On Saturday, SSG George T. Alexander, of Killeen, Texas, died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. On October 17th, Alexander's vehicle was hit by an IED. SSG Alexander was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga. The 1st/15th is a top unit in the Army - Audie Murphy is just one of it's more well-known WWII combat soldiers. Another from the Gulf War is Special Forces MilBlogger Jack Army.
I've done a lot of digging to try to find more about SSG Alexander. I believe that this was his second tour in Iraq and, during his first tour, he was deployed from Fort Hood, Texas, with the 4th ID.
There are two groups that will celebrate and use George Alexander's sacrifice.
I found this picture in an old Soldiers magazine from 2003 (US Army photo by SPC Goff). It's a picture of Staff Sergeant Alexander's young son showing support for him.
Remember George Alexander. Because his death was no more terrible, and no more horrible, than any other soldier who gave their life. Remember Staff Sergeant Alexander for those he left behind.
Others will seek to marginalize his sacrifice into a number, a sideline marker.
Don't let them.
Update: This post has offended some on the left. My response is here.