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July 25, 2005

Vandals attack family of fallen soldier

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

American flags, lining the lawn of the mother- and father-in-law of fallen U.S. Army Pfc. Timothy Hines Jr., were heaped in a pile early Saturday and burned under a car parked in front of the home - less than 24 hours after Hines was buried in Cincinnati's Spring Grove Cemetery...

Hines, 21, was buried Friday after more than 400 people mourned his passing and celebrated his life at the Vineyard Community Church in Springdale. He was buried with full military honors, leaving behind a pregnant widow who expects to give birth in about two weeks and a 2-year-old daughter.

Hines died last week from injuries suffered when a roadside bomb exploded June 19 in Baghdad....

"Whoever set the fire used about 20 flags that were given to me by friends," Jim Wessel [Hines' father-in-law] said....

The 20 flags were replaced with more than 200 by Saturday afternoon. The flags came from family, friends and neighbors....

Donations can be made to the Timothy Hines Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank, or to the Hines Family House project through Impact A Hero. Information about that program can be found online at www.impactahero.com.

I hope they catch the creeps soon.

Coverage: Captain's Quarters, The Anchoress

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 25, 2005 08:52 AM

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