Tuesday, January 31, 2006

If Everybody's Somebody, Then No One's Anybody

Mark Brennan has a short and poignant piece posted at LewRockwell.com today. He compares the attention given to an On-Camera Celebrity who gets hurt in Iraq to that accorded a near-nameless incremental dead Army guy. It's worth a look. First paragraph:

Ever hear of a guy named Jerry Durbin? No? OK, let me use his proper name. Did you ever hear of a guy named Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.? Not that either? OK, let me try it with his title. Did you ever hear of Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, Jr.? From Spring, Texas? Still doesn’t ring a bell? Staff Sgt. Jerry M. Durbin, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team? No luck with that either? Well, just so you know, Staff Sgt. Durbin died last Wednesday in Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol. The honorable, 26 year-old Staff Sgt. Durbin leaves behind a wife, two children, a stepdaughter and his parents to pay him his final respects.

Meanwhile, Chimpy's threatening to speak quite soon, so I obviously must rivet my undivided attention upon every single word, near-word, semi-human grunt, squint, and smirk bestowed on us by The Exalted. Good night ... and good luck.


sfhndymn said...

Wow, that was strange to hear my Brother-in-Law used that way. I just happened across your post searching for more info on Michael (we called him Michael - to us Jerry is his dad). I'm not saying it's bad. Just strange. On Memorial Day, I decided it was finally time to look at the photos I took at Michael's funeral. I haven't been able to make myself do it until now. I wanted to create a little memorial to him and I ran across your blog entry.

Well if you or anyone who read the article wants to know who Michael was. I've put up a small memorial with my memories of how his death affected me and our family. You can see some photos of the handsome 26 year old that my Nieces and Nephew called Daddy.

Bartleby said...

I've just viewed sfhandyman's photographic memorial to his brother-in-law. I recommend it to the reader's attention.