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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 fly an AH-1 Cobra out of Taqqadum, Iraq, and into combat, Oct. 30. The Gunfighters take the U.S. flag with them on combat missions in Iraq and send it back to family and loved ones in the United States. Photo by: Cpl. Cullen J. Tiernan

Final Salute

"One morning after burying a lance corporal, all I wanted to do was come home and play with my children. Just take them into a corner and play with them. But you know, all I was thinking about while I was playing with them were all those guys out there in harm's way, making all that possible."
-- Casualty Assistance Calls Officer Major Steve Beck, USMC

The Rocky Mountain News' Jim Sheeler has an incredible story of fallen Marines' final trip home, and one of the remarkable people whose job it is to offer what comfort they can to the grieving families.

Slowly, methodically, the Marines brought out the medals and citations and kneeled before a mother or father they had first met on a doorstep. For each family, the Marines also presented a vase of yellow roses, one rose for every year of the Marine's life.

After it was over, Beck sat back and took another deep breath.

"Even some of our Marines say, 'Why are we doing this to the families? Why do you have to keep reminding them?'"

Beck shook his head.

"This isn't about reminding them - they don't need reminding. These families think about this every day of their lives."

He looked up, addressing every person who hasn't felt what those families have.

"This isn't about reminding them," he said.

"This is about reminding you."

Go take a look, and get the tissues ready.

Thanks to Patti for passing this along.
by Airman 1st Class Barry LooNovember 15, 2005
2nd Lt. Jo-Ann LeDoux wraps an earthquake survivor in a blanket while Staff Sgt. Aaron Burrell administers fluids, at the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan.

In Today's News - Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Quote of the Day
"He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity."
-- Ben Johnson

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Senate Defeats Democrats'Plan for Iraq Withdrawal
Iraqi PM: Detainees May Have Been Tortured by Shiites
30 Killed Near Syria
Troops Give Blankets to Tall Afar Residents
Iraqi Army Takes Delivery of Tanks, Vehicles
Iraqis Recognized for Work at Substation
Roadside Bomb Kills Three U.S. Soldiers
Two Marines Killed in Steel Curtain Operations
Joint Mission Keeps Pressure on Terrorists

Operation Enduring Freedom
New Technology Connects Afghan Army
U.S. Troop Killed, Another Wounded in Afghanistan

Welcome Home!
Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing Airmen Return Home

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Judge Orders Guantanamo Military Trial Halted
Senate passes Guantanamo rights compromise

Troops on Trial
Officer Faces new Murder Charges

Jordan Bombings
Jordan Security Officials Quit
Details of Deadly Jordan Bombings Emerge
Bomber's Brothers Killed by U.S.

U.N. Scandals
U.N. Official Reinstated Amid Oil-for-Food Scandal

Fed Nom's Hearings Begin

Supreme Court
Alito downplays anti-abortion memo

No coins in the fountain....da de da de da de da...
Ants eat away woman's eye in hospital (YIKES!)
Judge's book shares tales of courtroom lunacy

Fox News
Severe Storms Hit Midwest
N.Y. Giants Co-Owner Dies Of Brain Cancer at 79
MLB Stiffens Drug Penalties
NTSB Blasts Runway Safety
Experts: Sony 'Fix' Only Worse
Bush Wants China to Grant More Political Freedom
Rice Brokers Mideast Deal
'Sex Mom' Gets 30 Years
Murderers Escape Iowa Prison
Coroner: 'This Isn't a Romeo-and-Juliet Deal'

Reuters: Top News
Three charged in US with being agents for China
Bush signs legislation urging World Bank reforms
Esquire: Clinton is world's "most influential man" (Oh, brother.)
Cell phone bandit arrested in Washington area
S.Korean minister sees North economic union by 2020
APEC urges flexibility on WTO trade deal
NASA digging out from shuttle woes
NY museum says Darwin's theory never more relevant
Study shows tamoxifen can prevent cancer for years

AP World News
Israelis, Palestinians OK Gaza Deal
French Lower House OKs Extending Measures
Fujimori Loses Bid for Release in Chile
U.S. Envoy Denies Venezuela Plots
Fox's Office Drops Flap With Venezuela
China to Vaccinate Entire Poultry Stock
High Oil Prices Spark 4x4 Fever in Gulf
Riots Force France to Address Inequality
U.N. Gets Funds Vital to Quake Food Drops
Some Israelis Praise Suicide-Bomber Film
Spain Probes Report on Use of Airport
New Caribbean Storm Claims First Victims

The Seattle Times
Enrollment begins today in Medicare prescription drug program
Q&A: Medicare Part D
Groups sue over Medicare drug benefit
Supreme Court won't review ban on felon voting
Probe of "morning-after" pill decision bolsters FDA's critics
40% of New Orleans homes yet to have power restored
Schwarzenegger kicks off Far East tour to promote California businesses, revive image
New Jersey hopes new slogan earns state "mob" of attention
First bison taken in Montana's bison hunt
Ordinary Pakistanis eager to aid earthquake survivors
Slate of candidates set for election in Mexico
Economic boon in Uruguay a bane to Argentina
Giant Sequoia timber sale blocked

Chicago Sun-Times
PBS chair violated law, ethics standards
WASHINGTON-- The former chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting broke federal law by interfering with PBS programming and appearing to use political tests in hiring the corporation's new president, internal investigators said Tuesday.

'Surfable tsunami' hits Japanese city
World's top cloner blasted for ethics
Police blame al-Qaida in Kabul suicide blasts
Car bomb explodes outside KFC in Pakistan
Wounded defense lawyer in Saddam trial flees Iraq

Boston Globe: World
Political parties back coalition government (Germany)
Uzbekistan court convicts 15 for role in May uprising
US researcher cites a 'breach of trust,' quits stem cell team
Putin moves 3 in Cabinet shake-up
Iraqis Say Troops Caged Them With Lions
U.S. Forces Attack Insurgents
Bush on Friendly Terrain in Japan

CENTCOM: News Releases

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld: Iraq Intel Errors Were Honest -- Story Video

School Renovations Benefit Southern Iraqis -- Story

Scan Eagle Keeps Insurgents on Defensive

Marine Volunteers for Operation Steel Curtain -- Story

Iraq Transition of Power

Forces Nab Baath Party Leader
Iraqis Expand Basic Training
Casey Commentary: The Big Picture
Steel Curtain Moves Into Ubaydi
Carrier Aircraft Support Operation
Rice Reaffirms U.S. Commitment
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (pdf)
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
State Dept. Weekly Report (pdf)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

New Radios Aid Border Police Ops
Road Projects Near Completion
Military Courts Nearly in Session
Afghanistan Daily Update

Unity Vital in Terror Fight, Rice Says
Bush: U.S. Resolute in War on Terror
Rice: World United Against Terror
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Army Trains Deploying Marines
Chertoff Pledges Support
Iron Soldiers Prepare to Deploy
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine Casualties -- Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


National Hurricane Center

Today in History
1532 - Pizarro seizes Incan emperor Atahualpa after securing victory at Cajamarca.
1676 - In Nantucket, MA, the first colonial prison is organized.
1776 - Hessians capture Fort Washington, on Manhattan.
1798 - Kentucky becomes the first state to nullify an act of Congress.
1841 - N.E. Guerin of NY patents the cork-filled life preserver.
1864 - Union General William T. Sherman begins his march to the sea.
1894 - 6,000 Armenians are massacred by Turks in Kurdistan.
1907 - Oklahoma becomes the 46th state.
1914 - The Federal Reserve System formally opens.
1918 - The Hungarian People's Republic is declared.
1920 - For the first time in the U.S., the postage meter is used in lieu of postage stamps.
1925 - The American Association for the Advancement of Atheism is formed in NY.
1933 - Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with U.S.S.R.
1950 - The U.N. receives U.S. government approval to issue postage stamps.
1965 - Venera-3 is launched (the first to land on another planet - crashes into Venus).
1966 - Dr. Sam Sheppard is freed by a jury after 9 years in jail.
1973 - President Nixon authorizes construction of the Alaskan pipeline; Skylab-4 is launched into Earth orbit.
1974 - The Arecibo telescope sends the first intentional interstellar radio message - towards M 41, a cluster of stars some 25,000 light years away.
1982 - The fifth Space Shuttle Mission (Columbia-5) lands at Edwards AFB.
1984 - The 14th Shuttle Mission (51A - Discovery-2) lands at Kennedy Center.
1988 - Benazir Bhutto wins the first free Pakistani elections in 11 years; Estonia declares sovereignty in internal affairs.
1989 - In El Salvador, six Jesuit priests are killed by troops.
1990 - Manuel Noriega claims the U.S. denied him a fair trial.

42 BC
- Tiberius Cesar, second Roman emperor (14-37 AD)
1941 - Ann Dore McLaughlin, U.S. Secretary of Labor (1987-1989)
1950 - Carl J. Meade, Major USAF / astronaut (STS 38, sk:STS-50)

1885 - Louis Riel, French rebel who fought against Canada, executed
1960 - Clark Gable, actor
1961 - Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House for 17 years

Reported Missing in Action

Green, Donald George, USAF (CA); F105D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Pittman, Allan D., USAF (IA); A1G shot down, possibly killed on ground by VC
Note: multiple spellings of his name in government records.

Schulz, Paul H., USN (PA); F4B shot down (pilot), released March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Copley, William M., US Army SF (CA); known severely wounded when patrol was ambushed

Karst, Carl F., USAF (KS); O1F shot down, remains returned April, 1994

Wiechert, Robert Charles, USAF (UT); F100 shot down, KIA, body not recovered