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October 01, 2006

It happens in every war we have...

...many soldiers, despite the hardship, the pain, the separation, the losses, develop a very strong bond with the people we're trying to help (regardless of what your thoughts are on how we are going about it).

MSG Robb Needham.  1-356 CSS, 4th Bde, 91st Div.  25+ years of service.

Meet one such soldier. MSG Robb Needham. 1-356 CSS, 4th Bde, 91st Div. 25+ years of service. A reservist of the 91st Division.

Needham was a Fort Lewis-based Army Reservist who twice volunteered for deployment to help train Iraqi police and special forces.

He was assigned to the Army's 1st Battalion, 356th Regiment, 4th Brigade, 91st Division. Needham initially felt a strong sense of duty to serve in Iraq. Once there, he developed a strong bond with Iraqis that he met, which made him want to return, according to family and friends.

"The people became the mission. I knew that part of him was left back there, and he had to go back," said Maj. Fred Miller, who served with Needham on both tours of duty and returned to Vancouver to speak at the funeral service at Living Hope Church.

Needham could be tough and always loved a good cigar, at home and in Iraq, but he was always ready to lend a helping hand.

Read more, from the Seattle Times.

Well done, MSG Needham.

BOUTEZ EN AVANT! (Push Forward). (Those who know, know).

MSG Needham certainly pushed forward, being where he was because he chose to be there.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

H/t, Heartless Libertarian. Good idea *and* Good shootin' Dave.