Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 by the Long Island (NY) Newsday
Brave American Troops Die in Obscurity in Iraq
by Jimmy Breslin
I am typing this list immediately after hearing on television about somebody actually shoving a man to the ground in a baseball game at Boston! The violence of it!
On another station, there was adoration about a baseball pitcher with the Florida Marlins team, who at the age of 23, Lord, imagine anybody that young performing under a nation's glare? Looked the enemy in the eye and went the entire nine innings and shut out the Chicago team. What courage! What a deep well of physical strength and stamina!
This column today is about young men who were playing in another world. You can find the names in virtually no other place. Obscure people dying in obscurity. The Pekinese of the Press do not feel dead soldiers are worth mentioning. Only the guy next to them knew what they were made of.
The last time I listed dead from Iraq, there were nine names. I went to California and returned to find faxes from the Department of Defense telling of many more. They are victims of George Bush's serial lying. It is his duty, and one that he shirks, to get up and read these names to a country distracted by a game for boys. Herewith the names, not including the three most recent, whose names are not yet available. We apologize that the manner of death seems repetitious but these wars happen to come out like this:
Army Spc. Richard Arriaga, 20, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Ganado, Texas. Killed Sept. 18 in an ambush of small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Tikrit, Iraq.
Army Capt. Brian H. Faunce, 28, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colo. Home, Philadelphia. Killed on Sept. 18 in Al Asad, Iraq, when his military vehicle crossed under low power lines and he reached up and grabbed the lines.
Army Sgt. Anthony D. Thompson, 26, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Orangeburg, S.C. Killed in ambush by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Tikrit, Iraq, on Sept. 18.
Army Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller Jr., 27, Troop K, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armed Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. Home, Hagerstown, Md. Killed on Sept. 20 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an explosive device hit his vehicle during a security patrol.
Army Sgt. David T. Friedrich, 26, 325th Military Intelligence Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Home, Hammonton, N.Y. Killed in a mortar attack in Abu Gareeh, Iraq, on Sept. 20.
Army Spc. Lunsford D. Brown, 27, 302nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Patton Barracks, Germany. Home, Creedmore, N.C. Killed in a mortar attack in Abu Gareeh, Iraq, on Sept. 20.
Army Spc. Paul J. Sturino, 21, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320 Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky. Home, Rice Lake, Wis. Died in Quesi, Iraq, from a non-combat weapons discharge on Sept. 22.
Army Spc. Michael Andrade, 28, 115th Military Police Company, National Guard, Cranston, R.I. Home, Bristol, R.I. Killed when a 5-ton truck struck the side of his vehicle in Balad, Iraq, on Sept. 24.
Army Pfc. Kristian E. Parker, 23, 205th Engineer Battalion National Guard, Slidell, La. Killed of non-combat injuries at Camp AS Sayliyah, Qatar.
Army Sgt. Darrin H. Potter, 24, 223 Military Police Company, National Guard, Louisville, Ky. Home, Louisville. Killed near Abu Ghraib Prison, Iraq, when his vehicle went off the road and into a canal on Sept. 29.
Army Spc. Andrew Joseph Baddick, 26, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C. Died on Sept. 29 when he tried to rescue Sgt. Darrin Potter in canal.
Army Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Cutchall, 30, Delta Troop, 4th Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kan. Home, McConnellsburg, Pa. Killed Sept. 29 west of Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated as his vehicle passed by.
Army Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh, 20, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sill, Okla. Home, Derby, Kan. Killed Sept. 29 in Baghdad from a non-hostile gunshot wound.
Army Spc. Simeon Hunt, 23, 13th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kan. Home, Essex, N.J. Killed in El Khadra, Iraq, on Sept. 29 when an Iraqi citizen approached and shot him while he was on patrol.
Army Spc. Kyle B. Thomas, 23, of 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173 Airborne Brigade, Fort Ederle, Italy. Home, Topeka, Kan. Died on Sept. 26 of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device exploded while he was on patrol.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Rooney, 43, 379th Engineer Company, National Guard, Bourne, Mass. Home, Nashua, N.H. Died at Shuabai Port in Kuwait when he was struck by a forklift.
Army Capt. Robert L. Lucero, 34, 4th Infantry Division Rear Area Operation Center, National Guard, Casper, Wyo. Home, Casper. Killed when struck by an improvised explosive device.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, 40, 1st Battalion 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Alexandria, Va. Killed Oct. 1 when improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenades struck his convoy in Samarra, Iraq.
Army Pfc. Analaura Esparaza Gutierrez, 21, of 4th Forward Support Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, Houston. Killed in Tikrit, Iraq, when her convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenades.
Army Pfc. Charles M. Sires, 18, 549th Military Police Company, Fort Stewart, Ga. Home, Miami. Drowned in Baghdad on Oct. 3.
Army Spc. James H. Pirtte, 27, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, Fort Hood, Tex. Home, LaMesa, N.M. Killed in Assadah, Iraq, Oct. 4 when a rock-propelled grenade struck his vehicle.
Army Spc. Spencer T. Karol, 20, 165th Military Intelligence, V Corps, Dartmstadt, Germany. Home, Woodruff, Ariz. Died on Oct. 6 in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, while on a mission to observe enemy activity when a command detonated device exploded. His vehicle was overturned and he was fatally injured.
Army 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, 25, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Home, Clarksville, Tenn. Killed on Oct. 6 in Baghdad. Died when on combat patrol when convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device.
Army Spc. Joseph C. Norquist, 26, 588th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas. Home, San Antonio. Killed on Oct. 9 in Baquhab, Iraq, while in convoy attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
Army Pfc. Kerry D. Scott, 21, of 32nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, Watertown, N.Y. Home, Mount Vernon, Wash. Killed Oct. 9 in Iskandariyah, Iraq, while on combat patrol by improvised explosive device.
Army Staff Sgt., Christopher W. Swisher, 26, of 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, La. Home, Lincoln, Neb. Killed Oct. 9 in Baghdad when ambushed by individuals using small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Army Pvt. Sean A. Silkva, 23, same unit, same incident. Home, Roseville, Calif.
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