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Subject: My Brother-in-law
Forest    6/10/2006 5:02:59 PM
SBS hero killed on holiday By TOM NEWTON DUNN Defence Editor AN SBS hero honoured for rescuing a CIA agent from the Taliban has died in a freak hang-gliding accident. Sgt Paul McGeogh, 41, was using a rented motorised hang-glider while on holiday in Cyprus. But when the engine cut out it plunged 1,000ft to the ground and into a vineyard. He died instantly. The extreme sports enthusiast was on the island with his wife and children at the resort of Pissouri near Limassol. The father of four was dramatically photographed in action, above, while helping to put down a prisoner revolt at an Afghan fortress in November 2001. Known as “Scruff” to pals, he led his team of seven SBS commandos throughout the epic three-day battle at Qala-i-Jangi fort near Mazar-i-Sharif. Two CIA officers Dave Dawson and Mike Spann were inside the fort interrogating one of the inmates when a riot broke out. Many of the 600 al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners had not been searched and were still armed. After overpowering guards, the crazed mob captured ex-Marine Spann, 32, and killed him. Braving a wall of bullets, Paul and his men went into the fortress and managed to save holed-up Dawson. For the extraordinary act, Sgt McGeogh was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour — America’s top bravery award. The MoD also gave Sgt McGeogh a Mention in Despatches. He retired from the SBS last year. A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of not having a licence to operate a hang-gliding school.,,2-2006260796,00.html His funeral is on Thursday. Rest In Peace Paul.
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Nichevo    RE:My Brother-in-law   6/10/2006 5:13:05 PM
Civilization mourns this loss, or should. My condolences, for what they are worth, at this sad news.
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S-2    RE:My Brother-in-law/Forest Reply   6/10/2006 5:22:12 PM
This is horrible, Forest. I'm deeply sorry for your family and extend my sincere condolences. God bless you and yours.
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Forest    Nichevo and S-2    6/10/2006 5:35:55 PM
Thank-you so much Nichevo and S-2. Reading your replies has made me very emotional. I didn’t know whether or not to post this on SP, but I new it would be appreciated by those of you who have served or are serving, or like me just have an interest in the world we live. I suppose I’m just very proud of him. I didn’t know until I read it in the newspaper the Paul had won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Once again – I’m deeply appreciative.
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S-2    RE:Forest Reply    6/10/2006 5:48:32 PM
I didn't either until I more carefully read the article. Our nation can't honor a man more than we did. I've met two CMH winners in my life and their stories were extrodinary. Right now I'm more than a bit angry. Many of those men who your brother-in-law faced at Mazar I-Sharif are at Guantanamo prison, where three just TOOK their lives. For this fine mine to face such danger only to die now hardly seems right nor fair. We're told not to try and understand the Lord's wisdom, but still I grieve deeply for your family. I would in any case for a fine warrior such as him, but he, his family and the rest of you somehow deserved better. Please make aware to our defense attache in London of his unfortunate death, that we may honor him further-if your family would desire so. I suspect the U.S. embassey knows, but then possibly not. I'm going to write the White House RIGHT NOW. God bless all of you.
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S-2    RE: Forest Reply   6/10/2006 6:21:49 PM
Forest, I've left a message (of course) with the Public Affairs office at the DoD, e-mailed the President, and e-mailed our defense attache at the U.S. Embassy in London. I will be livid if a representative doesn't make some effort to contact you and allow our nation to show, one final time, our deepest gratitude to this fine man. Please let us at Strat Page know if this fails to come to past. He, without knowing protocol, deserves nothing less than an honor guard from our Armed Forces. Again, my condolences
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bigfella    RE:My Brother-in-law   6/10/2006 9:17:40 PM
Sounds like quite a guy Forest. We are all diminished by his loss. My best to you & your family in the tough times ahead. The only comfort I can offer is what I have learned from experiencing loss: the people we love never really leave us, they remain with us all our days.
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Nichevo    RE: Forest Reply   6/11/2006 12:54:52 AM
I'm not cognizant of the proper forms but certainl I hope our representatives would do what is proper and, hopefully, would know how to do so without the kind prompting of such loyal Americans as S-2 (a vain hope, in these degraded days, perhaps). If anything may be done for the family by private persons like myself, please let us know.
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S-2    RE:My Brother-in-law-Forest Reply   6/15/2006 6:59:10 PM
I received your e-mail, Forest. You know my thoughts. God bless your family and you. Take care.
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Thomas3    RE:My Brother-in-law   6/15/2006 8:23:25 PM
Forest my sincere condolances. It will now be one of Your duties to tell his children in the years to come, that allthough he died in a freak accident - he could have been run down by a drunk driver as well - he did make something of his life. He gave other children the chance to know their father - he did what he could for others: Nobody can do more. Maybe - just maybe - he might have prevented another 911. The way we can truly honour the fallen is by taking care of their family - I', sure you'll lift that burden. Again my deepest sympathy to You, Your sister and his children.
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Amorphous Blob    RE:My Brother-in-law   6/16/2006 3:26:15 PM
Rest in peace, Sgt. McGeogh, and God bless your family. My thanks to you and all the others who have served.
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