August 3, 2005
The Pentagon continues to investigate the deaths of 14 Marines this morning in Iraq. That brings the deathtoll up to 19 people in the past 2 days. for a small town in Cleveland, these accidents truly hit close to home.
"I can't believe it. It was almost like it has got to be a mistake," said Edie Deyarmin.
Deyarmin explains the shock after being told of the loss of her son. Daniel is one of 19 Marines from a small town outside of Cleveland who lost their lives in Iraq in the past two days.
"We wanted to come by. This is what we can do to honor them and thank them," said one supporter.
Hundreds of residents from the Cleveland suburb have stopped by the home of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. They wanted to pay honor to the men who gave their lives for people thousands of miles from home.
"Jeff felt that he had a deeper purpose. And his purpose was to go over there and not only set an example for the way he was brought up here, but to set an example for a way of life that could be provided for the people of Iraq," said Dan Boskovitch, uncle of a Marine killed.
"He felt it was his duty. He felt--like I said--if nothing else, if he could just keep the terrorism over there," said Daniel Deyarmin, father of a Marine killed.
The unit was struck by a roadside bomb this morning killing 14 members in their armored vehicle. Yesterday, five more marines were killed while on sniper duty. While families mourned, others were visibly angered by the continuing war.
"I didn't want him there and I definitely did not want him to be a part of this," said Rosemary Palmer, mother of a Marine killed.
But while some protested, others just wanted to show support for the men that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"I mean our men are dying. I just love them all. My heart goes out to all of their families," said one supporter.
Funeral arrangements are pending for all of the men identified in today's attacks. The Pentagon says they are continuing to investigate the exact nature of the roadside bomb.
These 19 men bring the total number of U.S. casualties to 1822 killed since the beginning of this war.