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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

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The Iraq war is a new kind of hell, with more survivors - but more maimed, shattered limbs - than ever. A revolution in battlefield medicine is helping them conquer the pain.

Wilhelm's buddies laid him out in the back of a supply truck, where he prayed and pressed his hands against a block of ice while they waited for the medics, afraid that if he passed out, he would die. He was 21 years old, a Fighting Eagle with the Army's Eighth Infantry, deployed northwest of Baghdad. Back home in Colorado, his wife had just given birth to their first child, a daughter. Wilhelm is among the more than 9,000 US soldiers who have been wounded in action since the war in Iraq began. The good news is that fewer GIs are dying of their injuries than in any modern conflict. In Vietnam, one out of every three soldiers hurt in combat was shipped home in a body bag. In Iraq, it's one in eight. Credit the use of body armor and a dramatic increase in the speed of the Air Force's evacuation chain - the relays of Black Hawk helicopters and transport jets that ferry the wounded from the front lines to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where soldiers receive care before being sent on to hospitals like Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

The bad news is pain. The injuries suffered by those who survive are more severe than in previous conflicts.

- "The Painful Truth," Steve Silberman digaman@wiredmag.com, Wired.com http://www.wired.com, Issue 13.02 http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.02/, February, 2005

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