Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, responded to reports that Ramadi, Iraq is on the verge of an Islamic State today by describing Ramadi as “not symbolic in any way.” The first Navy SEAL death reported in Iraq was that of Petty Officer 2nd Class Marc A. Lee, 28. Lee was killed on Aug. 2, 2006 when he was involved in a firefight against insurgents in Ramadi. He earned the Silver Star posthumously.
FOX News In an open letter, mother of Marc Lee, Debbie, whose son Marc was the first Navy SEAL casualty in Ramadi, responded to his remarks today, calling for an apology from Dempsey “I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi.”
“You sir owe an apology to the families whose loved ones blood was shed in Ramadi. Ramadi matters to us and is very symbolic to us. You need to apologize to our troops whose bodies were blown to pieces from IEDs and bullet holes leaving parts and pieces behind, Ramadi matters to them. You need to apologize to our troops who endured the extreme temperatures and battled the terrorists in some of the worst battlefields in Iraq, Ramadi matters to them.”
Apparently, no apology from Dempsey is forthcoming.