[UPDATE] General Meets with Father of Fallen Soldier

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Update 7:40pm

A Valdosta father says he's taking his search for answers in his son's death all the way to Congress.

Frankie Gay's son was killed in the 2008 Battle of Wanat and Wednesday he got a visit from a high ranking General and other army officials.

They apologized but Gay says they didn't answer his questions about whose to blame for his son's death.

Thursday morning, Gay received an email from Senator Jim Webb's office saying army officials are heading to Washington, D.C. to discuss the Wanat report with Congress.

"If they have an open hearing and they will invite us parents to Washington, I would like to sit down in the room with all of them including the commanders," said Gay. "I would like to ask him the questions myself."

Gay's son and eight other soldiers died when they were ambushed by the Taliban on July 9, 2008.

They were left defenseless, waiting for fellow comrades to arrive with vital supplies like ammunition and water.
"A little disappointed."

That's all Frankie Gay could say when asked about his meeting with the army officials.

It's been more than two years since his son, Corporal Pruitt Rainey and eight other soldiers were killed in the Battle of Wanat.

"The plan was postponed five days but they sent the boys anyway and during the five days they got attacked and overran, said Gay. " Nine died and 27 wounded."

An investigation by General David Patraeus found three of the commanding officers guilty of negligence saying the troops didn't have the proper supplies. But those charges were later dropped.

What question did you want answered the most?

"As far as who is responsible for making the decisions like the Afghan contracting team not being there, the divisional commander, the brigade commander and the battalion commander were all briefed that the contracting company was not going to be there on the morning of July the 9Th," said Corporal Rainey's Father.

Gay says the company had supplies such as water and ammunition to start their mission but the back up supplies never arrived, leaving the soldiers defenseless.

General MacFarland, Do you think you all were able to accomplish anything today?

"Well, I think Mr. Gay would be the better judge of that. Unfortunately I am running late for a flight. But I'll leave it to Mr. Gay, we were here for him."

Gay says the army is supposed to be responsible for their men and he feels they let these nine soldiers down.

He also says he's spoken with surviving soldiers who tell a much different story than army officials and he's working on a documentary to put out what he calls more accurate details of what happened that tragic day.

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  • by polly Location: valdosta on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:50 PM
    as a member of the family i would like to say how proud i am of frankie for keeping this going. Pruitt would be so proud of you to know that you did not let his death go in vain.. we miss and love you Pruitt Rainey.. keep up the good work frankie and God bless the family of our soldier serving and that have lost their lives in this horrible war..
  • by matt on Jan 27, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    "They apologized but Gay says they didn't answer his questions about whose to blame for his son's death." I'm pretty sure it's the Taliban.
  • by M Location: Tallahassee on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    RIP Brave Men! Thanks for your service. I hope we the family gets the answers soon!
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