09 November 2009

How many would they have saved?

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Grant Cahill (Ret.) was both a RN and a PA at Ft. Hood, also father of three and grandfather of one.
Maj. Libardo Eduardo Caraveo was a father and a psychologist who helped prisoners and was deploying with a combat stress unit.
Army Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow was deploying to Iraq, and was a father of a 13-yr-old girl.
Capt. John Gaffaney was a pyschiatric nurse who helped elderly victims of abuse and a father.
Spc. Frederick Greene was assigned to the 20th Engineer Batallion at Fort Hood and was a computer whiz who could also build a truss.
Spc. Jason Dean Hunt was preparing for his second deployment to Iraq and had just gotten married.
Sgt. Amy Krueger joined up after 9/11 and was deploying to Afghanistan. She was a strong high school athlete.
Pfc. Aaron Thomas Nemelka was the youngest of four children and followed a family tradition of service as he deployed to Afghanistan.
Pfc. Michael Pearson was a skilled guitarist who had trained to deactivate IED’s on his upcoming deployment.
Capt. Russell Seager was a VA nurse who helped soldiers with PTST and a father who was deploying to Iraq.
Pvt. Francheska Velez was an Iraq veteral who was three months pregnant.
Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman was a physician’s assistant who was mother to two and grandmother to six.
Spc. Kham Xiong was deploying to Afghanistan and a father of three.


  1. In addition to the lives lost and opportunities taken away by violence, add Dr. John Pryor. Rest in peace. A great man.

    I'm enjoying your writing and the reflections on your experiences, and I'm looking forward to posting a great review on my blog :)

  2. I will not cry. I will not...well, actually...what a horrible waste of lives.

    Tryl's Meanderings

  3. Chris,

    I'm not sure this is the best post to tell you thanks for your service to both the troops and the country, but well, thanks. And thanks for taking us along, at least part of the way, via your blogging home.


  4. Melinda,

    Thanks so much for posting. It really does mean a lot to me. it's a comfort to know what we did is appreciated.



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