New York Times: Six of the Iraq War Fallen, in Words They Sent Home

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Unlike the soldiers of some previous wars, who were only occasionally able to send letters back home to loved ones, many of those who died left behind an extraordinary electronic testimony describing in detail the labor, the fears and the banality of serving in Iraq.

In excerpts published here from journals, blogs and e-mail, six soldiers who died in the most recent group of 1,000 mostly skim the alarming particulars of combat, a kindness shown their relatives and close friends. Instead, they plunge readily into the mundane, but no less important rhythms of home. They fire off comments about holiday celebrations, impending weddings, credit card bills, school antics and the creeping anxiety of family members who are coping with one deployment too many.

At other moments, the service members describe the humor of daily life down range, as they call it. Hurriedly, with little time to worry about spelling or grammar, they riff on the chaos around them and reveal moments of fear. As casualties climb and the violence intensifies, so does their urge to share their grief and foreboding.

Read it all from the front page of yesterday's New York Times.

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsIraq War

Posted March 26, 2008 at 5:17 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Alice Linsley wrote:

I can hardly get through this.  Lord, how long?

March 26, 11:32 pm | [comment link]
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