Thursday, November 25, 2010

The 101st Airborne toll passes 90

Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is the home of the 101st Airborne Division and if you Google it, you will come to this link: Honoring our Fallen Warriors . There, you will find a sobering list of ninety-two photographs accompanied by short obituaries.

The stark facts are these: the death toll for 2010, for the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan, has passed 90. Eighteen Airborne soldiers have been killed just in November.

This week, while the rest of us in the U.S. were shopping for cranberry sauce or tut-tutting about airport pat-downs, families in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk, Virginia, were getting the worst possible news: that Staff Sgt. Sean M. Flannery, age 29, and Spc. William K. Middleton, age 26, died Monday in Kandahar province when their unit was hit with an improvised explosive device.

My heart goes out to these families. May their soldiers rest in peace.

Ninety-two deaths. I don't even know how to think about this war anymore.