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Posted: 4/3/2006 8:26:48 AM EDT
A Danish soldier from my old regiment was laid to rest today - 20 year old Jesper Nielsen, from the armored infantry company of my regiment, the Royal Guard. He was killed by an IED in southern Iraq last week.

Here are his squad-mates carrying him off the plane on his arrival back in Denmark


And here is his funeral today






This is not meant in any way to diminish the tragic losses of American soldiers every day. Please don't take it that way. Denmark only has about a battalion strength in southern Iraq (because our army is so damn small to start with), and we've been lucky enough to only have lost a handful of men so far. But every loss is a painful one.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:33:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:35:42 AM EDT
RIP Jesper Nielsen. Prayers to his family and friends for their loss.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:36:19 AM EDT
20 years old.

Damn.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:37:47 AM EDT
RIP

Sorry for your loss.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:40:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

But every loss is a painful one.




Truer words never spoken.

My thanks to Nielsen for his sacrifice and prayers for his family. He was defending my children just as much as our own troops.

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:40:37 AM EDT
DK-Prof: I am sorry to hear that.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:43:54 AM EDT
Hvil i fred.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:48:24 AM EDT
Here's a picture of him and his squad from about a month ago:




Pictures courtesy of the Danish Army High Command
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 8:59:49 AM EDT
I have trained with his countrymen. Good troops...Sorry for the loss.

All Europeans aren't cowards.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:07:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:07:30 AM EDT
Every loss is an unfortunate one

Fortunately we can reflect on each loss.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:07:44 AM EDT
RIP....

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:11:04 AM EDT
RIP.

I'd never dream of attacking anyone for posting a
last honor for one fallen in defense of freedom,
American or not.

Sorry for your, and, Denmark's loss.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:13:15 AM EDT
Condolences and my thoughts are with his family.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:14:05 AM EDT
May God bless any man or woman from any country that fights for the freedom of my children and my family.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:14:15 AM EDT


RIP.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:15:15 AM EDT
I'm thankful that the Danes are over there with us, but sorry for their loss.

Rest in peace Soldier.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:16:50 AM EDT
RIP, brave soldier.

Perhaps a relative of mine from many years back...
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:21:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mcnielsen:
RIP, brave soldier.

Perhaps a relative of mine from many years back...

I'm a Nielsen too,was thinking the same thing.(Dad from Danmark,has never met his Father) RIP.
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 9:30:07 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 10:25:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MattyMattel:

Originally Posted By mcnielsen:
RIP, brave soldier.

Perhaps a relative of mine from many years back...

I'm a Nielsen too,was thinking the same thing.(Dad from Danmark,has never met his Father) RIP.



My ancestors were farmers in Schleswig-Holstein until 'ze Germans came and took it all in the mid 1800s. The warrior tradition is strong with Nielsens and Danes alike!


Jesper, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest...
Link Posted: 4/3/2006 11:23:16 AM EDT
That's a stout-looking group there - I suspect they are probably taking this pretty hard. Godspeed Jesper, and my thanks again to our friends and brothers in the Danish contingent.


Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
Here's a picture of him and his squad from about a month ago:

forsvaret.dk/NR/rdonlyres/F1DC610B-15E4-4576-BA53-AA6807BF132F/27688/060331_irak7_u13_b2.jpg


Pictures courtesy of the Danish Army High Command

Link Posted: 4/3/2006 11:59:21 AM EDT

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.



Any man who stands beside us in this fight is our brother. In this fight, I am a Dane as he was an American.

God bless and keep him and His light shine around him. My deepest condolences to his family and his comrades.
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