May 28th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Home and Away: The fallen in Afghanistan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  1. Dan in Lafayette,IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fallen heroes are like my friend Tom Davis from Frostburg, MD who was a U.S. Marine who was KIA in Viet Nam. Tom will be remembered long after the rest of us are long gone and probably forgotten. Tom and all other fallen heroes are included in a group that will be mentioned and honored individually and collectively as long as the USA endures. Also, those Veterans who were fortunate to return from military service, some affected for life and others intact, were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice and deserve everlasting honor also. Those serving today have stood up for America when nobody required them to do so at great cost to themselves and their families resulting in the U.S. Military becoming absolutely more capable, dedicated and valuable every single day. I am a veteran U.S. Navy Seabee, certainly not a hero, but more proud every day to have served in an excellent branch with the best people in the world and even more proud to be affiliated forever with the United States Military.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wife of a Navy Corpsman

    My husband is serving in Afghan as we speak. He has been in the Military for 15 years. We just got married this year and he left in April, I pray for him every day to come home in one peace. My husband and all the Military soldiers that are out there right now, God is with you and your families. And as far as this person named "HAMED" i hope someone shoots you in the damn head, you are an idiot to post something like that, remember those evil people started this crap first and we are honoring all the brave soldiers protecting our country.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bettina

      Learn to spell its piece not peace!!

      May 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Navy Sailor

    If you have nothing good to say about military members that go over seas, miss birthdays, miss kids' births, miss EVERYTHING!, you should just really shut your mouths. Your not the one that has to leave your kids for months and months at a time. I dont see you standing on the front lines. RIP All fallen military members

    May 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Thank you so much for your service. You are a courageous Americon, we love you, come home safe. Keep you head down.

      May 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Remember,you joined on your own accord.

      May 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ReconSapper

    Tony Russo... you are an ignorant, blind hypocrite just like those you criticize. Come run a few missions with us and see just how wrong you are. You can enlist for as little as two years at a time 😉 lmao you'd probably last 12 seconds.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lapster (Viet-Nam)

    To absent friends is my toast this Memorial Day, yours, mine, and other countries who have paid the full measure.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ReconSapper

    The truth... everyone seems to have their own philosophy on the truth. Well plainly stated, the truth is that while my guys and I are running missions and patrols trying to keep a nation from collapsing into dust, so many people at home spend their days envisioning new ways to stab us in the back, and undermine what we're working so hard to accomplish. We're here in Afghanistan, and we all VOLUNTEERED to be here. And not just by enlisting. We signed on with a company that had its march orders two years in advance. We were given the opportunity to transfer to another unit if we did not want to go. We're not getting paid all that great to do it. The lifestyle sucks, to be honest. And taking the life of a fellow man, no matter how evil, always leaves its mark. This is my third trip downrange. I've left behind family, friends, other opportunities, hell, pretty much my whole life. And you know what? If there is even the SLIGHTEST chance that we can improve the lives of these people, then I'll keep coming back as many tours as it takes. We would expect the same of a nation and people as good and great as the USA, were we to find ourselves in their shoes. I hope that all the naysayers and political pundits can find a shred of compassion in their hearts for a people that are desperate, a people who have seen nothing but war for three generations. We have the ability to let them see the light at the end of the tunnel. If we are allowed to pursue the proper course of action, then together we will eventually leave the tunnel, and be able to live as equal partners on the footing of freedom. But if the leftists and those who lead this country astray have their way, then the light at the end of the tunnel may turn out to be nothing more than a freight train. Pray to whatever God you wish that they not see their way come to fruition.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      You made me cry. You are absolutely right. I see those people in misery and know that anything we do has got to be better. The lives of women and childen there are as horrible as living in a nation of serial killers. I can in no way tell you how much i think of you and the other service men and women that are living thru horrible conditions, in fear at times, lonely, etc. We love you here in America. Please come home safe, we need you and your generation.

      May 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bettina

      Is that what you think your doing???? What is it your really doing???

      May 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tony russo

    Our troops, they really believe in being real americans and fight for freedom and all the other bull sh*************t that our government tells them, but in actuality they die for nothing. IN IRAQ FOR OIL IN AFGHANISTAN TO WATCH IRAN RUSSIA AND CHINA WHICH IS A VERY DEADLY GAME.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      quick question about ur comment. if we r in iraq for oil, then how come hardly any oil is coming out of iraq? for the second part. if we r in afghanistan to watch china russia and iran then how come we r to busy fighting the tailban to pay attention to that? please any me these question since u think u know everything.

      May 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Guess we know who we can count on when they come knocking on our doors again, and you sir are not it.

      May 29, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • risab

      YES .IT'S A DEADLY GAME IN WHICH AMERICA IS ALREADY DEAD.....

      May 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Some of these people died for oil....Bush lied America into war trying to link 9/11 to Iraq...and alot of you right wingers bought into the lie.....now thounsands died because of BUSH'S LIES. Blind patrioticism is a problem and politicians use it and abuse it!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Oh, so Buch dropped those planes. Finally the truth.

      May 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bettina

        Dont be silly sue, Cheney and Rumsfeld, dropped those planes, while Bush was out of town.

        May 29, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • risab

        YES............THIS IS THE TRUTH IF YOUR NOT AN IGNORANT

        May 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Matt

    You all may bicker about wether we should be there or not, but this weekend is to remember those who have fallen and wont be forgotten. And for the people who call the military baby killers and other disgraceful names..... GET OUT OF THIS COUNTRY

    May 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA all the way!

      Well said! My dad fought in Vietnam and it is because of ingorant yahoos that called the soldiers "Baby Killers" when they came back that so many of the men & women can't get past their service. On this Memorial Day weekend let's remember the men & women who gave their lives so we can live in the GREATEST country on Earth! THANK YOU VETERANS!!!

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

        YES.............IT'S THE GREATEST COUNTRY OF SATAN AND DEVILS

        May 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andrew

    Our troops, past & present should be revered and honored as the heroes they are. Do not defile their deeds with the words of the weak and cowardly.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    The United States Armed Forces have always fought for the rights and freedoms that we enjoy here in the USA!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Oh yea j? What commodity does Afghanistan have? And what is right? Pouring acid on little girls faces?

    May 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. j

    With hatred is born the child of sadness, death and self-righteousness. Unfortunately, hatred is a disease. War is also the child of hatred. Freedom does have a price but it does not reside in death and destruction. Death and destruction will never warrant freedom, this is a fact. Our idea of freedom and what is right may not be the same in other countries. These wars are not about freedom, or what is right. They are about commodity. It is pointless to lay blame on one side or the other. Pointless to argue about whose God is better…when both Gods are the same. Religion does not start war anymore than a gun can pull its own trigger.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Arnie you are a fool, do you not know that those who give false statements will also be judged by God and face the consequences?

    May 28, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Zen

    HAMED!!!! You started this! You gave us no choice! But you only see what you are told to see, so say what you wish and we will continue to protect our loved ones. May your end be swift Hamed!

    May 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Arnie

    The President has announced the end of this war. He has to give his commanders in the field to achieve their objectives. If not, he can lose the trust of His Military leaders. Troops are coming home soon.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Hamed, you also will burn forever. God's judgment awaits you!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  23. pottsy

    to all those who have and all those that will walk through the valley.
    sempre fi.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • r b

      to pottsy
      i just want to add a double sempre fi on that!!!

      May 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Rick L

    I am Canadian and observe that approx 150 Canadian soldiers have died fighting the Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan.. I am very grateful to all Canadian, American, British, Dutch, Australian and other allies fighting these thugs and thank all for their efforts. In my opinion, Islam has no credibility as a religion, except as a means to incite hatred and repression, and I fully support all the troops in their efforts to quash the radical Islam element known as Taliban. I observer that Islam seems to be stuck about where Christianity was mired when the latter operated in an ignorant and repressive fashion worldwide in the middle ages, except that Christianity seems to have moved past that and Islam never has and seemingly never will – so adios Islam and kudos to all the soldiers who at this time bear the brunt of fighting the Taliban.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Zen

    Timothy, Former 1st Infantry here! Very well put soldier! Most that speak of bringing our sons and daughters home, never served or have a loved one that serves. For those with such knowledge and experience, listen to the brave soldier. You can not imagine how hated we are by these people. We are less than what they leave on the streets of Kandahar when they feel the need to go. Maybe we shouldn't be there... but maybe they should not have started this. If you want your babies to have a good life without fear of a child or woman approaching them with a hiden vest, you need to listen to this man. Or you could hear of a soldier running back to a place he had just left momments after the explosion, searching for his buddy to find only a jaw bone and knee cap. That soldier is my Son! He, myself, my father, Timothy and a few patriots on this page fought for the right that you believe to be a priveledge. Until you man up and serve, especially in battle, at least be respectfull of the ones that ask nothing of you. Timothy! Your Army makes me proud!!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. flvillager

    beautiful site! May I thank all vets though I could never put in words how truly grateful and how much I appreciate all they have done to better all of our lives.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Spoken_1

    Bill S.....said it all. 2 thumbs up!! Where is the LIKE button. CNN needs a LIKE button with every comment.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Danae Wise

    Thank You!!! Honey I love and miss you very much.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. brian

    Let em burn!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    God is LOVE and he is all around you! The extremists have no love and are of the devil and will burn for eternity!

    May 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      Isn't that true of George Bush and Dick Cheney,too???

      May 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • risab

        YES TI'S TRUE THAT THEY ARE EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        May 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geo

      US soldiers do not defend any freedom in this war. This is all political BS. They join the army for money and because they think it's so cool (too much video gaming). Then there is this government sponsored Islamophobia which is a huge motivational factor.
      What kind of god will bless and protect someone filled with hate, paid to kill other people for no good reason (such as "defending or freedom")? May be if his name is Satan...

      May 29, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Lennybaby

        Very well put,Geo!!!

        May 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • sillysue

        Don't talk about God to us. Apparently you didn't read the Old Testiment where armies were sent by God to kill men, women, children, and even the animals. None of us really know why except to make them extinct. Nobody knows what God wants or why He allows evil. But don't say God would never approve of such terrible military action, cause He did it.

        May 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Kris

    Regardless of what the fight is about or who started the fight, there will always be conflicts and freedom will always have to be defended. We lose sight of the meaning of this holiday when we cast blame and criticize. This Memorial Day is about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we continue to live free. As a country, a government, as a people we are not perfect, but at least we have individuals who serve and do so above all else including self. I am proud to be the wife of a service member who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq and I know how incredibly fortunate I am that he came back in one piece. I will remember those who did not return and I pray for their families. I challenge anyone else who is PRIVILEDGED to live in this country to do the same. Take a moment to acknowledge the fallen and thank them for their sacrifice.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ronw

    Freedom is not free.SOMEONE HAS PAYED FOR IT! To all that have served,are serving,and will serve.THANK YOU !
    From a former marine

    May 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Well said Timothy and thank you for your service! We will prevail!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sarah

    Where is GOD in all of this? Your GOD, my GOD, thier GOD, our GOD... How many wars/conflicts have been faught over the millenia in the name of GOD? Has GOD taken care of HIS lambs, or has HE lead them to their deaths? This I ask. Think about it.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      God has been and always will be here. It's the same God that these wonderful men and women pray to when they make their decision to fight for me and you. It's the same God who welcomes them with open arms, once their precious lives have ended; which did not happen at God's hands, but at the enemy's (the Devil, Satan, etc.). Blaming something that you obviously don't even understand, shows not only the lack of knowledge, but the lack of respect that you have for the belief of others. May you one day speak from wisdom and not from ignorance.

      May 28, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        I respect those men and women who put themselves in harms way for me and for you. I repect their, and your right for your views, why can't you respect mine. I do speak from knowledge and wisdom. Thank you to all Veterans for standing up and fighting for what you believe in–my hat goes off to you!

        May 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc B

      Our lack of submission to Allah is the reason we're in this. The reason the whole world is in this. Not because of Christ or Buddha or any other religious figure. Until we are all on our knees paying tribute to the God of Islam, this war will continue; whether we with-draw or not.
      Bring the troops home; bring the Islam fanatics home. Hell, they're already here. This utopia dream many Americans are assuming is possible could be our downfall because they simply refuse to accept reality and rather smile, apologize and pass around hugs thinking that will end all war.
      If America continues to live blindly, one day (again) they will be standing around bewildered and confused gazing again at a burning city skyline asking once again, "how could this happen?"
      To my fellow brothers and sisters in arms that have fallen; may you not have died in vain. You will not be forgotten.

      May 29, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Hey, you ever read the Old Testament? If you had you wouldn't ask about how "God" feels about war.

      May 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • vFlower

      You are right...but, then again, so many people like you in this world...maybe the devil is behind it all. Can you just stop talking already...GOD isn't hearing our prayers. Thank you.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  35. Timothy

    I am in the Army. And i get sick and tired of everyone saying the war needs to end or bring them home. LOOK if we leave afghanistan and come home then they will come here and fight over here. If we pull out now then all the lives that have been lost will be for nothing. Why don't you all look at it that way. And if u are not in the military or don't have family serving then find someone that's in and ask them what they think. I guarantee they will say that we need to be over there and finish it. Iraq is over now it's afghanistan. Instead of hating the military why not stand up for them and cheer for the ones that gives you freedom.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennybaby

      I suppose that you're one of those who think that we need to build the American Anglo-French Empire and put an end to Islam or crush it once and for all.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Catie

        Or Timothy is simply the one that has an actual work ethic, self discipline, an immense amount of responsibility and an incredible amount of selflessness so that you can sit around and spout off political nonsense. Realize who protects your right to sound like an idiot.

        May 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        listen, u must be one of those liberal people that just talks and does nothing to back it up. y dont u go join some branch of the military and put ur life on the line so that some jerk can sit behind a computer can sit there and criticize. im happy that im serving and deployed so that u can sit there and do nothing with ur life. hope u have a happy and safe life (thanks to the people that serve r great country)

        May 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • risab

        why u afraid of ISLAM ? if you want to know the true ISLAM don't listen to people go and search it by yourself.

        May 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristie

      Timothy,
      We-being my husband-just left on his 8th deployment. This is his 4th to Afghanastan alone. You say to just ask any military member and they would agree wih you that we need to stay there. You are wrong. At this post-the consensus is much much different. The majority feels we need to focus on the issues of our country. We have children and elderly that are sick-without medication, homeless and hungry; yet we are spending millions of dollars daily in Afghanastan to ensure their peoples safety, feed them, and rebuild their homes and schools. Do you not find this ironic????? Explain to me how you say there is a need to put my husband-my children's father on that plane one more time, while the military houses us in housing that is falling down around us-while our government funnels more and more money into a country that our citizens work hard to pay taxes to support? And let me ask you how many deployments have you been on and have you left at home a wife and children? Because I can guarantee that my husband is DONE. He stayed in because this is his 20th year and once he comes home he will be retiring-it is no longer the way of life for a family-that is if you truly care about them.

      May 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • sillysue

        It is kind of stupid to for us to pay someone to rebuild what we tore down until we at least settle the war. We have hungry, and homeless people here too. However we should supply minimal help to the civilians like food, water, medical care and some sort of structure from the weather. Thank you and your husband for your service to this country and me personally. So sorry for your loss of family time and going it alone. Sounds like he is dedicated 100% to the service, thank God for folks like you.

        May 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bettina

        Good for you, I aplaud you for telling the truth!!

        May 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Finish it, put those Talaban in the dirt. We don't need to fight them over here. The Civil War nearly destroyed us.

      May 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • risab

        HAHAHAHAH....stupid and selfish americans you even don't know who created TALIBAN. your stupid blood thirsty government created, supported, funded and still funding them to kill, burn, destroy, ruin AFGHANISTAN and you succeeded, but now you have to build it by your own dirty blood.

        May 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TaylorDDS

      Tim, thank you for your service. 35 years ago I was helping evacuate Vietnam and Cambodia as a Navy doc with the Marines. Better to help than sit on the sidelines and gripe as so many are doing.

      May 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    WE and the FREE!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    David they already crossed that line in the sand when they attacked us on 9/11! W and the free world must stand up to their terrorist and murderous campaign anywhere it may rise in the world!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  38. brian

    Well put David, well put. Our nation is filled with active reservists,retired military, and those who have served. Let them come over here and draw blood. The time is coming where we will see who amongst us is truly American!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  39. david Clark

    I am a Navy brat. Yes, Pride Runs Deep. No, the Crusades HAVE NOT ended. Islam has been a pain for 700 years and we don't mid so much leaving them alone,but they seem to have different ideas about co-existence,peace and forget about tolerance. So I guess we need to to bite the bullet and strighten them out. American's have the right to be safe-anywhere. We guarantee that to foreign nationls. We're tolerant to a fault. Run them out of the US and draw a line in the sand. We should leave the Mid-East and Afganistan -and dare them to pick a fight.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Headhunter

      Remember, the crusades were begun by christians' against muslims, unprovoked. In order to "reclaim" the biblican lands that they abandoned 1000 years before, the pope and other christian leaders at the time set out to fight and destroy the muslims who had inhabited those lands. When they met Salah eh-din on the battle field the christian fighters were cut down because they were arrogant and thought they could defeat a muslim based solely on their "favor" with god and never took into account the terrain in which they were fighting nor the fact that those lands were the home turf of the muslims they started a fight with. You will surely say that I am a muslim or a muslim sympathizer, but what I am is an educated, white male christian, who graduated from one of the naval academy and served in the Marines. So before you start "quoting" history, open a book and read about it.

      May 29, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
      • Lennybaby

        The Crusaders were not entirely unprovoked at that time.The Seljuk Turks who took over the Middle East in 1057 from the Arabs began expanding westward and conquering land from the Eastern Romans,began perpetrating atrocities on the Christian inhabitants finally angering Pope Urban II.The Pope,in turn,called the First Crusade in 1095 in Clermont,France to punish them and recover the Holy Land for the Christians.

        May 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    Thank you Ken for your service for the United States of America, the free, proud and brave!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  41. brian

    War is an ugly thing. These men and women do what they do everyday so we can live free. Just goes to show you nothing is free, not even freedom. As a veteran myself I will will remember all of the fallen with a heavy heart. Isn't it funny that the people with the biggest mouths, and opinions about Washington would never be seen on the front lines. What the world needs is less big mouth liberals, and more patriots!!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • USN Veteran

      I completely agree with you, always have something to say but never anything to back it up with. All this talk about Obama and Bush. This article was for the memorial of these fallen heroes not politics. Shame... Sad thing is they gave up their lives so you could have freedom of speech.

      May 28, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Headhunter

        The even sadder thing is that those who seek political rhetorical ends use the deaths of our fellow Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors as a tool for politics and extremist views of their own. Sad indeed.

        May 29, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
      • r b

        for usn veteran
        u have said a mouthful my friend; & ur comment is appreciated more than u will ever know.

        May 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Yes, you are quite right about big mouthed liberals. Strong & Bitter words indicate a weak cause. Those who speak the loudest, say the least.

      May 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mtgrl

      May our troops everywhere, stay safe, have a good meal, more then 4 hours shut eye. May you not step on or drive over ground bombs. Let each one of us think of being in that person's shoes each min., hour, and day. Don;t punish
      the good men and women in the armed forces until you've walked in them.

      May 29, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      Amen, brother. Thank you for your service to this country.

      May 29, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    May God comfort all family and friends of the fallen whose brave and honorable sacrifice will never be forgotten and may God make the lives of the Islamic radicals unbearable now and for eternity! This I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  43. dot

    Mercy comes from our Lord.
    Compassion comes from our Lord.

    Eternity has no place on earth, or on any other planet. Not even the Milky Way.
    So, We thank you sweet Lord for the blessings received in eternity.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  44. WR

    Naray is listed in the wrong province. It is not near Kandahar, it is in Kunar (Konar) Province in the northeast.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Rick McDaniel

    In the war with Islam, the world, will see tens of thousands, die, before it will ever end. It will likely become the most costly war, in terms of lives lost, of all time.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • thatguy

      have a long time to wait before it reaches the casualities of WWII

      June 3, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  46. Cyrus Howell

    " ..and he who blessed with perfect sight,
    picks off me messmates left and right... "
    Rudyard Kipling

    May 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Iraq Paramedic

    May GOD bless & keep all the men & women in all the militaries all over this world, AMEN.
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • sillysue

      We haven't forgotten you.

      May 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pudytat

      God bless ONLY the military>>???????????? What about the civilians that cooked your food, washed your clothes, cleaned your restrooms, fixed your vehicles, fueled your transports, provided your HVAC, electric, water, supplies, roads, living quarters, MWRs, DFACs, PX/BX's and a few hundred other things, while in the war zone with you AND DIED..??? Does god not need to bless them as well??? Just as many of them have died as well over there..!!!

      May 30, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
      • thatguy

        those civilians who do all that also get paid 80-180k a year? im really sure the majority are there for the money

        June 3, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  48. Marsha

    There is no greater honor. Thank you...to all the family, friends and loved ones of the fallen. Pray there are no more.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Happy Girl

      I can't agree more, "There is no greater honor for those who serve.
      My prayers are with all the family, friends and loved ones of the fallen.
      Although, war will happen, I do think our "Chief Commander" should reconsider sending 18, 19, 20 year olds to war.
      It saddens me to see the average age for death "in war" is 21.

      My God watch over all of our men and woman who serve.

      June 1, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  49. Joie

    To All the Fallen:
    Never forgotten, always Honored, forever loved..

    May 28, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  50. Scott

    RIP my fellow soldiers. You may have fallen but you are not forgotten.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      Semper Fi! Never forgotten.

      May 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Martina

    allways if i see the fallen Soldiers in the special List, then iam very sad and tears rolling down from my face ,cause i can'T understand,why must die so many soldiers and also private persons in warzones?I would wish, God would come down to the Earth and would bring to an end all this!

    May 28, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      There would be alot more casualties from "God coming down to earth and killing the sinners" then have died in all the world's wars combined. At least according to realistic numbers of faithful.

      May 29, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
    • darryl

      Most of you people think inside the box. We as soldiers are not fighting for our country, we are fighting for our friends on the left and right of us. We are defending for our families and our childrens future. All we ask is for a little support from our country and our people. Is that too much to ask...Would you take a chance, risk your life for that? I think not!

      May 29, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • sillysue

        I for one am proud to be an American and of all the service men. I ache for their loss and cheer for their victories. I wish i could invent a roadside bomb detector that detected from miles away.

        May 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • sillysue

        Years ago, people would be going to jail or hung for treason saying some of the things they say online..

        May 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bettina

        Darryl, there are liabilities with every job, you should have chosen more carefully. Remember you volunteered. Unfortunately there is a war.

        May 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pudytat

        I am sick of hearing the same thing over and over, about fighting for our country's freedom. this is 90% BS. I was in the US Army and I also worked as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan and Iraq for over 5.5 years and I have spoken with many thousands of military (as part of my job there). MOST military personal did not join up to protect our land, they joined up because they did not have a choice in our economy..!!! They had low education and could not find jobs and the military was the easy way out. The ones that did have some college (the officers) were constantly complaining about the low grade soldiers in the military nowadays.

        Sure, some have died doing the job they are paid to do, but so have the civilians over there and no one gives a crap about them dieing "for our country". I personally know about a few hundred civilians (from the US and other countries) that have died while making food, fixing military vehicles, delivering supplies, cleaning the bathrooms and a dozen other jobs, all for the soldiers and no one cares..!!!

        OK, about 6,000 military personnel have died in the last 7'ish years? How many police officers, fire fighters, construction workers, race car drivers, loggers, etc, etc have did doing their jobs too? How many people have died, in the US, just driving to school, work or to get dinner in the same time period? I bet it is more. What I am saying, is that if you want to say they died fighting for our freedom, you are wrong 90% of the time. They died because our government is letting the money hungry company CEOs kill our economy all in the name of management profits. If our economy was not this bad, the US government would not have to start a war somewhere, to take our minds off of have bad it is here and young people would not have to be forced to join the military just to have a job.

        One proof in point is this BP oil spill. If the average American were to spill 1000 gallons of oil into a local river, every day for over a month, they would be in jail and facing enough fines that could NEVER be able to pay them off in a hundred years. What is happening to BP? They will get fined, but nothing that they care about. They will just pass the costs on to the people buying the gas for their cars, just like Exxon did before, and still make a record profit this year. Did anyone go to jail? No, and I bet no one will either, because BP pumps too much money into DC and we all know that the politicians need that Big Oil donations to run for re-election so they can place ads saying they are against what the Big Oil companies are doing. Sorry, but I am rambling on a different path now and should end this comment now.

        As always, be safe and good hunting out there.

        May 30, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Marine Queen

        Daryll,
        I agree with you totally, I am not Amrican but I know that fighting terrorism involves the safety and freedom not just for America but the whole world...... So you and all the men and women fighting for this goal have my complete support..my man is there in Afghan, fighting for this too! and I live in fear until he comes back..... I know what you are all enduring there for our safety.....Thank you all for what you are doing.
        SEMPER FI...

        May 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • MAC

        Darryl,

        Unfortunately our troops have long been hindered by arm chair quarterbacks:
        Our politicians – their only interest is lining their pockets with our money, oil company money, pharma money etc and many are without without a shred of military experience, especially war experience

        The Hollyweird/music industry – also lacking military experience, phenomenally stupid regarding foreign affairs (come on these dimwits finally figured out there's a problem in Darfur, it's been a problem for over 40 years now and they act as though it's something new – examples abound you get the point), yet they hold court over an America that waits with bated breath for the next "pearl of wisdom" to be uttered by people completely out of touch with reality/real people and whose only real interests are tax avoidance and what's currently "en vogue"

        And finally there's the American public – the fast food mentality run amok, extreme infantality combined with serious memory/education issues, a lot of willful stupidity and knee jerk reactions. During the 60's the baby boomer generation not only made it acceptable to spit on, disrespect and demonize the military they praised it rather than placing the blame where it belonged – with the politicians, all of them. This mentality, unfortunately, has only gotten worse with time. But with only a small portion of Americans utlizing the brain they were gifted with it's to be expected. MSM rules the roost and no one (especailly partisan party sheep) wants to dig any deeper, again unfortunate, due to the sheer amount of misinformation our media reports.

        Rest assured Darryl there are those of us who respect you and your fellow military members. You and your families at imes like these make the ultimate sacrifice. The military is/ can be helpful to many and unfortunately sometimes we go to war but the reality is most join for job skills not for the anticipated "thrill" of war. Let the morons spew their vitriol and consider the source for these are the same cowards who would hide behind their wives and children if the crap ever hit the fan.

        Bettina:
        Darryl was not asking for any kind of sympathy he simply wants the blame placed where it belongs – with the politicians etc. And a little respect most people join to learn a skill that will pay well in the civilian world not to be a war monger. Unfortunately our streets are a war zone and by your reasoning a 7-11 clerk should choose more carefully before deciding to work there considering over 20,000 quick mart clerks are murdered every year. Your comment is asinine to say the least considering the content of Darryl's comment.

        The armed forces has the support of many in this country please don't doubt this.

        May 31, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Jeff Nevison

        As a fellow service member...THANK YOU DARRYL!!!!!

        June 2, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Raul

      War is a necessary evil. We put our lives in harms way to ensure those things we hold dear. As a Marine I would rather die in defense of my country than by a drunk driver. But if you feel that this list a sad one you should see the list of those service members that have lost their lives at home. 3 times as many service members have lost their lives at home due to recreational accidents and drunk drivers, than those lost in combat since 2001.
      Regardless, lets all remember those who have said 'nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch'.
      To all my brothers and sisters in arms, both past and present, SEMPER FI! You will never be forgotten.

      May 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Put an end to terrorism. Refer the article on cashless economy on the
      http://samirsrivastava.typepad.com/samirsrivastavas-blog/

      It addresses the terrorism issue apart from other issues at the motivation level.

      May 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,366,350"

      Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq 4,718

      May 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ihis

      According to the true and real good BOOK , God is coming soon to put and end to this misery. read the Bible.

      May 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |