Following are tributes put on YouTube by the family members of two soldiers who lost their lives at the hands of an Afghan soldier they trusted – a soldier who was trained by and whose salary was paid by the United States. The murders were over an accidental burning of four Korans, an accident they had nothing to do with.
Our country has repeatedly apologized for this mistake but who is apologizing to the six murdered soldiers and the 4 injured soldiers? Stories leaked out by soldiers in Afghanistan say that they [the soldiers] are still working with and training Afghan soldiers who have been infiltrated by extremists. The soldiers don’t know whom to trust. Not only do the soldiers have to face risking their lives each day but they might have to face death at the hands of an “ally.”
Why are there no apologies to the families of the murdered soldiers? In lieu of the enemies who took their lives and in the absence of public condolences by the U.S. President, I, a grateful American, apologize and thank the soldiers and their families in this heartbreaking case.
A sister of one of two U.S. military police officers killed in the violent backlash in Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base says relatives of both men are devastated by their deaths…
Joshua Born: ..Born was the fifth serviceman from Northwest Florida to be killed in one week. Four Hurlburt Field airmen died Feb. 18 when their plane crashed near a military camp in Djibouti in Africa.
Born attended Niceville High School before he joined the Army in March 2007.
He and his wife, Megan Born, of Olive Branch, Ill., were married in 2010.
It was his first deployment and he had been in Afghanistan only since the middle of January, said Jen Hartwig, a spokeswoman at Fort Stewart.
His last post on Facebook was Feb. 16, when he wrote that he didn’t need anything specific in a care package.
“It isn’t hard. I’m in Afghanistan; anything from the states is more than welcome.”
After Born and Conrad were shot, they were taken to a hospital, where they died during surgery, Hartwig said.
Conrad’s sister said their bodies arrived Saturday at Dover Air Force Base, Del., where their families were on hand…Read more: Optimum
A family tribute –
Washington Post: …Conrad’s oldest sister, Amanda Meland, told The Associated Press he was in good spirits when she and other relatives chatted with him via Skype on Wednesday.
“He was doing good. He had his chin up,” she said. “… He did say that things were starting to get crazy from the backlash.”
Conrad, the father of a 7-month-old baby, deployed to Afghanistan in January. He would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on March 6.
Meland said Conrad’s widow, Holly, was not at the couple’s house when military officials initially came to notify her of his death.
“They had come earlier, but she was not there. She had actually just mailed out his birthday package,” Meland explained.
Conrad was born in Newport News, Va., and was still a toddler when his family moved to Roanoke, where he was a member of the wrestling team at Northside High School. After high school, he joined the Army Reserve, switching a short time later to active duty.
Meland said Conrad wanted to make the military his career, planning to re-enlist and hoping to be stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., to be closer to family. He was also hoping to have another baby.
Conrad’s family has posted a video tribute to him on You Tube.
“We’re very proud of our T.J.,” said his aunt Shannon Lemm. “We want everyone to know his name and see his face.”
Meland described Conrad as a jokester and class clown, always able to bring a laugh to those around him.
“He could barely sit still,” she said. “Even when his wife was in labor, he was doing karate moves in the delivery room.”
“When we Skyped with him Wednesday morning, he was doing the same thing, making all his jokes,” she said.
Meland said the deaths of Conrad and Born, whose relatives also attended Saturday’s casualty return, have left both families devastated.
A tribute to TJ Conrad –
“You see it on TV, you see it in the movies, but you just never expect it’s going to be your family or your soldier,” she said…