IN THIS SECTION: Lights Out (Commentary) Melody Line - Scotland Bagpipes Taps Meaning History Military - Taps support group Memorial Brief Memorial A little more detail Comments Lights Out In many ways this website is a memorial to the pains and struggles of the American people which ended in the ultimate sacrifice and/or the most tragic death. The ethos, sense of commemoration, and interchange between life and death is marked from routine to the great unknown. That is, the order of regular drill followed by descent into sleep during life, as well as the much more dramatic transition when the body expires, all relate powerfully to the story of our lives - the ticking of the clock, then the great expulsion into the unknown. For example, you see on this website Brief Memorials* to American combat veterans who were in various Iraqi, Afghanistan or other war zones, as well as police officers killed on duty. The music of Taps is an important call to the soul reminding of these intricate connections. The point is, many of the American people have suffered. Let us give the American people their due: Crying parents, grandparents, spouses and children when loved ones don’t come home. The ongoing ache of what could have been. The hole that is left in our lives. The sense of the wasted quality of a person, knowing the real worth, like the adult life just getting started, or the years of gathered education and experience for the older ones, both snuffed out in a moment. Let us learn from our mistakes and build on our strengths. Let the sacrifices go somewhere real. Let us encourage a more nurturing America. Let’s give Americans opportunities and benefits which will positively acknowledge the efforts to date. Let us provide words and actions which respect and honor us, not tear us down, and which will improve and secure a better future. Some Musical Inputs Bagpipes Taps (this instrument evokes soulful feelings while playing Taps) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tveUnZe7WA CBS 2020/05/22 Veteran trumpet and bugle players discuss the power of playing "Taps" "Taps" is a uniquely American melody that inspires both hope and sorrow in its listeners. As Memorial Day approaches, Steve Hartman spoke with veteran trumpet and bugle players to discuss the enchantment behind the tune on this week's "On the Road." https://www.cbsnews.com/video/veteran-trumpet-and-bugle- players-discuss-the-power-of-playing-taps/#x Taps Meaning Taps usually refers to the following: " Taps " is a bugle call played at 2100 hrs (9 pm at night in normal or standard time) during flag ceremonies and at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces On this website Taps applies to military and/or civilian deaths in this context: People who died on assignment in duties or on the job: combat veterans, National Guards persons, police, federal agents During: combat duty overseas stateside assistance activities police work state or federal agent work private contractor workers who were working for US safety related interests It also applies to: victims of police abuses, which resulted in deaths (like women who were targeted, emotionally challenged) victims of military personnel abuses which resulted in deaths victims of child abuse homicides The Melody History of the Melody Taps “,…the haunting melody of this tune evokes the honor, dignity and esteem our nation and its citizens feel these fallen warriors have earned.” Don’t take on faith any one story of Taps origins, but here is a version: Funeral Help Center dot com https://www.funeralhelpcenter.com/the-origin-and-meaning-of-taps Written by young Civil War bugler In July 1862, during the U.S. Civil War, Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield summoned his brigade’s bugler, 22-year-old Oliver Wilcox Norton, to his camp tent in Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, following a particularly brutal and bloody battle. Butterfield disliked the formality of the existing “to extinguish lights” bugle call and asked Norton to play the notes Butterfield had “written in pencil on the back of an envelope.” After reworking the tune — “Lengthening some notes and shortening others, but retaining the melody as he first gave it to me,” according to Norton later — the Union general felt satisfied with the result and instructed his bugler to substitute the new version for the existing regulation bugle call henceforth. According to Norton three decades later (August 1898), after he played this new version of “Taps,” other buglers from surrounding Union camps heard the melody and asked for copies of the tune. Gradually, as other commanding officers authorized the use of this new version, “Taps” as we know it today spread throughout the U.S. military. https://www.funeralhelpcenter.com/the-origin-and-meaning-of- taps/#:~:text=The%20Origin%20and%20Meaning%20of%20%E2%80%9CTaps%E2%80%9D%201%20New,the%20U.S.% 20...%203%20Lyrics%20for%20%E2%80%9CTaps%E2%80%9D.%20 MEMORIAL AS NEWS NOTES 2020 2020 Remembering US troops who died in Iraq and Syria in 2020 (BLM20a 2020 Another American Killed in Iraq - Camp Taji Rocket Attack (BLM8a) The individual discussed here is just one of many white males killed or severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan…as well as in many other wars for the United States. Their deaths often go quietly in contrast with decades-old civil rights bantering which received repeated front page news coverage in 2016 and 2020, as well as at other times. Continued from above… Another American killed in Iraq as of March 2020 Such banter repeated month after month, year after year, takes up front and center attention at the same time as ongoing battles and wars overseas. In many ways, the press given these groups is anti-American and deliberate, as it is meant to weaken the American position at home while our people are away. In many cases, these minority power groups are manned by illegal aliens and disgruntled refugees who misuse their time in the United States to cause the country trouble. Another round of Black Lives Matter protests, riots and trouble started in late May 2020, shortly after these rocket attacks. Qasem Soleimani was assassinated shortly before the rocket attacks Jan 3, 2020. He was born Mar 11, the same day as one of the attacks. New York Times 2020/03/26: Serviceman Killed in Iraq Attack Is Returned to Oklahoma TULSA, Okla. — The body of an Oklahoma serviceman killed in a rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq has been returned to his home state, welcomed by a small collection of mourners whose gathering was restricted by efforts to contain the coronavirus. Oklahoma Air National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Marshal Roberts, was killed Wednesday, March 11, 2020, during a rocket attack in Iraq. Roberts served with the 219th Engineering Installation Squadron, 138th Fighter Wing, which is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Above photo Courtesy to NY Times by the Roberts family) https //www nytimes com/aponline/2020/03/26/us/ap-us-guardsman-killed-oklahoma html Obviously, the military is filled with all races, so showing this photo of a white American soldier as an example it is not meant to ignore or denigrate the deaths and injuries of non-white military persons who have also been hit by enemy bombs. The point is the black community behind black-centric media are dangerous in their self-absorption and aggression. The ugly-spirited groups behind these ad campaigns are not doing other blacks any favors. We must give our America white people their due, too. The Black-Centric Media is warfare. It extends the hostilities Americans are experiencing overseas and during BLM riots inside the USA. ABC News dot go dot com 2020/03/11 US officials say US troops killed, injured in Iraq attack. By LOLITA C. BALDORA Excerpt: U.S. officials say three service members were killed, including two Americans, and a dozen were injured when a barrage of rockets were fired at a military base in Iraq. Army Col. Myles Caggins, a U.S. military spokewman in Iraq, said on Twitter that more than 15 small rockets hit Iraq’s Camp Taji base. He provided no details. Another U.S. official said that as many as 30 rockets were fired from a truck launcher, and 18 hit the base. Officials did not say what group they believe launched the rocket attack, but Kataib Hezbollah or another Iranian- backed Shia militia group is likely. Camp Taji [aka Camp Cooke], located just north of Baghdad, has been used as a training base for a number of years. There are as many as 6,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, training and advising Iraqi forces and conducting counterterror missions. Martha Raddatz news video clip on [Qasem] Soleimani assassination by USA is also on this page https/abcnews go com/Politics/wireStory/us-officials-us-troops-killed-injured-iraq-attack-69541762 Air Force Times 2020/03/13 Soldier, airman identified as US troops killed in rocket attack on Iraq base. By Stepehn Losey,Kyle Remp https //www airforcetimes com/news/your-air-force/2020/03/13/soldier-airman-identified-as-us-troops-killed-in- rocket-attack-on-iraq-base/ The military on Friday identified the two U.S. troops killed in a rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq as Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, California, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma. Mendez Covarrubias was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Roberts was assigned to 219th Engineering Installation Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing. The third service member killed in the attack, U.K. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, 26, was previously identified by the British military. “The international military coalition is capable and credible because of warriors like Juan, Brodie, and Marshal,” said Lt. Gen. Pat White, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition to defeat the Islamic State. “They volunteered to serve the United States and United Kingdom to improve their lives and help keep the world free from ISIS terrorism. Our fallen comrades have a legacy that will never be forgotten.” https //www airforcetimes com/news/your-air-force/2020/03/13/soldier-airman-identified-as-us-troops-killed-in- rocket-attack-on-iraq-base/ Wikipedia https //en wikipedia org/wiki/2020_Camp_Taji_attacks The 2020 Camp Taji attacks were rocket attacks that took place 11 March and 14 March 2020 targeting Al-Taji Camp, north of Baghdad in Baghdad Governorate, which hosts Coalition and United States Forces in Iraq (Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve). Attacks On 11 March 2020, 29 rockets landed on Camp Taji, killing two Americans[5] and one British soldier from the Royal Army Medical Corps.[6][7] The attack left 14 other US soldiers, contractors and coalition personnel wounded, five of them critically.[3][8] One of the coalition wounded was identified as a Polish soldier.[9] On 14 March 2020, before 11:00 AM, another rocket attack took place at Camp Taji; over 25 107mm caliber rockets struck the coalition compound and the Iraqi Air defences installation, this time wounding five coalition soldiers and two Iraqi soldiers. Iraqi forces subsequently found seven Katyushka rocket launchers with 24 unlaunched rockets. Response attacks: On 11 March, three warplanes targeted the area near Syrian town of Al-Bukamal and Iraq's Al- Anbar province On 13 March after midnight, the U.S. launched air raids against Kata'ib Hezbollah facilities in Karbala International Airport, and other militia groups under the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Babylon.[1] The raids killed three Iraqi soldiers, two policemen and one civilian. 11 Iraqi soldiers were wounded as well as five PMF fighters.[11] https //en wikipedia org/wiki/2020_Camp_Taji_attacks Military dot com 2020/03/21 https //www military com/daily-news/2020/03/21/troops-camp-taji-now-have-cope-toxic-waste-top-rocket-attacks- ig-report html Excerpt: Camp Taji, about 15 miles north of Baghdad, has been the target of periodic attacks by 107mm Katyusha rockets in recent months. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of CENTCOM, has blamed the attacks on the Iranian-backed Kata'ib Hezbollah militia. A March 11 attack killed Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, California, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma. British Royal Army Medical Corps Lance Cpl. Brodie Gillon, 26, also was killed in the attack. https //www military com/daily-news/2020/03/21/troops-camp-taji-now-have-cope-toxic-waste-top-rocket-attacks- ig-report html Daily Record White Scottish female medic (American Ally in non-combat training) also killed https //www dailyrecord co uk/news/scottish-news/candlelit-tributes-paid-scots-army-21789863 Excerpt: Candlelit tributes have been paid to a Scots army medic who was killed in a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month. Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon, from Ayr, tragically died alongside two US soldiers when 18 rockets struck the Camp Taji base on March 11. The 26-year-old was the first British woman to be killed in Operation Shader - a British non- combat mission to train Iraqi troops in fighting and saving lives. DFW dot CBSLocal dot com 2020/02/13 Decorated Fort Hood Solider, Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias Killed In Iraq https //dfw cbslocal com/2020/03/13/decorated-fort-hood-solider-spc-juan-miguel-mendez-covarrubias-killed-in- iraq/ 2017 Pentagon Identifies Soldier Killed in Iraq from 10th Mountain Division 2017/10/03 Excerpt: Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy…Missildine's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. His death marks the eighth U.S. service member killed in action fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria in 2017. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/10/03/pentagon-identifies-soldier-killed-iraq-10th-mountain-division.html 2017 Family identifies Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan as Aaron Butler he family of a Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan this week has identified him as Aaron Butler, 27, from Monticello. Butler, a Special Forces soldier with the Utah National Guard, died Tuesday night when he entered a booby-trapped building with his twelve-member team. …In the statement, the Butler family wrote that Aaron graduated from Monticello High School in 2008. He later served an LDS Mission in Ghana. Butler was a four-time high school state wrestling champion, claiming state titles in 2005 through 2008, according to the family. Butler graduated with honors from the Army Green Beret Special Forces Qualifications Course in January 2016, the family told 2News. KUTV-2017/08/17 By Jeremy Harris https://kutv.com/news/local/gallery/family-identifies-monticello-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan#/ 2009 5 US soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Iraq Excerpt: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into a sandbagged wall surrounding a police headquarters in northern Iraq on Friday, killing five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen in the single deadliest attack against U.S. forces in more than a year, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said. Daily Breeze By Assoc. Press, 2009/04/10 https://www.dailybreeze.com/2009/04/10/5-us-soldiers-killed-by-suicide-bomber-in-iraq… 2007 2007 Is Deadliest Year U.S. Troops in Iraq Moved From BLM 2b Excerpt: Six American soldiers were killed in three separate attacks in Iraq on Monday, the military said Tuesday, taking the number of deaths this year to 852…Five of the American soldiers died in two roadside bomb attacks on Monday near Kirkuk, said Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, director of the communications division of the Multinational Force-Iraq, the formal name for the United States-led forces. A sixth soldier died Monday during combat operations in Anbar Province... The toll makes 2007 the deadliest year of the war for United States troops… [information in this article is current only as of Nov 2007] Military officials attribute the increase this year to an expanded troop presence during the so- called surge, which swelled the American force to more than 165,000 troops in Iraq, and sent units out of large bases and into more dangerous communities. Commanders contend that despite the cost in terms of lives lost, the strategy has improved security in the country and created a “tactical momentum” that could stabilize Iraq permanently. New York Times 2007/11/07 By Damien Cave https //www nytimes com/2007/11/07/world/middleeast/07iraq html COMMENTS 2021/12/15 Why White Combat Veteran Brief Memorials Were Put First in the Stop Black Lives Matter section Memorial-type news stories being moved from Stop Black Lives Matter to here so as to not politicize the tragedies. Much of this applies more to the Stop Black Lives Matter section and will be moved there soon. For now, our military and police are being divided up over racial tensions. This can and does add up to more deaths one way or another. The sorrow of the nation cannot be healed until we find common ground. We cannot have radical and angry groups taking over our military. To allow that to happen will not honor our fallen heroes. We must keep our military safe and honorable. We must build on our strengths. Radicalism will wipe out everything we have stood for. They were put on the Stop BLM web pages to remind the Black Lives Matter movement how many white veterans have died trying to stand up to ferocious combatants overseas, and that not all white Americans use the American police system to attack black people. Many whites have suffered tragic and unfair deaths, too, in other words, and these were not among any groups attacking blacks inside the USA. The Black Lives Matter movement tends to target all whites and the whole entire American system if and when blacks are abused or killed by police as if the whole system is racist. but the problem is, we can’t always trust the stories that get out to the public in these cases. Many whites have had a really hard time and suffered much. It is time for the angry blacks to remember this fact. Instead of fighting us internally, they need to join with people of all colors to protect this nation from tyrants like those who killed our military service people of all races, and to make our violent streets safer for everyone. I realize the racial subjects can distract from the sacred issues surrounding each unique service family who lost a loved one, so I will slowly remove the memorials to a separate page - perhaps in this section [have decided to move it here]. We realize persons of all races have been tragically killed in war zones overseas while protecting American interests. The white person combat veteran memorials put temporarily in the Stop Black Lives Matter section is not to ignore this fact, but to remind angry blacks of all the pain whites too have felt when things did not seem fair. We need to work together to stop this bloodshed and to remind ourselves that as Americans, we all work on the same team. Whether it is from bad police, from neighborhood urban terrorism or from enemies overseas, we all need to work together to make things safer. Sometimes corruption is linked to a racial group in a certain way. Blacks themselves often say they cannot trust black politicians. But there are ways certain white groups are also corrupt. It is a matter of being able to talk frankly about these things no matter if it is our own race causing a problem. Sometimes whites don’t want to be bossed, dominated or intimidated by non-whites using power trips. Sometimes they don’t want sex with another race because there are too many head trips being played. Sometimes a racial group is using gang mentalities to control behaviors and free speech. Try to make our compass point a safer America and a safer humanity. It is not to whitewash (no pun intended) the tragedies of blacks dying at the hands of white or other police, but to be able to speak frankly when the truth is important. Sometimes it can be very difficult dealing with large numbers of angry black people when you are just a thin blue line of white cops or other races. So maybe people get killed because it is scary dealing with rough people and the guns go off when they should not, or built-up rage causes the cop to squeeze too long. The sense of not getting enough support, of in turn being targeted by mob mentalities and deceitful criminals - … cops might feel damned if they do or damned if they don’t protect themselves. If there is a sense of blacks feeling all whites owe them or bad attitudes over exploiting whites because blacks feel whites in history exploited them, whites cannot trust these blacks and have a right to protect themselves. when the arguments are too one-sided, there comes a time to say enough is enough. It is likely less the black body and more the hateful attitude that is turning whites off. It is looking like these hateful attitudes are threatening the integrity of our American military. Some of it could be stirred by anti- American groups misusing civil rights to weaken the American system. It is important minorities and LGBT not play into these games . China and radical Islam won’t have your back in the final analysis, so why play into their games? They are just using you. Sometimes the blacks try to blame and pretend there were not other issues at hand. It is important the truth gets out around these white-on-black stories so we can respond appropriately. For example, several police cases in New Mexico seem to involve Hispanic cops - or a mix of white and Hispanic cops - targeting the wives or girlfriends of a fellow cop. Although blacks might think Hispanics are white, the culture is often different from Anglo-Saxon or other whites. The women might be killed before anyone takes notice and justice is finally served. For this reason and others, it is important we all work together to make sure both sides of the police line are being honest with the public. We must know what is really going on. People sometimes don’t want to face the truth about their racial group’s bad tendencies. For example, white Mormons might not want to face the rampant sexual abuse in their system. Blacks enraged over a white cop shooting a black might not want to admit that particular black had a long history with drug abuse and domestic or urban violence. Native Americans might not want to talk about widespread incest and sexual abuse among the tribe. Updates: 2021/12/15; 2021/12/07-08 PAGE STARTED--TAPS.
Brief Memorials* Scattered across website being moved here. *Brief Memorials here often means obituary or brief news story. See more in Memorials - A little More Detail below. 2020 Remembering US troops who died in Iraq and Syria in 2020 (BLM20a) Staff Sgt. Marshal Roberts Aaron Butler Spc. Alexander W. Missildine 2009 5 US soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Iraq 2007 Is Deadliest Year U.S. Troops in Iraq La Plata County (Colorado) Republicans put out a nice sense of condolences and prayer for the troops killed during the recent Afghanistan pullout fiasco and tragedy Minorities continue to pay a high price for Iraq https://www.phillytrib.com/ne ws/minorities-continue-to- pay-a-high-price-for- iraq/article_80d3ee27-ef47- 56c9-926a-c2c613cbdd72.html MILITARY Taps Group Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) Is … www.taps.org Nov 30, 2021 · The Impact TAPS Made in 2020. TAPS provides an array of programs, comfort, and resources for the families of the fallen. As the world faced a global pandemic, TAPS opened our hearts and 27 years of knowledge to share resources and tools with the world.