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(Twin Cities)   Last week, my platoon's lead vehicle was hit by an IED. It killed the gunner, SPC Robert Dixon, who was married with two children. He was my friend   (twincities.com ) divider line
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2007-05-15 04:07:27 AM  
Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers' Green.


Save me a drink, Scout. RIP
 
2007-05-15 04:12:43 AM  
Sorry to hear it. My son is a Marine gunner on the convoys moving from Fallujiah to Baghdad and back. :(
 
2007-05-15 04:15:07 AM  
That article brought tears to my eyes. And that doesn't happen too often.
 
2007-05-15 04:23:43 AM  
Well, crap :(
 
2007-05-15 04:28:18 AM  
A friend of mine was a Cav Scout with the 3RD ACR.

He died.

RIP Brother.
 
2007-05-15 04:40:30 AM  
A friend of mine was a helicopter pilot...

:(
 
2007-05-15 04:53:35 AM  
That's terrifying.
 
2007-05-15 04:57:21 AM  
God bless him and his family, friends.

You, too.
 
2007-05-15 05:05:47 AM  
A tragedy. I hope that you and his family can somehow find peace.
 
2007-05-15 05:06:30 AM  
Only 28, with kids and a wife...beyond words.

Stay strong.

RIP
 
2007-05-15 06:02:47 AM  
Poor guy. :-(

Sounds like he was a Hell of a nice fellow.
 
2007-05-15 06:19:08 AM  
NewportBarGuy, not another one? I'm so sorry, my friend.
 
2007-05-15 06:29:34 AM  
My condolences.
 
2007-05-15 06:30:07 AM  
That sucks.
 
2007-05-15 06:33:55 AM  
Thank you, Robert. A touching rememberence. You go on...tell us what its like up ahead.
 
2007-05-15 06:36:20 AM  
Your friend truly was a hero. Keep fighting for our country and for your friend.
 
2007-05-15 06:38:47 AM  
Sad. Died for Oil and America's illegal war of aggression. I wonder how many innocent civilians he helped to kill while out there. Don't see many posts for them around here, 655,000 and rising, all a direct result of the USA's actions.

So it goes.
 
2007-05-15 06:41:41 AM  
golo606: Sad. Died for Oil and America's illegal war of aggression. I wonder how many innocent civilians he helped to kill while out there. Don't see many posts for them around here, 655,000 and rising, all a direct result of the USA's actions.

So it goes.


QFT, unfortunately.

Just saying, maybe fark isn't the most appropriate place for sweet memorial threads. We're a little too realistic around here.
 
2007-05-15 06:43:32 AM  
golo606: Sad. Died for Oil and America's illegal war of aggression. I wonder how many innocent civilians he helped to kill while out there. Don't see many posts for them around here, 655,000 and rising, all a direct result of the USA's actions.

So it goes.


Dead men have no politics, you farkwit.
 
2007-05-15 06:43:56 AM  
I agree. It doesn't really belong here. It's not news. It's not even 'not news'.
 
2007-05-15 06:45:03 AM  
well that's hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children with no politics then....
 
2007-05-15 06:46:16 AM  
So very sorry. RIP.
 
2007-05-15 06:47:17 AM  
The hero tag is well deserved. He died honorably. He lived a better life than most.

/Salute!
 
2007-05-15 06:47:21 AM  
We now go LIVE to President Bush for his opinion on this needless and tragic death:
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And now back to "Skating with Celebrity Dancing Idols"
 
2007-05-15 06:49:03 AM  
golo606: well that's hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children with no politics then....

That's correct.

/wait, was that supposed to be some brilliant rebuttal or something??
 
2007-05-15 06:49:41 AM  
Condolences.

I hope this doesn't turn into a flamewar.
 
2007-05-15 06:51:35 AM  
It's sad when anyone dies, especially violently. But having them within six degrees of Fark makes it even harder to take. Thanks for the dose of reality, subby. Seriously. And my sympathies go ouut to his family.
 
2007-05-15 06:52:13 AM  
My condolences.

Quit making this political]! People can be so stupid sometimes!
 
2007-05-15 06:53:20 AM  
No, not really. I'm working here, and don't really care enough about this man (part of the greatest genocidal killing machine ever, reaping death and destruction on an unprecendented scale) to come up with much this morning. You can see where I'm coming from here....
 
2007-05-15 06:56:17 AM  
golo606: I agree. It doesn't really belong here. It's not news. It's not even 'not news'.
well that's hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children with no politics then....


From the article "That was the best option for him. He wanted to take care of his kids and did the best he could," said Anathea Alberda.
He truly found what he was good at, what he enjoyed, what he wanted to do
How about this? He took responsibility for his kids, and went out and found something that he loved doing. It's not bloody politics, he's not a farking warmonger. He's a dad who was taking care of his kids and was a friend of a Farker. Leave the politics for the flamewars, and just pour an extra drink for Robert Dixon.
 
2007-05-15 06:56:41 AM  
And golo606 sets the ball, who's going to dive in for the inevitable...
 
2007-05-15 06:57:13 AM  
"Quit making this political! People can be so stupid sometimes!"

WTF do you think this is? Of course its farking political. You can't NOT make it political. What was this guy doing when he died and why? That makes it political no matter which side you want to look at it from.
 
2007-05-15 06:58:12 AM  
Sorrow is beyond politics.

/Bring them home safe.
 
2007-05-15 06:58:25 AM  
golo606: part of the greatest genocidal killing machine ever, reaping death and destruction on an unprecendented scale

Not even close. I disagree with the war in Iraq. I also mourn for victims of the war on both sides, including Subby's friend. Your statement is a load of nonsense, though. We have two examples of considerably larger scale death and destruction from the 20th century alone.
 
2007-05-15 06:59:40 AM  
Txtraveller: The hero tag is well deserved. He died honorably. He lived a better life than most.

Maybe it is, maybe he did. Did you know him?
 
2007-05-15 07:01:06 AM  
Golo,

I assume you support the tribal militias and foreign fighters who kill scores of civilians everyday here?

What do you think is going to happen when we leave here? You think the Sunni's and Shias are gonna run through fields of flowers and hugging and laughing?

If you really cared for the innocent civilians of Iraq, you would pray to god that we stay here until Iraqi security is good enough to protect their people from your brothers in Jihad.
 
2007-05-15 07:01:34 AM  
<i>Goddamnit, shut up about politics you dumb motherfarkers!</i>
...ahem. I wish I had something to say here besides "I hope the guy that set off the bomb falls down a flight of bullets."
 
2007-05-15 07:01:53 AM  
This guy has earned his spot in Valhalla.

/RIP
//Sgt Del Greco, too
///and the crew of ICY 33
 
2007-05-15 07:04:21 AM  
I am very sorry for your loss, and wish to God it hadn't happened. For a just cause or no, it makes no matter - your friend gave his life for our country, and for that, he has my deepest gratitude.

War is cruel.

I leave you with this.

"At The Un-National Monument Along The Canadian Border"

This is the field where the battle did not happen,
where the unknown soldier did not die.
This is the field where grass joined hands,
where no monument stands,
and the only heroic thing is the sky.

Birds fly here without any sound,
unfolding their wings across the open.
No people killed-or were killed-on this ground
hallowed by neglect and an air so tame
that people celebrate it by forgetting its name.

- William Stafford
 
2007-05-15 07:04:36 AM  
Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out? Who bends not his ear to any bell which upon any occasion rings? but who can remove it from that bell which is passing a piece of himself out of this world? No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
 
2007-05-15 07:04:50 AM  
RIP
 
2007-05-15 07:04:50 AM  
Sorry to hear about your friend. I wish you guys never had to go there in the first place.
 
2007-05-15 07:04:55 AM  
He truly found what he was good at, what he enjoyed, what he wanted to do

killing people?
 
2007-05-15 07:05:11 AM  
Iraqistan Man: What do you think is going to happen when we leave here? You think the Sunni's and Shias are gonna run through fields of flowers and hugging and laughing?

If you really cared for the innocent civilians of Iraq, you would pray to god that we stay here until Iraqi security is good enough to protect their people from your brothers in Jihad.


No doubt the Sunni and Shia would keep fighting if the US left right now. The question is what would be best in the long term. I left off the question mark because no one here knows the answer.
 
2007-05-15 07:05:58 AM  
CliChe - every country needs a military. many countries are lucky enough to have a volunteer military. for all i know, the guy could have been scum (it doesn't sound like he was), but respect the guy for his bravey and the price he paid for his family. leave being a shiat about ordinary people's grief to fred phelps, eh?
 
2007-05-15 07:11:05 AM  
My condolences for your loss from Australia.
I'm not going to comment on the politics, it always comes out wrong
 
2007-05-15 07:14:43 AM  
little_wing: Dead men have no politics, you farkwit.

My interpretation was that he wasn't making any comment on the politics of the soldier. Rather, it was a comment on what a sad waste of life this entire conflict is, for both sides, and for all the wrong reasons.

There was no disrespect meant nor done to the soldier, and I am sure we can all empathize with his family and friends no matter what our individual politics are.
 
2007-05-15 07:15:02 AM  
subby

Sorry about your friend. Thanks for posting this. I think a lot of the nonchalant supporters of the red neck cadre in DC would be less supportive if they could be more closely linked to the sorrow of this ill conceived and poorly executed nation building attempt. This brings it closer to home...where it belongs. Think of this guy the next time you see a tabloid picture of the Bush kids partying in Manhattan, or Karl Rove on stage "rapping" in front of a like minded audience of pasty white doughboys at thousands of dollars a plate.

/best friend is in Afghanistan. 2 kids, wife, etc.
 
2007-05-15 07:15:08 AM  
DIAF Golo606
 
2007-05-15 07:15:48 AM  
No politics here either. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. Let his wife know there are plenty of strangers who care.

Out.
 
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