Here's a clip of the news article:
BAGHDAD - Two Americans, a contractor and a soldier, were killed in a rocket attack on the heavy guarded Green Zone on Tuesday, according to statements from the U.S. Embassy and the military.
Five other people were wounded, one contractor who was seriously hurt and three with slight wounds. A second soldier also was wounded in the attack, but the military did not give a condition.
Insurgents and militia fighters routinely fire rockets and mortars into the Green Zone, the nominally secure area in central Baghdad that is site of the U.S. Embassy and the Iraqi government and parliament. The attacks seldom cause casualties or damage because they are poorly aimed and the zone contains much open space.
I'll leave you with a few pictures of Sean from our deployment...
Here's Sean when we first landed in Baghdad. We were all hopeful of making a difference on our deployment and were actually happy to finally be in Iraq (after months of training in the US and Kuwait)
This is some of the people lined up for the "angel flight". The medical personnel said they had never seen such a large turnout to support one person.
Another view of the line of people there to send of MSG Thomas and the female contractor that were killed. This was one of the hardest days of my life. I still remember it very vividly.
One of the two helicopters that flew in to transport the bodies of the deceased. If you open up this picture you can see the piece of paper in the windshield of the helicopter that says "hero".
The entire ceremony was handled very respectfully. It was a very hard day knowing Sean's body was heading back to be buried. We still had over three months until the rest of us would be returning home.
I HATE that this is the ONLY picture of me with Sean. Why do I have to be such a retard? Why couldn't I have posed for a nice picture with him?
A picture from the memorial service. Between the Angel Flight and the memorial service, I don't know which day was harder. I still tear up when I hear "Amazing Grace" and have even had to walk out of church to regain my composure.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and for looking at the pictures of Sean. Yesterday some members of my unit met up to go to Sean's gravesite. It kills me that I wasn't there. I was thinking about going home last week and decided against it. When I found out they were getting together to honor Sean yesterday I was heartbroken that I didn't want to spend the money or deal with travelling with Maddie and I had to miss out on that opportunity. Next year I hope to be able to go. Even though next year I'll have two little ones to travel with. It's worth it to be able to get together with come fellow comrades to honor a fallen one.
Rest in peace, Sean. Know that we think about you all the time and we remember all the good times we were blessed to spend with you. My life is better because I had the opportunity to know you. I treasure the memories with you and will carry them with me forever.