By Patricia L Johnson
There is very little in life that aggravates me as much as receiving e-mails that contain erroneous information. I used to spend hours researching various e-mails, indicating what was right, what was wrong, etc., etc., to no avail as the falsehoods continued to flow so I finally wised up and decided just to ignore the messages. If they didn’t contain factual data, I’d toss them in the circular bin and be done with it.
That is until this week. I recently received the following e-mail which I’m sure many of you have already read, and perhaps even passed on to your mailing list.
Charlie Sheen is 45 and his story is all over the news because he is a
substance abuser, an adulterer, sexually promiscuous and obnoxious.
Lindsay Lohan is 24 and her story is all over the news because she is
a celebrity drug addict and thief.
Something as frivolous as Kim Kardashian’s stupid wedding[and
short-lived marriage] was shoved down our throats
Justin Allen 23
Brett Linley 29
Matthew Weikert 29
Justus Bartett 27
Dave Santos 21
Jesse Reed 26
Matthew Johnson 21
Zachary Fisher 24
Brandon King 23
Christopher Goeke 23
and Sheldon Tate 27…
Are all Marines that gave their lives last month for you. There is no media for them; not even a mention of their names.
Honor THEM by sending this on. I did.
Rest In Peace
Although the e-mail gives the impression the death of these Marines occurred ‘last month’, the deaths actually took place in July of 2010.
Although the e-mail gives the impression these heroes were Marines, there are only two Marines on the list, all others are U.S. Army
ARMY …Justin B. Allen, 23, of Coal Grove, Ohio, died July 18 in Zhari, Afghanistan,
ARMY … Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville, Ill., died July 17 in Paktika province
MARINE … Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt, 27, of Polo, Ill., died July 16 while supporting – see correct spelling.
MARINE …Dave M. Santos, 21, of Rota, Marianas Islands of the Pacific, died July 16 while
ARMY … Spc. Jesse D. Reed, 26, of Orefield, PA*
ARMY … Spc. Matthew J. Johnson, 21, of Maplewood, Minn.*
ARMY … Sgt. Zachary M. Fisher, 24, of Ballwin, Mo.*
ARMY … Brandon M. King, 23, of Tallahassee, FL
ARMY … 1st Lt. Christopher S. Goeke, 23, of Apple Valley, Minn**
ARMY … Staff Sgt. Sheldon L. Tate, 27, of Hinesville, Ga.**
*Jesse D. Reed, Matthew J. Johnson and Zachary M. Fisher were all killed on July 16, 2010, but Chase Stanley was also killed that same day his name is not even mentioned in the e-mail.
**Christopher Goeke and Sheldon Tate were both killed on July 16, 2010, but so was Christopher Stout, who also is not mentioned in the e-mail.
The person that initiated this e-mail indicates a US Marine by the name of Brett Linley, age 29 was killed. Staff Sergeant Brett Linley was killed in Afghanistan in July of 2010, but he was not with the United States Marines. He was a bomb disposal expert with a unit from the United Kingdom and was killed after defusing 100 bombs during a five-month period of time. His heroic efforts undoubtedly saved many lives.
To suggest the US media does not even mention the names of those that lost their lives fighting for our country shows the complete and utter ignorance of the person that wrote the e-mail. My suggestion to them is to spend less time reading entertainment news and perhaps they’ll have more time to spend reading news that matters!
What is so frustrating about the e-mail that is being passed about is the fact it only refers to Marines that lost their lives during July of 2010, and it doesn’t even include ALL the names of the Marines that were killed that month. But what about other military forces that lost their lives during the month of July 2010? There were Army casualties, Navy casualties as well as an Air Force casualty. Clicking the following links will provide you with detailed information on all forces that were killed during the month of July 2010. Where it says ‘casualty’ there is one member of the military that died in that particular news release, releases that use the word “casualties’ list more than one death per release.
As of 10:00 am on January 6, 2012 the United States has lost a total of 6, 341 military personnel in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation New Dawn. How do you think the families of the deceased feel when they see e-mails coming through that have spelled the names wrong of their loved ones, left off names, indicated the wrong branch of service or have other gross errors?
How would you feel?