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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Support the troops

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 4:37 PM

Thank them. Remember their sacrifices. Bring them home.

Here, a photographer embedded in Iraq describes the death of Arkansas soldier Freeman Gardner, who was killed by an IED in March. At the link, you'll find the last photograph made of Gardner before he was killed.

"I was back inside the Humvee lighting a cigarette to calm my nerves when a massive concussion shook our truck. It was an IED. All I could see was a huge cloud of dust. The gunner made the only sound, a ratchet-click of the spinning turret, while he searched for the man who triggered the bomb. Then the radio squawked, “Gardner is fucked up! Get a CASEVAC! Gardner is fucked up!” Gardner had been split in two by the bomb. The next time I saw him, he was under a camouflage poncho. Only his feet were visible, sticking out... He was from Little Rock, went to the movies every Saturday with his wife, and loved video games and college football. The DOD release begins, 'The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.' He was twenty-six years old."

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