Did this have to happen?

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In a rare fatal incident, two American troops have drowned in Afghanistan, while trying to recover equipment from a northwestern river, security officials say.

The soldiers died on Wednesday, while trawling in the Badghis province’s Bala-Murghab River for lost supply packages, the area’s Deputy Police Chief Mohammed Jabbar told a Press TV correspondent.

The supplies were lost as a US aircraft was dropping caissons and food parcels on the troops’ base.


It is such a waste and so sad that these two brave Sergeants had to die this way. It either goes to show how important those supplies were that one of them risked his life to retrieve them from a fast-moving river or that he was that dedicated to being a soldier and making sure no supplies were lost. It does show that one soldier cared so much about his “battle-buddy” that he ignored the risks and jumped in after his buddy to save him, but lost his own life.

It is stories like this that make me want to work harder at what I do, as I work with the folks that have influence in the technologies into making sure that supply drops are more accurate and don’t end up in a tragedy like this. I feel for the families of these brave and courageous young men.

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  3. Phyllis CoppolinoNo Gravatar says:

    It breaks my heart that it happened! And I can’t understand how it DID happen. How inaccurate could they have been, on the aircraft, about where to make the drop??? Did they only have an area of a few feet away from the water in which to make the drop? Can they be trained to let the damn equipment GO, if it’s too dangerous to rescue it? Could they have lowered a ladder to him from the aircraft – the plane could have moved faster than the river, couldn’t it??? Could they have gotten ahead of him, tied some guys together and grabbed him??? I HATE it when our guys die!!! :'(

  4. David MNo Gravatar says:

    The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 11/19/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.
    .-= David M´s last blog ..What Patton Would Have Said… =-.

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