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February 07, 2004
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Palestinian terrorists murder three American diplomats

The "One Family Fund" (onefamilyfund.org) has published the story of John Eric Branchizio, John Martin Linde, and Mark T. Parson, American diplomats who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists on October 15, 2003:



John Eric Branchizio, John Martin Linde, and Mark T. Parson, Link
Oct 15, 2003 - Three American diplomatic personnel - John Eric Branchizio, 37, of Texas, John Martin Linde, Jr., 30, of Missouri, and Mark T. Parson, 31, of New York, were killed and one was wounded at the Beit Hanoun junction in the Gaza Strip when a massive bomb demolished an armor-plated jeep in a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats.

All three were employees of the Virginia-based DynCorp defense contracting company, and were assigned to the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. They were killed while accompanying American diplomats to Gaza for meetings with Palestinian candidates seeking Fulbright scholarships for graduate studies in the United States. The explosion occurred directly beneath the driver's seat of the second of three American vehicles.

John Branchizio, a native of San Antonio, Texas, had spent nine years as a Navy SEAL in Central and South America after finishing college in Arkansas. He was divorced and father of an 8-year-old son. The family had been expecting him back in San Antonio next month, before being posted to Iraq. John Linde, born in Washington, Missouri, west of St. Louis, is remembered at Washington High School as an athlete who took part in several sports. After school he joined the Marines and served for ten years in the First Reconnaissance Unit. He was married. Mark Parson was a native of New York.

All three were flown home for burial after a ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport. U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer said the men were "killed on a mission of peace."


Posted by David Melle at February 07, 2004 02:36 PM
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The 'palestinians' have set up a mock trial with four people they've arrested who had nothing to do with the attack!! This 'trial' is behind held behind closed doors. It is only being done to 'placate' the U.S. and protect the real perpetrators.

Posted by: Chaya Eitan on February 11, 2004 05:26 AM
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