Viral post pits coverage of Sheen, fallen soldiers
From left, Army Spc. Rudolph Hizon, Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, Staff Sgt. Chauncy Mays, and Spc. Brian Tabada.
March 10th, 2011
03:19 PM ET

Viral post pits coverage of Sheen, fallen soldiers

By Wayne Drash, CNN

It started with a Facebook status update. Upset at the media's coverage of Charlie Sheen, someone took up for American soldiers dying in Afghanistan.

"Charlie Sheen is all over the news because he's a celebrity drug addict," it said, "while Andrew Wilfahrt 31, Brian Tabada 21, Rudolph Hizon 22, Chauncy Mays 25, are soldiers who gave their lives this week with no media mention. Please honor them by posting this as your status for a little while."

The status update has since gone viral, shared by tens of thousands on Facebook. An abbreviated version is on Twitter.

When a friend of mine posted the message on her Facebook page, it was a sobering reminder of the news media’s failings of covering the Afghanistan war. I kept returning to the names of the four soldiers. Who were these men? What’s their story?

I started by calling the father of Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt (pronounced WILL-fort) in Rosemount, Minnesota.

“I think it’s spot on,” Jeff Wilfahrt said of the viral post.

His 31-year-old son was killed while on foot patrol outside Kandahar on February 27, around the same day the Sheen media blitz kicked into high gear.

“From the Charlie Sheens to Lindsay Lohans, who are these people and what good have they done in society?” Jeff Wilfahrt said. “What are we collectively doing as a society? How do you wake people up?

“In part, sir,” he said, “I blame the press.”

Andrew Wilfahrt was a Renaissance man with an infectious laugh. In his obituary, his parents described him as “compassionate, smart and witty. He was an admirer, composer and player of music who believed deeply in art and humanity. Andrew was fascinated by math, palindromes, maps, patterns, mashed potatoes and the absurd.”

He was also anti-war - part of a “strong family of lefties” from Minnesota, his father said. Andrew stunned everyone when he announced two years ago he was joining the Army.

“He didn’t have a child and a wife,” Jeff Wilfahrt said. “In a way, he went over so that somebody with a young family wouldn’t die.”

The grieving father added, “He was a gay soldier.”

His son agonized over the decision to join the military because Andrew knew he’d have to keep his sexuality a secret. He kept quiet when he first signed up, but his fellow soldiers knew.

“Andrew told me one of the reasons he wanted to enlist was that he felt guilty as a civilian when so many men with wives and children were separated from their families," one of his comrades posted on Facebook. "He joined the fight so that guys like me didn’t have to. He is my hero, my friend, and I miss him. Sleep well, buddy. You earned it.”

Andrew’s younger sister, Martha, said the “least interesting thing” about her brother was his sexuality.

“Quite frankly,” the father said, “nobody gave a s*** he was gay. He was a good soldier.”

His mother, Lori Wilfahrt, told Minnesota Public Radio her son was an “interesting, wonderful young man” who joined the service because he was “looking for a purpose.” Andrew wanted to be with a “group of people that would be working together toward something.”

In a recent letter home, he told his mother that “everybody knows … [and] nobody cares” about his homosexuality. In combat, he rode with two other soldiers. One was African-American, the other from Hawaii. The unit called them "Team Minority."

“He was a gentle soul and he was very kind and compassionate,” said Lori Wilfahrt.

As Sheen’s every comment was dissected on TV and plastered across the internet, the Wilfahrts quietly buried their son.

“In exchange for a son, we got a flag and a bunch of medals,” his dad said. “That’s a helluva tradeoff.”

He’s torn by all that’s happened. Jeff Wilfahrt said he’s always been a peace activist and staunch opponent of war, yet he added, “I’m so proud of him and his service.”

His voice breaks. It’s likely his son is among the first gay soldiers to die in combat since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed in December. “I’d do anything to honor my son.”

'Truly an American hero'

From Texas to Nevada to California, three other families mourned loved ones mentioned in the viral post. I was unable to reach those families, but I pieced together these snapshots from local reports and Army news releases.

Spc. Brian Tabada was the youngest soldier honored in the Facebook status update. A fire support specialist with the 101st Airborne, he was killed February 27 in northeastern Afghanistan when his patrol was ambushed by insurgents using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

He joined the Army in 2008 and quickly earned an array of medals, including the Army Achievement Medal.

His mother met his flag-draped coffin at Dover Air Force Base and escorted her son’s body home to Las Vegas. Nevada’s governor ordered flags at half-staff.

“Tabada made the ultimate sacrifice and we are forever grateful,” Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a written statement. “I believe it is right to honor his life, service and his sacrifice.”

Spc. Rudolph Hizon, a 22-year-old Los Angeles native, was killed when insurgents attacked his brigade with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province.

A Bronze Star recipient, Hizon was best known for his radiant smile and love of life. Hizon enlisted with the Army in January 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan last October.

“I will always think of him as the happy and cheerful person he was,” Spc. Joshua Gonzales told Task Force Patriot public affairs. “I’m going to miss him dearly.”

“He is truly an American hero,” Tito Pong wrote on a Los Angeles Times obituary tribute page. “We are very proud of him and we are very much going to miss him.” Added Pfc. Lorien Rilate, “You had such a big heart and you always knew how to make someone feel better.”

In the eastern corner of Texas, residents in the town of Cookville honored Staff Sgt. Chauncy Mays, a father of two young girls. Mays, a member of the 10th Mountain Division, was killed February 28 in eastern Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

A highly decorated soldier, Mays worked as an explosives ordnance disposal technician; the Army credits him with saving countless lives for disarming hidden bombs in the region.

“He was a leader who led from the front,” Army Sgt. Chandara Hak told Task Force Patriot public affairs. “He was always careful, but never fearful. I will do my best to follow in his example.”

Army Capt. Aaron Teller said Mays epitomized the best of the American soldier. “He would give you the shirt off his back without hesitation.”

Those were traits Mays displayed even in high school. "He cared about people and worked hard to encourage them," his teacher, Josh Stegall, said at a memorial service. "He lived to serve."

Since February 26, when the Sheen story began dominating headlines, at least 13 U.S. troops have died in support of the Afghanistan war. Besides the four honored in the Facebook post, seven others were Sgt. Kristopher Gould, 25; Spc Christopher Stark, 22; Pfc. David Fahey, 23; Spc. Jason Weaver, 22; Cpl. Jordan Stanton, 20; Staff Sgt. Mark Wells, 31; and Pfc. Kalin Johnson, 19.

Senior Airman Nicholas Alden, 25, and Airman Zachary Cuddeback were killed in a March 2 attack on troops at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.

Italian Lt. Massimo Ranzani, 36, and British Lance Cpl. Liam Richard Tasker were also killed in Afghanistan in late February and early March. Another British soldier whose name has not been released was killed Wednesday.

As I looked at the names of those who’ve died in the last two weeks, I thought about my phone conversation with Jeff Wilfahrt.

“Get this on the front headlines,” he said, “and make people aware of what’s going on.

“That’s what I’d do if I was king. But I'm just an unemployed 58-year-old man in Minnesota who misses his son.”

Check out CNN.com’s Home and Away special dedicated to fallen troops


Filed under: Casualties • Kandahar • Troops
soundoff (1,694 Responses)
  1. Surfer

    See instead of "GO MARINES", it could be "GO USA" but instead you got each branch fighting a rivalry with one another. But why would you say GO USA when you can say proudly what branch you get paid from! Make sense

    GO USA!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kamatcho

    Before sheen the median was talking about dying american soldier and ignoring dying innocant afghan children. what you do to other. other other will do it to you.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kelly

    SUNDAY MARCH 13th..TURN OFF THE NEWS DAY! ....If we stop watching for a day than maybe we can send a message that we want to only see what truely matters! Pass it on.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nowletssee

    Funny, I seem to recall that CNN kept a running tab on our fallen soldiers with regular updates on casualties all during the Bush administration. Once Obama took over, there was not a story to be found. It was as if the war had stopped. At least they got around to posting this one, even if it is not their own story.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Surfer

    Naive? And I realize I made a mistake. It's not "millions we spend on different branches of military" the correction should be "BILLIONS" instead of millions. Yea I guess you are right, we do need 5 different designers designing the outfits.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Leigh

    I cry when I read about men and women who die in war and the families who grieve for them. I can't even imagine the pain of such a loss, but then to have it basically ignored by the media while completely useless human beings are idolized and given so much disgusting media coverage. The young men profiled here deserve or respect and their families deserve our greatest empathy. I hope they realize that so many Americans do care and do read about the soldiers and do shed real tears when the greatest sacrifice is made.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ProudArmySoldierMom

    Thank you for recognizing our Soldiers who have made the utimate sacrifice. Our troops who are deployed seem to have been forgotten by our nation. If you have any sense of humanity, or love for your fellow man, you must respect these fellow human beings – loved ones, friends, brothers, sons and husbands. These Soldiers represent what a real hero is. Someone who truly stands up for what they believe is right. If Soldiers were such awful killers, I dare say they are well trained to "take out" those that would condemn them – yet they leave you to your comments/beliefs. Soldiers are much more merciful than you can ever imagine. My thoughts and prayers go out to these Soldiers and their families. They are friends, battle buddies, of my son who is deployed with them. They are NEVER FORGOTTEN – I can assure you.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY I AM 100% GLAD THESE SOLDIERS ARE DEAD LOOK THIS SITE
      http://www.rawa.org SHOWING AMERICAN ATROCITIES AND POTOS.

      March 12, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • D.

        YOU AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY DESERVE TO DIE YOU TERRORIST.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terri

    If you would like to see a silent tribute to our fallen soldiers (when their names and pictures become available) along with real news, please watch World News tonight and see the news coverage Congress is trying to cancel through cutting ALL funding. World News tonight concentrates on real news and pretty even commentary on what is going on all over the world and leaves out almost all of the CS, LO and other crap. No I don't work for them but I have come to appreciate their coverage and am SO sick of the nonsense the networks feed us under the heading of news.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    Wow. I think all these "throwing sand in the sandbox" posts prove the point that we deserve what we get. The original point of the story is getting ignored here. The media wouldn't sell this crap if Americans didn't tune in. We're a nation of escapists who read People magazine instead of any real news. Reality TV, Charlie Sheen, Lohan, etc all symptoms of the same problem. We choose fluff over information.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. India Co. 3/7

    Surfer...you political pansy. By the way fairy, it's spelled news- not knews. Must be that pansy education.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big~Tuna

    .........
    the whole sum total of charlie's sh!t hole life is not worth one drop of sweat from one young person serving America.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frankie

    God rest their souls. Thank you gentlemen for laying down your lifes so I and my children may live. John 3:16 These heroes and God's Children have their priorities in the right place. Thank you for your supreme pricet and righteous example. You have inspired me to so dare think of doing the same.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BellaTerra66

    The stupid celebrities get more coverage because WE - the citizens of The US - are so superficial. As for our warriors - the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and getting the same results while expecting different results. We've been at these wars HOW many years now and HOW many warriors have been killed, committed suicide or are maimed for life? My heart goes out to our warriors - and the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq - because they've been sacrificed for nothing other than former Pres. Bush's gross stupidity.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. katincal

    Mr. Sheen can't even stand in these brave soldiers shadows. Charlies is a sick, pathetic, petulant child. These soldiers are putting their lives on the line fighting for peace and freedom around the world. The media that is focusing on Charlie are only there to make a quick buck and have no interest in his well being. As a matter of fact they will probably be part of his downfall.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. quietlyShout

    This has been going on since MySpace! Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Kanye West etc all have fell victim to this. While I agree stars and starlettes do get way more attention then fallen soldiers, simply due to novice reporters jumping on the easiest story that is popular at that time. Such as this one.

    Nothing new at all, continue going down this spiral CNN. Facebook wall posts do not equal stories, whats next, a blog on the girl who was murdered and if you don't publish the story 19 times she will haunt you? Give me a break.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. SapperSix

    Salerno, that was your best post so far! No surprise you're a total loser who still lives with his mother, and judging by your grammar, I'd say you probably never finished high school, because it, too, was for losers. Right?

    March 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      no i didnt go to the school after 8th grade, (in 1974) i dont need it i am not a sheep. i read the blogs and stuff to learn it all

      March 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        salerno 5:57 is not my post

        March 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        salerno 6:01 is not my post

        March 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      SapperSix – You are my DOG in fact of education. I am graduated and a winner as there is nobody who can give me orders, while you clearly are a subordinated. So you can lick my shoes like a dog.

      March 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. salerno

    Hate is consumptive. Break free man, we humans are a mosaic, there is a larger life than the one you imagine. Our family motto is "everybody does better when everybody does better." Put your oar in the water and pull for a better world. Quit being a drag to the human race.
    Jeff Wilfahrt, quoted above, Andrew's father.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      salerno 5:34 is not my post. It is stupid. Yoiu are wrong about me

      March 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        salerno march 10- 6:03 is not my post

        March 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jim

    Of course the media just got their spin on by announcing of the of the fallen is gay. Always an agenda. I personally don't care if one of the fallen were gay or not. They served and they derserve honor and respect. It's called just being a person. I'm just saying they just had to add that spin.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevin

      and i'm glad they did...because the more we know that gay soldiers are fighting ... and falling... for their country already, the less likely the republicans will be successful in their attempts to reinstate DADT. So thank you cnn for making this point clear.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mack

    Obviously, the people in uniform come from a different culture. Civilians do not fully understand the day to day life serving in the armed forces. For those who would disregard even those who boast loudly would be to take away an important component of being in the military. Civilians just don't understand. But if needed, they would certainly see their way to a qucik understanding.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Salerno

    I have to go now guys. My mom is making chili mac for dinner.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      no she's making ME chili mac you abusive roll!

      March 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Erin Bennett

    THANK YOU! Cudde was family, its about time the media started reporting the REAL news. If I want to know about Seen Ill watch ET. He does not belong on the national news.
    Thank you too all my fellow soldiers, marines airmen, seamen, and coast guard for your service. You are todays real heroes & todays real news!
    RIP Cudde you will never be forgotten!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Army Veteran

      Sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Larry

    It's a shame we've fallen so low as a country, and that we've been warring for so long it just seems normal now.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Army Veteran

    Salerno you are a troll. Have a little respect.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Veteran I am posting the truth about facts. The rolls are those using my name in an abusive way.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        yes you heard me 'the truth about facts' as opposed to the facts about truth or the lies about deception...

        March 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  24. India Co. 3/7

    Arkie...you ignorant moron

    March 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      India, show me a specific thing that i said which was "ignorant."

      March 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Arkie's Mom

        Oh little Arkie, what have you said that's not ignorant? How many times have I told you, no computer until you bathe! Also, we have to stop at beads and things before we go to Miss Pelosi's house for dinner. Hurry up

        March 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Arva

    thank you JESUS......that CNN took my comment seriously

    who cares about Charlie Sheen, this country better start getting it's priorities straight and TWO OF THEM ARE GOD AND THE MILITARY.....PERIOD !!!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      no it is the god establishment and war that causes these problems. i have done my research on the blogs and stuff so i know what i am talking about

      March 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am sorry to have offended anyone. I know that my right to freedom of speech exists because men like these are brave enough to give their lives to protect me so that I can act like a jerk-off.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I don't care if someone is offended. I am insulting the baby killers. Visit http://www.rawa.org site to understand.

        March 12, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      salerno 5:31 an follower are not my post

      March 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      salerno 5:55 an follower are not my post

      March 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arva

      I know I mentioned TWO PRIORITIES EARLIER......sorry I meant THREE.....please include EDUCATION IN THIS COUNTRY to GOD AND THE MILITARY

      March 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mary

    I agree that too much emphasis is placed on broadcasting the lives of celebrities and not enough emphasis on the people that matter. We all need to contact the various news agencies and tell them we do not care about the Charlie Sheens of the world. We do care about our fallen soldiers. They have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Charlie Sheen has given nothing.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  27. RyanWI

    When the same thing happens every day for over ten years, it isn't really "news" anymore. It sucks that fallen soldiers aren't getting the coverage that they used to, but it isn't the media's fault at all. The media is like any other buisness. They are in business to make money. Their money comes from ads. Ad reveune comes from ratings. Ratings come from delivering us the things we want to see, and ignoring the things we don't care about. And the honest truth of the matter is that America doesn't really care about Afghanistan anymore.

    Basically, I watch the news for two reasons. First is to learn about things that affect my life. Second is for entertainment. The war in Afghanistan doesn't satisfy either of these goals. Charlie Sheen satisfies goal number 2. If 2 news channels are showing Afghanistan casualties, and 1 is showing Charlie Sheen, I'll pick the network with Sheen every single time. And so will most of you. That's why they are showing it.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Eoin

    Each troop who has died in service to our country over the years is worth at least 10 of Charlie Sheen or Lindsey Lohan. As a Viet Nat vet with the 1st Infantry Division, I have some understanding of what they went through. I honor them, and all who have served their country in the military, Sheen and Lohan need to reap the consequences of the deeds they have sown, without notice by the press to feed their egos.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Ed

    I think one of the unfortunate effects of the media not focusing on our war with any consistency is that many people can be living in a bubble and are unaware that the sons and daughters of America are in a dangerous land, continuing the fight that has been going on for over nine years now. I come from a community where very few choose to join the military (much fewer than compared to the rest of the country). I started a campaign to rename a school in my hometown after a soldier killed by a suicide bomber while saving civilians from a burning bus in Baghdad in 2005. Not surprisingly, the school board is against the idea. They exist in a bubble and do not think about the sacrifice that many make, because the war on terrorism does not affect their lives in anyway.
    Check out "Support Adam M. Malson Elementary" on Facebook....

    Staff Sergeant Ed Nowicki
    US Army

    March 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      Ed,

      The American military is in ANOTHER COUNTRY (or actually, a whole bunch of countries) KILLING PEOPLE. That's why they have all those bombie thingies and bullet thingies and tankie thingies for. If the Russians or Chinese invaded the US tomorrow, it would be expected that the Americans would go about killing invading soldier, just as the people are doing to the Americans. You guys sound delusional with all this nationalistic tripe.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  30. salerno2

    Please excuse my mentally challenged brother Salerno. We try to keep him away from the keyboard and chained up in a room full of Baby Ruth candy but sometimes he gets out. We will try to be more diligent. In the meantime please do not feed the troll Salerno.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      salerno march 10- 5:17 is not my post-

      March 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        That actually is my post. I am sorry to have offended anyone. I think these men are brave patriots to have given their lives so that I can act like a jerk-off.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        salerno march 10 535 not my post

        I EAT POOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP

        March 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Salerno

        God Bless America. And God bless the brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that give me the freedom to express my moronic jihadist views on cnn threads. Gotta go mom's calling me to dinner. It's chili-mac night!

        March 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        salerno 5:35 and follower are not my post

        March 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        salerno march 10 – 5:54 is not my post

        March 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • scoobtester

      Who cares about those american soldiers ? I don't care about them, glad they're gone.
      I prefer to see Sheen's goosy updates rather than stupid news about fallen US soldiers.
      P.S. If you don't like my comment you can go and FY and join your deceased "heroes".

      March 11, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. Butterbar

    Really, half of these comments are still hateful, ignorant and spewing nonsensical rubbish. If I even bothered to ask, half of you saying all this stuff probably never served, and most likely never will yet you are reaping the benefits of their sacrifices. I hope that REALLY makes you feel like a more superior human being that you're making yourself out to be.

    May these young men rest in peace and watch over their brothers and sisters in arms. My thoughts go out to the Gold Star Families. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten, thank you for your support.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Say What

    I blame CNN.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bravo CNN

    I applaud CNN for this piece , but I sure do wish it was placed on the site much bigger and more prominent, and I sure wish people would start ignorning Sheen and 'celebreaddicts' We won't stop being bombarded by the media until we stop reading their crap.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. LEG

    To those who have lost loved ones in the war, thank you for your sacrifice. May you find peace in the fact that some of us are very grateful for the sacrfice of your family. God Bless you and your families.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  35. AmericanPieX

    who cares about dying soldiers? Charlie Sheen!!! Charlie Sheen!!

    Wake up people this is America and the average American doesn't care, that basically covers majority of the population hence why the media does what it does, feed the masses

    March 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mike

    Please put this as the main headline article on CNN.com. It deserves the spot in honor of Mr. Wilfahrt and the families of the others.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Lance Robinson Marine Veteran 74-78

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lance-Robinson-Marine-Veteran-74-78/203115796367643?sk=wall
    This Marine Veteran is walking across America To Honor the Troops Has traveled through 14 states and now in his 15th state. Go to the above link and see for yourself what Honor is all about. Media Just don't give a hoot, all they care about is MONEY!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy in VA

      Thanks for the heads up...posted it on my FB. Hats off to Lance Robinson!

      March 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Chris fisher

    Grant! you are a fool. Those of us that have lost loved ones or have loved ones overseas are the ones protecting your right to say what you will, to let an idiot like Charlie Sheen make himself more of a fool than he ever has. But Iove guys like you. So eassy to make remarks like you did hiding behing a keyboard. Why don't you man up and meet one of my fellow servicemen. I can tell you for sure, 100% they will meet you anywhere anytime. After 7 tours in the middle east I head back again after spending time with my family. I help save lives. I'm a PJ. Look it up, look what I do for a living, look what our Marines do or any servicemen do. Oh how I wish you were somewhere in Florida. We could handle it man to man. But judging by your comments, your nothing more than a wimpy guy sitting by a keyboard making comments he knows nothing about. My fellow servicemen, find this guy and let him know what were all about!! Hoorah!!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      PJs rule: "so that others may live." I'm a vietnam vet and I salute the maroon beret!

      March 10, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Rabbit One

    Now you are talking! Let's value our soldiers and law enforcement and doctors and nurses and teachers over these strange, strange drug abusers who happen to be on crappy TV which is the waste bed of advertisers.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  40. And

    What about the soldiers who died during the Superbowl media blitz? I'm sure it was briefly mentioned but quickly forgotten because everyone was getting hammered and arguing about stupid running and passing statistics to notice. The media in the US is full of stupid gossip and worthless information because most people in America are idiot gossips who would rather follow the life of a celebrity than do anything worthwhile with their own. They don't care about anything important and would rather read..., no, people in the US don't read, they'd rather watch news about truly worthless celebrities doing things that would land most normal people in jail.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  41. clarke

    May these young men rest in peace. Thank you for your service – you gave your life and have left holes in the heart of your famillies. God speed to you all. You are the important ones, each and everyone of you.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Eleanor

    Enough with celebrities that make no contribution to society. Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Lindsey Lohan do NOTHING of value. Where is all the coverage of Gary Sinise, Denzel Washington and others that make a difference?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Piotr

    Also, all soldiers sign on knowing that they may be in for some serious violence. That's an attraction of the job. They deserve coverage, but they don't deserve the pity party that a lot of people throw them. They're men and women who know what they're doing, who take on that responsibility with pride, and demeaning them by making them victims of Charlie Sheen, is really an insult. Honor their battles, and remember their names, but don't baby them like this.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      Piot,

      Uh... you're missing the point. Why are they in danger... uh, they're in danger because they invade other people's country's and murder them.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Noodle Goat

    There is no lettuce in my armpits!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  45. What The

    Media will not report what people will not read. Don't blame them for posting what people will pay to see. Folks need to check themselves before they get angry at media outlets.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Piotr

    I like Charlie Sheen. I like soldiers. But the fact that a coked out sitcom star gets more coverage than dead soldiers is SOLELY the responsibility of hack journalists, who know full well they get more clicks from a coked out soap opera star, than they do covering stories with real relevance. Subsequently blaming Charlie Sheen for cheap complacent journalism is exactly the sort of move you can expect from a cheap complacent journalist. Did you bother looking into how many stories CNN have done on the guy? Pathetic, Wayne Drash.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • alek

      Sorry dude, but CNN is a business and they give people what they read. It is not the media's fault. It is the public's fault for feeding into it. they give us what we want. We need to stop wanting it.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Field

    The reason Charlie Sheen gets more attention is because no one wants to hear about dead soldiers. It is a willed ignorance. I believe most Americans are fed up with this war and want our troops home. But the media will continue to be controlled by globalists who love the perpetual state of war because it makes them money. I stopped hearing about dead soldiers way before Charlie Sheen did enough coke to kill two and a half men. When you compare this war to Vietnam we do not have near the number of casualties we had there so people think it's okay. If you think Democrats or Republicans will change anything you need to wake up and check into some alternative media sources that aren't in it to make money off of war.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      Field,

      Do you think that the corporations and the drug boys who sent these guys over to Afghanistan to kill people care about their serfs? They are EXPENDABLE PEOPLE who were at the bottom end of the military industrial complex. Their deaths are probably a source of comic relief for their owners. You guys are living in a media made fantasy world.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix

      I agree. I do see news networks mentioning fallen soldiers. But we can't expect that to be the only news coverage. The news has never made fallen soldiers teh forefront of its news coverage on a daily basis. Not with Vietnam, the Gulf war or the World war. I think Americans are motivated by their emotions to truely see reality. Everyone seems to have such an extreme view and there is no middle ground. You mention a celebrity and everyone goes off on a tangent. Simply dont read the article. But leave everyone else the choice to decide for themselves. I served in the military and I understand the sacrifies that are made. But there are other heroes out there who arent soldiers, who are persecuted and tortured that we never hear anything about. So I think its not to be so extreme and try to stick to reality. There are many subjeccts on today's news and its not all Charlie Sheen.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Arkie

        Phoenix,

        Do you HONESTLY think that the class of people who own the media actually care about some American serfs who got capped, or got their legs blown off, or have to come home in straight jackets?!? I am pretty confident that the folks running these corporations don't have many of their kids who are enlisted men fighting on the front lines. Why is that? Let me help you out here: it's because they DON'T CARE ABOUT THE SERF CLASS.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Triton

    I am so grateful to the author for writing this piece. I echo the sentiment earlier shared in the discussion. As the grandson, nephew and cousin of US Marines I am appalled a the lack of coverage the war in Afghanistan has received. Our men and women in uniform deserve better. While I rescinded a contract for Marine officer candidates school to start a life with my partner, I am always inspired to find other ways to serve those who serve and my country and to make my life count for something as these men did. We owe a great debt to our citizen-soldiers and their families.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  49. count2ten

    salerno – you are really a piece of work. I don't know what you're problem is but you are far removed from the realities of society. Keep believing what you want and say it out loud to someone at the wrong time and you will quickly realize your problems.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  50. db

    keep in mind, that show (which I'm proud to say I never have seen) parades to the dumb and dumber crowd, as evidenced by most of the comments surrounding Sheen. It saddens me deeply that the media choses him over our fallen soldiers. "If it bleeds, it leads" is the what what the media lives by, but the bleeding of our soldiers doesn't count, apparently. SHAME ON THEM AND ON US FOR FEEDING INTO IT. If we didn't, the media WOULD stop covering the drug addled "stars" who live outside of reality....as warlocks and tigers, apparently.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  51. christian

    thank you for writing this article.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jake

    Don't let Saleno's trolling take us away from the main issue...I mean, look at the home page for CNN...THIS STORY COMES IN SECOND TO A STORY ABOUT SHEEN SUING WARNER BROS....WAKE UP....THEY DO IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF US.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  53. The Boss

    Grant,
    I would imagine that to you REAL combat is some video game or maybe even paintball.
    I'm sure you've never served and would everything in your power to avoid doing so.
    You should realize that you wouldn't even have the right to say what you do if you didn't live in a country where people are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so idiots like you can complain. Try that crap in North Korea,

    March 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  54. ZMEEKER

    ATTENTION: Anyone that thinks that the existance of any news media outlet is about informing anyone about anything is mistaken. ALL NEWS MEDIA EXISTS FOR NOTHING MORE THAN TO SELL ADVERTISING TIME AND SPACE.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. JB

    These men and their families are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your sacrifice. I'm humbled every time I read about men like these. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Triton

    I am so inspired by this article and sincerely appreciate the perspective it portrays. I echo the sentiments earlier expressed that the media is not covering America's war and it's cost in blood. Our brave men and women deserve more. I am the proud grandson, nephew and cousin of US Marines and, while I chose to rescind a contract for an Marine officer program to start a life with my partner, I am now, more than ever, determined to serve my country and those who serve in other ways. Thank you to those of you who have served are serving and to your families!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Jake

    Funny how on the CNN web site, this story sits behind a headline of Sheen suing WB... CNN tries to take the High Road and fails miserably

    March 10, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  58. moe smith

    "... it was a sobering reminder of the news media’s failings"

    nothing more need be said.

    F`ing news media...

    March 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Troy

    Do you really think it is about the media?? Maybe it's about US. The media cover a lot of things these days that are meaningless and meant for entertainment purposes only... and we TUNE IN. Do you think the media, maybe, covers things that will sell newspapers, grap attention, sell commercials, get traffic?? Not that people don't care about fallen soldiers, they should and do, but they seem to need to stay engaged with stories that capture their imagination and emotion - like the guy who took a bath 50 feet up in a tree!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      Very well said Troy! I agree, we choose to read and keep up with what news stories we follow. Just because we read celebrity gossip doesn't mean we don't care about troops, too. They aren't mutually exclusive. It's such a complicated mess on this forum!

      March 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jake

    Funny how on the CNN web site, this story sits behind a headline of Sheen suing WB...way to go CNN

    March 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  61. June Coleman

    Thank you for writing this and getting it out there. I can only stand in awe of the wonderful people who have gone and given there all. My heart and prayers go out to their families.s

    I am sick to my back teeth with all of this crap about Sheen. Once the gist of his rant became clear I have made a concentrated effort to "see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing". He is a joke about which nothing is funny.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  62. mr.fun

    SHEEN WINS, HANDS DOWN

    he probably hasn't killed anyone (yet). lol

    March 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Phoenix

    I think we are talkign two extremes here. While I do not like tabloid ,Charlie Sheen is not the only subject in the news.Read ANY online paper, regular newspaper, or watch any news network, and you will see many issues, from fallen soldiers, economic crisis, to various world events. Those who are obsessiing about Charlie Sheen do so because they chose to read about him. The reality is, 100% of the news is not going to be dedicated to fallen soldiers. It never has been nor will it ever. It is important that people have a choice when it comes to being informed about the news, whether it be political or cultural. What I am seeing ar fanatics on both sides of the spectrum.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Laurie

    I think all the coverage of Charlie Sheen is totally idiotic. He is just an actor. They are all pompous. Our soldiers are so much more important than any actor. You boys keep on what you're doing. We are all proud of you. Sorry that the news media is so petty and wrapped up in the Hollywood. You guys are what it is all about. Semper Fi to all you marines out there and thanks to all of you in every branch for your service.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Soldier’s Mom

    To the families of the fallen, may you find peace in your time of sorrow… You have given the most precious gift possible to your country, your child! Thank you, we are in your debt.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  66. John

    Meanwhile, on the CNN homepage, Charlie Sheen is right next to this article. CNN can't have it both ways. It is stupid to criticize coverage of Charlie Sheen while still doing it. But CNN isn't the only one to blame either.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  67. foxtrot

    so I'm just going to ask...how do you pronounce the last name Wilfahrt?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      The pronunciation is up for debate even within the family. Wil-furt, Wil-fart. Take your pick.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Debbie

    There are more important things going on in this world then the trials and tribulations of Charlie Sheen. It's just not worth talking about him anymore. He made his bed now he can lie in it! My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones during the last two weeks, the families of children who have gone missing, and those who have no one. Let's just stop giving a damn about Charlie Sheen!!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  69. ASH

    I am a mom of a Marine serving in Afghanistan and this is on the mark. Take a look at 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines/Darkhorse unit in Afghanistan that has lost nearly 2 dozen young men since October 2010. When are we as a Nation going to get what the most important things is life are. I can tell you it is NOT a celebrity that we can all watch become unhinged.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix

      The news is not based on the most important things in life. Its based on currrent events. That can include financial, political and cultural. We all have a choice as to what we want to read about in the news. The entire CNN site is not dedicated to Charlie Sheen. No news network has ONLY Charlie Sheen coverage. Nor shoud we expect every news network to ignore everything else and ONLY cover the death of soldiers.People have a CHOICE of what they want to read.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • smokee

        Thank you. And these are probably the same people so protective of their rights trying to dictate what everyone should care about.

        Soldiers are memorialized, and its also their job to serve. I think they get many benefits as things are for living and dying as soldiers who served.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  70. iagirl

    4 great men right here. There are so many men and women who have died for their bravery and all our country cares about is celeberity drug addicts, shame. Many more solidiers will fall before the end of this war, and I will thank them everyday for defending my home. R.I.P. Solidiers!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Maryann

    Wow, I can't imagine the horrible thing that Salerno said, since CNN has apparently removed the post. But..did not remove the posts referencing it. Way to be confusing, CNN.

    Anyway, I do agree that fallen soldiers should get more coverage that Sheen, but as someone said upthread, that doesn't bring in the ratings, and after all, these soldiers are giving their lives so that our capitalistic society is preserved.

    This means that Corporations like CBS must have the most money, therefore, gets the most news coverage.

    Ironic.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Maryann – if you want to understand please visit http://www.rawa.org site !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 12, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  72. Dan

    GOD bless you Salerno. You need help my friend. I am a Soldier praying for you.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Brianna

    I haven't followed any of this Charlie Sheen nonsense.

    Rest In Peace, guys, Rest In Peace. And thank you for your services.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Mike

    Everyone keeps screaming about the media covering celebrities news, but remember this: the media is a business. If a story gets ratings, gets web views, it will propagate. If you don't want there to be more Charlie Sheen news, DON'T CLICK THE LINKS. If nobody appears to care about Charlie Sheen the major media outlets will stop talking about him.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Q

    Not only Americans, but people in general are dying everyday for what they believe are good causes. Honor them too! Lets just hope we don't find out the truth.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Sirx

    I wish that for one full 24-hour period, every link and headline on all NON-HOLLYWOOD SPECIFIC websites (TMZ, MediaTakeOut, etc.) that included the words "Charlie Sheen" redirected to this article. This is truly a shame. I choose not to click on any more Charlie Sheen-related articles because I just do. Not. Care. Besides, I know I'm going to hear about it from CNN during the middle of the headlines-of-the-day anyway. Thanks CNN. You fail again.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Amber

    I can't believe that this made it to the news i was so happy to get this link from Andrews mom today. I told all my friends that i wanted it to make the news so they all hed to post it on thier status too. He was a dear friend of our family and a great soldier. I know that he is looking down and watching out for his buddies still. We miss you Andrew and think of you often.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  78. sg

    Those complaining about how news is Charlie Sheen but not dead soldiers, clearly dont watch PBS Newshour.
    Every single day on Newshour, they honor any American casualties of the day with a minute of silence.
    But no, thats too boring isnt it. Cable news caters to what sells.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnthonyN

      By far the best new program on TV. Too bad, CNN, Faux News and MSCrapNBC all care about dealing with blow hards who spew nothing but hot air...But I digress...

      March 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Geoff Canadayourlittlebrother

    Sheen, Lohan, I barely watch a 'bit' if I happen to land there clicking around, then turn the channel. If I land on a tribute to a young soldier fallen, I watch, listen to the (too brief) description of her or him, and my eyes get wet, usually. You service people out there first I'm like all in that I want to thank you!! -Second, don't worry about the media, or us wandering around with the freedom you give us, no questions asked, if we think of you or not.
    There is not a human on the planet, of any country or any faith, that does not respect you, and does not think of you.
    Especially on Remembrance Day here in Canada and your Veterans Day and other memorial days South of the 49th.
    We in the public watch you in awe, hear about you, and like me get a tear or two for you, though we've never met you.
    Harry Truman said the man he respected most on the planet was the one with the purple heart, and he wasn't electioneering; it was an offhand comment. I think legions of us in the free sphere you give us think this way. From presidents to prisoners in for life, we respect you from the bottoms of our heart, as there's none stronger of character, none more giving, than you.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      Geoff, Sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  80. IronRider

    Charlie Sheen is all over the news this week because he's a celebrity drug addict. Justin Bieber was all over the news for 2 days this week because he cut his hair. While Andrew Wilfahrt 31, Brian Tabada 21, Rudolph Hizon 22, Chauncy Mays 25, Christopher Stark 22, Kristopher Gould 25, David Fahey 23 are all soldiers who gave their lives this week with no media mention. Honor THEM please!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      What are you talking about?!!!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • verase2009

      Iron rider: As a Gold Star Mother, for the ignorant that means I've lost a son in the service of his country, I want to thank you for your post. Patriot Riders were at my son's funeral shielding us from the anti war, anti gay idiots who go around the country protesting at military funerals when families are at the weakest moments of their lives. The protesters are completely unaware that serivemen and women willingly serve so that are able to shoot of their big mouths. Whatever happened to the respect for the dead whether warriors or no.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ServiceGrandma

      Well said IronRider, I lost a brother in Korea, had another brother wounded in Vietnam and now have a grandson in Iraq. I was in the Army at the start of Vietnam. I am very proud of all the soldiers that have served and gave their all for all of us here in this country. I am so sorry for the families of the ones that lost their lives. I pray for our country to come back to its roots but alas reading these posts makes me wonder about some of the people who posts here. Wonder where their heads are?????

      March 11, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  81. Q

    Its sad people can judge other people. Who cares what ANY celebrity does or say, its really non of your business, and its sad the media has gone this far with praising celebrities, I wonder why they do that. Trying to steer you away from the truth?

    March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Brittney

    These men are my heros. May they rest in peace.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      May many others follow them !!

      March 12, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  83. Harry

    CNN seems to have no problem with hypocracy! Notice how this POS news outlet led with Sheen and followed with this article. FU CNN! You are a major part of this problem!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RyanWI

      A business giving the customer what the customer wants is the problem? Why do you hate capitalism?

      March 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  84. TripleA

    There was a time when I would have strenuously argued that our soldiers deserved special place in the media ahead of everyone, when it came to reporting their sacrifices in our nation’s defense. However, after the outsourcing of our jobs, destruction of the Middle Class while the rich get richer, ENRON, Madoff, Wall Street Bailout, and Wisconsin, I do not think this nation is worth defending any longer. Anyone who does so is a fool, not a hero.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      TripleA – Where are you moving to? I would like to know where the better place is?

      Hang in there – I will foolishly defend your right to post silly comments. Wish you could see how the people live where I am.....by the way – do you vote?

      March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeAguaDulce

      Problems are coming to light becuase of the financial ciriis in every country in the world. It is foolish to think that we should give up on our country, becuase you're p.o.'ed about something.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tink48

      If you don't like it here, there are plenty of other countries that you can move to.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tink48

      And you're welcome, from that defended and continue to defend our country.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  85. A

    That's the reality. A few dead soldiers in the middle East don't get much attention nowadays, thus not bring in AD money.
    Everything is business

    March 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Dan

    THANK YOU to ALL Sodiers, Sailors, Airmem, and Marines. The 1% know what is important. As I sit in the foreign country defending everyone's right to an opinion, I THANK GOD that my children will know what is right in the world. Praying for peace and fighting for freedom....

    March 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gina

      Thank you for your service, Dan!

      March 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Ann

    Our priorities as a country have taken a serious turn for the worst. What happened to the days when we looked after each other and cared about the basics of human life? As an Army wife I can tell you that there is A LOT of suffering going on with our returning soldiers, veterans and the families left behind by those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Let us not forget them no matter what political views are. Our soldiers get paid very little to do what they do...but I know first hand that they would defend our country no matter. So lets talking about all of the Hollywood drama and remember what is really important! God bless our country and all who care enough to defend it.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arkie

      Ann, You somehow seem to have failed to mention the TENS OF THOUSANDS of deaths the Americans have caused in Afghanistan-and don't forget the 100,000 or more in Iraq. Understand that these mercenaries are not defending "America". They work for corporations to promote and defend their globalist interest. You can't possibly think that destroying Iraq and murdering and untold number of people is actually how America "defends itself."

      March 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Arkie the deaths are a lot bigger than your numbers. Moslty civilians.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Infidel

        I don't think Arkie or Salerno really care what they are saying. Both seem to get a kick outof being the center of attention. Hell... Salerno (alluding to DZ Salerno at Bragg or FOB Salerno in Afghanistan) could just be an immature E4 messing around on his PC. Either way... No biggie, just ignore them. As a soldier I agree that civilians do die in Afghanistan – but frankly they die as a result of their illicit dealings with ACM, TB, AQ. What can I say – war is hell. Someday the roles may be reversed... I've done 3 OEF tours and 1 OIF and have felt that every killing that occured were legal as per ROE, and more importantly I'm at peace with my own conscience. How about you?

        March 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Infidel you idiot, war is always legal until somoen kill you. Even the Nazi had their ROE. Your ROE are criminal and I spit on your face.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Esquire

        I completely agree with Infidel. I'm sorry Salerno, but you sound like a misinformed, raving lunatic.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Infidel is not credible as he is a soldier, so he is involved as a killer. I asked to the witnesses.

        March 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • patcee

      Doesn't God bless all countries? Doesn't the world belong to God? I don't know why the U.S. should have any priority with him over, say, Libya.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • KING kardashian

        @patcee
        well said Americans are SELF RIGHTEOUS HYPOCRITES don t forget

        March 10, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Claudie Marie Thompson

    If I never hear Charile's name or see it in print that will be too soon. I can't open a news site, listen to TV news, or pick up a newspaper without seeing his name and it makes me sick. Our soldiers are dying for us and we see so little about them. God bless every one who serves or has served, and God bless the families who wait for their return.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • y2daddy

      The soldiers overseas are not dying for us! They are not sacrificing their lives, their lives are being sacrificed by our government. Everyone who died in Iraq or Afghanistan died for a lie. And the people of the United States are just too stupid to stand up and say enough is enough!

      March 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Larry Sessions

    It is sad, sad, sad. We discount the lives of those who give their own lives so we can idolize arrogant, low life morons, whether they be in the Hollywood entertainment industry or sport. Wake up, America, to those who stand and fight for you. Honor a Marine, a Sailor, a Soldier or a Guard. Or a cop, or a fireman, or any other service personnel who puts their life on the line for you. At absolute best, Charlie Sheen made you laugh. These others - usually nameless - protected your life and your possessions and you way of life. They continue to do so. Honor them and ignore the riffraff.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      larry, you took the words out of my mouth...we idolize these idiots in entertainment...wake up America. These fools are not our idols nor mentors....look to our neighbors, friends, family to see the honor, integrity and good in America. Once we realize that the best of us are among us, we will all be the better for it.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Bonnie Martinez

    Why do we always enjoy gossip???? "Charlie Sheen is all over the news because we enjoy it, because we don't want to focus on whats real. When do we grow up and face reality. Our children are dying for our safety in this country. We need to celbrate them!!!!!!!!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Jeff

    Salerno, you are probably one of those people that speak badly about the police also, but are one of the first to dial 911 and want an immediate response when you here a squeak in the night. You are, by far, one of the worst slugs to post i have seen in a long time. If you hate your country so much, take your Baptist loving A$$ and go join Al-Qaeda so that you can meet your deserving end, or.........SHUT YOUR F(#$#ING PIEHOLE.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • neutralEye

      So how do you explain the fact that on every dead wimp on the attacking american side there are HUNDREDs (100s) !! of dead sons, fathers, wives and daughters on the local people's side? You never learnt counting or what? Did you ask your "heroes" how many children they "unintentionally" murdered, how many families they had destroyed before they were rendered inocuous by the natives? Probably not. They're just "insurgents", huh? Should be glad your rich, braindead computer game freaks are there to kill them. Much better than being killed by hunger, right?

      March 11, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  92. purple80

    No matter your opinions on the war. These men served their country and died in duty. R.I.P.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Christians

    And yet, the article displayed right next to this one is about none other than Charlie Sheen. Way to knowingly perpetuate the irony described in your own article CNN.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apryl Deutsch

      Finally, someone noticed!

      March 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Jan Deal, Norfolk, VA

    I WILL NOT click on any news story about Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan or Lady Gaga or any of the dregs that populate your sensational headlines. They are insulting to all things decent. I resent what the media shoves down our throat labeled "news". Let's get back to journalism people and put things that matter to mankind in the headlines. Please. The world is changing, hourly, daily and there's alot there to write about.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rianne

      While I agree with you that Sheen and Lohan are complete wastes of space, and while I don't like popular music (including Lady Gaga's); I don't think it's fair to put Lady Gaga in the same category as the other two. Every interview I have seen with her in it involves some sort of charity or social betterment work. She seems to be a stand-up kind of person defending gay rights as well as other causes. Some people are able to use their fame for good and I think she's one of them. I do agree, however; that the soldiers and the victims of abuses around the globe should be the subject of news.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • nic

        Lada Gaga is not my thing either, but she has worked tirelessly to repeal don't ask don't tell.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jiarn

      And yet you did click a link that said Sheen. Regardless of whether it had soldiers in the name or not....

      March 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You will take a noble stand and not "click on any article about Sheen"? You clicked on this one, didn't you?

      March 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisenheimer

      "I WILL NOT click on any news story about Charlie Sheen..."
      Then how, pray tell, did you come to comment on this story?

      March 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa Williams

      Well said!

      March 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik K., Boston

      If we paid no attention to the frivolities that are packaged as news, they would not be news. The news corporations set agendas, but they do so according to their estimations of what we will pay to consume. If we (Americans as a people) let them know we're not interested in this crap–vote with the one voice we have as a consumer, by making conscious decisions not to partake in the circus– it will no longer be a smart business decision for them to push it.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Guin

    Look, someone went off on me on Facebook for posting something about Charlie Sheen. The two aren't mutually exclusive. I don't sit and read about Charlie all day but I also cannot, for my own sanity, sit and dwell on all of the tragedy in the world either. And when I do, and yes, I sometimes do. Facebook isn't usually my choice of venue for discussing those topics. I think about the soldiers, and the people with disease and politics and all sorts of other serious topics. But I also spend a good chunk of every day on more light-hearted fare and no, I won't apologize for it.

    March 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mp531

      I am a soldier and to be honest, I'm glad there are Charlie Sheens and LiLos in the news. I wish my brothers and sisters in arms received a bit more recognition but I agree with Guin here. If all I had to read about was the war I live daily and my fallen comrades, I would lose my mind.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • LisaNJ

        Thank you!! mp531

        March 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Murf134

        I agree with this sentiment. I too am an OIF/OEF veteran, and I didn't serve in order to receive recognition. I just wanted to be a Soldier. That's all.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • musings

        Very interesting, soldier. By the way, make sure your correspondence with your family is saved. I am enjoying my dad's from WWII, which was found when my aunt just died at 97. I feel he's alive again (he made it through the war and lived to be 77). I wish you a long life and a few good memories from this day.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Mike

    Pagan Pride!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • LisaNJ

      Blessed Be!

      March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  97. bailoutsos

    The media does not have to cover Sheen. The media is just trying to get ratings and fallen soldiers does not bring in the ad revenue they want.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      RIGHT ON – REMEMBER PARIS HILTON CRAP 2 YEARS AGO

      THE MEDIA ONLY CARES ABOUT THE BUCKS. I PROTESTED VIET NAM BUT I NEVER PROTESTED OR SOLDIERS THOSE WHO FEEL OUR SOLDIERS DON'T BELONG THERE ARE TO SCARED TO SAY THAT TO A RETURNING SOLDERS FACE OR THE CHILD WHO LOST A PARENT. BESIDE WE KNOW THEY ARE ALL COWARDS THEY WOULDN'T KNOW HOW TO BE SOLDERS.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • KING kardashian

        @dawn

        np i don t remember but all i know is that you re jealous of PARIS HILTON because you re a nobody

        March 11, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        DAWN – I AM NOT SCARED AS SOLDIERS SIGNED UP TO GO. IT IS THEIR FAULT AND RESPONSIBILITY. THEY ARE BABY KILLERS.

        March 12, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Up until Bush left office the media reported casualties daily. For some reason they stopped.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Craig

        Are you serious? You're playing the blame game? Get a life.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mitch K

        Are you serious? Under Bush, did you ever see bodybags or caskets on TV? Now compare the Bush era to Vietnam and tell me how much is swept under the media rug?! You must be too young to remember.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris Clifton

        Our newspaper, Arizona Republic, quit printing the killed in action over 5 months ago....makes you wonder!!!

        March 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      yep. The press prints what sells... bad news. War info is good foder, but hollywood pawns sell better.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bluebird1

      Consolidated American media reports what it assumes Americans want to hear/read strictly for the purpose of profit. Entertainment/Hollywood sells over foreign issues unless its able to be sensationalized and/or a disaster of nature and/or human. Consolidated American mass media keeps Americans ignorant of the rest of the world and pertentent issues here at home.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Jack

    These men shouldn't be over there anyways.

    Such a waste of a life.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Nice. We lose men everyday in war and you call it a waste of life. Have you ever sat down and wandered why our country hasn't had a war on this soil in nearly 150 years? The waste of life you reference is someone's son (mine is serving), someone's husband or even wife, etc. The good news is we have plenty of brave men to take your place like those mentioned here.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anon

        Well, I could be mistaken, but I don't believe he's referring to the soldiers themselves as a waste of (a) life, but rather their deaths as a waste. A life wasted on a foolish expedition is what I'm thinking he's trying to say.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • S.

        It IS a waste of life to have men die for what politicians want to achieve. Having a war on our soil is irrelevant, we go out looking for wars and put innocent people in them.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING kardashian

      @Marine 575
      @infidel

      oh i am sorry that you baby boys are crying
      but sorry i don t sugar coat my comments But NO YOU ARE THE COWARDS you re fighthing and joined the Forces for the Benefits
      after world war 2 most Americans who joined the armed forces are in it for BENEFITS nothing more if you were nt getting paid you would not have and yes you are COWARDS in capital letters that is IMAO

      March 11, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
      • teufelhunden

        Are you serious. Yes some join for the benefits but not most, and if you were intelligent at all you would realize most would make more money in the civilian world. The first enlistment service member average below 1600 a month, and work hard, and put our lives on the line, and live in far less pristine living conditions then the average american for that. Cowards ...... Well i am proud to say that I as a so call coward allow you to have these views no matter how wrong they are. BY THE WAY FROM ALL OF US "COWARDS" YOUR WELCOME.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
      • neutralEye

        Yes, finally. One rare example of a thinking american found!

        March 11, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
      • neutralEye

        I mean KING kardashian, of course.

        March 11, 2011 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
  99. USMC Forever Baby!!!!

    Salerno, oh yes if you all go to the military sites you will see this traitor's comments all over the place. He is the new face of the Taliban and Al-Quada. He is also a COWARD just like the Taliban and Al-Quada. I believe he is some pathetic lost soul who is unemployed and mentally challenged, kind of like Charlie Sheen. Well Salerno, did I get it right??

    March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • The REAL Charlie Sheen

      Less talk, more walk you troll. I am guessing you are 245 lbs of flab, so lets go, I will melt your face.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MartinLouie

      You really should do your homework because its a Fact that Mr. Tim Osman aka Osama Bin Laden worked for the CIA and is nothing more than a fall guy for the ongoing wars and fake terrorism which our country finds itself in. As a Marine you guys should really educate yourselves because you guys are just pawns in their game. What the elite call "usefull idiots". Sorry if that was a bit harsh but its the TRUTH and its high time it starts being told.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • James

        The conspiracy nut jobs come out of the wood work sometimes.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • @ MartinLouie

        Time to get back on the meds!

        March 10, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING kardashian

      @USMC Forever Baby""

      No Al-Queda and the Taliban are not Cowards they re the warriors even though the world hate them and they don t have support as the U.S army does for example its just like a guy who s in possession of an illegal gun even if he s crazy he will not fire shots like the police would because to him its automatic death but the police is allowed
      the Whiteman is known to be cowards unless they re in a group a large group that is i can imagine 100.000 U,S white men againsnt the same number of Iraqis with no sophisticated weapon or a fist to fist fight come on we know the Iraqis would definitely win
      the world know Americans are self righteous Hypocrite don t forget CNN is American this is not AlJazeera

      March 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I MEAN http://www.rawa.org

      March 12, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  100. Jessica

    Rather than respond to somebody so hateful, let's, as a community, leave salerno's comment alone and fill the space around it with thoughtful, complex reflections on this war, these men, and yes, the children and the soldiers of Afghanistan who are loved by their families as these men are by theirs.

    March 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2ndDeployment

      Agreed Jessica. I'll pray for their families and friends instead of focusing on the negative...

      March 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • D MAYO

        IM SICK OF HEARING ABOUT ALL THESE PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD. ARE SOILDERS ARE SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THEN THEY ARE. LET CHARLIE SHEENS FAMILY DEAL WITH HIM. HE IS A SICKO.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Runswithbeer

        Four heroes....

        March 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • I WillDoThis

        I am ashamed to have wasted even one second of attention on Sheen, Lohan, etc. And how must they feel? On second thought, I think they stopped feeling a long time ago.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Minos

        @MartinLouie, your post is senseless. If the Americans wanted to plunder a nation for it's wealth and oil, they sure as hell wouldn't send their troops to Afganistan! Anyone who decides to paint an entire nation of 350M people with one wide brush stroke, ignoring the rich diversity of views in the US, is completely out of touch with reality. Muster up some self-pride and stop demonstrating your shameless American envy in such an obvious and public way. You condemn an entire nation based on one short lived media induced Sheen spasm that your small mind interprets as a window into the soul of an entire nation. (Sorry Jessica, couldn't stop myself from calling out this Anti-American MartinLouie meat puppet).

        March 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        If you don't focus on the negatives, who will? Hopefully someone of good character. But that's the chance you take when you decide not to confront it.

        As far as the media's concerned. HELL YEAH they pick and choose their reporting. Particularly when it is politically disadvantageous for Republicans. The DC Village media is here to serve the top 1%. Not the rest of us.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • scndnv

        Charlie's way more interesting than Afghanistan, no offense.

        March 11, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • LisaNJ

      While I agree I too am fascinated by the wrong doings of the Hollywood weirdos... (kind of like a car wreck.. you know you should look away but you just can't).. this story has been a sobering reminder of what matters..

      I shall also pray for these brave men and the families that mourn..

      March 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Wilfahrt

      Atta' girl Jessica. I am Andrew's father, the one quoted above. He would be the first to remind us all that the Afghanis love their children too. As for the Taliban f****, well, this is what illiteracy leads to, minds trapped into narrow thought and dogma.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Murf134

        Sir, thank you for the service of your son. I'm terribly sorry for your loss.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • rambo

        Sir, i would also like to say thank you and i am sorry for your loss, i have also lost family members in the past few years at war over seas, it is hard, but please be strong and know he did you, your family and all of us proud.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • SSG Z

        Mr Wilfahrt,
        While I do not know the way you feel, I am terribly sorry for your loss. I have been with these men in combat and I am currently deployed again. I applaud your son's selfless service and sacrifice. Being able to count on the man to your left and right is more important than his personal preferences. And giving your life in service to your country is definitely more important than what is going on in Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohans life at any point in time. It is a shame our media and the American public in general thrive off of that bull rather than what young men and women are doing all over the world to ensure they have the right to watch that crap. Your son will never be forgotten. While your loss is unimaginable as a father and husband just the fact that he enlisted for those reasons makes him a special person. Thank you for your service to our country as most often it is the family in the shadows that is forgotten.

        March 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Face

        I too, thank you sir and the other families for their son's act of courage in the fight for freedom.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Roj

        I thank you and your son for the sacrifices made. I wish a different outcome would have prevailed, but there is only the decision to move forward now. I bet you will see him again, just not now.

        Here's to all our honored dead.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • A Military Spouse

        Your son is gone, but certainly not forgotten. Thank-you for posting your very wise words...

        March 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Becca

        Mr. Wilfahrt – thank you for the sobering reminder of the lives lost. Your son was a hero. My family and friends thank him for his sacrifice. Bless all of you.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fallout

        Dear Sir,

        My most sincere sympathies on the loss of your son, and also let me extend the thanks of my entire family to him for his duty and sacrifice to help make the world a better place. He is truly deserving of the highest honor. Your son was a hero in our eyes. May time and precious memories ease your pain in his loss.

        The Hughes Family
        Miami, FL

        March 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Davee

        Sir, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Thank you so much for supporting our US troops, and encouraging your son's decision to serve our country. I appreciate everything each of our service members do each and every day. We tend to forget here in the states when we complain about rush hour traffic, working long hours, or being unappreciated in our jobs that we in no way are subject to what our troops endure on a daily basis.
        I hope stories like this serve as a reminder to us our fortunate we are and how appreciative and respectful we should be.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Shahriarzadeh

        Mr. Jeff Wilfahrt I am an Afghan living in America. First of all I am very sorry for your loss, your son is not only a national hero of America but also his efforts will never be forgotten by the peace loving people of Afghanistan, Middle East and in general the whole world. without the effort of American soldiers like your son, Afghanistan was still a sanctuary of wild, cruel and insane people from around the world, torturing Afghans, training terrorists and planing to destroy the world peace in the name of Islam.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott Johnson

        Mr. Wilfahrt, many condolences for you son... and for all others who have given their lives for us. And thank you for your patriotism. Being liberal doesn't mean "doesn't love country" as some insist. Your family is proof. Many best wishes.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • JC

        Thank you for raising a Son that has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Take comfort in knowing that millions of people in the US are truly grateful.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris Clifton

        Jeff may God's grace be with your family during your time of grief. May you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and I feel your loss and share in your sorrow. God Bless your son for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us. Your son will never be forgotten. RIP ♥ Proud USMC Mom

        March 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Army Wife

        Wishing your family peace and comfort. Your son is a hero and now in the arms of angels. From my family to yours best wishes and many thanks for the ultimate sacrifice that none should have to experience.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew

        As a Canadian, I still appreciate the service your son gave his life for. I agree and appreciate your point of view, that all peoples of the world love and care for their children as well. I also agree that illiteracy is the root of a problem that has caused such extremism and brought our world to the brink of destruction. I commend your family for being strong in the face of such adversity.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Philip

        I am incredibly sorry for your loss sir. Your son exemplified true selflessness and love of this country, for he served even while hiding who he was and not being politically in favor of the war. Rest in peace to him and all of the other fallen soldiers.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tracy A. Finney

        Mr. Wilfahrt, I want to start by saying thank you for the life your son lived. I read this article and thought it was great and that it needs to be said again and again. Then I scrolled down and saw some of the comments, which made my stomach turn and my temper flare. My son is currently stationed in Lowgar Province, Afghanistan, in the same company that Spc. Hizon was assigned to. My son knew him and served with him on a daily basis. I wake up everyday realizing that my son may be required to make the same decisions, and suffer the same consequences, that your son and Spc. Hizon did. I hope beyond hope that it does not happen, but I understand that I am not in control of that. My son made a great decision in becoming an infantry soldier in these times and he is my hero for choosing to suit up everyday and carry out the tasks that he is given. I know it must be a difficult journey that you now have, but please know that the Veterans of this nation will never allow your sons memory to to be forgotten, and we will always stand up to shake your hand. Thank you.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Selina

        My sympathy on the loss of Andrew. He sounds like an amazing young man. You and your family are in my prayers.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeW

        Mr. Wilfahrt, I honor all who serve our country and I respect all of those who give their lives while wearing our uniform. But I am in awe of your son. He had so many reasons to not enlist but he went anyway, and he went for reasons of principle. You raised a great man. I am so sorry for your loss and his death. I do hope that his example can make him a hero for many.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • jendher

        Thank you for telling us about your son. What an amazing man we have lost. I'm glad you can help us appreciate Andrew.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Disgruntled Veteran

        Sir, I am truly sorry for your loss. Make no mistake, your son was (and is) a true American hero. By enlisting in the military during a time when the policy of "double jeopardy" was in effect for certain members of the armed forces – – – he demonstrated patriotism and loyalty to the nation in a way that very few can ever understand. Some of that he got from his upbringing by you. Thank you for teaching your son right from wrong.

        What this nation needs at the current time are ten million more people like your son. I served in both the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Navy. I have "been there" and I know what I am talking about.

        Again, very sorry for your loss.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Diane H

        Your son sounds like he was an amazing man. The world definitely needed more men like him. So sorry for your loss, these things shouldn't have to happen, but unfortunately they do and will continue to do so. May you find some peace, although I know you will always feel his loss. Diane

        March 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • LoneRanger068

        As a 42 year old gay man from Cottage Grove MN, and a proud member of the Patriot Guard riders, I offer my heartfelt thanks to your son for serving proudly in two different battlefronts. I'm also anti-war and believe in peace, and also considered going into the military so a person with a family wouldn't have to... Your son did what I didn't have the guts to do, and I salute him and his wonderful family's support of him. If the Patriot Guard is invited to the services, I'll be the first in the flag line to show my support to him and the family. God Rest.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rebecca

        Mr. Wilfahrt, I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Your son sounded like a truly wonderful man. Thank you for your son's bravery as well as yours.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • MIddle America

        Your son is and always will be a true example of America's finest

        March 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teresa Davis

        Mr. Wilfahrt – my deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. As someone who has never had a child, I can only imagine the depth of your grief.

        Our great nation is in need of more intelligent, talented, caring and patriotic people such as your son and your family.

        March 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Robert

        Believe it or not, there are some of us who think of the sacrifice our soldiers make everyday 10 times a day. Some of us know there are wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We think about it everyday maybe 10 times a day. I read it everyday, I see Nancy Grace mention them all the time. I see their faces, watch their videos. They are ever present in some of our lives.
        Sometimes, i need to laugh. Sometimes, I need a break from how frikkin depressing reading the news is. While Charlie Sheen took up some headline space, it was funny and in a world of boring catch phrases , we got some new ones: Tiger Blood. Gotta admit thats pretty good. some crackhead saying he drinks tiger blood. haha. anyhoo I feel like there is segment of the populus who think NOBODY cares about whats going on in regards to the wars and losses. these people call me shallow because i laugh at Charlie Sheen or watch American Idol..Just letting you know that Im aware of what the F#@*@ is going on in the world. its in our face 24/7

        March 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tracey

        Sir, God bless you and your family. I was one of the many that posted to my facebook status. I just want you to know that so many of us are so grateful to your son and his supreme sacrifice in serving this country. My grandfather served during WWI, my father, uncles, and cousins have covered WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf war, as well as Iraq. They have served proudly, covering every branch of the military. We truly appreciate and respect the dedication and loyalty of all of our soldiers.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Terry Clark

        Mr. Wilfahrt, I too have lost a son. Mine was killed in an auto/motorcycle wreck in 2007. Your son sir died a HERO. I wish there was more we could do to honor him, but I know in my heart that while the hurt is overwhelming right now, you are so very proud of Andrew. I ride with the patriot guard in Texas partly because of my son's love of his motorcycle, but moreso because of the deep respect I have for every single soldier that has not only fought in this war, but in all the wars our great country has been in. It is with great respect and a very heart felt thank you for your son's service. I proudly salute you and Cpl Andrew Wilfahrt. He will forever be a hero in my heart. May God bless you as you try to move on with your life. Thank you sir!!!!!!!!!!!!

        March 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • R

        As a gay combat vet, thank you for sharing your sons story, and thank you for being as proud of his strength to be openly gay as his courage to serve his country in war.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Recruit Dad

        May you and yours find a way to some measure of peace as soon as possible.

        As the father of a new Marine Corps recruit, you describe my worst fear.

        Freedom really isn't free.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rhonda

        Thank you, sir, for your son, who gave his life for his country. Blessings to you and your family.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • A. Nash

        Sir,

        You are and your son are true American heroes in every sense of the word. I grieve for the loss of your brave son. I will honor his spirit and pray for you and your family. Thank you

        March 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • David Williams

        Dear Mr. Wilfahrt:

        I thank you for bringing your noble son into this world and raising him to be a hero among men. Men (and women) of good character who have a love for humankind and a hunger to answer the call of civic duty are the rarest and most irreplaceable treasure of our society. I salute your son, and you, sir. I am sure his comrades will miss him, too. May his name live on forever.
        – SGT Williams

        March 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lisa In Alabama

        My son is currently serving with the USMC in Afghanistan. I know that nothing I can say can help with the pain you are suffering. I will be praying for your family.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • USAF Loggie

        Sir,
        Words cannot not express the sympathy I feel regarding the loss of your son, our hero. I am on active duty and have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and I am truly humbled by the sacrifices soldiers like your son have made for us. Please know that your son will never be forgotten and your family will always remain in our prayers. Sleep tight young soldier. I am an officer giving you a salute for you have honored all of us with the greatest sacrifice.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • B.

        When rich people declare war, poor people die. I too am a veteran that has served with honours, but I am anti war. Your son sounds like someone that I would of been proud to serve with. A loss for all Americans that seems to go un-noticed. Mr. Wilfahrt, is has not gone un-noticed.

        Thank you both father and son.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Katie

        For what it's worth sir, I read this article and immediately changed my Facebook status to honor your son, and the 3 other young men profiled. It's a small gesture, but please know that you and your family are in the prayers of many, and you do not grieve alone.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Brad

        Sir, this nation is forever indebted to you and your son. May he rest in peace because has earned it. I am truly sorry for your loss. There are plenty of us that care, our voices just get muted by the propaganda that is hollywood and the chasing of the almighty dollar.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Another Army Wife

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I would just like to extend my condolences to you and your family. Your son went to BCT/AIT with my husband and they were assigned to the same unit following AIT. My husband was deeply shaken up by the loss of your son, and you are absolutely right, no one gave a crap that he was gay. He was a good soldier, and I'm honored that my husband had the opportunity to get to know him. Thank you.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Xugos

        Mr. Wilfahrt, I mourn the loss of your son with you, and I thank him for his service and sacrifice to and for this country. My words are futile, but I felt the need to say.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pamela

        Mr. Wilfahrt and all other parents of our soldiers....
        Thank you so much for the sacrifices your children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, parents have made so that we may continue to enjoy FREEDOM. Unfortunately, peace comes at the cost of war (not that I support war, but I support peace). It's a rock and a hardspot for sure. May you find comfort in your memories with your loved ones but also know their ultimate sacrifice is not in vain. I thank you and appreciate all of our soldiers, their sacrifices and time ... Thank you again.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Army Mom

        Mr.Wilfahrt:

        Your son sounds like an awesome soldier. My son is in Wardak province with 10th Mtn. Division right now and I worry about him every day but I've never been more proud of him. I wish I was half as brave as our boys. What great people we have raised. My heart goes out to you and I hope you find some comfort in the words of those of us who appreciate you and your amazing son.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        Sir,

        Thank you and your family for the sacrifice your son made for our country. Your son will forever also be our son.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • G. David Javier

        My prayers and my thanks go out to you, your family and most of all your Son Andrew and his fellow soldiers who each and every day stand between us and the dangers of the world.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • JS

        I dont know much about the war, but loss of a young son is a heavy price which no one can repay.

        I would like to see Corporate america who is earning millions from this war to give this man a job.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Noel Ochoa

        Your son paid the ultimate price, my condolences. Its sad that in time of war, parents bury their children.

        March 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amy in VA

        So very sorry for your loss, sir. Your son is an inspiration and a hero.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tim Hawk

        All gave some, Some gave all. Sir we that game some, are forever proud of your son. Honor these four, I pray their familes are forever safe and cared for., their lives are forever changed.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Glen

        Thank you for your son and the sacrifice he made for US.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jae

        Dear Sir,

        While I do not know you, I would like to thank you for your son's sacrifice. I cannot even imagine what you are going through right now, I wish you and your family well. I pray to God that your pain will lessen over time. God bless you and your son.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • JS

        I cannot imagine the loss you have suffered. All I can say is thank you for what your son has done, and your family will be in my thoughts. My husband (we are a gay couple) served in Iraq and is still attempting to heal from his wounds. It is my hope that your family will heal faster than ours and that your pride in your son will remain as great or greater than my pride in my husband.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • greg

        mr Wilfahrt,you are an inspiration and your son is a hero, may you be comforted to know your words here are changing minds and hearts, hero's are made of what you and your son are made of.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mehgann

        I am so sorry for your loss. This war may be pointless, but your son's life was not. Look how many hearts his story, your story, has touched. He will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. He clearly leaves a legacy of hope that the rest of us can only wish to attain. I just sincerely wish his life didn't have to be the price for that legacy. Best wishes to you and yours.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dean

        Honestly, "the Press" is still interested in soldiers, war, law, death, poor people, rich people, business. "The Media" – an all-encompassing term which often refers to anyone with an Internet connection, has put Sheen on the top of their daily blogs without pause. Not us, and we never will.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dsipe

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I am very sorry for your loss. Having read your son's story, I agree that it is an insult that the media has focused on hollywood nonesense when they could have been honoring a worthy hero; his selflessness and sacrifice.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Michelle O

        Dear Mr. Wilfahrt, I am very sorry for your loss. Know that your son was a hero, and deserves all of the honor and respect. My husband is in the Navy, so I know the kind of sacrifice your son gave for our country. I also want you to know how refreshing and incredible your acceptance and pride in your son is. It is great that in many ways, we are progressing towards a world where acceptance is shown. Our thoughts are with you!

        March 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob Tremblay

        Sir,
        As a father myself, I cannot fathom the loss of a child. Please accept my family's deepest sympathy.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mary

        I am truly sorry, your son sounds like he was a great guy. I would like to have known him.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andy345

        Sir, Deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. I thank Andrew for his service to our country. Thank you for sharing his story. You should be very proud. Be well.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fran Hazlewood

        Thank you so much for your son and the reminder that though many of us do not agree with this war, we honor and support the military men and women who have gone and have fought. And warm condolences to you, your family and the families of the thousands who have died in this war. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice and it would have been an honor to know him. Blessings to you and your family.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • dew44

        Mr Wilfahrt,

        I am a card-carying democrat, and if I may say, your son's story is one of the most profound examples of bravery I have ever heard. He knew he was going into battle on two fronts, and knew it. My father was a WWII and Korea War vet. Now passed, my father would have saluted your son, as do I.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • m808miller

        Sir, your son is the greatest example of what a true American and a true patriot is. Your pain is felt nation wide and his death is not in vain...

        March 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • veenu

        Please ignore the dumb words of others as the world is filled and fueled with dirty politics. As a father I understand your loss and I pray for you to get through these tough times

        March 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sonja

        My prayers are with you, your families and the thousands of men and women around the world serving in the armed services.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Randall

        This thread makes me proud to be an American. There are so many reasons to be ashamed of where I am from because of the way we waste and take things for granted, but seeing support like this for the heros of our country truly brings a tear to my eye.

        Your son was a hero, sir, and will never be forgotten.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • jacobs54

        Mr. Wilfahrt and Family, my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your son.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • mistylynn700

        Thank you, Mr. Wilfahrt, for sharing your son's story. It is easy to forget about what really matters in life. If we only had more men like your son, this would would be such a better place. May he rest in peace.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matt Ferrara, CMSgt, USAF, Ret.

        Mr. Wilfahrt,
        I am so sorry for your familiy's loss. Your son, along with all our military sons, daughters, husbands, wifes, mothers and fathers are the future of this country. We must never forget all their sacrefices ..... the small ones and the ultimate one.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Erlinda

        Blessings on the Spirits of Andrew, Rudolph, Chauncy, Brian, and all who have sacrificed their lives. I am anti-war, but I do believe our troops deserve our respect. Many of them and their families make the ultimate sacrifice. For that I am grateful.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        Sir,

        I just want to join the people (I am sure, many of us) to show my respect to your son. Thanks.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe P

        Mr. Wilfahrt, my heart breaks over your and your family's loss. I hope you can find some small comfort in knowing Andrew died a hero and will be forever remembered for his ultimate sacrifice. You raised a fine man and he has made all Americans proud. I am humbled both by you and by your son. Peace be with you, sir.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • aggieboy92

        Sir,

        Thank you for your courage to tell you son's story. I am so sorry for your loss and thankful for men like your son who serve our country with their very lives.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marine Wife

        Jeff,
        Thank you for the sacrafice your family has made willingly for the freedom of others. Andrew is gone but certainly never forgotten. Sometimes I feel like America isn't at war- just America's military and their families are, and I wish with my whole heart this wasn't the case. Your son sounds like an incredible man, you should be very proud to have raised somebody like that, we need more people like him and you in this world. Thank you again, semper fi, jc

        March 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Largo Barbara

        From a grateful nation, may God bless you and your loved ones.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Elizabeth

        Thank you for your son and I'm sorry for your loss. Godspeed to him and his mates.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • CAJ

        Sir, Thank you for making your self available on this post. My sincerest condolences go to you and your family for the greatest sacrifice anyone could ever endure... Your son has given his blood in the name of freedom for all. You and your family make us all proud for changing the wave of evil our minds get lost in. Keep up the good fight for us.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan Bachrach

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        Sir, my deepest and most sincere condolences for your loss.

        Though words will never return your son, know sir that he is indeed a hero and fought for something greater than all of us.

        Semper Fi, and God speed.....

        March 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • EJS

        To you, Mr. Wilfahrt, and all the other parents who have lost their sons and duaghters, I offer my sincerest sympathy. Pride in your son shall always shine through the heartache. I first saw the anomaly between the news of those who do nothing worthy and the losses of our soldiers from a friend's post on Facebook. I was happy to see that it had been noticed by CNN and to see your loved ones honored. I shall be more aware of these sacrifices from now on. Again, my sympathy to you.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marianne

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I'll keep your family in my prayers. Just reading this article makes me feel the loss to all of us – your son sounds like an amazing person I for one would have liked to have known. These young men are heroes and make me proud to be an American.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mom2NOLA

        Your sons story, along with that of his commrades, touched my heart and I want you and the other families to know just how much I appreciate the sacrifice that your loved ones gave to our ensure our freedom and safety. Freedom is not free. My prayers are with you, Andrew is smiling down on you and so very proud that you have told us his story. And, you too should be very proud of your son, he is a Hero.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Razor

        Sir:

        Thank you for your son's sacrifice and for raising him with the right values. When I saw this story, before I read any of these comments, I explained to my 4 year old daughter that these four men were heros who died for us, for our freedom.

        Your son, and each of the others, including those casualties of our Allies, are without question, heros. I thank you again, on both my and my daughter's behalf.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark Drennan

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I write this to you with tears in my eyes as I read your son's story and the outpouring of condolences. As a single father, my young son is all I really have in this world. Losing him is something I can barely fathom.

        I thank you sir for your son, and for his brave and noble service of his country. I will teach my own son about the hero he is.

        Mark Drennan
        Sacramento, Ca

        March 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Common Sense

        @Mr. Wilfahrt:

        Sir. I would like to say an honest and heartfelt thank you for bringing up a wonderful man who displayed honor, courage, and resolve in the face of something inherently terrifying. Brave yet caring individuals like Andrew are the very reason I am proud to be an American. Your son is a great example of why I yet hold faith in mankind. I admit I never had the honor of knowing him, but I can assure you that it feels like a loss to me that I never did. We see so much negative/horrible news from around the world as of late and it is important we stop to remember and hold in our hearts those who stand against happiness and freedom. Andrew was a soul who fought against hatred and ignorance in a very large way. From the backstory it sounds as if he had the heart for that fight long before the military was lucky enough to have him enlist. He will never be forgotten by me and I am encouraging all I know to visit the Facbook page and sign up. I for one would like to salute you as a parent as well. You raised a son the world should be proud of, not just America.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jesse

        Sir, I truly can't comprehend how you and your family must be coping with with such grieve–but I too, thank your son for his valor, his determined efforts and selflessness in making this a better world. May he rest in peace, and may God wrap his arms around him.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • marlena

        Mr. Wilfarht,
        I send my deepest condolences to you and your family. I know that this is hard time for you, but I wanted you to know that there are people who care, myself one of them. Military do not get the respect they deserve. Thank you to you, your family, and of course your son. RIP to all lost military men and women.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dana

        Thank you, Sir, for the sacrifice your son and your family have made. My brother serves in the Air Force.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Karen

        Mr. Wilfahrt, I dont know you, but am crying with you tonight. Your son is an example of all the brave people who go out and make a difference in a world where individual sacrifices seem to mean nothing, Please know that in many many households, it is your son and his fellow soldiers who are held up as examples, not the Charlie Sheens of the world. My heart is heavy thinking of your son, and I wish I could have known him. He sounds like he was worth knowing. From an Army Nurse and fellow Soldier.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ayala

        Thank you for sharing your son and his story.

        March 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • CourtneyJ

        Sir,

        Thank you for your son's service. I will hold you and your family in my thoughts and prayers tonight. I am grateful to all our brave men and women who serve this country with honor and grace and I am so very sorry for your loss.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • ProudAmerican

        Mr. Wilfarht..I would like to send my most sincer apologies to you and your family and also to the other three brave soldiers. These four men served their our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice but I truely believe it will make us stronger as a nation and secure our freedom in the future. Me and my friends would often comment at work about how the media would put our fallen soldiers deaths on the back page of the newspaper while some freak Hollywood star would take the cover. Never seemed right and I agree, the media is to blame. Good luck to you sir and you and your family will be in my prayers.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • OH in DC

        Mr. Wilfahrt:

        I am so very sorry for your loss. Your son sounds like an amazing person. And, as a gay person, I also thank you for letting the world know that your son was gay. He has done more to show the world that we are not what the stereotype says we are than all of the marches put together, and his story also clearly shows the idiocy of DADT. God bless you and your family.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Navy-Marine Corps Doc

        Sir,

        Thank you for the unimaginable sacrifice by your family to our Country and World. I am a US Navy Physician whose parents emigrated to the US from India. I am sorry for your loss, and am humbled by your compassion. Forever grateful, and with immense respect, LT

        March 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • another military spouse

        Sir, thank you for your son's service, for your strength and wise words. You and your family will be in my prayers.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sonny S

        I Salute your son sir!! He is one of our modern hero..... Me and my family prays for the soul of our 4 fallen brave soldiers.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • J. Smith

        God bless you and your family sir. I am a non combat Army veteran. We will never forget your Sacrifice.
        America needs to wake up and grow some decency. These are our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and many are parents themselves.
        We need to honor them properly.
        All my love and repect.... God Bless.
        J. Smith
        Merrimack, NH

        March 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joy W.

        Dear Sir,
        I wanted to say how sorry I am for the loss of your beautiful son. He must have been such an amazing guy and I can only imagine how much he is missed by you and your family. Please know that we will not forget him and the sacrifice he has mad for us all. All of these men are heroes. May God be with you and your family during this extremely difficult time. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and I will also be praying that you find employment soon. Sincere thanks to you and your family. God bless you all.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sean

        A lot of bad statements come out on the internet, but all the replies below, show Americas true colors. As all the positive replies below, I too Mr.Wilfahrt, wish you and your family, and friends the best. Stay strong just as I'm sure your son was, while he served his country. God bless.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Matt

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        March 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike Bilimek

        Sorry about your loss your son is right we all matter .
        And very few have a sense to what is equal and fair to every living soul on this earth.
        Most likely that number will never change for the better , except for the couragious Men and Women of our Military.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tvan

        Dear Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I am sorry for your loss. As a parent myself (7 and 4), I cannot imagine what you and your wife are experiencing. However, please take comfort in knowing that your son was in fact, the definition of a hero. A hero thinks of others first and himself last. A hero stands up for those that cannot stand up for themselves. And most importantly, a hero performs a duty that many cannot or will not perform without uttering a word.

        As someone with family and friends that are currently serving this country in harms way, I fully understand the sacrafices they make every day. With that said, a true word of THANKS to you and the other family members. May peace be with you, your family and the families of all those serving our country.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I'm so sorry for your loss. I'd like you to know that this is the FIRST TIME in my many years of reading on-line news articles that I've actually cared/been moved enough to comment. It was your son's life, not death, that makes him a true hero. Again, my utmost condolences to your family as well as to those of Spc. Hizon, Staff Sgt. Mays, and Spc. Tabada, as well as all our friends, family, and fellow Americans lost overseas.

        As these replies show, there's an entire country of grateful people just looking for a venue to pass on their respect, admiration, and wishes. Like others here, I did not know your son or these other great men, but I weap for them and their families.

        Eternally grateful,
        Scott
        (a fellow citizen and humanbeing)

        P.S. Kudos to the author, Wayne Drash, for helping to remind us what’s actually important in this world. I’m going to stop paying attention to the Charlie Sheens of this world and start paying a little more attention to those who really matter.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • William Barbosa

        To Mr. Wilfahrt.
        I am admittedly an avid 15 year-old user of facebook and grow weary of the news of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. My thoughts and prayers are with you. To honor your son and the thousands of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, the least I can do is thank them for their service to the United States. It makes me proud to be an American and proud of these men and women who have us in their hearts and thoughts. I wish you the best. Do not let stupid or ignorant people's comments dampen your mood and add to your grief. I too will put this as my status on facebook, as that may be the only sacrifice I can make. But that is nothing compared to what your son did. He is a hero who deserves full honors. Honestly I could never be as selfless and dedicated as your son was. Thank you

        March 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • TxLatino

        Thank you Jeff for bringing such a lovely and compassionate man into this World. As we loose a fallen Soldier, God gains an Angel in his Army.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul D

        First of all Id like to thank all the vets and active duty military personnel on this page and around the world, your sacrifice is misunderstood by many, and to you Mr. Wilfahrt thank you for raising such a fine example of a person and for sacrificing such a big part of your life, as well as the life of your son. I thank you for it. god bless

        March 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Edith

        Jeff Wilfahrt, I'm so sorry for your loss. Spc. Hizon is my husband's best friend and they have fought side beside. I think it's about time these heroes are getting some media attention. I think it should be breaking news every time a hero falls. He is my friend and is greatly missed. He once said, “they call us heroes, idk why, im just a regular person, choosing to do extra ordinary things that other people chose not too." He was such a joyful and selfless person. Praying for you and your family. and thank you for the high price your son gave. I can not imagine what you are going through.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Yankee 51

        I am so sorry for your loss. I know words will never help stop the pain but hopefully the Pride and Joy your son gives you every time you think of him will help you with the healing.
        Thank you for his service to his country.
        God Bless

        March 10, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Heidi

        Mr. Jeff Wilfahrt,
        As a military girlfriend, I, in a sense know how it feels to have someone who you love fighting for this country. My boyfriend was in Afghanistan last summer, and it was one of the hardest things either one of us have ever had to do. However, since dating him, I believe my Patriotism has sparked , and I am more than ever proud to be a citizen of this country, more importantly, proud to be dating someone who gave up his time with me and his family to fight for ALL of us back here at home. I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. I can't even begin to imagine what that feels like. I truly wish everyone would take time out of there lives and honor our troops more than do. Heck, I hardly ever see our troops being recognized anymore, it's really sad. My heart goes out to you and your family. May God bless you and your family.

        ❤ USAF Girlfriend

        March 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • FTHOODWIFE.M.S

        Thank you heros for your sacrifices to our country. As a military spouse, my heart couldn't ache more for the families of these heros and all the other heros fighting for our country. What is Sheen doing for our country? Is he going on 12 month tours to Iraq & Afghanistan? ...Then I don't want to hear about it. Our nations heros and military comes before any celeb scandal...

        March 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • thedirector

        As a retired soldier and Vietnam veteran I hope you are as proud of your son as we are! He gave his all and we are the beneficiaries of that gift. I am so sorry for your families loss but from the sound of some of these posts there were a great many people who have been touched in a positive way by his life, service, and passing. I am grateful for him and all the young people serving our country past and present. Please know that you are in our prayers.

        March 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • molly

        I'm so sorry for your loss. Your son sounds like a beautiful person who brought so much to the world in a life that was way too short. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts.

        March 10, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • FarFromHome

        Sir, your son is my hero, as well as everyone else who served along side him. You and your wife are also heros to me for raising such a man. Thank you.

        March 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • DisGruntled Marine

        Semper Fi.

        March 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • DLE

        I would also like to thank you for your son's service and your sacrifice. My condolences to you and your family. Freedom always comes with a high price that our servicemen and servicewomen are more than willing to pay on behalf of us all.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
      • TerrieV

        Mr. Wilfahrt, you are obviously very proud of your son. Thank you for his service and for your support of him. As the mother of a gay son whose father served in the US army for 22 years, I applaud your mentioning that Andrew is a gay man who served so honorably. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and the loved ones of all who die in wars.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Kim

        Dear Mr. Wilfahrt
        Thank you for sharing your sons story. God bless you and your family.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
      • jaydeebee

        I hadn't got the tenth part finished with reading replies to you, Mr Wilfahrt, before I was in tears. I can't express my admiration for you, your family, and your brilliant son any more eloquently than has already been done. I never had the pleasure of knowing Andrew (or Brian, Chauncey or Rudolph) you may be sure I'll never forget any of them.

        Godspeed to these young men. Our soldiers are truly the best of us.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Manny Laureano

        Dear sir,

        From one who never served, please how deeply I appreciate the sacrifice you and your family have made after the loss of your son who died to keep me free. I will never, ever take the work and heavy lifting our military does for us 24/7 in another corner of the world. May God bless your family and grant you the solace that time will bring.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Shy Amy

        Sir, you raised a fine young man and I am so sorry for your familie's loss. I thank you and him for everything you've done for our country.

        March 11, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Vin

        Sir,

        My deepest condolences for your loss.
        your son died a hero.

        Regards,
        Vin

        March 11, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Tyler Fischer

        I am sorry for your loss. Your son gave his life for a noble cause.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Zelda

        Mr Wilfahrt – I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I lost a very dear friend of mine in Afghanistan in 2007. It was near unbearable then and it still hurts. But I am so extremely proud of him. He went, not to kill Muslims or avenge 9/11, but to help people he saw as helpless under the rule of unspeakable evil. He was not gay, but he was single and he, too, couldn't stand the thought of men with wives and families serving while he stayed behind. I can hardly believe the goodness of these two men. I will honor your son along with my friend as long as I live. I hope someday the people in Afghanistan and Iraq will come to understand what has been sacrificed for them.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Jeff F

        Sir, we all thank you and your family for all that you have done. Above what you have lost you give clear rational thought and compassion to a nation that seems preoccupied with hate filled trash and mindless drilbble. The tragedy of war is that great MEN like your son give their lives while selfish little men act like boys and stay at home to be safe and grab what they believe to be fame and glory, in the absence of real heros. In a perfect world Charlie Sheen would be gone and your son would be here. I am truly sorry the world is imperfect, and pray that there is an afterlife that is perfect, because your son will be in heaven, and Charlie (and everyone like him) will be in hell, as it should be. My thoughts and prayers are for your family for each day you face without the smile and courage of a true American Hero. Your strength and Pride can not replace your son, they can however carry you through time and help you move forward. God Bless

        March 11, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Maya

        Many thank yous to you and your son. Your sacrifice is immense.

        March 11, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Patrick Carey

        My sincerest condolences go out to you and your family Mr. Wilfarht. Reading this story brought tears to my eyes; your son was a very special sort of man. His loss is in a way our loss too.

        March 11, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe Wagner

        Mr. Wilfarht,
        My family send our deepest condolences to you and your family. I know that this is hard time for you, but I wanted you to know that there are people who care, myself one of them. Military do not get the respect they deserve. Thank you to you, your family, and of course your son. RIP to all lost military men and women.

        March 11, 2011 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
      • AF Spouse

        Dear Sir,
        Our prayers are with you, your family, and the families of all our fallen heroes. May you find comfort and strength during this painful time.

        March 11, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Doug

        You sir are what I respect so much.. I wish you peace..

        March 11, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Cody

        I have such profound sadness in my heart after hearing Andrew's story... I am so sincerely sorry for your loss. He seems like an amazing man; a son you're surely very proud of. He is a true hero and an inspiration – people need to know his story.

        March 11, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
      • JFT

        Sir, my deepest condolences for your terrible loss. Your son was a wonderful man, and served from the purest of motives.

        Thank you for emphasizing the frivolity and foolishness of the media focusing on the antics of overprivileged and spoiled celebrities, and for challenging the media to make the stories of the soldiers the headline. One man can make a difference – as you know so well from having known your brave and valiant son.

        March 11, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
      • USAF Vet-USMC wife

        My deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Your son IS a hero and I pay that you find some small comfort knowing that. May God bless you and your family! I won't even mention that hollywood idiots's name because he doesn't deseve more press, but it ENRAGES me knowing that someone that has contributed NOTHING positive to this world gets more press for acting like an idiot, gets more press than a TRUE American hero.

        March 11, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
      • MrsMac

        Mr. Wilfahrt,
        I wanted to join all the others in thanking you for your son's service and sacrifice. May God give you His peace and comfort. To read that your son joined the Army so that soldiers with spouses and children might not have to make the sacrifice of going to war, it just brings tears to my eyes. That is the epitome of selfless service. My husband is a 3-tour Iraq veteran, and I know he would have been proud to serve with your son. God bless your family.

        March 11, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
      • guest

        Mr. Wilfaht, I'd like to add my condolences to the many others already here. My son is a Corpsman currently deployed in the Helmand region, and I posted this as my status not knowing where it came from and thinking that it was just a local item. I'm glad to find that it has touched so many others. I think it is a reflection of the true fabric of the people of this country that we do get past the insanity of the media and find what's really important, and your son will always be important to us, an American hero. Your family has the prayers of many, I hope you will find a little comfort in this.

        March 11, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
      • hoosierchad

        Thank you. May peace be with your family.

        March 11, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
      • ATK

        Jeff, my sincere condolences; the printed word cannot truly capture the emotion behind it. I'm using your "trade-off" remark as my "quote of the day" on my FB page to trigger some thought among my friends; the last 2 days have been from Edgar Allan Poe & C.S. Lewis.
        - Andrew

        March 11, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Linda

        Sir, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved son. Please know that as a mother of an active service member I mourn his and each and every death of our military. May God grant you peace and may your son rest in the palm of His hand.

        March 11, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Natali

        Am really sorry for your loss. I wish i had half the courage and selflesness your son had to fight for what he believed in.

        March 11, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
      • bluchsin

        Mr. Wilfahrt, While I do not know the pain you are experiencing personally I just want to say thank you and let you know that you and your family and all the other family's are in my prayers . This to me is the most unselfish act a person and their family can do for their country and fellow Americans.
        Be proud and strong Sir, as your son and all others will always be remembered and honored.

        March 11, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
      • Chaz

        My condolences to you Jeff on the loss of your son. I have a son currently deployed to Afghanistan.

        March 11, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
      • jgalt

        Sir, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. From reading the story it is obvious you raised your son the right way. your family makes me proud to be an American.

        March 11, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Ginny Driscoll

        Thank you, sir, for sharing your son with the world. My sincerest condolences for your loss. Blessings

        March 11, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Cheryl

        My deepest condolences for your loss, sir. My family and I are forever grateful to you and your family for fighting to protect our freedoms.

        March 11, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Karen

        Mr. Wilfahrt – My heart breaks for you and your family in the loss of your son. He sounds very much like someone I would have enjoyed knowing, and I deeply appreciate his honor, commitment, and service to our country. I work at a VA, and I hear first hand about the hardships and tragedies that are occuring on a regular basis. I hope that we, as Americans, are able to show in some small way, how much your son, and all of our heroes mean to us. And, I thank you for sharing his life with us. You and yours are in my prayers.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Hannah - USAF

        Sir, I thank your son. He is an inspiration to everyone. I am terribly sorry for your lose and that your son did not receive the recognition that he deserved. He is a very brave man. I will try keep the facebook post going to raise awareness of this media epidemic. We are clearly not focused on more important things, so we turn to morons like Charlie Sheen, instead of our nations heroes that protect our every right. My best regards to you and your family.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Thick Madame

        Mr. Wilfahrt I am soo sorry for your loss. I thank your family for the ulitmate sacrifice to keep us free.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Drew Hamilton

        Mr. Wilfahrt,

        I'm so sorry for your loss. I appreciate the sacrifice that you, your son and your family have made. My thoughts are with you.

        -Drew Hamilton

        March 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahinTexas

      Unfortunately, news organizations are a business just like anything else. Their product is their news coverage, and they have to cater to their consumers – their readers and viewers. As long as we are creating a massive demand for entertainment pseudo-news rather than coverage of serious issues, they are going to deliver what works for their bottom line. The blame for this discrepancy lies in the American public.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ladybug2000

      Absolutely Jessica.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Force

      We should honor these soldiers by having a real investigation into 911. That is the whole reason we are in this war in the first place. The head of the 911 commision and one of the sitting members of the commision has called the investigation a white wash, That is how we trully honor these brave soldiers.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • musings

        Agreed. But dontcha know? Charlie Sheen is set up to be the voice of 9/11 truth, so anyone who thinks we were lied too is tarred with the same brush...

        There was an investigation. Unfortunately it forgot to say anything about the third building, WTC, which also came down so quickly and neatly. I think the Egyptians are teaching us a lesson – you cannot have the evidence of wrongdoing until you bring down the government itself. I have simply withdrawn my support for our jingoistic "leaders" of whatever party. They are otherwise known as "The War Party".

        March 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lewis

      Jessica, and all other posters, you have fallen for a new and mean spirited game called Liking. In it, a troll, like Salerno, posts such outrageous comments that he/she knows they will get a reaction. The more reactions, the better since they are their friends keep score. I agree with that people such as these should sinply be ignored. To be sure, what they will post will get even worse because they what they are looking for is a reaction. Ignore them, like a very bad smell, and in time they will vanish. Ignore them as well as jesture to remembering the young men and women who are putting their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, not just abroad, but here in the US as well. Semper fi!

      March 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • P D Bpeger

      With all the interest in Mr. Sheen's shenanigans some people have failed to realize that our military men and woman overseas are far more important than this idiots actions. Were is the news about them?
      The TV news shows should be ashamed of themselves for exploiting this crap!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernest

      Ok heres my two cents. I am a soldier. And while it saddens me that my fellow soldiers die everyday, lets be realistic here. How long has this sham of a war been going on? I say forget trying to update the news everyday with all the soldiers who died in the what 8+ years this has been going on and focus on the rest of the news. If Charlie Sheen is whats grabbing peoples attention let it grab. We all know by now whats going on in Afghanistan and its sickening and needs to end Stop reminding people let them move on and remember in their own way those that fall

      March 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jonathan

        The only way that it will end is if people are reminded. Every day. We need to keep seeing these soldiers who are stuck over there, so that we put pressure on the government to end this. Without that reminder, it's easy to forget. It becomes a part of the background noise of every day life. This is already the 2nd longest war in our history. It's time to end it.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • SgtH.

        I highly doubt you are a soldier talking like that about your fellow hard charger. If you are most likely you are in the rear or JAFO. Yes I will call you out but mainly ecause you have no clue what you are talking about and have no place bashing or taking away from the sacrifice that these men have made. Am I a lifer yes but at the same time I am proud of what I/we have done in the stans. So if you are in fact in the military, please get out before you pull the morale down in your unit.

        March 11, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • CubanMom

      Well said! Thank you!

      March 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      @CNN, Thanks, most people in the military refer to this as the Communist News Network but we follow it just as much as anything else as a source of news, its rare and refreshing to see support from those who disagree with what we do. Not that Fox is any better. both we find to be equally biased toward their respective points of view in most cases. i was surprised to see your supportive banner message and re telling the story of these few that have fallen. Thank you very much 🙂
      V/R
      Someone who loves to serve

      March 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathleen

      Thank you Jessica. I agree. Singleness of purpose is key. These are our brothers, sons, husbands, daughters, sisters, wives, friends, neighbors, US. Send out nothing but support and love

      March 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harold Trainer, Viet Nam VEt

      My heart and prayers go out to these brave young military and their families. But I must say my heart despises the government and American people who put these troops in harms way for a mistake or lie and are still doing it. We should not be in Iraq or Afghanistan. Obama is wrong, Bush was really wrong.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • B.

        Well said my friend.

        March 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      Americans can't even tell the difference between a loser and a war? Scary.Glad the guy registered amongst the popular US people since all their other failures are going to make less money. Bravo! Sheen makes money! F#$% the rest of the world, we just fail when we try anyways. Yay Hollywood:)

      March 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      First please know my father was a veteran Marine who died on his THIRD tour of duty in Vietnam. My stepfather was an Army sharp shooter who got an honorable discharge. I support the military. However, I think the term hero is overused for soldiers. Soldiers (who are not drafted) go into their JOBS – they are paid – it's not voluntary – knowing how dangerous it is. They, Fireman, Policemen, etc. all know they have dangerous jobs. DOING their jobs is not heroic, dying in war is not heroic. It is thoughtful. It is a gift beyond measure. But it is not heroic. It is tragic. If a soldier throws himself on a grenade to save innocent kids or his comrades – THAT action is heroic. But the job itself is exactly that – a job. Thankless and Dangerous but a job.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Heather

        Ralph, I am sorry that you feel that way. People who do those dangerous "jobs" are heroes! They do their jobs in spite of the knowledge and fear that they could be killed. That is most definitely heroic in my opinion. Yes, they get paid to do their job, but believe me, the monetary compensation does not justify the danger that these people are exposed to. I truly believe that your opinion shows a lack of respect, empathy, and pride for our military personnel and their "job". You may believe that the overuse of the term "hero" takes away from the sacrifice that your father made, but that could be any one of our soldiers! I would rather show them that respect while they're alive than wait until they have died in the line of duty before I say "Ok, now I will call you a hero". In my opinion, that's too late! They need to know that they are loved and respected before that tragedy!

        March 11, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Heather – I disagree with you as usual. They are not heroes, especially now as they fight with high tech weaponry and get paid,. An heroe is who defend his vountry, not the one who go abroad killing and torturing people and civilians.

        March 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

      the irony of this story is amazing...

      CNN plasters their homepage with CS over the last couple of weeks and then decides to figure out why people are so interested? they arent! you have been indoctrinating your readers with his woes.

      but i would rather hear about sheen than some stupid pointless war. its hard to honor people (aka the army, marines, navy blah blah blah) when you are so against what they are doing and how your country is being represented by them.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Todd

        I feel sorry for you.

        March 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • KING kardashian

        brave U.S soldiers fought in World war 2 and Vietnam but these new guys PPPpplease they have drones all they gotta do is to push a Button and thw enemy is dead so i don t call that brave at all i call it cheating

        March 10, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • KING kardashian

        The brave U.S soldiers are no more te brave soldiers fought in World war 2 and Vietnam but these new guys PPPpplease they have drones all they gotta do is to push a Button and thw enemy is dead so i don t call that brave at all i call it cheating
        a Braveman fight fist to fist face to face MANO Y MANO

        March 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Infidel

        Well... What are you doing to change it? Get off your ass young man. Or are you just talk?

        March 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • VirginiaBelle

        If you are so opposed to the war, and anything that comes with that, why in the world would you waste your time reading a story about the valor of these servicemen, or even post a comment on how you don't believe in what they did. I have quite a few things I could say to you, but I will simply be the better person and commend the soldiers, including my husband who came home forever changed from the war; or my brother who came home with physical scars from combat, and a dear friend that came home in a pine box: all for the sake of keeping this country safe and free so you can make cruel heartless comments. Go back to reading your senseless Charlie Sheen stories: we don't want you here.

        March 10, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • AFWifey

        It's because of those same soldiers that you can sit in your safe home in front of your computer and talk your nonsense. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the military families past and present...God Bless our service members

        March 11, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Virginia – you are not the owners of America. You are the workers, the slaves, so you cannot tell us what to do.

        March 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      Jesscia, Taliban is a idiotic force. They have no family and no kids and no wives. They are just a bunch of opium high individuals who have no other motive but to kill epople and enjoy killing/ When taliban was ruling Afganistan and they have no one to fight , they started bombing the buddha statues in afganistan. Now who in the sensible mind would do that. Shoot the statues with missiles and rocket launchers. In my view take all women, children out of this region and then do carpet bombing. Its a huge task, but this war will end in a flash. There is harsh, but there is no other alternative.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • KING kardashian

        s
        @JS
        no the Taliban are the brave ones in fact they want a Ground war
        they re using road side bombs its to fight the enemy by any means necessary

        March 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Heather

        Well King Kardashian...I guess that just shows your ignorance. I'm sure you are just some little punk kid that is posting just to get a reaction from people. You probably know nothing about the war except the bits and pieces you take from other people. Unless you take the time to do your own research and form your own opinion then you will never amount to anything. In your defense, I'm sure your parents are the same way. I'm not angry about what you posted at all. I feel sorry for kids like you that aren't given the opportunity and tools to think for themselves. I'm sure this is the only way for you to get any attention at all, but getting negative attention is not the way to make yourself feel better about your life. Surely you have some kind of goals for yourself. Educate yourself and work towards that. Then when you're more intelligent and educated you can make intellectual decisions and comments about what is going on in the world.

        March 11, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
      • neutralEye

        Oh, yes, HEATHER, you most certainly know a lot more about war and how it really is. Of course you "took the time to do your own research", didn't you, and now you know all about it, as well as about the psyche of KING Kardashian. Please, we want to hear more of your wisdom!

        March 11, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        Heather,

        You sure took a lot of words to say nothing.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Heather is a liar and hypocrital. It is impossible to ignore the crimes US soldiers are doing in Afghanistan . SHAME !!

        March 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaryD

      I think the true hero's are being forgotten by everyone besides for their family and friends for some stupid non-sensational news. "An ACTOR has a problem with drugs/alcohol" wow that's a stretch. Most of them are addicted to something and believe it or not what they do is not worth a crap anyways. They might donate money or put their name behind causes but they would never sacrifice themselves for anyone. We need to remember those who serve, those who are still missing, and those who have died for this country even if you don't agree with why they died. Just a few thoughts to ponder.

      GaryD OIF Veteran and loyal Army Soldier for life.
      P.S. It doesn't matter what branch you serve in as long as you serve.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjeri

      Very Very Very strange tangents to put these heros on the same page as Charlie Sheen. The author of this article is out of their mind. Why do this? STUPID.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      The irony here is that the article was about losing sight of the ultimate sacrifice made by these young men by focusing on a narcissistic idiot like Charlie Sheen; yet, a lot of comments were directed at an equally, or perhaps more, narcissist name Salerno. Seriously, guy, what's the point?

      March 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      I too was a victim of the meaning less Sheen affair.. Honestly.. the fact that the guy is having a mid-life crisis and using drugs to get a social high and jeopardizing his family's well being is pitiful.. Waste of human being.. and sadly this is what fuels our media these days...
      You will be remembered in our hearts! Thank you for serving our country.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjeri

      CNN is the one feeding this stuff about Charlie Sheen. Not us wanting it. CNN is disgusting.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      As a military sister with 2 brothers overseas, my heart goes out to them and their families. May they rest in peace. Truly America's finest men.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • adviye ergul

      These wonderful people live within us. Forget those crazy, spoiled celebrities who give such a wrong image of Americans

      March 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana73

      Maybe we should send Lindsey L. & Charlie S. to Afghanistan! It breaks my heart to see them get so much press rather than ALL of those who have suffered from this war!
      But I DO want to see the Taliban pay for the atrocities they caused on my homeland! I will Never forget!

      March 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRG

      After months of reading unbelievable comments on articles that were hardly "news" it is great to come across a real news story with a real prupose with a string of positve responses. These are the people and country I believe in.
      Giving ones life for the freedom, justice and humanity of others is the ultimate definition of heroism

      March 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • wjeri

      We know what is happening overseas. CNN wants more of Charlie Sheen. Do not post this ridiculous article!

      March 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W, Ret

      You can help the troops right now at http://www.soldiersangels.org/

      March 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I am in the Army Honor Guard in Houston Texas my team did not get to do the service for the Texas soldier but my regards are with his family and all of the fallen soldiers since day one. It is a honor to wear the same uniform as those brave men. I cannot wait for November to advenge their and all my brothers and sisters deaths.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • DMS

      Mr. Drash, thank you for taking the time to write this article about these brave young men who were taken much too early in their lives. My thoughts and prayers to their friends and families.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conlif

      I am sorry for all your loss, and would like to thank all the families of son's and daughters in harms way fighting the wars of our country. To all who support this post thank you and to the ones that don't I also say thank you, because that is what makes this country so great. There is no greater sacrifice than giving your life so others may live. I am an American Soldier.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nano_Thermite_911

      Patriots Question 9/11!
      If we care about the troops than let's bring them home!
      9/11 Truth Ends Wars! BuildingWhat.org

      March 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John in Austin, TX

      This story is not a statement of the media but rather our pathetic society. If people we uninterested in Sheen, he wouldn't be in the media. We need to take a look at ourselves, folks.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I somewhat agree Jessica. But war is hell, and war is real, and its negative. Even liberation movements, its all an awful eventuality of these hermetical power structures that will DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to uphold their power. We keep snooping around, like its some act, to find out how we can work as civil societies, but in reality, its money, power, and organized religion that really actually are tied to this. If we all cared about a solution, we'd look to root causes, but we arent interested in that, because it doesnt make money for anyone to end wars & oppression. Until living happy lives with happy families becomes the worlds agenda, we'll forever be stuck in this viscous cycle. And no, I DO NOT support our troops, however "brave". This will likely be an affront to many, but its my opinion. And no, they dont fight for my right to say that, I WAS BORN FREE.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg

      This country and the people who pay close attention to the news need to wake the hell up already. Obviously even THE MEDIA has lost all interest in the war(s). No one cares anymore. Now the government can pull our boys out and no one will even be there to call them out. It's enough already. I seriously hate the way our government and CNN et al treat our citizens. We are not pawns. For gods sake do the right thing already.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      Thank you for this beautiful story of the lives of these four heroes. I agree with Mr. Wilfardt that this story and others like it should be on the front page of newspapers every day. We are losing American heroes in Afghanistan and Irag, and we in the U.S. are oblivious.

      March 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING kardashian

      Oh Please
      they join the United States Armed Forces because they know the U.S Army is powerful and the cahnges of Death is quite minimal . The only way the enemy have mostly been succesful is by cowardly plant roadside bombs
      these guys joined the Armes forces for the big pay and all the benefits
      gimme a break Brave IMAO Ppplease

      March 10, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        People join the military for many reasons. Some for the benefits, some because they have no other choice, some to get an education, some because they like excitement, some because they want to serve their country.

        Many people join for a mixture of these reasons. One can not lump all volunteers into one category like you did.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Lou Cioccio

      Its sad that Entertainment news gets a big deal and when you see people demonstrating for or against the war they are small in numbers because only a small percentage of citizens will volunteer for service. I for one joined in 1966, and yes I feel we should have never stopped the draft but actually expanded it. So that those whom gets us into wars their children will be also serving then we will see how quickly they will vote. A lot of the people who are writing never will take the time to join or serve their country. I lived on a dirt floor for 5 months in a make shift hootch, care of the US Government while others were somewhere in Alabama making sure the Viet Cong did not attack the gulf as a NG. or had more important things to do.

      March 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • KING kardashian

      They join the United States Armed Forces because they know the U.S Army is powerful and the chances of Death is quite minimal . The only way the enemy have mostly been succesful is by cowardly plant roadside bombs
      these guys joined the Armes forces for the big pay and all the benefits
      gimme a break Brave IMAO Ppplease. I am brade The Tal...an is more brave they ve got no weapons and yet they re fighting a gainsnt a mighty army

      March 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Marine575

        First off, if you think that the chances of danger for the Armed Forces is not great, please come and trade places with me out here and we will see how long you survive. Second, reading your other retarded posts, you have no idea how the enemy fights. You state that they are the brave ones, yet i doubt you have ever been engaged in any kind of fire fight with them. The enemy is the most cowardly enemy that has ever existed. If you would like to dispute that there are plenty of Devil Dogs who would love to discuss that with you!!!!

        March 11, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ghost

      Population in America
      307,006,550 – Jul 2009

      Population in the US Army
      1,112,703

      Source:
      + U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
      +http://prhome.defense.gov

      March 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • USAF MSgt Deployed SWA

      Hope CNN catches a hint; if this article or others like it were at the top of the main page I (and probably others like me) might spend more than 2 min checking the ticker out. I wonder how that would do for their ratings and bottom line, instead of pandering to the lowest denominator. If news was more news and less entertainment it might be worth spending some time. Good job Wayne, hope to see more

      March 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jackie B

        Seconded. In fact, you took the words straight out of my mouth.

        March 11, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • barbara

      to all of you men and women who are there so that me and my husband and children can be safe at home, i can never thank you or repay you for your sacrifice. please know that even if every other human being took it for granted, you have a loving family of 6 here that are praying for your safety, your future happiness, a end to your emotional hell , and for you to be able to get your lives started. i pray when you come out of this you have mental strength to get past what you may have encountered and to achieve all the goals you want in life when you return. God bless you from the bottom of this Sullivan families heart...
      Barbara of Indiana

      March 11, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Just another reason to remind your kids not to join the military. I can say this because I'm a vet, so please no flaming.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tamra

      completely agree. but this was a great article and it made me cry. I feel so bad for the families but proud of how they're honoring their son's memory so that their lives mattered even more.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • America

      While we're at it, 275,000 people die on earth everyday. I'm not sure why we don't honor them as well.

      March 11, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Cpl Bell

      Good morning Gents,
      Not that my 2 cents matter but i really wanted to post and i guess vent a little bit, I am a Cpl in the Marine Corps currently riding out the last two weeks of my year long deployment in Afghanistan. I would like to start by giving my deepest sympathies to all the familys of all involved in this conflict. That aside these people in America dont care. By that i mean seriously they dont, never have and will continue to not. That front of sorry for you loss and he was a hero, its garbage they say in passing, the words they say are as empty as saying bless you after someone sneezes. A man (or woman) gives their life so people are afforded the luxery of not having to care. Charlie Sheen wants the attention, and like an addicted crackhead they give it to him, the dead dont want your half hearted apologies. They didnt die for you, they are serving for a better future for there friends and family, which is pushed back every time these clowns get your hypnotized attention. Dont be informed look at the pretty pictures and try not to think for yourself, otherwise we might solve problems and that could spell trouble for the people that have you buying everything they sell. Duces

      March 11, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Thomas

        As a retired military vet, I can't say that I disagree with what you posted. It was harsh, but true.

        Thank you for your service to our country.

        March 11, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Cable news is not serious anymore, if it ever really was. It's disgusting and it won't change. Also, the fact of the matter is that our all-volunteer armed forces are fighting a war, living quite different lives than the general public, who are mostly unaware of them or the fact that we're even there. The media is more than complicit in the short attention span of the American public. I'd venture to say they're wholly responsible and they should be ashamed of themselves.

      March 11, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dragon1

      Agreed. I reposted that same status message on my fb page, b/c honestly, I don't give a damn about what the "stars" are doing. I'm tired of hearing about their lives. Post news on REAL news worthy stuff, like our folks over there in these deployed locations. My unit will be going and I pray that they all return safe and sound, every one of them. I have lost too many personal friends over there already.

      For others, these men and women go over to fight for your "right" to be idiots! If it weren't for those of us in the military fighting for that right, you wouldn't be saying this stuff. Why don't you get off your behind and join, make something of yourself!

      March 11, 2011 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      These pictures of these lost soldiers are heart breaking.. They all seem so innocent .. My heart goes out to the families of these men.. I can't imagine the pain this has caused..

      March 11, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
    • jltaul01

      Sir, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your son. As an openly gay American fighting for the same rights every one else has, thank you so much for raising your son to be a man who could stand up for what he believes in, hold faith, and fight for a country and the people who live here that may not have always given him the same respect. He is an American hero, as are all the soldiers lost. Thank you.

      March 11, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      When the news media does cover the war deaths, the same people that are bemoaning the coverage of Charlie Sheen, then say the media is going to far by covering war deaths. Wasn't it George Bush and & Donald Rumsfeld that made it a law that news media can't film the coffins coming home? This is about news coverage, its about controlling how the coverage is presented.

      March 11, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • useyourmind

      It just goes to show that maybe they should have become an addict instead of going to war. At least they'd still be alive.

      March 11, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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