Death Comes Calling For the Class of 9/11

What we can learn of the Iraq war from the first to perish of a West Point batch

The question everyone seems to be asking is, Why Emily? U.S. Army 2nd Lieut. Emily Perez, 23, was buried last week at West Point, on a high bluff over the Hudson River, alongside two centuries of fallen graduates from the U.S. Military Academy. Hers was the first combat death in the 2005 graduating class--called the class of 9/11 because they arrived on campus just two weeks before the terrorist attacks. She was also the first female West Point graduate to be killed in Iraq.

She died an ordinary death, at least by today's standards in Iraq: a roadside bomb exploded as she...

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