Glad to be out of Iraq alive, Brunelle still carries the fresh memory of his lost friend.
"It's good (to be home) I guess. But it ain't the same," he said.
And he still carries a private horror of the enemy and their car bombs roaming the streets of Baghdad, including the one that attacked him.
"I really don't want to talk about that," he said.
Brunelle, Toth and Sgt. Brooks were in the lead vehicle of a patrol providing security for a supply convoy when they were attacked. The explosive was delivered by a suicide bomber aimed at the patrol.
Nineteen soldiers from Kentucky have died in the Iraq war. As of last week, more than 1,100 Kentucky National Guardsmen were on duty in Iraq, the highest number from the state since the conflict began two years ago.
Bush War Ally “Massacred”
April 4, 2005 REUTERS
ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a crushing defeat at Italian regional elections, official results showed on Monday, a huge boost for center-left leader Romano Prodi's hopes of unseating him next year.
In what one of his defeated regional governors described as a ``massacre,'' Berlusconi's center-right coalition appeared to have lost 11 of the 13 regions at stake, holding on to just two -- Lombardy and Veneto -- both in its stronghold in the north.
Reservists’ & Guard Members Fucked Over Again;
Report Says Travel-Pay Problems Widespread
That debt was paid by taking money from soldiers while they were in Iraq, Gregory D. Kutz, GAO’s director of financial management and assurance, told a congressional panel March 16.
March 28, 2005 By Joseph R. Chenelly, Army Times staff writer