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May 30, 2007

Fort Lewis can't keep up with Army war deaths

Posted by David Postman at 8:33 AM

The grim reality of increasing war casualties is creating a logistical problem for the Army. Michael Gilbert at The News Tribune has the story:

Fort Lewis, which this month has suffered its worst losses of the war, will no longer conduct individual memorial ceremonies for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Instead the post will hold one ceremony for all soldiers killed each month, the Fort Lewis acting commanding general, Brig. Gen. William Troy, wrote in a memo to commanders and staff last week.

"As much as we would like to think otherwise, I am afraid that with the number of soldiers we now have in harm's way, our losses will preclude us from continuing to do individual memorial ceremonies," Troy wrote in the memo, according to a copy obtained by United for Peace Pierce County and posted on the group's Web site.

The peace group has Troy's memo here. Peace Pierce County says Fort Lewis is suffering "casualty fatigue."

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