Monday, January 10, 2005

This sounds like those MASH episodes where

they have to ship someone to Japan because they can't handle it in Korea. I think my wife would find it very distressing to know that I'd gone to Iraq and died of a "non-combat related illness". Anyone have a good link to what these illnesses generally entail (I see speculation about depleted uranium and hauling toxic chemicals on the web and I imagine some of it is just normal getting terminally sick that happens in any sizeable population, but you'd think they'd add "appendicitis" or something at that point). It gets a little creepier when one of the soldiers probably has ancestors in the same clan homeland in Scotland as yourself.

The latest identification of U.S. casualties in Iraq reported by the Department of Defense:

DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and two soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. A review of records revealed the omission of news releases for these soldiers.

Operation Enduring Freedom

Staff Sgt. Robert K. McGee, 38, of Martinsville, Va., died June 30, in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, of non-combat related injuries. McGee was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

Sgt. 1st Class Otie J. McVey, 53, of Oak Hill, W.V., was medically evacuated from Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 23 for treatment of a non-combat related illness. He died Nov. 7 in Beaver, W.V. McVey was assigned to the Army Reserve’s 706th Transportation Company, Kenton, Ohio.

Sgt. Foster Pinkston, 47, of Warrenton, Ga., died Sept. 16, in Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., from a non-combat related illness. Pinkston was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 878th Engineer Battalion, Augusta, Ga.


Anonymous said...

Scott what are you talking about?

Scooter said...

Ah, it cut off a bunch of text I had on the post - sorry about that.