we cannot thank them, but we can remember

Every few days, we receive a media notice from Dover Air Force Base.  This came in today:

MEDIA APPROVED TO COVER DIGNIFIED TRANSFER AT DOVER AIR FORCE BASE – Saturday, May 28 at 4:45 p.m.

Media Representatives:

The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Public Affairs Office has received confirmation of consent from the primary next of kin to authorize media coverage of their fallen military loved one’s return:

Name: John M. Runkle
Hometown: West Salem, Ohio
Rank: 1st Lt.
Service: United States Army
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: Christopher R. Thibodeau
Hometown: Chesterland, Ohio
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2
Service: United States Army
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: Edward D. Mills, Jr.
Hometown: New Castle, Pa.
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Service: United States Army
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: Thomas A. Bohall
Hometown: Bel Aire, Kan.
Rank: Sgt.
Service: United States Army
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: Adam J. Patton
Hometown: Port Orchard, Wash.
Rank: Spc.
Service: United States Army
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: John C. Johnson
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Rank: Tech. Pfc.
Service: United States Army
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: Kristoffer M. Solesbee
Hometown: Citrus Heights, Calif.
Rank: Tech. Sgt.
Service: United States Air Force
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

Name: Joseph J. Hamski
Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Service: United States Air Force
Location of death: Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan

We thank the families of these service men for their sacrifice and for their strength in allowing the media to cover the return of their loved ones.  We thank the men and women in Kuwait and Dover who take such care to handle their comrades’ remains with dignity and respect. And we thank the chaplains who work alongside them and conduct the ramp ceremonies. 

We are too late to thank these and all the other service men and women who have died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But we remember them. 

 

 

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