Saturday, May 29, 2010

Edwin Rivera



Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera, age 28, of Waterford, Connecticut, died this week from injuries sustained on May 20, 2010.

He was wounded by indirect fire in an attack in the Laghman province of Afghanistan.

He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment of Norwalk.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Edwin Rivera is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Zak Cusack

British Gunner Zak Cusack, age 20, of the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, was killed on May 26, 2010, near Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Zak Cusack was from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Zak Cusack is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ronald Wayne Culver

Maj. Ronald Wayne Culver Jr., age 44, of El Dorado, Arkansas, was killed May 24, 2010, near Numaniyah, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb.

He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, Shreveport, La.

Ronald Wayne Culver is survived by his wife Tracey, and his two children Ronald Wayne, III and Michelle.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Ronald Wayne Culver is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christopher Ryan Barton

Pfc. Christopher Ryan Barton, age 22, of Concord, North Carolina, was an infantryman assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and was killed on May 24, 2010, when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire in the Khowst province of Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife and and mother, both of North Carolina.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Barton is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Stanley J. Sokolowski


Spc. Stanley J. Sokolowski, age 26, of Ocean, New Jersey, died on May 20, 2010, in Kirkuk, Iraq, in a noncombatant related incident in Iraq.

Stanley Sokolowski was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss.



Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Stanley Sokolowski is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Amilcar H. Gonzalez


Staff Sgt. Amilcar H. Gonzalez, age 26, of Miami died May 21, 2010, in Ash Shura, Iraq. He died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Amilcar Gonzalez is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jason D. Fingar

Pfc. Jason D. Fingar, age 24, of Columbia, Missouri died May 22, 2010, in Durai, Afghanistan, when his military vehicle struck an improvised explosive device.

Fingar was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jason Fingar is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Monday, May 24, 2010

Barek Deligny-Christophe


A French soldier, Barek Deligny-Christophe, age 38, married and the father of two children, belonged to a team of 70 French instructors deployed alongside a regiment of Afghanistan. He was killed on May 22, 2010, in Afghanistan.

He was mortally wounded by detonating an IED.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Barek Deligny-Christophe is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Stephen Walker


Corporal Stephen Walker, of A Company 40 Commando Royal Marines, died on May 21, 2010, following an explosion near Patrol Base Almas, in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. 


He was from Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

He is a husband and father of 2 children.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Stephen Walker is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Larry Rudd


Canadian Trooper Larry Rudd, age 26, died on May 24, 2010. He was on a resupply patrol to deliver supplies and equipment to Canadian soldiers near the village of Salavat, about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. He was killed by an improvised explosive device.

A native of Brantford, Ontario., Larry Rudd was with the Royal Canadian Dragoons based at CFB Petawawa in Ontario.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Larry Rudd is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Shane S. Barnard


Staff Sgt. Shane S. Barnard, age 38, died May 19, 2010, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when he stepped on a secondary improvised explosive device. He was from De Smet, South Dakota.

He was assigned to the 787th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Shane Barnard is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Thomas Belkofer

Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer, age 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died in a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2010.

He was assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Thomas Belkofer is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Billy G. Anderson


Pfc. Billy G. Anderson, age 20, from Alexandria, Tennessee, was killed on May 17, 2010, when a homemade bomb exploded during a foot patrol in Badghis Province, Afghanistan.

Billy Anderson was a combat engineer assigned to Company A, 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, stationed in Fort Bragg.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Billy Anderson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

John M. McHugh

Col. John M. McHugh, age 46, of Newark, New Jersey, died in a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2010.

He was assigned to U.S. Army Battle Command, Training Program, at Fort Leavenworth.

He has a wife, 5 children and a grand-daughter.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that John McHugh is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua A. Tomlinson

Army Specialist Joshua A. Tomlinson, age 24, of Dubberly, Louisiana, died in a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2010.

He was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corp, Heidelberg, Germany.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joshua Tomlinson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Paul R. Bartz

Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, age 43, of Waterloo, Wisconsin, died in a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2010.

He was assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York.


He is survived by his wife and son. 

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Paul Bartz is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Albert Einstein and World War Three....

Albert Einstein, the intellectual, said the following about future wars:

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

This means that he did not know how World War Three would unfold, but he did know that after it, the war after that (World War 4), will be fought with sticks and stones because we would have wiped out all advanced civilization on Earth in world war three and we will be reduced to the state of cavemen. 

Our soldiers can find other endeavors to engage in. We will still fully employ them. But we would redirect them towards peaceful projects. 

Think about it and support world-wide pacifism - not just for us, but for everybody. This is all about the future of our planet and all of the people on it. 

Should we all advance and seek the stars or should we all go back to the caves of our ancestors, clubbing each other to death? 

 God the Father, Jesus, Mary and all of the saints and all of the angels pray for us. Amen.

Richard Tieman


A Waynesboro, Pa, soldier was killed May 18, 2010, in a brazen suicide bombing attack on a NATO convoy in Afghanistan.


Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, age 28, died in the attack, one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. forces in 2010.


He was assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corp, Heidelberg, Germany. 


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Richard Tieman is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

The Korean War.....


The Korean War (1950-53) was a military conflict between the Republic of Korea, supported by the United Nations; and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the People's Republic of China, with air support from the Soviet Union. The war began on 25 June 1950 and an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953. 

Korean dead
The United Nations, particularly the United States, came to the aid of the South Koreans in repelling the invasion from the North.

In the end, this was all about preventing South Korea from becoming Communist.

The death toll from the Korean War is under debate. However, the death toll is somewhere around 1,500,000 people including 36,516 dead Americans, and numerous dead soldiers from Turkey, Britain, Canada, Australia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Belgium, South Africa, the Soviet Union and New Zealand. Even 2 soldiers from the very tiny European country of Luxembourg died in this conflict. 

Did anybody care that all these men died? 

God save us from our governments. 

Let us pray that the souls of the men, women and children who died in the Korean War are at peace. Let us pray that they are with God and are in Heaven. Amen.

Geoff Parker

Canadian soldier, Lt. Col. Geoff Parker, age 42, of Oakville, Ontario, died on May 18, 2010, due to a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan.

He was a married father of two children.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Geoff Parker is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Wars in Yugoslavia....

The Yugoslavian Wars in the past 20 years have been a travesty of justice. This conflict involves these ethnic regions - Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Vojvodina.

All of the people in these regions should be ashamed before God, whether Christian or Muslim. They all knew about the genocides in the Second World War and yet they continued this horror into the 1990's. They did not learn from the Second World War's holocaust about the sanctity of human life and the right of all minorities to live.

The Srebrenica Massacre, also known as the Srebrenica Genocide, refers to the July 1995 killing of more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys, by Serbian military forces, as well as the ethnic cleansing of 25,000–30,000 refugees. God help us all.

Many teenaged boys were killed in this era. Could you stand before a 12 or 14 year old boy and look him in the face and then kill him? These people in these regions did this, one to the other. 

What a shame on Christianity and what a shame on Islam this is. 

Let us pray that the souls of the men, women and children who died in these Yugoslavian Wars are at peace. Let us pray that they are with God and are in Heaven. Amen.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Tragedy of the Vietnam War


The Vietnam War was a Cold War military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1955 to 1975 when Saigon fell.

The purpose of this war was to prevent South East Asia from going "Communist".  

In the end, these countries did exactly as they wished, and the death toll from this effort at a minimum, was:

221,000 Vietnamese dead
58,000 Americans dead

Other dead related to this war are from Thailand, Laos, China, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and the Soviet Union.

In total, 1,177,446 people died in this war.  All for nothing. It was all a political ploy. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus and all of the saints and all of the angels that the souls of these people who died in this unjust war, are at rest and that they are with God.   

God help us all and save us from our corrupt governments. 

Kenneth B. May Jr.

Sgt. Kenneth B. May, Jr., age 26, of Kilgore, Texas, died May 11, 2010, in Afghanistan.  He had served two tours in Iraq and was deployed just two weeks ago to Afghanistan, where he was killed by an IED, the day after his second wedding anniversary.  Kenneth May was assigned to the Third Battalion, first Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Kenneth May is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Donald J. Lamar II

US Marine Sgt. Donald J. Lamar II, age 23, of Fredericksburg, Va., died May 12, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Donald Lamar is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua D. Desforges

US Marine Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges, age 23, of Ludlow, Mass., died May 12, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

 

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joshua Desforges is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Denis D. Kisseloff

 US Army Spc. Denis D. Kisseloff, 45, of Saint Charles, Mo., died May 14, 2010,  at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Denis Kisseloff is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jeffrey W. Johnson

Cpl. Jeffrey W. Johnson, age 21, of Tomball, Texas, died on May 11, 2010, supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was on foot patrol when a bomb exploded.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jeffrey Johnson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Kevin McKay



A Canadian soldier, Private Kevin Thomas McKay, age 24, from Richmond Hill, Ontario, was killed in Panjway District, Afghanistan, on May 13, 2010.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Kevin McKay is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Joshua M. Davis

Lance Cpl. Joshua Davis, age 19, from Iowa, was killed while fighting in the Helmand province, Afghanistan, on May 7, 2010. He died while supporting combat operations.

He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejenue, N.C.


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Joshau Davis is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Richard R. Penny


Richard R. Penny, age 21, Lance Corporal, Marines, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Second Marine Division, died on May 6, 2010, in combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Richard Penny is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Christopher Rangel

Lance Cpl. Christopher Rangel, age 22, of San Antonio, Texas, died May 6, 2010, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  


He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Rangel is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Kurt Shea

Cpl. Kurt Shea, age 21, of Frederick, Maryland, U.S.A, died on May 10, 2010, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was a radio operator assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division Forward, and died while supporting combat operations. 


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Kurt Shea is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Esau Gonzales

Staff Sergeant Esau Gonzales, age 30, was killed on May 3, 2010, in Mosul, Iraq.

He had a wife and 2 children.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Esau Gonzales is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen





Christopher Harrison

Cpl. Christopher Harrison, from Taunton, England, died on May 9, 2010, in Afghanistan. 


The 26-year-old, serving in Bravo Company, 40 Commando, was killed while on foot patrol in Sangin in Helmand.


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Christopher Harrison is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mark Coleman


Mark Coleman, age 40, was an Army Special Forces soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a 22-year veteran of the military who spoke Thai and had been stationed all over the world.

He was a master sergeant with the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, died May 2, 2010, in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense confirmed that he died of wounds sustained by an enemy bomb in Khakrez, Afghanistan.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Mark Coleman is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Anthony Magee

Sgt. Anthony Magee, age 29, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, was injured April 24 when enemy forces attacked his unit in Iskandariyah, Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.

He died April 27, 2010, at a hospital in Germany.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Anthony Magee is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen






Wade A. Slack

Spc. Wade A Slack, age 21, of Waterville, Maine, died May 6, 2010,   at Jaghatu, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents
 attacked his unit using indirect fire.

He was assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) at JBLM.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Wade Slack is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen




Eric M. Finniginam


Army Spc. Eric M. Finniginam, age 26, died on May 1, 2010, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province. 

He is the 35th service member from the Micronesia region to die while supporting U.S. wars since 2003. Eric Finniginman was from Colonia, the Capital of Yap State within the Federated States of Micronesia.

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Eric Finniginam is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Barry Buxton

Lance Corporal Barry Buxton, age 27, from Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, England, died after his vehicle was in a traffic accident on the Nahr-e Bughra canal, Afghanistan.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Barry Buxton is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen




Daryn Roy

Daryn Roy, age 28, of 21 Engineer Regiment, died from injuries caused when the vehicle he was travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand, Afghanistan.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Daryn Roy is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Craig Blake


Canadian Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, a navy clearance diver sent to Afghanistan because of his bomb disposal expertise, was killed by a roadside bomb southwest of Kandahar city on May 3, 2010.

The married father of two boys was 37 and was from Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Craig Blake is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rwandan Genocide

The Rwandan Genocide was the 1994 mass killing of hundreds of thousands of Rwanda's Tutsis and Hutu political moderates by the Hutu dominated government under the Hutu Power ideology. Over the course of approximately 100 days, or more, from the assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana on April 6 through mid-July, at least 500,000 people were killed, according to the estimate of Human Rights Watch. Other estimates of the death toll have ranged between 500,000 and 1,000,000, (a commonly quoted figure is 800,000), or as much as 20% of the total population of the country.

Let us pray for the souls of all of the Rwandans killed in this horrible genocide.  Let us pray that these men, women and children are with God.  And God help us all, as we never learn from the past and continue to do these vile things, one to the other.  

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Holocaust of World War Two - European Jewry

The planned and systematic destruction of European Jewry in World War Two is well documented and is too painful and too involved to outline here. Six million people died due to this holocaust. 

This is the face of fear in a Jewish Child


This is the face of misery in a Jewish man


Let us pray to God, our Father, for the salvation of all persons, who died in this holocaust. 

Let us pray to God, our Father, that this travesty is never again repeated. 

We pray that God has lifted all of these poor souls, who died in the holocaust, unto Him, into Heaven. Amen.

Harvey Holmes

Cpl Holmes, age 22, was attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group, and was providing protection for his patrol as they investigated a compound east of Wishtan, Afghanistan, when he died on May 2, 2010.  He was from Hyde, Greater Manchester, England.


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Alex Holmes is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Salvatore S. Corma

1st Lt. Salvatore S. Corma, 24, of Deptford, died on April 29, 2010, in Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device used during an insurgent attack. He was from Deptford, New Jersey.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Salvatore S. Corma is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Keith Coe

Keith Coe, age 30, of Florida, was killed on April 27, 2010, by a roadside explosion in Northern Iraq earlier this week, the Department of Defense said.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He had a wife and 4 children.

Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Keith Coe is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Nathan Kennedy

Sgt. Nathan Kennedy, age 24, was killed April 27, 2010, by small arms fire during an attack on his unit near Quarando Village, Afghanistan. 


Nathan Kennedy was from Claysville, Pa.  He served with Fort Carson's 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. 


Let us pray to God, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Nathan Kennedy is in heaven.  Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God.  Amen