Monday, April 09, 2007

Navy Memorial

Three Of Our Whidbey Island Sailors Killed In Iraq
By Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Three sailors based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were killed in Iraq -- the first from Whidbey to die in the war.

The Defense Department on Monday said Chief Petty Officer Gregory J. Billiter, 36, of Villa Hills, Ky; Petty Officer 2nd Class Curtis R. Hall, 24, of Burley, Idaho; and Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph A. McSween, 26, of Valdosta, Ga. died Friday near Kirkuk.

The three sailors were members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 at Whidbey Island.

The three were killed by enemy forces during combat operations, the Pentagon said. A Navy veterans' Web site said the trio were traveling in a convoy that was attacked. Their detachment was sent to Iraq earlier this year.


Please join me in mourning these fine men stationed up here on our Whidbey Island who were killed in Iraq this week. We will remember them for their bravery.


Anonymous z said...

thanks, Greg, Curt and Joe...I never knew you, but I love you for having put your life on the line. I sure wish you were going to be around to reap the benefits and it humbles me to think you put our country before your own lives.

May God bless you and your families. The grief, even for guys I never met, is almost unbearable.

thanks for posting this, Donal. it's so important and they so deserve our acknowledgement and gratitude, which really seems so shallow, considering they DIED for us.

10:44 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Over at DU, they made me sick mourning 'George Bush killing these children'--instead of celebrating the bravery of men who freely enlisted and so clearly saw their duty before they saw themselves.

10:50 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Greater love has noone, than that they would lay down their lives for their friends!
It takes love to lay yourself down for family, friend or country. It says alot about these young men that they willingly went into danger for others!
G*D bless them and comfort their families and friends and comrades!


12:10 PM  
Blogger JINGOIST said...

G-d bless their brave souls. Fair winds and following seas gentlemen.

Morgan FC2

6:24 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

God bless them, and be with their families!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless these young men and comfort their families. The crocodile tears of the DU rats is beyond sickening. J'Mac

5:36 PM  
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