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Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:19:27 PM

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Hi Mijo, how are you? we are all fine. Wanted to let you know that I love you. We are all praying for you and all the service members. Take care. Love you mijo dad


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmailcom
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 10:40:44 PM

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To our son James Jeffery Hund, B. Comp, 1/508th-We are so very proud of you and all the 173rd. Its been quite a year. Hurry home, be safe everyone. Happy New Year to our 173rd family.


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: acallie007@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 10:25:02 PM

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SGT Aaron Winkle and SPC Melville Fegley, Able Co., 2/503...HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS! Hope you guys got my very special New Year's package that I sent out a couple of weeks ago. Please make sure that you send me the pictures that I requested with the party hats on. Be sure to keep safe and know that (yep, Mel, I'm gonna say it) I love you both -- in very different ways of course...hehe. Love, Amanda **Aaron...less than a week... :)**


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Email:
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 10:17:01 PM

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Happy 2004!!!!!!!May this be a wonderful and unforgettable( in a positive way) year for everybody in the extended family of the 173rd Airborne!!!I wish you all a happy and safe soon return to your home!!!


Name: Renee Buck / PFC Mark Teshera's Mom
Email: eriemi55@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 09:19:38 PM

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Happy New Year Son! I hope this message finds you safe. We all love you and hope that next year at this time you and all your friends will be home. I love you Mark. See you next year! Love, Mom


Name: Jim and Sharon McBride
Email: mcbridejimp@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 06:45:50 PM

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Sgt. Jay McBride, 2nd plt, Bco 1/508: HAPPY NEW YEAR to all the Fallen Angels and the rest of the 173rd. 2003 has proven to the world just how great you guys really are!!! We wish you all a safe and Happy New Year. The McBrides


Name: Mike and Lisa Frost
Email: frost@ruraltel.net
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 06:42:16 PM

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Happy New Year Matt Freeborn, A Co 1/508!! Call when you can. We're thinking of you and love you.


Name: Soira
Email: sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 06:33:24 PM

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To: PFC ANDREW CONLEY HHC 1/508 Happy new year my love, for me this year is sad cause without you i can't be happy, but only for now i hope you come back soon and see your family,your friend's and me!! Ciao papi ti amo infinito. S&A ;-(


Name: CPO & Mrs. Kevin B. Gleich, USN Retired
Email: Your Mom & Dad in Hilliard, Ohio
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 06:27:17 PM

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Happy New Year, Kevin. Your time there is getting much shorter now...We love your son. May God Bless You and Your Battle Buddies in the 173rd. May he keep you safe and know that you are in the palm of His Hands, until we see you again. No worries 2003 is now over for us...2004 is going to be your year, son...We will be here waiting for you when your job is through...WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE SGT. KEVIN RAYMOND GLEICH, CSC-ALOC 173rd as our only son...Love & Peace, from your Dad & Mom in Hilliard Ohio...Happy New Year!


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 06:15:25 PM

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL THE SKYSOLDIERS!!! I THINK YOUR NEW YEAR AND THE COUNT DOWN TO GO HOME JUST STARTED. YOU BOYS AND GIRLS STAY SAFE AND WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO CAME HOME. LOVE YOU SON!!!!!


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 05:28:38 PM

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Happy New Year Sgt. Brandon Bewley and all the 173rd Sky Soldiers! Sorry we missed your call and appreciate you remembering our Anniversary. We will toast in the New Year with all the service members and their families on our minds. 2004 couldn't come fast enough!


Name: Captain Robert & Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 04:42:30 PM

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Dear SP4 Roberto Charlos Sandifer/ 2nd BCO. 173rd, As we arrived at the Atlanta airport, there were a lot of soldiers returning to Iraq. I know this because I asked them. Tears began to roll, because I wished that you could have been one of those soldiers. They told me that they went to Iraq in February of this year. I told them that I had a son in Iraq and your company name. They spoke highly of the 173rd and wished that they had had the opportunity to jump into Iraq. Their MOS were different. I told them that they were all heroes and the country appreciate all that they have done and continue to do. We hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas and will have a Prosperous New Year. The job is nearly completed, so continue to pray. We are praying for the families that have loss their loved ones. We know that they are in heaven watching and guiding their other brave soldiers.We love you and may God keep you safe. Love, Mom &Dad


Name: Mary Mayville Mooney
Email: mmooneycpa01@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 04:39:45 PM

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Happy New Year Bill from New Albany, OH. I've seen lots of pictures of you and your guys with the kids of Kirkuk. Very impressed and pleased to see how committed you all are. I'm proud of my big brother and hope you know that you are in our prayers. Keep up the outstanding work and remain diligent. Love Mary


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 03:49:23 PM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON A CO 2ND/503RD: HAPPY NEW YEAR, STEVIE!!!WE WILL BE THINKING OF YOU THIS EVENING, REMEMBERING THAT NEW YEARS EVE SHOW YOU DID ON THE RADIO STATION THAT TIME--I BELIEVE YOU SENT OUT "SYMPATHY TO THE DEVIL" TO YOUR MOM AT HOME WHO WAS "PROBRABLY IN THE BAG"!!!...I THINK I HAVE FINALLY FORGIVEN THAT LITTLE STUNT! WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH AND YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS (NOT THAT YOU ARE EVER OUT OF THEM!) ESPECIALLY TONIGHT. WE LOVE YOU AND CAN'T WAIT FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, WATCH OUT FOR YOUR BUDDIES AND HANG IN THERE...THE WORST IS BEHIND YOU NOW. STAY SAFE! LOVE, MOM, DAD AND JAIME


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 03:04:55 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH- HAPPY NEW YEAR DJ!! I know y'all are counting down your last hour in 2003in Iraq, where we still have 9 more to go over here. Anyway, I wanted to write you before your new year started. I miss you very much! Like I said, today just means it is one more day closer until I'll get to see you again! I will keep praying for all of you and keep safe. It's not long now...love and miss you-stephanie


Name: Sebiana
Email: sebiana85@yahoo.it
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 02:44:14 PM

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FOR ROBERTO FERNANDEZ III:Happy New Year..speo che il 2004 possa portare tante nuove sorprese e nuovi sogni che portate dentro al vostro cuore!i miss you...


Name: Brianna Johnson (ROBERTO C. SANDIFER'S NIECE)
Email: faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 02:06:55 PM

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TO: MY HANDSOME UNCLE, SPC ROBERTO C. SANDIFER; B CO 2/503RD. HAPPY NEW YEAR UNCLE ROBERTO, I REALLY MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU. I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN I WENT TO THE MAILBOX AND OPENED IT TO FIND A NICE BOX FROM YOU. THE BEAR IS SO CUTE. THE BEST PART ABOUT THE BEAR IS THE NECKLACE ON IT THAT SAYS PRAY. GUESS WHAT UNCLE ROBERTO? I NAME MY BEAR PRAYER, EVERYTIME I HOLD PRAYER I SAY A PRAYER TO GOD TO KEEP YOU AND THE OTHER SOLDIERS SAFE. I LOVE YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU. I WILL WRITE YOU SOON. LOVE YOUR LITTLE PRINCESS BRIANNA. (KISSES, KISSES, HUGS)


Name: Brian & Rachael Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 01:58:37 PM

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We want to wish a Safe and Happy New Year to the entire 173rd, its families and friends! Thank you for all of your sacrifices and unyielding dedication to the Iraqi people. Your time there is almost over and you will soon be returning to your families and friends--never forget how much we support and honor ALL of you. A very special Happy New Year to our own Sky Soldier, Sgt. Shane D. Wilson A Co 1/508........God bless you and keep you safe and know 2004 will be YOUR year! Just a little bit longer...You know we'll be thinking of you tonight!!


Name: Lucie Grabski
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 01:34:25 PM

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for SGT Michael Grabski and all SKISOLDIERS: HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!!! Wish you luck and fast return home. Mike, i miss you very much, R.T. too. These Christmas was my best ever, keep yourself safe, see you soon, love you always and forever. Miluju te, Lucka


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Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 12:14:26 PM

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SGT SEAN REYNOLDS . . . SPC CRAIG IVORY . . . SPC JUSTIN HEBERT . . . SPC KYLE THOMAS . . . 1LT DAVID BERNSTEIN . . . PFC JOHN HART . . . SGT JOSEPH MINUCCI II . . . PFC JACOB FLETCHER . . . SGT MICHAEL YASHINSKI . . . WE WILL NEVER FORGET. TO THEIR FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND FELLOW SOLDIERS, WE SHARE YOUR GRIEF, YOUR PAIN AND YOUR PRIDE. MAY GOD BLESS.


Name: Mike McCarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:57:25 AM

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To all our ski soldiers and their families.May you all have a good new year.May God wrap all of you in his arms and protect you when in harms way, and comfort those feeling pain and loss.Your part of this campaign is almost over.You can all be proud in what you or your sons, daughters,moms, dads, and othre family members have accomplished since March.May the people of Iraq know someday the full extent of the freedoms we here in the U.S. already know.For the guys of Co. A 1/508 2nd platoon,our son Cory is still having reconstructive surgery on his hand, but if there is a way, he hopes to be able to fly to Italy to welcome his guys home.Til then may God watch over all of you . Mike McCarthy


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:56:44 AM

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SPC. John Perkins.... Hi Baby! Happy New Year to you and all of the 173rd! I will be home tonight definitely - one (and most important), because you aren't going to be with me and two, because New York is going to be crazy busy tonight. Each day that passes is one day closer that you'll be coming home.... and I can't wait. I love you more than anything and miss you like crazy. You are the greatest man in the world! I'll talk to you soon.... I'm praying for you always. I love you forever and ever, Erin


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Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:45:55 AM

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I WISH TO EVERYBODY A LUCKY 2004...WITH THE HOPE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW DEEP IS THE MEANING OF THE WORD 'LIFE'...WITH THE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO REALLY LIVE EVERY SECOND OF THIS LIFE...WITH THE HOPE THAT OUR SOLDIERS WILL COME BACK HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!


Name: Donna Voline (Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:45:27 AM

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL 173RD SOILDERS- especially SSG Stephen Voline , We Love you and miss you. We know it won't be much longer Love Mom


Name: Traci
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Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:27:02 AM

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SSG Condit- I just wanted to say Happy New Year. I miss you and I'm looking forward to your return, whenever that may be. Love always, Traci


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 11:00:25 AM

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SKY SOLDIERS - PAST AND PRESENT! As an earlier note mentioned, you have made this New Year a very special one for all Iraqis and it is incredible what you and your colleagues have accomplished in 2003 for this nation. May God continue to bless all of you and be with the families of those sky soldiers that gave their lives for this cause. We are counting the days for your return -- hurry home in 2004!!


Name: Judy and Norman Pickett (Proud Aunt of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: judypickett2003@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 10:54:07 AM

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Happy New Year to all the 173rd soldiers. We are very proud of you! 2004 will be a better year and you'll be coming home. To my nephew, SSG Stephen Voline: We love you and miss you so much. Love, Aunt Judy and Uncle Norman


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Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 10:27:52 AM

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I miss you so much,you're my first and last thoughts of the day,i'm bored i want you here with me,i love you more every second of every day my love grows. "Happy new year my love" A&S (you are my life)


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Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 10:20:14 AM

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Happy New year to all of you. We are thinking of you and praying for each of you. Hang in there, ya'll will be home soon! HApPY NEW YEAR


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 09:56:37 AM

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May 2004 bring you a speedy and safe "Exit stage Left" and return home. You have certainly earned the respect and admiration of people all over the world as liberators, peacekeepers, ambassadors, and educators. Stay focused and vigilant until those boots again touch the ground in Italy. It will definitely be a New Year in Iraq! God Bless you all for your safe return--my thoughts and prayers will always be with the Fallen Sky Soldiers and their families who have given all. Be relentless Fisters of B Co. 173rd Rules


Name: Gail
Email: Gail@Gallowayridge.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 09:11:48 AM

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! We are all so proud of each of you. Hurry back. To PFC Sam Jacks, C. Co., 2/503: I love you, son. Happy New Year.


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Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 08:49:01 AM

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Name: gina
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 06:52:09 AM

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Ronald E. Brady...173rd 2/503...heard the news from u know who..I wish u the best..no hard feelings..knew there was something up...Have a Happy New Year..take care...make the best of it...write me if you like.would be nice to hear from you...g


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 05:27:52 AM

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 173RD!!!! MUCH LOVE TO ALL. to PFC PHILIP GRANT:i miss you!!!!!!!hurry home!^_^*


Name: Linda Hunsecker
Email: crowmother1@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 01:41:55 AM

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To All Sky Soldiers and my Son SSG Victor Lopez HAPPY NEW YEAR and a speedy return home. We're proud of you and your dedication to make the world safer.


Name: Mom Houzvicka
Email: houzvifl@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 01:09:07 AM

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Happy New Year to all the brave soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade! A special Feliz Año Nuevo to my SPC Anthony Duarte! Come home safe in 2004. Cheers to you all!


Name: Mark Teshera's family
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 31, 2003
Time: 12:42:25 AM

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Hey dear Mark Happy New Year from Caytie, Stephanie, Samantha, Gramma,& Papa. We'll be here tomorrow night and will set off a couple of poppers for you. The girls will be here until Sunday when your mom & Gary will come pick them up. What fun for me. I haven't gotten to see them much since they moved to Spokane. We have lots of snow and it is cold, in the teens. Hope you are able to call us soon. I'm worried again. Take care , Love you very much GRAMMA. PAPA and all the rest.


Name: marzia
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 11:47:22 PM

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To sgt. KOBELKA STEPHEN WOLF (1/508,2 plt):hi baby I'm in London to Lindzey's and I miss you every day more and more.Happy new year eve, I hope you'll have a chance to celebrate,I'll think of you on my Take care, when I'll back I'll write you.A lots of love, marzia


Name: RENEE COLBURN
Email: rcolburn@bizec.rr.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 09:49:37 PM

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THIS MESSAGE GOES OUT TO EVERYONE WHO POSTED MESSAGES ABOUT MY NEPHEW, MICHAEL E. YASHINSKI. THE PAIN OUR FAMILY IS FEELING CAN NOT BE PUT INTO WORDS BUT THE MESSAGES WRITTEN BY THOSE OF YOU WHO KNEW HIM IS SOMEHOW COMFORTING. I READ THE MESSAGES EVERY MORNING AND EVERY NIGHT. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE TWIN BOYS AND 1 TWIN VERY MUCH FAVORS, MICHAEL. I KNOW MY SISTER, DEBBIE, AND MY BROTHER-IN-LAW, SKI, HAVE HAD TO ENDURE SO MUCH SINCE CHRISTMAS DAY. PLEASE KNOW THAT WE APPRECIATE ALL YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD KEEP EVERYONE SAFE. RENEE COLBURN


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Email: Aphrodete1@aol.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 07:28:26 PM

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im looking for Sgt. Weiss's email address if anyone could put me in contact with him I would appreciate it. Ana


Name: Ana
Email: Aphrodete1@aol.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 07:16:59 PM

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Mike I will never forget our seven years of friendship. You are so special to me. I tried to always be there for you when ever you needed anything and you were always there for me. I hope you understood how proud I was of you. I will miss you always and forever. The void that is in my heart will never be refilled by anyone. Your memory and love will live on forever in my heart and soul. Ill miss you now and forever until me meet again. I'm so proud of you and everything you have done sweety. I love you! watch over all of us from the sky. Im thinking for you now and forever. love always and forever Ana


Name: greta
Email: gdarra79@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 05:46:24 PM

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i want to wish to all the 173rd a really good new year... may 2004 realize all ur dreams... a big "hi" to my friends Anthony Henry, Jason REsto, Ted Condit. miss ya guys... Gee


Name: greta
Email: gdarra79@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 05:42:44 PM

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i want to wish to all the 173rd a really good new year... may 2004 realize all ur dreams... a big "hi" to my friends Anthony Henry, Jason REsto, Ted Condit. miss ya guys... Gee


Name: Nick D. Warren and Robert D. Wood
Email: tigerboss1861@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 03:50:54 PM

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This message goes primarily to the members of the 501st Forward Support Co 173rd - We wish to send our very sincere regret and shared sorrow at the loss of Sgt Michael Yashinski - We both knew Michael as he was growing up ( he occasionally looked after my daughter). Michael was a very good person and many in Colorado will miss him. We extend our prayers to his parents Jim and Deb. We include you all in our prayers and hope for your swift and safe return. We are proud of you - Airborne - All the way !!!! Nick Warren (Former Sgt A/1/75) RD Wood (Former SSgt 5th SFG)


Name: Tina
Email: Unfullfilleddream@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 03:24:09 PM

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Jake,hey Angel...i hope you'll get the chance to read this.Baby im sorry,sometimes i just can't tell how i feel,the truth is that i love you so much and im so proud of what you are doing there....keep being the way you are and don't be sad..i pray angels to be with u always..and you know they are.Tell Will and everybody else we love you guys.Its people like you in my life that reminds me what is worth living for.Tina


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Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 02:45:35 PM

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this is for Jim Yashinski Im not sure of a e-mail address of the re d ncoic of fsc, sgt middleton. But you could call at011390444516005 or dsn 634-6005 im sure if you call between 0800 and 1700 she could help you out. i am so sorry for your loss my husband to is in fsc and i know it had been tough on all of them god bless


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 01:43:47 PM

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to Sgt Fredrick Campbell HHC 1-508th Hey Love Happy new year ,I'm here thinking of you like always, I don't have anything to do on new year's but work and work .That's ok I like to stay busy anyway cause time go by faster.I pray that you get to come home sooner than what they told you cause I really miss you Baby.Being without you is really hard. I got to go now I'll be praying for you and the rest of the guys,Have a safe new years and God bless you, Love you , Millie.


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 10:55:30 AM

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SPC. John Perkins.... HI SWEETIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want you to know that you are the greatest man in the world and that I am the luckiest girl in the world to have you! The pictures of you (and your friends) in Iraq are soooo good. You are sooooooooooooooooo good looking and sooooooooooooooooooooooo sexy and I am very proud of everything you are doing. I can't wait to see you.... I miss you more than words can describe! I love you Baby and know that I am always praying for you! I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: military mom
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Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 08:51:01 AM

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http://www.townhall.com/columnists/monacharen/mc20031227.shtml From the above article - Last August, the Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa, circulated a questionnaire to the Democratic candidates for president. The paper asked the candidates to complete the following sentence: "My closest living relative in the armed services is …" Dean wrote: "My brother is a POW/MIA in Laos, but is almost certainly dead." In point of fact, Dean's brother Charles, whose remains have recently been returned from Laos, was not in the armed services. He was a tourist, visiting Laos as part of a one-year world tour. The Quad-City Times editorially expressed dismay at Dean's mendacity. Instead of apologizing for misleading readers, Dean dashed off an indignant letter to the editor.


Name: military mom
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Date: Tuesday December 30, 2003
Time: 08:46:34 AM

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I think part of the reason they no longer show the fallen heros at Dover is because the media & others used it for their own agendas and to once again say we had too many casualities and need to pull out of Iraq. I've talked to some family members of fallen soldiers who say they don't care to see that on tv. It's just too painful.


Name: Proud Parent of a Sky Soldier
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Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 11:45:08 PM

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HEAR HEAR!!! I agree 100%! I listen to the news often for any tidbit of information on the ongoing problems in Iraq. There is precious little being reported. Many times they don't even mention a fallen soldier's name or what unit he is with. I am a very proud parent of a Sky Soldier and I agree with the need for complete news coverage on the heroes serving our country in Iraq.


Name: Yes, Our Soldiers' Sacrifices Need to Receive the Respect They Deserve!
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Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 11:02:58 PM

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I couldn't agree with you more...We are so sick of hearing about Michael Jackson, Jon Benet Ramsey's murder, and now our local news had the widow of a man shot-up in an after-hours bar in town crying about wanting justice because he left behind 7 kids....And what is it that our poor soldiers and their families got on the news tonight? Locally, I heard nothing. And the national news, the casualty report was hardly noticible. I want the news crews over there in Iraq telling and showing the world what the true heros are doing and sacrificing...And when we lose soldiers, why can't we see them coming into Dover like we used to...For God Sake...Let us pay our last respects where the ultimate American Heros are truly giving up everything for our freedoms over here...Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of the Press, and Freedom so Free that even sickos, perverts, and druggies in bars get more time than our heros...This needs to be corrected NOW! Write your news stations, and major network affiliates....People STAND UP FOR THE GUYS & GALS WHO ARE WILLING TO LAY DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM!


Name: Sandy Dickson
Email: dove@dellmail.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 08:07:28 PM

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12-29-03 Zac Goodman I don't know if you will get this or not, but just to let you know we are very proud of you and continually think about you and pray for you. We are proud of all those that are serving there with you too. Love always, Uncle Butch, Aunt Sandy & Kendra


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 07:38:09 PM

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Hi Mijo, How are you? We are all doing fine. I hope you Christmas was fine. I pray for you and all your fellow soldiers. I appreciate you and the job you and all the men and women are doing in the military. Thanks to you. I love you Mijo. dad


Name: Roberta e Tina
Email: unfullfilleddream@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 05:36:21 PM

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this is to our friend Ski.Mike,God choose one of his angels to be on his side,we never thought it could be you....we'll always remember you as the special guy you were, for everything you did for us and all those time you tried to protect us and we just didn't listen..now we know that you were there than as you are now watching for us from heaven.sometimes we close our eyes and we can see your smile...we love you..Tina e Roby


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 04:56:22 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH--Hey babe. how are you doing over there? Wish I could see your face...my mom and I just got back from seeing a movie. It was a pretty good movie-just sad. I was supposed to work today but the doctor advised me to stay out of work until I've been on my medicine for 24 hours so the babies don't get sick. I will be back tomorrow. Wednesday is New Year's Eve--I don't have plans, though. I miss you very much. I started writing you a letter lastnight and fell asleep. I will finish today and get it mailed off. I have another on the way. I love you and I miss you. keep safe and warm. I am praying for all of you. love-stephanie


Name: Nice Article!
Email: HOORAH FOR THE BACKBONE OF THE ARMY!
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 03:06:42 PM

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That article about the families in Vincenza is outstanding...Why don't we get to see and hear about this stuff on CNN...and for a longer spot than 2 minutes! And I had no idea that a military hospital did not exist in Vincenza. Wow! Families! My hat is off to you! Trust me on this one. Your parents back here in the states...they are absolutely miserable without you home this holiday, and add the stress of worrying about a son or daughter deployed in Iraq...it only magnifies things. But you certainly are proving that being an Army family during wartimes is absolutely the worlds toughest job! Know that you are very much appreciated by me for your sacrifices...And people who aren't military do not know the half of what military families go through and why they do it...Our civilian relatives will never understand or appreciate what they have not experienced, just as I never knew you guys had no military hospital over there. I for one, will be here for you all when that war is over and all you people have to come back to the states and deal with the realization of all the changes that have occurred here while you were away fighting for us. Because that too, I am afraid to fortell, will be a big adjustment for you all. But I have no doubts that the likes of you all will sail right through that too...WOW! FINALLY A NEWS ARTICLE ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WAR HEROS IN IRAQ...THE ONES THAT MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO DO THEIR JOBS FOR US AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY MUCH ABOUT THE HOMEFRONT...I WILL SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH AS MANY NONMILITARY FAMILIES THAT I CAN...GO ARMY! YOU PUT AN OLD NAVY WIFE TO SHAME!


Name: Sandra Hutchinson
Email: hutchdivinemagic@aol.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 03:04:38 PM

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Dear SS, At last I found a way to send YOU an email. Hope this greeting finds you well/warm despite winter cold. I salute the work you are doing and personally appreciate your sacrifice to insure safety of US/Iraq/Other citizens. Until I know your name, I will call you SS, for Special Soldier, for that is who you are in my eyes, as well as our Father's. Sorry this msg did not greet you before Xmas, but we can celebrate that holiday every day in our hearts. Please stay safe/well & come home soon. If you can't sleep at night due to awful conditions, whatever they are, think on the song Silent Night: "all is calm, all is bright" and "sleep in heavenly peace". If you need anything I can send from home, please let me know. Meanwhile, think of me singing you a rendition of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" or "Something's Stuck Up in the Chimney" and hopefully this will remind you of us whacky folks back home and make you chuckle. Let me know how you are doing. Fondly, Sandy Hutchinson : hutchdivinemagic@aol.com


Name: Jessica Hebert proud sister of Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 02:23:31 PM

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I hope you all had a good Christmas and I hope for even a better new year! I hope that 2004 for will bring all of the sky soldiers home to their families. Thanks for being there for me. I'll never forget any of you. Love, Jessica Hebert


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 02:15:45 PM

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Phyllis - you can go to this link and check the press reports that were filed for Michael's death. Another terrible tragedy for our young men and women. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/


Name: PHYLLIS GRAFTON
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 02:12:42 PM

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I have been away from the office since December 24...can someone tell me how to find about about the soldier who was killed on Christmas Eve? I have not spoken to my soldier for 3 weeks and would appreciate any info you could pass on: such as unit, platoon etc. My heart breaks for his family. Thanks... Phyllis


Name: Rob Mendoza
Email: robspc@cox.net
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 01:49:43 PM

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Just a quick note to wish you happy holidays. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers. You make the world a better and safer place with your service and dedication, and you do your country proud. ALL THE WAY AND THEN SOME!!!!!!!!!


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Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 12:40:22 PM

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GOOD BYE MICHAEL YASHINSKI, WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. PLEASE KEEP WATCH OVER US, LIKE YOU ALWAYS DID. YOUR GIRLS ALEXANDRA, KIARA, EMANUELA, SERENA, LAURA, ELENA, STEFANIA.


Name: Anna Angiuli
Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 12:30:06 PM

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You have been great Mike!In many hearts the memories of you will be alive.The memories of a nice, strong and good man... For many of us you have been a good friend always there when we were in need,for anybody a man to love, for anybody else you were an example to follow.You'll always be with us...in our hearts,in our thoughts.Wherever you are if you can hear me: you have been great!I'll love you forever Mike!Anna


Name: Ash
Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 12:02:35 PM

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Deb and Ski....I don't even know what to say...It feels like a bad dream that I can't wake up from. I thank god that I had the pleasure of having Micheal in my life. I'll never forget the memories we had!!! I love you !!! To all the other soldiers, god bless you....and please come home safe!!!


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Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 10:00:33 AM

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This is an article about the 173rd wives in Italy. I'm sure that most of you know by now that 173rd Airborne Brigade is a key part of TF Ironhorse. The following article covers some of the challenges their wives are facing in Italy: Hard holidays for military spouses abroad But by networking, they try to make peace with the isolation of war. By Ken Dilanian Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer VICENZA, Italy - For Army wives such as Betty Cox, the cozy certainties of civilian life are just an aching, distant wish this Christmas season. Her husband, Adam, is away and in danger, patrolling the unforgiving streets of Iraq as a sergeant with the 173d Airborne Brigade. And Cox, of Ambler, Montgomery County, is far from her extended family, on her own with two young children at the Army base in northern Italy. Adam has been gone for 12 of the 18 months the Coxes have been based here. "We haven't spent a holiday together this year, including birthdays and our anniversary," Cox said the other day after mailing a portable heater to her husband in Kirkuk. "It does bother me." As most Americans gather with relatives this week, Cox is among tens of thousands of military family members spending the holidays away from their spouses or parents, many of whom are at war in Afghanistan and Iraq. And she's part of a smaller group of U.S. military spouses who live abroad in countries where they do not speak the language. A housing shortage at the Vicenza installation means most families live off-post, spread out in 49 Italian towns. The sense of isolation can be profound. But, as a group of paratroopers' wives who were gathered in the Family Assistance Center explained recently, it is not all doom and gloom. They told of building friendships by looking after one another, and of learning things about themselves. And they expressed pride in what amounts to their unsung brand of public service. "I think these women are real heroes," said Susan Turner, the wife of Maj. Gen. Thomas R. Turner, who commands the U.S. Southern European Task Force, which includes the 173d Airborne. "They're serving their country, too." But none of them expected the separation and the gnawing worry to go on for so long. The 173d is a quick-reaction force not designed for long deployments. So when the brigade parachuted into northern Iraq a week after the war began in March, families thought the troops would be home in a few months. Even that was excruciating, given the veil of secrecy that shrouded the mission. The men were "locked down," for a few days before the jump, meaning they had to say goodbye to loved ones and leave behind their cell phones. Several days later, family members watched part of the operation live on CNN. 'Very religious' It was six weeks before the soldiers could call home, and it took about as long to set up mail service. In these days of e-mail, though, communication soon became as regular as it ever has been in wartime, which helped blunt the sting of the news that soldiers in Iraq would serve there for a year. The 173d wives know they are lucky because the brigade's area of operations, in and around Kirkuk, has been among the safest places in the country for U.S. troops. Still, ambushes and roadside bombings have increased in recent months, and at least six 173d soldiers have been killed. "Some days you are just sitting there saying, 'God, please don't take my man,' " said Bethanie Trent, 28, whose husband, Gregory, is a sergeant. "You become very religious during a deployment." Trent, of Bethlehem, Pa., recently gave birth to a daughter. Her pregnancy was difficult, so her husband was sent home temporarily. "He cried when she was born," she said. "I know he's missing her smile and her laugh." He also missed the day, a month before the birth, when a flood swept through their house and destroyed half their possessions. "I sat on my front porch and just lost it," Trent said. "But you know, I have an incredible support network here. Friends helped me clean it up, and I moved on." 'My soul mate' Shand Mayville, 41, is the wife of the brigade commander, Col. William Mayville. Her father graduated from West Point and her oldest son just entered there, so she knows what is expected of a military family. Yet, she said, she was not sure she could cope. "I have known Bill since I was 19," she said. "He is my best friend, my soul mate. So when he left... I think I would have liked to have crawled in my bed and just stayed there until it was all over. But my kids needed to see their friends and graduate from high school and go off to college - they needed to move on. It was hard to get a balance going, but we finally did." She added: "The hardest thing for me has been for my son to graduate from high school and go off to college and his dad not be there." Anita Petit, 39, is married to Maj. Kevin Petit, who has been gone longer than most because he helped plan the jump. She said she had grown from the experience of being a single mother to her children, ages 7, 4, 2 and 1. "I'm having to fix the house, I'm having to fix the car, and do things that I wasn't prepared for. I know I should have been, but I just depended on my husband so much," she said. "So it's been a good learning experience. It's made me more independent." To many Army families, Vicenza is a plum posting, given its proximity to the Alps, the sea, and Verona and Venice. But living in Italy can be a challenge, particularly for young people who had never traveled abroad. "It's 2 a.m., you've got a sick baby, you don't speak Italian, and you have to get up in the middle of the night and get to the Italian hospital because we don't have a hospital," Turner said. "That's the type of thing that happens all the time." Holidays can be especially tough. Individual companies and battalions have hosted parties this week, and the post chapel scheduled Christmas Eve and Christmas services. But there is only so much the Army can do to fill the hole left by absent loved ones. Some 173d soldiers have returned with shattering injuries. Some have come back in body bags. And some spouses have filed for divorce, never having bargained for a yearlong separation. There is talk around post that, when the Iraq deployment ends, the Army will see an exodus of soldiers. Patti George hopes not. She met her husband, deputy brigade commander Randy George, when they attended West Point together. They also served in Desert Storm together. "I think it's worth it for my kids," said George, who is a civilian these days. "Because what he's doing there, maybe the problems will be resolved enough that if [my son] decided to be in the military, they won't have to go and straighten things out again. I'm willing to give this to our family." ====================


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 09:21:58 AM

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Hey Beau (C/508) - it was great to get your call early Sunday morning. Made the whole holiday and we spent the day letting everyone know we had talked to you. We can't wait for your return to Italy and the States. If all things work out, you will make it in time to see some hockey games this year and even some Braves baseball. Take care of yourself and keep in touch as much as you can - it sure puts our mind at ease to hear from you periodically. We love you can look forward to seeing you getting off that plane. Mom & Dad


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Monday December 29, 2003
Time: 08:22:25 AM

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To SGT. DANIEL KORP 3rd. plt.b.co.2/503 Hi son we are back in kansas it was nice to see old friends.Grandma and grandpa was very happy to get to talk to you.We went to clarksvill for a few days and spent time with mark and jj. He leaves in a couple of weeks to go over there. We had a good time but it is nice to be home.little dennis is in japan an he be over in iraq soon. You boys stay safe and we all love you! LOVE YOU SON !!


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 08:04:09 PM

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Hello Pv2 Dodge. I got your pictures today and all I can say is wow! You look great but please put your helmet on!!! I don't see much protection in that vehicle for a machine gunner so I pray you wear your vest at all times. Also I saw the picture of your m-16 and you had tape on it why?? Please tell me the darn thing works! Your unit looks good Steve keep up the great job and try and write us more. Love MOM


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 07:38:00 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH-Hey DJ. I am sooo sorry i missed your call!!! Ugh--I know, I know-you'd think if I have my phone with me 24/7 and it never gets turned off (except for the few clumsy times I drop it and it turns off itself) that I wouldn't miss so many calls!! I was in the movies with my mom and my sister, and I thought it was your parents calling. I was going to wait and see if they left a message to see if they needed something or had news ya know, and it only took about 30 seconds to realize it was you and not them. I could barely concentrate on the rest of the movie! I keep hoping you'll call a little later. Well, anyway, I love you and I miss you. Keep safe! love-stephanie


Name: Jim Yashinski
Email: JYashinski@bham.rr.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 03:33:27 PM

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How can I get in touch with the 1st Sgt or the Company Commander of the 501st FSC via email ? There is a package that was sent to Michael that was for the unit as well as personal items. Please rspond to the email above, as I do not monitor this site all of the time.


Name: Jim & Debora Yashinski
Email: JYashinski@bham.rr.com TwoShadow@bham.rr.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 12:41:12 PM

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To all of the 173rd and friends of Michael. Thanbks you for your thoughts and prayers. Michael was proud to have served with such fine people and would have wanted for all of his friend to remember him with a smile. Think of the ggod times that you had with Michael and keep him alive in your hearts. We pray for the safe return of all of our other children of the 173rd.


Name: SFC Bill Rasool
Email: bill.rasool@us.army.mil
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 12:24:57 PM

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You guys have done an excellent job over there. It makes me very proud to know that you are keeping the great tradition of The Herd going. Sorry I couldn't be there with you to help kick some butt. You keep your butts safe over there and know that old Sky Soldiers like myself are with you in heart and soul. Happy Holiday and keep telling yourself (I'm doing Just like those who have gone before me) Ting Bing..........And God Bless you all! SFC Bill Rasool US Army Retired


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 09:45:46 AM

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I saw this in a movie this week and thought it said a lot,to you my son,Billy this aplyies to you and all of the soliders,(MAN OR WOMAN). When I was inchurch before I thought I knew what the words ment, that he gave his son so we may live in peace. I thought I did until now.all my love and prayers are sent your way, Mom


Name: alexandra
Email: alexandracudris233@msn.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 08:15:58 AM

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Mike,this kiss is for you... Thanks for the wonderful memories i'll keep in me.Thanks for what you always did for me and for Serena.u leave an empty space inside me.Love Alex


Name: Shanna Lynn
Email: shanna80@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 07:45:12 AM

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TO THE FAMILY OF SGT MIKE YASHINSKI. I have known Michael for a couple of years, we have spent a lot of time together and I have no words to express what happened to him. I will treasure the memories I have of Michael and will never forget him. He faught for what he believed for and there aren't many people like that. I personally met his mother, Debbie, last year when she came to Italy. My deepest condolences go to Michael's family.


Name: Spc. Roberto Sandifer
Email:
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 02:28:23 AM

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To everyone on the site, we appreciate the support that is constantly being given. To my niece Briana, I will be home soon. To family, I love you all very much. Mother just a little while longer. "HE" is watching over us. To all of the individuals who use this site as a forum for arguments, the hard part of the war is over but the battle is still being fought. It is hard enough to wake up away from our families and love ones. But then to come to a site that is used to support deployed troops and see these negative comments and child like battles take place, it is very de-motivating. If more compassion was used when stating opinion in others emotions, half of these arguments wouldn't take place. As stated previously I am one of these deployed soldiers that read this site. I can't speak for everyone, only myself. The support is loved, the "Jerry Springer Show" we can do wwithout. Thank you all for standing by us. "Sky Soldiers!"


Name: James Watson
Email: jawspec@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 01:26:46 AM

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TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SGT MIKE YASHINSKI- I was shocked to hear about Mike this morning on the radio. If there is anything I can do please don't hesitate to email me or call me, I will help in any way possible. I graduated high school with Mike and we both went to the Army about the same time in '97. I remember the last time I saw Mike when I was stationed in Ft. Irwin (NTC). He came out for a rotation and I got to hang out with him for a few hours. I was surprised to see how much he loved being in the Army. Mike is one of the few people I've met that is truly selfless. He served with pride and courage which is difficult to find anywhere. I am truly blessed to be able to say that Mike was a friend of mine and I am humbled by his dedication and sacrifice to our nation.


Name: Sandra
Email: sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 01:15:14 AM

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To PFC:ANDREW CONLEY HHC 1/508: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE,i miss you so much and i want to be with you forever!!!!!!! (TE QUIERO MUCHO) A&S


Name: ramona laffler
Email: rlaffler@earthlink.net
Date: Sunday December 28, 2003
Time: 12:29:39 AM

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My old friend Debbie & Ski Yashinski, I have no words to express my deep pain for you on the loss of Michael. My heart is so full of sorrow for you I cannot put it into words. I watched your son grow up into the man he became and know he was proud to serve our country like his father and grandfather. I know how very proud you were of him in your emails and letters. Distance has us apart but I send you my arms to wrap around you and give you my love. Michael "little one" how can we thank you for your great gift to our country. God please take this young soldier into your loving arms. And protect our other soldiers God.


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Email:
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 05:17:28 PM

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My deepest condolences to the family and friend of Sgt.Yashinski's. His dedication to his unit and country was honorable. I thank him for his service, and hope you all find comfort in knowing he will be missed and remembered by so many..a 173rd family...


Name: ste
Email:
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 05:01:50 PM

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Mike, you wrote me the morning of the 24th December.. you were fine. I can't still understand... To all his friends: he loved you all, just remember that-


Name: Stefania
Email: sadangel1983@libero.it
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 04:51:02 PM

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My condolences and simpathy to Michael E. Yashinski's family, my pain will be near yours. Mike: you've been a great and special friend, I loved arguing, watching movies, eating and chillin'with you. No words can say how much I miss and i will miss you. You will have a special place in my heart forever and ever. Nothing, not even death, can really make us apart. You will always be in my mind, in my heart and in my soul. May you rest in peace. I love you. Ste


Name: Michele
Email: ReMeesh68@aol.com
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 02:03:27 PM

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I would like to take the time to thank you all for the job you have chosen to do. I can't say enough just how much pride I feel for this country, and for you, the soldiers, who fight for us. I wish you all a safe, and fast return home. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 12:07:13 PM

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My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sgt Michael Yashinski. He has truly given "all", as his family has. My thoughts and prayers are with you and his 173rd brothers at this time. May God Bless you all.


Name: Glen Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 11:50:01 AM

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To the family of Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski. My deepest sympathy on your loss. My son Spc Brian Bayer accompanied your son on the final flight out of raq to Kuwait. My son expresses his deepest condolances also. Brian's joy at coming home on leave was tempered with the tragic loss of a brave comrade. Glen Bayer (Wingdad)


Name: Silvia Saltini
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 09:32:14 AM

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My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the family of Sgt. Michael Yashinski. May he rest in peace.


Name: Sam Frye
Email: samfrye001@msn.com
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 07:23:08 AM

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Deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sgt. Michael Yashinski. Once again the nation and 173rd have seen the selfless devotion to duty result in the supreme sacrifice. Micheal has made payment on a debt we can never repay. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Name: SERENA PRINGLE
Email: TEARS782000@YAHOO.COM
Date: Saturday December 27, 2003
Time: 01:55:10 AM

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THIS MESSAGE IS FOR DEBBY YASHINSKI, MOM OF THE BEST FRIEND THAT I EVER HADE, MICHEAL E. YASHINSKI...FOR ALL OF US , MIKE....I JUST READ THE NEWS...I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT...I RECEIVE HE LAST E-MAIL THE 23 DECEMBER....I DON'T HAVE ANY WORDS...I'VE LOST YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS WHEN I MOVED INTO USA...I LIVE IN GEORGIA AND I REALLY HOPE TO CAN GIVE YOU ALL MY SUPPORT AND ALL MY HELP....CONTACT ME SOON THAT YOU CAN I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU....LOVE YOU . SERENA


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Friday December 26, 2003
Time: 09:23:29 PM

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To my son in law Tom Csala and the 501st FSC family...I am so sorry about your loss....to Micheal Yashinski's family...your son was a brave soul and a good man, you are in my prayers. I am so proud and grateful for all of your service. You guys deserve so much more. I pray this is all over soon and you all come home to loved ones.


Name: Tammy Good
Email: tamisgood@msn.com
Date: Friday December 26, 2003
Time: 06:50:16 PM

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kev, come home soon hun i love you


Name: Barb- Jeff Kupisch's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Friday December 26, 2003
Time: 04:56:47 PM

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attn: J E F F R E Y * K U P I S C H - 2/503-MORTAR....Merry Christmas, son!! Jason & Lisa are taking us & Lisa's parents out to dinner tonight so we can meet.......Wedding Bells are going to ring!!!! I don't know anything else, but will let you know when you call Home - which I hope & pray is soon!! I read that you were busy on Christmas Eve - Our prayers are working & will continue to do so! Thank God!! He is FAITHFUL!! Pastor Betsy is still in the hospital. Had a good Christmas -but missed you terribly!! Gotta go! I LOVE YOU & YOU'RE STILL MFBB - TODAY, TOMORROW & ETERNALLY! LOVE, MOM


Name: HHC 1/508th Families, Friends and Supporters!!!!
Email: WE NEED HELP!!!!
Date: Friday December 26, 2003
Time: 03:54:48 PM

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Hello all! I have received a few responses for my plea of help for the Welcome Home Celebration. I have sent out the information packets to those who have emailed me, and they should be in your mail box within the week. I need more people who would like to help me with the Welcome Home Celebration. If you would be willing to do so please email me at wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil and I will certainly mail out a packet to you ASAP. We are running on a narrowing timeline, so as much help as I can get will be greatly appreciated! Not only by me, but by the guys upon their return!! Of course we are trying to throw the biggest, baddest party...but have no money:) Any help, ideas, or assistance would be very very welcomed! Please email me...I will respond quickly!


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Friday December 26, 2003
Time: 03:41:10 PM

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Sending birthday greetings to son Paul Gonzalez, D/319 AFAR, -- December 30 -- 26th birthday -- wishing you the very best. Much love, Mom and Dad!


Name: Silvia Saltini
Email: simpi84@freemail.it
Date: Friday December 26, 2003
Time: 02:03:59 PM

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To Nicholas Mansfield - Hi Baby, I can't wait to see you again!! Junior told me that you said 'Hi' and I almost started crying (he doesn't know it though =P). Other letters are on the way. Keep up the good work. Can't really wait to hug you again. Love, Silvia


Name: Autumn
Email: abc
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 11:08:56 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS JOSEPH RYAN MCCREARY! I love you and I miss you. Be careful over there. Hope to hear from you soon! Love ya your baby Autumn


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: acallie007@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 10:42:26 PM

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SGT Aaron B. Winkle, Able Co., 2/503...WOW!!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR MY PHONE CALL TODAY!!! when my mom handed me the phone i was expecting amber or lorena and instead i got...YOU! and then i was so happy that i had to go and ruin your christmas present. i am sooo terrible at keeping secrets. poor moses the schnauzer was all excited about being a big surprise...oh well! i know you'll love him anyway. and as for me already picking out a name "without consulting you first because that's customary for new children" i'm sorry but i just really really really had my heart set on moses, and moses it is!!! hehe. i'm just glad you agree on the name. well, i should go. remember what i told you about keeping up your morale and keeping your faith in GOD...because with him all things are possible. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! i love you very very much! love, amanda **TEN IS TODAY'S MAGIC NUMBER**


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 10:07:25 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH-- hello my love! How are you doing? I couldn't be better after talking to you for an hour and a half last night!! It was the best Christmas present I could ask for. I kept waiting for the beep after like ten minutes and then we just kept talking and it was so perfect. After we got off the phone, I had a permanent smile plastered on my face. I think my cheeks were sore this morning because I slept in it. haha. I hope you got ahold of your parents lastnight! I know they would've been so excited!! Tomorrow is my birthday, as you know (although you almost forgot), but I'm not sure what we are doing. I think me, Jamie Lou, Brianna, Britney, Brooke, Kandace, and my sister are all going to go do something. I was sick all day today..I think my flu is building up! Hopefully I will get better..I slept from 1:00-5:30 today and I have been lounging ever since. I hope you had a Merry Christmas because you sure made mine special. I love you very much and I miss you more each day! Can't wait to talk to you again. Love-stephanie


Name: Rooda Family
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 09:13:18 PM

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Merry Christmas Lee Rooda! (B Co., 1/508) We miss you and hope to talk to you soon.


Name: Aussie Sheila
Email: downundergirl1964@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 09:05:46 PM

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A friend told me this poem and made me think of you guys, I am in Australia, but thank you, the British and of course, our guys...you may have read it for those who haven't.. "A Soldiers Poem” TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HE LIVED ALL ALONE, IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE. I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE, AND TO SEE JUST WHO IN THIS HOME DID LIVE. I LOOKED ALL ABOUT, A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE, NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS, NOT EVEN A TREE. NO STOCKING BY MANTLE, JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND, ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES OF FAR DISTANT LANDS. WITH MEDALS AND BADGES, AWARDS OF ALL KINDS, A SOBER THOUGHT CAME THROUGH MY MIND. FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT, IT WAS DARK AND DREARY, I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER, ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY. THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING, SILENT, ALONE, CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME. THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE, THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER, NOT HOW I PICTURED A UNITED STATES SOLDIER. WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ? CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED? I REALIZED THE FAMILIES THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT, OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT. SOON ROUND THE WORLD, THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY, AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY. THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS, LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE. I COULDN'T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE, ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME. THE VERY THOUGHT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE, I DROPPED TO MY KNEES AND STARTED TO CRY. THE SOLDIER AWAKENED AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE, "SANTA DON'T CRY, THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE; I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, I DON'T ASK FOR MORE, MY LIFE IS MY GOD, MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS." THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP, I COULDN'T CONTROL IT, I CONTINUED TO WEEP. I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS, SO SILENT AND STILL AND WE BOTH SHIVERED FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT, THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR SO WILLING TO FIGHT. THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER, WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE, WHISPERED, "CARRY ON SANTA, IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE." ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT." A great job is being done by all of you...Merry Christmas and New Year 8^)


Name:
Email: whitecandle062000@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 08:32:45 PM

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MERRRRRRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY FRIENDS!!!!!!!I WISH THAT YOU GUYS HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS DAY!!I LOVE YOU AND COME BACK HOME SOON AND SAFE..KISSES AND HUGS... GODBLESS GUYS. ;O)


Name: Aunt Becky
Email: gbkiwals@cs.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 08:01:58 PM

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Jeff Kupisch and all the 173rd Merry Christmas, just wanted to say hi and let you know how proud we are of each and everyone of you soldiers!! Hope you are home soon!! Love, Aunt Becky


Name: Gail Farquhar
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 07:33:28 PM

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H A P P Y . H O L I D A Y S . to . the . 173rd . Airborne!!! :)


Name: T,L,C DRAKE
Email: TLJCDRAKE@AOL.COM
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 06:56:24 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS PFC JARROD DRAKE 1-B,2ND 503D AND ALL OUR TROOPS IN KIRKUK. WE MISS YOUR PRESENCE HERE DURING THIS TIME OF YEAR MOST OF ALL. WISH WE ALL COULD BE TOGETHER BUT KNOW YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. LOVE YOU SON. STAY SAFE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!DAD MOM CALEB XOXOXO


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 06:02:19 PM

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Merry Christmas! I am so grateful for all of you. May you be safe and healthy in the coming year. THANK YOU! Happy Holdidays!


Name: Angela
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 05:07:35 PM

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Merry Xmas from HBG, Germany!


Name: Marks Uncle and Aunt
Email: d_aamot@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 03:12:07 PM

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MARK T.- MERRY CHRISTMAS! We got your letter and package- thank you so much. We were thrilled! We miss you very much and pray for your safe return. WE LOVE YOU!!!


Name: Jim and Sharon McBride
Email: mcbridejimp@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 02:57:17 PM

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To Sgt McBride, Jay 2plt, Bco 1/508: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to a Great Son! We are so fortunate to have such a great son!! And a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the Fallen Angels!! We are so proud of all you guys, our Heroes. The McBrides


Name: giorgia
Email: giorgy_s@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 01:07:43 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!! SEE YOU SOON...GIORGIA*


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 12:47:10 PM

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Merry Christmas and a peacful new year to all the brave men and women of 173rd, especially to Tom Csala and the 501st FSC. God willing, you will all be home soon. My prayers to all the fallen soldiers families....God Bless you, hope you see your loved ones in your dreams.


Name: JUANITA
Email: freya1936@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 12:29:30 PM

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SGT. RICHARD CRAIG BENNETT Baby, I just wanted to say Merry Christmas for you and all of your friends. Yesterday was a very nice day except for a reason. That reason was that I couldn't have you next to me in a day so special. Anyway now I got the Internet in my house in Spain too, so I will check everyday if there's something from you in my e-mail. I love you more than anything and cannot wait to hold you again in my arms. I want my Airbone so so so so badly, you cannot even imagine how badly love. Anyway I hope that you an all your friends have a very nice time in that disgusting country and I wish for all of you to come back very soon. Your gifts are waiting in my tree to be picked up for you. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, and I could never get tired of loving you because you're the best that happened in my whole life. Take care, I dream of holding you every night.


Name: kel
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 12:23:33 PM

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Capt. Ben Wright, Just wanted to wish you and the other men and women fighting a Merry Christmas. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Ben, I can't wait to hear that voice of yours and tell you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope that all is well, and please stay safe this Christmas. Miss ya sweetie, Kel


Name: Athena Holivay
Email: reneelive@Hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 12:02:30 PM

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Hi Son, It's been so long since I have seen you and I miss your smile and all the laughs that we would have with you and your sister around the Holidays. I know that it will be a while before I get to see you again. I love you and will be very happy to see you. Love MOM


Name: Dennis Michelsen
Email: dennis@frontstretch.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 09:23:53 AM

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Merry Christmas to all!! While I have reservations about how post-war Iraq will function, these factions have not gotten along well in the past 4000 years, back home we are very proud of our American soldiers! Let's all pray for a safe and joyful return in the New Year!! Dennis www.frontstretch.com PS: Still an open invitation for all NASCAR fans in the 173rd that are lucky enough to get home on leave to contact me for a special surprise thank you!!


Name: MERRY CHRISTMAS 173rd
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 09:06:10 AM

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Let us remember each other and bring each other joy today. I have often read these words on this board "If tomorrow never comes..." reminding us to be kind and understanding with our loved ones who are serving their country overseas on Christmas and all year....WELL...PLEASE BE REMINDED SOLDIERS..."IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES..." YOUR PARENTS MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH TOMORROWS TO WELCOME YOU HOME...SO HOPE YOU SOLDIERS REMEMBER THAT AS YOU SEND YOUR WORDS TO YOUR PARENTS AND LOVED ONES ON CHRISTMAS DAY...REMEMBER, SOLDIERS...BE MINDFUL OF THE WORDS YOU SAY AND WRITE HOME TO YOUR LOVED ONES...FOR...THERE MAY BE NO TOMORROW...AND YOU MAY LIVE TO COME BACK TO AMERICA...BUT YOUR PARENTS MAY NOT...BLESSINGS TO ALL YOU WHO SACFIFICE FOR US IN IRAQ TODAY...MERRY CHRISTMAS..."IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES..." HOPE YOU WROTE OR PHONED KIND MESSAGES TO YOUR PARENTS THIS CHRISTMAS...


Name: Simona
Email: simona.bifferini@computerizzati.it
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 05:57:23 AM

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TO SGT JASON GREGORY. Merry Christmas Crazy! You are always on my mind. I love you. Simona


Name: Sandra
Email: sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 03:06:35 AM

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TO:ANDREW CONLEY HHC 1/508.Hola mi amor,how are you???My love you can't imagine how i miss you, i only hope you come back soon cause i need see you (PAPI) no word's can say how i feel without you!!!MERRY CHRISTMAS PAPI AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY(28/12) Ti amo infinito! "A&S" :-)


Name: Julian and Peggy Grabski
Email: JulPegSki2@AOL.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 02:38:27 AM

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We wish all the members of 2/503, especially A Co, our best wishes for this Holiday season. You are doing a tremendous job and we are proud of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: FALLEN ANGELS
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 01:17:03 AM

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Merry Christmas from the Fallen Angels! The men are doing great, Holiday Spirits are up and everyone is celebrating. Yesterday in military fashion, for Christmas dinner, everyone had Pizza and Non-Alcoholic Beer. We know it wasn't much but it was something. Some even participated in "shotgunning" a Non-Alcoholic Beer. Stupid college tricks revisited. The Fallen Angels and the rest of the Company will be making their way to the internet and phone to call friends and family for the holidays. 1ST Platoon had a Platoon Christmas photo taken and we'll try to get it on the website soon. We should be able to get a photo of 2nd and 3rd soon. Happy Holidays. SFC Lauer


Name: Jinnene Hoover
Email: j_hoover@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 01:07:29 AM

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Merry Christmas to all hope all of you get call from your favorite soldier today!


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 01:01:01 AM

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SPC. John Perkins.... Merry Christmas Baby to you and everyone in the 173rd!!!! I wish you were with me (as I'm sure you do too) but want you to know how proud I am of you and everyone over there! I love you with all my heart and soul and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!! You are the greatest man in the world! I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: SFC and Mrs. AL Swartz
Email: swartzrn@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 12:41:27 AM

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To all the 173rd, Merry Christmas..we wish you a blessed New Year. You are in our prayers and we wish you all a safe return home. Thank you for a job well done..Al and Julie Swartz (Ft. Benning, GA)


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: acallie007@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 25, 2003
Time: 12:26:29 AM

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SGT Aaron B. Winkle, Able Co., 2/503...THANKS FOR MY PHONE CALL LAST NIGHT!! that was the best phone conversation we've had in about 9 months, i don't think i've ever laughed so hard in my entire life....and the same goes for you too! what in the world got into us to be acting so silly? it was like we were 8 years old and had the giggles or something. i'd try to quit laughing (b/c i didn't want to spend 14 minutes just laughing, we did have some planning to do) but you wouldn't let me! well, and i guess i made a couple of *BOLD* statements (your words) that made you horse laugh and it was over. i am laughing right now just thinking about it! anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and brother hezekiah -- and happy new year too! i love you beanpole!! talk to you soon. love, amanda *i could have sworn last night on the phone i heard you say the number 12*


Name: Pat & Nancy Kelley
Email: patmkelley@comcast.net
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:45:10 PM

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To all the brave soldiers of the 173rd. As dawn breaks on Christmas day in Iraq we want you all to know we are praying for you continually. We thank you for the risks you are taking and the sacrifices you are making for the cause of our freedom. What you are doing is important and is appreciated by all of us who understand the necessity of standing up against those in the world who seek to cripple our nation through violence and terror. You have sent a message that has been heard around the world that we will not stand by while any organization or nation makes preparations to attack or threaten us. All Americans should be eternally grateful to you (and most of us are). We are proud of all of you. May you experience the peace, joy, hope & love that Jesus brought to us that first Christmas on this special day. May God bless America and may God bless each and everyone of you in the 173rd. Proud Parents of Shane Kelley-C Co., 1-508. (If you see him please tell him hello and that he is in our prayers & thoughts continually)


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:40:11 PM

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Merry Christmas to all the 173rd families. This web site has been invaluable to us since our son left. We have made wonderful new friends who have shared our anguish and worry. All of us have been through a tough nine months, the end is finally in site. So Merry Christmas to everyone and all our 173rd soldiers. Be safe and come home soon. God Bless


Name: Sherry O'Neill
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 10:21:55 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THOSE WHO ARE SERVING WITH THE 173rd. ERIC WE LOVE YOU! MOM AND DAD


Name: Dad
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 09:17:31 PM

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TO Zach Goodman in 508th HHC and all of 173rd airborne men, ONE HELL OF A JOB, Thank all of you for a job well done. My family wishes all of you a "VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!" Come home safe. Love Dad!


Name: Faceta Johnson
Email: faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 07:57:08 PM

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SPC Roberto C. Sandifer, B Co 2/503rd, MERRY CHRISTMAS ROBERTO, I WISH YOU WERE HERE. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND MISS YOU DEARLY. MOTHER HAD A DREAM LAST NIGHT THAT YOU CALLED HER AND TOLD HER TO PICK YOU UP FROM THE AIRPORT. I GUESS YOU CAN SAY IT WAS A NIGHTMARE (SMILE). WE WILL SEND YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENT TO YOU. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I ENJOY THE AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE. LOVE ALWAYS YOUR BABY SISTER AND FAMILY


Name: 173rd Mom
Email: nchamplin1@juno.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 07:55:21 PM

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Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to Sgt. Bret Champlin, the 173rd, and all of our troops in Iraq. Be safe, watch your back, and come home soon. We support you 100%. Mom C.


Name: Amie
Email: Chramich@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 07:51:44 PM

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To: Jeremy Allen Well, well, well.... Now that we see you out there!!! Merry Christmas!!! It's Amie, Heidi and Andrea (Auntie)....We hope you have a very Merry Christmas. We're sure it can't be too much fun there, however, we're thinking about you!!! What a hottie!!!! Yahoo!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 07:44:53 PM

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I JUST WANT SAY TO ALL MY FRIENDS MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! AND A BIG THOUGHT FOR JACOB FLETCHER AND JUSTIN HEBERT...I MISS YOU SO MUCH GUYS!!!!!KISSES AND HUGS


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 07:29:44 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH- Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are keeping warm and safe over there! I miss you very much. I am about to write you a letter. We have to go to Midnight Mass tonight at church...I hope I can stay up that late! I am getting sleepy. Anyway, I am not sure if I congratulated you on being Time's "Person of the Year. "CONGRATULATIONS! You all sure deserve it! I am so proud of you and all the soldiers! I can't wait to talk to you again. Hopefully you will get to call for Christmas, but if not, I will be thinking about you like crazy! Well, I love you very much. Please keep safe. I miss you!!! love, stephanie


Name: Sam Edwards
Email: edwardshuntersv@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 05:38:31 PM

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To all the 173rd sky soldiers....God Bless you, and Merry Christmas. You are all in our thoughts and prayers daily, but especially during this Christmas season. The celebrations are not the same without our loved ones here with us. I pray for your safety and remember we are in the states thanking God every day for strength to get you through each day. My heart is filled with pride to be an American, and especially to know our soldiers are overseas defending our freedom and our flag. Merry Christmas to all....and to Joshua Edwards, in Kirkuit...we love you, son. I'm so proud of you....Love , Mom.


Name: greta
Email: gdarra79@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 05:18:47 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL THE 173RD ESPECIALLY MY FIRENDS ANTHONY HENRY, JASON RESTO AND TED CONDIT... MAY ALL UR DREAMS COME TRUE IN THE 2004... LOVE. GRETA


Name: Bobbie Samaroo
Email: bobbie_samaroo@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 05:12:49 PM

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Sgt. Sean Samaroo, Merry Christmas! Everyone here misses you like you would not believe and are very, very proud of you! Your family is here waiting on your safe return home and just know that we are always here for you...No Matter What! Also a very Merry Christmas to all of the brave soldiers of the 173rd! Sean we love you! Your Family in Oklahoma!


Name: Matt Czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 05:02:12 PM

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TO PFC JEREMY LANCE CZARNIK, I HOPE YOU ARE SAFE AND SOUND FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON. THE PACKAGES WE SENT HOPEFULLY ARRIVED IN TIME FOR YOU TO OPEN. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. THERE IS A SPECIAL BULB ON THE TREE FOR YOU. KEEP SAFE AND CHRISTMAS WON,T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU HERE. ALL THE FAMILY SENDS THEIR LOVE FOR YOU AND WANT TO SAY VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. TELL YOUR BUDDIES THAT YOUR DAD SAYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON EACH OTHER, AND ALL COME HOME SAFELY. VERY PROUD FATHER OF A 173RD SOLDIER.


Name: Dylan Samaroo
Email: bobbie_samaroo@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 04:59:58 PM

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Sgt. Sean Samaroo C-Co 2/503rd....Merry Christmas Daddy! I love you! I miss you! Can't wait until you come home and we go fishing...I have your fishing pole ready to go. Tell all of the soldiers of the 173rd to have a Merry Christmas. I love you Daddy you son, Dylan Samaroo


Name: Gavin
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 04:40:02 PM

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To my daddy, SPC Joshua Grove. I love you daddy and miss you VERY much! THANK YOU DAD for EVERYTHING! You're the BEST! I wish you could be here with me today, but I hope you and all the other soldiers are safe. I hope you all get to come home soon. I had the BEST time when you got to come home for R&R. I was SO happy to see you Daddy. I can't wait to give you a BIG HUG and KISS again! Love you and miss you - VERY, VERY, VERY MUCH! Merry Christmas Dad! Your Little Army Boy, Gavin xoxoxo


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 04:36:02 PM

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To our son, SPC Josh Grove, we love you and miss you. You are with us in our thoughts, prayers and especially in our hearts. To all the 173rd soldiers we pray for your continued protection and peace in the new year. To the entire 173rd family - may God bless each and every one of you. We are forever grateful for your sacrifices and love for our country.


Name: The Bewley Family from Michigan
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 04:31:56 PM

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To: Sgt. Brandon Bewley, A Co., 1/508, and all the 173rd Airborne Brigade. We wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! May you have a peaceful day and enjoy your most deserved honor of being Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Our thoughts and prayers are always with each and every one of you for a safe and speedy return HOME!!!!!!


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: leonard.i.engle@conocophillips.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 03:41:14 PM

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PFC Jacob Engle. Merry Christmas C-Co. 1/508th. Son have a Merry Christmas and you guys enjoy each other this holiday season. Love Dad, Mom, Ashley, Israel, Genesis, Deuce, Abbey, Josh and Zac. We love you all God Bless


Name: Mom, Mike, and Libby
Email: frost@ruraltel.net
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 03:32:09 PM

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Merry Christmas Spc. Matt Freeborn! We miss you and can't wait to celebrate Christmas with you in person. Know we love you and we're always thinking of you. Mom, Mike, and Libby


Name: ila
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 03:12:44 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO 173RD!!!!!!!!!!!especially to all of my friends over there! You are the best, guys!!!!!!!!!take care and come back home safe!!!!!!!1i love u guys!!!!!!!!!ila


Name: Traci
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 01:13:33 PM

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To SSG Condit- I just wanted to wish you and the rest of the 173rd a Merry Christmas. You have so many people thinking about you and supporting you back home. Love always, Traci


Name: CLAUDE HAYNES ABEL PEREZ
Email: Claude@wtsindustrial.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 12:41:59 PM

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To Sgt. Jason Haynes Aco. 1/508 173 rd. Merry Christmas to you and all your guys,from all of us here in south Texas.


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 12:38:51 PM

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To Thomas S Reyna II, Hi Mijo, How are you? Not much going on here. It is going to snow here in Prescott. We are going to Avondale for Christmas and spend it at Renee's. I don't know what we are doing after that. I hope you got the stuff we sent you. We are going to get your Grandpa also. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. I have been deployed before on a holiday and I know it doesn't seem like it is a Holiday. Hang in there. I love you and I am praying for you and all the men and women in the military. We are 100% behind you all. We support your mission. Thanks to all for you sacrifice. Take care Mijo. I love you Mijo Love you Dad


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 12:38:15 PM

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TO THE 173RD - MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! We didn't need Time Magazine to tell us you are the "Person of the Year" we knew it all along. Sgt Jason Harding's Mom.


Name: Marzia
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 12:24:00 PM

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To sgt. KOBELKA STEPHEN WOLF:Dear Baby I Wish to you I merry and peacefull Christmas day.Hope you won't work harder.I do love you and you're always in my thoughts, in my prayers and in my heart.ciao marzia


Name: BARB KKUKPISCH - JEFFREY'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:46:51 AM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y M. K U P I S C H - HHC 2/503-MORTARS - Merry Christmas, son! Just a quick line to tell you that your family loves you & misses you terribly!! I just keep praying that you'll walk in the door & surprise all of us @ Christmas. * * * It'd be the BEST present ever!! * * * * * * Please TELL ALL THE 173RD HOW VERY PROUD we are of each & every one of them. We THANK them for the sacrifice & difficult times they are going thru to SECURE OUR FREEDOM & RESTORE IRAQ to it's people. YOU ARE OUR HEROES!! AMERICA LOOKS AT WHAT YOU ARE DOING & MARVELS - IT'S NO SMALL FEAT - BUT ONE OF GREAT COURAGE & SACRIFICE. YOU ARE HIGHLY HONORED, VALUED & APPRECIATED BACK HOME! ***** Well, gotta go for now, Jeff. Please call Christmas Day @ home around supper time. We'll be back by then. I really wish you could be home for Christmas - but our hearts, thoughts & prayers are definitely surrounding you with love, peace, joy & strength.....Stay safe, be wise & share HIS JOY this Christmas! You're still mfbb.......Love, Mom


Name: Arianna, Joey,Nino & co.
Email: nasty_ary@yahoo.it
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:23:30 AM

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A very merry Christmas to all the soldiers down there, especially to our bravest one... Jeremy merry xmas buddy, we all miss you and hope to have you back here soon... cheers baby...


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:22:47 AM

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Merry Christmas to the 173rd. Here's hoping that Santa gives us all what we truly want for Christmas - having all of you home safe and sound as soon as possible. God Bless.


Name: Silvia Saltini
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:08:58 AM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS to the 173rd!!!!! You are always in our thoughts. Keep up the good work and come back soon. Love you all.


Name: Mary and Thom F, and Pam B
Email: mnsf21@mchsi.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 11:00:31 AM

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To: PFC JEREMY JOHNSON, ABLE Co. 2.503 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU JEREMY!! From your "adopted" family in Missouri. Best wishes to you and to all who serve!! Mary, Thom F. and Pam B.


Name: POOKIE
Email: WWW.LADYBUG@HOREMAIL.COM
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 10:54:10 AM

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JUST WANTED TO LET ALL YOU TROOPS OUT THERE KNOW THAT ALL OF US LADIES OVER HERE ARE WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! ALL OF MY LADY FRIENDS ARE WAITING ON ALL OF YOU SINGLE GUYS OUT THERE TO GIVE YOU YOUR VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS!!!! WE ARE WAITING VIGOROUSLY ON YOUR ARRIVAL BACK TO THE STATES! WE MISS ALL OF YOU GUYS!!!! LOVE, POOKIE AND FRIENDS


Name: john cook
Email: thielens@fallsnet.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 10:40:21 AM

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To 2nd Lt. Troy Gammon,Wishing you the best at Christmas and have a great new year.Keep up the good work,we Know it isn't easy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.See you soon I hope. Love,John and Gloria.


Name: Mark's Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 10:06:40 AM

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For Mark Teshera Bravo co 1-508th. Just wanted to make sure and wish you a Merry Christmas and hope for the best you can have under the circumstances. It was great to get your email yesterday and maybe you will get a chance to call over the holidays. Doug and Dianne got your letter and package and they were so happy about it. I hope you and all your friends there have a peaceful Christmas eve and day. Love and support from all of us here to all of you there. Love you very much, GRAMMA


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 08:16:39 AM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON A CO 2ND/503RD: MERRY CHRISTMAS, STEVIE!! WE MISS YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW AND ARE WAITING PATIENTLY FOR YOU TO COME HOME SAFELY TO US. WE HAVE A SPECIAL CHRISTMAS TREE IN YOUR ROOM, (THE AIRPLANE IS ON IT!), AND IT WILL REMAIN THERE UNTIL YOU GET HERE TO OPEN YOUR GIFTS. ALL HERE ASK DAILY ABOUT YOU AND ASK US TO SEND ALONG LOVE AND SUPPORT. TELL ALL THE GUYS HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THEIR EFFORTS ON OUR BEHALF...WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR THEM HELPING TO KEEP US SAFE HERE AT HOME. WE LOVE YOU, SON. MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MOM, DAD & JAIME THE 173RD RULES


Name: Dawn, Jorge, Kyle & Valaree
Email: jadakava@netzero.net
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 08:04:31 AM

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Merry Christmas Eve!!!!! I am the very proud sister of Bryan Schultz 2nd PLT, B Co., 2/503. Your nephew can't wait for you to get home and play. He misses you dearly, we all do but we understand you have a job that is very important. I am thankful for all of the memories of last Christmas. We can't wait to make new holiday memories in the future. Love you Bry. :)


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 08:01:44 AM

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Merry Christmas 173rd!!!


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 07:02:54 AM

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Merry Christmas Beau Brannen (C/508th) - another Christmas without you home, but you know from all the past years that some of the best Christmas' we had in past years were when we couldn't get to Atlanta for the holidays. "Home" is where you friends and cohorts are - enjoy each other's company and know that you have an entire nation praying for your safe and speedy return. We will be thinking about you throughout the holidays and remember that the phone works 24/7 --- call anytime. We love you, miss you and can't wait to see you get off that plane!! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR SKY SOLDIERS


Name: Mom Houzvicka
Email: houzvifl@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 01:57:26 AM

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To all our brave Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. You are the Time Magazine Persons of the Year! Woo Hoo! Happy Christmas Paratroopers! A special Merry Christmas to my favorite paratrooper SPC ANTHONY DUARTE. I love you son! Feliz Navidad. Mom :o)


Name: Concerned Marine, Soldier, Operators
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 01:09:58 AM

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CONCERNED PARATROOPERS, LEADERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.... http://www.pmsoldierequipment.army.mil/ http://www.infantry.army.mil/infforum/ Visit the sites and give your input where it is needed. It will save more lives in the future.


Name: 1SG Cockrell
Email: CDs98SS@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 24, 2003
Time: 12:24:18 AM

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1SG Issertell, SGTs Galvan and Perkinson Muldoons and Weirdos What's going on over there fellas, I've heard all the stories about you, Big Joe. We just received your 11C SSG here at JRTC, I've seen the digital photos of ya, you're still crazy as ever. Keep giving them hell, man. Perk, Big Al, keep up the good work, men. You're the heat as always. All the Weirdos around the country are talking highly of ya, so bring yourselves and your boys home safe. Keep chasing them 'deeks' as always. RLTW, H-Minus


Name: Dannie Taylor
Email: danniet@cableaz.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 09:59:53 PM

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To all the brave Herders deployed in Iraq let an old Vietnam herder wish all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and wish you were home. I know what it was like to be away at war during the holidays. You have my utmost respect and I know the 173d will "DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE" GOD bless each and eveyone of you. CW3(Ret) Dannie Taylor 173d 1970-1971


Name: Dannie Taylor
Email: danniet@cableaz.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 09:58:00 PM

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To all the brave Herders deployed in Iraq let an aol Vietnam herder wish all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and wish you were home. I know what it was like to be away at war during the holidays. You have my utmost respect and I know the 173d will "DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE" GOD bless each and eveyone of you. CW3(Ret) Dannie Taylor 173d 1970-1971


Name: David 'Doc' Kanters
Email: medic@olympus.net
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 07:37:55 PM

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Christmas is fast approaching. My thoughts are with you guys more and more as I reflect back to 1968 and "my" most memorable Xmas huddling under a poncho in six inches of water & mud reading Xmas cards from strangers in "the world". Those cards gave me a warm feeling at Xmas I have never felt since. It was the simplest and yet best Xmas I have ever had. It isn't about things..... Since then I have had kids, raised a family and had many great times, but at Xmas my thoughts are with "The Herd". I wish I were with you, but will have to be content with flying the 173rd flag and jumping (Powered Parachute) with the "Flying Wing" painted on the canopy of my chute You guys take care and watch your backs. David 'Doc' Kanters medic@olympus.net D/3/503 (68-69)


Name: empathy
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 06:30:54 PM

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I sure will responding to your not appreciating your child cussing at you (with abusive behav.) as a child. (btw. I'm not a parent, and never been one, and I can only guess parenting would be the toughest jobs ever, even tougher than being a combat troop!) I'd say just one thing! being a parent does and will never ever give the right to not give space to a son/daughter when he/she's going thru rough times. I having had cancer and with only having been diagnosed for 5 days, have been treated so weirdly by my mother, where she actually asked me to literally walk with my big luggages when i was just 3 days out of surgery with a wounded leg, could hardly walk, and go to my next suite of treatments in a different country on my own, traveling all the way over the Atlantic, on my own, with my cancer, and getting all those weird comments from my mom. What do you expect? Everybody is human, just like my mom, so I had to argue with her, and talk rudely, eventhough i didn't meant to. And it hurt afterwards, because I talked that way. But whether I behaved that way or not, parents should take a look at themselves and at least once or twice in their lives try to see if they make any errors or stuff that'd may be agitate the child! SO PLEASE CUT THE CRAP, AND DO SOME ACTION! BE PATIENT WITH YOUR KIDS! THEY're your only kids, and you're their only parents! No matter how old they are! Just try and understand why they do what they're doing especially when it's negative! Like in one of the other messages, there may be no tomorrow!


Name: Brian & Rachael Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 06:16:46 PM

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TO SGT SHANE D WILSON, A CO 1/508......I just want to take a few minutes to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I know you're not where you want to be this year, but remember it's only one holiday season in our lifetime--I promise next year will be better! It was so good to hear your voice the other day--please call again--SOON! I can't tell you how good it makes me feel to hear your laughter! I also want to congratulate you and all the other American Soldiers for being named Time Magazine's Person of the Year. As soon as it hits the stands, I'll pick you up a copy!! God Bless you my son and know that there are many more here who support all of you and are behind you. We're on the downhill slide now, won't be too much longer--Be Strong, Be Safe and know how very much you are loved!!! Merry Christmas and God Bless You Shane!


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 06:13:34 PM

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As someone who has dealt with a loved one with PTSD I can tell you it is NOT an easy thing to go through. They will often not know how to deal with being loved, held or having someone try to understand their hurt. Because they cannot understand themselves it puts a lot of strain on all involved. From what I see you have written about your son there is definatly a bit of PTSD mixed with possbile other mental health issues. His usage of foul language may also be attributed to his Army experiences because when you join the Army you are taught a whole new way to cuss others out! I never knew there were so many new foul words out there until I was in the Army! Some make absolutely no sense, but still it is a very common usage amoungst troops. They used to use the term "He cusses like a sailor.." but after meeting a paratrooper...we can put those sailors to waste! I don't disagree with your not condoning his abusive behavior to his mother either verbally, or other wise. Do not except that from anyone! Abuse is abuse, but you have to look at the under lining issue to the actions. These guys have seen and expierenced things that most civi's would never be able to come away from sane. Still the public says "they signed on the dotted line.." still that is not an exceptable answer to the problem of mental health issues and soldiers. After 8 years of service there is a lot of things that have changed for him, and he may not know how to relate to you as he used to. There is no real way to explain what the Army does to change a person, but it does change you..forever. I often tease that someday I will get some therapy to help me forget all the green machine memories so I can live outside the "green blood". In all honesty that will NOT happen, it will forever be apart of my life. I wish you the best of luck with your son. Just love him and try to work as much as you can out. I think it was best said "If tomorrow never comes..."


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFFREY'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 06:05:55 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y M. K U P I S C H - 2/503 - MORTAR - MERY CHRISTMAS, SON!! We'll all be in Peoria @ Aunt Becky's & Grandma & Grandpa's for Christmas Eve. Try my cell or Dad's cell, if you get a chance to call, ok? We sure miss you! I just started shopping last night! Can you believe it? 'Tis the Season... It's more fun to shop under the pressure of last minute! I sent you a box of stocking stuffers & candy & ornament things, so your present will come later.... What does one get a son in Iraq??? Hmmm! We've been thinking pretty hard on this one! Jason is home - or I should say, He's @ Lisa's b/c that's where he spends most of his time!! (HA!) I don't blame him, I guess we're not as exciting as she is!! Christian is coming up to visit Jason, too. We're all doing much better now that the flu is gone. I pray for you everyday. Pastor Betsy is still in the hospital. Keep her in your prayers - she is faithful to pray for you, too. I have to go for now but you are always in my heart & thoughts & prayers. You're still mfbb. I love you. Love, Mom


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 02:55:06 PM

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Sorry I misunderstood - best of luck with your son. But I stand by my basic premise that he is used to being treated like an adult and unfortunately some of his "army" behavior is very similar to "fraternity" behavior from college. He'll outgrow some of it, learn when it is appropriate and not, and do some growing up. Good luck - maybe we have tied up this site with our philosophy long enough. And old soldier and a struggling parent


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 02:29:58 PM

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SPC. John Perkins.... I can't believe I forgot this: but MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you, Erin


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 02:28:43 PM

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SPC. John Perkins.... Hi Sexy!!!! I am so happy you FINALLY got stuff I sent to you!!!! The mail system is funny.... but at least you got it! I'm glad you like it too. I will see what I can send your platoon from here - you should know what I mean. More importantly, you are the greatest, strongest and bravest man in the world and I love you with all my heart and soul!!!! I miss you so much and can't wait until I see you!!!! Please take care of yourself and know that I am always praying for you. I can't wait to see you - you have no idea. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 02:22:15 PM

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Blaming the Army and STATING THAT OUR SON'S Behavior CHANGED after he went in the Army do not mean the same thing...HERE IS WHAT I WROTE: This is just unacceptable in our home...And I would hope that if the Army knew we experienced these changes in our son that they would not find them acceptable either...WE DO LOVE HIM AND WANT HIM HOME NO MATTER WHAT CONDITION HE IS IN. Thanks also for your concern and your advice because it is very good advice...except again..it doesn't necessarily apply to our situation since...WE DON'T consider USING THE "F" WORD every other word when speaking to his mother in our home or any place else as MATURE ADULT BEHAVIOR. And there are many other behaviors that our son has that are not a sign of MATURE ADULT BEHAVIOR either...He has adult siblings who are younger who act much more mature than he does and they do not speak to us like that in our home or their homes... no matter if they agree with us or not...One must behave like a mature adult in the company of their parents to be perceived and respected as an adult. Pretty difficult to respect someone who is using profanity every word when talking to their mother in our home. AGAIN...NO BLAMING OF THE ARMY HERE...JUST A COINCIDENCE THAT HE STARTED ACTING LIKE THIS WHEN HE WAS IN THE 82nd...Your advice is very good though and very welcome. Because we do want to help our son so that this war and his choices in behaviors do not destroy him. Our son has not had an easy life or the best of luck since has been in the Army...We love him...And we can't be anything but his parents...Just because he is an adult and we respect him as an adult, does not make him our equal...the relationship does not change...We are his parents...he is our son...We cannot treat him like he is NOT our SON OR DAUGHTER just because he is an adult. He is our son and will always be our son...grown or not. (afterall he hardly has a curfew you know...and we aren't financially responsible for him either---but that still does not make it okay to use profanity with ANYONE...but ESPECIALLY ONE'S MOTHER). Happy Holidays! HooRah!


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 01:59:52 PM

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I'm sorry you are having problems with your son since he joined the Army, but blaming the Army for your son's attitude and behavior problems is a cop-out. I guarantee this attitude and talking-back in not tolerated by his chain-of-command either. However, I have seen this behavior frequently and it has nothing to do with joining the Army, it has everything to do with moving away from home. And when these young people return home they find themselves still treated like the son or daughter, rather than the adult they have become. Treat your son with respect and you will get it in return - but don't blame this on the Army. I've seen it and I know better.


Name: PTSD vs Son's changes and negative behaviors.
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 01:44:40 PM

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Thanks for the information about how we as parents should learn to understand and make our son feel comfortable with the changes in the behaviors that were induced by his now 8 years of Army service. Again, we would not know if our son will come back with PTSD. But we are not ever going to accept him using the "F" word when he speaks to his mother...Nor are we going to be supportive of his direct threats to us or negative responses to us...We are not going to accept him telling his mother to shut-up in our home or anyone elses home...These are the behaviors he began using on us when he served in the 82nd...and he doesn't even think of trying these with me his father...but he is very verbally abusive with his mother...and these are things that started when he was in the Army...in fact, we worry that his personality has changed so much since he went in the Army...we worry that he will be like Timothy McVey...He just shows alot of misdirected and inappropriate anger...This is not PTSD...This is just unacceptable in our home...And I would hope that if the Army knew we experienced these changes in our son that they would not find them acceptable either...WE DO LOVE HIM AND WANT HIM HOME NO MATTER WHAT CONDITION HE IS IN...But there are just some behaviors that he did not do when he lived at home that changed when he went in the Army that we know he could make better choices about...They are not a disorder...They are disrespectful, and dishonorable.


Name: Spc. Linden, Jakob
Email: whirldtravlr@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 01:24:20 PM

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To all the guys of 1st plt Able 2/503 especially 3rd sqd. How you guys doing? I just got to bragg. dont know what unit but i'll send you guys an update hey wilder hit up my email and i'll send you guys some pics. sorry no package was ever sent but i never really got a list of what u guys wanted and if i did i forgot it. Keep it up the folks especially the girls in vicenza cant wait till you guys get back. oh and stacey you better be taking care of my danielle( the saw) till later have fun. Jake


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 01:01:15 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH--Hey sweetie! How are you doing? I wrote you a letter this morning, so it's being mailed off now. I went to your parents house lastnight to visit before Christmas. I had such a good time! It always feels so good to go back there, even though I don't get to visit much. Nikki called while I was there and got on the phone with me to wish me a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. It was very sweet of her--she said if I was ever up for a road trip I could come see her! Anyway, your mom made copies of two of the pictures of you out of the roll you sent back to her. They were cute! I am about to go to work soon. My mom is taking my cel phone in to have it fixed today. I think I am cursed with bad cel phones! Well, I hope you have a very good day and a Happy Christmas Eve! I miss you very much and I love you!! I will keep praying for you! Stay safe! love-stephanie


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 12:43:08 PM

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Whoever left the message about the Jan 1 end for R&R did us all a terrible disservice. If they are in the command, they should identify themselves so we know it is good information. Since they did not identify themselves I am assuming they are not in the loop and are just passing more unsubstantiated info. My latest info - as others have discussed here - is that R&R will end on Jan 31 for the 173rd in order to prepare for a March return to Italy. But even that is unofficial ----- I am just continuing to hope that young single soldiers get to come home soon for a visit, but if not, I am prepared to live with that too.


Name: PTSD
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 11:07:29 AM

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Hi, thanks for your reply, and I checked out the PTSD power point demo. And read about PTSD on http://www.ncptsd.org/war/needs_assess_iraq.htm . However, the reason I asked about others dealing with a returning soldier's situation is bec. eventhough they are the ones who need more support bec. of their situation, their loved ones, friends and family need to learn and find a way to cope with it so that they can give positive support when and if they have to. It's tricky to see one go thru trouble yet that puts you into pain, too. Your son may have become what you didn't raise him to be bec. of the army, but this is exactly what im talking about, there must be a way for you to be patient about it and not take it wrong so that he'd feel he's secure and sound and that he's getting support and all. *sigh* This is really tricky!


Name: POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 11:03:48 AM

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Hi. You can give a look at: www.namvetbook.com I found it interesting. Hope this can help you.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 09:58:23 AM

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I just wanted to give a Special Thanks and Best Wishes for the Holiday Season to all the men and women of the Armed Forces. Thanks to all of you and your families for your service to our country and our way of life. You have given a gift of "Freedom" to a "Nation", a "People", many of whom do not understand the gift they have been given. You have now become ambassadors and educators as well as peacekeepers. "Person of the Year" is truly an accurate accolade. I salute you all and am proud to be an "American" and the father of a 173rd paratrooper. God Bless you all, and my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay safe and Thank You again. Hooaaahhh for the "Person of the Year"


Name: Teri Cross
Email: the crosses@alltel.net
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 08:17:23 AM

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To PFC David Cross--C Company 1/508- Season's Greeting DJ. Dad and I are meeting Nikki in South Carolina for Christmas with "little man", Chris and Melodie. We love you and miss you and wish you could be there too. We are praying for you and the 173rd's safety each and every day. We had Christmas with Stephanie last night. You picked a winner there!:) We got your envelope with the copy of Stars and Stripes, camera, and short letter written the day after Thanksgiving. It only took a month!to reach us. I guess the holiday mail slowed things down. I've mailed the items you requested. Thanks for the 2 pictures of you on the camera you sent. Is the mouse and new pet? If you try to call over Christmas-call us at Chris's or my cell phone. Sorry we missed your call last Thursday. Who knew you could make a call when it was actually "normal" hours?:) Dad was in Texas and I had taken my class out for a short break when we missed your call. Don't give up on trying to reach us-try again please. Andrew called and left a number you can call to reach him over there. I'll give it to you when you call and I'll mail it to you too. Dad has met some of your "herd" brothers in his travels the last few months. He'll tell you all about it when we see you. Merry Christmas! and remember Jesus is the reason for the season. We love you and are so proud of you and your comrades. Be careful and Thank you for all that you are doing. Love ya, Mom


Name: marzia
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 04:26:01 AM

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To all my soldiers friends from 173rd camp Ederle: I wish Merry Christmas to all of you and a safe back home next spring. good luck marzia


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: acallie007@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 01:27:45 AM

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SGT Aaron B. Winkle, Able Co., 2/503...i can't believe i missed your call last night at 1:15am! i had just gotten home from work and had run downstairs to grab a bite to eat (i know i know, i can hear you now..."who could eat after working in the ER for 12 hours?")and when i came back up there was a message on my phone! your message said you would try back tonight so i am sitting here now (just got home from work again...and i'm eating now too...hehe) waiting just a few minutes before i go to bed, so i won't wake up again. oh, and i got a letter in the mail today signed by some guy named "BEAN"...whoever THAT is...hehe!! he said that i am suppose to tell you how much i love you, how much i miss you, and how much i need you. do i really have to still tell you those things? you should know by now!! well, here's to hoping you call soon, although i really don't care what time you call, as you know, i am so used to working crazy times i have adapted my attitude to be pretty chipper anytime of day. take care of yourself, and i know i will talk to you sooner than soon. I LOVE YOU BEANPOLE!! oh, and i miss you and need you terribly-don't want to leave that out!! love, amanda ps-can you say FOURTEEN?????


Name: Wanda Michael
Email: wndmichael@cs.com
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2003
Time: 12:39:40 AM

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To Sgt. James M Ramsey:0) Congratulations on your successful completion of the leadership training classes in Germany. Great Job!! We are going to miss you terribly at Christmas but you and your buddies will no doubt put together a celebration. We at home all wish you a Merry Christmas and we will be thinking of you. All of our friends and even people who are strangers to us send their best wished and support to you as well. I am time and again pleasently surprised by the generosity and careing of the general public when they learn that we have a grandson who is a soldier who has served in Iraq and will be returning there again soon. We all love you dearly and send prayers for your safe return. Hugs and kisses in great big bunches----Love Grandma and Grandpa


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 11:19:24 PM

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I would like to know how valid the news is about the R&R being stopped after Jan. 1. Whomever posted that message left no email address to ask questions on where or how they got this information and how correct it actually is. Does anyone have any idea?


Name: For PTSD ?
Email: Post-traumatic stress disorder & You
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 10:17:12 PM

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Mr. Bradley has and excellent link on this website at the bottom right hand corner of his main webpage. It is called P.T.S.D. & You....I suggest you start there with that information that he has so kindly provided. My bet the information is very focused on the needs of soldiers (if I know Mr. Bradley, it will provide you with a good resource). And yes...I have had personal experiences with PTSD. As far as our son having it, that I wouldn't know. But what I do know is that he is definately not the positive young son that my husband and I brought into this world and raised...The Army has had a very negative impact on his behavior with family members and we are not pleased with what they have allowed him to become in the name of serving our country...but then again...we know the Army does not care one bit about us as the parents of one of their soldiers...But, rest assured...Mr. Bradley does care very deeply about the health and welfare of our soldiers...God Bless Him...Check out his links first because they are just wonderful...


Name: Sandra
Email: sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 09:49:36 PM

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This is for PFC:ANDREW CONLEY HHC 1/508 Hi papi is beautiful speak with you and know you still love me,i can't wait for see you and kiss you again,i hope u come back soon,i love you too much papi (TE AMO INFINITO Y QUIERO ESTAR CONTIGO PARA SIEMPRE)Always in love of you Soira. "A&S" :) ;)


Name: Sandra
Email: sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 09:39:29 PM

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This is for PFC:ANDREW CONLEY HHC 1/508


Name: Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Email:
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 09:36:03 PM

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Hello! Does anyone have any info about this? Is anyone dealing with this with his/her returned soldier? I'd really use some help here! Thank you.!


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email:
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 07:30:50 PM

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Kasey Robbins, A. Company 1-508th, 2nd PLT. We wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS. sorry you wont be coming home soon. Maybe we can meet you in ITALY when you get back. May GOD Bless you and guide you. KEEP SAFE!!! LOVE, MOM


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 06:01:47 PM

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hey baby... i miss you so much... and love you even if i never told you, i really do love you, i adore you and keep waiting for you, and always will... watch your back...


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 04:42:23 PM

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R&R will be complete for our boys by Jan. 1. Sorry for this news for those who have not seen their sons or daughters on R&R. But our guys need to prepare for their return deployment.


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 04:40:33 PM

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I want to wish a Merry Christmas to the entire 173rd Airborne Brigade especially to my man and his Company(A. Co 1/508). Can't wait to see you back guys and I'm so proud of you!Lucia


Name: Renee\Mom
Email: eriemi@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 03:08:06 PM

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Merry Christmas PFC Mark Teshera-173rd Bravo Co-508th!!!! We wish you a Merry Christmas!!! We wish you were here to celebrate with us but know that you will be in our hearts and prayers! Stay safe and write to your Mama and sisters!! We love you!! Mom


Name: Nicole
Email:
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 02:19:06 PM

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Dear Mike Ramirez, hey babe I'm so glad that you guys got the stockings that we sent and all the other packages. I just wish you could be home for christmas. Our one year is on the 27th, funny it seems like just yesterday you were home and going snowboarding with Jeff, Issac, and I. Can't wait to do it all over again. Have a great christmas, and though you can't be here, I know that you are always in my heart. Loving you always, Your GF.


Name: JAMES & FAITH DEVOR
Email: STRENGTHDEVOR@MSN.COM
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 01:48:20 PM

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PFC CHRISTIAN JAMES DEVOR HHC 1/508 INF BN MORTARS--Sending greetings from Michigan! Not sure if you will be able to get back to an email site, but wanted to reassure you that we are praying for you and your unit 24/7, that God will keep you safe in His hands...and those are the best hands in the world to be in! We are looking to see you again real soon, and we love you! Also wondering if anyone has heard if R&R has resumed since the stop movement. We received a call from our son in Oct that said they had expected R&R to be complete by Jan 31...did amyone else receive the same news? To all our Military Servicemen and Women, know that people you will probably never even meet are praying for you, and wishing you peace,joy and clarity of mind in this Holiday Season...have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, keep looking up, and may you return to your loved ones safe and secure real soon! Blessings....Pastor & Mrs. James DeVor


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Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 12:38:36 PM

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To MARIO ANDRIULLI (1-508 abn bde) I just wanted to wish a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and to all your brave friends, especially to Dave, Daniel, Alan, Brandon and all i forgot to mention! I want you to know we are proud of you, and we miss you so much. Take care and come back soon!!! Kisses, Francesca


Name: Misty Cutler
Email: mistycutler411@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 12:10:21 PM

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Merry Christmas to my boys the fisters of B co! The LT, SGT Schlott, Bird, Garcia, Hahn, Johnson, and to David. I love you guys, take care and come back safe! We miss you Misty, Kaitlyn, and Alison.


Name: Judy and Norman Pickett (Aunt of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: judypickett2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 11:38:05 AM

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TO: SSG Stephen Voline, Merry Christmas! We love you and thinking of you. We wish all 173rd soldiers Merry Christmas and we are so proud of you all. Happy Holidays! Judy and Norman Pickett


Name: Judy and Norman Pickett (Aunt of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: judypickett2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 11:35:49 AM

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Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 10:55:07 AM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell hhc 1/508th Baby Merry Christmas ,I hope we get to be together soon cause I can't wait to hold you,kiss you and tell you how much I love you Baby,you're my hero and I'm very proud of you.I hope to hear your voice soon cause I haven't talk to you in days ,Take care and God bless you ,Love you, Millie.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 10:49:57 AM

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To Sgt. Christopher Mascio, I just wanted to say Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and the whole 173rd Airborne Brigade. Have a safe holiday and hope you received your packages for the holidays!! Be safe and the whole family sends their love and prayers. Love always, Auntie Jessie


Name: Dennis Michelsen
Email: dennis@frontstretch.com
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 10:16:19 AM

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Dear Heroes!! Thank you for your brave and courageous effort in IRAQ! Hurry home safely please! For any race fans in the unit (NASCAR), please contact me if you are lucky enough to be home in the States on leave next season. I would be glad to arrange a special surprise for you as my way of saying THANKS for your service to our country!! Dennis Michelsen www.frontstretch.com


Name: Carrie Killian
Email: carrietkillian@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 09:52:09 AM

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Hey Bubba: Merry Christmas and we love you. Your favorite Aunt Carrie


Name: Jim Lakatos
Email: C/4/503 66-67
Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 08:04:55 AM

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I wish all 173d soldiers (Person of the Year)a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.Your service has not gone unnoticed by your countrymen,and your fellow 173d Nam brothers.Be alert during the holidays and we hope to see you all return early in 04.DRIVE ON!!AIRBORNE!!!


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Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 07:47:37 AM

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I MISS YOU SO BAD TOO!!!!!!!! LOVE YA ....;o)


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Date: Monday December 22, 2003
Time: 12:05:04 AM

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Thanks to the party for posting the info about the 4ID webpage below..I checked it out and it is similar to the story my son (Bravo 1/508th) told me about in a letter I just received.Described a mission they had been on. It took about 3 weeks for the letter to get here.


Name: Lindsay Brumley
Email: LindsayDiane18@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 11:33:12 PM

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This is for SGT TIM BRUMLEY. Hey bro- just wanted to tell you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It was good to see you. I love you . Love, Lindsay


Name: Diane Faulkner
Email: mdfalknr@QuixNet.net
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 06:38:43 PM

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TO JEFFREY KUPISCH: Just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year! Was so excited to hear all the great stuff you guys are doing over there. Your Mom called us after she spoke with you the day Saddam was captured. AWESOME! Keep working your best & get 'em all!! We're proud of ya! On the "Home Front:" You probably have heard that Joe & Kathy are engaged. They are planning a July 10,'04 wedding at our church. We go into FULL Wedding Planning Mode after Christmas, Dec.26! It'll be fun, tho. Right now, Uncle Marty is painting the kitchen! Yes, WE ARE FINALLY GETTING A NEW KITCHEN! You know we have waited YEARS to do the kitchen, and the time has finally arrived. We have new cabinets being delivered Tues. at 4:00pm. Yes, Jeffery, there IS a Santa, and he's really GOOD! Sarah & Kathy are on their way home for the holidays. I'll have them leave a message for you, too. Take care, Jeff. You're in my prayers, daily. Love You, Aunt Diane


Name: roseanna
Email: peachypolaris@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 04:31:11 PM

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to wish all who are deployed a safe christmas, that you are thought of daily, and if anyone would like to be able to e-mail myself, just to chat, you are more than welcome,


Name: ila
Email: puffetta833@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 04:18:24 PM

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To all my special and great friends: SPC Perry Chris(thanks for keep writing me, and for sent me christmas card!i miss u too chris!!!) PFC Engle Jacob, SPC Hainkinnen Jacob, PFC Burrows Bruce, PFC Grant Philiph, PFC Heath David, SPC Burkosky mark,SPC Taffoja Chris, SPC Wills Daniel(JACK thanks for send to me ur grretings!!!!!come back soon!!) FSC Meja Omar(ciao Omar!did u get my letters?i miss u and hope to see ya soon!), PFC Ryan Camp, SGT Brad Rogers, PFC Fortress Greg.Im very proud of you guys!!!!I hope to see ya soon!I think of you guys always!!!!!!me and my friends Bill, Mike, Kevin and Cory,we are close to You!!!!!!!take care!!!!!!love ya ila


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Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 04:16:39 PM

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To all my special and great friends: SPC Perry Chris(thanks for keep writing me, and for sent me christmas card!i miss u too chris!!!) PFC Engle Jacob, SPC Hainkinnen Jacob, PFC Burrows Bruce, PFC Grant Philiph, PFC Heath David, SPC Burkosky mark,SPC Taffoja Chris, SPC Wills Daniel(JACK thanks for send to me ur grretings!!!!!come back soon!!) FSC Meja Omar(ciao Omar!did u get my letters?i miss u and hope to see ya soon!), PFC Ryan Camp, SGT Brad Rogers, PFC Fortress Greg.Im very proud of you guys!!!!I hope to see ya soon!I think of you guys always!!!!!!me and my friends Bill, Mike, Kevin and Cory,we are close to You!!!!!!!take care!!!!!!love ya ila


Name: SERENA PRINGLE
Email:
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 02:13:15 PM

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GOOD JOB ,GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SP PROUD AND THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING YOU DONE!!!!!!!!!! GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEARS....HAPPYNESS


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 06:17:16 AM

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to my friend PFC PHILIP GRANT, C CO, 1-508th *** Philip, i miss you and love you ust as much, hurry home so we can party alltogether!!! take care, a package is on its way there, Giulia ^_^* ***


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Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 01:57:42 AM

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Nice story on the 173rd on the 4th ID page http://www.hood.army.mil/4id/Iraqi/news_content/hawija.asp


Name: JUANITA
Email: freya1936@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 21, 2003
Time: 12:05:35 AM

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SGT. RICHARD CRAIG BENNETT, MY LOVED HUSBAND: Baby I don't know if you could read this messagge but I just want to say to you and to everybody how much I love you and how proud of you I am. It will be a great honor for me to become your wife when you come back to me, and you will do very soon because you left here somebody who needs you more than anything else. You're always with me and I cannot wait for the moment to hold you again. Take care. I love you. Your wife, Juanita.


Name: Amie
Email:
Date: Saturday December 20, 2003
Time: 01:20:04 PM

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Jeremy I have sent your Christmas presents over recently but they maybe late. I had to wait loger than I thought for two of the gifts. I don't want you to think that I forgot. Take care of yourself. Keep in touch. Merry Christmas! Love ya Amie


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Date: Saturday December 20, 2003
Time: 10:23:38 AM

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I really can't wait more my love i need see you, i need hold and kiss you papi i miss you very much,hey "kelly and bullet" say hi too you. I love you ANDREW !!!!!!!


Name: robin koza
Email: rkoza@medquistmail.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 10:18:59 PM

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This is from one who has had a father and brother who served and is currently serving in military service. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe. Hope your holidays are safe and good for all of you. Bless you and your families.


Name: Randy Cramer
Email: Golfboy438yahoo.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 10:11:29 PM

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Minneapolis area troop, Need any hard copy reading material, anything I'll get my hands on it. Let me know your APO. Do my best , or e-mail any local info for ya I can. Also If any shortages of any personal items. Let me know. Winters are long in Minnesota, I got the time!! There are people who know your out there..


Name: SFCE7 Manuel Crockett, RET
Email: luvbyrds1@aol.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 10:08:16 PM

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You guys keep up the good stuff. From a 1965 3rd herder to a modern day herder, things or troopers haven't changed that much. Still full of piss and vinegar. Hang tough. Airborne.


Name: Don and Pat Lindsay
Email: drandpal@aol.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 10:00:27 PM

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To all Sky Soldiers: Merry Christmas. We Love you all and wish you the best possible Holidays. We are proud of the job you are doing and know how valuable that job is. Be safe and hurry home. Don and Pat Lindsay


Name: Barb - Jeffrey Kupisch's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 06:40:55 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503RD MORTAR - We are so PROUD of all of you! Keep up the good work! We love you son!! Sent a package last week - Christian sent a Special Package for you, too! Hope to get the lights on the tree tonight. Everyone ('cept me!) has had the flu. Jessica was hospitalized with it because she got dehydrated. I got to spend 2 days in the hospital with her. FUN!! ;o(~ She's home & doing GREAT!! She went to see the new LORD OF THE RINGS movie w/Zack, so she's obviously feeling great! Dad is home in bed with the flu now. Lizzy had it a week ago. Jason is coming home tonight. He's coming to the house tomorrow around 1 or 2:00 pm Chicago time - add 9 hours for Iraq - (you do the math) - if you want to call & talk to him @ home. He'll be home thru January 3rd. Pastor Betsy is in the hospital. She was one floor below Jessica, so we were able to see her when we were in the hospital. Please pray & agree with all of us for a complete healing & restoration for her. Well, I have to sign off & go home.......... I love you more than you can imagine, son! Everyday, we hope & pray to receive a call to pick you up @ O'Hare for your 2 weeks of R&R....... WHEN???!!! CALL WHEN YOU CAN - SOON, PLEASE!! You're still mfbb. Love, Mom


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 03:46:43 PM

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This message is for all the 173 AIRBORNE, MERRY XMAS,WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, PLEASE KEEP SAFE, this is from a very proud mom who has a son in 2/503rd,


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 01:48:17 PM

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i just wanted to wish a very merry Christmas and happy holidays, to the soldiers in iraq, especially to PFC PHILIP GRANT, SPC CHRIS PERRY, SPC CHRISTOPHER TAFFOYA, PFC ADAM JAMES, SPC DANIEL WILLS, SGT CJ CHANDLER, and everybody. God bless you always, giulia *** ^_^*


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 12:41:20 PM

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to SGT Fredrick Campbell hhc 1/508th Baby hope everything is going well.I'm here thinking about you day in and day out.I hope you come home soon cause I can't wait to see you again,I'm lonely without you.You're my one and only love forever,Love you, Millie.


Name: Dianne Massey
Email: dmassey@smithandstevenson.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 12:20:19 PM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF THE 173RD. STAY SAFE AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. KEEP LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER. For PFC Josh Blaney (1/508, A Co. 2nd Plt) Hi Josh, today is my last day at work until after the new year. Hope all of you have a safe, peaceful holiday. We all miss you and had so hoped you would be home. Take care of your leg, and please be careful--we don't want another close call!! You will be in our thoughts constantly during the holidays--another one without you here--don't think I'll ever get used to this. Call if you can during the holidays either at home or cell phone. WE MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH! STAY SAFE!!! LOVE ALWAYS, MOM


Name: PHYLLIS GRAFTON
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 12:16:14 PM

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JUST A WORD OF WARNING TO ANYONE CONSIDERING BUYING ANY ITEMS FROM THE "HERD PX": DON'T DO IT!!! I GAVE THIS MAN $49.00 BACK IN JUNE, AND TO DATE HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE MERCHANDISE. I HAVE E-MAILED THIS GUY SEVERAL TIMES AND HAVE NOT GOTTEN ANY RESPONSE, WHICH LEADS ME TO BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN SCAMMED. JUST THOUGHT I'D PASS THIS ALONG TO THE MANY DEDICATED READERS OF THIS SITE. THE 173RD RULES! PHYLLIS GRAFTON PROUD PARENT OF SPC. STEVE GRAFTON A CO 2ND 503RD


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 11:21:14 AM

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. PFC Nathan Garcia II A. Co. 1/508 3rd PLT. So happy to hear from you. Glad your squad liked the Christmas goodie bags. You should be receiving a couple more boxes. Tell everyone that We said hello. Wish you could be home for the Holidays. Missing you as always, God Bless, Love Mom


Name: MARZIA
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 09:46:43 AM

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To sgt. KOBELKA STEPHEN WOLF (1-508,2nd plt):Hi baby last night was your mum that called me, to said that you phoned her 2 weeks ago.That's fine,I'm glad I didn't miss your phonecall.Please write me soon.I love you.Take care marzia


Name: Gail
Email: gail@gallowayridge.com
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 09:02:06 AM

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all in the 173rd. We have decorated our house for Christmas with silver stars and yellow bows in honor of you. You are all in our thoughts. To Sam Jacks, Chosen Company, 2/503rd: Merry Christmas, son. I love you and wish you were here. We all hope you have received your packages and will enjoy the contents. Stay strong and hurry home. Mom.


Name: Laura Curtiss - Mom of SPC Adam Boyle, 173d ABN BDE, CSC- of Barre, VT - Serving in N Iraq
Email: ProudArmyMomLaura.Curtiss@US.Army.Mil ---OR--- Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 06:30:02 AM

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Adam, We wish so very much you were here with us right now and hoped you would be home for the holidays, I am also grateful though that you were able to celebrate the capture of Saddam knowing you are with the Kurdish people. I can't imagine the celebration. You should be recieving care pkgs and more from various people shortly, including the VT State Employee's Credit Union (they were pleased to be able to do something for one of thier own:); enjoy it all with your buddies and the Kurdish children. We love and miss you!!!! Take care of yourself honey. All our love, Mom and Shannon


Name: O'HARA
Email:
Date: Friday December 19, 2003
Time: 05:01:45 AM

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TO: CLINT KELLY, 173rd, 1/508, A.COMPANY, 3rd PLTN Hi my dear, how are you doing? I pray you be ok. I'd like to give you a big hug with all my love, the love you can get, to keep you warm in my arms and look in to your eyes and lost in you. I'm ok, all my "family" is ok.Christmas is near and I really hope you can have a nice day, overthere. You can't imagine how much I miss you, but this is life.When you'll be back you'll go on with your life and this is good for you, I wish the best for you 'cose you know how much I do care. I'm not doing anything special for Christmas, I'll spend Christmas eve with my friend, the one you met at the beach, and Christmas day with my family, mother,sister,etc.Do you miss the short time you've been in Italy? Or do you miss more your family? If now you could see my face you'll see a smile, because when I think of you I smile. I miss all about you. Kelly, take care of you, and always remember you'll have a special place in my heart.If you need anything or if there's something I can do for you, just ask.I'll climb a mountain for you. Hope you don't mind if I open my heart to you, I'm not asking or waiting for something, I just want you know how much I love you and I hope my love will keep you safe from all the bad things you're going trought. I wish you a Happy (how much could be there) Christmas.Take care of you as I'll do, remember you're special.Forever your friends.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 09:30:26 PM

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To Sgt. Christopher Mascio 319th AFAR/DBtry. I just wanted to say the whole family misses you terriby, and hope you can be home for next Xmas. Please continue your good work with 173rd and watch your back at all times. I did get your e-mail yesterday and was glad to hear from you as always. I am glad your doing O.K. If there is anything else you would like me to send you, please don't hesitate to ask. Have a safe Xmas and New Years. Love always, and God bless you. Auntie Jessie


Name: Mary and Thom F. and Pam B.
Email: msf21@mchsi.com
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 09:05:36 PM

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To PFC JEREMY JOHNSON, ABLE Co. 2/503. Merry Christmas from your "adopted" family in Missouri!! We wanted to let you know that we are very proud of you and all your comrades who are so far away; protecting us here in the good ole USA!! Hope you received the little package we sent. Just a small token of our appreciation. You are in our prayers nightly and thoughts daily. Stay well and safe. Sincerely: Mary, Thom, and Pam.


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 07:18:14 PM

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I have just read the Army Press Release concerning Stop/Loss dated Nov 13, 2003. Granted, I spent my time in the Navy and I don't know alot of Army Jargon. The press release speaks for itself. From what I read, it does not affect people that are already deployed. I have been deployed before for months and it does no one any good to have families panic. Unless you hear something from the Chain Of Command, then I would not believe rumors. We support you and the jobs you are doing. It is a hard job. God Bless you all!


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 06:56:21 PM

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To Thomas S Reyna II, Hi Mijo, How are you? Not much going on here. I just got home from work. As I mentioned to you I work here at the VA hospital in Prescott and I can truly say that the men and women here are behind you and the members of the military. I thought you would want to know. I love you mijo and take care love you Dad.


Name: Jode
Email: paprika@eohio.net
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 05:29:31 PM

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WE won't give up if you don't give up.. Keep the faith.. Each and every one of you are in my prayers daily.


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Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 05:09:45 PM

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Has ANYBODY HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THE STOP LOSS/STOP MOVEMENT. PLEASE LET ME KNOW?


Name: Marzia
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 04:58:03 PM

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To sgt. KOBELKA STEPHEN WOLF (1-508 2nd plt):Baby I'm feeling so down I think I've just missed your phonecall that I'm wainting since you've left.I was in David's to bring my christams package for you, which the italian post sent me back.I left my cell phone in the car.I hope that you have a change to call me soon!!!I look forward to hear your voice.Tonight I called your dad to asked if he's heard from you yet. You were right: he's so cool!!!He asked my phone number for call me in case you'll call them first, and also he said he'll call me on the christams day to wish me "Merry Christams".I do love you so much....Also I heard that your appartament mate'll come back next month.Well it's better that I'm going to meet him and give him back your dvd's, or he'll be very bored without....I hope to hear from you soon.ciao marzia xoxoxo


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 11:06:17 AM

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To my very friend PFC PHILIP A GRANT, CO 1508th: *** philip, saying i miss you to death doesnt exactly give the idea of how i feel...saying i feel empty can give a bare one. so hurry home so we can party alltogether and get to know each other better. you're one of the best friends i've ever had, your heart so big and worm you are your own saviour. much love, Giulia *** ^_^*


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 18, 2003
Time: 10:41:45 AM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH--I am sooo sorry I missed your call!! I was in bed asleep, and I would have heard it, but I got a new cel phone yesterday and I am not used to the ring tone yet so I didn't wake up til the end of it ringing. I didn't even have time to click "answer" before it stopped. When I saw it was you, I just started crying! I kept hoping and praying you would call back. I am soo sorry. I called your parents house after that just to see if they were home and I was going to tell them to tell you that i missed it, but I'm sure they were at work. Hopefully you got ahold of one of them. Well, I hope you are having a good night over there anyway! I miss you very much and I love you. love-stephanie


Name: BRIANNA JOHNSON ( UNCLE ROBERTO SANDIFER )
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 10:00:44 PM

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SPC ROBERTO SANDIFER, B-CO 2/503RD. ROBERTO COME HOME I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH. I NEED YOU. I WANTED YOU TO BE HERE FOR CHRISTMAS TO WATCH ME OPEN MY GIFTS AND TO TUCK ME IN BED AND READ A STORY TO ME. I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR GOD TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND TO BRING YOU HOME FOR SOME REST TO ME. I LOVE YOU, PRINCESS BRIANNA YOUR NIECE.


Name: R J Carter/JoAnn Carter
Email: jabc264@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 09:27:46 PM

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Dear Jerrad Bloom, Hi just spoke to your parents-RJ says hello-we want to send you and our soldiers some goodies let met know what you might want. Were going to send you somethings for Christmas-God Bless You-Thank You for what your doing -can't wait for all of you to get home to this blessed country-We miss you and RJ is getting fat. You look good we pulled some of your pictures up. Please try and call collect sometime. Good Job-you got that evil person-God have mercy on those poor souls he mistreated. Love you, and praying.


Name: Suzann Singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 07:09:10 PM

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TODAY IS A VERY GOOD DAY...MY SON SSG. MARIO SINGER RETURNED TO HIS POST IN ITALY AND HAS NOW BEEN REUNITED WITH HIS FAMILY...HE WAS TO RETURN TO ITALY 2 DAYS SHY OF 6 WEEKS AGO...AND NOW HE WILL GO TO FORT BENNING JAN. & FEB. FOR CLASSES TO FULLFILL HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO HIS PROMOTION...I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO WITNESS HISTORY OF THE MAKINGS OF THE WAR OF "OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM"...FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE SHARING AND CARING OF OUR SOLDIERS FIGHTING IN IRAQ...NOT JUST OF 173RD...ALL OF OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS...AND MY SPECIAL DEEPEST REGARDS TO OUR FALLEN AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES...I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO TELL YOU MY SADDNESS...THEY WILL LIVE IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OUR HEARTS...I PROMISE YOU THAT...EVEN THOUGH MY SON HAS RETURNED...I WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THIS WEBSITE AND CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE WAR...I WILL NEVER STOP CARING...MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALL...SEASON'S GREETINGS AND MAY OUR SOLDIERS FROM 173RD RETURN SAFELY IN THE YEAR 2004...MY BEST WISHES TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU...SUZANN SINGER


Name: Amy Jo
Email: amyjojo88@cs.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 06:41:17 PM

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JEFF K. Hey cuz just thought i'd drop ya a quick note before i head off to church! Wanted to remind u that i love u sooooooooooo much and that i am soooooooooooooooooooo proud of u!!!!!! i'll be praying for u!!!! *love* amy jo


Name: Laura and Elena
Email: badangel072000@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 06:26:27 PM

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Whats up guys??? We are proud of you an we hope that you will come bakc home soon!!!!! So we can have a big party!!!!!!!!!!!!! We miss you alot take care and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Kisses and hugs ;)


Name:
Email: scrisom@yahoo.it
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 03:14:04 PM

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To MARIO ANDRIULLI (1-508 ABN BDE) Hey, what is up brother? Today i had english class at the university. I was surprised to understand everything the prof told us during the lesson. I could say thanks to you a thousand times but it would never be enough. Don't forget that the most I learnt, I learnt from you! Thank you also for the good job you are doing there, we are proud of you! You don't know how much we love you and miss you!! I hope you got my Christmas package but, if you didn't, we'll send you soon another one. Take care and come back soon!! Kisses, Francesca


Name: PHYLLIS GRAFTON
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 01:04:15 PM

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A SPECIAL BELATED BIRTHDAY TO PFC JEREMY CZARNIK...A CO 2ND 503RD 2ND PLATOON! YOU AND SPC. GRAFTON KEEP WATCHING EACH OTHERS BACKS AND WE KNOW YOU WILL BOTH COME HOME SAFELY TO THE FOLKS WHO LOVE YOU. HAPPY 20TH, JEREMY! THE GRAFTON FAMILY


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 12:37:13 PM

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SPC. John Perkins, Jr.... Hi Sexy!!!! I just wanted to leave you a little message to let you know how proud I am of you. I love you with all my heart and soul and am so excited to see you. Hopefully you got some stuff from me today.... but I must be doing something wrong because it seems to take the stuff I send like 85 years to get to you. I just want you to have it so you can smile! I miss you so much and I'll talk to you soon. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Hughes Family
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 12:09:56 PM

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SGT SHANE D WILSON, A CO 1/508..............THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU for the midnight telephone call!! Also very happy to hear you got my Christmas package already! Not to worry, plenty more on the way! I'm glad to hear you are all doing well and in relatively good spirits. I knew you guys had to have something to do with that bastard's capture. Not to worry, all of your 173rd families and supporters know who the real heroes are!! Please send me the info on the phone cards ASAP so I can get that going for you! I look forward to more calls!!! Please stay safe, keep warm and watch over the guys! Take care of each other---not too much longer! We all love you dearly and pray for you daily!!


Name: DRAKE'S OF INDIANA
Email: TLJCDRAKE@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 11:36:55 AM

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PFC JARROD DRAKE OF 1ST.PLATOON BATTLE CO. 2ND/503RD. MERRY CHRISTMAS SON! WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH AND PRAY FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN. GOD BLESS ALL THE SOILDERS STANDING POINT AROUND THE WORLD.LOVE DAD, MOM, & CALEB


Name: Karen Anselmo
Email: happigf@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 11:32:37 AM

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There are no words that would be strong enough to say how I feel. I want you to know that we as Americans are grateful for your sacrifice to make this Country strong and safe. As we go on with our lives, go to work, come home to family and friends, you are risking your lives and living in horrible conditions. I almost feel guilty sometimes. I do know, however, you are fighting for just that. So that AMerica on a whole, will have the freedom to live ones life w/out fear. Good luck to all of you. My thoughts, prayers and care packages are with you and on there way. I have been passing along the website to everyone I know. Called corperations large and small to donate the items you need to remain comfortable. GOd Bless all of you and keep you safe. THANK YOU for you bravery!


Name:
Email: nchamplin1@juno.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 10:22:25 AM

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Does anyone have information about a planned celebration for the 173rd's homecoming in April? I read about it someplace a while ago and now can't remember where. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you a 173rd Mom


Name: geraldo diaz,jerry
Email: laloandlori@aol.com.
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 07:58:45 AM

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i,m giving an open invitation to all skysoldiers from ct.if your home on leave to stop by the governors footguard hall on ann st. in hartford to attend the greater hartford chapter of the 82nd abn. div. assoc.as a honored guest.our meetings are held on the 2nd tues. of every month at 7:30 pm.interested paratroopers can contact me at laloandlori@aol.com. or the chapter at www.paratrooper.org. AIRBORNEALLTHEWAY JERRY btry A 1st bn. abn.319th f.a.82nd. from 83-85 participated in operation urgent fury.


Name: Robert McIntyre
Email: BobM@south-dade.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 07:22:48 AM

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Your doing a wonderful job...you make me proud to be an American! Special hello to Sgt. David Hilla! Merry Christmas Bob McIntyre


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 07:16:47 AM

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To SGT. Daniel Korp 3rd plt. b.co. 2/503 How are you son? If you get a moment call us. We are going out of town next week, but we will have dads cell phone you got the number 556-8722. We love you! A few more month left. Hang in there and watch your back. love mom and dad


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 07:16:14 AM

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to my friend PFC PHILIP GRANT, C CO, 1-508th. Hurry home, take care, may God always keep an eye on your soul. much love, Giulia xoxoxoxo ^_^*


Name: Rachel Zermeno
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 07:15:11 AM

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Here is an interesting story that was sent to me. It brought tears to my eyes, and I just want to say a huge thank you to the Mom's, Wives and Girlfriends, Sisters, Aunt and Grandmother's of our military! "I was sitting alone in one of those loud, casual steak houses that you find all over the country. You know the type--a bucket of peanuts on every table, shells littering the floor, and a bunch of perky college kids racing around with longneck beers and sizzling platters. Taking a sip of my iced tea, I studied the crowd over the rim of my glass. My gaze lingered on a group enjoying their meal. They wore no uniform to identify their branch of service, but they were definitely "military", clean-shaven, cropped haircut, and that "squared away" look that comes with pride.Smiling sadly, I glanced across my table to the empty seat where my husband usually sat. It had only been a few months since we sat in this very booth, talking about his upcoming deployment to the Middle East. That was when he made me promise to get a sitter for the kids, come back to this restaurant once a month and treat myself to a nice steak. In turn he would treasure the thought of me being here, thinking about him until he returned home to me. I fingered the little flag pin I constantly wear and wondered where he was at this very moment. Was he safe and warm? Was his cold any better? Were my letters getting through to him? As I pondered these thoughts, high-pitched female voices from the next booth broke into my thoughts. "I don't know what Bush is thinking about. Invading Iraq. You'd think that man would learn from his old man's mistakes. Good lord. What an idiot! I can't believe he is even in office. You do know, he stole the election." I cut into my steak and tried to ignore them, as they began an endless tirade running down our president. I thought about the last night I spent with my husband, as he prepared to deploy. He had just returned from getting his smallpox and anthrax shots. The image of him standing in our kitchen packing his gas mask still gives me chills. Once again the women's voices invaded my thoughts. "It is all about oil, you know. Our soldiers will go in and rape and steal all the oil they can in the name of 'freedom'. Humph! I wonder how many innocent people they'll kill without giving it a thought? It's pure greed, you know." My chest tightened as I stared at my wedding ring. I could still see how handsome my husband looked in his "mess dress" the day he slipped it on my finger. I wondered what he was wearing now. Probably his desert uniform, affectionately dubbed "coffee stains" with a heavy bulletproof vest over it. "You know, we should just leave Iraq alone. I don't think they are hiding any weapons. In fact, I bet it's all a big act just to increase the president's popularity. That's all it is, padding the military budget at the expense of our social security and education. And, you know what else? We're just asking for another 9-ll. I can't say when it happens again that we didn't deserve it." Their words brought to mind the war protesters I had watched gathering outside our base. Did no one appreciate the sacrifice of brave men and women, who leave their homes and family to ensure our freedom? Do they even know what "freedom" is? I glanced at the table where the young men were sitting, and saw their courageous faces change. They had stopped eating and looked at each other dejectedly, listening to the women talking. "Well, I, for one, think it's just deplorable to invade Iraq, and I am certainly sick of our tax dollars going to train professional baby killers we call a military." Professional baby killers? I thought about what a wonderful father my husband is, and of how long it would be before he would see our children again. That's it! Indignation rose up inside me. Normally reserved, pride in my husband gave me a brassy boldness I never realized I had. Tonight one voice will answer on behalf of our military, and let her pride in our troops be known. Sliding out of my booth, I walked around to the adjoining booth and placed my hands flat on their table. Lowering myself to eye level with them, I smilingly said, "I couldn't help overhearing your conversation. You see, I'm sitting here trying to enjoy my dinner alone. And, do you know why? Because my husband, whom I love with all my heart, is halfway around the world defending your right to say rotten things about him. Yes, you have the right to your opinion, and what you think is none of my business. However, what you say in public is something else, and I will not sit by and listen to you ridicule MY country, MY president, MY husband, and all the other fine American men and women who put their lives on the line, just so you can have the "freedom" to complain. Freedom is an expensive commodity, ladies. Don't let your actions cheapen it." I must have been louder that I meant to be, because the manager came over to inquire if everything was all right. "Yes, thank you," I replied. Then turning back to the women, I said, "Enjoy the rest of your meal." As I returned to my booth applause broke out. I was embarrassed for making a scene, and went back to my half eaten steak. The women picked up their check and scurried away. After finishing my meal, and while waiting for my check, the manager returned with a huge apple cobbler alamode. "Compliments of those soldiers," he said. He also smiled and said the ladies tried to pay for my dinner, but that another couple had beaten them to it. When I asked who, the manager said they had already left, but that the gentleman was a veteran, and wanted to take care of the wife of "one of our boys." With a lump in my throat, I gratefully turned to the soldiers and thanked them for the cobbler. Grinning from ear to ear, they came over and surrounded the booth. "We just wanted to thank you, ma'am. You know we can't get into confrontations with civilians, so we appreciate what you did." As I drove home, for the first time since my husband's deployment, I didn't feel quite so alone. My heart was filled with the warmth of the other diners who stopped by my table, to relate how they, too, were proud of my husband, and would keep him in their prayers. I knew their flags would fly a little higher the next day. Perhaps they would look for more tangible ways to show their pride in our country, and the military who protect her. And maybe, just maybe, the two women who were railing against our country, would pause for a minute to appreciate all the freedom America offers, and the price it pays to maintain it's freedom. As for me, I have learned that one voice CAN make a difference. Maybe the next time protesters gather outside the gates of the base where I live, I will proudly stand on the opposite side with a sign of my own. It will simply say, "Thank You!" (*Lori Kimble is a 31-year-old teacher and proud military wife. A California native, Mrs. Kimble currently lives in Alabama) To those who fight/fought for our Nation: Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. GOD BLESS AMERICA!


Name:
Email: Thought you might like this poem
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 06:32:43 AM

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THE SOLDIER OUTSIDE MY DOOR The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep in perfect contentment, or so it would seem. So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. "What are you doing?" I asked without fear "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts, to the window that danced with a warm fire's light then he sighed and he said "Its really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night" "Its my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I've not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red white and blue... an American flag. "I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home, I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat, I can carry the weight of killing another or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers who stand at the front against any and all, To insure for all time that this flag will not fall." "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone. To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, to know you remember we fought and we bled is payment enough, and with that we will trust. That we mattered to you as you mattered to us. ~Author Unknown


Name: ila
Email: puffetta833@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 02:52:56 AM

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To FSC Meja Omar: hi Omar!i was so happy this morning, when i saw your pic in the web site!wow!i hope you got my letters!!!!Come back home soon!!!I want to send to all of my friends a big hug!!!I wish you were here guys!!!im very proud of you guys!!!See ya later alligators!!!lol! ila


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2003
Time: 12:20:44 AM

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>Two Weeks Before Christmas > >T'was two weeks before Christmas, And all through Iraq >The people still worried that Saddam would be back. >The soldiers went out on their nightly patrol >Capturing the bad guys was always their goal! >With raids seeming endless in the triangle Sunni, >We hoped that not all of Iraq was so looney! >We gathered the tribe of Saddam, in Tikrit, >And suddenly now they all started to snit! >They told of a farm where Hussein just might be >Odierno then called on our boys- from the great 4th ID! >More rapid than Baathists our soldiers they came, >And he whistled and shouted and called them by name Now Delta, Now Rangers, Now Cavalry too! >On Green Hats, on Pilots, I need all of you! >Go to that farm and secure it right now! >Capture his ass- you guys know how! >Off went our soldiers under cover of night, >>So stealthy, so quiet with no trace of light >While we back at home were eating our lunches, >Our boys on the ground were following hunches! > > And then it was time for the raid to begin. >The first target came up -empty within! >Could it be our intel was wrong once again? >No! Somewhere nearby is the wolf in his den! >And then, in a twinkling, camouflage torn away >>In a hole in the ground did their quarry lay >Dazed and confused, right at them he looked, >Did the stupid old fool know his goose was now cooked? >He was dressed all in rags from his toes to his head, And his beard was as matted as 12 day-old bread! >How the mighty had fallen, could this be Hussein? >One look in his eyes was to know he's insane! >Our boys got their man - how proud we all are >The relief in our country is felt near and far >A bath he has had now -yet he'll never be clean >Forever tainted with mass torture and his Fedayeen To our soldiers we give our undying respect You always give more than we ever expect >We hope you can have now a night with some fun Your loved ones back home say- JOB DAMN WELL DONE! Deborah Sandberg Proud Army Mom (101st Airborne Division) 14 December 2003 >


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmailcom
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 09:55:39 PM

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Has anyone heard from any of their soldiers who happen to be in B. Company, 1/508th. Our son is in 1st plt. and it has been quite sometime since we have heard even a peep. Anyone have any updated news we would greatly appriciate it. Thanks, Happy Holidays to all the 173rd famlies and their loved ones.


Name: Brandy
Email: love_my_army_man2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 09:43:43 PM

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Sorry the below address is incorrect. This one is the right one. Thanks Brandy


Name: Brandy
Email: I_love_my_army_man_2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 09:30:52 PM

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To the fiance who sent the post about PCS in Feb.Please email me I have heard the same thing. Send me an email maybe we can communicate with each other. My email is posted above. Thanks Brandy


Name: Barb- JEFF KUPISCH - HHC 2/503
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 09:23:31 PM

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Dearest Jeffrey - It was so great to hear from you over the weekend. Thanks for the early wake up call on Sunday!! We are so proud of you & all the efforts of the 173rd & the role all of you played over the weekend. YOU DID IT!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!! Keep the faith! Keep calling! Keep safe!! We love you very much & miss you even more!! Sent a box of goodies on Saturday! Call when you get it! You're still mfbb. Love, Mom


Name: Brenda Colvin
Email: tobius@suite224.net
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 08:29:09 PM

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Merry Christmas Dearest David Hilla, Nephew. We are praying for you every single day, and you are also missed, loved and deeply cared for. We are so very proud of you, and all your men for the exceptional dedication, loyalty and perseverence that you display each and every day of your lives. We support you, we love you and you are a part of our lives through loving thoughts, devoted prayer and genuine admiration. Dearest David Hilla...WE LOVE YOU! Have a happy holiday, even thought you are so far away, you are in our hearts, right here at home! Love, Aunt Brenda


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: acallie007@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 06:15:52 PM

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SGT Aaron Winkle, Able Co., 2/503...thanks for my 2am wake up call! how did you know i had to be at work at 4am to cover in the OR? haha. we'll just call it luck. did i even make any sense at all because after about 15 minutes i woke up and realized what was going on just as the dreaded "30 second beep" sounded. thanks for my phone call - even if i was half asleep for it. anyway, this is just a friendly reminder that we're down to the FINAL 20. remember to keep your head down, keep your morale up, and keep your faith. i keep having dreams about that beautiful midnight black toyota truck that's in our very near future!!! hehe....among other things. i miss you more everyday and i love you too! --amanda :)


Name: Amy Dunham
Email: amyjojo88@cs.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 06:03:47 PM

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JEFF K. hey cuzzin!! i had some time and thought i'd drop you a note to say hi! its like 5 here in p-ville but i just got home from school because i was working on music for the spring musical. we're doing footloose this year. hopefully i'll make it...we have finals this week :/ i only have to take 3 though! :) well i'm gonna wrap this up now...email me if you get the chance....i love you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!! you're awesome!!!!!!!!!!! i am sooooooooooo proud of u cuz!!!!!!!! ~love~ amy jo


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 05:51:07 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH--Hey honey! How are you doing out there? I just wanted to write and tell you I was thinking about you. My mom and I are going to watch Freaky Friday a little later when she gets home from her meeting. I didn't go to work today, because I think I had part of a virus that was going around my room at the daycare. Anyway, I am continuing to pray for you and the rest of the 173rd everyday! I miss you very much! Stay safe and be proud! I love you. love-stephanie


Name: Aunt Diana
Email: indyjim@softcom.net
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 05:08:51 PM

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Dec 16th Sgt. David Hilla, Hope you and your men know how much their families are thinking of them during the holidays. I hope that you are finding ways together to celebrate the holidays and remembering traditions that bring you Joy. May God Bless all the men and women serving their nation and bring them home soon and safely. I have your silver ring on my finger daily and I think about you at least twice a day. Our prayers are with all of you young men and women. Big warm Bear HUGS!! Aunt Diana and Jim


Name: Jessica Hebert~Proud sister of SPC. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 04:49:01 PM

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I love you 173rd. Always thinking of you back here in good ole Washington! Your #1 Sky Soldier fan, Jessica Hebert


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 03:52:33 PM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON, A CO, 2ND/503RD: WAY TO GO!!! YOU AND THE REST OF THE 173RD OPENED THE FRONT FOR THE 4TH ID TO BRING IN THEIR BIG GUNS...THAT ASSHOLE WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU GUYS. WE ARE ALL PROUD OF THE 173RD AND ARE GLAD THAT SADDAM WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO HURT ANOTHER SOUL. HERE'S TO THE US ARMY AND ESPECIALLY THE 173RD...AND EXTRA-ESPECIALLY OUR BRAVE SOLDIER! WE CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO COME HOME SAFELY TO US. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU AND ARE PROUD OF THE MAN YOU HAVE BECOME. MOM, DAD AND JAIME


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Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 03:06:57 PM

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what does the stop loss/stop movement mean? what does that change? someone please explain. thanks.


Name: Rachel Zermeno
Email: rzermeno@lawrencehealth.com
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 02:31:31 PM

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A very dear friend sent this to me via email, and it touched my heart. Here's to all soldiers past, present and future whether they are Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine. "A SOLDIER'S CHRISTMAS " The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,my daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe,Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,But I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,And I crept to the door just to see who was near.Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child."What are you doing?" I asked without fear. "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts, To the window that danced with a warm fire's light. Then he sighed and he said, "Its really all right." "I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night. It's my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times." "No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me." "My Gramps died at 'Pearl' on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers. My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam And now it is my turn and so, here I am." "I've not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile." Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red white and blue...an American flag. "I can live through the cold and the being alone,Away from my family, my house and my home,I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat,I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers,Who stand at the front against any and all,To insure for all time that this flag will not fall." "So go back inside," he said,"harbor no fright.Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But isn't there something I can do, at the least, Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone. To stand your own watch, no matter how long." "For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled Is payment enough, and with that we will trust That we mattered to you as you mattered to us." In loving appreciation of the countless Americans who have and continue to serve in the Armed Forces, and those who gave their life for their country. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. We look forward to the day you come home. God bless and keep you always, and God Bless America !


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Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 01:17:54 PM

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Your fiance will still leave Iraq when the 173rd leaves. From what he is saying, he won't be able to transfer from the 173rd until August (I have no idea if that is accurate). Basically if what he was told is true, he'll stay in Vicenza, or wherever the 173rd is until August.


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Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 01:17:20 PM

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I FORGOT TO MENTION I AM IN THE STATES


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 01:04:27 PM

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CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME IF THEY'RE IN THE SAME SITUATION I AM? MY FIANCEE IS SUPPOSED TO PCS FROM VICENZA IN FEBRUARY AND HE'S DEPLOY WITH 173RD TO IRAQ ,THEY'RE SAYING THAT THEY HAVE THAT STOP LOSS/STOP MOVEMENT THING GOING ON .THEY TOLD HIM THAT SINCE THE STOP MOVEMENT AFFECTS HIM HE WON'T BE COMING HOME UNTIL AUGUST,IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME CAUSE BY THAT TIME THE BRIGADE IS SUPPOSED TO BE BACK IN ITALY.I AM REALLY DEPRESS AND SAD CAUSE I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM IN A WHILE,I TRY TO BE AS SUPPORTIVE AS I CAN TO HIM BUT SOMETIMES I NEED SOMEBODY TO SUPPORT ME ALSO ,MAYBE THERE'S SOMEBODY OUTHERE THAT'S IN THE SAME SITUATION I AM AND CAN GIVE ME SOME SUPPORT,REMEMBER ALL THE RELATIVES OF THE 173RD ARE ONE FAMILY, THANK YOU ALL


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 11:55:03 AM

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I just wanted to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Sean Reynolds. My thoughts and my prayers are with you at this time. The article about him showed what a truly remarkable American he was, he gave his "All" in the name of freedom. God Bless you all.


Name: BRUCE "STRAYDOG" SNYDER
Email: STRAYDOGLUTZ@AOL.COM
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 11:47:47 AM

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TO ALL PRESENT MEMBERS OF THE "HERD", THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THE JOB THAT ALL OF YOU ARE DOING TO KEEP OUR GREAT COUNTRY FREE. I AM THE PERSON THAT GAVE A VIETNAM HERD PATCH TO THE SEAL WHO GAVE IT TO AL THE MEDIC WHO WAS FLOWN TO THE BATTLE FIELD TO GIVE IT TO THE FIELD COMMANDER OF THE HERD. I CAN NEVER BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW MUCH THAT THE PATCH GOING TO THE BATTLE MEANS TO ME AND ALSO HOW MUCH IT HAS MEANT TO ME TO HAVE SERVED IN THE HERD DURING THE VIETNAM ERA. ONE DAY I MIGHT BE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GO TO ITALY AND SEE THE NEW HERD. THE EXPENSE TO GET THERE AND BACK MOST LIKELY WILL BE MORE THAN I CAN GATHER SO IT WILL BE AWHILE BEFORE I CAN AFFORD IT, BUT FOR SURE ONE DAY I WILL GET THERE AND BE GIVEN THE HONOR OF VISITING ALL OF YOU ONCE YOUR BACK IN ITALY. KEEP THOSE FEET AND KNEES TOGETHER AND DRIVE ON TO VICTORY FOR ALL US WHO ARE NOW PROTECTED BY THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS. "THANKS MAN" BRUCE "STRAYDOG" SNYDER LUTZ FLA.


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 09:18:49 AM

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A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all members of the HERD!I am also curious as to how many 173d soldiers have been wounded since the deployment.


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 09:11:15 AM

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Does someone knows if the HHC 1-508 are back yet from the mission?


Name: gina
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 08:24:27 AM

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Ronald E.Brady...173rd 503.1st plt 3sqd....Just want to wish u a Merry Christmas..hope u get to come home soon...hang in there!...thinking about you...love gina


Name: CELINA BARRIOS
Email: barriosj001@skytek.it
Date: Tuesday December 16, 2003
Time: 12:23:08 AM

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TO:SGT BARRIOS,JUAN 1-508/3PLT/BCo. hi amor mio te escribo para desirte que te amo mucho y ojala que podamos estar juntos de nuebo,tus hijos te adoran y te estranan mucho Scarface te manda saludos huao" (jijii) bueno amor mio cuidate mucho y que diosito te bendiga te espero pronto .I LOVE YOU ...


Name: Barbra Peeler
Email: Beexbee@msn.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 11:32:35 PM

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This is for PFC Curtis Peeler in the A-Co 2/503 173rd. Hi Baby, I miss you soo much along with all your brothers and your dad. Email me if you can. We are all very proud of you. Meagan, Jubal, Kyle, David, Derek, Skyler, Shay, John, Dennis,and all their brothers and sisters, moms and dads and friends. Everyone misses you and is looking forward to your return. All my love Mom..........


Name: Larry Sears
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 11:15:59 PM

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How thrilled you all must be,that the "Rat", was finally pulled out of his hole. And we at home are just as thrilled that the job you are doing is making the world a safer place to live in.How proud we are of all of you! Stay safe, and hurry home. You all will remain in our thoughts and prayers. And a "special" hello to my Grandson, Pfc Ryan Wilmington 2/503. Love You and PROUD of you!


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 10:40:45 PM

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TO ALL OF THE GREAT SOLDIERS IN IRAQ, ESPECIALLY THE 173RD, GOOD JOB, WE FINALLY GOT THE BASTARD!!! BE PROUD, YOU GUYS/GALS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. FATHER OF A 173RD SOLDIER.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 10:38:06 PM

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This message is for PFC JEREMY LANCE CZARNIK, 2nd of 503rd, A co, 173rd airborne brigade--HAPPY HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY JEREMY, We all love and miss you very much. I hope you have a great day! (maybe they will tell you your going home)Love,dad,angela jennifer,kyle,adam and of course, alexis


Name: Lynn Wilson
Email: lwcombs1401@earthlink.net
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 02:41:35 PM

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A message for my nephew Brandy Cohen and all the soldiers of the 173rd. Congratulations! I was riveted to the TV all day Sunday. My prayers and thanks to all the soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan (and all over the world). Thank you all for your service and a job well done. My prayers go to all of you and your families. May we all remember the soldiers that have lost their lives or have been injured. God Bless! BJ...I hope this makes you one step closer to coming home! I love you! Aunt Lynn


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@w-link.net
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 02:13:47 PM

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CONGRATULATIONS SKY SOLDIERS. You are all doing a magnificent job. Stay safe and come home soon. Arlene


Name: Annette Tewell Ssg Haynes' mom
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 12:49:43 PM

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Congrats to all of our fighting men and women. Great job!!!!!! Hang in there and stay safe. The fat lady has not sung yet!!!!!


Name: Amara 2302
Email: amara2302@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 12:29:49 PM

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TO: Sgt. Feliciano Gomez, Jr. 12/15/03 I love you, I hope you know it. Congratulations to all you men and women God Bless you all. From the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas.


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 12:21:27 PM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell HHC 1 508th Hey Baby I'm really proud of you ,you're my hero and I'm always gonna look up to you.I hope that everything now can change for the better in that country and that hopefully you'll get to come sooner ,I pray GOD you do cause I'm desperate to see you again, GOD Bless the 173rd and I Love you Fredrick, Millie.


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 12:05:43 PM

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To Thomas S Reyna II, Hi Mijo wanted to let you know that I love you. Love you Mijo Dad


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 11:54:48 AM

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Saddam Hussein-------THEE Ace in the HOLE!!!!! I have a feeling the 4th ID had a little heavenly help from their fellow soldiers they had already lost in search of this tyrant--something that made them look under the rug and the bricks instead of walking over it. He had literally dug his own grave, was found lying in it, and that is where he shall return. Isn't it ironic he could glorify death by calling those committing the suicide attacks and killings martyrs...but he ends up the most indignant of them all. Bewildered, bedraggled, and.....next..beheaded or be hung? God Bless the lost souls who suffered at his hands, our lost soldiers who were part of making a better world, and bless our troops still answering to the call of duty. Merry Christmas to the troops, families and GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!!


Name: Kristina Egert
Email: kristina.egert@us.army.mil
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 11:50:13 AM

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SPC Christopher Taffoya (3rd PLT B/2/503): Hey handsome. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. I love you. And I am proud of you and all that you stand for. Take care and God bless! Always ~ Kristina


Name: CELINA BARRIOS
Email: barriosj001@skytek.it
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 11:04:13 AM

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TO:SGT BARRIOS,JUAN 3PLT/BCo. amor mio espero que este bien del todo nosotros estamos bien solo tu nos haces falta , bueno meda gusto que ya agarraron al saddam hooooraaa" ojala que esto traiga buenas noticias para ustedes y puedan rregresar mas temprano ,amor mio te estrano mucho sin los dias no tienen sabor ni sentido espero que pronto estemos juntos para podernos querer y para ser felices ,amor tus hijos te estranan mucho y te esperan pronto so cuidate mucho ok, papi bueno amor mio estodo pero rrecuerda que siempre te tengo en mi mente y en mi corazon que diosito te bendega mi sgt chulo tu amada celina b..I LOVE YOU..


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 09:39:05 AM

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"CONGRATULATIONS" 173rd. What a truly great Christmas present. Now just get the rest of the "stocking stuffers". We know who the spearhead of the 4th ID has been, but who got him makes no difference. All the troops made the "differnce". GOD BLESS YOU ALL and to all those who have "given all." We salute you all and pray for your safe return. Stay alert and relentless and we will see you soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. GOD BLESS AMERICA & the 173rd. Hooaaah


Name: LUCIE
Email:
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 08:50:04 AM

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GREAT JOB GUYS. MY BOYFRIEND CALLED ME. HE WILL COME BACK IN JANUARY 2004. ANOTHER GREAT NEWS. GREAT XMAS TROOPS. LUCIE M.


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 06:54:05 AM

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LET'S HANG SOME HEARTS FOR OUR TROOPS AT treeforthetroops.com


Name: ROS
Email:
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 05:11:17 AM

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TO SGT. CARL DAVID HOOKS Hi. Since your phone call I waited all week for you. Finally yesterday I understood why they didn't make you leave!!!!! I'm proud of you, come back soon, I'll be waiting for you. Hope you come back before Christmas. A big hug from your friend, xoxoxoxox.


Name: HHC 1/508th Families, Friends, and Supporters!!!
Email: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil
Date: Monday December 15, 2003
Time: 03:00:02 AM

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HOOOOOOOOAH! WEll, as one of you put it to me yesterday "Come on now...you know 4th ID couldn't catch a cold if that was what they were looking for! Who do you think was there with em'?!?!" All I have to say is that I am so very very proud of you all! Besides you know 4th ID isn't AIRBORNE....of course they needed some help:) On top of that I have a feeling you all just sped up my projected time line...I DO NOT MIND that at all! SOOOOOOOO....I am looking for as many family, friends, and those who would like to hit the pavement to help collect donations for the Welcome Home Celebration...and what a party we will throw! If you desire to help PLEASE email me at <wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil> I want to thank all of you who have already contacted me, and I hope more will join with us to give these guys the ultimate Welcome Home! If you wish to help please email me your physical address, and I will send you the info packet, along with a letter for donations. I will also have that list of local hotels, ect. out right after the new year. Wow! What a great gift to get for the holidays...the Capture of Sadam! My only question is...what will we do with him now?!?! I wish we could lock him in a room with a few of our finest and ask no further questions! What look was he going for when he was caught..Santa?!?!? Well Uncle Sam has a gift for him I bet...I doubt he was ever on the nice list...so I wonder what he will be getting this year;)~~~~~Wendy Damman-Bednar~~~~~~


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 10:46:16 PM

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This to all the SKYSOLDIERS, GO AIRBORNE, WE LOVE YOU AND ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU, this message is from a very proud mom


Name: Linda Hunsecker,Proud mother of SSG Victor Lopez
Email: crowmother1@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:54:12 PM

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Congratulations Sky Soldiers for a job well done. I'm so proud of all of the troops in Iraq, each and everyone of you have contributed to the capture of Saddam Hussein. The world now is behind you. Please have a Merry Christmas and know your families are all wishing you safety, and a swift return to your families.


Name: Beth Parsons
Email: bethandjohn2@comcast.net
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:48:15 PM

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To Sgt.James Brown (from Oregon), We hope you are doing well and send you Christmas greetings. Have fun during your leave! Love,Beth,John,Lizzie and Zoe


Name: Justin Arthur
Email: twinsniper@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:23:25 PM

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Tomas Labriola and 173rd airborne, god bless and Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.


Name: Hughes Family
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:19:58 PM

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YAAAHOOOOO!!!!!!!!! As we wind down this monumentous day of freedom and democracy, we want to take a few moments to thank each and every member of the 173rd for their part in Saddam's downfall. We know your days and weeks of missions led to this historical day! Because of your sacrifices, the Iraqi children will know the freedom, your brothers and sisters enjoy! Thank you all for the early Christmas gift--now please stay safe, watch each other's backs and come home soon so we can throw you the celebration you ALL deserve! TO SGT SHANE D WILSON, A CO 1/508.......you KNOW there were some Silver Bullets going down TODAY!!!


Name:
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:02:32 PM

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Thank God and bless all the brave soldiers that captured Saddam, whether it was direct or indirect. Everyone has played a part. Thank you CW3 Bradley. If it hadn't been for you giving us the opportunity to e-mail each other and share our sadness and loneliness for our loved ones, some of us will probably have been a basket case. I have been leaning and depending on the most high to help me through this. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. A 173rd Mom


Name: Terri Kennedy
Email: Terrikennedy@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 08:18:41 PM

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Hi, I am the mom of Sgt. William H. Higginbotham, III. He is currently in Iraq. I just wanted to say how proud I am of him and everyone that is serving with him now, and has ever served before him. It is the holiday season. It is very different being here and knowing that he won't be with us this year in person...however, he has a job to do. The best Christmas present a mom could ever have...is for her son to stand-up for what is right and to do what he has been trained to do, to the best of his ability. Merry Christmas, Will! We are very proud of you. You, and those with you, are in our thoughts and our prayers. God Bless America!


Name: Terri
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 07:31:14 PM

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ATTN:----> SPC Mike Volpe 2Plt Bco 2/503: Hey Man!!! How are you!!! What an amazing 24 hours!!!!!!! In addition to a great touching and laughter filled show & Kinky signing every one of his books that I have and a yr's worth of his TxMonthly Column, I had breakfast/late dinner (take your pick) with him, Rambam, and Little Jewford & his wife, and an AP writer (who wanted to quote me on my comments on how amazing Kinky's life has been) after the show at this all night Mex. Rest on Knox-Henderson. Good Stuff. Gotta admit I shed a tear during "Sold American" and "Marilyn & Joe". I would have loved to have heard "Ride 'em Jew Boy" (about the Holocaust) and "Wild Man From Borneo" (written while in the Peace Corps), but some singing time was taken up with reading to us. One excerpt from the "Guide to Tx Ettiquite" and the column on his dad the WWII navigator from Tx Monthly. So, it was a good night. Then got up mid-day and found out "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!!!" Ok not exactly, but close. Great Job!!!! TTTTTHHHHEEENNNN!!!! The Cowboys shut out the Redskins 27-0!!!! OMG!!!!! The first shutout in 4 years and the first against D.C. since '71!!!!!!!! That thar is a full day pardner!!!! :) Just a little while longer and you can go 'Coastin' w/ Larry Joe Talor. I'm coastin'. Stay strong & safe until then. T-


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:26:42 PM

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WOOOOW!!!THEY GOT HIM!!! I'm soooooo proud of all the soldiers who are in Iraq who fought for freedom!!!Lucia


Name: PROUD 173RD MOM
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:18:08 PM

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CONGRATULATIONS GUYS! You are all doing a magnificent job and we truly appreciate all of your sacrifices!


Name: Morgan
Email: Lildruboo@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:09:07 PM

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CATHY BAKER....a suggestion on the reading at night thing.........THEY HAVE THINGS CALLED BOOKLIGHTS that attach to the actual book itself (they are lightweight and battery-operated) you can find them at bookstores or local retail stores usually, like target or Walgreens


Name: Lindsey
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:01:01 PM

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GOOD JOB GUYS!!! I am soooo proud of all of you! I can't even begin to explain the feeling I got when I heard the news of his capture! My body was filled with chills, from head to toe! So if you have ever doubted what you have done... IT ALL PAID OFF! You guys are great!!!!!!! Your mission is just about over and you guys are that much closer........... TO HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 04:58:47 PM

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to my friend PFC PHILIP A. GRANT, C CO, 1-508th: first your video greeting, than the email, and now the news about saddam,... i'd never thought the one giving me the best Christmas present could ever been you! you make me so proud!! love and support, love, giulia


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 04:57:20 PM

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Congratulations Sky Soldiers!! You have given the world an early Christmas present. Hurry home guys and gals - we love all of you and thank you for this great day!


Name: Aunt Becky
Email: gbkiwals@cs.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 03:56:04 PM

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Jeff K, hey, guy we are so proud of you and all the soldiers!! A job very well done! I heard about the great news when i got to church. Pastor came up to me and said it was a good day in the USA!! Remember our pastor is from Wales. We got 4 inches of snow yesterday. Today it is slushy and wet! Hope you are staying warm and dry. The score on the Bears game is 13 to 10 Bears are winning, but Minnesota is driving, wit under 2 minutes to play. I am sooooooooooooo down today my Cardinals traded J.D. Drew to Alanta. I know JD as hurt more games than he played, but I liked him. Ohh, update Da'Bears just intercepted the football in the end zone. Hey maybe they will win this one after all. Welp gotta run time to get ready to go back to church. Keeping kicking butt. We love you and are praying for you all the time. Love, Aunt Becky and Uncle Gary


Name: Mike Popadak
Email: allpro77@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 03:47:35 PM

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From an Old Sky Trooper : Merry Christmass to you all. You are doing a great job,keep it up. All The Way.


Name: EARTH TO: Sgt. "Boo-Bers"
Email: MESSAGE: E.T. Phone Home!
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 02:39:50 PM

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We are so proud of you, son! We haven't received any phone calls from you at all from Iraq all year...All we want for Christmas is to hear your voice on the phone...A package of goodies is on its way. I don't think you know how much we love you and miss you. Besides...YOUR OLD MAN SAYS: "Please call home or the next message posted on this board will tell everyone who reads it who SGT. BOO-BERS REAL NAME IS!!!" BLESS YOU AND THE 173rd!


Name: Amy Dunham
Email: amyjojo88@cs.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 02:35:08 PM

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JEFF K. hey cuz!!!!! :D wuzzup? just thought i'd drop you a line b/c mom said u mite have access to a computer today. not much happenin' here in p-ville...we finally have a little snow which is always fun. :) we're looking forward to having lizzy come and stay with us :D she's pretty excited too. well i'm gonna go. we have our Christmas play at church 2nite and i'm working backstage (when that front curtain opens and closes...thats me :P) i am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of u jeff!!!!!!!! ur awesome!!! i love u!!!!!! ~love~ amy jo


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 01:56:43 PM

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Our son (173rd, 2/ 503rd)called this morning and said he wished he could have been in with the capture of Saddam. So, I know that the 2/503rd was not involved; however he says information gotten from the Hawijah raids 2 weeks ago might have led them to finding the tyrant. I told him that he was very much "involved", he is there and doing a very good job for the Iraqi people and we are so proud of all the soldiers!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 01:21:59 PM

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I miss you too much ANDREW.(te amo papi)


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 01:15:59 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH-- CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE TROOPS OF THE 173RD!!! DJ- I am so proud of y'all...I woke up to a phone call this morning telling me that Saddam was captured. I can't even describe my emotions. I know y'all are attached to the 4th ID, so I'm waiting to hear more news. Anyway, I love you very much and Congratulations again. I am so proud to have you all serving for our country!! I love you sweetie. Be safe- love, stephanie


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 12:31:43 PM

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HOORA!!! We got him!!!! We got him!!!! God bless our brave soldiers God bless the 173rd Airborne!


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 12:11:50 PM

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To Thomas Reyna II, I love you Mijo. Dad


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 12:11:00 PM

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TO Thomas Reyna II, Hi Mijo. How are you? We are waking up to the news about Saddam. It is one of the most important days in the history of this war. I pray for you and all the men and woman in the military. Take care Mijo. Love you dad


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 12:08:44 PM

News

To the men and women in Iraq, You are all doing an outstanding job! Congratulations on the capture of Saddam. I believe this will be a turning point. It may be slow but it will happen. Once again "Job Well Done". We support you. Take care all.


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 11:54:32 AM

News

Hoooah!!! What great news we caught SAdam finally. This can only mean good things for our soliers don't you think. I pray my son calls us today sometime. I am so happy I know its not over but what a boost. Michele


Name: Proud Mom of 173rd Lt. Cummings
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 11:53:13 AM

News

Today is the best day since you guys jumped in! Hopefully now things can be accomplished to get Iraq on a solid democratic foundation without the fear of Saddam coming back. We are proud of all of you and proud to be Americans - you are all true heroes in the sacrifices you have given to serve your country and to help those who can't help themselves. It's a great day in America, Iraq and around the world.


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 11:47:01 AM

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Way to go! To Tom Csala and 501st..you guys rock!I am so proud to be a part of your family! YOu are a part of history Your package is coming soon for the orphans. God Bless you


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 11:24:25 AM

News

I am so proud in what you all have accomplished in the last 9 months.You soldiers have helped to change a whole country and bring it to saftey.Today should be celebrated by not only the Iraqi people but the Americans too.Seeing the smiles on the Iraqi's faces made me proud to be an American and a wife of a soldier.Good job guys you did it!!!


Name: Donna Voline (Proud Mom of SSG Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 10:58:26 AM

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A job well done!!!! You are the best. We are so proud of you. Can't wait for you all to come home. I love you SSG Stephen Voline


Name: Tom and Evelyn Clements
Email: Clementstomev@aol
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 10:56:29 AM

News

What a wonderful day to be an American. We are so proud of you especially our son SGM Mike Clements. God Bless America.


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: acallie007@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 10:13:50 AM

News

what a great day to be an American. we are all so proud of you 173rd!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 10:10:21 AM

News

good job troops!!love ya all!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:54:48 AM

News

CONGRATULATIONS ALL!!!! good job.


Name: Y.Tetrault
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 09:09:54 AM

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What a great job our guys have done. You are the best 173rd. Good work now come home soon. Spc.Garrett Tetrault,you have a proud mom who loves and misses you.


Name: italian girfriends
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 08:44:26 AM

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We all are so proud of you.Hurry up home soon please, we're waiting you for big welcome home parties...We love and support all of you.....


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 08:29:39 AM

News

GOOD JOB TROOPS !!!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 08:24:08 AM

News

God bless our troops!! We got him....words can't express my overwhelming feelings right now-so proud to be an American-so proud to have a son serving our country and protecting our freedom-God bless ALL our troops...Sam Edwards, mother of Josh Edwards, 173rd Airborne , 503rd....love to all of you.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 08:12:32 AM

News

YES!! A great day!


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 08:09:28 AM

News

*** YOU GUYS ROCK!!! *** God bless America, looking straight and standing tall, THANK YOU SKYSOLDIERS! love and support to all! (now please hurry your a***s home!!lol ) ^_^*


Name: Jinnene Hoover
Email: j_hoover@sbcglobal.net
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 07:46:58 AM

News

I gotta call from my husband early this morning. he told me to turn on the news! MY God !!!! THay have done it Saddam has been captured! his capture has been confirmed by DNA tests. WELL DONE TROOPS Now all thats left is to rebuild Iraq and come home. Hurry up and get to building.


Name: Silvia Saltini & Family
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 07:41:32 AM

News

YESSSSS WELL DONE GUYS!!!!!


Name: GOD BLESS AMERICA, THE 173RD & TASK FORCE IRON HORSE!
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:52:00 AM

News

WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND THANKFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE AND THE DANGER YOU FACE DAILY! IT'S PAYDAY...YOU DONE GOOD IN THE CAPTURE OF THE BAD BOY ACE OF SPADES! BUT I SAVE MY PARTYING UNTIL THE DAY OUR SONS, DAUGHTERS, HUSBANDS, WIVES BROTHERS & SISTERS ARE BACK ON AMERICAN SOIL SAFELY AND IN GOOD HEALTH! THEN THERE WILL BE A "PARTY TO BEGIN ALL PARTIES!"


Name: Penny
Email: plh10462@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:44:41 AM

News

I too cannot think of better news to wake up to on a Sunday morning! Let's just pray that the resistance dies down, and our men and women can do the job they went over there to do, and get back home safe and sound. Kudos to the one's who caught him, and to the rest of you who are continually putting your life in harm's way to make it a better place to live for those who are wanting and deserving of such a place! God Bless each and every one of you, and your families who are at home waiting very patiently for your safe and speedy return home!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 06:00:53 AM

News

Let's go parties.....We couldn't start this Sunday with a so good news: Saddam is over...


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 04:27:22 AM

News

does anyone know anything abt 2-508 bravo co.? r they able to make phone calls and to send letters? i havent heard from my soldier for a little while and im just a little worried...thanks


Name: ambiguous..
Email: meaculpa010103@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 03:34:44 AM

News

Has anyone heard from their soldier whether he/she has been affected by the latest stop-movement plan? Is there anyone who was supposed to return home (by x-mas) and can't because of this? HELP!


Name: too ambiguous!
Email: meaculpa010103@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 14, 2003
Time: 03:29:14 AM

News

HELP! Has anyone heard from their soldier that he/she has been affected by the recent "stop movement" plan? Is there anyone here whose soldier was supposed to return home soon (e.g. by x-mas) but cannot because of this?


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 04:46:19 PM

News

Please stop the rumors and better yet stop passing them on!


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 01:59:17 PM

News

TO PFC DANNY THURMAN A 1/508: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! your friend from Verona


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 11:26:26 AM

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To Thomas S Reyna II, Hi Mijo, How are you? We are all fine. Tracy, Jason and Mike will leave Ancortes on Tuesday and go see your sister on Wednesday. They will be here in Prescott on Thursday. Thought I would give you an update. We are praying for you Mijo. I love you and stay safe. We support you and the men and women in the military and the fine job you are doing. Stay safe. Love you Mijo dad


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 11:17:05 AM

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HELP-Can someone please tell me if they know for sure who the soldier is in picture 1393 and 1394. It looks like it could be my son. If you know could you leave a message at this site or e-mail me. Thanks alot. One very proud Skysoldier Mom.


Name:
Email: scrisom@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 09:31:53 AM

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To MARIO ANDRIULLI (1-508 ABN BDE) Hey, what is up brother? I hope you will get soon what i sent you for Christmas. Don't forget how much we miss you and how proud we are to have a friend like you! Please, come back soon. We are waiting for you!! Kisses, Francesca


Name: Cathy Baker, mom of 1LT Jonathan Baker, 173rd CSC; RE: Last minute Christmas idea
Email: Catybaker@aol.com
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 09:27:15 AM

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To Friends and Family of the 173rd; my son called home last night and mentioned a last minute Christmas suggestion: When reading at night, he wished for some kind of lamp that could be attatched to his head. My thought was to check out a camping, hiking store. It will be late to arrive (he mentions the mail is very slow-hasn't received our packages that were mailed before Thanksgiving) but I'm sure our soldiers would appreciate something like this.


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 07:50:08 AM

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to my friend PFC PHILIP A. GRANT; C CO, 1-508th. Thank you for your email, that has simply been the greatest xmas present ever as well as your video holyday greeting! take care always, and hurry home! much love, giulia xoxoxoxox ^_^*


Name: silvia
Email:
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 04:30:30 AM

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13 December 2003. me and my love went together at ball in a wonderful hotel i wore a white dress and he wore his wonderful uniform. now he is in war. things change so quickly. i love you my treasure Silvia forever


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 12:22:01 AM

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P.S. Mike Volpe in Battle Co. 2/503 (sorry I left that off) :)


Name: Terri
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday December 13, 2003
Time: 12:20:03 AM

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attn: all & SPC MIKE VOLPE-------> Mike is truly a hero among heros as he passed up his R&R offer to another soldier who was just married before they jumped into country. I have no idea who the recipient of Mike's generosity was, nor is it my interest or concern. As it stands now Mike likely won't have another chance at leave. But that is ok. Time will continue to pass and all is quiet on this Western Front (except that Tony V. of the Derailers is retiring and I bawled like a baby at their show last Sat. night during "All the Way From Paris"). Me & Billy Bob got the Alamo taken care of for you when you return. <wink> (For everyone else --- go see the movie) I just want Mike to know precisely what an unselfish and generous act that was. You are truly a TEXAS size hero!!!!!!!


Name: Carol Teshera
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 11:40:20 PM

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I just want everyone to know what a wonderful source of love, inspiration, kindness and thoughtfulness this site is . I have been contacted about messages I have put on here a few times and found the world full of remarkable people willing to reach out to complete strangers. The wife of my grandsons squad leader wrote to let me know Mark is doing good and I can't begin to tell you how much that meant to me. Thank you again Heather!!!!!


Name: Jessica Hebert, proud sister of Spc. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 07:46:56 PM

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Thinking of you during this holiday season Sky Soldiers......... I think about you everyday. Wishing for you to be save and secure. I send my love!!!! Jessica Hebert


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 06:37:14 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH-Hey sweetie. How are you doing? I am glad I got a letter yesterday! First one in a long time! It made my day! I hope you are doing ok and keeping safe and warm. I keep praying for y'all and I am so proud of you and the rest of th 173rd. I had a dream about you coming home last night. We had a "welcome home" party at your parents house. It seemed so real I didn't want to open my eyes when I woke up! I miss you very much. I love you. love-stephanie


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

Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 06:23:05 PM

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Why were some photos removed? the answer is simple, the person that sent them later asked they be removed. No mystery, no hidden agenda, someone just changed their mind. Don't read any more into it!


Name: Liz Maddy
Email: egm6w7@mizzou.edu
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 03:30:05 PM

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SPC Anthony Duarte, B/2/503: Just wanted to say hi and wish you well. I miss you bunches! Stay safe. Love, Liz


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 02:31:26 PM

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Ladies stop to ask when they'll back,and bla bla bla.This's them job, they chose to defende us, and the freedom. We met them as soldiers, and we know how hard is it....we have to be stong for them too.Unfortunatly the terrorism won't be over in april.The 173rd will back or in iraq or in afganistan in 2005,for another year.Good luck...


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 01:45:14 PM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell C 1/508th Hey Baby Just want to say I Love you and Hope to see you real soon, take care and call soon, Miss you much ,Millie.


Name: Lee Ann
Email: LeeAnny21 @hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 01:32:08 PM

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Ok reguarding R&R yet again. Yes fathers who were not present for the birth of their children got to come home in the first or second rotation. As for everyone else it is a random pick left up to the company commanders based on their needs to function. So some companies just pick and choose others chose to do a lottery based decision etc. Im sure you all get the point. So do not doubt that your soldier will not come home just because he is single or doesnt have any children. Not everyone will get a turn since this program started out so late for us. The return date is still the same April 04. So please dont worry it will all be over soon only a few more months to go!


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 12:26:09 PM

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To Thomas Reyna II, Hi Mijo, How are you? We are all fine. We are praying for you and the men and women in the military. We as a family support you and all the members in the 173rd and also in the region. Take care. Love you Mijo Dad


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 12:03:27 PM

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You go girl! I saw it in the Army Times! Good for you! You make us meek compared to what to you are doing.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 11:45:05 AM

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I'm sorry your husband missed the birth of your child. I saw my husband for two weeks a year ago and am happy I had that opportunity. He's scheduled to come back home next summer. It's hard raising three kids by myself but I married a soldier. When you marry a soldier, you agree to enormous sacrifices. I am so proud of my husband as are our children. Life isn't fair but dwelling on that fact will only worsen your outlook. You have a new child and a living husband. There are many who long for both.


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 11:28:27 AM

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I too would like to know why under pictures from Iraq, all the last photos of the 319 were "removed by request" -- why must everything be shrouded in a mysterious cloak -- guess they must be involved in something no one is supposed to know about?? Yea Gods, bless them and keep them safe. . . anne g.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 10:24:54 AM

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HOW COME THE LAST 319TH PICTURES POSTED HAVE BEEN REMOVED???


Name: Jamie Dennis
Email: Jdsplk_@msn.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 10:18:44 AM

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Justin this is part of an e-mail that is going around I just thought you might want to read it. >21. Ernie & Marcy Marker - Adams, NE - Merry Christmas to all the women & men away from home. Say "Hey" to our nephew Justin Marker - 173rd Airborne division in Kirkuk. >22.Rick & Linda Marker- Our prays are with all our brave soliders and we wish all a Merry christmas.. Our son SPC. Justin Marker 173 Airborne Brigade 2/503rd we love and miss you. love Mom & Dad. >23.Jamie Marker~I want to say thank you to every single person that is over there serving our country. Everyone of you are heros. To my husband, Spc. Justin Marker of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, I love and miss you so much and can't wait for you to return home. I love you! >24. Mikayla Marker~To my daddy, Spc. Justin Marker, I miss you and love you so much Daddy. Hurry home so you can see me walk. I love you! >25.Krystin Bachmeier~ all my love and suport to the soliders!! To my best friends husband SPC Justin Marker We love you and miss you! Can't wait for you to come home! I need a two step partner! >26. Tristan Osterman Merry Christmass to all our soldiers! Our prayers are with you! To SPC Justin Marker hurry home I heave heard so much about you and can't wait to meet you!!! >27. Jamie Dennis, FT. Bragg, NC.- To all of the soldiers who are serving who have served and who will serve, thank you!!! I love you Justin miss you lots hurry home! 28. Riley Dennis- FT. Bragg, NC.~ Uncle Justin I can't wait to meet you. Hurry and make it home safe, you and my dad have lots to teach me. I Love you! >


Name: PHYLLIS GRAFTON
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 10:11:30 AM

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MY SON, SPC. STEVE GRAFTON, A CO 2ND/503RD JUMPED IN ON MARCH 26...HE IS DOING HIS JOB AND WE ARE DOING OURS: STAYING THE COURSE!! IF IT HELPS, I SPEND LOTS OF TIME DREAMING THAT THE DOOR WILL OPEN AND MY SOLDIER WILL BE STANDING THERE...AND, IF I WAIT LONG ENOUGH, THAT WILL HAPPEN!! LETS ALL HANG TOGETHER AND KEEP FAITH!!! THE ONE 173RD IS A BUNCH OF TOUGH GUYS AND THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS BE AS TOUGH AS THEY ARE!!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 09:35:32 AM

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I am sure Mr. Bradley is somewhat dissappointed in reading the majority of the messages posted. Many of us should step back and remember the phrase "All have given some, but Some have given All". We all long for the day our loved ones come home, but they are in the military and they are there to do a job, and what they are part of is "history". They will be home when their job is done, so please respect and honor those who gave their "All" Hooaaah 173rd proud father of a "Sky Soldier" Keep giving em hell, your Fallen Comrads will never be forgotten.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 09:14:34 AM

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For everyone complaining about their son and husbands not coming back for RandR. My husband jumped in to Iraq in March and will NOT get RandR. He has missed the birth of our first child and will not even see him or know him till he is 1 year old. That is unfair!!!!! SO when I read that you are compalining about not seeing your son or the lottery, its totally not fair! 1 year gone, 1 year missed in our life and to not even know your first born son! SAD!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 08:29:18 AM

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this is a message to clear up the misconsept that only married men with families are coming home. it depends what unit they are with. we were lucky enough to get our single son home for the r&r it was great to have him here for that short break but was hard to let him go back. so keep hoping that you single sky soldier will be next on the list


Name: a girlfriend
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 08:21:13 AM

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Is there anybody knows if guys of 2/503 are in mission? Cuz it's 26 days spent by last time my boyfriend called me. Do you know if they have access at phones? i m really afraid . If anybody can help me please ! Thank you in advance Alessia


Name: a girlfriend
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 08:21:12 AM

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Is there anybody knows if guys of 2/503 are in mission? Cuz it's 26 days spent by last time my boyfriend called me. Do you know if they have access at phones? i m really afraid . If anybody can help me please ! Thank you in advance Alessia


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 08:15:15 AM

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I can confirm the message posted Dec 12th at 8:00:38 concerning R&R leaves. Our Son just got back to Indiana yesterday. He had about 14hrs notice before leaving, in fact he thought he was going to the CO's office for a butt chewing!! He is not married and has no children, but he has been there since the beginning like most of the guys. Based on what I know it would seem to be a true lottery based system for getting them home. Hang in there Sky Soldiers.......we're all pulling for you!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 08:00:38 AM

News

That is more misinformation about R&R - the brigade is still looking at returning to Italy in late March or early April. R&R is moving along, slowly for some of us, but troops are being selected every day to go home for 14 days and some only have 24 hour notices to get ready. Each unit has a list they are working to try to get everyone home, but the time is running out. Unfortunately, the brigade was in Iraq for almost 6 months before the R&R program began and they only have a short time to rotate everyone out. Probably won't happen. Each unit has a separate list and when you soldier's name comes up, he will come home. We are waiting for our soldier to come home too, so you are not alone. It is just very difficult to get everyone out and still maintain some security for those remaining.


Name: Shanna
Email: shanna80@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 05:59:40 AM

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PFC RYAN CAMP. If anyone knows who this is and has news on how he's doing please e-mail me, I'm a very good friend of his and haven't heard from him in awhile.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 05:54:45 AM

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Unfortunately everything we hear are rumors. The only thing I can say is that the last thing I heard about R&R was that only soldiers which wifes had babies while deployed were going to be able to return to their families... The rest should be expected by the end of April. Please do not treat this as official news.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 12, 2003
Time: 01:23:29 AM

News

173rd Airborne Brigade is attached to the 4th Infantry Division...that is how I follow the where a bouts of our Soldiers...just last week 173rd was mentioned for a big raid...


Name: Dumb Question????
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 08:02:52 PM

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When are the soldiers that were deployed to Iraq at the end of Mar beginning of April coming home. Does anyone know for sure? What about C/company 2/503rd? Has anyone been told anything about there homecoming? I guess my soldier doesn't even get R&R and he has been there since March...married and with a child and no R&R....Really Really sucks....


Name: Room 206 Third Grade, St. Edward's Catholic School
Email: ricauthor@aol.com
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 07:54:23 PM

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Dear Michael Sonnetag, As a former student at St. Edward's, we wanted to thank you for coming to visit us and we want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Peaceful New Year! We appreciate what you and all the other soldiers are doing for our country! If you send an e-mail to: ricauthor@aol.com we will be able to sent you a picture of our class attached to a reply e-mail. Love, The Third Grade Class, Room 206, St. Edward's Catholic School


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 07:35:22 PM

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Just a quick question. does anyone know why we never here anything about the 173rd raids and things they do? why is it only the 101st airborne? is the 173rd and 101st together? just wondering . proud mom of a soldier in the 173rd.


Name: HHC 1/508th Parents, Families, Supporters!!!!
Email: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 04:41:37 PM

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Hello! Once again I am posting this to see if I can get ahold of even more people who would be interested in helping with the Welcome Home Celebration!! We had a meeting today and it was pretty successful! If you would like to jump in the planning...come on over:) Or...you could just email me:) I almost have the information packet ready to be shipped out. I am waiting on just a few things, but it should be ready in no time! Please send me your Physical Address in your email, and I can send you a packet. Also I hope to have a list of helpful info out to those of you planning to come over when they get home. I expect to have it done shortly after the New Year. email: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil


Name: Room 206 Third Grade, St. Edward's Catholic School
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 03:24:07 PM

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Dear Michael Sonnentag, As a former student at St. Edward's, we just wanted to thank you for coming to visit us and we want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Peaceful New Year! We appreciate what you are doing for our country! Love, Room 206 Third Grade, St. Edward's Catholic School


Name: For the person who needs help
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 02:13:13 PM

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The TX stands for Texas. If the bank card was used at an AAFES facility, the money goes through Texas. It took a couple of phone calls for me to figure that one out:)


Name:
Email: youngbookworm18@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 01:19:35 PM

News

Hello. Can anyone tell me what is going on with the soldiers in the 74th LRS? i was just wondering. thank you


Name:
Email: Need Help
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 01:14:33 PM

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My husband is in Iraq and I noticed on our bank statements that it shows Kirkuk Iraq APO AE TX. Can anyone please tell me what the TX stands for because I have no idea. Any help would be appriciated.


Name: Deborah Retlewski
Email: dretlewski@senate.michigan.gov
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 12:53:25 PM

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This is for Brandon Aird. I look at the pictures posted everyday. Thanks for such great photos. It helps the friends and family back home to stay connected. I haven't seen many pictures of the HHC 2/503 and none of my son Spc. Brandon Cline who is with that unit. If you come across him, would you please post a picture? I haven't seen him for nearly two years, and it would be great to see him. Thanks again.


Name: Trina Jones
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 12:23:54 PM

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To Sgt. William Hutson Hey baby boy, this is your big sister. Im at my sister n laws house, so I decided to get on here and leave a message and pray you get it. I'm so glad you got to come home a few weeks ago but i hate you had to go back. I know i keep saying the same thing over and over but i'm so proud of you!!!!! And the rest of you guys out there. Words could never tell how much we owe you. I just pray and wait for the day you and everyone else comes home for good!!! love you so much. Trina


Name: SEAN 'S Mom
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 11:49:16 AM

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SPC SEAN NICHOLSON 2/503 HHC Son ..it's almost 2 weeks i didn't hear form you . HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL. CALL ME WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE OK? LOVE YOU. Mom.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 11:38:32 AM

News

The priority mail video boxes work great for sending a block of candy.


Name: Ami Zipp
Email: azipp@swandolphin.com
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 10:55:49 AM

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CPL. Soloman D Garcia 3rd PLT B CO 1/508 Hi Little Brother- I just want you to know that we are thinking of you. Mom got your message and we can't wait for you to come home and visit. We've made plans to come out, so we'll all be together to welcome you home for your R&R. Take care and we'll see you soon! Love Always, Ami


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 10:30:17 AM

News

The soldiers sign onto the website and scroll down reading these messages just like we do - so you have to identify who it is for. Some soldiers are told by others that there are messages for them, even if they can't get to a computer. If you want a note to go directly to a soldier, you have to send it to 1508FRG@setaf.army.mil and put the soldier's name, rank and company in the Subject Line.


Name: T.L. Woody Davis
Email: A2173ABN66@starband.net
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 10:30:14 AM

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As Christmas and New Years quickly approach I can't help but recall how it was to be in a far away place of conflict during the holidays. Please remember that we strongly support you. I would also say "be safe", Merry Christmas and Thank You. From an old 'Skysoldier'


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 10:03:20 AM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hi Baby! I hope you are doing well - I pray for you all the time and pray that you get home soon! I love you so much and I need you. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together! I hope you get some mail/stuff from me soon.... As you know, I sent you some good stuff :) !!!! I hope you can call me soon Baby and always know that I am here waiting for you. I love you with all my heart and soul and miss you more than words can express. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 09:35:24 AM

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Can somebody please let me know how these messages that we write arrive to the soldiers?


Name: Jim Lakatos
Email: C/4/503
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 08:58:52 AM

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Congratulations to LTC West on the decision to NOT to go ahead with the court martial, or any other legal baloney. I salute you and wish you well. I understand you want to become a teacher and football coach here in South Florida and hope this happens.I also invite you to attend a Fl chapter meeting of the 173d so us old vets can meet you and hoist a few rounds. ALL THE WAY!!!SIR!


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 08:52:45 AM

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to my friend PFC PHILIP GRANT, C CO, 1-508th. Philip, i just cant wait to have news from you, i miss you and i cant wait to see you back either. Hurry home, i love you, god bless you always, giulia (a kiss on the forehead). ^_-; 8wink)


Name: Terry and Rhonda Selser
Email: tselser@camtel.net
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 07:03:11 AM

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Where are you at Nicholas? Haven't heard anything from you since way before Thanksgiving when you emailed us about the Stop/loss orders. I have been sending you email but no response. Sorry no letters or packages but thought you would be heading home by now. I did get 2 boxes out to you and I'm praying you get them for Christmas. Again sorry about no letters. Please contact soon, MOM


Name: Mary
Email: korourke@cablelynx.com
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 12:59:26 AM

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The photos numbered 1338 & 1339 on page 59 and 60 are of our son who is in 2 / 503rd. Just a correction, sorry.


Name: HEY 173rd! THIS IS LINK IS FOR YOU!
Email: Click & Enjoy the Praise to you, our Heros!
Date: Thursday December 11, 2003
Time: 12:05:07 AM

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<http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/%7Egeoffo/humour/flattery.html> http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/%7Egeoffo/humour/flattery.html


Name: Hey Soldiers! We Love Ya!
Email: Happy Holidays to All Where ever you might be!
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 11:57:37 PM

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God Bless you soldiers of the 173rd! And God Bless Your families awaiting your safe return! Another holiday without you because of your selfless dedication to serving our country! However! If you are a solder who has not received any mail from your family in the states for a long time and you want to know why....then think about it...when was the last time you wrote a letter, phoned home or answered an email from someone back home that loves you more than you will ever know...War is war...you are busy this is true...but for those soldiers who think that they are too busy too grown and too important to the Army to take time to write the old man back in the states...the old man hopes you know what it means to have "a health and welfare check" message delivered to you by your CO initiated by a next-of-kin? SO SOLDIERS IF THIS APPLIES TO YOU, YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, YOU BETTER WRITE YOUR OLD MAN BACK HERE IN THE STATES, AND YOU BETTER WRITE HOME BEFORE HOME WRITES A CONGRESSMEMBER TO GET A H & W check on you!!!Even if it is two lines telling this OLD MAN of yours "to take a....hike."


Name: Hey Soldiers! We Love Ya!
Email: Happy Holidays to All Where ever you might be!
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 11:57:27 PM

News

God Bless you soldiers of the 173rd! And God Bless Your families awaiting your safe return! Another holiday without you because of your selfless dedication to serving our country! However! If you are a solder who has not received any mail from your family in the states for a long time and you want to know why....then think about it...when was the last time you wrote a letter, phoned home or answered an email from someone back home that loves you more than you will ever know...War is war...you are busy this is true...but for those soldiers who think that they are too busy too grown and too important to the Army to take time to write the old man back in the states...the old man hopes you know what it means to have "a health and welfare check" message delivered to you by your CO initiated by a next-of-kin? SO SOLDIERS IF THIS APPLIES TO YOU, YOU BETTER WATCH OUT, YOU BETTER WRITE YOUR OLD MAN BACK HERE IN THE STATES, AND YOU BETTER WRITE HOME BEFORE HOME WRITES A CONGRESSMEMBER TO GET A H & W check on you!!!Even if it is two lines telling this OLD MAN of yours "to take a....hike."


Name: Sebiana
Email: sebiana85@yahoo.it
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 05:22:51 PM

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ciao..amoore...come stai?ieri ho visto Mike e mi ha detto il messaggio che aveva da parte tua...sono troppo felicissima!oggi ti ho scritto una lettera..ma te la manderò con Mike...ti amo tanto e torna presto a casa!I MISS YOU.....


Name: amber palacios
Email: apalacios@partnersrealty.com
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 04:17:49 PM

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I would like to say Merry Christmas to all of our SOILDERS and a happy New Year.A special message go's out to my Lil bro. Who is with the B/co-2/503 We love you very much and we can't wait for your safe return home. And Mickey (the dog)is very fat :).. Love you lot's. Your Sis, Amber KEEP YOUR HEAD UP!!!


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 04:03:44 PM

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Spc. Steve Grafton, Aco, 2nd503rd: Well, we thought we'd be dancing around the Christmas tree today...BUT, even though we are not, we continue to hang in here and support you 100%. You guys are doing a great job, sounds like you continue to round up the Bad Guys...keep up the good work, watch out for your fellow soldiers, and keep making us the proudest parents on the Eastern Shore. We love you, miss you and we will stay the course and stand strong until you return home to us. Mom, Dad and Jaime


Name: Constance Newton, Mom of a 173rd soldier
Email: irishfigwife@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 03:24:25 PM

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Hey you guys Thanks for all you do. I started a group here in Sonoma County, California called MM.O.M.S. Mothers Of Military Servicemembers. We hae sent boxes of goodies and letters over to those deployed and some to you too. My son is one of you, and is recovering from a broken back, back in Vicenza. He broke it during a training accident. Any of you know him? Drop me a line and All the best to you. Connie Newton


Name: christian
Email: cddunham@uiuc.edu
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 02:09:21 PM

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hey jeff, Mailed some dirty magazines for you the other day, i hope they get to you before christmas. Santa was feeling a little 'naughty' this year. I hear you are coming home soon for two weeks, i can't wait to see you. It's hell week here at u of i, but i'm sure it's always hell week there for you. If there is anything you need or want, or need or want that you don't think others would send (i.e. noody magazines) email me at cddunham@uiuc.edu or call me, 217-766-6731. i would love to hear from you, i'm always broke so it might take some time to mail it to you (hopefully not longer than this last one) i wanted to mail you stuff really bad (i even went around to different hotels stealing their shampoo samples and shit like that before i got arrested for stealing, had a huge bag of stuff but i didn't have the money to mail it, i would feel bad just sending you a letter in your time of need. three year anniversary with the girlfriend two days ago (go ahead and make fun of me for being 'married') I'm moving in with your parents after i graduate, pretty exciting, and jason suggested the we should all move somewhere together in the city after that. We'll have to convince your mom that there are bears in our apartment. Thanksgiving was tough with out you there, a lot of estrogen. But, i'm sure your's was tougher. So i hear you're legal now. i have a psych final in three hours, it's going to be a bitch. i really hope that you are 'enjoying' yourself as much as possible. take care of yourself, christian


Name: Linda Marker
Email: lennymarker@msn.com
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 12:53:35 PM

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SPC. Justin Marker 173rd airborne brigade 2/503rd hello this mom i'm hopeing you get these letteres.today is the 10th of dec.. and I haven't heard from you in awhile so i hope things are ok for you and that you are ok. things here ok getting hard but i pray everyday that you come home soon so jamie said she is getting a news mess. from you on hte 20th she is so happy for that I think that will be here x mas presant from you she is so excited to see it . everyone here says to tell you hi and that they miss you very much and they are very proud of you so i hope you know that we all wish you all the best and I can't wait till you came home. please son becareful and come home soon love and miss you lots mom.


Name: Barnes
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 12:18:28 PM

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Sure would like to see some pictures of Battle Co.,2/503.!!!!!!!


Name: s.barnes
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 12:17:08 PM

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Merry Christmas to my son Sgt. Benjamin Barnes with Battle co. 2/503. Miss you son and keep safe. Many prayers are going up for you and all the Sky Soldiers. Love, Mom & Dad & Matt


Name: Rachel Zermeno
Email: rzermeno@lawrencehealth.com
Date: Wednesday December 10, 2003
Time: 08:09:26 AM

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Happy Holidays to the soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade! Our thoughts and prayers are with you always, but especially during the holidy season. We all love and miss you all so much. To the women of the 173rd (thanks, Mr. Bradley, for the feature on some of the finest soldiers in the military!) I just want to say I am proud to have been associated with you. Especially the medics of the 501st FSC. SSG Nesmith, got your emails, and it's great to hear from you! Can't wait to get those photos you promised. My sweetie made it home just fine, thank God, and things have been great here with him. I went up to Minnesota to get him and despite the fact that it's a looong trip, just seeing the smile on his face when he got off the plane made it all worthwhile. His family are some of the sweetest, kindest people I have ever known. We drove back home, and he's been awesome! Words cannot describe the good feelings he has generated in me, my family and my friends. He's such a good hearted man. My family and friends have welcomed him as if they have known him forever. SGT Finch, and SPC Kimes, you both look beautiful in the photos on the website. SPC E. Sierra Villa, I hope you had a great R&R. Just wanted to let you know that the spare room is always available to you. Please pass on our good wishes to everybody in the 173rd CSC. May God bless you all and keep you safe from harm, healthy in body and spirit, and secure in the knowledge that you are the best of the best and you are sincerely appreciated by all true americans. Rachel Zermeno "Doc"


Name: Brandon Guzman
Email: heineken421@msn.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 11:45:58 PM

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To my good friend, Luke D. of the 173rd ariborne brigade. Be safe, you are in good hands and have lots of support. Hang in there. I'll talk to you soon!!


Name: amanda calhoun
Email: amandacalhoun@cox.net
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 11:20:04 PM

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SGT Aaron Winkle, Able Co., 2/503...i must have been doing something right for once, i mean what kind of lucky gal gets THREE phone calls in THREE days?? thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the phone calls (one thank you for each of them)!!! and i can't believe you were feeling guilty over "what you forgot to say" on the phone the other night -- so much so that you had to find a phone today to call! when i told sara she said it made her sick to her stomach b/c you are so perfect. i am so glad you got your christmas package and loved it so much, i for one find it hard to believe it made it there in 10 days but i'm not complaining about that. a package is on it's way tomorrow -- my mom commented tonight that the post office workers are going to be sad when i say i won't be seeing them quite so often -- but i told her i was SURE they would understand. you should hurry home soon, b/c i need that brand new truck you promised me -- we've already had some snow and my little car is used to living at the beach and i'm not sure it knows what snow is! be safe, take care of yourself, and remember you are ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers. oh, and so i don't forget and feel guilty (haha...that was a cheapshot i know) I LOVE YOU TOO! --amanda


Name: C. L. Walker
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 10:28:44 PM

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RE: GREETING VIDEO A friend told me to go to Google, type in hometownlink-video--and I got it.


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 09:44:16 PM

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Nancy - one mistake many are making is not typing the "https://" at the beginning of this link. Just drag your mouse over this link, right click on it and copy it into the Address window at the top of your browser windoe. It has be be EXACT or it will not work. Or type it exactly as shown. Since it is on the DOD network, it must start with https. Good luck - https://hn.afnews.af.mil/WebPages/holidaygreetings.htm


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 08:49:07 PM

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I cannot get to the Holiday greeting site either. My computer says "cant be found" when I put in the address. Can someone email instructions or corrections to the address? Thanks


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 08:10:26 PM

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Ito can't seem to get the web site to come up on the holiday greeting. Can any one help ?


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 07:59:38 PM

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Go to the website www.defendamerica.mil website and there are pictures of the 173rd in Hawija (Sp.?). Maybe you will recognize one of your soldiers.


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 07:51:07 PM

News

I can't seem to get the Holiday web site to come up either.So whats the trick?


Name: Camille
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 06:12:00 PM

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Thank you very much for the information about the Holiday web site, I found my son SPC Francisco Alameda saying a holiday greeting! central California;It was great I'm one happy Mom today!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 04:57:05 PM

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please excuse me i'm new at the military talk what is hhc? thanks


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 03:59:57 PM

News

thanks for the holidaygreeting website it was very helpful.


Name: Jim Young, Jr.
Email: gaump@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 01:56:32 PM

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To PFC David Cross-Charlie CO.,1st/508th DJ,Just wanted you to know we are still praying for you and thanking you for the GREAT job all of you are doing. I am so proud to be able to call you my friend. Take care and we are all looking forward to when you come home. Jim Young, Jr.


Name: Linda Gigowski
Email: Lindagig@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 01:44:06 PM

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This is the address for Holiday Greetings. https://hn.afnews.af.mil/WebPages/holidaygreetings.htm Just copy and paste to your address line. Works great.


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 01:15:08 PM

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I can't get the website to come up for the holidaygreetings does anyone have another website for viewing? If so please send me an email thank you very much.


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 10:52:02 AM

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Here is the site for the viewing - just copy this into the browser windor and click ---- ENJOY!! https://hn.afnews.af.mil/WebPages/holidaygreetings.htm


Name: Calling all HHC 1/508th Families, Friends, and Supporters!!!!
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 10:37:59 AM

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I wanted to re-post my earlier post. I am looking for anyone who is wanting to help support the HHC Welcome Home Party effort. I am looking for people to help with the collections of donations (both money or goods, ect.) and if anyone is planning on being in the area when the guys return...I am looking for more than a few good men and women to help us pull off the best Welcome Home Celebration this post has seen! I already have some very exciting news, and with the time left I hope together we can all make this one of the most memorable events for our deserving troops! I know the families, friends in the states want to help, so I am using this web site as a spring board to reach you all:) In fact those of you in the states are a wealth of help for us, because over here we're a little low on americans..therefore limited on that traditional community support. If you would like to jump in the mix and get ready planning...please email me! wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil


Name: Scott Chamley
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 10:36:26 AM

News

What site are people veiwing the Christmas greetings at from the 173rd?


Name: Scott Chamley
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 10:34:20 AM

News

What site are people viewing the Christmas greetings at from the 173rd?


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 09:54:27 AM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH-- Hey sweetie! How are you doing? I haven't posted you a message in awhile so I figured I would. I sent you out five letters today! Maybe you'll get them all in one day! I have to go to school soon, and then head off to work. I hope that you are keeping safe and keeping your spirits up. I love you and I will keep praying for all of the 173rd everyday. I miss you very much! love-stephanie


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 09:19:17 AM

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To: PFC RICHARD ROWELL 2-C 2-503rd HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY !!!! Stay Safe and I love you.


Name: JENNIFER
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 07:36:05 AM

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PFC JOHNATAN RYAN GREEN. HEY SWEETIE . THANK YOU FOR YOUR CALL OF YESTERDAY. I LOVE YOU GREETINGS Your FIANCE Jennyfer


Name: Cristal
Email: cristal_g88@aol.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 07:33:43 AM

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TO DANIEL B. 319 D.B. HEY DAN, WHAT'S UP? I M THINKING OF YOU. I VE WRITTEN YOU 5 LETTERS LAST WEEK. DID YOU GET THEM? CALL ME SOON. LOVE YA V.M. YOURS Cristy88


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 12:34:50 AM

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I would gladly post the article from People (Dec. 8 issue with Michael Jackson on the cover); however, I have no clue how to go about doing it -- if anyone has a suggestion. . .thanks. Anne


Name: Anne Gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 12:14:54 AM

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Recently in the December 8 People Magazine an article about "school supplies to Iraq" was published featuring my son, Captain Paul Gonzalez, who is involved with D/319 -- I have been contacted by several mothers from the 173rd who have an interest in helping out -- one contacted me today and asked that I post a message on our web site. Should you wish to help out, either with cash donations, or school supplies you might have available to you and yours, contact me through this web site -- ORRRR -- through my regular e-mail address at a5gonzo@gci.net. Special thanks to A. Fiehl, R. Rieger, and Cynthia Fort who contacted me today. Blessings to each and every one of you -- this project has been absolute THERAPY for me -- probably for my son and his buddies as well! Anne Gonzalez


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Tuesday December 09, 2003
Time: 12:08:08 AM

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Thiss is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503rd, GOOD LUCK,we love u, love mom


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 11:19:35 PM

News

Check out the December 8th People Magazine--an article in there featuring Chad Gonzalez and troops from the 173rd Airborne delivering school supplies that his mother, Anne Gonzalez, helped raise money for and get donations for, and sent them to Kirkuk area--great article, you need to get the article posted on this website. Way to go Anne!! :) Tell us more about it!


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 10:53:25 PM

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Michigan Families of the 173rd whose sons are serving in Iraq had a holiday get together on December 6. We had a great time sharing stories, pictures, etc. If anyone from Michigan would like to join us next time we get together please contact me.


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 10:47:22 PM

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As I try to type this my son is on his way home. We live at the intersection of nowhere but I hired a limo to pick him up. He should arrive at 10:30 in the morning in Syracuse, N.Y. But there are not words in the english language about how excited I am right now. He is such a good boy and I'm so proud of him!! But I would like to know at which web site the Christmas greetings are on because an Albany radio station broadcast a greeting from him not that anyone would know where he was from. And for the guys @Bco 3rd Plt 1/508th I hired the limo so that we could drink a lot of beer on the way home without getting put under the jail.. Stay Hard.. A very old Sgt From the past Ron A.


Name: Rosie
Email: RBilliards256@msn.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 09:55:26 PM

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SSG David Brasher- Hey there! Just wanted to send all of you our love and best wishes. David-I love you. I have received both letters that i sent back. "Undeliverable" I addressed them FIST A 1/508th 173D ABN BDE APO,AE 09347 What did i do wrong? I will be sending you some treats but need the right addee. If anyone reading this knows the correct add-please e-mail me. It would be much appreciated. Love you and take care, your sis, Rosie. P.S. Dad sends his love.


Name: PhilReynolds
Email: pandpbrits
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 07:21:58 PM

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To PFC Paul Reynolds, wishing you and 1/508th c/co A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, With all our love Mum,Dad, Siobhan and Blaze, All the Family in England, USA, and all your friends from Marietta GA. God Bless and take care of yourself and your fellow Sky Soldiers. GO GET THEM and look forward to seeing you all come home safe and sound.


Name: Barb - Jeffrey Kupisch's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 06:11:06 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503 MORTAR - Jessica said you called last night & you 2 decided not to wake us!! HEY!!!! I better get another call in the next couple of days, son! Only kidding! Just to know that you are calling people tells me the things.... I try to keep up with the articles on the 173rd - you're very busy soldiers!! I'm very PROUD OF ALL OF YOU! I hope you're getting some of the packages sent from the high schools. Be sure to write & let me know what you are receiving... & SHARE! More packages are on their way, so keep your eyes open!! ;o)~ I love you & miss you even more, son. Next time, tho.....WAKE DAD & I UP WHEN YOU CALL, PLEASE!! Thank you! Be wise, learn to discern & Psalms 91 in your heart & in your mouth, not just the pocket.........fbb, love, Mom


Name: peggy ellis
Email: peg-dani@msn.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 05:47:35 PM

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To Sgt Tim Stanley, Am thinking of you today. I wish you a Merry Christmas and hope to hear you are coming home soon. Give all the men in the l73rd Airborne P/B/l508 my best wishes . Prayers for all of you. Peggy


Name: Calling all 1/508th HHC Parents, Families, and Supporters!
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 05:46:41 PM

News

I am looking for any Parents, Family Members or anyone who wants to support the troops of the 1/508th HHC!!!! I am trying to gather a large pool of support for our Welcome Home Celebration. If you are interested please email me, and I will respond with any and all information you will need! If we're to pull this off in the grand manner befitting our troops we will need as many people helping as possible. Thank you so much for your help! Please contact me at wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil


Name: Mark kuhar
Email: mark.kuhar@us.army.mil
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 04:51:17 PM

News

Him trying to get in touch with 1SG Obeada.


Name: Carol Teshera
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 04:35:12 PM

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I have one quesion. Why encourage nasty people by responding to their comments. Let it go. They don't have much of a forum if they don't get any response. Just a thought.


Name: giulia to the HUGHES FAMILY ^_^*
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 03:52:24 PM

News

first, sorry i mispelled your last name...then, here's the link that message comes from, so that if you do not have windows media player, you can downloade it for free. https://hn.afnews.af.mil/webpages/HG_Info_Popup.htm i hope this helped! giulia ^_^*


Name: Doc Sorber
Email: jsorber@carolina.rr.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 03:46:57 PM

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I am a former member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (HHC & D Co, 3rd Bn 503rd Inf) and was a platoon medic in Vietnam based out of LZ Uplift. I was sad to see the 173rd Abn Bde be deactivated in 1972 when I was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. We then became the 3rd Bde of the 101st Abn Div. I was very pleased to find that the brigade had been reactivated and I am especially proud of the way the unit is conducting itself on operations in Iraq. I know the rigors of difficult assignments and the loneliness that it can bring. You guys are doing a great job! I pray for your safe return and would welcome the opportunity to correspond with any of you. Stay low and run fast, guys. AIRBORNE....All the way!!!


Name: Lynda Quintana
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 03:46:30 PM

News

hi everyone, i am looking for that article on west that was posted on here a while back. does anyone know where it is what month it was posted? i copied it and my husband gave it away. please help. thank you.


Name: Giulia TO THE HUGES FAMILY
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 03:45:27 PM

News

well,there's a note on that website, i post it here for you: Here's a small sample of the more than 13,000 video greetings collected from service men and women serving overseas. Our initial emphasis has been on posting greetings from service members supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Southwest Asia. We will continue to add greetings from there and other locations throughout the holidays as our limited resources allow, so check back frequently. i hope you'll eventually be able to see your loved one. To see my friend just made my week and has been the greates xmas gift ever! god bless you! giulia


Name: Hughes Family
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 03:34:32 PM

News

RE: HOLIDAY GREETINGS.....Thank you to whoever posted the link. I finally figured it out and was able to opeen the greetings. Unfortunately, my sweet boy wasn't on the site. I clicked open on a few just to see and bawled my eyes out!! Does anyone know if they are still recording these greetings--if so, I'll check EVERY day!! Thanks again and to SGT. SHANE WILSON, A CO 1/508--get your handsome face in front of the camera! Be safe and stay strong--we believe in you and miss you TONS!!! XOXOXO......Mom, Dad & Taylor


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 02:18:30 PM

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Eric Mills - baby boy - haven't heard from you in a little while - hope all is well..'til next time! love, me


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 02:16:57 PM

News

Hey, this if for PFC Christopher Taffoya (B/2/503d) - good to see you are up and running and doing fine there - take care of yourself. ;0)


Name: Faceta J. Johnson
Email: Faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 01:33:50 PM

News

To the person who wrote negative comments about the women serving over in Iraq and fighting for our freedom. I would like to say God Bless you, because you really need some help. Our soldiers has been in Iraq for 8 1/2 months and not one time did we hear anything negative on this site about our WOMEN until you viewed the beautiful pictures of our hard working WOMEN. PLEASE DO NOT HATE CONGRATULATE. you should be happy that we have hard working WOMEN working in a COMBAT unit. I guess you forgot that the military do teach us about DIVERSITY. If you don't trust your husband please do not bring it to this site, we are thinking pleasant thoughts not negative one. I HOPE YOU HAVE A MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY POSITIVE NEW YEAR. TO THE SOLDIERS OF 173RD BDE, I PRAY THAT YOU HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME AND GOD BLESS YOU, IT IS TIME FOR THE COUNTDOWN. LOVE A MILITARY SPOUSE/SISTER.


Name: Soira
Email: sandrabs sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 01:17:16 PM

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This is for PFC Andrew Conley. Dear Andrew, How are you doing in Iraq. I hear you are moving into Tent city, i hope that you are happy that soon you get to come home and see me again. Only 4 months left untill i can hold you again. Its been a while since we last spoke and i enjoyed the talk we had the other day. I miss your letters and perhaps you can find it in your heart to write me again. I am doing good in Vicenza, but i feel empty inside because you are not here with me. I sent you a package with things i hope you like. Enjoy everything and eat up because you need to be happy and healthy. Dont despair because soon you will be back for R&R and once again we will be reunited.(TE QUIERO MUCHO PAPI)


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 12:45:46 PM

News

SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hey Baby!!!! I miss you so much and love you so much. My show is about to start and I am looking forward (more than you know) to your call afterwards! So hopefully you can call. Take care of yourself and know that I am waiting here for you and love you more than words can describe! You are the greatest man in the world and I am always praying that you are safe. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Susan Fernandez
Email: susan@onmessage.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 12:03:43 PM

News

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! For your dedication to helping the people of Iraq. Every day, I am grateful for you, the men and women who protect this country and who help other nations in great need. No matter what the political agenda is or what the media is saying about the war; there is no disputing the fact that the Iraqi people have feared murder, rape and theft from their own government each and every day for years. So thank you for helping them. Please know that though I do not know you personally, I have great respect for the men and women in our military. Thank you so much!


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 11:48:48 AM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell C 1/508th If anybody knows my fiance Fredrick Campbell please tell him that I love him very much and that I think about him 24/7.It's been 2 weeks since I talked to him and I can't wait to hear his voice again ,ASAP.I'm very proud of the 173rd you guys are doing a great job,Stay safe, Millie.


Name: Stacy
Email: superhokte@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 11:15:49 AM

News

This is a message of support for the 173rd women, since someone had the gall to write the mean one. My husband is over there with you, and I want you to know that this 173rd wife knows you are brave and honorable soldiers and appreciates what you are doing. Ignore anyone who says otherwise. We are proud of you!


Name: Mark Teshera's gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.co
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 11:13:43 AM

News

To Mark Teshera Bravo Co 1-508 I got to see your video on the computer. I left the tape I got from the TV station over at your mom's so the twins could take it to school to show their class. I think you are the class project and they will be thrilled. It was a total surprise for your mom, she was shocked. We had a good cry because of how happy we were to see you. I'll still be going over every picture that comes on here hoping for a glimpse of you. Take care dear, much love from Gramma


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 10:48:55 AM

News

Wish I could have found that Holiday Greeting's site on Friday. I just paid $35 to get a copy of my son's clip. The greetings are great. The clip from my son was a wonderful Monday surprise.


Name: Hi! I'm Tonya. aka(csweetcarolina)
Email: csweetcarolina3@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 09:36:05 AM

News

I just wanted to say thank you to all the soldiers out there fighting for my children and myself. You all are true brave men and women. I will always hold a special place in my heart for all of you. Greatfully Yours, Tonya


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 07:39:39 AM

News

PFC PHILIP GRANT, C CO 1-50TH: Philip, that was outstanding i could see your video-greeting on the internet! i love you and miss you just as much, hurry home, i can't wait! giulia xoxoxoxox


Name: To whoever posted the website...
Email:
Date: Monday December 08, 2003
Time: 03:34:00 AM

News

I would just like to say a huge thank you to whoever posted the link to the site with the holiday greetings. My fiance told me he had been pulled out of bed to record a message, but all of us back home had been worried that we would miss it on TV. But thanks to that link, all of his family and friends have been able to see him!!!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 10:09:21 PM

News

Regarding the question about when Day 1 of R&R begins. My son said Day 1 starts when he buys his ticket in Baltimore.


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 08:41:13 PM

News

How long to get home. It took my son four days to get home from the time he got on a bus in Kirkuk. We live of the west coast, so the east coast should be a day quicker


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 08:35:19 PM

News

Can anyone tell me how long it takes for a soldier to get to the states once they are given R&R? My son called us on Thanksgiving saying he was to get R&R Dec. 6th and we haven't heard from him since Thanksgiving. Just wondering how long it took others to get out of Iraq once they got R&R. Also what day does the "1st day" of the 14 days of R&R begin on? The day you get to the states or the day they put you on a plane home from Iraq?


Name: Leslie
Email: Poomed@tds.net
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 07:15:45 PM

News

To Jesse Davis' Aunt, I was so surprised to see your posting. Our son is in 173rd 1/508th and we live in Appleton. What company is Jesse in? Our son is in B company. Please let me know. It would be great to find out if our son knows him. Send me an email. Leslie


Name: Wendy to Geramine Beyl
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 06:21:10 PM

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Germaine Beyl.....Sorry I have to contact you on here this way. My computer is in need of a cleaning:) hehe! I have the name on that tape from CNN. I will try to find your new email address and send you all the info I have so you can get a copy of it. There is a few of those tapes that are just them talking about the jump...the live feed is only on one tape. Please re-send me your new email addy and I will use my AKO to email you. Hotmail has been messed up since I fixed my new calendar application on it...so much for keeping dates straight..now it won't work:) he! Gotta love technology! The live feed on the CNN tape is of the 7th plane...left door I believe. My husband is on it, so he told me what his position was, but you know me...I can't remember that now:) Too many other things to remember this time of year. Well, please send your email address to me and I will get that to you. wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil sorry for the hotmail problem hun! ~~~~Wendy~~~~


Name: gerry roll
Email: fredsmith783@msn.com
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 05:07:35 PM

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To PFC 1st class Justin Roll. Everybody at home misses you. Kick Ass and take names later. Be careful and keep safe.Call home asap we'd like to hear from you. We heard rumors about possible leave. We would like to verify with you. Take care of yourself and don't take no shit. Love , MOM.


Name: Aunt Ruthie Jesse Davis' Aunt
Email: ram54956@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 04:52:22 PM

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Hello: Jesse of the 1/508 173rd platoon. Your Mom heard from you now where is an email to your aunt who loves you and thinks of you often? Jesse, just got an email from Amber and the children are doing fine so is she. It isgood to hear news from her. I want you and all the people in this war know that Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Neenah Wisconsin has been praying for you daily and so have I. I pray that you return home healthy and safe! Love You Jesse and I am looking forward to seeing you soon! Love Aunt Ruthie (Re-rue)


Name: ATTENTION! ^_^*
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 02:08:24 PM

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https://hn.afnews.af.mil/WebPages/holidaygreetings.htm -- --> This webb addy contains links to see short video greetings from the soldiers.you just click on the state from which your relative, son-daughter,boyfriend etc comes from, an alphabetical order will appear. windows media player is required. enjoy and happy holidays! ^_^*


Name: ATTENTION! ^_^*
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 02:04:56 PM

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https://hn.afnews.af.miL -- --> This webb addy contains links to see short video greetings from the soldiers.you just click on the state from which your relative, son-daughter,boyfriend etc comes from, an alphabetical order will appear. windows media player is required. enjoy and happy holidays! ^_^*


Name: Amie
Email: Chramich@aol.com
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 01:32:48 PM

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To Jeremy Allen, Hope you are taking care of yourself over there. I have just sent you a couple of letters but I have never sent you an e-mail. Not sure wich will get to you first but I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and wish you could come for the holidays. I will be sending out another care package for you by the end of the week. Hope you got the last one. If I dont hear friom you for a while happy birthday! Please keep in touch as much as possible. I miss you. I am proud of you. I will look forward to seeing you home soon. Love, Amie


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 11:38:46 AM

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To the men and women in the 173rd. My son is in the 2nd Platoon B company 1/508. I am proud of him and all the members of the armed forces. I have read the posted messages and I am not sure where the September 2004 date came from. I have also read the article that was referenced and I don't see where that date came from. I can tell you that I was in the Navy for many years, and granted I don't know Army jargon but, I can read the article and no where does it say that the members of the 173rd are going to be there till Sept 2004. I know that while I was deployed rumors always started about going home at a later date etc. It does no one any good to start those rumors especially the people deployed. I can tell you also that many units of the guard have been activated and are in route to the middle east. I won't mention where as there is a old saying, "loose lips sink ships". To the people that are saying Sept 2004, unless you have a direct connection to the Sec of the Army, then you should not write this mis-information down. It does no one any good. To the members of the 173rd, unless you hear something from your chain of command, do not believe anything else. We the American people support you and all members of the 173rd as well as the members in the Armed Forces. God Bless you and God Bless America.


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 11:28:17 AM

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To Thomas Reyna II, Hi Mijo How are you? We are all fine. We are praying for you and are proud of you and the men and women in the 173rd and also in the military. I love you mijo dad


Name: KAREN
Email: EMERALD515@GIS.NET
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 10:51:58 AM

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HI TO ALL THE 173RD. I AM SSG JOSEPH J NICHOLSON'S M OM AND I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT WE ARE THINKING OF YOU EVERY DAY. OUR PRAYER FOR YOUR SPEEDY AND SAFE RETURN.... MY PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT HAS COLLECTED MONEY IN HONOR OF THE PHYSICIANS TO SEND YOU SOME "GOODIES", SO SSG NICHOLSON WILL BE GETTING MANY BOXES IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR ALL TO SHARE.... ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: SQ
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 10:11:02 AM

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To clear things out: Just to make sure, I am not the one who spread out the rumors of them coming back in September. I had only asked about the stop-loss thing, bec. my friend was supposed to leave the army soon, and i'm trying to find out if he will or not. Some people tried to explain to me the Stop-loss thing. I thank everyone for trying to explain to me. I wish everyone more patience for I now realize how it is to deal with the army whether you are a soldier or just a close relative or friend! Salute!


Name: Lee Ann
Email: LeeAnny21 @hotmail.com
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 08:32:41 AM

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STOP LOSS: Stop loss is a way for the army to retain their troops till a mission is complete. If I read the message correctly from perscom then I am pretty sure if refers to the soldiers going to OIF2. If you friend does get stop lossed then he will stay in Iraq till his unit returns and from there he will be processed to get out if thats what was supposed to happen. Hope this helps! BTW Sept 04 is a rumor and that is that.


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 05:08:20 AM

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Does anyone know of a website to order 173rd t-shirts, patches, decals, etc? Thank you!


Name: SERENA
Email: SERENA230778@LIBERO.IT
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 04:47:43 AM

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THIS MESSAGE IS FOR SGT RICHARD SEAN BRYANT 503-1/2/C hi sean...its a long time ..i know...i sent you a couple mail but there is somenthing wrong cause i guess you never received them...so i hope that you will be able to read this...im so sorry for Jacob and i know that Laura gets hurt a lot...i hope that you're ok and that you have everything you need over there...you are in my prayers, God bless you always...kisses and hugs SERENA


Name: SERENA PRINGLE
Email: TEARS782000
Date: Sunday December 07, 2003
Time: 04:41:22 AM

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THIS MESSAGE IS FOR MICHEAL YASHINSKI hi mike this is Serena..i've tryed to send you mail but i don't know whats going on cause all of them came back to me so i guess you didn't read anything...i'm married and i live in fort benning now im so sorry that you couldn't be here.. you re my best friend and i miss you so much...i would like send you pictures of my wedding, Laura and Alexandra were there with me!let me know how are you and write me back soon that you can ...im worry about you! you're always in my prayers! GOD BLESS YOU! LOVE serena


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 10:34:28 PM

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SQ: I think what they're trying to say is that troops that are in the states right now, preparing to deploy to Iraq aren't allowed to transfer to a different unit. I don't think it has anything to do with the troops that are in Iraq right now. I could be wrong but I think that's what they're trying to say. Hope that helps.


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 05:08:49 PM

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the article about stop loss does not affect the 173d..it affects the units that are slated for upcoming deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Basically, if you were in say the first cavalry division and were going to get out of the army this month, the army says you can not because they are up for deployment to Iraq. It basically freezes everyone in place so the unit can deploy with its intact combat power.


Name: SQ
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 12:29:51 PM

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Hi! About the link, http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5430 , i don't understand. Does the news in this article apply for those who had jumped into iraq on March 26th? The article's language is too much for me to understand, too much techical jargon, too little of what a regular person can understand... PLEASE SOMEONE GUIDE ME ON THIS, it's really really important for me! Btw. I'm not american. And i support everything about what America is up to in this world. GOD BLESS THE States that have already been united -> les Etats Unis! God JOB 173rd!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 12:20:40 PM

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Did you see the 4 different pictures of the 173rd on Dec. 5th of the Army Times?


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 12:19:39 PM

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Just wanted to send all my love and support as well as a huge THANK YOU to all my friends over there, SGT cj CHANDLER, SPC chris PERRY, PFC philip GRANT, PFC mario ANDRIULLI, PFC david HEATH, PFC daniel WILLS, SPC christopher TAFFOYA, PFC bruce BURROWS,SPC mark BERKOSKI,PFC adam JAMES and all their fellows. hurry home, Giulia ^_^*


Name:
Email: scrisom@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 09:25:18 AM

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To MARIO ANDRIULLI (1-508 abn bde) Hey, what's up buddy? I just want you to know i'm proud of you, and i miss you so much. Please, take care and come back soon!! We love you brother!! Kisses, Francesca


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 06:55:35 AM

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To SGT. DANIEL KORP B.CO. 2/503rd Son we are so sad that we missed your call if you can not get us at home your dad always got his cell phone 556-8722.We love and thinking about you all the time! YOU ALL STAY SAFE AND WATCH YOUR BACKS! WE LOVE YOU ALL!


Name: SOIRA BRAVO SANTOS
Email: sandrabs@libero.it
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 05:33:08 AM

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This is for PFC:ANDREW CONLEY.HH 1/508:Hi my love was very nice lisent your voice yesterday,i miss you so much and can't wait for the day when i hold you again, papi sorry for my english is very BUD i know but the important i want to you understand is:I LOVE YOU.TAKE CARE AND COME BACK SOON!!!!!!! ALWAYS IN LOVE WITH YOU SOIRA.(ERES MI VIDA PAPI)


Name: To SQ
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 03:38:56 AM

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The information in that article does not apply to the 173rd. The information presented in that article applies to those units that have been tasked as the second rotation of troops to head into Iraq. The stop loss - stop movement order has been lifted for our guys. Unless your fiance had his PCS date changed on his orders, he SHOULD be leaving on time. DO NOT TAKE MY WORD or anyone elses. Your fiance is the only one who will be able to tell you for sure. I hope this helps.


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 02:17:55 AM

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Here is a link to a website specifically about 173rd Airborne. There is a link to a video (by cnn) of their jump into northern Iraq http://www.efamilyportal.com/brian/Iraq/


Name: SQ
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 01:51:01 AM

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Hi! About the link, http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5430 , i don't understand. Does the news in this article apply for those who had jumped into iraq on March 26th? The article's language is too much for me to understand, too much techical jargon, too little of what a regular person can understand... PLEASE SOMEONE GUIDE ME ON THIS, it's really really important for me! Btw. I'm not american. And i support everything about what America is up to in this world. GOD BLESS THE States that have already been united -> les Etats Unis! God JOB 173rd!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 01:08:32 AM

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Germaine, The date of the jump was 3/26 or 27th. They should have quite a bit of footage of the 173rd around this time frame. I taped stuff myself, but it's not very good quality, very choppy and repetative. Please let us know the quality of the CNN tape when you get it and if it's worth ordering. Thanks! Tracy


Name: Samantha Pott
Email:
Date: Saturday December 06, 2003
Time: 12:30:54 AM

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Hey sweet heart just wanted to write and let you know that I'm thinking about you. I also want you to know that I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH and that I am so proud of what you'r out there doing for our country! BE CAREFULL and I'll hopefully see you soon! Love, your wife Sammy


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 08:50:32 PM

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ciao, i miss our talks, our nights spent watching movies, i miss cooking for you, i miss you n our great friendship. i m thinking of u every day, i cant wait for u to be back in italy, i m sure ur doing ur job in a great way as usual... remember u have nothing to prove to anyone! ur friend for ever!


Name: Germaine Beyl
Email: gruntous@yahoo.com
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 08:31:18 PM

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has anyone gotten a copy of the 173rd jump into Iraq. I need the number off the tape so I can order a copy for my son from CNN for Christmas. Any help would be appreciated. I contacted CNN, and they said that I have to know the date it aired or the number off the tape. HELP PLEASE!


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 04:50:46 PM

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Spc. Steve Grafton, A co 2nd 503rd: Hey Steve, just a quick note to tell you to have a safe weekend. We miss you more each day and can't wait till you are home safe with us...hang in there, it won't be long now! Take care of yourself and your fellow soldiers and remember that you are a true hero! We love you. Mom, Dad and Jaime


Name: Everett Clayton Bell
Email: dukeb@nsbvt.com
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 04:22:30 PM

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Hello Guys!!! Wanted to send you somthing for Christmas. Let me know what you need and where I can send it. Thanks for serving. Be proud of yourselves. I get prouder every year, just thinking about guys like you, that I, in some odd way are associated with. May God Bless You. Bell


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 01:14:13 PM

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To the person who wanted an opinion, here's an article you can read which may answer your question. http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5430


Name: Kristina
Email: kristina.egert@us.army.mil
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 12:21:44 PM

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SPC Christopher Taffoya (3rd Plt B/2/503rd): Chris . . . to just that say I miss you would be an understatement. I'd do anything just to be able to sit and talk with you right now and be near you. God I guess, has other plans for the time being. And that puts me at peace. I hope you are doing well. Can't wait to hear from you. Call me when you can. I'll love ya forever. Take care and God bless. With ALL my love, Always ~ Your Kentucky Peach :) Kristina


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 11:56:26 AM

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CAN SOMEBODY GIVE ME THEIR OPINION ON THIS,MY FIANCE IS SUPPOSED TO BE COMING BACK TO THE STATES IN FEBRUARY BUT HE DON'T KNOW YET IF THEY'RE GOING TO LET HIM PCS BACK HERE,ARE THEY LETTING THE TROOPS THAT ARE STATIONED OVERSEAS AND DEPLOY TO IRAQ COME ON TIME OR THEY'RE NOT? PLEASE SOMEBODY GIVE THEIR OPINION ON THIS IT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED, THANKS


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 11:16:37 AM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hi Baby, I am missing you like crazy and want you to know (although you already do) how MUCH I love you!!!! You are the greatest man in the world and I am so lucky to have you. You mean everything to me and without you I'm nothing. Be safe Baby.... and know that I am praying for you ALL the time. You are doing a great job and I am very proud of you. I was so excited to finally get that mail from you!!!! Thanks so much:) Call as soon as you can. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Carol Teshera
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 10:54:40 AM

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Arlene It was KREM TV in Spokane. The gentleman I was connected to was Kagan Yochim, creative services Producer and his email is kyochim@krem.com . I got the tape two days after I talked to him. I was so happy and cannot say enough good about the station. It was my favorite before and now I love them. Good luck to you. Carol ( Mark's gramma)


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 10:12:22 AM

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TO Lorenzo Lewis' Dad: My son in law knows your son in teh 501st and is going to pass along the message to have him contact you. Take Care, Nancy


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 10:08:36 AM

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Dear Mark Teshera's Gramma, which tv station did you get a hold of for the Holiday Greeting clip? My son PFC Nathan Garcia II mentioned that he did one about a month ago so be on the look out for it. I have not seen it yet. Thank You, Arlene Sumner Washington.


Name: Cheryl Marino
Email: cubbybear99_98@yahoo.com
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 08:12:23 AM

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Hey Scott, We received your pictures yesterday.It was wonderful to see your face.Everyone sends their love and prayers for a QUIET holiday...Hope the singing penquin makes it in one piece and that you enjoy his Christmas jingles.We love you.Stay safe.MOM


Name: Mark Teshera's Gramma
Email:
Date: Friday December 05, 2003
Time: 12:27:29 AM

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Well dear Mark I finally got to see your face on your holiday greeting. One of the nurses I work with saw you on the morning news section at 6:30 or 7 this morning . I wrote directly to the TV station 2 days ago because I didn't want to take a chance and miss it and they sent me a copy of your whole greeting (and the one that didn't make it) today. Needless to say it was the high light of my day and now whenever I'm missing you I can go run the video. I realize it was done a month or so ago but you are as handsome as you were before you left. I can't wait to surprise your mom and sisters with it tomorrow. Don't forget I am still waiting for a picture of you on this site. Love from Omak, Washington and especially from your GRAMMA



Name: Donna Voline (Proud Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 03:06:33 PM

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To SSG Stephen Voline- We all love you here at home and are thinking about you and the troops over the holidays. You are all in our prayers. We love you Stephen Love MOM


Name: Adrienne Patti, Placerville, California
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 03:03:25 PM

News

Thank you all so much for doing such a great job up there! I am always watching the news and i am always so glad to hear about all of the great things that you are all doing for the people of Iraq. I hope you all make it home safely to your families and loved ones. take care and God Bless. Happy Holidays.


Name: Silvia Saltini
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 01:55:13 PM

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To Nicholas Mansfield C Co 1/508 - Hurry home my california dream boy!! I miss you too much! Can't wait to see ya ^_^ Silvia


Name: Steph
Email: Keithu2@aol.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 01:43:46 PM

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Hey Christoph!:) How are you, brother? Well, i am fine over here at EWU. I just wanted to drop you a line and say hello. Take care and stay safe!:) I love you and miss you very much!


Name: sue keleher
Email: skeleher@minimags.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 11:30:33 AM

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Just wanted to tell all of you guys in the 173rd Airborne that we are thinking of you. We have heard of the news of your latest battle in Samurah ( spelled right?) and pray for your safety. My good friend, Tim Feehan's son, Tim is there with you. Please let him know I send a big hug. Lots of love, concern and gratitude go out to you all from Delray Beach, Florida. I hope you have the best Christmas possible and that you come home safely next year. Love, Sue


Name: michael morgan
Email: p.r.morgan@worldnet .att.net
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 10:52:11 AM

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thank you does not seem to be adequate . you and the familys you are separated from are in our daily prayers and thoughts. god bless and be safe


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 10:38:05 AM

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Was bombarded with phone calls last night stating that my son (PFC Richard Rowell 2-C 2-503rd) was on TV sending me holiday greetings from Iraq. I was elate but also disappointed that I did not get to see him. I called the local tv station requesting a copy of the clip. They informed me that these clips were sent to them by the military. If anyone knows who I can contact to get a copy of this holiday greeting clip, please email me. To my son, I love you and miss you and am glued to the tv waiting for a glimpse of your wonderful face.


Name: O'HARA
Email:
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 09:14:20 AM

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TO : CLINT KELLY, 173rd AIRBORNE, 1/508, A.COMPANY, 3rd PLT. Ciao, hope you do not get disappointed about this message from me, I don't wanna be your obsession, but just a friend.You know, you mean a lot to me and I really care about you.I hope you're good, and my heart is always with you. If you ever need anything just ask and I will do my best.I wish to had more nice, funny, and precius time to spent with you like we had at the beach or like when I met you!!! What a funny night!!! That's ok anyway.If you feel like to talk to somebody, I'll be here and you'll make me very happy. I wish you a Merry Christmas and I hope you can spend some nice time. Take care of you, your friend.


Name: SFC Lauer
Email:
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 08:53:33 AM

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For the Friends and Families of the FALLEN ANGELS. I have been back in the Company for 2 weeks and wanted to send an email out to let everyone know that the men are doing great. We had a Thanksgiving dinner that was pretty good considering it was Army Chow. Almost everyone had some "down time" that day which made it pretty nice. We now have internet and phone capabilities available just down the road that soldiers can use every so often. Some soldiers have already started decorating for Christmas with small trees and Christmas lights. So needless to say, morale is ok. Well thats all for now.


Name: Curious Vet
Email:
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 08:52:53 AM

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TO The Hughes Family.I took the liberty to pass along your sons request to a friend of mine from Southern California.I served with him in Nam and hes a first rate guy.He is also in contact with many Herd vets from the Nam.I've done this because there are some guys who don't have internet access and may not have heard of your sons request.Also if Shane gets R&R he may be able to meet his Herd brother face to face.Good luck to Shane,and also to the entire Hughes Familia.ALL THE WAY!!!!AND THEN SOME!!!!AIRBORNE.


Name: MARZIA
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 08:11:25 AM

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TO SGT. KOBELKA STEPHEN WOLF (HHC 1/508 SCOUTS): HI BABY I CAN'T WAIT TO TELL YOU THAT THIS MORNING MY BOSS REVOVATED MY CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER YEAR....LETS GO PARTY...TOMORROW NIGHT I'LL GO DRUNK FOR YOU TOO!!!!I DO LOVE YOU..MARZIA


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 07:56:10 AM

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To SGT. DANIEL KORP 3rd.PLT.2/503rd. Son how are you? your polipros are on the way. It was a battle to get them thay are military issue but i got them. Hope you get them fast. We love you son call us when you can. love mom and dad.


Name: ALAN W LARSEN
Email: Tiny.Larsen@bigpond.com
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 12:54:49 AM

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I WISH YOU ALL A SAFE CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY YEAR. AS A VETERAN OF THE HERDS FIRST TOUR IN VIETNAM I KNOW HOW IT IS TO BE ON OPERATIONS AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.I LIKE THE MAJORITY AUSTRALIANS SUPPORT THE EFFORT OF ALL TROOPS OVERSEAS.PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL AT ANY TIME. ALAN(EX 1RAR)


Name: CHARLENE BREWER
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday December 04, 2003
Time: 12:53:51 AM

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TO CLINT KELLY, 173RD AIRBORNE, 1/508, A COMPANY, 3RD PLT CLINT I WISH I COULD HEAR YOUR VOICE. IT'S BEEN 8 WEEKS SINCE YOU CALLED AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I KNOW YOU MUST MISS HOME MORE. CHRISTMAS IS NOT FAR AWAY AND I HOPE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CALL. I DIDN'T COOK ON THANKSGIVING AND I MISSED IT VERY MUCH. I'M GOING TO COOK CHRISTMAS DAY AND TRY TO HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. I MISS BABY VERY MUCH AND IT'S VERY HARD GETTING OVER HER BEING GONE. DAD KEEPS ASKING ME IF I'M READY FOR ANOTHER PET AND I DON'T THINK I WANT ONE EVER AGAIN. I DIDN'T SEND YOU ANY SPECIAL BOX FOR CHRISTMAS, BUT I WILL SEND SOMETHING SPECIAL EVERY MONTH, SO YOU WILL GET A GIFT EACH MONTH. I ALSO PUT SOME MONEY IN YOUR SAVINGS. THE TREE IS UP AND THE LIGHTS ARE LIGHTING UP THE HOUSE AND THE FLAG. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. DECEMBER 13 IS GRANDMA'S 90TH BIRTHDAY AND WE ARE HAVING A PARTY AT OUR HOUSE. YOU WILL BE IN OUR THOUGHTS. TAKE CARE AND I LOVE YOU. MOM


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 09:27:19 PM

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This message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503rd. Thinking of you everyday,we are so proud of you,miss you very much,please keep up the moral,hope you recieved you're packages,we are working hard,im so excited as of dec 30,i will be at the office fulltime,yahoo.no more hospital.ill write a real letter and tell you about it,love mom


Name: david stoltenberg
Email: dstolt@montana.edu
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 03:58:20 PM

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS! I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOUR EFFORTS AND SACRIFICES.


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 02:57:34 PM

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to my friends over there, you've been great guys! now hurry home as soon as you can! love and support, giulia ^_^*


Name: GREAT NEWS!!!
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 02:10:29 PM

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Military to Send Troops All the Way Home for R&R Tuesday, December 02, 2003 WASHINGTON — In an effort to bolster military morale, the Pentagon soon will begin paying travel expenses for troops to get all the way home on leave from Iraq and Afghanistan. The cost of that extra leg for tens of thousands of soldiers: $55 million. Until now, the largest R&R program since the Vietnam War (search) has flown soldiers only to three cities in the United States and two in Germany, leaving them to pay airfare for connecting flights if they want to go farther. Some airlines offered discount fares to help, and a congressman started a program in which Americans donated millions of their frequent flyer miles for service members to use to get home. But officials said Tuesday they were working up a plan for the Defense Department to begin reimbursing troops for the connecting flights with the $55 million authorized recently by Congress for the coming year. "If it comes to pass as envisioned by members of Congress, this would be the most generous gesture on behalf of the American people," said Maj. Pete Mitchell of U.S. Central Command. Such full payment of travel expenses for home leave is unprecedented, he said. To give troops some relief, the Pentagon in late September started giving two-week leaves in the largest rest and recuperation program since the Vietnam War. So far more than 27,000 troops have taken the leaves, Mitchell said. The arrangement differs from the program in place during Vietnam, when soldiers received leaves to Hong Kong, Singapore or other Asian cities. The Army said Tuesday it had set no firm date for the start of the reimbursement program, which requires changes in federal travel regulations. Officials were working on details such as how much would be paid to each soldier, and whether it would be retroactive to cover those who have already taken leave, they said. "The devil is in the details," Mitchell said. But the intent is to pay the full cost of commercial airfare that troops need to get home from three drop-off points in the states -- Baltimore, Dallas and Atlanta -- and two in Germany. Officials estimated that troops have been paying an average of $300 to $500 out of their own pockets to get the rest of the way home. Several soldiers and their families complained publicly about having to pay for the trips. Pentagon and congressional officials said they wanted to begin the reimbursement program amid worries about morale among troops who are working hard in the global war on terrorism and in the Iraq campaign, which is in its ninth month. Work on the reimbursement plan was first reported Tuesday by the Army Times publication. The military has ordered yearlong deployments in Iraq because it is stretched thin around the world and didn't get as many international troops to help as had been hoped. Morale has been a concern, since troops and families in the summer began complaining about extended tours of duty and repeated deployments. There are more than 130,000 U.S. forces in Iraq and neighboring countries and more than 10,000 deployed for the Afghan effort, where violence continues two years after the fall of the Taliban.


Name: Linda Marker
Email: lennymarker@msn.com
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 01:58:59 PM

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Hello son this your mom i want you to know how proud of you we are and we want you to come home safe and we miss you very much. love always your mom & dad


Name: Hughes Family
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 12:00:08 PM

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TO CURIOUS VET.....thanks so much for your inquiry--only one so far (but I know he's extremly busy!). If you are interested, I know Shane would be very appreciative and honored to hear from you--me too! As I said earlier, there are only so many things a Mom can talk about! He's Sgt. Shane D. Wilson, 3rd Plt A Co. Or you can contact me at our e-mail address above for more info--I'd like to thank you also! GOD BLESS THE 173RD--PAST AND PRESENT...AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!!!!


Name: Nina Land
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 11:50:34 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey, I miss you tons!!! I can´t wait to see you!! Be careful and watch your back! Thousand kisses from me!!!!! Nina


Name: Kristina Egert
Email: kristina.egert@us.army.mil
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 10:11:57 AM

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SPC. Christopher Taffoya (3rd PLT B/2/503): Hey you, hope things are going well there or as well as possible. : ) I love you babe, and am hoping that I get to hear from you soon. Take care. "The Lord bless you and keep you..." With all my love, Always ~ Kristina


Name: Barb Kupisch - Jeff's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 09:24:50 AM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - HHC 2/503 MORTAR - This would be a good time to call home & let us know you're ok, son! Although I know inside that you are - hearing your voice makes it better & vice versa. Lizzy is home sick today - cold symptoms - I know, I know - she's a baby & she IS! But her ribs hurt pretty bad, so she needs to rest. Jessica will start her home bound tutoring next week. Jason comes home on the 19th thru 1/3. Dad is terrific!! And, the dog? Well, Mia is Mia - my baby! I will send photos of Mia when I get them developed! She's really cute! I'm still recovering from surgery & doing better each day. Bored with liquids - can't wait to eat real food!! Anyway - be sure to get in a photo so everyone can see your beautiful face!! You're still mfbb - today, tomorrow & FOREVER!! I LOVE YOU & MISS YOU!! YOU AT HOME WOULD BE THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVER!! STAY SAFE & BE WISE!! LOVE,MOM GOD BLESS YOU & THE 173RD!!!


Name: Jake the Snake & Cory
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 09:24:00 AM

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Ssg. Joel Bednar Hey brother! We just got off the phone with your wife. She is doing well considering her cold. We had to translate a few things she had to say. I hear you are doing well and you all had fun on R&R, and I also heard about Germany. Way to go man! You didn't think she'd let you step foot in Europe and not be there to pick you up first thing did you? No matter how far she has to go bother she will always be right by your side. I died laughing when she said she drove all the way up to Germany and you were the only one who's wife came to pick them up at the Air Base. That is so Wendy! She also said that just seeing you in the terminal made her cry, you have turned her into such a pussy! She used to be hard core man, what went wrong with her? That's right bro you made her a woman! My worries are that she would have found her way down there to you by now. I know it did serisouly cross her mind, and with Derek's help I was amazed they hadn't taken a little "trip"! I am glad you found Wendy, because she is one hell of a good woman and you are one lucky bastard! Alicia and I going to come over to visit about the time you get home. We have to travel to a few weddings so I have it all on the calendar. Is there anything you want for Christmas, or anything you need? I hear you are getting a brother-in-law for the new year. I can't believe Tracy is getting married! I don't know the poor guy, but I will send my condolences to him. Ha. Here's Cory. Hello! How are you doing down there? Megan and I are always waiting to hear the news of your homecoming. Wendy means the world to both of us and when she hurts we hurt. I told her if she came back here we could settle it the old way, with a lot of Southern Comfort! She sounded pretty sick when we just talked to her, but still she seemed pretty good over all. We all miss her so much back here, so when you get out please bring her closer to us! We also want you to bring that Godson of ours back here! How are we supose to train him when he lives so far away?! I have a lot of cool things to teach him that should drive Wendy right into a half way house! I tell her it is my way of getting her back. Then again she should be the one to get us back for all the stuff we used to do to her! Has she told you about us tying her up to the tree when we played Cowboys and Indians? Or kidnaping her from a prom once. We did horrible things to her when we were kids. It's a miracle she still talks to us and hasn't tried to have us arrested for a few of the things we did to her. She is one awesome woman and like Jake said we are very happy you found her. From what she says you "take such good care of her and treat her like a Princess." I am glad she dumped that jackass she was married to. No one ever liked him! I hope you return soon, and keep a good distance from anything dangerous down there! When you come home we will all have to throw down back here and give you a real Welcome Home party! <<<Jake and Cory>>>


Name: Curious Vet
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 09:11:48 AM

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To the Hughes Family. Has anyone responded to Sgt Wilsons request to contact a Nam Brother?


Name: Valentine's day
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 07:46:42 AM

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To WILLIAM DANIEL. Sorry I do not know your company, but I hope you can get this. I'm still thinking about you, I talked to Brian last august and he told me you were coming back soon, so each friday night I wait your phone call.Do you still remenber me? Did you remeber how much fun (it was great!!!!!!) we had the night before you leave? You dind't wanna see me for the last ciao and I'm not mad about it.We must have some more "fun" when you'll be back.I think about you every day, hope you are ok, waiting for you soon, Kiss. P.S. If you still have my phone number, call me anytime, you'll make me very happy!!!!!!! Take care of you.R.


Name: PAOLO
Email:
Date: Wednesday December 03, 2003
Time: 05:08:18 AM

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SGT SHELTON CHRISTOPHER 2/503: CIAO CRIS, NAVIGANDO IN INTERNET HO SCOPERTO QUESTO SITO. HO VISTO CHE SI POSSONO LASCIARE DEI MESSAGGI COSI HO PENSATO DI LASCIARTENE UNO ANCHE IO.COME VA? QUA SEMPRE BENE . STIAMO CONTINUANDO I LANCI OGNI DOMENICA, MANCHI SOLO TU. SCUSA SE HO SCRITTO IN ITALIANO, SAI CHE L’INGLESE NON LO SO, COMUNQUE SO CHE TU SPEAK ITALIAN COSI’ NON C’E PROBLEMA. UN SALUTO DA TUTTO L’AEREOPORTO DI THIENE . I TUOI AMICI. Paolo & C.


Name: Brian Hart
Email: bhart@telepharmacysolutions. com
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 11:17:01 PM

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Two items. First congrats to the 173rd for their successful large scale raid. Second, we received the box with the picture of John Hart from the October rememberance in Kirkuk along with the CD with pictures and audio. I know the Bernsteins received theirs as well. Thanks to those who made that possible. It meant a lot to us. Sincerely, Brian Hart


Name: CARL VASIL
Email: CARLVASIL@MSN.COM
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 10:05:10 PM

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KEEP ON GOING TROOPS! WE ARE ALL THINKING OF YOU BACK HOME . THANK YOU FOR THE SERVICE YOU ARE PERFORMAING FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE ALL ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU . GODBLESS YOU AND MAY WE SOON SEE YOU BACK HOME . MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.


Name: Dad, Mom and Britt
Email: eve62@cmaaccess.com
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 09:39:11 PM

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To our son, SGT Chris Dahl Jr.A 2/503rd. All of our love and prayers are sent to you and your military family for all of your sacrifices. If we had more people having family there; they would all feel as PROUD of their Family members as we do of ya'll. Thanks again and GOD Speed your return.


Name: Betty Nedd Pierre
Email: bneddpierre@netscape.net
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 08:45:57 PM

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To Specialist Dion L. Pierre Delta Batt. Afar Hello Dion, How are you doing,I hope you are taking care of yourself. Everyone is asking about you. We all love you and are praying for you and the troops. Please try and give me a ring so I can hear your voice. With love from your mom, P.S. Aaron will be two on Christmas day.


Name: JOHNNA GOLDBERG
Email: JOHNNA.GOLDBERG@4S.COM
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 05:09:38 PM

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Proud mother of Nathan Goldberg presently in Kirkuk Iraq. Wishing the 173rd all the best. I am very proud of all of you. Please be safe and come home to us soon. You honor us and our country. God Speed.


Name: Kristina Egert
Email: kristina.egert@us.army.mil
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 03:46:26 PM

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SPC Christopher Taffoya (3rd Plt B/2/503): Thought about you all day. I love you and miss you. Take care and God bless you always. With all my love, Kristina


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 03:22:58 PM

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KIRKUK, Iraq - U.S. troops conducted a big raid near the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, but a military spokesman denied that a top former deputy of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) was captured during the operation. A member of Iraq (news - web sites)'s Governing Council said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri — the top Iraqi fugitive after Saddam — was the target of the raid. "We get our information from the 173rd (Airborne Brigade), and the 173rd is saying they don't have him," said Sgt. Robert Cargie, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division. The Americans have pointed to al-Douri as a coordinator of the insurgency against U.S. forces, and last week offered a $10 million reward for information leading to his arrest. The U.S. raid took place in Hawija, 30 miles west of Kirkuk, and witnesses said American soldiers had arrested dozens of people. In other violence Tuesday, a U.S. soldier from the 4th Infantry Division was killed near Samarra, the site of weekend fighting between American troops and guerrillas, the military said. Mowaffak al-Rubaie, a member of the U.S.-picked Iraqi Governing Council, told the Arabic television station Al-Jazeera that those killed or captured in the Kirkuk operation included a "big fish." A senior Kurdish official in Kirkuk said, speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier Tuesday that he heard al-Douri had been "killed or captured," citing sources in his political party. But U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in Belgium and White House spokesman Scott McClellan both said they could not confirm the reports on al-Douri. Later, Cargie, in Iraq, denied al-Douri had been netted. For months, U.S. officials have pointed to al-Douri as a coordinator of incessant attacks on American forces in Iraq — and that he could be working with the al-Qaida-linked militant group Ansar al-Islam. U.S. commanders claimed that up to 54 guerrillas were killed in the clash in Samarra on Sunday, but this has been disputed by residents and hospital officials who say less than 10 people — most of them civilians — died. U.S. forces said Samarra attacks demonstrated a greater level of coordination in the Iraqi insurgency, although U.S. forces said they had anticipated the attacks and blunted them with superior firepower. In Tuesday's attack outside Samarra, an Associated Press photographer who arrived at the scene Tuesday saw American soldiers using a stretcher to carry a body covered in plastic to a military truck. Witnesses told the photographer that a roadside explosive was detonated under a U.S. military Humvee, which then collided with an Iraqi civilian vehicle. The incident occurred on the highway just south of Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad. No. 6 on the American military list of most-wanted Iraqis, al-Douri was vice chairman of Saddam's Revolutionary Command Council. U.S. troops last week arrested a wife and a daughter of al-Douri in an apparent attempt to pressure him into surrendering. In Baghdad, workers on Tuesday began dismantling four giant bronze busts of Saddam Hussein that have long been a landmark in the Iraqi capital. The workers used a construction crane to take down the busts in the Republican Palace, in yet another move aimed at eradicating the former leader's influence. The U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority announced last month that it would dismantle the 13-foot- high busts. It was not clear how long the operation would last. In addition to attacking coalition forces, rebels in recent days have killed a number of nonmilitary personnel, including two Japanese diplomats, two South Korean electrical workers and a Colombian contractor. Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain's chief representative in Iraq, warned that insurgents are now turning to softer targets and urged foreigners to increase security levels. "People have to be very careful. The Spaniards and the Japanese who were killed this week were not following the strictest possible protection rules," Greenstock told British Broadcasting Corp. radio. Greenstock said he was confident coalition troops would retain a grip on events and said the coalition backed the aggressive approach to tackling security problems being taken by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. commander in Iraq.


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 01:52:21 PM

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Spc. Johnny Perkins, Jr. - Hi Baby.... I miss you and love you so much! I pray that you are safe and that everyone in the 2nd/503rd are safe too. Please know that I love you more than words can express and am here waiting for you. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 01:26:54 PM

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To my son Kasey Robbins – It was great to hear your voice yesterday. We are praying that you will get to come home in January to see your father before he is deployed. He would really love to see you before he takes off, since it’s been awhile since the last time we saw your Good Looking face and great smile. We are so very proud of you and all soldiers fighting for our country. My God direct your path and bless you through this time. Please KEEP SAFE, we love you. Mom.


Name: Judy and Norman Pickett (Proud Aunt and Uncle of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: judypickett2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 12:33:01 PM

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TO: SSG Stephen Voline, We think of you everyday and pray for you and your soldiers. We love you! We will be very happy when you return home. We'll be thinking of you during the holiday. Love, Aunt Judy and Uncle Norman


Name: Mark Teshera's Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 11:07:51 AM

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Hello my dear Mark, It snowed last night and is a pretty morning. I'm missing you as usual. Did you ever get any pictures on the disposable camera I sent you long ago? If not and you still have it why not have the guys snap some of you and you of them and I'll post them on this site. I need to see you!!!!! You know how this gramma is. Take care, stay safe and I'll see you soon. Love Gramma


Name: Grant Kupisch
Email: grantkupisch@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 09:17:28 AM

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Hey Jeff Kupisch!!! Just wanted to say hi and that I love you so very much!!! We are all missing you and think of you and Jason all the time. We are very proud of you and all the others over there. Keep safe and in prayer. LOVE DAD.


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 08:42:04 AM

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My congratulations to SSgt Gina Gray and Spc Anthony Duarte on their OUTSTANDING teamwork in Kirkuk recently.That's the way to win "hearts and minds." All who know you both should be proud. Also an AIRBORNE WELL DONE to the members of the patrol who had the good sense to assist the Iraqi women who was in need of assistance. America is well represented by the HERD, and the Iraqis know it too. ALL THE WAY!!!!


Name:
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Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 08:19:45 AM

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BABY...I MISS YOU SO MUCH...I THINK ALWAYS OF U....YOU ARE ALL THAT I WANT.I HOPE TO HEAR YOU VERY SOON..YOUR BABY.


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 07:31:24 AM

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It's hard to say what the soldiers have available to them, because every platoon/company is in a different place with different amenities. Most have the ability to play DVD's and CD's, but not all have microwave (our son has a coffee pot, period), not all have internet access often, etc. Anything that can be used in portable devices should work. Our son said not to send pots, pans, etc, because they didn't want to lug them around and couldn't use them often - while other soldiers are in one place and less mobile. Sorry, but there is no way to tell what they can use without knowing exactly where they are.


Name: Ken LaBriola
Email: Kenman@radix.net
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 06:20:54 AM

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Just a note to let you know that my nephew PFC Thomas R. LaBriola ("c" Co. 2/503) just got his Christmas packages that we sent. I mailed them on November 3rd. The Postmaster General issued a statement yesterday that the soldiers in Iraq would recieve their Xmas packages in time if mailed no later than this Thurs. 12/4. Happy Holidays to all our soldiers and their families. May God speed their safe return home.


Name: soldier's friend
Email:
Date: Tuesday December 02, 2003
Time: 12:08:25 AM

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a friend of mine is in the 508th and i would like to send a package. can anyone tell me what he has available (ie. dvd player, microwave???). i just don't want to send things that won't be useful to him. thanks.


Name: Jackie Campbell
Email:
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 11:44:51 PM

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http://www.heromiles.org/donate.html This link is posted in the December Herd newsletter. Sounds like a wonderful a idea. Send it on to all your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Several of the airlines are allowing people to donate their airmiles and free tickets to help insure that money is not the reason that these kids, young and old don't make it home for the holidays.


Name: Alexandria & Lizeth Smith
Email: LaBabyGirl09@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 11:18:39 PM

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SGT,Robert J. Smith We Just Wanted To Tell You Tha We Love You nd Miss You So Much. and That We Always Praying For u. Love Your Wife and Daughter, Lizeth & Alexandria Smith


Name: Nicole
Email: n_taris@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 09:59:33 PM

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This is for Spc. Jason Adamick.... Baby I don't know if you'll get this, but in the event that you do, know that I love you so much and can't wait for you to come home. I think about you everyday and long for us to start our life together. I miss you!!! Take care of yourself and come home soon, okay!


Name: Sam Hilt
Email: samhilt@winsoft,net.au
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 08:34:38 PM

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Dear Troopers of the Herd, Thank you for your hard and dangerous service, and for keeping up the traditions and heritage established in Vietnam, New Guinea and Correigedor in WWII. The thoughts and prayers of myself and family are with you all. You are creating a new, free country, and demonstrating to Kurds and Iraqi's both the aspects of citizenship of duty honour responsibility, You're making us all proud. Saw Hilt, ex 'D' 1/503rd, Dak To '67 Tet Kontum '68 Binh Dinh '69


Name: Linda Bean
Email: lbean@diversityinc.com
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 05:25:09 PM

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A group of folks in Central New Jersey launched a Christmas gift drive for the 173rd over the Thanksgiving weekend. Here's the story that will appear in the local newspapers: A Christmas gift drive to benefit soldiers in the 173rdAirborne Brigade, currently serving in Kirkuk, Iraq, was an unqualified success, according to organizers. Remember the Heroes for the Holidays, which collected gifts at four Monmouth County locations last weekend, has shipped 55 boxes containing over 4,000 gifts to the brigade’s base in Vicenza, Italy, where it will be broken up into individual gift packages for soldiers and then shipped to Iraq by U.S. military transport. The group, Remember the Heroes for the Holidays, is a coalition of business professionals, charities, service organizations and volunteers who determined to provide some holiday cheer for soldiers serving in Iraq. Among the other gift donations received during the weekend were over 400 boxes of macaroni and cheese, nearly 300 cans of tuna, hundreds of snack and food items, as well as DVD movies, CD music and games magazines, socks, gloves, toiletries and 2,000 decks of playing cards. The gifts should arrive on the ground in Iraq a few days before Christmas. Volunteers with the organization covered most of the delivery and shipping costs, but some shipping cost donations are still needed.


Name: marzia
Email:
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 03:49:12 PM

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can someone tell me please, how to know the name of soldiers wounded from the 173 in iraq.thanks


Name:
Email: scrisom@yahoo.it
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 03:03:42 PM

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To MARIO ANDRIULLI (1-508 abn bde) Hey brother, we miss you!! Please, come back soon.I send you a special hug and a lot of Kisses! Francesca


Name: Diane
Email: da3216@yahoo.com
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 12:43:54 PM

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I just wanted to thank each of you for your service to our country. You are each appreciated more than you will ever know. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all. If you need someone to talk to, send me an email. If not, then thank you, and Happy Holidays where ever you may be. God Bless!


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 09:13:38 AM

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just wanted to say hi to all my friends there, especially to sgt cj chandler pfc philip grant and spc chris perry, medics. also hi to pfc david heath, pfc bruce burrows, pfc adam james, spc mark berkosky, spc christopher taffoya, pfc daniel wills,and pfc jacob engle. u rock guys. PS, TO PHILIP GRANT: HURRY HOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!! ^_^* I MISS YOU.giulia


Name:
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Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 06:50:43 AM

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The last article in Army Times and on the Defense Information link is that the 173rd will be redeployed in late March - early April --- about 1 year from the date they jumped into country. No more information has come out with any better dates and this is still tentative. Sorry its not more precise.


Name:
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Date: Monday December 01, 2003
Time: 01:31:29 AM

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does anybody know when the 173rd should be leaving Iraq? I have heard many dates just wondering what is going on!


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