Thursday, August 03, 2006

How many more?

This morning's Journal Sentinel:
Soldier was eager for life after Iraq
Merrill Guardsman, state's 59th loss, had college plans

A former Merrill High School basketball player looking forward to the end of his tour of duty in Iraq has become the second soldier from that northern Wisconsin community and the 59th Wisconsin service member to die there.

Spc. Ryan Jopek, 20, of the National Guard's Appleton-based 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry, was called "Kansas" by his teammates on the Merrill High School Blue Jays basketball team because that's where he lived before his family came to Merrill in 2002, coach Thomas Andreska said Wednesday, shortly after hearing the news of Jopek's death...

WAOW-TV (Channel 9) in Wausau reported that Jopek was killed by a roadside bomb. His father had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in January 2005 and Ryan was his oldest son, the station reported.


At 3:10 PM, Blogger dicta said...

I found the all of Iraq war news today just rotten when I wrote about it.

My short thoughts are here:


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