A Marine loses his life in Falluja:
Lance Cpl. David M. Branning, 21, was assigned to Hawaii-based 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. He was killed Friday by enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Department of Defense officials said in a news release.
I live in Cockeysville … well, that isn’t true. Actually, I live about ten feet outside of Cockeysville. When I make a left-hand turn onto Padonia Road, then I’m in Cockeysville. But I lived in Cockeysville for two years before trading a cramped studio apartment for a spacious (as if) two-bedroom in Timonium. I work in Cockeysville. He most likely attended Dulaney High School, less than 1/2 a mile from my apartment. Many of my co-workers (the younger ones, anyway) probably knew him.
I was going to talk about how this might affect his former classmates, and his friends, but I just don’t have the heart for it. Twenty-one years old.