Information is not yet complete, but the AP is reporting via Yahoo News that two of America's best have paid the ultimate price serving our country. One was Lcpl Holly Charette.|
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The only other Marine identified is Cpl. Chad Powell. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any information on him. I say unfortunate because I do not want to make it seem that his death was in any manner less of a sacrifice than Lcpl Charette's. However, Lcpl Charette's gender raises different emotions.
From the photo caption below, and from her background information here, Lcpl Charette's mission as a Marine, and plan for her future, was to deliver mail. But being a Marine, she was first a rifleman, and was performing necessary duties as directed. Our women in the Armed Forces have performed admirably.
I extend my heartfelt sympathies to her fellow Marines, her friends, and especially her family.
UPDATE: (06/25/05) 3:50 PM CDT) CBS News (Click on video options on right side) is now reporting that the death toll in this attack may be much higher, with as many as five female Marines dead.
UPDATE: (06/26/05) 11:35 PM CDT) Watch Your Six points to a post at Chaotic Synaptic Activity about this attack The concern is equality vs. inequality, a must read. Personally, I refer you to my characterization above: she was first a rifleman. Our female members of the military may not possess the upper body strength, nor the endurance, of their male counterparts, but they remain warriors nonetheless. To willingly face the same dangers thusly handicapped demonstrates conviction and courage that leaves me shaking my head in wonder and admiration.
UPDATE: (06/27/05) 10:45 AM CDT) Here is some information on Cpl Chad Powell.
UPDATE: From Michael Yon's Online Magazine:
On 23 June 2005, the enemy rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into a truck carrying our troops, ending the lives of one sailor and five Marines.
All who gave their lives in this attack are named here. Michael is performing a fine and needed service, also.
LCPL Holly Ann Charette, USMC, of South Kingston, Rhode Island. Holly was born in 1983.
Lance Cpl. Holly Charette, a 21-year-old from Cranston, R.I., delivers Headquarters Battalion Marines' mail, March 17. Charette recently deployed here from her home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Stephen D'Alessio (RELEASED)
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