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Army sergeant who gave life to save Afghan child being flown home for burial

An Army sergeant and father of three from Rhode Island who gave his life to save an Afghan child from being run over by a 16-ton armored fighting vehicle is being flown back to the U.S. and will be buried Monday.

Sgt. Dennis Weichel, 29, died in Afghanistan last week after he dashed into the path of an armored fighting vehicle to scoop up the little girl, who had darted back into the roadway to pick up shell casings, according to the Army. Weichel, a Rhode Island National Guardsman, was riding in the convoy in Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan when he jumped out to save the girl, who was unhurt.

“He would have done it for anybody,� Staff Sgt. Ronald Corbett, who deployed with Weichel to Iraq in 2005, said in a quote posted on the U.S. Army website. “That was the way he was. He would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was that type of guy.�

The child was one of several who were collecting the casings, which can be sold and recycled in Afghanistan. Weichel and other soldiers in the convoy got out of their vehicles to shoo the kids from danger as the heavy trucks bore down. But the girl ran back onto the road as a MRAP, or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, approached. Weichel swung the girl to safety but was run over and later died from his injuries at Jalalabad Medical Treatment Facility, according to a press release from the Rhode Island National Guard.

Weichel, who had been a member of the Rhode Island National Guard since 2001, had arrived in Afghanistan a few weeks ago. He was a member of C Company, 1st Battalion, 143 Infantry. Weichel was previously deployed to Iraq in 2005 as a member of 3/172 Det 2 Mountain Infantry.

Weichel, who lived in Providence and was engaged to be married, leaves his parents, fiancee and three young children. His body is scheduled to be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday. Weichel will be buried in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter.

“Tragically, Spc. Weichel has made the supreme sacrifice and at this time, we are mindful of the impact of that sacrifice on his family and friends," said Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride, adjutant general of the Rhode Island National Guard, in a written statement. "We leave no Soldier behind.... and we will not leave Spc. Weichel’s family behind.�
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Rest in Peace, Soldier.

Guys like this are the finest this country has to offer, and the finest this world has to offer.

I am so very sorry for his family. May they be comforted in their hour of darkest grief and may God rest his good soul.

Of course, like many of you, I can't help but pan out and look at the larger picture and think if we weren't there in the first fucking place...three American children would still have a father today.

All right, now my blood is boiling.

How do you go from vicarious grief to rage in the matter of writing a few words, I don't know...but I just did.

Dammit to hell this war is bullshit...and NOT ONE MORE of our troops need to die or come home maimed or traumatized. Not ONE!

But like I said, guys like this are the best this world has to offer (when it comes to being what a man should be), and to honor him, I can only hope live a fraction as honorably as this man lived, and died.

Rest in Peace, Soldier.

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

John 15:13

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

This man's reward will be in heaven. God bless him and his family. I pray his children will understand someday and realize their father is a hero.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must. like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.-Thomas Paine

The R3volution requires action, not observation!!!!

God bless him.

He did the right thing.


Usually the Medal of Honor is awarded for taking lives, how about awarding this man with the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving a life.

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Sgt. Weichel died saving the

Sgt. Weichel died saving the life of a child. If you have to die in a dusty third world hell hole, that is the way to do it. Bravo Sgt. Weichel for your heroism.

They tried to bury us, they didn't know we were seeds. -mexican proverb

What happened here is terrible

But even more terrible is the fact that we are contributing to their economy with shell casings. Even worse,this story will be used extensively as propaganda supporting what a great country we are. All of it is very sad and I feel for this man's family. If we had not left any shell casings...

Unconstitutional War - "The story you are about to hear is true; the names and places are being changed to protect the guilty."


truth that is.

I also wonder?

If these kids are also collecting Depleted Uranium projectiles to help their families eat? We just don't belong there is the sum of it.

Unconstitutional War - "The story you are about to hear is true; the names and places are being changed to protect the guilty."

Extremely sad. RIP.

Extremely sad. RIP.