Thank you Todd Weaver of the 101st Airborne (7 HQ Photos)

US army officers with the 101st Airborne Division pay their respects by the boots, gun, helmet and dog-tags of US army First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver displayed during a memorial ceremony in his honor at Combat Outpost Terra Nova on the outskirts the Arghandab Valley's Jellawar village on September 14, 2010. Weaver, of the 101st Airborne Division HHB/1-320th FAR, was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) on September 9.


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  • fuzzybeard2016

    SALUTE!…2.

  • Where in the WORLD

    Thank you for doing what you do

  • Nameless

    And when he gets to Heaven
    to St. Peter he will tell
    "Another soldier reporting, Sir,
    I've served my time in Hell".

    Go easy, Lieutenant.

  • robin yates

    another good young man wasted, but for what I ask myself ?

    • Gutterville

      War = Young, poor and naive die for the old, rich and bitter.

    • Penelope

      For what? Really?

      You son a bitch,go talk a nice long walk off a short bridge. Or learn to show some respect for the dead.
      Obviously this soldier was cared for and there always has to be some stupid fucker to come and make a smart ass comment like that. Keep your opinion about wasted life to yourself.

      • CaptainWow

        Whoa, wait a minute. I think you are missing the point of what robin yates is saying.

        I don't think she is making a judgement about the soldier or their sense of duty and honor, but rather the brutal and senseless loss of life that comes with war. I think she is questioning the reasons for the war and what purpose it serves (although IMO, Afghanistan, where this soldier gave his life, was the "right" and justified war; where as Iraq was/is a more dubious endeavor).

        My impression is that she values the lives of everyone who serves this country and in a perfect world this young man (and thousands like him) would never have to die in defense of their country. In a perfect world this soldier would have been able to come home to the people who loved him to live a long, peaceful life surrounded by friends and family.

        The waste was not that the young man chose to serve his country. That is the most noble and honorable thing one can do.

        The waste is that in this day and age, humans have not found a way to settle conflicts and disagreements without sacrificing the their young and depriving them of long, fruitful lives.

        IMO the best way to honor or soldiers is to make sure we never have to send them into the breach, and if we must, we have to provide them with everything they need to be successful and come home as soon as possible.

    • Chris

      for freedom. so you can sit on your computer and have the freedom to insult what he has done for you

  • d7fge6gf

    never seen soldiers praying to boots, but heck, in the name of patriotism everything goes. god bless the only righteous country in the world!

    • USMC vet

      do us all a favor, if your not going to stand behind our service members, please stand in front of them

      • Michael

        Amen, Brother!

    • CaptainWow

      You Sir are an idiot.

      It's a Battlefield Cross, and is meant as a memorial to the fallen soldier. It's been around for 150 years. It's part of US Army Field Manual.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallen_Soldier_Battl

      They are not praying TO the boots you simpleton. They are praying together, around the memorial, in remembrance of a fallen comrade.

      • Vagabundo

        Hey shit brick captainwow. you call them an idiot? they simply said they had never seen it before. Id be surprised if you even knew what it was before looking it up on wikipedia. Maybe you shoulda looked up dipshit on there. Or better yet maybe you should attend one………

  • Linky

    So one marine gets killed and he gets a worldwide internet salute.. what about these guys?…Remember the Marine signed up for what happened to him…. most of the people below did not…

    Journalists killed – 141, 94 by murder and 47 by acts of war

    Journalists killed by US Forces – 14

    Iraqi Police and Soldiers Killed – 9,654

    Iraqi Civilians Killed, Estimated – A UN issued report dated Sept 20, 2006 stating that Iraqi civilian casualties have been significantly under-reported. Casualties are reported at 50,000 to over 100,000, but may be much higher. Some informed estimates place Iraqi civilian casualities at over 600,000.

    Iraqi Insurgents Killed, Roughly Estimated – 55,000

    Non-Iraqi Contractors and Civilian Workers Killed – 571

    Non-Iraqi Kidnapped – 306, including 57 killed, 147 released, 4 escaped, 6 rescued and 89 status unknown.

    • America

      Iraqi Insurgents Killed, Roughly Estimated – 55,000….
      You have got to be fucking kidding me right. Take your statistics and shove them straight back up your ass, any life loss is tough and everyone should get there own web salute you pompous prick. Furthermore, linky, it is people like you that have turned this country from the greatest generation of World War Two to the ass backwards liberals that now plague america with free health care for ignorant welfare cycle blacks and other minorities while the rest of america breaks it back at work. If it wasn't for men like the 1LT you would not be pushing those keyboard with your grotesque sausage fingers in the first place feeling entitled to everything you have gotten. You have honestly made me sick to my stomach, GTFO you unpatriotic liberal scum.

    • CaptainWow

      Do you really think that anyone is saying that any of the innocent people who have died in this conflict are not worthy of recognition? Everyone has their own reasons for serving in the military, but I doubt that any of them "signed up" to die.

      Besides, you are missing the point of this website. It's a photo blog with a military focus. Of course they will choose to focus on members of the military and the moving images that are captured "on film."

      If you feel so strongly about honoring those who through no fault of their own lost their lives, you should create your own website, research each instance, and post the photo stories yourself. You have that right.

      Be angry that war exists. Be angry that innocent people die as a result. But chastising soldiers and those who care for them is misguided and ignorant.

      • USMC vet

        98% of all stats are made up…… including this one.

      • sonofavet

        very well said captain! People should really consider trying to think outside the box!

        Thanks to all our servicemen for their sacrifices.

    • Mike

      You sir are a Jack ass. If you don't agree with the politics that is fine (lord knows I don't), but this man didn't make this war, all this man did was serve his country so you could live in a world were that information that you are spouting off might actually be accurate. He and others like him are heroes and they deserve more honor and respect then what you have shown. "So one Marine gets killed"….Shame on you.

  • Penelope

    Wow…my my you must really know what your talking about huh.

    After all this time I thought my husband joined to give our family security…free health care…a house…groceries.
    But no…I guess he must just have a plain old death wish.
    Thanks for clearing it up.

    Funny though…when someone knows there going to be a journalist I think it crosses there mind that if there going to a foreign country…some person might decide to hurt them. Same for tourists.

    Everyday you leave your house (or stay in it for the matter) you could die. So don't you DARE for one second think someone "signed up for this" there just doing there job.

    • foreigner

      *they are … they're .. good god !

      • big bear

        Spelling and grammar, really? I am all about cleaning up the internet as well, but you have to pick your spots bud. This post is not the place.

      • CaptainWow

        Lighten up. This isn't the New Yorker or the Harvard Law Review. Not everyone is as adept as you with expressing their thoughts. Not everyone has the your mastery of the English language, no matter how basic the error may be. Realize that Penelope was clearly speaking from a point of passion having felt that Linky was taking a shot at members of the military and those who support them.

        • CaptainWow

          See there… I failed to edit out the word "the". Forgive me, please, forgive me.

    • dece

      are you from the US?
      we are one of the few major countries that DOESN'T have free healthcare.

      p.s. their*

      • Reality Check

        Get real. There is no FREE healthcare anywhere. Someone pays for it, no matter where on this earth you go. Period. Until doctors, nurses, lab techs, diagnostic equipment manufactureres and their employees all work for free, until all medicine is given away for free and until all of us get to stop paying taxes, healthcare will cost money. What planet do you live on?

  • Spiderpig615

    Mr. Weaver you sir have BALLS……thank you!

  • DASAP

    Todd was from my hometown, I played sports against him throughout middle and high school. Although we weren't close, he was a great man and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. RIP Todd.

  • Blondie

    Penelope, I am firmly under the impression that Robin meant no disrespect for the dead. I would hop off of your soapbox, cool your head, and maybe wash that mouth out. It really dissapoints me to see such aimless aggression. It also detracts from the message this post had built in my own mind. :o( Shame.

  • Sean

    I hope I can accomplish in life what Lt. Weaver has sacrificed in his death, Thank you so much.

  • http://www.thechive.com Leo

    It's people like this that allow us to enjoy our disconnected, comfortable lives here in the US -a million miles away. Thank you and my respects to his family and friends.

  • USMC vet

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glint on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.

    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.

    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.

    you will not be forgotten

    • Anon

      Love this… thanks for putting it up

  • Beau

    If we tried to make a post for every soldier who died to I.E.D, you'd easily have to triple the combined content of the chive/bridgade/berry/throttle if not more. It's a tragic end that many reach on a regular basis.

  • ASoldiersWife

    You don’t have to agree with the war to support the brave souls who are willing to fight it for you.

    And America, racism is not equal to patriotism. Our welfare system is flawed, but this is hardly the forum in which to debate that.

    God bless this brave and honorable man and all who knew and loved him.

  • Jimmy

    Just be happy you can safely sit in front of your computer, in you comfortable chair, typing out the garbage that is fed to you from the media. Unlike this poor man and his brothers in-arm, and his grieving family who have to deal with the loss of a loved one. Who gave the ultimate sacrifice for what I am sure HE believed in was the right thing to do for his family and own well being when he signed those papers to join the military. Not signing papers to die, but to prove to himself and others that he could handle all the heartache, hardship, physical and mental strain that he and MANY MANY others have had to go through. And to prove he is WILLING to give up a "normal" life to protect the life that MANY of us take for granted. So instead of bickering, thank this man for his duty and sacrifice.

  • Jackie Treehorn

    Hippy trolls ruin every military post on the chive. so predictable.

  • d7fge6gf

    say sth different than "praise god and our soldiers" and get a thumb down. well, simple mind are simple…

    • USMC vet

      the fuck is your problem….. do us a favor, long walk, short pier GO!

  • DVLDOG

    SEMPER-FI ! You did good son. God bless your soul, May you find peace, rest and love. Know that your brothers fight on and will not forget you.

    Atun HUT!

  • Todd's wife

    Todd was the greatest man and father that I have ever known. I will always be proud to say I was his wife. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers i the darkest time in our lives.

  • Todd's wife

    He is army strike force

  • Laurence

    The sad thing about this is that Todd was only 26 years old and leaves behind a wife and 1 year old daughter. The whole community of friends and fellow soldiers are devastated by his death. My God Bless him for his service to our country and my he watch over his young family.

  • Todd's Wife

    Thank you all for your support and prayers. As Todd's wife I will always be proud of my husband and his dedication to the Army and our country. I love you Baby and will see you again one day. The Sweetie loves you too.

    • MilitaryWife

      Good for you, Todd's Wife. It's strong women (and men) like you that make it possible for our soldiers to fight for our rights in the first place. I don't think Todd could have accomplished half as much without your love and support and the knowledge that his baby girl would be well loved should the worst happen. Stay strong and hold on tight to every loving memory.

  • Thank you, Todd

    Not a life wasted, but a life ended too soon. This man had a beautiful wife and an even more beautiful baby girl waiting at home for him. He didn't have to be there – no one drafted him. He didn't do it for benefits or free education – he was smart, a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. He joined the Army because he wanted to serve America, to protect the ideals we stand for. You don't have to agree with the politics of this country – but the fact that you can freely get on the internet and say so, that you can speak out against the war or the president, on the internet or at a rally or on a t-shirt or a bumper sticker… the fact that you can own a car — those are the things that Todd Weaver fought for. And died for.

    Our country isn't perfect, but neither is anything else I love – Thank God for those who are part of the solution. We are lucky that we can take all these freedoms for granted. I know I can't thank Todd personally for everything he gave up to keep me and my family safe. But in his memory, I will appreciate my freedoms even more, and love my family even harder. Every day is a gift.

  • Rage

    Trolls will be trolls and Lord knows I'd choke the life outta them slowly to save them the walk off that short pier….and, Yes, I'm an evil, rotten bast*** for being sincere in my wish to wrap my hands around certain folk's throat and feel their windpipe crush, watch life leave their eyes, bounce their head off the ground while I throttle them. I would get honest pleasure from that. I am sick and evil…*yawn*…whatever.
    Thank you for serving and sacrificing. You knew it would be a crap-shoot with the odds against you, soldier. Rest in peace, son, rest in peace. Best regards and my prayers go to the wife and baby.

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