IED blast sends ripples through close community

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/01/army-ied-tragedy-ripples-through-community-012112w/

    RIP SPC Tauteris
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    In WWI, some UK units were so-called "Pals Battalions." That meant that the whole unit was made-up of guys from the same town (or same factory, professional organization, rugby team, etc.). Britain had no draft until 1916, and this was used as a recruiting tool. The downside, of course, was if that unit was in a nasty fight, like at the Somme, the entire town would lose all of its young men. It happened.

    My thoughts are with these soldiers and the affected unit.
     
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    Sprog, that's very interesting. I didn't know that. That would be devastating though to the women of those towns...can't believe that was used to recruit people. I guess they wanted to be with people familiar to them.

    Sorry to hear about this family. RIP.
     
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    One of the little known stories of the USArmy in the 2d World War is how entire towns were really affected by local National Guard units that were taken onto active duty and sent overseas. Perhaps the best known of these is the story of the VA National Guard Battalion from the Bedford Virginia area. There is a really great D-Day memorial in Bedford that was built there to commemorate the losses experienced on DDay and shortly there after- that town of 3200 experienced 23 KIA when Company A, 116th Inf, 29th ID went ashore at Normandy. http://www.dday.org/history/the-bedford-boys.html

    The memorial is well worth the visit- it's about an hour southeast of VMI- all the Rats are taken there to learn about the role and costs of being Citizen Soldiers- a role which the National Guard and USAR stepped up to in a big way over the last 10 years and which they will clearly play again in the future as the regular Army shrinks in size.

    http://www.dday.org/
     
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    Perhaps the greatest single loss sustained by one American family due to military action was the loss of the 5 Sullivan Brothers with the sinking of the USS Juneau off Guadalcanal in 1942. Below is a transcript of letters from the Sullivan brothers mother to the President, and his reply:

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    http://www.lettersofnote.com/2009/09/it-was-hard-to-give-five-sons-to-navy.html
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