Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day thoughts - Michigan casualties

May each of you enjoy this Memorial Day. Hopefully, you'll be able to attend a parade or tribute to our American troops. PBS broadcast our National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC. It's touching as you might expect.

A friend of mine sent me this list of Michigan casualties for the past year, which he read at a Memorial today in Pleasant Ridge. I've decided to post these names here as my own tribute.

Marine Lance Corporal Luis J. Castillo, of Lawton
Army Specialist Brandon Stout, of Kent City
Marine Corporal Mark D. Kidd, of Milford
Marine Private First Class Tarryl Hill, of Shelby Twp
Army Private First Class Justin T. Paton, of Alanson
Marine Private First Class Brett Witteveen, of Shelby
Army Sergeant Douglas Stone, of Milford
Army Private First Class James L. Arnold, of Mattawan
Army Private First Class William Davis, of Grand Rapids
Army Sergeant Curtis E. Glawson, of Detroit
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph C. Schwedler,
of Crystal Falls
Army Private First Class Levi K. Hoover, of Midland
Army Sergeant Todd A. Singleton, of Muskegon
Army Medic Garrett Knoll, of Bad Axe
Army Private First Class Brian A. Botello, of Muskegon
Army Specialist Robert Dixon, of Gladwin
Army Private First Class Daniel Courneya, of Nashville
Army Sergeant Thomas G. Wright, of Holly
Army Sergeant Justin D. Wisniewski, of Standish
Army Private First Class Casey P. Zylman, of Coleman
Army Private First Class Joshua D. Brown,
of Dearborn Heights
Army Sergeant Matthey Soper, of Jackson
Army Sergeant Allen A. Greka, of Alpena
Army Private First Class Christopher D. Kube,
of Shelby Township
Army Sergeant James S. Collins, Jr., of Rochester Hills
Army Sergeant First Class Daniel E. Scheibner,
of Norton Shores
Army Specialist Todd Motley, of Clare
Staff Sergeant Donald L. Munn, II, of St. Clair Shores
Army Private First Class Casey P. Mason, of Lake
Army Corporal Jason Lee, of Fruitport
Army Sergeant Peter C. Neesley,
of Grosse Pointe Farms
Air Force Senior Airman Jason Plite, of Lansing
Air Force Technical Sergeant Howard A. Walters,
of Port Huron
Army Sergeant Robert P. Kassin, of Flint
Army Private Joseph Blake, of Livonia
Army Private First Class Joseph A. Miracle, of Ortonville
Army Private First Class Jordan Goode, of Kalamazoo
Sergeant First Class Matthew D. Blaskowski,
of Cheboygan
Marine Sergeant Phillip Bocks, of Troy
Army Specialist Joe Lancour, of Swartz Creek
Army Private Antione V. Robinson, of Detroit