I knew it was probably inevitable that someone I knew on LJ would die there, but it's still a bit of a shock.
SPC Michael Smith was a member of C company, 1st Bat., 503rd Infantry Regiment. He leaves behind his family, friends, and a wife, who he married in Korea last summer before he deployed to Iraq.
Here are some of the things that Mike wrote while deployed in Iraq:
"well.. i know i haven't been updating much, or really talking about my time here, so i'm going to have a run down of some things.
1. don't ask me if i've killed anyone. i don't like this question. just know i've done what i've had to, to survive, and this doesn't mean i have or haven't.
2. this is a run down of whats happened to me personally since i've been here.
a. been the victim of 3 roadside bombs (IED's) but haven't been injured in any of them.
b. been in 8 firefights. i was shot in one of them, but it only went through my cargo pocket, didn't hit my body.
c. been mortared more times than i can count. our unit is the most heavily mortared unit since the start of the war. but we've had no casulties from them, except for some vehicle damage.
d. i've been in more iraqi homes than i can count, and the people seem nice, some of the time. i've had lunch with one family, and i've detained another."
"so i think i might have made a mistake. too many things have entered my mind recently. i don't know if it's because i've been in 3-4 fire-fights, but i'm realizing some things. i'm not going to go into it, but if you must know, ask and i'll say what i can. i don't even know what i'm thinking anymore. i'm just taking this one day at a time, one mission at a time. this place sucks."
"i've been thinking a lot lately . . . i know i've always said i don't regret anything i've done in my life, but i think i found one."
"i don't regret anything i've done in my life actually. i regret more things i didn't do. but as you said, everything happens for a reason, and maybe, just maybe... in time it'll work."