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    It has come to my attention that some people are using this message board to attack individuals, the command, the 173d Airborne and the whole US Army in general. If these individuals would take the time to read the disclaimer at the bottom of the MENU page they would see that, "This site is in no away affiliated with the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy or the Society of the 173d Airborne Brigade. It is however just what it says...dedicated to all Sky Soldiers Past and Present by;  Honoring the past, Supporting the present and Encouraging the future. All are welcome to drop in." Now in plain English this means this is a site ...dedicated to all Sky Soldiers. Writing nasty letters, displaying your hatred for any sky soldier or the unit is NOT WELCOME, take your hatred some place else. The Sky Soldiers need and deserve our support. I alone own and operate this site, a real one man shop. I served with the 173d in Vietnam and did 23 years in the Army. I love the 173d Airborne, the US Army and the United States of America. I see enough hatred for the American Military in the US press. Also do not post any rumors or hear say about things that my scare or worry the troops or their families. Use some common sense or I'll delete your message.

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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 11:42:19 PM

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R&R refers to a program that allows soldiers to leave a combat zone for a period of time and during the Iraq war the government is paying for that travel. Some 173rd soldiers got R&R during the past year, but most did not because the program started too late to get everyone scheduled. Now that the soldiers are back in Italy, the R&R program does not extend to them. They will go on block leave in mid-March and

n Vietnam, he still does not talk about it. He warned me that when my son returned he would be different. Only a robot could come through a war and not be changed. As an Air Force Captain who wrote a tribute to my son, whom he didn't even know, "There are no young people in a warzone." Not only have you aged a year but they probably have aged a hundred. Have patience, let them come to you or not. Love them unconditionally. But remember you can't treat them as if nothing happened - it did. Never beleive that because they are now on safe ground that they should all turn back into the person that left - ain't going to happen. Talk to Veterens near you - see what their advice might be. Best wishes to all of you on your loved ones return. May God grant them the serenity and peace they so richly deserve. They are truely heroes. And to the families - May God grant you patience.they can go anywheree during that 30-day period - but at their expense.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 11:35:48 PM

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To the wives, moms and girlfriends, whether they are here or in Italy. You cannot expect these returning guys to party for a couple of weeks and be fine and dandy as they were before they left for Iraq. Our son was wounded last summer and although most of his wounds have healed, he has yet to completely heal inside. It has been 6 months and he is still standoffish at times. His mother and I agonised while he was there and then when he was wounded. Some of the wounds are easy to see and some are inside. Those are the ones that take time to heal. Many of these guys are going to be afraid to be close to anyone as an acquired reaction, because they inside might fear that your might disappear as did some of their buddies, or that they may disappear leaving you alone. Until they can cope with the fact that they are really back and safe, they may remain distant. Even to their family members who they have known their hole lives.All we can do is be patient and wait for their recovery.WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN THROUGH.We can only imagine.They are ,not trying to be rude, although it may seem that way. The problem with girlfriends is that these guys have heard rumors as all soldiers have heard down through history about how some girls may start going out with other guys as soon as they left. Don"t want to miss the party scene you know. I know for a fact that our sons girl was caught out partying with guys while our son was in Iraq. It doesn't matter if you were or not . The seed of doubt has been there in their minds for almost a year.If they mean that much toiyou be patient and wait . If not then move on.We as parents have no chice but to wait.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 10:52:41 PM

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So the 13 still in Kuwait will be flying home soon what about the ones that have to come back on the ship with the equipment whats up with them? And how many of them are there?


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 09:09:17 PM

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As a NEW mom to all of this. Will someone please clarify some things for me? My son went to Italy in Nov and then went to Iraq in Jan. ( I am lucky that he only was there 1 1/2 months). What exactly does R & R mean? ( I know it means rest and relaxation) how does the gov define what R&R is?


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 09:03:30 PM

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Sato travel has negotiated reduced fares for the soldiers going to the states. The soldiers also have a waiver against the advanced purchase rule to get a cheaper rate. They do have to pay for it all I know this for a fact.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 07:48:03 PM

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The government is NOT going to be paying for flights from Italy to the States. The government-paid flights are for those soldiers on R&R from Iraq to the States - but our soldiers are no longer on R&R, they are at their "home station." If they choose to go on leave from Italy during the block leave, it is at their expense. Period.


Name: Ashley Andrews
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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 07:10:34 PM

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If any of you talk to your soldier who is still in Kuwait please have them give a message to JEFF KUPISCH to please call his girlfriend OR home. I know he must be very busy, but I would be so relieved to know someone had heard his voice!


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 06:14:36 PM

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Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the GOV pays for the flights home. Check out heromiles.com for more information. At one time the Army only paid for flight to the "base" airport. Then there was a lot of pressure put on the gov to pay the entire cost of the flight to their home. PLEASE check out the heromiles website before purchasing a ticket. Might save you some $$$$$


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Email: gajny@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 06:05:43 PM

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ok for you that asked about flights back to the states... try this one. its a uk site but they do get low prices... www.airline-network.co.uk/flights.. and www.ryanair.com this is a cheep flight website to get them to the uk and back to the states. prices are as low as 50c but you have to check. good luck and i hope this helps. and to you all that have just come back, welcome home.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 05:59:51 PM

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"Enough said already"? And we wonder why we have wars????? Thank you 173rd...sons, daughters, husbands, good boyfriends, bad boyfriends, good girlfriends, bad girlsfriends, no matter who you are or what you have or haven't done. You fought your country's battle and I am grateful. To the families of those who did not return. I am so sorry. My condolences are so adequate and especially more so at this homecoming time. I can only say that your family member gave us their ultimate and their death was not in vain. Every day I have the right to make my own choices, live my own life, and walk this earth freely with freedom and security and safety I hope I will always remember to silently thank them. Please know your sons and daughters will not have died in vain.


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Email: gajny@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 05:56:03 PM

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ok for you that asked about flights back to the states... try this one. its a uk site but they do get low prices... www.airline-network.co.uk/flights this should help. and to you all that have just come back, welcome home.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 05:29:29 PM

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Let me start by saying, What people post here is already done, and the people who respod to post that aren't asking questions are minding things that are really none of thier business. To the mothers that respond, These girls that are heart broken aren't bashing "YOUR" son, so really why do you waste your time posting endless notes that only create arguements? I don't think the girl that poured her heart was asking for anyone's opinion neither here nor there. To the girls it is obvious that posting notes saying all these men are the same, arent going to be taken very lightly. Let me brake it down for you again like the lady who posted previously... MEN are MEN. And they behave how you allow them to behave. On this site meant for leaving notes for soliders, I have seen a number of ladies expressing how much one of these men have hurt them... Let me provide you with some light to relationships. If your man loves you, he will be there regardless of distance, or time. My soilder has been gone for almost a year now, and when he left the states last summer we didn't leave on the best terms. But the love was there. He went to Iraq, and I recieved a call, letter, or "thinking about you gift" almost every two weeks. I think he wrote as much as I did, if not more. I always knew where he was, and how he was doing. He called his parents aswell. He stayed in contact to the point that sometimes I wondered how he was able to. He was constantly moving, and partoling, and working, but he made time. And his time that was devoted to me combined with the love and support I was sending to him, caused us to create a beautiful and better relationship. It has grown like baby moving from lying down, to crawling, to walking and running. I wouldn't be surprised if we decided to get married this year. It is a beautiful thing. And I was extremely scared that when he came home, he would be so different, and that the beauty we had found would be false... Guess what? It wasn't. The war as much as I hated it, was a good thing for us. And a horrible experience for him. And like it has been said... EVERY MAN deals with this trauma DIFFERENTLY. It is up to eveyone to be understanding... Why waste time arguing on here when we could be helping and supporting each other preparing for thier semi-permant returns. Answering questions that have been asked like how do we bring them to the states for a cheaper fare instead responding to post that aren't asking questions of anyone... Leave them, you can't stop people from posting, but you can control your response! Now let me step down off of my soap box. *smile*


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows HHC 2/503
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 03:41:04 PM

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FYI.... to all that may be the family of the 13 that are still in Kuwait, my son Jay called his girlfriend this morning to say that they will be flying back to Italy the middle of next week. Don't want to give exact date for their safety. Just thought you might like to know.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 03:18:56 PM

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YOu are correct that is their job. YOu knew that going into your relationship with a soldier. Give me a break with the poor me, my boyfriend left and didn't call. Do you think you deserve a medal for waiting? Do you think you are the one and only woman who was left behind? Anyone who thinks that they were the victim of abandonment sell it up the road sister. I'm not buying it.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 02:57:40 PM

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I don't think this is soap opera! And I think this site is for everyone who has been effected this way or the other from a soldier's having gone to war, a soldier who had touched our lives somehow, whether as a family, a lover, or a friend. Yes, it's true, we all were safe and sound and comfortable, and secure while they were there in a place like Iraq with not much of it we can even concieve. But they are the ones who chose this "job". They were on duty there. It was their job, more than anything else. So either as family, or lover, or just simply as friends we thought about them every day while they were there, and we missed them. And we all did our best to give them support from thousands of miles away. Now these girls, me included, have a point there. And I believe they somehow got the right to talk and pour their thoughts and feelings as much as anyone else. If we are all trying to be empathic to all our soldiers, we may as well try and be empathic to each other and everyone else! That's what I'd call being truly empathic. This girl who "complained" about the way her soldier treated her after he returned is also a hero in my eye! She stepped forward and with all the hurting she went thru she admitted what happened. And she represents all the girls and women out there which I know for a fact that their number is very "high" that have faced the same situation. Now I had faced the same situtation. All I can say at this point, to those of you who are going thru this, to try and stay "WISE". First of all men do that. But try to consider that probably there are women who may have done such a thing to a returning soldier, too. Sh*t happens, especially in romantic relationships. This is not only true for ppl who return from war. This is a life's fact. Try to remember this: These people have just returned from a war zone. Put the traumatic experience aside, they're going thru a major change in their lives. It'd be unrealistic to expect something serious instantaneously from them, and from yourselves too!!! No matter how much it hurts not to be able to see him or talk to him anymore, I can also realize that for them it must be different, because they have to think about starting anew upon having returned from such a place! Starting anew is the keyword here! It's never easy, for no-one! With my soldier it came to a point where we both panicked, because the thing between us was still there, that was a moment where we both got scared. Of course he was the one who finished it at that point, and turned his back on me! But thinking of making a serious move so to commit to each other was really scary; for me, too! So bottom line is, it is true, whether a civilian or a soldier, a man is a man. And it's usally "MEN" who do these things to women. But believe me women do it, too! This is life. Good thin is you guys are in the same city. Give him time, if you really care about him. And give him space. Keep the distance, and never, never take it personal. Afterall, what "them" mothers of these soldiers are trying to say is that they're back, safe and sound. They are all alive. May be weary and traumatized and tired. I can't even imagine how it would be like to live a life where you do army tasks for months and months and within a messed up, crazy environment, and then suddenly you're out of it, and back with someone you have had some good romance at lest 12 months ago. I'm sorry (for all of you women out there) that you have to go thru this. And about these soldiers partying for a couple times and then getting out of their responsibilities and all those comments about these! No good "MAN" ever does such a thing. Get real! Everybody knows what i'm talking about. Yet it's true, girls should be aware of this fact!!!!! Whether it's a soldier or not a man is a man is a man is man!


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 02:42:32 PM

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Name: lynda quintana
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 01:03:38 PM

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ok one quick question. my son is finally in italy. now where does he go to get a ticket back to the states for a couple weeks. he just wants us to find him one. but they are expensive. i heard they are discounting tickets for them from there, but where should he go? please help. thank you


Name: lynda quintana
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 01:02:20 PM

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ok one quick question. my is finally in italy. now where does he go to get a ticket back to the states for a couple weeks. he just wants us to find him one. but they are expensive. i heard they are discounting tickets for them from there, but where should he go? please help. thankyou


Name: 173rd Soldier's Mom
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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 12:46:31 PM

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This is not a SOAP OPERA WEBSITE! We do not need to defend our son's actions. They are responsible for themselves. We have raised them properly & the best we could - but what they do on their own is their business. It's the chances a girl takes - unfortunately, but true. If you live in a town with a base of soldiers - you should know this happens. If we don't address the accusations, maybe they will go elsewhere.........PLEASE! IT'S NOT OUR FAULT & THIS WEBSITE IS **F O R** the soldiers - not a dumping ground. Mr. Webmaster, thank you for your great service you've given all of us here. PLEASE exercise your "POWERS" and delete/remove/obstruct the 'SOAP OPERA' from coming on here. the parents, families & etc - PLUS the soldiers do NOT need to read the garbage & arguements.This is a time of celebration...so please ignore the soap opera if it's not deleted - & let's move on... I am sorry for your heartbreak but we are not the audience you seek! We can't change or impact what's going on - so just leave us alone to rejoice that our sons & daughters are safe & did our country a GREAT SERVICE! Thank you - enough said!


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 12:30:31 PM

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I guess the MESSAGES TO THE TROOPS isn't big enough for some of you. Let me help you and explain what that means because it appears to me you think this is a site to air dirty laundry. It means if you would like to send a message of encouragement to the men and women who have served their country for a cause bigger than any one person. It means saying thank you for giving up all you had for a year. It means saying I appreciate you doing a job that not everyone agrees with and not complaining about it. It does NOT mean for girlfriends, to tell everyone how hurt they are that their boyfriend hasn't called them. If he hasn't called you I am sure there is a reason. Posting a message about it on this site is not going to make him call you. It is not going to make him WANT to call you. For all the men who have had a message from their "girlfriend" about them on this site I think I know why you haven't called. I would like to say again that when these men come home give them breathing room. I too had my husband, HUSBAND, not boyfriend, the father of my child, leave for a year. I did not get a letter every day or phone call every week. I didn't get mad. To anyone who thinks that they were the one put out, shame on you. You have a warped sense of hardship. I will yet again step down from my soap box. And please girls have some self respect for yourself. Thank you.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 12:29:29 PM

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I have a question. Why does everyone respond to these silly allegations and try to defend these men. Yes they are our "babies" but they are also men. I would hope that when they come home you won't be protecting their honor for them. After all some of them have had losses of their own, both comrades and hometown girlfriends who couldn't wait. Big advice IGNORE IT.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 11:37:41 AM

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Not ALL the soldiers are dirt bags. They are NOT all made from the same "factory"...They are HUMAN BEINGS who have just been subjected to a WAR in case you've forgotten. If you can't deal with that, and have some UNDERSTANDING, then maybe you should try to find someone with ANOTHER occupation. Keep your boo-hooing to yourself.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 11:26:35 AM

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I didn't want my son to go into the military. I wanted him to stay close and be my little boy forever and take care of him and spoil him and love him. I wanted to protect him from the uglies of the world. We are friends and I am his mother and we talk about alot. I taught him to do right. I remember times when his girlfriends dumped him and how he hurt and how he hurt when he lost that one football game he wanted to win. He knows life isn't always fair, but he knows life is what he makes it. The choices are his, not mine. Do I still love him and stand behind him? Yes, but he knows if I don't agree with something I will have a talk with him and he knows I'm not perfect. My tears are for the mothers that have sons not returning home and lots of my joy of my son coming home is lost. My prayers are with these mothers, because I know their love and their loss.


Name: Charlene Brewer
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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 10:18:51 AM

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I'm sorry the guys haven't been behaving themselves. Us Moms raise our boys the best way we can and then they leave and live their lives. We can guide them and teach them to set a high moral standards. This not being a site for sermons I will not say much and now that my son is on safe ground this will be my last time I sign on. To the guys in Italy they should be responsible soldiers and to the girls in Italy they should know these guys are partying and should not think they are in love after a couple of parties. The love for my son goes alot deaper than a good time. I raised him through the tough times and fun times. Being a parent was not easy. I may not have made all the right dissisions and I goofed up alot in my life of fifty years and Clint will goof up alot in his life. He will go back in time in life and say "you know I really did wrong then. Jesus I'm sorry I was such a jerk." Again I'm sorry you got hurt. Learn from your hurt. I will continue to love my son no matter what he does and him being in Iraq is not the reason. I don't pity him because he is living his life as he choses. My prayers are for you, because I am a female and I know the hurt you are having.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 10:17:02 AM

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you were able to stay at eat regular, hot meals. you were able to enjoy the comfort of being home every day, sleep in your bed every night, know what your life bascially would be like each day. all the comforts of home and in a land of freedom and safety. Our soldiers had to make a make-shift home and bed at night was a good old military cot. they didn't always know if "home" might be gone each day when they went out. they didn't know if their belonging,(what few they had)would be blown up away each day they woke up. they didn't know if they would be the one not to return that day or if it would be the "new" best friend they made in battle. Those that have returned made it through each day yes, but have the thoughts and scenes of the day embedded in their minds forever. I have someone who went to serve. He went with honor and a mission to accomplish. Saying he knew what he would be seeing and having to deal with ... personally and psychologically. He doens't even have to tell me that the preparation is nothing near what you will see and feel and experience as a soldier, but even more so as a person. Seeing people of another country and how sad, painful, and cruel their lives really have been.... it no longer is just a story in the newspaper, Newsweek, or the evening news. They had to see how a child has learned to live with not just squalor but the sounds of battle on a daily basis while playing outside. How water itself was a precious commodity. May if you can't or don't understand... maybe you might want to consider "debrief" for yourself. Maybe in the future you may want to reconsider having a relationship with military man. I will never completely understand what they have seen or what the are dealing with when they return. I do know that from past experience it's something we may never comprehend. When I was a kid I had a cousin come back from Vietnam....I see the same look in my child as I saw in him...Only being older and wiser I now know I understand what "the look and actions" are. However, I probably will never understand. I was not there. I was home safe and sound doing all I could for me and him...praying, writing, sending CARE packages just hoping it gave him some comfort and pleasure for that day. I could and now can only honor my commitment to love and be there however they need me to be...even if it means give them time alone when I want so much to be like the family we were before he left. We may have stay behind, but I don't think nothing will ever be the same....for him or us. If that's how it has to be for now, later, or for however long. I am just grateful he made it home safely. Be patient but if you can't..please don't subject them to another battle so soon. Good luck.


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 09:05:24 AM

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I'm sorry but I've to desagree about that we have to be patient, love them ecc.Ok they had been in a war and they changed and also they need time to come back to the normal life.But we had hard time too, wait for them,love them and show them us feelings without ask nothing back, because "poor" them they had been in iraq.But now it's over.Relationships are between people and both have to give and receve,it doesn't work in a way.I waited my boyfriend, and all the time that he stayed there he never made a phone call or wrote a note to me,but because he was there I gave all myself.Now he's here and he's treated me like a doormat,he was nice for a couple of days and now he even refuses to talk to me or see me, because he's a lots things on his head...Come on..Is this love?his mum told me that he'll be like that, but you might can accept because you're them mums.But I'm a girl with some feelings and I can't make to be hurt again and again from these soldiers.I'm proud to be what I'm, but because they had been in iraq, we can't find justifications for everythings that they're doing wrong or good.In 2 weeks time they all come over to you mums,and for another month we have to stay here and wait.wait for what?because we never know what to expect from this guys.They're all the same, that they seem made from the same factory.I wrote use the we, because it's what it's happening to a lots girls that I know also...


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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 08:23:41 AM

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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
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Date: Sunday February 29, 2004
Time: 01:37:35 AM

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FBB= Funny Baby Boy


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Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 11:40:15 PM

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FBB-Beanie Brain??Just a guess


Name: BARB KUPISCH - FBB -JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 09:24:37 PM

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Thank you to those who wrote & encouraged Ashley & Jeff's family that he's probably still in Kuwait, waiting to load the boats. That sounds like my Jeff. But not to call sounds like he's caught wind of the FBB business on this website & probably WON'T call me!! I hope that's not the case. It's been exciting & amusing to read everyone's guesses - much more uplifting than some posts & you all know what I mean! TO THOSE WITH LOVED COMING HOME: They will tell you what they want - in their own time & way. HUMOR & lots of LOVE goes a long ways in relaxing them. TO THOSE STILL AWAITING WORD: We're in the same PRAYER BOAT! God has kept them safe thus far and He's more than able to bring them all home safely & quickly...And, P.S., GOD, PLEASE TELL THEM TO PHONE HOME!! TO THOSE WHO HAVE HEARD FROM THEIR LOVED ONES: Congratulations! And, yes - I imagine it would be as great as when you first brought them into this world....when they were first born! We REJOICE with you! Over & Over & Over!!! It's a great sense of calming peace to know where your loved is & that they are strong, healthy & doing good AND back in Italy, anxiously awaiting to COME HOME! Glorious Homecomings all over the USA for our HEROES, the 173rd SKY SOLDIERS! We are most anxious to hear our FBB-Jeff's voice from where ever he may be - just because we love him. PLEASE write me if you hear anything. Thank you for your kind words of support & encouragement....ALSO, tell Jeff to forgive me (IF HE'S UPSET) for posting the FBB! ;o) Love, Barb


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Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 08:48:57 PM

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Father God we praise You, we love You. You are so worthy. Thank You for being with our Skysoldiers. Thank You for bringing them home. Father now I ask that You would watch over all the soldiers. Give them a strong sound mind and body. Not a mind of confusion. Help them Lord to deal with the things they have had to deal with, and things they have had to see while in Iraq. Father take away all bad memories. I ask that nothing they touched, breathed, ate, drank or the shots they had to take will harm them. I pray perfect health over all these soldiers. Please be with any not back in Italy yet. Please give them all a safe return to the States. In the precious name of Jesus I ask these things. Amen


Name: Mary Huser
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Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 08:45:05 PM

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i finally got to talk to my son paul today he had a problem his cell phone was lost so had to buy a new one and wait for activation he said several others had the same problem He souned good said they are busy unpacking and will be on 1/2 days so have afternoons free so maybe those who haven;t heard from family will soon thanks to all who kept us all together during this. our troops worked to dether for the cause and the families were here for each other too. thanks to our very special web master.


Name: Adrienne
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 06:54:45 PM

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OOPS! Sgt. Stanley is on page 59. not 56.


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Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 05:53:02 PM

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Photo #1578 is a powerful image that captures the essence of war. It belongs in Time or some similar publication for others to appreciate the emotional reality of war and the band of brothers.If the soldier does not mind, could we find out who he is and the fallen soldier for whom he was paying his respects? Thank you.


Name: Brenda Herst
Email: Brendaherst@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 03:20:26 PM

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Our son Jonathan Herst (C co. 1/508) called this morning. He got back to Vincenza Friday afternoon from Kuwait. He is so happy to be in Italy and looking forward to coming home. His father and I are so relieved, can't wait to have him home with us. I ordered my banners from partybanners.com. I got the ones with 173rd insignia. They were very nice and the price is right! Regards to all.


Name: Charlene Brewer
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Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 03:08:06 PM

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What a great joy getting that phone call from PFC Clint Kelly. As a mother I can rate it as holding Clint as a baby at birth. The joy is great!!!!!!!!Welcome home all of the 173rd airborne and remember to continue to pray and support these great young men who went through so much. They all came back changed and our job is to have love, patience and understanding for them. God has given us all a gift. Find yours and share it with someone. Thank you God for giving us your love, for love is the greatest gift of all.


Name: Mom of Jay
Email:
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 01:54:50 PM

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I guess this means that Jeff is still in Kuwait with Jay . Well at least we know who 2 of the 13 are!!!.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 01:54:21 PM

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Just a quick note we heard from my nephew this morning, he said he is still in Kuwait, he will be back in Italy the next time he calls. He is with the 319. He said he waited 2 hours in line for a phone call. Talk too you soon. God bless the 173rd.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email: hayskerry@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 01:31:17 PM

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Ashley, Kyle told me this morning that Jeff and another guy did stay in Kuwait, but should be coming in soon. Check your e-mail for more info. Also have Jeff's mom call (you can try to, although they may not give you the info) the FAC at 1-800-173-73823 or 011-39-0444-71-7500.


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 01:26:57 PM

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I spoke to Jay's Girlfriend. She was on line with him last night. He is still in Kuwait at the PORT, waiting to get all the rest of the equipment on the ships. This must mean that the 13 that are left must be at the port. He didn't say anything about when they will be returning. This confuses me about the email that he sent about F.B.B. saying it meant Favorite Baby Boy, if he hadn't talked to Jeff.


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 12:57:31 PM

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If it helps, you are not alone. Still haven't heard from my son either. If there was bad news you would be informed. Just wait and all will turn out okay in a little while


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 12:39:58 PM

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Jeff Kupisch's family and I are a little worried right now. Although we have heard that he has left Kuwait, he isn't back in Italy and we still haven't heard from him. I know it might take time for him to call home (geting to a phone etc.) it isn't like Jeff to go so long without calling. If you could all pray for him that he is safe and makes it back to Italy soon I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.


Name:
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Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 11:50:38 AM

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Name: MOM of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 11:49:52 AM

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Hi All. I got a very simple email from my son. HHC2/503. He was one of the 13 that was left in Kuwait waiting to return home. This is his email: it means favorite baby boy fbb just thought you might want to know. take care. I am assuming that he is back in Italy as he told me that Jeff (aka F.B.B.) had already left. So for all who haven't heard and thought their loved one might be one of the 13, I think they are all back now. I am going to try and call his cell phone.


Name: Laura Curtiss - Barre, VT - Proud Mom of Spc. Adam Boyle
Email: Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us - or - ProudArmyMomLaura.Curtiss@US.ARMY.MIL
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 10:54:12 AM

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Just a quick note re: Partybanners.com. I've had a couple people ask since I first posted their website, as to how mine turned out. I was very please with it and only disapointed that they came out with a 173rd ABN version a day after I ordered mine. Though I whould have loved to have the 173rd ABN symbol on it and the blue and white, mine is the Army and Star in yellow and black Army colors and I was able to have not only what I wanted on the second line "We're So Proud Of You Spc. Adam Boye!!! But I was also able to have what I wanted on the 3rd line, so instead of just 173rd AIRBORNE BRIGADE, I have 173rd AIRBORNE BRIGADE - GO SKY SOLDIERS! I think it turned out great and quality is good. I'm going to try to have something made up locally with the 173rd symbol to put above the banner on my front porch. Also, Adam will be home next weekend!!!! It's finally becomming real. He's due to report to his next duty station later in March as he's re-enlisted (hard to believe he's been in Italy for over 3 years now, except of course the 10 months in Iraq). I wish all of you, the families of our Soldiers, the Soldiers and especially Mr. James Bradley, and the Vietnam 173rd Herd for bringing this family together during such an incredably hard time. Most of all I want to thank Jessica and the other family members of those brave Soldiers who gave all for us and the World. The support these families have given the rest of us while enduring the pain they are in is beyond description. My love goes out to all of you and hope we never lose touch with each other, especially with Mr. Bradley around :) Laura


Name: Adrienne M. Patti
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 03:32:51 AM

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I wasn't sure if this got posted or not anyways... I'd like to send all of my love and support to these brave men and women who are coming home, and to the friends and families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart and prayers go out to you during this hard time. I'd like to say HI to "LAX2FRA" from the 203rd Medics (Battle Co.) thanks for sending me a few Instant Messages. I hope you get home soon, and that your friends and family get to hear from you soon. I'd also like to say hi to my friend's (Sky Mote USMC) brother Sgt. Tim Stanley in the 508th (picture on page 56). AND to all of the lonely soldiers out there too. WARM HUGS from N.California (Lake Tahoe area). I LOVE YOU ALL!! HOOAAH!!! p.s. if anyone knows of the new troops being sent out and of their addresses i'd be forever greatful to you. i REALLY want to write to more of these guys! My soldier (well, he's not mine...i just write to him) in Afghanistan is headed home soon, so i'll get 1 more letter and that'll be it. XOXO Appassionato Patriota (passionate patriot)


Name: Adrienne M. Patti
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 03:32:49 AM

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I wasn't sure if this got posted or not anyways... I'd like to send all of my love and support to these brave men and women who are coming home, and to the friends and families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart and prayers go out to you during this hard time. I'd like to say HI to "LAX2FRA" from the 203rd Medics (Battle Co.) thanks for sending me a few Instant Messages. I hope you get home soon, and that your friends and family get to hear from you soon. I'd also like to say hi to my friend's (Sky Mote USMC) brother Sgt. Tim Stanley in the 508th (picture on page 56). AND to all of the lonely soldiers out there too. WARM HUGS from N.California (Lake Tahoe area). I LOVE YOU ALL!! HOOAAH!!! p.s. if anyone knows of the new troops being sent out and of their addresses i'd be forever greatful to you. i REALLY want to write to more of these guys! My soldier (well, he's not mine...i just write to him) in Afghanistan is headed home soon, so i'll get 1 more letter and that'll be it. XOXO Appassionato Patriota (passionate patriot)


Name: Adrienne M. Patti (Placerville, Califormia)
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 28, 2004
Time: 03:26:15 AM

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I'd like to send all of my love and support to these brave men and women who are coming home, and to the friends and families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. My heart and prayers go out to you during this hard time. I'd like to say HI to "LAX2FRA" from the 203rd Medics (Battle Co.) thanks for sending me a few Instant Messages. I hope you get home soon, and that your friends and family get to hear from you soon. I'd also like to say hi to my friend's (Sky Mote USMC) brother Sgt. Tim Stanley in the 508th (picture on page 56). AND to all of the lonely soldiers out there too. WARM HUGS from N.California (Lake Tahoe area). I LOVE YOU ALL!! HOOAAH!!! p.s. if anyone knows of the new troops being sent out and of their addresses i'd be forever greatful to you. i REALLY want to write to more of these guys! My soldier (well, he's not mine...i just write to him) in Afghanistan is headed home soon, so i'll get 1 more letter and that'll be it. XOXO Appassionato Patriota (passionate patriot)


Name: pat
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 10:27:17 PM

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Thank you to the person on the soap box. I'm fortunate enough to be able to visit my son in March. Your message will stick with me when he needs breathing room. He already expressed being asked a hundred times about being there and was he happy to be back. I told him he doesn't have to be sociable or chatty, just be. This will help me to keep my trap shut and just be there. Usually my mouth is going constantly, so I will have to get a zipper. I don't know what I would have done without this site


Name: SJS
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 10:24:53 PM

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Hey, Has anyone heard from anyone in the Cco 2/503rd? I wouldn't be surprised if my guy is one of the few in Kuwait, but I thought I would ask. Thanks! S


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 08:59:33 PM

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Yipeee, My son is back in Vicenza. We spoke to him for over an hour. God is good. God bless the 173rd. He was with the Kuwait convey. He is 2/503. To hear his voice has been a wonderful blessing. He was so happy to have the extended 173rd family waiting for him. I felt so bad not being able to welcome him home. But you made it possible. To make him feel apprecitated and welcomed. Thank you so much. His family in Vicenza, we are your family here in the US. Go Sky Soldiers, Airborne


Name:
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Date Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 05:18:10 PM

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Nobody said that you had to give pity to the soldiers if they have messed up or hurt you just because they are soldiers! All I said was this is not the place to post your love life, or how a soldier (or anyone for that matter) broke your heart or did you wrong! I could have sworn that if you scroll up a little bit Mr. Bradley clearly states that this site was created to support our soldiers... so let us leave it at that... supporting our soldiers. I understand we give each other support and such while our soldiers are in a time of war but this site shouldn't be used to give support to those who have had their heart broken by a soldier. Thats all that was being said.... we are all hear to support each other but there is a limit on the amount of support that should be given over this type of a website! If you need support or what not because of your love situation with a soldier, e mail somebody or talk to a friend... you don't need to put them down on a "support our troops website!" They are suppose to be able to read these posts and feel appreciated for what they have done! Think about it! Not every soldier is perfect and like I said before we shouldn't pity them if they made a mistake, but we shouldn't use a website that is suppose to be in support of them to talk about how a soldier broke a girl's heart!!!! Like I said not every soldier is perfect but all soldiers should be respected for serving their country!!!!!!!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 04:46:04 PM

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Buying tickets for the trip home should be done through the SATO (Scheduled Airline Ticket Office) in Vicenza. They have been working with the airlines for months to arrange special fares from Italy to the States, will know of connections to Milan/Rome etc., that can be used. You should NOT buy through a stateside airline office, they will not have the best fares available and will not have all the options. Let the soldier do it - the SATO office does it all the time.


Name: Faye
Email: Fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 03:21:57 PM

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Who is responsible for booking flights home for the 30 day leave--the soldiers or will the Army help with that? Is there anything special they should tell the airlines in order to get a discount on the cost of the ticket? Will it be cheaper to book from Italy or from here in the States? Lots of questions, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


Name:
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Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 02:55:26 PM

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I agree with the fact that this is a military site created for support the troops... so i dont like love life posts in it... but let's not defend the soldiers when they really dont need to be defended... they are human so they might make mistakes... this aint the place to talk about them though n they dont have to be forgiven n defended just cuz they are soldiers!!! italian girl


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 02:13:33 PM

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I totally agree!!!!! All these posts about punching a soldier in the face, being hurt because your soldier has changed or you and your soldier aren't together anymore need to be deleted!! This is a site to support our troops, not to tell your love life.. there's the JERRY SPRINGER SHOW FOR THAT! So please, stop with the love life drama and either show your support or feel free to not post messages on this site!!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 01:44:06 PM

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Just heard from my son who is Able Co. 3rd PLT 2/503D. He was traveling with the convoy and arrived back in Itlay yesterday. THANK YOU GOD!


Name: Proud Parent of a Sky Soldier
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 01:42:53 PM

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I finally just heard from my son and he arrived back in Italy yesterday. What a relief. Thank God for keeping him safe. My prayers are with those whose loved ones paid the ultimate price. They will not be forgotten.


Name: drakes
Email: tljcdrake2@aol.com
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 01:29:34 PM

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Does anyone know if the 1pl/B co. 2nd/503rd has made it back to Italy. Just waiting to hear from our son Jarrod.


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 12:46:24 PM

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Son in the D-319 telephoned from Kuwait last night (Alaska time, 10 p.m., Feb. 26) to report he would be back in Italy next week -- anne in alaska


Name: Lis
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 12:13:40 PM

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To the Proud Sky Soldier Father Nobody wants to hear about this, but guess to be in those shoes: you waited so long, almost a year, praying, wishing, crying, holding your breath every month, day, minute... And now that everything, thank God, is over, you realized the person you waited so long for has changed so much you don't even recognise him. We all know it's been hard on the soldiers, they have our love, thanks, support and understanding in every possible way, BE SURE ABOUT THIS. But it's been a tough experience even for those women, some of them very young, left behind. I think they deserve a little bit of respect and understanding too. And if it means to let them express their pain on this site, thinking this is the only way to let their loved ones know how they are feeling, I believe nobody has the right to say they can't do it.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 10:29:16 AM

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It says it big red letters MESSAGES TO THE TROOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To all the men and women who gave a year of their lives to help the people of Iraq who could not help themselves THANK YOU. I realize you may never be the same and it was not your choice to leave any one behind and it will be hard to re adjust to snuggle fresh smelling sheets and clothes and taking a shower whenever you please. Being able to open the fridge to grab what you want or just ordering take out. Calling your friends and family just to say hi and going to the movies if you want. NOt wearing a bullet proof vest to the john and sleeping without a mosquito net. NOt worrying when you can call your family next but IF you will get that chance and do they know how much you love them and think of them daily. NOt having the people you are there to help spit on you and your flag. Being able to sleep in and not have to do anything all day if you want to. I hope each and every one of you just get to relax and not answer the all to obvious question of what was it like there a hundred times while you are home. YOu all deserve a nice long break and don't feel like you have to be all smiles. I know it will be very hard when my husband returns after a year. I know he loves me and I also know he loved the friends he lost and he hasn't had the chance to mourn them. A lot of them will feel guilty for coming home. Remember Vietnam and just love them and support them. Don't expect a lot from them when they get back. Pamper them as much as you can They earned it. I will step off my soap box now. I just wanted to use this site for its intended purpose. The support of our troops. SUPPORT not negativity. Thank you.


Name: Deborah
Email: dretlewski@senate.state.mi.us
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 09:45:41 AM

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To the loved ones of soldiers just returning to Vicenza, I thought I would share my experience of a week ago. My son returned to Vicenza last Friday; I waited and waited for a call that did not come until Monday. Brandon told me the reason for this was that he did not have access to a phone and it took a few days for him to get his cell phone reactivated (it had been turned off by the company as they were gone for so long). Also, I understand they keep them quite busy when they return getting settled in and attending reintegration classes. I know you are as anxious as I was to hear from them, but in case you don't hear right away don't be concerned. Hope that helps.


Name: Proud Sky Soldier Father
Email:
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 09:10:07 AM

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Mr. Bradley..........It is time to use your power to delete!!! This mounting BS of love affairs gone bad is not what our soldiers or loved ones of soldiers need to be reading...........Please DELETE THEM!!!


Name:
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Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 09:08:05 AM

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I did receive a call finally - thank you for those who gave me words of encouragement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Name:
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Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 07:55:45 AM

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Welcome home Sky Soldiers!!!!! If anyone has any pictures of the homecoming(s), it would be great if they could be posted on this site! All of us that were stuck in the states would love to be able to see the joyful reunions... Thanks! God bless the 173rd!


Name: Heather Hawthorne
Email: jeepwaver@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 05:41:58 AM

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C'MON ALREADY! I'm waiting for my beloved to let me and his family know where he is and all of you know the anticipation and anxiety that comes along with that. BUT this FBB is right up there along with it :) COME ON AND CALL HOME JEFF KUPISCH! We all are on the edge of our seats waiting to find out the truth behind FBB. May God continue to watch over the entire 173rd and all of those blessed men and women that continue to serve each day for our freedom! AMEN!


Name: Suzann Singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Friday February 27, 2004
Time: 12:52:50 AM

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WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT...TO BE ABLE TO GO AND SEE SOME PICTURES THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED OF THE RETURN OF SOME OF OUR 173RD AMERICAN SOLDIERS...


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email: a.p.andrews@tcu.edu
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 11:49:15 PM

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Is JEFF KUPISCH one of the 13 soldiers still in Kuwait, if someone could email me and let me know I would greatly appreciate it. I thought he was on his way back to Italy, but if Hays has arrived and called his mom and Jeff hasn't called me or his mom I'm wondering if he's still there.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 10:26:42 PM

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Delta Battery is still in Kuwait but should be arriving soon. The lines are extremly long and it's hard for them to call.


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 09:35:07 PM

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Yes!!!!! Finally our son is back in Italy!! He arrived there about 2:30 central standard time. I will keep the rest of our soldiers still in Kuwait in my prayers. I can't wait till your loved one is back. Let's remember the 173rd replacements as well as all our troops. Welcome home!


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 08:54:50 PM

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This is the concerned Aunt of Christopher Mascio, I still haven't heard anything from him, I was wondering if anyone else today has heard from their loved one. From D/Btry 319. Please let me know. Thank you so much.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 08:54:10 PM

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This is the concerned Aunt of Christopher Mascio, I still haven't heard anything from him, I was wondering if anyone else today has heard from their loved one. From D/Btry 319. Please let me know. Thank you so much.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - FBB -JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 08:50:41 PM

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WOW! IF KYLE IS BACK - IS Jeff back too???? They were traveling to gether last I heard....???? Anyway - someone please tell JEFFREY KUPISCH TO PLEASE CALL HOME & CALL ASHLEY! WE LOVE YOU JEFF!!!! We just want to hear your voice - that you're really back in Italy! You're still, always & forever will be my FBB! & yes, DON'T ASK HIM!! I love you, Jeff! Thanks for all the websites with photos to all who sent them. FBB may be revealed in hours.....if he calls! Call soon! Love, Mom WELCOME HOME TO ITALY! CAN'T WAIT TIL YOU GET HOME TO CHICAGO!


Name: nancy
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 06:34:55 PM

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I spoke to my son in law today finally..he is in Kuwait. He is with the convoy that drove back this week. He is the only married one in his platoon not coming back tonight to Vicenza . He is with 501st FSC. He says he has to stay and take the trucks back to the port from the customs place. All his friends went back tonight. He is pretty upset. My daughter was all ready to greet him tonight and now he has to stay until March 5 or 6! What dumb luck!! He said his convoy was attacked by Ieds and some other thing. Only injuries were some small cuts and such. Thank God!


Name: Kathy Linderman
Email: leftylindy@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 06:15:09 PM

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Is it to late to send a banner for the welcome home? I need to know where to mail it, please let me know. I have had 2 e mails from my son, he is still in Kwait but should leave soon.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email: hayskerry@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 06:04:57 PM

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Our son, Kyle, 2nd/503rd HHC called from Vicenza one hour ago. He was extremely happy to be back.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 03:47:19 PM

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ANOTHER CALL WAS RECEIVED FROM A SON IN HHC 1/508...BACK IN VICENZA ABOUT 2PM EST GOD BLESS AMERICA!


Name: gee
Email: greta.darra@calzedonia.it
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 03:02:24 PM

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i dont know if my friends are back or not...i know they got families, girls and more close friends to call before callingme... but plz if someone knows if TED CONDIT and JASON RESTO are back... plz tell them their friend from verona said hi n wait for a call :)!!! welcome back guys!!!!


Name: Sherry
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 02:51:23 PM

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Thank-you, Thank-You! This is a big relief for us. I will let him know that as soon as I can. Thank-you. This site has been such a blessing. A BIG THANKS AGAIN.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 02:24:48 PM

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You're right - that note about the "first waves" of troops was copied from last weeks note on the MSN site. The convoy troops should be coming home soon - some are arriving today. But we will have all the troops home shortly --


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 02:21:38 PM

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Happy Birthday to my love in 2-503rd! All this time and I still haven't forgot! I miss you and love you always!


Name: Dave Burch
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 02:15:19 PM

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FYI, I just receieved an email from SFC Lauer (1/508th, B Co., 2PLT) that's he is now back in Vicenza. He was in the group that went to Kuwait. It was just a quick "we're home" note which also stated that they have a 7-consecutive-day redeployment suequence they have to go through.


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 01:54:15 PM

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I thought the first wave of both Battalions did arrive last Thursday and Friday. We are all waiting for the other waves to roll in.


Name: Lisa Downey
Email: ldowney@meade.k12.ky.us
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 01:35:24 PM

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To whomever it was that posted looking for info on the 1/508th in Kuwait: I got a call not an hour ago eastern standard time (12:30pm) today (2/26/04) that some of them (he's with 1st plt C co) are in Germany waiting for a flight to Italy. My son expects to have a call into me this evening letting me know that he's "home". Merry Meet!


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 01:24:39 PM

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The first wave of 508th guys will return Thursday to Vicenza. The first wave of 503rd guys will return FRIDAY to Vicenza!!! This will be the majority of the Battalions. However, these arrivals DO NOT include those who went with the convoy to Kuwait. The troops on the convoy are expected about a week later. You may call the FAC (01139) 0444-71-7500 to verify if your soldier is on the manifest. 508th should call Thursday morning, 503rd on Friday morning.


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 12:51:04 PM

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among the guys who came back 2hrs ago, were there anyone from 319th?


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 12:32:10 PM

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to the person who is worried that they havent heard from their loved one: my neighbor went 10 months without hearing from her husband, no letter no phone call. but he is home now safe and sound. some guys deal with the stress of being deployed differently. he dealt with it by focusing on the job. some like my husband delt with it by phoning home and writing letters often. just because you havent heard from him doesnt mean he doesnt care. wait till he is home to find out what happened. dont just let go.


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 12:28:44 PM

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I'm assuming this is Vicenza. Hopefully you will soon be getting a call from your loved one. Copied from another site. another grp just came in about two hours ago. Mostly HHC and Bco 1/508. another grp expected home shortly mostly Aco 1/508 and some 2/503rd. Just an Update!



Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 12:04:01 PM

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does anyone know how many people have been left in kuwait...if only 13 people from hhc 503 and some other guys shipping the equipment have been left there, this means that the ones who were not selected to ship the equipment will be back one of these days?


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 11:35:06 AM

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Any news on the 1/508 thats still in Kuwait waiting for the ship


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 11:24:16 AM

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To the young lady that is worried that she hasn't heard from her boyfriend. My son has a girlfriend here.All he wants to do is call her or email ANYTHING. However, there have been times and continues to be times that he can't contact her. The time difference is so great there. Also, if he is one of the 13 left in Kuwait HHC 2/503, they are working long hours, cleaning everything up. Then it is LONG lines just to EAT. The timing may be all wrong for to call. You have held on this long, if you love him you will continue to. If you guys can get through this, it just makes your relationship stronger.


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 10:46:46 AM

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I think if they buy their tickets on base, they can get them without the restrictions and they should be able to buy them at the Government contracted rates.


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 10:45:06 AM

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Buying tickets for the trip home should be done through the SATO (Scheduled Airline Ticket Office) in Vicenza. They have been working with the airlines for months to arrange special fares from Italy to the States, will know of connections to Milan/Rome etc., that can be used. You should NOT buy through a stateside airline office, they will not have the best fares available and will not have all the options. Let the soldier do it - the SATO office does it all the time.


Name: Sherry
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 10:24:45 AM

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Has anyone treid to buy tickets for them to come home. United is the only airline that has no restrictions. How are your guys getting home. US Air has restrictions. This is really hard. If any one has any ideas please let me know. I would be very grateful. Sherry


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 09:20:05 AM

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I don't think this help but... for the girl who met his guy last Friday...you're not the only one. This happened to me too.So far I don't have an answer to my questions and I'm still confused.The only thing I can say I don't have fault in all this story, I did my best for him while he was in Iraq (and he admit it). Right now I don't know where he is,but the important thing he is safe out of Iraq...he used to write me and call me, so, for the other girl, I can say also if your boyfriend doesn't write you or call you often maybe this doesn't mean a lot. Maybe he can't. So hang in there, you'll have soon the answer. I'm sorry, I know this is not the right place to speak about that, so... WELCOME HOME TO ALL THE SKYSOLDIERS!!


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Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 09:09:59 AM

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Guess I feel like he may have gotten back already and just decided to do other things. It's hard to believe he would be one of the dozen left in Kuwait. I know he could be, but it's just discouraging. His cell phone is not working either, so I don't know, but I will welcome his call or whatever I do receive from him - I do care about him quite a bit! I'll go with my heart when that time comes - thank you for writing and responding to my insecurities - it helps.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 08:54:50 AM

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since my boyfriend has left to iraq, there have been many times i didnt hear from him even for more than a month, the reasons were a lot...sometimes he didnt get my letters,some of his letters were lost and so on...but i couldn't know that...so many times i felt sad and depressed bacause i wanted to hear from him or to get a letter. so when i felt blue i just tried to think about the great time we spent together, thats why i have never given up. then, when i didnt expect it, a letter or a phone call have always arrived and that made me think his feelings for me are true. so if you really think your man care about you, dont give up!!! everything is almost over and they all will be back soon :-)


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 05:01:42 AM

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Most of the 173rd is here in Vicenza already, they started to come back a few weeks ago. Some unit still there in Kuwait waiting for a airplane, but at my knowledge everybody are in Kuwait safe.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 04:44:06 AM

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please let us know when the first buses show up on post!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 02:08:15 AM

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God bless you all!!!! im so happy for you all, on your way home at last. Can any one tell me if the 173d are still in kuwait or if some are back. Its all confusing to me. I just want you all home safe and well, so we can all talk to our loved ones.


Name: MOM of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 01:48:50 AM

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NEWSSSS... I chatted with my son. He said all of the 2/503 are back to Italy except for 13. He knows F.B.B. but wont ask him what it means. he says he has been cleaning equipment. 14 hours for a 5 ton truck. He is there with 1000 marines. Lines still very long. he pays 10 cents min for the computer. He will be heading bakc to Italy soon. he has banned me from this website and says I know more about what is going on than he does. He is in great spirits. I will sleep good tonite.....


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 26, 2004
Time: 12:08:25 AM

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Up until now I have been one of the many anonymous viewers of this site, and I will still remain anonymous with this posting but I was heart broken to read the posting asking if "I should let go" b/c she hadn't hear from her "man". Don't let go! This is a time when support needs to stand firm, we are a support group for each other but also for each of our soldiers, each of our "men". There are times when I haven't heard from my man either but you can't give up b/c sometimes they are not able to talk or write. The feelings that they are having are so strong but they just can't share them. Be there for your man when he gets home and never let go. Even if things were to not work out you have still been part of the reason that he will make it home. As much as these men and women fighting for our freedom have been an inspiration to us you must not forget that we are an inspiration to them in one form or another. They are fighting b/c they love us, sometimes it's just difficult to express feelings about such experiences as war. I haven't heard from my man in a while but I hold on b/c just being a part of this experience has brought such pride to knowing him, to being a part of his daily, weekly, or monthly thoughts while reading a letter or receiving a package. He appreciates what you have done for him, he appreciates your support, so don't let go.


Name: Sherry
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 08:12:28 PM

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This is for the person who wrote around 2:00pm. Don't give up on your guy. My husband was in the first Desert Strom. HE went 50 days before I got my first phone call. It's really hard. I hope he'll call soon. What unit is he with. Take care.


Name: Sherry
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 08:02:55 PM

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Hello, everyone. Hope all is well, at your homes. I heard from our son today he called this afternoon. The 319th is still in Kuwait. He said they are staying busy playing football, watching movies, and standing in long lines for their food. He sounded good. He wasn't sure when they would leave. We'll just keep praying for them, all of us here, and in Italy. Thanks again to Mr. Bradley for this site. You are a man Of Honor. Thank you for serving our great nation. May God Bless you. Sherry A proud mom


Name: SERENA
Email: TEARS782000@YAHOO.COM
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 07:27:00 PM

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WELCOME BACK GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU ALWAYS...FOREVER!!THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR EVERYTHING YOU DONE!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Wendy
Email: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 06:56:17 PM

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I'm the FRG Leader for HHC 1/508th. If anyone needs to find me for info. on the guys..please email me. I do not have info on the parents of soldiers...so it's kind of a hit or miss to find us FRG leaders. I will also say that I can only give you what the Army gives me..and it changes from minute to minute..so please be patient with us..and them:) I will also post this: I DO NOT have a lot of info on the 2/503rd, so please don't feel bad if I can't help, BUT...I can give you the correct FRG leader to get in touch with....it depends if they get back with you from there. I just wanted to put that out there incase everyone who will email me thinks I have the handle on anything 2/503rd...I don't..sorry. Once again the email addy is: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil


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Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 04:26:54 PM

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To the one who haven't heard from her soldier since before christams.Don't give up.Just wait to speack with him.He's been into a war not on vacation...be patient...good luck


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 03:59:08 PM

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Certainly! There was a few months I hadn't heard anything either.


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email: a.p.andrews@tcu.edu
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 03:28:59 PM

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If someone knows when HHC 2/503 is coming home and would email me I would greatly appreciate it! P.S. TELL KUPISCH HIS GIRL LOVES HIM!! OH ALSO TELL HIM - He can call me at any time during the day or night so if he wants to sign up to use the PHONE at some odd hour he is more than welcome to! Thank you


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 02:24:36 PM

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You may not have heard from him because he hasn't had access to phones or e-mail. Hang in there.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 02:19:27 PM

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i haven't heard from my "man"...should I just let go?


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 01:12:24 PM

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To our men in Kuwait! 1st in and the last out! Be proud.


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 01:08:02 PM

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To The Barbick Coast - I saw your input to the MSN site and didn't realize folks would have trouble with the web cam. There is a WebCam box on the upper right of the page. Click on it and you will have two choices for cameras. One is the plaza and the other is under construction or maintenance. It is night now and the lights in the plaza are beautiful.


Name: Sam Edwards(Mother of Josh Edwards)
Email: edwardshuntersv@aol.com
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 12:31:15 PM

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I'm anxiously awaiting a call or an email from Josh Edwards AC02/503rd....I think he may be in Kuwait...does anyone know? We're all on pins and needles!! God Bless our soldiers!


Name: Monnie
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 11:49:37 AM

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Hes home!!! hes Home!!! OMG!! they are safe..... I knew it I just knew that they were there... WAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG! It is sooo good to heatrd his beautiful voice!


Name: Tom Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 11:25:27 AM

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Hi Mijo, How are you? Talked to your sister and she said you would be back home soon. I am happy for you. Write me when you get home. Take care mijo. love you dad


Name: The Barbrick Coast
Email: mail@barbrickcoast.us
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 11:10:05 AM

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To Yvonne & Mark Brannen...Beautiful, poetic justice. The website for the webcam (you gotta love it)...will really frustrate those whose vision is (shall we say...) narrowly "focused". As Napolean's Josephine said..."Let them eat cake". How sweet it is. Made my day. God Bless Our Troops...in any language.


Name: The Barbrick Coast
Email: mail@barbrickcoast.us
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 10:53:11 AM

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OK...You can tell I've got too much time on my hands; but, here's your cadence...THE PHONE LINE CADENCE: Hey there son were pickin' bones...We're your parents all alone...We just sit here and wait...Wonder if you're in Kuwait...Sound off--- Call Home!...Sound off---We're Alone!...Kick it on down...One, Two, Three, Four...pickin' bones. Hey folks I'm in Kuwait...All I do is sit and wait...Phone line's ten miles long...Pretty soon I'll be gone...Sound off---Can't call Home!...Sound off---All alone...Kick it on down...One, Two, Three, Four...I'll be home.


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 10:25:37 AM

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Check out the new webcam at the Piazza in Vicenza - www.comune.vicenza.it -- at least we will be able to tell if its raining, snowing, etc.


Name: Susan
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 10:12:27 AM

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Welcome home Ben!!!!! and welcome home to the 173rd!!!! God Bless you and God Bless America Thank you for having this website. It has been a blessing to see the pictures and read the messages. My son is now home in Italy and we are so proud of him and of his wife Elizabeth. I think the wives deserve metals too!


Name: Aunt Helen
Email: cancun@npoint.net
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 09:42:07 AM

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We just got the email we were waiting for. My nephew, Cpl Jacob Hornback from the 1/63 AR that was part of the TF supporting the 173rd is safely back in Germany. Thought I would share the news in case there are other 1/63 families reading this site.


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 09:20:30 AM

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I would appreciate it anyone has any information about the guys who are in B, 2/503. I have not heard from my son and do not know if he is waiting for a flight out of Kuwait or has to travel with the equipment aboard ship. There is a big difference in the timeframe. Usually I am very patient, however, this is killing me! I guess it is getting so close that we are getting very, very anxious and two days versus three or four weeks makes a lot of difference! If anyone has any info please e-mail me at the above address. I would like to thank everyone on this site...it has been our support group for the past 11 months, it has been a source of comfort and info. Anxious Mom of SSGT Jason Harding.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 09:03:43 AM

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I'd suggest anyone who wants possible dates post their e-mail address to have someone let you know personally.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 08:50:50 AM

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If ITS THIS WEEK THERES NO A LOT OF DAYS STILL DON'T WORRY THEY'LL BE HOME SOON ,BUT DON'T ASK THE DATE.ITS BETTER FOR THEM AND FOR US IF WE DON'T POST POSSIBLY DATES.THANK YOU


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 08:32:17 AM

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when will they come back this week?


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 08:22:27 AM

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To all the sky soldiers that will come back this week..WELCOME BACK....


Name: pfc copeland's mom
Email: mythreesons@bwsys.net
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 07:15:44 AM

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I really want to send my appreciation to all that have e-mailed me in regards to information concerning my son I dont know what I would have done or how I would have gotten through this last year if it had not been for this site and the truly wounderful people that participate here, I just want to say thank you, and god bless you all.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email: hayskerry@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 12:32:24 AM

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Our son, Kyle, just called from Kuwait. He said they sign up for the phones, so they don't have to wait in line. He said he usually signs up at off hours, which for this call would have been 8 AM Kuwait time. He said they are ready to go, just waiting for the word. All they are doing now is PT and Drills (marching). I told him to tell Kupisch to call home and he said he would.


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 25, 2004
Time: 12:04:09 AM

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To: Donna M. I am very excited for you that you got a call from your son! I could tell by your email that you were too, and I don't blame you! I was so excited just to get an email from my son! I think we are all breathing and resting a little easier now. But it's not over until the last soldier is back in Italy and I really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for a safe flight. Hang on, it's almost over!!!!!!!!! And to the person who said "soon is killing them", I can understand that. These last two weeks have been really tough I agree! I think because it was NOT knowing where he was exactly. Before his email yesterday, last we heard he was 6 hours from Kuwait, which still meant he was in Iraq. Anyway, we are moving ahead now, thank goodness!


Name: Monnie
Email: MonnieMist@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 08:43:57 PM

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OMG!!! no wonder you havent been online all week!!!! SOmeone said a 9 hr wait for internet???? Holy cow!


Name: Monnie
Email: MonnieMist@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 08:41:46 PM

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JERSEY!!! I miss you baby! After all this time I have finally stumbled across this site, how refreshing.. it is so nice to hear what everyone else knows and I don't. I can't wait till you get here, I am counting down the days till your flight brings you here to me! Be safe my handsome man... I submit already!!! lol... ;o) Just don't be out of contact for so long again.. For the rest of you who read this site and post.. THANKYOU so much for helping me acnowledge that I am not a worry wart, and that we all are stressing over those we care about! Baby I wish I could hug you and hold you when you get off that plane in Italy, but I PROMISE will make up for it on the 23!!! xoxoxox I swear!!.... Forever your Girl! Monnie


Name: MOM OF Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 08:33:23 PM

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Hey Mom of F.B.B. aka Jeff.... How close are we all getting with guessing???? any help I am sure would be greatly appreciated..... Teri


Name: MOM of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 07:33:37 PM

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I was really surprised to see our F.B.B.'s picture on another web site. excited that I knew who he was. If anyone else is snooping through other websites at pictures and sees MEADOWS, please let me know. He is emailing his girlfriend. MOM hasn't heard from him yet..... Thank God he and the others are safe and sound ...


Name: Spc. Wall
Email: david.t.wall@us.army.mil
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 06:58:09 PM

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anybody from 3rd platoon able company reads this write me. jones gaudette and i are back in balad got here in jan. need info on some stuff let me know.


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 05:00:31 PM

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How about this Family. Blessed. Bravo. It's not military but as this web site has brought us together. I feel we are FAMILY. I'm very BLESSED. And BRAVO to our Sky Soldiers well done. I've also heard from our son with the 319th. He's still in Kuwait. He e-mailed us today. God Bless All Of You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Proud Mom


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 04:16:19 PM

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It was so great to see some new pictures of Jeff on the MSN website. Thank you to whoever created that sight and posted those pictures. Its nice to see him in uniform all dirty, but obviously happy! (Jeff doesn't smile a lot, but I could tell he was in a pretty good mood in those pictures!) HHC 2/503 GUYS - TELL JEFF HIS GIRL LOVES HIM VERY VERY MUCH! IF YOU ALREADY TOLD HIM ONCE PLEASE TELL HIM AGAIN!


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 04:11:43 PM

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Ok, since we started this contest of what F.B.B. stands for on Feb. 21, because Jeff HASN'T CALLED HOME, there have been 22 guesses. First Baby Boy, First Born Boy, Favorite Baby Boy, Favorite Boo Boo, Funny Baby Boo, Fat Baby Boy, Funny Baby Butt, Favorite Billy Bob, Forever Baby Boy, First Barebottom Boy, First Booby Boy, Finally Back@ Base, Flat Bottom Butt, Fantastic Baby Boy, Fantastic Bosom Buddy, Funny Bunny Butt, Favorite Ball Buster, Fluffy Baby Buns, Fart Blossom Boy, Fabulous Bouncing Boy, Favorite Big Brother, Furry Bubble Butt. Some pretty creative names! Now we need to get creative and come up with a military cadence to include these names for what happens when you don't CALL HOME. LOL. After this they will send a message by pigeon if they have to. Where in the world is F.B.B.?


Name: Grandma Brown
Email: FBrown5209@MSN.COM
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 02:46:36 PM

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I AM JEFF'S GRANDMA. i DON'T KNOW WHAT FBB MEANS BUT I WOULD TRY FAVORITE BIG BROTHER...SINCE HE HAS 2 SMALLER SISTERS THAT LOVE HIM.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 02:39:09 PM

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My husband saw our FBB on the website & printed them! Thank you for the website! Now if Jeff would just call home - then I can reveal the FBB mystery!! I'm ready to send my excellent 'hunt dog' (Grandma) after him!! We rejoice with all of you who have heard from your loved ones! I'm so happy for you! Please tell them to contact Jeffrey Kupisch to PHONE HOME!! And, to PHONE ASHLEY!! THANKS, AGAIN....Barb


Name: Donna M.
Email: dedegirl@peoplepc.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 02:27:39 PM

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MY SON CALLED THIS MORNING!!!!! He is still in Kuwait and said that he is ready to leave and get back to Italy. It was so wonderful to hear his voice, I can't wait till he's back home!!!


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Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 02:18:08 PM

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FBB....furry bubble butt?


Name: Teri
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 12:45:43 PM

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I saw F.B.B. in the pictures that are posted on the site below


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 12:39:18 PM

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HEY MOM of F.B.B. I found a picture of your son... if you send me an email I will forward the link to you....


Name: NATALIE
Email: fuganatalina@libero.it
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 12:36:32 PM

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I AM SORRY MY ENGLISH IS NOT SO GREAT.... THE SOLDIERS FROM THE 508 THAT NOW ARE WAITING IN KUWAIT ARE GOING TO BE BACK IN ITALY ONE OF THESE DAYS 26 OF FEBRUARY O4 OF MARCH 06 OF MARCH I HAVE MY BOYFRIEND THERE HIS NAME IS D.T.FODO HE IS WORKING IN COMMO 1-508 I LOVE YOU AMORE MIO TI AMO TANTISSIMO..I CANNOT WAIT TO BE IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN AND TO KISS YOU...NATALIE


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 12:19:53 PM

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There are photos from both days on this site. You have to join the group. http://groups.msn.com/173rdairborne


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 12:17:53 PM

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When my son talked earlier about going on the ship, he said it would take about 3 extra weeks. I have no idea if that is from when the ship leaves, from when the other soldiers arrived in Italy, or what.


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 12:01:43 PM

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Does anyone have any pictures of the 2nd group of soldiers when they got to Italy. It would be from the next day. If you do it would be wonderful if you would post them.


Name:
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 11:56:22 AM

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I just got a call from my son this morning. He is with the 319th Battery. They are all safe and sound and will be back in Italy soon. The important thing is they are safe and in good health. I have not felt this good in a long, long time!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Jessica Hebert aka proud sister of Spc. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 11:35:53 AM

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Does anyone know of any contact info on the Ivory or Reynolds family? If so, please email me as soon as possible. Thanks a bunch! Love you 173rd Sky Soldiers!!!!! Jessica Hebert'


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 11:07:32 AM

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My brother is in Kuwait any know one when the ship is coming home and how long it might take???????????


Name:
Email: TO mrs Goodman
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 10:37:20 AM

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I heard about soon too but this soon is "killing" me


Name:
Email: mythreesons@bwsys.net
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 08:57:36 AM

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If anyone has any information regarding the 319 delta battery, please e-mail me I have not heard from my son in a long time.


Name: Tammie
Email: TamReadi@aol.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 08:17:21 AM

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To SFC Jeri Coleman..........So glad to hear you will be home soon. Can't wait to see you! The kids and I miss you so much. We love you always, Tammie


Name: Donna M.
Email: dedegirl@peoplepc.com
Date: Tuesday February 24, 2004
Time: 06:22:22 AM

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TO: Kim Goodman I'm so glad that you finally heard from your son. I'm still praying for all of our troops and praying for safe travel for those who are still waiting to return to Italy.


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 11:24:54 PM

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To any of the HHC 2/503 - please tell JEFF KUPISCH that his girl LOVES HIM VERY VERY MUCH and MISSES HIM TERRIBLY! Thanks


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:18:19 PM

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If anyone has any info on D/Btry 319, please e-mail and let me know. I would be most thankful. A concerned Aunt. Thank You much.


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:16:27 PM

News

When I arrived home from work today I was greeted by my husband with WONDERFUL news. Our son with HHC 1/508 had sent an email. He is in Kuwait, expected to arrive in Italy soon! Thank you Lord and now I pray for a safe flight to Italy for the remaining 173rd soldiers. Oh, how about Fluffy Baby Buns (F.B.B.)


Name: julie baker
Email: jbaker173rd@aol.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:15:34 PM

News

our email address was listed incorrectly in the previous posting, this is our correct address.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:12:59 PM

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If anyone has any info on D/Btry 319, please e-mail and let me know. I would be most thankful. A concerned Aunt. Thank You much.


Name: julie baker/james s baker
Email: jbaker 17773rd@aol.com,
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:12:14 PM

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airborne alll the way..!!!!!!!!!!!!as proud "airborne alumni" we couldn"t be more proud of you if we tried .YOU ROCK.we are so thankful that so many of you are coming home safely. And we will never forget those that aren't.NEVER FORGET.we want to extend to you the friendship,support and camaraderie of your fellow sky soldiers.when you get back to the states check out the local and national chapters, even if you,ve never been a "joiner",you,ll find this group of people to be just like you (maybe a bit older).there is a national reunion in florida in early july,2004-check it out you are MORE than welcome.suffice it to say we're here for you if and when you decide to hook up. AIRBORNE.


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 08:30:51 PM

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I dont know if you were writting me about what company my brother is in but its 173rd airborne 1/508 he's still in Kuwait waiting to return with the equipment any info would be helpful Thanks from the High Desert


Name: MOM of JEHRIMIAH MEADOWS
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 07:20:48 PM

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I have sent an email to my son, Jay. he is also in the HHC 2/503 same as our F.B.B. I have asked him to track him down and call home or at least email me with what the FBB stands for ( is that cheating?). I was kind of hurt to hear that my son has been conversing with others on AOL but not able to send me email. I don't know whether to be hurt, mad or accepting. Being a single mom of a soldier is difficult. ( sorry for the pitty party) its over now. ANyway, I am just thankful to GOD for everyones safety. Don't worry MOM of F.B.B. Jeff will understand!!


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: barb1128@msn.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 07:12:45 PM

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I will tell you what FBB is when I hear from my FBB JEFF KUPISCH - HHC 2/503! It's too hysterical to read your responses to stop now, PLUS, then if someone sees JEFF, they'll get him ON THE PHONE!!! In the meantime, congrats to all who have heard from their loved ones & we stand PRAYING for the rest to return safe & sound as well! God Bless each family of the 173rd - your enthusiam is an encouragement to all of us. And, last, but certainly not least - Thank you to the italian families who have adopted our loved ones while in Vicenza. Thank you for your generous hospitality & kindness you shown. You are always welcome here - especially if you have a loved one in the 173rd - we're all family. God bless & some one find that FBB JEFF KUPISCH! (He's going to be so mad at me!) Barb


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 06:08:47 PM

News

My son is in the 319th and he's in Kuwait as of Friday. I heard from him by email.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:49:50 PM

News

We already received our welcome home banner and it turned out great. We ordered it from partybanners.com at a reasonable price. They even put the 173rd emblem on it for no extra charge.


Name: Kari
Email: erickari022aol.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:38:00 PM

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Dear Family & Friends, I know that waiting for our soldiers arrival is a very exciting time and is yet very difficult. I myself have been struggling with being anxious, I have been praying and asking God to forgive me, He is in control even at this very moment. When I am cought up in being anxious and not being thankful to the Lord for this day I can't enjoy the blessings God has given to me.. I don't like not knowing all of the details either. It is really hard because are loved ones have a job to do, and the details must remain untold to keep them safe now and to bring them home safely. I have been watching all of the soldiers comming home and longing for mine to be here and to just hear his voice. It will be over soon, if you get woried pray and ask the Lord to keep your loved one safe, they need our prayers. Remember this is the real thing and it is almost finally over thank GOD. Blessings in Christ,Kari


Name: Amanda
Email: Amanda.Hammell@JPFinancial.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:27:28 PM

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I've been patiently waiting for my soldier to call but I can't wait anymore. If someone could e-mail me back if they know when the 319th will be home I would forever be greatful!


Name:
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:14:17 PM

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Here is my email address regarding information for the 319th. Thanks,


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:09:55 PM

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to the people asking about the 319th, would you please post your email address so that i can tell you when they will be back?


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 03:36:32 PM

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I am with you on trying to find out where the 319th is too. Does anyone know anything more other then they are in Kuwait? We hope anyway.....


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 03:34:25 PM

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I would give a $100 and my left jewell to know where the 319th is at?


Name: to the lonely soldier
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 03:12:12 PM

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how strange is life! there are lonely soldier that would like to have somenoe there huggin them with they come back... i have friends n someone special for me... i would do anything to hug him when he will be back (or maybe he is back already i dont know)... he knows my feelings but i dont think he feels the same... so when u arrive n u look for someone to hug u think of all those girls that are in love with someone that dont love them back... that would like to be there huggin a soldier that denied their hug! being lonely hurts... that is why even if i cant hugging u phisically im doing it mentally!


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows HHC 2/503
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 02:55:30 PM

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The information that I got from my sons girlfriend is: He is waiting to get a flight out of Kuwait with in a couple of weeks. My guess is that he will be back to Italy next week some time. I am not sure how they are determining who is getting on the flights and when.


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 02:55:08 PM

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I really loved the words of some american mothers about son's italian girlfriend! i am italian n my boyfirend is american... his family never accepted him being with an italian (or white... since he is black!)and now that he is out of the army thay are making him having hard time to come back in italy n have a life with me... things are moving a little n he might be back soon (maybe his mom understand that italians arent that bad!!)... im so glad to know that not all italian girls are having hard time with the american boyfriend's family... trust me, it is so bad when his family dont like u that way! thanks american moms to show me that most of u apreciate us italian!!!! A proud italian girl.


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 02:31:40 PM

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Does anyone have any idea when the next round of troops will be coming home? This week maybe? Does anyone know the units that are going to be returning next?


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 01:31:10 PM

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Oh my gosh! This whole FBB thing is so HILARIOUS! I can't wait to tell JEFF how popular he has gotten. To any of the soldiers in HHC 2/503 Mortars that are reading this - I know the phones lines are long, but please tell JEFF KUPISCH to CALL his GIRLFRIEND or his MOTHER if at all possible. We are going crazy waiting to hear from him. I am under strict orders from his mom to call her as soon as I hear from him no matter what time he calls, and she will do the same for me! Thanks!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 11:44:15 AM

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If I win the big lottery you're ALL going over there with me!!!!!!!!! keep the faith soldiers, you will all be back and in open arms soon!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 11:32:24 AM

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My brother is coming home on a ship from Kuwait any one know someone coming home that way and does anyone know how long it might take.


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 11:10:21 AM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hi Baby. I'm not sure if you are able to get on the internet to read this message - that's why I haven't written a message since you left - but I couldn't resist anymore. I love you soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much and can not wait to see you. You've come so far and finally you'll be home soon. I miss you like crazy and I need you. I can't wait to see you in Italy. You mean so much to me and are my world!!!! I am very proud of all you are and I'm always praying for you - my whole family is. Be safe and call me as soon as you can!!!! (I need to hear your voice). I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: MOM of PFC JEHRIMIAH MEADOWS
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 11:03:13 AM

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THanks to all that gave me info on the passports. I would love to be able to go before next year however, unless I win the lottery I will have to wait. Thanks again.


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:57:18 AM

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To all the sky soldiers who they're still in Kuwait.I keep pray for you and I hope to see all of you come back safe in Italy.Gobbless you and your loves ones


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:44:09 AM

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If you are reading this in English..it is because it is written in English. Would everyone end this petty English/Italian argument once and for all? This messageboard is posted on www. a WORLD WIDE website- hence the posssibilty that not everyone who sends messages on here speaks or writes in one language.....


Name: Mom of Lt. Aaron Cummings
Email: donclinda@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:33:38 AM

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Praise God, we just got an email from our son who was with the convoy that left Kirkuk around Wed. and they are in Kuwait! He is with S2, HHC. They got hit with an IED the second day out and EOD fortunately found another one just a couple of minutes before they drove thru it when they set out again. There were a couple of injuries but no fatalities. They had to spend as much as 12 hours cleaning their vehicles because customs wanted them spotless. He said he may have to be there in Camp Victory in Kuwait a week or more which he wasn't counting on. But they are safe and awating transporation back to Italy. He had to wait over 9 hours to use the internet. Thank you Sky Soldiers - we are so very proud of all of you!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 10:06:13 AM

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REYNOLDS,HEBERT,IVORY,THOMAS,BERNSTEIN,HART,MINUCCI II,FLETCHER,YASHINSKI. These names will forever be etched in my heart and mind. As a father of a 173rd paratrooper and as a Viet Vet I would like the families to know how very proud I am that my son had the "Honor" to serve with your sons and brothers. I know my son will remember them always. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. God Bless you all. God Bless America and the 173rd Airborne!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 09:58:40 AM

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I strongly suggest that you get to Italy before next year. Afghanistan may be down the road for our soldiers!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 09:44:44 AM

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Has anyone heard anymore information on 319 D-Btry? Still waiting on any news. I still haven't heard anything from my boyfriend so I assume he can't get to the phones or check his email. If anyone has any info on their whereabouts I'd appreciate it. I know dates can't be posted so I won't ask. Thanks for any help!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 09:24:29 AM

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FOR PASSPORT INFORMATION - I was unsure about the itineray requirement, but I checked the Department of State website and the copy of the application, and it does NOT require an itinerary. You may be looking at the wrong form. Go to the Dept. of State web site, passport services, and you can download the application form and it tells you what ID requirements are. But you do not have to have a planned trip or itinerary. I did it last year, went to my local post office that did the picture and completed the application, and had my passport in about 4 weeks. Good Luck!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 09:23:48 AM

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Partybanners.com has 173rd Airborne banners available on their website. Prices are very reasonable.


Name: Mr. Bradley and everyone else
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 09:07:33 AM

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Every morning when I come to work, I log on to this website. I look at the pictures (some more than once), read the messages posted, and some of the other links to other websites. It has been a real joy, and Mr. Bradley, you are a great person for having this site to keep people informed, for someone to talk to, and even to vent. I'm sure there are people out there who have made friends through your website, and for those soldiers who paid the ultimate price, this was a place to hear wonderful things about their loved ones, probably some things they didn't even know - how much they were and still are loved. Thank you, Mr. Bradley, and thank you to everyone who has posted a message or sent in pictures for the web!!!!! an Airborne soldier and fan!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 08:24:28 AM

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PER LA RAGAZZA ITALIANA INNAMORATA: IL TUO MESSAGGIO MI HA COMMOSSO TANTO. SPERO CHE TU RIESCA A COMUNICARE AL TUO SOLDATO L'AMORE CHE PROVI PER LUI. SI VIVE UNA VOLTA SOLA. FORSE ANCHE LUI PROVA LO STESSO SENTIMENTO PER TE. TIENICI AGGIORNATI. GRAZIE. UN' ITALIANA


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 07:20:48 AM

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TO SSG GRANT MONTGOMERY: THANK YOU!


Name: Jackie Garcia
Email: Cougarkat86
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:49:28 AM

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Hi Carl, I'm glad that you are out of Iraq WELCOME HOME love your sis Jackie.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:26:15 AM

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FBB - Fantastic Baby Boy? Fantastic Big Boy now.


Name: Maria Elizabeth Embry
Email: pinay_492001@yahoo.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 04:20:36 AM

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Message for Rolando Luis,Jr HHC 2/503rd Mortars: Junior, Your telephone message did not come out clear, but I believe you were saying you're already out of Iraq(?)and in Italy(?).Sorry,I missed your call. I was with Brian, bec. he attends LMC SAT Academy every Saturday.Anyway,if you have a chance, call home.Be safe.Everyone's excited waiting to hear from you. With much love, Mommy


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 03:56:22 AM

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OK, you're making us all crazy with the FBB thing. How about a hint? Are the first two words adjectives? Third word a noun? If this were referring to me, I'd think "flabby big butt"--but that wouldn't apply to any of our little stud muffin sky soldiers! Come on, give us a hint!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 02:44:46 AM

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OK, you're making us all crazy with the FBB thing. How about a hint? Are the first two words adjectives? Third word a noun? If this were referring to me, I'd think "flabby big butt"--but that wouldn't apply to any of our little stud muffin sky soldiers! Come on, give us a hint!


Name: riverratvn68
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 01:51:08 AM

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IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER....... IF YOU ARE READING IT IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER.


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 01:27:05 AM

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PFC CJ --Welcome back. All of us are proud of you and your fellow "Sky Soldiers" I gave Christine a kiss and she sputtered. What would cause that? Mr. Bradley, I can't thank you enough for providing this message board.


Name: Mom of 173rd
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 01:22:01 AM

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I am trying to get a passport to see my son in Vecenzia next year and the application says I must have an itenerary. I don't have the tickets yet. Must I wait until then or do they have special circumstanstances for military family? Does anyone have any info on this??? Thanks


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 23, 2004
Time: 12:47:24 AM

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FBB-Flat Bottom Butt


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 10:38:08 PM

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Has anyone heard anything about the 319th or D-BTRY? Any information would be appreciated!


Name: Liz Kupish *FBB's Sister*
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 10:05:22 PM

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hey jeff i miss you tins and cant wait till you get bac you are ALWAYS in my prays all of the the 173rd is well i just want ed to tell you i love you and am so proud of you guys thanks sooo much for everything you have done. love always n foreva lizzy ps i kno what FBB stands for but im not tellin either


Name: Katy DeCoudres
Email: kfdec
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:53:51 PM

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A friend from Italy told me when she found out my son was going there I should hope he falls in love with an Italian girl. She said "We love greatly and we are very good to our mother's in law." I can only hope that someday my sons find someone like that. I would welcome the women who care about my sons no matter what language they speak! And I hope someone was there to put their arms around him when he got back to Italy. Welcome Home Herd! There has never been a more proud group of friends and family!


Name: A mom
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:41:59 PM

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I will never forget what I told my son when he went to Italy. Don't even look at the Italian girls over there! We have plenty in the U.S.A. Well, guess what, it happened! We could not be happier!!!! He brought her home last December, 2002. The whole family has fell in love with her! I love her like one of my own children and can't wait to begin my life with her and my son. She has been a wonderful source of relief in this whole ordeal. We lean on each other. We have laughed, cried, and been each others support. We talk on the phone and email each other regularly. And I hope I learn some Italian! I thank God for her everyday!


Name: MOM of PFC JEHRIMIAH MEADOWS
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:19:54 PM

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I HEARD FROM MY SON..HHC 2-503.. via an email to his girlfriend. It was funny.. my daughter had seen that he had been online last night. So I called the girlfriend to see if she got an email. He says that he is safely in Kuwait. He said that his convoy was attacked during the travel but all are ok. ( you may have heard about it in the news). HE says that he hasn't called because the lines to the phones are DAYS long. He is waiting for a flight out and should get one in the next couple of weeks. It appears that he is not loading equipment, just waiting for a flight. SOOO for all who have loved ones in the 2-503 and haven't heard..... they are safe and can't get to the phones.


Name: Larry
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:15:08 PM

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FBB----Finally,Back@Base!!!


Name: Mom of Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:09:23 PM

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I HAVE NEWS FROM MY SON!!!! He is in the HHC 2-503.... He emailed his girlfriend to say that he is in Kuwait waiting for a flight out and he should be back to Italy in a week or two. He said that the Convoy he was in was attacked ( I am sure we all heard about that in the news) but there were no injuries. He says that the lines to the phones are DAYS long. SOOO if you haven't heard from your son or daughter it is because they can't get to the phone. From the email it sounded like he is not loading equipment, just waiting for a flight. !!! I hope this helps anyone that is waiting to hear from HHC 2 503.


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 08:08:36 PM

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We LOVE the Italians!! Thank you for being wonderful people who take good care of our soldiers!


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 07:37:59 PM

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Thank you to those posting the info on the HHC 2/503 - that's where my F.B.B. Jeff is!! And, yes! Let's keep the dates quiet til they are all back safely - I agree... My Prayers & Love go out to all the 173rd Soldiers & their Families - It's so great to read the JOY & HAPPINESS on this website. Thank you Mr. Bradley for tolerating all of us crazy, excited Moms, Dads, Wives, Husbands, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, sisters, brothers...etc. You are a gift from God to each of our families. The F.B.B. responses are hysterical!! JEFF PHONE HOME!! JEFF PHONE HOME! JEFF, well, YOU KNOW!! PLEASE!! ( and don't forget Ashley!) Love, Mom


Name: Reply from a 173d trooper
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 07:36:11 PM

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Well there appears to have rarely been a message posted by one of the troopers of whom you all have written too. So here goes. First off thankyou to all who have posted messages and have had us in their prayers from even before we left. It is the thoughts of you thinking about us that keep us going. Some days were long, some were not; some were of a high stress that I wish I had never experienced and there were a few which I almost felt normal again if only for a short while. With your thoughts, personal determination, and soldier discipline we drove on eagerly awaiting the day of return. So to all, Thankyou may you have blessed reunions with your sons,daughters, husbands, and wives. Now to the mystery man/woman who wants this to be an english only site: Go back to the hole from wence you came. Of all the troops in the 1st year of Iraq, the majority were from the states. Family of those soldiers had better odds of saying goodbyes and seeing their soldiers off. We did not. We were the only unit (save maybe some SF) that went from our families to the unknown in Iraq in less than 48 hours. Every other unint flew to Kuwait where have bases built since 1991; there they waited on the boats, offloaded their things, and 'eased' step by step into the fight. Again, we did not. We are airborne, we are designed to go as rapidly as possible and we did. What does all this mean? The Italian community was our family. Many soldiers lived on base. Though many like myself had surrogate Italian families through friends and/or girlfriends. They have as much right as anyone to post messages to us as you in whatever language they choose. It is not yours to decide. For many of them this was the only way they could communicate with us, as they cannot go to the base and ask for information. You should feel blessed and proud of your family members that not only are they soldiers and paratroopers of this great unit, but they have the opportunity to see the world, immersed in another culture. The war upset me for one reason: as I told another soldier from Ft. Hood - 12 months of the rest of your life in the US has been taken away for the country. For me, 9 months, the last, of my living on my own in a wonderful culture and country was taken. Unfortunately the odds are strongly against me returning due to the small size of the base and few positions of my job skill. So to my Italian friends and family: I wish you the best always, and I will visit for my next vacation. SSG Grant Montgomery HHC 173d Abn Bde S2 (Jul 2000 - Aug 2001) HHC 2-503 S2 (Aug 2001 - Feb 2004) Intel God!


Name: Suzann Singe
Email: mssuzann@aol.con
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 07:24:24 PM

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WELCOME BACK...AND THANK YOU..EACH AN EVERYONE OF YOU...US PEOPLE (FAMILIES) BACK HOME IN THE UNITED STATES...HAVE GONE THRU THE PAST YEAR WITH YOU, JUST IN OUR OWN SPECIAL WAYS...HISTORY IN THE MAKINGS AND MEMORIES THAT WE WILL ALWAYS HOLD DEAR TO OUR HEARTS...PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN...AND PROUD TO HANG THE U.S.ARMY FLAG IN FRONT OF MY HOME...AND A SPECIAL "THANK YOU" TO SSG. MARIO SINGER...LOVE ALWAYS, MOM


Name: Linda Bewley
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 06:52:54 PM

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FBB - First Barebottom Boy? Now the fellow soldiers guessed it right? Let me see what is always on their mind. First Booby Boy? LOL


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 06:45:38 PM

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F.B.B. forever baby boy?


Name: Stefania
Email: sadangel1983@libero.it
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 06:22:36 PM

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Please stop this useless fight between italians and american. I'm sure that the italian girls who posted messages in their own language just wanted to send love to the people they care about. We all support the brave soldiers who fighted (and sometimes lost their lifes) for the freedom in a subjugated country who needed help. I thank all these heroes and all their family that have been always so close to them. My friend Mike E. Yashinski died for that freedom, I pretend to feel better but I don't. but he is with me in every thing i do and this helps me a lot. nobody will delete the pain of the died soldiers'families and friends but this fight between us hurt very much. Our soldiers are coming back home and we should just be happy of this, nothing else care. May Michael always rest in peace and may all the soldiers be safe at home near the people they love.


Name: Pam
Email: pammie73@mchsi.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 06:06:10 PM

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I'm waiting to hear that my son, PFC Kyle Hoge, has safely returned to Italy. We haven't talked to him for the past week which is hard. So glad to hear that other soldiers have returned safely.


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 06:05:38 PM

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thank u really much Angela,i still dont have news ,i hope he back soon thank u again


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 04:55:34 PM

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Name: Kerry Hays
Email: hayskerry@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 04:51:33 PM

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Towards the end of this article it gives some information about what takes place in Kuwait. http://tinyurl.com/226jv


Name: nancy
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 04:38:54 PM

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Good News..I just spoke with my daughter in Vicenza..she said the FRG leader called and said her husbands group, 501st FSC, has arrived safely in their convoy from Kirkuk to Kuwait. They have to stay their awhile and get all the trucks and other equipment cleaned before shipping it back to Italy or wherever the heck it goes. So, hope that helps anyone. Her husband, SPC Thomas Csala, is with the transporation unit. WELCOME HOME TOM!! Thank you God for bringing him home thus far safe!


Name: Kerry Hays
Email: hayskerry@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 04:35:07 PM

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Our son is also in Kuwait (also with the 2/503 HHC Mortars; seems like a lot of those guys went to Kuwait) and finally called his Fiance' last night. He still hasn't called us, so I know the lines must be long as he usually called at least every other day from Kirkuk. He said things are going well and also gave a time frame, which from experience, even if it was posted wouldn't mean much as things tend to change daily. I'm sure they will make it back for the big party March 12th. I'm just glad he is safe and will be home sometime next month.


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germnay@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 03:31:21 PM

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Hello to all of you who have not heard from your loved one. I finally heard from my son. He emailed me last night from Kuwait. He is with HHC Mortars 2/503rd. He was doing fine and glad to be where he was. He gave me a time frame that covers the next couple of weeks as to when he could be flying out, back to Vicenza . I don't know if it is safe to post dates and I don't want to risk it. He also stated that they weren't being told alot either. The phone lines were long and they were all pretty tired. Hope this helps. Welcome Home Heroes !!!!


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 03:22:05 PM

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Hi ALL Does anyone know how or who to contact in Kuwait?? Just wondering as I have not heard from my son either. I would love to know that he is there for sure know what I mean? I'm still thinking anout the FBB thing to funny! Lots of Love to everyone may we all see our soldiers soon. Michele


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 02:30:06 PM

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Are you the Angela who was on that Italian magazine when the soldiers left?


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 02:28:58 PM

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hOW DO YOU KNOW THEY DIDN'T COME BACK ALREADY CALL !!!DON'T WAIT!


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 02:05:20 PM

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to the girlfriend that said she didn't have news abt his boyfriend in 508. Don't worry ....my BOYFRIEND IS IN 508 AND ARE 14 DAYS SPENT BY THE LAST TIME I HEAR HIM....MAYBE HE IS IN KUWAIT WAITING...SO P L E A S E DON'T WORRY . THEY LL BE BACK SOON MAYBE NEXT WEEK. ANGELA


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 01:29:36 PM

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I can't wait to see the look on Jeff's face when he reads all these messages. Like I said though, I know what it means, but I'll never tell. Even though I love to see the grimace/grin look on his face when he's embarassed (Barb - you know the look I'm talking about!) I can't reveal his FBB secret! I'll leave that to his Mom! I still haven't heard from him, but I know in my heart he's safe in Kuwait! Keep praying for all of the 173rd who hasn't made it back to Vicenza yet! To the 173rd - once you guys get leave, if you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Jeff and I would to show you a night out on the town!


Name: Pam
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 01:01:02 PM

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FBB Favorite Baby Boy....


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 12:37:01 PM

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Favorite Billy Bob ????


Name: Mom of PFC JEHRIMIAH MEADOWS
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 12:24:24 PM

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I have been reading with delight the guesses for F.B.B. it is refreshing to see the happiness in a lot of posts. Not so much worry any more. Here is my guess for F.B.B. " Funny Baby Butt"????? Jay if you read this, I miss you son and Call home when you can. I am so very proud of you and what you and your war buddies have done for our country. I Love You. MOM


Name: Momma
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 11:34:59 AM

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now keep in mind when you are a mommy you will call you child all sorts of names and they are all with love and adoration for your baby but as they get old it's like, "I can't believe you called me that"...FBB - Funny Baby Boy? or Fat Baby Boy? when they are small they do usually have those cute little tummies.... If I am no where close please don't be offended. :)


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 10:07:06 AM

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Hello to all of the 173rd supporters! Welcome Home to all of the 173rders that are now back in Italy.You will never know how proud we are of all of you. I ask you to please remember that some of us still have soldiers in Kuwait. If anyone knows when those guys will be returning to post could you please e-mail me at the above address or post on this site. His girlfriend (in Italy) would like to make sure she is there...I certainly want someone to welcome him back as we can not be there. The top ten list was right on! It brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face. Proud Mom of S/Sgt Jason Harding. (By the way he is with B Co, 2/503)


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 10:00:47 AM

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I am so thrilled to see the response to my F.B.B. & the TOP TEN LIST! I will post my TOP TEN when finished with Children's Theatre today. As for F.B.B.....you're not even close...Ashley is. SO THE SECRET REMAINS! All the 173rd knows, because Jeff was razzed un-mercifully about it when I first posted it back in April. If our soldiers can figure it out - surely YOU can! JEFF PHONE HOME!! I know you're busy - but I'm about ready to get out the 'HUNT-DOGS' (aka: Grandma & Aunt Caroline) to find you! Then you'll be more embarrassed than you were with F.B.B.!! (HA!) WE ALL LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH, JEFF! WE'RE PROUD OF EVERY SINGLE 173RD SOLDIER! Our hearts are about to burst in anticipation of your call that you are out & safe , along with all your 'Joes'. Jeff, call your momma & your girlfriend! WE LOVE YOU - WE LOVE YOU - WE LOVE YOU!!! Yes - it's time to get mushy!! After a year of this, we're entitled! You're still & always & FOREVER will be my F.B.B.!! I LOVE YOU, JEFF! LOVE, MOM


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Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:35:01 AM

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i meant jessie, sorry


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Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:33:53 AM

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to jesse: i havent heard from my bf in delta battery either.i know they are in kuwait and hopefully back next week. if you hear from your nephew and you get any news please post them here. take care


Name: to the lonely soldier
Email: the italian worried heart
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:26:33 AM

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Thank you for your words, I guess they were addressed to me. The soldier I talked about is not my man even if i wish he was,but it hurts me that some of you had no one to hug you for your return. he had nobody but some friends as well, and yes I understand that you left evrything in the states and this is your life. I always wish my sky soldier to have the best in his life, no matters if i'll be so lucky to be part of that even if for a short time, and I wish you too to have the best in your life, from the bottom of my heart. I envy your bravery and courage, and these qualities will be yours for ever, no matters where life will drive you. You all have somebody who loves you somewhere, maybe you don't know it... and love is not just the one between a man and a woman, it's also the great esteem and respect people feel for you all, and all the support they give you even when they don't know you face to face. Personally, I have been feeling all of this for you all soldiers, and it grew more and more everyday, thinking that you were watching each others' back all the time, including the one of that person I care so much about. I know that I have to thank you too if that person is back safe. And let me say that this is a good reason to tell you that i love you even if i don't know you face to face. And many others do for the same and for many other reasons, so YOU'RE NOT ALONE. An italian girl.


Name: to the lonely soldier
Email: the italian worried heart
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 09:12:48 AM

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Thank you for your words, I guess they were addressed to me. The soldier I talked about is not my man even if i wish he was,but it hurts me that some of you had no one to hug you for your return. he had nobody but some friends as well, and yes I understand that you left evrything in the states and this is your life. I always wish my sky soldier to have the best in his life, no matters if i'll be so lucky to be part of that even if for a short time, and I wish you too to have the best in your life, from the bottom of my heart. I envy your bravery and courage, and these qualities will be yours for ever, no matters where life will drive you. You all have somebody who loves you somewhere, maybe you don't know it... and love is not just the one between a man and a woman, it's also the great esteem and respect people feel for you all, and all the support they give you even when they don't know you face to face. Personally, I have been feeling all of this for you all soldiers, and it grew more and more everyday, thinking that you were watching each others' back all the time, including the one of that person I care so much about. I know that I have to thank you too if that person is back safe. And let me say that this is a good reason to tell you that i love you even if i don't know you face to face. And many others do for the same and for many other reasons, so YOU'RE NOT ALONE. An italian girl.


Name: to the lonely soldier
Email: the italian worried heart
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 08:48:46 AM

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Thank you for your words, I guess they were addressed to me. The soldier I talked about is not my man even if i wish he was,but it hurts me that some of you had no one to hug you for your return. he had nobody but some friends as well, and yes I understand that you left evrything in the states and this is your life. I always wish my sky soldier to have the best in his life, no matters if i'll be so lucky to be part of that even if for a short time, and I wish you too to have the best in your life, from the bottom of my heart. I envy your bravery and courage, and these qualities will be yours for ever, no matters where life will drive you. You all have somebody who loves you somewhere, maybe you don't know it... and love is not just the one between a man and a woman, it's also the great esteem and respect people feel for you all, and all the support they give you even when they don't know you face to face. Personally, I have been feeling all of this for you all soldiers, and it grew more and more everyday, thinking that you were watching each others' back all the time, including the one of that person I care so much about. I know that I have to thank you too if that person is back safe. And let me say that this is a good reason to tell you that i love you even if i don't know you face to face. And many others do for the same and for many other reasons, so YOU'RE NOT ALONE. An italian girl.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 08:43:17 AM

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Does anyone know when the d/btry from 319th will be home, my nephew is with that group and I haven't heard anything from him in about 2 weeks, any info would be most appreciated. I hope he calls soon and hopefully back in Italy soon. Thank you. God bless the 173rd all the way.


Name: no..scratch that
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 08:18:06 AM

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wrong grp...the scout i saw in the pics is one from 1-508th...sorry


Name: no..scratch that
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 08:01:38 AM

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wrong grp...the scout i saw in the pics is one from 1-508th...sorry


Name: no..scratch that
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 07:04:37 AM

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wrong grp...the scout i saw in the pics is one from 1-508th...sorry


Name: RE: scouts 2-503rd
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 07:03:25 AM

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I know of one as he's in the pictures...but I'm pretty sure the soldiers didn't/aren't returing "together"...plt/company wise. Sue


Name: an italian girlfriend
Email:
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 06:18:32 AM

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will anyone arrive on post today or tomorrow? or the guys who are still in kuwait shipping equipment will all be back at the same day? thanks


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 03:25:19 AM

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FBB a.k.a. Jeff Kupisch have you called your mother yet? If you would look at some of the times of these postings there are still a lot sleepless nights for families/friends out there. Hope everyone hears soon their sons, husbands, boyfriends are safe! It is going to take awhile to get out of the habit of not getting up in the night checking the news, websites, etc. Amen to the top ten list. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm FBB - "Favorite Boo Boo" (lol) Jeff you better call your mom soon!


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 02:19:02 AM

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To: Donna M. Thank you Donna for your reply. I still have not heard from my son, but have been in contact with people who have been very helpful. I too am hearing the same thing, that he is probably in Kuwait safe and sound (and very busy). I know I must seem over anxious, it's been a very long year!!!


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Date: Sunday February 22, 2004
Time: 01:54:20 AM

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does anyone know if scouts platoon, 2-503 is back in Italy yet??? Any info would be greatly appreciated...


Name: Donna M.
Email: dedegirl@peoplepc.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 11:31:53 PM

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To: Kim Goodman I have been trying to e-mail you but, me e-mail is not letting me send anything out. I'm still receiving mail but nothing is going out. The e-mail that I got from my son was sent just after midnight. He didn't say that he was in Kuwait but from what I can tell from other sources, that's where they are. I hope that if you haven't heard from your son yet that you will soon.


Name: Tom
Email: arlenern@prodigy.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:27:11 PM

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To Craig, David, Kyle, Jacob, John, Joseph, Justin, Michael and Sean: It is getting late, about 22:20 EST. Before I turn in I wanted to say a prayer for all of you. I mean, although we have never met, I can feel you -- you have been near all day. Some of the 173rd family are mentioning feeling sort of "weird" lately. Me too, except I believe its you guys coming to comfort all of us. Well here it goes. It is a prayer that has been recited in our family for those that have gone before us. "May the roads rise up to meet you. May the winds be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand." All you and your 173rd comrades WILL meet again. I hope I get to see it. Go easy young Bro's. Good night.


Name: Larry Sears
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:23:52 PM

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Welcome back to ALL the 173rd. Thank You for doing a GREAT Job! To all the fallen soldiers and their families, you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers! Mr Bradley, you deserve a medal.This website has been a dailey venture for all of us,and we thank you from the bottom of our heart.What a great job you have done! And finally, Pfc Ryan Willmington, CALL HOME!!!! We Love You!!---------"Proud Grandparent of a Skysoldier!"


Name: Proud Parent of a Sky Soldier
Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:17:04 PM

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Here's to the top ten list! Boy is it ever true. They all apply to me also except I didn't have anyone ask me if my son was on vacation.


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:13:26 PM

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To Bark1128 My guess for FFB is favorite baby boy! Let me know. Bye Michele


Name: Chris Dahl
Email: eve62@cmaaccess.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 08:25:13 PM

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To All on calling their love one HEROS. My son, SGT. Chris Dahl Jr, also was called "OUR HERO" but he corrected us by saying,"Dad, I was just doing my job. The only HEROS there were the ones that laid their lives down for the cause." I truly know where he is coming from. My hearts goes out to the families that do not have a family member coming home. But you need to know your LOVED ONE didn't fall in vain. They will always be remembered. GOD BLESS our Country and May HE lay Peace on us ALL. Chris A. Dahl


Name: Daniel Hare and Jenny Roberts
Email: dharred@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 06:10:57 PM

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Chris we are not sure if you are back in Italy or not. Please let us know if you are alright. We haven't heard from you in awhile and we want to make sure that you are safe. If anyone knows if the 2nd 503rd is back in Italy please let us know. We love you and miss you Chris. The rest of the family says hello and want to know how you are. Hope to hear from you soon! Love, Daniel and Jenny


Name:
Email: EXPANDING ON THE TOP 10 LIST
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 05:30:46 PM

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11. Not deciphering news of the 4th Infantry. I was beginning to think the 173rd wasn't in Iraq anymore!!!!!!


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com-
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 05:08:31 PM

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TOP TEN THINGS I WON'T MISS ABOUT THE 173RD BEING IN IRAQ: 10.) That helpless feeling when I saw them parachute in and knew it was for real. 9.) Missing his phone call by 2 minutes and not being able to call him back. 8.) The sick sad feeling when a soldier had fallen. 7.) Being a non-smoker: forgetting what I preached to him for years and buying him cigs! 6.) Getting a headache reading the trailers while listening to the news! 5.) Trying to sound wide awake and have a coherent phone conversation after being startled awake at 4:00 a.m.!(then realizing after we hung up I forgot to tell him or ask him something) 4.) Getting stuck with the grumpy post office guy instead of the nice lady who always asked about him! 3.) Running to the grocery store for milk and ending up buying $50 more to ship over. 2.) Checking the mail and not having a letter from him. AND THE NUMBER ONE THING I WON"T MISS IS: 1.) Feeling the excruciating pain shooting through my head when someone asked "Oh, he is in Iraq? Is he on vacation or something??!!!!" (True story.)


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 04:17:31 PM

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Well said Mike McCarthy. You have said what many of us have felt about this past year. Welcome back 173rd and enjoy your time at home with your family.God Speed.


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Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 04:04:56 PM

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WRITE HIS NAME AND UNIT SO MAYBE SOMEONE CAN HELP YOU


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Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 02:40:17 PM

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hi please some one help me ,my boyfriend is in 508 and from 2 weeks dont call me im so worry ,he is not come back and i dont know what think .


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 02:33:01 PM

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hi ,my boyfriend is in 508 but is still not comeback,i dont hear nothing from a week im so worry ,some one can help me ,when they back??thank u


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Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 01:17:30 PM

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Interesting story about the long in Kuwait. Sorry, this one should work. http://tinyurl.com/2okwe


Name: Mike McCarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 01:16:05 PM

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WELCOME BACK 173RD. I wish every parent sweetheart or other family member could be in Italy to welcome you heroes home. You may not get the president welcoming you on an aircraft carrier, or the press televising your return to a stateside base, but all of us have waited through these last 11 months for your safe return. We have worried, and held our breath every time we heard of an attack on you guys in the north. Fearing that we might get a call from the army. We have breathed a sigh of relief with every letter and phone call from you. we have felt the pain of those who lost loved ones or had their own injured.We have given comfort to others who felt this pain to try to make their grief easier. For the last 11 months we have been one big family and many of us will continue to be family long after you are all home again. We have built bonds between those of us who have sat and waited , and gone to meet other families who have sky soldiers in country. With the return of each sky soldier a sense of pride engulfs us because you have done the job you went there for, and can always hold your heads up proudly. Our own son Cory has been able to be in Italy for this return. I know that the friends he served with before his injuries are as relieved and happy to see him as he is to see them. So party hearty 173rd you earned it the hard way. GOD BLESS YOU ONE AND ALL.


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 01:15:44 PM

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Interesting story about the long in Kuwait. http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=20564


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 12:41:16 PM

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please somebody knows if HHC 503 SCOUTS is come back ? EVERYBODY? CAUSE MY BOYFRIEND DIDN'T CALL....THANKS AND SORRY.MARY H.


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 12:15:28 PM

News

That story about Bank of AMerica is PRICELESS ---- now we can tell the kids we ALWAYS know where they are and what they are buying!!! For the one asking about the convoy troops - on the 173rd MSN site, the FAC said that the last groups would arrive "next week." Not sure the dates and times, but we have all heard that they are working awfully hard in Kuwait to clean the equipment, fold everything up and pack for shipment, and get it ready to load. Once that is done, they will be on the way. And I'm sure the long hours and hard work is worth every bit of the inconvenience. We will continue to think of them and this mission will not be over until every remaining 173rd member is back in Italy safely.


Name: Arlene
Email: arlenern@prodigy.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 12:12:58 PM

News

THANK YOU to our HEROES our Sky Soldiers --173rd ABN BDE, those here on earth and those in heaven. Thanks to all the wonderful families and friends who have encouraged, supported, cried with and for our HEROES and one another. To our son, Tom Hunter, B Co. 2/503, we know you are very busy in Kuwait, but it would help lessen our anxiety if you would CALL, EMAIL, or IM us!!!! Can't wait to hear from you. Love, Mom


Name: Arlene
Email: arlenern@prodigy.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 12:08:51 PM

News

THANK YOU to our HEROES our Sky Soldiers --173rd ABN BDE, those here on earth and those in heaven. Thanks to all the wonderful families and friends who have encouraged, supported, cried with and for our HEROES and one another. To our son, Tom Hunter, B Co. 2/503, we know you are very busy in Kuwait, but it would help lessen our anxiety if you would CALL, EMAIL, or IM us!!!! Can't wait to hear from you. Love, Mom


Name: Aunt Helen
Email: cancun@npoint.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 11:41:27 AM

News

1/63 AR was with the 173rd in Kirkuk for the past year. We have no news of them. Does anyone know if they came out with you too?


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 11:37:47 AM

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Not first baby boy either!


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 11:36:11 AM

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Haha! I'm JEFF KUPISCH's girlfriend, and I know what F.B.B. stands for . No it is isn't first born boy! I really hope Jeff eventually reads all these posted messages for him. I know he'll be bright red when he reads the one about what F.B.B. means. But I'll never tell! If anyone sees him tell him to call his girlfriend and his mother, and definitely give him a hard time about F.B.B.!


Name: Dave Bewley
Email: consultdl@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 11:21:33 AM

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Reference Barb Kupisch - Jeff's Mom: We're starting a contest for what F.B.B. stands for; my guess is First Baby Boy. What do the rest of you think? By-the-way: JEFF CALL HOME before the secret is out. (lol)


Name: Francesca
Email: sevillana_f@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:39:36 AM

News

I'm really happy that you're coming home, in Vicenza, because I consider all of you part of our town. Welcome.


Name: Francesca
Email: sevillana_f@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:35:12 AM

News

I'm really happy that you're coming home, in Vicenza, because I consider all of you part of our town. Welcome.


Name: Francesca
Email: sevillana_f@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:34:39 AM

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I'm really happy that you're coming home, in Vicenza, because I consider all of you part of our town. Welcome.


Name: Francesca
Email: sevillana_f@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:34:02 AM

News

I'm really happy that you're coming home, in Vicenza, because I consider all of you part of our town. Welcome.


Name: Francesca
Email: sevillana_f@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:32:25 AM

News

I'm really happy that you're coming home, in Vicenza, because I consider all of you part of our town. Welcome.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:31:19 AM

News

Congratulations, SPC. JEFFREY KUPISCH - HHC 2/503 - YOU DID IT!! 1575 photos of the 173rd & you didn't appear in even ONE! I still LOVE you, son! Give your family a break & PLEASE get in one if the Homecoming photos! We'd love to see your smiling MUG!!!! WE MISS YOU & LOVE YOU! PHONE HOME SOON! You're still our F.B.B. & everyone knows what that means! Our prayers continue to surround you as you safely journey back to Italy...where you WILL call, right?? Love, Mom


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:20:32 AM

News

I also wanted to mention that I am flying to Italy March 31 to April 8. And that I live in Maryland about an hour from Baltimore Washington Airport. If anyone needs a ride pickup or a greeter before March 31 let me know! I would be honored to help out.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: barb1128@msn.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:15:07 AM

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FORGET "Where in the World is Carmen Santiago?" WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SPC. JEFFREY KUPISCH - HHC 2/503?????????? Do I have to get your Grandmother & Aunto Caroline on the 'hunt' for you, again???? (joking!) If ET can PHONE HOME - so can you!! Everyone is waiting - breathlessly for a call from you, son! We love you so very, very much! We're so proud of you & all of the 173rd! Just can't wait to hear your voice & to wrap our arms around you & hug you! I heard the 173rd is to go on R&R beginning March 14th - your Dad's Birthday! What a wonderful present! Ok, enough - you get the message - - - PHONE HOME!!! We love you! PLEASE CALL & TELL US THAT YOU ARE OUT & SAFE & OK & EVERYTHING ELSE WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU SO BADLY! * * * * * P.S. * * * * * * * Is it time to post the TOP TEN THINGS WE WON'T MISS ABOUT OUR LOVED ONES BEING IN IRAQ? * * * * * followed by the TOP TEN THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT OUR LOVED ONES BEING BACK HOME!!* * * * I think the soldiers probably have their 'own' TOP TEN LISTS!! Love you ALL - When you see Jeff Kupisch - tell him to PHONE HOME!! He's still my F.B.B. Love, Jeff's Mom


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:11:26 AM

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Peggy Wilmignton.....LOL..that was hysterical irony about Bank of AMerica!! About feeling weird?? Boy Am I glad I am not the only one...my soldier is not back yet...still waiting to hear...but my daughter is their to greet him in Italy. I feel some aprehension for her in having to adjust, sadness for him in that he had to see death and destruction.. melancholy for all the soldiers in that their special bond of being combat buddies together so long is coming to an end. ( Reminds me of the last scenes in " Band of Brothers" when they are told they are going home in the middle of their softball game..and they just look at each other with the same melancholy look then drop the gloves and bats and balls and starting running back to the base)They are changed men and women with new bonds and painful memories and for some, are getting out of the service soon and into the great unknown. In a way, there was some certaintly and security for them I bet, being all together and counting on each other for life and death..very intimate relationships...I bet it must feel like a breakup of a marraige sort of. As for all of us..we have formed a bond too...the families and friends all waiting and hoping and going from adreneline rush after adreneline rush to crashing relief every time we hear of a soliers death...and crushing surviviors guilt mixed with blessed relief that it was not our loved one..this time. It was a tremenduous roller coaster ride and we shared it together. Tears, joy, fear, worry...our emotions and theirs have run the gammet. The sorrow we feel for those who are not coming home is surpassed only by the families and fellow combat buddies of these men. We know they died in the most honorable way a person can, yet we wonder what if....My internet friends, this has been one of the most memeroble experiences of my life. I have gotten involved in veterens and solders support activities because of all of this and it is making me a better person. Thanks Mr. Bradley for making this place of comfort available. I know it wasnt really meant to be a place for us to have group therepy, but it evolved at times, to that and we are all very grateful! TO our Heroes..You are all blessed with Gods Grace and we are SO PROUD OF YOU we cannot begin to define it completly.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 10:04:25 AM

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Congratulations to all the 173rd on a job well done! Welcome HOME! Thank you, Mr. Bradley - especially for continuing this website as we all sort out where our loved ones are. This has been a priceless treasure (beyond measure) for the family & friends of the 173rd. To those families who lost brave ones during the the deployment, I pray that God turns your mourning into Joy. We couldn't be prouder of your loved ones & their ultimate sacrifice. We honor those lost in battle today as we read or watch the return of our sons, daughter, loved ones. Our hearts & prayers go out to you! PARTY & CELEBRATE SAFELY, GUYS! (Yes! I'm a mom!) WE LOVE YOU & CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOUR CONTINUED SALE TRIP BACK TO THE USA! YOU ARE OUR HEROES!! When in Chicago, look us up! Love, Mrs. Kupisch


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 09:36:26 AM

News

To the person who has a son in HHC 1/508. My son also is in HHC 1/508. The last we heard from him he emailed his girlfriend in Italy and said that he was about 6 hours from Kuwait. That was about 4 days or so ago. We have not heard anything else from him. Could you please email me and let me know some more info, I am assuming that your son emailed from Kuwait? I am so happy for the return of most of our troops. Thank you to all who still keep our soldiers in your prayers who have not yet made it to Italy. My heart aches for our fallen heros and their families. God bless the 173rd, and thank you Mr. Bradley for this website.


Name: Michael Bloom
Email: mibooze@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 09:34:49 AM

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I just heard from my son, SGT. Jerrad Bloom, 2/503 HHC. He sounded GREAT. My wife and I wish we could have been there to give him a big hug. We enjoyed seeing all the pics of the homecoming. We will be able to give him his big hug soon enough. Congratulation to all the soldiers and families returning. Our hearts go out to those families who will not have a joyous homecoming. I hope they are comforted with great memories of there loved ones.


Name: anxious mom
Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 09:28:11 AM

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once they arrive in Kuwait, will they be able to notify their family that they have arrived? will they be able to do this even before they start their return processes like debrief? my son has is 2/503, HHC and and I have not heard from him. if anyone has any info? thank you. Welcome home brave ones. We lift you up in prayer and gratitude for your safe return and lift the heroes who did not make it back home but will always be able watch your back....as soldiers for our Lord.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 09:24:10 AM

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My husband and I both had similar feelings when we heard our son was in Italy. Relief, Numb, Bittersweet, and eventually Tears. We missed his call home but have his message on our answering machine, along with all his other 9 calls from Kosovo, Egypt, Fort Bragg in the U.S., Italy, and Iraq. (all the places he has been deployed) When I didn't hear from him or missed him I would play those messages to hear his voice. I don't have the heart to erase them. Many people ask me how I cope. I can't tell you enough how much this website has meant, and the many contacts it has brought, and all the wonderful families who keep in touch to give support. I will continue my routine and check in on a daily basis. The bittersweet feelings is my son is home and wish that all the families could say that, especially those who lost theirs in this war. My heart aches for them and can only hope they derive comfort out of knowing just how many of us are thinking of them at this time. I would have loved to been their when they got off the plane but know they would have been so busy that they would not have much time to spend with us. Plus I think it gives them some time to celebrate with their military family. I am so glad they will have some time to do that with the ones they have gone through so much with in the past year. Then it's our turn! That is just the perspective of a single soldier's mom. About the PBS Frontline Program, somebody early said to go to pbs.org and you can view it their or I ordered a copy from PBS www.shoppbs.org.


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Email:
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 09:16:09 AM

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thanks for you bits of advice. i know it won't be too much longer now. good luck and god bless you all. love the wondering wife


Name: Peggy Wilmington
Email: mavsmtnmom@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 08:22:31 AM

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Weird. Yes, that is one of many emotions I am experiencing also. Maybe because we are not in Italy to embrace our sons. In the pictures that are being posted, I see joy, tears, smiles, and, this is only my perception, but I am quite sure these men and women are thinking of the soldiers that did not get to come home in this way. Whether it was because of an injury or death, the returning soldiers MUST be thinking of this. My son lost a friend in Iraq, and has told me that the grieving process could not possibly be started until he returned home. I read these posts everyday, and although I have chosen not to respond recently for personal reasons, this site has been invaluable. Thank you Mr. Bradley. Thank you to all the 173rd, the Air Force, and all the people that have reached out to one another during this trying year. Good luck to the units that will be taking the baton from the 173rd, you have big boots to fill. I am very proud to say that my son has served. To the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice, you are not forgotten. When I finally get to see my son, I will see yours also, and our family will celebrate their lives! By the way, although my son hasnt called yet, Bank of America did. His last known address being in Kirkuk, the fraud department called because there was activity on his credit card in Italy...yes he is back! Thank you Bank of America. Party on Machina Mache...AIRBORNE!!! Momma Peggy


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 08:00:12 AM

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I received an e-mail from my son during the wee hours this morning, he is HHC 1/508th. He just said that he is very glad to be out of Iraq and that he didn't have much time to write but, he would try to write more later. I was just so happy to finally get some word from him and I don't care how short!!!!!!!!! Hoping the rest of you hear something soon.


Name: Terry
Email: melitatatta@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 06:57:45 AM

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I received a very short email from my son when he arrived in kuwait. does anyone know how long those loading equipment will be there? how can I find out when they are sceduled to arrive in italy? I'm trying to make arrangements for someone to greet him! to all those families who are sleeping better these days - congratulations! the sound of car doors closing during the night no longer take my breath away! I'm very proud of all our sky soldiers! welcome back! job well done!


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 05:53:35 AM

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Last night i went out downtown Vicenza,I can't tell how good I felt seeing all those awesome guys having fun.They got back!They smile&laugh,they are just young men ,normal guys,but also:THEY ARE BRAVE SKYSOLDIERS AND YOU CAN BE PROUD OF THEM!


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 05:22:38 AM

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Frontline is a PBS program...here in the states so you should have no trouble. afn was just promoting it on their website.


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 03:55:43 AM

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I hit the submit button too soon. Other than not understanding my "weird feelings" today, I wanted to add how proud I am of all of our sky soldiers and thank Mr. Bradley for being such an important part of my life for the past 11 months. I don't post often, but read the site everyday. THANK YOU to all of the 173rd, the wonderful ladies in Italy and Mr. Bradley. A very proud and relieved 173rd Mom!


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 03:49:48 AM

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Is anyone else feeling "weird" today? I can't explain how I feel. Of course I'm so relieved and thrilled to know my son and the others are safely back in Italy, but I've been really out of sorts today. I thought I would be doing back flips down the street and tears of joy would be flowing when I heard his voice from Italy. Maybe the reality hasn't hit me yet, maybe it will take actually seeing him and hugging him before I will feel the elation that I thought a phone call would bring. This nightmare has lasted for so long, so much worry and constant thoughts of my son, every second of every day. I can't believe it's over. I was just wondering if I'm the only one whose reaction to the homecoming is not at all what I expect. I feel numb--so hard to explain. This entire year has not seemed a reality, only a very bad dream. I guess it will take a hug to wake me up.


Name: Proud Mother of PFC MEADOWS
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 03:48:16 AM

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I have not heard from my son either. I am sure he will call his gorlfriend before me. I am assuming that he must still be in Kuwait loading the equipment. He is with the HHC 2-503. I have been comforted by the messages that everyone is putting on here. THanks for all the in and thank You MR. Bradley for this site. GOD BLESS


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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 03:33:31 AM

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Does anyone know about this "Frontline" TV show I've been reading about? It's supposed to feature the 173rd, but I don't understand if it will only show in Italy or if we can get it in the states also.


Name: Ashley Andrews
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Date: Saturday February 21, 2004
Time: 02:23:00 AM

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So I called the FAC to see if JEFF KUPISCH, 2-503 had arrived in Italy and he said that he couldn't give out that information. How has everyone else been finding out if their soldier had arrived on bus. He did tell me that the busses would be arriving between 6:30 and 11:30 today. Any advice?


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:42:57 PM

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Hi To the person who is wondering if she is the only who has not heard rom her sosldier. You are not alone we have not heard from our son either. I have been told its so crazy busy in Kuwait and they are all so happy to be out. I am sure we will hear soon. They will all be home by next week and you can call Family Support Centeer and they wil tel you if your soldier is in Italy. Hang in because thats all we can do.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:10:26 PM

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am i the only person who hasn't heard from the soilder yet??? my husband hasn't called since saturday the 14th, im getting concered. 1/508th C co. anything would help at this point. horray for the soilders return, i couldn't be happyer for you and your families...thank you sooo much...and the the soilders who gave all, my deepest gratitude goes out to you and your families. God bless


Name: nuria anzaldua
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:07:50 PM

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i feel the same way as charlene brewer, welcome home soldiers, we are proud of you and we mourn the losses. we love you all.


Name: Caitlin
Email: gregnlisa@bellsouth.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:58:08 PM

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Hey guys!!! What's up? I want to thank all of you for everything you have done to help keep us safe back home. I am so happy y'all are back home safely. I would always pray for you all to be safe and come home soon. Thank you for everything you do!!! Eddie,I glad you are back in Italy safely!!! We love you all.


Name: Sherry
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:54:51 PM

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Hello, and God Bless all of you in the 173rd. God is so good. My son is with the 319th. I heard from him today he's in Kuwait. He said he home to Italy by the weekend, maybe. Thank you, Mr.Bradley you have given us a wonderful gift with this site. It helped me get through this last few months. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 173RD. WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS ANDS PRAYERS. MY HEART HURTS FOR THE FAMILIES WHO LOST LOVED ONES. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU. MANY THANKS FOR THEIR SERVICE. TAKE CARE EVERYONE. GOODNIGHT


Name: Charlene Brewer
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:34:22 PM

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Who cares about gay marriages and politics? What about the great peacekeepers returning to Italy. What about the great sons, fathers and boyfriends coming home. What a great day of joy and prays. A feeling of happiness and sadness for all the ones that made the great sacrifice. We all love you and treasure the life of each and every one of you. Welcome home and wishing you a great life ahead. Thanks for all you have done. Mother of the great Pfc Clint Kelly.


Name: pamela haba
Email: p_haba@msn.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:58:15 PM

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HAS ANYONE HEARD IF 3RD/B 1ST SOLDIERS ARE BACK IN ITALY YET? MY SON PFC NATHAN HABA CALLED THURS MORNING, AND STATED THAT THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH SEATS ON THE PLANE, AND HE HAD TO WAIT. I HAVEN'T HEARD FROM HIM SINCE. I AM WONDEREING IF HE IS IN ITALY YET. WE ARE SO PROUD OF HIM, AND ALL THE SOLDIERS WHO ARE IN THE 173RD !!! WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE NATHAN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED. PAM HABA


Name: pamela haba
Email: p_haba@msn.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:52:56 PM

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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:42:24 PM

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To the person who didn't have the gut-wrenching feeling when the car door slammed last night. I just realized that my heart didn't jump when my doorbell rang this evening. The first time in 10 months. It is such a relief. However, the joy of having our soldiers back is tempered by sadness for those who didn't make it home. I'm so thankful today for my own son's safety but for those of you grieving, I want you to know that your children aren't forgotten. We pray for you to be comforted. May God bless and protect all of us.


Name: Pat & Nancy Kelley
Email: patmkelley@comcast.net
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 07:53:11 PM

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We are proud of all the members of the 173rd and thankful that most all of them are safely out of Iraq. We continue to pray for safe travel for those who are not yet back to Italy. We just talked to our son, Lt. Shane Kelley, words can not express how proud and relieved we are. We have always loved our country, but this last year has given us a new sense of appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy and for those who put their life on the line to protect our freedoms. We are eternally grateful to those brave soldiers whose lives were given in this cause and our prayers continue to be with their families. Thank you Mr. Bradley for providing this forum that linked family and friends together with a common bond as we went through the ups and downs of news from the front. We will continue to keep the troops in Iraq in our prayers. We live in Lee's Summit, MO. (near Kansas City). We would love to see or talk to any soldiers and families if you are in the area while they are back on leave. God Bless all of you and may God Bless the USA.


Name: Charlene Brewer mother of PFC CLINT KELLY
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 07:28:19 PM

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Sorry i pushed the wrong button. Clint is in the 1/508 A Company. I haven't gotten a phone call since the first of January. Has any one heard from him or has any one seen him? I wish he would call or email. Pass the message if you know him. Love an inpatient Mom. I know he may be partying and I don;t blame him. He earned all the fun he can fit in one day.


Name: Jessica Hebert proud sister of Justin Hebert and the rest of the Sky Soldiers!
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 07:26:24 PM

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Thank you Sky Soldiers for fighting for our freedoms and for those Iraqi's that were in dire need of your assistance. They will all have hope for a better way of life because of you all and the ones who gave their lives. This week and the upcoming week will be full of emotions..of course happiness and then sadness. The sadness is what I am trying to cope with at this time as I wish I could be posting the messages of relief that I have finally gotten that phone call that I had been waiting for since March 26th..just as you all have. To those 8 other families who share in this grief..I hope that you are all doing well and that you too hold your head up high knowing that we gave the ultimate sacrifice and we should always be so proud of our boys and the boys that have finally made it back home in Vicenza Italy. It's rough to be in the position that we are in but I know that we all will carry on the special friendships we have made in all of this. I'll never forget the special families..you'll forever my in my hearts as long as I am alive. I promise to keep in touch and I hope that you will too. I have much love for you Sky Soldiers..please celebrate and celebrate like Justin, Hebert, J-bird..would want you too....Love Indefinitely, Jessica Hebert


Name: Charlene Brewer mother of
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 07:25:21 PM

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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 07:24:05 PM

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WELCOME HOME, BLESS ALL OF YOU!! GOD KEEP WATCHING OVER ALL OUR SOLDIER.


Name: Robert& Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 05:22:43 PM

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Thank, God, I got a call from my son. He arrived in Vencenzia at 11:30 Eastern Time. He was very happy for his friends that got a chance to come back. Some had to stay. He didn't take R&R when he was over there. I don't know whether that made a difference or not. We didn't discuss that. He is part of HHC B/Co 503rd.Brigade. Thanks again Mr. Bradley and all my 173rd Adopted families. Please continue to pray for the others that are left abroad. A Happy 173rd Mom


Name: TO: SGT GLEICH
Email: FROM Mom & Dad in HILLIARD OH
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 04:04:33 PM

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YES. IT IS TRUE. "YOUR MOMMY CALLED" VINCENZA LOOKING FOR YOU. AND YES...YOUR DAD KNEW...BECAUSE WE BOTH LOVE YOU SON...NO MATTER WHERE YOU'VE BEEN...WHERE YOU GO...AND WHERE YOU ARE NOW...NOW MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE DONE OR WILL EVER DO...WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU...WELCOME HOME SON WHENEVER YOU DECIDE TO CALL...WE ARE HERE JUST WAITING TO HERE YOU ARE SAFE FROM HARM...YOU DONE GOOD, SON. HOORAH!!!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 03:46:53 PM

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To Mr.Bradly.Thank you so much for this website,i have read it everyday and the support we have for each other is wonderful. My son is now safe in Italy but i willcontinue to read this website.God Bless you and the families who still have soldiers out there.This is from a very happy and proud mom. debbie


Name: Mother of PFC Jehrimiah Meadows
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 03:27:08 PM

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To All.... I spoke with the FAC and the wonderful lady told me that they are planning a GIANT party for our soldiers on March 13th. There will be tons of food LOTS of Entertainment..... A real big shindig.... THANKS AGAIN TO OUR TROOPS GOD HAS ANSWERED THE PRAYERS. Now maybe the Guardian angels can get some rest too.


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 02:58:07 PM

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WE JUST GOT OUR CALL--OUR SOLDIER IS IN ITALY, OUT OF HARMS WAY. WE ARE SO VERY GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE---YOUR SONS, HUSBANDS AND FATHERS ARE TRUE HEROS...THANK YOU TO ONE AND ALL. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO GAVE ALL, AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL AND HONORED THAT OUR SON SERVED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE WITH WHE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE. THE GRAFTON FAMILY


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 02:38:08 PM

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Homecoming article in Stars and Stripes. http://tinyurl.com/3b77x


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 02:36:15 PM

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Hi, my man was in the convoy.He is in 1/508 A.Co. and trust me everybody is doing good, working a lot and they'll be home in few days!!!


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 12:57:33 PM

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i would assume the 319th would deploy with whomever they were attached with during the deployment???


Name: Elisa Roe, proud grandmother of Spc. Marty Clayton
Email: russ4elisa@aol.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 12:55:16 PM

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First of all I want to thank Mr. Bradley for this site. It has helped so much to have a place to find out what is going on. God bless you Mr. Bradley! Next I want to thank all of our Sky Soldiers for a wonderful job and to praise God for bringing you all back safely. And to my Marty, I wish I was there to give you a big hug and kiss when you get there. We are all so very proud of you! I love you so very much, honey, this has been the longest 11 months of my life, but, I praise the Lord for answering my prayers. We can't wait to see you and to get to meet Alex. I also want to thank the Italian people for being kind and good to you all, and especially Alex for loving you. For the families that lost their loved ones, please know that you are in my prayers and am so very proud of your loved ones and what they have done for our country. May God bless you and sustain you always. Marty, if you read this please know that I am on pins and needles till I hear from you. I love you . God bless you. A very, very, proud Grandmother


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 12:54:58 PM

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ANY NEWS ON 319TH??


Name: jedi
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 12:52:26 PM

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Love you Dad! See you next week!


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 12:21:51 PM

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I'm waiting to hear from my soldier in Able Co. 2nd 503rd.....has anyone heard from any of these guys???


Name: Marilyn Lindberg
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:49:25 AM

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Welcome Home 173rd Airborne...We are so proud to be part of your family and so very relieved that you are back in Italy. We can't wait for you to start arriving in the states. I hope you know how many people have asked me to express appreciation to my son, Michael Lindberg, and every member of the 173rd. You are truly American Heroes. Stay safe in Italy, watch over each other as you have been doing for the past 11 months, and get some well deserved rest. We are all saying a prayer of thanks for your safe return. Our guardian angels have done a remarkable job. Hurry home to Hoffman Estates, Michael. Can't wait to watch basketball and baseball with you like we used to. All my love, Mom


Name: Ken LaBriola
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:46:26 AM

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Just got a call from My nephew.......HE's back in Italy. He's with the C Co. 2/503. Finally great news. I'm sure everyone else will finally hear something. He said they have been busy since they got in. God Bless everyone and the 173rd.


Name: John Mccann
Email: John.mccann@mail.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:31:01 AM

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Yes C,co.2/503 is back and Carson Smith has called his Mother. Also, Andi welcomed back 12 busloads of the 503. Just hang in there as best you can. It is almost over. Welcome back you wounderful SKY SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are all grateful. Hooty man!!!!!!!!!!!!! WElcome back. Julie, Katie,Jenny,Izzy and KatieS can't wait to hug you!!!!!!!!!!! Patti is on cloud 9


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:25:38 AM

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I don't get it. The DOD and Defend America sites had numerous articles and photos when the 101st left Iraq. Where are they now?


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:17:51 AM

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Does anyone know if the "c" Co. 2/503 is back.


Name: Ami Zipp- Proud Sister of CPL. Soloman Garcia
Email: azipp@swandolphin.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 11:05:31 AM

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Welcom home! I'm so glad that the 173rd is getting back on Italian soil. Little brother, you are always in my heart and thoughts. I wish that I was there to welcome you and the rest of the 173rd back, but we'll see each other soon. I am so proud of you and the other members of the 173rd. Julia sends a big hug to her favorite uncle. She can't wait to spend more time with you. I'M SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE BACK! Love, Ami


Name: A very happy gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:32:26 AM

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My grandson called at 4a.m and he is in Italy at last!!!! He said they got pushed back a day. He's 1-508 Bravo Co. What a wonderful wake up call that was.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:23:15 AM

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Just for info - our son returned on the FIRST bus on Thursday and we got a call from him about 3 PM Eastern Time here in the States. It takes awhile for them to get unloaded, get through the welcoming party, have chow and unwind a bit before they get to a phone. It is only 4 PM over there and they are still unloading and getting settled in the barracks - you will hear soon. I won't tell ya to be patient - cause that ain't gonna happen!! But they will call soon.


Name: Jennifer Daniels
Email: Jennifer_Daniels@s-and-s.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:14:02 AM

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If anyone know the wheare abouts of Spc William Daniels of the 2/503 his family is wondering if he is safe in Vicenza yet? PLEASE if he is there and you see him, have him call home!!! We love and miss him tons!!!! I can't wait to give you a HUGE HUG & KISS!!! Welcome back Sky Soldiers you are all AWESOME!!! Love, YOUR OTHER MOM


Name: Deborah
Email: dretlewski@senate.michigan.gov
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 10:03:01 AM

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To Spc. Brandon Cline HHC 2/503: I just talked to the Family Assistance Center in Italy. I was informed that your name was on the manifest of soldiers returning today to Vicenza. WELCOME HOME, BUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy and so relieved and I couldn't be more proud of you. Everyone here is excited to know that you are back on safe soil!!!!! It's time to celebrate -- can't wait to see you!!!! Call as soon as you can. With lots and lots of hugs and kisses, and a gigantic prayer of thanksgiving. Mom


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:54:30 AM

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Last night I heard a car door slam shut in the middle of the night. Only this time I didn't get the gutretching feeling for tne next few minutes. I didn't get up and look out the window. I simply rolled over and fell back asleep.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:51:30 AM

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Does anyone know if the "c" Co. 2/503 is back.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:50:43 AM

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Does anyone know if the "c" Co. 2/503 is back.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:42:19 AM

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Welcome back 173rd!!!! Will the soldiers traveling with the convoy also have a big welcome and a party when they return? Please keep those of us still waiting for word that our soldier has returned updated on the progress of the convoy.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 09:03:42 AM

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My son is in C/508 and returned Thursday. The only ones from C/508 not back yet are on the convoy, I believe.


Name: Sally Feuerberg
Email: sfeuerberg@kohlerronan.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:58:32 AM

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Welcome home 173rd! We love you! Thanks "demo guys"!


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:50:02 AM

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does anyone know any info on the 1/508 c co.??????


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:43:39 AM

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Does anyone know if the "c" Co. 2/503 is back.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:41:01 AM

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Not all the soldiers are back just yet.......Please continue to pray for the soldiers not home yet...my son in law with the 501st FSC is still in Iraq driving back to Kuwait in another convoy....He wont get to Kuwait until tomorrow...just spoke with my daughter. Thanks be to GOd they have cover to protect them on their way back.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:29:41 AM

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Has there been any word on 319th??? There are so many still anxiously waiting!


Name: Anna
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:21:54 AM

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Does anybody knows if 1/508 C. is ALREADY BACK? Thanks. Anna.


Name: Marika
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:20:43 AM

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My boyfriend is came back yesterday....he is 508 A. C. I M SO HAPPY.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:19:42 AM

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is 503 HHC SCOUTS HERE IN VICENZA?


Name: LTC (R) Mark & Yvonne Brannen
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 08:01:04 AM

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Welcome Home Sky Soldiers - we are so relieved that you are back in Italy and that your colleagues with the convoy are safely out of Iraq and will be home shortly. Our sincere thanks to all of those in Italy that have kept us up to date with activities over these last 11 months. Particularly Andi -- we will never be able to repay you for what you have done for us and our soldiers. We also want to remember those whose sons have not returned and know that during this time of joy for us, that you are sharing our excitement while mourning your loss. As I told Jessica yesterday - without your sons'/brothers' sacrifices, and other soldiers before, our nation would just be a country with a flag. But we are the USA with the Stars & Stripes because of the men and women we have lost. We will never forget them, even while we celebrate the return of our loved ones. May God Bless you All --- Mark & Von


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 06:48:24 AM

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i couldnt believe my ears when my friend PFC PHILIP GRANT called me to say he was "home" here in vicenza, as well as i couldnt believe my eyes when he appeared right in front of me under the raindrops!!! ANd well, he said he saw snow for the first time! I thank everybody the master of this website, all the people posting and of course all the soldiers! it's like heaven! ^_^*


Name: dagmar young
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 06:46:23 AM

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I JUST CALLED ITALY MY SON IS IN BATTLE COMPANY 2/503 HE IS BACK!!! WELCOME HOME TO ALL ARE SKYSOLDIERS WE LOVE YOU!!!


Name: Susan
Email: jojokahn@torchlake.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 06:33:55 AM

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Andi, Thanks for letting me listen to the excitment on base. Not the same as being there for it but it was wonderful.....Everyone needs to know that our soldiers were greeted very well! I can't thank you enough for everything. To the guys of the 173rd Airborne: WELCOME HOME GUYS!!!!!!!!!! SEE YA SOON!


Name: Andi
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 06:27:59 AM

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I just got back from greeting 12 busloads of 503rd soldiers!!!! YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 05:21:03 AM

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has anyone heard from any soldier in the 319th? any info would be much appreciated


Name: Adrienne Patti
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 01:59:25 AM

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if any of you soldiers ever need someone back home to send you stuff, or just to talk to. i'm here. and if you know anyone that needs that too, i'd be more than happy to write to them/you. if i could i'd drop everything in my life (College....) and write to ALL of the soldiers over there if i could. i support you and stand beside you all 200%. you can e-mail me, yahoo messenger, or AOL messenger (grlgtrplayer2) if you want to get a hold of me. God Bless. Don't ever hesitate to drop me a line... i LOVE you guys/gals with ALL of my heart and soul, even the lonely soldiers...i think i might love them more ;). kidding, i love you all the same!


Name: Sam Frye
Email: samfrye001@msn.com
Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 01:50:06 AM

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Received a phone call from my son, PFC Jeremy Frye 1st/508th, from a club somewhere in Vicenza last night. He said the guys were "lovin' life" and "livin' large" after arriving at Aviano and having been taken by bus to Vicenza. Thank God they arrived safe.


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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 01:30:08 AM

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I don't think there was any rhyme or reason how they selected those for the convoy. Our son didn't get leave, but he is the usual driver for their squad. I also know he didn't mind being in the convoy; he kind of looked at it like it was an adventure, so he may have volunteered. At least he doesn't have to take the ship back, which takes another three weeks. When they were making plans to leave in December, he was chosen to take the ship back with the equipment. I have no idea if any soldiers are taking the ship back this time.


Name: Joan Winkler
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Date: Friday February 20, 2004
Time: 12:24:48 AM

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To SPC. Michael Lindberg and all the Sky Soldiers. WELCOME HOME!! You have done a truly remarkable job from the moment you jumped into Iraq and throughout the past year. Your are an amazing group of soldiers! God Bless each and every one of you. Thank you for making the world a safer place for all of us. Love, Aunt Joan


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:42:58 PM

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To all of you who are wondering if your soldier is in Kuwait waiting to ship the equipment, I'm not sure how they were selected, but I have a feeling that it is mostly soldiers that received leave during the deployment in Iraq. My boyfriend JEFF KUPISCH, HHC 2-503, didn't come out and say this directly, but implied that since he had gotten leave over Christmas he would be one of the group responsible for loading equipment. However, I haven't heard from him recently so I could be completely wrong. Hope this info helps some of you.


Name: Mom Of Sky Soldier PFC JEHRIMIAH MEADOWS
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:42:09 PM

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HERE HERE!!! YES ALL OF OUR PRAYERS have been answered. I am a fortunate mother who only had to pray for her sons safety for 6 weeks. I am so proud of our sons and daughters.I wish I could be in Vecenzia when they return. Does anyone one know if the ENTIRE 173rd are getting the 30 days leave. I know my son has not been over there as long as some of yours. WELCOME HOME AMERICANS!!!!!!! I will keep praying for all who are still in IRAQ


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:34:27 PM

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WELCOME HOME SKY SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on a job well done. You are my heroes. Now I wish for you to go to see your families soon!!! I know everyone will be waiting with open arms. I know that you will be quite busy now, but be sure to take time out to relax and enjoy your life in safety. I wish you all the best. To the 501st FSC - a special welcome home to you!!! To SGT Ski's platoon, I have sent your special yellow ribbons to 1SGT Boehm, he will see that you get them from me. Thank you for caring about me. Love to you all.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:31:29 PM

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WELCOME HOME SKY SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on a job well done. You are my heroes. Now I wish for you to go to see your families soon!!! I know everyone will be waiting with open arms. I know that you will be quite busy now, but be sure to take time out to relax and enjoy your life in safety. I wish you all the best. To the 501st FSC - a special welcome home to you!!! To SGT Ski's platoon, I have sent your special yellow ribbons to 1SGT Boehm, he will see that you get them from me. Thank you for caring about me. Love to you all.


Name: pfc copeland's mom and dad
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:19:55 PM

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Does anyone know how the soldiers chosen for the convoy were selected? We were just wondering. Thank god that they are all finally on there way home. God bless them all!!


Name: sfc. rene hernandez
Email: rene.hernandez@usarec.army.mil
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 09:47:16 PM

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ALL THE WAITING ALL THE PRAYING ALL THE WISHING HAS FINALLY PAID OFF WELCOME HOME SKY SOLDIERS JOB WELL DONE


Name: SFC RENE HERNANDEZ
Email: RENE.HERNANDEZ@USAREC.ARMY.MIL
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:55:46 PM

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TO THE LONELY SKY SOLDIER MY NANE IS RENE HERNANDEZ MY NEPHEW IS SPC ROBERTO FERNANDEZ III HIS WITH ACO, 2/503 I WILL BE ARRIVING IN VICENZA NEXT FRIDAY AND I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU AND GIVE YOU A BIG HUG AND AT THE SAME TIME INVITED TO GO OUT WITH US FOR DINNER AND TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOU ALL AMERICAN SOLDIER'S ARE APPRECIATED SO PLEASE PLEASE WRITE ME A EMAIL WITH YOUR NAME AND UNIT SO I CAN LOOK FOR YOU RENE.HERNANDEZ@USAREC.ARMY.MIL PLEASE EMAIL ME THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU ALL WELCOME HOME


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:24:13 PM

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afneurope.net.....sorry I think I misspelled the name.


Name: The Barbrick Coast
Email: www.barbrickcoast.us
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:10:03 PM

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Questo il suo babbo parla. Adesso che lei sono sul suolo italiano, ci siamo figurati che lei amerebbe per sentire una lingua diversa per cambiare. L'amiamo. Chiamare quando lei pu. Vederlo alla casa. (This is your dad talking. Now that you are on Italian soil, we figured that you would like to hear a different language for a change. We love you. Call when you can. See you at home.)Praise God.


Name: Nana, Bubba,and Bobo
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:09:04 PM

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Hey Matthews....if you see this.. welcome home Bud. I've been glued to this site all day for the last 3 days. Thank you to you and to all the 173rd. No one could have ever imagined the sacrifice you would be making. Take your time, be safe, and most of all... thank you God. We love you and look forward to hearing from you, seeing you and giving you a great big hug....we love you.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:06:25 PM

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Check out afneuruope.net and click on the Vicenza link..there is a homecoming video story showing some of the 173rd just getting back to Italy. A soldier named Deaza was interviewed.


Name: SFC and Mrs. Alfred Swartz
Email: swartzrn@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 07:54:34 PM

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Welcome home to the 173rd!! You've been in our prayers and thoughts since you left and we are happy that many of you are home. To those of you that haven't returned, God bless you and praying for a speedy return! Al and Julie Swartz


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 07:31:19 PM

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To the lonely Sky Soldier...I wish I were there to give you a big hug...unfortunately I can't be in Italy when my son finally arrives after traveling with the convoy to Kuwait...I hope someone will be there to welcome him and all the other soldiers back to Italy with a big hug...when you get back in the states stop by in Houston Texas for a really big welcome home hug!!!!!


Name: Jessica Hebert proud sister of SPC. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 07:16:09 PM

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To that single Sky Soldier~ I send you my love and a huge hug! I would be happy to wish you a big welcome back hug! If I were there I would...unfortunately I won't be there until June. I will be that someone that welcome's you home.. WELCOME HOME SKY SOLDIER....= ) Jessica Hebert


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 07:11:18 PM

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To the Sky Soldiers who have returned: WELCOME HOME!!! Words cannot express my happiness for you and my gratitude for your sacrifices. THANK YOU! Enjoy being back in Italy... To the rest of the Sky Soldiers: You are almost done! We are all still thinking of you and will be praying for you until your feet are back on Italian/American soil. Be safe!


Name: Marilyn Lindberg
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 07:04:30 PM

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When I heard that some of our guys were back in Italy and the convoy was in Kuwait I was overwhelmed. I can't explain the feelings I had thinking my son may be out of Iraq. I can only imagine how our Sky Soldiers must feel. My son Michael was supposed to be part of the convoy, but that had changed a few times. We haven't heard from him this week at all and have been wondering if he is on his way home. Michael, if you see this please remember that we are all so very proud of you and everything that you have done this past year. You are our hero. We can't wait to see you again. Cody says hey. Maybe you will be home after all for opening day at Wrigley. All our love, Mom, Dad, Cody, Cuff & Christine


Name: Danielle
Email: dgaudiosi@cfl.rr.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:55:40 PM

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Uncle Garrett, we have all waited a long time for this wonderful news. Can't wait to see you home or in Italy, maybe both. Been talking to mom and our brother...going down the phone list. This has been the best news. All our love goes out to you. To all of the 173rd thankyou for what youve done and what you've given. You will always be remembered. A tribute was done by your oldest nephew dedicated to the 173rd and shown at school. Im so excited I cant even type a proper sentence. LOL....woooooohoooooooooo so glad the 173rd is coming home.


Name: Terry
Email: melitatatta@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:52:04 PM

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My son was part of the convoy out of Iraq. I have been holding my breath waiting for any news of their safe arrival in Kuwait. I want to thank all our soldiers who have given so much this past year. My prayers go out to all of you! To my son - Danny I'm so proud of you! You promised you'd return safely and as always you kept your word! I love you always!


Name: Penny
Email: plh10462@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:37:57 PM

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To the lonely soldier....Even though you may not have someone in Italy to tell you how much they love you "face to face", just know that YOU are loved, and are very much appreciated for all that you have done for your country!! If I could be there to greet ALL of you when you return, I would....I have a nephew with the 173rd, and I live with his mom who is very anxious to hear from him and see him when he gets his leave....I hope you are able to go home and visit your family as well, wherever they may be.....If you need someone to talk to because you do not have anyone, please feel free to email me....I am a great listener! I hope this email gives you a little more comfort in knowing that there are people out there who really do care about our men and women serving in all the armed forces and that we pray daily for everyone's safe return home....God Bless & Thank You For Your Sacrifice!!


Name: To the lonely soldier
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:26:26 PM

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You are so loved and appreciated!!! You have made some sacrifices and those will never be forgotten. You take care of yourself and I hope happiness and love finds it way into your life always!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:25:39 PM

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Some guys are still in Kuwait and doing fine.I've heard one of them tonight and they will be home in few days. Don't worry!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:19:52 PM

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a lonely soldier I'm a returning 173rd solider. i would like to thank all of those out there who have supported us though this rough year. It makes me and all the rest of the 173d feel more appreciated and honored to fight for our country and defend our nation.most of the hard fighting soldiers returning home have a beautiful face to come home to. others will have beautiful children all grown up welcoming them home. But some of us are not as fortunate as others.many of us have not had the pleasure to get around to meet the lovely women of Italy. So when we come back all we have to look forward to is no one. After reading the story of the italian girl who feel madly in love with some one from the 173d;(no this is not your man writing to you) you may have your man but there are other soliders making the ultimate sacrifice of leaving everyone,and everything he ever loved and held dear to him back in America. No one to tell him how much he is loved by someone else; face to face. no one to hold close and tell them how much he loves them. this is not an attempt to get dates for myself of anybody else. it's more of educating you on the live of the sinlge sky soldiers. To my fellow Sky Soldiers we made it if you are with your partner keep them close to you cause you never know.


Name: LEONARD ENGLE
Email: LIENGLE@CABLEONE.NET
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:13:00 PM

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STEPH, Some of the guys want to suprise their families, so please don't ruin it for him. You will be elated to see your brother.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:07:27 PM

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Some guys are still in Kuwait and doing fine.I've heard one of them tonight and they will be home in few days. Don't worry!


Name: Steph
Email: sarcky1508@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:03:46 PM

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How did everyone hear of the news that the guys were going back to Italy? My brother is in the 1/508 and i havent heard of any information. Is this official word? Any info would be much appreciated! Thanks!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 05:57:36 PM

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I can't believe this is all really happening!!! Finally! There seems to be some confusion about where the rest of our soldiers are. All of the 173rd is in Kuwait waiting to come home?


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:57:34 PM

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We didn't know where everyone else was, but apparently from Ms. Baker's note they are in Kirkuk waiting for their flight tomorrow. Thought that was supposed to be a secret. Guess not. But they are safe on the airbase and will be flying back to Vicenza Friday. Everyone else in out of country and safely in Kuwait to ship the equipment.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:51:03 PM

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Does someone have news about the b-co 1-508?


Name: Cathy Baker, proud mom of 1LT Jon Baker, CSC
Email: catybaker@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:19:11 PM

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As a matter of fact, all of the 173rd is NOT out of Iraq. My son Emailed this AM and he is still on base in Kirkuk. This may or may not apply to the rest of CSC ALOC. Please still keep a good thought and prayer until they are all out of there.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:05:40 PM

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Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:42:33 PM

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My brother is a member of the 503-B company, and we aren't sure if he was on the convoy or not. Does anyone know if those who were not on the convoy have left Iraq?


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:32:55 PM

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I heard from my boyfriend hyes in kuwait,everybodys fine


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:30:15 PM

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TO THE GIRL THAT WROTE ABOUT THE CONVOY...IN WHAT COMPANY YOUR BOYFRIEND IS?WHATS IS NAME?


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:22:06 PM

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FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE UPDATES. GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND THE FAMILIES.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:17:37 PM

News

Our son also said they would be in Kuwait about two weeks, which would mean they would return to Italy sometime the first week in March.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:16:08 PM

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So the ENTIRE 173rd will be home in early March? Not just A, B, and C? My boyfriend is in D Battery, does anyone know about them? Any information would be greatly appreciated, it's been a long time since I've heard from him.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:07:12 PM

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My boyfriend is one of those the "convoy" in Kuwait.His company is back today and told me that he'll back early march,so more than a week.does somebody had received yet a phone call from this guys??somebody know where there are?thanks


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 02:58:18 PM

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The convoy is safely out of Iraq. We don't know where the 503rd is waiting for their flights tomorrow, but we know they are somewhere safe. The convoy was the last scary part of this mission and they arrived in Kuwait safely --- that is great news.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 02:57:45 PM

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Thank you for posting the word on the convoy...my son was one of the soldiers selected to go. It is wonderful to know that they are safely there with just one more step to go! WELCOME BACK TO ALL OF THE 173RD...JOB WELL DONE!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 02:53:44 PM

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so is it true??? is everyone out of iraq, even the ones that got selected to ship the equipment?


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 02:37:18 PM

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The "convoy" troops were those from each of the units that were selected to take the vehicles and equipment to Kuwait to the port so that they can be loaded on ships for the return to Italy. When the equipment is cleaned and packed onto the ships,then those troops will fly from Kuwait to Vicenza -- maybe in a week or so! We don't know who was on the convoy, but if your boyfriend was not on the convoy he should be back in Italy today or tomorrow. At least we know they are all out of Iraq safely and on the way home...


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 02:32:58 PM

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I just got a call from our son back in Italy (C/508 IN) and he said the convoy reached Kuwait yesterday safely. Everyone is out of Iraq and on the way home!! They will be able to depart for block leave on March 14 (Sunday) and will have 30 days leave in the States or whereever they want to go. Many are planning to stop in New York to see the WTC site on their way home --- great idea! So for those of you with members on the convoy, rest assured they are safe and we will continue to think of them until they can all return to Vicenza.


Name: Sonia Zawadski
Email: szawadski@law.pace.edu
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 02:10:15 PM

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WELCOME BACK!!! Thank you all for your service, dedication, and sacrifice. Your efforts, and those of the troops still in Iraq, will never be forgotten and will always be appreciated. Alex, I love you and can't wait for you arrive home safely, too...Hang in...Not much longer now:) The 173rd Rocks!! Very Proud Sister of a Sky Soldier.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:54:08 PM

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The Soldiers going to Kuwait should be there by now. They may not have access to phones yet and I've heard the lines are extremely long.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:34:28 PM

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The weather in Vicenza is not so good: now is raining, it is very cold and maybe will snow.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:32:56 PM

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Is the HHC 2-503 in Kuwait right now? Thank you!


Name:
Email: samloupet@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:32:55 PM

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Just wanted to let you all know that we have had our phone call within the last hour from Italy. He sounded great and was very happy to be there.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:32:04 PM

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By "convoy" you mean what? I only know the unit my boyfriend is in and that's all. I'm kind of naive to everything else. He's in the 319 FA.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:28:06 PM

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Most of the 508th was coming home today and most of the 503rd will be coming home tomorrow. The "convoy" troops that were taking the equipment to Kuwait will be home next week sometime.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:18:55 PM

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I know we aren't supposed to ask and dates are not to be given but what unit is in the next rotation home???


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 01:15:57 PM

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Its rainy and cold in Vicenza today, with a chance of snow later today and tomorrow -- according to the Weather Channel. Not a pretty day, but I don't think our guys care!! The last word was that Block Leave would start about March 15 for 30 days ---- they have to get their finances, personnel, medical checks, etc. done first. And the convoy guys won't be back for another week, so we have to continue to pray and pull them home safely too!


Name: Very relieved parent of a Sky Soldier
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:39:42 PM

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Thank you God for taking care of my son and the other soldiers arriving safely back in Italy after what had to be the worst year of our lives. It will be nice to finally sleep more than a couple of hours a night. What a relief!!


Name: dedegirl
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:29:12 PM

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WELCOME BACK 173RD!!!!!!!! You guys are all awesome!!! PFC Redfield II, D.A., if you are one of the ones that came back today, I LOVE YOU SON!!!!!!!!!!


Name: a girlfriend
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:28:35 PM

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what about the 319th? are they in kuwait now?


Name: Sam Edwards mother of Josh Edwards (AC02/503rd)
Email: smedward@duke-energy.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:27:11 PM

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I'm reading these emails and crying, trying to work, and stay focused !!!!GOD BLESS YOU MR.BRADLEY!!! You have kept us from insanity ! I'll be waiting for my call..anyone know what the weather is like in Vicenza? Does anyone know-will all the 173rd get leave at the same time?


Name: Sam Edwards mother of Josh Edwards (AC02/503rd)
Email: smedward@duke-energy.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:21:27 PM

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Name: Scott Chamley
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:10:27 PM

News

Does anyone have news of the 319th?


Name: Janet
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:06:01 PM

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It really is happening!!!!!!!!I just received an email from my son. He got back to Italy today 1:00 p.m. Italy time. He is in the 74th.


Name: LTC (R) Mark A. & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:45:53 AM

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You're right Kathy - they told us the same thing. But with a couple of thousand soldiers coming home, it is pretty hectic back there. They did tell my wife that the soldiers would be able to call home as soon as they got to Vicenza, we were told yesterday that the cell phones are working, so a phone call should be coming soon. As soon as they get their cake, a beer and some hugs from all the family and friends in the local area. Just thank God they are out of Iraq and safe.


Name: TO: CSC-ALOC FAMILIES, FRG or whoever else can answer this?
Email: FROM: ANXIOUS FOLKS BACK IN THE STATES!
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:43:02 AM

News

Oh where oh where is CSC-ALOC---Oh Where Oh Where Could They BE? Any word on the arrival of CSC-ALOC Soldiers would be greatly appreciated.


Name: TO: CSC-ALOC FAMILIES, FRG or whoever else can answer this?
Email: FROM: ANXIOUS FOLKS BACK IN THE STATES!
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:42:25 AM

News

Oh where oh where is CSC-ALOC---Oh Where Oh Where Could They BE? Any word on the arrival of CSC-ALOC Soldiers would be greatly appreciated.


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:40:30 AM

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WELCOME HOME 173RD.........Spoke to PFC Nathan Garcia this morning. He sounded great. Thank-you Mr. Bradley for doing a fantastic job with this website. Now lets get our soldiers home on leave. Arlene


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:29:14 AM

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Welcome home guys! I'm sorry the weather is so bad, but I think you don't care! My man is in the 1/508th A. Co. HQ Plt, does anybody know anything about this comapny return? Thank you!


Name: Rachael Hughes, SGT Shane Wilson's, A CO 1/508, Proud Mama!
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:09:22 AM

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU......from all of us back in the States, this website has been a godsend! I haven't heard from my son yet and am PRAYING that he's back.....just reading that the 6 busloads of 508 arrived has me walking on air! If Shane is one of them, someone PLEASE find him and give him the biggest hug you can muster and let him know there are plenty more waiting for him in Southern California....CALL YOUR MOM! God Bless you Mr. Bradley, you have truly helped to preserve our sanity during this entire deployment. We won't forget our troops, nor their replacements......I promise to adopt a soldier and will continue to send support and packages! I challenge every other Mom to do the same.....GO AIRBORNE, AND GOD BLESS THE 173RD!!!


Name: Kathy Hayfield, mother of PFC Jeremy Frye B-1/508
Email: dctc@dnet.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:07:52 AM

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Mark - thank you...I also got right through, but couldn't get any information from the FAC yet as they didn't have a manifest of who's there or not yet. Their advice was to simply wait for the call from my son!


Name: Kathy Hayfield, mother of PFC Jeremy Frye B-1/508
Email: dctc@dnet.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:05:41 AM

News

We're still having difficulty figuring out the telephone number to the FAC in Vicenza. Could someone give it to us...all of the numbers together. Anxious in North Carolina!!! Thank you!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:04:25 AM

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Thanks for the number Mark, I got right thru. Thanks again. Great job 173rd


Name: Kathy Hayfield, mother of PFC Jeremy Frye B-1/508
Email: dctc@dnet.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:01:51 AM

News

We're still having difficulty figuring out the telephone number to the FAC in Vicenza. Could someone give it to us...all of the numbers together. Anxious in North Carolina!!! Thank you!!!!


Name: Kathy Hayfield, mother of PFC Jeremy Frye B-1/508
Email: dctc@dnet.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 11:01:23 AM

News

We're still having difficulty figuring out the telephone number to the FAC in Vicenza. Could someone give it to us...all of the numbers together. Anxious in North Carolina!!! Thank you!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:50:33 AM

News

Al -- Andi published a number for the Family Assistance Center this morning and it is 01139-0444-71-7500 -- She said they had recently had phones switched over and were having a few problems, but the number works. If its like Mothers Day in the States, I bet the circuits might just be overloaded. Mark


Name: Dianne Massey, Mom of PFC Josh Blaney
Email: dmassey@smithandstevenson.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:45:22 AM

News

WELCOME HOME SKY SOLDIERS!!! THANKS TO YOU ALL FOR YOUR SACRAFICES AND HARD WORK!!! JOB WELL DONE!!


Name: Lis
Email: lis67@freemail.it
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:32:51 AM

News

To Al Schlothauer or anybody else interested: To call Italy you have to dial International code 0039 Vicenza area code is 0444.


Name: Lis
Email: lis67@freemail.it
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:29:18 AM

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To Al or anybody else interested International code to all Italy is 0039. 0444 is Vicenza area code.


Name: W. Linderman
Email: LeftyLindy @aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:24:07 AM

News

Welcome home SPC. Robert Linderman 2/503. Well done. Thank you and your fellow 173rd Soldiers.


Name: JIM YOUNG JR
Email: gaump@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:16:02 AM

News

DJ CROSS WELCOME BACK TO ITALY,THANK YOU AND ALL OTHERS FOR OUR FREEDOM AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY!GOD BLESS YOU AND AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JIM JR.


Name: JIM YOUNG JR
Email: gaump@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:14:59 AM

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DJ WELCOME BACK TO ITALY,THANK YOU AND ALL OTHERS FOR OUR FREEDOM AND PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY!GOD BLESS YOU AND AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JIM JR.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 10:08:12 AM

News

Tried the 011 number-Italian lady said changed to 044 number-anyone know the answer? Thanks


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 09:56:20 AM

News

Please help me. Does anyone know if the 2-503 HHC is coming back tomorrow? Thank you!


Name: Kristina(germany)
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 09:48:09 AM

News

For my Honey Jason Leslie I want you to know that I`m always thinking aubaut you and waiting for your return to germany. I hope you are safe and warm and thinking on me,of course!You`re always in my heart. i love you and i miss you very much. I`m always Pray for you Jason. Love always yours Kristina ja tebja lbl


Name: Al Schlothauer, Proud Father of Sgt Dan Schlothauer, B Co 1/508
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 09:41:13 AM

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HOOOOAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!! 173rd. WELCOME HOME GOD BLESS AMERICA for MEN AND WOMEN LIKE YOU. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 09:25:27 AM

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Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 09:03:10 AM

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WELCOME HOME TO ALL IN THE 508TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR HEROISM IS APPRECIATED MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW! THANK YOU. THE GRAFTON FAMILY


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:23:10 AM

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Wow, a whole year has almost gone by...Thank you Mr. Bradley for this site! It has educated me on the whole army mom thing..even though I am an IN LAW, I still felt the same fear and anguish for him and my daughter! The thought of her becoming a war widow at 19 was too much for me to fathom! Thanks for all the great support everyone..do you know how fortunate we are to have group support and access to say hi to the soldiers? What our parents must have gone thru during past wars before computers and cell phones!!! I cant put into words my feelings for the families that have lost their sons...God Bless you...I hope you have made some comforting friendships to sustain you thru the years. I have adopted a soldier who has just arrived in Iraq...lets not forget the replacments...they are going to need love and support too. Go to www.operationsandbox.com for adopting a soldier or a platoon. HOOAH!! Thank you GOd for bringing them home! We love you 173rd!


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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:13:12 AM

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AFN Europe will broadcast a special presentation of "Frontline" Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. Central European Time. The military program features the northern Iraq mission of the Southern European Task Force's 173rd Airborne Brigade from Vicenza, Italy. CBS' "60 Minutes," normally seen at that time, will move to the AFN News channel.


Name: an italian worried heart
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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:09:27 AM

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I cannot resist: my heart was stolen by a guy who deployed in Iraq last year, he's a sweet guy, a great friend and a fantastic young man. I've been losing my sleep at night, crying, worrying, going crazy for the past months. He's my first thought in the morning, and my last prayer at night. The only thing I am guilty of is that I am not brave enough to tell him that I love him because I am too scared. And onther thing I am guilty of is that I wish him to have the best in his life because he really deserves everything, no matters if I'l be part of it or not. I am guilty of this long, endless wait, I am guilty of waiting for him and dating nobody else, and I am guilty of refusing any other guy. I am very guilty, because I am a young, interesting, educated and attractive lady and I am aware I could be wasting my time waiting for this guy but no matters, for a person like him it'll be time well spent. Please, from the buttom of my heart, I guess many other young italian girls are guilty of the same things I am, just as many american ones ... I ask your respect, your human respect, not your "english-speaking" one. Feelings are feelings all around the world and it's not fair to hurt people's feelings for free.


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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:09:03 AM

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WELCOME HOME!!!!!


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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 08:08:32 AM

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AFN Europe will broadcast a special presentation of "Frontline" Monday, February 23 at 7 p.m. Central European Time. The military program features the northern Iraq mission of the Southern European Task Force's 173rd Airborne Brigade from Vicenza, Italy. CBS' "60 Minutes," normally seen at that time, will move to the AFN News channel.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:46:47 AM

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YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Welcome Home Skysoldiers!


Name: another number to call
Email: Sue
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:23:50 AM

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I don't have a land line...use a cell...had to use my calling card and the full number below... (01139) 0444-71-7500


Name: Sue
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:07:31 AM

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Thanks Andi!! I called FAC in Italy....my son was on one of those buses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Andi
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 06:01:57 AM

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I just got back from welcoming the first 6 bus loads of soldiers from the 508th!!!!! More to follow!!!


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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 05:14:36 AM

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Name: Kristina
Email: www.Krissy@hae.de
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 05:04:40 AM

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Hi Jason Leslie. haw are you?please cal me naw or reigt me.i miss jou


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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 05:00:28 AM

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Email: brendaherst@aol.com Proud Mom of Spc Jon Herst C co 1/508
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:43:52 AM

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Friends, At this time, all I am is greatful that some of our guys are in Kuwait and the rest are leaving for Italy. Thank God it is almost over for the 173rd. Nothing else matters except the safety of our loved ones. Mr Bradley, my husband and I appreciate your efforts with this website. For weeks at a time, we did not hear from our son but through your website, we connected with other families who were going through the same thing. This common spirit held us together. Although most of us will never meet, the constant support and encouragement will never be forgotten. Going to the website each morning gave us hope that everything would be ok, and knowing that other families were going through the same feelings encouraged us to be optimistic. This wonderful time is tarnished with the loss of some fine young people. To the families of the fallen heroes, our prayers and respect go to you for the ultimate sacrifice your soldier and family gave. Again Mr Bradley, thanks for keeping us together. Best regards to all.


Name: SFC RENE HERNANDEZ
Email: RENE.HERNANDEZ@USAREC.ARMY.MIL
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:41:06 AM

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WELCOME HOME !!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE TO SPC. ROBERTO FERNANDEZ III I'M SO PROUD OF YOU YOUR UNCLE SFC HERNANDEZ I'LL SEE YOU NEXT WEEK IN VICENZA LOVE YOU


Name: SFC RENE HERNANDEZ
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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 04:38:13 AM

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Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 03:33:45 AM

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hey boys...in vicenza the wether today's very bad:it's near to snowing....WELCOME HOME SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Andi
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:52:21 AM

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Hi all! The Family Assistance Center (FAC)here in Vicenza, Italy has a toll free number you can call from the States: 011-800-173-73823. Andi


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Thursday February 19, 2004
Time: 12:25:03 AM

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Its hard to believe that I've made it this long with my boyfriend, JEFF KUPISCH, in Iraq and now that he's almost back the wait to hear from him within the next few days is the most unbearable its been the entire time! I hope that all of you hear from your loved ones very soon.


Name: TO: EVERYONE! INCLUDING SGT. KEVIN R. GLEICH OF HILLIARD OHIO....
Email: FROM: SGT GLEICH's CRAZY PARENTS IN HILLIARD OHIO!
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:49:26 PM

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SGT GLEICH...YOU ARE AN UNK UNK AGAIN... SETH BRIAN MERSNICK WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 18TH 2004 3:20 PM EST...MARQUETTE MICHIGAN (BRRRR!!!)....GET THIS...HE HAS PLENTY OF FAT LAYERS TO PROTECT HIM FROM THE ICY COLD WEATHER...HE WEIGHS IN AT 9LBS AND 21 INCHES TALL!!!! THIS BABY BOY LOOKS 100% LIKE YOUR SISTER...ALL GLEICH...AND ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY ARE DOING WELL!!! NOW THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU!!! ET PHONE HOME...OR DO WE HAVE TO LAY OUT THE REESES PIECES FOR YOU SO YOU CAN FIND IT AGAIN...(JUST KIDDIN') WE LOVE YOU AND ANXIOUSLY AWAIT YOUR PHONE CALL...NEED A TICKET...JUST CALL MOM OR DAD AT BR549 AND WE'LL CALL YOUR UNCLE DANNY THE PILOT FOR PERSONAL ARRANGEMENTS...(RETIRED AIRFORCE GUYS ARE GOOD FOR SOMETHING AYE?). GOD BLESS MR. BRADLEY AND THE 173RD AND ALL FAMILIES...WELCOME BACK GUYS!!!


Name: Gina Wittler
Email: ginawit@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:45:51 PM

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We are so proud of all of the brave soldiers of the 173rd airborne. Job well done guys! Andy, I am so excited to know that you are on your way back to Italy as as I write this. We are counting down the days that we will be able to see you and hug you! 16 months it will be....much too long without seeing you. Everyone is asking about you and praying for your safe return. Love you and miss you much!! See you in 30 days!! Mom and Gina.


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:21:51 PM

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So exciting to think the 503 and 508 are "en route home" -- how wonderful! I assume that means the 319 is behind loading equipment in the port(s) -- where exactly are the port(s) they will be loading the equipment from? In Kuwait or in Turkey?? Just trying to figure out where my son is at this juncture -- he had already told us he would be last out of the 173rd -- I am trying to "place" him -- i.e., are the remainder of the 173rd now in Kuwait?? I realize this may be confidential info -- thank you for all your support and info! a proud and excited mom -- 173rd -- anne in alaska


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 09:03:30 PM

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I was just reading the e-mails below and I was wondering what is it going to happen?! I mean: our 11-month-feelings war is going to finish, our guys are coming back home...well, why are we going to spend these last few days in a dumb verbal fight between girls? it sounds a bit stupid...we MUST be happy 'cause we're counting down the days...we MUST be happy 'cause a new life is going to start...we MUST be f***ing happy 'cause we'll be so lucky to have our beloved ones again in our arms!!! am I wrong???


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 08:35:32 PM

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I'm so happy to hear that some of the 173rd is on it's way home!!! Finally! I'm sorry to those whose families are still not complete and whose soldier is still waiting to return home. Hopefully yours will be in Italy next. To all the brave parents, relatives, friends, and lovers who continue to post here even though your love one is lost...I commend you for your continued commitment, love, and support. In a short time all of our family will be home! Go Airborne!


Name: LeAnne
Email: leanne209@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 07:21:13 PM

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This is to Ranger Herrera in 2/503 I just wanted you to know that I am very proud of you and Love you very much. We miss you and can't wait to see you. I can't wait to start our lives together....


Name: Jeff's Mom - Barb Kupisch
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 06:29:23 PM

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***ATTN: J E F F R E Y***K U P I S C H ***& all the 173rd.. We are so proud of you! JOB WELL DONE! Jeff - call HOME! Thanks to Mr. Bradley for this vital website - it has been a tremendous source of laughter & tears over the past 11 months. We have depended upon it daily! No words can express our gratitude. Now, if someone can just get a hold of my SON - JEFF - and tell him to call home - my week would be complete!! We're still praying for all of you - all the way back home to Italy & the good ol' USA! Safe, sound & 'every whit whole!" Jeff, You're still my F.B.B.!! Love, Mom


Name: Robert& Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 06:16:55 PM

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Thank God, it is about to become reality. My brave soldiers and his friends are coming home. Italy, first and home next. Let's thank Mr. Bradley for making it possible to communicate with our loved ones. Also; keep praying for the families that have lost their loved ones. Let them share in the celebration, whether itbe it be in Italy or American soil. Send them a card or e-mail to show your love. Hurry home my soldier. Everyone is waiting for the big day. Call home and let us know. We are on Spring Break, March 12-22. We are going to Fort Leavenworth to see your military family there. Your sister has landed a job at the prison. Love Mom & Dad


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 05:55:15 PM

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The Family Support Group announced this morning that most of the 508th will return to Vicenza on Thursday (19th) and most of the 503rd will return on Friday (20th). This will be everyone except those that are taking equipment to the ports for shipment - they will be home in about another week. This is great news from Andi (she has been a huge support in Italy) and this is official. I've complained about unofficial notice before, but this is it. Again I thank Mr. Bradley for this outlet and to the Commanders, Officers and Senior NCO's that are bringing our troops home.


Name: Tina
Email: sxyeyes222@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 05:25:15 PM

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Brian...I miss you terribly. Come home soon!


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 04:50:17 PM

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Mr. Bradley, Why don't you just delete all these ignorant messages regarding the relationship between the Italians and the American Soldiers. It is getting out of hand and this is not the forum for such things. Everyone of those persons should be thinking of the safe and swift return of our soldier and all the ones that are still there fighting for the freedom that we have in this country. Our Airborne soldiers will be home soon and what a disgrace it would be to have them read those messages not associated with supporting them or critizing the people that care about them. Enough is enough. As this is a real one man shop I'm sure you will take care of it.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 04:34:36 PM

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Mr. Bradley, Why don't you just delete all these ignorant messages regarding the relationship between the Italians and the American Soldiers. It is getting out of hand and this is not the forum for such things. Everyone of those persons should be thinking of the safe and swift return of our soldier and all the ones that are still there fighting for the freedom that we have in this country. Our Airborne soldiers will be home soon and what a disgrace it would be to have them read those messages not associated with supporting them or critizing the people that care about them. Enough is enough. As this is a real one man shop I'm sure you will take care of it.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 04:27:55 PM

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Mr. Bradley, Why don't you just delete all these ignorant messages regarding the relationship between the Italians and the American Soldiers. It is getting out of hand and this is not the forum for such things. Everyone of those persons should be thinking of the safe and swift return of our soldier and all the ones that are still there fighting for the freedom that we have in this country. Our Airborne soldiers will be home soon and what a disgrace it would be to have them read those messages not associated with supporting them or critizing the people that care about them. Enough is enough. As this is a real one man shop I'm sure you will take care of it.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 04:14:53 PM

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Mr. Bradley, Why don't you just delete all these ignorant messages regarding the relationship between the Italians and the American Soldiers. It is getting out of hand and this is not the forum for such things. Everyone of those persons should be thinking of the safe and swift return of our soldier and all the ones that are still there fighting for the freedom that we have in this country. Our Airborne soldiers will be home soon and what a disgrace it would be to have them read those messages not associated with supporting them or critizing the people that care about them. Enough is enough. As this is a real one man shop I'm sure you will take care of it.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 03:58:16 PM

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THAT "STORY" ABOUT ITALIAN AND AMERICAN IS VERY CHILDISH: IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU START BEING ADULT!


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 03:57:52 PM

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THAT "STORY" ABOUT ITALIAN AND AMERICAN IS VERY CHILDISH: IT WOULD BE BETTER IF YOU START BEING ADULT!


Name: Jennifer Darling
Email: jdarling@bbbscentraltx.org
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 03:40:24 PM

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I miss you terribly but I am so proud of what you are doing. You need to have someone take more pics and post them on the website identifying your name. It's the only way we really can see you. I found a couple and sent them to your mom, granny and grandpa. They were thrilled! I Love YOU and can't wait to see soon! I hear you'll be home briefly in a month so you better make time to see you cousin(s) Stay safe and warm. I love you! Jennifer


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 01:53:28 PM

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I don't agree with the italian girl who said we are the best. How can u think to be better of someone else? I'm italian too, but never thought to be the best. There are some italian girls who fall in love with the soldiers just because they are americans,handsome and stromg, and these girls are proud to show to other people they have an american boyfriend. There are some italian girls who really fell in love for one of them, and have been crying since their loved ones left for iraq. Well girl, i think you belong to the first group. I don't care if u are italian as i am, i think i could call you sister but i'll never do. You are far from being the best, cause you don't really love these guys, you only love yourself. You should think a thousand times before speaking, remember nobody is the best, and nobody should need to be.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 01:35:30 PM

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For all those in Italy - Your happy day is almost here! I am filled with happiness for you and wish I could be there to share. For all the soldiers - You all have done an amazing job. You are all American heroes. Thank you!


Name: MIizz
Email: Mizz_Fanzy_Bizz@Yahoo.Com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 01:34:23 PM

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Ok? Talk about comming at the wrong time....UHM?......Peace?!?!? Thought this was a site on supporting our loved ones over in Iraq?? Whats with the DRAMA QUEEN ACT? Respect yourselves and Others, this isn't a site FOR THE DAYS OF AIRBORNE!!.........Now, with that said and done let's move on....Uhm once again i'm at a loss for words...hmm...HEY! HOW ABOUT THOSE DAMN FRENCH !! LMAO!! Kidding All. Sorry just trying to bring some humor and wanting everyone to cheer up, if i have offended anyone or you have misunderstood what i was trying to get at? Please, Go To The Translation Site or THE ENGLISH DICTIONARY and look up "OFFENDED" DEFINITION: You Have No Sense Of Humor OR If you'd like to make a Complaint then call 1-9**-CHILLPILL. ALL I'M SAYING IS DON'T BE GETTING YOUR UNDIES IN A BUNCH IT'S ALL GOOD. SO, RELAX AND CHEW THEN SWALLOW THAT NICE BIG PIECE OF HUMBLE PIE AND ENJOY WHAT OTHER'S WOULD LOVE A TASTE OF.TAKE CARE ALL AND BE HAPPY!! P.S HEY TO ALL MY FAMILY IN ITALY,CANADA AND THE STATES!! I'LL PARTY ON AND I'LL BE SURE TO HAVE A FEW BEER KEGS TO CELEBRATE YOUR HOMECOMMING!! PROUD OF YOU ALL AND SENDING ME LOVE FROM WAY BACK OF DE ISLANDS!!MON!!CIAO.


Name: Laura Curtiss - Barre, VT - Proud Mom of Spc. Adam Boyle
Email: Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us - or - ProudArmyMomLaura.Curtiss@US.ARMY.MIL
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 12:45:54 PM

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The link for the military banners didn't come out right. Here it is again: http://www.partybanners.com/catdisplay.php3?CatgCode=HM&EventCode=WL


Name: Laura Curtiss - Barre, VT - Proud Mom of Spc. Adam Boyle
Email: Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us - or - ProudArmyMomLaura.Curtiss@US.ARMY.MIL
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 12:42:06 PM

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Re: Welcome Home Banners: Thank you for the emails and posting of websites for banners. I did come across one website that has specific military info on it, as well as adding personal and I don't think the prices were bad. I ordered one for my son: Welcome Home! We're Proud of You Spc. Adam Boyle!!! 173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE - GO SKY SOLDIERS! It also has U.S. Army and the star on it and in Army colors. I haven't recieved it yet of course but it should get here soon. The website is: http://www.partybanners.com/catdisplay.php3?CatgCode=HM&EventCode=WL If anyone is interested in knowing how it turns out email me and I'll let you know what I think of it. Also, special thanks to those who emailed me with great ideas on making their own banners and more. Made me feel so good and proud of all of us. Bless you all, and our soldiers!!! Welcome Home Sky Soldiers!!!! WE Love you!!!!! Laura


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:31:29 AM

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STOP!!!! Why you gotta be so mean to italian girls. Probably if the sky soldiers love us so much is just because we are the BEST!!


Name: Brenda Basiley
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:30:39 AM

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I had the pleasure of visiting Italy about a year and a half ago. I am an American citizen and live in the USA, and it was my first trip to another country. I was a little nervous because I could not speak a word of Italian and was going to be traveling around Italy for 2 weeks. I saw Roma, Firenze, Venezia and of course Vicenza. I fell in love with Italy and the Italians. Whenever I was lost or confused trying to figure out how to get somewhere or buy a train ticket, there was never a shortage in the number of Italians who were willing to help me. They all spoke at least some English and didn't hold it against me that I couldn't speak a word of their language. And they didn't give up until communication had taken place. They were determined to help me and didn't give up until they had. Driving in Italy is a nerve-wracking experience. There is a lot of horn honking in Italy and apparent low tolerance for "screw ups". But when I made mistakes and they learned I was a lost American, they stopped and helped me and were very patient. One Italian woman, drove out of her way to guide us to the interstate we were trying to find. The Italians have soldiers fighting in Iraq too, and they have lost some of their Italian loved ones as well as Americans, who they may also love. It pained me to see that there has been some negativity towards the Italians because of our language differences. I wish that all of us English speaking Americans could show more kindness, tolerance, respect for the Italians. I remember how they treated me when I didn't speack their language. And I hope there is a special, lovely Italian girl who knows my son and is there to welcome him back to Vicenza because I will not be able to be there and neither will any of his family. God Bless America. And God Bless Italy.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:05:37 AM

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Thanks very much for the response to my "phones" question --- that was a short, subtle hint and great appreciated. Hurry home folks! The Old Soldier


Name: Amanda
Email: AKHammell79@msn.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:05:16 AM

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To Sgt Nicholas M. Lewis- I miss you babe!!! This radio silence thing is killing me! I'm so anxious to hear from you and more anxious to see you. It seems we can finally see that light at the end! Be good and be safe Nick, love you :) Mandi


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 11:05:03 AM

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no yet


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 10:31:40 AM

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Has any one heard if they are back yet. GOD BLESS THEM ALL. WE LOVE THE 173RD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS MR. BRADY YOU HAVE BEEN MY LIFE LINE. i BEEN ABLE TO MET SOME FOLKS WHO KNOW MY SON. I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH. gOD BLESS YOU ALSO. A 173RD MOM


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 10:17:46 AM

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Yea darling the phones in vicenza are working and also the cell phones...we aren't in iraq....


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 09:24:09 AM

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For the person looking for welcome home banners. Go to www.bannersfast.com


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 09:11:05 AM

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Are the phones working in Vicenza?????? I am getting awfully anxious waiting for that phone call. God Bless our troops and keep them safe ----


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 06:39:11 AM

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Io sono Italiana e come voi americani orgogliosa di esserlo. I'm Italian and proud to be like you american are proud to be american. I'm a Army wife like every AMERICAN army wife be, my english still bad after 12 years with my husband and I know that but that doesn't change the way i love and care about my husband and his soldiers. I never think I goes to marry a american soldier it's just happened. Take care everybody and I just let you know the prayers is the same in english, italian, french, chinese ect.


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Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 04:49:04 AM

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Hey hey hey...focus! There is no problem on writing the same thing in different languages!!! Am I wrong or this world is full of completely different languages?? Everybody is supporting the 173rd and they'll be home soon! JUST THINK ABOUT IT AND BE HAPPY!!


Name: JOHN
Email: AIRBORNEMCDONALD@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 03:54:23 AM

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. LET'S NOT FORGET WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE BELIEVE IN! HURRY HOME SKY SOLDIERS, WE ARE PROUD OF ALL OF YOU. A HERO'S FATHER


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 03:19:54 AM

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To all my friends, it looks like i'll see you soon, and i am very happy about that! your homecoming is at hand, and yet, the last days seem to never go by. my friends and i are waiting for you to party alltogether! Love and support, Giulia ^_^*


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Wednesday February 18, 2004
Time: 12:12:36 AM

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Amen to Jessica Hebert and Mr. Bradley's message.


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 11:41:41 PM

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To anyone who will be welcoming the 173rd home when they arrive in Italy - if you see JEFF KUPISCH in the 2/503 - please give him a hug for me (his girlfriend) - neither me or any of his family will be there so I just want to make sure he gets a hug - thank you


Name: TO: SGT. KEVIN R. GLEICH
Email: FROM: YOUR DUMB FOLKS BACK HOME WHO STILL TREAT YOU LIKE A KID AND YOU HATE IT!!!
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 11:04:00 PM

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1) WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OUR HEARTS AND ARE PROUD OF YOU AND THE MEN OF THE 173rd 2) YOUR SISTER IS IN LABOR (FOR SURE THIS TIME)& IS IN THE HOSPITAL DOING FINE. 3) YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW IS SWEATING HIS BALD HEAD OFF IN THE LABOR ROOM. 4) YOUR NEPHEW WANTS TO SEE YOU SOON! 5) WE ARE THE WORLDS DUMBEST ARMY PARENTS...BUT... WE LOVE YOU AND ARE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU....AND... COULD YOU PLEASE PHONE HOME AND TELL US WHEN WE CAN REMOVE THIS BLUE STAR FROM OUR LIVING ROOM WINDOW AND PUT UP THE WELCOME HOME SGT. GLEICH SIGN INSTEAD...GOD LOVE AND PROTECT ALL OF YOU...HONOR AND GLORY TO THE 173RD!!!


 Name: Charlene Brewer
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 10:31:54 PM

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I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM PFC CLINT KELLY. QUOTED: "I've gone so long without anything it's going to be weird taking a shower everyday and having clean clothes. Not having to worry about somebody shooting you, eating a home cooked meal or fastfood, driving my truck, seeing girls, sleeping in a bed, going outside without a gun, sleeping with my shoes off, sleeping. I could go on forever. I guess you don't really worry about stinking, being dirty and all that stuff, because you are alive. You don't care about what your body goes through or how you are feeling as long as you are alive." PROUD MOM


Name: Deb Yashinski (mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 09:29:15 PM

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EXCITEMENT!!!!!!!!!! Our heroes will be home soon. I know Vencenza is probably all excited and everything being prepared at the base to say "Welcome Home" I wish that I could be there. Hug them for me and pass on the message how proud of all of them I am. I hope that when one of you get the call that your loved one is back, could you spare a minute and let me know? I won't be getting a phone call. I wish you joy and peace. Airborne All the Way!!!!!! Love Mommaski


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 09:06:32 PM

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Focus, Focus, Focus, Lets stay with the troops, Let this whole language thing drop, its silly. I am offically saying any language is OK, But keep the message to one of support of the troops.


Name: Jessica Hebert..proud sis of Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 06:55:17 PM

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Let's just end this and welcome everyone to the 173rd board, well anyone that has something nice to say of our troops that is. I know that I am welcome here b/c I have nothing but thanks for the Sky Soliders and they know that. As long as I know that and they do as well..I am happy. Don't contribute to this mess..just keep on posting those messages of thanks to our HERO's over there. They all need to hear that. Just because my brother is gone..my support isn't going to stop and since August 1st..it's only become stronger. We are all in this together..we all have similar feelings for our troops regardless of where we are from. We all want this to end and we all want them to come home. Isn't that enough for us all to be on the same page...the same page meaning this awesome website that has allowed us to convey our heartfelt thanks to our troops. For some, this is their only way to communicate as they don't have an email address. This site has done a lot for everyone and I don't think that it's right to use this board for anything beyond positive messages. And, I don't it should be an enjoyable thing to listen to some of the things being said in here. I'm just a bit more sensitive about this type of thing now b/c you know what I don't get to wait for a phone call from my brother or wait for him in Italy to welcome him back. I just want all of you to enjoy the homecoming and express messages of excitement. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there...it has been a rough road and we are all stronger for it. And..I am strong because of some of the great support I have found within some of you. Thanks for reaching out...Hebert'


Name: sara
Email: sara_yes73@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 05:49:05 PM

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It has been awhile since i last wrote a message on this web site. Thia summer I was "gently" asked to stop it because some big fish in Iraq thought that what i was writing to my boyfriend (my husband now!!!!)was very offensive! So i had to give up the only way of communication we had, and now, geez, i'm simply speechless! I still read the messaages hoping to find news about my friends and instead what do i find here?? HATE! People, we are all in the same situation, loving someone that is serving far away, that is risking his/her life for the States and you bullshit around for what language is supposed to be used here?? I'm italian too and i find very offensive the statement that because this web site has always been used english as a language then, that must be the only language allowed!!! Has the thought of people not being able to speak any other language but their own ever crossed your mind?? I bet it hasn't yet otherwhile all this "noise" wuold have already ended! To all the troops coming back home and finally getting to Vicenza, guys we are all proud of you, and I MEAN IT!!!!! God bless you all.


Name: Leonard ENgle
Email: liengle@cableone.net
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 05:23:19 PM

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This sounds like the Jerry Springer show sometimes. Some of you people should be ashamed of yourselves. Your son or daughter is over there fighting for foreigners freedom and rights and you are bad mouthing italians. You should be thankful someone is out there that is thinking of your sons, daughters, husbands or wives that really care whether their all right or not. I for one will be glad to see my son come home and I don't care who else wants to see him come home. I know what kind of soldier and son my son is and will be thankful to see him.


Name: Laura Curtiss - Proud Mom of Spc Adam Boyle
Email: ProudArmyMomLaura.Curtiss@US.ARMY.MIL -or- Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 04:52:42 PM

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My son will be coming home hopefully in the next week or so. Does anyone know of anyplace I can buy or order a welcome home banner for outside porch. Even better one that has Airborne on it? I've been checking sites and all too many I find are out of business but still on the web so getting a bit frustrating. Thanks for any advice. Laura


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar, yeah that's right! Guess who's back..back again!
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 04:44:35 PM

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This board is FUN! It's like watching animals feed on one another! What on earth is everyone doing getting uppity about the language difference...don't you all know the guys are COMING HOME! For god's sake just be happy for once! You know here's my sugestion...the next war we fight...the losers get to take the French as their punishment! See there..I made another war..Americans against the French, oh wait..my bad..that's been on going! oh who cares...what are the French really gonna do about it anyhow?!?! Tell them to call me if they have an issue! JUST GET OVER YOURSELVES AND PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS! Be happy..damn it! That's an Order! And it's OK if Mr. Bradley deletes my post...I'm used to it already:) But I still love him, he's my hero:) You know I like being a loud mouthed witch! But on the up side HHC 1/508th has the rockingest FRG around!:)I'll send ya pics if you'd like of how we've decked the place out..you'd be proud Mr. Bradley! Airborne!


Name: Catherine Barrows
Email: cappygrl223@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 04:35:56 PM

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"T" I hope you are able to get this message. We all miss you very much and hope all is going well. Your Dad is not going to come home in May 2004! The Army extended him another year!! He should be home May 2005! If you get the chance please call home. Cody and I would love to hear from you. I got the letter you wrote! I forwarded it to your Dad. I love you!! Be safe, and take care! Love always, Cathy


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 03:51:08 PM

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Reading this page today makes me sad. I think we've all established people make mistakes but we certainly can't fault those who have been faithful and supportive. We are all happy and axious to see our loved ones come home no matter where we live. Forget about the gossip and let's get our men and women home! Go 173rd! God bless always!


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 03:29:08 PM

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not a war between Italians and americans is between act bad and want to look like a loving girlfriend or wife thats all folks STOP just pray and be happy they are coming home


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:56:41 PM

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FOCUS PEOPLE...OUR LOVED ONES HAVE BEEN AT WAR AND ARE COMING HOME VERY SOON...FOCUS ON THE REAL ISSUES AND LET THE PETTY STUFF GO...REGARDLESS OF WHAT LANGUAGE WE SPEAK WE ARE ALL ONE UNDER GOD!!!


Name: sandi
Email: sanludwig@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:47:51 PM

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I want to say again that this message board is not the place vent your likes or dislikes as to what someone else is doing. Gossip is a petty thing and very hateful. Move beyond this and be thankful that some men and women are coming home. Welcome back to my fantastic nephew PCF Philip Grant and every other man and woman serving in the United States Military.


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:45:22 PM

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IS THIS A JOKE????????? ASK YOURSELF WHAT IS IMPORTANT????????


Name: To "brawlic"
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:44:08 PM

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hey! i haven't heard from u in almost a year since u left Italy, i have been thinking of u for all these 11 months, and i have been pray for u every night! I really cant wait for u to be back n see you again. I miss you. Girl from Verona (Italy)


Name:
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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:39:53 PM

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all one - all human beings


Name:
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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:39:36 PM

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the rudeness goes both ways - i date an italian man, and the carabanieri make rude comments about me to him - like i'm a piece of ..anyways...so, please love one another, and as the last person put, we are all one


Name: a italian girfriend
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:25:50 PM

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I know also a lots girls who are sleeping around,but they aren't just italians.How many wives do the same????so please stop this war between us, we're just women,it's doesn't matter if we're italians or americans. Also not all the boys are so good,expecialy in the army.How many of them, come over in Italy, and just use us??How many of them have a girfriend or a wife back in the states,find someone over here,lay and play with both of us,or go in iraq and don't even call or write a letter??please,the 173rd is coming back,we all have to enjoy together,americans and italians...pace=peace


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:09:42 PM

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siamo tutto


Name:
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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 01:55:15 PM

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Its not against the Italians!Its true there are some girl that really love her soldier,but I live in Italy and I don't like what i see.There are girls that act BAD.I don't care if they have fun doing that Thank God we have freedom to be whatever we want...As long as our action don't compromise somebody else's freedom.What would you do if you were in love with your guy and everytime you enter post people point at you as a B....If some other soldier while you wait for your boyfriend think he can treat you like a S... just because you are Italian and you go out with a soldier?Is this for the way YOU dress?Jeans and a t-shirt?Is it because UR english isn't perfect?Why?Tell me why those girls had fun while our soldiers were risking their lives??Why now it looks like they were in crazy love with them?Isn't this horrible?isn't this a way to make fun of those who were ready to give everything for freedom,making fun of all of you waiting,all of those who spent days waiting for a call ,a letter, a message? .What really piss me off is that all those girls make look others as they are .and yes its true that stri. on post are everywhere and maybe its time to stop show a little respect for the others!! SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO?WOLULD YOU BE MAD?WOULDN'T YOU LIKE THIS TO CHANGE? Guess its not time now.keep praying for theyr safe return .


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 01:27:13 PM

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Ciao amore mio, mi manchi tanto presto sarai tra le mie braccia! Presto potro` sentire il battito del tuo cuore, l`odore della tua pelle! Presto potro` guardare nei tuoi bellissimi occhi e dirti quanto ti amo!!!!!


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Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 12:26:01 PM

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Renee - as far as we have been told, the soldiers will have to go through a week of processing when they get to Vicenza and it will be until 1300 each day - so they will have their afternoons off. The 30-day block leave will start on or about March 15 - so the entire brigade will be shut down so the troops can go anywhere they want for 30 days. That's all we've heard so far.


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 12:22:52 PM

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I'm with you Ms. Grafton - this Old Soldier is waiting for his son to call too, but I just hate to see dates and times on this website. My birthday is today and my wife's is Thursday, so we are hoping for the best birthday present we have ever had -- a call from Italy. I know its soon, I've heard some dates, and I've heard some times, but I will not repeat them here. I'll yell at ya when our men and women are home - but they will be yells of excitement and relief!! The Old Soldier.


Name: Jessica Hebert aka proud sister of SPC. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 11:50:37 AM

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There are some great girls back in Italy that have very strong relationships with our Sky Soldiers...one of them being my brother Justin. Justin had an Italian girlfriend and she wasn't just with him because he was an American boy..they loved one another. You can find love anywhere in this world..there is nothing wrong with who they are and what they do. I'm just sad to see what is being written and to you Italian girls...I have much love for you. I can't wait to meet you all..I'll be over your way in June. I sure hope to meet my brother's girl..if any of you lovely Italian girls could help me in locating her please email me. I don't want to put her name up as I respect her and until I find her I won't do so. Everything about Italy and what I know of it is beautiful..my brother loved Italy to pieces. I have never heard him talk so much about any place in this world as much as Italy. That was his home and that is where is love was...I'm going there to experience Italy to feel the love he had for it. Even though I won't be going there to see him..I'll know that he is still there = ) Hebert


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 11:39:10 AM

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YELL AT ME IF YOU WANT, OLD SOLDIER, BUT I KNOW MY SOLDIER WILL BE OUT OF IRAQ THE NEXT TIME HE CALLS ME. IT'S TIME TO GET EXCITED, FOLKS......THE WAIT IS ABOUT OVER!!!! LETS HEAR IT FOR THE MIGHTY 173RD.......HIP, HIP, HOORAY!!!!


Name: Renee Buck
Email: buckfam5@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 11:15:41 AM

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Does anyone know how much time the troops will get to spend time with their families in Italy when they do return? Will they get to have leave right away to come home or do they have to wait 30 days (or whatever) Any info would be great!


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 10:43:57 AM

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My son, as many of your soldiers, jumped into Iraq on March 26, 2003. We have been home waiting and praying ever since, both proud and terrified and I would like to tell you a story of an ITALIAN girl who has also been waiting and praying! She has provided me with so much support you can not imagine. We e-mail and talk at least once a week. We did not know each other very well but now I do not know what I would have done without her. I am sure she is much like some of the Italian girlfriends, friends and wives that our soldiers have. She has been strong, brave and steadfast and has provided this soldier's mom a welcome ear and a broad shoulder! I say to my son, "You are a lucky man!" and to all of you I say Italian is a beautiful language.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 09:44:19 AM

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"Well Done" Mr. Bradley - great posting. Exceptional words of advice "Misty". It appears many have forgotten who has stood by the U.S. and who has also had many who "Have given All". We are lucky to have our loved ones as the ambassadors of freedom, for they have proven themselves worthy. "Get home safe Skysoldiers" and thank you.


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 09:07:35 AM

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I think this is the first time I'm glad to see no more photos are being added!!!! I have to share my excitement!!!!! I'm glad to see they are coming home, and I will say I am very proud of every one of them. Job well done, Airborne!!!!


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 07:42:46 AM

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Dare il benvenuto a tutto il quelli che sostiene il 173d la Brigata Aviotrasportata. Ringraziarlo per le sue parole gentili, chiedo, se possibile per favore il palo negli inglesi, dunque tutto di vedere che lei dice. Dopo che tutto il questo un luogo PUBBLICO. Se lei non parla di inglesi, ci OK. Ma lei pu volere usare un italiano al traduttore di Engliash disponibile al www.freetranslations.com . Ringraziarlo ancora per il suo sostegno delle truppe!


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Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 07:25:42 AM

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Mr. Czarnick - please don't put dates on your postings. We have protected the security of the return for this long, don't screw it up now!! If your son told you a date, shame on him! When they get safely out of Iraqi airspace and it is safe to notify folks that they will be landing in Vicenza, then we will all put the dates and times out. Until then, please keep your information to yourself. The Old Soldier.


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 06:26:50 AM

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Dear Mr Frye, Thanks for sharing this with us. I am an italian fan of the 173rd. I, on my side, have sent about 10 packages and spent about 250 Euros for packages to guys that i don't even know. Italy is the most generous country in this world. A real airborne fan


Name: Sam Frye
Email: samfrey001@msn.com
Date: Tuesday February 17, 2004
Time: 02:43:33 AM

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Regarding the numerous postings on messages written in Italian. As I was scanning the messages one day, as I have for over seven months, I was surprised to notice one addressed to my son, PFC Jeremy Frye, 1/508th. There was no name but it was obviously written by someone from Italy. I replied to the message as the person clearly was concerned about my son's safety. Sometime later I received a response. It was a young Italian woman who had spent time with my son. She and her mother had taken him "on the town" on many occasions and had invited him to their home on many other occasions. We have maintained a sporadic correspondence over the last three months. Her English is fractured but it is from the heart. I can only imagine the struggle she went through to convey her thoughts in English. But, God Bless her for trying. She appears to be very sincere and awfully sweet. I am glad my son met someone in Italy who cared so much for his welfare. I only hope he had the good sense and manners to attempt to learn enough Italian to communicate with her and others. Given that we are not able to go to Italy to welcome the 173rd home I wish this young lady is there in our stead. What a wonderful thing to have someone there to welcome our guys back from the hell of Iraq. Clearly the citizens of Vicenza have been nothing short of wonderful to the troops of the 173rd. In the three months my son spent in Vicenza before deploying to Iraq he never mentioned any ill treatment from the Italian citizens. It also appears our troops have been excellent ambassadors. I now not only pray for the safe return of all of our troops but the health and welfare of those waiting in Italy. A proud father of true American heroes, the Airborne troopers of the 173rd.


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 11:57:30 PM

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Hi Guys - I know some of you are coming home soon, but I'm not sure when my boyfriend is and I haven't heard from him in a while - If you know him - JEFF KUPISCH - HHC 2/503 - please tell him his girlfriend loves him very much - thanks a million - I can't wait to meet some of you when I visit Italy in the summer!


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 10:59:44 PM

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Hello, I am looking for someone that is going to be in Vicenza for the coming home party. My, PFC JEREMY LANCE CZARNIK will be arriving on the 18th (so far) I would like to find someone I can email a letter to, so that they may give it to my son. I nor his mother will be able to attend, and I would like to have at least, a letter from us for him to read. I am very proud of all the soldiers that fought for our country, and watched each others back GO 173rd. He is in Able Co. 2nd of 503rd. if anyone an help me out, please email me at czarnik@whidbey.com thank-you. Mr Matthew L. Czarnik very very proud father


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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 08:37:56 PM

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I writing this with the up most respect for this site and the man that created it. The comfort this site gave me is beyond any words I could write or any words the dictionary could define, so with that said handle this site with the up most care, compassion, dignity and respect it deserves. There are still some waiting for there loved ones to get back.


Name: adrienne patti
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 08:09:03 PM

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i forgot to add that if anyone of you ever needs someone back home to send you stuff, or just to talk to. i'm here. and if you know anyone that needs that too, i'd be more than happy to write to them. if i could i'd drop everything in my life (college....) and write to ALL of the soldiers over there if i could. i support you and stand beside you all 200%. you can e-mail me, yahoo messenger, or AOL messenger (grlgtrplayer2) if you want to get a hold of me. God Bless.


Name: Adrienne M. Patti
Email: snowbunny_beachbum16@yahoo.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 08:04:18 PM

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about the italian, they are stationed in Italy. i'll bet the boys have italian girlfriends that send them messages of love and support just like we do. i took italian, so i can understand parts of messages, and most of them are "i hope to see you soon." and "is the post office still working?" i'll bet they wish they could figure out what we say. anyways... i hope you ALL come home soon, and don't worry about a thing, my cousin (marine) and my best friend's cousin and uncle (navy corpsmen) are going to take care of things. i'm worried about them, and my cousin, it's his first time, he's 19, but i know God and the Marines/Corpsmen will take care of him. i pray for the safe return of ALL of you boys and gals, and for the ones who have yet to return/go over. arrevderci, senza problemi soldati. (until later, arrive safely soldiers).


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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 07:46:39 PM

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I saw the link on here the other day about the yahoo groups-skysoldiersupport. so i registered to join. i just got a notice i have been denied membership into the group?? Good grief,whoever you are, moderator of that group...what's THAT all about????


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 04:37:40 PM

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Hi Mijo, How are you? I am back in Anacortes for a few days then I will be in Prescott. The family here is doing ok. Talked to your sister on Sunday. Other than that not much going on. Yo te amo muncho mijo. Take care love you dad


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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 03:39:59 PM

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to michele: check this out http://www.vicenzahotelbookings.com/ to find a hotel near the base


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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 03:12:36 PM

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To all people worry about messages written in italian: you have not to be worry about that. As one of you just said before, most of the soldiers have italian friends and girlfriends, so they can understand some words of italian. The italian girls who posted messages in italian were just talking about their guys, they didn't say anything bad about you or your loved ones. I'm italian too and, trust me, we could never say bad things about the States and the wonderful people who lives there cause we love you all, and we are so proud of having in our little town your brave sons!! To Mario: Hey buddy, hurry home!! i miss you!! Francesca


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 03:12:03 PM

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You know I rarely get on here anymore, but I couldn't resist posting something about the messages written in Italian. If it makes anyone feel better I'll write a long horrid post in norwegian (namnorsk dialect) if it makes everyone feel better:) If anyone can decifer it..I will personally kiss that person's 4th point of conctact! I think being stationed here is a perfect example of how different cultures can get along in a worldly sense. I love my italian family and they mean the world to me. My neighbor, Enrico, shed tears both when my husband left and when he was fortunate enough to come home on R&R. The tears he cried were that of love! The love of an american soldier he knew...of a man he respected, and the understanding of the sacrifices made by our service members. He also remembers growing up in post WWII Italy, and tells me that he was not alive when the war happened, BUT he remembers that he would not be free if it wern't for our grandfathers coming to liberate the Italian people, and for that he shed a tear as well. In this world we must all learn that no matter a person's language, heritage, social class....we are all people. Each human being lives a life worth living, and validation is key in that exsistance...so from that moral pedastal we should all look at how we live our own lives, and be grateful for what we do have! OK that's enough from me....I will see you all on the flip side of this coin! Thank God the 173rd is coming home! It's been one hell of a ride, and I am so happy it's almost over! God's Speed to the world's finest Prartroopers! AIRBORNE!!


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 03:04:17 PM

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Hi Does anyone know of any decent hotels near the base in Italy? My husband and I are trying to be ready to go if need be and would like to have some names of places at the ready. Any help would be appreciated. Is anyone esle going for the welcome home party?? God Bless Michele


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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 02:51:59 PM

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I'M HAPPY THEY ARE COMING HOME!!!!!


Name: Misty Cutler
Email: mistycutler411@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 01:54:06 PM

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26 March 03 The headlines were going to tell of our boys making a historic jump tonight. Going into a war torn country, to topple a monstrous dictator. Going into to set the country of Iraq free. To give them the freedom to do what they want with their lives, to SPEAK THEIR NATIVE TONGUE, to demonstrate, to love, to hate and everything that we as Americans hold dear. My husband and many of your husbands and brothers, sisters, wives, sons, and daughters are there to make our freedoms a reality for the Iraqis. To help rid them of the bigotry and hatred that ravages their country. 16 February 04 Here you sit in your warm, safe home provided to you by soldiers like the ones this site is dedicated to. With the anonymity of your computer you fuel what your soldier is fighting against. How hypocritical of you. Italian is a beautiful language, and professing your love to someone in the langauge is beautiful as well. I can read what they are saying to their boyfriends, and husbands. I only hope you feel the same kind of love for your soldier. Be patient. Be proud. These boys have come way to far and given up way to much over the last year to be hurt by what they might see on this site.


Name: mike wright
Email: michaelwright622@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 01:22:39 PM

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FIRE SUPPORTERS AND OTHERS FROM D-BATT I WISH I COULD SAY SOMETHING TO MAKE IT BETTER FOR YOU GUYS BUT WHY WASTE THE TIME, WE BOTH KNOW KNOW THE ONLY THING THATS GONNA MAKE IT BETTER IS GETTING BACK AND GOING TO BLU AND GRABBING LATE NIGHT PANINIS.I WANT YOU GUYS TO KNOW HOW PROUD I AM TO KNOW THAT YOU GUYS ARE OVER THERE KICKIN'ASS,I MISS ALL OF YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW.KEEP YOUR HEADS UP GUYS I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH,SOON ENOUGH YOU'LL BE BACK IN GARRISON WITH YOUR MUSTARD STAINS AND COMBAT PATCHES REMINISCING AND LAUGHING ABOUT HOW MANY RAGS YOU SMOKED.DROP 50 FIRE FOR EFFECT AND THANKS GUYS.


Name: Pat Cumo
Email: patcumo@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 12:56:33 PM

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I agree with everyone supporting our Italian friends for sending their loved ones messages in Italian. And it's so nice to have support from Italians as well as Americans. This website is wonderful and I feel like I have made friends with so many of you who post regularly. If anyone sees SSG Robert Cumo, please tell him his mom says hi.


Name: Raymond R. Soltero (MSG retired) US Army
Email: rsoltero@cox.net
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 12:49:26 PM

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Just sending a few words of encouragement to all our fighting men and women of the 173d Airborne and the entire US Army in general who are serving and representing the great USA. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed and you are doing a fantastic job over there. Keep a positive attitude and forge ahead. It can be at times frustrating, but keep in mind that as the days go by, you are that much closer to returning home. God watch over you all and keep safe.


Name: Jessica Hebert aka Proud Sister of SPC. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 12:23:20 PM

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Just wanted to say hi to the boys of the infamous 173rd! I don't know how much longer we can all wait for you to be out of there. I don't think I have had so much ants in my pants ever......hehe. It's almost like watching a football game and having them always be tied and going into overtime...time and time again......just a neverending thing. I like football but I want this "game" to be over = ) Is that asking too much? Sorry, feeling a bit frisky today. Anyhow, I guess that is enough out of me for today. Much love to ya'll!! Hebert


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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 11:34:10 AM

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To the Italian girlfriend - thank you for the apology, but it was not necessary. The vast majority of us appreciate the friendship and support you and your friends have given our soldiers and you are welcome to write your notes in any language you feel most comfortable. Our soldiers would not be so anxious to return to Vicenza if they didn't know that is where their friends, family and support systems live. I'm glad you're there and thank you for the Italians' support of our young men and women. The Old Soldier


Name: Jennifer Daniels
Email: Jennifer_Daniels@s-and-s.com
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 10:20:34 AM

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Does anyone know if the troops have left Iraq yet? I am looking for info. on our son, Spc William Daniels, he has been stationed in Kirkuk and is with the 2nd 503rd. Thank you, Concerned Parent


Name:
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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 09:55:30 AM

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Here's a link for the PBS Frontline show that you can now watch on the internet. http://tinyurl.com/38ofq


Name:
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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 09:00:23 AM

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If there not writing to you...why worry about it...most of the soldiers have italian gf's...so they know what there saying..but they should say to who they are writing to...more to worry about than that...i think...


Name: a sky soldier mom
Email:
Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 08:20:12 AM

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To Family and Friends of the 173rd keep up the support - to all deployed soldiers: http://www.anysoldier.us and continue support for other "family": http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SkySoldierSupport/


Name:
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Date: Monday February 16, 2004
Time: 04:47:14 AM

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I'm one of the italian girls who wrote a message in italian, and I would like say sorry to all the americans who get up set about:it was my intention offend you.we just wrote in italian but we didn't say nothing bad about you or something.We were only talk about us lovers.sorry again.A italian girfriend...


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email:
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 09:59:06 PM

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To PFC Clint Kelly We haven't heard from you in a while and we all are praying for a safe and happy return to the friendly land. I know you have friends in Italy and I know you will enjoy your time there and If you could understand Italian and had a friend talking to you in Italian I would not object at all. Daddy was Chech and he spoke and understood the language and when he was on his death bed he was talking in Chech and I wish I knew what he said.


Name: Dana
Email: groupgonzo@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 09:48:06 PM

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Thanks for news of the 1/508th. It helps with the worry. It's been a long two years. I can't believe I almost have my husband back!


Name: sludwig
Email: sanludwig@earthlink.net
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 09:06:54 PM

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For PFC Phil Grant - G. said you were returning to Italy soon, thank heavens! Wish we could see you, soon, soon..And for the other troops coming home, thank you for a job well done and welcome home!!! And for the others who have posted notes complaining about others not writing in English, this is not the place to disgrace the meaning of this message board. Remember, we all speak the same language, PEACE. God bless this wonderful country and all our men and women who serve to keep it this way. Very proud daughter whos daddy served in three wars!


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Email:
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 08:15:01 PM

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If you really care what someone posts in another language, you can always cut and paste it in on a translater website.


Name: Sam Edwards
Email: edwardshuntersv@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 07:31:20 PM

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To all our soldiers of the 173rd-God bless you, and keep you safe. I heard from my son, Josh, early this morning. He is so anxious to get back to Italy, and back home to American soil ! My heart goes out to all of you. You at the 173rd have such a following of people praying for your safe return. You have done such an awsome job over in Iraq, and other places, standing up for what we believe in-freedom. Thank you for your courage. Thank you, Mr. Bradley for this website. I hope you keep it open for a long time-I know the soldiers returning will love to see all the letters and blessings sent their way-and the pictures are always somewhat of a good distraction at work-whenever things get rough, I always go to the website and begin to scroll through the letters and pictures-it then puts things back in perspective. God Bless you-


Name:
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Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 06:18:56 PM

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For whoever said that phone access has been cut off to the 173rd in Iraq..that is not true. I heard from a soldier in the 508th of the 173rd this morning. I hope this helps..they will be back to Italy soon!! Stay positive!! :)


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 04:41:16 PM

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PFC PHILIP GRANT: hurry home little one! miss you!! love, Giulia ^_^*


Name: Faceta Johnson
Email: faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 04:25:04 PM

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TO: SPC ROBERTO C. SANDIFER; B CO 2/503RD; HAPPY VALENTINES DAY MY LOVE. JUST THINK THE BATTLE IS ALMOST OVER. I PRAY THAT YOU MAKE IT BACK SAFELY. DON'T FORGET WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BIG PARTY WHEN YOU COME BACK. WELL I HAVE TO GO NOW. TAKE ARE AND WATCH YOUR BACK.


Name: To Dana
Email:
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 03:58:52 PM

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Dana, It is my understanding that the 173rd no longer has access to the phones and computers due to the fact that they will be returning to Italy soon. The replacement units have taken over the communication facilities. You should keep in contact with your rear-D, FRG or the FAC to get information regarding the soldier's return. Relax, this is almost over!!


Name: Dana
Email: groupgonzo@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 03:41:06 PM

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Haven't heard from my husband in Kirkuk for seven days. Does anyone know if the power is out again? Or have they left already? (173rd, 1/508th) Thanks for any info, I'm worried.


Name: Amanda Pettit
Email: msthang_580@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 03:02:22 PM

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I have a cousin that is in the 240th quatermaster and he is a fuel tanker. His unit is 27502 (balad). I know nothing about all of this stuff, but I would love to know where he is, I heard that he has been deployed but we don't know where to. I am searching for his mother Ann Hodges. So if anybody can help us find out where he is please let us know. You can contact me by e-mail msthang_580@hotmail.com. Thank You so much and may god bless you all.


Name: Jordan - catcherintherye
Email: porto815@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 02:48:38 PM

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I want to show my support to americans troops . I am proud that soldiers from my country, POLAND - support americans in Iraq.- even if I will stay last one- and only, in Europe,to support States in Iraq- I will NEVER change my attitude. --but thanks God -there are A LOT of people like me ,in Poland. I want VERY MUCH to corresponding with any soldier of 173rdAirborne or any other people who are close to 173rd. (sorry I am not 'Pamela Anderson':-)) - only 38/straight male) anyway I am into american military very much (also active member of www.military.com board) - again ,thanks for your fight of our FREEDOM. please visit my personal website (I am into art photography) at www.jordan55.com/logo/ and www.jordan55.com JORDAN ps. sorry for my English :-))


Name: Friend
Email: baracuda@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 02:47:55 PM

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I just wanted say hi to everyone there and guys GOOD JOO and i hope everyone will got the safe trip home. We cant wait to see you all again. B.


Name:
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Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 02:13:57 PM

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To the people who are complaining about some one who is posting messages in Italian, did it ever occur to you that it was a message TO someone, not a message posted on the site to everyone else who posts on the site. I mean when I see a post that starts with To ........ (whatever the name is) I totally skip it and go to the next one. That is a message to a specific person! I understand that by posting it on the website you fully understand that everyone else is going to be able to read it but come on now! We are seriously going to get mad that somebody posted something to their loved one and its in a different language and you can't read it? Think about it, a) maybe thats the only language they speak and b) its a message to their loved one not you! So lets stop all this pathetic arguing and just support our soldiers!


Name: Deb Yashinski (mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 02:01:32 PM

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to those out there complaining about the young people leaving messages in Italian - HEY,LIGHTEN UP!!!! We need to be more tolerant, don't we fight for freedom? My son did, and he paid for that freedom!!!! The 173rd is stationed in Italy. Many of those soldiers have friends that are Italian. Sometimes it is very hard to put into words what you are feeling in another language (you should try it) This website is "For Messages to the Troops" The person she is mailing this to may speak or read Italian very well. We have no right to tell her that her messages are not wanted just because they are not in english. Som of my son's friends do not speak good english, but they so loved my son they wanted to share those feelings. I was very happy to receive them. I just forwarded them to another of his good friends and she translated them for me. So a little peace please. Remeber the messages the young lady is sending maybe the only message that young person is receiving. Ok I'll get off the soapbox!!!


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Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 01:23:20 PM

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i do speak it; but in case you noticed - english is the language on this website - share what you have to say with those who do not speak your language - there are quite a few people in the US who read this website who have never seen or heard Italian


Name:
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Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 01:01:57 PM

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go to www.freetranslation.com the free translation isn't the greatest but you can get the main point....


Name:
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Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 11:48:06 AM

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Ei ragazze ma la smettete di scannarvi? Dai dovremmo essere tutte unite! Presto i nostri soldati saranno a casa, cerchiamo di essere comprensive e tolleranti!


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 10:16:05 AM

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Vorrei chiarire una cosa: non ho scritto io quello che avete appena letto qui sotto. Chiunqui si sia spacciata x me, si vergogni!!


Name: Lucia
Email: darkgirl81@yahoo.it
Date: Sunday February 15, 2004
Time: 05:33:54 AM

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Bene bene.... una si presta a fare un piacere e le altre come reagiscono ? Complimenti...a chiunque sia stato/a a scrivere quelle bullshits. Vergognatevi e smettetela di parlare tanto male delle ragazze americane . Fatevi un bell'esame di coscenza prima. I nostri ragazzi sono in guerra non hanno bisogno di queste stronzate.Lucia


Name: Michael J. Donahue, 5307 Briarbend, Houston, Tx 77035
Email: mikejdonahue@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 10:41:38 PM

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Dear Col. Mayville: I served as paymaster for the 2nd Battalion & 17th Cav outside of Qui Nhon (Phu Tai) in 1971. I was a leg draftee and probably could have had a better attitude. Our CO, Major Dahoney, was strack; he was a good soldier. I have been a lawyer in Texas for 30 years. I saw you on PBS last Thursday nite. You have a difficult mission. You seem to be a good man; I'm sure your troopers respect your judgment. I don't agree with the President, but wish you and your soldiers the very best of everything. God speed on your return next month. Very truly yours, Mike Donahue, Co A, Admin, S VN


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 10:41:33 PM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... HAPPY VALENTINES DAY BABY!!!!! Your are so loved and so missed (by me) and I can't wait to see you. You are so brave and strong and I pray for you always. I am waiting here for you and can't wait to see you!!!! You are my HERO and I need you. Take care of yourself and know that I am always thinking of you. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Adrienne
Email:
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 09:16:02 PM

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TO ALL TROOPS. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK-YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM.I GIVE MY TEARS WHEN I THINK OF ALL YOU DO FOR ME.YOU DO NOT KNOW ME BUT I KNOW YOU,AND I LOVE YOU.YOU ALL ARE IN MY PRAYERS EVERY DAY. I SEND VALENTINES LOVE TO YOU ALL. SINCERELY, GRATEFUL USA CITIZEN PS,PETE,AKA PETEY HANG IN THERE. ROB,CALL YOUR MOM ERIC,SUSAN WAITS FOR YOU


Name: Lisa Frost
Email: frost@ruraltel.net
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 08:24:16 PM

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It has been so good to get to know all of you through this site. Thank you for the support you have given, a special thank you to Mr. Bradley for providing this site, and an extra-special thank you to all the soldiers who have served in Iraq for the last 10 months. Best wishes to everyone!


Name: Bonnie
Email: badamsgray@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 07:38:37 PM

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I cannot even begin to imagine how things are there and what you have endured, but please know that I am thinking of all of you and praying for you and your families. I am praying that you all are home soon. E-mail from anyone is welcome. God bless and keep you safe. Bonnie


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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 07:14:01 PM

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la volete piantare con questo 'ma quando torna? e bla bla bla'...questa non e' una chat room e nessuno dovrebbe farsi confidenze sui soldati e sul loro ritorno, hai capito lucia? neanche per posta eletronica......quando sara' il momento sara' il momento....BASTA!


Name:
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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 06:01:39 PM

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qualcuno sul sito in questo momento?


Name:
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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 06:00:37 PM

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entro fine febbraio dovrebbero essere tornati tutti


Name:
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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 05:59:05 PM

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Forse sarebbe pi verosimile attendere il loro ritorno per i primi di marzo.


Name:
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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 05:50:41 PM

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dovrebbero tornare tutti entro la fine del mese


Name:
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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 05:33:21 PM

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nessuno sa dirmi se la 508 tornera presto o no il mio amore non lo sento da un po e sono cosi preoccupata!!!!!!! aiutatemi grazie


Name: Sharon
Email: amarals@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 04:00:37 PM

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TO MY BRAVE SON AND ALL THE SON'S,DAUGHTERS,DADS,MOMS,HUSBANDS,WIVES,SISTER'S AND BROTHERS! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY WE MISS YOU AND PRAY FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN SOON YOUR HEART AND SOUL IS IN ALL OUR HEARTS TODAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL! BE SAFE WE'LL SEE YOU SOON FROM A VERY PROUD MOM IN THE 173RD AIRBORNE


Name: Jim & Sharon McBride
Email: mcbridejimp@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 03:48:50 PM

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To Sgt. J. McBride 2nd Plt. Bco. 1/508, Happy Valentines day to the Fallen Angels and all the 173rd soldiers. We love you!!! The McBrides


Name: Sebiana
Email: sebiana85@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 03:21:28 PM

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SPC.Roberto Fernandez:HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY....stai forte per altri pochissimi giorni e poi tutto finito!I love you.."Robby"!


Name: Lucia
Email: darkgirl81@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 12:35:12 PM

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HEY se qualche ragazza un po' preoccupata xk da un po' che nn sente il suo boy, beh ho appena sentito il mio e ho buonissime notizie! Non posso scrivere niente qui ma se volete potete scrivermi.State tranquille cmq xk manca veramente poco!Lucia


Name: greta
Email: greta.darra@calzedonia.it
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 11:52:20 AM

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HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL MY FRIENDS OVER THERE... AND ALSO TO ALL THE OTHER GUYS I DONT KNOW. SEE YA SOON IN ITALY. GEE


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 10:55:01 AM

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Happy Valentine's Day, guys - special xoxo to Mills


Name: Alessandra Kellermann
Email: HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 10:40:57 AM

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Freedom Endures...Again here is our website for the guestbook...sorry about the previous error.... Please come sign our guestbook for and by the troops to be published to help the families of those who paid the ULTIMATE sacrifice- email me for a link...or goto Homefront Hugs USA at http://homefronthugs.com


Name: Alessandra of Homefront Hugs USA
Email: HomefrontHugsUSA@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 10:39:06 AM

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You are never forgotten and we are forever proud of our troops and families....until the last soldier is home...we will support you and remember why we have our freedoms...in thanks to you! Freedom Endures... Please come sign our guestbook for and by the troops to be published to help the families of those who paid the ULTIMATE sacrifice- email me for a link...or go to http://homefronthugs.com.....we're with you all the way!


Name: Lucie Grabski
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 09:52:35 AM

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for SGT Michael Grabski Aco 2/503rd: HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!! Love you zizalko. Miluju te! Lucka


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 04:25:39 AM

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daddy always told me that s.valentine's not only the day of lovers but of all the people you care for. so here i am, wishing you guys a happy st.valentine and no matter you're away right now, we'll back up everything in a bunch of weeks! love to all! giulia


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Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 04:24:49 AM

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TO JESSE(CA)I LOVE YPU SWEETHEART HAPPY VALENTINES DAY I LOVE YOU AND I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU


Name: Maria Elena
Email: maria_elena103@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday February 14, 2004
Time: 03:59:54 AM

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For my Honey: Happy Valentine's day Gabe! I was so happy to hear your voice yesterday!!! I love you!! I just hope I can see you soon... I want you to know that I'm always thinking about you and waiting for your return home! Hurry home Honey!! Love always yours Mary


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 10:35:57 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH- Happy Valentine's Day Sweetie! I hope you are safe and warm and thinking of me, of course! I was just thinking about you and know that it is already Valentine's Day over there.. I know we have missed the past 2 Valentine's Days together, so maybe next year we will luck up and get to spend it together. Either way, you're always in my heart and I am always thinking about you! I love you and I miss you very much!! I hope you have a perfect day. love-stephanie


Name: Me Myself And I
Email: TaaaDahhhhhh!! me again!!
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 10:06:27 PM

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Dear Sgt.Monte Massey, Wishing My Handsome Solidier A HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!! I'm Always Thinking Of You And Pray For You And Your Buds To Keep Strong In MiND And Body. Keeping The Faith and Will Continue To Love you .....well i guess forever?? lmao!! how ever long that is or until you want me to quit!! ha ha !! All kidding aside, I MISS YA!! LOTSA HUGGZZ AND KISSES!! LUV U!! Ciao.


Name: Diana
Email: q_t_pie55@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 10:05:01 PM

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Gramma--Hi! Yes, the guy on the far left is my brother, PFC Seth Anderson. Which one is your grandson? I know you said his name but I can't make out all of the name badges.


Name: debbies
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 06:58:15 PM

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To all the sky soldiers,HAPPY VALENTINES DAY,from a proud mom ,debbie


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 06:17:42 PM

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Ciao Simona, mio marito e` nella HHC company, non preoccuparti saranno a casa presto, prestissimo! Fatti forza e bella presto il tuo amore sara` tra le tue braccia! Sono sicura che il tuo ragazzo non vede l`ora di baciare la sua Italiana!


Name:
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Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 05:26:15 PM

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coraggio Simona e coraggio anche a tutte le altre ragazze in ansia come la sottoscritta..........manca poco, ma nessuna sa' le date precise dell'arrivo e anche se le sa e' meglio che se le tenga per se', visto che nessuno vuole combinare guai proprio ora!!!!! VERO???? quindi siate pazienti, i vostri mariti o fidanzati vi chiameranno appena possono.


Name:
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Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 04:35:12 PM

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Dai Simona che ormai manca mooooooooooolto poco!


Name:
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Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 04:32:48 PM

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Why are most of the pictures of the 508th.and not very many of the other units?


Name:
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Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 02:40:14 PM

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vedendo l'aiuto che avete dato a simona, c qualcuno che ha qualche notizia sulla 319th delta battery, anch'io da un p che nn sento il mio ragazzo e sono un p ansiosa. grazie a chinque riesca a farmi sapere qualcosa :-) sammy


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 01:32:47 PM

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TO SPC GRAY DAVID 1/508: Happy Valentine's Day love of my life! Everything is ready for your return! Love you!!Lucia X SIMONA: Ciao, il mio ragazzo nella 1/508 cmq l'ho sentito 2 giorni fa e sta tranquilla che tra pochissimi giorni sono a casa. Tornano tutti, non ti preoccupare, magari non tutti esattamente lo stesso giorno (come sai sono circa in mille) ma presto rivedrai il tuo ragazzo. Stammi bene!


Name: Christy Gondeck
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 01:15:57 PM

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********************************************************************************* ********************************************************************************* PFC GONDECK, BEN C. CO. 1/508 2ND PLATOON.............. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY BABY! I LOVE YOU AND CAN'T WAIT TO BE IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN! LOVE, CHRISTY


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 01:05:24 PM

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Hi Guys! Happy Valentines Day! Jeff KUPISCH in the 2/503 - I LOVE YOU!


Name: Simona
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 01:04:08 PM

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grazie per il supporto purtroppo non ho ancora avuto notizie del mio ragazzo spero sia perche' sta' ritornando. sono piu' di venti giorni che non so niente di lui. nessuno sa con precisione quando ritornera la 503 hhc scouts? perdonate la mia insistenza ma sto veramente male non avendo notizie. per il mio ragazzo: Ryan ti amo buon s. valentino. telefona se puoi. Simona


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 12:52:12 PM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY BABY!!!! Thanks for remembering me, it is the most beautiful and special and thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me! I love you very much and need you too. Be careful, I am always praying for you. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 12:49:01 PM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY BABY!!!! Thanks for remembering me, it is the most beautiful and special and thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me! I love you very much and need you too. Be careful, I am always praying for you. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: lisa
Email: douglaslisa@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 12:39:03 PM

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I WANT TO WISH ALL THE SOLDIERS IN IRAQ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY. AND ESPECIALLY MY HUSBAND SFC STANLEY E DOUGLAS. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY HONEY ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT TOGETHER I AM STILL HAPPY TO BE YOUR VALENTINE . NO AMOUNT OF MILES CAN KEEP OUR LOVE FROM GLOWING THROUGH . LOVE, LISA


Name: Beth Rossana
Email: careoverseas@yahoo.com
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 07:47:01 AM

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My family and I would like to say thank you for the great job you are doing over there. We are very proud of you for serving our country. We are praying that you will be able to come home soon and be kept safe until you do. God Bless the USA!


Name: Kati
Email:
Date: Friday February 13, 2004
Time: 12:35:24 AM

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I just finished watching a special tonight on my local PBS channel, which featured our Sky Soldiers! They interview Colonel Mayville and others of the 173rd, with footage from Kirkuk! I didn't see my man but maybe there are others out there who would get to see there loved ones on TV! Here is the link to the PBS website about the show: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/beyond/ May God Bless our soldiers and bring them home safely!


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email:
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 11:10:05 PM

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Thank you all for your advice about the tape, so great to know I can get it free or next to nothing---I guess the guy in Chicago just lost some business!


Name: Debora Yashinski (mommaski)
Email: TwoShadow@bham.rr.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 10:32:12 PM

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To those that have talked about the "Jump Tape"... If there is a tape being made by the unit could you PLEASE contact me? I would love to have a copy of it. As some of you know my son Sgt Michael Yashinski died on Christmas Eve there in Kirkuk and it would mean alot to have a copy. I'm sure the other families of those lost would like to have one also. I know Jessica Hebert (proud sister of Justin Hebert) would probably like to have a copy. Just let me know how much or if I need to supply a tape or whatever. I would also like to thank everyone who has shown such tremendous interest in the Memorial drawing I did. Please be patient, we are emailing clear copies as fast as we can. I am so pleased to say there are alot of requests from the Sky Soldiers themselves wanting a copy when they get back so that their comrades will always be remembered. You are the greatest!!! My prayers are with each and everyone of you until you are safely home.


Name: Don and Pat Lindsay
Email: drandpal@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 09:04:14 PM

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To SGT Mike Grabski, Hi Mike, Congratulations on your recent marriage. We wish you a long and happy one. Hope this finds you well. We are proud of you and your unit and hope your turn comes soon to go home. Stay safe, Don and Pat


Name:
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Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 06:37:14 PM

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Dont waste your money on a tape from CNN.. All the returning soldiers can go to ACS/Family assistance center and record the footage for free. All they need is a blank tape. The ACS office has all the footage and news reports from the first month. They have two vcrs hooked up there for all the boys to do it.


Name: PHYLLIS GRAFTON
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 04:44:39 PM

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I MANAGED TO JAM A TAPE INTO MY VCR THE NIGHT OF THE JUMP AND HAVE THE WHOLE REPORT ON CNN. PLEASE DON'T PAY THAT GUY $200-E MAIL ME AND I WILL TRY TO GET YOU A COPY!! PHYLLIS


Name: Andi
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 04:39:11 PM

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The footage of the jump is awesome. But! Please, before you spend close to $200 on that footage...wait until the guys get back. We are currently working on a project that includes footage of the jump...for FREE. This is a community effort and nothing is set in stone at this point. But, if you can save yourself that $200 by waiting a few weeks....that would be great. If not, you can always contact CNN or the gentleman you listed for the tape.


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 04:23:05 PM

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BUY A VIDEO OF THE JUMP INTO IRAQ!!! I was able to track down a video company who has the segment from CNN News of the jump into Iraq on March 26. However, it is costly--if a good quantity of tapes are ordered he can give a better price but right now he is saying $150-$190. Here is the info: Chris House Account Service manager 312-278-8868 chouse@vmsinfo.com This is an independent video company in Chicago. CNN had forwarded my request for a tape onto him. As far as I am aware CNN was the only coverage of the jump. My son called this morning and I told him I was working on getting the footage--he was happy to hear there was such a tape.....so order a piece of history now-and lower the price of the tape!!


Name: Me Myself And I
Email: TaaaDahhhhhh!!
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 02:21:46 PM

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Dear SGT.Monte Massey, I see you got yourself in a fine little mess over there in the desert, I can just picture you spinning making little dust tornadoes like that Little Tazzmanian Devil! ha! ha! awwwwwww too cute! I'm sure you've heard by many, of how proud and how much they all LOVE you. May as Well Jump on the Ol' Band Wagon and Send a Few Thousand I LUV U 2'S !! Lotsa Baby Boo Bear Huggzz!! Followed by Millions Of Special Kisses All Over Your Sweet Dusty Face and Few Hundred Patts on the Back and then give you a quick turn Around And Yell!! YYYYYEEEHHHAAAWWW!! Nice Bum Where Ya From?!?!!? LMAO!!!MISS YOU!! LUV U!! and sOoOoOo PROUD Of You. STAY CUTE !! GOTTA GO!! gone.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 12:39:46 PM

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FOR ERIN...are you italian?


Name: UNCLE DOUG AND AUNTIE DIANNE
Email: taurusconst@MSN.COM
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 12:18:30 PM

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PFC MARK TESHERA- JUST A NOTE TO SAY WE SURE ARE MISSING YOU, ESPECIALLY AFTER SEEING YOUR PICTURES (GRAMMA SENT THEM TO US). WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU. BE SAFE. WE LOVE YOU!


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 11:50:20 AM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hi Baby!!!! You made me feel 100% better last night. Thanks so much for always being there for me, even from far away. You are my world and my life and I am so grateful to have you. Just think, it's not much longer before we see eachother! I can't wait - it's all I think about. I miss you so much and hope that you have a great day. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEVE GRAFTON
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 10:03:04 AM

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HOPEFULLY, THE MEDIA WILL BE IN ITALY TO COVER THE RETURN 0F THESE BRAVE PARATROOPERS. AS THE ONLY UNIT TO PARACHUTE INTO AN UNKNOWN SITUATION IN THE DARK OF NIGHT, THEY DESERVE TO BE RECOGNIZED, AND HOPEFULLY, THROUGH THE MAGIC OF TELEVISION, WE HERE IN THE STATES WILL GET TO SEE THEIR ARRIVAL. HINT TO CNN, FOX AND MSNBC. GO 173RD!


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Email:
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 09:51:47 AM

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Thanks for that information on AFN - we have been watching that source and since family were present when the troops arrived last week we had assumed there had been some other, earlier notification. As I said earlier, we are not asking for something that will cause security concerns - we don't want to screw-up anything this close to the end. But, it would be nice to know as soon as it is feasible. Even is someone posts a note an hour after a flight arrives that a unit has returned - Sorry to pop your bubble this morning - wasn't trying to get the FRG upset.


Name: The Barbrick Coast
Email: mail@barbrickcoast.us
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 09:42:50 AM

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The LARGEST sense of celebration for ALL troops and family alike would, certainly, be when ALL (every last soldier of the 173rd) has returned to base in Vicenza. Immediate, public notification of each arriving group allows for the opportunity to be able to predetermine an arrival schedule, which could be used adversely for the safety of arriving troops. Furthermore, a February FRG Deployment Newsletter issued an advisory, relative to troop security and notification to families of their arrival, which states the following: "PLEASE BE ADVISED...The Family Readiness Group is not allowed nor required to release any information about the soldier's return to any family member via email, telephone, or letter. We are a volunteer organization that assists the soldiers and their family members. We do not work for the Department of the Army and we will not be able to give you any specific information. Thank you for understanding, FRG." The AFN news media is currently issuing current deployment information, in accordance with proper security guidelines. That may be the families best source of information, which still considers the total security picture. The following link is to AFN News- Vicanza: http://www.afneurope.net/Vicenza/


Name: Deborah
Email: dretlewski@senate.michigan.gov
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 09:11:08 AM

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Ashley: My son, Spc. Brandon Cline, HHC 2/503, is a good friend of Jeffs. If he calls, I will tell him to tell Jeff hello from you. Take care. Hopefully they will all be back to Italy safe and sound very soon.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 09:02:10 AM

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To all the folks in Italy waiting for the return -- Could you please post any arrival dates and times as they are announced over there so that we in the States can keep track. When they are officially announced and all security concerns are settled!! We would appreciate any info we can get and can then "celebrate" along with you while you meet our soldiers at the airfield. Can't believe this time is almost here ---- God Bless the Sky Soldiers!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 08:53:57 AM

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any news on 319th delta battery coming back to italy?


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 03:50:27 AM

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PFC PHILIP GRANT C CO. Philip as i get to know the members of your family it gets crystal clearer to me the reasons why you're that special. and one in a million. hurry home little one, and keep your chin up, it's your (our) last effort! much love, Giulia ^_^*


Name: marzia
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 12, 2004
Time: 02:24:30 AM

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To all my soldiers friends:Hi guys have a safe return in vicenza,I can't wait to see all of you in crazy bull and have parties together...See you very soon....ciao marzia from verona


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 11:36:48 PM

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So the HHC 2/503 will be home "really soon", that is wonderful news - If anyone knows JEFF KUPISCH in the 2/503, tell him his girlfriend LOVES HIM VERY MUCH!!! Ya'll be safe out there - i'm still praying for all of you guys!!


Name: Mom
Email: korourke2@cox.net
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 11:09:09 PM

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Happy Birthday, Troy O'Rourke!!! 2/503rd, 2nd Plt. I hope you had a wonderful day over there. I am writing this so you are already starting the 12th of Feb, therefore it is not your birthday now, so they can't harass you about it!!!!!!!!hee,he. See ya soon, son. Love always, Mom


Name: Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 10:53:09 PM

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For Diana - Yes # 1570 is the first one I've seen of my grandson. Do you have someone in that picture also?


Name: Donna Plesa
Email: angelpie1974@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 10:32:52 PM

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To Jeffrey Kupisch, I'm praying for your safety and hope that very soon you will be home again. Much Love!!! Donna Plesa


Name: Bill Garrison
Email: billgarrison13@aol.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 09:19:53 PM

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Just a note of sincere appreciation to all 173rd members (and all military personnel) who are fighting in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. My son just arrived at FOB McHenry with the 25th ID 1/27 INF to relieve the 173rd. Congrats for a successful campaign. My deepest sympathy to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for peace in our country and Iraq - God Bless them, and their families. Thank You - job well done.


Name: Sandi Ludwig
Email: sanludwig@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 09:10:43 PM

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To PFC Phil Grant- Philip, I do believe I know who the girl from Verona is, We have corresponded. I love that you have a special friend who keeps sending you messages. That is wonderful for your moral. Sorry, just an interested Aunt.(or some might say butt-out). Any ideas as to when you will be back in the United States or Italy? Daddy always knew where the next base would be, gave us something to look forward to. I pray every night that Daddy and God will be right beside you. Until I write again.. God speed and watch your back... to you any everyone over there serving. Love-Aunt Sandi


Name: JACKIE K GARCIA
Email: Cougarkat86@aol.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 08:31:26 PM

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Hi Carl, its was nice to have a call we all miss you very much and can wait to see you. We all support all of the troops and want you all to come home soon.We love you and are very proud of all of you. YOU ARE MY HERO. Love your sister Jackie


Name: Diana Anderson
Email: q_t_pie55 at hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 07:16:11 PM

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Hey Gramma, are you referring to pic #1570 of B Co, 3rd Plt?


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 04:01:36 PM

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To Simona, 2/503 HCC is returning REALLY SOON! For security reasons I won't say exactly what I've heard, but look for Ryan to return before you know it.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 03:38:16 PM

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Ciao Simona, anche il mio ragazzo nello stesso gruppo del tuo e anch'io non lo sento da un po'... Speriamo che sia perch stanno tornando in questi giorni! Ciao!


Name: a girl from Verona (Italy)
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 02:04:03 PM

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to all my friends deployed over there... i cant wait to see ya back here in italy... i m missing u guys... love. G.


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 01:18:50 PM

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TO Thomas S Reyna II, How are you Mijo? We are all praying for you. Keep your guard up. Won't be long till you are home. I love you mijo dad


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 01:03:05 PM

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grazie. spero veramente che il mio ragazzo torni presto.... magari entro la settimana prossima. GRAZIE ANCORA. SIMONA


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 11:24:52 AM

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For simona:i giorni si contano sulle dita di 2 mani...


Name: an italian girlfriend
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 11:06:30 AM

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DOES ANYBODY KNOWS WHEN 2/503 HHC SCOUTS IS COMING BACK? BECAUSE MY BOYFRIEND RYAN IS IN THE COMPANY AND I DON'T HAVE HIS NEWS BY A LITTLE WHILE. PLEASE HELP ME THANK YOU SIMONA


Name: an italian girlfriend
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 11:06:29 AM

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DOES ANYBODY KNOWS WHEN 2/503 HHC SCOUTS IS COMING BACK? BECAUSE MY BOYFRIEND RYAN IS IN THE COMPANY AND I DON'T HAVE HIS NEWS BY A LITTLE WHILE. PLEASE HELP ME THANK YOU SIMONA


Name: SFC HERNANDEZ
Email: RENE.HERNANDEZ@USAREC.ARMY.MIL
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 10:59:04 AM

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CONGRATULATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE, SAFE FLY HOME SEE YOU IN ITALY HOOAH


Name: Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 12:11:15 AM

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I couldn't believe my eyes. After all this time I finally saw a picture of my grandson PFC Mark Teshera, 1-508 3rd platoon , and the great looking bunch of guys he has been hanging out with for these last months. Good to see you all. Take care till your feet are on friendly soil!


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: Leonard.I.engle@conocophillips.com
Date: Wednesday February 11, 2004
Time: 12:07:45 AM

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My son called and said they would be home soon, but he also said that he had somebusiness to do before he came home. He said that some of the guys were going to one of the boys homes that was K.I.A. I told him i sure could wait to see him and I am proud of those boys for doing that first. I know it will mean allot to those parents. God Bless the 173rd.


Name: miranda hunter
Email: wjbrowning@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 10, 2004
Time: 09:37:35 PM

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this is for soldiers who dont have any family to write to and need to talk to someone miranda hunter 400 martin chapel rd portland tn 37148 my little brother is overthere and we are so close he is like my other half and i know what it is like to be alone and need someone because my little brother is my rock


Name: Michael Walsh
Email: sfcwalsh223@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday February 10, 2004
Time: 02:00:43 PM

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"T" I don"t know if you"ll get this but if you do I want you to know I miss you badly and I love you.It looks like I may stay deployed in Utah for another year. Boy things sure have changed for us this last year, huh.I cant wait to go shooting with you again.Keep your feet and knees together. Love, Dad


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday February 10, 2004
Time: 12:00:14 PM

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Hi Christopher-It was good to hear from you on Saturday and Natalie was really happy to talk too you. I hope you continue to be safe and take care of yourself. Hopefully I will get your stuff you asked for this weekend and mail it to your Italy address so it can be waiting for you when you get back there, hopefully soon. I am really proud of you and the 173rd airborne brigade. I just wanted you to know that I am really proud of you. Take care and God bless you. Love always, Auntie Jessie


Name: SGT. Patrick McStravick, 230 MP Company (kaiserslautern, Germany)
Email: patrick.mcstravick@us.army.mil
Date: Tuesday February 10, 2004
Time: 08:27:17 AM

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HEY GUYS I WAS DOWN THERE WITH YOU IN SEP-LATE OCT AND WANT YOU TO KNOW TO HANG IN THERE AND STAY SAFE AND KEEP YOUR HEADS UP YOUR ALMOST HOME- ILL BE GOING BACK IN MARCH AND AM GLAD TO SERVE IN YOUR WAKE - SKY SOLDIERS!!!!!!!


Name: Sandi Ludwig
Email: sanludwig@earthlink.net
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 10:50:57 PM

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To PFC Philip Grant-I forgot to tell you I carry a coin that says "GOD BLESS AMERICA" other side reads "Glod bless those who serve, who give of themselves without reserve" I had it blesses by a Priest and I carry it with my every single day. I am going to purchase the 173d Airborne coins and give to Cathy, Danny and Todd and have them blessed also. You and everyone serving are close to us always. It is comforting to touch the coin daily and think of you and remember why dad was called a lifer. He loved flying for the Air Force and his country. Love, Aunt Sandi


Name: Sandi Ludwig
Email: sanludwig@earthlink.net
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 09:55:11 PM

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Hello Philip, Cathy just sent me a picture of you posted in this web site. I was fun to see you (COMB YOUR HAIR!) Today is the 9th anniversary of Dad's death. I know that he is flying with other soldiers over there and watching your back...We all cannot wait until we get to see you again. Until then, I love and miss you. Tell everyone else hello for me even though I have never them but think of everyone daily. God speed and a safe return to you and all of our soldiers. Until I see that big smile of yours, we miss you something awful. Love, Aunt Sandi (a big kiss to the gentleman hosting this site for us)


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 09:53:14 PM

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My boyfriend keeps saying that he's coming home "soon" , but he's been saying that for the last month. Does anyone have any idea how soon is soon? I know I should just be patient, but I'm so ready to see him. I LOVE YOU JEFFREY MICHAEL KUPISCH!!! if you're in the 173rd and you know Jeff - make sure you give him a hard time for me! But not too hard - stay safe guys!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 09:29:36 PM

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"One Man's War" - an articulate and compelling editorial written by Major Robert M. Carnejo. Go to www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20479-2004Feb6.


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Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 08:41:04 PM

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Well, my boyfriend came home in November and I can totally understand the wondering on how you should act, or if you should ask questions. The best advice I have about asking questions is DON'T! Wait until they want to talk about it, wait until they bring it up!!! They may or may not want to talk about anything that happened over there, or they may come at you with a million different stories and such. You just have to wait and see! Basically adjust to them, they have all changed so just being there for them is the best thing you can do for them. One minute they may be laughing and joking and the next minute they might break down and need a shoulder to cry on, so make sure you have a free shoulder at all times!!! :-) Every soldier deals with the stress of coming home from war differently, so until you know how your soldier is dealing with the after math of the war, JUST BE THERE FOR THEM!!!!


Name: Jane Wiseman (Mother of Ranger Paul
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 05:57:27 PM

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My son left Iraq the first part of November - hooray! He went back to Italy for a month and then was home for over 35 days, now he is stationed at Fort Polk, Lousiana. The 35 days he was home was wonderful, except his constant channel surfing, ha! I had so many questions and bombarded him like a mad woman; but the best way I found to gather information was to just relax and let him share his stories when he was comfortable. He loves being back in America and seems to have grown in a positive way from his experience in Iraq. God Bless the entire 173rd!!


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Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 04:04:26 PM

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TO MR BRADLEY. Thank you so much for what you did and doing! You help a lot with this website. You are a great person! God bless you. Thank you!


Name: Sam Edwards
Email: smedward@duke-energy.com
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 03:49:52 PM

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God bless our 173rd, and all the troops coming home! Any suggestions as to adjustment period for our son ? Is there a website to handle questions as far as what to expect, what not to change, what to ask or not to ask? This is new to me since my son enlisted, then went to iraq.I'm just not sure what to expect from an emotional standpoint. Does anyone have suggestions?


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Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 02:34:02 PM

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THE GUYS WILL BE HOME SOON - STOP WORRYING ABOUT COMPANIES AND SUCH - THEY'LL BE HOME - NOT THAT FAR APART -


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 10:40:48 AM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hi Sweetheart! Last night was great talking with you and it was even better because it was for a long time. You really need to know how much I love you, how much I miss you and how much I need you. It's crazy what you do to me, but you've got me hooked for life!!!! I am very proud of everything you are and everything you're doing. My dad says hello and my family is praying for you all the time. I hope you have a great day and I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!! I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: Becky Merida
Email: becky011@insightbb.com
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 10:37:52 AM

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Hello, I hope that you are all doing well. My family has been following some of the progress of your unit. My father was in the 173rd in 1964. His first jump was also the first official one of the Vietnam War. He is extremely proud that the 173rd is agian in the sky. There are a lot of vets here pulling for you all, and hoping that you alll come home safe to the welcome you deserve for your sacrifice!! May God Bless & Keep You!! Becky


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Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 10:30:40 AM

News

Any word on Delta Battery returning?


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 07:25:46 AM

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PFC PHILIP GRANT, i miss you, it was great seeing a picture of you in this website, i just couldnt believe my eyes!! hurry home, we're all waiting, we love you, giulia ^_^*


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Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 06:58:41 AM

News

It was parts of the Headquarters Company that returned last week - not necessarily all of them. The line companies - A, B, C - will be coming soon!!


Name: Irina
Email:
Date: Monday February 09, 2004
Time: 04:41:12 AM

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HI ALL, I STILL DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHICH COMPANY OF THE 173RD RETURNED. DOES ANYONE KNOW?! THANKS ALL.


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 08:10:27 PM

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So you are all headed home..this is amazing news! Take care of all of you, and thank you for everything each of you has done. See you all in Italy! kell


Name: Princess MaryEllen Olvera
Email:
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 06:29:54 PM

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hi nino Chris,how are you? Im fine. um.......... ok.....I wish you can come home sooner then soon.im doing great in school and i did good on my report card ( Chita got an "A" in that reading thing can u belive it a D to an A) there might[ im not sure yet] be a new student in my class. Well got to go love you and miss you Love. MaryEllen=)


Name: Emilia Olvera (Cuz of a brave man Chris Mascio)
Email:
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 06:18:54 PM

News

Hey dude, We got ur message yesterday but we weren't home (that sucked) I hope ur doing alright cuz were ok. We got our Jackson Journal @ skool the other day and it had an article on u when u came 2 my skool. I'll probly send it to u some time. well g2g I love ya and miss ya lots. Hope u come home soon but soon ain't soon enough 4 me. luv, Emilia *=)


Name: Karen Anselmo
Email: happigf@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 06:09:55 PM

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To all you brave Soldiers: Glad to see the 173rd are on their way back to Italy! Thank you for doing an amazing job out there. I know the conditions have been a nightmare and then some. I have been reading the webite "Anysoldier.us" daily since Dec. 16th. I have passed the site to all that I know. We will continue to support you guys with packages and prayers till all come home. To the families and friends of those who have fallen, my heartfelt sympathy. I will include all of you in my prayers. God bless you and God bless and keep America safe! Karen Anselmo


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Email:
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 06:00:12 PM

News

Can somebody tell me if now that the apo closed,are you still received letters from your soldier or not????thanks


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 02:54:27 PM

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Hello to all of the 173rd that reads this. I know my boyfriend, JEFF KUPISCH, in the 2/503 doesn't check this message board, so I appreciate any of you that relay my messages to him. I haven't heard from him in a while, so if you know him could please let him know that I LOVE HIM, and MISS HIM VERY MUCH! I can't wait to meet some you once you get back to Italy. When Jeff was home on leave he spoke very highly of everyone. Thanks again for passing on my messages. Ya'll be safe out there, and remember that all of you are in my prayers. - Ashley Andrews


Name: Dad,Mom&Caleb
Email: tljcdrake2@aol.com
Date: Sunday February 08, 2004
Time: 12:01:14 PM

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Pfc Jarrod Drake 1-B/2nd503d,Happy 20th Birthday son! Tomorrow is the big day (2/9/04) but we wanted to make sure you got this message before then. We know it is a busy time for you all right now, but hopefully you will be able to celebrate a little. We all love & miss you a great deal. Take care & GOD Bless. Love you,D,M,&C xoxoxo


Name: Deb Herrington
Email: debherrington@excite.com
Date: Saturday February 07, 2004
Time: 05:03:06 PM

News

If you would like to have a message included in the "Thank You" cards being given to the 173rd troops when they return to Italy, please send your message to debherrington@excite.com as soon as possible. We pray for their safe return home and are grateful for their outstanding dedication to our country.


Name: Kenneth R Knight
Email: KKnight44M@aol.com
Date: Saturday February 07, 2004
Time: 02:56:18 PM

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To Cpt Greg Knight HHc 173rd. We love you son and are looking forward to your retur. Two years is a long time. I have a 14lb Prime Rib just waiting for you. Take care of your troops and we will see you soon. Love Dad Mom


Name: Kristina Egert
Email: kristina.egert@us.army.mil
Date: Saturday February 07, 2004
Time: 11:58:11 AM

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SPC Christopher Taffoya(B Co 2/503 3rd Plt): Hey you! Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you. I can't wait to see you in March babe. I love you. Stay safe for me. Take care and God bless! All my love ~ Kristina


Name: Glen Bayer father of SPC Brian Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday February 07, 2004
Time: 11:10:33 AM

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I would like to collect any pictures that anyone may have of 3rd Platoon A Company 1st/508th. I will gladly pay for any copying and shipment. Just contact me via my e-mail and let's see what we can do. I would suggest that families try to get in touch via this sight and begin coordinating transfer of photos to each other. To Mr Bradley once again, THANK YOU for your selfless efforts in giving all of us a link to our troopers.


Name: Michelle
Email: michelle88@centrum.cz
Date: Friday February 06, 2004
Time: 01:47:52 PM

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TO SPC. JOSH t. GEIS from the 74 th INF. i think. Hey JOSH, how are you doing down there ? I hope you are good andyou finally bought that CD with that good music what you wanted before you left from Italy. I canm imagine you how are you walking there with your gun and with you r cd player and you are dancing around all the Iraqis with that. Hahaha, pretty funny, but be careful, i think it doesnt to them when they are smiling to you that they likes you. But i think you know what to do by yourself, right ? I still don have any ideas which company is yours or where you were depoyed, but soemone maybe will know you and someday you wil read that things what im telling to you. Just wanted say hi again and i hope i wil see you when you get back somewhere. Its good to get drunk with someone normal in Italy. I dont mean ofcourse that you are normal....but you know im kidding, right ? Anyway, i gotta go and i think you will keep your ass safe as you can and take care of other guys down there. Take care and see you prbly when you get back. Love, Michelle.


Name: LeAnne
Email: leanne209@yahoo.com
Date: Friday February 06, 2004
Time: 01:47:25 PM

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Thank you to all you how are serving your country. God bless you all and keep you all safe. Philipe Herrera you are in my prayers


Name: Heather
Email:
Date: Friday February 06, 2004
Time: 12:13:00 PM

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I have never posted on here but wanted all of you guys to know how much this website has meant to me. My boyfriend has been in Iraq for almost a year but not with the 173rd and like all of your guys is due home before too much longer. This website has meant alot to me, it helps me to realize that i am not the only one in this postion and how lucky I am that he is still alive. I want to extend my sympathy to all of the family and friends of the Fallen Soldiers. Keep you chin up and keep praying for a safe return for all of our soldiers. Have a great welcome home party for your men and women and enjoy every minute of it, wont be too much longer!!! Heather


Name: Lisa Matson
Email: lisa_matson@hotmail.com
Date: Friday February 06, 2004
Time: 10:01:37 AM

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To any soldier who may know PV2, TRIMBLE, RYAN-1/508- please tell him his family misses him and that we think of him constantly! We haven't heard from him for quite some time and don't know that he is still getting our emails to the FRG email address or not? We can't wait to hear from him and hope he will be able to call real soon. His "3" messages on our answering machine from last fall are still there so we can hear his voice! The next time he comes home we will have a party that will make the last one seem like nothing! PLEASE tell him we love him and tell him to hook up with Gavin Campbell & Philip Grant for his photo opportunity!!!


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Email:
Date: Friday February 06, 2004
Time: 08:18:49 AM

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As far as "counting his R&R leave against his leave when they get back." That's a difficult question. The short answer is that all soldiers will get 30 days leave after Iraq, regardless whether they received R&R or not. I think that is what you were asking. If he did not have enough leave to cover the R&R (15 days) and block leave (30 days), then he will go into a negative leave balance and will have to build it back up. Soldiers earn 2.5 days of leave every month for a total of 30 days a year, which they can carryover if they don't use it all. But no one will be denied their block leave because they already received R&R.


Name: TA Hunter, Jr.
Email: arlenern@prodigy.net
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 11:53:15 PM

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To: Pvt. Tom Hunter, Battle Co., 2/503: Son, we are sorry we missed your call today. Hopefully somebody can get this message to you. Stay motivated. We WILL hook up in the near future. We and your brothers love you a lot, even though your brothers were unclear about your commendation -- was it CMH, Silver, Bronze, DSC, Good Conduct, what???? Honestly man, nobody has the guts to erase your message from the answering machine and face the wrath of MOM -- truth!!? Like the "old head" always says when something goes wrong -- "It don't mean nothin', man". I'll see you when I see you. Just take care of your team's business just to make sure that wish comes true. Love ya' and very proud of our young man, Mom and Dad


Name: Kristen
Email:
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 06:30:04 PM

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I have a friend who came home on R&R. I was wondering if the time he spent on R&R would be counted against his leave once he gets back to Italy. Does anyone know? Info would be much appreciated. And since I'm submitting a post, I would like to thank Mr. Bradley for maintaining this site. Mr. Bradley, you have done a great job, and have provided much encouragement to family and friends of deployed soldiers. I would also like to thank the soldiers for their service to our country. Your service is honored and appreciated. God bless! --Kristen


Name: Erin
Email:
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 03:56:31 PM

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SPC. Johnny Perkins.... Hi Baby!!!! Our phone call last night really got me excited! I miss you sooooooooooooooooooooo much and can't wait to see you. You are doing an amazing job and I am very proud of you. I pray for you all the time and know that you are safe. Not much longer Baby!!!! I love you Sweetie and am waiting here for you. I love you forever and ever, Erin


Name: FJ
Email: faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 03:08:12 PM

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To: SPC Roberto Sandifer; B Co 2/503rd; Hello my love, We can't wait to see you. We miss you so much. We pray that you and your Brigade make it back to Italy safe and sound. Don't forget when you are back in Italy I have a list of things that I need, so get your rest then go shopping. Angie has a list for you also, she is getting ready to build her new house and she would like for you to send her somethings. Better you than me (smile). We received about 6 inches of snow here in Kansas, the kids are all in school, they are waiting to get out to go sledding. Your brother told me to tell you hello (you know we never saw inlaw). By the way, we will be here another 2-3 years. Your brother is going into his BQ job as XO. Just think in about 3-4 years we will be moving up to the silver cluster and all that money will be going to college for your nephew. Well take care and hope to see you soon. Sis


Name: T.J. Murphy
Email: tjmurphy@triathletemag.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 02:44:57 PM

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My name is T.J. Murphy and I'm an editor with Triathlete Magazine and Competitor Magazine. I'm hoping to make contact with Captain Gavin Woody, a ranger serving in the 1/508. We'd like to run a feature article on him with Ironmanlive.com, a premier global triathlon publication. Thanks to any help you can provide. And thanks to all the troops! T.J. Murphy tjmurphy@triathletemag.com


Name: LT Theresa V. Hubbard
Email: thubbard@pacnorwest.uscg.mil
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 01:47:10 PM

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This is for SSG JOHN WIGHTMAN. If you read this please tell him his mom is going to Italy from April 29th to May 6th. I will be landing in Venice and if he can't pick me up then I will need to know how to get to the base and directions and a key to his apartment. Also if he doesn't want to hang out with me maybe some of you other guys/gals can adopt a mom and show me the sites. You all watch your backsides and we love you. Oh yea John I love you the most.


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Email:
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 01:30:09 PM

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Great news!!!!! Check out AFN Europe News. (The link is in the same column as this one on the home page)


Name: CHUCK & DOREEN LAVALLE
Email: NORSETHOR@AOL.COM
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 11:11:18 AM

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JUST WANTED TO SAY "THANKS" FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR NATION. WE ARE CIVILIANS AND REALIZE THAT WITHOUT YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION WE COULD NOT BE SAFE AND FREE. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SACRIFICES ON BEHALF OF THE FOLKS BACK HOME. STAY SAFE. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.


Name: Ami Zipp
Email: azipp@swandolphin.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 11:01:57 AM

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I just want to thank Mr. Bradly for this wonderful site. My brother is CPL Soloman Garcia, 3rd PLT B CO. 1/508, and I am extreemely proud of him and all of the other members of the 173rd. Soloman, if your get a chance to read this, I love and miss you. I couldn't ask for a better brother. Love Always, Ami


Name: Deb Yashinski (mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 10:36:21 AM

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to whomever wanted to know about the pictures - Here is how we did it. My husband simply downloaded the pictures to our computer, transferred them to a disc. I then took the disc to Walmart and had them printed (I was building a scrapbook for my son's time there). To post a picture - well what we did was we emailed the webmaster and explained what we had and he told us to send it and he posted it. For those who might be wondering - my son requested that I do a drawing to remember his fallen comrades forever, I never knew that I would have to add his "fallen dogtag". We asked the webmaster about posting it as we have had several inquiries about it. It can be found on page 68, picture number 1533. If you try to print a copy and it is not clear email me and I will try to send you one. It won't be long now and all brave and wonderful Sky Soldiers will be back. Keep them in your prayers until they are safely in their loved ones arms.


Name: Mary
Email: korourke2@cox.net
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 08:47:51 AM

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I ditto the sentiments in thanking and praising Mr. Bradley for having this website for all of us. I just sent a couple of messages to our son, Spc. Troy O'Rourke, 2-503rd while on here, but I can say that this site helped me so much by seeing all of the positive comments and the love sent over the internet to other's soldiers in Iraq. It was very heartwarming. And I would hope also that when my son is home on leave that he will be able to go to this website and view all the pictures that were collected. He is in three pictures. Thank you Mr. Bradley!!


Name: marzia
Email: geometra@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 04:56:11 AM

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to sgt. KOBELKA STEPHEN W. (1-508,Aco,2plt):Hy baby I hope you're still fine, still more few weeks and then finally I'm going to huge you again.I miss you so much...hurry home I love you..marzia


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 02:10:03 AM

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To the Webmaster, I wnat to thank you once again for the great job you have done. I appreciate all that you have done. Respectfully Tom Reyna


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 02:06:35 AM

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to Thomas Reyna II, How are you Mijo? Want to let you know that we love you and are praying for you and the men and women of the 173rd as well as the men and women of the military. Stay safe. Do not let your guard down. Love you mijo dad


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 01:01:25 AM

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Hi Guys! If your reading this and you know JEFF KUPISCH in the 2/503 tell him his girlfriend loves him very very much. Ya'll stay safe out there and hurry home soon. - Ashley Andrews


Name: Chuck
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: Thursday February 05, 2004
Time: 12:55:39 AM

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My son was one of the late arrivals to Kirkuk. I had no idea as to what it would be like, let alone how I would handle the situation. (Now I know what I put my parents through over thirty years ago in Viet Nam.) This website and message board is terrific. My hat goes off to the webmaster and all families that utilize this site. It helped relieve the anxiety. It is great to know that we are not alone. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Sky Soldiers and their families.


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 09:44:57 PM

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I'll never forget when my son jumped into Iraq --we had no idea what to expect for communications to and from there....watching it on CNN almost a year ago and just thinking how uncertain we were of anything at that point on..a friend told me about this site and I spread the word to family and friends....then weeks later he called home and said yes, he did get our messages on this website! It meant alot to him to have personal messages. The support people sent him amazed him and boosted his morale so much. I quit writing a long time ago to him on here because I knew he was out in the field and not receiving them, but still checked in occasionally to see how others were doing. Amazingly enough, it seems this past year has gone by quickly..but it has been a tense and unforgiving year for many 173rd families. God bless all of you for your continued support to the troops and may happy days be ahead. CBF


Name: jessica hanchett
Email: sniperman_300@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 08:24:37 PM

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This website has helped realize there are many like me! We all share something in common...the love for our soldiers! As my husband spends his last few weeks in Iraq, I have learned many lessons in the past year! I will cherish every moment!! To those of you who have lost a brother, husband, son, daughter, and/or friend, I pray for you families. I wish you all the best! Welcome home cwh!


Name: A Ranger's Birthmother
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 04:00:20 PM

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To the webmaster and everyone who has posted: Thank you! You have been my support system, my best source of information, and many times my only source of information. Due to a very special set of circumstances, I have very little contact with my son who is a member of the 173rd. If anything had happened to him, this website would very likely be my only notification. There were times when I read messages saying that no one was injured during a mission before I even heard that an incident had occurred. For all of you who took the time to pass along this type of information, THANK YOU! You gave the rest of us peace of mind.


Name: Teri
Email: happieyes37@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 12:11:54 PM

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This message is for PFC Jehrimiah Meadows stationed in Kikurk. Hope you are doing well son. I pray for you and all of your comrades. The guardian angels are busy. Call me if you get a chance. All is well on the home front. We are So very proud of you and all that are serving there with you. LOVE MOM


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Email:
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 11:56:38 AM

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Can someone please tell me how to post a picture on the site and is it possible to get copies of some of the pictures?


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Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 11:55:28 AM

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Dear Sir: Please tell me this wonderful website will still be up and running so when my son comes back to the USA I can show him all the pictures and articles etc...???


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 08:47:49 AM

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To Beau Brannen, C/508, hope you are doing well and things are proceeding as planned. We will continue to pray for all of you these last few days and weeks that you will return safely and SOON to all of us that have followed you for these past 10 months. We want to also say thanks to all the family members for hanging with us through all of this. We wish that we could welcome all of our Sky Soldiers home, but unfortunately we will not be able to do that. We will, however, be able to continue to carry our colleagues and loved ones in our hearts and remember the sacrifices they made for our nation. May God Bless you all and hurry home.


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Email: ritolina@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 08:28:01 AM

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TO CHARLENE BREWER, mother of CLINT KELLY. Thanks for the good words you said,you touched my heart.I really care about Kelly and IF he'll call me, make sure I'll give him a big hug from you.From the less time we spent together, I really enjoied his company and he has a special place in my heart.He talked about you some times.I pray every day to see him again. Take care,R.


Name: Brook And Gig Haynes
Email: brookhaynes@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 04:04:28 AM

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Ciao Daddy. We miss you so much. Its getting down to that time.I can't wait to go snowboarding with you,while Mom skis.i am still in guitar lessons. Heather Mae and Nico and April send their love to their daddy.Come home soon and we will be there waiting for you. I know that you aren't near a computer so if you hear about this message,I love you so much.Love Brook your daughter and Mom


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 03:50:38 AM

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PFC philip GRANT, SGT cj CHANDLER, SPC chris PERR, SPC christopher TAFFOYA,PFC mario ANDRIULII, PFD brandon RADER, PFC david LAMBIE, each and every one, thank you, and hurry home, love and support. the fury from the sky fan .lol ^_^*


Name: Randy Nunez
Email: SF.Nunez@us.army.mil
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 02:55:50 AM

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PFC MICHEAL SONNENTAG or team or squad member.. please relay info; Mike it's you old friend Iceman. thank you for getting me hooked on cigs at airborne school, nah just kidding! but i'm writing to inform you that im leaving the guard Special forces unit that im in and going active. My transition allows me to request my duty station and im coming home to ya baby! im going to Italy dude! Ihope ur sitll at that unit. please contact me we have a lot to catch up on. hey remember the snack mission w/the radios and decoys from CQ at basic!wow , boy did we have it hooked up at basic! i wonder if kimble is still in?(talk about 8up!)my mailing adress is 9310 SW 53street Miami, fl 33165. i really hope u get that before i leave u can try me at home if u so choose at (305)271-4200 leave a message if u can call and i dont pick up! my aol screen name is bolomy37 in case u guys can go online there. hey my mom says hi so does tammy the girls from atlanta that we stayed over their house at!yeah buddy as soon as i get there the fun really begins!stay motivated dude!i'll probably be there in like a month or so! Contact me please! or to any reader that knows him please relay! thank you you are all doing a great job! and remember "CHECK YOUR FEET!!!"


Name: H. Olvera
Email:
Date: Wednesday February 04, 2004
Time: 12:09:15 AM

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Christopher just a quick hello from home thinking of you we were happy to hear your voice the day of super bowl it was funny because we were talking about you in church, everyone send there love and we miss you. can't wait till you all come home. keep safe. My kids send there love, I love you Tia


Name: Kourtney Nicole AKA Kasey Robbins' lil sis
Email: cheerchicsr04@aol.com
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 11:45:04 PM

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Hey KASEY! I'm Missing you at home, you are missing my senior year and its almost over with now, i've only got 2 and half months left and then, i enter the real world. But, i know you are coming home soon and i cant wait until you do. Everyone else say they want to see you, even Mrs. Spencer because she wants to go back to Italy with you because, she wants to see all the places that you have seen. i'm planning on going over there sometime soon, hopefully for my senior trip plus, you still owe me stuff. Well, i miss you and i love you with all my heart!!! LOVE YA KOURTNEY NICOLE


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 10:29:20 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H!!!! HHC 2/503 - Sure could use a call from you right about now!! My prayers are with ALL the 173rd right now. Since we can't mail - son, please email or call!! Pastor Betsy is @ home from the hospital if you can call & encourage her & Pastor Rick. HECK, CALL HOME & ENCOURAGE US!! Ashley is looking for a call as well. I'm going to homeschool Jessica. I had to get her out of York. JASON will have an amusing story for you about Las Vegas when you get home! Lizzy is doing great & I love working @ Lance's office. I MISS YOU & YOU'RE STILL MY F.B.B. BUT YOU BETTR CALL HOME SOON1 OK?? STAY SAFE. BE WISE! - ALL OF YOU & HURRY HOME! WE'RE ALL PRAYING & WAITING TO SEE YOU! LOVE, MOM


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Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 10:08:46 PM

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To Deb Yashinski, As I read your E-mail, I couldn't help but cry. I can't say that I know how you feel, because my son is still praying in Iraq to make it back to Italy and home safe.Your hurt is felt by all of us on this site. We have been a close knit family. Always rememember that you do have prayer partners to help you through. We love all the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for us.My first husband completed 3 tours in Vietnam. He was on active duty when he was killed leaving me with 4 young children. God has been good. They are all doing well. Three of them has been military related.Please, if you find anything in your spirit to e-mail us at this site until, the webmaster discontinue it, do so. This gives others encouragement that have lost their loved ones.God Speed, A 173rd Mom


Name: Tracy Poole
Email: tracypoole@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 09:10:48 PM

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Hello Kyle Barden. Don't know if you're able to check this but since I can't send mail (or more care packages) just want to say hello and let you know that I'm keeping you and the guys in my prayers. Looking forward to meeting my penpal in March. Keep safe!


Name: Deb yashinski (mommaski)
Email: TwoShadow@bham.rr.com
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 08:54:45 PM

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Well it seems that our young people will be soon coming home!! I wish you love and peace. To all the Sky Soldiers - A job well done, I am so proud of you. To all the families - please hug your soldier for me, for I am unable to hug my son. To the special family of the Fallen Heroes - My heart is with you as we await the news that the rest of our sons comrades have come home safely. To the webmaster - thank you , without you some of us would have been alone. This will be my last time of addressing all of you and I just want to say thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. Our son is gone now, but, I know he will always be there to watch over his friends, family and comrades. Love to all of you. Mommaski


Name: Suzann Singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 08:05:49 PM

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Hello each and every one: THE PAST YEAR (ALMOST) HAS BEEN A VERY HARD YEAR...MUCH THAT WE HAVE HAD SOMETHING OF THE SAME...WE HAVE SHARED THE SAME PAIN...IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER...SOME MORE SO THAN OTHERS...I AM VERY SADDEN TO SAY. TO ALL FAMILIES AND FRIENDS...I SAY...A JOB WELL DONE...BUT THE JOB IS FAR FROM BEING OVER. TO ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF SEAN REYNOLDS, JUSTIN HEBERT, CRAIG IVORY, KYLE THOMAS, DAVID BERNSTEIN, JOHN HART, JOSEPH MINUCCI, JACOB FLETCHER, AND MICHAEL YASHINSKI...MAY OUR GOOD LORD BE WITH YOU ALL IS SOME WAY OR ANOTHER...TO HELP YOU ALL WITH YOUR GREATEST LOSS AND PAIN...THEY SHALL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...THAT IS WHY WE MUST ALL BE PROUD TO HANG THE AMERICAN FLAG WITH HONOR...FOR COURAGE, PURITY AND FOR ALL THE GREAT AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SHED THEIR BLOOD FOR THE FREEDOM OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE...SUZANN/MOTHER OF SSG. MARIO SINGER/AND AN EXTRA THANK YOU TO MY SON'S FAMILY!!!


Name: Jessica Hebert aka proud sister of Specialist Justin W. Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 05:44:02 PM

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Well, this is going to be my last message on here. I had to come back one last time and show my gratitude to the Webmaster and to the 173rd as a whole. I don't think I have ever come to know such an awesome array of people in my life and well considering I have a long life ahead of me (I hope) I just feel lucky to experience this at a young age. I shall never take anything or anyone for granted. I thank you all for the words of comfort and wisdom. I'll definitely take something with me from each of you who have helped me along the way. This route hasn't been an easy one to travel and I'm just forever grateful for the support. AS for the troops, you've been most awesome and I'm pretty thankful for you all too..not just for keeping in touch with me but for being the most unselfish people to ever walk this earth. You all are something special to me and everyone else in the US and beyond. I hope you all have a Welcome home party of a life time and just know that you all did a very brave and courageous thing. AS you were there for me...I will forever be here for you all. You can count on that for as long as I walk the soils of this earth.... Much love to you Sky Soldiers...past and present and to the families of this awesome group. Carpe diem...Jessica M. Hebert


Name: John Skinner
Email: skinner_j@delbarton.org
Date: Tuesday February 03, 2004
Time: 03:27:51 PM

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Thanks a lot for you service, you guys are the best! HOAHH!


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Email:
Date: Monday February 02, 2004
Time: 10:02:32 PM

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To the 173rd Families, Our relationship is nearly over. I have enjoyed e-mailing and visiting the website every single day. I would like to again thank Mr. Bradley for giving me the opportunity to use this site. Haven't it had not been set up, my sanity would have been insanity.My daughter is a warrant officer 3. My son is a Specialist, one son-inlaw , drill sergeant and one a Major (promotable). We are praying that all our soldiers will leave Iraq soon and remain safe. Please continue to pray for the bereaved families and try to call and give some encouragement. See some of you soon in Italy. Donot give the date on the web. The enemies are monitoring the web, just as we are. Godspeed, A caring 173rd Mom


Name: Ashley Andrews
Email:
Date: Monday February 02, 2004
Time: 04:28:17 PM

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IF ANYONE KNOWS JEFF KUPISCH in 2/503 PLEASE TELL HIM HIS GIRLFRIEND LOVES HIM VERY VERY MUCH AND TO CALL HER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! thanks - ya'll stay safe out there and hurry home!


Name: AIRBORNE'S DAD
Email:
Date: Monday February 02, 2004
Time: 02:49:12 AM

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I HAVE SAID 522 PRAYERS, FOR PEOPLE I HAVE NEVER MET. I CAN'T IMAGINE THE PAIN OF A LOST LOVED ONE. I HAVE READ EVERY SOLDIERS NAME THAT WAS LOST, THEY ARE HEROES AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. MAY GOD BLESS THEM, THEIR PARENTS AND FAMILIES. LET,S ALL GET HOME SAFELY, AND SOON. PROUD FATHER OF A AIRBORNE SOLDIER


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Monday February 02, 2004
Time: 12:00:56 AM

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Just wanted you to know I am going to miss you -- ALL OF YOU! How often I have cruised directly to the www.173rdairborne.com site before checking any other news on-line -- this provides the most accurate, up-to-the-minute, sensitive, caring, intelligent "news coverage" for friends, moms and dads, wives, and lovers -- I AM going to miss you -- we have all drawn very close over these past months -- bonded by tragedy, concern and worry, tears, heartaches, joys, relief -- if all the messages from this site could be run off and printed in a book, it would be a bestseller about war -- the human aspects!! Thank you for helping my husband and me survive these past months -- we still check the site anxiously daily -- today and yesterday were indeed frightening -- but we are marking days off our calendar -- we continue to hope and pray that all will be safe from harm!! Our hearts ache for the wonderful Kurds who were killed in today's suicide bombings. . .my son has spoken so highly of them and so many in the Kirkuk region. . .Bless all of you, sisters, mothers and fathers, wives, friends, and lovers, of our precious packages serving their country and us! anne gonzalez


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Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 11:52:09 PM

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I am a caring mother. My son has gone to war. My mind is filled with worries that my mind has never known before. Everyday I try to keep my thoughts from going black. I'am scared, but I am proud. "My son has got your back". This is a part of a poem by Autumn Parker, It is truly hard being a mom, We also need a little slack.


Name: Lana Burnett
Email: heywutup@msn.com
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 10:52:20 PM

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David A. burnett i love you angel......MOMO


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Email:
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 10:07:18 PM

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Though the months seem long and almost never to pass, the day will soon be here that I will see you at last! Ben, I can't wait for you to make it back to Italy and then to TEXAS! Come home safe and soon. Kell


Name: Mary Huser
Email:
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 09:29:03 PM

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I would like to say that I talked to my son tonight he has re-enlisted for 4 more years, and today went before the review board and passed he is now E5 he has chosen to say with the 173rd for 2 more years of the 4 years. I am very proud of him and all of you. I would like to visit Italy someday so maybe I will have the opportunity to meet some of you He is with 1/508 C. Co. Paul Huser. God Speed you all home safe and the sooner the better


Name: Sgt Wilson's Proud Family
Email:
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 09:22:47 PM

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To Proud Father of a Paratrooper....Amen, Papa. You have said what many, many of us stateside repeat in our hearts daily. Yes, we know our men are still in harms way and often forget that. You are absolutely on the money, when you say sometimes we get carried away with our excitement and anticipation of actually holding our boys in our arms and let our lips flap a little too much! Thank you for the reminder and thank you 173rd Paratroopers for your commitment to duty. While you may not always have agreed with the direction...you "sucked it up and drove on" (...thanks, Shane), and all of us in the US thank you for your daily sacrifices. Don't worry, there are plenty of us here reminding your fellow Americans daily that the freedom they enjoy is only because of true patriots like all of you. Please stay the course and watch over each other. Don't allow yourselves to get complacent. You will be home and in your families' arms before you know it. 173rd Families...continue to pray and be patient. I know it's hard, but it's nothing compared to the commitment our troopers have shown during this tough deployment. Shane.. please know we are praying for you and ask that you do the same...not too much longer--don't worry, we've got an In-N-Out burger with your name on it!!! Love, kisses and hugs from So Cal!


Name: CHARLENE BREWER
Email: CHARLENEBREWER@SBCGLOBAL.NET
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 08:51:49 PM

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I HAVE READ THE EMAILS FOR OUR SOLDIERS EVERY DAY THAT MY SON PFC CLINT KELLY HAS BEEN IN IRAQ. I HAVE CRIED MANY TIMES IN THE LAST MONTHS OVER SUCH LITTLE STATEMENTS MADE ABOUT OUR GREAT PEACEKEEPERS. I HAVE MISSED MY SON AND HAVE WANTED TO PROTECT HIM AND HAVE HIM CLOSE SO MANY TIMES. I THANK ALL THE ONES IN ITALY THAT HAS TOUCHED HIS LIFE. I THINK OF ALL HIS FRIENDS AND KNOW CLINT HAS MANY FRIENDS, BECAUSE HE ENJOYS LIFE TO THE FULLEST AND HAS SUCH GREAT PASSION FOR LIFE. HE LIVES EACH DAY TO THE FULLESTS AND HE HAS ALWAYS MADE ME SMILE. HE ENJOYS THE ADVENTURE OF LIFE AND HE IS THE GREATEST. TO THE ONES IN ITALY THAT MAY SEE HIM BEFORE ME, PLEASE GIVE HIM A BIG HUGE FROM HIS MOTHER. THANKS.


Name: .:.:*** JaCqUe***:.:.
Email: cOoRsLgHtGuRl_10@hotmail.co,
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 08:49:02 PM

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Good luck to all of you! god bless you all keep up the good work")


Name: Mom of Paratrooper
Email:
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 07:27:02 PM

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To sky soldier in Battle Co 2/503rd. What you said was clear and necessary. Thank you.


Name: Father of a Paratrooper
Email: arlenern@prodigy.net
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 05:32:56 PM

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To member of Battle Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Regiment (Airborne): In response to yours of today,31 January, 2004. Message received and understood. Keep your guard up and watch each other's backs. Getting back to the world is a time for excitement but until you are in friendly territory you are still in potential danger. I want to thank you personally for making sure my son got to be 19 while in your company (I guess at least one or two rounds of cold ones are on me!!!). He is one of the October 2003 Benning Brats that joined your crew later in the campaign, as well as 1/508. I got to meet and know them at Infantry School and Basic/Airborne graduation weeks. He is exceedingly proud to be part of Battle Company. He was not treated as an FNG but as a team member. I asked him if he had "got his beak wet" and he said "beak wet? I got thrown in the deep end straight up". The fact that you hardened veterans trusted him day one as a 173rd paratrooper was much more a concern to him than figuring out the "good hadjee vs. bad hadjee" thing. It wasn't always that way in the past you know. Your Officers, NCO's and your Parents obviously instilled strong humanistic and moral values in all of you. If you don't have a kid already, someday you will know how I feel and how exceedingly proud I am of all of you, specifically the fact that you remained true to your American values during a difficult mission. Saddle up, lock &load, and let's get the heck out of here, Proud Father


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 11:39:56 AM

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No matter how many days still separate my friends and me from "our" sky soldiers: each day that goes by is a day closer to their homecoming... (i like to think positive...lol). Ok, i said it doesn't matter, but anyways...HURRY HOME! all my support, ^_^*


Name: Amy
Email:
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 09:58:35 AM

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Mya--- My guy is SPC David Calkins. It would be a blessing if you knew his address. Who is your guy?? Thanks.


Name: serving in iraq B Co 2-503rd
Email:
Date: Sunday February 01, 2004
Time: 03:49:04 AM

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Ok, I have read numerous times of family and friends asking for specific information on stuff that happens over here in Iraq. For the last time, no one is supposed to be giving out any specific info. Family members are going to have to learn to drive on. If anything happens to your son, believe me you will find out through the proper channels. Now, that doesn't mean they are the quickest ones. If for some reason you are informed of something, DO NOT post it anywhere like mostly everyone does for some odd reason. You are just putting us all in more danger by spreading the news. Most of us do have some form of communication. That does not mean it WILL BE used. This is still COMBAT in case you have forgotten, not the foreign cyber cafe or phone center. Be patient, your loved one will contact you sooner or later, if they want to. Every guy here should be communicating home every now and then, if they don't though, that is there progative. They are encouraged to stay in contact, however it is not mandatory to. On a final note, thank you for the support everyone has given us over here. It means a lot to us all! Just remember, the stuff that happens over here needs to stay here or wait until we are home to be told at bars with friends and family. FRG is not only for wives and dependants, it is for parents as well.


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