Photo: The Obama administration lifted the ban on media coverage of fallen troops returning to the U.S. The press had been banned from covering these solemn ceremonies to protect the privacy of the soldiers' families. (for more of CNN's disgusting explanation on the lifting of the ban, go here. They speak to Bush Senior's motive, what is Obama's motive? Too painful to contemplate.)
Thank G-d for these men. They gave all.
SSG Kirk A. Owen, 37, of Sapulpa, OK, died Aug. 2 in Paktia province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma National Guard.
PFC Brice M. Scott, 22, of Columbus, GA, died July 31 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, KS.
SGT William B. Gross Paniagua, 28, of Daly City, CA, died July 31 in Kunar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI.
SSG Leon H. Lucas Jr., 32, of Wilson, N.C., died Aug. 1 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, CA.
UPDATE: Violence in Iraq and Afghanistan has worsened in recent months under the leadership of Obama. Two new CNSNews articles:
(CNS) According to analysis of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, 64% of those deaths have happened while President Obama has been in Office. At least 1,019 of 1,588 U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan have occurred since President Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.
(CNS) In Iraq, a new report issued to Congress by Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, Stuart Bowen Jr., declares the country to be more dangerous now than it was a year ago. The report points to 14 combat deaths in June, the deadliest month in 3 years.