Saturday, February 27, 2010

West Point Graduates Deaths (Vic Baladruz)



These guys have taken a number of hits, West Point Graduates, indicative of the role of a second lieutenant being up front with their troops, more remarkable given we did not have anyone killed in Balad Ruz during our deployment, or the immediate vicinity. Now the Iraqis had dozens killed in the same period. Hind sight is 20/20 but I am thankful for the route clearing efforts of our tank platoon and others now and our general situational awareness and patrol posture, armed to the teeth would describe it mostly. It was not glamorous but the route clearing made all the difference looking back.

CPT Schiller was KIA during a small arms engagement, Capt. Torre R. Mallard was killed by an IED.