On Memorial Day, Saluting Gamers in Uniform

It is a Memorial Day tradition here at GamePolitics to pay tribute to the many gamers who serve our country as part of the armed forces.

Putting the politics of war aside, it’s simply a fact that the current generation of military personnel is inextricably linked to the gamer generation.

Today we are reminded of people like Dan Rosenthal, an Iraq War veteran who edits the excellent gameslaw.net blog and Stefanie Doctor Shea, who, after her husband Sgt. Michael Shea was deployed to Iraq, founded Fun For Our Troops. The non-profit organization collects video games for use by our military personnel overseas.

But mostly we think of those soldier/gamers who gave their all.

Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato hoped to design video games one day. A roadside bomb in Iraq ended that dream. Another IED took the life of Specialist Kyle Norris. PFC Tan Quoc Ngo enjoyed GTA and Halo. Sgt. Shane Duffy loved Rock Band; Senator John Kerry spoke of Shane’s intense virtual guitar work at his funeral.

Today, let’s remember the sacrifices of all of our military personnel.

PICTURED AT LEFT: (clockwise) PFC Tan Quoc Ngo, Specialist Stephen Fortunato, Specialist Kyle Norris, Sgt. Shane Duffy

UPDATE: Tech Bytes reports on a Google Earth tribute to fallen soldiers.

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    JaylenA says:

    Honor the brave men and woman who have defended their country through the armed services. Kids can read up on history or create patriotic crafts to pay homage to the soldiers.Lou Merloni is going to be getting a lot of flak.  Lou Merloni, a onetime player for the Boston Red Sox, broke allegations of steroid use in the organization. He said that performance enhancing drugs weren’t necessarily endorsed, but that a team doctor came in and told players that they were illegal, yet there was a way to use them and not suffer ill effects.  Some people would give installment loans to make the whole thing go away.  Team official Dan Duquette has refuted the presence or message of said physician.  Steroid penalties in Major League Baseball add up to more than a cash advance; it was incredibly brave of Lou Merloni to come forward.

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    TBoneTony says:

    Rest in peace gamer brothers and sisters.

    Your games may have ended, but may you game in the afterlife, in heaven (and hell) and may you one day respawn in a new life to play videogames all over again.

    Rest in Peace.


    They will not game old, for we who are left game old.

    Age shall not weirey them, nor the continues condem.

    By the going down of the sun, we shall remember them.

    Lest we forget.

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    Shadow D. Darkman says:

    I still laugh at JT and Fred Phelps when they try (and fail) to demonize these people. May they rest in peace and may the survivors live full, happy lives.


    "The sun will always rise tomorrow. We can only live for today, and hope more days will come." -Unknown

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