08.24.10

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Loss Of Two Vermont National Guardsmen

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy
On The Loss Of Two Vermont National Guardsmen

August 24, 2010

[On Tuesday, August 24, the Vermont Army National Guard confirmed the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan.  The Guardsmen, both members of the 3/172 MNT Infantry Battalion from Jericho, were caught in a firefight. SGT Tristan Southworth of West Danville,Vt., and SGT Steven Deluzio of South Glastonbury,Conn., were serving a year-long deployment with the Vermont National Guard at the time of their deaths. ]

“The men and women of the Vermont National Guard have shown enormous courage and patriotism.   In our small and special state we honor them, the whole state mourns the death of any of them, and Vermont is in mourning today for two Guardsmen.   Marcelle and I are keeping Sgt. Tristan Southworth, Sgt. Steven Deluzio and their families in our thoughts and prayers, and we know that all Vermonters are doing the same.”

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