It has been six years since the first American was killed in the Great War on Terror. That American was Johnny Micheal "Mike" Spann - a CIA operative who was killed in a prison uprising at Qalai Jangi Fort, just west of Mazar-e-Sharif. He was killed at the end of the interrogation of Johnny Walker-Lindh - the American Taliban who never revealed his nationality to Mike Spann. (Site of uprising shown below).
We all remember Mike's wife coming out of the shadows of the secret world of the CIA and announcing his death publicly and burying him publicly. Mike is buried in Arlington National Cemetery (his headstone is shown below).
Mike was the recipient of the 79th Star to be engraved on the marble memorial wall of the CIA. He was postumously awarded the Intelligence Star and the Exceptional Service Medallion.
On Mike's funeral progam, the words of George Orwell were printed:
Mike Spann was one of those men who did that for each of us.
Six long years we have been involved in the Great War on Terror. The country, we are told, suffers 'war fatigue', too easily forgetting the events of September Eleventh, and the early warnings of the LONG WAR we were facing. A few of us have not forgotten. We stand with the troops and the warriors that protect us. God Bless you all.
The CIA Memorial Wall
"In honor of those Members
of the Central Intelligence Agency
who gave their lives in service to their county."
A star is engraved for each of the CIA operatives killed.
The book contains the names of those whose names
have been declassified.
To read more about Mike Spann:
http://www.honormikespann.org/index.html - his family's site
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jmspann.htm - his Arlington site