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War Doesn’t Stop for Christmas

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Enjoy your Christmas, but take a moment to think about the Americans troops in Afghanistan who can’t possible celebrate. That’s the way it is in war.

That’s the way it is in Afghanistan now, and that’s the way it has been in every war America has fought at Christmas time.

War doesn’t take the day off for Christmas.

On Christmas Day 1776, George Washington's had his troops ferried across the half frozen Delaware River in a blinding snow storm to attack the Hessian troops in Trenton, New Jersey. Two American soldiers froze to death and five were wounded.

On Christmas Day 1862, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s troops attacked elements of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry defending the railroad depot at Glasgow, Kentucky.

The 2nd Michigan Cavalry lost two dead and 16 captured.

Say a prayer for the common foot soldier
Spare a thought for his back breaking work
Say a prayer for his wife and his children
Who burn the fires and who still till the earth

Salt Of The Earth
The Rolling Stones, 1968
(Mick Jagger - Keith Richards)

During World War II, Americans fought and died throughout the entire Christmas season. The Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944 and lasted until lasted until January 25, 1945. According to the National World War II Museum, the Battle of the Bulge caused “over 80,000 American casualties.”

During the Korean War, 7 Americans were killed on Christmas Day.

In the War on Terror, 10 Americans were killed on Christmas Day in Iraq, and two were killed on Christmas Day in Afghanistan.

For many Americans, Christmas Day is the happiest day of the year. But for the families of the American troops who were killed on December 25th, Christmas Day is a living nightmare.

Take a moment to remember the 55 Americans who were killed in Vietnam on Christmas Day.

JOHNNY C SANDERS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1963
Wall Panel / Line: 1E / 39
Date of Birth: Sep 3, 1917
Home Town: JACKSON, MS

PAUL W JANDERSHOVITZ
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1965
Wall Panel / Line: 4E / 38
Date of Birth: Mar 17, 1927
Home Town: ALLENTOWN, PA

LEONIDAS RAISIS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1965
Wall Panel / Line: 4E / 40
Date of Birth: Mar 10, 1939
Home Town: WESTBORO, MA

FERNANDO SEDA JR
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1965
Wall Panel / Line: 4E / 38
Date of Birth: Mar 20, 1946
Home Town: NEW YORK, NY

CARL R STEFFEN
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1965
Wall Panel / Line: 4E / 39
Date of Birth: Jan 20, 1947
Home Town: TRENTON, NJ

WILLIAM D CARSON
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 78
Date of Birth: Jan 11, 1943
Home Town: BRIDGEPORT, CT

GIACOMO J CINTINEO
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 78
Date of Birth: Mar 16, 1943
Home Town: PHOENIX, AZ

CARL M EGOLF
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 78
Date of Birth: Aug 15, 1945
Home Town: WESTMINSTER, MD

GEORGE L FRAGUA
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 78
Date of Birth: Nov 18, 1947
Home Town: JEMEZ PUEBLO, NM

MARSHAL L HORTON
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 78
Date of Birth: Aug 11, 1943
Home Town: LONG BEACH, CA

ROBERT M KLEVENOWSKI
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 79
Date of Birth: Dec 26, 1946
Home Town: CLEVELAND, OH

EARL W KNUTSON JR
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 79
Date of Birth: Feb 22, 1945
Home Town: CLINTON, WI

RAYMOND J METTY
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 79
Date of Birth: Aug 1, 1944
Home Town: BUFFALO, NY

LARRY REED
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 79
Date of Birth: Mar 31, 1940
Home Town: HOPKINSVILLE, KY

HERBERT D SURBER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1966
Wall Panel / Line: 13E / 79
Date of Birth: Sep 24, 1946
Home Town: FLORAL CITY, FL

MATTHEW J AGUGLIARO
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 56
Date of Birth: Jun 27, 1947
Home Town: WEST HEMPSTEAD, NY

RICHARD W BUDKA
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 56
Date of Birth: Mar 11, 1932
Home Town: AMSTERDAM, NY

FREDERICK J BURNS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 56
Date of Birth: Jun 11, 1949
Home Town: MERRICK, NY

THOMAS A GRUD
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 58
Date of Birth: Feb 22, 1942
Home Town: PARK RIDGE, IL

ANDREW M HUDAK
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 57
Date of Birth: Jun 3, 1947
Home Town: WARREN, OHK

DANNY W JETER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 57
Date of Birth: Sep 8, 1948
Home Town: RIVERSIDE, CA

BERNARD D JOHNSON
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 57
Date of Birth: Mar 15, 1946
Home Town: SYRACUSE, NY

TERRY T KOONCE
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 57
Date of Birth: Sep 13, 1938
Home Town: SAN ANTONIO, TX

BILLY E LANKFORD
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 57
Date of Birth: Jul 19, 1930
Home Town: DICKSON, TN

DELBERT O LEWIS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 58
Date of Birth: May 17, 1943
Home Town: SHELBY, OH

CHARLES D MCCLURG
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 58
Date of Birth: Jul 5, 1949
Home Town: BANGOR, MI

JOHN D MORRIS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 58
Date of Birth: Feb 28, 1942
Home Town: WAUKESHA, WI

PHILLIP E NEFF
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 60
Date of Birth: Aug 15, 1947
Home Town: MILL HALL, PA

LARRY H OERTEL
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 58
Date of Birth: Aug 31, 1945
Home Town: STRATFORD, WI

KENNETH F OLENZUK
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 59
Date of Birth: Oct 4, 1947
Home Town: DETROIT, MI

HUGHIE OXENDINE
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 59
Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1932
Home Town: LUMBERTON, NC

DONALD W RICHARD
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 59
Date of Birth: Sep 2, 1945
Home Town: HOUSTON, TX

FRANCIS E SANDERS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 59
Date of Birth: Jun 12, 1948
Home Town: AUGUSTA, MI

PETER W SCOTT
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 59
Date of Birth: Jun 30, 1945
Home Town: LINDEN, NJ

JERRY A SELLERS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 60
Date of Birth: Apr 27, 1935
Home Town: ALTHA, FL

JOE T SHUMPERT
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 60
Date of Birth: Oct 26, 1938
Home Town: WEST COLUMBIA, SC

RONALD J SIENGO
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 60
Date of Birth: Jan 17, 1946
Home Town: CORNWELLS HEIGHTS, PA

EDGAR J UDELL
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 60
Date of Birth: Jul 29, 1946
Home Town: COOS BAY, OR

HAROLD D WILLIAMS
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1967
Wall Panel / Line: 32E / 60
Date of Birth: Jun 12, 1932
Home Town: ABERDEEN, NC

ROBERT A AMSPACHER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 75
Date of Birth: Oct 12, 1947
Home Town: NORMAN, OK

PAUL W BAKER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 75
Date of Birth: Jun 20, 1943
Home Town: COLUMBUS, OH

KENNETH M BRYANT
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 75
Date of Birth: May 25, 1947
Home Town: COLD SPRING, KY

SANDY L HOOKER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 76
Date of Birth: Dec 2, 1947
Home Town: CHICAGO, IL

CHARLES D KING
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 76
Date of Birth: Mar 29, 1946
Home Town: MUSCATINE, IA

BOBBY S MALICHI
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 76
Date of Birth: Jan 9, 1936
Home Town: BENNETTSVILLE, SC

THOMAS F O'DEA JR
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 76
Date of Birth: Aug 3, 1926
Home Town: CHICAGO, IL

JIMMIE L ROBINSON
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 76
Date of Birth: Nov 4, 1946
Home Town: EASTOVER, SC

RUSSELL L WELLS JR
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1968
Wall Panel / Line: 36W / 77
Date of Birth: Aug 18, 1944
Home Town: EL PASO, TX

WILBERT L GILLESPIE
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1969
Wall Panel / Line: 15W / 92
Date of Birth: Jun 4, 1942
Home Town: PHILADELPHIA, PA

HARRY R SINE JR
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1969
Wall Panel / Line: 15W / 92
Date of Birth: Sep 25, 1949
Home Town: RIVESVILLE, WV

THOMAS G BRUBAKER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1970
Wall Panel / Line: 5W / 7
Date of Birth: Nov 2, 1950
Home Town: SUTTER, CA

DONALD J KNEBEL
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1970
Wall Panel / Line: 5W / 8
Date of Birth: Jul 5, 1951
Home Town: JASPER, IN

RICHARD J KNICKERBOCKER
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1970
Wall Panel / Line: 5W / 8
Date of Birth: Dec 16, 1950
Home Town: YOUNGSTOWN, OH

JAMES C WATSON
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1971
Wall Panel / Line: 2W / 91
Date of Birth: Feb 14, 1944
Home Town: MCMINNVILLE, TN

DWIGHT G RICKMAN
Date of Casualty: Dec 25, 1972
Wall Panel / Line: 1W / 105
Date of Birth: Jan 4, 1947
Home Town: JOPLIN, MO

“Freedom is not free”
Retired Air Force Colonel Walter Hitchcock

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