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Lodi soldier Mike Panko worked with detainees during his time overseas

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Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:06 am, Mon Apr 11, 2011.

It was 2009, and Mike Panko was busy supervising a combined Army/Navy unit that held Islamic extremists in custody in Iraq. Some were murderers, rapists or gang leaders. Others had fired weapons at Americans or made bombs.

It was Panko's job to make sure both his unit and the detainees were safe. His comrades searched detainees, fed them, took them to medical appointments, took them to interpreters and took them to personnel for the Geneva Convention, who made sure the detainees were being treated properly.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:23 pm on Mon, Apr 11, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr jacobs... your assessment of what Mr Panko did or did not do is just sillyness. As far as Bush is concerned... I never thought I would say this but...he is looking better and better by the hour... Obamas' policies and behavior is what is ruining our country...

  • Robert Jacobs posted at 11:30 am on Sun, Apr 10, 2011.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    Who knows what this guy did to detainees when he was there, I'm sure he can't talk about it.

    What we do know is that the Bush administration ordered and condoned torture of detainees and then lied to the American people and said they didn't. This countries reputation will be ruined forever because of what Bush and his partners in crime did during his presidency! They should all be in prison!

  • Scott Sims posted at 1:36 pm on Sat, Apr 9, 2011.

    Scott Sims Posts: 1

    I have known Mike and his family for nearly ten years, and can attest to his bravery, commitment and sacrifice that he and his family have made. We are proud to call the Panko's our friends.



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