May 21st, 2010
10:12 AM ET

Profiles of 5 U.S. troops killed in Kabul blast

A suicide bombing on May 18 in Kabul, Afghanistan, killed at least 18 people.

The blast killed at least a dozen civilians, five U.S. troops and a Canadian service member, officials said. It occurred on a busy road near a NATO-led military convoy and a registration center for the Afghan Army.

Here are profiles of the five U.S. service members killed in the attack.

Col. John M. McHugh, 46, West Caldwell, New Jersey

McHugh was "one of the most positive guys I've ever met," his childhood friend Jeff Bradley remembered.

Bradley and McHugh grew up together in West Caldwell.

He was "somebody with a smile and encouragement. A personality never succumbing to a crisis," Bradley said. "He was the same steady happy upbeat guy."

Bradley, an ESPN writer, said McHugh was probably the best soccer goalkeeper Bradley knew when he played against him at a rival high school. And a good writer, too. He remembered reading all the stories and reports that McHugh would write up after all the games he played for James Caldwell High School.

He was "a born leader, a natural leader," according to Bradley, and it was no surprise to anyone when he got into West Point.

Bradley remembered him always having "very short hair and (being) disciplined in all aspects."

Jim DiOrio, a classmate of McHugh at West Point, set up a Facebook group in McHugh's memory, "Remembering Johnny Mac." Already there are nearly 1,400 members.

DiOrio said McHugh was a person with "maturity beyond years who was energetic and optimistic with everything in life."

He "could be relied on at all times even at such a young age," DiOrio said.

At West Point, McHugh continued his love for sports, playing goalkeeper for its Division I team, DiOrio said.

DiOrio said he and other former classmates were reminiscing about McHugh and tried to think of a time when the colonel was ever mad, angry or upset. Nobody ever saw him angry.

His senior yearbook from West Point underscored that good spirit.

"He never lets anything get him down. If he had a bad test, he would jump for joy that he still had his health. If he lost a soccer game he would joke about how nobody on the other team knew how to speak English. Johnny Mac's willingness to give that Mac smile and encouragement to someone else never went without appreciation," the yearbook entry said.

That is how his former friends want him to be remembered.

McHugh was the head of U.S. Army Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. He had arrived in Afghanistan just days before he was killed, and was one of the highest-ranking officers to die in Afghanistan.

Spc. Joshua Tomlinson, 24, Dubberly, Louisiana

"He was always smiling."

That's how Ann Holomon remembers her former student.

His wife, Rowena, described him this way in an email to CNN: "Josh was a great person that made everybody around him laugh and put a smile on their face. He's got a good heart, a great friend, an amazing son and the best husband a woman could ask for."

Tomlinson was based in Germany until his deployment to Afghanistan. He grew up in the small town of Dubberly in the northwest corner of Louisiana before he joined the Army four years ago.

Before joining up, he went back Lakeside High School to talk to Holomon, his former algebra teacher who is now a guidance counselor.

"He wanted to serve his country," Holomon said.

"He was a very smart young man. He always did well in his classes," Holomon said. She said  Tomlinson liked to draw and enjoyed music.

Army officials are expected to promote Tomlinson posthumously in the next few days to the rank of sergeant.

He is survived by hiw wife, a brother, two sisters and his parents.

Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer, 44, Perrysburg, Ohio

Belkofer never did anything half way, his mother, Sharon, said. The former high school wrestler was a "fun kid."

"He was gung-ho about everything he did and gung-ho in his enjoyment. If he was happy about something, he was very happy. If he was upset, he was very upset," his mother said.

That enthusiasm contributed to his commitment to his nearly 18 years of military service. But before he joined the military, Belkofer had a hard time finding direction, his mother recalled.

"He was a jack of all trades. He wasn't sure what he wanted to do," she said. After high school, Belkofer studied electronics design and civil engineering, dropping out after a year of each and taking time off. Finally, he ended up at a college where he studied physical therapy before settling on architectural design.

But he found his footing in the Army where he excelled in budget and planning. His work in Afghanistan utilized those skills.

Belkofer was only in Afghanistan for a two-week tour, along with a few other officers, ahead of his unit deployment in October.

He'd served already in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006 and he felt strongly about his commitment there, his mother said.

"He was very caught up with the people. He used to talk about some of his experiences with the people and the children, and the impact the military had in making things better for them," Sharon Belkofer recalled.

Belkofer is survived by his wife, Margo, and two daughter, Alyssa, 15, and Ashley, 11.

Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, 28, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

"He was a very outgoing, loving, caring guy," his mother, Diane Tieman, said. "He enjoyed other people and they enjoyed him."

Tieman was coming up on his 10-year anniversary in the Army and already had three war zone tours under his belt.

He had served in Iraq twice and was hoping to be home from Afghanistan in two months.

Tieman grew up as an Army brat, living with his family in North Carolina, Germany and Colorado.

"He was following his father's steps," Tieman said about her son's decision to join in September 1990.

The family takes comfort that he was doing what he wanted, his mother said. "He didn't mind doing it," she said. "He loved his job."

Tieman was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart posthumously and his other awards and decorations include the Army Accommodation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Combat Action Badge.

On a recent leave he had married a fellow soldier, Staff Sgt. Paulina Tieman, and they had planned a bigger wedding this winter.

Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, Waterloo, Wisconsin

Bartz was 43 years old when he died Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. As a career military officer he spent his adult life on the move, but Waterloo was still home.

"It's a sad thing, these boys over there giving their lives," said Waterloo resident and contractor Phil Broetzman. It hits close to home. This is a real tragedy."

The local Waterloo restaurant, Cindy Lou's Cafe, was full of talk about Bartz when Broetzman came in for coffee Thursday morning.

"He was a nice young man. I am still in shock," Broetzman told CNN by telephone. "He was a good friend of my son. They played basketball together."

The U.S. Army says Bartz had arrived at Fort Drum in upstate New York in June 2009 and was in Afghanistan to conduct training and set conditions for the deployment of the 10th Mountain Division headquarters later this year.

He leaves behind a wife and son.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.

- CNN's Hunter Burgarella, Charley Keyes, Larry Shaughnessy and Adam Levine contributed to this report.

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  1. April

    I am very sorry for the families left behind. Rest in peace and thank you.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Hamed, we went into Afghanistan to bring justice for 9/11 and we stayed to free Afghanistan from the oppression and terror that the Taliban rule has brought to the Afghan people. As for Iraq, Bush may have had other motives to rid Iraq from Saddam's rule over the Iraqis and the Iraqi people had given the justice they deserve with the death of Saddam. And now the Iraqi people have a say in who they want to rule and how they should be governed. But one thing is for sure, all people who kill others and terrorize their people for power and control will be handed God's judgment and in the end will burn in hell! God does not favor anyone and will bring justice for all people who are being killed and/or terrorized by the Taliban or any other extremist!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      We went to Afghanistan to help build the American Anglo-French Empire which at least some right-wing thugs hope to include Iran along with Iraq and Pakistan just as the Russians went there to save a tottering Communist regime 30 years ago.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • A. Veteran

        UBL couldn't have said it better himself...I think you have great potential to be the next Taliban spokesman...can you grow a long beard?

        May 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. therapy

    the profiles are incomplete and in denial. what were their expensive salaires and how many terrorists did they kill before they were reduced to mush in a 5-gallon bucket? general george washington called the "town destroyer" by the iroquois confederation in 1779 never shared the delusional aspirations of modern military bureaucrats like these expensive pretty boys in uniform and phony soldiers.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |

    Five of our best, now laid to rest. May God Bless Each of Them and hold their loved ones in his arms. They died for me and you and our great county. No other sacrifice is larger. I will, forever, be indebted to these warriors.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Acroyear

    My respects and condolences to the families and to our American brothers in arms.

    To my fellow Canadians trying to use this as some forum about how we are or are not appreciated? Got somewhere else...this is NOT the place. And it's CNN? Who cares?

    I've been in that giant open air toilet called Afghanistan and I've seen how the American soldiers/sailors/marines/airmen treat our troops...with a great deal of respect and a good deal of good natured we do them.

    It's there opinions I respect, not those of some narrow minded reports trying to peddle product to the public.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IT1(SW)

    I recently completed a yr long tour in Afghanistan and the most important thing I brought back home with me was the feeling of knowing I had brothers in other services doing what they do best and making a difference. My condolences go out to all the families who've lost a love one during OUR war on Terrorism...

    May 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |

    When you sign up for the army, you give away your peace of mind, your soul and all your morals. Expect death as the worst outcome and PTSD at the least. There is nothing honerable about a soldier or war itself. There is no need to be in other countries. Protect our borders and that's all that is necessary. Look at Canada as a prime example of a country that minds its own d a m n business!

    May 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acroyear

      Pardon me bub...but we ARE there too...I have family there now and served my own time there. The Taliban supported, help finance, and aided Al Queda in their attack on your home land, which also killed some 60 Canadians. We might not always agree with our Yank brothers when you get yourselves into a mess, but if you think we'd just sit idly by and let some murdering monsters sneak up stab you in the back and then "just mind our own business" then you got more to learn about us then THEY do.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      You hit the nail on the head! If our own country would mind it's own business,we'd all be better off despite all this right-wing bla-bla-bla to the contrary and let Britain and France build their own empire like thet did 100 years ago.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJMM

      Well, whose going to protect those borders? Who is protecting you NOW, so that you don't necessarily have to line up at the border this very minute w/ tanks and guns to repel hoardes these terrorists? It's THESE guys. And I'm sorry, but there IS honor in that!!

      May 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Yeah, just like the terrorists did on 9/11. Or the Taliban who throw acid in the faces of girls who dare go to school. How soon we forget what we are fighting for and why,.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. COL Kurtz

    Oh you Canadians. I wish we were at war with you instead of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RPM

      Yah we're just to damn nice and polite!

      May 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      After wading through most of the stupid comments about Canadian sacrifice versus that of Americas I come to this the most infantile offensive comment I have seen in years. We fight together, and die together, we should be proud of the work we are doing together. Read the comments by service members and their families they all respect the contributions of BOTH countries
      RIP and god bless

      May 24, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. melissalynn90

    Its always very tragic to hear when the Army loses on of it own, but 5 at once is just heartbreaking. I am scheduled to leave for Kabul in February, and not only does it spark fear for whats waiting for my unit when we deploy over there, but it sparks the drive to want to go there amd be the best damn soldier over there to honor these fallen soldiers. My heart goes out to their families and to every man or woman willing to take these risks to fight for america. God bless us all.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John C.

    Dear Hamed: I only hope and pray that you are kidding with your moronic comment. I hope that you can forgive yourself for making those comments....I know I have forgiven you. Now perhaps between you and I we can get the rest of this world to forgive and forget.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    I didn't see one person blogging in here to remember the Russians and how they too died in Afghanistan.As the right-wing news media puts it,the Russians came to conquer whereas the NATO forces came to liberate that country.But in fact,neither case is true.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANTI WAR

      I'm friends with Afghani youths living here in Irvine. You are incorrect. The Russians DID come to conqueor and were driven away and out of the country. We are, in fact, trying to implement democracy NOT take over the country like the Russian's feeble and stupid attempts.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Afghan guy

    Now if we can remember the 2 dozen Afghans that died along with them?

    May 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    Waste of life. Leave afghanistan before more families have to deal with the death of a loved one. What the hell are we doing there anyways?

    May 21, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      We are there to help the United States,Great Britain and France build their Middle Eastern empire and yes it is a waste of life since we,like the Russians had in the past,a moral obligation to vacate that country and let the Afghans determine their own future.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      I guess you were born after 2001...but it's ok since you will learn about this in History class in a few years

      Be a good boy and go back to your video game...

      May 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    As a Canadian, I'm a little saddened by the vitriol of some of my fellow citizens on this board. Why does a tragic event like this one have to degenerate into name-calling?

    May 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Russ

    Adam, you're an idiot.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Adam

    We remember the lives lost in Afghanistan and pray on them that the Afghans get respite from American invasion and the Americans get respite from threat to its people due to American assist of Israeli oppression on the Muslims of Palestine. You'd think its warped logic. But that is the root cause of these wars. If Palestinian issue was resolved.... and oppression against Muslims by Judeo Christian forces stop, the most unhappy people will be the evil doers who thrive on war. Happy will be the world's one billion Muslims, plus one billion or so Christians and a few Jews. The rest will also be living in peace. Our leaders and the press should work to solve these issues and not just spend time in remembering and applauding soldiers that die in a futile war. The soldiers and the bomber both died in vain. They are both in hellfire. Why both? This is because the soldiers went there with intention to kill and the Afghans that died killing the soldiers had also evil intention to kill. Both therefore are in hellfire.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann brown

      I would be shaking in my shoes if i were you.
      Read Your bible
      Hell is for the unbelivers Not our soldiers who risk there lives.
      It is scary to think there are people like you in this world like you.
      Your day is coming and you had better get ready

      May 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      A diatribe from a clearly disturbed that you have said your peace you may go back to the fantasy world you live in

      May 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Adam you're right,except that I call this an obscene war instead of a futile one due to the simple fact that we don't need to fight this war except to put money in the pockets of the war profiteers and promote the careers of right-wing politicians.

      May 21, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tony russo

    They should blame pakistan for their deaths, the pakistani gets all the money from us and dont even do anything about it.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. SJFNJ

    This saddens me greatly. Godbless these men and their families..

    May 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • SJFNJ

      God bless*

      May 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Michele

    The Canadian isn't mentioned because he was a civilian contractor, not a soldier. The US does not seem to recognize that these people are putting their lives on the line for this country and deserve to be honored for giving the greatest gift of all, their lives.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger Blatto

      Contractor? He was the highest ranking Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan since 2002. "A suicide attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul Tuesday claimed the life of a Canadian colonel, the highest-ranking Canadian officer to be killed in Afghanistan, the Canadian defense ministry said.

      Colonel Geoff Parker, 42, was among 18 people killed when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives laden car in the center of Kabul during rush hour, the ministry said.

      "Task Force Kandahar has confirmed that one Canadian Forces member was killed today along with five US soldiers during a suicide attack in Kabul," a defense ministry spokesman said.

      Parker, who was in Kabul as part of a NATO team preparing for an upcoming mission, was the highest-ranking Canadian soldier to be killed in AFghanistan since 2002.

      A dozen Afghan civilians, most of them riding a bus, were also killed in the blast on a crowded street near the Afghan parliament.

      Parker's death brings the number of Canadian casualties in Afghanistan to 145 soldiers. A senior diplomat and an aid worker were also killed.

      Canada currently has 2,800 troops in Kandahar routing insurgents as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. They are scheduled to return home next year."

      May 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Hey Michele get your fact straight,. The Canadian, Col. Geoff Parker, 42, is the highest-ranking member of the Canadian Forces to die in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission began in 2002,

      May 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabriella

      Michele – make sure you have your facts straight before you write something. Colonel Parker was the highest ranking Canadian solider killed in Afghanistan and he leaves behind a wife and 2 young children. It is not only the American military that is sacrificing their young men and women to bring peace to a very unstable area of the world.

      May 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanadianSoldierGoingIn2011

      Actually he was not a contractor. He was still in the Canadian Forces, get your facts straight. We had a brief on it because he was the highest rank currently serving in the Forces to die in the Afghan mission.

      As for my ignorant fellow Canadians, we don't mention the names of our American, British, Dutch, French, German, Polish, etc service member names on CTV, Global or CBC so back off. To the fellows that passed, rest easy your fight is done and we'll make sure to hit them twice as hard. Godbless your families and friends.

      Truth. Duty. Integrity. Loyalty.

      May 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. me

    26 US service members have died so far in May, no one remember any of the other 21 who have neen killed this month, becasue each day one soldier is getting killed so it is not a big deal, but when 5 get killed in a day all the media talk about that. All the soldiers in afghanistan are there becasue they have to, not becasue they want to, if they don't go there they will end up in Jail, you want to pray for the dead soldiers, it is too late, they are already dead so save your prayers

    May 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jl


      "26 US service members have died so far in May, no one remember any of the other 21 who have neen killed this month, becasue each day one soldier is getting killed so it is not a big deal, but when 5 get killed in a day all the media talk about that. All the soldiers in afghanistan are there becasue they have to, not becasue they want to, if they don't go there they will end up in Jail, you want to pray for the dead soldiers, it is too late, they are already dead so save your prayers"

      Speak for yourself. I am here because I want to be, not because I have to be. I volunteered for this joint duty, indeterminate and at least a year if not more. In fact, everyone in my unit here has volunteered to be here with the exception of two officers.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Aaron

    No greater love than a man has but to lay down his life for another. We are not promised tomorrow, let us remember that these men died because there are evil people who want to kill us for no good reason. When the church is gone and the blood rises as high as the horses bridal at Armegeddon it will most likely be the blood of Isamic terrorists and the Taliban. Be sure of this, the wicked will not go unpunished and no murderers will inhereit the kingdom of heaven. Where the terroirsts have gone and are going there will be weeping and knashing of teeth. They will have eternity to contemplate their misdeeds. Have fun.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. brian

    TWO MEMBERS OF OUR family also WERE killed on 18th of may suicide bomb attack, I dont know when our country will be free from these uneducated, wild and completely stupid Taliban.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  23. norman m.

    5 people who died for nothing...this is really gonna protect us here in usa..great war we have over there..shooting and killing some people livin in the stone age..yet they will be able to fly the new A380 thats y our soldiers have to sit there in dust dumps wondering whats the war for...

    May 21, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      "shooting and killing some people livin in the stone age"

      Interesting...those cavemen were somehow able to figure out how to fly aircraft into buildings and rig all sorts of explosive devices.


      May 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Emily

    Their families are in my prayers. God be with them.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  25. David Kaye

    I served with LTC Belkofer during his deployment in Afghanistan in 2005-06. One of the best things I can say about him is that he made life much more enjoyable for the people around him. That meant a lot to those of us who struggled with being so far from home. He was always fun to be around, even when he was bragging about Ohio State football. The world lost a great man, and his sacrifice will not be forgotten.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. Irony

    How would you guys feel, if AlJazeera showed the blown up bits of these guys to test the double edged sword that is 'freedom of speech' ?

    May 21, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  27. tomas

    i guess contractors don't count either....10 dead!

    May 21, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Reaper 06

      Contractors do count, but their's is not a sacrafice, but a misfortune. Contractors choose to put their lives in danger for a high salary; not much valor or patriotism in that. All human life is precious and valuable, but that's not what this article is about; it's about honoring our Soldiers and Officers who go where they are ordered and fight hard for America's freedom. Contractors play an important role in the War on Terror and they are much appreciated by Soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, however, it is not the same as what our Soldiers are doing.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rafael Monge

    These are the faces of true HEROES, those who lay their lives on the line so that others can live another day. Keep their families and loved ones in your prayers. May their souls be blessed and find peace.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  29. Aaron

    Proofread your work before publishing it when trying to honor the troops. I appreciate the thought that went into this, and fully support the idea. But there is no such thing as the "Army Accommodation Medal." The word is "Commendation," and it honestly offends me that the authors or editors didn't care enough about what they were saying to double check. Remembering and honoring these men is important. Do it right.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TMM

      I wonder is the author really thought there was such a thing as an Accomodation Medal. Get it right, it isn't enough to just spell check the article...

      May 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JoAnn

    God Bless these men and their families. My brother is a marine in afghanistan, and I pray god is with every one of our men and women serving all over the globe. Freedom is not free, and I am so thankful for their courage and sacrifice.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  31. SPC Benjamin Pechacek

    Alright I am sure proof-reading is part of a writers job....if you truly care about your work of course....the piece about SSG Tieman has a few errors..first of all I doubt the 28 year old joined in 1990, eight year olds dont usually get through the enlistment process, as for his Awards, he was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor device...only a bronze star is mentioned, the "V" makes a big difference, generally it signifies a significant heroric act. Another of his awards is called an Army Accomodation medal in the is supposed to be the Army Commendation Medal...It is nice to have a Bio on fallen soldiers, but it would be nicer if the writer would verify and proof-read before's just the right thing to do

    May 21, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack W

      Spot on. God rest the souls of these fallen heros (as well as the Canadian Colonel) and may their families find comfort and peace.

      May 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      Thanks SPC Benjamin Pechacek for your information and for serving our country.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      I took it as meaning that he decided to join (wanted to) the military when he was 8... That's how I took it.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • rickt137

      Actually Rick joined the Army in 1999, and where did you read the award for a Bronze Star with a V Device at because I have no knowledge of that, if you know something that I don't please let me know...Tks Rick's Dad..

      January 6, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  32. mtgloan2010

    may god or allah take care and bring comfort and light to the civilians families as well as the us citizens . My Prayers are with you all.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • america88

      alla means god in arabic.

      May 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Katie

    Rest in Peace guys... You served your country well and will be greatly missed by all of your comrad's. My prayers and sympathies go out to the families of these two brave and talented men. Tomlinson and Tieman, you paid the ultimate price for your country and for that we will forever be greatful.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  34. Dan

    God bless these soldiers but let's not forget the Canadian soldier. Canada is fighting valiantly alongside US troops and at the request of the US government.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger Blatto

      Actually, Canada is fighting at the request of NATO. The US troops arrived in Afghanistan many years after the British, Canadian, Polish, and South Korean troops arrived. The main reason was the focus on Iraq. Regardless, God Bless each of these soldiers and their families.

      May 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Albrecht

        Check your facts the US led the invasion that ousted the Taliban from power.

        May 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jack W

        Fact check – US troops led the way in. Have been there the longest, and have made up the greater bulk of all troops in country the entire time.

        May 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sean

        Unbelievable! How is it possible to be this ignorant of the facts???

        May 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        You must be illiterate or historically challenged. The US began placing troops into Afghanistan before anyone else. 1999 the US placed military forces in afghanistan, 2001 NATO-ISAF placed troops in afghanistan. Maybe I'm not the brightest nor a mathatician but where I am from and was taught in school, 1999 comes before 2001. I'm just saying.

        May 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  35. C. May

    My prayers are with you and your families.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  36. R Meade

    Prayers sent to family and friends.
    RIP and thank you service.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  37. Bill McInnis

    What about the Canadian soldier? Should he not be remembered?

    May 21, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      sure he should. but this is an article about U.S. servicmen.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • Patriotic Canadian

        Doesn't matter if the story is about Americans.
        You Americans seem to have no knowledge of the Canadian troops doing all your dirty work.
        I bet you didn't even know 140 Canadians have died over there.

        May 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jack W

        Compared to 1000 Americans – that hardly qualifies as Canadians doing "all our dirty work".

        May 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • kakakevin

        it's the free world's dirty work

        May 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • militarydude

        Agreed! Maybe we should go raid Canadian forums and blogs and demand that they recognize fallen American troops. I wonder how they would feel then.

        May 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        Don't be a dick!

        May 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fawad

        wow, and no one cares about 100,000 civilians killed in Iraq, and numerous killed everyday and appologised for in Afghanistan. You are arguing about 1000 and 150+ professional soldiers who signed up for this task. Being a soldier means you are willing to die for the mission and i am talking about civilians.

        and please dont try to hide your cold hears by pointing out to me well Taliban are kiling the civilians as well. Well in that case both the NATO and Taliban are Terrorists because both are killing the innocent civilians. AGREED?

        May 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wanda Hawkins

        Thnak you for mentioning Canadians.....everyone should be mentioned....everyone of those who have given their lives. Thank you....and thank you to our sons and daughters!

        May 24, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Guest

        We should not get caught up in what country has more people who made the ultimate sacrifice for THEIR nation, when in reality each service member who has made the ultimate sacrifice did it for the COALITION, which contains armed servicEach country has lost Soldiers in this fight!

        May 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Harrold

      Yes, the Canadian should be remembered. Damn Yankee journalists don't know a damn thing outside of the U.S. A real shame!

      Most Americans are so patriotic that they don't even know other countries even exist. Disgusting.
      I wouldn't want to put children through the U.S, school system because they would learn no international history, politics, geography, world affairs etc.

      Need I go on?

      May 21, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Jack W

        No need to go on. We can all see that you are an idiot.

        May 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dianne

        George – you are right about the Canadian being mentioned and I hope to hell you are not living in America and making those comments. I am sick of the ex-pats coming over here where the lifestyle is so much better than their homeland and criticizing how we conduct business in our own country.

        May 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • MikeyO

        George, go to the CBC headline story about the Canadian Colonel that was killed and show me where it mentions one word about Americans killed in that attack. Personally, I think any loss of life in these situations is tragic, but I think it is even more tragic to have foreigners, like yourself, trolling "our" forums just looking for trouble. I would agree that the media is screwed up, but it is not just the American media.

        May 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • bobby

        dianne, your head is burried deep in the sand, and blind, if your teenager – than ok, tell me, what so important in Afganistan for Us, and in Iraq for that matter.

        May 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Hey Michele maybe you should get your facts correct, The Canadian, Col. Geoff Parker, 42, is the highest-ranking member of the Canadian Forces to die in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission began in 2002,

      May 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • militarydude

      Bill McInnis, your comment was selffish and uncalled for. Whenever a canadian or UK soldier dies in action, Americans do not go to Canadian or UK boards and forums to ask for recognition of fallen American troops. We realize that your military is quite small and rather inferior but coming here to demand recognition to makeup for your shortcomings is selffish.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Meg

        militarydude, you're going too far chastizing Bill. He asked a valid question, and I see no hatred or "selfishness" in it. I agree that U.S. soldiers should be remembered on U.S. sites, but criticizing someone so vainly for asking a very general (and appropriate) question is just making Americans look bad.

        May 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • bryant

        Where was the demand,there was only a question asked. When I was watching the repatration ceremony on for the Canadian Col there was mention about the US Col, 2LtCols, the NCO and the Spec. Granted they did mess up the rank of the Spec. Don't say there is no recogination to the US casualties based on the CBC broadcast. CTV.CA is more aligned with CNN than the CBC.

        May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Imrie

      Yes he should be remembered but this article is for the 5 Americans who died. CNN does have a site that lists all casualties regardless of nationality. It is:

      May 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      My son was in Iraq and he is now in Afghanistan. He is in the US Military. Never the less I believe this article should NOT have stated 'US Troops but should state just 'Troops' and should have listed the Canadian. All lives are worth talking about all because everyone is important. So YES, the Canadian Soldier should have been part of the article. Maybe someone from Canada should send the writer of the article an EMAIL expressing a collective disappointment in the omission.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave Imrie

        I am also a proud Canadian. One point I would like to make is that, if you were to look at the Canadian press, you would see that our casualty is named and written up about in detail but it also just says that 5 Americans also died. That tends to be the way it is reported in all of the Coalition countries. Their fellow countryman or woman is written up and other nationalities are just mentioned in passing. It doesn't take away from the sacrifice that they all made but that they want to focus on their people..

        May 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      As a proud Canadian, I understand this is an American board, so for all the Canadians on here ripping it for not mentioning the Canadian soldier, go to a Canadian site and I apologize the the Americans. Rest in Peace to your fallen soldiers and God Bless America and Canada and their troops.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beanie

        Dan I just want to say "well said"

        May 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Noreen

        Dan...that couldn't have been said any better! May all soldiers; not matter where they are from, Rest in Peace. Bottom line, they are ALL over there working together, doing the same only son included! Please just stop the bickering!

        May 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        I hope that you Canadians do the right thing and pull out by 2011 and maybe other countries will follow suit and this may bring about an end to this obnoxious war.

        May 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Meeshatori

        Very well spoken. Thank you.

        June 28, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • FedUpInSeattle

      Patriotic Canadian and Michele. We do appreciate the service and sacrifice of your soldiers and any civilian who takes up the cause. I assure you CNN did not intend any distrespect. I know from family and friends in the US services that they see the Canadians as brothers and Sisters when it comes to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bryant

      You have to remember that according to CNN there is nothing above the border that separates the two countries.
      When Canada launched 2 fighter acft to intercept a commercial flight, the story was filed under Latin America.

      May 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butters

      Umm, apparently this doesn't count as honoring, respecting, or tributing all militarymen (and women) dying in Afghanistan or Iraq.
      As for the innocent civilian deaths, I pray for the surviors of those deaths as well as they do seem to be forgotten or dismissed more readily.

      May 23, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  38. eh

    God Bless these brave men and their families.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  39. D. Dixon

    God bless all the families these brave men left behind. My prayers are with you.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      these were incredibly brave individuals. I hope the Army is doing something on security as this was an incident that took the lives of 3 officers and 1 sgt. I hope the people that knew the route and timing of this convoy have been investigated

      May 25, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |