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Fallen Paratroopers To Be Honored at Fort Bragg

Posted May 8, 2007

— Fort Bragg will honor nine fallen paratroopers recently killed in Iraq with a private memorial service on Tuesday.

On April 23, two truck bombs killed nine paratroopers and wounded 20 others at a patrol base in Iraq's Diyala province. One of the blasts ruptured a building wall, causing a second floor to collapse. Military officials said it was the single deadliest attack for the 82nd Airborne Division in nearly 40 years.

Two of the soldiers who died were originally from North Carolina -- Staff Sgt. Clint Moore, 27, of Benson, and and Spc. Michael Rodriguez, 20, of Sanford.

The lives that were lost are not forgotten by those who continue to fight.

"We lived among each other, fought alongside each other and I was there on site when this happened. I want to let them know we are grieving together," said Lt. Col. Andrew Poppas.

Tuesday's service is open to the members of the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg and their families.


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  • ranger1 May 8, 2007

    God bless our troops and let's hope for a satisfactory resolution to this awful "conflict". Can't wait till the next election.

  • methinks May 8, 2007

    No thank you is enough to show what it means for these men and women in uniform do for us. but "THANK YOU"!!!!!!!!!

    Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Armed forces and their families.

  • packandcanesfan May 8, 2007

    They deserve all the honors that can be bestowed upon them. They gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends. :(

  • vette212 May 8, 2007

    God Bless the Airborne. I was 82nd AIRBORNE from 1977 to 1981.


  • I just care May 8, 2007

    May God Bless All Of Our Troops and their families. One other note for everyone to get out as well, Some of the wives of our troops are trying to get the word out to as many people as possible. DO NOT buy gas on May 15, 2007. Just one day and the gas price, if enough people do this should fall 30-35 cents overnight. This is from the some research done from some wives of our troops.

  • FiveOclocksomewhere May 8, 2007

    Thoughts and prayers to each of the families and friends. May they rest in peace. God Bless all of the men and women in uniform for defending out country and believing in what they are doing. SIMPER-FI

  • All American May 8, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers are with ALL the families that have lost a loved one. May God bless our troops.

  • Seeminglyopposed May 8, 2007

    My prayers are with the families of the fallen paratroopers. My father was in the 82nd Airborne, as well as my brother-in-law. My father, thankfully was out of the military along time before this war, and my brother-in-law just retired after doing a few years after being on tour with Desert Storm. By brother served there as well. When are all of our men, that is dying each day will be allowed to come home?