Families of Augusta's fallen Iraq service members welcome news of withdrawal

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Ann Brown was watching television Friday afternoon in her Augusta home when she heard the news: President Obama will withdraw troops from Iraq.

“They’re going to be home before Christmas. Isn’t that the best news?” said Brown, whose son, Pvt. Algernon “Al” Ad­ams, died in Iraq on Oct. 28, 2003. Adams, a North Augusta resident and a graduate of Butler High School, was 36. He had been awarded a Pur­ple Heart after he was wounded by shrapnel in August 2003, and had been stationed with the Edgefield, S.C.-based 122nd Engineer Battalion.

Adams was one of 18 service members from Augusta and nearby counties who died in the war.

Brown said she thinks her son would agree with the withdrawal.

“He wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to die the way he did,” Brown said. “I think it’s good news for a lot of people today. We’ve lost too many boys and girls, husbands and wives over there. It’s time to bring them home.”

The president’s announcement came one day after the family of Sgt. Dennis Merck marked the sixth anniversary of his death in Iraq on Oct. 20, 2005. Merck’s 21-year-old daughter, Kenzie Merck, welcomed the news that no more soldiers, especially young ones, would risk their lives.

“This has gone on for years now, and we’re ready for our troops to be home and safe,” Merck said. “We’re finally putting the war in the past and trying to move forward as a country.”

FORT GORDON SOLDIERS

Buz Yarnell, the public affairs officer at Fort Gordon, said Friday there are 750-800 soldiers from the post stationed in the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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avidreader 10/22/11 - 08:17 am
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As much as I dislike BO and

As much as I dislike BO and his politics, this is a good move. He is finally keeping a promise that he made when he ran for President.

Also, is Adams age and rank correct as published? Thirty-six and a Private?

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Vito45 10/22/11 - 09:02 am
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"The U.S.–Iraq Status of

"The U.S.–Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (official name: "Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq") is a status of forces agreement (SOFA) between Iraq and the United States. It establishes that U.S. combat forces will withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, and all U.S. forces will be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011"

Obama just honored our agreement put in place by GWB.

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kpearl4 10/22/11 - 01:31 pm
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My husband is in Iraq on his

My husband is in Iraq on his second tour and meanwhile all people can think about is who said what first! They are coming home and that's the most important thing. I've worked with soldiers and have seen what back to back deployments have done to them and their families. Politicians make promises because they want to get elected. It is no different from what any other has done. The culture we have is no fault but our own and no one man can be expected to fix it. People expect any president in this country to get things done as if he/she is a dictator when the limiting factor is the people in congress. "United we stand, divided we fall" is so true in this country because dividing thinking is exactly why we keep spiraling downward.

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RunningMan 10/22/11 - 02:58 pm
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Vito45-It does not matter.

Vito45-It does not matter. The only thing that matters is this war is almost over and no more killing of americans. It does not matter who, why, how at this point. If it will make you happy, I will give 1% to Bush, 99% to the soldiers, airmen, marines, civilians, and others from all countries that assisted, and 0% effort to our current Commander-In-Chief. Now, please move on to something more important than giving credit to the one that got us involved in this war in the first place, or do you not understand that war is not the answer to all that ills the world.

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RunningMan 10/22/11 - 02:44 pm
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Well said KPEAR14. I could

Well said KPEAR14. I could not agree more.

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Riverman1 10/22/11 - 04:45 pm
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Call it a success and quit.

Call it a success and quit. Works for anything.

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RunningMan 10/22/11 - 05:26 pm
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I would like to know who is

I would like to know who is calling it a success and by what standards? At any rate, its time to move on.

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