A Thanksgiving remembrance of Deon Taylor

Deon Taylor played high school hoops, loved sports … and died serving his country in Afghanistan. Story

Updated: December 1, 2008, 5:21 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Page 2

Names of the Dead

Those words jolt me, every morning when I open the New York Times and see them. Whenever a member of the United States military dies in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Times lists his or her name, age, rank and hometown in a small box in the front section of the paper.

Sadly, that box appears almost every day. On some days, there's just one name. On other days, there are as many as five or six.

In the past couple months -- after reading Jim Sheeler's ...

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