” The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains returning that day from old battlefields.
The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn’t even fly, and were towed into position. The story was first reported on nbcnews.com.
The ceremonies at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii are held up as a sign of the nation’s commitment to its fallen warriors. They have been attended by veterans and families of MIAs, led to believe that they were witnessing the return of Americans killed in World War II, Vietnam and Korea.”
Tag Archive: KIA
” Officials in Kansas City, Mo., said a puppy was found locked in a sport utility vehicle that had been impounded three weeks earlier.
Rotert said no one noticed the puppy inside the car until she jumped up on the dashboard while an employee was marking vehicles for auction.
Veterinarians said the 12-week-old puppy is lucky to be alive after spending three weeks locked inside the vehicle, where she is believed to have fed on leftover McDonald’s trash.”
US Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque
” We honor, twenty-eight-year-old US Navy SEAL Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque who gave of his life yesterday so that another American he and his team were saving from the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan, could live in freedom. His life and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
” The U.S. Navy SEAL killed on Sunday during a hostage rescue operation in Afghanistan is Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, a decorated combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.
Checque was a member of SEAL Team Six, the special operations unit that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last year, though it was not immediately clear if he took part in that raid.
Checque, who was from Monroeville, Pa., and stationed in Virginia Beach, Va., joined the military in 2002, and has been part of Naval Special Warfare Command since 2008, according to the DoD.
He was awarded a Bronze Star and two other awards for combat valor. “
- Rescued doctor’s family extends condolences (miamiherald.com)
- Navy identifies SEAL killed in hostage rescue in Afghanistan – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Navy SEAL killed in rescue was from Pennsylvania (bostonherald.com)
- Nicolas D. Checque Identified as Navy SEAL Team 6 Member Killed During Doctor-Rescue Mission in Afghanistan (foxnewsinsider.com)
- SEAL killed in doctor’s rescue in Afghanistan was from Pa. – Philadelphia Inquirer (philly.com)
- RIP PO1 Nicolas D Checque (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- R.I.P. – Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque (sgt-jim.blogspot.com)
- Springs Doctor Rescued From Taliban Heading Back To Colorado (denver.cbslocal.com)
In the description it says ST6. Could these have been the guys that all went after bin laden? The faces that are shown are Seals that died in Action in Afghanistan. Description: Naval Special Warfare Development Group (ST6) — Black Squadron (reconnaissance/snipers) Gold Squadron — Blue Squadron (meritime boat teams) Red Squadron
Sad To Think Of The Uncovered Faces As Soldiers Gone From This Earth .
Thank You And May God Rest Your Souls .
- The Secret Unit That Killed Bin Laden (history.com)
- Navy SEAL based in Va. Beach killed in Afghanistan (wtkr.com)
- Read 1st-hand account of killing bin Laden (wnd.com)
- Navy SEALs from Bin Laden kill unit spanked for video game work (go.theregister.com)
- Navy SEAL from Northern California killed in Afghanistan (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- The Secret Unit That Killed Bin Laden (history.com)
- The Army Will Be a Challenge for Obama’s Defense Spending Cuts (usnews.com)
” Two British soldiers have been shot dead by a man wearing Afghan police uniform in what appeared to be the latest “green on blue” attack where a rogue member of the Afghan forces has killed his allies.
The soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles were shot dead at a police checkpoint in Helmand province.
British and Afghan officials confirmed the killer wore police uniform, but it was not immediately clear if he was a genuine member of the force, or an insurgent fighter in disguise. The killer fled and was last night being hunted. “
Today is Gold Star Mothers Sunday
“Mothers of fallen service members began calling themselves “Gold Star Mothers” during the First World War, but the sorrowful bond they share reaches back to every woman who has lost a son or daughter in uniform since our nation’s revolution. The Army cherishes the mothers of its Soldiers as bedrocks of support and comfort, and honors the mothers of its fallen as resilient legacies of their children’s service. The United States began observing Gold Star Mothers Day on the last Sunday of September in 1936. This year, the Army joins the nation Sept. 30, in recognizing the sacrifice and strength of its Gold Star Mothers.”
“Rickenbacker International Airport hummed with excitement as tearful family members greeted 235 Ohio Army National Guard soldiers from all over the state, including many from Southwest Ohio.”
An email from a friend . Please keep these Marines and their families in your thoughts and prayers . They gave all , we can surely give some .
“We are asking everyone to say a prayer for “Darkhorse” 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and their families. They are fighting it out in Afghanistan & they have lost 9 marines in 4 days.
IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE the message spread if more could pass it on. Nothing in the media about these guys because no one seems to care: *Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanley, 21 Jesse Reed, 26, Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, Sheldon Tate, 27 . All are Marines that gave their lives for YOU this week. Please Honor THEM by forwarding this. I just did. ”
God bless them and their families .
This is a bittersweet subject that had never crossed my mind . On reflection it seems such an obvious thing but I have to admit , somewhat shamefully that I’ve never given any thought to American soldiers donating organs . It is just another of the many ways that the American GI , through their sacrifice improves the world . Read it with a dry eye , I dare you .
“Since 2006, about 140 European lives have been saved because organs — hearts, lungs, livers, kidneys and pancreases — were harvested from 36 U.S.servicemembers determined to be brain dead from wounds suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to statistics from the German foundation that oversees organ removal and implantation.
All casualties from combat funnel through the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for care before being flown to the USA.
The window for removing, transporting and transplanting organs is narrow given the viability of organs, making it difficult for them to be used in the USA, says Insel Angus, a Landstuhl intensive care nurse involved in these cases.
Troops who are brain dead from head wounds arrive on a ventilator. Even with ventilator support, key organs last for only 24 to 36 hours, says Joel Newman, a spokesman for the German foundation’s USA counterpart, the United Network for Organ Sharing.”