1 USMC and 4 US Army KIA in Afghanistan

[FONT=&quot] The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine and 4 soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

[FONT=&quot] Sgt. Jason D. Calo, 23, of Lexington, Ky., died Aug. 22 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

[FONT=&quot] Spc. Pedro A. Millet Meletiche, 20, of Elizabeth, N.J., died Aug. 22 at Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.


[FONT=&quot] Sgt. Steven J. Deluzio, 25, of South Glastonbury, Conn. and Spc. Tristan H. Southworth, 21, of West Danville, Vt.[/FONT][FONT=&quot] died Aug. 22 at Paktika, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit with small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire.

[FONT=&quot] They were assigned to the 172nd Infantry, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Jericho, Vt. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] Sgt. Brandon E. Maggart, 24, of Kirksville, Mo., died Aug. 22 at Basrah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using indirect fire.


[FONT=&quot]He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. [/FONT]


RIP Guys

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
2/6. My old unit...Semper Fi Marine. To the soldiers: RIP.
RIP. Thoughts with family, friends and muckers.

Outside of the usual septic - limey banter, this shows we are in this together!
2 more on another thread that I just learned of a little while ago. Tough week.
I remember Beruit, 1983. October 23rd...Yeah, the 2/8 was there then, only a few of us from the 2/6 remained. Long two weeks; my wife cried her eyes her out. Had no clue I was alive for several weeks. Made me get out of the Marines.

My platoon leader, CWO4 Lynn Heldermann: "Better him then you." I only wish I was I as good as he was...
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