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They gave their lives.

Even as the U.S. has pulled out of Iran, there is still a war in Afghanistan.  With sadness I report here this week’s military casualties.  Let us remember the great sacrifice these individuals and their families have made to keep our nation and the world safe.  May their memories live for a blessing. Remember them in your Kaddish prayers this Shabbat.

*U.S. Department of Defense Military Casualty Update: January 12 –
January 18, 2012*

Pfc. Michael W. Pyron, USA, 30, of Virginia, died January 10 in Afghanistan

Pfc. Neil I. Turner, USA, 21, of Washington, died January 11 in Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin B. Wise, USA, 34, of Arkansas, died January 15 in

Cpl. Jon-Luke Bateman, USMC, 22, of Oklahoma, died January 15 in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Kenneth E. Cochran, USMC, 20, of Idaho died January 15 in