Pardue's son is wounded in Afghanistan explosion

Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:03 AM
Last updated 2:55 PM

State Senate candidate Chuck Pardue's son John Pardue was wounded Friday in an insurgent attack near Kandahar, Afghanistan, that killed a fellow 101st Airborne medic.

Senate candidate Chuck Pardue (left) said his son Pfc. John Pardue will be flown back to the U.S. for surgery.  Special
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Senate candidate Chuck Pardue (left) said his son Pfc. John Pardue will be flown back to the U.S. for surgery.

Assigned to provide medical assistance to the combat unit, Pfc. John Pardue and Pfc. David Jefferson of Philadelphia were on foot in a remote area near Kandahar when an improvised explosive device went off, mortally wounding Jefferson, Chuck Pardue said.

John Pardue, whose leg was fractured, attempted to administer CPR to Jefferson at the scene but was unable save his friend's life, his father said. The two had been roommates in a training program before being deployed.

It has been a rough six weeks for the 24-member medic platoon assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st. Since being deployed May 14, the medic group has lost five to injury or death.

The group "is part of the surge, but they're probably as far to the front as you can get," Chuck Pardue said.

John Pardue's wife awaits his return in Fort Campbell, Ky., where the 101st is headquartered.

Jefferson, 23, is survived by his wife, Darniece Melton-Jefferson, and 1-year-old son, Ian, of Philadelphia, and his father, James Lyles, of Columbia, S.C.

Pardue learned of his son's injury on Sunday, as he was collecting signatures in Burke County to run as an independent for state Senate District 23.

Pardue, who lives in Blythe, qualified to run but must collect several thousand signatures to get his name on the ballot.

A retired veteran, Pardue has a law practice in Martinez and runs a biofuels business.

His son's injury hasn't dampened his support for the troops, but it has renewed his commitment to U.S. energy independence, he said.

John was able to stay for Jefferson's memorial, and now waits his turn in a safer area to be flown back to the United States for surgery, Pardue said.

"I feel better now because he's coming home, at least for awhile," he said.

Raised in Columbia County, John Pardue attended Lakeside High School. He joined the Army 18 months ago.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/10 - 08:25 am
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Prayers for a swift recovery.

Prayers for a swift recovery.

smalltowngal
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smalltowngal 07/08/10 - 09:17 am
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I pray for the killed

I pray for the killed soldiers family as well a for a speedy recovery of John. We are losing too many of this country's best for a country who could care less for democracy. We should kill the Taliban fast and get outta there. Bring our soldiers home. My son is there and another will probably be there soon.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/08/10 - 09:56 am
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This is the second time in

This is the second time in recent weeks that the U.S. war in Afghanistan has hit close to home here in Augusta. On June 26, Sgt. David Holmes of Tennille, GA was killed in Afghanistan. Now John Pardue has been injured in Afghanistan. Thank God it looks like he will make a full recovery, but many more U.S. troops will not be so lucky as this futile war bleeds into its 10th year in September.

Propping up a corrupt, puppet government in Afghanistan is not in United States national security interests. The US/NATO mission in Afghanistan is DOOMED.

East Afghanistan Sees Taliban as ‘Morally Superior’ to Karzai - By Spencer Ackerman | WIRED magazine "Danger Room" | July 6, 2010

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/in-afghanistans-east-taliban-see...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/08/10 - 11:41 am
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Georgia soldier dies in Iraq

Georgia soldier dies in Iraq - Associated Press | Sunday, July 4, 2010

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2010-07-04/georgia-soldier-dies...

"The U.S. Department of Defense said 38-year-old Sgt. Johnny W. Lumpkin died Friday of wounds suffered in an accident in Taji. Family members told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that Lumpkin was taking apart equipment on a radar tower when the equipment fell on his head."
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Cobb soldier killed in Afghanistan - By Mike Morris | AJC | 9:19 a.m. Thursday, July 8, 2010

http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/cobb-soldier-killed-in-566441.html

"An Army soldier from Cobb County died over the holiday weekend after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Army Pvt. Jacob Dennis, 22, died Sunday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he had been airlifted after being wounded late last week.

Dennis was a graduate of North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw, where he played soccer. His mother, Renee Dennis, is on the school’s faculty. ..."

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 07/08/10 - 01:07 pm
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One must wonder what it will

One must wonder what it will take for Chuck Pardue and other Indpendents to wake up to the fact that these chosen wars of aggression, against countries who neither threatened nor attacked the U.S., are wrong, ill-conceived, and need to be stopped immediately.

flipa
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flipa 07/08/10 - 03:41 pm
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Thank God Chucks son

Thank God Chucks son survived. Chuck is one of the coolest guys you'll ever meet. He's also a jam up lawyer. I'm not surprised he's branched out into bio fuels. I'm gonna look him up and buy some of it if it will work in any of my trucks.
As far as Afganistan that is where Osama Bin Laden was hiding and now we think he's hopping back and forth from there into Pakistan. Please note we have not been attacked on American soil since we arrived in Afganistan. Would everyone like to fight the war on terror up and down Washington road or in Afganistan?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 07/08/10 - 04:16 pm
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Hey flipa. United States is

Hey flipa. United States is now fighting "The War on Terror" in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Yemen, and in Somalia. In a game of "whack a mole" the mole always wins. How thin can Americans spread themselves and for how long can United States fund this crusade?

Kenya: Iraq, Afghan, Pakistan fighters in Somalia - By Jason Straziuso, AP | posted July 8, 2010

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2010/0708/Kenya-Iraq-Afghan-Pakistan-figh...

Only way to end the Afghanistan war: US peace deal with the Taliban by Arif Rafiq | The Christian Science Monitor | posted July 8, 2010

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/0708/Only-way-to-end-th...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/08/10 - 05:17 pm
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Get yourself healed up there

Get yourself healed up there Airborne. Chuck is a great guy. He served in Vietnam and was a Military Police Officer. Muy respect.

Brad

P.S. He is a conservative Democrat and has my vote for sure.

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