Monday, July 04, 2005


Camp Fallujah
Al Anbar Province, Iraq

On 23 June 2005, the enemy rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into a truck carrying our troops, ending the lives of one sailor and five Marines.

The 8th Regimental Combat Team of the United States Marine Corps held a memorial for six fallen comrades.

The attack gained worldwide attention, threatening to turn the memorial into the customary frenzy, so the military banned media-borne cameras from the memorial. The camera-ban resulted in few media attending the service.

Lost in the attack were the following:

LCPL Holly Ann Charette, USMC, of South Kingston, Rhode Island. Holly was born in 1983.

CS1 Regina Renee Clark, US Navy, of Centralia, Washington. Regina was born in 1962.

PFC Veashna Muy, USMC, of Long Beach, California, born in 1984. Veashna's friends said his parents are from Cambodia.

CPL Carlos Antonio Pineda, USMC, from San Salvador, El Salvador. CPL Pineda was the latest of many people from other countries who died in service to the United States. He was born in 1982.

CPL Chad Wayne Powell, USMC, born in 1983, from West Monroe, Louisiana.

CPL Ramona Magdalena Valdez, USMC, from the Bronx, New York. CPL Valdez was born in 1984.

Their service and sacrifice will be remembered.