You MUST read this!!

If you read nothing else today on the web at all, you MUST read this. Why MUST? Because this is a fresh, raw and un-spun view into the world of a band of men doing their job, the conditions they do it in, and how they pay their respects to those that fall in the process.

The NYT has been embedded with these guys for a while, and their stories are truly a looking-glass into the world of the soldiers on the front lines of the Global War on Terror in Afghanistan.

ALIABAD, Afghanistan — The two Army lieutenants crouched against boulders beside the Korangal River. Taliban gunfire poured down from villages and cliffs above, hitting tree branches and rocks and snapping as the bullets passed over the officers’ helmets. An American platoon was pinned in the riverbed, which had blossomed into a kill zone. One squad and the radio operator were trapped in a wheat field on the far side. An improvised bomb had just exploded in their midst. The blast wave had blown the soldiers down, and, though the platoon did not yet know it, killed a soldier on the trail.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/world/asia/20ambush.html?pagewanted=1


IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 258-09
April 19, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
PFC Richard A. Dewater, 21, of Topeka, Kan., died April 15, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device, while on a dismounted patrol near Korengal Valley, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information related to this release, the media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993 or (254)291-2591.

4 thoughts on “You MUST read this!!”

  1. I saw this today on the NYT Website. Amazing Photos and internview. The article is also amazing and very sobering.

    Eric

  2. Excuse my tears but this really got to me. What a story!! It made me feel almost as if I was right there with those men but deep down I know I did not experience the fright, fear and feelings that they felt.
    I am almost lost for words and my heart goes out to ALL of our warriors; past, present and future. May God send His Angels to protect each and every one of our troops!

  3. What’s going on with the NYT?

    That’s two decent articles in what, a week?

    Condolences to PFC Dewater’s family and buddies. That is some seriously brutal terrain to be fighting in.

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