Perspective: Military Town Mourns Nine Lost in Attacks
(April 27) - Army Sgt. William Fleming can still see the nine paratroopers hovering over him after the anti-tank mine blew out his eardrums and ripped him with shrapnel last November.
"When I got blown up, every one of them came and checked on me," Fleming says, his voice quivering as his hands move to cover his face.
Now, every one of them is gone. On Monday, two suicide truck bombers attacked his reconnaissance scout unit's outpost in Iraq . The explosion killed nine soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division and wounded 20 others.
Together, their deaths represented the single deadliest day for the division since the fabled unit lost 12 paratroopers in Vietnam in June 1969. It was the worst day for U.S. forces in Iraq since Dec. 1, 2005, when a roadside bomb killed 10 Marines in Fallujah.
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