U.S. Army Lieutenant Brian Bradshaw was one of individuals. He died on June 25th, the same day that Michael Jackson passed away. But Lieutenant Bradshaw didn't die in a Hollywood mansion from a drug-induced heart attack. He was killed on a road in Afghanistan, when his vehicle was targeted by an improvised explosive device.
More on Brian Bradshaw from the Seattle Times.
Paul Bradshaw, of Steilacoom, Pierce County, said his son joined the Army and went to Afghanistan "to try and help people" and to make the lives of the people there better.
"That was his hope. He didn't go to win a war."
Lt. Bradshaw was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was
deployed to Afghanistan in March, his father said.
Paul Bradshaw said he talked to his son by telephone on Father's Day.
"He said that where they were at you couldn't recognize if they were making a difference, but they had made friends in that area."
The danger was obvious, his father said, but whenever his son spoke about it "he was worried about all his men ... not himself."
Lieutenant Bradshaw's death might have gone unnoticed outside his home state of Washington, except for his aunt, Martha Gillis. In a recent letter to the Washington Post, she bemoaned the lack of coverage of recent combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, while describing non-stop tributes to Jackson as "totally ridiculous" and laughable.
Since Mr. Jackson expired last month, Lieutenant Bradshaw--and 12 other American warriors--have died in Afghanistan alone. Keep them (and their families) in your prayers. They deserve our gratitude and thanks.
Regrettably, most of our celebrity-crazed citizens aren't even aware of their sacrifice.