These families need our prayers.
Cpl. T.J. Conrad of Roanoke, Va., who was promoted posthumously to sergeant, was one of two U.S. military police officers killed Thursday by an Afghan soldier amid rising anti-American sentiment over the Koran burnings, which resulted in two more American deaths on Saturday.Here's a video tribute put together by Sgt. Conrad's bereaved family:
The bodies of Conrad and Sgt. Joshua Born, 25, of Niceville, Fla., both assigned to the Army's Fort Stewart in Georgia, were returned to the military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base on Saturday.
Conrad's oldest sister, Amanda Meland, told The Associated Press he was in good spirits when she and other relatives chatted with him via Skype on Wednesday.
"He was doing good. He had his chin up," she said. "... He did say that things were starting to get crazy from the backlash."
Conrad, the father of a 7-month-old baby, deployed to Afghanistan in January. He would have celebrated his 23rd birthday on March 6.
Two more American officers were killed inside the Afghan Interior Ministry on Saturday.
Charles Krauthammer contends that the Obama administration's multiple apologies for the Koran burnings merely "whet the appetites" of our enemies. It's hard to argue with that.
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