Veteran’s Voices Remembered: Major Jeremy Latchaw
Dr. Fred Johnson
U.S. Army Major Jeremy Latchaw, an Iraqi War Veteran, followed in the footsteps of his father who served in Vietnam. As with America’s involvement in Southeast Asia, the war in Iraq generated mounting angst among the American people, especially given Iraq’s alleged connection to the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attack. In response to that assault, the United States directed it military might at the perpetrators and their allies. The initial focus was Afghanistan, but it subsequently shifted to Iraq. The superiority of American firepower produced swift results in the initial stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and President George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished”. Iraqi insurgents, al Qaeda affiliates, and ethnic and religious factions subsequently debunked that assertion through a deadly conflict of attrition. While most Americans remained comfortably ignorant of the daily dangers faced by America’s military personnel, Jeremy Latchaw and his peers did their duty. Determined to serve their nation with loyal integrity, warriors like Latchaw took their place alongside earlier generations of veterans. This paper, based on personal interviews, recounts the experiences, and stellar contributions, of Iraqi War Veteran Major Jeremy Latchaw.
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