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Conway soldier killed in Afghanistan

Posted December 14, 2010

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— Cpl. Willie A. McLawhorn Jr., 23, of Conway, was among six soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

The men died as a result of an improvised explosive device in Kandahar province.

All were members of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), out of Fort Campbell, Ky.

Others killed in the attack were:

Spc. Patrick D. Deans, 22 of Orlando, Fla.

Spc. Kenneth E. Necochea Jr., 21, of San Diego, Calif.

Spc. Derek T. Simonetta, 21, of Redwood City, Calif.

Spc. Jorge E. Villacis, 24, of Sunrise, Fla.

Cpl. Sean M. Collins, 25, of Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

 

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  • gep6438 Dec 14, 2010

    RIP Hero....

  • godnessgracious Dec 14, 2010

    Not even the left leaning media will ever tell us when Iraqi's or Afghans die. Why are we so much better than them? They will tell us how many of our soldiers we have lost, but I think the staggering number would be how many civilians our soldiers have killed. Not all of them guilty either. This is why they fight back. We need to admit we have wronged them horrbily, leave, and pay reparations.

    Here is an open letter from soldiers who were there and know what is going on:

    http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-orlando/open-letter-from-soldiers-regarding-apache-gun-cam-video

  • Eduardo1 Dec 14, 2010

    christ and others, who put you in charge of what I can write in this area.
    We have a moderator and if he(she) finds it is not the place, let them judge it.

    And this is not a memorial page, it is a NEWS ARTICLE THAT I AM RESPONDING TO. .iF IT OFFENDS YOU, i SUGGEST THAT YOU DO NOT READ ANYTHING WITH MY NAME AND FOR THAT MATTER YOU CAN ALSO OPEN UP A MEMORIAL BLOG, BY CREATING A BLOG FOR YOUR TYPE OF THINKING..
    With you using the "lords name in vain", by play on it as who can do what!
    dlk13ster..I have never condoned being in Iraq either. I have been responding to NEWS on both wars. I am not just coming aboard as of late. I am not picking on political sides, being an INDEPENDENT. I ask again for you to respect my comments,just as I respect your right to give your view, and as a NEWS article (not memorial) I feel for the young who have given there life and the loss to their families, AS I have also SUFFERED, and with my PERSONAL loss, I feel no greater security for my family or

  • soldiersmomx2 Dec 14, 2010

    RIP brave Soldiers. My son did two tours in Iraq with the 502nd, he could have been one of them. There are no words to express my heart felt sorrow for their loved one. May they find peace.

  • dlk13ster Dec 14, 2010

    @Christ

    Well spoken, and point taken. I also hope you understand my response to Eduardo was not intended to push my agenda (although looking back, I realize it certainly seemed that way), but rather to challenge him about the claims he was making. Not the most appropriate forum, regardless, as you pointed out, but indignation got the better of me.

    Regardless, I do pray for the poor men who died, and their families.

    They deserved better.

  • RB-1 Dec 14, 2010

    And what I said to Eduardo goes for the rest of you posting political comments rather than condolences here as well.

    Sure this is an open forum. You can post the Gettysburg Address here if you want to, or the Kama Sutra, but ask yourself if it is appropriate here or if it might be better to open up another blog about this story for doing so.

    Then if you have any sense or a heart, you may find the answer.

    The loved ones of these soldiers might be reading these comments. What would you like your loved ones to see here if this happened to your family?

  • RB-1 Dec 14, 2010

    Eduardo -

    Why do you insist on using these memorial blogs as forums for your political agenda?

    That is shameful of you sir.

    If you want to tout your political agenda regarding the battles, it is easy to do so by clicking "Create a blog post about this" which will move your comments elsewhere where other insensitives like you can comment.

    As I have told you dozens of times before, the loved ones of these soldiers may be reading our comments here, and they don't need to see your political garbage spewed here.

    If this was one of your family members, think about how you'd feel seeing something like this here rather than sincere condolences and stop behaving like a cretin.

  • RB-1 Dec 14, 2010

    Awww, praying for their loved ones and comrades.

  • dlk13ster Dec 14, 2010

    @Eduardo1

    With respect, sir, it's not that we're remaining silent. Rather, the public has become so jaded and inured over combat losses in the last nine yrs (yes NINE yrs), that they can't bear to think on it anymore. I don't EXCUSE it; but I at least understand it.

    & like you, I also hate seeing our kids maimed and dying in a for. nation, but I have a question:

    Where was this righteous indignation five years ago, or ten? Why is it that you've been "writing on this site for many months," and not for many YEARS? What changed that NOW you're unhappy with the way the war is waged?

    Where were you when people were protesting the invasion of Iraq? Where were you when our sons and daughters started dying, in search of nonexistent WMD?

    Shame on you, sir, for looking down at the rest of us for not "paying attention." If anything, YOU'RE the one who's late to the party.

    But hey, better late than never.

    Welcome to the Pinko Hippy Peacenik Party; we're SO glad you finally decided to join us

  • beachluver Dec 14, 2010

    My heart is aching for these families! It is hard to loose a loved anytime, but to lose one so close to the holidays is especially hard! I agree...we need to bring our troops home, but placing blame is not going to bring these brave men and women back; however, by bringing our troops home we can save other families from going through this terrible event! I support, respect, and am thankful for our troops, but this area of the world has always been under constant turmoil and will continue to be - we can not change it. Until the President brings our men and women home, all we can do is pray for their safety! God Bless you all!

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