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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

SSG Michael W. Mitchell, 25, was killed on April 4
in the first day of the Shiite uprising in Sadr City.
He was one of eight soldiers killed that day in that attack.
Mike Mitchell had served in Iraq for 11 months
as part of the 1st Armored Division.

The ultimate sacrifice made visible. The father of a U.S. Army soldier killed in Iraq earlier this month, who believes his son was in one of the caskets shown in the now famous Tami Silicio photograph, has written a letter to The Seattle Times thanking the newspaper for publishing the picture that broke a Pentagon ban (
Editor & Publisher):
"Hiding the death and destruction of this war does not make it easier on anyone except those who want to keep the truth away from the people," the father, Bill Mitchell, wrote yesterday. The letter has not yet been published.

In a postcript to the letter, he added: "I would be willing to help that poor woman in Kuwait [Silicio] who lost her job over the picture which she felt needed to be seen. Possibly even with enough press coverage, the other parents who lost children on the same day as my son would also feel that she did a service for us."
Via Romenesko.

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