Monday, July 30, 2007
The morning paper's ink stains my fingers: CCCLXXXVI:

July 30, 2007
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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pfc. Cody C. Grater, 20, of Spring Hill, Fla., died July 29 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered fromenemy direct fire. He was assigned to the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

For more information related to this release, the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.
--Spencer Ackerman
Question: Does the US military at any point provide the same service as the UK MoD, where at some points a few days after a fatality, the CO of the fallen soldier makes a personalised tribute to him/her? Or is the whole think as impersonal as shown here (a brick-wall-across-a-busy -highway kind of impersonal). Are the US Army and Marines afraid to clarify the facts that these are people that they're leaving strewn dead across Iraq in their hundreds?
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