“Forget Michael Jackson. Meet Pvt. Justin Casillas”

As the media continues their wall-to-wall memorial over an entertainer, let’s not forget that actual heroes died this week.

From Michelle Malkin,

Over the weekend, I blogged about Pvt. Aaron Fairbairn, one of two American soldiers killed in in eastern Afghanistan by a jihadi suicide bomber.

The other American soldier killed in the attack has been identified.

His name is Pvt. Justin Casillas. The Woodland Daily Democrat reports:

A local soldier was killed Saturday in Afghanistan after a truck loaded with bombs approached his checkpoint and blew up, the soldier’s family said.

Justin Casillas, 19, of Dunnigan, graduated from Pierce High School last year, according to American Legion member Larry Schapiro. He was a paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 509th Airborne out of Alaska. His grandfather, Joe Casillas Sr., served in the Pacific theater in World War II, and his father, Joe Jr., served in the Air Force in the Vietnam War.

Justin’s mother, Donna, left for Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to collect his remains. Joe Jr. said they would be back Sunday.

“I don’t know how to explain this … but I’m proud of him, and I want to celebrate him,” Joe Jr. said. “We talked a little bit about this, before he went over … he wanted to do his part.”

Joe Jr. said Casillas had been in Afghanistan for four months. Casillas’ unit, Joe Jr. said, is the same one from which Taliban insurgents kidnapped a soldier on Tuesday.

The death comes amid heavier fighting in eastern Paktika province, according to the Associated Press. A battle on Saturday killed at least 10 militants, according to a statement from the the NATO-led force. Troops detained one militant, it said. The discrepancy in the militant death tolls could not immediately be reconciled.

During the battle, an insurgent drove a truck filled with explosives and gravel toward the gates of the U.S. base, Zawak said. When the driver did not heed warnings to stop, troops opened fire on the truck, which exploded, he said.


Many Americans won’t forget your service and sacrifice.

Thank you, Justin.

Related: The aunt of an American soldier killed the same day Michael Jackson died skewers misplaced MSM priorities.

Published in: on July 7, 2009 at 7:07 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Thank you. My son was a friend of Justin’s he is remembered fondly by many friends and will be greatly missed. It is so sad to see our once great country with such misplaced loyalties and priorities. I pray that some how we get back on track. GOD BLESS AMERICA, GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

  2. Dear Michelle, I want to thank you for your support of Pvt. Justin Casillas! I have known the family now for a very long time, and they have been down some tough roads in the past years, but they always put their kids first. Justin was clear example of putting other people first. He was only 19 years old, yet has made an impact on a lot of people, both young and old, those who knew him and those that did not. I was just at their home today and look at his pictures on the wall and I could not stop crying and smiling at the same time. And I can tell you his spirit is very much looking over his two sisters, his Mom and his Step Father Joe, who raised Justin. And gave Justin the tools to be the hero he is today and will be in our hearts. Again, I want to thank you Michelle for your kind words about Pvt. Justin Casillas.

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