Three of the four victims of the atrocity in Fallujah have been identified:
Scott Helvenston, 38, was a former member of the US Navy SEALs who joined at the age of 17 and served until 1994. He then became a fitness instructor and actor, appearing in such films as GI Jane and Face/Off. He was the father of two sons, one 15, the other 13. His brother had this to say about Helvenston:
He’s a hero. He died supplying food to people who needed it.
Democratic blogger "Kos" had this to say about Helvenston:
I feel nothing over the death of merceneries.
Jerry Zovko, 32, was a veteran of the US Army and a mechanic. He joined the army in 1991 at the age of 19 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. His mother, Donna Zovko, had this to say about him:
Jerry was a man with a principle, an idea. He loved people. He wanted the world to be without borders, for everybody to be free and safe.
Democratic blogger "Kos" had this to say about Zovko and his associates:
They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit.
Mike Teague, 38, was a member of the US Army, earning a Bronze Star in Afghanistan. He also served in Panama and Grenada. His wife, Rhonda Teague, had this to say about him:
Mike was a proud father, soldier, and American. I, his son Brandon, and his friends and family will miss him without measure.
Democratic blogger "Kos" had this message for the families of the slain:
The three individuals pictured here, and the one unnamed victim, killed in Fallujah, killed by a mass of people they were trying to help, were examples of the best of this country. They wore many hats: soldier, patriot, father, husband, brother, son. They were mechanics and sports fans, actors and athletes, soldiers and sailors. They gave their lives in the highest pursuit known to man – selflessly going into the face of grave danger to help their common man.
And "Kos" feels the need to spit on their graves.
So much for that much vaunted liberal "compassion."
Spoons suggests dropping The Daily Kos from blogrolls in protest. I agree entirely…
Michael Friedman has a list of Kos advertisers running political campaigns. Writing letters of disgust to them would be entirely appropriate – campaigning against them would be even better. (UPDATE: Both Joe Donnelly and Martin Frost have pulled their ads from The Daily Kos.)
Memorials to the victims of this atrocity can be sent here:
PO Box 159
Moyock, NC 27958
UPDATE: The fourth and final victim has been identified:
Wesley Batalona, 48, was a former Army Ranger. A native Hawaiian, he joined the Army in 1974. He leaves behind a wife, June, and a daughter, Krystal. Said a friend of him and his family:
This a tight-knit plantation community… He was a hero to us.
God bless and keep them all.