further evidence of hidden casualties
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The following article, attributed to Arizona Republic
reporter Charles Kelly, appeared on page B5 of the
Tuesday, February 10, 2004 edition of the Arizona
Republic. On the surface it appears to be just
another maudlin "human interest" story about a local
war casualty, and there is some truly flagrant
stupidity in the soldier's father expressing surprise
that she was "not safe" as a soldier in a war zone!
It truly shows the weakened state of imperialism when
they expect their soldiers to be safe :-) It is,
however, particularly noteworthy that this soldier
died in November and has not been placed on the war
casualty list. Indeed even the alleged circumstances
of her death are highly suspicious. There must be
many more like her.
DAUGHTER'S DEADLY FALL IN IRAQ HEARTBREAKING
Sun City West [Arizona]--Army Staff Sergeant Linda
Carol Jiminez, 39, died in November after an accident
in Iraq, but she did not show up on a casualty list
until last week, said her father, Angelo Cruz, 70.
Cruz, of the 13500 block of Pavillion Drive, was with
his daughter when she died November 7 at Walter Reed
Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., so the miscue
with the casualty list was just another upsetting
footnote to her death.
What really upsets Cruz is that his daughter was
injured weeks after she was supposed to be transferred
back to the United States and that her accident
apparently resulted when she fell while running to
keep up with her friends, fearing for her safety if
she lost contact with them.
"I'm never going to get over this," Cruz said Monday.
"I feel that fear killed my daughter."
Jiminez, who would have been a 13-year Army veteran
this month, was sent to Iraq in April.
After serving her tour there, she was scheduled to
rotate back to the United States on October 15, but
that was put on hold, her father said.
She was still in Iraq on October 30, shopping for
family members in a small town near Baghdad, when the
She was running, trying to catch up with some friends
who had gone ahead of her, when she fell into a hole
in the street and broke a knee and her nose.
She was first transported to Germany for medical
treatment, then sent to Walter Reed hospital, where
she died of complications after a blood clot formed,
went to her brain and caused a stroke, Cruz said.
After she passed away, her father had her body
cremated. Only Monday did he find out there had been
a delay in placing her name on an official list of
military casualties in Iraq. He was notified when an
Army representative called to apologize. The person
did not know the reason for the delay, Cruz said.
Cruz said he is upset because his daughter was among
military women who had to live in harsh conditions in
Iraq and because she apparently was shunted out as
secretary to a commanding officer in a reshuffling of
But he is most troubled that his daughter was in a
country so risky that it caused panic.
"You're not safe anywhere there," Cruz said. "It's
not like the average war. I guess the fear of losing
contact with her friends drove her to run after them
and she fell."
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