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How to Respond to the Loss of Iraq

By William R. Hawkins

FIREFIGHT AT FOB PIRELLI

By Alex Quade

Diyala Province, Iraq — Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (A-Team) 072 rolled into the village. It was dead quiet. Nothing moved. Suddenly, “squirters”—people running away from the village and cars leaving at a high rate of speed. Clearly, something of interest was in that village.

Afghani Interpreters Still Struggle To Obtain Visas

PAYBACK FOR MALALA

Suspected UAV Strike Kills Leader of Pakistani Taliban
By Harold Hutchison

According to multiple media reports, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a missile strike believed to have been carried out by an American Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The Pakistani Taliban is the terrorist organization responsible for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old young woman who advocated for the education of girls and women, in October, 2012.

C Co., 1/9 Patrol

Video by ISAF Regional Command Southwest

TROUBLE AT 8TH AND I?

Marine Corps Commandant Accused of Unlawful Command Influence
By Harold Hutchison

Did the Commandant of the Marine Corps engage in unlawful command influence during the investigation into Marines who were seen on video urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban? That is the question a number of former military officers who served as JAGs are now asking.

On 30th Anniversary of Beirut Attack, Together We Served Memorializes Victims

Thirty
years ago, 299 American and French servicemen were brutally
killed by a truck bomb at a Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon. The
incident on October 23, 1983, executed by the Islamic Jihad, was the
deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since the battle over Iwo
Jima in February 1945.

BATAAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVOR HONORED

Seven-Decade Delay In Recognition Rectified
By Harold Hutchison

In 1942, as many as 80,000 Americans and Filipinos were forced to march 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the island of Luzon. One of those who survived not just that ordeal, but over three years in Japanese POW camps, was Phillip Coon.

White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

President Barack Obama awards former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor. Swenson received the Nation's highest honor for his courageous actions while serving as an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border Police, Task Force Phoenix, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on 8 September, 2009.

WWII Airman Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors

Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pa., will be buried on Oct. 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 26, 1944, Fenstermacher was a pilot of a P-47D Thunderbolt that was on an armed-reconnaissance mission against targets in Germany, when his aircraft crashed, near Petergensfeld, Belgium.

Missing Airmen From Vietnam War Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been accounted for and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert E. Pietsch, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Maj. Louis F. Guillermin, 25, of West Chester, Pa.,will be buried as a group Oct. 16, in a single casket representing the two servicemen at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Guillermin's individual remains weres buried Oct. 5, 2013, in Broomall, Pa.

HMH-462 External Mission

Video by 2nd Marine Division

WHAT IS UP WITH JPAC?

Command Responsible for Returning MIAs Staged Returns
By Harold Hutchison

The Pentagon command responsible for locating and returning the thousands of American servicemen who were declared missing in action during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War has now admitted it staged the return ceremonies for recovered POWs.

According to media reports, the Joint Prisoner of War Accounting Command had been staging the returns for seven years. Often, the planes would be towed to a position, and the remains would “symbolically” transferred to a truck for delivery to the lab.

America's MIA Families...from 83,000 of America's MIA Still Awaiting Word - You Can Help Tell the Story

I am sending this again in hopes that you can help get the word out to find
funding for the very meaningful documentary film about JPAC unit and the
families of over 83,000 POW/MIA who are still awaiting some word on the
remains of their missing loved ones.

I would sincerely appreciate you forwarding this email to your own personal
Networks and getting out the word on your radio show...there are only 26
days remaining to raise funds needed to complete the documentary film by
Richard Jellerson entitled, "Collateral Damage - America's MIA Families"

Video from the Crash Site of Super 6-1