BIRD ISLAND (AP) -- A former Bird Island man was on the front lines when Iraqi forces fired several missiles at U.S. troops.
Navy Lt. Commander Jim Pierce, a 1976 graduate of Bird Island High School, was with the U.S. Marines in Kuwait who were attacked by missiles Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Pierce, an emergency room trauma nurse who will be with the Marines as they move into Iraq, said missiles are a concern.
His comments were reported by the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. Pierce's parents, Williard and Phyllis Pierce of Bird Island, said they were surprised to read them on the newspaper's Web site.
Williard Pierce said he and his wife haven't heard from their son for a week. When he is stateside, Jim Pierce is stationed in Portsmouth, Va.
Prayer for soldiers and peace
AUSTIN (AP) -- Attendees at a prayer service at First United Methodist Church were asked to name aloud the people they knew who were fighting in the war against Iraq.
After a long silence, someone spoke up. Then came another name: Josh Jordan, a name familiar to many since he grew up attending the church. The list continued until about a dozen were announced at Thursday night's community prayer.
The nearly 60 people in attendance prayed for soldiers, for peace, for President Bush, and for enemies.
"I think we're all here for the same purpose and same area of consolation, I guess," said Barb Langan of Austin.
"What else can we do?" said Keith Barnes, who said while he supports U.S. troops, he doesn't support the war.
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