Two 82nd Airborne soldiers who wrote 'NYT' Op-Ed die in Iraq
Yance T. Gray and Omar Mora, two of seven soldiers who contributed to the op-ed “The War As We Saw It,” which was critical of the policy and strategy in Iraq, died in a vehicle accident there when their cargo truck overturned. (E&P)”
The controversial Times column on Aug. 19 was called “The War As We Saw It,” and expressed skepticism about American gains in Iraq. “To believe that Americans, with an occupying force that long ago outlived its reluctant welcome, can win over a recalcitrant local population and win this counterinsurgency is far-fetched,” the group wrote.
It closed: “We need not talk about our morale. As committed soldiers, we will see this mission through.”
Mora, 28, hailed from Texas City, Texas, and was a native of Ecuador, who had just become a U.S. citizen. He was due to leave Iraq in November and leaves behind a wife and daughter. Gray, 26, had lived in Ismay, Montana, and is also survived by a wife and infant daughter.
Another of the seven who penned the piece, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Murphy, was shot in the head just before it went to press.
Mission Accomplished, Dear Leader.