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The Kopp-Etchells Effect


The Kopp-Etchells Effect.

Michael Yon puts together another masterpiece.

On August 11, I attended a small ceremony for a British soldier from this base in Helmand who was killed in combat the day after Benjamin passed.  His name was Joseph Etchells.  I was told how Joseph died in a bomb ambush, and that his last request was to be cremated, loaded into a firework, and launched over the park where he used to play as a kid.  When Joseph’s last request was explained, I burst out laughing and the British soldier who told me also was laughing.  The absurd humor of Joseph’s request was familiar, and it was as though Joseph were standing there with us, laughing away.

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