Karbala, Iraq: 22-year-old Sgt. Brud J. Cronkrite, 1-37
Armor, 1st A.D., from California is carried by medics during a dust
storm to a Medevac helicopter. He was taken for treatment after
a tiny piece of shrapnel entered his brain as his unit secured a
building near the Mukaiyam Mosque. He died of his wounds on May
Later, a memorial web page would be made for Sgt. Cronkrite. An excerpt:
today would be your birthday. I remember how sad
I was last year that we weren’t able to celebrate your birthday.
I am even more sad today because you will never be able to
celebrate it, neither with me nor with your family or someone
else. I miss you more than anyone can imagine. I will never forget
you and the good times we had together. You will be always
in my heart, and I will love you forever.
Nicole of Friedberg, Germany