senate and House VA committee at State level.....ask for a resolution from your state house and signed by governor that 17 years is long enough that the gulf war veterans should get compensated and rapidly. Ask them to support the call for medical research funding thru the DOD CDMRP program as is explained in the report.

3. Then ask them the Governor to have a meeting with the gulf war veterans and the chancellor of your medical school in your state....Share the RAC report with them....Ask for a meeting with the heads of their departments....neurology, hematology, cardiology, immunology, bio chemistry, pharmacology.....Present the findings to them and describe to them the symptoms and problems you have had. WE need to actively find the best of the best to submit research grants in the next cycle....we just had one....but that is okay you want them discussing between departments and getting informed and forming a interdisciplinary team to work together on their submissions. Remember biomarkers, diagnosis, treatment trials(small at first to prove the point and effectiveness)....
YOU CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AS ILL GULF WAR VETERANS THAT Dont just want compensation but CARE and treatment and a way to get better and have a quality of life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is how you can really have a mission!

This battle is not done and each of you can play a significant important role to help not only yourselves but other gulf war veterans.

Enjoy the article below and please get energized because to carry this thru and get the job done is going to take all of us working and doing a little each day....

YOU CAN AND MUST DO THIS...a
handful and a committeee RAC/Adv comm on GWV can not accomplish this without you

Sincerely,
Denise
DSNurse1.

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."