When their phone call ended, the soldier put his service revolver in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Since when has the military issued service revolvers to their troops? 1911 was the last year I can recall... Sloppy reporting or is the writer relying on 'questionable' sources? They don't even issue them to pilots anymore.
I hate sloppy reporting.
Anyway - it brings up an interesting point. Suicide rates for combat troops is always high. In fact - it was noted that the suicide rate for soldiers returning from vietnam is STILL very high - and in fact it's even disproportionatly high for their KIDS. (about 3-1 to the national average).
This is something I think that america has forgotten - EVEN IF the war is completely just, and the cause is righteous, war destroys the men and women who fight it. It's like being exposed to radiation - the longer your exposure the more severe the symptoms, and you can achieve lethal exposure before ANY signs of illness show up. It might be years later.
Mentally, physically and emotionally war cripples those who fight it. If for no other reason than that it's really good policy to stay the hell out of prolonged conflicts if at all humanly possible.
This ties into some of my earlier comments that the longer the us is there, the more likely and more numerous the cases of soldiers 'snapping' and killing civilians (or themselves) will be.