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A death in the Band of Brothers
By Michael Fumento
Dennis Samson of the 1/506th, 101st Airborne, has been laid to rest in Hesperia, Michigan after being hit by small arms fire at an observation post at Camp Corregidor, Ramadi. OP duty is boring and absolutely vital. These are the eyes of the unit. They watch for bad guys burying IEDs, for suicide vehicles, and for ambushes. They also keep on eye on known and potential enemy sniper nests and serve as snipers themselves. Samson was presumably hit by a sniper, although the military makes a point of not confirming such deaths so as not to let the enemy know they succeeded. I first learned of his death from a relative who wrote:
Your articles brought me closer to Dennis and it helped me realize how bad (to put it mildly) it was there. He always told me when we IM'd [instant messaging] that we don't see anything on the news that he sees. When I talked with him about your articles he said you hit everything on the nose. You weren't "cushioning" it for the civilians. So thank you for bringing me even closer to my nephew than I was. I'm grateful you sparked conversation between us that was more true to life. It will forever be engrained in my heart and soul. I'm going to miss him beyond belief!
I am humbled and saddened and grateful that I could have played a small part in telling the world what the Dennis Samsons of the world are sacrificing for us and in letting them know we appreciate their sacrifice. It's always nice to tell somebody that before they're gone.
August 1, 2006 05:10 PM ·
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