The Graves of the Marines I Lost
May 29, 2016 8:09 AM   Subscribe

"In the early hours of Jan. 26, 2005, one of two large Marine helicopters transporting troops for this expanded and therefore riskier mission crashed, killing all onboard: 30 Marines and a Navy corpsman....I promised myself that night that I would visit all 31 grave sites. I needed to get a sense of where these military service members came from: the schools and churches they attended; the streets where they learned to drive; the neighborhoods where many of their families still lived."
posted by roomthreeseventeen (8 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Surprisingly bloodless essay for such an event. Good for him, however, for pursuing his promise.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:26 AM on May 29, 2016

Great article, great sentiment. It's sort of amazing how much of a microcosm that crash was, down to his starry eyed optimism about Iraqui adoption of democracy, and the disappointing results despite the sacrifice. Thanks for posting.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 9:45 AM on May 29, 2016 [1 favorite]

A moving article. Thanks.
posted by bongo_x at 10:47 AM on May 29, 2016

posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:26 AM on May 29, 2016

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posted by Zonker at 3:29 PM on May 29, 2016

Bearing witness. Not enough of that done and we'll continue to make the same mistakes.
posted by arcticseal at 3:52 PM on May 29, 2016 [2 favorites]

Two of the casualties' graves are not recorded / reported.

Did he make two trips to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
posted by bukvich at 6:07 PM on May 29, 2016

posted by SisterHavana at 6:34 PM on May 29, 2016

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