Names of the Dead

Amidst all the ‘entertainment’ stuff designed to build profits, we too readily forget that almost daily more of our brave young military have died in wars that look in some cases to have no ends.

The NY Times usually has a snippet of another death and the numbers of our military who have already died per the report below. We are one death away from 1,500 young lives given over to “the Afghan war and related operations.”

As these deaths are the great hole in our awareness, I intend to publish them daily as they turn up. These people deserve to be honored far more than our entertainment honchos who dominate our news reports.

I wonder how the family of Justin D. Ross (below) feels about his death as do the nearly 1,500 other nameless and now forgotten ones who have sacrificed their lives — for what?

It looks to me as though the nations out there must settle their own disputes — as some seem ready to do. I make no comment on Libya. This may be a special case of a tyrant slaughtering his own people. We shall see.


Names of the Dead
Published: March 28, 2011

The Department of Defense has identified 1,499 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the death of the following American recently:

ROSS, Justin D., 22, Specialist, Army; Green Bay, Wis.; 863rd Engineer Battalion.
A version of this list appeared in print on March 29, 2011, on page A8 of the New York edition.

posted by Ed Kent at 9:52 AM

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