Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Our Fallen Soldiers

The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting "The four soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack Sunday in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan’s Kunar province were all from the Asheville-based Alpha Company of the 391st Engineering Battalion.

According to Leslie Heater, Interim Family Readiness Group leader for the battalion, Commander David Boeke distributed an e-mail Monday night naming the soldiers who died. According to the e-mail, those soldiers are:

· Staff Sgt. Joe Ray, from Asheville.

· Sgt. Kevin Atkins, from Burnsville.

· Sgt. Anton Hiett, from Mount Airy.

· Spc. Joshua Hill, from Fairmont, Ind.

Boeke said in his e-mail, “Please take a moment to pray for their loved ones as they bear this heavy weight of sacrifice and grief.”


"I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom." - Bob Dylan

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen.


Brainshrub said...

Oh God, how sad.

I can't even imagine how much pain this will cause the families.

Edgy Mama said...

Thanks for this, Uptown. Joe Ray's parents and both sets of grandparents live in our neighborhood. Very sad.