The number of military fatalities in Iraq has now exceeded 3,300. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on one of the recently fallen soldiers:
Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Wallace, 27, was supposed to leave Iraq and prepare to come home in two weeks.
He was supposed to marry an Army specialist he had met and proposed to while fighting in Iraq.
He was supposed to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer in his hometown of Festus.
Instead, his parents got a phone call Saturday morning asking them to come home right away. When they saw military personnel waiting for them, they knew none of those things would happen.
Wallace was killed Saturday by a roadside bomb in Fallujah. He had been deployed since May.
His father, Rickey Wallace, said his son had already served his active duty contract for three years in Germany and Kosovo and was called back to duty from the Individual Ready Reserve….
“In Brandonâ€™s mind, he thought he was basically done,” his father said. “He was shocked that they called him back….”
Rickey Wallace said he had strong views about the war even before his son was deployed.
“I support the military,” he said. But, “I think itâ€™s a waste of time. I donâ€™t think us being over there is going to change anything.” [full text]