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Old 09-30-2004, 08:52 AM   #241
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STING: VertigoGal is new to the forums. I don't think one needs to be quite so harsh.

Vertigo Gal: STING is indeed right, however, that this thread has been reserved for updates on military casualties and honoring those individuals who have died in this war. Your views are welcome, but please post them elsewhere in the forum.
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Old 10-07-2004, 05:56 AM   #242
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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq Bombings

Published: 10/7/04




BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Two American soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in separate bombings that occurred within hours, the U.S. military said Thursday.

The attacks also injured an Iraqi translator.

The first attack happened at about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday near rebel-held Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital, a military statement said.

Three soldiers from the 13th Corps Support Command were wounded when their convoy was attacked with an unidentified explosive device, the statement said. One later died of his injuries at a military hospital in the capital, Baghdad.

The other two remained at the hospital, where one was listed in serious condition and the other stable.

At about midnight, a U.S. patrol was hit by an improvised bomb near Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad, said military spokeswoman Sharon Walker. One soldier from the 1st Infantry Division was killed and a translator wounded, she said. He was being treated at a military medical facility.

The names of the dead soldiers were withheld pending notification of their families.

As of Wednesday, 1,064 members of the U.S. military had died since the war began in March 2003, according to the U.S. Defense Department. Of those, 809 died in hostile action. The figures include three military civilians.




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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Separate roadside bomb attacks killed four American soldiers in Baghdad, as American troops and Iraqi soldiers stepped up pressure on Sunni insurgents before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan this week.

Last year, insurgents sharply increased their attacks against U.S. and coalition forces at the start of the holy month.

One soldier was killed in an explosion about 4:50 a.m. Wednesday in western Baghdad, the U.S. command said. The three others died in a roadside attack at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in eastern Baghdad, a separate military statement said. The names of the soldiers were withheld pending notification of their families.

It wasn't immediately clear if the soldiers were part of Tuesday's offensive, which stretched from Baghdad to the Syrian border.

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there are concerns within the U.S. government about a possible rise in insurgent violence around Ramadan, because of an upswing last year — when bombings and rocket attacks accelerated significantly in Baghdad and other areas at the beginning of the holy month.
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GHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces battled insurgents around the rebel stronghold of Fallujah on Sunday after two American soldiers died when their helicopters crashed south of Baghdad. Many Iraqi Christians skipped Mass following bombings at churches in the capital.

Fierce clashes between U.S. troops and insurgents broke out on a highway east of Fallujah and in the southern part of the city, witnesses said. The road, which leads to Baghdad, has been completely blocked. Residents reported fresh aerial and artillery attacks as explosions boomed across the city.

Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the Askari and Shuhada neighborhoods in eastern and southern Fallujah as families began to flee the area, residents reported. They said a Humvee was seen burning in the eastern edge of the city. Hospital officials said three civilians were injured in the clashes.

Fallujah, 40 miles west of the capital, is considered the toughest stronghold of insurgents. Commanders have been speaking of a possible new offensive to wrest it out and other cities of militants' control, and the Marines said Saturday they had tightened their cordon around the city to keep suspected terrorists from fleeing the area. Still, officials have said that intensified airstrikes and fighting over the past week don't mark the start of a new operation.

South of Baghdad, two Army OH-58 helicopters went down about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the 1st Cavalry Division said. The deaths of their pilots brought to six the number of American troops killed in two days, following car bombings on Friday that killed four servicemembers.

The division said the cause of the crashes had not been determined.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 30 - Eight marines were killed and nine others wounded west of the capital on Saturday when a suicide car bomb rammed into their convoy, military officials said, resulting in the deadliest day for the American forces in half a year.

[The Marines later reported a ninth combat death on Saturday, The Associated Press reported, but did not say whether it was in the car bombing or another action. Efforts to contact the Marines for clarification were unsuccessful.]

In the heart of Baghdad, insurgents staged their first major assault on a news media organization by detonating a car bomb outside the offices of a popular Arab news network, killing at least 7 people and wounding 19 others, police and hospital officials said.

The marines were attacked near Abu Ghraib, the prison 15 miles west of Baghdad used by the Americans to hold detainees, said Capt. Bradley Gordon, a spokesman for the First Marine Division.

The military said in a terse statement that those killed were conducting "increased security operations."
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Thursday, November 4, 2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Unknown attackers have killed three British soldiers serving with the Black Watch Regiment in Iraq, the British government announced Thursday.

The victims were among some 850 Black Watch soldiers redeployed from Basra to an area south of Baghdad.

A translator also died in the attack and several other people were injured, the British Defense Ministry said.
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November 8, 2004

NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Two Marines were killed early Monday in Fallujah, the U.S. military said, making them the first casualties in the American-led offensive to retake the insurgent-held city.

The two Marines drowned when their bulldozer flipped over into the Euphrates River, the military said.

Their bodies were discovered at 8 a.m. in the river, the U.S. military said.

Their names were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

U.S. forces stormed into the western outskirts of Fallujah early Monday, seizing the main city hospital and securing two key bridges over the Euphrates river in what appeared to be the first stage of the long-expected assault on the insurgent stronghold, 40 miles west of Baghdad.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

FALLUJAH, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. and Iraqi troops reached the heart of Fallujah on Tuesday as the second day of battles continued in the militant-controlled city west of Baghdad.

The Pentagon reported six U.S. troops died in Fallujah fighting and 10 were wounded.
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Eighteen U.S. troops and five Iraqi soldiers have died in the Falluja operation, Marine commander Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski said Thursday. In addition, the Combined Press Information Center said 178 U.S. service members and 34 Iraqis have been wounded in the operation.
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Bedford Marine killed in Iraq

By Associated Press | November 16, 2004

WASHINGTON -- A 19-year-old Marine from Bedford was killed Monday during fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, where coalition forces have been fighting insurgents for more than week.

Lance Cpl. Travis Desiato's death was announced by U.S. Rep. John Tierney's office on Tuesday, after notification by the Department of Defense.

Desiato's father, Joseph Desiato, said his son joined the service soon after graduating from Bedford High School in 2003 and had been serving in Iraq since June.

"He did his job," Joseph Desiato said.

Desiato turned down safer assignments "because he felt he was most needed and could best serve by going to Iraq," said family friend Sam Mendales, who read a statement from the family outside the Desiato home on Tuesday.

"He came from a small town, but he had a big heart and loved his family," Mendales said.

Desiato was a standout athlete in baseball and football, but he also had a gentle side, working with kids in a nursery school program and summer camp, Bedford High School Principal Jon Sills said.

After joining the Marines, Desiato returned to school in uniform to talk with students about the importance of commitment, he said.

"He was really very well loved and highly respected, a very interesting kid who marched to the beat of his own drum," Sills said. "He was a unique kid and a compelling young man. We will miss him dearly."

(Desiato also leaves his wife, Tracey. The pair, who were high school sweethearts, married five months ago.)

Tierney, D-Mass., sent his condolences to the family, saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time. I hope that their son's heroic service to our country is a comfort to them during this sad time."

Desiato is the 31st serviceman with Massachusetts ties to be killed in Iraq, officials said, and the second from Bedford, a town of about 13,000 people 15 miles northwest of Boston.

Army Pfc. John D. Hart, 20, was killed Oct. 18, 2003 in Taza when his patrol came under fire from rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.

The family of Lance Corporal Travis Desiato listen as a statement is read by a family friend.From left: Travis's father, Dr. Joseph Desiato, his step-mother Laurie, his sister Alli, his wife Tracey, and his sister Vanessa, 10

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Marine Killed Hours After Son's Birth

By JOE RUFF

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Kielion was killed in action in Iraq not knowing that his first child had been born just hours before.

April Kielion, the Marine's widow and high school sweetheart, gave birth to a boy in Omaha on Monday, said Kielion's old high school football coach, Jay Ball.

``She's hanging in there,'' Ball said. ``She's a strong woman. She's got a terrific family and lots of supportive friends.''

The baby was named Shane Kielion Jr., said April Kielion's father, Don Armstrong. He said his daughter was ``doing as well as to be expected under the pressure.''

Shane Kielion, a rifleman in the 1st Marine Division of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed Monday in Al Anbar Province, the military said.

Officials at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was stationed, refused to comment on how he was killed. Anbar Province includes Fallujah - which American forces now control after a lengthy offensive - as well as other guerrilla strongholds.

The family is numb, said Ball. ``It's time for them to do some healing,'' Ball said.

Kielion joined the Marines on Dec. 3, 2002, and this was his second tour in Iraq.

Ball said Kielion had come home to visit in August, and bragged about his family.

``He was excited about his baby on the way and he always told me how beautiful his wife was,'' Ball told KMTV News in Omaha.

He started at quarterback for Omaha South High School in 1997 and 1998. He went to Peru State College for a short time on a football scholarship, but when that didn't work out he returned to Omaha to work and joined the Marines, Ball said.

``He wanted to improve his life for his family,'' Ball said.
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He sounds like someone I sure wish I had known..


Lance Corporal Dimitrios Gavriel




Wall St. analyst, Iraq casualty
Haverhill Marine dies in Fallujah combat

By Megan Tench and Brian MacQuarrie, Globe Staff | November 23, 2004

HAVERHILL -- Called by a sense of duty following the World Trade Center attacks, Dimitrios Gavriel left behind his career as a Wall Street analyst, joined the Marines, and shipped out to Iraq. There he went to the front lines as a lance corporal a decade older than most of his comrades.


Last week, Gavriel, 29, was killed in fierce fighting in Fallujah.

Two weeks before his death on Nov. 18, the Haverhill man told reporters he was ''locked, cocked, and ready to rock" for the coming urban battle. Today, he is mourned, a former New Hampshire high school wrestling champion and a Brown University graduate who wrote poetry and coached children in New York.

Gavriel's death in combat was the tragedy his family feared, but a sacrifice he was willing to make.

''He knew there was more to life than getting a job and making a living," his father, Chris, said yesterday, sobbing on the living room couch. ''Our only consolation is that he went for a noble cause."

Surrounded by photographs, poems, and a journal their son left behind, the Gavriels described him as a thoughtful and responsible man whose unwavering obligation to what he believed was right had overwhelmed their pleas for him to stay home, safe.

His mother, Penelope, recalled that she picked up the local newspapers and read aloud the names of fallen soldiers.

''Look at these kids. Do you want to end up like them?" she told her son. ''He would say: 'Mom, look at the odds. How many went, and how many got killed?' "

So, he went, she said.

Before joining the Marines in October 2003, Gavriel was an ambitious Wall Street analyst, working at major companies such as J.P. Morgan and Bank of America. He spent his weekends in the Bronx, volunteering as a wrestling coach at high schools.

But when Gavriel attended the memorial services of at least two friends who had died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, ''it really affected him emotionally," Chris Gavriel said.

''My son wasn't seeking vengeance," his father said. ''He wanted to prove himself."

Gavriel, a state wrestling champion and honor student from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, N.H., had the college credentials to go to the Marines' Officer Candidates School. But instead, his family said, Gavriel was determined to go to boot camp with the rank and file and dropped his weight from 270 to 225 pounds.

''He knew better than all of us what he wanted, and he knew the risks," his father said. ''I'm afraid to say it, but I could not fill his shoes. He was beyond me."

Gavriel, who had been based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., was serving with the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, Second Marine Division, Second Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marine units spearheaded the assault on Fallujah.

His family learned that Gavriel was on the front lines only three weeks ago. ''He was worried about getting his parents upset, so he never told them he was a rifleman," Maria Synodinos said of her cousin. ''He wanted to spare them the pain."

On Friday evening, four uniformed military officers knocked on the family's flag-draped door. As soon as she saw them, Penelope Gavriel said, she knew.

''Is he gone?" the mother whispered.

''Yes, ma'am," an officer responded.

Penelope and Chris Gavriel have nothing but pride for their son, whose body arrived in Dover, Del., yesterday afternoon. Gavriel is expected to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Plans for a memorial service in Haverhill have not been completed, family members said.


A lover of books, the soft-spoken Gavriel kept a series of journals and poems. They are now sitting on his parents' coffee table. With each flip of the page, family members said, they learn something new and powerful about him. They said they are waiting for the scores of journals and poetry Dimitrios kept in Iraq.

''This is the first journal I ever kept," Gavriel wrote in one entry in block letters. ''I heard great men kept journals. . . . I'd like to be great."

Nervously gripping a small piece of paper with one of his son's poems, Chris Gavriel read it aloud:

''Hope lives among so few, yet strong it is I know," he said, forcing out the words through tears. ''For I am still a dreamer, along the track I go."


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