After Mutilation, Fingerprints Helped ID Soldier's Remains
Fingerprints helped ID soldier’s remains.
Before enlisting, Menchaca worked as a cashier at Wendy’s.
Private Kristian Menchaca of Houston and Private Thomas Tucker of Oregon were captured by terrorists in Iraq, hacked to death, their eyes gouged, their bodies defiled. The bodies of the two soldiers were apparently dragged behind utility vehicles before being mutilated.
From the Arizona Republic:
Enough with Abu Ghraib. Enough with the self-loathing hand-wringing over the killers harbored in comfort at Guantanamo Bay. Enough with the still-unproved condemnations of U.S. Marines at Haditha.
Two U.S. Army soldiers, Pfc. Kristian Menchaca of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker of Madras, Ore., have been found dead at the hands of the still-potent terrorist insurgency in Iraq.
Not just dead, but tortured, we are told. Their unrecognizable bodies dumped at a roadside that had been wired with bombs. According to an Iraqi military spokesman, the soldiers “were killed in a barbaric way.”
The two young soldiers – both had been in Iraq but a few months – had been captured at a checkpoint on June 16 in an attack that killed a third comrade, Spc. David J. Babineau of Springfield, Mass.
If we are to properly understand – and fairly condemn – the revolting moral equivalencies that have sprung up regarding “violence begetting violence” in Iraq, the shocking deaths of Pfcs. Menchaca and Tucker would seem a proper place to start.
Oregon Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) honored Private Tucker on the Senate floor:
Oregon Senator Gordon Smith honored Private Thomas Tucker of Madras today Wednesday on the floor of the US Senate.
Tucker was one of two American soldiers whose remains were tentatively identified by military officials this week in Iraq.
Smith told his colleagues that he spoke to Tucker’s parents during the ordeal and said they are made, in his words, “of sterner stuff”.
“And I am told by news accounts that Madras, Oregon, a town of 6000 people has now become a family of 6000 people to let the Tucker family know that their son is an American hero now and forever.”
The Vent today honors our American heroes. It is very good!
And, check out the Steele message at the end of the clip.
In the days ahead as we learn the details, I hope that Americans can muster the same incredible courage I have seen ordinary Iraqis rise to on countless occasions. If we do, then despite the reflexive pull back caused by the horror of these murders, our commitment to put down the terrorists who committed these murders will be redoubled.
Let our brave men be remembered with dignity and great honor, for they died in hell while fighting the devil himself.
And if you missed this earlier, Operation Undergarment is working to raise money for a brave American hero injured in Iraq.
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