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Four from N.C. killed in Afghanistan

Posted August 10, 2009
Updated December 5, 2009

— Three Camp Lejeune Marines and a soldier from Fort Bragg have died in recent days in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Marine Lance Cpl. Dennis J. Burrow, 23, of Naples, Fla., died Friday, Lance Cpl. Javier Olvera, 20, of Palmdale, Calif., died Saturday, and Lance Cpl. Patrick W. Schimmel, 21, of Winfield, Mo., died Sunday, officials said. All three were supporting combat operations in Helmand province and were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force.

Authorities are investigating the death of 33-year-old Staff Sgt. Tara J. Smith, of Nashville, N.C., who died Aug. 8 from a non-combat related medical condition at Camp Phoenix. She was assigned to the 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.

"Tara Smith, in addition to being an outstanding noncommissioned officer and leader in the unit, was a bright and charming young woman who will be missed by all," Lt. Col Brian Foley, battalion commander said.


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  • mrmud4x4 Aug 11, 2009

    We need the anti war crowd now the most! because this administration does not know how to run a campaign and win!
    Where-oh-where are they now! It's like magic........7 years and puff........they're gone!

  • Eduardo1 Aug 11, 2009

    lillann15, hope you do not mind if I echo your kind words
    like wise panthers254 your critical words.
    The liberal left media & Obama fan club, is very silent about
    those brave young people, even as we increase the numbers going over there and losing their lives

  • CrewMax Aug 11, 2009

    Thank-you for your service.

  • panthers254 Aug 11, 2009

    what about peace, and non-violence, and negotiations.

    where is all the anti-war rhetoric?

  • timothycapwell Aug 11, 2009

    Thank you for your sacrifice, soldiers and families. A grateful nation will not forget.

    This is the war Obama said we needed to focus on. Let's roll, Barry. Give our military the leadership they deserve!

  • lovethemoment Aug 11, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers to the families. God bless these men and the families who have sacrificed for our freedom!!!!

  • retired state trooper Aug 11, 2009

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these brave and unselfish soldiers for their ultimate sacrifice to the people of our country. We salute each one.

  • patriot goddess Aug 11, 2009

    I've noticed the anti-war rhetoric and inflated death counts in The Independent have disappeared. Funny how that happened after 1/20/09. War is cool when the left is in charge, apparently.

  • lillann15 Aug 11, 2009

    God bless the men and women of our amred forces and their families! Prayers are in need for these men and their loved ones.

  • vote4changeASAP Aug 11, 2009

    Liberals can only harp on one subject at a time.

    Once, it was the war until the surge began to work. Next came the economy, and now they are harping on the healthcare scam.