On July 4th, our Nation’s independence day, this country lost two of its sons whom had not even reached the age to drink a beer on the holiday yet. I know the area they were killed and it was a nasty area in 2006, so I can only imagine how bad it is now.
I wrote about it here, http://bouhammer.com/2008/11/silver-star-earned-in-some-bad-countryside/
May these warriors rest in peace, and may their families know they will be missed by many, most of which never met them. Thank you Aaron and Justin for the sacrifice you have made for all of us.
July 06, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 4 at Combat Outpost Zerok, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked the outpost using small arms and indirect fires. They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
Pfc. Justin A. Casillas, 19, of Dunnigan, Calif.
Pfc. Aaron E. Fairbairn, 20, of Aberdeen, Wash.