Tuesday, September 07, 2004

1,001 Dead 

The official count of American troops dead in Iraq reached four figures just now (although Global Security has claimed that the milestone was passed some time back in August).

The two servicemen most recently identified on the DoD site are:
Staff Sgt. Gary A. Vaillant, 41, of Trujillo, Puerto Rico, died Sept. 5 in Khalidiya, Iraq, when his tank ran over an improvised explosive device. Vaillant was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 72nd Armor, Camp Casey, Korea.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott, 21, of Grand Island, Neb., was killed Sept. 4 when the area in which he was working was struck by enemy fire. Knott died of shrapnel wounds.
Our condolences to the families of both men. May they and all their fallen comrades rest in peace.

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