Thursday, December 14, 2006


Mississippi has sure had it's share (49)of soldiers that have ties to our state that have not made it back home safely from Iraq.

SSGT Robert L. Love, Meridian, Mississippi was killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, on December 1, 2006. He was assigned to the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and will be laid to rest on December 20th.

Marine, Master Sgt. Brian P. McAnulty died Monday, December 11, 2006 when his helicopter crashed just after takeoff in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

McAnulty's death on Monday came just two days after services for Air Force Captain Kermit Evans, a Hollandale, Mississippi native and Mississippi State University graduate that was killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Evans died December 3rd when a helicopter transporting soldiers went down in a lake in Iraq. He was buried Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

That is three soldiers so far just for December 2006. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers as they go through these difficult times, and especially since it is so close to the holidays.

The Mississippi Patriot Guard Riders will do whatever we can to help honor these soldiers.

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