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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Identity of Missing Soldiers Released

The soldiers missing in Iraq since Friday night haven't yet been found, but the DoD has released their names. The men for whose safe return you'll want to remember in your prayers are: Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, Texas, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore. Both are from the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. From the latest CENTCOM press release:
In addition to the two Soldiers, one MND-B Soldier was killed when their security team was attacked at a forward check point south of Yusufiyah at approximately 7:55 p.m. Friday.

Contrary to some recent media reports, the Soldiers’ status has not changed and the search continues.

MND-B leaders are using all means at their disposal in an attempt to discover the whereabouts of the Soldiers, to include unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters, boats, and dive teams. Despite anti-Iraqi forces’ efforts to disrupt search efforts with harassing attacks, Coalition Forces continue to search undeterred.

“We will never leave a fallen comrade,” said Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general, MND-B. “Make no doubt about it, the welfare and status of these two Soldiers is our primary concern.”

The search has expanded out from the immediate Yusufiyah area, employing Soldiers from at least three brigade combat teams, Multi-National Division-West, and other Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces.
Staying at PD...

1 Comments:

Blogger SonarMan said...

Of course, this is in retaliation for the death of Al Zarqawi. The insurgents are making any and all desperate attempts to hummiliate and demoralize us. Time is on their side. They will wait us out, hiding like the scumbag rats they are, until we've exhausted ourselves looking for our lost brothers, and all but given up hope. They'll wait until some other event distracts us from our search, and takes us a few more degrees of seperation from finding them. It'll be then that our soldiers will be used for maximum propaganda value. It'll be then that they'll be used to inflict maximum damage in asymmetrical combat. It will be almost to much to bear, just wait and see. The media will whip the public into a frenzy, wailing and gnashing it's teeth over "our boys", while similtaneously rubbing it's hands in glee at the very hate and discontent it's caused. And that's just what the insurgents will be looking for. This will only serve to further weaken our resolve to not stomp the living shit out of them, especially after the Haditha and other incidents. This could have a very sad, sad ending. But, we can't give up hope that those bastards (the insurgents, not the media) will make a mistake, and either our boys will escape, or they will be rescued. As a wise man once said to me, "Work like it's all up to you, but pray like it's all up to God." Me, I'm a firm believer in the rosary - it's changed ship underway dates and child birth dates.

6/19/2006 8:47 PM

 

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