60 Year Old Army Soldier Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq

May 14th, 2009 · 4 Comments

While this is not directly related to a Latino political issue, or maybe you can say that it is since we constitute a substantial percentage of our people served in the armed forces, I do think it is worth noting that on Sunday, the oldest Army soldier, a 60 year old Vietnam War veteran was killed. You can read the official DoD press release on his death here.

Maj. Steven Hutchison, of Scottsdale, Arizona, re-enlisted in the Army in July 2007 after his wife died. He is the oldest Army soldier to be killed in the Iraq War.

I have always maintained that this generation of baby boomers will change the way we as a society “do aging,” and this is evidenced by the service of Maj. Hutchison. I do think that military service is still a valid and honorable way of serving one’s country, as long as those who are serving are healthy and able to do so. In some ways, I have wondered if some of the middle aged (and younger) policy makers would be so inclined to engage in military conflicts if they had the experience of serving in Iraq like Army Maj. Hutchison. This man was willing to do something that so many will not do, even those who are younger and possibly more energetic.

Tags: Iraq War

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pablo // May 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Who knows, maybe this Maj. Hutchison had nothing else to lose, maybe the military was a big part of his life. I think it’s nice that we can chose whether we want to go into the military or not.

  • 2 jammer // May 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

    First let me say, I am a veteran and I know some of the feelings of the dogfaces on this issue. Nothing is more revolting to us then those who posture as hawks and never faced a day in the trenches. John Wayne, that great hero, went to court to have his draft status changed so he would never have to serve. People like Jimmie Stewert, Ted Williams, Lee Marvin and others interupted great careers to serve their country. How about Tillman from the Arizona Cardinals? Yet draft dodgers like Ronald Reagan, Dick Cheney, and all the neo-cons who got us into Iraq were too gutless to put on the uniform. Bush II wouldn’t even report to duty in that dangerous place Alabama. My deepest heartfelt gratitude to the Maj. Hutchisons, and to all Men and Women who have answered the call to serve their country. I cringe every sunday when I read the names in the casuality reports in the newspaper, but my heart is a bit more burdened when it is a Latino/a.

  • 3 Michaelr // May 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Those are excellent points Jammer. The irony of all this is that those men who died in service to their country will quickly be forgotten, and those warmongers and war profiteers who never put their lives at risk will get credit for the outcome of those military adventures in public school history textbooks.

  • 4 theKaiser // May 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Isn’t this sad? You write a tribute to someone and the usual one person gang of apologists doesn’t even comment. Maybe the historical content delivered by Jammer was too difficult to deal with between their daytime television programming and their corn flakes.

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