A 17-year-old in Virginia is making headlines by being the first to create a digital record of every Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran buried in Arlington National Cemetery, a task aided in part by his new Motorola Xoom. Richard Gilleland III, a high school junior in Stafford, Va., began the project last year, and has maintained preserveandhonor.com, a digital directory of recently fallen soldiers, the only one of its kind. As today’s Los Angeles Times points out, Gilleland is now using his Motorola Xoom, which he received as a gift for his 17th birthday, to help with the ongoing project. Hard to think of a more honorable way of putting the Xoom to good use.

Source: Los Angeles Times; via Android Central forums

 

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Teen uses Xoom to maintain digital directory of fallen soldiers

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Very awesome indeed. As a former service member who was medically discharged, I am humbled to know of people like this that take their time to remember those who have paid the ultimate price defending our rights and freedom.

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As a former soldier this is truly a honorable mission this kid has taken on. Country needs more Americans like this.

Is that really the best device to use? It seems like my Desire Z would be much easier to carry around typing names in, especially on a physical keyboard where you don't need to worry about auto correction.

As a Retired Soldier (1978-1999)I have to give this young man a very proud "Salute". This is one of the best things that any young man can do for not only himself, but also for the people to gave their lives for his freedom.

You are a visionary and I am honored by your work!

Way to to! Hooah!

For those of you commenting on here that have or still serve, thanks for all that have done and continue to do for our country.

Good for this kid, but...

Why the hell did it fall on him to do. I would think this is something the government would have done. These soldiers died for this country, yet we can't even keep a simple database in order.

So this kid did it for a few hundred dollars. If the government had done it (which they should of), it probably would end up costings a few hundred thousand.