From the Chicao Tribune, this story of a heartless hoax. It turns out that a soldier named "Dan Kennings", allegedly killed in Iraq, never actually existed. His part was played by an actor, and his "daughter" was a little girl tricked into thinking she was acting a part in a movie. Bizarre.
In the end it was a reporter who discovered the deception, and they deserve praise for that. But I suspect that sympathetic gullability and general ignorance of millitary matters led them to embrace this story in the first place. Anti-war advocates are perfectly willing to lie and reporters are far too willing to believe and support them without question.
Update: Mudville Gazette has lots more on this story.
There are elements to the story
that would reveal it as an obvious fake to anyone remotely familiar
with the US military or the war in Iraq, but apparently few folks at
Southern Illinois University qualify in that regard. The fictional
Kennings was stationed in Mosul, Iraq, with the 101st Airborne
Division, and apparently had been since the war began. He was only able
to phone home and speak with his daughter on rare occasions, because
calls from Iraq cost him $2 a minute.
Both of these claims are obviously false to anyone who’s either
"been there" or has been paying attention to those who are. But this
sort of stuff is taken at face value by the same anti-war crowd that
insists the media isn’t telling them the "real truth" about Iraq.