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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Map the Fallen / Incredible Tool For Google Earth Honoring US Soldiers

If you haven't heard about this piece of incredible software made by a software engineer at Google called Map the Fallen" it is one of the most ingenious and also sad pieces of software and uses of internet computer technology I've ever seen.

Here's a screenshot of the opening screen you encounter that enables you to navigate and find the fallen soldiers in a number of different ways providing accurate up to the day casualty figures and information as you can see on the left portion of the screen,

While we have people spending their time on the net doing all kinds of nefarious crap and others using it for nothing more than playing games to waste their time away on this earth this man named Sean Askey put together this program that allows anyone with a recent model high memory and cpu computer to open Map the Fallen, which will take you around the country and world mapping each US soldier's death by clicking on each soldiers individual pin on the earth map.

This is seen here as I clicked on the pin of a man who died from the township of Arlington Heights, which is less than 2 miles from my home who lived in a house I pass daily in my day to day travels.20 Year old William Robert Newgard PFC. US Army, who was also a graduate of the very high school I went to also miles from my present home named John Hersey High in Arlington Heights.

By doing this you get a personal history of that individual soldier, where they lived, which concurrently can take you around the world to the exact location of where they were killed and how. It is both absolutely amazing and also heart wrenching to see the faces on the map as it's put together.

Again a great use of technology allowing us all to see the effects of war at a more personal level, and the wide swath of young and old Americans it claims and consumes each and every day from the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars right through this very minute.

However there is one drawback I do see with this well intentioned piece of software is that it could be used by our enemies here and afar to harass the families of the fallen which I'm not sure exactly what purpose that might serve, but our enemies in this world don't think and live the way we do either, so who knows what goes through their screwed up medieval minds.

You can read a bit about this here below, and you can go to the site to download the software needed to run the fabulous program (or click here) which was released yesterday on Memorial day which gave it an extra sentimental touch for those related to our fallen brothers, sisters, fathers mothers, aunts, uncle's and so on as they have paid the ultimate price as US soldiers.

Some would say for nothing which I'm pretty sure is the way every liberal percieves their sacrifices while we on the right admire and thank them for protecting our way of life and country from evil both here and were it breeds like a cancer in that hellhole on earth known to us as the Middle East where life on this planet will all end one day we can be certain.

Most definitely worth a look and I will be using this often and and quite grateful again to Sean Askey and the Google geeks for devising this ingenious use of their high powered technology for an interesting learning tool we all can use.

Map the Fallen: "For the past two years I've been working on the Google Earth Outreach team, aimed at helping non-profits and public benefit groups use Google Earth and Google Maps to further their cause. In that time I've worked on so many cool projects, from training indigenous communities in Brazil on the use of internet and mapping technologies, to helping with Google's disaster response mapping efforts for the San Diego fires and Cyclone Nargis, to even working with NASA get a copy of Google Earth on the International Space Station (more on that later!). I'm also in charge of the Global Awareness layers in Google Earth and helped develop and polish many of those projects, including Crisis in Darfur and Appalachian Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining.

This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died." continued here


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