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Mon January 3, 2011
Recording Every Fallen Soldier
A North Carolina woman is beginning her sixth year chronicling every U.S. military casualty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Caroline McKinley lives near Camp Lejeune. She posts stories about every soldier killed on her website, Freedom Remembered. McKinley says the site is particularly useful for soldiers still serving in Afghanistan and Iraq:
"They don't get to come home. They don't get to come home and pay their respects at a funeral for example, or spend time with the family. These are their buddies. So they don't know what happened. They don't know where they were buried. And they come to my site, and they see that."
McKinley says she's posted stories about more than three thousand soldiers. She says she'll keep working until she has an entry for every soldier killed in the two conflicts. McKinley supports the website herself with some help from donations.