Thursday, March 3, 2011

Military deaths often go unnoticed by the general public

“We are only one of 5,500 American families who have suffered the loss of a child in this war,” Kelly wrote in an email. “The death of my boy simply cannot be made to seem any more tragic than the others.”

Lt. General says marine son’s death went largely unnoticed to nation
By Laura Donovan - The Daily Caller

Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly’s Marine son, Robert M. Kelly died instantly when he stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan in November of last year. Though John Kelly didn’t once mention his son’s name while delivering a speech about military sacrifices later that month, he told ballroom attendees that military deaths often go unnoticed by the general public.

Kelly, the most senior U.S. military officer to lose a son or daughter in Iraq or Afghanistan, has taken great measures to dodge the press since his son’s passing. Before delivering that address, Kelly instructed the Marine Corps officer introducing him, “Please don’t mention my son.”

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