They Are All Our Guys... Our Heroes
Noah update: Doing better every day. His neck is feeling much better and the lower back is doing ok... His hearing is the most frustrating for him -- comes and goes... It will take time.
He's gotten a taste of the disconnect in information that all of us with deployed soldiers endure day in and day out... and he hates it!! Yesterday the news reported the death of a number of soldiers in an IED explosion in the area in Iraq where he was injured, but no additional information was available... and he had to wait until the Rear Detachment could tell him it wasn't his unit. He told me in an instant message, "THIS F**ING SUCKS! if we lost 5 guys I'm gonna loose it so bad, ma -- its not even gonna be funny..."
So I told him, " I know son... but you need to hold it together... if it's your Guys, their families will need the support of the brothers... but I do know how hard the waiting is... and of course there's the comm blackout which makes it even harder... you just wait here in silence... try to keep busy until you know something..."
But it was not his unit, but a Marine unit... Our hearts go out to the families of those Marines. I can not convey how my heart aches with every death... They are all Our Guys... all... Prayers and tears for our Heroes..
Update: They weren't Marines after all... Army... a NG unit from Pennsylvania who has lost 5 of her sons...
The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died on Sept. 28, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, where their M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. The soldiers were assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, New Milford, Pa.
Staff Sgt. Daniel L. Arnold, 27, of Montrose, Pa.
Staff Sgt. George A. Pugliese, 39, of Carbondale, Pa.
Sgt. Eric W. Slebodnik, 21, of Greenfield Township, Pa.
Spc. Lee A. Wiegand, 20, of Hallstead, Pa.
Pfc. Oliver J. Brown, 19, of Carbondale, Pa.
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