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Name: RedDevil Wife in the US
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 23:38:53

Message

This is regarding the nasty and ignorant post that was to 100% italian. I dont know who you are mr/ms "post" man, but appantly you are severely mistaken and no nothing about what goes on at Caserma Ederle. I have lived in Italy for a number of years. Ive seen the changes that post has gone through. One thing has remain constant. The post would not run smoothly if the Italians were not there. How dare you refer to that woman as a spy. Why did you come to this site which is for support of our soldiers their FRIENDS and their families. I can only assume that you dont have any friends that care about you the way she cares about her friend. I have not posted on going on here since my husband was in Iraq. I come to see whats going on, and to see if theres anything Ive missed. Being back in the states, when all the info is in Vicenza is hard. 100% Italian is giving these other friends and families information that they might not always know since they reside in the US. I consider that a very generous quality about her. And just in case you missed what the webmaster has all the way on top the page.....Writing nasty letters, is NOT WELCOME, take your hatred some place else. Thats for our soldiers as well as the support system on here. What you said was completely out of line and not only disrespectful to her, but to every other family member and friend that seeks this site as a comfort. If you were any kind of a real man/woman you would see what an ignorant JACK!@# you were being and post an apology to 100% Italian and Mr Bradley for you total lack of respect. That being said, Mr Bradley, you have an awesome site here. I get to see pictures of my husband as well as my FRIENDS in the different units. Both 508th and 503rd. You have done a wonderful service to us Military families and FRIENDS. Thank you. KICK ASS Red Devils!!!!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 23:17:02

Message

I read that message for me. I don’t know anything about army. I was just trying to help out. Anytime i saw a question popping up i asked a friend of mine (an army wife) for the answer. So i could post it here. As i said i am just a friend. And i know many on here personally. I don’t remember having written anything about post or deployments. And i never said i am worried for my friend, i never posted that. Maybe you are confusing mine with someone else’s messages. ‘When you were in Milan’ sounds like long time ago. Cause i can assure you that packages to the U.S.A. (cause that is what we must write after APO AE) have a maximum limit weight of 2 kgs. And why would ‘you’ as an American mail stuff from a post office in Italy. You said you mailed stuff last year to Afghanistan. And in case you didn’t mail it from post, that means you’re not involved with the military either. So why is it ‘you’ then complaining about my messages (that you even made up cause i never gave advice to anyone). In my wise hometown we have a saying: the hen makes eggs but the rooster’s butt burns. To whom it may concern. To others, thanks for the supporting messages. As i mentioned yesterday, tomorrow is June 2nd, our Republic day so i want all Americans to know that shops are closed in Italy (also post offices, in case some of you wanted to mail something from our PO…)


Name: to tammy and others wondering about frg activity
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 22:35:22

Message

what units are your soldiers with? i know my frg is wonderful, and i wouldn't trade them for anything.. alot of time they just don't have any more info than what we see on the news.. if you want a shoulder or anything else.. questions.. well just email me.. i'd be happy to help as much as i can!


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com

Date: 05/31/05
Time: 20:33:22

Message

To the "parent of a Sky Soldier" who asked about my father, ...he was a Navy Corpsman, but you have to read my up coming book; Good, Better, Best - about a young paratrooper, to answer your question. www.GoodBetterBest.net


Name: Parent of a Sky soldier
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 18:41:14

Message

Mr. Bradley, By chance was your father one of the Marines that rose the Flag on Iwo Jima


Name: Tammy
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 18:43:10

Message

I also have called there FRG and talked to one of the ladies there and I have left my name 3 times for the FRG ladies and to this day I still havent heard anything either. I wanted to stay involved to but it makes you feel like they dont want you involved. I am a mother of a sky soldier and he isnt married so we are all he has and it hurts alot that no one lets you know if anything is going on as far as family support.


Name: Teri
Email: thecrosses@alltel.net
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 17:08:58

Message

I received this e-mail today from a special friend I teach with. My husband forwarded it on to our son in C Company, 1/508. We thought others at this site would appreciate the poem too. We feel it is appropriate for the 173rd and all of our deployed soldiers. THE FINAL INSPECTION The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?" The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep. Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears. If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand." There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly For the judgement of his God. "Step forward now, you soldier, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell." ~Author Unknown~ Remember, it is the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the Soldier Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and Whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag. Please pass this on and pray for our men and women currently serving our country and pray for the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Name: to Bev from Jane R.
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 16:58:23

Message

Hi, I'm not sure what happened to your boxes, but the first box that we sent to our son when he was in Italy, the post office didn't have us fill out an custom form, (we didn't know) it took a couple of months for the box to come back to the states... so when it did come back, they had us fill out the form and so the box could be resent. I was wondering if they had you fill out the custom form.


Name: Sara---To Bev
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 16:41:55

Message

My son is in 2-503/B Co/1st Platoon also. I have sent him several boxes and he has received all of them. If you leave your email address I would be happy to contact you and help you with the address, custom forms, etc.


Name: Beans
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 16:08:05

Message

I want to thank Arlene H. For your post on the 29th.. I was feeling very blue because I had missed a phone call from my son earlier that day.When I read about the water ballon fight it made me laugh out loud because I'd sent my son packages of water ballons a few weeks ago.In a strange sort of way it was like i'd made contact with my own.We really are all in this together and it's the simple, small stuff that makes us strong ,and the sharing of the simple that makes us united.I'm fascinated with the idea for sending frozen B-day cakes through the mail and have gotton so many great ideas on how to fill the huge boxes that I buy.Thankyou all that keep it POSITIVE!


Date: 05/31/05
Time: 14:57:18

Message

United we stand ,devided we fall.That means all good people of the world against terrorism, not just Americans.


Date: 05/31/05
Time: 14:53:34

Message

i think that i'd rather have 100% italian supporting my soldier than whoever posted that nasty message.


Name: TO - Any unit's FRG
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 14:53:11

Message

Being a wife & living in the US separates myself (and other wives) from what is going on at Caserma Ederle. Are the FRG groups that are in Italy active? Are emails normally shared, or information, or anything? I was just wondering the general consensus because I never hear anything from the FRG over there for my husband's unit. I just want to know if this is the norm for all units. Thanks.


Name: TO 100% ITALIAN FROM 100% IRISH
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 14:50:41

Message

YOU JUST KEEP COMING BACK.THINGS WOULD NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!


Name: to 100% Italian
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 14:46:59

Message

I was "just a friend" during the Vietnam War,and even tho' it's been 38 years since my friend did not come home from that war my heart still hurts from the loss of my friend.Today my son is serving in Afghanistan and if it were not for the support of family,friends,and comunity I would be a complete basket case!I am grateful for folks like yourself who are strangers to me but support my soldier just by being here on line.And I am sorry for the loss of the Italian soldiers - We are all in this together.I,for one,mourn for any soldier lost no matter the nationality. It's not just americans fighting this war on terrorism.Stay strong. from a "FRIEND"!


Date: 05/31/05
Time: 14:25:40

Message

wow that was really uncalled for! Haven't we gone throught this before and all agreed that we ALL belong here whether we are American or Italian? Because recordless of our nationalities or relationship to our soldiers they are still just that OUR soldiers and they all love and care for us for their own reasons. 100% italian I find your insight into things very refreshing. And whoever said those mean things I don't agree with you but I agree with your right to say it besides that's what your soldier is fighting for along side of mine. But remember this is a place for comfort and support not to start dumb drama because you have nothing better to do.


Name: to 100% italian
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 12:56:35

Message

are you a spy or something? cuz it seems like you know everything about post, army stuff, deployments and so on! I mean, we all understand you're worried for your friend but let us breath with your advice about army and so on. we are americans,so i think we know better what's going on with the army stuff? and if we ask, I'm sure it is not in your place to answer Q's regarding this kinda stuff, Frg, wifes and moms are supposed to answer if they know, but not an italian who's just a friend. for the pkgs, have you really been to the PO? it is not true that the italian Post office doesn't send small pkgs, what kinda post office would it be?!!cuz when I was in Milan I sent pkgs like a meter tall and 1 meter wide or bigger, that weighed like 15 kilos to the US and Germany and I sent some in Afghanistan too last year! I'm sure it hasn't changed!


Name: AJN
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 12:39:50

Message

I am a military girlfriend. I hold no formal recognition with the powers that be. I am at the bottom of the chain. I hold no Military ID card, I am not a "dependent" or a parent. The man I love may face unspeackable dangers, and I am at the mercy of those who possess this recognition for news. I understand this and accept this. I am a military girlfriend. I have promised to be here for him upon his return, no matter how long he is away. People may say I am insane for making such a commitment with no guarantees, but I hold onto our promises and have faith that he will come home safe to me. I know full well that my love for him fuels him in the worst of times. I am a military girlfriend, there is no ring on my finger to symbolize our commitment, though I love him no less for it. I hope every day that he will be able to call because a simple 30-second phone call can bring the greatest spectrum of emotions...smiling with tears in my eyes from so much joy and pain. My relationship is based on the brief communication where "I love you and I'm okay" speaks more than volumes and gives me the strength to keep going. I am a military girlfriend., I take no moment spent together for granted. I hold onto every touch, caress, kiss, every word. I have memorized the feel of his skin, his smell, the sound of his voice, and I play it over and over in my mind so that I will not forget. I cry myself to sleep some nights because missing him hurts so badly, but wake up the next morning, brush myself off, and start a new day. I am a military girlfriend, the events of the next several months hold my life, my love, and my future in the balance. When you watch the news reports, you may turn away and go about your business relatively unaffected. When I watch news stories of the war I do not see nameless soldiers a half a world away. I see individuals who will be forever changed by war. News of every casualty causes me physical pain and deep sadness. I am a military girlfriend, not a spouse or family member. When you say your prayers for the wives, children, mothers, and fathers, please don't forget about me. **** I know that this is can ring true for all of us, not just the girlfriend, but the wife, the mother, the friend, and everyone else. The love for our soldiers is what brought us all together and is why we have such a strong family here. I'm so blessed to have found this website!****


Name: Peggy Thomas
Email: peggart@gmail.com
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 12:20:09

Message

This is my first message to post--have been reading and watching for pictures --often--this is the only news I listen to since I only worry if I listen to the radio! Started feeling like I should atleast introduce myself rather than feeling like I was just peeking!! Thank you so much for this website--it keeps me going to check every few days--I hadn't heard until this morning -by e-mail -from my son in almost 5 weeks--he's been out--1st/508th-TFFury- the website--thanks to Mr. Bradley and all the families, and friends -helps me so much. I started sending packages the "one-rate" way--such a savings although I don't know yet if he is getting them--love the theme ideas and am going shopping today to do the mexican theme--Thanks again for the support--the support of families but mostly of our beloved sons and daughters, husbands and wives who are the brave SKY SOLDIERS! STAY SAFE SAM!!! I LOVE YOU!!


Name: Friend
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 12:02:45

Message

Hi, all, I just thought you might want this. You all help me out so much when I come here to check for news and pictures. I know the spacing isn't right, but hopefully you can see that its a poem. The ~~~ marks the end of a verse. I wrote it for one sky soldier in particular, but I'm pretty sure it applies to them all. ~~~~ Not a day goes by Yellow ribbons I don’t see Or the flag flying high As a soldier walks by me. ~~~~ Not a day goes by That my heart’s not filled with pride That you are out there fighting For this life of mine. ~~~~ Not a day goes by In these last two years That I don’t see Old Glory And my eyes aren’t filled with tears. ~~~~ Not a day goes by As I’m here, safe at home, That I don’t think of you, Out there, all alone. ~~~~ Not a day goes by That I don’t wonder why If you’re the one who’s over there, What right have I to cry? ~~~~ Not a day goes by, That I don’t think of what I’d say. And how we all should thank you, When you come home to stay. ~~~~ Not a day goes by, That I don’t think to write you. To say it just one more time, To tell you all we thank you.


Name: Tom Hunter
Email: thunter@accumepartners.com
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 11:51:30

Message

Bev: My son is also 1st Plt./Battle Co./2-503d. If you would like to contact me at my email, perhaps I can fill you in on some of the problems you are expeiencing -- packages/mail, et al.


Name: i knew i could count on you!
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 11:35:50

Message

i know, Mommaski!! i always act like everything will be fine when i'm on the phone with him. i know i have to be strong and make him feel it! that's why sometimes i just cant take it anymore. i pretend to be positive and ''fearless'' when i talk to him...but when he hangs up that phone, i simply break down! it's tough. sometimes i look around and i realize i'm the one with her family around her, with her friends, i'm the one who can go out and enjoy life or simply be lazy a whole day! and it does help! what he's going thru is way tougher than what i have to deal with now! soon.. he will be back, safe and better than ever! thanks for your lovely words, you all! i knew this was the right place!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 10:45:14

Message

To my Italian ladies - My heart grieves with you at the loss of your Italian Heroes. My prayers are with you and their families. As for the young lady who is facing fear for the first time - well you came to the right place !!! As you can see you are not alone! Recognising your fear is the first step - it means you are human. But there are plenty of people here who will listen to you, pep you up, give you info and yes even sometimes tell you to Get Control !!!! But remember, tell us your fear not your loved one. They have enough to worry about and they are the best !!!!! Our Sky Soldiers are a special family and so are we.


Name: Amy Jo
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 10:42:58

Message

You are extremely lucky that you have been able to talk to you BF so much. I told mine that he wasn't aloud to call me because it was more important to call his mom and family. I know how much she worries and she lets me know when he calls her. He and I email and send lots of letters. So one good thing that you can look forward to is his call when he gets back. He must know that he has someone wonderful waiting for him when he gets home so that will give him strength to do his job. Plus God will guide him. So you may want to try to find something to do with your time until you hear from him again. I have taken up scrapbooking and I'm making one of all his emails, letters, and articals about the 173rd so that we can both go through it together when he gets home. I hope you find something. Plus you have this great website with all of these wonderful people who will stand behind you. Good luck. And may God bless and keep each one of our soldiers safe. Plus watch over us as well, since we do have one of the toughest jobs in the army.


Date: 05/31/05
Time: 09:46:46

Message

being worried is a natural thing but dwelling on it is way different! your boyfriend has been trained by the best and prepared for the worst. he is surrounded by men who are watching his back, not to mention God's protection. i hear from my boyfriend about once every two weeks and got 2 short short e mails. you're super fortunate to have had the communication you got!! the fact that he's going on missions means he's doing great and awesome things in order to protect us and the people who live in the area. he's a hero!! take pride in him and be excited that he can be part of such a great group. remain positive and lean on God when lonliness sinks in. you have all of our support and encouragement. you can do it girl!! hang in there. -cc


Date: 05/31/05
Time: 09:44:18

Message

well my fiancée goes on mission alot and actually I don't think there is a way not to worry about him! I just try not to put my fear and my irritability on him cos of course he doesn't need that!


Name: can u make me smile?
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 09:19:25

Message

hello everybody! i have been checking this website for three months now. that's when my bf left for afgh. i have been spoiled since he left, receiving his emails everyday, receiving at least 3 phone calls a week...as i can read here, not all of them are able to do it. so, yes, i am so thankful. but, yesterday he called. telling me he's going on a mission. dunno where or for how long. obviously. so suddenly, i'm scared coz i know i wont have any news for awhile. i was just wondering how you can put up with it. because it's been just one day and i'm already freaking out. i just wish someone could give me a little advice to live with this. because i'm simply scared that something might happen and i aint nobody to be notified by the army...so the only way i have is, in case, read his name somewhere online! alright...i know..i'm being way too negative now. but , as i said, i'm just freaking out. so.....please. explain me how to deal with this. i know you can do it. thanks. ;o)


Name: to Bev
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 07:58:51

Message

Bev when your son first shipped out you should have recieved a letter from his platoon sgt. with his email address why don't you email him and see if your address is correct It took over a month for my son to recieve his first packages and that is about how long it is taking the rest. although they should at least send them back to you if address is wrong then you will know. I know how upset you are its the only way for us moms to show our love and support to our boys and it is very frustrating good luck. sincerely Liz Spence 1 508 mom


Name: To Bev
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 06:50:36

Message

Mailing: My packages usually take 2 weeks to arrive. I was told not to insure them & to not put any country on the customs form. Maybe this helps?


Name: "Rock" Wife and fellow soldier
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 06:40:36

Message

Just a little info. on your guys getting packages down range.....if your family member is not at a main operating post (i.e. if he's always on te go or if he is with 503rd or 508th) they only get packages every 4 days (in some locations it takes longer). The packages are sent by air (meaning it has to be weighed to even the load on the chopper) So if you sent a big package or if there are a lot of boxes that are going out they can only take a certain amount of at a time so that may be the reason for some packages taking so long to get to your loved ones!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 04:37:23

Message

Better than any phone call, email or letter! Seeing my sweetheart walk into my office, I almost passed out! I thank God that he is well and I can enjoy him for a few days :) Friday will be 100 days for some of us and counting! Hope many more of you will expereince the JOY of seeing your loved one soon


Name: Tammy to Bev
Email: Msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 04:27:10

Message

Hi, I am from Cincinnati. My family lives there still and we are moving back. My family has been sending my son packages and it has taken two weeks from there. Plus if he is one of the ones that are always on the go, but since march. It sounds like the address might of had problems. At least one of them should have gotten to him, you would have thought.


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 04:20:58

Message

To our Italian friends and supporters, we grieve with you this morning for the loss of your soldiers with us in Iraq. As an old helicopter pilot, I particularly grieve for the loss of life of colleagues that shared the thrills and dangers of flying. We should never forget that there are many nations sharing the sacrifices in this terror war and many families suffering losses. Thanks for posting the news and please know we are thinking of you today.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 04:03:52

Message

Last night we lost 4 italians soldiers in a helicopter crash near Nassiriya, in Iraq. It’s a sad loss for our country. Circumstances of the crash have still to be investigated. June 2nd is the anniversary of our republic (Republic day).


Name: to Bev
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 04:01:13

Message

Bev, when did you mail them? and to which address? maybe there could be something wrong with the address.


Name: Bev
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 03:52:49

Message

My son is in 1ST PLT B/CO-2/503 he has been in country since the end of March. I have sent him 10 packages. He has not received one! I am mailing from Cincinnati, Ohio. I have talked to the post office and they are no help. Can anyone offer me some advice or help?


Date: 05/31/05
Time: 03:09:40

Message

Condolences to the families of the Italian soldiers dead in Iraq this morning. Italian wife


Name: TO: Jammer FRM: Sammie
Date: 05/31/05
Time: 00:58:26

Message

HEY YOU! for one i wanted to say thank you to you and all the other soldiers around you for keeping this nation safe everyday of the week every hour of the day and never thinking twice about WHY you do what you do...and this weekend everyone really missed you...I MISS YOU alot ...and i want to kick myself SO HARD because i wont be there when you get home =( but at least im missing out on that for a good reason, but once again THANK YOU for doing what you do may god bring you home this summer safely and everyone home the same take care watch out MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY!!! and hope to hear from you soon -sammie


Name: rebecca
Email: themed packages
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 23:25:20

Message

I know Christmas is a WAYS off, and so is Halloween. But I just cant help me throw this out there now. Get the ball rolling, maybe it'll encourage others to come up with some ideas for othere holidays between now and October! :O) Its just that all the fun holdays are months away! heh I was thinking it would be fun for Halloween to send a care packaage with goofy paper masks, mini halloween candy bars..by then it'll be colder weather, so maybe we cans end Chocolate! And popcorn balls, plastic spiders and cheesy 80's horror movies, Nightmare on Elm Street....etc... you can always rent them and burn a copy for them! maybe someone might want to do a HORROR FILM care package for this summer and kind of pick from this theme. Just a thought!


Date: 05/30/05
Time: 21:52:36

Message

we have a dvd recorder and said hello to him and got his other friends to say a little something to him. they can play them on their laptops or a friend's laptop at least. he loved it. then we sent lots of cards from a bunch of people. they made them themselves. had about 50! those things cheered him right up :)


Name: SkyMomma
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 21:50:25

Message

I had the best Memorial Day today! I heard from the mom of one of our wounded soldiers from the 503rd (from the fire fight in early May). She was at the hospital with her son and I GOT TO TALK WITH HIM!!!! He sounded good...I failed to ask if I had permission to post his name or condition on this board but I will ask... in case anyone would want to send cards. I'll let ya know in a day or two. But I gotta tell ya, it MADE MY DAY to hear from this soldier who is my son's best buddy and former roommate in Italy. He has a ways to go, but he's gonna be just fine! Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day, and to all veteran's and all our men and women in uniform, may God Bless you!!!


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 20:57:39

Message

Thanks for the pizza ideas. Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Arlene


Name: rebecca
Email: a mothers war
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 20:46:42

Message

I just finished reading the New York Times article, ' A Mothers War'. Its 8 pages long online, but its really good. God Bless our Troops


Name: Jaymo
Email: about the pie idea
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 20:07:36

Message

I found that the little pies that are sold near the bakery dept. in my local WalMart are a great idea. They are in individual little brown boxes & they are sold in these flavors: choc, lemon, cherry, blueberry, apple, pumpkin, & pecan. An added bonus....they're only 50 cents. Hope you can find them. Also, I found my Mexican themed supplies at a local chain called Party City. Tons of great ideas in there! I liked the baseball themed idea too.


Date: 05/30/05
Time: 18:11:12

Message

An article worth mentioning: "A Mother's War" by Cynthia Gorney in the Sunday Magazine of the New York Times May 29th 2005.


Name: Brenda (Flippo's Wife)
Email: brendathepooh@yahoo.com
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 17:23:44

Message

I spent most of today flying back from Ireland. When I got home, Mr. Bradley had posted new pictures. I was able to see my wonderful husband, whom I have not been able to talk to while on my trip. Thank you, Mr. Bradley, for all you do for us. I spent most of the flight thinking about Memorial Day, about all the soldiers who have given everything and all the others who give so much. I missed my annual Memorial Day flag planting at the Veterans' Cemetery this year. My parents kindly went in my place to honor the men and women who have bravely fought for our country. I do not post here often, but I wanted to say that the soldiers and their families are in my thoughts, not just today but every day.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 17:23:33

Message

Hmmmm.... Pizza Party... How about those lunchable things? You know the ones the kids like to take to school? Or you could send those large dry crackers (I forget what they are called - I hate getting old!!), pizza sauce in a can (it is in the same area as spaghetti sauce), a plastic container of Kraft parmesean and romano cheese. Since we can't send beer how about root beer? Did you know there are actual kits to make this stuff? They can pretend it is dark beer !!!! Go to a party store or one of the ones on the internet and they actually have plates and napkins and tablecloth that looks like giant pizzas. How about a CD with Italian music?


Name: Flippo's Mom (Patti)
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 15:31:53

Message

We are a baseball family - Go Giants!! So for the Combat Wombats I am putting together care packages of: baseball schedules (they are giving them out at Home Depot), peanuts, Cracker Jacks, Vienna Sausages - closest thing to Hot Dogs I could find, mustard/ketchup, still trying to find those packaged pies (apple) that used to be everywhere, and a couple of bats & balls. Sorry guys no beer, nor can I send your moms - wish I could! My thoughts and prayers go out to all the Gold Star families & friends who have lost a loved one. Especially thinking of the families of; SPC Freeman, SPC Struble, SSG Woodard, Major Murphy, and CPL Tucker. Today there was a documentary shown called "Proud to Serve: US Army" - very good! It was mentioned that since WWI there have been 88K POWs & MIAs. Hard to believe so many - they too will always be remembered. Thank you Mr. Bradley for this wonderful site! Stay safe and stay alert Sky Soldiers!!


Name: Amy Jo
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 14:31:01

Message

Sorry I sent for his platoon, not his squad.


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 14:28:54

Message

Some ideas for things to throw into boxes for the guys, I just set my soldier's squad all electronic games that I found at walmart that were only a dollar! They had racing, baseball, basketball, soccer, and a bunch others. I'm not completely sure how well they will work but I thought they were fun (plus they were small so bonus they would be easy for them to carry with them). Also a bit of a traditional thing for me is to send gummies call Road Kill. They are really funny. They actually put tire tracks on little animals. Plus they're under a dollar. Jonathan finds them extremely funny so I know I make him smile eveytime I send them. Stay safe Sky Soldiers.


Name: Michele
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 13:04:33

Message

Hi All what a great memorial day it has been here in the Dodge household. I was searching the chosen site for a picture of my son as I had'n seen him in any so far. You see he is sort of a free lance kind of soldier I guess. He goes where he is needed. He told me he usually supports the 1st or 3rd squad so I always look there first. Well he was with the Bullies on their recent mission and I saw him in the video they they took. It was so good to see him I knew it the moment I saw it it was him. Well just thought I'd share it with those that understand. I hope you are all having a good day. Bye for now Michele


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 12:03:47

Message

To all the Vets, those that gave their lives, and those still serving, THANK-YOU. Happy Memorial Day


Name: Rebecca
Email: For: Vicki
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 11:00:41

Message

Hey those are great ideas Vicki. Gummy bugs too!! I might have to use those. :O)


Name: friends
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 10:44:10

Message

hi webmaster can you please post some photos of 1-508 B-co??? because there are not so many on the website and we would love to see our friends sometimes too..thanks a lot for all u do for us.You re great!!! thanks thanks thanks.:-) p.s Sasha Strouble u ll never be forgotten.. rest in peace.. God bless u always... 4ever in our prayers. We miss u. Your italian friends.


Name: Jaymo
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 10:21:17

Message

An add-in on the theme ideas - Pepperoni (for the pizza theme question). Also, jalap. peppers are available in cans (for the Mexican theme), as well as a variety of tomato ideas from the Rotel company. I sent my husband the Mexican theme box, hasn't reached him yet, but I'm sure they'll love it. Another new spicy snack: Pringles now has jalapeno flavor.


Name: Vicki
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 09:32:28

Message

Hey Girls! How about a DVD/CD, or VHS showing fireworks! or maybe a home video of a fireworks show, (surely there is a DVD/CD out there with a great show!) For a home barbeque, you can buy the already prepared, nonrefrigerated ground beef, they have a BQ flavor!! comes in envelopes. Send along with flour tortillas, baked beans, pickles (in the plastic sealed paks), chips, packaged cotton candy! (OH my, how about Gummy bugs!) Just some thoughts! Happy planning! Vicki


Date: 05/30/05
Time: 09:28:17

Message

I was at a Hallmark store and found some really nice cards for the Military. They had a nice selection. Something different.


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 08:05:55

Message

There are updated pictures of the Chosen Bullies of 1st Platoon C/Co 2/503. http://www.chosen2503abn.com/1stAfghanistan.htm


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 06:24:47

Message

To Stanley Rogers - your note about your son's "camping trip" was priceless and brought back alot of memories. So many times we would head out from the motor pool in my armor units or later after flight school, take off in a flight loaded with soldiers, and every time they were full of energy and looking forward to all the 'fun.' By the time we brought them home they never wanted to see a campfire or tent again!! But, you know, the next time we loaded up, they were full of that same energy again. Must be a "soldier thing." To all the parents and loved ones on this special day - this soldier thanks you for the support you are showing our troops and each other on this site.


Name: Father of a sky soldier
Email: Soldier
Date: 05/30/05
Time: 03:52:59

Message

My son is in the 173rd Rock. He has been out for 4 weeks tomorrow. Has anyone heard from them or know when they will be in. He is a proud soldier as they all are. Also Mr. Webmaster my hat is off to you. Keep up the good work. Thanks from my wife and I from the bottom of our hearts. Without this site I don't know what we would be doing. Thanks again...........For those who want to put other things on hear, PLEASE RESPECT OUR SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: To Rebecca
Email: Christina: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 23:23:17

Message

I love the idea of discussing what to send our guys to avoid so many "duplicate packages", especially when it comes to theme packages. I guess the 4th of July is the next big holiday...any ideas?? Aco 2-503 2nd plt girlfriend here.


Name: rebecca
Email: 4th of July
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 22:05:32

Message

I think it might be fun to send out a 4TH OF JULY themed package. You could send a picnic basket, red & white checkered table cloth, ....well, thats as far as I got. What can you do when they can't BBQ and have fire works like we do around here? :O) Just an idea. Nice to focus on fun things when everyone is so stressed.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 21:26:11

Message

I come here to try to get info about my friend who is in 1/508 Bco. I thank you all for all of your support to each other. I never post, but I truly do draw strength from those of you who are so supportive of each other. I hope the fights that have occurred lately won't be repeated. You all are so important--all of you--and I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate the news and the package suggestions and the support and all of the answers. I only have a good friend deployed, I can only imagine what its like to have a son or a fiance or husband over there. You are all my heroes. The way you handle it and still manage to support each other. It is truly amazing. THANK YOU SKY SOLDIERS... We love you.


Name: rebecca
Email: package ideas
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 21:22:53

Message

I know this is waaaay early, but just as a general idea for packages. I think it would be really cool if friends and family of troops from the same platoon got together to send out 'theme' packages. With Christmas as an example, one person could send a fake tree, another could send stockings, a few others different lights and ornaments. That way we wouldn't all end up sending them a bunch of the same thing. I thought we could use this example for other packages. anyone?? :O) Nice to get together and maximize our support.


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 21:16:26

Message

Mommaski---- Thanks for the wonderful idea of the "fiesta box". I can't wait to send that theme to our boys. Please keep giving us ideas. I always have a hard time coming up with them. I would like to send out a "pizza party" box. Do you, or anyone have any suggestions? Would cheese and meat hold up?????????. Thanks, Arlene


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 21:15:08

Message

heard from 1/508 A co. today!! they're busy but he has tomorrow "off"- whatever that means! Lynda... i told Ross to tell your son (Jesse) to give you a ring!! looks like he got the job done :) my prayers will be with you all this memorial weekend. may God's comforting spirit be upon you.


Name: Lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 20:09:56

Message

hi all finally got a phone call and an e-mail from my son!!!!!!!! and found another piture of him on this site. he is in 1-508 Aco, 1st platoon and doing fine! he says the whole platoon wants more of my homemade jerky, they liked the hot stuff. so i guess i will be making it a lot. so today is a great day for me! God bless all of you and all our soldiers. we are proud of you. take care everyone, lynda


Name: TO: Arlene H.
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 19:11:44

Message

Thanks for the info about the platoon. Our guys are in the same one! I won't worry if I don't hear from my son for awhile.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 17:38:43

Message

Just heard from my son today. He is in Charlie Co. "Chosen Few" 3rd Platoon. Just returned from a patrol, he called it a camping trip before he left, and when I talked to him he called it brutal. It was ground pounding all the way. He sounded tired but proud and morale very good. What gets to him is the camel spiders. We had a lot of laughs and he could be home for R&R pretty soon. He said the morale of all his buddies was very good. Sky Soldiers All The Way! Where does America continue to get these young men and women? Never ceases to amaze me.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 16:34:39

Message

It's amazing how a few kind words can turn things around. Thank you Vets for serving our country. Mr Bradley you are still serving your country. Thank you and to all the families lost we do remember your loved ones, not just this week end but through out the year. God Bless America.


Name: Arlene H
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 16:04:11

Message

Got a 4:30am wake up call from my soldier, 2-503 BCo. 1st Platoon. All is well. Have been on a long mission. They are on the move. May not hear from him for a long time due to no available communication. Needs are great for hygiene items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deoderant and anything else that you can thinks of. They love the gag toys. They are having a water ballon fight today. One squad against another. Cpt. thanks for the update. Lt of 1st Platoon, thanks for posting. The pics are great. We know you are busy and appreciate every bit of information you can provide. Our prayers are with you. God bless our Skysoldiers.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:54:11

Message

On this memorial day,may the mantle of the Creator be about them,may the memory of the Creator be within them,may the protection of the Creator keep them from harm,from ignorance,from heartlessness all through this day from dawn till dusk,from dusk till dawn,Amen.


Name: Rick Vien (Rock Vet from Iraq)
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:51:23

Message

I hope everyone is having a wonderful memorial day weekend. To all of the sky soldiers in Afghanistan, gods speed and may everyone return home safely.


Name: sam
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:45:56

Message

mr bradley thanks for this web site and thanks for trying to keep us up to date on whats going on but i really want to say the most is thanks for your time in the service everyone should be say this to you today and everyday i just wanted you to know i'm proud you you and every soilder evry day and thankful to them


Name: Jane R.
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:44:21

Message

Lord, please Bless and Protect ALL of Our Skysoldiers, keep them ALL safe and return ALL of them home safe to us soon. God Speed! We love you guys!!! Lets all us remember that this site is about our troops serving....Mommaski, it is great to see you back.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:40:25

Message

Mr.Bradley, you put so much work and TLC into this website and I want you to know that there are those of us out here that are grateful to you for your efforts. I'm only interested in the information and news that you supply us and it makes me feel terrible when I see people abusing it. I think people need to practice self-control rather than leave it for you to edit the messages. This is about our loved ones being in harms way and about supporting each other so we stay strong for our soldiers. I feel terrible for you when you have to keep reminding folks about the websites purpose. Thank you for what you have given us in this website - the 1200+ photos you have posted have given my family emense comfort - we can look through them and see what our soldier sees every day and that in itself makes him seem not so far away.


Name: sammantha
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:39:00

Message

i read this message board ever day to keep me strong for my brother i feel encouraged to hear good news and sad when people lose a loved one i never write messages i just like to read eveything i would hope mommaski will keep writing here she seems very strong and keeps supporting our troops even after she has lost her child this site is suppose to encourage our troops we should not say harsh words to one another we need to support our troops to help keep them going through this time please lets just do that and mommaski i like to read your messages and hope you will stay you a very strong person please reconsider nad carl if you read this stay safe stay strong and god is watching you and the rest of our troops love ya


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:27:17

Message

My apologies to everyone. Mr Bradley is correct - this site is for our Sky Soldiers and their loved ones. Today I got a big reminder. I heard from my guys at Support Battalion and they were very angry that I was hurt. I never realized that my voicing this could have such an effect. Well I emailed them back to say that everything is COOL !!! Soldier's Dad and I have had a very enlightening conversation and we understand each other and why he was so upset. But it did teach me that If I am angry or hurt I should send a private email that this site is not where I should do this. So I would like to apologise to everyone. SO - To get back to the important stuff. Support Bat. is doing well, kinda bored - "send more movies Mommaski". Just sent out a "Fiesta Box" - tortillia chips (put in a tin, they tend to break into itty bitty pieces otherwise), plastic bowls of salsa (bought them in the store like that),a serape (for them to put on the ground or on a table),Our Lady of Guadalupe candle (to light to keep them safe), a pinata filled with candies and small toys (carefully chosen) for them to play with the children or just to be silly, and 2 recent release DVDs. So Sky Soldiers - stay safe and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as are your families. Love to all.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 15:10:42

Message

That was a really encouraging letter. Thank you Mr. Bradley for this website. Thank you 173rd Airborne for serving our country and making the United States of America a better place and for promoting peace and freedom.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, USA (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 14:06:18

Message

I just returned from visiting the local national cemetery and the memorial to our fallen sky soldiers only to hear that fellow sky soldiers just made contact with the enemy and luckily a few guys only received MINOR wounds and have been returned to duty. Yet when I visit the message board we still have people discussing NON-173d ISSUES. To these people I say, "Take your non 173d stuff some place else. I really don't want what other people or organizations do to other people to have any impact or play in this message board." Focus people, Focus, its about the troops!!!


Name: Colonel Kevin Owens
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 13:48:09

Message

To the veterans of 173rd Airborne Brigade Association, specifically the Texas Chapter, I offer my heart felt appreciation for your incredible support for our wounded Sky Soldiers. I can't begin to thank you adequately for the time and effort you have given to our wounded men and their families. Your actions confirm what we always tell folks: our Army's greatest brigade is associated with the greatest veteran's association! Please know this; the Sky Soldiers in Afghanistan are giving better than they're taking from the enemy. The battlefield heroics of the Sky Soldiers on 3 May will swell your chests with pride. It certainly has for me. After just completing what was one of the most destructive battles of enemy forces here in Afghanistan, every man involved was ready to do it again. Their only concern was the welfare of their wounded comrades. You great Sky Soldier veterans have helped ease that concern more than you may know. Looking forward to seeing again soon. Very Respectfully. Sky Soldiers! Colonel Kevin Owens


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 12:54:18

Message

http://www.1508pir.com/nnews.htm that's the link for the firefight.. haven't seen it anywhere else as of yet


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 12:52:26

Message

http://www.dawn.com/2005/05/29/top14.htm http://www.defenselink.mil/news/May2005/20050528_1394.html I think this is the firefight they are talking about....


Name: Sally
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 11:43:48

Message

I sincerely hope that Momanski does not equate this message board with anything other than what it is. A message board to help all of those with soldiers fighting in this war. Her insight has been very helpful, and I shall miss hearing from her. I hope she reconsiders. I would also like to point out that we are all from different parts of the county, from different races and with very different beliefs, and if our soldiers can put all that aside and help each other fight a war together, then I think we should put it all aside to help each other through this difficult time. I value this message board and do not want it to become a political agenda.


Name: Arlene
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 11:43:15

Message

Does anyone have anymore news about the firefight between A co 1/508 and the enemy? Thanks, Arlene Happy Memorial Day............


Name: silvia
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 11:40:56

Message

I just want say hi to all the 173rd soldiers!! Be strong, and we pray for your safe return at home!! KISSES AND HUGS from Italy!


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 11:37:34

Message

I agree! My understanding is that this is a message board for info about the 173rd.A Place to share information and real news. Not a place for controversy,gossip or for some to air personal options and have public hissyfits. And I am surprised when people don't respect Mr.Bradleys suggestion that "this is not the place"...


Name: E
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 11:23:07

Message

hi! can someone please post the address to send packages to the guys from Italy? thanks! E


 Date: 05/29/05
Time: 10:57:48

Message

Mr.Bradley asked you people to stop the nonsense. Why can't you respect his request? For some of us this website is a way of keeping up with info about what our guys are encountering day to day, week to week-like the message from webmaster of 1508pir.com-that's important, not this silly jr. highschool junk! It's no wonder that our soldiers don't leave many messages here!


Name: Michele
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 10:10:15

Message

Hello All I just got back from Sunny Florida and checking in on the site. What a heck is going on here? I really think messages should be better edited before they are posted on the site. I think our site is to support one another and our loved ones who are deployed. I'm going to try to stick to that perhaps we all should. To Momanski you are forever in my heart and I pray I will never have to experience what you did. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. I hope you come back here soon but I do respect your decision. Bye for Now Michele D.


Name: 1508pir.com Webmaster
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 10:00:30

Message

Alpha Company 1-508th engaged enemy forces today. Two Alpha company service members received SUPERFICIAL wounds and where immediately deemed Return To Duty. Both soldiers have called their families as of the time of this post.


Name: sissi
Email: to mommaski
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 09:49:35

Message

Mommaski don't leave this web site! Nobody and I repeat nobody has any idea of what you and all the other GOLD STAR MOTHERS have passed! Don't let some words hurt you, you are stronger than that...., so don't leave this web and this community, you know the 173rd families are all with you!


Name: Vicki
Email:
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 09:45:24

Message

AMEN, OLD SOLDIER!!! I believe you have said it best!!! Mommaski.....You are a loved and welcome ray of sunshine on this website, never a bad thing to say! Know that you are loved and respected! I look to your words of advise and wisdom everyday, as someone who knows first hand what family and friends are goin through, yours are the words that I listen too! Let us all remember what we are truly celebrating this Memorial Day.....I will say a prayer for your son and all of our soldiers! Love Ya, Vicki


Name: Vicki
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 09:44:20

Message

AMEN, OLD SOLDIER!!! I believe you have said it best!!! Mommaski.....You are a loved and welcome ray of sunshine on this website, never a bad thing to say! Know that you are loved and respected! I look to your words of advise and wisdom everyday, as someone who knows first hand what family and friends are going through, yours are the words that I listen too! Let us all remember what we are truly celebrating this Memorial Day.....I will say a prayer for your son and all of our soldiers! Love Ya, Vicki


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 09:32:21

Message

Don't know the background of Ron and Soldier's Dad, but I DO know the background of Mommaski and I know which ones I would prefer to sign off. This site is not for political grandstanding. The organization has admitted it made a mistake, has said publicly that it will change it's rules, but whatever they do should not impact our support of 173rd soldiers and their families --- most specifically the families that have lost loved ones. Turning our backs on our own soldiers families is far worse than delaying the entry of one mother into this prestigious group. Don't leave Mommaski - just accept the apologies from all of us that we have folks out there that type before they think. We love you, respect the tremendous sacrifice your family has made to our Nation's cause and look forward to your words of wisdom.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 09:20:25

Message

I don't know what other treatment they are getting other than being given doxycycline prior to departure. They also received innoculations. It is a necessary protocol, but not serious.


Date: 05/29/05
Time: 09:17:11

Message

mommaski....you have been helping me so much with the first packages and your words are always a ray of light....PLEASE DO NOT SIGN OUT! what are we supposed to do without your bright ideas???? An italian girl.


Name: Christina
Email: to anyone who knows
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 06:02:05

Message

does anybody knows what kind of treatment are being given to our soldiers besides malaria prophylaxis?


Name: 100%ITALIAN
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 02:43:10

Message

Mommaski, A few weeks ago you welcomed us Italians to this message board. I am writing you to ask you to stay and to tell you that you are welcome on this message board, just like you told us when we needed it, while others were offending. It was your message, more than others, that motivated us to stay and keep writing. We are the ‘friends’ but you are a Gold Star Mother so you have more right to be here than we do. Your message to us motivated me even more cause it was from you. And i had the chance to email you out of this board, I am M.Weiss’ friend. I know he might get deployed again soon. And i know I’ll need your suggestions then from your great experience. Please don’t deny your precious help to any of us.


Email: To Mommaski
Date: 05/29/05
Time: 02:09:13

Message

dont leave the site. your words are precious to all of us. ur a great person, that always have good words for everyone and that help us a lot. i cant totally feel ur pain but i can immagine, i have a baby boy and one day i saw him almost dieing... only God knows how i felt in those moments... he is fine now and growing up :) but trust me... i can immagine how hurt u have been and still are. dont leave. we need ur words. italian mom


Date: 05/28/05
Time: 23:03:05

Message

I say a pray for the families of all the fallen soldiers of all the wars. I can't believe MIA soldiers are still being brought home. I'm very proud of my soldier and I pray for his return, because I would never be able to go through life without him. He believes in what he is doing and he has control of his life. May God be with him and all the others serving this great country. Let's keep God in our Nation. Sorry that we have loved ones suffering a great loss everyday. Stay strong 173rd and know you have all of the United States behind you. We love You. en


Name: Jane K
Email: To Mommaski
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 22:58:58

Message

I hope you are checking this site one more time and see this message: Please don't "sign off"! You are a very special woman and your loss is one many of us (me especially) could never endure. You have always been a source of inspiration to me and many others. This Gold Star Mother debate will work itself out I'm sure. This site needs moms like you to guide us with your words of wisdom. The love you continue to share with your son's unit is awesome and we would all be blessed if there were more people like you in this world. Please stay with us!


Date: 05/28/05
Time: 20:33:45

Message

i tried to type this before but it didn't show up. my apologies if there's another similar one! how do you all think it would be to send any religious material to our soldier? i don't want to offend anyone in the country if for some reason they come across it or what not. but being a muslim country i just wanted to double check. obviously i'm not going to send 100's of bibles or something but like devotional material and such. where do we draw the line?!! thanks so much. keep your eyes open guys!!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 19:56:00

Message

To all the 173rd Airborne,you are in our hearts.Go AIRBORNE.We are very proud of you.


Name: Denise
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 19:19:36

Message

Correct me if I'am wrong, but memorial day is the day we respect,honor and salute those who paid the ultimate price and to the family's that sacrificed the most. As a mother I am honored my son countinues to carry their tourch,he does it with pride honor,and dignity. On this deployment I have been very disapointed in this web-site, This is a site that actualy got me through alot of sleepless nights on the Iraq deployment I wish I could say the same for this one, but I can't. To my son I send you a RAINBOW of love.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 18:20:35

Message

Hello everyone. Dear Ron and Soldier's dad. I cannot tell you how much my heart hurts right now, how devastated I feel right now. I am a Gold Star Mother. How easy it is to sit in judgment. I too was outraged. In fact I called National Headquarters as soon as my husband saw the article and forwarded it to me. Did you call to ask why? Here is what I was told - As you know (or do you?) the Organization was founded in WWI but really got it's start in WWII. When the bylaws were made by the women it was a different time - there were even then Japanese and German descent men serving in our Armed Forces and they served with honor and some died but the women did not want to let these foreign mothers join them - they did not want to look into the faces of these women and wonder if their family member had killed their son. From today's standard this is so wrong but back then it was accepted behavior. The problem is that those bylaws (and the stupidest dress code you have ever seen) is still in effect. Until now apparently this has never come up - but we have changed in our outlook and our values. So now what needs to be done is that at the Convention in June it is going to be proposed for that bylaw to be changed. Then it will be printed in the newsletter and the General Membership must vote on it. Anyone who has ever belonged to an organization of this size knows the rules can be changed, it's just not fast. The other thing I have to ask is did you read all the article? They purposely submitted her name knowing her name would be rejected and it was done at Memorial Day time to gain the most publicity. I do NOT agree with what they did. I feel that they should have judged her case on an individual basis. They allow in mothers who are from Guam and Puerto Rico and they are not American citizens. But to put out a blanket statement that because I belong to the organization I should be ashamed makes you just as guilty as them. You do not know the loss I have suffered. Only another mother can understand  heartache in my heart at the loss of my only child. My son and I were very close and my baby is gone. Who am I supposed to turn to? If I leave the Gold Star Mothers who will take their place when I need someone? You? Do you know the ache of giving birth, of being mom and dad because your husband is on float and the vast emptiest of empty arms? I will never see my son again, nor feel his hugs, nor hear his laughter, nor will I ever know the joys of watching him get married or hold a grandchild in my arms. So what do you offer me in it's place? I am sorry you feel this way and may you NEVER know what I feel. I hope everyone is doing well. And for those who know the true meaning of Memorial Day - May God grant you Peace. I guess I am not wanted until GSM change their bylaws, so I will sign off until I am welcomed back. God bless you all. And to all my Sky Soldiers - I will always love you and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 18:08:50

Message

I agree on the Gold Star Mon issue, but this is NOT THE PLACE for non 173d issues. So let it drop.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 17:54:37

Message

I agree on the Gold Star Mon issue, but this is NOT THE PLACE for non 173d issues. So let it drop.


Name: Soldiers Dad
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 15:47:47

Message

I could not agree with you more, Ron. Ann Herd and the other Gold Star Mom's sons died to put an end to bigoted nonsense like that. I think they disgrace the memory of their own sons and daughters by belonging to an organization that will not accept the mother of a fallen American hero because she is Filipino. Every member of Gold Star Moms should be ashamed of herself.


Name: SkyMomma
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 15:47:34

Message

FOB Lagman in Afghanistan was named in honor of SSG Lagman of the 10th Mountain Division. I'm not sure if it's the same man either, but I agree, it's not right!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 15:15:36

Message

There is an FOB Lagman where 173rd troops are based in Afghanistan, I don't know if it's named for the SSG Lagman named below but whether it is or not I'm disgusted with the Gold Star group over this decision.**********From Newsday>>>>>>>>> Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman is a Gold Star mother, part of the long, mournful line of women whose sons or daughters were killed in combat for the U.S. armed services. Her 27-year-old son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, was killed last year in Afghanistan when his unit came under fire during a mission to drive out remnants of Taliban and al-Qaida forces. But the largest organization of such mothers, the American Gold Star Mothers Inc., has rejected Lagman for membership because _ though a permanent resident and a taxpayer _ she is not a U.S. citizen. "There's nothing we can do because that's what our organization says: You have to be an American citizen," national President Ann Herd said Thursday. "We can't go changing the rules every time the wind blows." http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--goldstarmother0526may26,0,7336814.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork


Date: 05/28/05
Time: 12:01:33

Message

Veterans Day is for all soldiers of all wars. I believe it is on November 11. I would have to check a calendar to be exact.


Name: ~Karen~
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 10:42:31

Message

Hey- random question... is it appropriate to honor those soldiers who are currently living/fighting (say, in Afghanistan) on Memorial Day? I know it's for those who have died, but when do we honor those living? ~Karen~


Name: Christina
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 10:26:39

Message

does anybody knows what kind of treatment are being given to our soldiers besides malaria prophylaxis?


Date: 05/28/05
Time: 09:10:40

Message

is the information about doxycycline as malaria prophylaxis serious????


Name: Judy
Email: Tucker
Date: 05/28/05
Time: 06:18:50

Message

Stars and Stripes Article: http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=29386


Date: 05/28/05
Time: 03:33:45

Message

It's 6:33am here, and I just received a call from my fiancée B co. 2/503rd. Made my day!


Name: Soldier Dad
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 19:09:56

Message

We received an email from our son talking about the kids in Afghanistan. He said that candy, gum, cookies and small food items were the best - said the kids went especially crazy over Oreos. He also said that things like small toys, shoes, clothes and so forth were not a good idea. The bigger kids will beat up the smaller ones and take them. The best things are food that the smaller kids can eat right there with the soldiers around so they don't have to worry about the big kids later. He also said that we should not send him anything that the kids could potentially use as weapons like baseballs, marbles, etc... He pointed out that while most do, not everyone likes the soldiers being there and they do not want to give out anything the older kids could through at the soldiers through the wire. That's his best advice. He is with the HHC 1-508, but I imagine it is good advice for everyone. Send the soldiers plenty of candy and Oreos and they will have a great time giving them away to the kids.


Name: Chuck Coker
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 18:15:47

Message

Jessica - The following article is about an orphanage that the support battalion has adopted. Most are from Caserme Ederle so I would bet somebody out there has a contact with the unit. http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/may2005/a051705la1.html


Name: To Kevin McFadden
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 17:29:14

Message

What platoon is your son in? My fiancée is in the 3rd platoon. Thanks.


Date: 05/27/05
Time: 16:31:18

Message

I would love to send something to the children. My son has never said much about the kids, except the boys are really troublesome.


Date: 05/27/05
Time: 14:57:32

Message

Article about air support. http://i-newswire.com/pr22519.html


Date: 05/27/05
Time: 14:43:05

Message

malaria prophylaxis: doxycycline


Name: Jessica
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 14:06:05

Message

Does anyone know of any outreach program to help the Afghani children? I know that you could send shoes, but what about orphanages? Something to contribute to their education, or somehow really impact their lives? I know I sound really vague, but I would really love to do something for them. If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. Thanks


Name: mom
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 13:42:38

Message

Does anyone know what anti malaria drug our troops are being given?


Name: Kevin McFadden
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 13:14:58

Message

For those looking for news and info about B Co, my son is in B Co and I talked with him on line an hour or so ago. They just got back from another mission with SF and are at the main base again. Phones and computers there are always busy and their ability to communicate with us is erratic at best.


Name: Kevin McFadden
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 13:14:39

Message

For those looking for news and info about B Co, my son is in B Co and I talked with him on line an hour or so ago. They just got back from another mission with SF and are at the main base again. Phones and computers there are always busy and their ability to communicate with us is erratic at best.


Name: to the ones asking about B co 503
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 12:51:58

Message

my fiancè is in B co 2/503...I heard from him a couple of days ago and they were still on mission, they are all fine. hope this helps


Name: Drake
Email: tljcdrake@verizon.net
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 12:24:20

Message

If anyone knows Spec. Jarrod Drake 2/503rd please tell him hello and we hope to hear from him soon, It's been over a month. God Bless the Airborne!


Name: Jessica Hanchett
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 11:16:10

Message

Hey Jamie, Wrote you and e-mail today, hope you get it, if not let me know!! Jessica


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 11:13:55

Message

As we enter the Memorial Day weekend I want to extend a WELL DONE AIRBORNE to all whom this website is honorably dedicated to, and to their families. Us military types are more than familiar with the meaning of Memorial Day. IT IS INCUMBENT ON US TO REMEMBER OUR FALLEN BROTHERS!! AND WE WILL!!! To all who read this site. These ARE the best people in the world. I WILL NOT FORGET!!!!ALL THE WAY!!!!!AND THAN SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: elisa
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 10:07:11

Message

thank you for showing the address of PFC Andrew Soule. I M GOING TO SEND HIM A LETTER TOMORROW ! DOES ANYBODY KNOW HIS AGE AND WHERE IS HE FROM? I HOPE THAT LETTERS WILL BE A LITTLE SUPPORT FOR HIM. ELISA


Name: Sharon, Proud Mom (173rd B 2-503)
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 09:51:46

Message

We Love You, We Support You, We miss You, Our Prayer's are with you! And all these Soldiers! God Bless you All!


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 08:34:48

Message

Thank you Ron!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 08:31:32

Message

Nice T-shirt and lapel pin. http://www.serviceflags.com/tshirts/TshirtArmy173rdAirBrigade.htm http://www.serviceflags.com/Pin_Afghan.htm


Name: For Shane Elder from Samantha
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 08:04:30

Message

You kindness is appreciated more than words can say. Thank you for what you are doing for these wounded soldiers. Please expect something in the mail from me. Thank you again.


Name: To concerned mom: from Samantha
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 08:01:34

Message

In response to this: My son is in B Co. 2/503 and he emailed several days ago that he was going on a mission. I wish that they would change the Commander's Update on their website. It has been three weeks since it has been changed and I really count on it to keep me in the loop. I was thinking the same thing this morning! My fiancée is with B company as well, and today is 9 days since I've heard from him. I wish they would update the website as well.


Name: LouieQ
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 07:05:56

Message

Thank you for posting information on the wounded.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 06:55:47

Message

Many, many "Thanks" to all the Military Personnel, Past and Present on this Memorial Day Weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with all those families who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The service of "ALL" makes me very proud to be an 'American'. Thank you!! Give em Hell Dan, Troy, Jeremy, and Stephanie. Hooah 173rd!!


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/27/05
Time: 04:18:14

Message

For Shane Elder - your efforts on behalf of our soldiers at Ft. Sam are above and beyond and please know that we appreciate what you are doing for them AND for us. I'm sure these young men and women can also accept visitors if we can get there, but you will have cards and best wishes on the way from the 173d family. To SPC Soule and the others - May God Bless and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers every day. Your sacrifices on our behalf can never be repaid, but we will sure try.


Photos of our KIAs are at; http://www.173rdairborne.com/KIA-afghan.htm


                                 *** Wounded Sky Soldier at Fort Sam Houston Texas ******

I have been in contact with A sky soldier medic (Shane Elder) now stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served with A-2/503rd in Iraq and will be the Point of contact for our Sky Soldiers being treated at Ft. Sam. SPC Andrew Soule, Able Co. 2/503d is recovering there and He OK'd the release of his current medical condition ....he had both legs amputated at the Knee. it would be good if we all send cards and letters of support to him. To make sure he gets the cards and letters, please send everything to;

Shane Elder

3041 Marvin R. Wood Road

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.

He will personally deliver each items


Date: 05/27/05
Time: 01:41:22

Message

Also my thoughts and prayers to the family of PFC Steven Tucker. Any chance to see one pic of him?And a big hug to all 503 Able company, God Bless u all.chiara


Name: Rebecca
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 23:05:35

Message

Does anyone know what unit Special Forces is? I know one of my friends is in Afghan. and is with SF, and from the 173d. If anyone know, i'd love to find out. Thanks!


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 22:27:28

Message

To: SGT. Scott Hamilton, Hey son I hope that you have a Good Memorial Day! I want to thank you son, for giving of yourself for Our Freedom back here in the States. You are a Awesome Man, Son, & Soldier! To all the Sky Soldiers NEW & OLD Thank you for your utmost service to this country. There is not one day that goes by that I don't Thank the Lord for each and every one of you. Hang in there and know you are in my prayers and thoughts at all times for a speedy mission and a safe return to all of your loved ones. HOOAH!!!


Name: rebecca
Email: R&R
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 21:11:14

Message

Well, i'm sure if a soldier doesn't want to leave his fellow soldiers, i'm sure he can stay. Its just there to give them a break from all the day to day drama they have to deal with. So they can go back a bit more refreshed. Sort of like a recess, but instead of once a day, its for 2 weeks once a year.


Date: 05/26/05
Time: 18:18:16

Message

My son is in B Co. 2/503 and he emailed several days ago that he was going on a mission. I wish that they would change the Commander's Update on their website. It has been three weeks since it has been changed and I really count on it to keep me in the loop.


Name: Pam
Email: pammie73@mchsi.com
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 16:59:46

Message

Kyle, we haven't heard from you for a long time and need to know you are ok. We miss you and pray for your safety and all who are courageously serving our country. We are so proud of you son!!!! If anyone has news about Bco 2/503d please post. Kyle, we love you and miss you so much. Love Mom


Name: J
Email: To Rebecca
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 16:57:16

Message

He was in 1st platoon Able Company


Name: Rebecca
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 14:57:59

Message

Thank you OLD SOLDIER for your helpful info. Does anyone know what __platoon__ PFC. Tucker was from? I know he was from 2-503d. It wasn't posted anywhere. Thank you


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 14:26:50

Message

Rebecca - the only way your soldier can be recalled after discharge is if he goes into the Reserves or National Guard to fulfill some commitment from his enlistment or to serve til he earns a retirement, OR if he retires from active duty. If he goes into the reserves, he could be deployed with a reserve unit. IF he retires, like me, he could be recalled if the Army decides he has a critical skill that they require. There have been some retirees recalled, but they are rare. There is no easy answer, but for most soldiers that complete their enlistment without a reserve commitment, they are discharged and do not have any danger of being deployed again.


Name: To Old Soldier
Email: Lynn
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 12:23:17

Message

Thanks for the information you provided, but I have a question. They CAN'T be redeployed after they are discharged? What if a soldier was deployed twice, once in Iraq and then now in Afghanistan, and then gets discharged in May 2006. Is there a possibility that he could get called back to service and possibly for ANOTHER deployment anytime after that? Will he be retired but possibly called back? I think my boyfriend and I are both afraid he will be called back to service even after he hopes his term ends. I would really appreciate any information from anyone. Thank you so much in advance.


Date: 05/26/05
Time: 11:57:51

Message

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of PFC Steven Tucker. I pray that you find strength and hope to continue your lives. We've lost a brave young soldier.


Name: Donna
Email: hdonnamarie@aol.com
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 10:50:26

Message

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of PFC Tucker.


Name: Re: stop loss
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 10:26:17

Message

My fiance's ETS date is Mid year 2007. If they decided to re-deploy them Spring of 2007 which they technically can do (from my understanding) my fiance would be held until the deployment was finished. It is usually 12 months deployed, 12 months at base. Hope this helps.


Name: cdninitaly
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 10:08:47

Message

the stop loss goes into effect 3 months before deployment.. so if you have 8 months left after this deployment, you should be safe from stop loss. how deployments work, as far as i know, si that they will spend the same amount of time back on base as they did down range, so stop loss would start again 9 months after they get back.. if they have to go back.. i did read on the news that another unit they were going to send to our theater was dropped.. so you never know!


Date: 05/26/05
Time: 09:59:23

Message

what happens if after their deployment they have 8 months left till they have fulfilled the four years? will they more than likely be deployed again and extended a couple months?


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 07:58:13

Message

Rebecca - I'm afraid I don't know all the specifics, but I have enough understanding for some general guidance on Stop Loss. If a soldier has an ETS Date (date to leave the service) and it falls within 60 to 90 days of a scheduled deployment, then they cannot leave the service until that specific deployment ends. So, if someone was scheduled to leave the Army in January 2005, they had to stay for the Afghanistan deployment. Once they return to Italy, they will then be discharged - normally a couple of months later. I believe most of the soldiers had their ETS dates adjusted to May 2006 for this deployment. They can't and won't be held for another deployment in 2007 or beyond.


Name: Wixom
Email: mr_wix@hotmail.com
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 04:24:18

Message

Hi everyone. I've been wondering how everybody from 74th LRS is doing. I was with 74th when we went to Iraq. If any of you are out there email me. mr_wix@hotmail.com


Name: Vicki
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 03:40:42

Message

Here is the Stars and Stripes article on our great loss this past weekend... Again more prayers are headed out to the famlies of these brave young men, and also to the two who returned to work with no fanfare, or public attention, because they held their families so dear that they didn't want them "worried". We may not know your name, but God does, and I pray he blesses each of you greatly. http://www.estripes.com/articleprint.asp?section=104&article=29341


Name: linda
Email: oleander_03@yahoo.it
Date: 05/26/05
Time: 03:25:11

Message

urgent!!!!!!!!!!!!!! looking for JEFFREY ROWE AND BRENDAN RITCHIE, THEY USED TO STAY IN BUILDING 101 ON POST. JEFFREY IN ROOM 35 I THINK AND BRENDAN IN ROOM57, SECOND FLOOR. WARN THEM IM LOOKING FOR THEM!!!PLEASE...LINDA FROM VICENZA, EDERLE BASE!!!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 21:47:13

Message

Hello everyone. It is true - when one of "our" kids get hurt or worse we want them to know that we care, But also we must walk a fine line dealing with privacy. Mr. Bradley has been able to get us a contact at Ft Sam Houston (Thank You sir).Some of these young people who are able to return to their units do not wish to have their families informed - they don't want you to worry (Like that isn't happening!!) I can understand their reasoning. For those shipped out for longer term treatment maybe the families will post that here so we can send cards of encouragement. But sometimes in the event of serious injuries or death - you just don't think of all the people that need to be notified. Your heart is so empty and your brain just shuts down. "Mom" you're intent is a heartfelt gift to us your "family" but we will not hold you to it. believe me when I say - your heart is so empty, your grief beyond understanding that it takes days for you to even remember your own name. After a couple of days to a week you will come back to this site and you will see all the wishes for a speedy recovery or the expressions of sympathy and believ me they will mean more that you can possibly imagine. Within this magnificent family of the 173rd is another family and it is comprised of 13 families now. It is a family no one wishes to join. 13 new heroes that will join the heroes of Vietnam - they are not alone and neither are we, because we have you. My prayers, my love, my thoughts and my Blue Star Tree are with you always. Sky Soldiers are the greatest and it's Airborne all the Way!!!! I grieve all over again and I shed tears not for PFC Tucker but instead for his mother and father who are left behind.


Name: rebecca
Email: Stop Loss/Stop Movement
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 21:29:08

Message

Does anyone know much about the Stop Loss/Stop Movement program? I know it was in affect last year because many of my friends were kept from being discharged because their units were deployed again to Afghanistan this year. How many times can they do that to one person? If you are heald from being discharged because your units deploys, what happens when they get back to Italy? Can they be held for another deployment next year?


Name: ROY E POYNOR
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 19:33:56

Message

TO SSG MARK POYNOR BE SAFE AN TAKE CARE MY HEART AND MIND IS WITH YOU ALWAYS LOVE DAD GOOD HUNTIN


Name: rebecca
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 17:03:31

Message

Oh sorry: S&T Supplies and Transport


Name: Rebecca
Email: Military Abbreviations
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 17:00:19

Message

HHC stands for: Headquartes & Headquarters Company. You can find more abbreviations at: http://www.chevron26.com/charaktere/military.html Hope this helps, I know it can be a bit confusing to learn all of these!


Date: 05/25/05
Time: 15:42:08

Message

Can anyone tell me what the HHC S&T stands for? I know it is part of the 173rd, just not sure of what it is. Thank you!


Name: Ana Laura
Email: To Cch and Italian Marshmellow
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 14:52:00

Message

Got news from Jay, please contact me here: analauradreams@yahoo.it


Name: Isabella
Email: isycrazy@hotmail.com
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 14:24:33

Message

If anybody know Sgt. Cowden please e mail me.... i would like to have news about him. thanks. God Bless all the Sky Soldiers and America


Name: Mom
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 13:26:07

Message

I know it must be hard for the ones wanting information when you are not next to kin. I wish I would never have to be in the situation of being the next to kin. I'm a Mom so unfortunately I am. If anything happens to my son I will post a message for you guys. Again remember our soldiers belong to the Army. They are one standing together doing a great job. We have to let them do their job without any strings attached. We have to let them live their lives, because so many chose the Army. They were not drafted. So let them spread their wings and live their lives. Pray that God will put his protected shield around them. Pray for the families that have lost these young men not only in the 173rd, but all the others that are being lost. God Be With the USA and lets hope we keep God in our Nation. This nation was founded with God and that's the way it should be. Love a concerned Mom. I wish I had my little boy back in my arms again.


Name: Jessica Hebert proud girlfriend of SFC Dishman
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 13:05:16

Message

Thoughts and Prayers out to the family and friends of PFC. Tucker. He is a great loss to all of us. Jessica Hebert


Date: 05/25/05
Time: 12:59:45

Message

http://icasualties.org/oif/ this site shows wounded as well.. hope that helps!


Name: LouieQ
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 08:21:07

Message

Mary L - was wondering about the wounded, too. How do people who aren't next of kin find out if a soldier has been injured?


Name: Michele D
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 08:18:39

Message

My thoughts and prayers to the Tucker family. What a nice article on their son thanks for the link to it. I wish we could hear some good news out of Afghanistan soon. STay strong everybody. Michele


Name: Isabelle
Email: jollygirl_ny@yahoo.com
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 05:45:39

Message

please if anybody know Sgt. Jeremie Luz that is in 2/503 write to this e.mail jollygirl_ny@yahoo.com asap. thank ya. isa


Name: greta
Email: to jeremiah L. minor
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 04:58:07

Message

just wanted to say that i miss you a lot! thanks for the emails and letters.they made my days. im waiting for ur safe return. Gee.


Name: Ronald J Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 02:59:16

Message

PFC Tucker was promoted posthumously to Corporal.


Name: Mary L.
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 02:32:25

Message

does anyone know the names of the injured soldiers?


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 05/25/05
Time: 02:14:21

Message

I received a call early this morning from my boyfriend. He's with 1/508 ACO and they've been quite busy. He sounded really good, much better from the last time but that was 3 weeks ago. It was very bitter sweet talking to him knowing that we have a fallen Soldier and others injured. I knew the moment I heard his voice how blessed I was. To all of the families who have lost I cannot feel your total pain but I can keep you in my thoughts and prayers and I know that we are better off for all the hero's we have out there today!! On the hard days when we are missing our Soldier so very much and we havn't heard from them in ahwile I sit and think of those we've lost and remember how hard it is for our guys over there without us. They are a true testament of how blessed we really are in life!! I will stay focused on the mission here at home so that when he comes home, it will be even better!!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 22:40:21

Message

This is for the family of PFC Tucker.We have you in our hearts.Our family will always support you.And we are so sorry. Debbie and family


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 19:46:06

Message

I apologize for the incorrect rank. I meant to type PFC. Thank you.


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 19:44:44

Message

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Cpl Tucker. If anyone has the mailing information so that I can send a card that would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail address is above.


Name: Link talks about a tribute to all US soldiers killed in action that will be on Nightline May 30th
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 19:10:17

Message

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/media_fallen_dc


Name: Gina
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 18:19:22

Message

I am sorry I entered the wrong email address earlier it is Gina@hcnews.com


Name: Gina
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 18:18:38

Message

I would like to send my prayer and thoughts to the family and friends of PFC. Tucker. I know he is in a better place now, but that does not erase the loss that will be felt in the hearts of many people for quite sometime. May God hold you in his arms and ease your pain. I would also like to send a card to the family. If someone can please email me at gina@hcnes.com. May God bless our soldiers.


Name: SGT Elder
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 17:22:38

Message

Thank You to everyone who has sent or is sending cards and letters to the 2 wounded soldiers at Ft. Sam Houston.


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 17:21:33

Message

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and fellow comrades of PFC. Tucker. We have lost a fine soldier and he will be missed! If anyone has a contact address would they please email me privately with it so that I may send a card to his family? Thank you.


Date: 05/24/05
Time: 16:24:38

Message

has anyone heard lately of when the special with tom brokaw will be on the 173d? supposed to be in June i think... thanks!! -c


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 16:01:14

Message

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and 173rd brothers of PFC Steven Tucker. May the Good Lord comfort you at this time.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 15:14:17

Message

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Steven C. Tucker, 19, of Grapevine, Texas, died May 21, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained near Shinkay, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV.

Tucker was assigned to the Army's 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, Vicenza, Italy.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 14:19:50

Message

News story http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/11724120.htm


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 14:17:27

Message

The Dallas Morning News has a good article about Cpl Tucker. Click the link below. You'll have to complete the free site registration to see the article. Also be sure to view the video from the link at midpage. http://www.dallasnews.com/s/dws/news/city/dallas/stories/052405dnmetgrapesoldier.d92913e0.html


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 13:01:17

Message

To the family, friends and comrades of Cpl Steven Tucker - My heart and prayers go out to you. This will be a hard time for you but know that the 173rd is there for you. We have become a family and like a family we are there to help how ever we can. May God grant you peace. I am here if you need to talk.


Name: Mom
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 12:17:58

Message

I got an email from my son this morning. TF Fury, 1-508 A Company. He is doing fine. Not to worry. They will be busy for a while and not expect any emails. He asked to cut back on the snacks. He would rather have the letters and pictures. I sent pictures of the green yard. Hope it didn't make him home sick.


Name: Brook
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 12:15:47

Message

Hey you guys down there be safe and think if you are safe when you come home you will be thanked 24/7. I hope you all a safe return. You will make it think of it. You guys will have fun when you come home. Just think Bin Laden is gonna be gone soon and you will be no longer fighting, well in war at least. If you see this guy named Jason Haynes tell him we all think about him and he is thanked in our prayers.


Name: Brook Haynes
Email: brookhaynes@yahoo.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 12:08:51

Message

I love you dad and be safe. I cant wait until I see you again. Slaut.... aka Funny guy be safe also ok. So bye then


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 10:43:42

Message

We heard from our son in C Co 1-508 via e-mail this morning! All is well and they even got showers and some sleep. Not much more info, but even hearing a bit is enough to make our day. This deployment seems to be going by so slowly, but it's probably slower for them than us. Anyway, thanks to everyone for keeping up with this website, its a lifeline. Especially thank you to Mr. Bradley!


Name: DD Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 10:09:22

Message

Has anyone out there heard from HHC 2/503rd lately. IF so please post something or email me. Haven't heard from my soldier in a while and starting to get those jitters. If any other soldiers read this please tell SPC Matthews, Jonathan I love him and Momma's gettin' worried.


Email: an italian girl
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 09:14:21

Message

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Steven Charles. He will never be forgotten.


Name: M E
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 08:32:49

Message

I've heard from my boyfriend today and he is in 1-508 A. Co. they are all doing fine.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 08:27:13

Message

My prayers and condolences go out to the family of the fallen soldier!


Name: Cch
Email: To Jeremiah L Minor
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 08:25:25

Message

Hey, Jay! Got your letter a few days ago, mine is on its way! Glad to know you're fine, I'll see what I can do to send ya chocolate even if... ya know, it's not the right period of the year! (Yep, I could always put a straw into the package...)Take care, Cch


Name: Lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 08:23:29

Message

hi just wanted thank whoever put my son,Spc Jesse Davis, on the pictures again I needed that. I haven't talked or heard anything from him for over a month now. Does anyone know how the 1-508th A co. 1st platoon are doing? He has a wife in Italy so she is top priority when it comes to contacts, so I don't hear much, just what you guys say but I haven't heard anything about his platoon so any info would be nice. Thank you. Keep up the good work soldiers. We are proud of you!!!!! Oh yeah his picture is on page 57, pic #1117 if you want to put a name with it. thanks again!


Name: Lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 08:21:01

Message

hi just wanted thank whoever put my son,Spc Jesse Davis, on the pictures again I needed that. I haven't talked or heard anything from him for over a month now. Does anyone know how the 1-508th A co. 1st platoon are doing? He has a wife in Italy so she is top priority when it comes to contacts, so I don't hear much, just what you guys say but I haven't heard anything about his platoon so any info would be nice. Thank you. Keep up the good work soldiers. We are proud of you!!!!!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 07:28:49

Message

Casualty's name was released http://lunaville.org/OEF/Afghanistan.aspx God bless his family and may he watch over his brothers.


Name: Dad
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 07:05:41

Message

Matthew (Flippo, Flipper) , 508th/A Co., or any of his buds. You continue to have all of our love,support and prayers from back home son. We won't waver on this, that goes for all of you folks serving there. Be steady and strong knowing we're here for you and will always be. Whether it's at work, or the gym, driving at any time during my day here, my thoughts are with you! This memorial day will be the most meaningful in my life as I remember all of those who gave back to their country, and also the 508th/Company A, sacrificing for your country right now! Love you always, Dad Go Giants, beat the Dodgers!


Name: Isabelle
Email: jollygirl_ny@yahoo.com
Date: 05/24/05
Time: 05:10:36

Message

PLEASE IF ANYBODY KNOWS JEREMY LUZ THAT IS IN 2/503 b. co. tell him to write me to my e.mail address . is very important. or is anybody knows him and would like to contact me i would really appreciate that . thank you in advance. Isabelle


Name: Gina
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 23:20:22

Message

I just got off the phone with my boyfriend in 1-508 A Co, what a great way to end the day. I think I have a permanent smile on my face tonight! He sounded good, said they were tired and staying very busy. He also made mention that leave for some guys have been pushed back so not to count on the days he had given me. It does not mean everyone, just thought I would throw it out there as a possibility. I also watched the USO special tonight. It was so great to see all the support that was given to our troops. They deserve it and so much more. Kudos to ABC and all those involved. God's speed to our soldiers. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of them. Airborne all the way.


Name: TO: Jammer FRM: Sammie
Email:
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 22:40:22

Message

Hey Jason!you really made my day yesterday, and to know your outta harms way (well not completely...)i heard you got my letter and im glad you enjoyed it.i will leave the address for basic with your parents just incase i dont get your reply before i leave.unfortunately they split me and your sister up for basic,she's going to Missouri and im going to South Carolina.Sorry i wont be there when your home i promise i'll make up for it in food =)well i hope you stay safe it's good to know your doin better keep smiling and we all pray for your safe return ALOHA OUI -sammie


Name: Marina Marie Antuna & Valerie Marie Padilla
Email: therocksgf@hotmail.com & goddess1421@hotmail.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 21:29:24

Message

Sky Soldier: We miss you very much! You're in our thoughts and prayers. Keep your faith and will power strong for your family and yourself. Don't forget the fun times like when you put worms in my bed or when you cut all my hair off. Remember the crazy games we would play like Zelda in the back yard and flying to God in the closet. Don't forget our spaceship: the cherry tree....lol Never forget the good times because they over power the bad. Love You Bro and never forget we're twins and our 9 o'clock talks. Jocelyn says hi and a big hug :) Hey Sexy: Miss you lots and lots. Hope you're doing well and always smiling your sexy smile for me :)I know I'm always smiling when I think of that hot pose you did....lol And that fight with the poppers. I'll admit you won that time but,I still want a rematch for that one. Always keep your head up. You'll be home sooner than you know it and this time around we'll spend lots more time together....after we kill Marina....lol. Take care of yourself and always think of me :) HUGS AND KISSES ALWAYS XOXO 


Name: SkyMomma
Email:
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 21:11:28

Message

Kudos to ABC for airing the special "Nick and Jessica's Tour of Duty" tonite. It was so refreshing to see a major network supporting our troops! I heard mention of God, prayers, and they even sang Amazing Grace. What a wonderful thing for them to go visit and entertain our guys and gals in Iraq and Germany. I hope the other media companies pay attention to this ... ABC earned my respect and gratitude tonite!


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 21:11:12

Message

My son PFC jeremey Czarnik able Co. 2/503rd called sunday morn. They are doing fine. Says baths don't come very often. The guys would like books/mags and food that needs boiled water. Is in very good spirits. Keep the packages coming. God bless the troops.


Name: PVT. Franchessca Alipio
Email: Rebecca
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 15:55:08

Message

thank you very much for your response, my basic training is at fort Leonard Wood Missouri. so basically im gonna be lost in the woods in misery. thank you so mush for concern. PVT. Franchessca Alipio


Name: To Mom from Samantha
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 14:03:29

Message

Ron posted earlier that the wounded preferred that their families not be contacted (the wounded that were released to go back to work that is) because they didn't want them to worry. ( you can read it a few posts down) I will pray for your son, just as I do for my fiancée, and all of our troops fighting for our country. Try to relax (I know it's easier said than done) - if anything was serious you would have been contacted I'm sure.


Name: Mom
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 13:49:53

Message

He is in the 1st PLT. But my husband keeps assuring me that he is OK or we would have heard. But I could see him telling them not to notify his family because his Mom would freak out. But this is worse. I just wish he would call. Thank you for the info. I can't find anything about the bombing, just lots of news about drugs. I'm not sure what kind of bombing it was.


Name: to Mom
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 13:39:07

Message

What platoon is he? I know one of the wounded is in 1st platoon, i dont know if there were other platoons with them...


Name: Mom
Email: sbonavito@sbcglobal.net
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 13:22:40

Message

Does anyone know what PLT's were involved in the fighting. My son is Able Co 2/503rd and I have not heard from him for awhile. He's in the 1st PLT.


Name: To Rebecca from Samantha
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 12:44:00

Message

I know how you feel! My phone doesn't leave my side anymore. I missed one call a few weeks back, thank God he was able to call again about 20 minutes later - but I was so mad at myself, and I missed it because I had the radio on too loud in my car......


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 12:34:28

Message

from my understanding from the FRG, the army will fly soldiers to the closest airport to their final destination.. still i would contact the rear d for the unit your soldier is in, and they'd be able to help you from there. even if they do fly in to Dallas, or wherever, their plane ticket is paid for to the final airport.. all ground travel is the soldier's responsibility. we're from the west coast, and my husband will be flown into Seattle, which is the closest airport to our house


Name: Katherine
Email: katherinegoodloe@hotmail.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 12:26:27

Message

I would kick myself if that happened, but I haven't gotten a call from my soldier in a while.


Name: Rebecca
Email: Able 2-503d
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 12:22:41

Message

OH MAN! Ever have a moment when you just want to kick yourself? I got a call around 10:30 this morning....ok, I MISSED a call from my soldier at 10:30 this morning. I was playing around online and left my phone downstairs. Its momments like these that you have to laugh or you will cry. *sigh* Im such a dork, forever now on I am gluing my phone to me. heh


Name: Katherine
Email: katherinegoodloe@hotmail.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 11:40:08

Message

Hi, I was wondering if someone could give me the address to where I could see pictures of the soldiers. would you please email it to me? Andrew, I miss you and love you baby!! Can't wait to see you! Be safe! I am so proud of you and all of the soldiers!! God Bless you all!! Love always your girlfriend!! I am waiting honey and always will! Hope to hear from you soon!!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 11:01:14

Message

This message is for all the 173rd and especially the 2/503rd.We pray that you will be safe. You are in our hearts. This is from a very worried mom, who is very proud of our son. Debbie


Name: From Jaymo - To Jessica H.
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 10:33:57

Message

LRSD photos: They are on pages 29 & 30. Under the photos it reads "74th LRSD INFANTRY", as far as I remember. Hope this helps.


Name: Mommanski - or anyone else that can help me :) RE: cookies
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 10:03:53

Message

I want to send my fiancée and his platoon cookies, with his next care package that I am sending out tomorrow. I've read some ways to pack them, and was going to try them, but I figured I'd ask you ladies how you have sent them - mommanski - you always have the best ideas, and I really appreciate them :) - Any information that you could provide me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much! Samantha :)


Name: To Rebecca from Samantha
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 09:56:10

Message

Thank you for the information. I was actually curious out Battle, my fiancée is with them. Thank you anyway though, I really appreciate your quick response. :)


Name: Rebecca
Email: TO:Pvt. Franchessca Alipio
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:57:03

Message

Hey Franchessca, Just wanted to wish you good luck for Basic. Thank you for being so brave! Just remember when times get tough, its just a mind game. Stay strong, you will do fine. If you ever have questions, I was there about 3 years ago. What base is basic at for you? Good luck, wish I was going!


Name: TO Al S
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:52:36

Message

Heard from my son last week and he confirmed he would be flying all the way into LA sometime next month. Said they have just recently added LAX for all the western US boys & girls........


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:40:33

Message

There was a good link posted earlier about R&R and you should scroll down and find it. But with the reduction in troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, they are sending all the R&R's through Atlanta and Dallas for now, and are not using other ports. Then the soldier is given a flight to their final destination and return to Atlanta or Dallas for the trip back. Although they may have to pay upfront, this is reimbursed by DOD now all the way home. Not sure how they are dealing with the specifics, but the soldiers get a free trip home and back. Their leaves start when they get to Atlanta or Dallas and ends when they get back to Atlanta or Dallas. Hope this helps.


Name: Pvt. Franchessca Alipio
Email: privatekillzone122804@yahoo.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:36:20

Message

To:PFC. Jason Alipio Hey j, its you little sister i just wanted to let you know im all packed and ready for basic (wish me luck). I just only wish i could be HALF the soldier you are. im so proud of you. i look up to you so much i wish i could have the strength and courage you have. i wish i could be there when you come home. just promise me you'll try to relax a little. i keep your dog tag around my neck for some reason i feel like i can protect you when its there or maybe because you just feel closer to me. i pray for your safety EVERY night. I LOVE YOU JASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AIRBORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE ALWAYS, PVT. Alipio (your little sister)


Name: Rebecca
Email: FOR: SAMANTHA
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:26:46

Message

Yes, I heard from Able 2-503 on Friday. I guess some of the soldiers are going into xxxx for a few days. They were able to use the internet there. But I only heard from him once while he was there. Hope this helps?


Name: Gina
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:19:48

Message

Here is the link about R&R flights. From reading this, the military will only fly soldiers to Atlanta or Dallas and then it is the responsibility of the soldiers to get to their destination. You might contact the FRG or the rear detachment to find out more specific information. Hope this helps. http://www.armyg1.army.mil/WellBeing/RRLeave/index.HTM


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:09:37

Message

As far as i know they should fly them to the closest airport to their final destination, so San Francisco or L.A. in your case.


Name: Al S.
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 08:04:34

Message

Anyone know "for sure" soldiers going to west coast (SF Bay Area) for R&R if Dallas is as far west or do they fly them to San Francisco or LA? Thanks


Name: ProudSisOfPFCMKK
Email: mollysue99@hotmail.com
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 05:15:43

Message

Got a phone call from my brother at 5 am this morning. He's with 1/508 HHC. Said they were really tired and would call in about a week. Sounded better than he had during previous calls. A bit more enthusiasm. Take care, god bless you all. IMA


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 04:59:29

Message

If anyone sees our son Will, 1-508 C/CO, please wish him a happy birthday he is 23 today. We heard from him on Friday evening, they are very busy with patrols but other than lack of sleep he had no complaints, he even received some homemade cookies we sent for his birthday. Will, have a great day, stay safe, we love you and pray for you and your buddies daily.


Name: Arlene
Date: 05/23/05
Time: 03:57:02

Message

Got an e-mail from Spc. Nathan a co 1/508. All is well, very tired. Said they are not getting alot of sleep. Hope all of you hear from your loved one soon. Take care, Arlene


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com

Date: 05/23/05
Time: 02:40:20

Message

Medics in action; http://www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/default.asp?StoryID=254  


Name: Jessica Hanchett
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 21:44:56

Message

Anna, where did you see pages 28-29 on the 74th LRS? My husband just recently went to LRS from 1\508 C Co. So I was just curious. God bless you all! J


Name: SkyMomma
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 17:20:57

Message

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the lost and injured from Able Co. Please know how much their sacrifices mean to us. May God look down upon you during this difficult time. And be with all our Sky Soldiers!


Name: Rebecca
Email: Have a good day!
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 13:59:37

Message

Just wanted to wish everybody a good weekend! We are all in this together and we support our troops together. Thank you all for your postings. Lets keep up good thoughts, its gonna be a long year.


Name: Anna
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 13:57:28

Message

Does anyone know if there are more pictures about 74th LRS, except those that are on the pages 28-29?thanks! ps...baby walter, I miss you a whole bunch!! Love ya, your pasta lover..


Date: 05/22/05
Time: 10:56:38

Message

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=779452


Date: 05/22/05
Time: 10:45:09

Message

to Jay (2-503 hhc): thanks for the talk, you made my day today. a new package will be on its way soon (you still got few days for your requests!!!). I miss you so much and cant wait to see you again too. Send some pictures!! take care and be safe, you are on my prayers!!! Italian marshmellow (;P)


Date: 05/22/05
Time: 10:36:34

Message

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=779452


Date: 05/22/05
Time: 10:29:22

Message

to Jay (2-503 hhc): thanks for the talk, you made my day today. a new package will be on its way soon (you still got few days for your requests!!!). I miss you so much and cant wait to see you again too. Send some pictures!! take care and be safe, you are on my prayers!!! italian marshmellow (;P)


Date: 05/22/05
Time: 10:13:24

Message

I read on another message board that all families of the soldiers have been notified. Remember that no news is good news. Let's keep these families in our prayers.


Name: Albe 2/503rd girlfriend
Email: pure__angel@hotmail.com
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 09:07:14

Message

Does anyone know anymore about the incident on Saturday involing A co 2-503rd? Anyone know who the soldiers wounded are? If anyone has some info please let me know...


Name: sissi
Email: "A Soldier's Prayer"
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 09:00:35

Message

One hot desert morning at dawn's early light While trudging through the sand I found a piece of paper Clutched in a young man's hand And upon that paper the words he wrote Were not filled with despair Just thoughts from the heart of a brave young lad He called it, "A Soldier's Prayer" I took the paper from his hand and read it aloud... Will there be a place in heaven For a person such as me Who, through youth and the love for life Isn't all you'd have me be? I've been a man but a short time now And I'll ask you this, if I might Isn't fighting for freedom's cause A fight that's always right? The men I've killed, some things I've done Are not things I've wanted to do But a job I believe had to be done By we who believe in you I had those thoughts upon my mind When I heard that deadly sound Then, all around me, one by one My friends fell to the ground Somehow I knew before it hit Fear ran up my spine I felt the blast tearing my side I knew this one was mine There'll be much grief for loved ones at home when they learn that I am dead Please ease their pain and let them know These things that I have said Time's run out, I can feel death's sting Oh, God, please hear my plea Let there be a place in heaven For a person such as me Lord, this is the chaplain, I'm here with this lad Our country's given the finest it had We who are older and have studied your word Know this boy's prayer is more than just heard It is answered with your love And the promise that there'll be A special place in heaven For a person such as he.


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 07:44:03

Message

Find Hometown News Releases here. http://www.usafns.com


Name: Arlene
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 07:22:32

Message

May God comfort the families of "our" Soldiers. Nate, I miss and love you very much.Know that you and your fellow soldiers are in my prayers everyday.


Name: to Jo
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 02:55:58

Message

email is -analauradreams@yahoo.com-


Name: sissi
Date: 05/22/05
Time: 00:23:21

Message

The Family Assistance Center is the place to go for information and referral services concerning deployed Soldiers or families on the home front. The FAC is now open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with staff on call 24/7. The toll-free number can be reached by calling: From the U.S.: 011 800 17373823 From Italy or Germany: 00 800 17373823 From DSN: 634 7969 family@setaf.army.mil


Name: 508th Wife
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 17:33:09

Message

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050521/ts_nm/afghan_blast_dc_3


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 16:12:59

Message

Sorry-don't add God Bless our boys to abc site for news of blast. It should have been a separate message but it all went together.


Name: LouieQ
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 16:12:31

Message

Sorry. Here is the province website: http://www.answers.com/topic/provinces-of-afghanistan


Name: jane k
Email: Date: 05/21/05
Time: 16:06:37

Message

News story about blast on www.abcnews.go.com/International God Bless our boys


Name: rebecca
Email: Afghanistan Blast
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 15:57:00

Message

Where did you find that article on the blast???


Name: S. Steely
Email: Steely2@hotmail.com
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 14:25:27

Message

Just wanted to wish all of the Sky Soldiers good luck - especially my son. Love ya bunches Chad. Be Safe!! Love Always; Mom


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 12:45:04

Message

My daughter-in-law called from Vicenza to tell us it was our son's unit, Able Company 2/503rd. She didn't know the names of those involved, only that our son was not one of them.


Date: 05/21/05
Time: 12:39:01

Message

I have just found this article...does anyone know if any of our soldiers was involved? Afghanistan Blast Kills U.S. Soldier Saturday, May 21, 2005 KABUL, Afghanistan — A bomb exploded near a U.S. military patrol in southern Afghanistan (search) on Saturday, killing one American soldier and wounding three others, the military said. The attack occurred as the troops were traveling in an armored vehicle in Zabul province's Shinkay district, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara said. A purported Taliban spokesman, Mullah Latif Hakimi, claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call to The Associated Press. His claim could not be verified. The death brings to 144 the number of U.S. troops killed in and around Afghanistan since Operation Enduring Freedom began in 2001. Two of the wounded soldiers were taken to a U.S.-led coalition base near the town of Qalat for treatment, a military statement said. The third was taken to a base near the southern city of Kandahar and was expected to be flown to Landstuhl, Germany, for further treatment. The soldiers' names were not released. "There will be considerable efforts made to find out who is behind these attacks and prevent more like it," O'Hara said. "This incident will not prevent us from accomplishing our mission."


Name: Arlene
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 10:56:59

Message

Happy Armed Forces Day........... To all the soldiers, Thank-You for all that you are doing to make sure that we stay safe. May God Bless you always, Arlene


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 09:13:38

Message

Able Company 2/503rd update http://www.ablewarlords.com/index_files/page0001.html


Name: Taryn
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 08:59:41

Message

Happy 21st Birthday Brant.....Hope you got ur birthday box....kisses


Name: J
Date: 05/21/05
Time: 05:27:23

Message

Yes there are women soldiers in the 173rd. I know one of them, she is there with her husband and she posted at anysoldier.com, you can find her there under the last name of "Henderson". I think she would appreciate that....


Name: JJJ
Email: RE: Woman in Afghanistan
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 20:04:01

Message

Hi, if this helps any, I Know of some woman over there with the 173rd. Both them and there husbands are over there. I am sure that they would greatly appreciate anything that relates to us chicks! :)


Name: D.
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 19:58:11

Message

Thank you SKY SOLDIERS! For All You Do and All You Stand for We Salute You! Stay Strong!!! We Miss You and Please Come Home Safe To Us.


Name: rebecca
Email: Girls in Afghanistan
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 18:21:23

Message

Yes, as a matter of fact there are girls in Afghanistan. My friend is stationed at Bagram Airfield at the moment. They have a PX, but those run out fast for girls items. Hope this helps! She's based in Vicenza usually.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 18:03:54

Message

Tomorrow (Sat 21st) is Armed Forces Day. So I would like to thank all our military both past and present. We appreciate you, are proud of you and we respect you. May you have a day of peace and pride. Without you we would not have the freedoms we have - so from me - THANK YOU. From the shores of Normandy, thru the jungles of Vietnam, to the deserts of the middle east YOU have proven to be the best that America has to offer. Without you we are nothing.


Name: Suzanne Taylor
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 17:35:34

Message

Heard from our son Will today, 1-508 C/CO. E-mail said that they just got back from three day patrol and he was tired, 10hrs sleep in three nights. Nothing more. Good to hear from him though. Will, if you see this, we are so proud of you and all of the guys, stay safe. Love Mom


Date: 05/20/05
Time: 15:22:36

Message

Do we have any girls deployed to Afghanistan with the 173rd? It would be fun to send a girls only package.


Name: Rebecca
Email: 2nd platoon 2-503
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 15:12:13

Message

WOO HOO! I finally got an email today! I guess some of the soldiers from 2nd platoon got into a town today with internet access. :O) That took almost 2 months to hear from him. Unfortunately, I cant offer information since he didnt say more than that he was near a computer for once. :O)


Date: 05/20/05
Time: 14:31:04

Message

same for me, I can't watch the video. :(


Name: Tammy
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 13:59:45

Message

I also have been having trouble with the site for 2-503rd for about 2 days. I thought it was my computer but quess not.


Date: 05/20/05
Time: 12:46:50

Message

I've been reading about the Vietnam War and the articles and pictures on this website are very good. You see many smiling faces and again you see the "Soldier" doing his job with pride and determination. I respect any Vet I can only imagine what hardships they had to go through. Iraq has the sand and fleas and Vietnam had the waterholes and leaches. Thank you to all the past and present soldiers serving our country. My prays will always be with you.


Date: 05/20/05
Time: 12:29:05

Message

We have so much to be thankful for. We all live in a great country and we have our freedom. We all have the necessities in our homes that God has given us. We all have a good mind to make the right choices. We all have family near us. We have a bed to sleep in every night. Think of our soldiers and pray for them. Give them the support they need. They don't need to hear about our petty complaints. They need our strength and love. Some of us need to find ways to fill our voids in our lives. Take up volunteer work or start a exercise program. Be productive and pass our positive vibes to the soldiers across the land. I bet they are making the most of every day they live, Are We?


Name: to LouieQ
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 11:24:18

Message

What`s your problem???????????? Italian people are just great and terrific people!!!


Name: 173rd's Italian FRIEND
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 11:06:01

Message

Italian or American, what's the difference? we all should be here to support our friends. and since they have been living in Italy for a while of course they have also Italian friends. Let's not be racist, true friendship don't know nationalities boundaries! Proud Italian


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 10:46:52

Message

Ron, Thanks for the information on the viruses attached to "friendly" emails. I have been experiencing a few of them saying they are people from this website. I do not open them but instead, email the address back privately and check that way. Good information in that site!Take Care!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 10:29:26

Message

HELLOOOOOO !!!! Hi everybody !! I got some pictures from my son's friend yesterday. Hmmmm... I have come to the conclusion his friends have no eyeballs just permantly attached sunglasses !!! Every picture I received from him - had sunglasses !!! Oooh I like the velcro idea - you can get big rolls at fabric stores and if you tell them what you are doing with it they may give you a discount. I would also like to say hi to all the Italian and American ladies out there who are "just friends". There were many who emailed my son and he told me their emails to him were priceless. So ladies, keep them coming. Because you sure did make my son smile. And for that you have my undying gratitude. He knew you were friends and that friendship to him was everything. Love to all. Sky Soldiers - you are the best !! And we await your return with prayers on our lips and love in our hearts.


Name: Igniter57
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 10:12:31

Message

I finally heard from my son, 2/503. He told me that they're receiving most of their mail/packages but he has heard of some packages being stolen. He likes the items we've been sending, especially the small packages of food, some of which he takes with him when they go on missions. Some of the items I've sent include pkgs of tuna, chicken, small cans of beef, breakfast drinks and bars, crackers, candy bars. Really, anything that's not cumbersome for him to carry. He really loved the sheets and pillow cases, an idea I got from here. I've also been sending a variety of magazines, most I've collected from fellow workers, and dvds (movies and recorded tv shows). He told me that the food they're being served is outstanding! Nothing like what they were served in Iraq or even at their main base. I asked him if they were rationing water to which he said no, they have plenty of water. So I'm planning on using another idea that I read here and send him a swimming pool. He'll think it's pretty corny, but I'm sure it'll get used. He did ask me to send more Velcro, tan and black. I guess their using the Velcro to replace the buttons on their uniforms and vest, making it easier and faster to don and doff. Thanks for the great ideas and please keep them coming. And thank you Mr. Bradley!


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com

Date: 05/20/05
Time: 09:17:21

Message

OK, It is Time again for me to join in. This site is about supporting the guys & gals downrange. It is not a dating service or who said what about whom type of crap. I don't care who you are, where you are from, etc stay focused .... on the troops or I'll delete your message. ---- Webmaster!


Name: rebecca
Email: ROCK2503 website
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 08:13:16

Message

Is anyone else having problems viewing the video on ROCK2503.com?? It keeps saying ERROR ON PAGE. Thanks!


Name: Isabella
Email: isycrazy@hotmail.com
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 08:10:29

Message

i would like to know if my bf is ok..... is there someone that knows something about him??? e mail me please. thanks


Name: To Analaura from Jo
Email: Date: 05/20/05
Time: 08:02:41

Message

I tried to send you an e-mail but it didn't work, it failed... could you please give me your e-mail address again? thanks. Jo Ps: What's wrong with Italian girls who care about they're friends who are far away?? I guess friendship and feelings are the same in every country... don't we have the right to say hi to our friends too?


Name: cdninitaly
Email: to ron
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 07:52:00

Message

thanks for the site.. looks like there's not much i can do.. sorry!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 07:41:10

Message

For an explanation of the current state of email virus' check here. http://ask-leo.com/someones_sending_from_my_email_address_how_do_i_stop_them.html


Name: to louieQ
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 07:39:38

Message

what you said is very mean towards Italians.. you should be ashamed...


Name: Thank you ^;^
Email: italian girlfriend
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 07:38:29

Message

I just want to Thanks everyone who is posting pictures on that 'FOTKY' site:) it is so nice to see our guys and where they are,I feel them a little closer to us, hope to see a pic of my special one soon ^_^


Name: cdninitaly
Email: to concerned user
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 07:30:27

Message

i'm sorry if my email has been sending you any email at all.. i did not send you an email, and if i did, chances are i wrote not a virus in the title.. i have no contacts listed on my email for just this reason.. i do not send out viruses on purpose, as i'm sure most of us don't. is there any way to stop your email from being used to spread a virus? i have Norton antivirus installed, and it has worked quite well as far as i know.. any ideas would be appreciated.


Name: to Mary L
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 06:59:29

Message

My Son is in Cco 3rd platoon His name is Dewey Spence


Name: To LouieQ
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 06:56:52

Message

I am American and I have a very good friend down there, we have been in high school together and it's like I've been knowing him forever. I think Italian girls care about our guys there just as much as we do. some of them might be their girlfriends, some of them just friends. I am just a friend too and I am in the States. Many family members and spouses post the full names and units of their loved ones just to say hi, why shouldn't friends do the same thing? Just my 2 cents. Annie


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 06:49:59

Message

Dear LouieQ, not just the Italian girls are posting the full names here. Federica wanted to point out that she is just a friend; there is nothing wrong with that. Just like you said, this is a place for family members –and friends- so here we are, the ‘friends’. And this is for support not for checking out if the guys have been hurt, like you wrote. I am checking out this site for good news, not bad ones. This website is for all the supporters, no matter if they’re Italians or Americans. Maybe you forgot that our Sky Soldiers are stationed in my wonderful country. To answer your question: yes, we have great web designers in Italy! How wouldn’t we? This is the country of the greatest architects and designers. But we are not here to discuss this: Everyone is welcome on this website! We are here for the same support you Americans are giving! God bless the Sky Soldiers, the U.S. and Italy!


Name: LouieQ
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 06:33:13

Message

Is is wise to post soldier's full names on a public site? Also - it's ridiculous so many "Italian girls" are posting things like "he's only a friend", "is he married?" etc. This is not a dating site. It's a place for family members and friends to check in to see if their loved ones have been hurt. Perhaps the Italian Girls should create their own website? Certainly web designers exist in Rome, no?


Name: Federica
Email: To Annie
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 06:17:49

Message

Hi Annie His surname is Mitchell. I am only a FRIEND!!! Just wanted to say hi !! If you have any chance to hear from him Say hi from Freddie & Francesca from Milan!!! thanx fred.


Name: To Concerned User
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 05:50:05

Message

that happens with every website where email addresses show up. unfortunately.


Name: Concerned User
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 05:37:55

Message

My inbox is getting flooded with Spam emails that contains a Virus and it's coming from names that has to do with this website. If you are guilty of this please STOP it you are NOT WELCOMED here. This site is for the concerned families of our loved ones who want to share info not be infected with your junk STOP IT!!!! PS Everyone needs to get a good virsus program to have it striped out and DON"T open up the mail if you have been warned!!!!!!!!!


Name: Annie
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 04:08:10

Message

To Federica: what's the last name of your Jeremy? I might have news about him. God bless all skysoldiers. Annie


Name: Federica
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 02:59:13

Message

Hi Laura, Rebecca, 100% Italian, Anna ,cdninitaly etc... I have received Spam and viruses too this week !!!! I haven't received any news from John and Jeremy yet. Boys I hope you're both ok! take care. Federica


Name: to 100% italian
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 02:39:25

Message

Sono con te!!! 6 sempre la migliore....forza red devils (translated = They are with you!!! always 6 the best one... forza red devils)


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 01:54:05

Message

BUONGIORNO a tutti, here in Italy and in the U.S.! We are glad to have you guys stationed in our country and hope you’ll return back safe! SSG DAN SCHLOTHAUER, Italy is with you! I hope you’ll send me a picture soon. I haven’t heard from you in a while… hope all is well with you and your guys. Us Italians were not used to give support but the Americans taught us the good way to do it. They sure are great supporters. I’ve never met so many Italians involved in something. It’s great! Mamma mia… FORZA RED DEVILS!


Name: To Liz
Email: Mary L.
Date: 05/20/05
Time: 00:17:44

Message

in which company of 508 is your son?


Name: liz
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 23:47:19

Message

Dear Amyjo my son is in the 508 and there are 8 men in his squad but I think they are short by two men. My son loves mexican food so I sent tostada shells cans of refried beans, canned chicken {best thing I could think of} doritos cheese dip in the plastic container you can microwave, a big jug of salsa also in a plastic container which I Put in a sealed plastic bag and wrapped in bubble wrap and tortilla chips. I went to taco bell and asked if I could have some of their packets of taco sauce and they said I could take as much as I wanted, I sent a movie with a Mexican theme and sour geckos. We received a call for the first time since they got there and he sounds like they could use a lot of encouragement. I sent enough for all of them it took a few of the flat rate boxes and hopefully it will get there at the same time since they are receiving mail only once a month. I hope this helps I know I have gotten some great ideas from everyone. Just think of what your soldier loves and then the ideas just start coming I had fun putting my boxes together good luck.


Name: Italian day dreamer
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 22:58:16

Message

To Tracy: i haven't sent you any emails. it might be the virus emails everyone is talking about!


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 21:12:34

Message

I'm wondering if any of you could help me out with something... My soldier's Birthday is coming up and I want to send enough for all the guys, but I'm not sure how much to send. He is with HHC 2/503. Any help would be wonderful and I'm up for any good ideas as well. Thanks a bunch!!!


Name: Ken Fahnestock
Email: kfahnestock@yahoo.com
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 17:51:48

Message

Had dinner tonight with one of your Uncles (Jack Killion). I don't know your name. Jack told me about this website. Way different than in 1969!! I was a Buck Sargeant in the 9th Inf., Mekong Delta. Had friends in the 173d,(almost as good as the 9th). Thanks to all of you for your service. Stay safe and NEVER let your guard down! Come home soon. Ken


Name: Sharon (Proud Mom 173rd AB B co 2-503)
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 16:23:32

Message

Just a short hello, to let all the soldiers now our prayers with are with you all! I am proud to say I have a son thats part of the Sky Soldiers! Keep up the great work! Be safe,Be great at what you do do!And most of all be with God! He is surely with you all! Love You Bryan, we miss you! everyone ask's how your doing!


Name: Arlene
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 14:56:09

Message

Thanks Bill and Mr Bradley for the info. Arlene


Name: Bill
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 14:32:36

Message

Tracy and all, Yes. Someone is taking email addresses from the site and sending Spam and viruses to the holders of the. They also are creating identical email accounts to make it look as though they came from other people using this this site. Most are originating from servers in Italy, but there have been a few from the U.S. and even Mexico. Do not post your email address when you post a message...and do not open any email unless you are sure you know who it is from. especially do not open any email with 'it' or 'mx' at the end of the address unless you are specifically expecting an email from someone in Italy or Mexico


Name: Tracy
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 14:25:34

Message

To Italian Day Dreamer, I got an email from you this morning, only there was a virus detected and it didn't go through. Don't want you to think I'm being rude by not responding. Do I know you? I give up on this email until I get a new computer!!! GRRRRRRRRR!!! I get nothing but errors and virus'! so frustrating! Is anyone else having problems with the 173rd email accounts?


Name: Katherine Goodloe
Email: katherinegoodloe@hotmail.com
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 13:31:24

Message

This message is for Andrew Peddycord, my boyfriend. Baby, I just wanted to let you know that I miss you and love you with all my heart!! I can't wait to see you, and hopefully soon! I want you to know that I am proud of you and remember and carry with you that I love you so much and I miss you more and more every day!! Stay safe sweet heart and come home soon!!! Love always and forever your loving and waiting girlfriend, Katherine N. Goodloe


Name: Jo
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 13:04:09

Message

Thanks everybody for the information's! :) Ill try with a mail in the next few days...


Name: Jane R.
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 12:35:22

Message

I heard from my son today...yea!:) He is with the 74th LRS team, he said they were keep very busy. Keep up the great work skysoldiers, stay safe! We're praying for ALL of you. We love you!


Name: D.
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 11:01:37

Message

hi. im an italian girl and i sent letters to my friends through the italian post office and they arrived!!! you cant send boxes though (or u probably can but it is very very expensive!); the only way is to have friends on post that can help you with that! good luck!!


Name: debbie
Email: Debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 09:30:18

Message

This is to all the Sky Soldiers, we are so proud of you, especially our son A co 2/503.love mom, everyone here in San Francisco.


Name: SGT Elder
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 09:18:35

Message

Just to clarify I was Able Co's SR Medic from 2001-2002, I was not their SR medic in Iraq. I was with HHC 2/503d and was with the aid station and w/ the scouts/mortars at the HHC safe house in Kirkuk. Didn't want to detract from the jobs the Able medics did in Iraq. DOC Elder


Date: 05/19/05
Time: 08:32:50

Message

http://www.1508pir.com/mail.htm this is a link to get to the addresses for those of you mailing packages to the soldiers downrange.. it's for the 508th, hope that helps!


Name: Flippo's Mom
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 08:27:36

Message

Sweet!! Check out the Sharks photo album - 15 pages of new photos. So good to see my son's face, beard and all! Enjoy, Patti


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 08:12:06

Message

I got another email from my soldier SPC Baker this morning. Said he received my care package today and has already used half of it!!! Even though he had told me that he wasn't going to need anything. Jonathan I miss you and please stay safe for me. I can't wait till our run when you get home. To all the other Sky Soldiers and their loved ones my God bless and protect you.


Name: to Jo
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 06:34:04

Message

my email adress is analaur... above


Name: Ana-analauradreams@yahoo.com
Email: to Jo
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 06:13:29

Message

email me JO, just a simple letter you can send from the italian post office. If you're lucky it won't get returned. Packages with food not because our customs don't allow to send food to the U.S.(so even if it's going to Afghanistan we have to pretend it's for the U.S.) and most of them get returned after a few months. And there is a size limit and weight limit, very very small. So just a letter you can send. But email me i'll explain you about the address


Name: J
Email: to jo
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 05:59:16

Message

Jo the only way to send a package in Afghanistan, is to go on post... unlickily italians cant send letters or packages from the italian post office, so you have to know any american who can send it for you. A lot of italian girls have this problem... Hope i helped you..


Name: Jo
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 05:53:30

Message

Hi all. Im an Italian girl and that's the first time I post a message here.I don't have a boyfriend in Afghanistan, but a dear friend. I would like to write to him, but i don't know how it works with the Italian postal service... I have an address, but I don't know how to use it.If i send it writing the address that he gave me will it get there? Can anybody help me? Thanks a lot!


Name: elly and manu
Email: manuelacar83@yahoo.it
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 04:58:15

Message

we want just to say hi to our soldiers,you are always in our heart!we think of u every day!Elly and Manu!


Name: ROSE
Date: 05/19/05
Time: 01:29:12

Message

To Lucy. I'm an Italian sending mail and packages to my bf in Afghanistan, the letters takes (priority mail not too expensive) about 2/3 weeks and the same for packages. I haven't any idea how long takes from Post. Ciao.


Name: D
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 23:10:21

Message

Mr. Bradley, Thank you for the address for the wounded soldier's contact. My cards are on the way! Thanks again for all you do for this site!


Name: Frm:Sammie To:"Jammer"
Email:
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 22:36:12

Message

hey you better let your sister know that those cookies are yours...SHE ATE 2!!havnt gotten to send them yet obviously and your dad told me i should put your name SORRY i was trying to play the "shy" game. i know you probably wont get to see this for awhile and as i said before i hope you are doing good and i hope to hear from you soon take care god bless ALOHA OUI


Name: Former Rock soldier
Email: edgza14@yahoo.com
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 19:35:52

Message

Does anyone know the status of CPT. Wright


Date: 05/18/05
Time: 16:38:56

Message

Thank you MR. Bradley


Name: Gina
Email: Gina@hcnews.com
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 16:20:25

Message

Got a wonderful phone call this morning at 2:30 CST from my boyfriend in 1-508 Co. A. He seemed to be doing alright but sounded really tired. He didn't know when he would be able to call again. He said they didn't have much time for phone calls and there were lots of guys waiting in line. He has been geting packages from me in about 10-12 days. That is a good thing. I hope everyone gets to hear from their loved one soon. God Bless them ALL.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 15:24:41

Message

                                      *** Wounded Sky Soldiers at Fort Sam Houston Texas ******

I have been in contact with A sky soldier medic (Shane Elder) now stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served with A-2/503rd in Iraq and will be the Point of contact for our Sky Soldiers being treated at Ft. Sam. SGT Brumley and PFC King are recovering there and it would be good if we all send cards and letters of support to them. To make sure they both get the cards and letters please send everything to;

Shane Elder

3041 Marvin R. Wood Road

Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234.

He will personally deliver each items


Name: JJJ
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 13:45:14

Message

Just a little info for those wondering about packages and mail going downrange, I am currently in the states and I have been sending ALOT of mail and Packages to my husband, and letters are getting there quicker than packages, but however, my husband said that packages are getting there between 2 to 3 weeks, it has all depending on how much mail they are recieving and if they are backed up and if it is safe enough for mail to get out to our guys and where there at sometimes they will wait untill it's safe to get our mail out to our guys. My husband said that it's getting better & better than when they have first gotten there and coming more often now! :)


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 10:04:03

Message

Had a 12:30 Am wake up call from Spc. Nathan. It was great to hear his voice. they will be heading back out soon so he didn't have much time to talk. Mail is back to be verrrrry slow, but keep them coming. Hope everyone gets a call form their loved one soon. Arlene Nate, it was wonderful hearing from you. Stay safe and protect each other. I will get another package sent to you soon. Love, Mom


Name: Arlene
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 09:56:53

Message

Way to go 2/503rd. All our soldiers are the best.


Date: 05/18/05
Time: 06:26:53

Message

Keep praying for these great soldiers and may our great God take care of them and keep them shielded from harm. We all know they will come in harms way. Thank you God for keeping our skysoldiers safe and please give them the strength and courage they need. Amen


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 06:14:59

Message

The specific link is http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/may2005/a051705la1.html "Soldiers adopt"


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 04:16:26

Message

WOW!!!!!!!! 503rd YOU ROCK!!!!! We have to keep praying for our soldiers; that was God protecting our soldiers Tera I will email you soon, just been busy at work!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 03:09:24

Message

2/503rd News release http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/htmlinks/Press_Releases/2005/May2005/18May2005-01.htm


Name: lucia
Email: to cdninitaly, rebecca, and sissi
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 02:33:25

Message

thank you very much for your help! thank you!


Date: 05/18/05
Time: 02:15:31

Message

mail's taking from 1 to 1 1/2 months to get to my husband downrange. i'm in italy.


Date: 05/18/05
Time: 01:06:50

Message

On average you could expect about 2 weeks. Depending on how long it takes for a bulk of mail to add up!


Name: Lucy
Date: 05/18/05
Time: 00:41:28

Message

How long is it taking lately for the packages to reach our guys? Anyone knows? From base and from the U.S.? Thanks


Name: Sammie
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 22:58:38

Message

HEY STUD! sent you some mail,and made ya some cookies hope you get them ok and i cant wait til your home safe and im sure you family feel's the same way,hope when you get home you get alot of rest,just wanted to say hi and please take care!god bless ALOHA


Name: To Coker
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 22:47:07

Message

where is the article of HHC? do you have the specific link? i couldn't find it on that website.


Name: Linda
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 22:34:00

Message

Hey I heard from my son at 1:00 Am this morning it was great just hearing his voice hes with the Charlie company and hes doing good. Love you Kevin and stay safe and take care. Love Mom


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 20:06:10

Message

Good evening. I registered for the above e-mail when I started posting on here, but I have had more alerts from others who have similiar e-mails about viruses and potential viruses- so I am going to close the above account. For those I was talking to, I'll e-mail from my other account. Good night! ~Karen~


Name: Avid sight watcher
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 18:41:50

Message

Hey!!! Guys in C Company 3rd Squad, How about some more pictures. the one's you have are great and would appreciate some more. What happen to the Baby the soldier is holding?


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 18:08:51

Message

Here is an article on what HHC is up to at Bagram Airfield. http://www.defendamerica.mil/


Name: Anna
Email: rocketspink@hotmail.com
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 13:56:33

Message

Thanks to bevlyn, jessica hanchett,jaymo, babyboo_03077 for your news about our guys in 74th lrs. God bless them all!


Name: cdninitaly
Email: to lucia
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 12:51:38

Message

a tour in italy is anywhere from 2 to 4 years. 2 years for an unaccompanied tour, and up to 4 if you travel here with your family. we got 3 years, and i think that's about normal, unless you get caught in stop loss, or extend. please correct me if i'm wrong! but that's my understanding


Name: rebecca
Email: TOUR OF DUTY - ITALY
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 12:46:42

Message

You usually have to enlist for a minimum of 3 years to be stationed over seas.


Name: Sissi
Email: to lucia
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 11:39:31

Message

A tour in Italy goes between 2 to 5 years, there are some soldiers that stay in longer but are really rare! My husband stay in Italy the first time for 4 years, then we moved to Fort Bragg, and then, we come back here in Vicenza! At least that is what happend to me!


Name: Taryn to MARY L
Email: Osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 11:31:53

Message

There is my e-mail so we can keep each other company through this and let each other know what is going on with the HHC! Hope to hear from you soon!


Name: Lucia
Email: to anyone who can answer
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 11:03:17

Message

does anybody knows how long is a tour in Italy? does it depends on the company or on the job one does? thanks for you help!


Name: Lucia
Email: TO Mary L.
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 10:28:35

Message

Hi Mary, if you want to I can e-mail you just send your e-mail address to this board and Ill write to you all you like to know.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 09:55:54

Message

Ciao Red Devil Supporter !!!! For those who are interested - I just got a 173rd Alert (Yahoo sends me an alert any time the 173rd is mentioned) Here goes - Army Secretary Francis J Harvey announced at the Welcome Home for the 1st ID in Germany, that many of those currently stationed in Germany will return to the US."20,000 - 25,000 people will stay in Germany. In addition, the Italian-based Southern European Task Force, which includes the 173rd AIrborne Brigade will remain ." Harvey said. Hope that answers questions to the people who have asked me about base closures. I also got a letter from my people in Support Battalion - they are doing well if a little bored in the evenings. All my love Sky Soldiers !! Stay safe and take care of each other.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 08:17:25

Message

I have used the uplink to send phone cards. It may take up to two weeks but they receive it and use them to call. 100% Itlaian you must be very busy, email me sometime. Does anyone have a link to the newsweek article? I certainly want to see the rubbish they wrote about our soldiers out there sacrifcing their lives for our freedom. Ciao Mommasski!


Name: Nancy this is for a soldiers sister
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 07:15:46

Message

I to had an e-mail from karen with 173rd in it to. God bless the 173rd and come home safe. I love you Sgt. Jacob Rose.


Name: to 100%Italian
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 05:25:49

Message

Do you live in Vicenza?


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: Wanted to share this poem i've found on the net
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 03:37:10

Message

I AM A PARATROOPER I am a Paratrooper. I serve my country. If you tell me to kill the enemy, they will die or I will die trying. I am a Paratrooper. I will fight when others quit. No one in this world can fight as hard, march as far, or endure as much pain as I. I serve you. You are an American. I behold that value above any other. By fighting dangerous battles, I endeavor to uphold the American way. I am a Paratrooper. I have endured physical punishment and gruelling training in order to stand amongst the ranks of the Airborne. I am a Paratrooper. I am the first in battle. I have the ability to disrupt the enemy and destroy their efforts. I can kill. My job is obscene but necessary. I volunteer to eliminate those who would threaten your safety. You ARE safe. I will protect you. Your home is a haven because I fight on foreign lands. I will stop the enemy before they can attack you - if you allow me. I am a Paratrooper - I am at your command. Use me or lose the war. Written by Lower Jumper


Name: CHRISTINA PEREZ "SYLMAR CA"
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 03:23:05

Message

ATTENTION CJTF-76 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE ERNESTO LOPEZ "ERNIE" WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH AND WE PRAY AND THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY I'M VERY THANKFUL TO NO YOU. PLEASE TELL AMANDA IF YOU NEED ANYHTING! LOVE YA!!! CHRISTINA PEREZ SYLMAR CA.


Email: babyboo_03077@yahoo.com
Date: 05/17/05
Time: 01:24:14

Message

Also heard from my soldier from 74th LRS last night he said that he had tried to call all weekend but couldnt get through to the operator in Vicenza. But he was was good and so are the rest of them! Keep up the good work ladies and gentleman and to the families keep up the wonderful support we got going here!!!!


Name: TO REBECCA
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 23:16:04

Message

Rebecca, You will need a satellite phone card where your boyfriend is at. They don't have regular phones. I think the company will let them call home about once a month for 5 minutes, other than that they are on their own. They should get internet this month, but don't count on it, things happen, but it's coming soon.


Name: From Mary L. to Taryn and Lucia
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 22:53:42

Message

Who are your boyfriends in HHC? Maybe we should all keep in touch And worried mom as well. Who is your son?


Name: A soldiers sister
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09@yahoo.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 22:34:48

Message

Hi all I would just like to say be careful on your e-mail I had one from someone with 173 Airborne name in it and said there name was karen and it had a viris with it. It didn't come My computer stop it just be carefull. Hey bro love and miss ya stay safe see ya soon love sis


Date: 05/16/05
Time: 21:13:32

Message

i just posted the link below. It is not working, so try this one. -Gina http://www.defenselink.mil/news/May2005/20050516_1124.html


Name: Gina
Email: gina@hcnews.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 21:12:10

Message

Hello to all the airborne family and friends. I just found this article and thought you might like to read it. It had some informaition about the area my soldier is in. All we can do is pray and support our soldier with all we have. God will keep them safe. You may have to copy and paste the link. God bless them all. Go Red Devils. Butch, we are thinking about you all the time, be safe and watch yourself. http://www.defenselink.mil/cgi-bin/dlprint.cgihttp://www.defenselink.mil/news/May2005/20050516_1124.html


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 20:59:20

Message

I heard from my 74th LRSD husband this morning, says everything's going fine.


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 20:58:11

Message

*NEW* 2/503rd Video, Go to http://www.rock2503.com/ Click "Pictures" in menu on left then click "2-503d Right Now OEF6 by CPT. Ryan Shipley"


Name: Jessica Hanchett
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 20:20:54

Message

Heard from my husband in 74 LRSD yesterday the 15th of May, he seemed to be doing well. Hope this helps!


Name: bevlyn
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 20:15:57

Message

Jane R., I have heard from my son. He said they were doing good... but busy... your right, we do need to be on our knees for our soldiers... God can be where we can't. I am in the states so it seems so far away.... I will be praying for you soldier and them all. "A PRAYING MOTHER!"


Name: bevlyn
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 20:09:03

Message

My son is in 74th and I talked to him the other day. He sounded good, but tired. He said they were busy, but doing good.. I hope that this is helpful... I will keep your soldier in my prayers Anne.... If I can help let me know. "A PRAYING MOTHER!"


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 19:58:31

Message

Sent my e-mail out to Newsweek. I will not read another Newsweek magazine again. I will get my family to do the same thing. Arlene


Name: ELISA
Email: SCHMKNAROOF616@AOL.COM
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 17:30:13

Message

HAS ANYONE HEARD FROM ANY OF OUR GUYS IN THE 2ND PLATOON OF THE 2/503? MY HUSBAND SAYS THEY'RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING MAIL... IS ANYONE HAVING BETTER LUCK GETTING THROUGH TO THEIR MAN? DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY PICS? I'D LOVE TO SEE PICTURES OF OUR MEN AND WHERE THEY ARE. AND DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ABOUT THE CHEAPEST SATELITE PHONE CARDS TO GET? LETS KEEP PRAYING FOR ALL OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS!


Name: Michele
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 17:10:36

Message

Hi I just got an e-mail from my son he is 2/503 chosen. They were out in the field somewhere lost a few humvees but all are well. I want details but no go he is closed up like a clam!!!! Oh well a good soldier I'm guessing. Iam so happy that people have written to Newsweek. You got to hit these people where it counts and that the pocketbook. There is power in words and just as their words impacted many to do the wrong thing ours can impact many to do the right thing and thats to not buy their magazine. I am so angry about all the negative crap out there about our soldiers. Where are all the good responsible reporters and Journalist? Well thank God I can come here and get some truth. Talk to you all later Michele


Date: 05/16/05
Time: 16:02:53

Message

Not only are we sending an email to Newsweek, but my Veitnam Vet is having me cancel our subscription. Way to go. Go Skysoldiers and we love and pray for you all.


Name: Anna
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 14:29:59

Message

Anyone heard from 74th LRS?


Name: SGT Elder
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 14:14:15

Message

If anyone is interested in sending 2 of the wounded paratroopers a package, card, letter or whatever, email me at the above address and I will provide an address. I am a medic working in the Army Burn Unit at BAMC, Ft.Sam Houston Tx. I was a medic in 2/503d 2001-2004. They are in good spirits, and knowing how tight knit the 503d family is, it would be a big morale booster for these men. DOC Elder


Name: cdninitaly
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 13:06:52

Message

i think you can go to www.aafes.com i know that you can't go into the site unless you're military or family, but if i remember correctly, they allow anyone to send calling cards thru them to the guys downrange


Name: liz
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 12:45:17

Message

its under what to send click on that and then scroll down until you see phone cards its almost to the bottom of the page. My understanding is that the phone cards you purchase on this site are in units for satellite phones so you get more time for your money hope this helps my son said he would not even get to a phone until august thank goodness for the emails.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 12:42:28

Message

Rebecca------ I found that Wal-Mart has the best value on calling cards. They must be AT&T calling cards. Arlene


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 12:39:27

Message

For those interested in the phone cards go to anysoldier.com and look under things to get for troops they have phone cards you can purchase over the internet and have shipped directly to you soldier.


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 12:35:20

Message

It is my understanding that where my son is he can only use satelite phone cards. Does anyone know of a good source for satellite phone cards. They are different than just a regular phone card. Kathy


Name: Jane R.
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 12:16:46

Message

not sure, but I have heard if you purchase one, make sure it is an ATT calling card. Has anyone heard from the 74th LRS team? Let's keep on our knees everyone, keep praying for the safety of our soldiers....GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM!


Name: Rebecca
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 12:11:18

Message

Oh thats a great site! Although, sounds like its gonna take some time for those to arrive. I requested one though! :O) Anyone else have suggestions if I want to buy one somewhere? There are so many to choose from.


Name: Jane R.
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 11:48:06

Message

http://www.operationuplink.org/request.cfm Hope this will help some...


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 11:44:25

Message

CALLING CARDS: Is anyone sending their soldiers calling cards? Or are they calling home for free? If they need cards to call home, does anyone have suggestions for the best for your buck? Thanks!


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 11:16:42

Message

Here is what I sent to Newsweek. I am also mailing it out to everyone on my email list---since Newsweek probably won't read it I can make sure others will. "Shame on you Mark Whitaker. My son is presently in Afghanistan fighting for your rights to free journalism--not false journalism and lies fabricated from unreliable sources. With enemies like you who needs Osma Bin Laden? I am an educator and if I had made the false report that you made my job would have been on the line and probably fired. Regardless of where you got your information do you not realize that you still get the facts correct before you print? What a shame that your small article had such a horrific impact on the third world nations. They have been taught to believe what they are told. We Americans have become accustomed to believing only half of what we hear and then doubting that. That lack of faith in the news media comes from a long line of incompetent journalist such as yourself. The only way to make a story is to fabricate one when there is nothing "GOOD" to report. I guess the news media have no rules any more otherwise you would not have a job today. I am disappointed in what your article has caused especially when my son is in harms way. Again, shame on you and I hope your company realizes what a negative impact that your story has made on their magazine and takes appropriate corrective measures. I'm sorry does not cut it. Good Day." Kathy Grigsby West Plains, Missouri


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email:
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 10:47:18

Message

I love hearing from the old soldiers and the Dad's. They are so much more upbeat than us Moms. We miss our little boys and they encourage our Skysoldiers to go forward and do a good job. They see their sons as soldiers. Keep praying daily for every one of them and give them the hope they need. I missed so much of the Vietnam War that there is so much I don't know about. Now I think of Jane Fonda differtly, but don't we all make mistakes in life. I'm sure all wars have alot in common, like the letters home. They are treasured. I'm sure our soldiers like mail, so keep it going, support the military and remember Moms sometimes the girlfriends will hear from our little boy before we do. Has anyone heard from SPC Clint Kelly. Tell him his Mom loves him.


Name: Lucia
Email: to Mary
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 10:28:36

Message

Hi, I've heard from my bf, in 1st-508th HHC yesterday morning. they are doing well, but they have been very busy. he said he didnt have a day off for weeks. he also sad he wont be able to write me for a few days since he's going out on mission. he sounded very good and happy so i guess things are going pretty well. don't worry too much your loved will call as soon as he got the chance!


Name: Soldier's Dad
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 10:26:52

Message

Our sons and daughters, husbands and wives in Afghanistan are in more danger, and their efforts have been set back due to Newsweek. Don't hold your breath waiting for an apology. Write to Newsweek if you want, but attempting to change the anti-military bias of the liberal media is a waste of time. Your best bet is to be as derogatory and insulting as you can. You won't change their thinking with patriotism, Christianity, logic or common sense. Those are all alien concepts in the New York media. It is no coincidence that they "made a mistake" that made the military look bad. You will never see them mistakenly praise a soldier based on bad information. It is the same old Jane Fonda point of view all over again. Just pray for our people overseas.


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 09:55:36

Message

Check out this article on the MSNBC website about the Newsweek "apology." I think it says what we have all been saying, you can't apologize after you've turned an entire religious organization against the US and more specifically, against the troops that already have their hands full with propaganda. The sad part is that the Arab news that has been so negative, is not nearly as offensive as our own media outlets in this country. I've already written a letter to the Newsweek editors through their website - wwww.newsweek.com - so blast them with as many letters as you can muster. They shouldn't be able to sleep at night. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7870840/


Name: Taryn to Mary L
Email: osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 09:41:43

Message

Hey there Mary...I heard from my boyfriend yesterday afternoon and he is in the 508 HHC! Hope this helps!


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777@hotmail.com
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 09:00:15

Message

Todays NY Times has an article about the Newsweek "apology." You can access it online, I believe. The editor's name is avail in the article. Newsweek's corporate office is in Manhattan. I suggest calling them and letting them know the public doesn't respond favorably to irresponsible journalism which fuels anti-US propaganda.


Date: 05/16/05
Time: 08:07:03

Message

are there any articles on what you are all talking about with the error on Newsweek? i heard a tiny clip on the news but didn't catch enough to get the full report. just need an update! -c


Name: worried mom
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 06:55:24

Message

Hi Mary, No, not yet.


Name: Michele
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 03:09:37

Message

I couldn't agree more about the Newsweek article. I urge you all to go to their website and tell them just how you feel about it. That is what I did. I'm sure they paid no mind to me but if all of us who feel strongly about this say something they may be a bit more careful as to what they let go to print. I too wish the media would report some positive things are soldiers are doing. I'm really starting to wonder what side they are on!! Words can be powerful and Newsweek should know better and until they do right by the Soldiers I will never buy another copy of their magazine and hope you all do the same.


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777
Date: 05/16/05
Time: 01:29:21

Message

Newsweek should be boycotted. The US media in general refuses to cover the suffering of troops (it's as though no war is going on) but has repeatedly incited anti-US sentiment by publishing inflammatory photos/articles of soldiers being "bad". The enemy doesn't need a propaganda machine - our yuppie reporters hand it to them on a silver platter.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/15/05
Time: 23:46:15

Message

Buongiorno to everyone! Who was asking where the Italian girls are? Well, i am still here; haven't heard anything from my friends in 2 weeks so far. But everything is fine. No news is good news so i am content this way.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Date: 05/15/05
Time: 19:09:58

Message

I am not surprised by the news about Newsweek making an error on the Koran incident. The news media never report on something good and positive. An apology is not worth a whole lot after it ruins the relationship between the US and the Afghanistan people putting our soldiers in more danger. We see and hear from our soldiers on the positive and we have to stay positive about this whole war. We have to have faith in our Sky Soldiers and one day this will all be behind us. We have to be strong and support our Sky Soldiers. We're proud of you all.


Name: Tom Hunter
Email: thunter@accumepartners.com
Date: 05/15/05
Time: 12:11:10

Message

Pictures (finally) of 1st Platoon, B Co, 2/503 on page 53. Only five for now but will post additional photos after we finish editing. There all good and working hard. God bless them all and all their mates in other 173rd units.


Date: 05/15/05
Time: 07:58:45

Message

to little soldier in c co 1-508 thank you for the gift and the phone call. you are the best! i love you little star, BOO BOO


Date: 05/14/05
Time: 22:27:32

Message

heard from 1-508 A co. today. said he's well and busy. had a lot to tell but for obvious reasons he held back and said, " so let's talk about you!" keep it up guys! -c


Date: 05/14/05
Time: 22:19:12

Message

heard from 1-508 A co. had lots he wanted to talk about but had to keep most suppressed! they're busy and well. hang in there everyone!! -c


Name: Susan
Email: For J
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 18:29:09

Message

If you would like to correspond that would be fine. My email address is pollosmom@hotmail.com


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 18:08:09

Message

Welcome to Smiley!!!! He is a Good Looking Soldier!!!!! Thank you for that is is Great.


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 17:34:22

Message

Got an email from my son of Chosen Co 1st Platoon 2/503 Bullies. Everything is fine. Not much happening. Said he was doing OK with the body wipes and such. Just watching movies along with the rest of the Army stuff.


Name: j
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 17:16:04

Message

hey Susan I got some friends in able co 1st platoon but haven't heard from them. Do you mind if we keep contacts? let me know...


Meet "Smiley"

a New Sky Soldiers


 

Name: Ed Caldwell
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 13:57:04

Message

I got a call from my son Edward in A/Co 2/503 He sounded great, but tired like most. He said he was getting tired of Granola bars and he had all the baby wipes he could use. He complimented all of the support guys- mechanics, cooks and the like at his FOB. He said that he impressed he way they took care his group and that they really took their jobs seriously. It's great to see all work as a team. Lord bless and keep my son, and all of the other sons, daughters, wives, and husbands, in harms way.


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi,rr,com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 12:19:13

Message

Great phone call today. Our son in 1-508 C. Co., 1st plt. called this morning for the first time in 2 months. He sounded tired but it was so nice to hear his voice again. It sounds like they are working hard. He was happy with all the packages we have been sending. Keep up all the great work 173rd and God Bless you all.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 11:19:13

Message

I heard from my son 2 nights ago,it was wonderful.He is Aco 2/503rd ,He said everyone there was good,but tired.They have been on patrol alot.I mentioned to him i saw him on the website,i said you have a good tan now and he said mom i think its dirt,we laughed. We are so proud of the 173Airborne for fighting for our country. Debbie


Name: Susan
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 11:00:52

Message

I heard from my husband in A Co 2/503rd 1st Plt, he said they had been busy but that all are doing fine.


Name: Rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 10:57:20

Message

FLAG IDEA: That's really a great Idea. If anyone has contact with soldiers in 2nd Platoon, Able Co. 2-503d. I would like to start this for them. Anyone know how many guys are in the platoon? If you have family in this platoon, please email me and we can start this rolling!


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 06:54:00

Message

I have a ? about the socks. Can they be white or do they have to be the brown ones? I can't remember from the last deployment. I'm so glad I saw the message about the Army running out of foot powder as I just sent some. I got a bunch of it at the Dollar store. What a deal I'll go back and get more for sure. Well has anyone heard from Chosen CO lately? I know my son said he would be gone for a week just wondering if they were back. Have a good day everyone. Its another rainy weekend in New England:(


Name: Christina
Email: cmnarvaez@knology.net
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 06:41:36

Message

Anybody have any news on the A 2/503. My son is Sgt Peña. My thoughts and prayers are with all our guys.


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 06:00:22

Message

I havn't heard from my boyfriend who is 1/508 A CO either for about 2 weeks now but I do know that when I spoke to him last time he said he was going to be extremely busy for the next few weeks. I usually had heard from him weekly. So, I'm hoping that I hear from him soon but I'm extremely proud of him and all he's doing. I know they are ok and just doing their jobs to help the people over there. I continue to send him packages, letters and cards each week. I miss you lots SGT D and can't wait to hear from you again. I love you very much!!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 05:50:46

Message

Hello everyone !! I thought I would post and idea that I saw when I was serfing the net. A wife from Camp Lejeune(yes a Marine and my hometown) decided to send a special flag to the guys in her husbands platoon (12 guys). What she did was she took a Marine Corp Green fabric (yes people there is such a color - it is a sort of olive green) she then divided the fabric into sections and had a panel for each person. Then she sent the panel to each family (4 were married and 8 were single). The families wrote the name of the marine and a message of encouragement. One of the ones that was married had just had a baby and she put the baby's little footprint on it. They then were returned to her - she sewed them together - sewed a back on - trimmed with gold fringe - made a casing at the top to slip over a stick or rod and then sent it to her husband. I guess they really liked it, because it was hung for everyone to see and now the other units are requesting the same thing. Isn't that a neat idea !!! Well hope you are all doing well. To all my Sky Soldiers - Stay Strong, Be Careful and stay Safe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and your loved ones.


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 05:27:25

Message

My son Will is in c co 1-508, he and my youngest son talked on the web very early Friday morning. They are fine but doing lots of patrols. Will has asked for white socks, foot powder/spray and odoreater insoles, he said the army is temp out of foot powder and it has been wet and hot there lately he said he was really going through socks. They got some mail on Friday morning. Will, if you see this, everyone here asks for you and are praying for you, we love you.Mom and Dad


Name: Patricia N. Lebeaux
Email: grammie_Pat@web.net
Date: 05/14/05
Time: 01:39:08

Message

I am a proud Grammie of Steve, who is in the 173d Airborne US Army based in Italy and now proudly serving his country in Afghanistan. I pray daily for my grandson, his buddies and all of our servicemen who give their precious lives for the American people--G-d Bless them one and all.


Name: cdninitaly
Email: liz..
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 23:30:16

Message

oops.. pressed the wrong button on that last one! my husband is in c co 1-508.. i got an email this morning.. a whopping 2 lines..they're doing fine, but they've been really busy


Name: Liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 20:51:15

Message

Hi everyone I was wondering if anyone has heard from Cco 508 haven't gotten any emails from my son PFC Dewey Spence in over a week just wondering if they were out on patrol although he did manage to have flowers sent to me on mothers day. To all you soldiers who see this know that you are loved and missed I dont't know how many times when I mention that my son is in afghanistan people want me to tell you all thankyou for what you are doing.


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 19:40:54

Message

Wow- I feel like I haven't posted in forever! Someone fill me in on the latest... ~Karen~


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 18:10:52

Message

This is for SSG Michael Grabski.Wow what a wake up call,it was wonderful to hear from you.It was the best Mothers Day,Birthday day present.We miss you,love mom


Name: major kilbride usmc
Email: kilbride family .com
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 17:07:49

Message

capt jack kilbride how about checking in with your brothers and sister all army officers but all marine trained semper fi go army maj dad


Name: TO TRACY!!
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 12:39:47

Message

tracy!! the muscle milk is a powder. it comes in a large container and then they add liquid to it. it comes in a bunch of flavors. i just didn't want you to be looking for bars for hours!!! good luck : ) -c


Name: Tracy
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 10:59:44

Message

Judy, thanks for the update! I need to send Jake a box of toiletries, probably some foot powder, new socks and some of those muscle milk bars I read about on the board, chapstick (Burt's Bees is the BEST!), sunblock, ??? Thanks again!


Date: 05/13/05
Time: 07:23:49

Message

1/508 A co.... keep up the good work guys! although it's been a few weeks since i heard much, my pride continues to swell and faith in the Lord deepen. you are all my hero's and despite those who are not so welcoming to your presence, know that if God is for you, who can be against you?!-c


Name: Jenni
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 05:51:32

Message

Sgt. McCreary...Thank you for the wonderful wake-up message this morning! Stay safe and strong my sky soldier! I miss you and love you!!! Ciao baby!!!!


Name: Tracy
Date: 05/13/05
Time: 01:35:15

Message

Judy, Still no word from Jake, but I know he did try to call last Saturday morning, very early and a weird # (168-444-____)showed up on my caller ID. I posted a question about this # and someone responded by saying the "444" is out of Vicenza. At least I know he tried! I need to get with the program and send Jake some toiletries, so far I've only sent food. I'll do that tomorrow. I just sent off two more boxes today. My daughter's history teacher (Viet Nam vet-super nice guy!) asked her to bring him a list of things Jake likes and is collecting items from all of his classes to send to Jake and the guys! My daughter said there's a stack of stuff in class. Please email me with details (if you don't mind) of your conversation with your son. I can receive emails, just can't respond! I've got my house torn apart and in the process of many home improvement projects ($$$), I should make a new computer a top priority, but I've realized after hitting rock bottom during the Iraq deployment that I absolutely have got to keep busy! I'm driving my husband crazy--he never knows what he's going to come home to next! Please fill me in on whatever details you might be able to share with me. Thanks, Judy!


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 23:31:04

Message

to roy poynor.. my husband serves with your son, i will let him know about mark's bday.


Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 22:08:26

Message

Here is an on A/Co 1-508 http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/may2005/a051205la2.html


Name: Proud Sis of PFC MKK
Email: mollysue99@hotmail.com
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 21:21:46

Message

I found three good pictures of my brother on the link for 1/508 PIR in the mortars album. I can't get over how much weight he lost. I just wanted to let Mr. Bradley know how much I appreciate this site and the links to other info/pics of the 173rd. I made my whole day brighter because I had found those pics of my brother. God bless the family, friends, and soldiers in the 173rd Airborne "family". Take care. Yours Truly, IMA


Date: 05/12/05
Time: 21:04:24

Message

has anyone heard from 1-508th Aco. 1st platoon?


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 19:52:43

Message

My son is in Cco 1508 I have been sending him soups, jerky, tuna in the packages its much smaller, canned chicken, canned fruit, remember if you send in the flat rate boxes you can send up to 70 lbs and only costs 7.70 and when I send one of these boxes I stuff every crack and crevice with something lots of packages of nuts teriaki sticks he asked for those again his sister works for a health club and sent him a bunch of the nutrional bars. he said in his emails that the food is not very good. I'm so glad we all have each other to bounce things off of Mr. bradley thank you again for all your help.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 19:35:42

Message

My son said he lost alot of weight also. I believe a health bar would be a much better snack than some of the junk food I've been sending him. Thanks for the tip.


Name: Roy E. Poynor
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 19:28:57

Message

SSG Mark Poynor just wanted to say happy birthday may the 17th. Love dad & mom if anyone see's him please tell him happy 29. GO RED DEVILES. Thank's Mr Bradley for the site.


Name: to anyone concerning soldier health
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 19:23:16

Message

i spoke with our soldier about 2 weeks ago. he was telling me how much weight he had lost and i can't imagine what he had to loose other than muscle. as a personal trainer and background in physical therapy i thought... that's not a good thing. i am ANTI protein shakes and bars but because of his situation i came across one of the only ones i would recommend in his specific case. it's called MUSCLE MILK.. it helps body's fat metabolism and promotes protein synthesis, anti-inflammatory effects and mineral retention. it also contributes to tissue growth and repair. gotta keep our men and lady's good and healthy. it comes in powder and liquid. so if anyone was wondering what is something to help with that.... there you go! God keep on blessing!!


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: TRACY - 2/503 - "CAMEL MOM"
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 18:04:18

Message

How do you like that new nickname "Camel Mom"? :) By now you probably have heard SOMETHING from Jake - the guys are finally back! We had a good phone conversation but like some others have said, this conversation had big delays so it made it kind of wierd. He said ALL of their mail was waiting for them when they got back .. he told me to NOT send anymore toiletries ... guess I did a good job helping him stock up ... he said there is no time to use them (plus, let's face it, if I've been sending them for a month and he hasn't used them he has a "few" in reserve! :) ) He said he has long hair (no opportunity to cut it in the past weeks), he was skinny, and dark.


Name: Tracy
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 10:41:46

Message

JUDY-What timing! Jake's birthday was YESTERDAY! 5/11. I have no idea about any of the other guys, but great idea! I'd be happy to send cards to them, keep me posted! Yesterday was a hard day, I miss him so much and would sure love to hear his voice!


Date: 05/12/05
Time: 06:56:52

Message

i am so received the newsletter from spt bn my husband is in a co my friend in b co also got one its from down rage from lt fox


Date: 05/12/05
Time: 06:17:53

Message

Lets pray for the troops that are in battle and living their lives in fear. May God give them the strength and courage to do as they are asked and may they all come home safe. It breaks my heart to see our young men put through so much terror. May God be with them.


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: TRACY - 2/503 - "CAMEL MOM"
Date: 05/12/05
Time: 04:11:15

Message

Hi Tracy! I was talking to another squad mom and we were thinking it would be cool to do something for the guys on their birthdays but we only obviously know her kids' BD and my soldier. When is Jake's? Would you happen to know of any other squad member's BD's?


Name: Wild River Mom
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 12:31:55

Message

Thanks for the info B-co mom. A solar shower is found in the camping supplies. It is a heavy vinyl bag, black on one side with a hose. You hang it up and the water is heated by the sun. They work very well. You can usually get at least 2 maybe 3 showers on each fill.


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 11:13:34

Message

Thank you everyone for ideas! Its hard when you don't hear from them yourself. You just have to guess at what they need. So I really appreciate the suggestions. What is a solar shower by the way? thanks!


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobal.net
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 11:11:48

Message

I saw an article in the Victoria Advocate from Victoria Texas on SPC Robert M Beall who is in Afghanistan. If any of the family sees this email please contact me. I would like to chat thanks.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 09:59:50

Message

hey everyone!!! I emailed the newsletter of the Support Battalion to the Webmaster (I hope I did it right) And he says he will post it. So get the word out to everyone who has a loved one in the Support Batt. There are even pictures !!! Of individuals and groups! You guys are the best !!!!


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 09:56:31

Message

My son is in Cc o 1 508 He asked for a burner that you can plug in and a pot I have also sent dry and canned soups soups he's not real fond of the food so I send alot of things they can put in their pockets that are pre packaged granola bars, beef sticks, peanuts, etc. also baby wipes. he asked for a headlamp with a red light I know some of you don't like the idea of our boys walking around with a light attached to their heads I figure if their not allowed their superiors will deal with. And if you look at any of the pictures those outside walls are very high. they are watching a lot of movies I try and find the older ones they maybe have never seen I sent grumpy old men and Dewey thought it was a hilarious Walmart has quite a few. It sounds like they are not where they have alot of access to anything other than the basics so anything you send would be great.


Name: B-Co Mom
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 09:35:37

Message

To the LRSD mom...My son spent some time in a LRSD unit and they do not spend a lot of tier time in places where small appliances are of much use...hence the solar shower.


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 08:20:58

Message

Mommaski__ What company from the Support Battalion sent you a news letter? Just curious to know since my soldier is with Cco. Spc Baker I miss you and stay safe. I can't wait until you come home! And to the rest of the Sky Soldiers may God bless and protect you and your families. I love this site!! It's such a comfort!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 07:30:45

Message

Hi everyone !!! Well one of my "children" sent me the newsletter from the Support Battalian !!!!! It has pictures and everything !!! They are doing fine. I am so happy!!!!! Sky Soldiers you are the best !!!! Love all of you and take care


Name: Brook Haynes
Email: brookhaynes@hotmail.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 05:44:24

Message

Hey again Dad, I miss hearing from you I have not talked to you in a while. Maybe 2 weeks. I miss you and keep in touch. Love Brook Haynes and proud of it.


Name: Brook Haynes
Email: brookhaynes@hotmail.com
Date: 05/11/05
Time: 05:38:47

Message

Hey dad..... I miss you and cant wait until I see you. I love you and be safe. - Brook Haynes


Name: TO REBECCA
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 23:43:54

Message

TO REBECCA: My husband is in Able 2nd platoon. They are fine but hey are very bored. They need baby-wipes, soap, rasors... stuffs like that. Also movies, games and things to keep them busy.


Name: Wild River Mom
Email: paulawoodburn@hotmail.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 21:13:25

Message

My son is with the 74th LRSD. He has had me send lots of shampoo, Irish Spring mico clean bar soap, and aloe vera lotion, plus a solar shower. He doesn't say where they are either. I am just happy to get his e-mails every few days, even if they are very short. Does anyone know if they can have small appliances like toasters? I am very comforted by this site. Thanks to all who take time to write.


Name: from Jaymo - to Bevlyn
Email: Jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 20:25:02

Message

Bevlyn, Please email me and maybe I can help you with a care package. I am glad your son is doing well!


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 20:04:11

Message

Has anyone heard from 2nd platoon of Able company? (2-503) I havent heard from anyone over there since April 2nd and was wondering if anyone could fill me in on more info. Also, if there is anything in particular they were wanting or needed. Thanks!


Name: bevlyn
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 19:21:51

Message

Thank you all for answering my note.I hear from my son in 74th, but not sure where they are . I guess that is for their safety. right? do you know of anything they need inpatictular? I love sending the boxes but not sure of what they may need. he always says he is fine. thank you. they are ALL in our prayers..


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 16:53:00

Message

http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/soldierstories/story.php?story_id_key=7307


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 15:53:16

Message

More about wounded soldier http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/soldierstories/


Name: Jane K
Email: janefk07734@yahoo.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 15:46:12

Message

To Samantha: Where in NJ are you?, e-mail if you want. You're right Maine is gorgeous. Have been there a few times myself.


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: ARTICLE LINK
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 15:17:12

Message

Here's a link to an article describing in more detail the fire fight from last week: http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=7306


Name: DClark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 15:15:47

Message

An awesome article on our heroes. My heart is still in my chest after reading it. This brings home what our sons, brothers, fathers and husbands are in the midst of day in and day out. I will say one more prayer for them tonight. Spc Matthews, Mom loves you. Please be safe. http://www4.army.mil/news/article.php?story=7306


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 14:59:29

Message

Great write up on your excellent performance 503rd, Cudos!!!! Keep up the great work! The 173rd "Rocks"! Our prayers are with you always!!


Name: danielle
Email: browneyegoddes @hotmail.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 12:30:21

Message

hello all. I hope all the moms had a great mothers day. I hear so much support here, it helps me. I am a sister of a sky soldier and it is killing me thinking of what he's going thru. Everyone here makes me think that iit isn't so bad, and if it is, they always have someone near them, They are never alone. thanks all. Lots of love and prayers Danielle


Name: Tammy from Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 10:48:50

Message

Maine is a gorgeous place. I've only been there once, but I'm dying to go back. Have you heard from your son? I spoke with my fiance about an hour ago - all is well.


Name: Tammy to Samatha
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 09:22:49

Message

Hi Samatha, my son is also in the 2-503rd. We're farther north than you. We live in Maine.


Name: To Jane - from Samantha
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 08:24:33

Message

We're from NJ too! Just wanted to pop in and say hello neighbor :-) My fiancée is with the 173rd 2/303rd.


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 07:04:22

Message

We live in NJ, when our son came home from Iraq for R & R the army flew him into Baltimore airport. That seems to be a central hub for the guys coming home on the east coast anyway.


Name: TO ROSE
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 04:16:56

Message

you mean B co. 503 right? I heard from my fiancée last Sunday.. he was leaving for a 3 days mission the day after. hope this helps.


Name: James Bradley
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 03:36:41

Message

R & R Info; http://www.armyg1.army.mil/WellBeing/RRLeave/index.HTM


Name: James Bradley
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 03:33:38

Message

R & R Info; http://www.armyg1.army.mil/WellBeing/RRLeave/index.HTM


Name: ROSE
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 01:10:13

Message

Does anyone knows about Battle c. 2 PLT???? Do they call or not? My bf called the first time when they were back from the 1st mission and that's all.I know they are very busy, but please if someone has news, please let me know just how they're. Thank you very much.


Name: Giusy
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 01:09:20

Message

I just received this and I will like to share with all of you. This is for the Mother around the world. This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here." Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted. This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse. For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T. This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes. This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors. And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars, so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it. This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens. This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand) mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words. This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat. For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time." This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead. This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot. This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home or even away at college. This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away. This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them. For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green. For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting. For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely. This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war. What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home? Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying? The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation... And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers.. Mothers with money, mothers without. This is for you all. For all of us Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray. HAVE A GOOD DAY!


Name: La
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 05/10/05
Time: 00:14:59

Message

My husband is also in 74th LRSD. They are all doing well!!


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 21:45:36

Message

If you would like to learn more information on R & R, visit this website. http://www.per.hqusareur.army.mil/rr/ By the way, JFK is no longer one of the ports.


Name: Jaymo
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 20:43:03

Message

I hear from my 74th LRSD soldier quite often. Anything I can help you with?


Name: 1-508th A Co. wife
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 20:19:37

Message

The guys fly to Kuwait, then the personnel in Kuwait books them a flight to one of the major international hubbies. Like JFK, Atlanta, Fort Worth. Then they get a flight to there final destination. Home. That how my husband explaind it to me. I hope this information helps you.


Name: QUESTION 'BOUT LEAVE
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 19:28:07

Message

does anyone know where the soldiers fly in to when they come home for leave? do they fly in to italy and then fly here? or do they fly in to the us? where do we get them?! of course i know that's a long way a way but it's a good thing to look forward to : )


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 18:46:59

Message

Hi All I got an e-mail from my son for Mothers Day. I am so happy. He said he loved me and was going to be gone for about a week and he would try and call when he got back. The best present I got for sure. If anyone is in the Mass. or Conn. area and would like to come out and support our Troops we are doing a Tribute Dinner in exchange for a DVD donation for the troops. You get a free pasta dinner per DVD donation. We hope to have many many DVDS to send out to the guys and girls. Of course The 173rd will get there share. I hope to get some local press and maybe local news to come out and suppport us. I'll keep you all posted and if anyone wants more details e-mail me directly and I'll be happy to provide. Bye Michele


173d Airborne Brigade - 2006 Calendar


 

Date: 05/09/05
Time: 15:48:39

Message

has anyone heard from our 74th LRSD soldiers?


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 15:37:04

Message

What a very nice surprise. Nathan called me at 0030 while I was at work. It was great to hear his voice. Everything is going fine. He finally got his birthday package. The cake made it. They will be eating it later and everyone got their goodie bag. Nate, stay safe out there and watch over each other. Love ya, Mom (Arlene)


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 15:11:13

Message

I KNEW someone would know more about this telephone switch thing than I did. I just know that I only paid a collect call fee from Charleston, SC, rather than Tin-Buc-Too. Thanks for the info --- God Bless the Sky Soldiers!!


Name: Jaymo
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 14:44:00

Message

Idea for a special treat for the troops: Harry & David gives 10% off orders for deployed military & has a selection they will ship to APO addresses. A little pricey, but a nice idea for a special day.

 http://www.harryanddavid.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/CategoryDisplay?cgmenbr=201&cgrfnbr=24


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 14:08:34

Message

444 # is in Vicenza, if you love ones make a MORALE CALL he had to call the operator in Vicenza base and the operator call in the States or wherever your soldiers want to call.This call is free but he can did, I think, once in a week.


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 13:10:07

Message

To whomever sent the troops, Play-Doh I send you a HUGE thank-you! My son sent me a very artistic and colorful mothers day message made from it. I'm going to print it and hang it in my office. I'm happy when the troops are bored it means they are safe. Stay strong and safe boys! Again, Thanks for the boxes everyone sends, the contents always get used for something.


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 11:56:37

Message

when the guys call from Afghanistan, the number that shows upon your phone is the closes military base to where they are calling. When my husband calls Scott Air Force base number comes up. We live in St. Louis and that's the closes military base to us.


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 08:16:09

Message

When I have checked the phone number on caller ID, they have always come from an American Air Force Base, such as Tinker AFB. My assumption is that the Afghanistan or Iraq Base links their phone with an American Base via a Satellite connection. I know an American calling card works at these bases and the time deducted is the same as calling anywhere in the States.


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 08:14:28

Message

My husband is in Able 2-503 2nd platoon, they are fine but they are very bored.


Name: Bev
Email: bevbear53@yahoo.com
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 07:44:29

Message

A co 1st pl 1/508 I heard from my son on Thursday at 3:40am. He sounded very tired and was only able to talk for a few minutes before heading out again. He wished me a Happy Mothers Day and said he would not be able to call on Sunday. I hope others were able to hear from their loved ones. All are doing OK. Keep packages coming, they all like the surprises inside. Very Proud Mom


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 07:31:43

Message

thanks for the info!


Name: cdninitaly
Email: to anna
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 07:14:59

Message

my husband's in charlie co, i get an email every few days, but not very long ones.. they've been realy busy.. i did get one this morning, and seems that everything is going well.. hope that helps!


Name: TO LYNDA
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 07:12:36

Message

lynda, i heard from my 1/508 a co soldier on Thursday. they're busy but well!


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 06:51:19

Message

I'm not a telephone expert, but we found while we lived in Europe and during the Iraq deployment that it appears that the phone calls come into the States through different long distance phone switch facilities. Many times, when our son called collect, our bill would show the call from Charleston, SC, or Norfolk, VA. That's apparently what your caller ID shows - I think it's just whatever switch happens to be open to get the call through from an overseas location and it's done automatically. It's not anything the military controls. It's like calling the airlines for reservations and sometimes you get an agent in Dallas, other times in Atlanta, just whoever happens to be available to take the call.


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 06:28:38

Message

When my husband calls the number that shows up is to the closest operator switch board. usual in the states, in in italy. Its dif every time for force protection reasons. alot of time its 810 or 212


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 05:19:27

Message

THE NUMBER DISPLAYED ON OUR CALLER ID WHEN OUR SON CALLED FROM AFGHANISTAN STARTED WITH 404


Date: 05/09/05
Time: 05:17:51

Message

does anybody knows if the 508 CHARLIE C. can use the pc , pls? i did not get any e.mail from my b-friend in a while. thanks anna


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 05/09/05
Time: 04:35:41

Message

What a wonderful Mother's Day!!!!! My son called!!!!!!! What more could I ask for since we have not talked to him since he left the end of March. We have kept in touch through his wife in Vicenza and one letter so hearing the sound of his voice was exhilerating needless to say. Totally unexpected. He sounded really good and could only talk briefly as I needed to share him with the rest of the family. Finally receiving mail and packages. We are all proud of our soldiers. Keep up the spirits. We love you all and many many prayers for your safe keeping.


Name: Carol , Marks Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 22:25:49

Message

Got a wonderful phone call from my grandson (508th B co) this morning, great connection and he sounded in good spirits. It's amazing how that can absolutely make your day. It's hard to remember all the things you want to ask but he said he pretty much has what he needs. Said its good to get the surprises in the boxes and likes whatever we send.


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 18:17:30

Message

Happy Mothers Day! has anyone heard from 1-508 Aco. 1st platoon in the last couple of days. my daughter in law and i are getting worried cause she hasn't heard from my son in more than a week and he usually communicates with her at least once every week. anyone know anything? we know he hates the hassle of letting us know anything but we still worry. so could you please e-mail if you hear anything? thank you


Name: Sara--To Jaymo
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 17:48:07

Message

Thanks for the info about the headlamp.


In depth maps of the whole country (Afghanistan)


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 13:19:38

Message

Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day! To the troops: stay safe, our prayers are always with you.


Name: Catherine Walsh
Email: CWALSH223@aol.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 11:05:16

Message

Tracy, Thanks for Jake's address. T's address is: SPC Thomas Walsh TF Fury 1-508/HHC APO AE 09354 As for when he will be coming to Utah, we are not sure. He will be in Fort Bragg for a few days first and then will come here. Tell Greg hello from us and that Michael will be calling him soon. Happy Mothers Day!! Take care and keep in touch. T if you see this... we are looking forward to seeing you and are glad that all is well with you. Your dad has camping plans for you guys!! that is if you are not sick of it by now.. Haha! Be good and be safe. We love and miss you, as always! --Catherine, Michael, and Cody


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 10:49:56

Message

Mommaski, I Hope you have a Wonderful Mothers Day, and Thank you for all your support to us and the Sky soldiers!


Name: Kathy Hewitt (Ret MSG)
Email: mo_armymom@yahoo.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 10:35:43

Message

To my loving Son SPC Anthony Hewitt just wanted to say "Thank You" for the beautiful red, white & blue flowers. They are lovely and the roses are blooming just as you have into a good soldier keep up the good work and never lose your faith. Love you with all my heart, your mom GO SKY SOLDIERS & Happy Mothers Day to all


Date: 05/08/05
Time: 10:17:54

Message

happy mother's day to all the ladies over seas and to all the proud mom's of their awesome children fighting for us!


Name: TO Mommaski from Taryn
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 09:46:42

Message

I wanted to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. Thank you for all your support. You keep things going and I truly appreciate you. God Bless you!


Name: Suzanne Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 09:44:53

Message

Speaking of creams and ointments, we have a great maker of such creams right here in New Hampshire called Badger Balm, (www.badgerbalm.com) they made a very generous donation of 50 tins of their balm which we sent to our son Will. He is distributing it to all of the guys in his platoon 1-508 c/co 3rd platoon, if you have a soldier in that platoon ask them about it. Hi Will, thanks for the mother's day communication. Mom


Name: federica
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 09:36:42

Message

To all the Mothers out there, may your day be a great one ...... Happy mom's day.....All over the world....


Name: Jenni
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 08:21:46

Message

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the Sky Soldier Moms, Wives, Fiancées, Girlfriends, etc! Though our soldiers may not be here in person to celebrate this day, know that they are with us in our hearts. SGT. Joe McCreary.... I miss you and love you so much baby! You are my heart!


Name: G ma
Email: Bettyc415@msn.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 08:19:40

Message

I want to say HI to Edward Caldwell. Thanks for the phone calls and email. I miss you and love you. Stay safe and keep your head down. Tell Daniel I said hello. Love you


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 07:39:42

Message

Happy Mother's Day to all!! I hope all our sky Soldiers remain safe and return home soon. To all those injured we think of you daily and wish you a speedy recovery. To all those who have lost, our prayers of your courage and continued embankment on life is a testament to us all. Have a beautiful and blessed day each and everyone of you. To SGT D I love you with all my heart. Miss you and think of you all the time. Red Devil Supporter, have a blessed day lady!!


Name: Melissa
Email: melbrian9@netscape.net
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 07:33:55

Message

To Mommaski, I am the mother of two small children and the wife of a former Sky Soldier. I am sitting here trying to fight back tears as I type this. I hope that I will never know the pain of your loss, but I wish for your strength and compassion. You are a truly remarkable woman. Even though my husband is no longer with the 173rd, I still visit this site daily, like I did when he was in Iraq. Mostly I do it to read your encouraging words and I try my best to draw strength from them as I worry about our friends that are deployed. I know that your son is watching over you from Heaven and that he must be bursting with pride and love for you. I wish you the most Blessed Mother's Day, you truly deserve it.


Name: Beans
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 07:28:26

Message

Mr. Bradley, thank you for this website that helps get news and info to those of us keeping the "home fires burning" so quickly! I was at home waiting during Vietnam and in those days it was so long between contact with our soldiers it was as if they had dropped off the edge of the world! After my cousin Brian was wounded we got one telegraph from the pentagon saying that he had been hurt in action and then there was nothing until weeks had turned into months before we finally got a letter from brian himself saying that he was in a military hospital. Although you have nothing to do with official army business you do so much to help us feel that our loved ones are not so far away. To turn on my computer and be able to find a picture of my son or have a quick link to the days news is a gift. Thank you so much from someone who remembers war before the internet.God bless you and your family on this Mothers Day.


Name: Melissa
Email: melbrian9@netscape.net
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 07:25:24

Message

To Mommaski, I am the mother of two small children and the wife of a former Sky Soldier. I am sitting here trying to fight back tears as I type this. I hope that I will never know the pain of your loss, but I wish for your strength and compassion. You are a truly remarkable woman. Even though my husband is no longer with the 173rd, I still visit this site daily, like I did when he was in Iraq. Mostly I do it to read your encouraging words and I try my best to draw strength from them as I worry about our friends that are deployed. I know that your son is watching over you from Heaven and that he must be bursting with pride and love for you. I wish you the most Blessed Mother's Day, you truly deserve it.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 07:06:29

Message

Spc. Nathan Garcia II-----I am so very proud of you. Thank-you for all that you do to protect our country. Also a big thanks to all the other soldiers out there, you are all the greatest. Mom (Arlene)


Name: James Bradley
Email: Webmaster@173rdairbrne.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 03:32:02

Message

To all the Mothers out there, may your day be a great one and may your children be with you soon snuggled in the wramth of your love.


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: BUTT PASTE
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 02:44:39

Message

Here's a link to the butt paste. It gave me an idea of what I was looking for at the store: http://www.buttpaste.com . We bought some yesterday at Walmart ... 2.5 oz for $4. It was over by the baby stuff.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/08/05
Time: 00:23:15

Message

Happy Mother's Day to you all. I know it is hard when your child is not there. But remember, they are doing a very important job. I am sure they miss you as much as you miss them. I am so glad some were able to call - I wish with all my heart that they could all call, but as you know some are spread out. They will contact you as soon as they are able. I have the card my son purchased before they left for Iraq. He had signed it I love you mom - as I know this card will get to you late, I guess better late than never. He never had the opportunity to send it. It arrived back with his things. It truly is better late than never. To all my Sky Soldiers of Support Battalion - I'm thinking of you and another box will be going out soon. I think you guys need a Luau !!! Love to all and have a wonderful day!!!!


Name: Linda
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 23:04:38

Message

I wish you all a Happy Mothers Day and I'm Proud of you Kevin for what your doing and every other soldier Love you Mom


Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 22:04:01

Message

Sending those sweet young children some shoes is a Wonderful idea! How do we get their shoe sizes? If we have the age group we can pick some up pretty often. We can get them we can send a pair or two in each box we sent over to our son.Can someone get that information for us please? Thank you, To All Us Mom's Have A Happy Mother's Day! To All Our Soldiers STAY STRONG and Keep You Spirits High!


Name: Jaymo - To Sara
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 21:00:53

Message

Cheaper headlamp option: I spoke with my husband last night about his headlamp & he said it was by the Energizer company & he loves it. It is still running on the original batteries after about 2 years. I have found a website that offers them for $15.95: http://store.karstsports.com/enlhe.html I hope this information helps you! ~Happy Mother's Day!~


Name: Dennis Rufolo
Email: drufolo@yahoo.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 20:58:04

Message

Don't know if this is the reason for your mystery phone number, but my son has tried to call once or twice using an internet phone service. The connections were not the best and had a delay, but it was still really great to hear from him. The number on my caller ID was wierd then too, and I got the same message when I tried re-dial. Hope this helps.


Date: 05/07/05
Time: 20:55:40

Message

I noticed lots of the children do not have shoes. Wouldn't it be nice if each time we sent a package to our soldier we would send a couple of flip flops or the water shoes to be given to the children. I'm sure each of our soldiers have contact with the children. It would not cost more than a bag of snacks.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 20:52:25

Message

I almost forgot------ HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO EVERYONE :)


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 20:51:34

Message

Tracey------- I know that when my son calls, it is a different number. Depends on what and whos calling card he might useing. Arlene


Name: Tracy from Samantha
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 20:09:56

Message

It may have been your son. A few times my fiancée has called it has showed up a weird #, something like what you typed in, but most times it is a 312 #. I wouldn't be surprised if it was him. Happy Mother's Day!!!!


Name: Tracy....AGAIN!!!
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 20:04:13

Message

I was wondering if anyone might be able to tell me if a weird call I got this morning (VERY early) might have been my son. Usually our caller ID only shows a # after TWO rings. This morning it rang only ONCE, but a # showed up 168-444-8713. I tried to call the # and got a recording "Your call cannot go through as dialed." I know sometimes when he called from Italy, caller ID would cut off a couple of digits of the country code (01139) and then a couple of digits at the end of his #, so I got only the middle digits of his number. Does that make sense? Does this number sound familiar to anyone? The one time Jake did call from Afghanistan, I think it was a 312 area code. Well, I hope everyone has the best mother's day possible--it sure isn't a "real" Mother's day without our boys! I sure miss mine!


Name: Tracy
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 19:55:13

Message

Cathy, got your note. So glad you heard from T and all is well. He'll be coming home on Jake's birthday! I'm looking forward to seeing him! Jake got time off at Christmas and then family emergency leave when Greg's dad was dying (in Feb.), so I don't think Jake will be getting leave for quite some time. Jake's address is TF Bayonet B Co. 2/503 APO AE 09355. He'll love to hear from you guys. I'll get T's address when I see him. I have Mike E's address and just wrote to him last week. He is such a nice "kid"! Do you know him? I wish he wasn't so much older than Whitney (haha!) He's a doll, very sweet! I'm sure you are all breathing easier now that you know T is OK! When is he going to Utah? I'm sure he'll be in FB for a few days anyway! Take care, keep in touch!


Name: Tracy
Email: my favorite poem! in honor of Mother's Day-I'm sure we can ALL relate!
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 19:48:19

Message

"A MOTHER'S PRIDE" I'm watching my son as he's packing today, he's going to serve his country, a long time to stay. My heart is filled with pride as I look in his face, I pray from my heart he's in a safe place. I want to tell him that I love him so and how much I will miss him as off he does go. I hope this country knows the sacrifice I make as my proudest possession I allow them to take. God, surround him with angels always staying near, help me to be strong and please remove my fear. by Marilyn McGee


Name: Mac
Email: badboygi@yahoo.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 16:26:50

Message

SGT Dahl, I miss you bro, hope you are hanging in there. I'm chilling @ FT.Polk now, wish I was still with you guys. Look me up if you ever go home on leave.


Date: 05/07/05
Time: 15:36:15

Message

April 8th talks about "our guys"!?


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 14:18:22

Message

this website was sent to my email. I didn't see anything about our guys but its something that is posted on a regular basis, so maybe they will be in it soon. It's always good to just know what's going on in the country they are in. Hope someone benefits from it. http://www.25idl.army.mil/sentinel/sentinel.htm


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 11:44:13

Message

RD Supporter B Co. Yeah, please email me! I'd love to get together and have lunch. Talk to you later.


Name: Suzanne Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 11:07:32

Message

To Mr. Roy Poynor, My son is in the same FOB as your son Staff Sergeant Poynor. I spoke to my son Will via the web this morning. He said that your son is a squad leader and that he will give him the message. Will said that they have been very busy going on patrols and that the weather has turned rainy and muddy. His spirits are good. A great mother's day gift!!!


Date: 05/07/05
Time: 10:10:42

Message

Is there any way of finding out who were the six soldiers that were injured? I haven't heard form my soldier and I wonder if he was one of the soldiers transported to Germany or released at Kandahar. I'm not a next of kin, so I have no way of finding out anything unless he contacts me. I would really appreciate it if anyone has any information- that is, any information that is safe to disclose. So far, I've only heard about one of the soldiers sent to Germany but I wonder if I could learn about the others. Thank you in advance.


Name: Catherine Walsh
Email: CWALSH223@aol.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 09:53:34

Message

Tracy, Alissa called me early this morning with great news. T called Karen around 4 am and told her he was at a holding port in Afghanistan and is expected to head out and get home around the 11th of May!!! Yeah!! Thank you so much again for your kind words. I will look for the picture of Jake... thanks for the info to locate it. Michael asked if Jake was going to be coming home soon too? Hope to talk to you soon. Take care. T if you see this message WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!!! CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!! Tracy, if you could give us Jakes address we would appreciate it.. we want to send him some pictures, goodies and letters. Bye for now---- Catherine, Michael, & Cody


Name: cdninitaly
Email: to roy edward poynor
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 09:26:13

Message

my husband serves under your son.. they've been extremely busy, i know i barely get an email every few days, and never more than a line or 2.. thought i'd let ya know


Name: Mom
Email: sbonavito@sbcglobal.net
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 09:19:40

Message

This is to the Mom of PFC Jeremy Czarnik, My son knows him. My son is not in the same FOB as your son, but he says Jeremy is fine. He says that where Jeremy is there is very little computer and phone service and it is almost impossible for them to contact home. but he said to tell you that Jeremy is fine. I hope this eases your mind a little.


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 07:31:18

Message

This article is about the battle the 173rd was involved in and also contains an idea for sending diaper rash ointment that seems to make sense. From New Orleans Times-Picayune article: ....The items included Little Debbie snacks, CDs and DVDs, video games and packaged drink mixes. The soldiers also asked for Boudreaux's Butt Paste. The diaper rash ointment, invented in Covington, is popular with soldiers as a skin protection because they are often in windy areas and bombarded by sand that penetrates their combat clothing, causing skin irritations,.... http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-3/1115447863105270.xml


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 04:23:58

Message

Tera I understand, I do not think we know each other. Will email you and maybe we can meet for lunch if you would like! Have a Happy Mother's Day


Name: Mary Huser
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: 05/07/05
Time: 03:51:12

Message

I just read Pair of boots, that was very nice as i read it i thought of my son he left right after graduation and was in Boot on Sept 11. He also was with the 173 jump into Iraq and is now in Afghanistan. We are very proud of all that serve to keep our country "Free" Our freedom to do as we want is a Blessing. But we all know "Freedom is not Free" Happy Mothers Day to all the Mothers and Wives.


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 22:43:58

Message

To RD Supporter B-co Oh my gosh, I knew that, but don't ask me why I couldn't put two and two together! Who knows where my head is these days! If anyone finds it please let me know. With two little ones running around I don't have time to stop and think for myself sometimes. Well anyway, my husband is in B co also, just wondering if I know you?!?


Name: Tracy
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 22:16:03

Message

Cathy, I got your message. Let me know when you hear from "T". If you read all of these posts and know exactly what unit he is in, you can probably put some puzzle pieces together and get an idea of what is happening with him. I found the picture of Jake, but the story is gone (it was funny). Go to www.battlehard.com, in the left hand box, you will see "home" "commander's update", etc. scroll down until you come to "pictures"-click on that. Scroll down about ten rows of photos on the far left hand side, you'll see where it says Jake's name under the photo--click to enlarge. It's a great picture of him. So good to see his smiling face! Glad to hear your weather is getting better. Hope all is well, say hi to Mike. I apologize to everyone else on the board for using this as my "email", but my email is not working--in the process of getting a new computer. I hope you all don't mind personal notes between hometown friends. Our husbands were in the Nation Guard together and good friends, we were neighbors (kinda), and our sons are friends, spent their teenage years out shooting rifles with their dads, paint ball guns, etc., now both are with the 173rd! And we're very proud of them!!!


Name: Bill
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 20:32:34

Message

Jean, My wife and I will be sure to say an extra prayer for Carl II. it sounds as though he is very lucky to have a wonderful mother who loves him so much. Thanks for your message.


Name: Roy Edward Poynor
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 19:38:32

Message

To any one in the 1-508th/Co1-508 That sees or in como with Mark Poynor please tell him to contact his mom with e mail it will help the home front out a lot. From his dad a strong supporter of the 173rd. GO RED DEVILS love dad


Name: Jean
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 18:50:20

Message

I would like to thank all of you who post massages on this site I am very thankful to read all that you write I make me fell better to know so many of you are so caring My son is carl jones II I have not heard from him for a while but thank to all of you I know they are real busy and all of your prayers along with mine will keep them in the lords arms I am very proud of my son and am grateful for him He is my life and I love him very much Thank you again for all the messages you put on here Jean


Name: Jaymo
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 17:41:21

Message

Sara - To my understanding, my husband got a headlamp a couple of years ago because it was something he wanted, not something that was required for him. He used it at his post before Italy & was VERY glad he bought it. He got the brand he wanted, with all the bells & whistles he wanted. He was not offered the option of having the Army provide it.


Name: Soldier's dad
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 17:20:12

Message

I agree with Sara's husband. If the Army thinks the guys should be wearing headlamps, they will buy them. Otherwise, it doesn't sound too wise to me to have my son walking around a land full of bad guys at night wearing a light/target on his head. My son will have to do without unless the Army gives him one.


Name: Sara
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 17:11:03

Message

My husband is having a fit because I mentioned going out and buying a headlamp for my son. He thinks that the Army should be providing these. Does the Army provide them for the soldiers? Are there not enough for everyone? Do any of you know anything about this? Thanks, Sara


Name: Jaymo
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 17:03:00

Message

Mommaski - Thanks again for the shipping info. Hopefully I'll be getting one of those rugs too!


Name: To PAW from TAryn
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 12:56:35

Message

Hey there...I just got a call from my boyfriend who is also in the 1-508 HHC. ALL is well...he'll be calling you soon. Happy Military Spouses Day!


Name: CATHERINE WALSH
Email: CWALSH223@AOL.COM
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 11:28:12

Message

TRACY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMFORTING WORDS.... WE ARE ON PINS AND NEEDLES WAITING FOR HIS CALL, A FEELING I AM SURE YOU ARE ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH. WE HOPE YOU HEAR FROM JAKE SOON AND THAT ALL IS GOING WELL WITH HIM ;) HOW HAVE YOU BEEN? WHITNEY? GREG? WE MISS EVERYONE AND REALLY MISS GOOD OLD FORT BRAGG!!! THE TREES AND OCEAN AREN'T SOMETHING IN OUR SURROUNDINGS :( AT LEAST THE SNOW HAS MELTED AND SOME SUNNY DAYS HAVE COME OUR WAY TO START THE SPRING FLOWERS BLOOMING AND THE HILLS AND MOUNTAINS ARE GETTING GREENER ADDING MUCH NEEDED COLOR TO THE LANDSCAPE. I COULDN'T TAKE MUCH MORE OF THE WHITE, GREY, & BROWN EVERYWHERE. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR NOTE! GOOD LUCK WITH THE GARAGE/YARD SALE. WHEN YOU DO HEAR FROM JAKE PLEASE TELL HIM WE ARE THINKING OF HIM AND IS IN OUR PRAYERS. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON. TAKE CARE!! --CATHERINE, MICHAEL, & CODY


Name: soldier mom and teacher
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 10:50:43

Message

So sorry! Beautifully should be spelled beautifully! My keyboarding skills leave something to be desired!


Name: soldier mom and teacher
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 10:45:20

Message

"Pair of Boots" made me cry. At 16 you managed to capture beautifully what we all feel. You must be a bright spot in your teacher's class this year.


Name: Tracy
Email: email not working!!!
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 10:41:35

Message

CATHY AND MIKE---I talked to China yesterday (her husband is a sheriff and works with Karen), she said she hasn't heard anything for awhile, the last she heard was that she was supposed to be ready to pick "T" up from the airport on the 1st. She said Karen is very worried. He probably got sent on a mission that lasted longer than expected, would be my guess. I'm sure he's fine!!! I've tried to call Karen a couple of times and can't get ahold of her, no answering machine. I'm sure you'll be hearing from him very soon. I know, you're going crazy in the meantime! I would be too! Maybe there was a misunderstanding of the dates... maybe he meant June 1st??? I'm glad you were able to find the picture of "T". Shoot, I was going to tell you to go to Jake's site www.battlehard.com and read the story from the commander about Jake and see the picture of him, BUT the commander's update has been updated and it's no longer on there. Luckily, I got great copies of the photo! I think we should take these pictures, and get one of Mike E. also, and have the Advocate do a story on our three FB boys with the 173rd in Afghanistan. I wish we could get a picture of all three of them together over there, but they are probably spread out all over the country??? We've only heard from Jake once since he's been there. Take care, call me when you get a chance. I'll be in and out most of the weekend (giant yard sale with friends--oh joy!-hubby (the pack rat) is out of town til Monday--I'm going to be in SOOO much trouble! hahahaha!


Date: 05/06/05
Time: 10:22:49

Message

I'm not posting my name, just for the slim chance that my son may see this and I want it to be a surprise. This is a poem my 16 year old daughter wrote for her brother in English class in December. I have a friend working on it for me-he's putting it in the computer, making a border of photos of my kids when they were little, my son in his uniform, and the two of them when he returned from Iraq, etc. And then he will print it out on canvas. Anyway, the poem is called, "A PAIR OF BOOTS". AND IT GOES: I REMEMBER YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: I REMEMBER THE COMBAT BOOTS YOU WORE WITH YOUR CAP AND GOWN, AS IF ANNOUNCING THAT THIS IS WHAT YOU CHOSE TO DO. I'M SO PROUD OF YOU. I REMEMBER HUGGING YOU, AS I LOOKED INTO YOUR GREEN EYES AND BEGAN TO CRY. I REMEMBER YOU SLOWLY TURNING AROUND AND LOOKING AT US, SAYING GOODBYE, AS WE LET THE ARMY TAKE YOU, NOT KNOWING WHEN WE WOULD SEE YOU AGAIN. I REMEMBER SEPTEMBER 11TH, YOU WERE ONLY A FEW WEEKS INTO BOOT CAMP. I REMEMBER WONDERING IF YOU WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. I REMEMBER YOU CALLING AND TELLING US YOU HAD TO GO TO IRAQ. I REMEMBER SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND LOOKING AT OLD PHOTOS OF YOU AND I WHEN WE WERE LITTLE. I REMEMBER WATCHING THE NEWS AS THE 173RD PARACHUTED INTO IRAQ. WE WATCHED THE NEWS EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT; MOMMY ON THE COUCH AND DADDY IN HIS CHAIR, HOPING WE WOULD ALL BE THERE, HOME AGAIN, SOMEDAY SOON, AND THAT YOU WOULD BE ALL RIGHT. I REMEMBER THE YEAR YOU WERE IN IRAQ QUITE CLEARLY; SAD AND LONELY AT CHRISTMAS, NOT EVEN A TREE, NO ONE TO OPEN PRESENTS WITH, WE HAD ALWAYS OPENED OUR STOCKINGS TOGETHER, I MISSED YOU! I REMEMBER A FEW LETTERS HERE AND THERE...I REMEMBER YOUR JOKES AND YOUR LAUGHS, BUT MOST OF ALL, I HOPED YOU WOULD COME BACK. THE HORRIFIC, SAD YEAR ENDED AND WE PICKED YOU UP FROM THE AIRPORT. FINALLY, MY BROTHER, IN ONE PIECE, HOME FROM IRAQ!!! YOU WILL BE HOME AGAIN SOON, ANOTHER CHRISTMAS WITH YOU BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR AFGHANISTAN. I KNOW YOU WILL COME HOME AGAIN, IN ONE PIECE, WITH NOT A SCRATCH OR A BRUISE. I'LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, ____!


Name: Catherine Walsh
Email: CWALSH223@AOL.COM
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 10:09:11

Message

TRACY, MICHAEL AND I WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE PICTURE OF "T" THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AS OF TODAY STILL NO WORD FROM THOMAS. THE LAST LETTER WAS ABOUT 6 WEEKS AGO AND THOMAS SAID HE WOULD BE HOME ON LEAVE AROUND THE FIRST OF MAY.... WHAT, IF ANYTHING, DO YOU KNOW? OR ANYONE KNOW ABOUT THE 1/508TH HHC? THANKS... ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT. "T", IF YOU SEE THIS CALL HOME AND LET YOUR FATHER AND ME KNOW WHAT GOING ON AND HOW YOU ARE!!! WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 09:04:16

Message

In Honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day... The Military Wife The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's the matter with the standard model?" The Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to four or forty with an hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she's pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move 10 times in 17 years. And oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands." The angel shook her head. "Six pairs of hands? No way." The Lord continued, "Don't worry, we will make other military wives to help her. And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husbands achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when its over-worked and tired, and be large enough to say, 'I understand,' when she doesn't, and to say 'I love you,' regardless." The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed, "It looks fine, but it's too soft." "She might look soft," replied the Lord, "but she has the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she can endure." Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation. "There's a leak," she announced. "Something is wrong with the construction. I am not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying to put too much into this model." The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence. "What you see is not a leak," he said. "It's a tear." "A tear? What is it there for?" asked the angel. The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear." "You're a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didn't put it there." Originally Written As "When God Created Mom's" By Erma Bombeck found at: Military Wives Poems and Prayers Help a Military Spouse


Name: 1-508 A Co. wife
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 08:17:33

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HAPPY MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY. To all you spouses out there you are doing a great job. I know it's hard being a spouse to a sky solider sometimes. But it also has it good times. Have a great day.


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 07:49:11

Message

To those involved in the fire-fight good job! Our prayers go out to those wounded, may your recoveries be speedy ones. To all the rest of our "boys" stay safe!


Name: for:matt czarnik
Email: 2-503d address
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 07:25:38

Message

The address for Able company in Afghanistan is: first and last name, TF Bayonet A co. 2-503d, APO AE 09355


Name: Samantha
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 06:28:20

Message

The battle companies website is updated. Just wanted everyone to know. Tracy - especially to you, since you were worried about your son. :-)


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 05:26:07

Message

Thanks 100% Italian for answering Tara's question! Does anyone know if we can send clothing/toys to the guys to give out to the children there! When I look at the pictures of the children it really tears me up; we are indeed living in a blessed country and take so much for granted. May God bless our soldiers and bring them all home safely.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: For Tera
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 03:29:13

Message

Battle is a 503rd company, The Rock. Bravo is a 508th company, Red Devils


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 03:15:40

Message

Red Devil Supporter B CO, are you Bravo Co or Battle Co???? Just curious


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 02:18:48

Message

Mr. Bradley why are some of the photos temporarily off line?


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 01:55:49

Message

Danielle, my prayers go out to you and your family! I was so thankful that there were so fatalities. Thanks to all those who posted the news links etc. I have not heard from my soldier and feel a bit frustrated but I hold on to No News is Good News and the faith and trust that I have in God. Mommaski good to see a post from you :) B-Co Mom, I love the idea of wearing red will try to pass it on and see how much support people really want to give! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE MOTHERS AND MOTHER'S TO BE!


Name: Tracy
Email: email is not working! GRRRRR!!!
Date: 05/06/05
Time: 00:59:48

Message

To those who posted for me, thank you! It eases my mind for the current situation, but I'm back in the "worry mode" again for what the future may bring. THINK POSITIVE! My biggest worries about Afghanistan were the helicopters and the landmines, now it looks like the bad guys are making a big come back. To Mommasky, You are awesome! You are so strong and such an inspiration to the rest of us worried moms. My heart goes out to you on Sunday (and always). I'm sure you have many, many memories of your son that you will forever treasure. I hope they help make Mother's Day a little less difficult for you. I'll be thinking of you! Tracy


Date: 05/06/05
Time: 00:18:05

Message

Charlie Company 1-508th is also known as the Rock..Hope that eases the confusion posted earlier...


Name: to: Matt Zarnik
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 23:49:52

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to: Matt Zarnik The guys of able company 2° platoon a re fine.


Name: Flippo's Mom
Email: Another poem - What is a Brother?
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 23:45:17

Message

To our four very special Guardian Angels Soldiers and their families, to our wounded soldiers and their families, to the Combat Wombats (3rd platoon Alpha Co), and to the rest of our Sky Soldiers past and present: I met a man the other night, Who really took me to task, "What's all this about BROTHERS?", Was the question that he asked.**His manner really stunned me, And then it made me sore, But I pulled myself together, Before I put him on the floor.**A BROTHER is a Veteran, Soldier, Sailor, or Marine, Coast Guardsman, Seaman, Airman Blue, Marine or Soldier Green.**They've stood together tall and proud, And fought across the sea, Gone where ordered without a word, For the cause of liberty.**Persian Gulf and World War Two, Parades when they came home, Korea and then Viet Nam, When BROTHERS came home alone.**A BROTHER has shared a lot, Cold, snow, heat, and rain, He has held a BROTHER in his arms, Crying to ease the pain.**A BROTHER will be there for you, It's something that you learn, A BROTHER will give you his last dime, And ask nothing in return.**BROTHERS band together, United for all to see, A BROTHER watches over a BROTHER, And his entire family.**And one last thing said I, And he finally understood, At every cemetery around our Flag, Are guards from the BROTHERHOOD. (A.J. Welch 10/96)


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 23:36:21

Message

The Rock is 2/503rd. 1/508th are the Red Devils.


Name: DEB ASHBURN
Email: DEBRAASHBURN@SBCGLOBAL.NET
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 21:33:58

Message

HOPE THIS HELPS, I GOT IM FROM MY SON AT 4 A.M. ON 5/5/05. WAS PROBLEM BEFORE THIS TIME? HE IS 508 CO.C AND I THINK UNIT IS REFERRED TO AS THE ROCK?? HIS NAME IS PFC. KRISTOPHER ASHBURN. AGAIN I KNOW HE IS FINE BECAUSE MY HEART IS STILL BEATING JUST FINE MINUS A LIL. EMPTY SPOT. GOD BLESS


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 21:23:22

Message

oops !!! Sorry about that !! Yes he was shipping it to our home in Alabama. I think my mailman began to hate me - he says I gave him a hernia. That rug was heavy and bulky. But it is truly treasured, my last birthday gift. Ok well hope that helps.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 20:57:04

Message

To all the families of the wounded soldiers. Are hearts are with you. We are so proud of our soldiers. Thank goodness for this wonderful website, great support. This is from a very proud mom of a 173 Airborne Soldier.


Name: Jaymo
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 20:42:20

Message

Mommaski - Thanks for the tid-bit of shipping info. Am I correct in assuming he was shipping back to the states & not to an APO in Italy? Thanks again.


Name: Luis Parents
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 20:03:17

Message

Mr. Bradley, You're right. The trunk monkey ads are great, especially after a day like today. Thanks.


Name: To Tracy
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:50:49

Message

I really feel that my fiancée would have shared something with me, should anyone have been hurt in their platoon. But always remember that no news is good news. I pray for all of our sky soldiers, and may God keep them safe in his hands.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:46:26

Message

Uhm... I don't know for sure about Afghanistan but I do know my son, Michael sent home 2 packages from Iraq and they had FREE stamped all over them. And they were not small boxes!!! One contained a 4x14 rug!!! He bought it for my long hall, unfortunately, he did not know that my hall was only 3 foot wide. But it looks beautiful in my living room. To all you mom's out there - Happy Mother's Day - may it be full of love, laughter and peace. To you special mom's out there who have lost or have a hurt son or daughter - All my love and prayers are with you on this day. May you find a measure of peace. And to all my Sky Soldier "Children" if you get a chance email your mom - Pass the word !!! Stay safe all of you. All my love and prayers.


Name: To Tracy
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:40:47

Message

My fiancée is in the 2/503rd 3rd platoon. I actually just got off of the phone with him, and from what I know - everyone is OK. I'm here to talk if you need anything, let me know if you want my e-mail address. I'll check the boards again tomorrow.


Name: Tracy (another very worried mom)
Email: my email is not working!!!
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:13:28

Message

Has anyone heard from B Co. 2/503---3rd Platoon???? Were they involved? I've only heard from my son once since he left Italy. I'm going crazy here! He told me, "Don't worry, I could go over there with a sling shot and be fine." So, I go into this deployment a LOT more at ease than Iraq (I was a total nutcase! to put it mildly!), then I see the picture of him goofing around on the camel, see his huge smile and think of him over there "roping' camels" with a sling shot in his pocket. I was feeling OK, well, not anymore! I pray those injured are not serious and will be fine very soon!


Name: PAW of SPC McKee
Email: foxy19roxy81@aol.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:12:02

Message

I'm used to hearing from my husband daily. I haven't heard from him in two days. He's part of 1/508 HHC. I have read some posts indicating that they have heard from their soldier in the same unit and that the computers are down, but Dan and I communicate through the telephone. Can anybody ease my mind?


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:10:26

Message

My soldier told me that his Italy mail would be forwarded to him but of course that will take much, much longer to get there. Spc Baker I miss you! And bless and protect all of our sky soldiers!


Name: PAW of SPC McKee
Email: foxy19roxy81@aol.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 19:09:39

Message

I'm used to hearing from my husband daily. I haven't heard from him in two days. He's part of 1/508 HHC. I have read some posts indicating that they have heard from their soldier in the same unit and that the computers are down, but Dan and I communicate through the telephone. Can anybody ease my mind?


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 18:48:38

Message

Mr. Bradley, do you know what the "coins" were that were handed out to the soldiers this past week? 508 i know for sure.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 18:15:53

Message

Just trying to find out if anyone has heard from able co. 2/503rd. My son is PFC Jeremy Czarnik, have not heard anything for awhile, also, does the address I have for him in Italy work for him in Afghanistan? Thanks for the help. God bless all the soldiers and may he return them safe.


Name: D
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 18:15:17

Message

I too have gotten a call from my son and he did say that the computers are down and that it may be awhile before the get them back up. Hope this helps to those who have not heard from their soldier via email. To ALL the mom's HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com

Date: 05/05/05
Time: 18:13:33

Message

Some times we all need just a laugh, go to this link and download these videos and enjoy http://www.trunkmonkeyad.com/


Name: TO Jaymo
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 18:01:57

Message

I was able to get a headlamp for my son from RangerJoes. The store is just outside Benning and is "Airborne Friendly" to the max. They used my credit card and shipped directly to the APO address. http://www.rangerjoes.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=headlamp&osCsid=4d8202700cd22f44b27dde9fa7beefb6


Name: Michele
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 17:52:50

Message

Hi ALl My son is with 503rd/B co and I got a message from someone in Italy about something bad happening. I hadn't heard anything until now. I'mso glad I worked today as I would have been nuts trying to find out what happened. I got an e-mail from my son and all he said was this "you might hear something in the news but I'm okay I love you and I have to go." Oh yeah and he told me to stop e-mailing his CO!! It said to e-mail him if you had any questions about the website etc what do I know. I'm a woman on the edge here!!! I have enough energy/anger/resentment to take on the whole dam Taliban and the dam drug lords together!!! Oh well instead I think I'll go pour a glass of wine and say a prayer of thanks that once again my son dodged a bullet and is safe. Hope you all have a great Mother's Day. Michele


Name: To A co. dad
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 17:48:34

Message

1-508 A Co. was not invovled in the action the other day. My husband is in A Co. 3rd platoon. And said all is well


Name: Beans
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 17:35:56

Message

Missy, every time i read your sons' e-mailed message my heart aches with pride! That's what it's all about!


Name: Missy, Luis Madrazo's Mom
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 17:16:12

Message

Beans, My son took the pictures of the three girls. he is with HHC/1-508. Here is the email he sent me with the pictures. You are right. The guys understand what is important and why they are there. Mom So here I am, Orgun-E Afghanistan. The closest FOB in the United States Army to Pakistan. The last place I want to be in, & the saddest place I have ever been. We take so much for granted in the US, its embarrassing. Its just not fair and its complicated for me to understand why these kids have to grow up the way they do. A little girl runs half a mile bare footed and hungry just to wave her hand out. Waving here hand out to let us know that our presence here is welcome. This little girl knows we will make a difference. The country I live in has it all, doesn’t want us here, but supports their troops. Some people were not born with everything at their feet and that’s why I’m here. I want to make a difference in this little girl’s life. I want her to enjoy life just as much as we do in our country. That’s all I got. Luis


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 16:40:28

Message

correct me if I am wrong, but my son said it was only free, to send it to Italy.


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 16:32:22

Message

Does anyone know if 1/508 co. A was involved in the action the other day. Soldiers dad in A company.


Name: Jaymo
Email: Jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 15:39:36

Message

Does anybody have any experience with having their deployed soldier send a package back to the states (is it free, packaging, where to take it, etc.)? Any advice on how I tell him to go about this? Thanks. Also, those interested in headlamps, my husband requested a Cabela's Catalog & there are many different styles to choose from. www.cabelas.com - do a search for "headlamp". Hope this helps.


Name: Beans
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 15:27:32

Message

Hey Dudie/the boy is ok.Did you see the pics of the little girls tha some sweet soul posted.It all makes a lot more sense to me after seeing those three faces.Love you and thankyou for taking this particular journey with me.A hug from me to JM.Catz youse latar.


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 15:04:03

Message

Taryn-thankyou for your message. I am a second worried mother and your message eased my mind. Really good to see the message board being used for positive purpose after the junk that went around last week. Thank all of you that researched the news stories also.I have no access to news during the day and you are my link to the events of the day that are #1 importance.God bless.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 14:59:26

Message

My heart and prayers are with the wounded soldiers and their families. God Bless you all. Arlene


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 14:19:07

Message

Dear Lord Jesus, please watch over and keep all of Sky Soldiers safe. Put a protective hedge around each of them, keep them safe Lord. We love them ALL very much and know that you love them even more. Bring them All home safe to us soon. We pray this in your name Lord. Amen


Name: Taryn
Email: osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 14:15:32

Message

Just wanted to let the worried Mom know that I got a call from my boyfriend yesterday and he is in the 1-508 HHC. He said all is well! Hope you hear from your son soon!


Name: to the worried mum
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 13:58:07

Message

last time I've heard of my bf in HHC 1-508 too was on sat, he was tired because of too much work, they have been doing missions but he was doing well, and said the computer were down so he hasn't been able to e-mail me. hope this help!


 Email: kevin-mcfadden@houston.rr.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 13:15:35

Message

Just got a phone call from my son (2nd platoon B Co 503). They were involved in the action and are back at the FOB. All are well. There was a long line of them waiting to use the phone so I imagine a lot of you are or will be hearing from your soldier this afternoon.


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 12:54:17

Message


Email: greta.darra@calzedonia.it
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 12:00:17

Message

to Jeremiah L. Minor: hope everything is ok there, ur package is on its way as well as letters, write or call soon; i miss u a lot. G.


Name: Mom
Email: sbonavito@sbcglobal.net
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 11:44:01

Message

Does anyone know exactly which companies were involved? Also was it the 503rd as well as the 508th. Thanks,


 Date: 05/05/05
Time: 11:41:08

Message

Yes it was indeed Chosen company 2/503rd. That is not a rumor it is a fact. If you have not heard from your soldier once again like everyone is saying no news is good news. Also be grateful that we did not have any casualties and that these soldiers have been wounded but they are still here with us and that we are praying for those soldiers to get well and to all the other soldiers to stay alert and stay safe. These guys and girls are on a mission and are making a difference!! Love you all soldiers and family members. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers


Name: Mom
Email: sbonavito@sbcglobal.net
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 11:40:26

Message

Does anyone know exactly which companies were involved? Also was it the 503rd as well as the 508th. Thanks,


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 11:23:56

Message

It was Chosen Few 2/503. Got a call from my son this morning and he was there. He sounded good but tired. Did not elaborate much as they are prone to do.


Name: Amanda
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 11:20:53

Message

PFC ERIC MOYE- I LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS


Name: Jenni
 Date: 05/05/05
Time: 11:10:49

Message

Just wondering if D-319 was involved. Joe McCreary.. I miss you and love you so much baby! Stay safe and strong!!!!


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 10:52:14

Message

just heard from 1/508 a co. those interested... they're hanging in there!


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 10:50:13

Message

i believe chosen 2-503 was involved. i'm not sure if anyone else.


Name: Rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 10:24:37

Message

Does anyone know what Battalion was hit?


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 10:08:54

Message

Here's the link to do the search on photos. Type in Afghanistan then search. http://story.news.yahoo.com/photos


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 10:05:20

Message

You'll have to copy and paste, since it didn't highlight the entire site.


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 10:03:26

Message

Map link: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050505/480/gfx55305051302 Yahoo has other photos in regards to the battle. Type in Afghanistan in the first search line then click news photos in the second (or articles if that is what you want)


Name: Danielle Galvan
Email: browneyedgoddes@hotmail.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 09:22:29

Message

sorry everyone, just venting, better now. I heard from my brother today. he was one of the men wounded, but he returned to the field. we are all praying for the injured men. Everyone keep your chins up, God has a plan, pray that it is the same as ours:) Thank you all for the news web sites.


Name: Danielle Galvan
Email: browneyedgoddes@hotmail.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 09:05:44

Message

I hope we realize how much our soldiers do. They make the U.S. safe for the likes of me and you. They are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice, give their lives for us to do our day to day chores. They would give anything to be home and dealing with the children and a broken vacuum. The next time we sweat the small stuff, we should take a moment to realize what these men are going thru for us. Jesus died for our sins, well, my brother and the other soldiers are dying for our freedom. Thank a vet next time you can and pray for our soldiers every waking moment. thank you


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 08:44:39

Message

Another article. http://www.cheboygannews.com/articles/2005/05/05/news/news1.txt


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 08:34:46

Message

Heard from my Sky Soldier from C Co. My prayers go out to the families of the injured and hopes they will all be well soon. And to all the guys for what they went through. God Bless our wonderful troops!


Email: kevin-mcfadden@houston.rr.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 08:21:55

Message

A couple of links to news articles for those of you who like me, are searching for news of what is currently happening in Zabol province. You may have to 'cut & paste' the links. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050505/wl_afp/afghanistanustalibanattacks_050505143915 http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-05-05-afghan-fighting_x.htm?csp=34


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 08:21:36

Message

Thanks B-CO MOM for posting this. It is a great way to support the troops and to distinguish ourselves. And thanks to MR SCHLOTHAUER for reminding us of the military spouse appreciation day which is tomorrow, a Friday, so everyone supporting the troops could celebrate twice, also wearing something red. I will post your 'PATIENCE' message here again, which i've found very wise and comforting: "PATIENCE" One of the most difficult things with a loved one in a war zone. They will contact you as soon as they can - some have access to phones and computers more than others. Don't feel left out. In Iraq we didn't hear for weeks and months at a time. Technology has given us less patience. Always remember they are thinking of you and they are not alone - They are there with their "Brothers". God Bless the 173rd. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Give em hell "Red Devils"


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 08:08:47

Message

I am praying that all of B-Co is okay! My prayers go out to the families of the injured soldiers. Trust in God!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 08:00:22

Message

Hi Everyone !!! Well I got a letter today !!!! Everyone in Alpha Co Support Battalian is doing fine, just a little bored. " The hardest thing to deal with here is being so far away from the ones we love and not being able to spend the one thing you can't ever get back, Time." Isn't that profound? They miss you as much as you miss them. We love you Sky Soldiers and you are in our hearts and minds always. Love to all of you.


Name: B-Co Mom
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 07:58:31

Message

If anyone is interested in participating, I got this in my box this morning...Subject: Re: Red on Fridays You will soon see a lot of people wearing Red on Fridays. Here's why ..... The Americans who support our troops, are the silent majority. We are not "organized" to reflect who we are, or to reflect what our opinions are. Many Americans, like yourself, would like to start a grassroots movement using the membership of the Special Operations Association, and Special Forces Associations, and all their friends, simply, to recognize that Americans support our troops. We need to inform the local VFW's and American Legion, our local press, local TV, and continue carrying the message to the national levels as we start to get this going. Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops are -starting Friday, and continuing on each and every Friday, until this is over, that every red - blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED. Word of mouth, press, TV -- let's see if we can make the United States, on any given Friday, a sea of red much like a home football game at a University. If everyone of our memberships share this with other acquaintances, fellow workers, friends, and neighbors, I guarantee that it will not be long before the USA will be covered in RED - and make our troops know there are many people thinking of their well-being. You will feel better all day Friday when you wear Red! Let's get the word out and lead by example; wear RED on Fridays. I sent this out to everyone on my email list; hopefully, you will too. Please forward this to everyone you know!! Wear Red on Fridays .... SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. FOR US, THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED!! GOD BLESS AMERICA.


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 07:49:47

Message

Thanks for the news. i was kinda worried but now no more. Have a good day


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 07:38:43

Message

I just heard from my husband 1-508 A CO. 3rd platoon. Everything is good. All guys are fine. Just tired.


Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09@yahoo.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 07:34:14

Message

Can some one help me please I have some one who wants to adopt a soldier we can't find the web site. Can some one tell how to get the info on this and how it works. Thank for any help with this. And bor hi stay safe love and miss you Love your sis


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 06:56:14

Message

Red ropes are the red licorice that are about three feet long.


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 06:54:53

Message

what are red ropes?


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 06:50:02

Message

Just received a call from my Chosen sky soldier. All are back at the FOB making calls home. He said all the training and preparation paid off. Our prayers go out to the injured and their families. He also wants red ropes.


Name: worried mom
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 06:12:45

Message

any news of 508 HHC? haven't heard from my son in a long time


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 05:35:23

Message

i miss you kiddo. hurry home... your gf


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: NOTIFICATION OF INJURED
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 05:33:27

Message

Thanks to "Anon" who posted the injured soldier's families have been notified.


Name: 1508PIR.com Webmaster
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 05:26:34

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Delta 319th AFAR The "Doghouse" now has a webpage, complete with photos. http://www.1508pir.com/dboys.htm Visit http://www.1508pir.com for undates and photos of 1-508th and D BATT. As Always Thanks You Mr. Bradley for this site and your continued support!


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 05:22:28

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All the families of the wounded soldiers have been contacted regarding the battle in Deh Chopan. The wounded soldiers have been in contact with their families and most are good condition. So if you haven't heard anything...so don't worry. Deh Chopan is in th Zabul Province.


Name: Soldier's Dad
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 04:44:02

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Kathy, I believe the Dechopan District is east of Qalat about 35 miles or so from the Pakistan border. I assume you know that the Zabul Province is in Southeast Afghanistan, just south and west of Orgun-E in the Paktika Province.


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: DAYCHOPAN/QALAT
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 04:43:27

Message

From a map I have .... the QALAT province is South East of DAYCHOPAN ... With a province in between. It looks like there is at least one province between Qalat and the Pakistan border. What unit is your soldier with? Feel free to send E mail with that info.


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 04:17:34

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Does anyone know where the Dehchopan district of Zabul province is in relation to Qalat and the Pakistan border?


Date: 05/05/05
Time: 03:53:49

Message


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/05/05
Time: 03:46:47

Message

Momma sky soldier------- Hang in there, we are all here for you and everyone else. Not sure what happened but if your soldier was involved you should have been notified by now. No news is good news. Take care everyone, Arlene


Email: to sky momma
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 22:47:28

Message

when an injury occurs, the soldier will call you if at all possible. if he can't call, then someone else will.. i'm assuming that's already been done. they try to get them to call immediately.. like on the way to the hospital


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 21:37:09

Message

Hello everyone !! Well I just wanted to let everyone know that May 6th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. So to all of you spouses out there - Kudos to you and THANK YOU. You are the reason our SKY Soldiers can go and do their job. Knowing that you are strong and that you are keeping the home fires burning. I want you to know that I am Proud of all of you. You are what makes our Sky Soldiers the best. Love to all of you. And Support Bat. my love, thoughts and prayers are with each one of you.


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 20:56:02

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Oh and PS... I'm Sky Momma...I was so fretting that I forgot my name!


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 20:55:19

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Thanks for the words of encouragement. I'm praying real hard, for all our guys and gals and especially the families who might be involved, but I'm not as strong as I thought. This is one phone call that is not going to come soon enough!!! I


Date: 05/04/05
Time: 20:24:16

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as we always say... no news is good news. i know these things never ever help our worrying, but you'll be the first to be notified and it would be at most 24-48 hours before you'd find out. don't let Satan keep you in a constant state of fear. God's got him in his hands. you've got all of us to support you. keep those prayers and the Faith high up!


Name: Momma Sky Soldier
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 20:15:09

Message

Can anyone tell me how families are notified in the event of INJURIES? I know about death, what about injury? My son is in the province where the clash occurred. How do you all get thru this?? I'm not doing well! Thanks for any help


Date: 05/04/05
Time: 19:44:38

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=727753 about recent event in stan


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 19:26:36

Message

To All Sky Soldiers who were involved in the clash with the insurgents and wounded my prayers go out to you and your families! GOD BLESS You!


Name: Vicki
Email: Carousel99@aol.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 19:04:19

Message

Just read the Dept of defense report about the incident yesterday in Afghanistan in Daychopan. If anyone knows the Company involved...please drop me a private e-mail. Thanks...Hugs to all the Sky soldier families...and prayers to all our soldiers. Vickie


Name: Michele
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 17:41:03

Message

Hi All I just received an e-mail from Nightly news. The woman told me that the piece on the 173rd with Tom Brokaw would be airing in June. But not to worry as there would be much press about the show before it comes out. Just thought I"d pass it along. Bye Michele


Name: Denise
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 17:14:48

Message

kudoo's Karen!!!!!!!.


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 16:14:46

Message

Darn- you mean I missed the news report... oh well, "there's always tomorrow..." Goes off singing.... ~Karen~


Name: Bev
Email: bevbear53@yahoo.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 15:51:20

Message

Tom Brokaw was on NBC nightly news today. Will be on again Thursday with Special Forces unit and again on Friday. All from Afghanistan, but didn't name any units or places.


Name: TO 173rd FRIEND
Email: JJJ
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 15:45:30

Message

Hi, I f you give me your email address I will gladly chat with you over email and can help you with the correct address that you a re looking for for the 319th!


Name: MALLORY
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 15:09:18

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YOU ARE SO WELCOME CHRISTINA! Every time you need im here for you, im glad i could help you in any way. Hope to hear from you soon!


Name: Christina
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 15:05:20

Message

I JUST WANT TO TELL MALLORY THAT I AM SO HAPPY I MET YOU THROUGH THIS WEBSITE! YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THE GREATEST SUPPORT SYSTEM WHILE MY FIANCÉE IS GONE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW I WOULD GET THROUGH THIS WITHOUT YOU!! LOTS OF LOVE!


Name: MALLORY
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 15:05:01

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YOU ARE SO WELCOME CHRISTINA! Every time you need im here for you, im glad i could help you in any way. Hope to hear from you soon!


Name: Christina
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 15:02:13

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I JUST WANT TO TELL MALLORY THAT I AM SO HAPPY I MET YOU THROUGH THIS WEBSITE! YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THE GREATEST SUPPORT SYSTEM WHILE MY FIANCÉE IS GONE AND I DON'T KNOW HOW I WOULD GET THROUGH THIS WITHOUT YOU!! LOTS OF LOVE!


Name: cdninitaly
Email: rebecca
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 13:45:15

Message

http://www.1perscom.army.mil/510th/510thDetD.htm that should get you to the 510th in vicenza.


Name: To Donna from Samantha
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 12:20:09

Message

Thank you so much! :-)


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 11:11:01

Message

Samantha, Turner's web is http://www.turnerpublishing.com you should be able to get everything you need on it! Donna


Name: *173rd Friend*
Email: Help Please
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 10:41:25

Message

I am trying to mail something to my friend in the 319th AFAR, Does anyone have the proper address? I am mailing it from the states. But the address I got from him was wrong, It may be off some numbers because it was returned to me. I guess that will teach me to write an address at 4:00am when I am waking up to receive a call! Can anyone post the correct address for me. I would appreciate it! Thanks.


Name: rebecca
Email: Detachment D, 510th Personnel Services Battalion, Vicenza, Italy ...
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 10:39:06

Message

Does anyone know the website for the 510th? I keep finding their base in Germany, but we have a detachment in Vicenza. Anyone?


Name: Samantha
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 07:55:59

Message

Does anyone have the contact information for Turner Publication? Thank you so much!


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 07:48:39

Message

Hello everyone--------- I just spoke with customer service at Turner Publication for the 173rd book, it is not to late to get your soldier bio and pictures turned in. She did say that the final due date is July 31st. Books can be ordered at anytime. :) Arlene


Name: TO SGT CARL TURNER Cco 1-508
Date: 05/04/05
Time: 06:23:46

Message

Hey baby. Just wanted to remind you how much i love you and miss you... i'm counting down the days til i'll see you again... your my everything, my future husband. Love you so much, be safe my love. A big hug from the whole family, Scott and Maia :-)Kisses baby, always and forever yours, Anna


Name: Cathy Grant Very Proud ARMY Mom
Email: dancathy@bellsouth.net
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 20:11:40

Message

Phil Grant.....HAPPY 21st Birthday.....we hope your buddies took it easy on you...Can't believe our baby is 21...can't wait until we can celebrate together...until then ya'll stay STRONG, SAFE & FOCUSED & continue to take good care of each other...we'll keep the prayers, letters & packages coming...We love you, Mom, Dad, Todd, Aunt Sandi, Andrew, Ava, Abbey & Bailey


Name: Stephen Baird
Email: stephenbaird@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 19:00:09

Message

I support you all the way. You are doing a tough job, but one that needs to be done. Go Sky Soldiers.


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 18:31:18

Message

Hey folks new photos of 2/503rd Able Company. Its the Able Company Photo Gallery on the main page here. Check it out. http://www.ablewarlords.com/v-web/gallery/


Name: Michele
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 18:10:00

Message

Hi Has anyone heard from the 2/503rd? Still no word from our son since the first e-mail and I'm just getting anxious. Well if anyone hears from there soldier could you post something here? TY Michele


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 16:57:41

Message

Got call night before last from my 1/508 A Co Soldier and all is well. He said they are extremely busy but are doing good. He said that the last package was good, they enjoyed the Nature Valley Granola Bars since they are easy to put in their rucks or DCU pockets for when they are out. Anyway, I did send a pool and some other funny stuff to make them laugh. I sent water guns that they can play around. As someone said earlier, boys will be boys. Hope all is well with everyone.


Name: Arlene Hunter- A Mom to The Rock
Email: arlenern1226@yahoo.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 16:31:11

Message

My dyslexia comes through. For the parents looking for pics it is the left hand side of the screen. I am sorry if you are looking for pics of the 2/503. All the companies are listed. Look to the Cpt message as to what squad is where, He gives a great update. God Bless


Name: Arlene Hunter- A Mom to The Rock
Email: arlenern1226@yahoo.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 16:26:48

Message

To the parents looking for pics of the 2-503, if you click on the second 2/503 on the main page of this website you will get the option of which company you want to view on the right hand side. Select companies. I suggest you view all companies. Along with the wonderful pics on this website you get a few more not posted. Battle Co. 1st squad seems a little slow. I hope to remedy that soon. Good hunting. God bless our sky soldiers.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 15:42:23

Message

Just got an e-mail from Spc Garcia II A Co. 1/508. Everything is going great. They haven't received the birthday package yet. I bet the cake didn't make it. The squad did give him a bit of a surprise wake up call, said it was fun. Boys will be boys. Great ideas for the theme packages, I can't seem to decide which one to do first, oh well. Hope everyone has a great day, Arlene


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 14:30:36

Message

My heartfelt thanks to the Military Spouses, true heroines. Friday May 6 is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Nice read at http://iraqwarnews.net/


Date: 05/03/05
Time: 14:10:22

Message

100% Italian, oh what a dummy Obviously you knew that so sorry, I apologize.


Date: 05/03/05
Time: 13:16:23

Message

probably a good question for Mr. Bradley (or anyone else who knows)... what were the coins awarded there? the commanding officer or someone gave "coins" to some of the men? just wondering what it was all about! thanks.


Name: 100%ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 13:07:04

Message

I meant: "red vines (licorice)" as suggested by that girl. ....I know we're not supposed to send them "red wine"....


Name: federica
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 12:45:37

Message

Red Devil Supporter B CO, 100%italian Anna etc, thank you for your helpful info. we should meet up one day !!take care all of you.


Name: federica
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 12:40:47

Message

Thanks Red Devil Supporter B CO, 100% Italian, Anna, etc for your help. I think we have all to meet up one day!!!! If you all girls organize please let me know!!! thanks again for your help!!!


Date: 05/03/05
Time: 12:02:08

Message

to SGT wilson's mom. about 1/508 A co. if you have any questions or need to talk i would love to! i hear from him about once a week or every two weeks. christi236@hotmail.com  keep those prayers way the heck up!


Name: Me AGAIN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 11:50:29

Message

that girl who has 'a lot of friends' there did the right thing all the mail goes to new York or somewhere else in the states so the easiest way is probably write USA as she said after the APO AE number...But before to send a bunch of stuff ask in the post office if that can works no one wanna waste money


Name: to 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 11:46:15

Message

Hi sorry i saw one of your messages There are things that u cant send at the guys at all LIKE THE RED WINE, I bet they would be happy to get it but no alcohol sorry ladies and be careful sending packages using addresses that are not yours. A good idea would be to talk with somebody who works at the Italian post office ,did someone already tried to find out if there's a way with the Italian PO?


Name: Bevlyn
Email: dodamite@kconline.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 10:11:27

Message

HAPPY 26TH BIRTHDAY RUSTY HUMPHRIES OF 74TH!!!! YOU ARE STILL AS CLOSE TO MY HEART AS YOU WERE FOR THE 9 MONTHS THAT I CARRIED YOU! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BABY! WHAT A WONDERFUL MAN! YOU AND ALL THE SOLDIERS ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!! LOVE AND HUGS TO OUR SON, A PROUD DAD & MOM "YOUR PRAYING MOTHER!" +PEACE+


Date: 05/03/05
Time: 10:06:07

Message

im an Italian girl and i sent letters to my friends in Afghanistan, i just added USA after the apo ae number and my friends there told me they received them all; once i added the base's address and the letter came back saying the guy didn't accept the letter (which come out it wasn't true).


Name: SGT Wilson's Mom
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 09:50:30

Message

Thank you, thank you to whoever posted that they had heard from A Co 1/508. We haven't heard from our son in awhile and this brought much comfort to this Mom's heart! Even though we've been through this before while he was in Iraq, this "waiting for the phone to ring" doesn't get any easier. SGT WILSON--I know you're busy and doing what you need to do--just know how much you are loved and prayed for daily! I'm in the process of finishing a letter to you and have a huge box going out with it (hopefully today!!). Be safe and remember how very proud we all are of you here in So California! Call when you can--an e-mail would even do!! p.s. where are my pictures???


Name: LaLa
Email: babyboo_03077@yahoo.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 09:43:35

Message

Personally I don't see what the big deal is. I am also down for helping out someone who loves and supports our troops as much as I do. For the packages like someone had motioned a long time ago put your soldiers name down and then whoever sends out your package put that for a return address and inside just write that it is from you. Then how would they ever know... :) Because they do check the names on the id card to see if it matches the return address...Okay ladies let me know....CIAO EVERYONE


Name: cdninitaly
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 08:49:57

Message

i quite like my mailbox.. but if you Italian ladies would like to get hold of me, feel free i could always use another friend!!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 08:23:52

Message

I agree with the anonymous who just posted this message. The Italians certainly don't want anyone to be taken away its on-post postal privileges. We didn't know of this and we apologize for asking.


Date: 05/03/05
Time: 08:15:57

Message

Ladies, I'm not trying to discourage helping out the Italians with mailing packages but feel that if you are going to do that you need to be informed about what you are doing. If you do mail a package for an Italian or anyone else who does not have a CMR box and the post office on post finds out, your on-post postal privileges will be taken away.


Name: cdninitaly
Email: cdninitaly@hotmail.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:35:44

Message

any of you Italian ladies may contact me for help too.. i'm in the vicenza area.. don't know much Italian tho.. working on it!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:33:18

Message

sorry again for my spelling mistakes. i can't seem to write well today. i actually meant -Don't annoy this lady too many times-


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:31:39

Message

what i meant is accept the help and ship what the guys ask but annoy this lady too many times. I hope you agree Red devil supporter. I know us Italians can be annoying at times. Since i am Italian i know that...


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:29:52

Message

To ALL ITALIAN GIRLS WHO NEEDED HELP: please don't annoy Red devil supporter that is giving her help. I mean, it's nice that someone is helping us out but never take advantage of it. In my case i'll just need to send something once a month. I don't even live close to Vicenza and many things i mail from the treat www.anysoldier.com  website. So i'll just bring you a package or so once a month. I would never take too much of your time for that cause i understand that you might have your family to take care of. I don't have a boyfriend deployed but friends that i like to ship packages too. Many things that i can't order on that website and that are Italian, like coffee machines, pillows i'd like to send from post if possible. But like i said it might just happen once a month. My messages were mainly to help others out. Thanks.


Name: Oregon Mom
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:18:35

Message

Marsha-The address is on the Chosen 2/503 Website and Pics. Here it is for you. Name no rank, TF BAYONET/ C co 2-503, APO AE 09355


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:17:30

Message

Well, i'll be the first then Red Devil supporter. My email address is italiandaydreamer@hotmail.com


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:09:54

Message

I would help with packages if those that need help will send their email or phone number. I speak poco Italiano! Making new friends are always welcomed


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email:
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:08:52

Message

Your ideas are always great Mommaski. And i am really curious to count the many wife's who will answer this.


Name: marsha
Email: marshamatthews@bellsouth.net
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 07:08:23

Message

can anyone give me the mailing address for my son in Afghanistan. He is with the 2/503rd C. Co Thanks


Name: Mommanski from Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 06:43:36

Message

Hi! I'm in the process of getting another care package ready to send to my fiancée. I want to pack Hershey Kisses - but I'm not sure how to keep them from melting when in transit. You seem to have some REALLY good ideas....can you help? Thank you so much!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 06:29:46

Message

hello Lovely Italian Ladies !!! I have an idea, I think. Now let me see if I have the problem correctly. Some of you would like to send packages to your boyfriends over in Afghanistan. The problem is to mail them out of an Italian post office there is a size limit and a problem with the address. So, how about this - there must be some married Italian lady that visits this site !!! Maybe what you could do is get together, bring your boxes, have her mail them from the base post office... then go have lunch together !!!! As you can see I will do anything to go to lunch !!! I know this may seem a simple solution, but, it might be worth a try. OR... How about one of you American wives - here is your opportunity to help our Sky Soldiers and meet some lovely ladies from another culture. What a wonderful way to make new friends !!! Love ya and Sky Soldiers - you are the BEST !!!! Stay safe !!! My thoughts and prayers are with you !!!!


Date: 05/03/05
Time: 04:41:10

Message

100% italian The caserma Ederle address is: Caserma Carlo Ederle Viale della Pace 36100 Vicenza


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 04:34:02

Message

we would like to send real food: cookies, lunch kits. we don't even have red vines, jerky and slim jims in Italy. Plus, if i write CASERMA EDERLE on my package they will laugh at me at the post office. I don't live in Vicenza so no one outside of there knows of Caserma Ederle. I'll get the package returned after 2 days :)


Name: to Mr. Bradley
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 04:22:15

Message

is it possible to add on the main menu links the website of 1-508th Cco 3rd plt? it's www.airborneberserkers.com ... thank you, just thought it would be useful... and thank you for the great work you've been doing in here. God bless our troops


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: PKGS 2 INCHES THICK
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 03:48:29

Message

Since I am in the States, I'm not completely following the conversation re: the problems with the Italian mail but I've sent several packages to my soldier that were a little over 3 inches thick so I would assume you could still send the same stuff, just not as much of it .... I've repackaged baby wipes in zip lock bags, magazines, travel size toiletries, sun screen, CD's, red vines (licorice), jerky, slim jims, etc.


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: HEAD LAMP
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 03:39:55

Message

Our soldier also wrote us about needing/wanting a headlamp. This is what he wrote: "head lamp - white and red light capable, brand: Black Diamond or something, check gandermountain." When we shopped for it, this is what we discovered: the Petzle brand. Model Tackticca Plus - $40ish. We bought it from a sporting goods store in our area. Sportsman's Warehouse. REI also carries that model but you may have to order it on line. One of the things we liked about this model was that to get it to be red light all he has to do is flip down the red lens - he doesn't have to switch/interchange lens.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 02:35:23

Message

I think someone here watched the 'Smurfs' last night... :)


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 02:08:36

Message

Well, there is just 'a little thing' that the 510th PSB didn't consider. Mails from an Italian city to another don't allow more than a certain weight (5 lbs which is nothing). And packages can’t be more thick than 2 inches. So can anyone tell me what i can fit in a package that is just 2 inches thick? As you can realize the problem is more complicated than it seems. So all we can mail are letters; it’s easier to email then :)


Name: TO THOSE SENDING MAIL FROM ITALIAN POST OFFICES
Email: family@setaf.army.mil
Date: 05/03/05
Time: 01:38:32

Message

These are the official instructions on how to send packages from Italian Post offices. The information was provided by the 510th PSB on Caserma Ederle. Please email the family assistance center at the above email address so we can make sure the Italian Post office will accept packages this way. MAILING INFO: When addressing items to be sent down-range, they should use the address that was provided to them with the APO AE 09354/09355 zip codes. Underneath that full address they should write “CASERMA EDERLE.” This tells the Italian post office to send the items to us and from there we will ensure it gets forwarded to Afghanistan.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 21:00:02

Message

Missy-------- Just follow the link that Mr. Bradley posted. That is what I did. I was told it is not to late to send in pictures or bio of our soldiers. Arlene


Name: Kristin Copeland
Email: kmc_2001@hotmail.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 20:31:48

Message

Matt Freeborn~ I've been thinking about you and wanted to drop a note to say 'hey'. I miss you and hope I hear from you soon! To every other soldier- you have a lot of supporters back home!


Name: Mom and Dad of a skysoldier
Email: jund1977@yahoo.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 19:22:10

Message

Does anyone know where some current photos are of the 2nd 503rd airborne of the Rock in Zabul? We heard from our son today. He had been out for 2 weeks in the field. Everyone is doing well. He is in for 2 days and is doing fine. Thanks for any help in current pics of the " Rock ".


Name: Amanda
Email: asinkwich@yahoo.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 19:02:42

Message

PFC ERIC MOYE- I love you babe, and I hope that the antibiotics are working by now. I pray for you every night, I wish I was able to take care of you but I know you are safe and in good hands. I know you will be happy when you return with the rest of the guys, I will be happy for you. I love you very much and think about you constantly. Love and kisses always, Amanda


Name: James Bradley
Email: Webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 18:50:06

Message

Below is the Book People are talking about and the link to it!


 

3rd Edition Sky Soldiers Book


Name: Missy
Email: melissapalomares@yahoo.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 18:37:55

Message

Arlene, could you give us more information on the book you are talking about? HHC 508 Mom


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 17:21:03

Message

Liz-------I will e-mail you. Arlene


Date: 05/02/05
Time: 17:20:33

Message

Does anyone know why some pics are temporarily off line?


Name: liz for Arlene
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 17:03:16

Message

Hi Arlene I was wondering what sky soldier book are you referring to. We are new to all this.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 16:09:41

Message

Jane--------- I sent pictures and bio of my son a week and a half ago. They told me it is not to late. I ordered three books and was told they would be shipped out the last quarter of the year. Hope that helps. Arlene


Name: Bev
Email: bevbear53@yahoo.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 14:45:28

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY, ( Co A 1/508) Hope you and the guys enjoy the cupcakes and have a little fun with the Paratrooper toys. I was floating all day after your call last week. Only wish I could have heard everything you said. Stay safe, email soon. Love Mom


Name: Jane k
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 14:20:14

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Quick question: Has anyone sent bio's or photos to Turner Publishers to be entered into the new Sky Soldier book? Does anyone know if it is too late to do this? Thanks


Name: Michele
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 13:10:01

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Hey All new pics of the HQ squad on the 503rd site, check them out if you get a chance.


Name: Skymonkey
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 10:50:25

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Rogers!!!! How is my fave Chap. assistant?!?!?! Tell Chap. Burgess Joel and I send our love, and prayers! I love you're updates on the life and times of the 'Stan...you kill me with them:) Hey did you know that Matt Baden (Now back in Iraq...left the 173rd Feb 03) was rocked really hard last week. His wife sent me pics of his Bradley. Let's just say screw how much wood, a wood chuck, could chuck!!! Do you know how much ordinance it takes to rock a Bradley on to it's side?!?! The crater left was big enough to put a VW bug into it and cover it over and never know it was there! However...Matt is fine, he was lucky...only banged up, bruised lungs and stuff. He called Nicole that day I guess, so he's good to go. Just shook up as you can imagine. Anyhow I wanted to holler at you, and let you know I am thinking of you guys. Joel is still very upset with me for applying to KB&R as an MWR rep., but he'll get over it. He knows I can't leave a good paying job to go gallivant all over. They did call me back, and it's still on the table, so let me know what you think. Remember I still have to make a mortgage payment if I do take the job:) I have requested to be stationed with the 173rd if I do take the position, so we'll see. Maybe I'll get to chill out with you all and pass out basketballs. It'd be a lot less stress than being a mortgage broker that's for sure! he he Okies...well keep safe, and blow that popsicle stand the first chance you get. When you do grab Kevin Field from the Mortars for me as well! Ciao, Wendy


Name: Skymonkey
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 10:41:04

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Ssg. Kevin Field, Hey brother how are you?!?! I hope all is well. I keep getting the weekly updates from Rogers:) I miss ya all! Well, let me know which is the last letter you got from me. I think the last one I sent was my horror story about my trip to the Amish Market! Other than that I wanted to let you know I am making plans to meet up with Kate when she comes across this summer. I can't wait to see the kids! Cesar will be away at camp when we go to visit, unless I can get him transferred to another camp session. Not much else going on here, your boyfriend Joel is doing well in college. It's funny to watch someone older than you go through something you did YEARS ago! hehehe As for me I am just busy closing loans, and pulling out my hair with these darn clients, lenders, realtors, etc. I can't complain though...it pays a lot and that's what counts:) You need to pop smoke and come home already bro! Well, give my love to those you think deserve it..hehehe. Ciao, Wendy


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 08:58:50

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The Headlamps you can get at Wal-Mart. They are not expensive. Run on batteries so send extra batteries. Be sure to get one that also has red LED. I sent one to my son on the recommendation of a soldier who just returned from there. I'm sure it will much appreciated. So add these to your lists. Our son is in the 2/503rd. Has not received packages yet for where he is but have heard from him through his wife in Vicenza--Hi Amanda--and a letter and all is well. Kathy


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 07:58:56

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Spc. Nathan Garcia II---------- Son, HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY--------Hope you got your birthday box. Missing you much. Love, Mom


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 06:54:20

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Hi everyone got an email from our son last night 508 C co 3 plt asked for a head lamp my ? was what kind and how big, he said just to walk around at night not big enough to hang from a helicopter and spot criminals, I got a good laugh from that one he knows his mother. it was good to know he still has a sense of humor. if you did not read my last posting there are more pictures on airborneberserkers.com some that were posted came from there. I also think all your box ideas are great, I'm going to send Mexican food this time maybe a small pinata filled with candy. I love to read all your postings and hear the fellowship and support going on.


Date: 05/02/05
Time: 06:48:14

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I agree with the one who said to Italians to meet up one day to sit down and discuss the details and idea of our package...that's a great idea! Carla


Date: 05/02/05
Time: 06:24:42

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for those who's loved ones are in 1/508 A co, i received midnight phone call last night! all is well considering! God keep on blessin 'em.


Name: Tom
Email: thunter@accumepartners.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 05:59:15

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1st plt (Kelts), 2-503d are busy, tired but OK. Heard from our troop Thursday, April 28.


Date: 05/02/05
Time: 05:22:04

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To everyone in Italy who shares this website: why don't we all meet up one day to sit down and also discuss the details and idea of our package?


Name: Soldier's Dad
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 05:15:12

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Missy - I agree. Thanks for sharing the email from what must be a very special soldier.


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 04:36:08

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No, you don't put the town on the package, just the APO AE 09354 will do. The mail folks in the brigade will keep track of where all the units are and get the mail to the right place. Good luck--


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 04:35:59

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Mommaski I found the photo of the action figure! WOW! I think I want to have one made. Can you tell me again how to get this done and what is the cost?


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 04:33:01

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Missy thanks for sharing your son's email. It was very touching. We must continue to pray for our soldiers


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777@hotmail.com
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 03:34:06

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Question for you all. Am going to send a few items to a friend in HHC. Have the address he gave me - though am wondering if I messed up his APO. Is it "09354"? Also...after unit, then company, I have a specific region (town). Is it ok to put such specifics on a mailing envelope? Seems that might be a privacy violation.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 02:05:15

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Mommaski what website is the picture of the action figure on? 


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 05/02/05
Time: 02:01:33

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Tatiana, I am still trying the baking. First batch of cookies did not taste that good when they arrived :( Will try again though! May try some coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate!


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 22:54:13

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To Mommaski: you're right the figure of your son is wonderful! How happy and sad you must have been when you recieved it. How in the world can TR get all those little details so accurate. It was worth every penny I'm sure. Has anyone heard anything from 1st plt. Bco 2/503? We haven't heard from our son in awhile. I know no news is good news but you do get spoiled when they aren't so busy and can call or e-mail.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 21:49:19

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Spc. Nathan Garcia II---------HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY (since it is May 2nd already in Afghanistan). Wish you were here to celebrate, or I there. I miss you lots. Love. Mom


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 20:57:17

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Hi everyone, For those who have been wondering about the action figure you can see the one TR did for me of my son. You can see the pictures on Page 47 #984-986. The craftsmanship is excellent. I hope everyone is doing good. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sky Soldiers you are the best !!! Thank you for all that you do !!!


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 19:35:15

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Hey Mommaski- I'm with you. I don't cook unless someone signs a release. I am going to have to learn to good someday. I'm a whiz at anything with a microwave and a Foreman grill though- love Foreman grills! They got me through college!! And I digress... Red Devil- I'm sure Italy is beautiful, and I'm willing to minister anywhere. The next 40 years are going to be an adventure if nothing else. ~Karen~


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 18:45:36

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510th Battalion: I am confused....does the 510 have a website? Does anyone know how I can find pics of their unit in Afghanistan? Thanks!


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 18:45:07

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Does anyone know any information about the Tom Brokov (spell?) special- when it's on, etc?....... Nancy- will e-mail you.... ~Karen~


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 16:17:13

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Mr. Bradley, Do you know when the 173rd Support bn will be able to be viewed? Also when will we be seeing pictures of this group? You are doing a great job. God Bless all of the sky soldiers. Thank you.


Name: Nancy Rose this message is for Karen.
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 16:06:09

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My son Jake said your medic is with the 508, but he went out with him and Erin plenty of times in Italy. Jake said is is a really cool guy.


Name: Nancy this message is for Amy Jo
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 16:02:19

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My son Jake said that he is with a medic by the name of Jonathin Baker. They are in the same company.


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 16:01:48

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The pictures are great. Red Devil Supporter I know you are smiling these days. I'm glad to see you are in full on baking mode. I wish I could get in that mode. I can't find the time lately. SO, I just have my assembly line of stuff and buy from the store. I heard from my friend in HHC and he sounded good. I got tickled at some of the pics I saw of my friends (the new pics) and they look good with mustaches. My significant other avoids the camera like the plague so I don't intend on seeing him on here. One hopes he'll utilize the cameras I've sent him. I hope everyone is doing good. Mr. Bradley glad you are back and bless you for all you do. I know it's just as hard on you. Mommaski... you are a great lady!! SGT D I love and miss you with all my heart!!


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 15:52:03

Message

I think the camel rider is Rucker. There is a Rucker with our son's unit, C. Co. Look on picture #766. Looks like the same lucky guy.


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 13:45:17

Message

Finally heard from the boy--been very busy. It was great just to talk to him--anyone else in B co.--everything is ok..


Date: 05/01/05
Time: 11:40:42

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it's on pg.36 pic #748


Date: 05/01/05
Time: 11:36:34

Message

hi does any one no who is riding the camel in the first picture?


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 11:34:35

Message

WOW, What GREAT pictures!!!! It was heart warming to see the guys opening up the mail! and ALL those doughnuts AWESOME! and, the monkey picture was cute never expected to see a monkey. The pictures of the Memorial were also a Great comfort to see. We sure miss those Men. Our Prayers go out to the families still and hope that you are feeling some Peace from God now. Mr. Bradley Thanks for posting the new pictures. Mommie222


Name: Missy, Luis Madrazo's Mom
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 10:59:44

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I received this e-mail from my son and wanted to share it with all of you. Mom So here I am, ---. The closest FOB in the United States Army to ---. The last place I want to be in, & the saddest place I have ever been. We take so much for granted in the US, its embarrassing. Its just not fair and its complicated for me to understand why these kids have to grow up the way they do. A little girl runs half a mile bare footed and hungry just to wave her hand out. Waving her hand out to let us know that our presence here is welcome. This little girl knows we will make a difference. The country I live in has it all, doesn’t want us here, but supports their troops. Some people were not born with everything at their feet and that’s why I’m here. I want to make a difference in this little girl’s life. I want her to enjoy life just as much as we do in our country. That’s all I got. Luis ----- he sent a picture of the little girl, I will ask Mr. Bradley to post it.


Name: Jane K
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 08:38:35

Message

Checked out the new pics posted, incredible!! The quality of the shots is so clear it looks like they all could be standing in front of us (without the weaponry of course). The last photos are a beautiful tribute to those we have lost. Again to those families whose sons, husbands and fathers, have made the ultimate sacrifice, you are forever in our prayers.


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 06:55:30

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Thanks Mommaski, will check out the web site Thanks Jane K for the cookie tips, will try those and see what results I get Have a blessed day to all


Name: Anna
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 02:24:15

Message

Hey SPC Philip! I miss u so so much! I'm always thinking of u. love ya -Anna-


Name: Tracy
Email: mom@173rdairborne.com
Date: 05/01/05
Time: 01:23:19

Message

I have a couple of questions...how can I find a link to 2/503 HHC specific site? Who's the blacksheep co? Also, for those of you who have heard about the Tom Brokaw special, which units are your sons in? Thank you!


Date: 05/01/05
Time: 01:22:30

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ABOUT 6 MORE PAGES OF PICTURES UP!! ENJOY :)