Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Andrew J. Bacevich dies of injuries from I.E.D.

BOSTON (AP) The son of a Boston University professor who has been a critic of the war was killed in Iraq, the Defense Department said Monday.

First Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich was the son of Andrew J. Bacevich, an international relations professor who has said that the United States is mired in a war it cannot win through military might alone.

The younger Bacevich was killed Sunday when an improvised device exploded while he was on a combat patrol in Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq, according to the military.

Bacevich, 27, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

His sister, Jennifer Bacevich, 34, reached Monday afternoon at the family's home in Walpole, Mass., said her brother joined the Army after he wasn't able to enroll in ROTC because of his asthma. When the military eased its restrictions, he went on to train to be an officer.

Despite his asthma, Jennifer said her brother was active and athletic.

"He was a guy who liked to run marathons," she said. "He liked to be with his friends. He was a real funny guy. He liked to run. He liked to play soccer."

Her brother was single at the time of his death, she said.

From the News Observer