Saturday, October 11, 2008

Jason. A hero. Sacrificed.

From the Associated Press today:


Friday, October 10, 2008

US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 540

Of those, the military reports 389 were killed by hostile action.

Outside the Afghan region, the Defense Department reports 66 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, three were the result of hostile action. The military lists these other locations as Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Jordan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Philippines; Seychelles; Sudan; Tajikistan; Turkey; and Yemen.

There were also four CIA officer deaths and one military civilian death.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

— No deaths reported.

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The latest identifications reported by the military:

— Marine Cpl. Jason A. Karella, 20, Anchorage, Alaska; died Thursday while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.


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It is just a little overwhelming and surreal to read that OF THOSE, the latest identification was that of my young cousin Jason.

I'm grieving. I thank God for Jason. My heart hurts for his Dad and Mom and brothers. I don't know what else to do.

Pray for his family, please.