Reversals in Anbar province are tough for veterans, families
M.E. Ward keeps an Iraqi flag with the medals and dress blues of her son in a “red, white and blue” room of her Council Bluffs home. Her son, Marine Sgt. Thomas Houser, was killed in Fallujah in 2005. Recent militant gains in the Anbar province city are hard to swallow — “We HAD Fallujah,” she says.
Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am
Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.
The midnight knock on the door of her Council Bluffs home brought Mary Ellen Ward what no military mother wants: the thanks of a grateful nation for the sacrifice of her son.
Insurgent gunfire cut down Sgt. Thomas Houser on Jan. 3, 2005, as he and his squad of Marines mopped up after weeks of fighting in Fallujah, the fiercest battle of the long and ugly Iraq War.
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Sunday, January 12, 2014 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:10 pm.