Rest in Peace Paratroopers

  The Department of Defense announced today the death of nine soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died of wounds suffered when their outpost was attacked by small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades from enemy forces in Wanat, Afghanistan, on July 13. They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy.


Killed were:


1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, of Hawaii.


Sgt. Israel Garcia, 24, of Long Beach, Calif.


Cpl. Jonathan R. Ayers, 24, of Snellville, Ga.


Cpl. Jason M. Bogar, 25, of Seattle, Wash.


Cpl. Jason D. Hovater, 24, of Clinton, Tenn.


Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips, 27, of Jasper, Ga.


Cpl. Pruitt A. Rainey, 22, of Haw River, N.C.


Cpl. Gunnar W. Zwilling, 20, of Florissant, Mo.


Pfc. Sergio S. Abad, 21, of Morganfield, Ky.


I knew this was coming and was very sad to see it today. I was surprised by the number of Corporals that were killed in the battle of Wanat. Even though this was sad to see today, it was sickening for me to see that ISAF pulled out of the combat outpost that these guys died on just days after they were killed and before their bodies are even home.  ISAF had our paratroopers pull out and let the enemy take over the outpost. The enemy will no doubt use this as a propaganda opportunity to show how they scared the big and bad United States Army.

This makes me think that maybe Bill Clinton is in charge of ISAF, as this is déjà-vu from 1993 and Somalia.

5 thoughts on “Rest in Peace Paratroopers”

  1. It was like someone punched me in the gut when I heard of this. SO sad.

    May God have mercy on their souls and may they rest in peace.

  2. I am familiar with military positions being ‘disestablished’ [ ], as it were. In all fairness (and I say this fully realizing that the amount of gold or silver on a collar confirs no grand knowledge of what to do) without being at least at Battalion or maybe even Regiment we cannot guess at the Comanders’ motives for or rationality of a withdrawl. My personal view after looking at the terrain is that I would not wish to be there in less than reinforced Company strength and being a gunfire spotter/fo by training I would desire a battery of 8″ close by to the Wsw. Close air is always nice. And considering the present administration’s record I personally think the slam of the previous President is uncalled for.

  3. I am not sure if you have ever been to Afghanistan, but most of the terrain is ugly and not tactically sound. However we still go in there with less than 4 Americans and do the best we can. I have been in a ton of spots there that were suicide missions based on terrain alone. Soldiers there don’t have the luxury of Artillery on call, and in fact are lucky to even get CAS on station when it is needed. You work with what you got. I don’t know the whole story and I don’t know the facts on the ground. I said it made me sick, I did not say it was the wrong thing to do. I will not sit back here in the states, even though I just left Afghanistan a year ago and arm-chair quarterback. There are enough people that want to do that.

    There may have been a good reason to pull out, even though I can’t think of what it would be. We are there to kill the enemy. Apparently there is a lot of enemy in that area, so if it is a hard area to cover with a platoon plus, then put in more troops. But don’t just pull out. It sounds like it is a very target-rich environment, so why not bring in more shooters.

    Oh, as for my comment about Slick Willy (notice I won’t give him the respect of even calling him President), well it is my blog so I will say whatever the hell I want to say. Don’t like it? Then don’t read it.


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