Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Two Soldiers Missing
Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker never returned from their overnight shift working a vehicle checkpoint south of Baghdad. The Pentagon is confirming that a third soldier working with them had been killed.
As their families anxiously await news, a posting appeared on an Islamic website claiming to have kidnapped the two soldiers. The shred of hope is that the website that posted the message is not one normally used by al Qaeda-linked groups. (source)
I can only imagine that this is the worst news a military family can receive. A POW in any other war meant there was a good chance you would see your loved one again --a POW in this war -especially at this time --probably means retribution for Zarqawi...and a video tape of it all... Or maybe worse. Maybe, like the Maupin family, you never know.
My thoughts and prayers are with both families.
UPDATE: USA Today is reporting that both soldiers have been killed. DoD has yet to confirm. The BBC is reporting that 'the bodies showed signs of torture' (and I can only assume that doesn't mean they were found with underpants on their heads...I assume they mean actual torture).