Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The vandalism of America continues

here are pictures of the person who ran over the crosses that designated Iraq War deceased soldiers,and a statement from a vet of the Iraq war....

1)Larry Northern, shown in a McLennan County Sheriff's Office photo, was arrested late Monday night, Aug. 15, 2005, after running over an estimated 300 crosses bearing the names of U.S. soldiers on a road near President Bush's ranch outside Crawford, Texas. He was charged with criminal mischief. (AP Photo/McLennan County Sheriff's Office via Waco Tribune Herald)

Mr. Northern:
I am a Veteran of the Iraq war, having served with the 4th Infantry Division on the initial invasion with Force Package One.
While I was in Iraq,a very good friend of mine, Christopher Cutchall,was killed in an unarmored HMMWV outside of Baghdad. He
was a cavalry scout serving with the 3d ID.Once he had declined the award of a medal because Soldiers assigned to him did not receive similar awards that he had recommended. He left two sons and awonderful wife. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers in Iraq was Roger Turner. We gave him a hard time because he always wore all of his protective equipment, including three pairs of glasses or goggles. He did this because he wanted to make sure that he returned home to his family.

He rode a bicycle to work every day to make sure that he was able to save enough money on his Army salary to send his son to college. At Camp Anaconda, where the squadron briefly stayed, a rocket landed inside a tent, sending a piece of debris or fragment into him and killed him.

On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West........

2) (above)White crosses bearing the names of soldiers who have died in the Iraq war lie on the ground along Prairie Chapel Road after they were vandalized by a pickup truck the night before, in Crawford, Texas, Tuesday, August, 16, 2005. The makeshift memorial was erected by anti-war protesters supporting 'peace mom' Cindy Sheehan who is camped out on the road leading to President Bush's ranch nearby. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

.....One of my Soldiers was Henry Bacon. He was one of the finest men I ever met. He was in perfect shape for a man over forty, working hard at night. He told me that he did that because hedidn't have much money to buy nice things for his wife, who he loved so much, so he had to be in good shape for her.

He was like a father to many young men in his section of maintenance mechanics. They fixed our vehicles with almost no support and fabricated parts and made repairs that kept our squadron rolling on the longest, fastest armor advance ever made under fire. He was so very proud of his son-in-law that married the beautiful daughter so well raised by ........

3) (above)Stephanie Godfrey, 24, and her twin sister Christie Carter, right, both of Fort Hood, Texas, hold signs during a counter-protest being held across the street from the anti-war demonstration being held on the road that leads to President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005. Carter's husband Curtis was killed while serving in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. Godfrey says her husband is due to redeploy to Iraq. At left is Songman Calahan, a musician from Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

........Henry. His son-in-law was a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division, who died last year. Henry stopped to rescue a vehicle belonging to another unit on what was to be his last day in Iraq.

He could have kept rolling - he was headed to Kuwait after a year's tour. But he stopped. He could have sent others to do the work, but he was on the ground, leading by example, when he was killed. On Monday night, August 16, you took it upon yourself to go out in the country, where a peaceful group was exercising their constitutional rights, and harming no one, and you ran down the memorial cross erected for Henry and for his son-in-law by Arlington West.

Mr. Northern - I know little about Cindy Sheehan except that she is a grieving mother, a gentle soul, and wants to bring harm to no one. I know little about you except that you found your way to Crawford on Monday night in August with chains and a pipe attached to your truck for the sole purpose of dishonoring a memorial erected for my friends and lost Soldiers and hundreds of others that served this nation when they were called.

I find it disheartening that good men like these have died so that people like you can threaten a mother who lost a child with your actions. I hope that you are ashamed of yourself.
Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)

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