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07-11-2008, 06:52
It is good to see that these soldiers bodies were found so that there families can finally move on.

Rest In Peace Gentlemen


The Reaper
07-11-2008, 07:23
RIP, Gents.


07-11-2008, 07:27
Rest in Peace

Red Flag 1
07-11-2008, 08:07
Rest In Peace Soldiers!

07-11-2008, 08:28
RIP, troops. Prayers out to the families.


By DAVID AGUILAR, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 31 minutes ago

DETROIT - For more than a year, Gordon Dibler held out hope that his stepson, Army Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, would return home from Iraq. Then military officials delivered the grim news that the body of Fouty and another soldier captured during an ambush south of Baghdad had been found.

"Every day that he's been missing has been a day of `what could have been' ... but after hearing the news ... I'm still in shock," Dibler said Thursday, after military officials came to his Oxford home and told him his stepson's body was one of two discovered in the Iraqi village of Jurf as Sakhr.

Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., and Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., were kidnapped in May 2007 in the volatile area south of Baghdad known as the "triangle of death." The body of a third captured soldier, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif., was found in the Euphrates River a year later.

Jimenez's father, Ramon "Andy" Jimenez, said he also received a visit Thursday from military officials who told him that his son's body and some of his son's personal effects had been discovered in Iraq. Speaking through a translator, he said the news "shattered all hope" the family had to "see Alex walk home on his own."

The military would not immediately confirm the mens' reports; the Pentagon generally waits 24 hours after notifying the next of kin before making a release public.

Lawrence Veterans Services Director Francisco Urena, who was at the Jimenez home Thursday night and translated for the soldier's father, said the family was given no details on the discovery of the bodies or the nature of the soldiers' deaths.

The men were identified using dental records, Dibler said, adding that the bodies of both soldiers were taken to Dover, Del., where military officials are expected to perform further tests to positively identify both men and determine a cause of death.

"It's a very sad relief," Dibler said. "But I know I have to go forward, not just for our family, but for the other men and women who are still doing their job over there."

He said he spent much of Thursday on the phone talking with family and friends, including Andy Jimenez. The soldiers' families had become friends over the past year, and Dibler said he always considered the two missing soldiers "our nation's sons."

"Byron went to Iraq to help people who couldn't help themselves," he said, adding that conditions there have since improved. "I know their sacrifice was not for nothing. It was not in vain."

Urena said the Jimenez family expects to receive Alex Jimenez's body in five days.

"He's very thankful for everybody from the community in Lawrence and throughout the U.S. who have provided him support during the difficult time the family has been through during the past 14 months," Urena said of Andy Jimenez.

The three soldiers, from the Fort Drum, N.Y.-based 10th Mountain Division, disappeared on May 12, 2007, after insurgents ambushed their combat team 20 miles outside Baghdad. An Iraqi soldier and four other Americans from the same unit were killed in the attack.

The soldiers were from Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment nicknamed the "Polar Bears."

Jim Waring of the family support group New England Care for Our Military said he spoke to Jimenez' and Fouty's families Thursday night.

"It's going to be tough on them," he said. "They really had hoped they were alive."

Waring said his group had a banner for the missing soldiers that read: "Together they serve our nation and together they will come home."

"They did come home together, just not the way we wanted," Waring said.

07-11-2008, 10:11
Rest in Peace


Bodies confirmed as soldiers kidnapped last yearStory Highlights
NEW: Soldiers' remains in U.S.; were identified by dental records, father says

Alex Jimenez, Byron W. Fouty were kidnapped in May 2007 ambush

Details on the discovery of the bodies, cause of death are not yet known

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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- The remains of two U.S. soldiers kidnapped more than a year ago in Iraq were found and are back in the United States, according to the father of one of the soldiers.

Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez was kidnapped during an ambush in May 2007.

The military has not yet issued a public confirmation, but Ramon "Andy" Jimenez said in a broadcast interview that officers visited his Lawrence, Massachusetts, home to tell him the body of his son, Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, was found.

The officers told Ramon "Andy" Jimenez that information from an informant led investigators to the remains of his son and those of Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Michigan, on Wednesday, Jimenez family friend Sandy Almonte said.

The senior Jimenez, a native of the Dominican Republic, said the military told him the soldiers' remains were identified in the U.S. by their dental records.

The father said his son died for a cause he cared about.

"He decided since he was young to join the Army," he said. "I'm very proud of my son."

The military did not give the family any other details, such as where the bodies were found, Almonte said.

Gordon Dibler spoke of waiting for news of his stepson Army Pvt. Fouty after military officials came to his home, The Associated Press reported Thursday.

"Every day that he's been missing has been a day of `what could have been' ... but after hearing the news ... I'm still in shock," Dibler said.

Major Dan Elliott with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division confirmed to CNN that human remains were found in the division's area of operation in Iraq. He said the remains were sent to the United States for positive identification.

The body of a third soldier who was kidnapped in the May 12 ambush -- Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, California -- was pulled from the Euphrates River in Babil province 11 days after the attack near Mahmoudiya, which is south of Baghdad.

Four American troops and an Iraqi interpreter were killed in the ambush, which happened in a section of Iraq that was known as the Triangle of Death.

Black ribbons of mourning replaced the yellow ribbons around the Jimenez home Thursday afternoon.

A POW/MIA flag that had been hanging from the home for more than a year was also immediately replaced by a U.S. flag.

Wendy Luzon, another Jimenez family friend who was with the father when the military officers read the official notification to the family, said "It brings closure to the whole deal."

07-11-2008, 10:26

Local Family Learns Of Missing Soldier's Death

POSTED: 11:25 pm EDT July 10, 2008
UPDATED: 8:22 am EDT July 11, 2008

WATEFORD, Mich. -- The body of a Waterford soldier missing in Iraq for more than year has been found.

The soldier's stepfather Gordon Dibler told Local 4 officials came to his home in Oxford on Thursday and told the family they found Pvt. Byron Fouty, 19, in Iraq.

"Knowing how much energy I tried to keep up for Sarah my daughter and the family around us hoping that he was alive," said Dibler.

Fouty was one of three soldiers who were kidnapped.

"He made a choice. He wanted to be a commando. He wanted to help others that couldn't do. I actually feel he was called to be in the service," Dibler said.

The details of Fouty's death are unclear. He was kidnapped in Iraq last year during an ambush that left several other soldiers death.

Fouty, along with Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez, 25. of Lawrence, Mass., were kidnapped in the area of Baghdad known as the "triangle of death".

Jimenez' body was also found and his father was notified Thursday.

Officials used dental records to identify Fouty. Further tests are expected to be performed to positively identify both men and determine the cause of death.

No details have been released on memorial services for Fouty.

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07-11-2008, 10:50
"Byron went to Iraq to help people who couldn't help themselves," he said, adding that conditions there have since improved. "I know their sacrifice was not for nothing. It was not in vain."



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07-11-2008, 18:21
I'm very glad SGT Jimenez and PVT Fouty were found, welcome home Men...may you now finally Rest in Peace.

07-11-2008, 19:18
RIP brothers

07-13-2008, 13:03
RIP soldiers...:(
Glad they were found; that way their families at least can give these heroes a decent burial.

07-14-2008, 18:19
We spent the last 6 months of our deployment looking for these Brothers. I've thought about them every day since coming Home. I found out today when I saw the Army Times headline. Brought back a lot of memories.

RIP Warriors & Welcome Home

07-15-2008, 11:47
If this type of story tells me anything is that American families of Soldiers never give up hope, and never quit. That is why we won't fail. We are endeared from the homefront to the frontlines with courage and hope of what we know is right, never forgetting where we came from and never forgetting those that came before us.

RIP and welcome home Soldiers.