(an email from my brother, in iraq)
it probably hasn't made the news yet, i've been checking cnn and yahoo and haven't seen it, but it probably woln't be long. i think the family support groups already know. at approximetly 00:30 (12:30 am for you civlian types) may 17, roadside IED exploded and caused one of our hummvees (from second platoon, up near falluja) to vear off the side of a bridge.
Corperol emmerick was in critical condition after finding an air pocket and serviving the crash. he is reported to be back in with the unit at this time.
Specialist Carol Currean drowned. I didn't know him very well, only talking to him two or three times. even still, when i did talk to him, he knew me, and we talked like long time friends. he was shy, but nice, a decent person. his wife gave birth to a son while we at fort dix, and he went home for a few days to see his new born. he will be greatly missed by all.
Privet first class Mark Kinsecky also drowned. 20 years old, not married, had a child. he stayed in my room at dix, we hung out alot. the night before we left for kuwait, he and i and a few others went out to the bowling alley, and he bought drinks all night. (and it was a long night.) he was a good soldier, always knew everything in his field. in falluja, he worked hard and became an even better soldier. more then that, he was a nice guy, a good friend, someone that you'd want to know.
it's a damn shame. i wish i could say more, but don't know what else to say.
hope everyone is doing well.
(every once in a while those numbers start to look like just numbers.