Friday, January 04, 2008

Andrew Olmstead

Blogger Andrew Olmstead has been killed in Diyala. Blackfive adds "I just found out that, yesterday, Andrew Olmsted's unit was ambushed. Andrew was killed."

Nothing follows.


Blogger Triton'sPolarTiger said...

WOW. The comments left at Obsidian Wings will tear your heart to pieces.


1/04/2008 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger Wretchard said...

Major Olmstead specifically requested that his death not be politicized. His life will speak for itself.

1/04/2008 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Triton'sPolarTiger said...

hilzoy (?) noted that most commenters were respecting the Major's request - from what I read, the posters were expressing their grief.

1/04/2008 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger racarrera said...

God rest his soul.

1/04/2008 05:02:00 PM  
Blogger Wretchard said...

It's the one that brings it home. Any statistical argument about the decline in deaths in Iraq will be true but beside the point.

Because we read Olmstead, we knew him, if ever so slightly. He was unique, as all of us are unique. There will never, in the wide spaces of time, ever be another Andrew Olmstead. What he did, he did.

And how we respond will define us. Not all tears are evil.

1/04/2008 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Andrewdb said...

That last letter is a rough one.

Godspped indeed.

1/04/2008 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Annoymouse said...

I booked marked his post from beyond, I couldn't finish reading it... it really choked me up.

Farewell, he shall not be forgotten.

1/04/2008 08:38:00 PM  
Blogger Wadeusaf said...

For No greater love...,
Thank you... seems miserably not enough.

1/05/2008 03:51:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

If by "ambushed" you mean fragged by in Iraqi soldier, than I guess he got ambushed.

1/05/2008 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Major Olmstead represents the flawed but perfect example of the greatness of the true american person

I shall, no matter the cause of his death, remember him for dying to protect the innocent women and children.

he was a man...

1/05/2008 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Gary Farber said...

Olmsted. Not "Olmstead."

1/10/2008 01:34:00 AM  

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