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A blogging friend and patriot is dead (updated)
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 04, 2008

Andrew Olmsted, who had his own blog and also blogged at Obsidian Wings until his departure for Iraq, and then for the Rocky Mountain News while in Iraq has been killed there. Details are presently unavailable.

Andrew was a friend of QandO, a occasional commenter here and someone we all knew and liked. Our sympathies are with his family and loved ones

We here at QandO will miss him.

(UPDATE): More at Obsidian Wings. It contains a post written by Andrew in case of his death.
What I don't want this to be is a chance for me, or anyone else, to be maudlin. I'm dead. That sucks, at least for me and my family and friends. But all the tears in the world aren't going to bring me back, so I would prefer that people remember the good things about me rather than mourning my loss. (If it turns out a specific number of tears will, in fact, bring me back to life, then by all means, break out the onions.)
That sort of humor is how I remember Andrew.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE II: This is apparently the operation in which Andrew was killed. The "cease fire" mentioned references the al Sadr order for his militias to cease operations:
The cease-fire has allowed the U.S. military to concentrate on pursuing al-Qaida in Iraq, which was pushed out of Anbar province by the Awakening Councils and largely expelled from swaths of Baghdad by the U.S. and Iraqi armies.

The majority of the insurgents are thought to have sought shelter in Diyala province, its northeast Diyala river valley region, and around the town of Muqdadiyah and the northern city of Mosul.

The U.S. military said it killed two insurgents and detained 12 in that area. The operations also resulted in the deaths of two American soldiers and the wounding of another in a small-arms attack Thursday.
UPDATE II [Jon Henke]

Andrew Olmsted was a thoughtful man who challenged me to think, as well. I only knew him from the blogosphere, but he made it a better place for me. Andrew said he would rather we remember the good things about him than shed tears for him. I did, I do, both.

UPDATE III: The Rocky Mountain News says goodbye.

UPDATE IV: As of 12:45 EST Saturday, over 66,000 people have visted Andrew's blog these last two days to read his final post. He'd have loved that.
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Wonderfully written last words and a reminder of the superb quality of men and women who serve our country.

It was weird explaining to my wife why I was crying over the death of a man I didn’t even know.
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I’m sorry to hear that.....

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I think it is commendable that the leftie bloggers on his site can choke back the talking points while mourning his loss.
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He was a B5 fan. He HAD to be a good guy. QED.
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