S.C. soldier killed in Afghanistan

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Three soldiers from Fort Campbell, including one from South Carolina, died in separate attacks in Afghanistan, the military said today.

Sgt. 1st Class John H. Jarrell, 32, of Brunson, S.C., and Sgt. Leston M. Winters, 30, of Sour Lake, Texas, died Thursday in Kandahar province when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive.

Jarrell and Winters were both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Jarrell joined the Army in June 1996 and came to Fort Campbell in February 2010. He is survived by his wife, Wendi, and daughter, Emma, of Clarksville, Tenn.; son, Brantley, of Alvin, Texas; and parents, Bobby and Maude Duff of Estill, S.C.

Also today, the military said Sgt. Matthew W. Weikert, 29, of Jacksonville, Ill., was killed Saturday in Paktika province when his unit was attacked with an IED.

Weikert was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

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veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/19/10 - 10:15 pm
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had enough yet? how many more

had enough yet? how many more need to die for no gain at all? you can't "bomb the faith" outta any religious zealots...their god vs. yours...and the PEOPLE are dieing...what does anyone think this war will bring to the middle east? peace? democracy?...wal-mart? the first two never...the last one quaranteed. seems like we coulda put "wally world"/mcdonalds/etc. over there w/out all the killing!

i hate it for these guys and their families...i support the troops...NOT the war!

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disssman 07/20/10 - 04:48 am
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Veggie until we make this

Veggie until we make this everyones war by reinstituting the draft this is going to continue well into the future. The problem is "stakeholder" kids are not involved, rather they are off to school while poor kids are joining and dying. And for what? Is oil or minerals worth the number of soldiers we have lost? The country of Afghanistan has a history of attempted invasions with no luck, what makes us think we are going to do any better?

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veggie-d 07/20/10 - 05:57 am
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i hear ya disssman, "what

i hear ya disssman, "what makes us think we're gonna do any better?"...uuuhhh vietnam? some things will never change regardless of technology of war/killing.

scattered/unorganized combatants will always have the upper hand against a well armed/organized force...figured we'd remember that lesson from the american revolution!

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curly123053 07/20/10 - 07:07 am
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The United States is not

The United States is not likely to win anymore wars when the war is directed from Capital Hill instead of from the battlefield commanders. We had our chance to win the Viet Nam War but the political restraints put on the war kept victory away. Wars are won when the commanders on the battlefields are able to get how ever many troops they need and are able to use whatever tools they desire, short of nuclear. You cannot win a war with the politicians sitting in their armchairs calling the shots. The commanders of World War 1 and 2 had a lot more freedom to do the job that needed to be done thank God, or we may have all been speaking a different language today.

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curly123053 07/20/10 - 07:09 am
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I thank God for all the men

I thank God for all the men and women fighting for our freedoms and serving us.

veggie-d
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veggie-d 07/20/10 - 07:16 am
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we all speak a different

we all speak a different language now curly.

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