Faces behind numbers of soldiers killed in Iraq

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Posted: Monday, October 27, 2003

Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, Spc. Spencer T. Karol, Spc. James H. Pirtle. Who are they, you ask?

Just four of the U.S. soldiers recently killed in the war in Iraq. ...

The ongoing debate about the legitimacy of the intervention and its enormous monetary costs a debate very necessary in our democracy has diverted focus from the human suffering buried in those casualty figures.

That cannot be allowed to happen.

Each number represents an individual with a face, a family and loved ones whose sacrifice cannot be adequately counted in the giving of the last, full measure of their devotion to their country.

Neither must we forget the continuing heroism and sacrifice on the part of U.S. troops fighting in Iraq especially the wounded and maimed. ...

Like the soldiers giving their lives almost daily in Iraq, the wounded deserve the nation's deepest gratitude, including reassurance they'll receive the governmental support and aid they're due as veterans.

They need to hear that loud and clear from each of us, because their ranks and the ranks of their dead brothers and sisters in arms will not lessen anytime soon.

Florida Today, Melbourne - Oct. 20

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