May 28th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Home and Away: The fallen in Afghanistan

CNN has tracked the casualties since the wars began in Afghanistan and Iraq; a new feature to the site tracks service members' hometowns against a map of where they died in Afghanistan. The feature also highlights memories of the fallen by friends and families.

Eupora, Mississippi. Waskatenau, Canada. Hemingford, Nebraska. Hungry Horse, Montana. Gressvik, Norway. Allegany, New York. Bad Saulgau, Germany. Los Lunas, New Mexico.

From all parts of the world and from every U.S. state, more than 1,700 U.S. and coalition troops have died in Afghanistan, according to a CNN count. As the U.S. observes Memorial Day on Monday, explore CNN.com's Home and Away, sharing your messages or memories and discovering the individual stories of the fallen.

Discover people like Ashton Lynn Marie Goodman from Indianapolis, Indiana. The senior airman died about a year ago when a roadside bomb exploded near Bagram Airfield. She was 21.

There were other 21-year-olds; it's the most common age for coalition troop deaths. The oldest was the Air Force's Frank L. Walker of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was 66.

The youngest casualties were 18 years old — at least 15 of them so far. Ara Tyler Deysie of Parker, Arizona, was only 18 when he died in 2008 from rocket-propelled grenade fire in Paktia.

A few miles away from where Deysie died, at least 28 troops have lost their lives in Sangin. One of those, the Royal Irish Regiment's Justin James Cupples of County Cavan, Ireland, was killed by a roadside bomb while on foot patrol.

In nearby Helmand province, Taliban fighters ambushed Darren Smith's Royal Marines unit in 2009, the deadliest year of the war in Afghanistan. The 27-year-old from Fleetwood, England, died of his wounds.

Around the globe, California has seen more than 100 casualties from its towns, the most of any U.S. state. One of those, Neil Christopher Roberts, 32, of Woodland, California, died in 2002. Roberts was aboard a helicopter preparing to land in eastern Afghanistan when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades, causing him to fall from the helicopter's ramp. He survived the fall and immediately engaged al Qaeda fighters with his machine gun, surviving at least 30 minutes before he was shot and killed at close range.

Eighty miles south of Woodland, Walnut Creek lost 23-year-old Sean Kanae-Aldrique Langevin to enemy fire in Kunar Province in 2007.

Also in Kunar Province, in the town of Wanat, Jonathan Paul Brostrom, 24, of Aiea, Hawaii, died, but not before taking action that would keep his outpost from being overrun by Taliban fighters. He posthumously received the Silver Star.

A helicopter crash during combat killed David Nelson Timmons Jr. of Lewisville, North Carolina. He was one of 10 killed in the crash near Abad in 2006. He was 23.

Each name leads to another, of other hometowns, of other places away from home, another chance to remember these soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines — Casualties: Home and Away

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  1. Mike Deveney

    I love our troops... I dislike the folks who keep our Men in harms way...

    October 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WEST COAST "FIVE" SEABEE

    GET BEHIND THE TROOPS AND LEAVE THE POLITICS TO POLITICIANS....WE HAVE A JOB TO DO AND WE "WILL" DO IT!
    HOORAH...TO ALL ENLISTED /RESERVE ..ACTIVE/INACTIVE RESERVE..POW'S MIA'S WIA'S AND RETIRED VETS FROM ALL BRANCHES. YOUR DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY TRULY REFLECTS THE WAY THAT YOU FEEL ABOUT MAKING OUR WORLD A BETTER PLACE. YOU DONT JUST SIT THERE AND TALK ABOUT IT. YOU.... HAVE, WILL AND ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN TODAY!

    September 17, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. WEST COAST "FIVE" SEABEE

    WE ALL HAVE A JOB TO DO OUT HERE. WE ALL MAY NOT LIKE OR AGREE WITH THE POLITICS. BUT PROTECT THE COUNTRIES BEST INTEREST IS WHAT WE WILL DO! NO MATTER WHO IS IN THE CHAIR. ITS A HARD THING TO KNOW THAT SO MANY PEOPLE BACK HOME SAY THEY SUPPORT THE TROOPS, BUT ARE AGAINST THE WAR. OUT HERE ITS ALL ABOUT THE GUY RIGHT NEXT TO YOU AND THE TROOPS AROUND YOU. YOU CAN SIT BACK AND READ WHATEVER BOOKS,NEWS PAPER, WHATEVER YOU LIKE BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT ITS REAL. WE DO NOT WANT THESE GUYS IN OUR BACK YARD!

    September 17, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. samruby

    I will like to share my experience, i met a lot of afghans , very proud, resilient people. I'm sure they will not rest until all the foreign troops leave their country, even if they have to fight for whole century. So its better for americans to save their ass's as soon as possible. Afew days back i saw a photo of a female US officer killed in afghanistan, she would have been such a NICE PIECE OF ASS.

    June 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trevor

    God bless america and the troops who died for us and are still fighting for us!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fawad

    No One Cares People....! The only country that is gaining from this fight is Israel and the the two companies that are gaining from this war are Xe – aka Blackwater and Halliburtons of US.

    And now the zionists want America to attack Iran so that American boys and girls and more muslim boys and girls would die fighting each other in this false notion of defense while the Jewish boys and girls sit at home, watch the war on T.V, read the news, laught and go on with their live.

    Listen to zionist leaders thats all they talk about and threaten. "Attack Iran American or else we will do it", "Iran is not our problem but wests problem" etc and the B.S keeps on going on..!

    STOP WARS........NEGOTIATE......!

    June 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gordon

    Every death during conflict is very serious and regretable. Truly sad and unnecessary. George W Bush is a War Criminal and should be brought to Justice.

    Dear CNN – why do you not also carry the fatality count of the Afghans and the Iraqis that have been slaughtered as a direct result of the so called War on Terror?

    June 2, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    Afghanistan is the cemetery of whoever thinks he is the world's greatest power!!!
    America should learn from the former Soviet Union to save these innocent souls!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Well put,Linda.

      June 2, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Wakeup People

    It doesnt only shcok me but it greifs me as well to read this article and all those comments that show great sympathy with the loss of "US and Coalition troops" with out a single one feeling sorry for thousands of Afghani civilians (men,women and children) who get killed daily and receive nothing but an apology from the coalition trrops there for killing them "by mistake".

    June 2, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Quite right,none of these right-wing nutjobs care about the Afghan people.In fact,some of these warmongers despise them with their right-wing mob mentality.Quite sad!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jo Biker

    AMERICA a Terorist country
    The world must make the US understand that its acts of terror will not be tolerateted. The age of its rule over us the people is over.
    your soldeirs are terrorists and international criminals. There is nothing to be proud at.

    June 2, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      @Jo Biker.You just nailed it!

      June 2, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. JAMES BARNETT

    I LOVE MY GOD AND JESUS CHRIST OF NAZERETH

    I WAS A SOLDIER I AM A SOLDIER I WILL ALWAYS BE A SOLDIER

    June 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fawad

      Well i dont which Jesus Christ are you talking about, but Jesus Christ was a pacifist and not a warrior. You can rob peter to pay paul. You can claim to love him and then do soemthing that he himself was totally against.

      June 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    i use to support this war but not anymore this war on terror is unwinnable

    June 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Johnny

    More people have died on the border than in Afghanistan! This war is on US soil!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 22thechest12thehead

    BLUF: War is not something we wish for but must fight to keep our liberties...unless you want to live in a country with locked borders as in the era of that brought us outstanding Ideas like the Monroe Doctrine etc...please

    June 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. risab

    these baby killers are not dying for america or freedom.......they are dying for israel

    June 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Michael Curtis

    I am 28 yrs old and I am not in the military but if my country were to decide to bring back the draft, I would be more than happy to help relieve the soldiers who have spent the first few years of their childs life out in the field fighting. I am so greatful to all service men and women. Politics aside, freedom IS NOT FREE!!

    June 1, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  17. Claudio

    How many civilians did they kill meanwhile? Who is counting the Afgan and Iraqui civilians "casualities"? You should not feel sorry but guilty. Bush is worst than the Nazi. Stop the wars.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Air Force Widow

    My late husband was drafted in the 60's. Now that we have an all volunteer military and independent contractors fighting these "wars", America and her allies will be more and more hated by billions of people. The phrase "fight them over there,so we don't have to fight them here" is bull. Those that truly hate us will always find a way to attack us. Not an honorable military attack because we are not fighting a country or organized trained forces. They use what they have to kill us both here and overseas be it a car bomb or our airplanes. Afghanistan didn't attack us nor did Iraq. Under Sadam Hussein there was no taliban or insurgents in Iraq because he had control. Sure, we didn't like how he controlled his people, but who the heck are we to decide to do a regime change and force our values on others? We will NEVER defear Islamic Fundamentalists, one because they will glady die for their Allah. And yes, they want to convert us to their way of life or KILL US and all infidels. That officer in Ft Hood that shot and killed so many fellow soldiers has still not been classisfied as a terrorists or enemy combatent! Why? Cause if they do, our governenment would have to accept that we are really NOT on top of things as we can't to believe. What saddens me is that because of the terrible economy so many young men and women have joined for a job and health care. My son in law was a recruiter and told me how mcuh the standards for acceptance changed since 9/11. The military needs bodies to do the dirty work and die. These folks are not fighting for our Freedom or Liberty. They are fighting to stay alive and to help keep their buddies alive and come home. Sadly, many do the 4 years hoping to pay for school or get a GI home and get out. Once out, they can't get jobs and the vast majority of them are mentally ill. I Pray for our troops, our country and our leaders. I also Pray for my son when he walks out the door, get behind the wheel and go to work. I am so sick of war.......but we can never allow our troops to be treated like my era baby boomers who fought in Viet Nam. My husband lied about his time in Nam, and was never mentally well again up until the day he died in 2000.
    Be Safe, Be Honorable and know that America is awaiting your homecoming...standing on your feet!!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • samruby

      I appreciate ur effort to bring the real face of war, US foriegn policy is more becoming a tool for 4 million israelis, just because rich american jews force them to do so. its sad they do so at the cost of alienating whole world and putting american lives at risk, well there was no terrorist threat to americans in 80s

      June 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Gabriel

    We should refrain from all the recriminations that are tearing at our collective hearts and souls. Memorial day is to remember and honor those who have given their lives fighting for what they believed in and fighting for a just cause. Although it is sad and painful that so many, military and civilian, have died, today is about honoring those soldiers who gave their lives to defend and protect us. If were not for 9-11, we would not be in Afghanistan. The US has not reason to stay and occupy Afghanistan. We are there to fight radical Islamic terrorists, not just because of 9-11, but also to stop the Christmas day airline bomb attempt over Detroit and the attempted bombint in New York Times Square. How short our collective memories are? If we are not victorious over there, soon we will not be flying in any airplanes nor ever celebrating New Year's eve in NYC Times Square. I am 52, and I joined the reserves 2 years ago because I wanted to help end this fight, so my son wouldn't have to fight this fight, so my grandchildren wouldn"t have to fight this fight. If we quit over there in Kandahar, we will be fighting them street to street on Broadway. Oorah, Semper Fi!

    May 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Aly

    Google posted a similar type of map ("Map of the Fallen") last year: http://www.mapthefallen.org/

    May 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    And all Islamic terror and their jihadist allies will be defeated! Their religious fanaticism will be put to an end and they all will be thrown into hell to burn for eternity! God bless our troops for their noble and honorable cause!

    May 31, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  22. John

    As a member of the Army who just returned from Afghanistan (been home 5 days) and a leader who lost a Soldier, I would like to say that I am honored to have served. Thank you Randy (R.I.P) for helping shape me into a better leader. To all those still in Afghanistan my prayers are with you. There was someone on here who posted about the contractors. They are right. There are those not in the military over there in harms way helping us to be able to do our job. Thank you for all your support.

    May 31, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  23. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Yea right, the communists wanted to improve the lives and rights for the Afghan people. All the communists wanted was to expand their control over the people, not only in Afghanistan but every nation that they thought they could overpower! And because of western intervention we defeated the communist not only in Afghanistan but many nations within the Soviet bloc! Communism along with any nation or extremist group that wants to exert their authority over the people for their own power and control will eventually be stopped from within or with the help of the free world!

    May 31, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  24. john doe

    To "ALL" the People above/below the ground who fought so I have my "RIGHTS" to live and die as a "PROUD AMERICAN"!!!
    "GOD BLESS you ALL"!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 31, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Do you really believe that fairy tale tou blogged in here or are you just joking???

      May 31, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Do you really believe that fairy tale you blogged in here or are you just joking???

      May 31, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  25. BUBBA - ALABAMA STYLE

    Lennybaby
    I would love to meet up with you and just break your neck!!

    May 31, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Careful,Lennybaby,you're putting too many zingers in the belief and faith these right-wing fanatics have in this war.If I were you,I'd quit blogging in here for a while.Give it a rest.You've already put a big enough of a crimp in their "fairy tale" war.

      May 31, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Roy

    GOOD RIDDANCE to all these non-productive section of society!! If you cannot be a productive member of society then join the army and cause destruction and mayhem throughout the world like what the soldiers of the US army is doing.

    May 31, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      Very well put,Roy.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  27. CMH

    Remembering those who had the courage to fight for what is right. Blessings to their loved ones as they miss these brave men and women on Memorial Day and always.

    May 31, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
  28. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Lennybaby you can talk all the crap you want about America but if live did not live here you would wish you have! As for your belief in our policies then you should live under the Islamic extremist rule in Iran and then see what you can say about what you think about America and say how you hate our government and then get the praise from those who will burn in hell!!! Otherwise you should be very grateful of our military which gives you your freedom to write the crap you write!

    May 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. SP in IRAQ

    "Only the dead have seen the end of War"
    ~PLATO~
    This is a great display of the many people who have lost their lives for others. As you celebrate Memorial Day in a free land, remember it is not about the WAR, it is about the WARRIOR. As a person who is over here and watched friends lose their lives so others can live thank you for this personal display so that America will never forget the fallen warrior.

    May 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. SPC Neal

    I just wanted to say thanks for screwing up what could have been a really great thing. How much time actually went in to this map. Saw CNN gloating on tv about being the first with this type of map, really? how disrespectful first of all. but i gave yall a chance, and checked it out. Well I had to manual search for my fallen comrades because they where "filled" under location that they had never been to never mind DIED in. Way to go CNN.

    May 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lori

    My heart goes out to every soldier that has ever served and their many families whom have given their ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us to live free. I also am one of those families, I loss my only child SPC Dustin M Brim, he also served in Iraq and yet his name is not included as one of the many casualities of war.
    My son a mechanic in the Army was deployed with his unit August 2003, he became ill with great pain in his side 2nd week in March 04, he went for medical help11 times during a 3 week period in great pain and was so sick the last 2 weeks he could only keep water down however only to be not taken seriously by those that treated him and keep turning him away with Colace saying he was constipated. Our lives changed forever April 1st 2004 on Dustin's 22nd birthday we received a phone call from the Bagdad Hospital. The doctor advised us that Dustin had collapsed almost dead, during those 3 weeks his body had been rapidly shutting down, one kidney had stopped functioning (pain in his side) he had a large mass on his esophagus causing him to barely breathe, collapsed lung and numerous blood clots thru out his system. He would keep Dustin alive with chemotherapy and rush him to Walter Reed Hospital for further treatment. With us by his side Dustin fought the battle of his life to stay alive over the next six months but diied in my arms Sept 24th 2004 My reason for sharing this is that Dustin was an active duty soldier deployed at wartime and was medically treated as OIF "Operation Iraqi Freedom", at his burial he received full honors, he was a proud soldier too. Later I discovered that Dustin's name is not included on the list with his fellow soldiers as a causality of war. After numerous efforts to add his name I have been advised that if a deployed soldier on active duty at wartime becomes ill and passes away within 3 months "He is considered a casuality of war" because of my Dustin's struggle to live 3 months longer he is not considered a casuality of war and that is why his name is not included among his fellow soldiers he so proudly served with. This is so very, very wrong.

    As we honor all of our soldiers this Memorial Day I ask each of you to also honor my son SPC Dusin M Brim,
    some gave some, some gave all, Dustin gave his all too. Thanks to each of you whom read this and think of my Dustin along with the many soldiers we loved and lost.

    Sharing hearts,
    Lori
    Ormond Beach Fl 32174

    May 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Pierre COBBAERT

    To Anonymous,

    I am sure you did not read what Mr Fred Boenig wrote, that there was and still is an interest for the USA to build a pipeline across Afghanistan. What have I done today for the world you ask me? Well, I sure did not kill anybody or contribute to invading other countries, and that makes me feel good. I could not face myself in the mirror knowing I had dropped bombs and killed people I have never met and did not know, people who I might like or appreciate.

    Anonymous, you just swallow our country's propaganda. Of course they are going to sell you the story about the bad people of Afghanistan who want to take away our freedom, what else are they going to say? You think they will tell the country they just want a war to build a pipeline? That's not the way the government is going to convince the country they are doing the right thing fighting a just war. Poor you, so easily manipulated and indoctrinated.

    Nobody here writing on this blog doubts the suffering of our soldiers, nobody doubts the grief of their families, nobody doubts the human tragedy, nobody has any disrespect for the men and women dying in Iraq or Afghanistan. The main discussion here is about the reason why our soldiers are dying in two wars. There are the more educated people who understand the real reason why we are at war with two countries that never threatened us, and there are the bumper sticker slogan talkers like you who like to think our soldiers died for our freedom.

    My anger is not with our soldiers but with our government. But hey, whatever floats your boat, if you want to believe the story about the bad bad people in Afghanistan, be my guest.

    May 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      I work directly with the Afghans, and yes, not all of them are bad. My point still remains that this page should be a ground for debate about our government, but to show respect for all serving and who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice so everyone can write on this page. So keep your political bull crap to yourself or put it on a different page. At least I finally got a little respect out of you for the military, which is a victory in my book. Enjoy your cook outs and beer.

      May 31, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  33. DaStaff

    To all who have posted a comment on this page, thank you. I say thank you because it show that what I choose do as a SOLDIER really do matter. I WILL DEFEND FORIEGN AND DOMESTIC! That is what I say evertime I re-enlist and everyday I pray for all men and women going and coming from the wars that we are currently fighting. I don't care about the politics I care about the present moment that our kids are facing today which is not decided by one person who is only a representative of all us to every other nation across the world. Take a good look at yourselves, morales,views on life, your occupation, or even the person you walk by several times in the past that you have noticed but never once said hello or have a blessed day.

    Yes I am a soldier who don't agree with everything that MY COMMANDER IN CHIEF may say, but I know we all have role to play. The military is not for everyone just like politics is not for everyone but we all must perform our role no matter what it may be at the time.

    Just remember that peace and kindness will go long a way. Remember those that have gone,given, fallen and are willing to go again. 21 years and I have not been properly relieved. So , I must continue my watch and my duty.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  34. Combs Johnn

    For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life:
    weeping may endure for a night,
    but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30: 5

    May 30, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  35. FT

    Most Important Question :
    1. Those who were regarded as Mujahideen yesterday by the west, US fed and supported them, US gave them arms, missiles etc. , at that time Russians were known as invaders
    2. Nowadays US invaded Iraq, Afghanistan , they are did the same thing that Russians did in the past
    now if the local people (Talibans or whatever) are fighting against this oppression of the US, how can this be regarded as so called "act of terrorism"
    what Soviets do is terrorism and what US do is what? isn't it terrorism
    3. the UN & US can push Indonesia to grant Independence to East Timor because it has majority of the Christian population , what about the indian Occupied Kashmir & Palestine
    the dilemma is the west is looking at everything from their angle ... which might not be right every time..
    4. You need to address and solve the root cause for this terrorism instead of invading and bombing the innocents

    May 30, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  36. Anonymous

    It is very disheartening to see 90 percent of these posts are political in nature. For the 10 percent of you that are actually honoring those who have served and paid the ultimate price so you can post freely on a blog like this, I thank you. For those of you narrow-minded idiots that only care about political aims, I feel truly sorry for you. I am a service member in Afghanistan and witness the heroism, not only of our service members, but of our partnering Afghan service members on a daily basis. I would ask all of you to use Memorial Day to honor those who have died so you can enjoy your picnics and family time, while we will be working all day and night to ensure your freedoms. Lastly, don't ever disrespect those who have served and died for you, it is very unamerican. Semper Fortis!

    May 30, 2010 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  37. Anonymous

    It is very disheartening to see that 90 percent of the comments are about political views instead of what this article actually focuses on. For those of you who are praising and honoring those who have died to protect you, thanks for all of your support. For those who are so narrow-minded to not realize that those who died for you do not care about political affilitation, but serving the ones they love and care about, please honor those proud service members with actually focusing on what this article is actually about. As a service member in Afghanistan, I see the heroism of every service member I serve with, that allow you to make comments that are disgraceful for what we have all fought to preserve. I hope that all of you will use Memorial Day for remembering people are a whole lot braver than you, and keep your narrow-minded opinions to yourself. Semper Fortis!

    May 30, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  38. Iraq Paramedic

    For those who think they have the knowledge of what these & past wars are about & think you are knowledgable in politics & are so educated that you can judge everyone, you really need to read a book that is older than most civilizations & has stood the test of time; The Holey Bible, it is in part in the Q'uran, the Jewish Tora & it is day by day being proven true by Archeoligists, Intellectuals & even unbelievers are finding undisputable facts. If you are realy looking for an answer as to why wars are fought read Ezekeil chapters 37-40, the whole book of Isaiah( both of which are in the Q'uran & Jewish Tora) & the book of Revelation in the new testament. Only GOD can stop & start wars & he will send JESUS CHRIST back some day to bring an end to all this evil on earth.
    May GOD give eternal peace & rest to all who have given their lives in the persute of peace.
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  39. Iraq Paramedic

    May GOD bless & keep all the men & women in all the militaries all over the world who are in harm's way & grant them peace in the life ever lasting in heaven.
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 30, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      How can God bless this country with all these mean-spirited,right-wing warmongers calling for all this obscene bloodshed and the use of those ungodly drones against defenseless people???

      May 30, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  40. Rev. Dana Daniell

    I recently visited the Vietnam War memorial in Sacramento CA, on the yard of the state capital, just standing there, reading the names, viewing the wonderful scuptures I was reminded that my generation understands the pains and insanity of useless wars. I began to weep while I stood there at that memorial. War is Evil! The work of a soilder; killing others of a difference of philosophy, ideology and politics, is evil. Shooting another human being is in no way a heroic act, it is an evil act of hatered. Therefore: I am constantly outraged with anger when I hear politians, preachers, news media personnel, even parents of killed soilders when they refer to those who have died in war as "HEROS". That is a wrong usage of the word, "hero". Those who have died in war, are "VICTIMS" of WAR, not heros. These useless deaths bring me to tears, and reminds me of how evil war is, but I will never refer to dead vets as heros, they accomplished nothing in dying, they are just victims and my heart goes out to their families and friends. This memorial day, let's not celebrate or make gods out of our dead soilders, but let's remember how evil war is, and commit ourselves to peace.

    May 30, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Sir, despite your religious backround, you are a fool. War is in the Bible. And how dare you so boldly state that war has not accomplished anything! Outside of stopping the Nazis, Fascism, and other terrible acts of man, you are right, war has accomplished nothing. I am so proud that you think Afghanistan is a meaningless war considering we were attacked first. Isn't that the definition of a just war? For anyone who wants to disrespect those who have served and died so you can write freely here, please feel free to pay a visit to Afghanistan and witness what you are so blindly writing about. IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM! SEMPER FORTIS!

      May 30, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  41. Maynard Walden

    A lot of you people for got our comander and chief did not start this mess. you crazy George W. Bush Cult When George came in to office we were much in the black after stealing the election things quickly turned red. Shame on you George and all your cult followers USN

    May 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  42. لا للحرب

    الحرب لن تفيد اكثر من ما تضر .
    ارجو ان نهتم با التعارف و المحبة بدل من الترويج للحرب

    May 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Joe Plunkard

    I know what it's like to lose a family member. I lost a cousin in 67 and the next person in my county was my brother in 68 in South Vietnam. They are together on our local memorial beside each other. I was only 13 at that time and it still haunts me after all these years. God bless our military and the families who sacrafice their loved ones.

    May 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Tina

    Our Men and Woman serving our country give up so much . There not in it for the money, it.s something much deeper than that, all of you who complain, ask your self , what your doing, thats right , your just complaining...I have a son in Afghanistan, trying to make a difference..

    May 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      These people fight because of all that right-wing propaganda which has been drummed into their heads from childhood.What they're fighting for is the expansion of the West into the Middle East and the weakening of Islam,but the right-wing fanatics won't tell them that.

      May 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  45. ero

    Obama Please Stop this war and bring jung peopel home . and dnt kill very very poor peopel and their childern in afganstain
    and pakistan. you get nothing . you can stay their for 100 year you can not chang any thing . you must sequrty in you,s land and not 12000km above in afgainstan or other country

    May 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jacki

    I am a proud American who is the proud daughter, sister, cousin and niece of men and women in my family who have served in the Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. May God Bless and keep the brave men and women of our armed services who have the character and courage to serve so that those of us who do not serve may continue to live in a country where freedom is considered an unalienable right. To those men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, rest in peace and thank you. It is because of you that my children live in peace and not in a world of fear. You will never be forgotten! May God continue to bless the United States of America! Semper Fi !

    May 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Wayne

    Wars are an Evil part of being Human, even if War is inhumane, but since there will always be War, and there are more wars today then ever in our history, we need these brave Men and Women to be there at the frontline, if not them, who. I was in the Canadian Forces for years and even though we deplore what's going on we support our troops that are there, no matter what. The best way to ever have peace is to take it to the ones that want war and win all out. The best defence is a good offence, treat the people with compassion and the so called holy warriors of Islam will find their place in hell.

    May 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Michaella

    A classmate of mine, Christopher P. Lyons, was killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq on Thursday, July 28, 2005, he was 24 years old......i never thought anyone i knew would be killed in this war but i was wrong! God Bless each and every one of our men and women soilders who are fighting for OUR freedom!!!!!!!!!!!! i will never be able to repay any American Soilder for keeping me safe in my bed at night and fighting for me no questions asked!!!!!! THANK YOU!

    May 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Boomer555

    No one seems to talk about the social warfare being conducted by the anti-American elements in Afghanistan that are flooding our streets and getting our children hooked on cheap heroin. What we need to do is employ a massive "slash and burn" policy to as many large Afghan opium poppy fields as we can possibly burn down. If this puts some locals out of work – oh well. We must realize that the importation of heroin into this country is part of a coordinated effort to poison the youth of our country and that these elements receive enormous profits in return. I have witnessed. personally, casualties of this destructive epidemic and I can assure you that it is truly ugly and socially pervasive.

    On another note, one would think that when our government commits to engaging the lives of our brave men and women in combat, that they would do so intelligently. Such does not appear to be the case in Afghanistan. Fighting a war is difficult enough when you can identify the enemy – it becomes extremely challenging when the enemy is able to blend in so easily with the local inhabitants. In any event, I have yet to be convinced that we will be able to accomplish any meaningful results in Afghanistan as long as poverty and corruption remains pervasive. It is the poverty that breeds fundamental religious ideology since everyone, no matter how poor, can afford religion and the accompanying sense of righteous indignation as against those who are perceived to have wealth, power and a different God.

    This Memorial Day weekend I am thinking of our troops overseas, and those from other nations, and hope that they can return home upon completion of their tour of duty in whole – in limb and soul.

    Go peacefully with your God.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  50. U.S. Airman

    Before you knock this war... ask yourself this... Have you served ur nation, or have you spent your life being an armchair quarterback?

    May 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  51. U.S. Airman

    Forget your politics. My mission is to FLY FIGHT and WIN!!! Occasionally blood must be shed in order for that to be accomplished. In honor of my brothers and sisters who have lost their lives, thank you for your service. You have written that blank check for freedom payable up to and including your life. Unfortunately, the civilain population only sees the negitivity that CNN and the rest of the media wants them to see. Never do they see the positive nor do they see the fact that we will not give up our fight to protect them and our nation. For those of my brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Iraq, keep the fight going and i will be there soon to join the fight.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Thank you sir for your courage and strength, for leaving your family, living thur horrible environmental situations and dealing with fear of death and lost of friends. Bless you. Come home safe to us, we need you and are proud of you.

      May 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • U.S. Airman

        Thank you🙂 We need some positive things on here opposed to these peoples negitivity. I appreciate your comment.

        May 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Boomer555

    Hey Bill S.

    Where did you get your information that "radical Islamists from Afghanistan that planned the attacks on our homefront"? If memory serves me correctly, the great majority of them were Saudis with no connection with Afghanistan.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mike

    CNN gets me sick! When these soilders die they make the news for a brief second or two. Teh care more about what Paris Hilton ate for dinner, who won dancing dancing with the stars and who was dressed the most expensive at the red carpet than the teenager who was KIA.

    May 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  54. MSL58

    I salute all the fallen who gave their lives to put a stop to Islamic terror.

    May 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Pierre COBBAERT

    Dan in Lafayette,IN, you can call anyone you like a terrorist or an extremist, and you can talk about your non existing god as much as you want, you think the so called terrorists will be punished by god, and they think they will be rewarded bt god and go to heaven and have 7 virgins, is any thought dumber than the other? Fact is, not my opinion, but fact, the USA is the biggest threat to world peace, has the most weapons of mass destruction, makes the most wars and kills the most people. We probably killed more than 6 million people in the last 40 years, 4 million in South East Asia alone, 3 million of them were Vietnamese, 3 million peace loving non threatening people. Know your countries history, when you say, I quote "We helped Iraq and Saddam because of his fight against the Islamic extremists in Iran" you are forgetting the USA was selling weapons to Iran to kill Iraqis (Oliver North – Iran-Contra Affair),... face it, it's just all dirty politics.

    May 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I thought the Iran-contra affair was to get Nicaraguan rebels weapons to fight the dictatorship there.

      May 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      Can't come back on that one huh? The United States always fights for freedom!

      May 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lennybaby

        You sure make a good mouthpiece for those right-wing thugs in Washington the way you defend them in everything they do.Do you honestly believe in all that right-wing blah-blah-blah you keep blogging in here???

        May 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Pierre COBBAERT

    Fred Boenig, it is refreshing to see there are still people like you who talk with knowledge and understand the real reason behind the wars our country is fighting. To all of you who think about joining the army, we don't have an army to defend our country but to invade, bomb and kill out of economic interest. Do you really want to be a part of that and die on the other side of the world so that Halliburton can make a buck?

    May 29, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      You make me sick. What have you done to help the world today? And why would we invade Afghanistan for economic interest? There is very minimal economic opportunity in Afghanistan. Make sure and have all of your facts right instead of mindlessly blabbering on about how terrible the US is. IF you don't like it, then get out! At least support those who give you the freedom to write all of this slander.

      May 30, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  57. Pierre COBBAERT

    Dan in Lafayette,IN, you swallow our government's propaganda without thinking. Do you really believe we invaded Iraq or Afganistan to "free" people, are you that simple minded? Why did we used to give the Taliban and Saddam millions of dollars and weapons? Saddam was a dear friend of the USA after he gassed the Kurds, as if our government cared. Demonising the enemy is part of war, it's the oldest trick in the book and you fell for it. You speak slogan talk Dan, using the same cheap argument of being "un-american" to discard all critique. The most un American thing to do is not to think, not to question. Oh, and also, I have news for you, there is no god, no totems, no holy cows, no tooth fairy and no crystal balls. I can see why you think the way you do, being a bible bashing Sarah Palin loving gun worshipping righteous "REAL" American. I would rather be un-American than brainless.

    May 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      We helped Iraq and Saddam because of his fight against the Islamic extremists in Iran and we wanted to stop their terrorist activities around the world! As for the big oil companies they have to deal with their own dirt while the terrorists and Islamic extremists will have to deal with God! And you will have to deal with the great tribulation!

      May 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Fred Boenig

    Well since this is becoming a history lesson, then get the facts right, The Afghanistan war is not about Terrorist its about how a group of Oil Men were trying to by pass Iran and Russia and get a pipeline across Turkey and Afghanistan, back in the 1980s. The US, wishing to increase its regional influence, worked with the Saudis to import an army of Saudis, Egyptians, and others into Afghanistan. The Saudis chose a member of a wealthy construction family with close royal family ties – Osama bin Laden – to lead the effort. Many of the men bin Laden recruited were connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, a regional fundamentalist group. bin Laden's newly constructed army (shortly thereafter known as al Qaeda) successfully fought to settle Afghanistan in favor of an Afghan fundamentalist group, the Taliban.
    Aug 13 1996 Unocal and Delta Oil Co. of Saudi Arabia signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia's Gazprom and Turkmenistan's Turkmenrusgaz to build a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.
    Jan 1998 Unocal agreement signed between Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and the Taliban to arrange funding of the gas pipeline project, with Unocal also considering a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Arabian Sea coast oil pipeline.
    Feb 28 1998 Unocal VP International Relations addressed US House of Representatives clearly stating that the Taliban government should be removed and replaced by a government acceptable to his company. He argued that creation of a 42 inch oil pipeline across Afghanistan would yield a Western profit increase of 500% by 2015.
    Aug 7 1998 Terrorists said to be linked to Osama bin Laden bombed two US embassies (16) in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    Aug 20 1998 Clinton ordered a 75-80 cruise missile attacks (17) on Afghanistan and Sudan targets.
    July 4 1999 An executive order (13129) was issued by Clinton, freezing US held Taliban assets & prohibiting trade plus other transactions.
    Oct 12 2000 The USS Cole was attacked in the Yemeni port of Aden.
    If you aren't convinced yet:
    Bush (oil) administration includes:
    Dick Cheney, VP: Until 2000 – President of Halliburton (in position to build the Afghan pipeline).
    Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor: 1991-2000 – Manager of Chevron Oil, and Kazakhstan go-between.
    Donald Evans, Sec. Commerce: former CEO, Tom Brown, Inc. (a $1.2 billion oil company).
    Gale Norton, Sec. Interior: former national chairwoman of the Coalition of Republican Environmental Advocates – funded by, among others, BP Amoco.
    Spencer Abraham, Sec. Energy: Up through his failed bid for senatorial reelection in the 2000, he received more oil and gas industry money than all but three other senators (January 1997 through July 2000) (30).
    Thomas White, Secretary of the Army: former Vice Chairman of Enron and a large shareholder of that company's stock.

    So please Understand if we were not there for Oil and wanted to take out the goverment that (Our Former Friends The Taliban) had in place the freezed thier Assets maybe the attack on the 9/11 might not happened.

    If you pick a fight because you want the other kids stuff, remember, you might be able to beat him up every day, but if he keeps getting up, you could get really tired of fighting after a while.

    Father of A1C Austin Harper Gates Benson – who appears on this page with the other's who have fallen

    May 29, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Nothing you can say compares to killing on our soil 9/11. No matter how much you say is true, it's a fact that we are threatened and those people over there need some freedom from the Taliban.

      May 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • ero

        I am very sorry peopel die both side ,and do,nt understand why as human you can live 60 or 80 year und you can have millien of doller but you can not eat it ,you need some bread some water and perhapes some other thing. but why you make war to get more money you d,nt use it in you,s life for you,s life .pleas oh human live you,s live and let other peopel to live their live

        May 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ero

      thank you you have written information wiech not everybody know, i think also war is not for democricy it is for some thing
      other . but sorry of peopel dei

      May 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Your a fool Pierre COBBAERT and un-American. I wish that you would live under their rule, then I highly doubt you would feel the same way! And if you were a women you would be suppressed even more!

    May 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. CommonSense

    Spare me the nonsense.
    1700 killed US soldiers should be honored but 1.5 million civilians should not.

    May 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    The Taliban and al Qaeda will be judged by God and thrown into hell for eternity!

    May 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    The coalition forces are not occupying forces, they are there fighting to free the Afghan people of the terrorist thugs, the Taliban and al Qaeda! And also so they cannot allow terrorists to train and plot terror attacks against the western world! Unless you are Muslim and even if you are but disagree with their version of Islam, then you are a target of these animals! GO ARMY, NAVY, MARINES AND AIR FORCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! YOUR FIGHT IS HONORABLE AND NOBLE AND MAY YOU ALL RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD!

    May 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  63. John

    From the NHTSA/FARS website: A total of 41,059 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2007. Another 2.5 million people were injured.

    It's natural to cry about 4000 soldiers in a decade long war, but it's also a political tool. Anybody remember the MILLIONS who died in WW2? The HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS in Vietnam? How about the over 40,000 INNOCENT people (including women and children, even whole families) DYING every YEAR on our own precious freeways? Think about that, that's 10 times the number of soldiers killed in Iraq/Afghanistan. That's 112 people PER DAY dying horrible deaths on our freeways... PER DAY!!.... 112 people, women, children, DYING TODAY... over 3400 injuries... JUST TODAY!!!... where's our OUTRAGE?!!! where's our MEMORIALS?!!! where's our LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CALM THE DAMN TRAFFIC DOWN?!!! Think about it, talk about it, start thinking that we CAN do better, we SHOULD EXPECT better, start driving with the knowledge that YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN YOUR SUV COULD BE NEXT...

    May 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Wow, this is what I am talking about. Those people died as part of an accident. Despite how tragic it is, and how sorry I feel for those families, these soldiers died fighting for a cause! Stop polllutiing this page with political mumbo-jumbo!

      May 30, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  64. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Geo, the Taliban and al Qaeda are nothing but terrorist thugs and their judgment day is coming from Allah in which he will throw them into hell for eternity and they shall burn forever! It has nothing to do with politics, it has to do with killing those who do not follow Mohammed and his death wish for the infidel!!!

    May 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Pierre COBBAERT

    I pay my respect to all our fallen soldiers who died for no reason in two countries that never threatened us. There was not one Iraqi or Afgani in those planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. Shame on our government, shame on Bush and shame on Obama. Our country gave millions to the Taliban when they were fighting the Russians, we gave millions to Saddam when Iraq was fighting Iran. If anything, we threw oil on the fire by invading countries for no reason, creating more enemies of the United States, making our country the most hated country in the world and making us less safe. Terrorism is the war of the poor, war is the terrorism of the rich. As George Carlin said, it's just dirty politics from a small group of old men defending their interests by sending young people to die. May our fallen soldiers rest in peace.

    May 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Slupdawg

    Think anybody can do it, Lenny? Then put your money where your big mouth is. Show how you would do it.

    May 29, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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