1,000th GI Killed In Afghan War Was On 2nd Tour

KERRVILLE, Texas -- The 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan was born on the Fourth of July.

He died several days before Americans honor fallen troops on Memorial Day.

Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

It was the 24-year-old Texan's second deployment overseas.

Leicht had begged to return to the battlefield after a bomb took out his Humvee in Iraq.

He spent two painful years recovering from face and leg injuries.

He finally returned to combat, but was killed less than a month into the tour of duty he desperately wanted.

An Associated Press tally shows Leicht is the 1,000th U.S. serviceman killed in the Afghan conflict.


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  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 31, 2010 at 03:20 AM
    Well stated, Wolfgang. Sometimes I get so angry at anonymous posters who cower behind the door of anonymity. I did my part during the 'Nam era. I am capable and willing to punch those in the nose who dare spew this filth in my face. Never underestimate a veteran, even one with gray hair, because he will quite likely kick your ***.
  • by Gilbert Location: NC on May 30, 2010 at 10:01 PM
    Voice - Your Quote " Tea party hypocrites "? Voice you think like a Obama Zombie. Oh Voice did you get your money $$$$$ from the Rich People yet Obama promised Amereicans. Obama said Elect me , You will get a redistrubtion $$$$$ money check from the Rich People , Bush gave out redistrubtion checks many times , just google the facts and truth. Obama sorry no money no for the people, Obama spent all money America had. No redistrubtion money from the rich people yet Obama ? or = A Obama is this just another election lie?
  • by Hilda Location: N-C on May 30, 2010 at 08:32 PM
    It is Obama's War now to - Posted by: The Voice on May 30, 2010 at 09:37 PM
  • by Otis Location: NC on May 30, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    Get you facts right Obama's war is not on TV yet? Obama has war dead going home then Bush now ! Rebuttal to - The Voice on May 30, 2010 at 09:37 PM Question for you - Obama - Voter if you voted for Obama to end Bushe's wars, Well guees what Obama lied we have now Obama's wars
  • by The Voice on May 30, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”-Hermann Goering. Happy Memorial Day. Question for you, OSOC. If you worship your "heroes" as much as these tea party hypocrites do that post on this page, why do not support your President? Because he is not bombing other countries and murdering innocent civilians as your "heroes" do?
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 30, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    Memorial Day - Lets put politics a side and remember our war dead who gave their life blood for our freedom. A small letter for a Mother. Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. Dear Madam, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Have you all lost your mind??? Memorial Day is a wonderful way to remember people who have protected this country since its inception. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan commenced during BUSH's term, but despite that, and how you may feel politically about things going on in our country, service people deserve our respect and gratitude. It pains me to hear of another loss of life, especially someone so brave. God bless our troops and I hope you all get to come home SAFE soon!!!!
  • by Joad on May 30, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    Sure was worth it. Them Afghans sure hate your freedom. I'm wondering why OSOC isn't over there right now, fighting. Typical Chickenhawk.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 30, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    Voice, why do you loathe the military? Are you so progressive, like our president, you don't love America? Pack it up buddy, move to Cuba...my god man, soldiers die so you can post your nonsense....in Obamas war!
  • by The Voice on May 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    How fitting for another PC holiday.
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