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    Fearless Owego man killed by bomb in Iraq


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    OWEGO -- U.S. Army Specialist Fourth Class Charles E. Bilbrey Jr., 21, of Owego, was killed Friday in Iraq after an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle in Diyala province, his parents said.

    The soldier's father, Charles Sr., said his son's captain told him two other U.S. soldiers died in the attack.

    "He had volunteered for a risky mission," Charles Sr. was told.

    Bilbrey's captain "referred to him as a soldier's soldier. He had no fear of anything. I think that's why he volunteered for these risky missions," his father said.

    Charles Jr.'s mother, Barbara, said her son will be buried in Owego with a full military service. Services are expected later this week.

    On Saturday, the reality of Charles Jr.'s death was still settling in as the family tried to stay busy. Charles Jr.'s 18-year-old sister, Shannon, was out with a friend, and his 9-year-old brother, Patrick, was just leaving the family's Valley Road home in Owego for a baseball game.

    Before going, he said, "I really miss him, and he's a good brother."

    Another sister, Brianne, 19, recalled her brother's love of the Japanese card game YuGiOh! and how he taught Patrick to count at the age of 3 by playing the game. She also laughed about Charles' antics in school.

    "Charlie was a riot," she said. When he won the position of class treasurer at Owego Free Academy, his speech was, "I'm Charles Bilbrey and I'm too cool for this microphone. Peace out," she said with a laugh.

    His parents laughed as they recalled their son's recent chance meeting with Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar in an airport.

    While Sammy signed an autograph, Charles Jr. said, "I liked Van Halen better when it had David Lee Roth (the band's original lead singer)." Hagar ripped up the autograph.

    "He was just that type of kid," his father said.


    They also said Charles Jr. would be proud for people to know that he and his friends were once asked to leave an all-you-can-eat buffet because they ate so much food. Charles Jr. was not fat, just a good eater, his parents said.

    The mood changed in the house, however, when Charles Sr. played an answering machine message his son left a week ago. Charles Jr.'s tired voice greeted his parents through a broken satellite transmission.

    "We'll keep that always," his father said. His mother could no longer keep from crying.

    She said the reality won't hit her fully until she sees her son's body.

    "I think we're somewhat in shock," Charles Sr. said.

    Charles Jr. enlisted in the Army a year before he graduated from Owego Free Academy in June 2005. His goal was to become an Army Ranger, and he climbed two ranks during his short time in the military. He was deployed to Iraq in January with Cavalry 5-7 of the 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Stewart, Ga.

    His mother said that when he arrived in Kuwait, he called home and told her, "This place looks like Dr. Seuss built it," because of the buildings' alien architecture.

    Barbara said when her son first arrived in Iraq, he asked his family to send Jolly Ranchers so he could give them to the Iraqi children.

    The last the family knew, Charles Jr. had been doing door-to-door searches in Diyala province.

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    Because I realize you all (the Roth Army) are a bunch of twisted, demented, beastility, porn loving, drug addicts and alcoholics and psycopaths. I guess Devil worshippers more aptly describe you.

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    What the fuck was up with Sammy?? Guess he can be an ass too.
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    That's hilarious. If it's true, Sammy, what's up with that?

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    Sammy the Busheep ripped up a soldier's autograph?? Guess he "supports the troops" as much as Chimpy does.
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    Classy Sam, ill bet you kicked his dog as well. BTW prayers go out to the Bilbrey family. God Bless and thank you for your sons sacrifice it doesnt go unnoticed or unappreciated.
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    Holy fuck, I of all people am stuck supporting Hagar's position on this one.

    Go back and read the article. The guy was a smartass. He obviously asked Hagar for his autograph when he chanced upon him at an airport and *then* made a smartassed comment about liking the Roth era better as Hagar signed. If I was Hagar and some punk bugged me for an autograph while I was dealing with shit at an airport and then he made some douchebag comment about liking the other singer's music better, I'd have done the same thing.

    Just because the guy fought and died in Iraq doesn't take away the fact he was a asshole to Hagar and from all accounts, was like that a lot in everyday life.

    Case closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypso View Post
    Holy fuck, I of all people am stuck supporting Hagar's position on this one.

    Go back and read the article. The guy was a smartass. He obviously asked Hagar for his autograph when he chanced upon him at an airport and *then* made a smartassed comment about liking the Roth era better as Hagar signed. If I was Hagar and some punk bugged me for an autograph while I was dealing with shit at an airport and then he made some douchebag comment about liking the other singer's music better, I'd have done the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypso View Post
    Holy fuck, I of all people am stuck supporting Hagar's position on this one.

    Go back and read the article. The guy was a smartass. He obviously asked Hagar for his autograph when he chanced upon him at an airport and *then* made a smartassed comment about liking the Roth era better as Hagar signed. If I was Hagar and some punk bugged me for an autograph while I was dealing with shit at an airport and then he made some douchebag comment about liking the other singer's music better, I'd have done the same thing.

    Just because the guy fought and died in Iraq doesn't take away the fact he was a asshole to Hagar and from all accounts, was like that a lot in everyday life.

    Case closed.

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    I agree 100% !! When I was reading the replies I was "WTF?" The guy was a smartass. I would have done the same thing to the punk.

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    What a smartass loser! If I was Sammy I would have done something that would wind up in a lawsuit.
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    I actually don't have a problem with what Sammy did (if indeed it's true).

    It's kind of funny how ripping up an autograph intended for a smart-ass can turn into Sammy being non-supportive of our troops.

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    First, who knows if this account is accurate, BUT if it is...

    Are you guys serious? All Sam had to do was laugh it off, tell him millions of people didn't think so and he has millions of dollars to prove it, or just walk away. Sam was in one of the biggest bands of all time, with undoubtedly the biggest lead singer controversy in music history and this one kid gets under his skin that much. Its ashame that some people have it all and they still aren't happy.

    I hope he was just having a bad day. Also, I don't understand why when discussing VH, its either these guys are the best dudes ever or a complete assholes. I'd bet that our beloved MA and especially, SH, can be real douche bags. I haven't hung with a celeb yet that isn't an egomaniac.

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    No kidding, Sam should have laughed it off.

    What a dick.
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    Poor Sammy Hagar. God forbid a fan express an opinion to him that he doesn't like.

    Granted we don't know the whole story, but it's not like the kid called him a fat asshole or something...

    Maybe he's just a humorless dick?
    Originally posted by Katydid

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    You people need professional help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinner's swing View Post
    That's hilarious. If it's true, Sammy, what's up with that?


    Lol...it is funny!

    I'd like to know why he would do such a thing myself, if it is true.

 

 

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