Saturday, January 26, 2013

In Grateful Memory

Sgt. Mark H. Schoonhoven (U.S. Army), 38, Plainwell, Michigan. Died Jan. 20 from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised bomb on Dec. 15 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

This is the second neighbor from the small city nearest our rural home to be killed in the senseless conflict in Afghanistan. The Mayor said, “Unfortunately, we know how to deal with this. Two years ago, one of our own died. That was tragic, and so is this.”

Knowing how to deal with it doesn’t make it any less painful.  

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Unfortunately, the Geezer doesn’t have the time or resources to honor all Americans and  NATO allies who are being killed in Afghanistan, so memorials are limited to service members from my home state of Michigan. You can find a record of all American deaths at


P said...

R.I.P. Sgt. Schoonhoven

Kay said...

When you put a face to the name, it makes a big difference in making us realize the loss we have incurred in our wars. Too often, it's only a number... This is so sad.