Monday, May 05, 2008


It seems like a couple of weeks since we passed the four thousand mark. Sigh.
Staff Sgt. Chad A. Caldwell, 24, of Spokane, Wash., died April 30 in Mosul, Iraq, of injuries sustained while conducting dismounted combat operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas.
Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence D. Ezell, 30, of Portland, Texas, died April 30 in Baghdad of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat operations. He was assigned to the 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, Fort Carson, Colo.
Sgt. Jerry L. DeLoach, 45, of Jackson, Ga., died July 7, 2007, at Fort Knox, Ky. He had been medically evacuated from theater, and died of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Knox.
...they rest from their labors.

For these three and all their comrades, the brave women and men who face the horrors of war on our behalf - peace, respect, and honor.

For the Iraqi people - that they may be delivered from conflict and freed to rebuild their land.

For the healing.

May we be delivered from the hell of war.

h/t to blue jersey mom for today's IGTNT post.
--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

Oh, my. The killing goes on. The numbers climb quickly. But they're not numbers. They're people. Look at the faces. Look at the wife and children. One of the boys will likely have no real memories of his dad, the other, perhaps a few dim memories.

I hate this war.

Paul said...

I hate it too, Mimi, with a passion.

Caminante said...

And what we can't know from the photos is what sort of horrific death these people suffered. One, Merlin German (google him), died in April after living through 140 surgeries to try to restore him to life after receiving burns on 97% of his body. He established a foundation to raise money for children suffering 2nd and 3rd-degree burns.

May all of them rest in peace and rise in glory.

Totally OT: Paul, Executive Council will be in ABQ in June (13-16). Find out the schedule -- at least where we will be having Eucharist on Sunday. Once we go into meetings, there's no free time at all but perhaps we can meet on Thursday the 12th, before we get going? This is the only way I know to contact you. (Pseudopiskie, Kirstin, and FranIAm have my email so if you have theirs, you can get it from them to reach me.)