View Full Version : I just found out I lost a friend in Iraq.

02-08-2007, 07:44 AM
I found out last night that a girl I grew up with was killed in Iraq while piloting her Marine Helicopter. It was her third tour over there and was expected to make her final return home in four days. This f*cking war is an absolute JOKE and needs to stop.

Swampscott marine dies in chopper crash in Iraq

An overachiever who graduated Swampscott High School bound for the Naval Academy, Jennifer Harris signed up for the most grueling program available: She wanted to be a Marine, according to the town’s veteran agent.

Harris, 27, a Marine Corps captain, was killed yesterday while piloting her CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter north of Baghdad.

“She was a great kid,” said Swampscott town veterans agent Jim Schultz. “This was her third tour. She was scheduled to come home next week.”

The crash - which killed five Marines and two sailors - remains under investigation by the Pentagon, with conflicting reports over what caused the aircraft to go down. Military officials told theAssociated Press that mechanical problems caused the crash, while Iraqi officials say an insurgent anti-aircraft missile struck the helicopter. A terrorist group in Iraq claimed responsibility for the crash

Swampscott hosted a “Welcome Home” party for Harris last summer and she kept in regular contact with folks back home, Schultz said.

“The police department sent her a care package, and she just sent one back,” he said.

He said in exchange for the baby wipes, soap, lip balm and regular essentials desert-stationed Marines request, Harris returned the favor by sending the police department a package with her squadron’s T-shirts, a flag that flew over a post in Iraq, and squadron patches. The package arrived about a week and a half ago, he said.

She was assigned to HMM-364,the “Purple Foxes,” a storied Marine squadron with a history that pre-dates the Vietnam War, the era when the CH-46 helicopter, also called the “Phrog,” was first introduced.

Though considered outdated by many military experts, the CH-46 is equipped with chaff and flare deterrents designed to confuse heat-seeking or radar-guided missiles.

Reached at home last night, her father Raymond Harris, declined to comment.



Rest in Peace Jen.

02-08-2007, 07:51 AM
my heart goes out to you, and her family. so sorry to hear. will keep her fam &you in prayer.

02-08-2007, 08:00 AM
Sorry to hear of this...... Peace to all involved.

Infidel Goat
02-08-2007, 08:00 AM
I've got family in Swampscott (and Lynn), so I know that it will hit that town hard.

Tragic . . .

02-08-2007, 08:05 AM
My sympathies.

02-08-2007, 08:15 AM
I've got family in Swampscott (and Lynn), so I know that it will hit that town hard.

Tragic . . .

This is the third Marine from Swampscott to get killed over there in just under a year.

02-08-2007, 08:18 AM
Sorry for your loss. and her family.

02-08-2007, 08:37 AM

Duck Dog
02-08-2007, 08:39 AM

02-08-2007, 08:43 AM
Would you feel differently if she'd been killed doing "needless" training exercises?

Hog Farmer
02-08-2007, 08:44 AM
Sorry for your loss , just find comfort that she probably wacked many insurgents during her three tours. And by the way This war is necessary, unless you want to fight them over here.

02-08-2007, 08:49 AM
Would you feel differently if she'd been killed doing "needless" training exercises?

No, I feel sad that a friend is gone. The fact that she was doing it to protect our great country is honorable either over there or here training to do so.

A death is a death.

02-08-2007, 08:53 AM
Sounds like she was a very dedicated and patriotic person. Sorry for your loss.

02-08-2007, 09:01 AM
RIP.. Sorry for your loss...

02-08-2007, 09:07 AM
Sorry to hear it.

02-08-2007, 09:08 AM
I'll keep the family and friends in my good thought. RIP. Thanks for giving the ultimate sacrifice. :(

02-08-2007, 09:12 AM
I'm saddened by this news, Mr. cadmonkey, and sorry for the loss of your friend. I think I know how you may feel. Something like this really hits home and tends to put everything else in a little more realistic perspective.

God bless.


02-08-2007, 09:15 AM
Prayers coming your way. Not everyone believes in this war but I can tell you my best friend is over there and he is damn proud to be serving our country. Im sure she saw things the same way. RIP

Radar Chief
02-08-2007, 09:15 AM
Sorry for your loss, cadmonkey, it’s hard loose’n friends.

02-08-2007, 09:21 AM
That's too bad, cadmonkey. She was a tough, dedicated person. RIP.

02-08-2007, 09:25 AM
Sorry to hear that cad. I have a good friend who just got out of his first tour and the end of last year. He's in Germany now and we're all praying that he doesn't have to go back. With the way things are going though...and the "escalation"...he probably will.

I any of you get a chance to send "care packages", please do. We sent he and his men stuff (very basic things like baby wipes, foot powder, socks, candy, etc) and he always emailed that his men were VERY grateful. Let's take care of our guys over there.

02-08-2007, 09:48 AM
Sorry to hear about your friend. I know it sucks, I had a friend, who I had been stationed with most of my career, who was killed while I was there. Two days before Christmas '04 he was eating at the chowhall in Mosul when a suicide bomber blew himself up. Rough time.

02-08-2007, 09:53 AM
My condolances. One of my best friends did a tour over there last year and I worried about this every day.

And I agree 1000% with your assessment of this wretched war.

Adept Havelock
02-08-2007, 09:58 AM
My sympathies.

02-08-2007, 10:47 AM
Sorry to hear about this, for you and her family.

02-08-2007, 10:57 AM
I'm very sorry to hear about this cadmonkey.

02-08-2007, 11:04 AM

God bless America!

02-08-2007, 11:08 AM
Sorry to hear Cad, always hits harder when it's closer to home and someone you know. One kid that I knew from my home town was one of the first ones killled over there. My best friends nephew was killed last year as well.

02-08-2007, 11:41 AM
I'm sorry to hear it.

I was just reading an article in Newsweek about the "personal impact" from a single helo crash that killed 12.

I think it really brings the reality of whats happening and the sacrifice when its close to home.

Our area lost a 20 year old a month ago.

02-08-2007, 11:54 AM
I love helicopters. These type of crashes piss me off.

Sad. Sorry about your friend.

02-08-2007, 12:27 PM
That really sucks-best wishes to the family.

El Jefe
02-08-2007, 12:36 PM
I am sad dont get me wrong, I feel really sad for the families of war casualties. But thats what happens when you sign up into the Services, thats your choice to sign up and if you dont want a chance at being deployed or unfortunately the chance of death, well stay out of the Forces. This is the price you pay for FREEDOM. If we pulled out now all those lives would be a waste and if she was your friend I doubt you want to see her life mean nothing. Take this with a grain of salt its just my opinion.

02-08-2007, 12:37 PM
sorry to hear about this. your freind is a real american hero

02-08-2007, 12:54 PM
Sorry to hear of this. She sounds like a great young woman, sad that she died so young.

02-08-2007, 12:56 PM
This is the third Marine from Swampscott to get killed over there in just under a year.Semper Fi.

Sorry to hear it.

02-08-2007, 12:59 PM
My condolences. I've lost friends over there as well - there is nothing that can be said that will lessen the pain of it.

El Jefe
02-08-2007, 01:03 PM
You can say one thing "suck it up Nancy" from the Great Peter Boyle on "Everybody loves Raymond". Ok its not funny but sometimes little antics help you momentarily forget about your troubles.

02-08-2007, 01:12 PM
So sad to read.

02-08-2007, 02:20 PM
I hope her mates get major payback.

02-08-2007, 02:30 PM
God Bless her...and all of them for doing what they do. Agree with this war or disagree, the men and women over there who volunteered for this duty are the greatest heroes of our time.

My good friend was there a couple years ago, and saw some pretty scary combat. He'd volunteer to go back if not for some weird circumstances in his life. He doens't think of himself as a hero. Most of them don't, which makes them heroes all the more.

02-08-2007, 03:43 PM
I'm sorry about your friend and I agree with your statement about the war.

go bowe
02-08-2007, 04:03 PM

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"The Dude"
02-09-2007, 05:26 AM
I'm very sorry about your loss. I have a son over there and worry everyday.

02-09-2007, 05:30 AM
Sorry to hear that Cadmonkey. Condolences to you and your friends family.

02-09-2007, 05:36 AM
I feel very bad about your friend. Our military people are heroes and I have a few buddies in the armed forces and I wouldn't know what to do if I lost one of them

02-09-2007, 09:30 AM
Rest in peace Jennifer; God bless you.