Wednesday, September 13, 2006

New Jersey loses 45th Soul in Iraq

Click here to hear TAPS. It is a suitable backdrop while contemplating the forth-fifth (and latest) New Jersey soldier to die while fighting in Iraq.

Marine Pfc. Vincent M. Frassetto of Tom's River was barely a week into his tour in Iraq when his convoy was struck by and IED in Anbar Province last week. The greater Anbar region (including Fallujah) is still widely regarded as an insurgent stronghold and has been the site of some of the bloodiest battles of the whole Iraq conflict. Since the war began, 2,672 Americans have perished in Iraq.

The Star Ledger has a nice piece about Pfc. Frassetto and his family here.

Family, friends, and community will come together to mourn this weekend. Visiting hours are Friday, Sep. 15, 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at St. Luke's Church in Tom's Toms River. A funeral Mass will be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church.

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