The number stood out as I read through today's Boulder Daily Camera. It was not on page one, and it was in a short news section that runs every several days. It was not about the year 1968 [which I wrote about here] but rather it was the heading for the number of military deaths in Afghanistan. The number seems to be at odds with other statistics, but that is nearly irrelevant. This is the longest 'war' in US history but certainly not the most deadly - however, it does rank right down there with other 'what-in-the-world-are-we-doing-there' military excursions. While Washington diddles and most Americans don't pay attention, it is a good reminder that folks continue to die in a conflict that most of us do not understand.
CARSON, Sean P., 32, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technician First Class, Navy; Des Moines, Wash.; Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit, San Diego.
COPES, Gregory T., 36, Staff Sgt., Marines; Lynch Station, Va.; Third Marine Special Operations Battalion.
DEBOSE, Coater B., 55, Sgt. First Class, Army; State Line, Miss.; First Army Division East.
DEMARSICO, Michael R. II, Pfc., Army; North Adams, Mass.; First Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Third Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
ENOS, Darrel L., 36, Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer First Class, Navy; Colorado Springs; Third Marine Special Operations Battalion.
ESSEX, Richard A., 23, Sgt., Army; Kelseyville, Calif.; 25th Infantry Division.
FEEKS, Patrick D., 28, Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer First Class, Navy; Edgewater, Md.; Naval Special Warfare, West Coast.
GALBREATH, Luis A. Oliver, 41, Sgt., Army; San Juan, P.R.; 25th Infantry Division.
HORNSBY, Brian D., 37, Chief Warrant Officer, Army; Melbourne, Fla.; 25th Infantry Division.
JUSTICE, James A., 21, Specialist, Army; Grover, N.C.; Second Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
KRAUSE, Suresh N. A., 29, Chief Warrant Officer, Army; Cathedral City, Calif.; 25th Infantry Division.
WARSEN, David J., 27, Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer Second Class, Navy; Kentwood, Mich., Naval Special Warfare, West Coast.