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Sunday, May 07, 2006

War protester loses own grandson in Iraq

Leon Deraps of Columbia, MO, was killed Saturday, May 6, by a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq, while on duty with the U.S. Marines. He graduated from high school less than a year ago.

Leon was the youngest grandson and namesake of Leon "Bud" Deraps of St. Louis, one of the area's best known anti-war protesters. A member of Veterans for Peace since 1993, Bud has tirelessly approached young people to dissuade them from joining the military. He tried to do the same with Leon, but to no avail.

Bud ran for 24th Ward Alderman in 2003 as the candidate of the Green Party and won 29% of the vote against then-incumbent Democrat Tom Bauer, a record high for that party in Missouri.

Heartfelt sympathy for Bud and his family.


Anonymous Left in Missouri said...

Nice of Jo to give you credit on this.

May 8, 2006 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was from Jamestown MO not Columbia. A MUCH smaller close knit community.

May 9, 2006 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No matter your politics this is truely a sad day for the community.

My prayers to the Deraps family and any other family with a loved one serving their country.

May 12, 2006 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger mocommunist said...

Bud is a good person and a fine man and a good friend i mourn for his loss and the young mans family

August 9, 2006 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Gman said...

Is Bud still around?

May 11, 2008 at 6:33 AM  

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