Darwin Judge was a recently deployed 19-year-old when he was killed. Born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, he was active in his church and Boy Scouts, pitched for his All-Star team in Little League games, got his first newspaper route at age 8. At 16, he went to work at a grocer’s. Summers he baled hay. He loved riding his motorcycle and woodworking, at which he excelled. He made a grandfather clock for his mother. He signed up for the Marines his senior year in high school, completed basic training after graduating and was shipped overseas. Two weeks after being assigned to his detachment he was killed.
Corporal Charles McMahon.
Charles McMahon was not quite 22 when he was killed. He grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts. As a kid he earned pocket money mowing lawns and delivering papers. He and a good friend practically lived at the local Boys Club, shooting pool, playing ping pong, but most of all learning how to swim and dive. McMahon spent so much time swimming that when he was old enough, the club hired him to teach other kids. It’s said he was good with them. The club’s director, a former Marine, drew McMahon’s avid attention with his stories of the Corps. At 19, McMahon joined, assigned at first to the Military Police. After a year and a half, he signed up for a special course of intense security training. Two weeks after being assigned to his detachment, he was killed.
If you’re thinking of looking for Charles McMahon or Darwin Judge listed at the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count Web site, forget it. You won’t find them counted on the site’s map either…
Comment by Dallasdoc on Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 08:56:03 PM, The last American will die in 2067
…Iraq will reap a similiar long harvest of American lives, long past my own demise and yours, MB. And the pain, as Maryscott O’Connor reminds us, will last unto the seventh generation.
This is the legacy of George W. Bush. We could confiscate Kennebunkport and Crawford to turn into National Cemeteries, send George and Dick to Uzbek black prisons, and justice would open its maw for more.
There is no forgiveness for these deeds. We cannot make it right; we can only make it stop.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. –Orwell
I read Meteor Blades’ piece late at night on the East Coast,
and got as far as Dallasdoc’s comment.
I’ve been up all night since.
THIS Administration MUST BE politically decapitated over the next two years.
Call it what you wish. Get it done however you want.
The Founding Fathers foresaw this. Congress better not fail us.
Democrats: Putting Intelligence Back Into National Security
War is a matter of public health (among other things); we must launch a program aimed at the eradication of war. Yesterday.