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. Dindy

    salerno is steeling people"s praying time. leave him alone and concern about the most important things.

    March 16, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • D.

      Salerno is a useless, worthless carbon unit. Everything he says is out of spite and anger. He would NOT say these things to a soldier's face. Salerno is a true coward in every sense of the word.

      March 16, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    The people in Afghanistan who live, they better know that the international focres help us and the Taliban Aqeada and their supporters kill us

    March 16, 2011 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    The Wolf (Karzai) disguses hiself in sheep's skin, and it is up to us to remove his this sheep skiin for all for the fact,

    March 16, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. pamiri

    Today the senate and parliament called to the defense minister to come to the parliament to explain his responsibilities regarding the security decreasing in the country and if he can not obtain the consent of the members then defense minister have to resign otherwise the members give his resignation through the legal process and also senate and parliament want to cancel the peace committee which goes under the favor of Taliban and Karzai, then imagine that how Karzai is supporting Taliban and his minister,

    From Kabul

    March 16, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. sass

    Hm, I missed the part where people were forced to read this article, let alone sit around and make negative comments about our military. It's ironic that so many soldiers die protecting the rights of idiots. I have family and friends over in Afghanistan and pray that every time I read one of these articles their faces don't show up. Regardless of how you feel about the politics, these men and women are true heroes who don't deserve such negativity. I suggest everyone here with a level head ignore the idiots and they'll eventually shut up when they realize no one is paying attention. Maybe we should channel some of that energy into praying for those that have lost their lives or loved ones.

    March 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      Am also Afghan and I appreciate the service , development and the lives that the international forces sacrifice for us and protecting us from the Taliban and their allies, all Afghan are not the supporters of Taliban ISI and just there is some like Karzai and his brothers and some ministers in Afghan government that support Taliban , and we Are preferring international forces than Taliban and Karzai

      March 16, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Pamiri.....Good to hear the truth from Afghanistan.

        March 16, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Sass ..Just sat down to write the same thing .you have said it better than me .Thank you.

      March 16, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kory

    man this thread is full of radical hippy low lifes! The fact of the matter is this...I'm reading all this "well if the war came to your front door youre telling me...-fill in the blanks-...blah blah blah. The Afghans are just as worse off as before we came in if not BETTER. who helped liberate them from Russia? oh yeah! WE DID! if it wasnt for us helping them out 30 years ago they would be...well who knows where. fact is this. Were not just going there killing everything in sight! no way! you hippies are BRAINWASHED if you believe we randomly point and shoot. we spend billions on humanitarian aide and inra-structure. we give thousands of willing and able Afghans jobs at our major bases i.e.; Salerno, Kandahar, Bagram and so on. We give the honest hard working Afghans clothes and food and children toys, soccer balls etc. EVERY DAY. believe me I was doing it for a year. we help them more than they can help themselves. If they don't want to help us fine! but if they aide in Taliban opperation or find out they knew about an IED and let us run over them...well that's when we absolutely have the right to detain and question. you guys that bash our fallen heroes are hard headed fascists.

    March 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kory

    unless youve actually been in the military and been in a combat theater...shut your hippy mouths. 99.9% of the orders given down range are very lawful. 15 months in Afghanistan with an infantry unit, I have never been given an unlawful order. In fact, most local national deaths come from private security contractors like Blackwater that have to answer to no one. I recommend you all get your damn facts straight before you start bashing our boys in the military. Fallen soldiers deserve honor and respect.

    March 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Orion

      I believe soldiers deserve respect and honor, like sheep being led to slaughter by a merciless shepherd.
      There was a time war shook every person in the country to their core, because your government leaders were on the front line as well – leading the charge, setting the example. Their risk was no less than any other soldier's.

      Today's government leaders are the financial elite, who safeguard themselves behind bureaucracy and mahogany desks. You won't find any of their children coming home in a body bag.

      I am tired of the public being played like puppets by the media and political rhetoric.
      I respect our soldiers for giving their lives in service of defending the freedoms they believe in.

      I find it an unforgivable atrocity for our political leaders to use the dedication of those men and women as cannon fodder for their posturing and political agendas while they sit without fear of losing a loved one in a war they have declared.
      I am a United States veteran, I have served in a combat theater and I believe:
      1.) Politicians should be randomly selected to serve as any other soldier in a war they voted to execute.
      2.) Politicians should be held truly accountable to the public and lose all assets in the event they are found to betray the public trust.
      3.) War is not meant to be 'humanitarian'; you fight to win. Period. Enemies will not risk retaliation when they know you will not only destroy them, you will destroy their families and their country.
      4.) In the values this country holds to be true, I just wish my political leaders believed in them too.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        orion – your point 3 does not applie to terrorism, as you cannot criminalize an entire country or population for the wrongdoing of a few. It is like if you destroy Sicily because there is the mafia.

        March 17, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. ChingChingChongChong

    As a Chinese American, I thank the men and women who are serving in the military which makes us safer from terrorists. After all say and done, does anyone question about the purpose of this Afghan war? What is there to achieve for the sacrifice of "American Citizen" life?

    1. Are we getting Bin Laden? Where is Bin Laden?
    2. Are we building democracy? How is that doing? Any progress yet for the past 10 years?
    3. Are we there to grab resources? I heard they have biggest Lithium mine which vital to green energy industry?
    Is Afghanistan becoming the next Saudi in Lithium? When is that going to happen?

    March 15, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Ching – We had 9/11 because Clinton bombed Sudan and Afghanista. So the terrorists are the US military. They are the criminals. No Thanks, no respect. They are baby killers.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. ken

    I couldn't begin to describe the heartwrenching anger and disgust I feel each time I hear of more American deaths in a so-called war. I hate it, plain and simply hate it.
    At 18 years I was sent to Vietnam and served there until I was wounded – 11 months, 14 days. But it didn't take more than the first two months for me to realize that it would not be won and was a waste of many lives and so much money having nothing to do with the reasons we or the country were told justified the costs.
    These current "wars" are no more worthwhile than was Vietnam.
    Oh, the country has gotten better at it – more industry is supported by manufacturing equipment and ordnance with many fewer deaths and maimings over time than were needed in Vietnam. They've cleaned it – made it more palatable, except to those maimed and the families of those killed.
    I honestly had hoped that my brothers and I had sacrificed for an important lesson and that Vietnam would be the last time this country so frivolously abused it's citizens and soldiers. If no other good could be found from it, perhaps that would remain, a lesson to the nation.
    All such hope was dashed soon after the farcical GWB placement and it was made plain that his instruction was to get the country back into a war.
    Now I am waiting to die. I would have prefered to die with my friends and would join them now if it could not add to my wife's pain.
    I watch this monstrous continuation, day in and day out.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Ken – Very Important what you say. No lesson learned from Vietnam. You deserve respect as you were forced to go to war. It was not your choice and still you were insulted.

      March 15, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Wilfahrt

      salerno, take it to the Taliban, talk to them. Over 70% of Afghan civilian casualties are their IEDs. It is also your native tongue apparently, in truth your English is marginal. It is true that if all the war dead could come back it would end. Our troops walk openly among the Afghan people and know that the Afghanis love their children too. Why do the Taliban slink and hide in the name of Allah? My family blood is now in Afghan soil, it was given freely to the soldiers in front and behind him. He never fired a shot over there, he gave the children candy and pens. He died training ANPs to try for stability. What have you given to anyone but an opinion.
      Jeff Wilfahrt, father of Andrew in the article above.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I am sorry for your son. He was the last I would blame, but why did you let him to go ? I cannot understand why even the parents of the fallen soldiers are supporting the war. I have insulted the soldiers, but I see the differences and the graduations among them as many of them are victims too of our cynism.
        Sincerely.

        March 15, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. Damien

    So Salerno, do you do anything besides go to posts like this and run your mouth? Yes, you have that right. We have a wonderful country in which some people do things and some say things and I'm afraid that the latter group has far overgrown the former. Make a change if you don't like it. Or you can sit in your parents basement and criticize the rest of the world for participating. Brainwashing? There's a logical response.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Damien – keep your fantasy refrained as I am not in my parent's basis. I have voting rights in US corporations lobbying the politicians for war, but I have no way to use that in a way against the war. Our system is flawed. The only thing I can do is using my speech freedom.

      March 15, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        basement, not basis.

        March 15, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • FatSean

      I'll keep saying "Thank you for your service" and I'll spout the line that killing for a government is an honorable thing...but only so foolish people will be willing to volunteer for it. Just following orders...

      March 15, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Babaganoosh

    Why do people need to be honored for doing THEIR JOB? I mean can I get some commendation for driving a forklift at work doing MY JOB?

    March 15, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      Does your job of driving a forklift come with the chance of being blown up?....hmmmmm nope, so shut your damn mouth

      March 15, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
      • FatSean

        Nobody forced them to take the job. The government can conscript people if the war is really necessary. These people have a financial interest in war continuing...they get to keep their jobs. If the wars end, people get laid off and get paid less.

        Don't like the public's opinion on the war the politicians made for you to fight? Quit.

        March 15, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Damien

    I was at the Memorial Service for three of these guys last week in Kandahar. I am here as a civilian and I am constantly amazed at what these soldiers sacrifice for us. I tried to explain to my eleven year old in "An Open Letter to my Son From Afghanistan.
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    March 15, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      11 years age is a good time to start brainwashing as later may be too late.

      March 15, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • FatSean

      Volunteering to kill people who never threatened the USA so a puppet government could be set up isn't honorable.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. claire

    I loved this article, but i am shocked at the way that the comments have turned. We are not debating the war here, but rather, we are honoring our fallen soldiers. The whole point is that the media has decided to hide the truth about this war, and too many Americans have choosen to pretend there is nothing going on over there. As a military spouse, this sickens me. We all need to take a page from our once great nation and support our soldiers. During WWI and WWII, men, women and children all pitched in to help our military, to support our nation in a times of great strife. They sacrificed and donated, and stood behind the troops. I assure you, more than 75% of our chldren don't even know that we are at war right now. We need less Charlie Sheens and Lidsey Lohans and more people who love our country and support our troops!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Baby killers NEVER made a nation great. WWII soldiers were different. America was attacked in the past.
      Now 9/11 was a reaction after Clinotn bombed Sudan and Afghanistan.

      March 15, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieB

      Claire, I agree with you and I posted a day or so ago for people get Charlie Sheen off their twitters and just let him go . But as you can see salerno , has taken over this blog with his rants and keeps saying the same thing, blah blah blah... changed the whole subject matter of the original post. to a debate about war. He has nothing better to do all day than check here and call people idiot and stupid. He told me he doesnt know who Charlie Sheen is but he will add him to his twitter to make me angry and called me an idiot. Oh well I consider the source.

      March 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • claire

        @ Julie B- I am not even going to bother to respond to such this hateful stream of blather that has been posted here. You might not agree with the war, but don't hate the soldiers who defend your right to say so. If some of these ranting, raving lunatics want to voice their idiotic opinions, they have the right to do so, but to choose this space, this avenue where our fallen heros have been honored is an absolute disgrace. I am ashamed for them as they are obiously too filled with hatred and anger to see that they themselves should be ashamed.

        March 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • D.

        Salerno is a POS human being. Nothing but a small, miserable, hateful person who would not have the guts to say anything to a soldier's face. He would get pummeled if he did so. He's nothing but a coward hiding behind a keyboard.

        March 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D- I HAVE NO PROBLEM TELLING TO YOUR FACE THAT YOU ARE A COWARD !

        March 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. salerno

    Khalid was 14 y/o when he was killed by US helicopters with his firends while they were collecting woods in Kunar.
    He was a man before his time as he leaves 13 sisters (the father is dead). They have no wellfare. The helicopter killed 8-9 children one by one, the yangest was 9 y/o.. They were found withot head or limbs. The only survivor was saved by a tree.
    The story is reported even in Nwe York Times.
    How can I respect soldiers following these criminal orders ?

    March 15, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      It is true sometimes could be mistakenly some people die, but the Taliban Aqaeda is killing people/ civilians intentionally, which is unpardonable. The Taliban should be responsible for what they are committing in the country and their direct and indirect owners and supporters too,

      March 15, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • WARVET

      You respect them because they are soldiers. They are not afforded the opportunity to choose which orders to follow, they follow orders given to them and fight for their country. If you live in a war torn third world country then you should not be shocked bye the fact that u would/could loose family. Don't dare disprespect the fallen soldiers on behalf of your bad fortune.

      March 15, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Warvet – QUIT MAKING EXCUSES. SOLDIERS SHOULD REJECT FOLLOWING CRIMINAL OREDRS. I AM 100% LINKED TO US ECONOMY BUT I DO NOT RESPECT THOSE KIND OF SOLDIERS.
        THE NAZI WERE PUT ON TRIAL FOR FOLLOWING ORDERS.

        March 15, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
      • beti

        Soldiers that follow criminal orders do not deserve respect.

        March 15, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • FatSean

      Oh NOW people care? Back when Bush was president the government and right-wing pundits were leaning on the media to HIDE pictures of dead soldiers coming back home. It wasn't patriotic to notice who was dying for the lies that started the Iraq war. It wasn't patriotic to point out that Invading and occupying Afghanistan was a sure fire way to LOSING.

      But now everyone is upset because Sheen is getting attention? LOL! You can pick my pocket with taxes to support two honorless occupations, but you can't make me give a damn. Don't like how you're treated? QUIT. Nobody asked you to volunteer. A large standing army is dangerous...it tends to get used and leads to more wars than needed.

      March 15, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Damien

      Salerno, it is a war and there is collateral damage and no one regrets it more than the soldiers who made the mistake. There was no "order" to fire on innocent civilians. I'm sure there was an order to protect themselves or whoever it is that they were guarding and they did it to the best of their ability. The Taliban kill hundreds of times more innocent civilians as well as Coalition soldiers, yet they do it indiscriminitely and with no regret. Look at my post above and read my letter to my son. I really wish that people would get more informed.

      March 15, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Damien – keep this crap for yourself. It is no possible to make mistakes from helicopter as even the little weapons can be seen. There is a soldiers stating that he was ordered to fire even to children as there were no friendly forces on the ground and everyone is considered enemy even children.
        This is CRIMINAL INTENTIONAL KILLING. Wikileaks showed that even in Iraq. You need to be informed. Collateral damage is when the Taliban kill their population accidentally.

        March 15, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. pamiri

    Salerno, could be a Pakistani and non American, because of the way e is writing ,

    March 15, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • FatSean

      "Just following orders" didn't work for the SS and it doesn't work for US troops either.

      March 15, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  16. pamiri

    Dear all and army wife ky, army girl, kat,knights wife, dindy, dan from Chicago,IL, love for America, A gold star wife, and other friends whose names are remaining sorry for that, I am posting to all of you from Kabul Afghanistan,

    As Human being, we know better at all that war is not good, even the child every where in world know that, but we have to consider about some points that for what purpose we are fighting and what is our goal to fight?
    Against who we are fighting and why?
    What would be the result of our fighting?

    According me and we, that now we are on the ground and at least we know better about the situation in the past during the Taliban time and now in the country,

    Please, read it in attention, as human being we have the right on each other, doesn’t matter if we are muslims and you are Christian and Jewish etc, and all the world is like and village because nowadays we are well connected through different type of facilities which are for human being, then we have the common thing there is no differences on it then we have to help and support each other respect the things which give benefits us.

    We can say our fighting (Afghan people, those who are not affiliated with Taliban and Aqaeda,ISI) and international forces which is against the Taliban, ISI, and their supporters
    Our goal and purpose of fighting is clear such as eliminate Aqaeda, Taliban and their supporters and to bring development in a democratic way for the country.

    The result of fighting and our battle against the Aqaeda and extremists is going to be achieved very soon and in the way which will be acceptable for all, if we go on the way which we had goal and purpose of battle at the beginning of fighting against the Aqaeda Taliban in the country.

    The way of fighting and the battle was to eliminate Taliban, Alqeada and their supporters, but nowadays Karzai is misleading the international forces in one or other way, some times he is launching propagandas against international forces and on the other hand he is bringing Taliban Alqeada in the government and already Karzai put some supporters of Taliban in key high positions of the government, we can say Karzai is Talibanizing the government, which would not be irreparable for all.

    And it is an indispensable fact that the Taliban Aqaeda is killing people, doing suicide bombing, car bombing on civilians , destroying schools, clinics and banks ( all infrastructure of the country), but why still Karzai is trying to give them power more why? Why the United states and international forces are ignoring these Kind of anti people actions,
    In spite of you all know better on daily base the Taliban kill hundreds of civilians, but still Karzai is supporting them and never Karzai is taking strong measures to eliminate the Taliban why? Because all Taliban is his brothers,
    It is easy to overcome on barbarism and brutality of Taliban, by removing Karzai and Taliban’s supporters from power, we can eliminate Taliban by those who support and who is taking like Taliban,

    From Kabul Afghanistan

    March 15, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      By all meanings the international forces help and support us in our country and so that we appreciate that and we pray for those we sacrifice their lives here in our country to protect us from the Aqaeda Taliban insurgents,
      But there is some figures as I mentioned that misleading and instructing the international forces in the country, hope to see success and victory over the fascists terrorists in Afghanistan and in the region,

      From Kabul

      March 15, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  17. Coco Loren

    These amazing men and women who give so much, and their benevolent families who share their sacrifice, deserve all that our great nation has to offer. Enough with celebrities. It is time that real heroes take the center spotlight.

    Thank you for your service. You are all in my heart and thoughts every day.

    Coco Loren
    http://www.globalgiver.org Because Afghanistan Matters

    March 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beo

      That anyone is dying in this illegal, criminal war for the American Empire is horrid. However what I find worse is the fact that so many Americans are still BLIND to the truth of the expansion of the Empire. I hope that when the end comes for America, as it inevitably will, that people are prepared for it. May whatever deity you worship bless you. God bless us all.

      Before I get slammed for my viewpoint... I am an American, a patriot, and a lover of freedom. I reject greed and power, preferring to share what I have with those in need over making the "almighty dollar" my goal. Peace.

      March 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alicia

        Although your language and delivery are more condemning then I support (as a fellow peace advocate) I agree with you... I am an American, born and raised, and I am terrified by the fact that we are already on our way to self destruction. We are waging this war in order to maintain and strengthen the American empire...for whoever has control over the oil has control over the world. We cannot end terrorism, it is a belief system–yes, a violent and destructive one but a belief system nonetheless–therefore, we will never end it. The only way we would possibly see an "end" to terrorism would be through genocidal actions and please, as a nation under God, that is not the way. Occupying the Middle East is only perpetuating anti-american sentiments....something we don't need. If we want to prevent further terrorist attacks we should stop giving them a reason to attack and focus on our own borders. I do not blame our soldiers for this. I blame our leaders. They brainwashed our nation into thinking our freedom was threatened as they knew this would hook the support of countless americans. After all, we have been conditioned to "fight" or "defend" our freedom whenever it is being "threatened". But honestly......people fear the loss of their freedom at the hands of the middle east? How completely irrational.

        My deepest condolences go out to the families of these boys. They were heros. The media brushed them off, and will continue to brush others off as this war continues. It is our job to remember our soldiers and support them when they return from this brutality. They are merely tools of our leaders in this political scandal... we need to end this for them in the name of the true America-one that promote the dignity of all humanity

        March 15, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Alicia and Beo, I agree with you. I am just more harsh with the soldiers, as I see many of them very violent, some others are just yes-men or yes-women, as they obey to orders. I pointed out that if orders are criminal they should reject, like was told to the German soldiers after WWII. Many soldiers deserted and denounced the crimes and the intentional killing of civilians.
        You are right the politicians are even more guilty, but they are yet insulted so often.....

        March 15, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
      • claire

        @Alicia,
        Why yes, I do see my freedom being threatened by the middle east. Remember those planes? Remember those towers and the pentagon and that field? REMEMBER THAT????

        March 15, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Claire – REMEMBER CLINTON BOMBING SUDAN AND AFGHANISTAN BEFORE 9/11 ?? REMEMBER ??
        YOU GET WHAT YOU SOWED

        March 15, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Alicia

        @Claire-please, tell me exactly how this generational war has helped to protect your freedom. And remember, we were the ones who helped establish Saddam as the president. We have no problem supporting dictators as long as it is in our favor. In other words...we have no problem stripping others of their fundamental human rights and any chance of freedom if it helps sustain our lifestyle here in America. This is not American. Please realize that we need to reevaluate our values as a country...especially in this war. Iraq nor Afghanistan pose threats to us..in ANY way.

        March 15, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Army Wife KY

    You know we have all heard so much from Salerno, a lot more than anyone cared to hear I'm sure, but I just wanted to throw something out there real quick that was bothering me. He talks about nothing but hatred for us Americans, soldiers, war you name it, he's a pretty angry misguided individual. But what I can't seem to get out of my head is his name he uses. Am I the only one that finds it odd that he uses the same name as an FOB base in Afghanistan? Is that just coincidence? Just wanted to throw that out there maybe it's just me. By the way I appreciate the comments from those who are truly caring people who understand military and the soldiers that serve. Having my husband over there it's nice to know there are people who pray for all of them. Bless you , may they return safely.

    March 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Memee

    Finally! Let's keep it going!

    March 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  20. salerno

    MY AMERICAN DREAM IS TO SEE THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS TAKE PETREUS AND BRING HIM HOME.

    March 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.

      SALERNO IS A COWARD.

      March 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D- YOU ARE A COWARD HIDING BEHIND A KEYBOARD.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ARMY GIRL

    Choppergirl,
    I respect your right to freedom of speech, but I have to disagree and call you a complete idiot. Are you serious? If the troops are so bad, then maybe you should move out of the damn country! We (the troops) go to war everyday so you can post stupid comments like you did. We are given orders, we execute. Thats it. Most of us dont know whats going on anyway. Its called departmentalization, you get enough information to do whatever gets your job done. So before you go and critize put on someone elses boots and go to war instead of talking crap about us.

    March 14, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Armygirl – You spot right on the problem. You act blindly without knowing the global picture. The german soldiers were put on trial and executed becouse they obeyed to orders. You shoud reject to be part of a criminal war.
      I agree with choppygirl, but cannot see anymore her comments as they were deleted. Is this the freedom ?
      I was invited to go to Afghanistan, so I can be killed inintentionally.
      I never touched a gun in my life and the most violent thing I do is opening a tuna-box, but I am not coward, as when I was yanger I faced a gay with a knife. I don't want to be put in situation where I have to fight against kids.
      Is it not coward to fire people on the ground from helicopters ?

      March 14, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        sorry mispelling, read a "guy" not a "gay".

        March 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        salerno. Do not underestimate troops. They have fought in every way not only on helicopters. They have done ground operations too. They are not cowards the way you introduce them. why dont you shut up if you have nothing good to say about these noble men and women who serve far away from home in a strange land bravely.

        March 15, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      US soldiers are coward baby killer. No honor.

      March 16, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
      • D.

        What a big and brave little person you are hiding behind a keyboard. You would NEVER say such a thing to a soldier's face. COWARD!

        March 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D- SOLDIERS ARE COWARDS HIDING BEHIND HIGH TECH WEAPONRY . IDIOT !

        March 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Chuckster

    It sad when these stars are into themselves too much. Charlie, stop with the tiger blood stuff, it sounds stupid and verifies that you are a CRACKHEAD!! Get help, and maybe you can be on the cast of World's Dumbest Criminals and get together with Tonya Harding. I hear shes Hot!!!!

    March 14, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  23. pamiri

    When the international forces were supporting the northern alliance within one week all Afghanistan removed from Aqeada and their supporters, but when the international forces started to listen and implementing Karzais advises strategy after that Aqaeda got supports and their insurgency escalated in the country , then according to the wisdom thinking Karzai is also spoiled with Taliban, then we international forces should keep all inform about the case and take effective measures accordingly

    March 14, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  24. salerno

    THIS BLOG IS PUBLIC. I HAVE NO ACCESS INSIDE THE MILITARY BASIS. SO IF THE SOLDIERS WANT TO TALK EACH OTHER WITHOUT ME OR OTHER PEOPLE LIKE ME, THEY HAVE PLENTY OF OCCASIONS TO DO IT.

    March 14, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieB

      Salerno , why dont you start your OWN blog and rant and rave there all you want, I dont think this blog was intended to do that , . I stopped back in today to see if you are still taking over the whole blog and yes you are.
      Is this your whole days effort every day? I read all the comments and you name is on from the start. I just think you like to cause controversery like a bully. We "get" your ipinion already , dont you think enough is enough? I for one dont buy your crap. I doubt you live in America and I doubt you pay taxes there. If your passion is so strong to help in Afghan ... GO THERE . HELP ! nahhh you just sit behind a computer like a coward and call people idiots blah blah blah...

      March 14, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Julie – I confirm to be an US tax payer and willing to partecipate in public discussion.

        March 14, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        JulieB........great post

        March 15, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
      • D.

        Salerno is nothing but a coward. Just another Internet bully beating away at his keyboard.

        March 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  25. salerno

    THE PEOPLE SUPPORTING THE TROOPS ARE THE ONES WHO PUSH THEM TO DIE (and to kill).
    THEY ARE YANG AND NEEDS YOUR CONSIDERATION SO THEY LISTEN AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE.

    March 14, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Leroy

      withour yalls support we would have no motivation!!! which would kill even more of us or have another counrty invade ours

      March 14, 2011 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        No country has the capacity to invade USA ! The risk is individual actions, but there is no miliyary that can prevent this.
        Indeed we saw 2 airmen killed in Germany and 4 americans killed by the pirates recently.

        March 14, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      Salerno,
      When Taliban (Aqaeda) kill soldiers, and other people then do not need our consideration, we are saying even killing of a ant needs our consideration, we should have sympathy with all human being which is alive and who we are to judge on them. But being as human we should at least fight for the human being and for the welfare of our people. Then we know better that who is helping us and who is fighting against development and human which is Taliban

      March 14, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Concerned Kiwi

      I think it is best that someone as ill informed as yourself keeps their opinion to themselves. A more appropriate response to this blog would be to express your condolences. Recognising that I am a person who does not know you, I would advise that you refrane from expressing your personal opinion without giving the expected level concern of others thoughts.

      Cheers Concerned Kiwi

      P.S. Spell check would bring more credibility to your positings.

      March 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Concerned Kiwi – I gave links for my statements. If you want information about the war you should search or google:
        Wikileaks – Emergency Gino Strada – sen.Ron Paul- http://www.rawa .org.

        March 15, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  26. pamiri

    We have the proverb in Afghanistan says, the train is going but the dogs are barking, do not bark here go on ground and test them

    March 14, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      We prefer to talk with the owners of Taliban which is ISI and other countries like S Arabia, Chian, Russia Iran and etc and its is good that at least the Salerno said some thing which he did not want to say,

      March 14, 2011 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  27. salerno

    PAMIRI – I DON'T TALK WITH DOGS, BUT WITH THEIR OWNER.

    March 14, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • D.

      Dogs are better than you. Coward!

      March 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  28. pamiri

    Salerno, Want to make the world like Tribal area, AFG-PAK border without having of military, he suggested no military then, Why you yourself is not going to the border area to test them on ground , rather than your worthless commenting here

    March 14, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Pamiri .you know better than us. Because you know what is happening there. Thank you for your posts.

      March 15, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  29. pamiri

    The God says you do not have the right to be in enmity with other religions that you are not the followers of that, and should not fight against no one, if they do not fight against you, you should help the humanity if without reason some kill them so you should take the side of innocent people and the people who convicted to ask about their rights in terms of race, gender, ethnic etc that god given to all humanity, but, since the Alqeada=Taliban force on people and humanity it is up to others to beat them and destroy them to release people from being under the Barbarism and brutality of Taliban and their supporters, which one of them is Karzai,

    from Kabul Afghanistan

    March 14, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  30. Dindy

    PAMIRI AND SISTER ...............GREAT POSTS BY BOTH OF YOU.

    March 14, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  31. Shaukat Ali Toronto,canada

    at the end of the day the media ( that is including you too CNN ) is ONLY interested in news that will bump thier ratings –

    very shameful

    March 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  32. salerno

    IT IS NOT ABOUT POLITIC AS ALL POLITICIAN ARE PRO-WAR. IT IS ABOUT ASKING TROOPS TO OBJECT OR DESERT.

    March 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Strange.... I'm a soldier that is fighting for your freedom as I am currently deployed in Afghanistan. Last time I checked, I and my brothers and sisters fighting beside me are not fighting for a paycheck. We are indeed fighting for your freedom so you can (as well as others on here) enjoy having the First Amendment protect your "Freedom of Speech" as you've displayed using. Be happy for that. When World War III breaks out, will you still feel the same way about us as you do now when your freedom is at extreme risk? We're ready and willing to protect you and other Americans if that indeed happens. It is our duty to protect and serve and everyone I've served/been serving with is proud of it.

      March 14, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Brandon – My speech freedom is not threatened by the Afghans (taliban or not taliban) neither by the Iraqis.
        We fought for that in WWII, now our freedom is put at risk by ourselves.

        March 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        It's about killing terrorists who are barbarians that kill and maim people without mercy and also blow up themselves along with many others who believe in freedom and democracy whether they are in a house of prayer or in a place of business. They have no sympathy or love for mankind and they teach their children to hate in the same way! They do not have any right to live!

        March 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Brandon.......I salute you Sir. Great post.

        March 15, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  33. Gary

    It is not about politics are any other selfish motives it's about SUPPORTING our troops.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Thankful

    A quick message for all of those that would cloud this discussion with hate and derision under the thin guise of "an informed citizen", please have some respect for these men who gave their lives doing what their country asked them to do.

    As a military member with over 20 years of service who just returned home to the US less than a month ago, I can say that I have not always agreed with the decisions made by our elected leaders but I feel privileged to do what is asked of me in the name of this great country and its people.

    If you don't like the decisions those leaders are making, please vote and let your voices be heard but don't hate the men and women doing what is asked of them by their country, a great country that is led by freely elected leaders. This country is certainly far from perfect but the glorious part of it is that it is within our power as a people to change it as we see fit. If this this is not enough for you then I challenge you to leave this country and go to one you feel better represents your needs and interests and tolerates your dissent. I think you will be hard pressed to find it.

    To friends and families of these young men and the many others who give their lives every years so that others can retain the right to say such thoughtless things, thank you for all you have given. It is more than most will ever know.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • gardengirl

      Thank you. Very well said.

      March 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Thankful – your message is nothing new. You say to vote different leaders, but the problem is that it is NOT POSSIBLE.
      There is no way to vote against the war as both rep and dem. are pro-war. All the politicians have to respond to the lobbies and to the military complex. In this situation the duty of the soldiers is to OBJECT or DESERT rejecting to follow criminal orders.

      March 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        your talking is always supports Taliban but you are not on the ground, we are on the ground and we know better, who does what, then use you mind that the internatoinal forces are helping us, but the Taliban and their affiliates killing people and destorying the country, we know that, and we prefer the international forces than the Aqaeda and Karzai

        March 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • sister

        at the end of the day it's not about whether or not you support the war, the politicians who declare it or the soldiers who fight it. it's about sympathy for the families who have to bury their sons, brothers, fathers, husbands. we can't reprimand each other for supporting those we love, regardless of agreeing with their choices. in their hearts they believe they are doing the right thing and they are fighting for our freedom. you can choose to agree or disagree. until you run for office and try to make a change or begin a movement to cut back on the military, you will always have to accept the fact that some people still stand up for what they believe in rather than ranting about it via blog. you want to change policy or tell people what to do? sounds like you belong in politics my friend. but until that day happens you will be asked to accept the fact that our freely elected leaders have declared this war and our soldiers are doing their duty to this country. approve or not please show respect for human life.

        March 14, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Sister – You are right that human life should be respected, but EVERY human life. There is still a graduation betwen those who put their life in danger, but were not forced to do, and received a pay and benefit for the "job" and those who were the very victims, had no choice but to be attacked, and have to fight for FREE, without any wellfare or compensation.
        I am here to make you understand the difference.
        If I had a son or a daughter I will try to avoid that they enlist with the military.

        March 14, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Kat

        Im sorry but it seem like you do not have a life. Let me make this clear to you since you know nothing about history, there is no such thing as peace! Ever since mankind has been around there has been fighting and wars. If you think our nation is going to be against war you have something else coming for you. Being against war makes you a weak nation....when the time comes and we need to use our military to protect this nation we are going to do that. If you dont stand behind the troops feel free to stand in front of them!

        My prayers go out to all the families who have lost a love one in the military! They are truly heros!

        March 14, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Is that a threat salerno?

        March 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        You should be arrested and deported!

        March 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • D.

        More useless banter from the coward named salerno.

        March 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • D.

        II do believe salerno supports the terrorists and terrorism. He should be kicked out of the USA. Good riddance to the hateful coward.

        March 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D – I HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS TO COME IN AND OUT OF US AS I RESPECT THE LAWS AND US MUST RESPECT INTERNATIONAL LAW TOO.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  35. knightswife

    i would like to thank the families who have lost thier sons for supporting them when they decided to join. my husband is currently serving in country so i know a little something about this and i am sorry for the loss but i want you to know i didnt know them personally but they will be held in my heart as heroes and i have to say this is why i dont watch the news coverage

    March 13, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      I cancel the curses from salerno iN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!

      March 15, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        I post my curses again on the criminal soldiers baby killers.

        March 15, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
      • D.

        This guy needs to reported, and I am in the process of doing that now. Cowardly pig should be kicked out of this country...back to where he came from, and that's probably some sandpit in the Middle East. Salerno is nothing more than a cowardly, hate-filled supporter of the terrorists and terrorism.

        March 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D – YOU ARE PARADIGMATIC OF MILITARY'S STUPIDITY. YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT ME AND MAKE FALSE ASSUMPTIONS, LIKE THE US MILITARY WHEN THEY CLAIM SOMONE IS A TERRORIST. US MILITARY ARE THE TERRORISTS AND THEY DESERVED 9/11 AS CLINTON BOMBED SUDAN AND AFGHANISTAN

        March 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Luck Fawyers

    You know, I'm at peace being different. LONG LIVE Charlie Sheen.

    Glorify murderous war if you will, but as for me and my house, we choose to LOOK AT THE FACTS.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  37. salerno

    CNN POLL : US OPPOSITION TO AFGHANISTAN WAR REMAINS HIGH – january 3rd 2011.
    If you care to read you will find the opposition was 63% and growing.
    SORRY BUT EVERYTHING I CLAIM IS SUPPORTED EVEN BY US DATA, NEVER MIND THE DATA INVAIN POSTED BY THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE.

    March 13, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • JulieB

      Salerno, go out and do something then to help the people you want to help , why sit all day behind a computer and try to insult people and cry that people want to kill you , hmmm I havent seen any comments like that but ok. BE PRO ACTIVE GO AND HELP THE PEOPLE YOU SAY YOU WANT SAVED! Stop spewing hatered behind a computer be a man grow some and do something and instead of insulting the ones who are trying to help. YOU call other funatics youre the only one spending all the time day after day posting to every single commenter that comes on here..... by, enjoy yourself doing nothing , Im leaving this sight I dont want to read your trash anymore.

      March 13, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Julie –
        I have no way to help people in Afghanistan, but try to speak with you. I am not so yang anymore.
        Probably I will be captured or killed by the US soldiers or by the Taliban.
        If you don't want to see my comment STOP THE WAR.
        If you want to see some threats I received, please read in this blog Aread blodedAmerican march 12 2:17 pm or Heywood Jablone.
        Regards

        March 13, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      SALERNO....WE CANT CHANGE PEOPLE'S MIND. ONLY GOD CAN. PRAY AND ASK.

      March 14, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • D.

      You are a coward terrorist. Go blow yourself up...PLEASE.

      March 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D – PROBABLY SOME AMERICANS WILL BLOW UP IN THE FUTURE, BUT WITHOUT MY PARTECIPATION. SORRY GUY !!

        March 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  38. pamiri

    Well post, US soldier Alaska: You gave well prescription to Salerno, who is affiliated with ISI, and Karzia and Salerno still I do not know from where you get this all percentages, I thought you are working with the king of fraud and cheating (Karzai) and his friends ISI, Taliban, Russia, etc.

    This year the entire international forces will be knowing that they can not defeat their enemies by Karzai and his affiliated Alqeada. And now the people better know that Karzai is only working for Pakistan, ISI,Iran, Russia, China, Sudia Arabia , so that the fate of Mubarak is waiting for Karzai and his affiliates, in government with his brothers too.

    From Kabul

    March 13, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  39. JOE ENDICOTT

    SOMETHING EVEN SADDER, CPL. LOREN MILES BUFFALO WAS KILLED BY AN IED ON WEDNESDAY 3/9/2011 NO MENTION OF THIS HERO ANYWHERE. JUST PROVES TO ME HOW BIASED THE MEDIA IS. AND WHAT THEY THINK WE SHOULD KNOW.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Probably the US military did not communicate to the media. They don't want the public opinion to know.

      March 13, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Thanks to all servicemen and women who are fighting these Islamic extremists who have not a caring bone in their bodies and will kill anyone who do not follow their fanatic religious ideology. For God sees your courage and will be with you in your fight against these people who only follow the same beliefs as the devil which is power and control over the world!

        March 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        POWER AND CONTROL OF THE WORLD IS THE US GOAL AS THEY HAVE BASIS IN EVERY CONTRY. JIHADIST ARE FIGHTING FOR SELF-DEFENCE AND DID VERY WELL KILLING THE SOLDIER ABOVE AS A TERRORIST.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  40. pamiri

    As an Afghan, I express my condolences and respect to all of those families, especially to the mentioned one, in this topic, who sacrifice their lives for the humanity, to protect civilians, to rescue the country from ISI-Pak, Iran, Sudia Arabia, Russia, China,

    God bless those all, who serve for the humanity
    from Kabul Afghanistan

    March 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Chief Akers

    I am with the 504th MP BN currently in Kandahar and I kept this post going on facebook because I had no idea what celebrity news was being reported but I knew that all of my stateside friends and family were talking about it; meanwhile, no one was talking about the Soldiers who had recently gave their lives. Although I did not get the opportunity to meet and know SPC Wilfahrt personally, I did attend his ramp ceremony memorial here in country. It was very obvious that he touched many lives and will be sorely missed by his comrades and command group. I watched Soldiers and the actual Company Commander shed tears, which speaks volumes about your son's personal relationship with those around him. I offer my sincere condolences. Thank you for your support and God bless your family.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      Chief this is simple and the law of nature that history condemn killers mean those depriving others of right to live and appreciate or in other words remember those for ever who give life or make the life more attractive the way these celebrity usually make. So media has less to appreciate killers while have a lot for those supporting peace and love.

      March 13, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  42. Army Wife KY

    Allyson thank you, and bless you and your family. May your husband make it home safelly along with all our other soldiers. It sure is tough especialy for those of us who are first timers to this whole deployment thing.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Army Wife KY

    Is their anyone else out their who feels Salerno should maybe get a life, or at least shut his non American ass up? I'm sure tired of hearing his rants. He's proibably just some little child trying to get everyones attention. Find something else to do , leave the commenting to those who know what their talking about.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • JulieB

      Ive posted below at 5:02am and 5:15am , personally I wont reply to anything he has to say . He is just searching out confrontation. I wont give it to him. If he replys to my posts I ll just ignore it.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Army Wife KY – You are not very smart. How can a child post so many arguments and links like me ? And this while all of you are posting just banalities and opinions based on what the crowd is feeling. I don't want you to kill people in other countries with wrong and baseless excusations. Even the RAWA (women of Afghanistan organization) is revolting against your military operations. So you are avoiding a true analisys on the war and falsifie your motivations. You are just following the money and looking at your wallet, you are not trying to help the people or to protect me.

      March 13, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
      • US Soldier Alaska

        Salerno, first of all learn how to spell. I counted at least 4 misspellings in just one of your posts. Second, we fight for the entire country. No matter if you're good, bad or indifferent, I'm out there getting shot at so that you don't have to be. If you want to ridicule me for that, well than I'm sure there's a nice seat saved for you in hell. Lastly, learn some respect, and learn to keep your mouth shut. You clearly lost your argument a long time ago so I'll leave it at that.

        March 13, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Love for America

        Salerno,
        Americans have been dying for hundreds of years for you to have this opinion. If not for the men and women you are verbally slamming, you would not be able to voice these opinions without fear of being murdered. In other countries like those we are fighting in, people with such opinions against their military would be sought out and silenced. Just remember that American men and women die for you to be able to voice your opinions. So whether you support them or not, you have them to thank. America is the home of the free as long as it is the home of the brave as well.

        March 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Love for America – you are abusively trading the past with the present. Actual soldiers are not the same of the past.
        My family members go exile or fought in the past for freedom, so we can thank each other for the past, but the present is all another story. Keep your rhetoric for yourself.
        Freedom is not an american brand, neither an intellectual property. People knew that even before America was discovered.

        March 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        BANGHASh and Saleron both of you could be the dogs of the ISI and Karzai, it is very important to say you that I am the son of this soil Afghanistan and I am and I would be against the Barbaraism, brutality and discrimination of the Taliban=Aqaeda and Karzai (king of fraud) against other people who are living in this country, as god says we shoudl respect each other not to kill each other, its my request to you think carefully as human being and Muslim not as Taliban extremists , then clearly you would be finding the way which is privilege for human being.

        March 14, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  44. Brenda Rivera

    Thank you for the article on soldiers over sheen.

    March 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Diane Vance

    Thanks to CNN's Wayne Dash for bringing us this story. I had "liked" the initial post on Facebook and left it at that.
    Now, I'm glad to have been introduced a bit to Cpl Andrew Wilfahrt, his parents Jeff & Lori and sister Martha. He sounds like a wonderful son and I cannot imagine your loss. Your family's contribution to a war effort is deeply moving.
    Andrew died on my son's 27th birthday; spent on his second tour with the army in Iraq. He will return in the summer. He also likes to play guitar, has been known to write poems, enjoys the arts and cooking. He is a newly-wed.
    I deeply resent our wars in Iraq & Afghanistan; my ex-husband of 30 years served in Desert Storm and is army-retired; my son is serving his 5th year enlisted; my son-in-law also is in his 5th year enlisted in the army and spent one year working at GITMO and one year in Iraq, so it's not as if this hasn't touched my life.
    I grieve everytime I hear about another military man or woman being injured or killed.
    As a child of the 70s I am glad our country is more empathetic to soldiers than we were during Vietnam, but unless a family has members invovled, these wars don't register on people's minds each day as they do for service families.
    It is up to the media to remind us what's going on (and I am a former journalist for a small midwestern newspaper for 12 years).
    My thoughts, prayers and gratefulness also go out to the families of Spc Rudolph Hizon, SSG Chauncy Mays and Spc Brian Tabada.

    March 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Diane -I am not glad that the country iss more empathetic now thatn during Vietnam war. To me the contary was true, as the soldiers in Vietnem were forced by the draft, while now the are not forced to enlist.

      March 13, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
      • LisaDee123

        Too bad there's no BLOCK button on here. You deserve it. This is not the time or place for your lunatic comments. You SAY you have respect, then you show you do not know the meaning of the word. Get a clue you troll.

        March 14, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      LisaDee – sorry, but this blog is public, not reserved for the military.

      March 14, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  46. salerno

    To end the war the US must go home.

    March 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Karen Conley

    I agree Susan.....where are our values!

    March 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  48. A gold star wife

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fallen heros. I know my husband and the rest of Heaven's Army will welcome them with open arms.

    March 12, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • SSG Max Stephens

      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138003479598180

      March 12, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  49. Donna J.Marn

    I care about our Troops.....all THE TIME........Stay Safe,Healthy......And come home soon

    March 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Donna J.Marn.Amen to your post!!!

      March 14, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  50. Sheila Rolfe

    Rest in peace dear young men. My heart aches each time I hear of an injured, and worst yet, another lost soul, a hero/ine, a son/daughter, and mother/father who sacrificed the ultimate.

    Perhaps the hype about Charlie Sheen takes our minds off the turmoil of the world.

    Thanks to all the men and women, straight or gay, black or white, who protect our freedoms we enjoy everyday. I sincerely appreciate what you do and think of you each and every day.

    God speed.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  51. MSgt Lyle Lamon, USAF, Ret

    Gods speed my brothers and sisters in arms. God speed.

    To the families of the fallen, May you take comfort in knowing that they are not forgotten, they are heros of the United States of America. They will never be forgotten.

    To the soldiers still in combat: Your service and commitment is appreciated and not in vain. Your ability to stand guard every night so we at home can sleep in peace is not forgotten. Your commitment to this country is not forgotten. I want to thank each and everyone of you personally, your my heros. Stand strong, stand proud, what you do to keep this country safe will never be forgotten. Thank you my brothers and sisters.

    To the rest of the country: Stand behind these men and women, they are there protecting your freedoms, your rights, and most of all your country. With out these men and women the fight would be on american soil, your soil, your homes. Thank them for thier service and hug a vet everytime you see one. It means the world to them. They don't fight, didn't fight for money or fame. They fight and die for you and this country. Lets honor them. They are the best of the best.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  52. RLTW!

    Thank God for people like this. Our modern day heroes of athletes and movie stars don't know what real courage is. Why have our values changed so much?

    Courage.

    You're a 19 year old kid.

    You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam . It's November 11, 1967. LZ (landing zone) X-ray. Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in.

    You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then – over the machine gun noise – you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.

    You look up to see a Huey coming in. But . It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

    Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you. He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway. And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.
    Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out.

    No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.

    Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force,died at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho ....
    May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

    I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods and the bickering of congress over Health Reform.

    Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman

    Shame on the American media !!!

    March 12, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      RLTW......BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN VERY MEANINGFUL TRUE INCIDENTS AND A GREAT COMMENT. ****************

      March 14, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  53. Jeff Wilfahrt

    Let me repeat for those who may have missed it:
    The Greeks told us even fools have mouths. This "salerno" and "yacobi" prove it. Don't even dignify their drivel with a response. They post all over the place. Probably sitting in their underwear somewhere since they have no lives and say nothing of value. The universe is largely a vacuum, so are these two pipsqueaks.
    CPL Andrew C. Wilfahrt's father, Jeff

    March 12, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      I offer my deepest and most sincere condolences to you sir and your family. The loss of your wonderful son is a pain so deep and intense words cannot descirbe it. As a gay man, and an American I am so very proud of him.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I am defending human life againt the war. How you can say that ? I did not ask anyone to fight for me. I will defend US when attacked wihtout overereactions.

      March 13, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        SALERNO....TRY TO UNDERSTAND. 9/11 WAS THE MOST BRUTAL ATTACK IN THIS HISTORY BECAUSE THEY DID IT ON PURPOSE AND WITH SO MUCH HATE. BIN HAS A EVIL SPIRIT. PRAY FOR HIM TO COME TO SALVATION IF NOT GOD WILL PUNISH THE PEOPLE WHO IS WITH HIM ALSO.

        March 14, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Dindy – 9/11 was a reaction to the Clinton bombing in Sudan and Afghanistan

        March 14, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • SPC Paul

      Jeff,

      I just wanted to say that I'm truly sorry about Andrew's death.
      He was a friend of mine and I was his platoon medic before he transferred to 552nd to go to Afghanistan. Andrew was an outstanding person as well as one of the finest soldiers I've had the pleasure of serving with. He was well liked by everyone and was always there to cheer you up when you were down. I'm going to miss him a lot, and I know that everyone else who got to serve along side him will too.

      SPC Michael Paul

      March 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • LisaDee123

      Well said, Mr. Wilfahrt. My brother also served in Afghanistan but has returned home. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to every single family of every fallen soldier. Also, THANK YOU to your son for his service, and to you for your sacrifice as well. May God be with you in this difficult time.

      March 14, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  54. MP

    I love is article I been telling people this for months. The press is more in to celebrities person lifes than news that people need know. Who cares that Sheen and Lohan is a crack-head or Tiger Woods cheated on his wife. And on and on cause that's what u get when change the channels. If I wanted drama or comedy when I'm watching the news then what's all the other channels for. I would like to know what's goin on in Afghanistan or Iraq or over seas period. I have lots of family and friends all over serving our country and that I do care about.

    March 12, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  55. Margaret

    I found myself standing with my hand over my heart while reading this. I was also looking to see if my sons name was mentioned. I look everyday on FB to see if he has posted something. Anything. 5 weeks to go.

    March 12, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • luvlar

      Margaret, posting on FB while down range is a definite no-no. Violates OPSEC rules. Meaning operational security. I would visit the site my wife has occasionally and anything mentioning my duties and location prompted and email from me telling her to remove it immediately. While I'm sure it's done, if caught it leads to a real A** chewing.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      Margaret ..my son is in the military too. My thought and prayers are with you and your son too. I dont know what to say or write sometimes because the world is going through so much pain. yet I believe one thing. Our children have made up their minds to help others during their life time. They are so different than many in the world and so special. yet it is so painful as our children or any other affected in war dies in the battle against evil. Pray this war must end soon.

      March 14, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  56. luvlar

    I couldn't agree more with this article. I just returned from Afghanistan after a 7 month tour with US Navy medical teams at a medical facility on Kandahar Airfield. Wounded and KIA come through there almost daily and no one ever knows about it. I called my wife after one of our chow halls (DFAC in Army speak) took a direct rocket hit killing one and injuring 20. It was two days after it happened and my wife had no clue about any killed or injured on KAF. We took rocket attacks daily and she told me you never hear about it on any of the major net works. I even sent an email to CNN asking if they knew there was a war going on and young men and women are putting their lives on the line everyday here. I got no response. It's like the continued battle in Afghanistan is not news worthy anymore. It makes you feel like no one cares. It's very disheartening.

    March 12, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Come on guys, these are just someone kids, brother, sister, husband, wife. Charlie is a celebrity. Americans seem to always get it wrong. They take drunks, dope head and w hores and put them on a pedestal. L. Lohan, P. Hilton, C. Sheen, Mel Gibson etc. Its like if you have money you can do no wrong. If you are poor you can do no right. The US is screwed up.

      March 12, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        Paul......Good post brother.

        March 14, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      There are millions of us who deeply care about all of our service people, and we pray for your saftey and want to see you home. Please disregard the cruelness of some of this commentary.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy

        ALLEN..WELL WRTTEN

        March 14, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  57. H in Oz

    Why is CNN harping on this after they also had Charlie SHeen articles on here instead of soldiers?

    March 12, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • dray86man

      Charlie Sheen makes millions of dollars, has starred in many successful movies (including an Academy Award winner), and until recently was the lead actor on television’s highest rated sitcom.

      A hero is defined as "a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities." Charlie Sheen’s penchant for drugs and alcohol, along with boorish behavior and assaulting women, is widely reported in the media, yet he still enjoys wealth, fame, and a following in social (2,000,000+ joined his Twitter feed in less than a week), and a burgeoning live show tour.

      That makes Charlie Sheen a Great American Hero.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • alice

      I am sooo glad to read that others are as disgusted as I. Lohan and Sheen can go to to HEdouble hockey sticks! CNN can follow. Our "news" agencies insult us on a daily basis with that frivilous crap from Stupidwood CA. I do not and will not care about Lohan and Sheen making tons of money by being crappy examples of a human. Sheen's actions put that sitcom on hiatus which most likely means lots of families are being affected financially. That truly angers me.

      March 12, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      The corporate owned media is (sadly) all about money, and empty "corporate values" – meaning NO values at all. The sacrifices of our military people are all about honor, love, committment and selfless service to the Nation.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  58. JulieB

    Since this post was connected with the antics of Charlie Sheen, I say to everyone who has added him to their twitter accounts to delete him, and people dont hire him let him sit alone in the mess he has made from himself. I have a niece who has a husband over in Afgan with a new baby at home waiting for him. A cousin who has husband in the hospital with cancer with 2 young boys scared of what might happen. Fathers, sons, brothers, friends who chose to give their lives for their country get no mention , yet this nut called Charlie Sheen (teflon Charlie) gets more coverage than he deserves. Id like to send my condolences out to those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty, and my best wishes for a safe return to those who are fighting to better this world. Please dont make Charlie Sheen a "winner" delete him and move on.

    March 12, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
  59. JulieB

    Ive posted to this site and cant seem to find my post but all I see is this Salerno posts every post ? His comments are not that important to say the least, what a negative person!

    March 12, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  60. Navy wife

    THANK YOU ALL IM a very proud wife of a navy corpsemen and it about time some one gives the fallen the respect and honor they died with for all of us.

    March 12, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  61. Heywood Jablome

    Salerno–I know who and where you are. I will discreetly let all those who are interested where you are:) Enjoy your Chili Mac your mom made for you earlier . Salerno–you have made a lot of people angry and sad. Buh bye.

    March 12, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  62. Dave C

    As a vet and as a man I cried publicly for the first time in my life when I read this article. God bless our troops.

    March 11, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  63. rachel

    In 2009, around the time Michael Jackson died, my brother a Captain in the Army, was killed in Afghanistan by an IED 7/6/09. All the news talked about was the loss of M. Jackson. I know he was important to many people but our society puts too much importance on celebrities instead of our military men/women. I am glad someone posted this article. These soldiers are the real HEROS and are the most newsworthy. They give their lives for us. Thank you to all soldiers and their families!

    March 11, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Army Wife KY

    Thank you to those who are sincere and supportive of our troops, it's nice to know their are some caring people out there who either understand first hand due to having a soldier overseas, lost a loved one, or just sympathize with us who go through everyday hoping their loved one returns home safely. It's not easy on this end either, and it's definitely not easy for the children who have to go a year without their parent. Bless all of you who pray for our soldiers ! My husband is an awesome man and one hell of a soldier. He chose the Army as a career to further his education and to take care of his family, he was already in the Marines four years prior, and he has come a long way, thank you for the respect and honor you give him and his fellow soldiers. The 101st are some awesome guys!

    March 11, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy Patey

      My thoughts are with all the soldiers, I am from Canada, I have a 17 year old son and I pray everyday that he won't ever have to make the sacrifice that these young brave soldiers have made. I can't believe the media is so shallow that it is more concerned over the antics of these overindulged celebrities than of the real young men and women who are dying to protect the freedoms that these clowns take for granted every day!

      March 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee Horn

      I am sick and tired of the disrespect paid to our service men and can only think that Karma will get the haters one of these days. I am daughter, stepdaughter, niece, ex wife, sister, foster sister ( ex POW in Vietnam), foster mother, Aunt and cousin of soldiers and am darn proud of everyone of them and what they have done. My family has lost 7 good friends to the war in Iraq/Afganistan and our town has lost so many. Every soldier that comes home is met at the airport by motorcycle groups and many many people even ones who they don't know just to show our appreciation of what they are doing for us. And as bartender at a pilot training base during Nam i listen to all the horror stories brought back by our soldiers of what the "innocent people" did to our soldiers. And after all that our men did to help them.

      March 12, 2011 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jeff Wilfahrt

    Since the four men mentioned in this article died there have been roughly 20 more fatal casualties. The question before us as a nation is whether it is time for us to bring them home? In order to keep that question open the names and faces of the dead need to be in our faces daily in our major news media outlets. We went there for Osama bin Laden, who has reportedly been in Pakistan for the better part of a decade. Why aren't we in Pakistan if that is the mission? What is the Afghanistan mission if not for bin Laden? Everything has a price, what are we as Americans getting for our investment of lives?
    CPL Andrew Wilfahrt's father, Jeff Wilfahrt

    March 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      My heart goes out to you Mr. Wilfahrt, and I thank you for making the point that you do, one which rightly questions the wisdom of the conflict in Afghanistan. I don't think we've ever met, but I grew up in Apple Valley, went to RHS, and knew your son a little bit, though I had not seen him in several years or more (as children, we were actually on the same track team–he was "Andy" back then–which was coached by my father). My dear friend Emily (I'll leave out the last name, but you know it) grew up with Andrew and I re-met him a couple of times as an adult through her and other friends from the Rosemount area. I could only, at best, be described as a "friendly acquaintance" of your son, but I enjoyed talking to him, was interested to hear updates about him from Emily (the fact that he had signed up for the armed forces was surprising to me, even from the little I knew him), and was extremely saddened to hear of his passing.

      I'm not sure you'll even see this–and I suppose I'm not even sure you are in fact Jeff Wilfahrt, though I'm pretty sure you are–but because you left a comment here on a national web site I thought it appropriate to let you know that there are folks far away from MN (I'm in NYC) who you've never heard of, but who come from your community and are thinking of your family and of Andrew. I suppose that's small comfort right now, but hopefully it was worth saying.

      Sincerely,

      Geoff

      March 12, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Colleen

      I just want to extend my sincerest condolences to you and your family during this time. Thanks to the media, to you it must seem that the country doesnt care about what's really important in the world but it's the furthest from the truth. We do care & I know I speak for many, many people when I say that your son is a hero. Thank you for sharing your story & again, I am deeply sorry for your loss. -Colleen- New Jersey

      March 12, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Army Wife

      Mr. Wilfarhrt,
      My heart goes out to you. May God bring you comfort and peace as you realize that people of character hold your son up as a hero. May he rest in peace. And may those who revere celebrities get a wake-up call to reorder their priorities and learn to value something of substance.
      Bless you.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Tommey203

    I am proud to be a soldier. I can only hope that one day, all Americans can see how lucky they are for what they have.

    March 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Proud Army Wife

    Look...u may not like the war, but u should respect the soldiers fighting in it. They joined under their own free will because they believe in freedom for everyone and defending our country and the innocent. Yes, innocents get caught in the cross fire, but 9 times out of 10 it the enemy strapping a bomb to themselves and donating in a busy public place. We're over their to help the innocent not destroy them. It's not the oil that some of u talked about...its standing up for America and those oppressed by the Taliban. The Taliban is no better than Hitler. Both are into genocide. But we weren't wrong to fight that war. Anyone who is not a soldier, is not a family member of a soldier or a friend of one shouldn't say nothing, but luckily, my husband fights so u can have an opinion.

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

      I am an Army SSG and have served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and you are SOOO right that we fight for others to have their opinion. Continue to be proud and supportive of your husband always as our family and friends that sacrifice by living through their Soldier's deployments are the true Hero's of our nation. God Bless to you and your family and stay strong always. Hooah!

      March 12, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      ProudArmyWife – I have the right to say I do not support troops, I support truth. You have no idea how many people you killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. They are not a threat to me. I was threatened by US soldiers.

      March 13, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
      • D.

        You are nothing but a coward, and you will always be a coward.

        March 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        COWARDS ARE THE BABY KILLERS (US SOLDIERS) USING HIGH TECH WEAPONS AND HELICOPTERS AGAINST PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Nikki

    I have two soldier sons. One fighting this minute in Afghanistan with the 101st Screaming Eagles...and one at Ft. Lewis' WTB unit for being wounded in Afghanistan last year and receiving a Purple Heart for his injuries so these so called media people can have the freedom to cover a waste of space as Charlie Sheen.... God Speed and my heart felt prayers go to the families of the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. YOU ARE MY HEROS and will never be forgotten!

    March 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Timothy Harris

    All of these soldiers deserve recognition for their service and sacrifice. The sad part is we are a nation consumed by self-pleasure such as entertainment in this case of Charlie Sheen. We the people of America are to blame for this failure, not just the media. Afterall, the media knows what the majority of Americans want to see, and that is pleasure and prosperity rather than the bloody sacrifice of our soldiers. We unfortunately relate to Charlie Sheen more than to these fallen soldiers because we are at ease and thus do not fully appreciate the stresses, risks, and even deaths of our own countrymen!!! We can still honor them and I will tell you how: 1). Turn off your TV for awhile. 2). Pray to GOD through His Son Jesus Christ for our soldiers still serving, because Jesus knows what it's like to die for his (ungrateful) people!!!

    March 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • slorbb

      I know! Let's send our kids overseas to fight a war!

      Why are we at war? TERRORISTS! Where are the terrorists? EVERYWHERE! The war can be endless in several countries and NEVER END!

      Don't join the military unless you want to be experimented upon and sent into a never ending meat grinder all in the name of "freedom".

      Freedom that is unless you disagree with the wars in which case you're aiding the terrorists, might be a terrorist and definitely a traitor. So never mind the "freedom" part.

      What was the war about again?

      March 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sherryl

        Sure, you say don't join the military so that people won't fight a never ending war, well, it's those people who are in the military that die each day to make it so that you can say things like that. Freedom of speech! Freedom is a high price to pay but you know what, I didn't join the military to fight this war, I joined it for school, stability, structure, and a career. Don't bash the military for doing our jobs defending selfish, thankless, people like you!

        March 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • mike

        i would like to tell you that i am a 19 year old female who joined the army to better herself and have something to live for but it wasnt till i got to my mos training that i actually realized what it is we stand for and the family we have all over the world and though i have not been overseas i would give my life for any of these soldiers... but this is something a civilian cant fully understand, our mission is first safety always and when soldiers pay the ultimate price, as a mortuary affairs specialist i can say they are treated with the upmost respect because they gave their life for you to be able to say the things your saying nd for you to act the way you do

        March 12, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  70. MsP

    At times I wish every American would serve in the military. Just so they can know why I and others have so much respect for what they do each day.

    March 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Army Wife KY

    I have to say what I've read today compared to yesterday just amazes me. I thought it was bad enough untiul I checked in on comments today.I am appalled. My husband is serving in Afghanistan currently, this is his fifth tour, but my first. I don't get it with all you haters. Are you even American? And why are you here if you don't agree with the way our country is run? My husband gives up so much to be a soldier. He loves his job and he does what he can to ensure a good life for me and his five children, not to mention fellow Americans. Do you honestly feel my husband got up one day and said oh yeah I want to head over to the sandbox, not see my family for a year, and maybe not make it back. Not quite once again it is his job, and he goes where the job sends him, no matter what his thoughts of war are. Some people on this comment page make me sick. Fine you don't have to agree with some things, but how dare you disrespect and insult our soldiers. I have seen some horrible awful comments on here. You should never wish for anyone to die regardless. Don't worry you get out of this world what you put into it. Your hatefulness and mean spirit will catch up on you one day. It must be nice to sit in your house all comfortable, sitting in front of your computer having so much to say, go where our soldiers are, you wouldn't make it a day. And to outriight disrespect these families so soon after losing their loved ones, you discust me! Such cowards, I bet you wouldn't have all that to say to someones face, keep hiding behind your internet.

    March 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melody

      Dear Army Wife,
      My heart goes out to you. I am the daughter, granddaughter, sister, and friend of men who have served in combat, and I know how wrenching it is to have a loved one far from home and in danger in the service of our country. I'm also strongly anti-war, not least because I have seen what war does to our soldiers.
      I regret that some people have said insensitive and mean-spirited things in response to this beautiful tribute to soldiers who died this week. I'm sure some of them are immature jerks whose words you should dismiss without a second thought. I'm also sure that some of them are vets, and people who love vets, who are bitter for their losses. Please try to forgive them for their harsh words. Please accept the appreciation and support of most of us posting here.
      II pray that you husband will come home safe, sound, and soon. I pray that for all our soldiers, and all soldiers everywhere.

      March 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Army Husband in Missouri

      Dear Army Wife, I`m with you. My wife is currently in Afghanistan. She will be home in June. These people that sit there and say the negative things about our military and about this war don`t have a clue what they are talking about. I pray DAILY for our men and women in the military. These people just like to have something to complain about. Your right, they wouldn`t make it a day over there. It is because of our military men and women that let us sleep at night. We didn`t keep this great country from backing down.... Those that don`t like it, then just get the HELL out.

      March 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobo

      Army Wife,
      It's hard to think there are people out there walking down the street with the stuff in their heads that they have said in this comment section, but think this: there are way more of you and me and the others here who are not like that. Don't let the creeps get to you...Thanks for everything.......it's you that makes the world a better place.

      March 12, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyson Kirkland

      I am with you – ArmyWife. I proudly gave my real name because I want people to know just who I am. My husband is currently in Afghanistan on his 6th tour and my 1st. I guess we just have to over look the uneducated Americans. WE PROUDLY SERVE THE US ARMY AS A "SCREAMING EAGLE". The spouses suffer just as the soldiers do. We are left behind to keep the house together. My thoughts are with you every day as we wait on our soldiers' safe return to us here in KY.

      March 12, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • LisaDee123

      Dear Army Wife KY, I agree that some of these posts are disgusting & disrespectful. I am appalled as well. Please understand that they are from sick minds who wouldn't know the truth – or good, kind human decency – if it walked right up to them & tapped them on the shoulder. Please don't let them get to you. Ignore them & don't give them a second thought. Just feel the love & support from people who DO care and who DO understand the sacrifices made by our soldiers & their families. My prayers are with you & your family. I hope your husband returns home safely, and soon. And when he does, please tell him I said "THANK YOU".

      March 14, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  72. Torchwood

    Let us keep all who have fallen in our hearts and minds. And pray that the reset come home safe. And to all who serve now and have in the past I and my family thank you for your service to us, and the rest of these United States.

    March 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  73. CHRIS

    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/03/military-contingency-plan-government-shutdown-031111w/

    March 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Proud Army Wife

    To anyone who wants to dis the military and the men and women serving, shame on you! These men and women are over there trying to give people the benefits we have, while taking a stand against the people who demolished the twin towers. Did you forget that? Maybe next time we'll luck out and they'll land a plane in your house. When they do, don't bother calling for help cuz the so called "baby killers" wouldn't want to offend your sensitive nature.

    Hooah!

    March 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProudofmyAirman

      I don't think those on here speaking out against OIF and OEF are the majority. I suspect they aren't even from the US with their lack of english grammar and spelling. I also am a military wife but even if I weren't, I still give credit to our service members. They do their job, regardless of their view on the war. Not because they all are blood thirsty animals with guns, as some people claim, but because they love their people and they love our Country. It may not be perfect, it may have corrupt government officials here and there, but they fight for us: Their family and that is something to be proud of.

      March 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Rick Esquivel

    I think its pretty ridiculous and dissapointing that here in America our society is more interested in the media bull thats throw at us everyday from every different direction. I mean who really cares about ASheen and his crazy parties and broads. Yeah he played a soldier in Platoon but he does not know what its really like to be in boots. These dudes that died are what our country should be interested in hearing about. we also need to find a way to stop this war.

    March 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ex dod

      I don't agree with the continuing of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. For a lot of reasons.

      But, when you're in the military, you don't get to quit with 2 weeks notice or just walk off the job. You go where you're sent and do whatever job you get. Hopefully what you trained in and are good and and enjoy. Not always. But, that's the military. No matter what the branch.

      Those that are lost are missed by all. Doesn't matter what you did or branch. There might have been a lot of kidding, jokes and whatever. But those that are gone, when they die, are missed by all. It is a band of brothers. Doesn't matter where you were from, what religion or race. Its time like this we do the close ranks and soldier on, but that doesn't mean we do not grieve and feel the loss collectively.

      I'd much better hear of them than Charlie Sheen.

      March 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Tami Willmann

    Please let Mr. Wilfahrt, and ALL the other families of our fallen sons, that there ARE people who are grateful for the sacrifice they are making. I am so grateful for so many reasons, I cannot even begin to list them here. But I AM blessed because there are those who have made a sacrifice so that we, as Americans, can stand proud. I am so sorry for every single loss–whether that loss comes from the loss of a limb, the loss of one's innocence, the loss of sanity, and even the loss of life...all things that our boys & young ladies are losing every time they set foot on foreign soil in the name of democracy. But I am still proud. My heart swells to the point that it overflows with tears...from sadness, pride, and the love that I have for this nation.

    March 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  77. DJinNH

    My son, a USMC Sgt currently deployed in the Middle East posted this on his facebook page yesterday – "Dinner is when I get my chance to get news on whats going on in the world. I sit down last night and on one TV, Al Jazeerha is covering events in Libya. On the other Fox News with Arial coverage of Lindsay Lohan driving down the highway on her way to court. Is it too mush to ask to get our priorities straight for even one day?"

    March 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      It is a good question. I am not from USA. yet while I was there this December ..I thought the same thing.

      March 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • ex dod

        I agree. I get a lot of news on Comcast, no Al Jazeera. Do I really need dozens of sports channels? I get BBC but no Canadian channels and Canada is literally North of my state. Go figure.

        March 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vet USAF SSgt Fritz

      DJinNH, Thank-you for rasing a son willing to place his life on the line for our ability to sleep safely in our homes at night, and to anyone else that has family serving or is serving. In my time of service I never went into combat but know several that do and have, I have a cousin currently in Iraq. I honor these men and women every day as heros. They drop their lives, sacrifice all, too and including their last heart beat when our nation calls. They are over their trying to help oppressed individuals rise to a level of safety and security that most in our country enjoy daily without a single thought of the blood, sweat and tears that went into us having that freedom. I want to remind those of you that need it that the red stripes on the American Flag represent the blood that was shed for our freedom. Freedom isn't free, heros step up and raise their hand and put everything else before themselves. Yes innocent people die in war, let me mention 9/11 a devestationg day to our country. Lets look at the innocents that were being killed and terrorized in Iraq before we invaded and Saddam's regime fell. Do a little research on what it's like to be kurdish in Iraq, or to be a female in Afghanistan beaten for learning to read. How is it these countries produce all these oil products the world depends on yet large amounts of people have never seen electricity or indoor plumbing. Our soldiers are trained to do more than just fight war. They are bringing electricity and water, education and most of all hope to these people. All for the lowly price of about $25000 a year. Next time you see a soldier, airman, marine, coastie or sailor, thank them for being willing to defend you without judgement of if you are worthy. They do it because it is what they do. Thank-you to all vets, active duty, retirees, military family members, and especially those who have made the greatest sacrifice for serving our country.

      March 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  78. R

    I'd like to see Charlie Sheen..........through a night scoped .50 caliber.

    March 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Mike Phoenix

    Whenever I hear about what are soldiers do to protect the freedoms we have had in this country I get a lump ion my throat, and pray for their protection. There are way too many that take this freedom for granted, and unfortunately there are many countries or cultures out there that would love to see us destroyed, whether you idiots criticizing our military. The minute we let up, and show the weakness of this country, we open the door to everyone out to destroy us and our culture. For those of you who thinks this country should give into the foreign cultures that threaten Christian Values, I suggest you move to the 3rd world country, where they do it your way. Good Luck!

    March 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Tilly

    To quote a song called "Soldiers and Jesus"..."There's only 2 people that's ever died for me, laid down their lives just so I can be free. Both went through hell, bared crosses and shells. ANd both got back up again after they fell. They never picked a fight but their there to pick up the pieces. God only knows where we'd be without Soldiers and Jesus. To me they're both heroes for the path that they chose...one fights for my life, one fights for my soul" RIP to these brave young men. As a former Marine wife I know the sacrifce our military and their loved ones make. That sacrifice is not lost on me or my family. Thank you to all service members for taking on the fight to protect us all, and allow us the freedoms we should all hold dearly.

    March 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy

      GREAT POST WELL DONE.

      March 11, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  81. TheOldMan

    Who's this Sheen fellow? He cannot be of any importance because I've never heard of him. OTOH I've known or read about many soldiers and they are important.

    March 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Edward Brog

    I am a veteran, served in USMC during the 1950s and 60s, really disgusted that a criminal is made a celebrity news hero, and the real heros get no notice at all. Just exactly what are the standards for reporting in the news business? Would the behavior of "clebrities" be less notorius if it got the attention it deserves instead of the attention it gets?

    March 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Captain C

    !My prayers and thanks to you and all the families who have lost a son or daughter in these dreadful wars.
    A grateful nation thanks you and may the Lord grant you peace.
    I salute these fallen Heroes

    Respectfully,
    Enrique Caro
    Captain, US Army (Retired)

    March 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  84. denise

    I don't really don't care what celebs are doing. Leave them alone let them have their privacy. I do care about the soldiers who put their life on the line for me. I am proud as an American and honor my service men and women!

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

      Agree with you 200% well written

      March 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Charlotte

    I hate that our society finds more interest in the rantings and and ravings of an extremely sick individual just because he made (past tense) a big salary and now chooses to squander all the advantages life has offered him. My sympathy goes out to the families of these men. I wish them God's grace.

    March 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  86. S

    I go to a website evey now and then to pay respect to the young men and women who have lost their life. It's called Honor the Fallen http://militarytimes.com/valor/index.php

    March 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  87. salerno

    Disgusting video- New Nazism presented as disguised patriottism.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Ian

    Weel said Authentic Patriot. The drivel fed to us about the Sheens and Lohans is meant to distract from the real issues – the ones that the Wilfahrts sadly know all too well. RIP Cpl Wilfahrt and my condolences to his parents, family, and friends and to those of all the servicemen and women wounded or killed in service of their nation.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  89. LisaDe

    Like I said when Sheen's media blitz first hit, men in this country need a better hero than Charlie Sheen and I can't think of any better example than these four fallen soldiers and soldiers like them.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  90. falonia

    The tragedy is not that these soldiers were not mentioned in the media it is in the fact that they died in the first place. Why are they there? These stupid and senseless wars are the tragedy. They died uselessly in some abstract concept of protecting our freedom. Nine children were killed by NATO in a single incident last week. Does anyone know any of their names? We need to get the hell of these countries and quit killing our children and the children of others.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I just got out of a part in Afghanistan a couple of months ago. I'm an Airborne Infantrymen who is proud to serve and loves his job.. It wasn't pleasant at all and I thought to myself the same thing. But we are there for a reason and it's to help the people there from terrorism, not only ourselves. That's what I love about our country and it's that we may seem it but we're not that selfish You may not believe it but the people out here get harassed by the taliban as well, just so they have a safe haven. Not everyone out there loves us, But I've been through many towns to try and help the people there and I can tell you some do, I've had kids give me thumbs up and I've had kids pretend to shoot me. Yes as soon as we left most towns we got shot at, but not all, and we'd go back to build bridges, wells, and other things so the people out here can survive. It may not seem like we're doing much good when we suffer innocent casualties but that's what happens in war.

      March 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • kakilicli

        Mike,

        Thank you very much for your service and sacrifices while over in the sandbox.

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

        It was my pleasure and expect to go back with another unit. You are correct it is a giant sand box.

        March 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • kathleen

        Thank you Mike. I was very proud when my son told me why he needed to be there as well. And my brothers' sons. And my brother. And my sister in law. Thank you all for your compassion and courage. Stay strong. We love and appreciate you.

        March 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • ProudofmyAirman

        Exactly, It is not a war fought on the battlefield, but a war fought in these people's hearts. We are not just walking around holding guns and threatening to shoot people. We are building schools, setting up water supplies, providing medical care, teaching, and helping in a humanitarian effort. The only way to win this war is in theses people hearts and what they so badly want and need is security, not just in their safetly right now, but in their futures, and their children's futures. Thank you for your servlce.

        March 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • sick of people full of BS

        mike is prob with the NG or not even in the army people like you dont need to speek at all. get over this crap dont feed into the BS, im out here with Task Force Knighthawk, and TF Patriot. yeah people die yeah people get hurt its part of this BS job. Did you know our ROE say we can get shot at we cant shoot back, SO DO YOU THINK THE GEN. CARES WHAT HAPPENS TO US? NO BECAUSE HE WANTS TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS. JUST THINK ABOUT THAT!!! WE CAN LOOSE OUR LIVES OUT HERE AS LONG AS WE WIN OVER THERE HEARTS AND MINDS.

        March 12, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Mike and sick of people – ROE give you the power to kill evruone in the house if somebody fire from the rough.
        How can civilians be responsible for that if they are not armed. I saw many civilians and children killed one by one by helicopters.

        March 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Get real falonia...wars happen...we have a military for a reason...they protect people like YOU who have no clue about reality...and the reality is, our freedoms are at risk every day as long as there are terrorists in this world...as long as there are dictators and the like. Children die...but why are they held above all other humans when it comes to death and devastion? Human life is important no matter what the age.

      March 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Thank you

    Dear Chopper Girl,

    While I can respect your right to say what you can, I don't have to respect the content of your statement.

    I wonder what would cause you to have such vitriol and if I may add such blatant ignorance in your facts? A blanket statement like yours is disappointing more than it angers me.

    I respect the men and women of our armed forces for their decision to serve. They chose to act and not limit themselves to being armchair quarterbacks. They are normal folks from society. They reflect the very best and also the worse of what our country has to offer. So whatever the reasons you had in writing what you did, please know I can respect your right to do so but I cannot and will not respect your ignorance.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  92. chopperdude

    Choppergirl and salerno must belong to the Westboro Baptist Church...idiots!

    March 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • REDWHITE&BLUETRUE

      I have to agree!

      March 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I do not belong to the church, but I totally agree to the way they call US soldiers.

      March 15, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
      • D.

        If you agree with these people you should be kicked out of this country along with them. You do not deserve to live here and talk the way you do. Go back to the dirtpit you came from along with any other POS family members you have here you terrorist.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        D – I DONT THINK YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KICK US OUT OF THE COUNTRY AS THE US SUPREME COURT RULED IN FAVOUR OF THE CHURCH.

        March 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Susan

    If the media...including whoever wrote this article reported on the ones being killed non stop as they do about the Hollywood trash then maybe the focus would be different.

    March 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Yolonda Von Itter

    Thank you for your sacrafice, peace to your families. It is a tragedy that stories like your are not told. Yours are the stories of heroes. Your dedication and service, your willingness to do what others won't....you should be on the front page of every newspaper. Thank you for posting this.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Chery/

    It is very sad that in our country, celebrities get more publicity than the men and women who give their lives to defend it. I could care less about Sheen, Lohan, Bradjelina, and J Lo. The bottom line is that our society needs to start paying more attention to what is really important and needs to get back to basics. We get so wrapped up in gossip and petty issues that we forget what and who are really important: the men and women who are in the trenches; whether, working, fighting, caring, cleaning, studying, fixing, educating, or any other action that pertains to the heart of the hard working American. The media is to blame along with the individuals who have lost sight as to what real news is.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jack Daws

    There ought to be significantly more attention paid to the young men and women who have sacrificed their lives for their country in our wars–the wars we are fighting and the wars we have fought. We should be thinking of their sacrifice every day and not just half-heartedly on Memorial Day. We should be working to help veterans recover from war and help their families survive afterwards.

    There is absolutely no reason to connect the personal struggle of Charlie Sheen with our national neglect of the fallen and our veterans.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  97. giantslor

    CNN was great when it first started. Then other news networks came along, and they all realized they could make more money by feeding us drivel, because that's what most people want. You may not, and I don't, but most people are idiots.

    The only TV networks delivering real news are those which are not slaves to the bottom line, like PBS, the BBC and Al-Jazeera.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Marie

    I have gotten to the point that I don't give media any value anymore. Sheen is obviously sick, but it's a joke that he gets so much attention. Our troops and heros of our country don't get the time of day, let alone a line in the papers or a mention on the news. Pathetic state of affairs – our country is lacking intergrity amongst a host of other moral fibers.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jushua

    Barak Kenyatta must show his certificate

    March 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • StandingUp

      STFU dude....seriously! No one gives to S*** about your conspiracy theories.

      March 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  100. K

    Who cares about either story??? BORING

    March 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • C-Tina

      Obviously you cared enough to visit the page and post a lame comment.....

      March 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      whatever, troll. does your mommy know you're on the computer?

      March 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
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