Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Seven Who Died August 1

While we revel in how close Paul Hackett came in almost taking a heavily-Republican congressional seat in Ohio yesterday, let's take a moment to pause and remember why it's so important that we take our country back from these neocon bastards.

We have lost 21 soldiers in Iraq in just the last 72 hours. We don't yet know the names of the people we lost yesterday but, sadly, we know who died on Monday.

According to the Defense Department, the following young men died as a result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting operations outside Haditha, Iraq on August 1.

Cpl. Jeffrey A. Boskovitch, 25, of Seven Hills, Ohio
Lance Cpl. Roger D. Castleberry Jr., 26, of Austin, Texas
Sgt. David J. Coullard, 32, of Glastonbury, Conn.

Lance Cpl. Daniel N. Deyarmin Jr., 22, of Tallmadge, Ohio

Lance Cpl. Brian P. Montgomery, 26, of Willoughby, Ohio

Sgt. Nathaniel S. Rock, 26, of Toronto, Ohio

Sgt. James R. Graham III, 25, of Coweta, Okla., also died August 1 as a result of a suicide, vehicle-born, improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Hit, Iraq.

I thought you should know their names.

In case you're wondering, these men averaged just 26 years old. Some had wives and kids. Some had girlfriends or were engaged. All had lives.