1,000 US Lives Lost in Operation Enduring Freedom

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

By some counts the US has lost more than 1,000 lives in Operation Enduring Freedom — the umbrella term for the war in Afghanistan. The latest casualty according to the Department of Defense brings their count to the cusp of 1000.  Staff Sgt. William S. Ricketts, 27, from Corinth, Miss. was killed when insurgents attacked his unit in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan last week. But there is a name, and a story behind each number.

We're reflecting on what that number 1000 means with Pat Marek, who lost her 21 year-old son, Corporal Matthew A. Commons in 2002. Commons was one of the first U.S. troops killed during the war in Afghanistan.


Pat Marek

Produced by:

Noel King

Comments [5]

Nate Self from Salado, Tx


You are wonderful. Thank you for turning your loss into a service to others in need. You are truly an inspiration, just like Matt.


Mar. 04 2010 12:22 AM
Rob from Las Vegas, NV

I was Matt's step-father for the greater part of his life. While it was somewhat comforting with all the media attention at the time, I will some what echo Pat, we as a country have become somewhat used to the body count. But each one is special and their family will never be the same. Blessings to all from the Four Directions

Mar. 03 2010 12:03 AM

Pat was wonderful! Each fallen soldier is valued. We miss Matt and all of our fallen heros.

Mar. 02 2010 11:37 PM
Michele Sabatino

May we value each and everyone of our military personnel. We love and miss you Matt.

Mar. 02 2010 10:36 PM
Daphne Laiken from New York, NY

The difference between most women, and women who have had trouble with miscarriage and infertility is that pregnancy is not a qualitative thing: a "yes" or a "no". It's all about the numbers. HCG and Progestrone levels determine whether you have a hope of staying pregnant. Numbers that are too low, or too slow to grow, are a sign of an(other) impending miscarriage.

After getting that initial "positive" on your home pregnancy test, infertile women begin an odyssey that involves spending many a day obsessing about the numbers. When the lab comes back with the latest results, you ask about the numbers: has the HCG doubled within the required amount of time? What about progesterone? Is it still high enough? Oh how I envied my friends who could just pee on a stick, get a "yes" and never have to wonder whether they were going to stay that way for the next 9 months.

Mar. 02 2010 07:58 AM

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