'Wall of the Fallen' Memorial Full : Pentagon Deploying 35,000 More Troops ...
This is what things have come to.
War memorial running out of room for names
Marker set up by Congress might be reconfigured
By Frank Davies -- McClatchy-Tribune
In a grim sign of the times, the "Wall of the Fallen," set up by House Republican leaders in June, is almost full.
The mounting death toll from Iraq has forced U.S. House staffers to study how to reconfigure the display in the lobby of the Rayburn Building — the largest office building for members of Congress — to squeeze in more names.
According to the Defense Department, 3,736 U.S. service members died in the two wars by the end of April.
New names are added to the display every few months, but none have been added since November.
In the current format, there is space for about 130 more names, but 506 Americans have died since mid-November.
In April, 104 Americans were killed in the war's sixth-deadliest month.
THE LAST ENTRY(snip)
The soldier: The last name listed on the memorial is Lance Cpl. Luke Holler, 21-year-old Marine reservist from Bulverde, Texas, who was killed by an explosive device
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We weep while we wonder -- when will these bloody wars end?
And as if things aren't awful enough already, today we're told this.
Pentagon tells 35,000: Prepare to deploy(snip)
By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has notified more than 35,000 Army soldiers to be prepared to deploy to Iraq
According to the Army, the combat brigades would deploy for up to 15 months. The Army also said that close to 1,000 additional support troops from the U.S. Army Reserves would also deploy in August.(snip)
Those would come from two units, an engineer battalion from Fort Thomas, Ky., and a signal battalion from Fort Huachuca, Az.
The 10 brigades are:Read the rest of this relevant report right here.
... the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Germany; the 4th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division from Fort Stewart, Ga.; the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Brigades of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Ky.; the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment from Fort Hood, Texas; the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored from Germany; 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Polk, La.; 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii; and the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Hood, Tx.
(Huge hat-tip to our top mate inTexas, ZAN.)