Another life lost in the war in Iraq. North Carolina Army National Guard Soldier Casualty

The life of another North Carolina Soldier was lost this past week in Iraq. I was going to post this sooner but wanted to see if any of our statewide candidates would mention something about it on her or elsewhere. I personally have not heard anything about this soldier or any of the other four soldiers from this same unit that have been killed in Iraq. Our current situation in Iraq and elsewhere is why now more than ever we need good democrats as candidates for office who have actually served their country in the military. It is shameful that more has not been mentioned about these soldiers. I personally do not support the war in Iraq nor what we are doing over there, but I do support our soldiers. I have served in Iraq and I have been present at numerous memorial ceremonies during my time of service. I think we as civilians need to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers more so than what we do. To those of you who have never served, to have never known someone who has fallen I do not expect you to completely understand how I feel to see little attention paid to our fallen soldiers. However I expect more of our leaders and candidates who would like to lead. A quick google search will reveal no comments about this soldiers death.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Lance O. Eakes, 25, of Apex, N.C., died April 18 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1132nd Military Police Company, North Carolina Army National Guard, Rocky Mount, N.C.



Thank you for posting this. I only wish our elected officials cared about the troops half as much as the people they're supposed to represent. Because if they did care, this war would have ended years ago.

Sad news.

The Death of Spc. Lance O. Eakes in Iraq is tragic

Most of our nation weeps each time one of our American Children fall in Iraq.

Not all though. It is my sincere belief that President Bush, Dick Cheney, Carl Rove, Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice and Gonzalez do not loose a single wink of sleep over these tragic and unnecessary deaths and maimings.

The whole thing is simply too tragic.

Many Democrats helped the President and his Republican crew get us all to where we are today. That makes it all so much more sad and dangerous.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

NG deaths in Iraq

From the Raleigh N&O:

Five men with the 1132nd Military Police Company of the N.C. National Guard -- a small unit based in Rocky Mount -- have been killed in Iraq in less than a month. The fifth among them died Friday when an improvised bomb blew up near his truck. He was Sgt. Lance O. Eakes, 25, from Apex.

According to the N&O, nine NC Guard soldiers have been killed in Iraq and at least nine wounded.


Thank you for bringing this to BlueNC Danny

You are right, I don't remember hearing any of the candidates talking about the loss of these lives. Why does the US still not show the returning flag-draped coffins?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Lance Eakes

This weekend, I learned about the death of Spc. Eakes. Lance Eakes was from Apex and a constituent of District 37. Although I grieved in 2003, when we saw the march to war in Iraq that I knew was unnecessary and would be long and bloody, Lance Eakes death hit me very hard.

Yes, I should feel equally the deaths of over 4000 other American military and countless innocent civilians killed and many more wounded and maimed - since I am responsible - I am an American citizen, a voter, and therefore our highest authority. But I am also human, and I react more to events that happen in my own backyard.

It was also a time to think about what the right public response is for a political candidate who does not yet hold elective office. I decided that I would keep my own sorrow private, rather than have any appearance of political grandstanding at the possible expense of this fine young man. I greatly respect the service of all our men and women in uniform, who follow orders with the highest integrity and honor.

Lance Eakes gave his life for his country, for his family, and for me. I will never be able to repay him, but I can honor him, the best way I know how, with respectful silence. I also vow to do what I can to bring a swift end to the war and to treat returning veterans like the heroes they all are.

Ed Ridpath

Ed Ridpath

A statesman

Well said.

A statesman...

That was a very political response Mr. Ridpath. However, your "respectful silence" is just the silence and lack of mention I was making reference to. There are ways to openly discuss the issue and to honor the soldiers without grandstanding even if you are "a candidate running for office". Obviously you are missing my point. Thanks everyone to your input and thoughts. If nothing else I have caused those folks who have read this blog to stop and think.


Mr. Ridpath I did not intend that last comment to be a jab just further expressing my opinion that silence is not the answer especially for a candidate or elected official. You seem to be a good democrat and are in fact a Veteran yourself. Though you may have not served in the recent war in Iraq, I still respect your opinion and the opinion of anyone who has served. This being something so many of our candidates have not. Of course with the political climate as it currently exists it is a good time for us to all get more involved. This is something that BLUENC seems to have many folks doing. Good luck and I hope you do well.


Thanks for turning me onto BLUENC. Of course I will not be as appreciative when I am falling asleep in court tomorrow but thanks none the less.

Thanks for telling their story

I am honored to be an Army wife and I live everyday with choices made by the Bush White House but all citizens should honor our fallen and wounded soldiers. Thank you for bringing honor to their lives.

We visited Guilford college a few weeks ago

The students had a display of empty boots, one set for each North Carolinian soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. It was one of the most devastating things I've ever seen. I stood there are cried - even my cavalier 18 year old stood respectfully with his atheist head bowed.

I have had calls at my agency from so many families at my agency whose lives have changed irrevocably because of lost limbs, lost eyes, and what seems to be the worst of all, closed head brain injury. Great goddess help us all.

Our soldiers and their families have been through enough for this misbegotten, false-premised war.

It's so past time.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Tremendous choice

IMO. I hope you can work the $ out.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!