Monday, August 13, 2007

From The Comments:

I will simply copy and paste the following comment left on the last post (regarding the consequences of another 9/11) without editorial comment. I have taken the liberty of briefly proofing the comment for the purpose of posting here.

Stephen said...
I pray there is never another terrorist shock in the United States. I remember my son calling me on his cell from a city bus, where he had heard of the twin towers disaster. He had served four years in the air force. A year later he enlisted in a Wisconsin National Guard field artillery battalion. The Army deployed them last year to guard supply convoys on the roads of Iraq from HUMVEEs. An explosive formed device, placed by the Shia, bored in to my son's up-armored Humvee on his first mission and wounded him. The convoy forged ahead, abandoning the destroyed HUMVEE. He was bleeding and received no first aid for 90 minutes until a medevac helicopter arrived. Though he was bleeding (nobody had applied a tourniquet to his leg) his heart and respiration were normal and he was yelling in pain. His condition continued to be stable with good vitals during the medevac flight, but 30 seconds before touchdown at the hospital, he went into cardiac arrest. The doctors attempted heroic measures to save him, but were unsuccessful. His death certificate says he bled to death.

My goal is to bring justice to the commander of the convoy, who lost command and control and abandoned an impacted HUMVEE and four crew members. I want justice to the officer that dispatched them on a daylight mission, when the insurgents are most motivated because they can film the attack. I want justice to every officer who failed to protest the abominable pre-deployment training and the wholly unprotective HUMVEEs, whether or not armored. Officers should be busted, pensions should be denied. The message must be sent that yes men will not be tolerated in today's military.

Stephen L. Castner
Father of CPL Stephen W. Castner, 1-121st, Wisconsin National Guard, killed in action, July 24, 2006, MSR Tampa, near Camp Cedar, Tallil, Iraq.
Cedarburg, Wisconsin

[Update: Welcome C&L readers. I felt a very small portion of this mans burden had somehow been transferred to me, and I'm just doing what I can from this obscure little blog to give him some support. His is a very heavy burden indeed.]

I feel for Cpl. Castner. He'd of been better off as regular Army instead of being surprised when his Guard unit was called upon.
No 90 minutes! No lack of medical attention, maintaining fluids is S.O.P. for shock not to consider a red wound.
Someone lied to you.
Erm... that is not MY story birney. It is the story of the father of a dead Iraq veteran, which I merely copied and pasted.

However, if you would like to do some independent research on this, you will find that this mans son did indeed die. Just google the name. If you wish to quibble about the details then your argument is with the dead soldiers father, not with me.

I sort of think that Mr. Castners father is upset about the entire situation because sop was not followed actually...
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