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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:29:22 PM

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If you are actually in touch with your soldier, you have probably been told by him/her that they have been told they ARE getting out of there by December--THIS IS NOT a rumor I have in fact been told the same thing by my soldier. How do you explain all of these soldiers saying the same thing???? But like always this is subject to change.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 09:34:48 PM

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I live in Washington State and the big news here today is that quite a few reserves and National Guard folks are being deployed to Iraq, but, more importantly, 4,000 soldiers in the Stryker (sp?) force from Fort Lewis are going to Iraq. You can read the stories in the Seattle Times or the News Tribune (a Tacoma newspaper). Is this the unit that was supposed to take the place of the 173rd? I am not sure. The story is an official one that was announced by the commander of the unit at Fort Lewis. Once again, I am not sure what this means for our troops, but if you are interested, please do read the stories from our local news papers. They are on line and have run for the past couple of days.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 08:14:05 PM

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I would like to tell everyone who is reading this that the rumor about the 173rd redeploying in December was not a rumor. Plans were indeed being made for our return but they were being made around certain possibilities that are still uncertain. As for now plans have been put on hold because certain things have not gone as hoped. Try to remain positive and don't search for someone to blame for things not going as planned. This is a war and nothing goes as planned.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 08:08:40 PM

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Col. West...this quote I found sounds so fitting right now "Let us have faith that right makes might and in that faith let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it" 27 February 1860 Abraham Lincoln. You dared to do your duty to protect the lives of our soldiers. You should be commended for your actions not condemned for them. I'm would think that the actions you took were far less damaging than those who tortured Jessica Lynch and Killed how many of our US Service Men & Women....."Have they forgotten how it felt that day?" Welcome to you and your family....please find peace within this unit


Name: Barb - Jeff's Mom
Email: barbk@lesman.com
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 06:11:37 PM

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Attn: J E F R E Y M. K U P I S C H - 2/503rd MORTAR - Be sure to share the DVD's Aunt Jan sent you!! Thank you for calling the other morning - so good to hear your voice - will be even better when we get to see your face!!! Please call again - real soon. I miss you terribly & love you even more! Be wise, stay safe, Pray lots, call home & write! You're still my...... well, you know! ;o)~ love, Mom


Name: pam
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 05:45:37 PM

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i to applaud this west person and am definitely happy to see a man who cares about his fellow soldiers the us military need more like him. my son whom i have seen three times in three and one half years is in the 173rd glad to see he may help him stay alive or your sons and daughters. Its obvious they care more about the enemy than our own guys look at Guantanomo were the prisoners.


Name: Wally Dinse
Email: wdinse@northrocl.bm
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 04:51:37 PM

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Dear photographers your work has been outstanding. I really appreciate all of the hard work you put in. Since everyone is making requests, I figure I would ask to how about some pictures of the cooks. My son is one of them and I would love to see him. This is only if you have time. Thanks very much.


Name: DD Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 04:48:08 PM

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COL WEST: Dear Sir, Welcome to our family. It is soldiers like you that we are proud to have. I will sleep better tonight knowing that another committed American is alongside my son in a place where I cannot protect him. I commend you for utilzing measures appropriate to defend our husbands, daddys, sons and daughters. I believe it ahs been reorted more than once that this is a war against terrorism. The idea of "rules" in such a matter seem contradictory. I patiently await stories of the "opposition " exercising restraint and etiquette towards US soldiers. You have my support and total commitment in anything I can do to be a good soldier for you and your family here in the US and especially in Texas. If the truth be known, I bet President Bush is proud of you too. Again, Thank you so very much. Proud member of the 173rd family and Proud Mother of a Sky Soldier. DD Clark


Name: Annette Tewell Mother of Sgt. Jason haynes
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 03:50:37 PM

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To all of the wonderful men of the 173rd, I am so proud of you and know that your respective families are too. Hang in there and get the job done so that you all can come home. Welcome LTC West and may God bless him and all of you. I will be contacting the White House and my congress men. LTC West deserves MEDALS, not a court marshall. Know you are loved and prayed for daily, and watch one another's backs. I LOVE YOU JASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mom


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 02:26:57 PM

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RE: Col. West The White House also has a "comment line" that receives messages for the President. It is a real person who answers and takes your message. If you want to voice your opinions on this one, call the White House Comment Line: 1-202-456-1111 and let them know what you think!


Name: Pappy Patchin
Email: CharlesPatchin@ongov.net
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 01:30:32 PM

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Those of you that believe the 4th ID IGs action against LTC Alan West, now transferred to the 173d, are inappropriate should notify your Congressional and Senate Representatives to express your concerns.


Name: JENNIFER
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 01:02:09 PM

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TO WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHER.....PLEASE TAKE SOME PICTURES OF 2/503 HHC SCOUTS....MAYBE I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE MY BOYFRIEND.


Name: A wife
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 12:54:59 PM

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Those of you who truly support Col. West should email the president and let him know. I think it's a shame that a man trying to stop two Iraqis from murdering our soldiers would be charged with a crime. This is a war! You can email him by going to www.whitehouse.gov and clicking on contact at the top. The email address is listed on that page.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 11:38:20 AM

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To the photographers....keep up the wonderful work. Your pictures are greatly appreciated by the families. But PLEASE post some pictures of 2nd PLT/ Charlie Co/1-508th!!!! This family member is desperate to see her soldier's face. Also, is it possible to attach dates of the pictures? Thank you for all your work in bringing smiles to our faces when we see our brave soldiers!


Name: Genny
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 11:14:00 AM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING Ciao Spiderman!!! I hope you're fine! I was very happy to hear that you called you mom. She told me that you're ok. Be strong honey and never forget how much I love and how much I miss you. I'm always with you. I hope to talk to you again very soon. Take care! With all of my love. Genny


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 11:09:31 AM

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Bravo for Lt. Col West!! I have a lot more to say about it too but it will just get deleted here for being to political.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:45:25 AM

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I applaud LTC West in his effort to save the lives of Americans. He did what he thought he had to do and I am proud to know that men like him are serving our Country and protecting us. God Bless him and God Bless the 173rd..You are doing a marvelous job and thank you for a job well done. You are all in my prayers..God Bless America..


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:45:09 AM

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I applaud LTC West in his effort to save the lives of Americans. He did what he thought he had to do and I am proud to know that men like him are serving our Country and protecting us. God Bless him and God Bless the 173rd..You are doing a marvelous job and thank you for a job well done. You are all in my prayers..God Bless America..


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:42:43 AM

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Considering the reports of extensive resistance in the upcoming days, I am sure the soldiers of the 173rd welcome LTC West into the family. My son has always expressed his main concern for his men. You will be a brother in the 173rd, and best of luck with the charges. When "intelligence" seems to be the word most tossed around, I applaud you for thinking of the soldiers in your command. This is an unconventional war - the judge advocate should ask the 300 plus families who have lost loved ones what they may think is appropriate. God Bless you and welcome to your new family. Tense times ahead - be prepared and stay focused and watch your backs. The "Fury from the Sky" Rules. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Name: Proud Wife
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:42:27 AM

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To whoever sent the Airplane email, it lifted my spirits. I have remained in Italy throughout this deployment and it makes me feel good to know that the people back home care so much for our Soldiers. I would also like to extend my support to LTC West, you are a hero in my book.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:38:36 AM

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To the lady concerned about the delays in receiving the Combat Parachutist Badges and CIB - the regulation that covers all this is AR 600-8-22. It is long, convoluted and confusing. But in a nutshell, the Brigade must receive credit for making a Combat Assault into enemy-held territory (Para. 7-25) before any individual soldiers can get credit. This credit requires decisions be made in Iraq by at least a 3-star General, be forwarded to DA for review and confirmation, and then approved by the Secretary of the Army. It does not require Congressional approval, but it does not happen overnight. Once the Brigade receives the designation, then the soldiers will receive their awards under Paragraph 8-10.g. in the same regulation. It may appear to be slow, but it is imperative to protect those that received this incredible award previously to make sure that all the criteria are documented to make sure 173rd's involvement in this historical event is chronicled properly and the award is not tarnished for future generations of Sky Soldiers. They'll get their awards and I would just as soon they receive them in Vicenza where family, friends and grateful citizens can give them their due!


Name: Carol
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 10:14:46 AM

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I don't usually get involved in the discussions but this time I have to say I'm very disappointed in the army action against Lt. Col. West. Maybe it should be put into perspective and we should think about what was done to Pfc Jessica Lynch and many others who have suffered at the hands of the ememy. It's not much of a contest when only one side plays by the rules. I'm all for anything that gets my grandson and the rest of these young men and women home with their bodies intact.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 09:38:11 AM

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To the person interested in sending toys to kids in Iraq: There is a drive going on - organized by an officer in Iraq. Three are several stores participating or you can send directly to the officer. I learned of it on www.overstock.com. if you go to that website you will see a link for sending purchased items to iraq. You can send toys for the children or you can send items to the soldiers. I think overstock is offering free shipping on anything purchased for the drive. Check it out if you are interested.


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 09:37:01 AM

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In regards to the situation involving LTC West,first welcome to the 173d.I hope your assignment will be a positive one.I also feel the 4th ID staff judge advocate should be assigned to combat patrols so he may have a more realistic view of the potential harm to US troops versus the "intimadation" of a not so innocent Iraqi policeman.A primary responsibility of a combat officer is the welfare of the troops in his command.The fact that LTC West may have indeed prevented an attack on US soldiers should far out weigh the "rights" of a man who seems to be our enemy.I wish LTC West good luck with the charges and want him to know the line soldiers not only understand but respect him for his dedication to his troops.


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 09:09:33 AM

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What a great way to start the day - reading that letter from the airplane passenger. Thanks for sending that it. TO MY FELLOW 173RD FAMILY MEMBERS, I am very disturbed by the plight of LTC Alan West as the result of his actions in Iraq. I have sent emails to my Congressional delegation to ask them to intervene - he certainly made a mistake, but he should NOT be court-martialed and forced to give up his military retirement one year short of 20 years. And the fact that he saved the lives of American soldiers without doing bodily injury to the individual being interrogated should be taken into account. I for one am convinced that this unconventional war demands unconventional methods. If it prevents another soldier's family being notified in the middle of the night, then let's do it. Please help this young man retain his career - we need him protecting our sons and daughters. An old soldier!


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 07:27:45 AM

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Can somebody tell me whose star with the rumors a bout the soldiers coming in December is not true .please stop those rumors , they are hurting people feelings and the soldiers to, THE SOLDIERS ARE NOT COMING UNTIL 2004. THANK YOU.


Name: dagmar yong
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 07:16:29 AM

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got to talk to my son this morning he is in B.CO.2/503rd.3rd.PLT.1ST.Squad the man are doing fine.and happy halloween


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Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 07:09:02 AM

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Army files charge in combat tactic By Rowan Scarborough THE WASHINGTON TIMES The Army has filed a criminal assault charge against an American officer who coerced an Iraqi into providing information that foiled a planned attack on U.S. soldiers. Lt. Col. Allen B. West says he did not physically abuse the detainee, but used psychological pressure by twice firing his service weapon away from the Iraqi. After the shots were fired, the detainee, an Iraqi police officer, gave up the information on a planned attack around the northern Iraqi town of Saba al Boor. But the Army is taking a dim view of the interrogation tactic. An Army official at the Pentagon confirmed to The Washington Times yesterday that Col. West has been charged with one count of aggravated assault. A military source said an Article 32 hearing has been scheduled in Iraq that could lead to the Army court-martialing Col. West and sending him to prison for a maximum term of eight years. Some soldiers are privately questioning the Army's drive to punish the officer for an interrogation technique that likely is used regularly to get information from terrorists. Col. West's unit in Iraq operates amid extreme danger. Fighters loyal to ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein are poised at any moment to kill the soldiers in ambushes using explosive devices, guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Col. West, 42, says he pressured the Iraqi after taking into account the dangerous environment and the risk to his soldiers' lives. In response to an e-mail from The Times, Col. West, a 19-year veteran, gave his version of events. Col. West is a member of the 4th Infantry, the Fort Hood, Texas, division occupying areas around Tikrit, Saddam's hometown and an area infested with loyalists of the former regime. An informant reported that there was an assassination plot against Col. West, an artillery officer working with the local governing council in Saba al Boor. On Aug. 16, guerrillas attacked members of the colonel's unit who were on their way to Saba al Boor. An informant told the soldiers that one person involved in the attack was a town policeman. Col. West sent two sergeants to detain the policeman, who was placed in a detention center near the Taji air base. The interrogators had no luck at first, so Col. West decided to take over the questioning. "I asked for soldiers to accompany me and told them we had to gather information and that it could get ugly," Col. West said in his e-mail. He said his soldiers "physically aggress[ed]" the prisoner. A subsequent investigation resulted in nonjudicial punishment for them in the form of fines. After the physical "aggress" failed, Col. West says he brandished his pistol. "I did use my 9 mm weapon to threaten him and fired it twice. Once I fired into the weapons clearing barrel outside the facility alone, and the next time I did it while having his head close to the barrel. I fired away from him. I stood in between the firing and his person. "I admit that what I did was not right but it was done with the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself." Col. West said he informed his superior of his actions. The incident lay dormant until the Army conducted an overall command-climate investigation of the brigade. The investigation turned up the interrogation technique, and Col. West was charged with one count of aggravated assault. Col. West said the gunshots spurred the Iraqi to provide the location of the planned sniper attack and the names of three guerrilla fighters. Col. West says the 4th Infantry's staff judge advocate, the unit's prosecutor, is offering him two choices: resign short of gaining retirement benefits or face court-martial. Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice describes assault in these terms: "Any person subject to this chapter who attempts or offers with unlawful force or violence to do bodily harm to another person, whether or not the attempt or offer is consummated, is guilty of assault and shall be punished as a court-martial may direct." The Army relieved Col. West of his battalion command and has placed him in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is attached to the 4th Infantry in Kirkuk. Said his wife, Angela, who lives in Fort Hood: "My husband is a top-of-the-line officer. My husband is an African-American. He has had to overcome a number of things to get where he is." "I accept being retired at the grade of major and paying whatever fine required, but resignation and prison seems an attempt to destroy me," Col. West says. "All I wish is to go away, re-establish my family and retain some of my dignity."


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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 06:48:02 AM

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they are not coming for Christmas,


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 06:10:58 AM

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just wanted to wish all the soldiers a happy Halloween, and a special hug to cj chandler, philip grant, jason bateman, chris perry david heath and all the ones i forgot to mention. Airborne all the way! ^_^*


Name: Support group for the 173rd families
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Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 06:00:45 AM

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173rdAirborneBrigadeSupporters@groups.msn.com this is a site for those who wish to dicuss whatever they feel important, free of censorship, or deletion of messages. Enjoy <<<Jake the Snake>>>


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 04:49:48 AM

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NANCY, I read your post about wanting to donate clothing to the fire victims in California. Very thoughtful!!! Please email me and I might be able to get you some information. Our local volunteer fire department took a couple of trucks down there. We're in Northern California. I was talking to one of the fireman's wife today. She might know, or I can contact someone at our fire department. I'll see what I can find out. Also, I've been working very hard on a fundraising project for our local troops to share Christmas packages with their squads. I wish I would've thought to include a toy drive for the Iraqi kids--that's a great idea!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday October 31, 2003
Time: 03:33:55 AM

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TO SGT Land Jacob Daniel TF 1/63 Hey Honey how are you...? Hope everything is fine and you´re able to call me soon!! I can´t wait to talk to you again. Well i´m going to do some stuff now and Marion is having Birthday today!! My whole Family says "HI" and take care! Watch your back and we´ll see ous soon!!!! With all my Love!!!! Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name: TO Hart and Bernstein Family
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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 11:47:15 PM

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Dear Hart and Bernstein Family, My husband is an Officer in 1/508th HHC and is deployed in Iraq. After talking to him on the phone today we both want to relay to you our deepest sympathy for your lose. Your son fought and died for us and our freedom. We thank him. He will always be remember in our hearts every time we look at a American flag or hear a American song playing. Your son is a true American Hero and will always be though of in the highest respect. God Bless you and your Family in these hard times. We are all thinking about you.


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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 11:26:27 PM

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Who is Col. West and what did he do?


Name: Larry Sears
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 11:19:49 PM

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If what Lt. Col. West did saved even one of our loved ones from being injured, or maybe killed, then i am behind him all the way!This is war, not a parlor game. The safety of our troops should come first. ---" Proud grandparent of a Skysoldier."


Name: Gwen Sams
Email: sunriseto@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 11:16:43 PM

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After speaking with my soldier, SPC Josh Sams, PFC Williams was the fourth person in the humvee when they were ambushed outside Taza. It is only fitting that he escort PFC Hart home to rest. Josh should be at the hospital in Ramstein by now and would have like to attend the funerals but is unable to. He was happy that I am attending in his place but my wish is that we have NO MORE FUNERALS and bring all of our guys home.


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Email: Tamara_M_Cox@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 10:08:06 PM

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Col. West I salute you and welcome you and your family to the 173rd family. I would like to shake your hand! Job well done, Thank-you for saving the lives of our US Soliders. War isn't meant to be pretty, we need more men like you!


Name: Doug Blank
Email: doug.blank@att.net
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 08:44:06 PM

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First I want all of you to know how much your sacrifices and efforts are appreciated. The media here is not giving us the whole story (big suprise), but most Americans know of your successes. Thank-you very much. I also want you to know that there is a considerable amount of outrage concerning the Army's actions against Lt. Col. West. He should be given a medal for saving the lives of who knows how many American soldiers. I have written to both of my US Senators and asked them to step in and stop this lunacy. God Bless. Keep up the good work, you have the support of those Americans that matter. Come home safe. Feel free to write.


Name: Savannah Atkins
Email: leeatkins@netzero.net
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 07:53:59 PM

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I Love you Brandon Huskins


Name: MOM NEEDS TO SEE HER SON!!
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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 07:53:37 PM

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Ditto! Please, Please Mr. Photographer---make THIS Mom's day--post pictures of A Co, 1/508 3rd platoon!! Not to be too selfish, but a group shot would be very much appreciated!! Thank you and to all our Sky Soldiers--stay sharp and stay focused, remember we're ALL praying for you here in the U.S. and are all behind you! AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!!!


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 07:34:53 PM

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Photographer: Yes I am like Scott Chamley looking for photos of D/Btry 319th AFAR. I am looking for photos of my nephew Sgt Christopher Mascio. If anyone has photos can you please contact me at this e-mail address. Thank You very much. Jessie Olvera Proud of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Stay focused and strong.


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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 07:16:40 PM

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need group picture of a co 1/508th 3rd plt, please


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 06:56:13 PM

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Just saw this press release on the www.centcom.mil website on where to send toys. “My Web site gets between 6,000 and 7,000 hits per day,” he said. “It’s definitely not my writing style or my interesting journal that’s drawing in most of the people,” Holton added. The web site, at www.chiefwiggles.blog-city.com, details what type of toys to send, the mailing address and also includes testimonials by Holton and photos of the actual distribution process. Since the posting about the toy drive on his Web site, Holton said he has received more than 700 boxes of toys from people around the world.


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 06:46:50 PM

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My sister has just closed her toy store business and is looking to donate alot of stuffed animals, beanie babies, and other toys. Does anyone know if any of our guys are doing toy collections for any of the kids in Iraq? Do any of our guys/girls kids need toys dontated TO THEM for Christmas etc.? Also, she has alot of clothing to donate. I suggested donating both to California Fire victims. My question is: Does anyone know of addresses to send to or organizations to contact? Thanks, Nancy


Name: Scott Chamley
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 06:19:11 PM

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Photographer: Is there anyway to get a group photo of the 319th AFAR Unit, that would be wonderful!


Name: Molly Dieckman
Email: mdieckman@mchsi.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 05:57:28 PM

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I have some pictures of Charlie company, 1/508 for the person that was asking in a previous post. I don't know if your soldier is in them but you can have a gander at 'em and see. Please email me at the address above and I would be more than happy to send them to you. I should be getting more "people" pictures soon. Talked to my husband and told him that the scenery is nice but everybody wants a glimpse at eyes, hair, noses, and mouths! He said okay and should be sending those rolls soon!


Name: Megan Wilson (formerly Wilinski)
Email: mrswilson1005@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 04:32:48 PM

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Has anyone got any pictures of Sgt. Eric P Godi? He is with the 3rd Platoon of A Company 2-503? I hope I got that right, I've never dealt with military addresses before. If you do please contact me at this address, we haven't heard from him since he shipped off. Thank you, Megan Wilson


Name: amber palacios
Email: apalacios@partnersrealty.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 02:43:38 PM

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WANTING TO SAY WE LOVE YOU ALL!!! ( HI ERIK PALACIOS 2/503) :)


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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 02:40:07 PM

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Pictures of Charlie Co 1/508th would be much appreciated. Thanks


Name: Anna
Email: coolgurlus80@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 02:27:38 PM

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Wilbur Reynolds, A.co. 2/503rd : hey canadian! lol did u start gettin my letters? steve told me him and the guys sent you some packages...Ill send you a goodies pkg for xmas and thxgivin. I'm a poor girl...but Ill do my best. I hope my letters make you laugh! don't be sad ok "lil boy"? you promise? just think that when you get back here you'll get wasted! LOL I'll keep on writing you and will keep you posted! I miss your way of calling my name and I miss pickin on you! LOL big hug babe! take care of yourself and be careful! if u need anything just ask ok? xxxx, anna


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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 02:19:21 PM

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TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Can you PLEASE take some pics of the 1/508 Maintenance Plt. HHC THANKS A LOT


Name: Lucia
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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 12:54:17 PM

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Thanks a lot for the pictures of Alpha Co. 1/508!! I could finally see my man! Thank you so much again!!!Lucia


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 12:40:18 PM

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this message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI,2/503rd, hi honey, it mom again, please keep safe, we love you, miss you and so very proud of you, you are my special son, we want all of you to come home,its so much cooler here now, letters are in the mail. i cut my hours at the hospital, its great, more time for the office, hope you get your packages soon, .love you mom


Name: T,L,& C DRAKE
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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 12:05:37 PM

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DOES ANYONE HAVE PICTURES OF PFC JARROD DRAKE 1ST PLATOON B/CO. 2ND 503RD?


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Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 11:38:21 AM

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To the Family of John Hart. Our saddened hearts travel with you and your son on your journey to Arlington National Cemetary. Our deepest sympathies from the family of PFC Carson Smith 2/503.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 10:35:19 AM

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To whoever submitted picture 1137 of the A Co., 1/508th, 1st Platoon - THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Also, to James Bradley for his dedication to this website and getting those pictures posted. You made my day today!!!!!


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 10:34:11 AM

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To whoever submitted picture 1137 of the A Co., 1st Platoon - THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Also, to James Bradley for his dedication to this website and getting those pictures posted. You made my day today!!!!!


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 09:21:09 AM

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Parents of PFC John Hart -- your courage is exemplary! Thank you for sharing a bit of who you are and your willingness to reach out to John's fellow soldiers who are hurting over the loss of your son. Know that all the way from Alaska, we hold you in our thoughts and prayers, especially now, and that we will count you and John as part of our extended "family" always! As those involved in the 173rd, we are all obviously better people for having known John directly, or simply for having known of John -- and of D. Bernstein -- God bless you! anne gonzalez


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 06:00:44 AM

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I am looking for other families from Michigan who have soldiers in the 173rd deployed to Iraq. Please contact me at my email address.


Name: Nina Krause
Email:
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 05:22:03 AM

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To. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey How are you...? Miss you soooo muchhhhhhh!!! I can´t wait to see you!!! Love you forever Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name: Jennifer Gonzalez
Email: mexappeal@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 30, 2003
Time: 04:00:34 AM

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To all those concerned about priority mail, I just want to offer my input. All APO addresses go to the Deleware post office. If you send your mail, be it packages or letters , priority, it gets to the Deleware office around two days sooner. Regardless, it still takes the same amount of time to go from there to Iraq. So, regular mail gets to Mosul/Iraq in around 7-10 business days. If you send it priority, which in some cases is cheaper, it may get there in as little as 5-7 days. As a safe bet, you want to send packages that will fit in a "mail sack." Around the size of a duffle bag. Otherwise, they will be delayed. I hope that this will give some people a better idea of how to send their loved ones packages. God bless all our loved ones serving our country and our freedom, proud wife of a sky soldier, Mrs. Jennifer Gonzalez


Name: Brian Hart
Email: bhart@addsinc.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 11:57:13 PM

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The John Hart family is seeking information on the family or whereabouts of two individuals wounded in action in July/August: Sheider/Scheider (sp?) and Forhtus (sp?), both probably PFCs. I have searched Google without success. As letters from John are accumulated from friends and family we realize that he wanted us to contact the family of Sheider in particular because he could not bring himself to write them himself. Further, if there are injured members of 173rd at Walter Reed or in the Washington area, please let me know as I would like to call on them while in the area and sit with them.


Name: Brian Hart
Email: bhart@addsinc.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 11:48:06 PM

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FYI. PFC John Hart will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tues. Nov. 4. Meet at the Administration Office at 2:30 PM. Graveside will be at 3 PM. John will be escorted to Washington DC by PFC Williams probably Saturday and John will be at the Robert J. Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203. We were thinking of having a small gathering at the funeral home about 10:30 to 1:30 on Tuesday. Friends are welcome. The Hart Family.


Name: Brian Hart
Email: bhart@addsinc.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 11:37:16 PM

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To: DD Clark: Tell Jonathan that the family of PFC John Hart got his message and thanks him for his thoughts. Tell Jonathan that the Town of Bedford turned out for Hart on Thursday and Sunday. If Jonathan has an opportunity to drop me a small letter when he has time and if it isn't a bother, telling me a little about his life with Hart in country, it would be appreciated by the family. 1 Sibley Dr., Bedford, MA 01730. Tell Jonathan to have courage, focus on his current mission not on the past, and to call his mom more often.


Name: Pat Cumo
Email: patcumo@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 11:25:39 PM

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If anyone sees SSG Rob Cumo, A Co, 2-503rd please tell him his mom said hi and sends love. I know we are all holding our breath together


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 08:25:24 PM

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To the people that became very upset about my e-mail, I had no intention of pointing fingers. Please forgive me. Everyone has a right to freedom of speech, religion or whatever they desire. You have the right to serve or not to serve whom or whom not you would like. I didn't want anyone to misinterpret what I had written. We are a military family dated back to World War1 and 2.,Korea. Vietnam War, Gulf War and now, the war in Iraq. My young children are ranking officers. We love our soldiers and are proud of what they have done and continue doing for everyone. I am talking about not only my children, but all of the brave soldiers. My first husband served three deployments in Vietnam. He lost his life after re-enlisting. We had four young babies, the oldest one was 5. So, you see, I didn't mean any harm. Maybe, I should have used better choices words.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 07:49:44 PM

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priority mail is the only fastest way to get you packages there. Size is length plus gurth of 108 inches. 70lb.is the heaviest you can send.I send from Maine and it takes 7 to 10 days to get there.Not bad s


Name: Bluetuesday
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 07:22:54 PM

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hello...my name is Bluetuesday and I am a student in a community service clas...we just want to wish our soldiers the best. God bless you all xoxo Bluetuesday


Name: DD Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 06:02:18 PM

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To the family of PFC John Hart. My son, PFC Jonathan Matthews, HHC Mortars 2/503rd called home yesterday. His voice was so sad that my heart still aches. I immediately asked what was wrong. He told me he had lost his friend. His friend's name was Hart. He hurt because he was gone and my son didn't even know he was headed out on the same type of mission my son was at the front of. He came back looking for Hart and was told the crushing news. My son said" Mom, he's gone and I didn't even know it." The helplessness in his voice is what every mother wants to console. I promised him I would somehow contact his friends family. He didn't know Hart's first name because he said "He was just Hart." I hope you find this message because Jonathan said he wanted you to know he misses Hart. I pray for your family to find the strength and courage to survive such a loss. My boy is 19 and an only child. He is a big time prankster and reports that his SGT. keeps him on a leash. I have a good idea why. I am proud our two sons lives passed. I'm sure my clown/PFC Matthews put a smile on your hero's face many a times. May God be with you and your family and may you always feel John watching over you. Sweet Dreams and God Bless You PFC John Hart, From: DD Clark and PFC Jonathan Matthews


Name: Donna Voline (Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 03:32:11 PM

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To SSG Stephen Voline- Can't wait to hear from you. We all love you very much and miss you terribly, counting the days till April. Our prayers are with all of the troops. We are so very proud of you all. You make America proud. If anyone reads that sees SSG Voline, tell him his Mom loves him. I Love You Stephen MOM


Name: Joseph W. Conway Jr.
Email: conwayjrj@uwstout.edu
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 02:33:19 PM

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YOU GUYS ROCK, AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 02:32:15 PM

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I've been sending packages up to about 50 lbs per box, priority mail and they've been making it to Iraq in about 11 days.


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 02:15:00 PM

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Are there any more ways to send care packages than threw priority mail. I want to make sure my package gets to iraq as soon as possible. If any one have any more pictures of A Company 1-508 please send me an email thanks


Name: RE: MAILING QUESTION
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 12:17:30 PM

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I have been sending all of my packages from Atlanta using Priority Mail from Atlanta. It costs less than regular Priority Mail and the weight limit is 70 lbs., although I am not sure what the dimensions need to be... I've never sent the packages using regular postage, but the weight limit may be higher. Hope this helps! ***I forgot to mention that my packages have been taking about 7-10 days to arrive, which is ideal if you are sending any baked goods. Of course, if they have any problems (or overflow of mail) in Iraq it is not guaranteed that they will arrive within a week.


Name: RE: MAILING QUESTION
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 12:13:52 PM

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I have been sending all of my packages from Atlanta using Priority Mail from Atlanta. It costs less than regular Priority Mail and the weight limit is 70 lbs., although I am not sure what the dimensions need to be... I've never sent the packages using regular postage, but the weight limit may be higher. Hope this helps!


Name: JAMES & FAITH DEVOR
Email: STRENGTHDEVOR@MSN.COM
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 12:08:25 PM

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173 ABN BDE, 1/508 MORTARS.........PFC CHRISTIAN JAMES DEVOR....I am not sure if you see this site, but we will keep on trying until you do. We have had commmunication with PFC RODNEY DEVENGER, who is now on his way from Germany to Iraq and expects to see you soon. He found us on this site, and hope he will advise you of same. Everyone is fine..Looking for a nice flatscreen TV for your room for Christmas. I think you should pick it out yourself when you get home. We hear the news..got your mail.some neat sights..you were the best shot..sending a box, with what you asked Hope for..I hate it when we miss your call..we keep a phone nearby always..sending Love & Prayers 24/7 from Michigan for you and your unit...KEEP LOOKING UP! Love, mom, dad,charity & rich, hope & jerry, caleb & joshua, werthers & coal


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 09:45:11 AM

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Right now I have a doubt: maybe my boxes are too heavy? Could you let me know "the ideal weight" for a package?I think my last packages weight about 10 kilos each (I reckon about 20 ponds, also if I'm not so sure)and I don't think "my"soldier get them (I sent them the 13 of Oct.). I sent other packages last months and I was pretty lucky since he got them in about 11-15 days. Thank! Anna


Name: LTC Steven W. Decato
Email: steve@decato.net
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 07:07:50 AM

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KIRKUK, Iraq (AFP) - A US military post in the northern city of Kirkuk was hit by five Katyusha rockets, sparking relatiatory US shell fire, Iraqi police reported, without saying if there were any casualties. AFP/File Photo They said a school in Kirkuk was also hit by a mortar Tuesday, and a bomb exploded in front of a dry cleaners used by the US forces. "A US position located behind the technical college at the entrance of Kirkuk was hit by five Katyusha rockets," Lieutenant Ammar Hassan al-Abbadi said. "The attack happened at 9:00 pm (1800 GMT) and the rockets were fired from the road heading toward Tikrit," said Abbadi. US helicopters were flying overhead after the attack. "Three hours later, American forces fired shells, with a range of seven to 10 kilometers (four to six miles), simultaneously from three positions in the town..," said the police officer. "It is the first time since the (March-April) war that American forces have fired shells in Kirkuk. "The area targeted is uninhabited. The American forces considered it a military target and attacked it with the aim of destroying the suspected bases of their assailants," said Abbadi. He was unable to say if there were any casualties. A mortar was also fired at a school in the east of the town, said police commander Khattab Abdallah Aref. "The attack took place at 8:45 pm (1745 GMT) while the school was empty and there were therefore no casualties," he said. In a third attack, a bomb exploded outside a dry cleaners used by US forces in Kirkuk, he said. "The bomb exploded around 9:30 pm (1830 GMT) when the shop was closed. There were no casualties as the street was empty at the time," he said. He said the bombing appeared to be a warning to the owner to stop working for the coalition. On Monday, two car-borne assailants fired rocket-propelled grenades at the cleaners, badly damaging it but causing no casualties. Kirkuk, 225 kilometres (140 miles) north of Baghdad, has become an active front in the war between the US military and insurgents since the start of the month, where violence previously had focused further south in the region around Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s hometown of Tikrit.


Name: Ken LaBriola
Email: kenman@radix.net
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 06:25:57 AM

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Does anyone have any pictures of "C" Co. 2/503. Looking for pictures of my nephew, PFC Thomas LaBriola. It been awhile since we have heard from him or have seen any pictures of his unit. The 173rd is doing a great job. We support and are very proud of our sky soldiers. Has anyone heard anything about mailing Christmas packages to the soldiers. Someone told me that all packages for the troops need to be mailed no later than 11/3/03 for a guaranteed Christmas delivery. Also, I made a mistake this past weekend. I mailed an extra heavy package 64lbs. to my nephew. I thought that the more he had, the more he could share. The post office told me that packages that heavy sometimes get put to the side and scrutinized more. As she said "No one wants to pick up that heavy box" and it can't be put on top of any lighter boxes as they will crush. I guess that makes sense. It takes them alot longer to reach them. She suggested several lighter boxes. Just some information I thought I would pass this along. God Bless the 173rd and keep all the soldiers safe.


Name: Arianna
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 03:28:39 AM

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I have this link about the attack in kirkuk.... http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,7703967%255E1702,00


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 02:55:06 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, hey Honey, How are you...? Be careful and watch your back!!! I Love you and miss you soooooooooo muuuuuch .... Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 01:46:22 AM

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Do a search of news stories under Kirkuk. There was apparently an attack on a school and a dry cleaners as well. No information on casualties was listed.


Name: Brittany
Email: britt_varney@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 01:22:19 AM

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If anyone can tell me where I can read an article about the attack in Kirkuk let me know, I tried yahoo and it never came up. Thanks ~SSG Voline.... keep you head up and you mind strong... miss you


Name: Try it again....Here is the news release on Yahoo
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 12:09:31 AM

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Katyusha rockets hit US post in Kirkuk AFP - Oct 28 7:06 PM A US military post in the northern city of Kirkuk was hit by five Katyusha rockets, sparking relatiatory US shell fire, Iraqi police reported, without saying if there were any casualties. In Yahoo! News > World > AFP


Name: sorry to say I found the article
Email: FIGHT ON BRAVE SOLDIERS
Date: Wednesday October 29, 2003
Time: 12:07:03 AM

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Katyusha rockets hit US post in Kirkuk-AFP News Report Yahoo Mideast Report http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=1515&u=/afp/20031029/wl_mideast_aft/


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 11:44:42 PM

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Does anyone know of the incident mentioned in a previous post that happened in Kirkuk today? I did not catch it on the news, nor can I find it online. Would appreciate a link to the article or an update on if the 173rd was involved.


Name: ian refugio
Email: SLIMMYWIMMY@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 10:13:47 PM

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to all deployed RED DEVILS, i know your all sucking it up in theater but you all need to know that the families and friends back in vicenza are thinking about you all. so you all just make sure everybody gets back home in one piece and alive. i wish i was there in with the suckfest but im already back stateside with 1-509th abn in (opfor). i hope to run into you all somewhere down the road. FURY FROM THE SKY!!! spc refugio hhc 1-509th abn in ft polk, la


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 10:11:03 PM

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Sorry for previous empty note...For the person who asked what the weather is like in Iraq. When our son called last Friday morning, he said the days are still hot, but the nights are getting cooler. He asked us to send him some long underware so he had them by the time he needed them. I ordered them right from Ranger Joe's. They'll mail them straight to Iraq. They have both the light weight and extreme weather. Just FYI. To all the troops - our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all. The support shown on this website should be reassurance that you're always in our hearts. Stay strong!


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 10:05:39 PM

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Name: Sam Edwards
Email: edwardshuntersv@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 09:38:06 PM

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To Josh Edwards(173rd-1st Platoon,AC02/503rd) Son, we're praying for your safe return each and every moment of the day. We're so very proud of you, and your fellow soldiers who'll fight for our freedom. God bless you all. Josh, love to hear from you, even at 1:30 am (our time), and even if it's only for 10 minutes!Hope you read this....love, your proud mom.


Name:
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Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:46:08 PM

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I looked up the weather in Iraq and the daytime temps are now in the 80's and the nights are 40's and 50's so our guys will start to feel colder at night maybe hand warmers would be a good thing to send them the kind used by hunter and ice fishing up here in the north I hope they have their winter gear God Bless our SKYSOLDIERS


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:26:04 PM

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Hi All Just wanted to let you know my son finally called me. Of course I wasn't home but my husband was. He sid he was doing okay working hard from 4am til evening. He got promoted from humvee driver to machine gunner, is that really a promotion??!! I;d call it a demotion! He liked the care package and is asking for more cashews. He said his housing is fine they have tv etc he waas able to watch the Patriots beat the Dolphins which was a treat for him. He hasn't seen much action up his way but he says its all around him. Well thats it for now. For today he is safe and I am happy. Bye Michele


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:07:22 PM

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This is for Sgt. Sean Samaroo c/co 2/503 173rd Hi Sean, I hope all of this info. is right, I copied it from your letter. Hopefully it hasn't changed since then. I sent you a post card last week, it was supposed to be sent from Maui but I got too busy and didn't get to send it before I left, so it was post/marked from Tx, but lots of "Aloha" from Maui came with it. Cliff and I will probly go back in the spring, Jennifer and Todd are coming to visit us there and mabye you and LaDonna can come also!!! Hopefully a hurricane won't blow thru and mess things up like it did yall's Cancun trip. There was a Hurricane at one of the other islands during my stay there, but all we got out of it was alot of wind and a few waves. That was fun too. I don't know if I told you or not, but it's exciting and if I did, I'll tell you AGAIN!! We took surfing lessons and surfed at Waikiki Beach and everywhere else we got the chance to. WE also went snorkeling, to Pearl Harbor and to the Norst Shore where they filmed the movie "Blue Crush" I don't know if LaDonna told you, but CLIFF AND I ARE ENGAGED. I messed up and I think part of this letter has already been sent. Here is the cont...... Well, we got engaged in Maui. It was wonderful. Our pre-honeymoon. Anyway, I hope you are doing alright. We think about you and keep you in our prayers. Take care of yourself. Hope you get to come home soon. Let me know if there is anything I can send you. Take care and keep in touch. *Ana : ) Here is my e-mail address: ahaltmar@yahoo.com


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:01:12 PM

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Hi Schmoogie...I hope you are safe. I have heard of another incident in Kirkuk today and I pray that your and your fellow soldiers are all safe and alive. The news says a US military post in the northern city of Kirkuk was hit by five Katyusha rockets, but it gives no information on casualties. Please be careful and ever watchful. Your dad and I are so proud of you. If I could, I would reach out across the miles and offer you strength and comfort, and I know you would do the same for us. Instead, we will reach out to those nearby who need help or aid, and I know that you will do the same for a fellow soldier in need. We love you....mom, dad, the girls, and of course the 'pride'


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:00:32 PM

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This is for Sgt. Sean Samaroo c/co 2/503 173rd Hi Sean, I hope all of this info. is right, I copied it from your letter. Hopefully it hasn't changed since then. I sent you a post card last week, it was supposed to be sent from Maui but I got too busy and didn't get to send it before I left, so it was post/marked from Tx, but lots of "Aloha" from Maui came with it. Cliff and I will probly go back in the spring, Jennifer and Todd are coming to visit us there and mabye you and LaDonna can come also!!! Hopefully a hurricane won't blow thru and mess things up like it did yall's Cancun trip. There was a Hurricane at one of the other islands during my stay there, but all we got out of it was alot of wind and a few waves. That was fun too. I don't know if I told you or not, but it's exciting and if I did, I'll tell you AGAIN!! We took surfing lessons and surfed at Waikiki Beach and everywhere else we got the chance to. WE also went snorkeling, to Pearl Harbor and to the Norst Shore where they filmed the movie "Blue Crush" I don't know if LaDonna told you, but CLIFF AND I ARE ENGAGED.


Name: Bob Bibbo
Email: bbibbo@essgroup.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 05:05:29 PM

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1st Lt John Baker The good news is the Eagles beat the "Irish". The bad news is they lost to the "Orange". I hope all is well with you. Bob Bibbo


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 04:04:10 PM

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Hi buddy... you know who you are "life is a nightmare on its way to death"... give a ring sometimes , it's since you left nobody hears from you... kisses.


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 03:30:57 PM

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I am wondering what the weather is like now in Iraq. It seems we were forever concerned about the high temperatures, --what are some things to send for the winter that they are allowed to have? And keeping in mind, they will have to pack it to take back to Italy. Thanks.


Name: Joel Parish
Email: jlp2@austin.rr.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 02:24:59 PM

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To the men of the 173rd Airborne. I served in Troop E 17th Cav in Okinawa and Viet Nam. I was proud of my service (and still am) and when they disbanded the unit I was heart broken. When they brought it back to life I was so very proud. I hear of you in the news almost every day and I do not hesitate to tell any one who will listen that that is MY unit. You are still my unit and will always be and I am so very proud of the great job you are doing. My prayers are with you. Stay safe and come home safe. You have upheld the honor of the 173rd and I am very proud of you.


Name: Silvia
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 02:22:50 PM

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To Nicholas Mansfield, C Co 1/508: I miss you so much Nick, more than ever. Come back soon baby


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 11:31:34 AM

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SGT JASON HARDING - Just wanted to say "hi" and send you our best. We hope you are getting your letters as well as the packages we have sent in the last three weeks. Take care of yourself and know we are proud of you and love you very much. MOM & BOB


Name: TO: Prayer Posters
Email: FROM: Paratrooper's parents
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 10:51:31 AM

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Posting of prayers or religious blessings is welcome at: http://groups.msn.com/PeaceforMilitaryFamilies/_whatsnew.msnw Censorship of the above listed group website is limited to negative "war stories," comments that tell people who are afraid and worried about their loved ones to "get over it...this is a war...so deal with it!" (because this is not the attitude that is welcomed on this family support site); fighting or violent threatening comments (which will be referred to legal authorities) and comments and materials that would not be rated "G" for general audiences including young children. If you have anything you would like to post or discuss on the above group site that would not be censored as described above; you are welcome to visit; join; and post it...peace....


Name: Carol
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 10:07:37 AM

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If anyone know PFC Mark Teshera Bravo Co. 1-508 tell him "Gramma is going to kick his butt if I don't hear from him soon" and I don't just mean at pool. Also tell him I miss him and love him very much.


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:43:42 AM

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Hey Beau (C/508th) - how are ya? Haven't heard in awhile but are hoping to get a call from the airport any day!!!! We pray you are well, getting all the packages and letters that are headed that way and that your number will come up for R&R soon. The Army is adding Atlanta to its destinations this weekend so with luck you will land right here in town when you get to come home. The Varsity and Krispy Kreme are on the way to the house!! Take care son - we love you, miss you and think about you constantly. Mom & Dad


Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 08:29:43 AM

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Attn: Sgt. Rene Corella 1st Plt. Aco 2/503: Hey! Long time with no news, I hope (if this gets to you) all is OK with you... I'm sure you'd enjoy the weather in Paris, it's coooold, we even get below 0 in the morning. All is just about fine here (besides I miss you like crazy), classes are OK and very interesting, work is going fine, family & friends too (everyone says Bonjour!), the only thing is I'm getting pretty much sick, that doesn't help during Ramadan. I should get better soon. Anyway, after all you are going thrue, it would be real selfish for me to complain about that!!! ;-) No big deal. Don't forget all I've been telling and writing you, nothing has changed. I count on you to take good care of you, same thing for all of you great soldiers. Besitos nino!! Your little B.


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 07:43:03 AM

News

ENOUGH with the Religious stuff already, this is NOT A CHAPEL. Encourage the troops, Wish then well. Don't debate scripture with each other. None of this my God is better then your God stuff. It is NOT about Politics or Religion, this is about the troops. Stay focused or I will delete your preachings.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 01:26:25 AM

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TO. SGT. Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey!!! Thank´s for calling me::::))))) I can´t wait to see you:::)) Love you sooooooo muuuuuchhhh be careful and watch your back!!! Love your Nina


Name: Re: "Only Christians would understand why these things are happening"
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 01:12:12 AM

News

Does this mean that the non-Christian soldiers and family members have no idea what is happening? Please think to what the basic principles of Christianity are and practice them. We are all in this together and it pains me to see this divisiveness once again. And if you really think only Christians understand, study the Koran and other holy scriptures first. In order to uphold your God you need not tear down others'. Furthermore, this is exactly the message that our government is trying to send to the Iraqi people who are divided between the Kurdish, Shi'ite, Sunni, etc. - that they can live together in harmony despite differing beliefs. Now let's support our soldiers by reminding them that we are all seeking to understand, not selectively but as a people. I am sure most soldiers do not think of each other as Christian or Jewish or Muslim or atheist on the battlefield, but as brothers working together for the same cause. I want to emphasize that I support the expression of religious beliefs, just NOT at the expense of others who do not uphold the same theology.


Name: JJ Crenshaw
Email: higherground@gci.net
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 12:53:21 AM

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This is a shout out to my awesome brother SSG AARON CRENSHAW! With the 173rd, somewhere in Northern Iraq. We are proud of you and all your courage and devotion. We are praying for you and all the US soldiers in Iraq. We love you! Your Bro, JJ


Name: debbie
Email: debbbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 12:36:20 AM

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this message is for Sgt MICHAEL GRABSKI,2/503rd. hello there, its mom again. How are you doing?everyone here at home says please keep safe, we miss you so much, we know you are really busy.can you believe its 89 here in san francisco.its been like this for 4 days. so we left for the weekend,it was cooler up north.where is the fog when you need it. just remember we are so proud of you. hope you get your mail soon, its out there.love u mom


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Date: Tuesday October 28, 2003
Time: 12:06:56 AM

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Why discriminate? There are soldiers of all faiths including being non-religious whatsoever fighting over there. How can one discriminate humanbeings as "only christians" can understand, etc. etc. What is wrong with you people! Don't you realize that when you speak the way you do you are no different than those so-called fanatic radicalist muslims themselves! isn't time to wake up now? our loved ones are there going thru tough and real stuff! Get real! I'm so disappointed and devastated! I sure this reaction will attract more attention than the one that separates humans and eliminates everybody else, and bring it all down to "christianity". What happened to these people fighting for freedom, our very freedoms for crying outloud. Letting gays get married, letting handicapped ones be more accepted in our societies. Get over the prejudice! If you wanna use the name of God to boost morale for everyone, do it wisely!


Name: MarySandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 09:39:43 PM

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To jmarkham@pinecrest.ed,I am returning your e-mail.My son is a Specialist with the 173rd Airborne B/Co/2-503rd/HQ. We pray all the time for all the soldiers.The Lord has allowed these trials to happen for a reason. Study your bible, read the 91st Psalm and ask God for guidance and understanding. Only Christians would understand why these things are happening.Pray for our leaders that they will make the right decisions for the betterment of everyone. Well, stay prayerful. Yours in Christ, A 173rd beloved mom. St. Lucie, CO. Florida 34946


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 07:18:09 PM

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Can you post pictures of 173rd airborne, 319th afar please. I have not been able to find any pictures of my nephew Sgt. Christopher Nicolas Mascio. Thanks for your support.


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 06:36:11 PM

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To Sgt. Harrison,Taion Hey big red just wanted to let you know that we had a great birthday party for talisha Saturday October 25,2003 There were so many kids there i couldn't get them to leave. I didn't here from you this weekend i hope everything is going well love you lots


Name: BARB KUPISCH - SPC JEFF KUPISCH'S MOM
Email: barbk@lesman.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 06:29:31 PM

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ATTN: SPC J E F F R E Y M. K U P I S C H - 2/503 MORTAR - I got word to York about the # in your group - thingS are moving - I don't know what - but it should be a surprise for all of you in MORTARS! LIZZY WENT TO OUTDOOR ED! Her play is coming up soon. I have to go home - but wanted to check here for any new developments. * * * * * PSALMS 91 WILL MORE THAN CARRY YOU THRU THE MOSLIM HOLY MONTHS AHEAD * * * * * Keep your mouth closed - don't repeat rumors & stir up strife & anxiety ******ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER!!! KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN!! I pray a Spirit of discernment on you & that those things hidden in the dark will be revealed & brought to the light! EXPOSURE ON ALL TRAPS OF THE ENEMY! ***** God will reveal the plans of the enemy before hand as in days of old - that's real exposure!! So you will know before it happens & can offset/stop it! YOU ARE THE PEACEMAKERS! BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, for their way shall be paved with peace on all sides!! We love you - each one of you & pray for all of you!! Jeff, call home soon!! We miss you terribly!! Love, MOM


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 06:24:34 PM

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Thanks for the udate with the pictures I still haven't seen any pictures of my soldier if any one have any more pictures please send my an email thanks very much. Sgt. Harrison,Taion We miss you very much, hope to see you soon Love ya


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Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 03:49:06 PM

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got my calendar today it is great


Name: To: Love the Pictures
Email:
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 02:34:33 PM

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To: Love the pictures! I received disposable cameras with photos and mailed the pictures, once developed, to the webmaster, who was kind enough to include them on the site.


Name: Laurel Lang
Email: laurelsf@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 01:25:22 PM

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Hello all you brave soldiers. I just wanted to say thankyou for all you do sacraficing your life for us the people of the United states. You all have so much courage and bravery than I could ever have. Once again THANKYOU, GOD BLESS, AND STAY SAFE!!!! I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU PVT 2 COREY LANG 173RD ABN 1/508TH INF 1ST PLATOON ALPHA CO. *KEEP YOUR HEAD UP* YOUR WIFE AND (FRIEND-TO ALL SOLDIERS) LAUREL LANG


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 01:21:33 PM

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TO SGT Fredrick Campbell C co.1/508th Hey Baby it was nice to hear your voice today ,that really made my day. You don't know how much I miss you and how I wish you were hear with me. I'm holding to my faith that GOD will bring you back to me safe and sound ASAP. Just stay strong and keep in mind that I'm very proud of you and that I love you with all my heart forever, XOXO,Millie.


Name: Love the pictures!!
Email:
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 01:05:21 PM

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Maybe a silly question...how are the pictures posted on the site? Do they come from a photographer in Iraq or can we submit from the U.S.--I've received a couple of disposable cameras from my son and while most of them are of him, there are a couple of group shots I'd like to share. Anyone know??? Go 173rd--the USA is behind you!!


Name: Jessica
Email:
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 12:56:50 PM

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If anyone thinks they need to talk to someone about the things they are experiencing with with their soldier over seas I suggest you go to the msn support group website..... Trust me, it's helped and I've only used it for 1 day....


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Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 12:36:55 PM

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Would like to see some pictures of 1/508th A Co. 2nd Plt. Thanks


Name: Proud Father
Email: jmarkham@pinecrest.edu
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 10:20:13 AM

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Could the proud mother from St. Lucy Fl please email me. Also any other families of the 173rd around the South Floriday area, could you email me? Thanks, Proud Father from Florida!! To all the soldiers from the 173rd our prayers are with you constantly. May God bless each of you and keep you safe from harms way!


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER,PROUD FATHER OF SGT DAN SCHLOTHAUER,B CO 1/508
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 09:33:18 AM

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Be on your guard 173rd! With their holy month beginning be prepared for anything. Stay mentally alert, focused, and watch each others back. You truly are the best. My thoughts and prayers are with you all each and every day. Stay safe and God Bless you all. Freedom usually comes at a high price, but the Iraqi people have the "Best of America" to show the way. Rock on "173rd".


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 09:05:47 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel TF 1/63 Hey Honey How are you...? I can´t wait to see you!!!! I miss you tons and i Love you more than words can ever say!!!!! Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 08:13:22 AM

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Spc. Stephen Grafton A Co 2nd/503rd: Great to get your call this a.m.-sounds like you guys are quite busy. Keep up the good work, take care of your buddies and know that we love and miss you very much! I am "home alone" again, Dad is in the wilds of Montana...no news on an elk yet...will keep you posted. Thanks for calling me...it made my day! LOVE, MOM


Name: DIANE FRICK
Email: LILMA39@AOL.COM
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 03:26:02 AM

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HI THANKS FOR ALL YOUR DEDICATION HI IF YOU KNOW OR MEET PFC FRICK ERIC TELL HIM MOTHER SEND HER LOVE TO HIM AND ALL THE TROOPES THERE STAY FOCUS AND STAND PROUD FROM PA


Name: Brittany
Email: britt_varney@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 01:55:20 AM

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SSG Stephen Voline~ Hey! I hope all is going well.... we can't wait for you to come home!!! I know it might be a while, but it doesn't matter....just get them to send you home by April!!! haha!!!! I really would love to hear from you. I miss you like crazy and i love you... By they way my friend is in the army and he told me to send you a ... "HOO-AH" God bless everyone in the 173rd... <3 Brittany


Name: Gwen Sams
Email: sunriseto@aol.com
Date: Monday October 27, 2003
Time: 01:54:37 AM

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The article Mr. Glen Bayer posted on this website from the Pioneer Press was a follow up to the article the newspaper came out and did with me last spring when the 173rd jumped into Iraq. I wasn't sure if I should tell Josh's story of the Taza ambush to the press but am very glad I did now. Because of that article, I have had calls from other Minnesota parents whose sons and daughters are with the 173rd. It made my son in Iraq that much closer to me because I am now able to express my thoughts, feelings and fears with those other parents. Someone else forwarded that article to the parents of John Hart and David Bernstein and I have been able to connect with them. It restores my faith in humanity when you are surrounded by strangers you are now proud to call "family". Thank you! Gwen


Name: Joe Kreke & Matt Grice
Email: JoeKreke@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 10:41:32 PM

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KASEY ROBBINS: Hey Kasey, this is Joe and Matt. I (Joe) talked to your mom the other night at a football game, and she told that you were still in Iraq, and wasn't too sure when you would be coming home. We just wanted to tell ya that we miss having you around, and to keep your spirits high. I got your address from your mom, so I will send a letter out in a few days just to let ya know what's been happening...We are proud of you, take care, and let us know something...\ Joe & Matt


Name: Gwen Sams
Email: sunriseto@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 09:54:43 PM

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Dearest Soldiers First of all, to those of you who were in the convoy attacked outside Taza, I want to thank you for your quick action in helping my son, Joshua Sams. I have spoken with Josh and heard the horrifying account of that night. Even though the news and tv have spoken with me, it doesn't given enough credit to LT David Bernstein and the other family of soldiers who helped my son that night. Receiving word that my son was injured was hard enough but my heart aches for both families that have lost loved ones. I will be attending a funeral at Arlington Cemetery next week and I don't know how I will be able to look the Harts and Bernsteins in the eye without feeling guilt that my son is alive and theirs are not. I have been in contact with the families and at the same time, can't wait to embrace them and hold them close. I am the Family Readiness Coordinator in Anoka, Minnesota but no amount of training prepares you to be on the receiving end of this type of news. I do know that without the support of my own guard family and former strangers that are now friends, I could not have made it through the last few days. Thank you! God Bless all of our soldiers - my prayers will continue until you are all home in your family's arms. Gwen Sams


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Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 09:46:14 PM

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Kathy Ryan Ryankp@aol.com To Rick Ryan and all the Sky Soldiers: You're in my thoughts and prayers. Hoping that you will be home soon. Love, Aunt Kathy


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Email:
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 09:17:02 PM

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To the families and soldiers of the 173rd. Please be patient, keep the faith, but don't spread rumors. I keep prayerful daily and just wait for the true moment to hear when our soldiers will be redeployed out of Iraq. Nooone knows as this hasn't come from the top. So tell others not to continue spreading rumors. Let's pray for one another, for we are family, even though we might be strangers.Remember to share the 91st Psalm with your soldiers and others. From a 173rd paratroopers"mom". Florida St. Lucie County


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Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 09:14:39 PM

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To the families and soldiers of the 173rd. Please be patient, keep the faith, but don't spread rumors. I keep prayerful daily and just wait for the true moment to hear when our soldiers will be redeployed out of Iraq. No one knows as this hasn't come from the top. So tell others not to continue spreading rumors. Let's pray for one another, for we are family, even though we might be strangers. Remember to share the 91st son with your soldiers and others. From a 173rd paratroopers" mom. Florida St. Lucie County


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Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 08:14:11 PM

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we would like to see pictures A COMPANY 1-508TH 2nd PLT Thanks so much


Name: Brenda...BIG THANK YOU!!!
Email:
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 07:01:52 PM

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I wrote it down this time Brenda so I wouldn't have to ask such a stupid question again after all of this time you think I would have it memorized but I don't...that is because we don't use it as much as email now...and I don't send weekly packages anymore like I really should...and now...I will be using it for holiday mailings...Again..thanks so much...SNAIL MAILER....


Name: Jessica
Email: QTPie590@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 06:11:23 PM

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I have a question that anyone can answer.... You can either post it on here or try to email me back. My fiance is always telling me about these support groups that keep you informed on what is going on over in Italy and Iraq. I was wondering if anyone has any information on them or who I can contact to get involved. I know a lot of people are going through the same thing I am, it just sometimes seems like no one here understands because they aren't going through the same thing. If anyone knows anything I would appreciate it if you let me know!!! Thanks!!!! Also, keep praying for our soldiers to return safely home.


Name: Silvia
Email:
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 04:52:09 PM

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To Brian Hart: I have been trying to email you back several times but it won't work for some reason. Would you mind to give me another address I could write to? Thank you.


Name: Brenda Basiley
Email: brendabasiley@charter.net
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 03:54:14 PM

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Poster requesting snail mail address. Send your letter or packages to: Rank - Name Unit - Company 173rd ABN BDE APO AE 09347


Name: ADDRESS CHANGE?
Email:
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 03:39:11 PM

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Look! I don't come here often since our soldier has been using email regularly to communicate with us (his parents) personally....but he asked for some "reading materials" to be mailed snail mail and I came here looking for the address that was always posted on this site to send snail mail to the troops and it is gone...then I heard a Rumor that it is different than the one I used to send him stuff this summer....SO...help please...what is that APO/AE address again?


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 02:55:58 PM

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Wish i will see more pics of b co 1/508 3rd plt pleàse


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 07:38:27 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey !! How are you ...? I hope you´re doing well...can´t wait to see you..... LOVE YOU BE STRONG AND WATCH YOUR BACK!!!!!!! Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name: Nina
Email: xenonina@lycos.com
Date: Sunday October 26, 2003
Time: 01:47:53 AM

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Zech Shone, A co. 2/503rd - Hey little dog! I just wanted to say hi and I miss you tanto tanto! Hope everything is going ok.


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Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 09:49:34 PM

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Oops. sorry about blabbing about the December date. Being new to all this military stuff, it didnt cross my mind about it being a force protection issue...ho hum....sometimes I get like an excited kid. God knows i dont want to be responsible for any bad things happening. ANd of course, as I see now, things are always changing anyway.


Name: Jennifer Darling
Email: Jdarling@bbbscentraltx.org
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 09:02:51 PM

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Hey BK Burress. We love you and miss you! Your family is very proud of you and can't wait to see you again!!!! Love, Jenn, Jeff and Brendan


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Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 08:54:13 PM

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ALL PLANS FOR THE REDEPLOYMENT OF THE 173RD IN DECEMBER HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD AS OF TODAY. BELIEVE ME, IM IN KIRKUK.


Name: Gavin
Email: badger4hire@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 08:42:34 PM

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SPC WHITELATCH, NATHAN D. A.CO 2/503- Hey kid! I hope this message reaches you in good spirits. Its getting close to the end of October, most of the leaves have fallen, and every morning for the past week or so frost has covered the ground. The salmon spawn I used to tell you about has yet to happen 'cause the river is too shallow. If we don't get any rain quick I don't think we'll have a chance at 'em this fall. But all is well, hunting season is right around the corner, and the "mad cow/deer" disease that plagued our stock last year has been almost completely diminished. I resent one of your packages yesterday (Fri. Oct. 24) hopefully it gets through this time. As far as work is concerned- my crew will more than likely get laid off by mid-end Nov.; no worries though, I've already been offered several positions in the business you know that I know best-BARTENDING. So, the archaeologist/philosopher/paratrooper has to fall back on the alcohol crutch once again. And while I'm perched behind the bar 'til at least Spring, I decided to go back to school and snag another degree. May as well go back and enjoy the life of a professional student/drinker before I get too old. Hell my other kid brother graduates in Dec., so I be looking and waiting for a reliable companion. My girlfriend has her limits- she is talented in many areas, drinking and carrying on is not one of them. I'm doing much better since last we spoke, so with all this extra time on my hands you will be hearing from me more often. I regret that I've neglected my writing duties in the recent past, but at the time things were dark and nasty- 'n I kept busy trying to fix things. My correspondence would have been all too depressing to send to you- nothing that would spark up a smile or release a much needed chuckle anyway. I look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you home, safe. Take care little brother. Gavin


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Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 07:10:11 PM

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does anyone have some pics of the 319th afar? thanks


Name: Betty Calkins
Email: Bfcalkins@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 06:44:06 PM

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SPC David Calkins I want you to know that I am thinking of you and your unit, praying for your safety. I want to offer my sympathy in the loss of two fine young men, John Hart and David Bernstein. Please know that there are so many of us who wish to have you come home and be with your families again. Take care of you and be strong. I am always here for you! Love, Mom


Name: I have pictures of 2/503rd...
Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 05:02:49 PM

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They are mostly of Chosen Company 1st platoon... www.skysoldier.armedforcesfamilies.com If your loved one is in that platoon please let me know..my husband sent me a video of the guys there.. pollosmom@hotmail.com


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Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 03:37:30 PM

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Does anyone over there has photos of 2/503rd?


Name: linda & Arthur Allen
Email: linda214@earthlink.net
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 02:49:24 PM

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Hey - Sean Roden - How are you? Hope you are well. We think of you often and pray for all of you. Keep up the good work. Don't listen to the politicians. We Americans appreciate what you are doing. Thank your fellow 173rd soldiers for what they do. God Bless you all. Keep safe. Let us hear from you if you get a chance. Love, Linda & Arthur


Name: Anita Eakins
Email: anitaeakins2000@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 02:38:31 PM

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My son is PFC Jeff Eakins, TF 1/63 AR, attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Jeff send me 5 rolls of film to develop and one has a group picture of about 20 soldiers in his task force. If your son is TF 1/63 AR and you want this pic to see if your son is included, please email me and I'll forward it to you. Thanks, Anita Eakins


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Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 02:23:08 PM

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Can someone post pics of the 319th AFAR??? There are so few printed!!!


Name: Judith Flanagan
Email: Judy525531@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 01:54:01 PM

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This message is for Bryan Burress B Co 1/508. Finally found your picture amongst the AWESOME ones on this site. Wish it were closer up, though. Praying for you plus each and everyone of our soldiers. I LOVE YOU. I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. Love, your mama


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 01:01:24 PM

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TO.SGT Land Jacob Daniel; Hey Honey! Thank you so much for your email!!! I miss you too and i can´t wait to see you!!!! I Love you more than words can ever say!!! Your Nina


Name: Terri
Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 12:54:48 PM

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ATTN:----> SPC VOLPE 2Plt Bco 2/503: SOLDIER!!!!! This is my third warning. Feeling a sense of generosity, no additional sanctions will be listed at this time, provided you reply to the charges with in 24 hours (uh, duh you are guilty, cuz you told me of your actions in your own email - see previous post if you forgot LOL). Essentially, Soldier, your only option is to is appear for sentencing. If the Court of Terri does not receive an official and timely reply from you, I will have no other recourse but to employ additional consequences and sanctions. Your situation is looking more bleak every passing second. SWAK, Terri


Name: Mandi
Email: AKHammell79@MSN.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 11:55:57 AM

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To Sgt Nicholas Lewis, I miss you hon. I hope you are taking care of yourself. No one has heard from you in a while and we are worried but we know you are a strong. Be good babe, I love you. Love, Mandi.


Name: CEN
Email: anrocfan@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 10:40:44 AM

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I think I have some pics for you -"A COMPANY 1-508th 2nd Platoon" Along with some others from A CO also. Let me send them to the webmaster and we will see how they turn out.


Name: SFC Rene Hernandez
Email: rene.hernandez@usarec.army.mil
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 10:19:39 AM

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Hey Spc Robert Fernandez III, just want to let you know that we all miss you very much. Stay focus and watch your back. We can't wait until you come home Your uncle One Dann Proud American love you


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 09:50:10 AM

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I received an Email from Turner Publishing. ALL 2004 Calendars have been mailed out!.... Enjoy!


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 08:53:12 AM

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Hi to everybody. I want to say that I'm proud of all the Sky soldiers who are fighting and fought for freedom and I'm always praying for them to come back home soon. It would be wonderful to have they home for xmas but I think we all know how things are going there so...don't write things that might not be true. I can understand how you are feeling, but please be patient. We all know that everything will be ok! Lucia


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Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 02:26:46 AM

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I know we have said this before, but please practice operational security on this message board. I understand your excitement in reporting that a date is "rumored" for redeployment of the unit. Remember that there are many bad seeds out there who can potentially be able to do harm by hearing about a potential redeployment date. You can use your imagination on that one.


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Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 01:01:00 AM

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What's going on with the message board?! I can read half the messages and the rest are just a bunch of jumbled symbols...


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 12:57:49 AM

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What's going on with the message board?!


Name:
Email: gramieight@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday October 25, 2003
Time: 12:42:07 AM

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I sit here on a Friday night fresh from my daughters football game, where I had the privilege to sit beside of my son, Ssgt Shawn Grueser, while the National Anthem was playing, watching him with his hand over his heart and at the end he kissed his fingers and waved them to heaven and said, "That is for my boys!" How he misses the 173rd and all the brave soldiers in Kirkuk. I have heard the stories of near misses, and Pray for all of your safe returns...hopefully in the near future. Dear paratroopers and support staff, you have run the good race and have done a job well that no one anticipated your having to do. You are indeed the heroes of America, and I am so proud of your accomplishments. and have written to several news medias that you SHOULD be allowed to brag about them, you have earned the right to spread the good news, that you truly are making a difference in the lives of the people in Iraq. If nationally known correspondents could ride into Baghdad on the back of tanks like John Wayne, the 173rd Airborne Paratroopers deserve a chance to tell their stories. God Bless you and keep your safe. Grammie and Shawn HOOHAH!!!


Name: Y Tetrault
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 10:01:35 PM

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To SPC Garrett Tetrault, just a note to say how much you are missed and loved. You are a hero in my eyes, and I am so proud of you and the other sky soldiers. Hope to hear from you soon. Stay strong and be safe. Love, Mom


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Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 10:01:25 PM

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Until it's official, I'm not holding my breath.


Name: Linda Hallgath
Email: lynda1275@peoplepc.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 09:48:52 PM

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To SSG Stephen Voline, How are you doing? We sure do miss you and love you very much. Your mom showed me your pictures you look really good for what you are going through. Keep your head up and keep smiling. It is starting to get cold here we may get snow on Wednesday. Oh what fun. Love Your Aunt Linda.


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Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 09:23:33 PM

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I know you're excited, but having gone through many of these deployments, could we please wait until we receive official confirmation before we post dates for return. This unnecessarily gets everyone excited when it may be nothing more than another unsubstantiated rumor. If it turns out to be not true or accurate, then there are some that will actually believe the "command changed their mind" when it was never really made up in the first place. The webmaster has asked us not to post unsubstantiated rumors and this is not helping. Signed - Trying to stay calm.


Name: Nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 08:21:39 PM

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NO RUMORS PLEASE


Name: meredith
Email: sweetdream5123@aol.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 07:21:35 PM

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I have know news, I just wanted to say hey and love ya'll. o yeah and what's up Reece!!! cline kicks yeah that.


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Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 06:56:13 PM

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When are we going to SEE PICTURES OF A COMPANY 1-508th 2nd Platoon? We would love to see THE GOOD LOOKING FACES OF THE SOLDIERS SOON. THANKS


Name: Thought you might like this poem...
Email: Not written by a Sky Soldier, but a Warrior none the less
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 06:46:21 PM

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Hearts Back Home--- The bravest hearts of any war Must be the hearts back home They pack the bags and tend the fires So warriors may roam. With anxious eyes they watch the news, And pray to hear no word. The say "No news is good news", Though it seems a bit absurd. They jump at every phone call And cringe when doorbells ring. In fear of one lone telegram, The news that it might bring. They muddle through their daily tasks Without parades or bands. But they are heroes just the same As those in foreign lands. They have the strength to stand alone, A lesson hard to learn, Then step into the background When the warriors return. No tickertape or speeches For the hearts we leave behind. They're heroes in the shadows, But they never seem to mind. SSGT Rodney Howell, USMCR


Name: Jackie Garcia
Email: Cougarkat@aol.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 05:53:51 PM

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Hi Bro (Carl) its me again we are proud of every one of and we all support all of you I know you read that crap in the news but we are all here to help you or anyone who needs it. We love very much and can't wait for my little bro to come home. If I could trade you places I would in a heart beat love and miss you your sis Jackie. We SUPPORT ALL OF YOU.


Name: allen 'DINO' medina
Email: allenmedina@yahoo.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 05:48:51 PM

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hey guy i was a member of the legion in the 2nd plt. i hope that all is well and you guys are staying safe. if you guys from legion 2nd plt ever come to Bragg look me up.2/82 avn. allen m


Name: Carol Harper
Email: rharper@otelco.net
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 05:43:25 PM

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This is for Wil Bowman, Wil I hope you are doing well? We are all praying for you daily! I am sending you some things and hope it gets to you. I know that you are doing an excellent job and we are looking with great anticipation your arrival home. If you have time we would love to see you and cook you a very large steak and some good old fried okra. We love you and miss you!


Name: Jackie garcia
Email: Cougarkat86
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 05:32:28 PM

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Hi Carl we all miss you and can't wait till you come home. You are doing a good job. You are are HERO love your sis Jackie


Name: Genny
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 04:15:19 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. Ciao Spiderman, I hope you're fine!!! I miss you a lot and I hope to hear your voice very soon. I miss you and I love you more than anything. With all of my love. Genny


Name: Annette Tewell mother of Sgt. Jason Haynes
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 03:54:04 PM

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Can anyone tell me how to contact Lt. Bernstein's family? My son has asked that I contact them and I do not have a clue as to how. It was good to speak to Jason while he enjoyed a far to short 3 day R&R, and I want him and all the men of the 173rd to know that I am so proud of them. My constant prayer is that God will protect each of you and bring all of you home SOON. Don't let your guard down and watch each other's back. I truely love you all.


Name: Wife
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 03:26:48 PM

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To my loving husband. I miss you so much, my heart aches everyday I spend without you here by my side. T he baby is doing wonderful, I hope you come home soon to get to know her better. We await your return with open arms and open hearts, I am always here for you and will always be waiting. Keep your chin up watch your back, and hopefully they will pull you guys out of there soon. Love always~


Name: Jamie Hermes
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 03:04:21 PM

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Hi, Keith hope you are doing ok, I have sent your several letters. I just wanted to tell you we all love you./


Name: Jim Young, Jr.
Email: gaump@yahoo.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 02:46:00 PM

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This message is for Private David J. Cross-Hope you are doing good, just a note to say thanks and we are praying for you. Looking forward to seeing you. God Bless you all. JYJ


Name: Rachel Zermeno
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 01:37:22 PM

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I would like to share this with the families, friends and loved ones of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. It's probably been seen before, but it's worth reading again. “The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either. He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm Howitzers. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He may forget to floss or brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime. He has stood amidst dead bodies, some of which he helped to create, and felt both terrified and thankful that he wasn't one of them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years. He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship, respect, and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. A prayer for our Military "Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 12:15:24 PM

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this is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI,2-503rd, hi honey its mom, how are you. i mailed Lucy a letter today, have to go now, love you ,so proud of you, love mom


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 11:35:36 AM

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I thought it interesting and sad that one of our soldiers noted how unsupportive "The Stars and Stripes" has been to the very soldiers it was establish to serve. It appears they have decided it is better to be part of the mainstream media rather than the eyes, ears and mouthpiece for soldiers all over the world. To the soldiers- we parents, retirees and Americans KNOW what you are doing in Iraq, the successes and the setbacks, and the incredible sacrifices you are making on our behalf. We love you, miss you and will continue to voice our displeasure with S&S's decision to undermine your morale and welfare. Hang in there Sky Soldiers - the important folks back home support you 100%!! Hurry Home.


Name: Pappy Patchin
Email: CharlesPatchin@ongov.net
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 11:31:49 AM

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The gringing monotony of war with it's disregard for body and mind is ceaseless. It wears the mind and body of those who fight in it. It wears the minds of those who wait for it to end. To reduce wear on the soul take notice of this: The 91st Psalm is called the Soldier's Psalm. It got this unique name after the First World War. A Canadian Infantry Battalion was on the line. The Commander required each man to read the Psalm daily. For their time on the line there were no deaths! In times of danger it may comfort some. When not in danger remember to be thankful for the good.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 11:25:55 AM

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To the soldiers who get a chance to read this, god bless you, and please pass it on to the ones who don't.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 11:25:09 AM

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It seems that while our sky soldiers are risking their lives alongside their brothers day after day, we here are finding solace and comfort in our brothers and sisters as well...the 173rd families. What a great family we truly have! We no longer are just individuals with a cause and purpose, we are a family solid and strong standing firm and standing tall. SKY SOLDIERS ALL THE WAY!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 10:50:40 AM

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What would you do if every time you fell in love with someone you had to say good-bye? What would you do if every time you wanted someone they would never be there? What would you do if for every moment you were truly happy there would be 10 moments of sadness? So, I just wanted to say, even if I never talk to you again in my life, you are special to me and you have made a difference in my life. I look up to you, respect you, and truly cherish you. Remember, everyone needs a friend, someday you might feel like you have NO FRIENDS at all, just remember this e-mail and take comfort in knowing somebody out there cares about you and always will. I'll Always Be There In times of trouble, In times of need,If you are feeling SAD, You can count on me. I will give you a wink, Until you smile, give you a hug, And stand by your side. I'll be there for you till the end, I'll always and forever, be your friend!


Name: Scott Chamley
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 10:41:44 AM

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Dear Sky Soldiers, Thank you for defending the greatest country on God's green earth. It's the only place like it and if we don't protect it, our freedoms will cease to exist. Why else is everyone trying so hard to come into the USA, they know what we have and want it. I love this country and everything we stand for. Yesterday marked seven months my son (PFC Scott Chamley) has been in Iraq. He is my hero along with everyone else that is deployed throughout the world. Stay strong, stay sharp, be proud of yourself always. Thank you for your sacrifice, God Bless. Sincerely, One Damn Proud American


Name: Much love to the soldiers and families of the 173rd
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 09:08:31 AM

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Love finds us all, one way or another. Love gives us reason and hope. Love wraps it's wings around our weakness and love will carry all those we love...home. May peace and love be with everyone today and the gift of love carry you.


Name: ????????
Email:
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 07:54:08 AM

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We had a memorial service today for the solders that has passed away. and it is sorry to say that they won't be the last to die on this deployment. I am still here after 7 months and I am happy to still be alive, when my time comes then I will fight to my death with my fellow paratroopers. I am sorry for what has happen but we can't change that. And thanx to star's and stripe for showing their faces when one of us die. And not for the attacks on US forces or the good job we are doing for this counrty, but hey you can keep all you fame. I will miss you guys, you both did your job to the fullest. They were both in my company.......Well my brothers may god be with your soul....and some day we will all meet at the cross roads and the Red Devils of the 508th will give Satan hell.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 04:51:11 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey, How are you...? I can´t wait to talk to you again!! Love you soooooooo much!!!! I missssssss youuu tons! Be careful and watch your back. Hugs and kisses your Nina


Name: Liz Maddy
Email: egm6w7@mizzou.edu
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 01:18:28 AM

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Hi Anthony Duarte, Battle Co., 2/503...I miss you lots and am thankful for our online chats...Be safe and be strong. I hope I see you soon!!! Love, Liz


Name: suzann singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 12:52:03 AM

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why can I not open page #48 for the pictures...just keep hoping for a picture of my wonderful son??????


Name: suzann singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Friday October 24, 2003
Time: 12:47:26 AM

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To my son Mario...just remember, you are on a count down of the days that you are where you are...just remember. I just do not when you and I we will see each other, but we will again soon...and I will cherish that moment. If it will take me again to Fort Benning...so it shall be...love always...your Mom...your only Mom...Suzann


Name: Liz Maddy
Email: egm6w7@mizzou.edu
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 11:42:40 PM

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Hi Anthony Duarte, Battle Co., 2/503...I miss you lots and am thankful for our online chats...Be safe and be strong. I hope I see you soon!!! Love, Liz


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 11:27:02 PM

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I found this article about what the soldiers do to pass the time in Iraq, when they're not working. There are some very creative guys out there! Here is the link: http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17534&archive=true


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 08:20:26 PM

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Does anyone have more information on the attack Sat against the 501st FSC? One of the soldiers was injured.


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 08:18:55 PM

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Does anyone have any info on services for Lt. Bernstein? I am halfway between DC and Phoenixville PA and would like to attend his service if it is at Arlington or in DC. THanks.


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 08:15:47 PM

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To the soldier who posted anonymously: ( don't think I spelled That right!) Please, if you know names of soldiers who are not receiving mail, please email me their names and company address etc. so i can get packages to them. I have alot of friends here who want to send mail and packages to lonely soldiers. Please know that you are loved and cared about. It may be weird at first when you get home, but take it just one day at a time and reach out and accept help from the Old Herd and support groups, your church, counseling etc. I survived a great trauma and its aftermath and would be dead from suicide if it were not for the wonderful people who helped me out. God Bless you, i will pray for you.


Name: 1LT Jason Coulter
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 07:16:01 PM

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I am saddened to hear of the loss of LT Dave Bernstein. I went through IOBC with him in 2001. He was a great guy, alot of fun to be in the field with, and way too intelligent. I envy the soldiers who served with him as IOBC was too short a time. Dave was a great guy, a dedicated soldier, and I will miss him. Good luck to you all, stay safe, and god bless you. 1LT Coulter XO HHC 2/156 IN(M)


Name: SFC Lauer
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 06:58:40 PM

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I was LT Bernstein's Platoon Sergeant for 15 months while assigned to Bravo Company "The Legion" 1-508th in, 173rd ABN BDE. I am escorting him home. Toughest job I've ever had. The BDE CDR went all out for me to be able to bring him home and for that I am honored. He was a Great Leader, great person and a great friend and one of the finest Sky Soldiers ever. He will be missed.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: barbk@lesman.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 05:49:48 PM

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ATN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503RD MORTAR - HEY, JEFF!! Give me a call. I'm working with an organization on a special project & need to know the # of soldiers in the 2/503. I need the data ASAP - so when you can, please CALL HOME! Other than that - Lizzy is doing quite well on the basketball team - she was in for 5 minutes & had 4 fouls!! It was pretty funny! "It's basketball - not football, Liz!!" Jess is still recovering from mono & missing lots of school. She's in physical therapy for her back. She is also going to lifeguard at the new indoor pool @ the ice arena - The Village finally built a pool for Fenton H.S.!! I'm busy with Children's Theatre - Lizzy is in Rumplestiltskin & Jess is in "Working" by Studs Terkel @ York - she has a solo role. They all open in November. We miss you very much & are so proud of you. Pastor Betsy is taking a healing of her back & has not been at church for a few weeks. I sent supper over for them tonight from your favorite - Pizza Palace!! Well, gotta go! Please call with the information on the 2/503 so I can get this project finished for you guys, OK???? I love you & miss you even more! You're still...........Well, you know! Love, Mom


Name: Proud sister of SPC. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 04:39:06 PM

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You have got that right Anne Gonzales!! I love this site and love to keep in touch with all of you. I like to see how everyone is doing. Hart family and Bernstein family.........we are here for you!!! = ) Jessica Hebert


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 04:11:09 PM

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Thank you for posting the link for donating airline miles. Also had an idea that it would be nice for our guys in Iraq to get some letters from any of you 173rd Airborne Vets who'd like to write them. How can we do that? My son who's only getting letters from Mom, would probably appreciate a letter from you.


Name:
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Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 03:52:15 PM

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MY COMRADE by James Jeffrey Roche (1847-1908) The love of man and women is as a fire To warm,to light,but surely to consume And self consuming die...But comrade-love is as a welding blast Of candid flame and ardent temperature:Glowing more fervent,it doth bind more fast;And melting both but makes the union sure.The dross alone is burnt--Til at the last The steel,if cold,is one and strong and pure.


Name: Donating Frequent Flyer Miles
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 01:28:07 PM

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I am not sure this is what the person posted about regarding donating frequent flyer miles..But here is a website... www.heromiles.org Hope that helps someone..


Name: Jim Lakatos
Email: C/4/503 173d 66-67
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 01:22:24 PM

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I want to echo what my friend Pappy Patchin said about us older Herd guys. We stand ready to help the current 173d soldiers,and thier families, in any way we can.We've been there and still deal with the pain of our loss from the VietNam war.It's never that far away from us and when the Herd suffers causualties it's felt by us.There are Herd guys all across the US and as Pappy said just contact the International Society or any chapter to find someone in your area.To the family member who asked what can they do to help their soldier or to try and understand them just continue to love them.All will be OK.AIRBORNE!!DRIVE ON!!!


Name: FYI: Another way to contribute
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 01:00:58 PM

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I just read in AOL news that you can donate your frequent flyer miles to soldiers coming home for R&R through Delta or Southwest Airlines and they will go into effect starting November 1st. There were no other details in the article, but I am sure one can contact the airlines themselves to find out more.


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 12:20:02 PM

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Hey Sgt Harrison,Taion Just want to let you know that taleisha and i miss you very much. Stay focus and watch your back. We can't wait until you come home. we hope to see you really soon. Love ya


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 12:04:58 PM

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I wouldn't attempt to tell you how to deal with all the emotions that your soldiers have or will have when they come home, but if I wanted to talk to someone that could help I would contact the closest military installation - doesn't matter the branch of service - and get in touch with a Chaplain. They would be happy to talk to you about what you are facing and give you some contacts/reading/etc. that might help. If you are part of the military family, you could also work with the mental health office in the hospital - but call the Chaplain first. Best of luck - this is not going to be easy for any of us.


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 12:01:46 PM

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To Glen Bayer and her recounting of our soldier Sams and his accident - certainly is a reality check! He is telling it like it is... anne gonzalez


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 11:54:08 AM

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How do WE who haven't been there cope with the anger and hurt our love sky soldiers are feeling? How do WE help them deal with all they are going through? When a sky soldier is very angry and very hurt, that anger is taken out on all the people he cares for and it's certainly taken out on his brothers and more so on his enemies. We never turn our backs on the ones we love, NEVER. We tell them endlessly we love them, we support them, we are there for them. WE don't know what they are going through.....how do WE do this?


Name: Pappy Patchin
Email: CharlesPatchin
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 11:42:11 AM

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It should not surprise anybody who is not a "Herdsman" that the 173d Airborne Brigade is a family. Whether it's a Vietnam Vet or Iraq War Vet. 3 color desert pattern does not separate from jungle green. We are all Brothers and now also Sisters. Check out the homepage of 173rdAirborne.com then scroll down to the center where it lists Society forms. Please note the application for membership in the International Society of The 173d Airborne Brigade is for ALL those that serve(d) with the Brigade. Not just Vietnam Vets. Go to the Society official website. Read our history. See why the "originals" care so much for the new kids. The old guys know. The young ones need a place/person to go or talk to that knows and won't judge them. War makes life difficult for a lot more folks than you can imagine. There are 3 countries with 173d Chapters. If you need to help or join or buy a membership for a deployed "Herdsman" there's information available. We old ones are waiting for the young ones. WE"VE BEEN THERE.


Name: Glen Bayer (Wingdad)
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 10:32:28 AM

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Here's a news article about the latest 173rd soldiers killed and wounded. Bad news is made better BY KERMIT PATTISON Pioneer Press When the bad news arrived from Iraq, Gwen Sams could take solace in one thing: Her son delivered it himself. The phone rang Sunday morning with a satellite call from her son Joshua, a 20-year-old soldier in Iraq. Only a few hours before, he had been wounded in an ambush while on patrol. Two other soldiers in his Humvee had been killed. But Joshua was alive. The sound of his voice eased the panic of a mother who has spent much of this year praying that she would never see a stranger in a uniform appear at her door with bad news. "It was much more reassuring to hear about it from him rather than anybody else," Gwen Sams said Wednesday. "He kept saying, 'Such-and-such was supposed to call you' and he was upset that they didn't let me know. I said, 'Josh, the fact that I heard your voice instead of someone else, I could handle that much better.' " The attack has left Gwen Sams, who leads a military support program in Anoka County, simultaneously proud of her son and increasingly skeptical about the direction of U.S. involvement in Iraq. Army Spc. Joshua Sams, of St. Francis, Minn., was wounded when a patrol of the 173rd Airborne Brigade came under fire late Saturday while investigating an explosion outside the oil city of Kirkuk, about 160 miles north of Baghdad, according to his mother and military officials. According to Gwen Sams, her son gave the following account: He was driving the last Humvee in a convoy late Saturday when they came under fire by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. The grenades missed, but AK-47 fire raked the vehicle. Sams was thrown from the vehicle, but his body armor caught on the Humvee and he was dragged at 45 mph. When the vehicle finally came to a stop, it rolled backward onto his arm. His wounded lieutenant managed to get the vehicle off Sams. Then Sams applied pressure to the lieutenant's wound but was unable to stop the bleeding. "The lieutenant died in his arms and he was screaming and everything," said Gwen Sams. Joshua is "having a real hard time with that." Another soldier was already dead, wounded in the neck. A fourth soldier in the Humvee escaped without injury. The military identified the dead soldiers as 1st Lt. David R. Bernstein, 24, of Phoenixville, Pa., and Pfc. John D. Hart, 20, of Bedford, Mass. Gwen Sams said her son had patrolled with the other men for about three months. Joshua is recovering in a hospital in Kirkuk. He has a cast on his leg, and most of the ligaments are torn. His left arm is in a soft cast and numb, and it may have nerve damage, according to his mother. "He's very, very bitter," she said. "He's had a few too many close calls. He almost shot a 12-year-kid who came running out of an alley with a gun pointed at him. They found out later it wasn't a real gun and the kid was yelling, 'I'm going to kill you Americans!' " Joshua was anxious to do his part when he left for Iraq earlier this year. But over the past few months, his mother said, he has taken a dimmer view. He is disheartened by the anti-U.S. sentiment among Iraqis and by the military leadership that has extended his three-month deployment to 13 months. He previously wound up in the hospital with exhaustion and dehydration because of the heat, and his weight has dropped from 170 to 130 pounds. A couple of weeks ago a rocket-propelled grenade hit his Humvee but failed to explode, his mother said. Joshua Sams comes from a military family: His father served in the Army during the Korean War, and two brothers also serve in the Army. This week a brother received orders to go to Afghanistan. His parents, Gwen and Karnis Sams, are the "family readiness coordinators" for the Minnesota National Guard in Anoka County. Over the past few days, however, they have been on the receiving end of prayers, hugs and gifts of food. "My own unit has been wonderful," Gwen Sams said. "I've heard from everybody, 'What can we do for you?' It's kind of different because I feel like that's my job and they've turned around and done that for me." Gwen Sams said she remains proud of her son and all the individual soldiers in Iraq but has begun to question the overall U.S. mission there. "All we're doing is getting our guys killed over there, and nothing is changing at this point," she said. "I'm proud of every one of them for being there and putting themselves in harm's way, but at the same time I'm getting to the point of, 'What are we doing there?' At first I was very firm on what I thought we were doing there, but my doubts have really set in." She said the military may award her son a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, but Joshua doesn't think he deserves the decorations. "He said, 'I was just doing my job; you shouldn't get medals for doing your job,' " said Gwen Sams. "The lieutenant's family will get a Silver Star, and (Joshua) doesn't think that's enough for them."


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 09:25:29 AM

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Though I never met John Hart or David Bernstein, I feel this past week has brought me closer to their parents and to knowing them individually. Mr. Hart, you hope for details of what occurred -- and we all do, yet so little is ever printed or described in detail. With the wonderful support network of soldiers over there protecting our freedom, I am quite confident that slowly you will learn all the details. I am hopeful for your sake. From the bits and pieces I read, both young men were honorable and fine. . .how fortunate for us and for our soldiers that they had the opportunity to train and work with John and David. Know that you as John's parents, and David's parents, as well, are constantly in all our thoughts and prayers as you cope as best you can with your losses. We are hopeful you will continue to share anything you care to on this site, which is a wonderful form of therapy. Jessica Hebert who lost her fine brother too has found this site to be therapeutic for her -- a lifeline, so to speak. Blessings, and thank you for sharing with us. anne gonzalez


Name: Janet
Email: JoeandJanet@peoplepc.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 07:30:20 AM

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I came across a web site that makes beaded deployment bracelets with your soldiers name, unit, etc. whatever you want it to say. For anyone interested, here is the web site www.beadworkbysheree.com


Name: Bobbie Colon
Email: contriboy782000@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 05:13:22 AM

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Hey sweet heart HOw are you I don know if you check this but HOWDY!! I hope your doing well. I miss you so much. Lots of hugs and kisses. Brandon is doing really well. He had a good day at preschool. They did his b-day party there. He really wants a jeep. He cried the whole way home for the jeep. We really miss you Say hi to everyone down there. Do your guys your with need anything. Well gotta go Love always and forever your wife Bobbie J. Colon


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 04:51:10 AM

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To. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey, How are you...? I miss you sooooooo much and i love you more than words can ever say!!!! Thousand kisses from me!!!! Nina


Name: Brian T. Hart
Email: bhart@addsinc.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 02:20:07 AM

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The family of PFC John Hart wishes to thank you for the many messages of condolence. <p>I am his father and you can contact us at the email shown here. <p>We have virtually no news on what happened other than what we read in the press and a few rumors. We know he was killed in combat by enemy forces from small arms fire and RPG attack in Taza. We would welcome any news you may have on the situation of Oct 18. We are in contact with David Bernstein's family and are trying to share what scant information we have together. We would like to receive information on the third person that was reportedly wounded at the time. If anyone has information on who we can contact please let us know. <p>There are several news articles on John and David which can be found by Google search. They were fine young men. <p>John will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 4 at 3 PM. There will be a candle vigil for him on the Bedford MA Common at 5:45-8 PM on Thursday Oct 23 and a memorial service at St. Michaels in Bedford on Sunday Oct 26 at from 1-4 PM. The Town of Bedford is small, close and heartbroken. You would be welcome at any of these events.


Name: Kourtney AKA Kasey Robbins' LIL SIS
Email: Cheerchicsr04@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 23, 2003
Time: 12:12:11 AM

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Hey Bubba!!! i just thought i would give you a little encouragement because we all miss you a lot. We want you to come home safe. Its been very aloney without you here because i dont have anyone to talk about stuff. But everything else has been pretty hard around here because of cheerleading. But everyone here wants you to come home and everyone says Hi, well i will let you go now, bye bye always remember KEEP YOUR HEAD HELD HIGH AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER, YOUR ONLY LIL SIS, KOURTNEY NICOLE


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 10:41:46 PM

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Thank you to the 173rd Soldier who wrote the note regarding what you all have gone through there. Thank you for sharing your point of view...the things you've seen, heard and will never forget. Trust me, we as parents unless we've served in war will never know what you feel or think - what you're holding inside. But, as a mother who has her only child serving with the 173rd, we also share our own grief for our children. A mother tries to help her child her entire life. In times like these, we feel so helpless. Sure when send care packages every week, letters everyday, e-mail as often as possible. Anything to help him know we care for him. He so appreciates everything we send. Even just a letter helps him. Please know we're thinking of you all, we care about what you're going through, and many of us would be there beside you if we weren't too old. We believe in you. Everyone of you. We are proud of all of you. Our countries freedom depends on men of character like the 173rd. I am proud to call my son a Sky Soldier. We hang our flags in honor of you and those who have served before you. We have a candle in the window under our blue star flags. Until you all come home. Please remember, every night when I go to bed, I hold MY little boys, 3-year old son, and we pray for his daddy and the other soldiers. I thank God for the blessing of my own child and the gift of a grandchild. I pray for the return of all of you to your families. To the arms of loved ones who will cherish each moment with you a little more after all this. I stood at the airport in January when Josh went back to Italy, knowing he would be off to Iraq soon. His little boy running to hold onto his daddy's legs, begging him not to go. These are our moments of hell. Watching my only child say good-bye to his only child and what must have been going through his head - when he'd see him again, IF he'd see him again. We believe in God. We believe he's going to bring him home to us. Without our faith, I wouldn't sleep at all. After I tuck in my beautiful grandchild, after he cries himself to sleep wanting his daddy home, I take a moment and reach out to my son, pray he can feel the love and pray for one brief phone call to hear he's okay. We live in torment, much different than yours, but still very real. The sleepless nights awakened by a dream, a feeling and sometimes if we're lucky, that brief wonderful phone call that lets us know - at least for now - he's doing okay. He's motivated, he's focused. He's proud to be serving with one of the finest paratrooper units in the world. He's a sky soldier. He's fighting for freedom in a foreign land. For children, men, and women who would have never known a world such as ours without the sacrifices of our Sky Soldiers and their families. I pray someday I can meet you Sky Soldier. So I can shake your hand, give you a hug, and let you know how VERY, VERY much we appreciate what you've done to help so many others less fortunate than yourselves. Please know this family is willing to do what we can to help any one of you in the 173rd family. We are here for each and everyone one of you and a day doesn't go by that our thoughts and prayers aren't with you all. Looking forward to the day I can hug my son and say "welcome home sky soldiers, job well done!" We may not feel the same pain, but we do care about what you're going through. Don't ever doubt that. God Bless you All Sky Soldiers and their families. To our son Josh Grove, stay safe, stay strong, stay focused and motivated. We all love you and miss you. We are proud...beyond words!!!


Name: Debby Marino
Email: starlight99_91720@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 10:10:16 PM

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Hi Scott, Just wanted to let you know that Mom, Keith, Rick and I miss you lots! Can't wait for you to meet Rick, you'll really like him. Mom and I will start shopping for a wedding dress in December, we'll send you pics of everything as we go along. including what you'll be wearing as a groomsman. I love you and can't wait to see you!!! Keep safe and hope your buddies and you are enjoying our packages. Love your big sis!


Name: Lisa Frost
Email: frost@ruraltel.net
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 10:04:23 PM

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To Matt Freeborn, A Co. 1/508. Hi Matt. I had class today and everyone from my instructors to classmates to the janitor asked about you. The other day I was over at the high school and everyone there asked about you too, even your favorite guy, the principal---you two were so close!!! Just thinking about you and hoping all of you guys will be home soon. We sure love you. Mom


Name: Amy Hamme
Email: snflwr0817@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 10:00:33 PM

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To David Calkins.....Hey you! Haven't heard from you in a bit and just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and all the others! You hang in there. I am right there with you when you need me. My prayers and thoughts are with you, Miss you like crazy, Just remember you are strong and what you can't take I will take over for you! Talk to you soon... lots of love and hugs. Amy Here's To ALL of the 173rd... WE ARE BEHIND YOU!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Austin Beshaler
Email: Hammerhead896@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 08:06:34 PM

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To: Chris Oakes. We think about you a lot and hope that you are doing good and will come back safely. I am in the 5th grade at Delong Elementary School in Tacoma. I was selected to be in the Student Council. There will be an election to select the officers and am in the running. I have gotten straight A's so far. My teacher io Mr. Linden and he is a great teacher. We live in Tacoma now and I have a new brother, 4 months old. He weighs 15 lbs. Do good!! Keep your head under your helmet and your butt low to the ground!!


Name: Mary Sokolowski
Email: MarySoko@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 06:39:48 PM

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A huge thank you to those wonderful, experienced Sky Soldiers for their beautiful words of encouragement for our soldiers in Iraq. I have printed them to send to my son. When the 503rd was reactivated a couple of years ago, my son was very impressed by the ceremony and celebration surrounding it. By far, the best part of that experience was having the opportunity to talk to several 173rd Vietnam vets. It meant so much to him that the older soldiers were willing to sit with the younger guys and share their experiences, sometimes for hours on end. Apparently, some of them told the soldiers that they had never shared some of these things before with anybody. My son talked about that a lot. He never shared the stories, but did share his excitement and sense of bonding with the senior Sky Soldiers. He said he could have listened to them forever. What a perfect way to pass along the tradition. No wonder the 173rd is such a special group. It sure would be terrific if the two generations could come together again in some way after our guys are back from Iraq. I have a feeling that they could talk to each other in ways that nobody else will be able to. Again, thank you so very much. Your words will mean even more to the guys because they come from you. God bless you! Mary


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Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 06:12:50 PM

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Dear sky soldier who posted on 10/22: I think about my soldier every single day, in every single moment,I cry and then tell myself I have to be strong because he's going to need me when he'll be back, I wonder if he feels I am close to him, if he knows I am here for him, if and what I could do for him here and if I'll be able to be helpful for him when he'll be back, if I'll be able to share his harm for what he went through... I guess I never thought about him so much as I do during these months and feel guilty for that, for what I could tell him and did not... thank you so much for the words you said, they help me to understand him more and feel closer to him. He is not forgotten here and never will be. God bless you all !


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Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 05:54:56 PM

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Dear sky soldier who posted on 10/22: I think about my soldier every single day, in every single moment, I cry and then tell myself I have to be strong because he's going to need me when he'll be back, I wonder if he feels I am close to him, if he knows I am here for him, if and what I could do for him here and if I'll be able to be helpful for him when he'll be back, if I'll be able to share his harm for what he went through... I guess I never thought about him so much as I do during these months and feel guilty for that, for what I could tell him and did not... thank you so much for the words you said, they help me to understand him more and feel closer to him. He is not forgotten here and never will be. God bless you all !


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Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 05:54:03 PM

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I know this article is old and it may have already been posted, but I just found it. It's in regards to the 503rd and Operation Penninsula Strike. It gives us some idea of what our boys have been through. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2003/06/mil-030616-usaeur02.htm


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Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 04:19:28 PM

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" Perhaps passing thru the gates of death is like passing quietly through the gate in a pasture fence. On the other side, you keep walking, without the need to look back. No shock, no drama, just the lifting of a plank or two in a simple wooden gate in a clearing. Neither pain, nor floods of light, nor great voices, but just the silent crossing of a meadow." - Mark Helprin, " A Soldier of the Great War"


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 03:29:28 PM

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2004 Calendars are in!. I got the first one TODAY and they look GREAT. I expect that the orders are being mailed as we speak. I checked with the company that makes then and they have (Believe it or not) 173 left.


Name: Pappy Patchin
Email: CharlesPatchin@ongov.net
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 03:16:46 PM

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All deployed Sky Soldiers: This is a war that you are in. Some of you will die, some be injured and some be physically untouched. There is not one of you that is not changed. Trust in the Lord, thy God, but make sure your buddies are trained, ready and and able to fight. Bleep this Army of One stuff. You are never alone on the battlefield. You are part of a team. You are the best. You are the 173d Airborne Brigade. Pray for damned good luck to back you up. Change happens. Ask any of the Herdsmen from Vietnam. We held each other when our lives and friends lives crumbled. There wasn't anybody else there. Big bad paratroopers are big fat marshmallows when it comes to losing a buddy. We didn't get to be old men because we were wimps. But, we know the tenderness of each other's sorrow. We hurt for you because we have been there. We expect you to be just as bad as we were. We gave you the history that you have to live up to. Suck it up, airborne. If you can't take it terminate. Life's too short to be a Leg. Change happens. Lot's of us don't deal well with change, but we age well.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 03:15:48 PM

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2004 Calendars are in!. I got the first one TODAY and they look GREAT. I expect that the orders are being mailed as we speak. I checked with the company that makes then and the have (Believe it or not) 173 left.


Name: mary huser
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 12:56:46 PM

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i ordered 2 calendars and have not received them yet. i believe it said shipping would be in September?? does anyone know what is going on with the calendars??


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 12:40:38 PM

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Has anyone ordered and received the special calendars featured on this website?


Name: Jim Lakatos
Email: C/4/503 173d 1966-67
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 09:28:00 AM

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TO ALL SOLDIERS OF THE 173d. I read the posting of the soldier who wondered if anyone here knew what he and his friends are going through. I assure you many of your older Herd brothers who follow you thru this site know exactly what you are saying. You are right in assuming you have been changed by being in combat and seeing your buddies wounded or killed. I agree with the gentleman who said you will be stronger and better because of it, not in spite if it. You will appreciate the really important things in life such as your friends and family. Your service to your country will, and should, be a great source of pride to you. I know how tough it is. I lost 9 men from my platoon during my tour in Nam. When I came home I was despised by some of my countrymen because I was a soldier but as we said than,  It don't mean nothin. Remember, don't sweat the small stuff and if it's not life threatening it's all small stuff. Your perceptions of things will be different than those who have not been in combat. What you are going through now will strengthen you the rest of your life. Be true to yourself and to your buddies after your tour is over. If you knew one of the KIA's I encourage you to contact their families when you get home. It will be good for both parties. Also keep in touch with each other, because you share the commonality of combat and the 173d.I can also assure you that you will forever belong to the Brotherhood of the 173d from us Nam guys to you current guys. I'm still in touch with 10 guys from my platoon and my friends family who was killed in 67 and have been since then. Anyway I didn't mean to ramble. You will all be ok when it's over because you are America's Finest. The 173d AIRBORNE BRIGADE. DRIVE ON, ALL THE WAY!!! BROTHERS


Name: To Glen Bayer
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 08:30:15 AM

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I read somewhere they were part of Company B


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 07:28:19 AM

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Young soldier - your comments are right on the button, but please do not think you are the first or the last, unfortunately, to go through this. Will you live with this the rest of your life - you bet. Will it debilitate you -- absolutely not! When I served not too many years ago - my son is there with you now - we had a theme that we were carrying on the legacy. Many of the men and women writing into this site have served in battle, seen the carnage you are facing and the horrible conditions, but they survived and you will too. We put our lives back together, and you will too. We took life in a different perspective, and you will too. But we also found ourselves living for more than ourselves - you will be living for Justin and the others that were not able to come home. We are working on packages for soldiers that do not receive their own - send us some more names if you like. We are working on Christmas packages for ALL soldiers, not just our own. I know the feeling of sitting in mail call and not hearing my name - didn't happen often, but when it did the hurt was deep. You will be different when you come home, but you will also be better. You will deal with life's little inconveniences better, deal with minor problems at work and/or school better, and that little problem your son has will suddenly not be so big a deal. We pray for you and appreciate your sending your thoughts to us. It helps us to know the questions you are asking yourself and more than likely our youngster is asking himself --- and it will help us prepare for handling those issues when you come home. We pray for you (action), we write daily (action), we post messages of support (action) and we prepare your nest for your return (action) --- YOU tell us what else we can do to make your days better. Keep up the strength son -- we love you all, we miss you all, and we support you every step of the way. "An old retired soldier"


Name: Donna Voline (mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 07:23:21 AM

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To the families and friends of PFC Jonathan Hart and 1st LT David Bernstein, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to you. You are in our prayers. They are true heroes of the 173rd . Sincerely Donna Voline


Name: Suzann Singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 06:51:56 AM

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Good morning everyone...this is a response to the young soldier's message. Just want to say Thank You to you and all your Fellow Soldiers. You are right...we cannot begin to imagine your pain...unless we went thru a war ourselves. And yes, I wish that I could have that opportunity to tuck my children in bed and tell that I LOVE them...but, they are all grown now and one is there right now with you going thru the same pain you are and his name is SSG. Mario Singer. However, please understand we all here are going thru our own war...and that is that we feel, we care, we cry and we pray for All of our American Soldiers a safe return to their Families. Oh yes, you will be able to hug your wife and children in a way that will be better than before...because you will feel more after what all of you American Soldiers have witnessed in your young life. Just remember...we all love you and appreciate all that you have given...and I have always and will be so grateful for being an AMERICAN. Best Wishes to All...Suzann


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 05:33:37 AM

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TO. SGT LAND Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey How are you...? I miss you tons and i can´t wait to see you soon!!!!! Love you !!! Be strong and watch your back!!! With all my Love your Nina


Name: Sabine Gordon
Email: savego@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 03:39:03 AM

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For your information: You can sign up at Google.com to get a once a day email with any news report that involves the 173rd Airborne. I find it helpful and it saves time scouring the different web sites for news. Best regards, Sabine, Mom of a sky soldier


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 01:55:17 AM

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Dear nameless soldier who writes on 10/22 -- 1 a.m. - How can you believe that any one of us doesn't hold his or her child a little longer and a little stronger since 9/11. Suddenly we are faced with reality, that indeed the next hour may be our or his or her last on earth. You are a tender wonderfully caring young person -- thank you for your comments. I would love to pass them on to all my friends and family who are going through the day-to-day routine with little care or concern that it may indeed be their last -- you could teach them much. You are tomorrow's leader -- and you have wonderful insight - we are all hurting more than you know as we sit and wait and watch for our loved one(s) to return to this seemingly senseless war -- yet we must endure the negative, dreadful news as it dribbles on hour after hour with dismal reports - or we must endure the "reality" shows on television which portray "wannebe" soldiers performing "wannabe" acts that only you can relate to day after day. You are loved and you are appreciated more than you can ever know -- you have made a difference and will continue to do so for your wonderful insight. Thank you for serving. . .you have no idea how you impact us all! Thank you for your honesty, my young friend. I am here to listen to anything you might wish to share, for it brings me a bit closer to my own soldier serving there. anne gonzalez


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Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 01:09:07 AM

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I got on here with the intention of telling this board something, but then hesitated because you all will not understand what I really wanted to say. I am a solider here in the 173rd sitting in this place watching and participating in this everyday. I work, live, and fight aside these men you all write about. It's interesting to me to come on here every once in a while, to see what things you all write about us here. I often wonder if you hug your children everyday as you send them off to school, or do you tuck them in at night with a kiss and tell them one more time you love them not knowing if it may be the last time you get the chance to say that. No one on here seems to see the other side of this story we have here. There is no talk of those who watch their friends die, there's no reports of those of us who have to keep those kind of memories with us now forever. I do my job not so that you will all sit on here and say great things about me and my friends. I do my job because I have to in order for you to have that last chance to say I love you to your kids as you put them to sleep. Lord never knows if I will get another chance at that. If I do come out of here alive will I ever be able to touch my wife the same way, or hold my children like I did before? Will the memories follow me the rest of my days on this earth? I just wanted you to sit and think about a few things while you read this probably enjoying your morning cup of coffee, or reading your emails from friends. Think of all that this has done to the ones you love and be thankful for those who have given everything to your freedom! Think about the soldiers who are being left out at mail time who don't think they are cared about back home. It's the ones we will bring home that will have to shoulder the burdens of what they have seen here. "Only the dead have seen the end of war." Plato. I give my gratitude to all of the men and women who have given their lives here and on every other distant shore and hope you will remember them when you go about you living your lives. Don't make words of this, make actions!


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Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 12:42:54 AM

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To The Families Who Lost Their Beloved Soldiers: Please know that there are millions of people all over the world thinking of you and praying for you during this sad time. Please also know that there are millions thankful for your sons' sacrifice for our freedom and for the good of mankind. May God Bless you and Keep You.


Name: P Vesta
Email: pvestaAU@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 22, 2003
Time: 12:03:52 AM

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To all of the families of soldiers lost: This essay was written days after Spc. Kyle G. Thomas was killed in Tikrit, on September 25, 2003 We feel the pain of your loss and you are in our prayers. Everything is Different Now By Nicole L. Vesta Thursday, September 25, 2003, I came home from school excited to go to Ohio to spend the weekend with my grandparents, aunt, uncles and cousins. I love going there because it’s such a peaceful place. Little did I know that in exactly twenty-four hours I would receive news that would change my life, forever. On the day that I was thinking of all the fun that I would be having, a day that I thought would be filled with relaxation, something terrible was happening on the other side of the world. A bombing in Tikrit, Iraq left two soldiers injured and one soldier dead. It wasn’t until Friday at 3:00 pm. That I would find out that my friend, as close to me as a brother, Spc. Kyle G. Thomas was the soldier killed. I will forever remember that moment for it changed my life. It has left me with a hole in my heart that I can not seem to fill. I looked up to Kyle for he was much more than a good soldier. He was a carpenter, a naturalist, a photographer, a ballet dancer and more. He was a son, a brother, a husband and a friend. Everything he did he did to the best of his ability. He never let anything or anyone stand in his way. Everyone who met Kyle was blessed for the time that they spent with him. He was filled with so many wonderful qualities. I don’t know how to describe him well enough to make you see what a wonderful person he was. Unlike a lot of soldiers, Kyle didn’t just feel a need to defend his country, but he had a will to serve his God. That was why he was in Iraq. Because God told him to go. Being a servant of the Lord, he went and gave his all, just like he did with every other project that he undertook. He knew that he would not be coming home, and so did we, but that didn’t make it any easier for him to go or for us to receive the news that he had been killed. My point is that he knew the cost and he went anyway. He went for me and he went for you. I will never see the world the same way again. Every time I build something, or go outside and hear a bird sing, every time I dance, every time I see the news or talk to God, I will remember that there are people giving their lives for me and my freedom. I will remember what Kyle did and what he gave. I can only pray that if I am ever called to give my life, I will have the strength to do it. I hope by knowing Kyle and telling his story that other people will see there is a greater cost for our freedom, something greater than us, and people are dying every day so that we can have the freedom to believe in what ever we want and live without boundaries. Kyle lived his life to the fullest and died with no regrets, always following what he believed and never giving up. He died for us. We can not let his death be in vain. We have to do our best to live our lives to the fullest. We must never forget the men and women who have died and the ones who will continue to give their lives so that we can be free. We must always remember that these people are not just soldiers but they people with faces, and families, names and friends. We can not forget that they are fighting for our freedom. If we do they might as well not be fighting at all, because what is the point if no one remembers and no one cares? Nicole is 16 and a junior at Concord High School in Indiana. This essay appeared in the Local newspaper on October 19, 22 days after Spc. Kyle G. Thomas died in Titrik, Iraq


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 11:37:21 PM

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My heart aches for you! Proud parents of special young people who have made a difference in our world. I wish as you undoubtedly do, that tomorrow we all will awaken, and this entire war will be a bad dream -- that the unnecessary and heart wrenching losses will all be part of the bad dream. Know that every parent who has a loved son or daughter serving in this war aches with you -- feels your pain and loss -- that is what is so special about this outreach on this site. Please reach out to us with your requests, your needs, your hurt, and your suffering -- we are here for you in whatever capacity! You are loved, and our arms enfold you as you deal with your tremendous losses -- anne gonzalez you and yours will always be remembered. . .


Name: Justin Coffey
Email: justin.coffey@us.army.mil
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 10:50:11 PM

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Hey Legion. I just found out about the loss you suffered. I was really sorry to hear about that. I truly hope that everyone gets home safe. I miss you guys!!!


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Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 10:39:42 PM

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They were both members of Charlie Company 1-508th.


Name: Glen Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 09:56:55 PM

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Does anyone know what Co. the two valiant troopers who died were in? Glen bayer (Wingdad)


Name: Dana Gonzales
Email: groupgonzo@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 08:22:17 PM

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To the families of PFC Hart and LT Berestein...my husband (1/508th) was deeply affected by these deaths. I am praying for you and your families and am so very, very sorry for your loss.


Name: Dana Gonzales
Email: groupgonzo@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 08:16:40 PM

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SFC JUAN JOSE GONZALES OF THE 1-508TH ABN INF --- Miss you like anything. You are the bomb baby! Keep your head up 'cause you've got fewer days in country than before you come home! I love you and Alex, Levi and Justin send all their love! Remember, now is not forever! Keep fighting the good fight! para siempre Dana


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 08:02:28 PM

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My condolences to the families of PFC Jonathan Hart and 1LT David Berenstein. God bless you and may you find comfort at this difficult time. Your loved ones paid the ultimate price and my heart goes out to you. I pray that the remaining Sky Soldiers will return safely.


Name: charlene brewer
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 08:01:44 PM

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TO CLINT KELLY 173RD AIRBORNE, A COMPANY, 1/508TH, 3RD PLT FROM A FAMILY THAT IS SUPPORTIVE AND WHO LOVE CLINT VERY MUCH. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF CLINT AND WE KNOW CLINT CHOSE HIS WAY AND IS VERY FOCUSED ON SERVING HIS COUNTRY. HE IS DOING WHAT HE KNOWS IS RIGHT IN IRAQ.


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Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 06:33:36 PM

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We all want all of our Sky Soldier safe, please watch over them bring them home safe to all there Love one's


Name: James W. Stollenwerk
Email: Handles@charter.net
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 06:23:12 PM

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PFC Stollenwerk, Elias J., Your father is wondering how you're doing!!!! Its been to long sence I've heard your voice. I hope everything is OK with you. I think about you often and am asked about you constantly, from my co-workers. Call me as soon as you can, or call someone and have them call me. the last I heard from you was Sept 11. If any of you other guys see Eli please pass this on to him as he may miss it or not have access to a computer. Thank you, do your best to keep each other safe. I love you Dad PS all of you come home soon!


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 05:32:20 PM

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To the family of Pfc. Hart, and 1st. Lt. Bernstein. Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Remember that God is with you. Keep strong. Love, Arlene


Name: Proud sister of Spc. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 03:47:47 PM

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To the Familes of PFC John Hart and 1st Lt. David Bernstein: I send my love and comfort to you at this time. If you need to talk feel free to email me. I'm in your same boat. If these 2 fine men have any siblings they too can email me. I have found that it's good to connect with someone that understands what you are going through. I'm here, just as everyone else is. The 173rd is the best darn family to be apart of. I am sure you already know that. I just cherish this group. It doesn't get any better than the 173rd, that is for sure. John and David, may you rest in peace and say hi to by lil bro = ) I'd appreciate it. Jessica


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 03:10:47 PM

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To The photographer , I would love to see pictures of C company 1/508th , can you please post some pictures of C company 1/508th. I appreciate your work and I'm very grateful I'm sure all the family member feel the same way, God bless you all.


Name: Y Tetrault
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 02:49:52 PM

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To SPC. Garrett Tetrault, Hey how are you doing. Everyone here is fine. Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and waiting for your safe return home. Say hi to Summers for me. You will be getting a care package soon. Miss you so much,lots of hugs. Love, Mom


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 01:49:17 PM

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Eagle Illustrations has made a print of the Jump. http://eagleillustrations.com


Name: donna
Email: hdonnamarie@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 01:41:39 PM

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I would like to offer my condolences to the families of Pfc Jonathan Hart and 1LT David Bernstein, true HEROS of the 173rd family who gave the ultimate sacrifice may they rest in peace. And for the families left behind our prayers go out to you.


Name: Maureen Barbacovi
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 01:06:02 PM

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Jessica , you are an inspiration to big sisters every where. Keep posting. You are a treasure.


Name: Proud sister of Spc. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 12:33:17 PM

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Dear Kevin's mom: thanks for your post. I guess life wouldn't be any fun if we knew what are individual jobs were huh? I only wish I knew mine. When some one passes you start to evaluate your place here on earth. I really don't know why the things that are happening are but I know that I have to continue on because my brother would never let me hear the end of it. He's my number 1 supporter and will always be. I like talking baout my brother and sharing it with others. I feel it gives others some sort of comfort. I know it gives me comfort. It's always nice to share things with people who understand and care. In visiting this website and many others I have helped my own well being. I feel that if I were to hold everything in I would be doing myself harm. I don't want this to bring me down and I want to be strong for Justin and tell the world about him. He's just a great brother and will always be.... I miss that little brat everyday. I wonder everyday how I will live without him and oddly enough I have been living without him. Just the thought of him keeps me going everyday. He's my inspiration to do the things I thought I couldn't ever do. Whenever I doubt myself I think of the great thing his did for his country, then nothing seems as bad. ** He's the light of my life, the happy ending of my dreams ** With every thought of him my presence gleams His memory brushes upon me like a canvas of silk I'll always miss that goofy smile of his and the mustache of milk My brother had come into my life, little did he know The effect he'd have on his big sis when he had to go She loves him indefinitely, she'll tell you so She wanted her brother to live on forever, gray hairs they'd both grow He had so much to offer, he'd be a great family man I'd investigate the women to death, if she were to marry this man This is one sis that will never let her brother go Her love for him, traveled from her head to her toes = ) Sorry, got a bit carried away. I don't think I love my bro very much, what do you all think = ) hehe! Jessica


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 12:02:31 PM

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Hey Beau Brannen (C/508th) ---- how are ya son? We miss talking to you, but I keep telling mom you get your penchant for writing and calling from her. That doesn't sit well. . . Take care of yourself, call anytime (day or night)! We miss you, wish you all the best and pray for you everyday! Hank sends his best. Rob is graduating from Airborne Friday morning - will see him in Atlanta Sunday before he heads back to Carson. God Bless all you guys - hurry home! Mom & Dad


Name: Simona
Email: simona.bifferini@computerizzati.it
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 11:53:16 AM

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TO SGT JASON GREGORY. Ciao Crazy! Thank you for your call, it was so beautiful to wake up and hear your voice, I felt good all day, I wish it could be like that every day. Be strong and safe. Hope to talk to you soon. I love you and miss you. Your Simona


Name: Silvia Saltini
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 11:46:33 AM

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My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of PFC John Hart, and the family of 1st Lt. David Bernstein. May they rest in peace.


Name: Morgan Gittus
Email: lildruboo@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 11:35:53 AM

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DEAR DEAR BRANDON ALTEMUELLER...sorry I missed your call Saturday...the phone stopped ringing as soon as I picked it up :( I waited for you to try again, but you didn't. Ahh well I LOVE YOU and I MISS YOU. Keep your chin up kiddo we love you over here. Keep up the good work in Charile Company and stay safe babe. Love~Morgan


Name: Glen Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 10:12:59 AM

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Mr. Bradley, Thank you once again for your committment and dedication as webmaster of this site. I and the rest of my family find hope and inspiration visiting this site daily and appreciate the consistency in which you operate it. Continue to insist that this is for encouragement and support of the troops who, we are reminded of all too painfully, are constantly in harm's way. Glen Bayer (Wingdad)


Name: Glen Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo. com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 10:08:02 AM

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To the family of Pfc. Jonathan Hart and 1st.Lt. David Bernstein: My sincere condolances on your devastating losses. We, a 173rd family, feel a deep unhealing loss also. Our prayers go out for you with the hope that you will find strength and hope to go on through life, celebrating the gift that your loved ones were to you the rest of us. Glen Bayer (Wingdad)


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 09:35:32 AM

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Pfc. Jonathan Hart and 1st.Lt. David Bernstein: TRUE HEROES WHO GAVE ALL FOR US....OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, AND OUR UTMOST SYMPATHY FOR THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS LEFT BEHIND. SINCERELY, THE GRAFTON FAMILY


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 09:15:20 AM

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I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of PFC John Hart and 1st Lt. David Bernstein for their loss. May I also offer my son's (Sgt Dan Schlothauer,1/508/B Co)sympathy for the loss of his Sky Soldier Brothers. They will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless the 173rd.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 05:58:25 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey! Thank you so much for your phone call this morning! I was a little short but better as nothing! I can´t wait to see you either and i love you sooooo much and miss you terribly! I´m going to send you the things you need this week. Be careful and watch your back! Hugs and kisses your NINA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 04:22:20 AM

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Article on David R. Bernstein: http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10350758&BRD=1673&PAG=461&dept_id=17915&rfi=6 Article on John Hart: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/10/20/bedford_soldier_killed_in_iraq/


Name: Wendy
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 04:15:37 AM

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OK I have to admit I didn't see the post off bat, but it was emailed to me:) To those who called me "Self Righteous, Spoiled, Angry, ect..." all I can say is WOW! You must know me so well, and be so clsoe to me....are you hiding in my underwear draw?? Hehehe! You are sooo far off base about me, but I do appreciate the time you invested to go back re-read my other posts and analyze me, as well as the time you took to write your Psych eval. of me:) Is this your hidden admiration of me???...do I have a sercet admierer? Awwww I love you too * SWAK* ;) I don't get into that stalking fetish, but if you want to send me flowers....I could send my address to ya:) hehehe! I prefer long stemed roses in Angel Face. If you want to send Champange....I prefer the real stuff from the region:)Thanks! I will have to admit one thing..I am spoiled. You got me there:)~~~~Wendy~~~~ And for further attacks pelase give my correct name sweeties..it's Wendy Damman-Bednar. I would respect you enough to address you properly, thanks hun:)


Name: Wendy
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 04:00:22 AM

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Ssg. Jason Levy...Jay you know you can't put the names on here!!!! They will delete you post as soon as they see it! That and you run the chance to have all these folks jump on you hun! You know if you need info you can call on your brothers and sisters back home here! We love you, and we feel your same loss. Many of these people do not know us or how all this takes us. Give me a call and let me know how you are doing ok! If you need my number email me at my AKO ok! wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil Let me know how you are doing too ok. If you need my number you can call Kevin and he'll give it to you. Also Ed is doing well in Stan from what I have heard. He's not enjoying it, but is doing well:) I hope to hear from you soon. ~~~Wendy~~~


Name: Adele, a real airborne fan
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 02:39:09 AM

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For Mrs Bednar again If you want to give your condolences to the families of the fallen soldiers you should do it personally to them. I don't think they are reading messages on a website after receiving notice of their sons death. They have more important things to do. So your message wouldn't have been read by them anyway. Yours was just a 'wanting everyone to know' that you are updated on everything that's going on there. If i had posted that message you would already be black mailing me... You are an unofficial source, i don't wanna get to know from you of the harmed soldiers. Again, respect the sensitiveness of the airborne families. By the way, i have a question for you. If your husband writes you emails to your personal email address, why do you have to reply to him on this public website?


Name: Adele, a real airborne fan
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 02:23:12 AM

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To Mrs Bednar I understand your wanting everybody to know that you get updated news from your husband. But for respect to all families of the 173rd, the information your husband gives you during your phone calls with him, should be kept just between you and him. You are an unofficial source. The army will inform the families of the death of their sons the right way and on the right time. Your message in the early morning of October, 20th was very unsensitive. You made all families worry! Also the ones who were not involved. Of course, you didn't mention names, but you kept us all worrying that it could have been our soldier who was killed. Respect the army and the families of the 173rd. The army knows how to inform the families. Or do you worry about its good job? And keep your negative messages for your own group and website, don't post them on here. Believe me, i wanted to write you much sooner. I've been reading your messages for months, hoping you would change. And i didn't say one word to you. It was me, asking James Bradley to delete your message. Cause after many months i can tell you now that i can't stand your messages of hate anymore. Hate for your ex husband and for everyone who does not agree with your ideas. It seems to me that you can't help it. Respect the feelings of the airborne families.


Name: To: Wendy Bednar
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 01:54:07 AM

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Wendy, I understand you are frustrated and worried; just like the rest of us. What does concern me are your outbursts. While I realize you do often try to remain upbeat, there is always a backhanded nature to your posts.You discussions of snipping and now additional hateful remarks to our webmaster are all indicators of some underlying issues. I find it curious that when others cross a line, you are very eager and willing to correct them. But when you violate the rules set in our forum here, suddenly everyone you don't like is stupid or a weenie. If you want to leave and start your own group, there is no one here who would desire in the least to stand in your way. To the contrary, we would be relieved of your tantrums. I'm sure you are a very nice girl in person, but on this message board you come across as angry, spoiled, and self-righteous. I say these things only to try to help you see how you are percieved by others. BTW, with all of your repeated references to 'intel' and target shooting, might I suggest you re-enlist in the military. It would truly appear that you have some unresolved issues relating to no longer being an active soldier. Please, look inward for peace and let all of your hate and anger subside. Sincerely, Me. P.S. I am sending this anonymously because I do not feel I should subject myself to your ugliness just because I speak the truth that may be a bit uncomfortable for you.


Name: SSG LEVY
Email: jason.levy@us.army.mil
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 01:03:58 AM

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If anyone knows the funeral arrangements for 1LT Bernstein, can you please post them as I would like to attend. My sincere condolences to both of the families. Your sons were outstanding soldiers and will be truly missed. Skysoldiers Rest in Peace.


Name: Cpl Marc A. Craig
Email: mlcraig@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2003
Time: 12:23:48 AM

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Eli Stollenwerk, Please write me a letter or e-mail so your other family can find out how you are doing. My address is: 610 Hickory Hollow, Kirkwood,MO 63122. PLEASE WRITE OR MAKE CONTACT ASAP. We really miss you and the kids miss their "Uncle Eli"


Name: Rachel
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 11:37:03 PM

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I know this is of little concern right now, but I still can not see the pictures after 140 something. It seems everytime I write about it on here it gets fixed and I can see them. I really dont know what to do because it is not my computer, it was just bought, new.


Name: Susan Williams
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 10:34:24 PM

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The group that was formed on msn can be reached by following this link http://groups.msn.com/173rdairborne If you would like to know why the group was started sit back and listen. On the night that the 173rd jumped into Northern Iraq I like many others came to this site to find any and all information that I could. This is where I met Daphne Smith my partner in this venture. After several days of looking and calling to find out how we could stay in contact with our troops and always receiving the same answer "You'll have to go to the base for that information" the group was formed. I guess it was to logistically complicated for anyone to understand that we were in the United States and their base was in Italy. Not exactly a few miles down the road. Our group is a system of support. Nothing more nothing less. It is a place where we can go away from protesters who want to condem the actions of OUR SOLDIERS. We dicuss phone calls, e-mails, letters, news articles, receipes and a few other things. We all have one thing in common, that being OUR SOLDIERS. We don't have a PHD but we have a caring heart knowing that others like us are out there going through the same thing that we are. We are a family! Anyone is welcome to join this group to share your soldiers story. Where he is from why he joined so he is just not another name on a growing list of deployed soldiers. We are there to help families who have questions and don't know where to go. We have several wives in Italy that have been a God Send to us by being able to go to those in charge and posing our questions. They have never turned down a request for help nor have they ever told anyone they are over reacting with their concerns. While their husbands are taking care of OUR SOLDIERS these Military Wives are bridging the gap from the states to their base. We are working together as a Unit to help the families of the members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. I hope this answers your questions about our site. Please we welcome anyone who would like to be involved to follow this link and be part of something very supportive and very wonderful. Susan Williams Proud Mother of SPC Eric M. Lucas Able Company 2nd Platoon 2/503


Name: Frost family
Email: frost@ruraltel.net
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 09:33:55 PM

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To the families of Pfc. John Hart and Lt. David Bernstein. We are so sorry for your loss. We want you to know that we care about you and that your soldiers' sacrifices will never be forgotten. God bless you and may He give you peace.


Name: Dana Gonzales
Email: groupgonzo@aol.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 08:45:06 PM

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My husband is in the 1-508th but I'm in Bragg, not Italy. Does anyone know an email for the 1-508th FSG? I'm completely cut off from the unit being so far away and hoped they could share info by email. Thanks. groupgonzo@aol.com


Name: Susan Williams
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 08:28:29 PM

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The group that was formed on msn can be reached by following this link http://groups.msn.com/173rdairborne If you would like to know why the group was started sit back and listen. On the night that the 173rd jumped into Northern Iraq I like many others came to this site to find any and all information that I could. This is where I met Daphne Smith my partner in this venture. After several days of looking and calling to find out how we could stay in contact with our troops and always receiving the same answer "You'll have to go to the base for that information" the group was formed. I guess it was to logistically complicated for anyone to understand that we were in the United States and their base was in Italy. Not exactly a few miles down the road. Our group is a system of support. Nothing more nothing less. It is a place where we can go away from protesters who want to condem the actions of OUR SOLDIERS. We dicuss phone calls, e-mails, letters, news articles, receipes and a few other things. We all have one thing in common, that being OUR SOLDIERS. We don't have a PHD but we have a caring heart knowing that others like us are out there going through the same thing that we are. We are a family! Anyone is welcome to join this group to share your soldiers story. Where he is from why he joined so he is just not another name on a growing list of deployed soldiers. We are there to help families who have questions and don't know where to go. We have several wives in Italy that have been a God Send to us by being able to go to those in charge and posing our questions. They have never turned down a request for help nor have they ever told anyone they are over reacting with their concerns. While their husbands are taking care of OUR SOLDIERS these Military Wives are bridging the gap from the states to their base. We are working together as a Unit to help the families of the members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. I hope this answers your questions about our site. Please we welcome anyone who would like to be involved to follow this link and be part of something very supportive and very wonderful. Susan Williams Proud Mother of SPC Eric M. Lucas Able Company 2nd Platoon 2/503


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 08:26:16 PM

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If anyone knows of any soldiers not recieveing mail or packages from back home, please email me his or her name and address. A local store here has been collecting items and sending them free of charge to Iraq. They have my son in laws address and have been sending them to him for him to divy out to his platoon. With the holidays coming, I want to make sure no one get left out.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 07:48:16 PM

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My condolences to the families of PFC John Hart, and the family of 1st Lt. David Bernstein. My prayers and heart felt sympathy to you and your families. This is an Aunt of a nephew in the 173rd brigade. Jessie Olvera


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 06:48:11 PM

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We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Hart family and all the friends of this young who we all lost. There are no words to express their loss and grief, only our support and love as part of the 173rd family. We would also like to thank James Bradley for keeping this site alive and open. It has been our lifeline since our son has been in Iraq. We have been lucky enough to connect with new friends who share the same stress and worry we do. All these monthers and fathers and wives have become lifelong friends for us. May God Bless all of us and our 173rd.


Name: From: Kevin's Mom
Email: To: Jessica Hebert
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 06:39:48 PM

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God Bless you, Jessica and your family too... You are truly an American Military Family Hero of the Highest Honor. Your dedication to the memory of your brother by supporting the families and soldiers of the 173rd on this website is just one example of your heroism...I too lost a little brother long ago to a different kind of battle. When you choose to share with us your experiences of the loss of your brother; you provide a great service to your sisters and brothers in the 173rd family. You are right...no one would ever want or choose to experience what you share with us about the loss of Justin; but no one else but you can give us out here this kind of information...God choses heros and saints...he chose to take Justin to live with him forever...And he chose you for quite another mission...one you would not chose for yourself...but have so willingly accepted along with the loss and the pain. God Bless You...I will never forget Justin and all I know about him I learned on this website...Thank you for your unselfishness in serving the families of the 173rd as only you can do.


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 05:54:41 PM

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The announcement of the 2 deaths of the 173rd soldiers can be found at: www.defenselink.mil/releases This is the offical defense dept. link. They got the titles wrong though...put Infantry instead of Airborne after 173rd. I am sad to see one of the boys was from my former home county in PA. My heart goes out to his family and all who have to suffer through this. God Bless our soldiers in the 173rd!


Name: nancy
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 05:37:52 PM

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- Please no unconfirmed reports -


Name: Anna
Email: coolgurlus80@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 05:25:03 PM

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to Wilbur Reynolds, A.Co 2/503rd: hey lil' boy! guess who this is? it's anna, steve's friend just in case you know other girls named anna. :) i went out with steve and the guys saturday, i asked them again about you and asked if you got mail and steve told me that sumtimes your family wrote. well when in the letters i sent steve i asked him if you got letters but didnt answer. now that i know that you'll get so many letters from me that you'll be tired of reading them! LOL Steve also told me you'd be happy to hear from me. I wish I knew it sooner but its neevr too late! so you'll get a surprise I'll send tomorrow ok Will? anything you need let me know and i'll do my best ok? always count on my letters ill u get back! if you don't have time to answer don't really worry about it ok? just the thought of you laughing when you read my letters makes me very happy. Take care and be careful. I'll keep you posted on what's goin on here ok? big hug! anna


Name: Sister of SPC Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 05:17:51 PM

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To the Unknown author of an email that asks about how long it takes for families to know if their loved one has been killed. I, can tell you exactly how long it took for me to find out that my brother was gone. He was taken August 1st 2003 by an RPG attack. It was 10:53pm Iragi time that he was killed on that friday night. I wasn't informed until about 10am the next morning, Saturday August 2nd. It didn't take too much time. However, it takes a long time to realize what has happened. I still wake every morning wanting to call my brother. I probably always will...... I just hope that whomever asked that doesn't have to experience it. It's not something that I would wish upon anyone really... Jessica Hebert I love you 173rd!!!!!


Name: Maureen Hiller-Barbacovi
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 04:32:19 PM

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DARREN HILLER... Just wanted to say hello and take care of yourself. Not even sure if you read this. Everyone will be in Pinckneyville for MardiGras. We will all be thinking of you. Kelsie drew a picture for you and I am putting together some things for a package. I will have it to you soon. We all love you very much. Take care little brother. Mo


Name: Wendy & Jake (the snake)
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 04:31:55 PM

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173rdAirborneBrigadeSupporters@groups.msn.com Here is what the techno wennies set up, for an alternative. Jake thinks he might have a sponsor to create a site just as Mr. Bradley has running here. I will also be away from the internet from the 23rd till the 24th of Oct., so if anyone needs help I will ask Jake for his addy so he can do his thing:) Hope this helps out. The only rule with the site above is "Attacks on Soldiers is off limits" he said..which is fair and I believe we can all handle that:)


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 04:28:06 PM

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Hey Sgt Harrison, Taion How are you doing? I hope everthing is fine. It would be nice to hear your voice soon.Take care of your self.We all love you,can't wait until u come home! If anyone have any more pictures of 1-508 A company please send me an email.


Name: donna
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 04:22:19 PM

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hi stephen we all love you here at home.we pray for you and your boys.


Name: Wendy
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 03:53:58 PM

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I heard of a few on MSN groups.....a few women on here run them I believe. I hope they will soon pop up and give us some intel on their groups, because I believe there is a better way to get information. I am also sorry if rumors hurt people, but many times rumors are the only way people get information as the unofficial version. It is the responsibility of those who read the rumors to sort out the possibility of the truth vs. fiction:) Heck I don't pick up the "Inquirer" and expect to actually see a three headed bat boy! It is a sad juxtaposition, but it is the way most of us get our intel. If no one has information on other groups..heck I'll start one:) hehehe I am sure those who earlier who took shots at me would LOVE that:) hehe! Good, as for those who know me...know I am not one to stand down no matter in what face of adversity:) Never have, never will. Sooooo, let me check with a few of my wonderful techno wenny friends to see if we can't just get something up and going for those of us who do not prefer to be censored for our opinions! Rock On!:) ~~~~~Wendy~~~~~


Name: Millie Marte
Email: kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 03:32:20 PM

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to SGT Fredrick Campbell C co 1/508th Baby hope and pray that you and everyone else is OK. I'm doing OK just a little worried about you, please stay safe and call me or write me when you get a chance . Love You, Millie.


Name: Carol
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 12:49:04 PM

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Wendy could you email me the other places that you can post messages and get news. Like you I send my condolences to all the families that have gotten bad news about their soldiers. My grandson is with the 1-508 bravo co. and like everyone else I live for news of the activity over there. Thank you in advance Carol Teshera


Name: Carol
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 12:40:44 PM

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Hello to my grandson PFC Mark Teshera of the 1-508 Bravo Co.. I miss you and wish you were here to watch the Seahawks with me and explain the plays. George says hello too. Much love to you Gramma


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 12:31:25 PM

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You know it's sad when I can't even give my condolences to the families! You make me sick with your stupidity! I did not mention the names out of respect, and yet you still deleted my posting. Why I ask? Not Confirmed?!?!?! How about my husband retreiving the truck that was hit, and attending the loading ceremony of the bodies! HE and I knew one of the men, and are very hurt by what has happened! The respect extended and offer of help was to the families...not to you the webmaster. You do not know these men, and you do not know how their loss hurts those of us who do know them! If you need confirmation you can call brigade, if you need that number you can email me and I will be happy to give it to you. Either way it will not bring back our lost soldiers, nor will it lend to the sorrow we feel for the families effected by this! I don't care how much you pay to bring this site to here...if you truly cared you'd stop to think about how this has effected those of us who are apart of the 173rd Familly in 2003! We love these men, and when they bleed...we suffer. When they die, we hurt! They are ours, and we love everyone one of them! I wish you did as well. I was a staunch supportter of you even after I heard the rumors surounding you and your time here on Caserma....I didn't listen to the rumors....but I would pray you'd come on board with the love of our troops. I do thank you for your upkeep of this web site, but I think I would rather prefer to visit a few of the others who have been set up to support our troops and the families of the 173rd. By the way it was on the news here as I write this! So there is your confirmation!


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Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 11:23:18 AM

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Here's an article on one of the Soldiers. http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2003/10/20/bedford_soldier_killed_in_iraq/


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Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 11:17:50 AM

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I was just wondering if anyone had any news on the two soldiers killed and the one wounded?? There have been a lot of mixed reports.


Name: Amanda Calhoun
Email: amandacalhoun@cox.net
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 10:44:22 AM

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SGT Aaron B. Winkle, HQ Plt, Able Co., 2/503...THANK YOU FOR THE PHONE CALL! it was so nice to hear your voice this morning, even though it was 2am. can you believe i was still awake? anyway, i am so thrilled about the news that you gave me...i won't post it here but it took me until this morning for it to really sink in!! well, rodie and kobie say hello from italy and they miss you...and of course i do too. another package is on the way today-complete with the request of you and your soldiers for more "No. 8" *wink* have fun with that...it's the least i can do! keep your head down, keep your morale up, and keep the faith...GOD is watching over you and your men all the time...i am glad they have such a great role model like you to look up to. i love you sweets! --amanda


Name: For those wanting to send packages to soldiers....................
Email:
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 10:22:34 AM

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I received an email from a Chaplain downrange and he said anyone wishing to send items to *any* soldier can do so through him...He will distribute them downrange..He will gladly welcome your packages...You can email me and I will pass that information on to you.. pollosmom@hotmail.com I would post the address but I did ask for permission to post it on a website... God Bless the Troops


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 09:28:17 AM

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Spc. Stephen Grafton, ACo./2nd 503rd-- Getting into Kirkuk was the HARD part...getting out safely is the easiest!!!We were glad to get your call and look forward to that dinner we talked about! Stay safe, watch out for each other and know that we love and miss you more each day! We are proud of the 173rd...a job well done! Mom, Dad and Jaime


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Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 09:24:29 AM

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Name: The Barbrick Coast
Email: 173ABN@barbrickcoast.us
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 07:53:38 AM

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For Bryan Schultz, 2PLT, B Co, 2/503rd - Got your email this morning. Short...but sweet to hear from you. Keep up the good work. Speaking of "short". The 173rd is officially short... more days in country than remain. Keep up the count. Dad


Name: Mom & Dad
Email: dorrendawills@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 07:08:34 AM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY To Daniel Wills of the 503d ...Everyone In The Family Wishes You A Very Happy Birthday Son... It was so good to hear from you and to know you are doing well...Your brothers New son is doing great he is 2 weeks old he is already holding his headup and turning over wow this child is ready to take on the world...We pray you and your brother will be home for Xmas...May God Bless You an Keep You Safe and bring your unit home soon...We Love You,Mom & Dad


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email: wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 03:09:37 AM

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NOT CONFIRMED


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 03:04:59 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel!!! Hey Honey, how are you..? Hope everything is ok. I can´t wait to see you !!!! I missssssss youuuuu sooooo much!!!! Be careful and watch your back!!!!! I Love you Hugs& Kisses your Nina


Name: Brittany
Email: britt_varney@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 20, 2003
Time: 02:27:49 AM

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SSG Stephen Voline~ Stay strong and keep your head high.... "Why look at the ground? The stars are in the sky!" We miss you like crazy and cant wait for you to come home... All my love and prayers....love cuz...haha ya need to laugh... if anyone sees SSG Voline pass this on to him... GOD BLESS


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 10:46:08 PM

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this is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503.hi there,this is mom again. well i made it back from nev.everyone there was so glad to sent you a email,they are s proud of you and you are so brave honey,hope your getting your packages,keep safe,we love you,cant wait to write you ,love mom,ps talked to lucy,


Name: Rachel
Email:
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 10:39:37 PM

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Hey Lois. On the website that I regularly check it said the two killed were two task force ironhorse soldiers. I dont know if that helps you, but it is a little more information.


Name: Lois Wilder
Email:
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 08:51:38 PM

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Does anyone know any details about this......."BAGHDAD, Oct. 19 -- Two U.S. soldiers on their way to investigate an explosion were killed in an ambush outside the northern oil city of Kirkuk late Saturday, the military announced Sunday. It was the latest in a surge of attacks in what until late September had been a relatively tranquil section of Iraq. A third soldier from the 173rd Airborne Brigade was wounded in the attack. No other details on the soldiers were available."....Is this the same incident that was reported earlier today as involving the 4th ID? Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the dead and wounded.


Name: L:inda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 08:49:26 PM

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My sincere condolences to the Hart family and friends of this honorable young man who served his country and paid the ultimate price. Our prayers are with you at this most difficult time. The Bewley Family


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 08:45:43 PM

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I want to know how long after a soldier is killed it takes for the army to get to the family and how the news is broken. i can't take this anymore--everytime i see in the headlines of soldiers killed in northern Iraq i get sick to my stomach and count the hours thinking if we haven't heard by now...maybe we have been spared this time...please, i am not trying to be insensitive or difficult here, i just need to know..i can't stand this sense of dread anymore. my sincere condolences to the hart family--i am so sorry you are in so much pain and hurt. i pray for you and that this whole nightmare war would end before we lose any more innocent lives.


Name: Jake Buttrick
Email: Jakeroub@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 08:05:33 PM

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Daphne, I heard from his family. Our hometown is right next to, and almost part of Hanscom Air Force Base, so I assume that how they heard so quickly. They had gotten news of his death by 8 this morning. I'd say that by 2pm almost the whole town knew. I knew John since 1st grade, we graduated together from High shcool in 2002. With this devistating news, I am sure the whole town of Bedford, MA is praying for the heatlth and safety of all the soldiers overseas. Jake


Name: daphne smith
Email: daphnesmith29@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 07:42:10 PM

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this message is for jake. jake i feel you should not post a message like this until this guys family has been contacted how would you feel to read your son was killed and not been contacted yet?? please wait for this info to come from the press and it will as soon as his family is notified of this please.. i am NOT trying to fight or any thing like that i am just trying to help protect his family. thanks for understanding this is very bad news to just read.


Name: Jake Buttrick
Email: Jakeroub@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 04:16:02 PM

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I have heard that a good friend of mine from High School, John Hart was killed yesterday in Iraq. Im not sure of his rank, he may have been a PFC or something. This has already had a huge impact on our small town of Bedford, MA. I am trying to get as much information as I can. The story is that he was killed by small arms fire during an RPG attack. Does anyone reading this know him? Can you give us any details? Thank you. Jake Buttrick


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother of Ranger Paul
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 02:52:35 PM

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Dearest Son - very excited to get your email and the great news you shared. You are missed terribly and loved so much. Your family is very proud of you and the entire 173rd. Please be careful!!! Lots of hugs, Mom


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email:
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 12:48:36 PM

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Hey Kasey Robbins, hope you are doing well as can be expected. Sorry we missed your phone call. Please call just as soon as you can. We are praying for your SAFTY and quick return home. GOD will protect and guide you through this time. Your life is going to be a GREAT journey, there will be good times and bad times, but GOD has a great plan for your life, so keep the faith. Stay focused and strong, we believe in you and very proud to have you as our son. Everyone is praying for you and all of the 173rd soldiers. GOD BLESS YOU. Love, Mom. xxxxoooooo


Name: Mark and Yvonne Brannen
Email: ybrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 09:40:23 AM

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For Robert Brannen, 2nd Plt, C Co., 1-508. We hope and pray you are safe. It has been a very long time since we heard from you....so we sit by the phone each weekend hoping for a call or word of R & R. We miss you and pray for your safety and that of each of your fellow Skysoldiers. We check this web site every day hoping to see pictures of C Co. but never do. If you see the photographer....tell him this mother wants pictures of C Co. NOW! Take care of yourself and please write or call...soon. Another care package is on it's way with magazines, DVD's and lots of goodies to share. We love you and are very proud of what you are doing. Love, Mom and Dad.


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Email:
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 07:45:23 AM

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TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their patrol was attacked near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, and a U.S. convoy came under fire in the flashpoint town of Falluja, the U.S. military and witnesses said Sunday. Maj. Josslyn Aberle said a U.S. patrol was attacked late on Saturday with small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire near the oil city of Kirkuk, killing two 4th Infantry Division soldiers and wounding another. The attack about 130 miles north of Baghdad brought to 103 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in hostile fire in Iraq (news - web sites) since Washington declared major combat operations over on May 1. In Falluja, west of Baghdad, gunmen fired on a U.S. military convoy Sunday morning, setting a truck carrying ammunition ablaze and sparking a series of explosions, a Reuters photographer at the scene said. The gunmen fired on U.S. soldiers caught in the blast and American soldiers returned fire. The explosions threw shrapnel and plumes of black smoke into the air. A crowd of jubilant Iraqi men and boys gathered at the scene, shouting "Falluja has destroyed the Americans!" A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad could not immediately confirm the incident. In the town of Baquba, north of Baghdad, one Iraqi was killed and 19 were wounded when a roadside bomb planted to hit U.S. forces exploded as Iraqi police were evacuating the area, a police officer in the town told Reuters. Guerrillas resisting the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq attack U.S. forces daily. Most attacks occur in the so-called "Sunni Triangle" west and north of Baghdad where support for ousted president Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) is strongest.


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Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 07:40:08 AM

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two American soldiers were killed and one was wounded in an ambush in the guerrilla zone north of Baghdad, the U.S. military reported Sunday. Other attackers struck what appeared to be a U.S. ammunition truck near the flashpoint city of Fallujah west of Baghdad on Sunday morning, witnesses reported. There was no word on casualties. In a third incident, three apparent Iraqi attackers were reported killed. In the northern attack, an American mounted patrol was ambushed by rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire at 10:45 p.m. Saturday outside the northern city of Kirkuk, 160 miles north of Baghdad, said Maj. Josslyn Aberle, spokeswoman for the 4th Infantry Division. The U.S. command in Baghdad earlier reported such an attack occurred southwest of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s hometown of Tikrit, the 4th Division's headquarters city 100 miles northwest of Baghdad. The conflicting reports on location could not be immediately reconciled, although the division said it had no word of a Tikrit-area incident. The patrol from Task Force Ironhorse — a force that includes the 4th Division — returned fire, but there was no further fighting, Aberle said. In other action in the north early Sunday, U.S. troops returning fire after being attacked by grenades and small arms killed three Iraqis near Hawija, 150 miles north of Baghdad, the 4th Infantry Division reported. Other American forces detained five attackers north of Beiji, 120 miles north of Baghdad, after a brief firefight. In the attack on the edge of Fallujah, 35 miles west of the capital, large explosions occurred when the American vehicle was caught by a homemade roadside bomb. The blasts went on for some time, indicating it was carrying ammunition, witnesses said. The bomb was placed beside a concrete plinth bearing the words, "Welcome to Fallujah," at the eastern entrance to the city. The U.S. command said it had no immediate word on casualties in that incident. Resistance forces have mounted an average of 22 attacks a day on the U.S. occupation forces in Iraq (news - web sites) in recent weeks, mostly in the so-called "Sunni Triangle," a Sunni Muslim-dominated area stretching from the west of Baghdad to the north. The area was a strong base of support for Saddam's Baath Party regime, which was toppled by the U.S.-British invasion earlier this year. Saturday's deaths came barely a day after four American soldiers were killed in a roadside explosion in Baghdad and a clash with Shiite Muslim gunmen in the southern shrine city of Karbala.


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Email: ixchelbg@yahoo.it
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 07:32:25 AM

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I have hear that last night 4 soldiers are killed in kirkuk, is some person call tell me something about PLEASE!


Name:
Email: ixchelbg@yahoo.it
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 07:32:24 AM

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I have hear that last night 4 soldiers are killed in kirkuk, is some person call tell me something about PLEASE!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 07:02:29 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel.. Hey Honey!! I miss you and i Love you!! NIna


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 04:53:19 AM

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SPC Brandon Aird, PRETTY PLEASE, is there any way to get photos of B Co 2/503rd, 3rd platoon, 1st squad. I've looked and looked for months now, through over a thousand great photos and still no sign of the face I miss so much--the one I haven't seen in almost a year! Please be on the look out for SPC Jake Swanson when you're out and about with your camera! You're doing a great job and I love looking at all the photos---just missing my son and would love to see his face! Thank you!!!


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Date: Sunday October 19, 2003
Time: 01:50:01 AM

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Name: Sammie Pettitt
Email: samloupet@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 11:02:05 PM

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For Alan Shaffer. Enjoyed talking to you today. Looking forward to your R&R. Have a safe trip. We will have an early Christmas.


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 10:19:33 PM

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One of the other 173rd Mothers sent this to me. She didn't know there was actually a photo of a 173rd Soldier in it. Our son. He's in photo #13 the one following the sign to Baghdad. He has a trap draped over him. It fades dark, but it's clear enough for a mother to see her beautiful son's face. This is a beautiful tribute to the troops. Since our son has a three year old little boy, the little girl's words in this tribute sound VERY familiar. Thank you for this website, for connecting me to another mom who gave me a beautiful gift in this site and didn't even know it! As she put it "pretty moving stuff". Thanks Lauren Hund! God Bless the 173rd and their families. www.armedforcestribute.com


Name: Deborah
Email: grisetti@inwind.it
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 06:50:29 PM

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This message is for C.Pingle,B.Corbitt,B.Blue,S.Yabarra,J.Herkheart,B.Word,J.Lang,...and all guys that right now still remember me.I don't know how explane how much i miss you.here everybody from 7 months say to me to forget you but i can't do that cause in a year you gave to me more than other people gave to me in 20 years and i always asked to myself how to repay you for this.A month ago a good guy talked to me about your situation right now and i understand that all that i can do is wait,wait and wait....and pray!this guy said to me that probabily at your return you will need me,well i don't know if that is true or not but(you can think that i am stupid)when you will come back i will be here for you.I love you guys and i hope that somebody of you will answer to this E-Mail at grisetti@inwind.it Love Deb


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 05:22:08 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503rd 3rd plt: hey zizalko! just short note to say I love you and miss you. Please be careful there. Miluju te, Lucy


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 04:33:18 PM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell C co 1/508th Hey Baby hope everything is going well ,I'm doing good. Missing you a lot. I'm going to take the car to the shop Monday let's see what they say ,Call me if you can Monday,I got to go Now please take and remember thaT I Love you HUGS and KISSES,Millie.


Name: Katy DeCoudres
Email: kfdec@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 03:08:00 PM

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For SSG Timothy A. DeCoudres, C Company 1/508, Hi, Son. It's been a while since we've heard from you. I sent a package last week. Molly is home from school this weekend. It's good to have her home. Please call or write as soon as you can. We Love you, Mom.


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 09:30:14 AM

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SPC NATHAN WHITELATCH A CO 2/503 -- Dear Nathan, Just wanted to let you know that true to his word Jim went out and celebrated your birthday last night. I'll bet you feel better than him today!! The fall leaves have turned and look beautiful. Tomorrow we are taking a ride up to Shanksville to see where Flight 93 crashed. Also we are going to swing by and see the Q-Creek mine where the miners were trapped. The weather is supposed to be nice--60's--so it should be a nice drive. Erin just left to see Beverly. I guess that means a shopping trip. Murph, Sara, Jamel, Jenny, Mike and a bunch of other of your friends all said to pass on their happy birthday wishes and will see you when you get home. Stay safe. All our love, mom, jim and erin


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 03:43:40 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, hey Honey thank´s for calling me this morning! I can´t wait to see you soon! I love you so much! I miss you tons. Be careful and watch your back! Hugs and kisses from me Your Nina


Name: Terri for SPC MIKE VOLPE - 2plt Bco 2/503
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 02:03:55 AM

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SOLDIER!!!! I have yet to receive your response from this recent disciplinary order. If I do not receive reply from you, particularly in the order of R&R, additional sanctions will be imposed. This may include, but will not be limited to, (1)sunset duty - watching vast numbers of Texas sunsets and liking it by gawd!;(2) critter duty - indulging the horse in all the 5# bags of carrots he can eat w/out getting sicke and watching the cats pointlessly chase bugs in the afternoon as you swill the afore mention case of Shiner; (3) road music duty - sitting in my car as I drive all the FM roads w/in 5 counties as you change CD's to your own satisfaction. As previously stated, you are herby charged with the extremely serious infraction of purchasing the upcoming Jack Ingram CD for yourself and thereby spoiling the surprise I was planning. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS MATTER SOLDIER!!!!! I am not amused by your deriliction of said duties above and seeking cover in foreign lands. Not funny and not working! You are hereby ordered to appear before my court at 0600 today for the sole purposes of answering the charges presented. SWAK, Terri


Name: CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS...
Email:
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 01:19:47 AM

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If you have access to the equipment, a home movie on a cd-rom would be great. You can also do a great deal of creative things with photos, such as a calendar with pictures of loved ones and pets. Food is always appreciated. I always try to think "compact" since my boyfriend is one of those without a place to live. I think they'd love just about anything that's not sand!


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Saturday October 18, 2003
Time: 12:02:53 AM

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I was talking to my son about Christmas and what his unit would like and he said they would like a Christmas tree and ornaments. They also would like home made treast. So maybe you could do that and letters from friends, cards so they can send back to others.


Name: Libby Frost
Email: frost@ruraltel.net
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 09:20:57 PM

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To my favorite big brother, Matt Freeborn, A Co. 1/508. I love you and miss you. Your little sister, Libby PS-Moses, Susie, Oopi, & Louie miss you too and they all say hi!


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Email:
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 08:31:26 PM

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Does anyone have any good ideas on what would be good to send the soldiers for Christmas?


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 08:00:00 PM

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This is for message is for Sgt.Christopher Mascio/319th AFAR. Chris I just want to say that it's been over a month since I last talked too you or heard from you. I just pray that things are o.k. and that you continue to stay safe and sound. How is Selena? I just can't wait till these days go bye and you will be home. I sent another package last week, I hope you receive it soon. If there is anything else you want or need please let me know. Well take care and God bless you and all the 173rd. You are in my thoughts and prayers continously. Love always, Auntie Jessie


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Email:
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 03:43:27 PM

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i heard that recently the mail from the base in italy has had some problems.does anyone knows anything? thanks


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 01:40:11 PM

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Spc. Steve Grafton, A Co. 2nd/503rd: Hey, Steve! Just another hello from home...we are all fine here, and are looking forward to hearing from you soon. Dad is hunting, its black-powder season, and I am planning a quiet weekend at home...so call if you can. We love you, miss you and support you and the rest of the 173rd...the best brigade in the world. Love, Mom


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 11:27:39 AM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell C co. 1/508th Baby hope everything is going well,I'm here just thinking about you and having trouble with the car again.I really don't know what's wrong with it .I really miss you Baby I haven't talk to you in a week and that's driving crazy.I want ou to know that I Love you with all my heart and please take care of yourself and always watch your back,I sent you a couple of letters,hope to hear your voice soon,I got to go to work now ,Love you ,Millie.


Name: Kari
Email: erickari02@aol.com
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 11:27:01 AM

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Hey Beautiful, Destiny and I miss you so much!!!!!! We pray for you, your friends and their families, although this trial is hard I know that the only way for me to get through it it to seek Christ for help. Destiny is wearing that cute jean jacket outfit that you picked out for her, with the fur, she looks so adorable. I miss you baby, I hope that your having a good day. I love you for life, Kari & Destiny


Name: Y Tetrault
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 11:00:39 AM

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To SPC. Garrett Tetrault, It was so good to hear your voice and talk to you for such a length of time. I'm glad you got r/r even if it was only for 3 days. Want to remind you how proud your family is of you promotion and you service to your country. Be safe watch you back and come home safe and soon. Love, Mom


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Email:
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 10:14:39 AM

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To the Mother who does not get the chance to say "good-bye" and "I love you" to her son that called because the call is cut off. I have a daughter and son who are serving in Iraq. I start my call off by telling them "good-bye" and "I love you" so that when the call ends those words have already been expressed. I to felt bad for not being able to tell them that I love them and good-bye, so I now start my conversation with those words and then I don't have to feel bad about not telling them. Sounds weird but it works.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 10:09:13 AM

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It is very refreshing to see the majority of the people that use this site, use it for what it was intended-support of the soldiers and of each other, and to contact their loved ones. Thank Mr. Bradley for your hard work and efforts in those regards. Occasionally though our "own" inadaquacies and personal problems carry over into this site, luckily that is minimal. Just look at our Senate and Congressional leaders currently using their "freedom of speech" about as negatively as they can, of which the media just enhances. Our best example of Americans are our loved ones currently serving their country in harms way, and some paying the ultimate sacrafice. They are the vanguard of America and should be given 100% support and all the tools necessary to do their job. I am sure none of them would leave without the job being done. They will all get their break, or R&R, but as "brothers" I'm sure each and every one of them would have their brother go home first. They look out for each other, they believe in each other. That should carry over into the families and ultimately all Americans. We are the finest country on earth,we must prove that each and every day, I am so very proud my son is a member of the Sky Soldiers and that I might be such a small part of that family. "173rd" is the finest, Focus-Relentless-Resolve. Gods speed in your return. My thanks to you all. God Bless you all. My thoughts and pryers are with you all.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 09:57:02 AM

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There are some more pictures of the A Co., 1/508th in an article that can be found under google.com, News, 173 Airborne. The article by the Pacific Stars & Stripes "In Iraq, some servicemebers live like princes while others sleep in the sand." Click on the more pictures in the article and enlarge the thumbnails of the soldiers sleeping. All I can say is: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going!" With great admiration and respect of the 173rd, Linda


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday October 17, 2003
Time: 05:18:29 AM

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TO:SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL; Hey Honey! I miss you tons and i love you soooo much ! I can´t wait to see you again! Hugs and kisses and take care NINA


Name: Aunt Ruby and Mom and Don and Pat Lindsay
Email: drandpal@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:54:52 PM

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SGT Mike Grabsky 2/503, Hi Mike , your Mom is in Carson City visiting us and Aunt Ruby is here from Oregon. We thought perhaps you would like to hear from the group. First of all we all send our love and hope all is well over there. Every one here is fine and your Mom made the trip just fine. She took the long scenic route around Lake Tahoe. The fall colors are coming to the Aspen trees so it is especially beautiful this time of year. Hi honey, this is mom, how was your r& r? i'm so glad i came up here to see the family, I haven't seen them in 7 years, and i won money at the nugget. yahoo, we miss you . so very proud of you, and i talked to Lucy today. she was excited. isn't this great to have everyone say hello, here's one more, love mom. Hi Mike this is aunt Ruby from Oregon I haven't seen you since you were a little boy. I am so glad to get to see your Mom. It's been a long long time since we have seen her. She brought pictures and you are a nice looking young man. I will be glad when you get to come home so I can see you all grown up. This is Pat we looked at your pictures, and son you are a FOX!!! Good thing I'm married. I can understand why you have what your Mom says is a beautiful fiancée. You are always in our prayers and we want you all to be safe and come home to us. From all of us to everyone over there, job well done we are very proud of all of you.


Name: Lisa Ford
Email: lmazujian@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 09:11:23 PM

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To Christopher Mazujian...son it was great to hear your voice this morning. I love getting to talk to you. Seems like it cuts us off too soon. I never get a chance to say bye and that I love you....Take care of yourself and I hope you get to come home soon. I can't wait for you to see your son. He is growing up so quickly. (and has your temper by the way)


Name: Michele Siefkas
Email: lighthouse3683@msn.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 08:30:22 PM

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Hi to Doc (Zech) Shone of Aco, 2/503, 2nd Plt. This is the first I have heard about this site. Just want you to know we miss and love you so much. You are my hero. Love mom


Name: Donna Voline (Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 08:19:25 PM

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To SSG Stephen Voline- We love you here at home and miss you terribly. You and the troops are in our daily prayers. We love you all. Paige, Peyton & Kaycee all send their hugs & Kisses. If anyone sees SSG Voline tell him we love him Thank you MOM


Name: TO: ALL 173RD AIRBORNE FAMILIES
Email:
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 06:44:27 PM

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Let's not cast judgement on people by telling them to "Grow Up". Inciting yet, another argument and possibly creating more hard feelings over such a sensitive matter is not being supportive to the 173rd soldiers and their families. So....instead of being sorry, show tolerance (even when we don't agree) of other's views. This is the ultimate virtue and show of respect for our soldiers and Mr. Bradley who has sacrificed hours upon hours of his time and $$$ so that the 173rd families could be connected to our soldiers. Thank you Mr. Bradley for getting the 173rd families through arduous times of the unknown and giving us a connection to our loved ones, when we had nothing to connect to, and the added bonus of making new connections with some really neat people!!!!!!! Showing tolerance, instead of lashing out is not only a show courgage, but also a show of SELF-RESPECT. God bless our soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.


Name: Nicole
Email:
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 06:32:55 PM

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Dear Mike Ramirez, Hey handsome I was really glad to get to talk to you for so long. I hope you enjoyed the R & R even if it was only for a short period of time. When you get home you can enjoy all the R & R you want and I promise I will bake you a great big cheesecake when you get home. I love you and miss you very much-Nikki


Name: NO ZIPCODE CHANG FOR 173RD
Email: READ THE END OF THE ARTICLE
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 01:00:31 PM

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http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5316 "For service members assigned to the below listed units, the zip code numbers will not change, and they remain as follows: 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 09325 1st Armor Division 09324 4th Infantry Division 09323 3rd ACR 09320 2nd LCR 09322 82nd Airborne Division 09394, 09384, 09368 173rd Airborne Brigade 09347"


Name: Mr. Calvin Hickerson [Senior] President
Email: SKYSOLDIERH@peoplepc.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 12:16:23 PM

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The International Society of The 173rd Airborne Brigade [Separate] INfantry INC, The Terry Teuro Kawamura MARDI-GRAS Chapter XXV1 Louisiana and Mississippi, Incorporated, Thanks You Brother SkySoldiers For putting yourselves in Harms Way. So we can enjoy the Freedom.We have today We the Officers and Members of The Terry Teuro Kawamura MARDI-GRAS Chapter XXV1 Louisiana and Mississippi, Incorporated, Wil keep America's Southern Air, Land and Sea, Free from Terrorists Attacks. Let's us know if there's is anything that we can do for any of your love ones back home here in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama. Contact me anytime at e mail addresses SKYSOLDIERH@peoplepc.com and 82101173@military.com Also mardigraschapterxxv1@173rdairborne.com Are Home Address 840 Franklin Avenue Unit 4 Gretna, Louisiana, Zip-Code 70053 Home Telephone Number [504]-362-7416 ALL GAVE SOME SOME GAVE ALL P.O.W.'S AND M.I.A.'S The Reactivated 173rd Airborne Brigade [Separate] Infantry STILL IS GIVING IT THERE'S ALL. AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY


Name: SFC (Ret) Michelle H. Richard
Email: Mrsrich41@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:55:18 AM

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Hi 1LT Charles Diggs, 501st FSC Trans, I hope and pray that you are doing just fine. I email Pearl all the time and she gives me the 411 on how things are going with you. She seems to be doing ok. I hope that you receive this mail because now that I am out of school, I have more time on my hands, I also haven't found a job yet, but I am waiting patiently. I will pray daily that all of you all come back soo. Love your sis


Name: Hughes Family
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:47:20 AM

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TO; SGT SHANE D. WILSON, A CO 1/508......Hey Trooper hope this quick e-mail finds you well. Well, it happened again...my beloved Cubs lost again :( Oh well, we'll get them next year!! Hopefully by now you are pretty well settled and in a more secure area. Please let me know if you need or want anything special to help make it more comfortable for you guys. Know you are CONSTANTLY on our minds and in our hearts. We've got most of So Cal praying for all of you! We miss you terribly, but know you are where you need to be right now. Please be safe and come back to your family...besides your dog is driving me CRAZY!!! Love and Kisses.....Mom, Dad & Taylor p.s. woof!


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:30:27 AM

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I am sorry but I was reading some of the messages that have been posted in the last couple of days and I can't help but say something. Let's take a minute just to think about what is going on.... our loved ones are over there fighting for our country and you guys are sitting there arguing about who should get to come home first! You should be ashamed of yourselves!! Seriously, it shouldn't matter if a soldier is married, single, has kids, doesn't have kids, whatever! Just because they don't have kids, aren't married, or they aren't of high rank, they don't have loved ones at home who can't wait to see them? WRONG! I know we are all anxious to see our loved ones but GROW UP! We WILL get to see them, just be happy for the ones that are spending time with their loved ones right now and know that they will be happy for you when your time comes!


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:29:20 AM

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Check out this article. There have been some zip code changes !!! http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5316


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:25:32 AM

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I am sorry but I was reading some of the messages that have been posted in the last couple of days and I can't help but say something. Let's take a minute just to think about what is going on.... our loved ones are over there fighting for our country and you guys are sitting there arguing about who should get to come home first! You should be ashamed of yourselves!! Seriously, it shouldn't matter if a soldier is married, single, has kids, doesn't have kids, whatever! Just because they don't have kids, aren't married, or they aren't of high rank, they don't have loved ones at home who can't wait to see them? WRONG! I know we are all anxious to see our loved ones but GROW UP! We WILL get to see them, just be happy for the ones that are spending time with their loved ones right now and know that they will be happy for you when your time comes!


Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 11:08:29 AM

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Attn: Sgt Rene Corella 1st Plt. Aco 2/503: Hope all is fine for you all. Haven't got news for a while, I hope you get my mail. The trip to Graz went just about perfectly, we flew in little jets on the way back and as we were flying low we could see all the cities (by night), it was wonderful. I was pretty tired but curiously I'm fine today, I'd better be anyway cuz I've got plenty to do and a class tonight!! Everyone says hi. Take care. Love. B


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 10:42:07 AM

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My husband is able to call me more than once at a time. Even though he is limited in his morale calls, he is able to call me with a calling card. The way he does this is by calling the operator and letting her know he wants to make a morale call using an 800 #, she then connects him to the 800 # and calls me. He is still limited to 15 mins, but he can turn around and call right back. He uses an AT&T calling card that can be set up to recharge automatically and costs about $20.00 for 60min. I hope this information can help anyone looking for ways to help your soldier to call more.


Name: Mark Brannen
Email:
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 10:08:59 AM

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Hey Beau - hope this finds all of you guys doing well and knowing that we are all thinking of you. Rhett used his new house last night for the first time and the fireplace is now broken in as the fall temperatures start going into the 40's. Still better than Oregon!! The Thrashers are undefeated, the Falcons AREN'T, the Braves are done again, UGA is getting ready to play Vandy and Tech is off this week. Hurry home - the party is waiting!! Love you - Mom and Dad


Name: Gail
Email: Gail@gallowayridge.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 09:32:10 AM

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Happy Birthday to PFC Sam Jacks! I miss you, especially on this day. Write, e-mail, or call soon. We are all proud of you. We all send our love. Talked to your Dad yesterday--he sounds okay. Aunt Linda here Monday, Aunt Marilyn here on my Birthday! Wish you were here, too. Mom


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 05:44:20 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL! Hey Honey thank you so much for your email! I miss you too and i can´t wait to see you!! Another package for you is on the way!! I love you hugs and kisses your Nina


Name: Angela Dolce
Email: ntisot@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 04:06:17 AM

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To My Soldier Boy Michael,.......I love you


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 02:20:14 AM

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Name: Mark Price
Email: gusflamingo@ncinternet.net
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 01:48:14 AM

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Sgt. Miles Price, Miles, it was great to hear from you last night. You sounded good, I'm sure we sounded sleepy. We got your PC in the mail today - man you sure do know how to buy cool toys, boy! It's beautiful, I've just looked at it - not set it up or anything, let me know if you want me to do anything with it. We forwarded your email pics on to your grandpa Dick tonight, he called today. Take care of yourself and call us anytime day or night, and let us know if you need anything at all! All our Love, Dad, Laurie and Zip


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 16, 2003
Time: 01:11:55 AM

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SPC JAKE SWANSON!!! you finally have access to a computer---yippeee!!! Just in case you find your way here, I love you and miss you and am very, very proud of you and all the 173rd! Hang in there, be careful! "I YOU" Mom


Name: KEITH, LORI & JACENYA KNIGHT
Email: KNIGHTFISH54@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 08:15:21 PM

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GUYS & GALS OF THE 173RD, WE HAVE COLLECTED SEVERAL CARE PACKAGES FOR ANY SOLDIER IN NEED OF SUNSCREEN, KOOL-AID, GATORAID, CANDIES, ETC. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO NEEDS A PACKAGE FROM HOME, PLEASE E-MAIL ME. THE LADIES I WORK WITH WANT TO HELP. OUR SON, SGT. KRISTOPHER KNIGHT, IS WITH THE CSC 173RD, AND WE SEND HIM CARE PACKAGES EVERY WEEK. LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE IN NEED, AND WHAT YOU MAY NEED. IT IS OUR SMALL WAY TO SEND A THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SACRIFICES AND PRAY FOR YOUR SAFE RETURN TO YOUR FAMILY EVERYDAY. HANG TOUGH, YOU ARE THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST THAT AMERICAN CAN OFFER. KEITH, LORI & JACENYA KNIGHT.


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 08:05:13 PM

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SPC NATHAN WHITELATCH 2/503 -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!-- Thanks for calling today the 15th. By now it's past midnight there and your birthday. We miss you and wish you were here to celebrate the big 21 with us. When you get back we'll do it then. Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you. Take care and hurry home. All our love, Mom, Jim and Erin


Name: James W Stollenwerk
Email: Handles@charter.net
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 05:31:32 PM

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To PFC Stollenwerk, Elias J., The last any of us heard from you was a letter you sent on the 11th of Sept. We would like to know that you are OK, as I'm hard to live with when I don't know. Your letter stated that they where having problems with the phone's. If this has been resolved please call me as soon as you can, if not write. I love you and worry about all of you over there every day. I hope you are doing your best to keep each other safe. We want all of you home safe ASAP. Love, Dad PS. We're fine working 6 days a week!!!


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 04:26:49 PM

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Ssg. Joel Bednar, Hey babydoll! Well, your mother got here safe and sound:) She is very tired and had a full day, but is fine. Her luggage even made it with her...and you know what a miracle that is with Venice! Hehehe! Anyhow our son was soooo happy to see her. He has just jumped all over Grandma Holly and showed her everything under the sun. He speaks in Italian for her, so she can hear him. He's very happy she is here with him. Rob did give me a call after I missed your calls, I am sorry sexy...I was in the airport getting your mom at the time. My bad:) hehehe. Well, we are already for your arrival and are looking forward to sometime spent with our fave paratrooper. I guess you will just about make Milt's world if you sent him a peice of that chute. You were right it would be a great gift to a man who's already been through several combat jumps and that would just be another step in the liniage:) We are all so proud of you! You are our world, and we are going to have soooo much fun when you get here! I was thinking of picking you up on Piglett since she's missed you badly too:) Maybeline has been jealous lately, since I've riden Piglett more lately. I am sooo stooked about you coming back that I have been haivng the worst time sleeping! Katie and Kevin are excited too. Cesar has just been off the hook, and we haven't even told him that you are coming home. It seems he just knows, and he has been on cloud nine! Of course Cesar is still dealing with the other things in his little life, but he will soon be gone forever and out of our lives! Thank god! I will bask in that day like no other! Hehehe! Cesar knows his daddy and he loves you more than anything in this world. Everyday he totes that ruck around, and shows everyone he knows the flag you sent him that hangs on his wall! He wants to be you soooo bad babydoll, and he will probably be on you like glue once he sets eyes on you again. Where did you want to take that cruise to? I was thinking if we leave out of Venice we could go Malta, Cyprus, Greece, anything that way. Or if we do go out of Geneoa then we could go Spain, Moracco, Tunisia like the one I sent you info on. Let me know okies sexy! Oh it is going to rock to have you all to myself far away from this post and on a cruise ship off in the romantic bule waters...sailing away from all this crap! God I love you more than you will ever know and I do feel soooooo showered with love and affection! That way you can put that worry to rest baby! I know I am loved! You treat me like the Princess you call me. Your little Sweet Pea will always love her babydoll. Whole Bunchies!!!! An more:) I love you sexy! ~~~Princess / Sweet Pea~~~~ PS. I am so glad you liked those pics:) I knew you would..hope it was a pick you up! You deserve it!


Name: CATHY & DANNY GRANT
Email: DANCATHY@BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 02:17:48 PM

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Wed. Oct.15 2003 2:12pm PFC PHILIP GRANT C CO 1/508th Dear Phil please call me back asap or email asap about power of attorney & your truck. We're all very proud of our sky soldier. ALL OUR LOVE, XXXOOO'S MOM,DAD,ABBEY& BAILEY xxxooo's


Name: Donna Voline (Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 01:52:40 PM

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To SSG Stephen Voline , We love you and miss you here at home. I know you have a job to do, and we will be waiting with open arms whenever you return. I am proud of all of the 173rd soilders. My prayers are with all of the troops. I love you Stephen MOM


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 01:44:47 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503RD MORTAR - Greetings, again, dear son! Sure do miss you! Cubs lost last night - a fan leaned over & caught a foul ball- right out of a Cub's player's direct line!!! The police escorted the man out after the game because the Mariner's scored & the Cubs lost!! It's a huge deal here in Chicago! EVERYONE IS IN AN UPROAR OVER IT!! Last game is tonight! Jessica has mononucleoses & will be out of school for a while so she can recover. That's what's been troubling her vocal chords, throat, singing & etc. since July when she had laryngitis... it never completely went away. Well, I am certainly looking forward to you coming home soon & ANY PHONE CALLS YOU CAN MAKE!! MISS YOU & LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!! CALL HOME!! WE'RE VERY PROUD OF YOU & ALL THE 173RD!! STAY SAFE!! PRAY LOTS!! Love, Mom


Name: Judy and Norman Pickett(Retired Army)
Email: judypickett2003@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 01:08:40 PM

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SSG Stephen Voline, We love you and we are so proud of you. Please give our love to your soldiers. We will be glad when you return home. If anyone read this please pass these wishes to SSG. Stephen Voline and B Company. Love Aunt Judy


Name: Anna
Email: bo.giove@libero.it
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 11:20:28 AM

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Sam Walter: Just to tell you I was thinking of you (this is not a new)!!! Baci, love you, A.


Name: Laura Curtiss - Mom of SPC Adam Boyle of Barre VT
Email: ProudArmyMomLaura.Curtiss@US.Army.Mil
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 06:10:21 AM

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Adam, we love and miss you!!! Stay safe until you can come home. All of Vermont and the US is so proud of you and all our soldiers. Love always, Mom and Shannon


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday October 15, 2003
Time: 02:56:42 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey! How are you.? Hope you´re doing well! I can´t wait to talk to you again!! I Miss you tons!!! I Love you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo muuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccchhhhh!! Hugs and kisses from me!!! Your Nina


Name: lucy
Email: Lvicatko007@centrum.cz
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 11:44:09 PM

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TO> sgt. Gary Baught 508th. I hope you are doing all right and watching your back punk. Hey i got news about your house. Write me soon on my mail. Be safe, many hugs. Lucy


Name: M. Dodoge
Email: mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 09:40:36 PM

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Hi To the person who wants to send pkgs. to the 173rd. I am starting my xmas shopping this weekend for the soldiers of the 173rd. Iam going to send them to my son in Kirkuk and instruct him to pass them out to all. I have started a collection of food items through work and hope to mail out many xmas stockings filled with items. I also went to www.anysoldier.com and you can send items to SGT Brian Horn and he will get them out to soldiers who don't get much. Just an idae Michele


Name: bobby klein
Email: bljtinfla@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 09:13:56 PM

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the news on this end of the planet is good and getting better. the reason is young and brave men fighting for the freedom of people you've never met and the children you'll never see. the freedom you defend is absolute and the children's children will never forget. the world is experiencing the arrival of a hero en masse. thank you from HOME. bk


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 09:13:17 PM

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Hello Steve, I just got an e-mail from SGT.Horn's Dad. I've been talking to him to try and find you.I guess you drove his son to make a phone call home. Too unbelievable for words. ANy reason why you didn't call!!! I am so happy I finally Know your okay it doesn't matter that you didn't call. Ihope to hear from you soon as I am goign to put the SGT. on your tail if you don't make contact soon. I miss you and love you. Love MOM DAD NIKKI LUCY AND TABBY!! P.S. There are no coincidences in life!


Name: Dana C Evans
Email: Cleo0308@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 08:45:25 PM

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Hey there SPC Jonathan P Herst....I hope this gets to you at some point. I am just sitting here at work, its 20:39 and I am ready for bed. We have had an eventful day. Me and two of the guys had bloodwork today for our annual physicals. In 2 weeks we have our physicals. FUN STUFF! You know how I hate injections, well, I think I am do for a few boosters! I was surfing the net for a bit and I found this website. There are some great pictures of the you guys over there...actually there are over a 1000 pictures. I have been looking to see if you are in any of them but I have not found you yet. I hope you are doing well and I miss you terribly! I cant wait for you to be back home! I love you and please take care of each other so that everyone makes it home. I know you dont need to be told that but you know me...worryworryworry! hugs and kisses! much love ~ Dana <3 xoxoxo


Name: The Serenity Prayer
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 08:33:56 PM

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next. Amen. -Reinhold Niebuhr


Name: Steph
Email: Keithu2@aol
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 08:13:39 PM

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Hey Christopher! How are you big brother? College is awesome this year....i wish you were here to hang out with.....but that is okay because you are doing a much more honorable thing for your country!:) Well, i love you and miss you! May the Lord bless you and keep you in his loving care until we meet again!!:) Love you bro! Steph


Name: Brenda Herst
Email: brendaherst@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 07:46:19 PM

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I am the very proud mom of Jon Herst, a paratrooper with C co. 1/508. We are all proud moms, dads, wives, friends. So lets stop bickering and start making plans for a great Christmas for our soldiers. I have sent a couple boxes to Susan at pollosmom199@yahoo.com. Her address is Bobby Colon CMR 427 Box 3310 APO AE 09630. She is a wife in Vincenza that is working on Operation Christmas. A group of wives are going to bake cookies, make stockings and try to give our soldiers a feeling of Christmas. They can ship from Italy cheaper and it won't take so long for things to get there. She is looking for contributions. We all miss our children so badly, somehow we don't feel complete. I do believe that the more we give, the more we receive. Let's get together and try to get a list of names of soldiers and send cards and little presents. Mr Bradley, can you help us find out how to do this. God bless our soldiers and help us be as strong as them. My best regards, Brenda


Name: Proud Dad of a Airborne Soldier
Email: engleli@conocophillips.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 07:44:33 PM

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I just got off the phone with my son who is in the 173rd airborne. (Deleted)

PLEASE NO RUMORS, Lets stick with know official facts


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 07:01:19 PM

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Is it possible for a chaplain or someone to send a list of our 173rd soldiers names etc. who would appreciate letters and Christmas packages, who might otherwise be going with little or nothing in the mail department? I realize they may not want their names posted on here, could you please send the list to my email? Our local military support group would like to start organizing some Christmas packaging as well as a teacher in our school would like to have the students get involved with letter writing. I know there are many other units, but to be honest, I am selfishly wanting to be a part of getting mail/packages to our 173rd first! :) I know many people send generous supplies to their own soldier with the idea of sharing, but there is something about getting your own mail that just might make them feel better. I would appreciate anything that can be done and if possible get a list to me. Can someone in charge let me know either way if there is such a list? Thank you so much! By the way, I saw some brief footage of OUR GUYS on the news this morning doing their AWESOME March 26 jump.. I will never tire of seeing that or stop being amazed by their courage and sense of duty. God bless them with strength and patience to endure till we see them again, and bless us back home with the strength to be patient and carry on as they would expect us to.


Name: Proud 173rd Mom
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 05:32:31 PM

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I agree 200% with "Tired of the selfishness and arguing" Whew!!! I am so worn out with all the bickering....I think it's time to stop and think before you type....think about our beloved troops who WON'T be coming home at all!!! This is only TEMPORARY, it's already the middle of October...PLESE BE PATIENT! May God bless every one of us and give us the strength our troopers possess!! Be positive and supportive of each other...that's what our Sky Soldiers would want from their families!!! HOOOAAAHHHH!!!!!!!


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 04:47:58 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503RD MORTAR - Not a moment goes by that we don't think of you & pray for your & your Brigade. Dad is with Pastor Rick today. Pastor Betsy could use some prayer for healing of her back. I heard Aunt Jan sent you 100 (?) DVD's???? I think Uncle Lance exaggerates a bit! Lizzy made the basketball team & Jessica is in a new play - one of the leads with a solo. I have dental surgery coming up soon. Homecomings are are all done with. The Cubs only need ONE more game (out of the remaining 2 games left) to win the Division over the Marlins & go to the Series! Dad & I went to a Bears game @ the re-built Soldiers Stadium. Jason has been doing field training in Georgia. He's happy with that - much more interesting & challenging than lawn care service! And ME?? I MISS YOU TERRIBLY! I am so happy to hear that the 173rd has started their R&R - it means soon you'll be on R&R as well. Please call when you get a chance. I love you & you are still my F.B.B. Glad you are safe - stay that way & be wise!! Love, MOM


Name: Tired of the selfeshness and arguing
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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 04:30:08 PM

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Ok, what is this article that caused the uproar now? I think all of you should be ashamed of yourselves for fighting over something so petty. We ALL want our loved ones home. Rank has nothing to do with how bad we or our children are missing our loved ones. But when playing the "Rank Game", we must remember that there are more lower ranked soldiers than there are higher ranking soldiers. If we were to send all the higher ranking soldiers home first, who would be there to make the decisions? To the wife of a higher ranking soldier who said, "how is that morale for our family", if your husband is so much higher in rank than the rest of our soldiers over there, you should be aware by now that your husband will be one of the last ones for leave. I'm not saying you don't miss him as much as anyone else or that your kids don't miss him as much, but that is the way the military works. Our men will get home when they can. They are all as anxious to get home to us as we are for them to get home. I also remind everyone that some of the soldiers do read these messages and I do not think they will want to see us arguing over something as petty as when they will get their leave. It is important that we stay strong for them. We all need to hold it together in their time of need. When you all think that you have it bad because you are missing your loved one, think about what our soldiers have and how they feel. They don't have much in the way of material things, but they do have the understanding that we are here staying strong for them, their families and the other families of soldiers deployed. Now, as far as when the men get to come home, it is my understanding that it is up to the chain of command in Iraq as to what order the men come home. Yes, some men are given priority for certain circumstances. Other than that, it may be as simple as pulling names out of a hat for rotation. It may not be fair, but again, it's the military way. As a big military family, we just need to get used to how the military does things and above all "SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS" and keep our selfishness and arguing to ourselves. Our men don't need to hear it and most of us who post to this site come here for reassurance, not to be attacked. I propose that if you can't be supportive on this site, then don't participate in the posting to this site. How much self control do we really have if we can't control ourselves enough to not attack another member of our 173rd ABN family?


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 03:56:34 PM

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May today there be peace within you. May you trust in God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us up to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly"...........


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 03:54:29 PM

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We want all of our soldier home safe and sound,  God please watch over all of us and help us all through this. 173rd mother


Name: ***
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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 03:39:17 PM

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TO THE MOM SAYING HER KIDS DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIGH AND LOW RANK. sO WHAT THEY DON'T KNOW IT? THEIR FATHER WILL ALWAYS BE THE HIGHEST RANKED ONE FOR THEM. MOREOVER, I DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A WIFE OR A GIRLFRIEND, CUZ I NEVER GOT MARRIED, BUT WHAT GIVES, THAT DOESN'T MEAN I MISS MY SKY SOLDIER LESS THAN MOMS, FRIENDS, RELATIVES, WIVES, KIDS DO. PLEASE I KNOW IT HARD, I KNOW WE'RE ALL GETTING SELFISH ABOUT SEEING OUR LOVED ONE BEING HOME SOONER THAN OTHERS, BUT JUST BE HAPPY FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY BACK. YOUR SKY SOLDIER, AS WELL AS MINE IS STILL THERE, BUT I THINK MOST OF THE TIME THEY'RE SPENDING THERE, THEY'RE HOME WITH THEIR HEARTS. "NO WHERE'S FAR: IF YOU LONG FOR BEING CLOSE TO YOUR LOVED ONE, YOU'RE ALREADY THERE." MY LOVE AND SUPPORT, AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY, WHOOOAH!


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 03:12:46 PM

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Everyone's loved ones will be coming home at some point. There really is no reason to argue about it, whether it's someone of higher rank or lower rank or single or married. They all will be able to have their time. I know everyone is anxious and at this point a lot of us feel the sooner the better. It will happen and we'll all have our chance to be reunited. Just be patient.


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 03:03:16 PM

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Hey! Here's an idea.....since we've gone all of a week with out a fight here, how about starting one over rank or marital status? Sounds like we are well on our way already. Shut Up! - ALL of you


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 02:46:06 PM

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my kids dont know the difference between higher and lower rank...so just because mine might be a higher rank his kids should have less of a chance to see him....wow what a morale booster for my family...you should think before you post....


Name: Heidi Mart (Espenhover)
Email: mart.heidi@principal.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 02:45:12 PM

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I want to thank everyone for all your hard work for our country. I am so proud of each of you. To Adam Espenhover-you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers! We cannot wait to see you again! Take care :-)


Name: Thanks for the article
Email: proud 173rd mom
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 01:35:55 PM

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Thanks for the article. It was wonderful. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 173RD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Terri
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 01:26:28 PM

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ATTN PFC (NO LONGER SPC) MIKE VOLPE------> Mike, It was wonderful to 'read' from you last night. I've been 'concerned' about you quite a bit lately, but am glad to know you are hanging in there. Now for the rank thing, I received word this morning of an OFFICIAL REPRIMAND that is headed your way. RE: YOU WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BUY THE NEW JACK INGRAM CD!!!!! I've been bouncing around here for a week going, "OH when I get that and send it, he will be just thrilled. I bet he doesn't even know that there is a 'Live' CD in the works." Therefore, you are hereby assigned a case of Shiner Bock, A basket of fried pickles, and a big ol hairy steak (as Kinky Friedman says) at 'Love&War in Texas' upon your return. THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS INFRACTION, SOLDIER!!!! NOW GET YOUR BUTT HOME TO RECEIVE YOUR PUNISHMENT. HIDING OUT IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES TO AVOID CONSEQUENCES IS SSSSSSOOOOOOOO KINDERGARTEN. LOL SWAK, Terri


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 01:15:24 PM

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To SGT Fredrick Campbell C co. 1/508th Hey Baby, I'm here sitting on the Pc just thinking of you ,hoping to hear your voice soon. I miss you Fredrick ,I hope you get a chance to call me soon. I pray for your safety every night My Love, I know we'll be back together soon. I sent you the package today with a few different can goods, I hope you like them. Baby I got to go now please take care and remember that I love you with all my heart my handsome SGT, Call or write when you get a chance, yours forever, Millie.


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 01:04:46 PM

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FRG= Family Readiness Group.


Name: Mother of a Soldier in IRAQ
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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 12:23:33 PM

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Thank you for the message about “Married” verses “Single” soldiers. You are ABSOLUTELY correct “Single” soldiers have the right to come home first just like “Married” soldiers. They have family and friends that would love to see them come home sooner than later. Now lets address the issue “Higher Ranks” verses “Lower Ranks”. I’m sorry “Lower Rank” soldiers have just as much right to come home sooner than “Higher Rank” soldiers. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but the “Higher Rank” should be taking care of their soldiers and do what is necessary to keep moral high. I believe ALL Soldiers are working their hearts out to complete this mission and every one of them would love to be the first to come home to see their loved ones. I’m not sure how each company selects who and when goes home, but I would hope that they would/are consider the ones that have been there since March to be the first ones to come home. MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP ALL OF THE 173RD SAFE AND STRONG.


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 12:10:32 PM

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to PFC PHILIP A. GRANT, C CO 1-508th. *** Philip, thatnx so much for your email, that moved me. i'll always be there, love and support, Giulia ***


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 12:03:15 PM

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PFC Christopher Williams, I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and I can't wait until you get to come home! Everything here is ok, your brother is doing better! So don't worry about that, you have enough things to worry about! Well, I can't wait until you get a chance to call me again. Talk to you soon. I love you and Miss you!!! Lindsey


Name: Thomas Reyna
Email: blkrosetom@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 11:12:39 AM

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TO Thomas S Reyna II, You have the support of the family. We all love you. Tell your teammates that we support them also. I love you Mijo. Yo te amo muncho. Love you Dad


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 11:05:39 AM

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Ok, this is going to sound really stupid, but what are FRG's?


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 10:55:08 AM

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Name: Love and Thoughts to all families and soldiers of the 173rd
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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 09:06:09 AM

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May today there be peace within you. May you trust in God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us up to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly"...........


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 05:58:16 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Honey!! How are you! thanks for your email! I can´t wait to see you!! I Love you soooo much!! Call soon! Hugs and kisses i miss you- Nina


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Date: Tuesday October 14, 2003
Time: 12:25:28 AM

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I suggest going to www.newstrove.com and clicking on 173rd Airborne for those of you who want to find the latest news. It is a comprehensive news search engine that updates continually and they usually have good articles having to do with the 173rd ABN Brigade. Hope this helps!


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 11:09:43 PM

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I'll be sending a bunch of books on a cd. Read them when you can. I'm very proud to be the parent of a 173rd soldier. And thank you for the call last weekend the order has been put in and you should receive the phone in a few weeks. Love Dad


Name: jinnene Hoover
Email: j_hoover@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 10:36:16 PM

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I didn't hear about any attack today can somebody please clue me in on what happened


Name: Kim Ledoux
Email: tonysmw@sbcglogal.net
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 09:12:47 PM

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FANTASTIC message "Pappy" Patchin!!!!!!! Okay Andrew, You may be getting my rock hard brownies after all and I'll make sure to send some sling shots with them!!!!!!!!


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 08:48:09 PM

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Has anyone heard any more about the soldiers that were attacked today? I have not heard any names released have you? I pray for the families and for them. Stay strong 173rd!!!!


Name: Proud 173rd Mama!!
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Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 06:20:23 PM

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Here's a GREAT article dedicated to All who love our military men...even though it's specifies wives, we're ALL the wife in the article!! Sorry it's so long, it's definitely worth your time....... What it Means to Love a Soldier By Jamie Reese Special to American Forces Press Service FORT HOOD, Texas, Oct. 8, 2003 -- She stands in line at the post office waiting to send a package to her husband, a U.S. Army soldier serving in Kuwait. Envelopes, pens, paper, stamps, sunscreen, eye-drops, gum, batteries, powdered Gatorade, baby wipes and Twizzlers. He said he needed the sunscreen and baby wipes. She threw in the Twizzlers. There's a common bond at the post office in this military town. People aren't just sending letters and packages; they are sending smiles, hope, love and just a touch of home. People look around at the others, sharing their concern, fear and pride. They take comfort knowing they are not alone. Passing through the gate leaving the Army post, she enters another world. A world filled with pawnshops, surplus stores, barbershops, fast food galore and, of course, "Loans, Loans, Loans." This is a life that includes grocery shopping at a place called the Commissary. A life that has her venturing to the Post Exchange, referred to as the PX, instead of heading to Wal-Mart. This is where you come to learn, appreciate and respect the ceremonious traditions of Reveille and Retreat, and of course, the National Anthem from a completely different perspective. At 6 a.m., or as the soldiers call it, 0600 hours, Reveille can be heard across post. The bugle call officially begins the military workday. At 1700 hours Retreat sounds signaling the day's end. Soldiers render salutes, chatter fades and all eyes are drawn to the nearest flag. At 2300 hours, the bugle sounds Taps, denoting not only the "final hour" of the day, but also honoring those we have lost. When the national anthem plays in a military town, a special aura fills the air. Men, women, and even children stop to pay their respects. Civilians place their hands over their hearts. Soldiers salute. In this world, the anthem isn't just a prequel to the echo of "Play Ball." Since she married her soldier and experienced the Star Spangled Banner from this perspective, she's noticed how people in civilian towns react to the national anthem. She notices the people who continue to talk, the hats that stay on, the beer that doesn't get put down, and even the jeers at the person singing the anthem. The meaning seems to be lost to a majority of people. But if she looks closely, she can see who has been blessed enough to learn this lesson. Some are grandparents, some are parents, and some are young children. At first glance, children growing up in this world of artillery, tanks and uniforms are the same as any other kids from any other town. They do the things that kids do. They play sports, go to school, and play with their friends. The difference is that their group of friends may change once a year, or more, due to a change of duty station. They don't have any say in this. They could be two years old and not remember a thing about it, or they may be 16 years old getting ready for prom and having to up-root and move again. They're known as "military brats," a harsh misnomer for those who learn a lifestyle of sacrifice at such a young age. Yet, it makes them strong. The little boys become the men of the house and the little girls become the ladies. They adapt to these different situations. They live with the reality that one, or even both parents, may not be around to celebrate birthdays and holidays. They know there will be will be times when they will look into the stands during Little League games and see only an empty space in the bleachers. At the same time, these kids have a sense of overwhelming pride. They brag about their daddies and their mommies being the best of the best. They know their Mom's been through deployments, changes of duty stations, and the ever- changing schedules Army life brings. While Dad is away, she takes care of the house, the bills, the cars, the dogs, and the baby. To cope with it all, she learns military families communicate via the Internet so he doesn't miss out on what's happening back home. But he does miss out. He won't be there for the baby's first steps, and he may have to hear his son or daughter's first words through a time delay across a static-filled telephone line. She remembers what it was like before he left, when everything seemed "normal." Normal except for the pressed uniform, the nightly ritual of shining boots, the thunder-like sound of the Apache helicopters flying overhead, and the artillery shells heard off in the distance. OK, relatively normal – when they occasionally went to the park, spent holidays together and even enjoyed four- day weekends when he could get a pass. But, the real challenge began with the phone call. She relives the moments before she kissed him goodbye. A phone ringing at 0400 hours is enough to make her heart end up in her throat. They've been expecting the call, but they weren't sure when it would come. She waits to hear the words, "Don't worry, it's just a practice run." But instead she hears, "Here we go." So, off he goes to pack, though most of the packing is finished because as a soldier, he is "always ready to roll." She gets the baby, but leaves his pajamas on because it is just as well that he sleeps. She takes the dogs out, she gets dressed, all the while trying to catch glimpses of her husband. She wants to cherish his presence because she doesn't know when she'll see him again. She knows that in other homes nearby, other families are enacting exactly the same scene. Within 15 minutes, the family is in the car heading to the "rally point." As they pull up, they see soldiers everywhere, hugging their loved ones. While people love to see tearful, joyous homecomings, fearful, anxious, farewells are another story. Too soon, with his gear over his shoulder, he walks away. She is left behind, straining to keep an eye on her soldier. As the camouflage starts to blend, only his walk distinguishes him from the others. She takes one last look and takes a deep breath. She reminds herself she must stay strong. No tears. Or, as few tears as possible. Just words of encouragement to the children, to her friends and to herself. Then she turns, walks back to the car, and makes her way home to a house that is now eerily quiet. She mentally prepares for the days, weeks, even months ahead. She needs to focus on taking care of her love while he is overseas. Her main priorities will be the care packages, phone calls, e-mails, and letters sprayed with perfume. And, she can't forget to turn the stamp upside down to say, "I love you." Taking care of her family, her friends, even strangers – this is her mission as an Army wife to do these things without a second thought. At the ripe old age of 22, she knows the younger wives will turn to her for advice. "How do you balance a checkbook? How do you change a tire? When are they coming home?" Only when she knows everyone else is OK, the bills are paid, the cars maintained, the lawn cut, the kids asleep, the pets calmed down, and the lights are off, does she take time for her self. Alone at night, she runs the next day's events over in her mind to make sure it will all get finished. She reviews her checklist of things to do, things to buy for his care package. Once again, she checks the calendar to count down the days. Before turning in, she checks to make sure the ringer is on for the late night phone call that might come in from overseas. Before she falls asleep, a few tears hit the pillow. But even as the tears escape, strength enters her mind, body, spirit and soul. She remembers why she is here. She remembers the pride and the love that brought her here in the first place, and a sense of peace comes over her, replacing, if only for a second, the loneliness, the fear and the lingering heartache she feels while her soul mate is away. This is what it means to love a soldier. She wouldn't have it any other way


Name: Debbie
Email: Deb108@knology.net
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 06:06:19 PM

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ERIC!!!! Please call me!!!! I want to hear from you!!!! Love, yourothermom


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email:
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 05:34:01 PM

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Hey Kasey Robbins, it was GREAT talking with you this morning it makes my day when I hear your voice. Keep a positive attitude; things will work out the way GOD plans. We’re all praying that you will get R&R real soon you deserve it just like everyone else. Stay focus don’t let things get you down or destroy you. You will do great and will go far in life. GOD has a GREAT PLAN for you, just not sure where, when or what. KEEP THE FAITH, I know things are tough at time. We’re very PROUD of you and what you are doing for us in this time of war. You are in our prayers and thoughts daily. Stay SAFE, STRONG, and FOCUSED. We LOVE you much, Mom, Dad and Kourtney.


Name: jinnene hoover
Email: j_hoover@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 04:19:18 PM

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I was wondering if anybody knows what numbers have been called for r&r


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 04:10:07 PM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON, ABLE CO, 2ND 503RD: JUST OUR WEEKLY HELLO, WE ARE BACK HOME FROM VISITING JAIME-(ALL-ACCESS TO THE GARAGE AT LOWES MOTORSPEEDWAY! WAY COOL!)-SHE IS FINE AND MISSES YOU VERY MUCH. YOUR LETTER IS ON HER FRIDGE WITH THE PHOTO OF YOU AND THE KIDS...IF YOU GET A CHANCE, WRITE! STAY SAFE, WATCH YOUR BACK, AND KNOW THAT WE LOVE AND MISS YOU MORE EACH DAY! MOM & DAD PS- JARRETT SUCKED AGAIN--3 LAPS DOWN! WINNER: TONY STEWART


Name: C. "Pappy" Patchin
Email: cpatchin1@earthlink.net
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 02:50:15 PM

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To: Every Sky Soldier deployed in Iraq or stationed in Italy Every 173d Trooper's family, friends or lovers SUBJECT: It's never easy Men and women that wear the uniform have a higher calling than most all of us can understand. They may have to die to insure that others may live. To those men and women of today's 173d a history given written in blood, sweat and tears. None of the Vietnam Herdsmen will forget the sights, smells and sounds of combat or the sound of a flush toilet after being away for along time. We hold no envy for you new kids. We know what happens when you are the "Meanest SOB in the Valley" when you find out desert cammo is as bullet proof as green jungle fatigues. All of us who have been there, done that and wear the Herd Patch on our right shoulder, pray that you will all return safely. Be kind and gentle in your dealings with each other and the citizens of Iraq. When the time comes be merciless with your enemies. The bayonet is red for a reason. Herd Moms & Dads and everybody else that cares about their troopers love them with all your heart. Pray for them. Support them. You have no idea of your impact on their morale. It's bad enough they are in harms way and not necessarily enjoying themselves, don't you heap a pile of worry on them and expect them to fix it. They have other things to do. Unless you have been around the military for some reason you cannot comprehend that anything not in uniform has no priority, what-so-ever. "The Green Machine" moves without feeling. That is the reason soldiers, especially combat soldiers, have a very different sense of humor than others. God love each of you. Pray for your and everyone's loved one. Those of you sending packages to troopers are wonderful. I spent 3 years on the line in VN with the Herd. If somebody sent me a stick of gum I wrote them back a thank you. That free postage was too good. You can send leftovers and it will be loved. And shared. Even rock hard brownies can be used for something. If anybody has a slingshot... The original Herd is now the parent of the new kids. Just because we were hard as nails then does not mean we cannot cry for ourselves as parents in a difficult situation. Our children may die before us. Because we were troopers then makes our job a parents even more frightening. None of us know what will happen. We dread parts and look forward to others. We hate knowing our trooper will come home-one way or the other. Pray for strength. We need it. In the meantime, bear up under the burden. If you're the Sky Soldier, ruck up and move out fiercely. If you love a Sky Soldier, cherish all the good, bad, funny and sad things you know about him or her. Be happy when they come home or be proud of what they did if they come home to rest in our homelands' soil. They defended it & us. They gave up their constitutional freedom and accepted the UCMJ to insure our freedom and give millions of people in a strange land the opportunity to experience it. Some day this will all be over and we can laugh and cry. In the meantime. HOOAH! Airborne All the Way. Free the Oppressed.


Name: Bob Grove
Email: rogrove@state.pa.us
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 02:43:07 PM

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To PFC Joshua Grove Just a quick note to say hello! Sorry I missed your call last week while I was at training. Raeann was glad to hear from you. She shows all the girls at school every picture of you we have and the ones we got from the website. Everyone sends their love and best wishes. Tom and Suz put together a nice package to be sent out to you tomorrow. Call as soon as you can. Stay strong and be safe. Know your in my thoughts and prayers everyday. PS I got the BIGDOG all shined up and ready for you to ride when you get your R & R. Love Dad


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 02:28:49 PM

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TO. SGT LAND Jacob Daniel! Hey Honey! Just a short message for you! I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU TONS!!! I can´t wait to see you soon!!! Love you! Hugs and kisses! Your Nina


Name: Rea Lee
Email: rclaud01@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 01:18:03 PM

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Sgt. Monte Massey-- Hope this catches up to you soon...are you getting any of my messages? We are all doing just fine here!! Gage has another ear ache. But has an appointment soon to be looked at by Children's Mercy! Maybe they'll have some answers.. Michaels team lost again Saturday...And are you keeping up with the mighty Chiefs? They can really make you sit on the edge of your seat!! The Raiders are having a hard time this year, to say the least! I have been hearing of the soldiers getting R & R, would you be included in those? Been hoping to hear something from you, either thru mom or Michael. The day you called me you had just missed Michael!! Give us a call, please, if at all possible and let us know how well you're doing!!! Love ya, Aunt Rea Lee


Name: Lauren E. Moore
Email: BrynMawr43@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 01:07:10 PM

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BRET NEWMYER: MY HERO!!!! KICK SOME BUTT OVER THERE AND KNOW THAT I AM WAITING HERE FOR YOU!!!! I SEND YOU AND ALL OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE MY LOVE AND ADMIRATION!!!!! REMEMBER THAT I CARRY YOUR HEART (I CARRY IT IN MY HEART)!!!


Name: cesar
Email: cesareo.meza@setaf.army.mil
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 12:40:19 PM

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To all my brothers and sisters in CSC & FSC, stay strong! You'll be home soon. Until then, I'll keep things safe here for you. And Jeff, thanx for the Heritage. It rides just as sweet as you said. But as you know, I'm a nice guy. I'll send pics as she grows older.


Name: Millie Marte
Email: kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 11:20:51 AM

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to SGT Fredrick Campbell C company 1-508th Hey Baby hope you're doing fine overthere,Everything is the same around here . I just can't wait for you to get back ,I'm really desperate.Please stay safe and always watch your back .I'm going to write you a letter tonight and send you a package tommorrow ,I got to go now ,I love you always and be safe. yours forever,Millie.


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Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 11:15:13 AM

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Has anyone heard any more information on the soldiers that were injured in the attack near Kirkuk?


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 09:40:43 AM

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A very good article on Discount Airfares on the www.army.mil page.They also gave some sites in that article to go to for more information: www.offdutytravel.com and www.armymwr.com. I haven't checked those websites out to see what they have but the article on the www.army.mil page was very good. Regards, Linda


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Date: Monday October 13, 2003
Time: 04:32:15 AM

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I don't know how much of this info I should be passing out, but since it doesn't involve troop movement, or missions!!!! I have overcome the fear of being attacked for saying this. If your solider comes back on R&R they will fill out a leave form about a week up to a few days before they leave. They then go to Kuwait to leave to Germany. Once in Germany they decide if they come here to Italy or to BWI. It is their choice where to spend thier time. Then once in Germany they will be provided transport to Vicenza, or get on another plane to BWI. The Chain Of Command will NOT I repeat NOT have the info on your solider until Germany hands over the list of who is coming here inorder to figure out how much trans they need to provide. So PLEASE DO NOT call Brigade and bother them weeks in advance. There is also no projected list for your troops in coming weeks, months, ect. It is also the soldiers choice to take R&R since it is chargeable leave, and it is thier choice where to take their R&R. Many companies are drawing from the hat, but others have thier own way to draw up a schedual. Remember sending married soldiers home first is unfair to those who are not married. They have served just as hard alonside those who do have children and are married. Some of the "Single" soliders also have children, just not the marriage certificate to go along with that. No one can hold that against them. So please don't rant about the married soliders coming home first. Also about this new Brigade to relive them, let the Army work out what they are going to do next. You know I think the FRG's need to be more proactive in thier information before things elscalte as it did after the April return date announcment. I also know the FRG's can't pass anything out until the Army hands it to them, so the whole issue rests with the Army and thier handing out of info. I hope some of this can help clear up some misunderstandings. If parents would like the number to their son's /daughter's FRG feel free to call and get that info. If you need the particular number, post on here and I will give those numbers to you as they are unsecured lines for open use.


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 10:59:23 PM

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I was wondering if anybody has any pictures of Sgt. Christopher Mascio, 319th AFAR I would love to see them posted. I hardly see any pictures of this unit posted. I would be most thankful. Thank You a proud Aunt of the 173rd.


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 10:36:59 PM

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Hey, I was just wondering, if a soldier takes his/her R&R does that mean they don't get to come home again in April for 30 days? Or do they get to come home but only for 15 days? I was just curious. I heard that they might be coming home in December. Something about another unit coming in to relieve them?!? I am not too sure about this? If anyone knows anything, please, leet me know! Like I said this is just something I heard from my boyfriends dad, he could have misunderstood! Maybe he meant that he was coming home for his 15 day R7R in December. I am not sure!


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 08:55:18 PM

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If anyone knows the arrival and departure time of the troops coming home on R&R or returning to Iraq out of BWI, could you please e-mail me. I understand the security and privacy reasons of not posting this on this site, but we live close to BWI and would love to show our support by welcoming the troops home and sending them back with some TLC from another 173rd family. We're still waiting for our son to call and say he's coming home. To the families who have been reunited, we pray you're enjoying every minute together. God Bless the 173rd families and all the troops serving our country. We are proud of all of you! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!


Name: David A. Russell
Email: leveloff@bellsouth.net
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 08:20:30 PM

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I linked with the 173rd photo page from another site. Awesome pictures of the jump into Northern Iraq. I am so proud of each and every soldier of the 173rd. You are serving our country, defeating the allies of terrorism, and bringing real freedom to people who haven't known it for over 40 years. To the men and women of the 173rd I say- "Well Done!" Never forget that REAL Americans are behind you 150%. No matter what weenie news media wimps try to put over- Real Americans understand and support what you are doing. From a Navy Submariner Junior! HooAH!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 07:18:44 PM

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this is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503. hi its mom again, we miss you and are so proud of you,just alittle note to say that. hpe you are getting your packages, and your mail, love u, mom


Name: Erin
Email: Sassypizzagirl@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 07:03:28 PM

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Hey Everyone. I'm new to this, but I'm a friend of one of the wives of our guys over there. I just thought I'd post a note, and say hey to those that might remember me, or that know me. Tim Brumley, wassup man, you come home safe and sound. And Teresa told me that Jamie is over there with you. Doubt he would remember me, but years ago, I left him a cheese cake in his fridge out in the barricks. Yall are being thought of and missed. Love Erin


Name: Dawn
Email: jadakava@netzero.net
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 01:07:13 PM

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Hi, I'm the sister of Bryan Schultz who is 2nd Plt. B Co. 2/503. My family and I have not yet caught a glimps of him in any of the pictures posted. If you also have a loved one in the same unit as Bryan, and have received photos from them please e-mail me. Maybe my brother's is the face you can't identify in a picture. Thank you.


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 12:46:12 PM

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to SGT CJ CHANDLER, PFC PHILIP GRANT, SPC WILLIAM ESPINOSA, SPC CHRIS PERRY, ADAM JAMES, JASON BATEMAN, MARK BERKOSKI, AND ALL THE OTHER GUYS. BE BACK SAFE AND SOUND, AND SOON!


Name:
Email: gdarra79@yahoo.it
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 08:34:34 AM

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Anna. email me posso aituarti... ho amici qui in base che possono spedire il pacco per te... noi italiane siamo sempre un po escluse..aitiamoci tra noi per i nostri amici soldati! 2 my friends in iraq..miss u guys!


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 07:43:58 AM

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Well son I understand why you did not take your R&R. Thank you for at least calling and letting us know. That's ok we'll be together soon and we'll catch up then. You just hang in there and may God be with you and your battle buddies. Love you. All our thoughts and prayers are sent your way. Proud Mom and Das Hahn


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 06:47:50 AM

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TO. SGT LAND Jacob Daniel!! Hey Honey! How are you..? I miss you sooooo much and i love you so much. Take care and be safe!!! Hugs and kisses from me!!! Your Nina


Name: Anna
Email: baudanna@yahoo.it
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 05:54:09 AM

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é da quasi sei mesi che provo a mandare dei pacchi giù in Iraq ma puntualmente mi vengono rispediti indietro. Non si sa da dove, o perchè. All'ufficio postale non sanno niente...L'indirizzo è giusto, visto che le mie lettere arrivano (metto il nome, apo ae e tutto il resto come indicato più l'indirizzo della caserma Ederle). Qualcuno sa per caso cosa sia necessario fare per fare arrivare pacchi? Forse non bisogna usare le scatole gialle delle poste italiane? Ma quali sennò?? Per favore, se qualcuno dall'Italia conosce qualcosa a riguardo, me lo potrebbe fare presente? Purtroppo abito troppo lontano per poter andare di persona fino alla base di Vicenza. Grazie. p.s. Montemio i care for you a lot, plz try to be out of there soon!!!!!


Name: Kelley Love
Email: littlek333@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 12, 2003
Time: 01:37:27 AM

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To: PFC. Troy E King A Co 1/508th 2nd plt. Hi Troy. I am talking to Michelle on the phone right now and she gave me this information. I just wanted to say "HI" and I think and pray for you everyday! Please come home safe along with all the other troops. I can't wait until I see you again. You are missed very much. I hope to see you in Oct or Nov or Dec! Michelle misses you very much. I try and keep her laughing. We talk about you all the time and dream of the day you come home. I saw the pictures of you. You look all grown up. :) Well I hope this cheers you up a least a little bit. Come home soon! Love, Kelley


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 09:25:51 PM

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Claire Barber Lastraw96@earthlink/net Spec Tarzia ,Clinton....Just found this website Looking to see if any of these Pictures were taken by you It will all be a memory soon Love Mom In North Carolina


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 08:58:26 PM

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Hi< Does anyone know how I can get a flag for the 173rd? I cannot find one anywhere here. Please let me know if you can. Still no word from my son. It has been two weeks I guess I am impatient. Thanks for everyone sharing there info with me. I recently bumped into a woman in the post office whose son is a LTC with 52nd EN BN. It was so nice to talk to her. She is going to ask her son if he knows my son. I will never stop asking until I hear from him. I'm sure you all understand. I have started to collect and send pkgs. So far I have sent two to my son and one to any soldier. I am going to send xmas things as I know mail will be slow. I have my work involved and we will send as many pkgs. as we can. Well thanks for listening. Michele


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 04:05:15 PM

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Hi to everybody! I wanted you to know that I talked to my boyfriend D. Gray (A. Co. 1/508 HQ Plt.) last Monday and he told me he got my package i sent him about a month and a half ago. Inside there was a cake for all his company and they were so happy to eat it! He said all the company is doing fine and will be with their families soon! All my thoughts are for my boyfriend and all the sky soldiers! I'm so proud of all the guys! Lucia


Name: gina
Email:
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 01:29:59 PM

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Ronald E. Brady...just wanted to say hello...glad you get to go home ...enjoy your kids...maybe call me...miss you...


Name: Sharon Benton
Email:
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 11:55:35 AM

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check this out http://www.ncptsd.org/


Name: Y Tetrault
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 11:26:35 AM

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PFC Garrett Tetrault 2nd/503rd Hi Gar don't know if you are getting these e-mails or not. I miss you so much. Cant wait to see you. Looking forward to you playing my favorite tunes on the guitar. Chriti and Ken to Kaitlyn to her first Wolf Pack game last night. they tied it 3-3 Ken got the tickets free because they are season ticket holders. Hope you are well and doing ok. Cant wait till you get home We love you and are proud of you and the other sky soldiers. Be careful watch you back and your buddies. Hope to see you in April. love Mom


Name: Mandi
Email: AKHammell79@MSN.com
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 10:57:52 AM

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To Sgt Nicholas Lewis, hi hon. I was thinking of you and wanted to tell you I missed you. Be safe and take care of yourself and your brothers. I've sent out another package, you should receive it soon. I love you Nick, Love Mandi


Name: LeeAnn
Email: LeeAnny21 @hotmail.com
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 08:56:28 AM

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Yes it is the soldier's decision to take the leave when he has the opportunity and no he will not be coming home earlier if he chooses not to take R&R.


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 07:47:01 AM

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is it true that the decision to take R&R is on the soldiers? also, if a soldier doesn't take R&R will he come back home earlier than April? thanks


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday October 11, 2003
Time: 05:13:36 AM

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TO. SGT LAND Jacob Daniel.... Hey my Honey!!! Thanks for everything!! I love you and i miss you so much!! Be strong and we´ll see ous soon!!! Hugs and kisses from me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you your Nina


Name: ROBERT & MARY
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 10:59:10 PM

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I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY I AM SO PROUD OF MY SON AND HIS BATTLE BUDDIES THAT I HURT WITH PRIDE. THE STORIES ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND THERE MOTHERS BEING FREE SOULS AGAIN MAKES ME THINK THIS WAS ALL WORTH THE SACRIFICE OF ARE TROOPS. GOD BLESS THE 173RD.


Name:
Email: gdarra79@yahoo.it
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 06:08:26 PM

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to my friend "brawlick" (you know who u are), hope u get the chance to read this, i'm thinking of u n praying for u everyday, i talk often to jenn she asked me about u :) she is getting deployed too (to qatar) i sent u two letters (don't know if u got them). anyway, take care of yourself n can't wait to see you when u will be back. Ur friend G.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 04:59:09 PM

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I'm sorry I did not mean to put negative things on the web but it's my only son and only wanting to know if i need to be on the look out for any signs, again I'm really sorry.


Name: J. Johnson
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 04:39:50 PM

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EDITED: The soldiers of the 173rd are strong men/women. The soldiers and the chain of command are trained to know if a soldier is going thru a difficult time and they will address the problem before it get to that level. Please have faith in the 173rd soldiers. Remember this website is to keep our spirits up not down.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 04:11:02 PM

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DELETED

No Rumors Please, ...I noticed you didn't leave an Email address! webmaster@173rdAirborne.com


Name: Sherry O'Neill
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 02:27:26 PM

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Rachel, I would keep trying the page. It should work. Go to the bottom of the page and click on it there. Have a good day. I hope you are doing okay. My son is there with 319thAFA. Sherry


Name: Diana (PFC Seth Anderson's sister)
Email: q_t_pie55@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 01:55:37 PM

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Nikki: Not really. Like I said, Seth doesn't write much, and he just called my parents for the first time in months last weekend. I was just looking for someone with any news of him, his squad, anything. I would love to see some pics of him-I haven't seen him since he left for his d.s. last January. I guess I just miss him and am always worried about him. Any news or fellow commiserators are always welcome, though. :-p


Name: Morgan
Email: Lildruboo@aol.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 01:37:23 PM

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Dear BRANDON ALTEMUELLER ...just come home safe. I miss you and can't wait to give you a GREAT BIG HUG. Thank you for you-know-what ;) You're the BEST HOTTIE!


Name: Former Commander
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 01:27:16 PM

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FRG's are not just for wives, but given the time constraints and demands of the immediate families left behind, their focus is certainly on the wives first. If you write to your battalion through the SETAF page, they will put you in touch with the appropriate battalion FRG. You have to remember, the spouses are dealing with health care, pay issues, housing, childcare, etc. that the more distant family members are not --- therefore the emphasis on them. Keep trying.


Name: Millie Marte
Email: Kisses27m@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 01:05:17 PM

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TO SGT Fredrick Campbell C company 1-508th Hey Baby I hope you get my message ,I just want to say I love you again and please take care of yourself ,I tried to call you before you went back but your phone was acting up you already know that. Stay strong my love we'll be together soon ,I'm desperately waiting on you .I'll write you a letter tonight .I got to go to work now I love you and don't worry GOD is watching over you every step of the way, I Love you Fredrick. Yours forever, Millie.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 01:04:25 PM

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FURY FROM THE SKY, GO! LOOKING STRAIGHT AND STANDING TALL I SUPPORT ALL OF YOU GUYS! AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY! WHOOOOOOAH!!!!! ^_^*


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 12:45:26 PM

News

Who told you that FRG's were only for wives?


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 11:41:14 AM

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Hey Beau Brannen (C/508th) - we will be sitting by the phone all weekend, working around the house and in the yard. Call anytime you get a chance. Looking forward to seeing you soon and hearing your voice - the party plans are on-going. Saw a great hockey game last night and will go see one together while you're in Atlanta. Love you and are proud of everything you guys are doing. Come home soon!! Mom and Dad


Name: Nikki
Email: free2nikki@yahoo.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 10:55:48 AM

News

For Diana-Hi,do you have some news from guys?


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 09:13:07 AM

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Hey Sgt, Harrison Taion, Hey big red, How's everything going? I hope everything is fine. I miss talking to you last week, I hope you get a chance to call home again soon. I love you very much. If any one have anymore pictures of A Company 1-508 please send me an email i haven't seen my solider in any of the last pictures!


Name: Adrian Ann
Email: a.hinds@mcshi.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 09:09:08 AM

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SGT. MONTE MASSEY It is definitely fall around here, Tonight is homecoming, so town is buzzing! They worked out in the fields the other night until 1:30 in the morning, trying to get what crops they could before it rained. Please let me know when it is going to be your turn to take R&R? I love you MOM


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 07:44:50 AM

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many of us parents would like info from a FRG, but have been told they are for wives only.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 04:21:47 AM

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TO SGT Land Jacob Daniel; Hey Honey .... How are you...? I miss you so much and i love you so much!! Take care and be safe!!!! i can´t wait to see you again!! hugs and kisses Nina: Does anybody have pictures from the 1-63 TF....? Please email me then!!!! Thank you!


Name: Kati
Email: sexysadie82@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 03:58:52 AM

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I just wanted to add to the comments about the priority for the 15 day R&R. I heard pretty much the same thing as the drawing numbers out of a hat. My fiancé told me he was 80 on a list of 200 and that it was completely random. Hope that helps out! And to my baby...you know who you are and you know I love you more than anything...


Name: LeeAnn
Email: LeeAnny21 @hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 10, 2003
Time: 01:47:32 AM

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Requading R & R so far the first group to go home were the guys who had new borns while in Iraq and injured soldiers who were returned to duty. From there on out it is completely random and up to the company commanders. Rank, married or not, has kids or not has no bearing on whether they get to come home first. Now I have spoken to some of the spouses with husbands in the 2/503 (They are my neighbors) and they said that their husbands picked random numbers out of a hat to determine when they will be returning. So that should say it all. The commanders are coming up with the most fair way to send their soldiers home. Hope this helps to give everyone an idea of how this works.


Name: j_hoover
Email: j_hoover@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:48:34 PM

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this message is for a Virginia Lowe asking abought Thomas G. Hoover if you want more info on him email me at j_hoover@sbcglobal.net and I will give you info


Name: Dave & Lois Wilder
Email: wilderpa@bellsouth.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:46:18 PM

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I thought I'd share a packing tip we tried and have had great success with. Our son (SPC Ian Wilder, A Co 2/503) has been asking for food items that tend to come only in glass jars - such as his favorite spaghetti sauce, and favorite salsa. We took a jar of salsa and wrapped it in newspaper (or bubble wrap or anything else to fill the excess space) and put it inside a small coffee can. We then packed the can in a box along with other goodies. Worked great! The hard part is getting a steady supply of coffee cans. To Ian, we love you and miss you and are so proud of you. The neighbors ask about you constantly. More goodies are on the way. Since the luau box was so well received, we'll have to come up with another theme. Any ideas? .......Love, mom and dad


Name: Michael Bloom
Email: mibooze@bellsouth.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:22:37 PM

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I heard from my son, Sgt. Jerrad Bloom 2nd 503rd, and he said that Sunday he is leaving for Qtar for 4 days of R and R. Hey four days is better than nothing.


Name: Dawn Alvarez
Email: jadakava@netzero.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:22:16 PM

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This message is for Bryan Schultz of the 2/503 2nd PLt B Co. along with all the soldiers he's with. You are doing a great job!!! Everyone is very grateful of all your hard work. Be safe and take care of each other. Your families and loved ones are all awaiting their heros return. I know we are. We love you Bryan!


Name: Keith & Lori Knight
Email: Knightfish54@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:14:35 PM

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HELLO BRAVE SOLDIERS, OUR SON IS SGT. KRISTOPHER KNIGHT. MY OFFICE WOULD LIKE TO SEND SOME PACKAGES TO ANY SOLDIER THAT NEEED EXTRAS/CARE PACKAGES FROM HOME. JUST E-MAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS ADN LYNELLE & A LIST OF WHAT YOU WANT/NEED & WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO GET IT TO YOU. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND KEEP YOU SAFE FROM HARM.


Name: Rachel
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 08:38:40 PM

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i just checked and maybe i have been looking at the wrong page or something, cause there is pics that start at 979 on page 45.. but i am still missing 52-78. there is nothing on page 44.


Name: Rachel
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 08:32:01 PM

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Nothing happens. I open page 44, cause that is where the new pics are, and they are just little empy boxes.


Name: Kim Ledoux
Email: tonysmw@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 08:22:56 PM

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Hello Andrew Ledoux C Co. 2/503 and hello 173rd family. I am actually doing my son Andrew (and his battle buddies) a favor by NOT sending baked goodies (my brownies might be mistaken for a deadly weapon...no seriously!) Thank God for Grandma's homemade cooking (she has more than made up for my lack of) My family gets real leary when I cook, especially after I BBQ and have to "disguise" that burnt to a crisp meat with a gallon of BBQ sauce (I KNOW YOU MISS THOSE DAYS ANDREW!!!!) There is no disguising the rock hard brownies though. I did send Andrew some of those instant cheesecake mixes and pie crusts for HIM to fix. I guess they turned out pretty good on past backpack trips. If there was a baking boot camp here in Modesto, I'm sure I'd be there! Andrew, we miss you. I love you and am so proud of you and the 173rd. Can't wait to see you. Love, Mom


Name: dedegirl
Email: dedegirl@peoplepc.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 05:40:35 PM

News

Since I have seen several post on here asking about pictures I'm going to ask as well. Does anyone have any pictures of HHC 1/508th???? I don't know what platoon because my son never said, but I would love to see a picture of him since I haven't seen him in 14 months.


Name: Rachel
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 05:18:33 PM

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Why cant i ever see the new pictures added? Does anyone know? Please help i would like to see them.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 03:52:59 PM

News

Another article about the 173rd. http://www.crestlinecourier-news.com/articles/2003/10/09/news/news6.txt


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 03:21:22 PM

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to MOLLY DIECKMAN******* Mrs Dieckman, i'd love to see some pix about c co 1-508th, i have a friend there and it's been so long since i last talked to him. THANK YOU. LOOKING STRAIGHT AND STANTIND TALL, AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY. WHOOOOOA!!!!


Name: Don & Darilee Robbins
Email: quester@localline.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 03:11:37 PM

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Hi Landon! You probably don't know us, we live on highway 218 between Delphi & Camden. We've met you a couple of times over at your Grandma & Grandpa Duff's house. We have been friends for over 40 years and have been in the same card club that long too. One of our sons was in the same class as your dad. We have been together from the start of marriage, having our kids, and now our grandkids. We have heard all about you since you were first born, and wanted to say Hi and God Bless you for protecting our Great American Country and those poor citizens of Iraq that are good people. We are sooooooo PROUD OF YOU, Thank you, thank you! Christian Love and Prayers for God's protection and guidance for you and all our soldiers.


Name: Molly Dieckman(Wife of SPC Caleb Dieckman)
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 03:05:16 PM

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Regarding R&R, one of my husband's best friends was sent home with the first bunch and he has none of those listed obligations. He got to go because he received 2 metorious achievement medals. I think it really depends on the soldiers commander. But, I'm not sure so don't quote me on anything.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 02:17:43 PM

News

I forgot to add that it has nothing to do with rank.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 02:15:24 PM

News

From what I understand about the 15 day R&R is that the first to come home are Soldiers with new babies, Soldiers who have been injured, and Soldiers who have had a tragedy at home (such as a parent or family member dying). In my son's Platoon the only soldiers that have come home were both injured in Iraq. From there I've heard it is Married with children, married, then single soldiers last. (but I could be wrong).


Name: carol
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 02:00:55 PM

News

Does anyone know if there are any pictures of the 1-508 Bravo Co. while they were in Vincenza. My grandson is with that group, PFC Mark Teshera. He said they went to Florence either on Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Maybe someone has pictures they would be willing to share. Keep up the good words to our troops and each other.


Name:
Email: junnipur01@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 01:53:31 PM

News

what is going on with r&r. I have heard only sergeants and higher are returning home, can someone please help me clarify this horrific news.


Name: Jessica Kupisch
Email: Rockstarr815@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 11:00:59 AM

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JEFF KUPISCH!!!! WE ALL STILL MISS YOU AND CANT WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU AND KNOW WHEN YOU ARE COMING HOME!!! ALOT OF STUFF HAS GONE ON HERE WITH ME AND DAVID AND STUFF. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT IT. CHRIS WILLIAMS SAYS HEY, AND THAT HE IS GOING TO GET A NEW BIKE AND COME BY THE HOUSE AND GET YOUR ADDRESS SO THAT HE CAN WRITE YOU. AND EVERYONE ELSE SAYS THAT THEY LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU LIKE NO OTHER. WE ARE ALL SO PROUD! HEY I'M GETTING MY LICENSE SOON, BY THANKSGIVING, SO WHEN YOU ARE HOME I CAN DRIVE YOU AROUND. I AM A BAD ASS DRIVER TOO! WELL I GOT TO GO, WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU, AND MAKE SURE TO KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS!! LUV~JESSICA


Name: Marsha
Email: Marshamatthews@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 10:51:07 AM

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I would love to have the cream cheese brownie recipe so I can send my son and his buddies a batch. Please send me a email. To my son Gary Santiago, if you get this message give us a call. We miss hearing from you. We sent you a package a couple of weeks ago, I hope you have gotten it by now. You guys stay safe, believe in yourself and each other and most of all put your trust and faith in the big man above. Love ya, Mommy chula


Name: Yvonne Brannen
Email: ybrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 10:45:08 AM

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To Jane Wiseman....(I'll try sending again.. my computer hiccupped the first time) I thought your joke about the carpets and brownies was wonderful. Whatever it takes to put a smile on our soldier's face or bring a warm thought of home to them is worth every effort!! I personally am holding a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts hostage until my son, Robert Brannen (2 Plt/C Co. 1-508) writes his mother!!!! And he needs to hurry up....Rhett, the black lab, is about to eat them, including the box!! If anyone has pictures of my son's Plt. please forward them to us. His father and I are so very proud to have a son willing to risk his life for the protection of others. That's what America is all about. These young people deserve our support and if that means sending jokes, brownies or donuts.....then DO IT! HOOAH


Name: Kathy Hornback
Email: hornback@mtco.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 10:38:44 AM

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My son is "cross attached" to the 173rd and is serving in Kirkuk. I was hoping someone could give me some ideas as to what kind of "goodies" I could send him. I have sent the standard chips, candy and oreos. I have been hesitant to send anything "fresh" or chocolaty due to the heat. The cream cheese brownie story made me wonder if fresh goodies would be okay to send to him. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.


Name: Kathleen and Floyd Guy
Email: kabguy@bellsouth.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 10:24:39 AM

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Hi Ryan, Just got a letter from your Mom with this website and a pic of you in uniform. Can't see you much with the sunglasses on though. Hope you are well. We'll keep you all in our prayers. Let me know if you receive this and I'll write more. Love, Aunt Kathy


Name: Jane Wiseman, Ranger Paul's (Buck Sergeant) Mother
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 10:07:43 AM

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To SSG Robinson and SSG Wiest - you guys are getting cream cheese brownies, you are wonderful!! Bless your precious hearts. Just send me your addresses and they are on their way. Thanks for correcting me about Paul's promotion. I thought it had gone through, my incorrect assumption. When I have sent homemade goodies, I freeze them immediately after baking in a freezer bag and then send them out. Paul has said when he receives the goodies, they are great! God Bless the 173rd, soldiers and families!! Proud Mother


Name: Home baked dilemma
Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:52:16 AM

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Try the food saver, it keeps things fresh by sucking all the air out of the bags!


Name: Molly Dieckman(Wife of SPC Caleb Dieckman)
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:44:11 AM

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I have a funny one for everybody. I sent "birthday" cookies to my husband (Happy 23rd on 10/24 Caleb Dieckman....somebody give him his spankens for me!) They turned out okay. I individually wrapped them in saran wrap and then put them in freezer bags and let the air out before sealing them all the way. Any how...they were moist the night before, when I woke up the next morning they were hard! I told my husband that he would probably have suck on them for awhile to make them moist again. Is there any way to keep cookies from getting hard and crunchy so fast like that? To my baby....don't worry, I'm going to try sending some more "homemade goodies" next week. I am planning on being your own little Betty Crocker. I will also send some Sterzings chips. I know how you like 'em! Your Tootsie Roll! XOXOXO


Name: Karen Dinse
Email: momofsandz@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 09:18:17 AM

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I sent my son, SPC Scott Dinse, some homemade cookies a couple of weeks ago. I packed them in foil and put them into a cookie tin, then wrapped the tin in bubble wrap inside of a box with other goodies. Scott said that they were great! Homemade anything is always welcome. Scott, if you see this, remember that we are very proud of you and love you. Can't wait to meet you stateside, then go to see Dad in Bermuda. Stay safe. Remember, the 173rd, and all of the other brave men and women, are always in our thoughts and prayers.


Name: Andy Vogel
Email: andyv@astound.net
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 08:51:21 AM

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I have been reading the messages posted on this site to our soldiers of the 173rd and to each other. The messages have brought me through some trying times and even made me smile. Since others have asked about pictures of their loved ones, does anyone have any of my son, SPC. Leland Vogel, 1st Plt., A Co., 2/503rd. I have looked at every picture on this site and only found one of him, while the 173rd was still in Italy. I hear from Lee regularly, but can't wait for him to come home. It's been almost two years since he was home. He was supposed to be home in June, but... Lee, if you get to see this, Jar and Annie are having a baby girl in January.


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Email:
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 08:42:08 AM

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Okay. I feel a little silly asking this but how are people sending and packaging homemade brownies and such to the troops? I'd like to do it, there is nothing like home baked goodies! If someone could post it I would appreciate it and so wouldn't my favorite sky soldier! Thanks!


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 08:12:09 AM

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I enjoyed reading the post from the soldiers today. Way too funny!!! Maybe if we start sending cream cheese brownies to our soldiers we will all get Turkish carpets! Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh! Regards, Linda Bewley


Name: SSG Robinson
Email: war_robinson@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 06:41:49 AM

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To Sgt Wisemans mother: DO not send him any brownies until he gets you your carpets. Don't listen to all these people who have no idea what is going on between you two. I was lucky enough to have just returned from Iraq and I have personally eaten your brownies. Thank-you very much. Paul shared them with everybody. The lady who posted that message about her brownies being better than you. Well I disagree. I've eaten alot of brownies in my time and yours were probably the best I have ever eaten. No doubt in my mind.


Name: SSG Jason Wiest
Email: jason.wiest@setaf.army.mil
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 06:09:06 AM

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To Sgt Wisemans mother: You son has not been promoted to SSG yet he is what we affectionately refer to him as "the buck sergeant". I just recently returned from Iraq to assume duties as the rear detachment NCO for 74th LRSD. I am working on getting him his orders for SSG. If you would like I will hold his promotion orders ransom until he gets you the rugs you requested. Lastly we noticed that you used to address his letters To: Sgt Paul Wiseman (ranger), but you are not doing it anymore. He was getting ragged by the guys pretty hard about that. Can you please start doing it again. it would bring a smile to alot of the guys in the detachment. Take care and God bless


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 05:01:55 AM

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TO: SGT LAND Jacob Daniel!!!! Hey Honey!!!! I miss you and i Love you sooooo much! Be safe and take care we´ll see ous soon!!!! Hugs and kisses your Nina


Name: Virginia Lowe
Email: sinner79@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 09, 2003
Time: 12:41:03 AM

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I am looking for a Thomas G. Hoover..I'm just seeing if he's o.k. If anybody who knows him can please let me know anything..thank you


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 10:38:03 PM

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this is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI.2/503, hi there, we hope you really enjoy your r & r. we miss you. i mailed out alot of food for you ,hope you enjoy it, watch your back and i'm writing more letters, we are so proud of you and the 173 airborne, love mom


Name: Jonathan Prichard
Email: prichard_17@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 10:35:28 PM

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Espe I don't know if you are going to read this or not, just wanted to say thank you and I'm praying for you and all the others over there with you. Get back safe bro and I will be on the first flight I can catch to party with you.


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Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 10:33:32 PM

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Apparently I missed something about rugs and brownies; if we can have freedom of speech why are these guys over there. I'm sure it's not for the good time! A good laugh is the best medicine and if something will make them even smile for one second do it. If you don't like it don't read it...what do they call that again...FREEDOM! I will tell you I got an e-mail from my son who says they are hearing about this (his way of explaining we are getting our butts chewed on) Lighten up. If you don't like it don't read it. "So how ya doin??"


Name: Jonathan Prichard
Email: prichard_17@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 10:13:26 PM

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Espe I don't know if you are going to read this or not, just wanted to say thank you and I'm praying for you and all the others over there with you. Get back safe bro and I will be on the first flight I can catch to party with you.


Name: AUNT ROBIN AND FAMILY
Email: PHALE6@EARTHLINK.NET
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 08:39:40 PM

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PVT CHAD HENMAN I HOPE YOU ARE ENJOYING YOUR R&R YOU DESERVE IT HON. TAKE CARE WE LOVE YOU AND MAMAW SAYS TO TELL YOU HI AND SHE LOVES YOU SHE HOPES TO SEE YOU SOON JUST AS WE DO TOO.... TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS...... LOVE YA AUNT ROBIN


Name: Diana
Email: q_t_pie55@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 07:56:50 PM

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I'm with Nikki: My little brother is in 3rd Plt, B Co, 1/508th--PFC Seth Anderson. If anyone has any news or pics of soldiers assigned as above I would love to know. Seth still hasn't learned how to write I guess...I haven't received a letter from him since June. :( Name: Nikki; Email: free2nikki@yahoo.com; Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003; Time: 01:17:02 PM; News: Just wanted to ask has anybody heard anything about 3rd Plt. Bco 1/508th?????


Name: Diana
Email: q_t_pie55@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 07:56:19 PM

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I'm with Nikki: My little brother is in 3rd Plt, B Co, 1/508th--PFC Seth Anderson. If anyone has any news or pics of soldiers assigned as above I would love to know. Seth still hasn't learned how to write I guess...I haven't recieved a letter from him since June. :( Name:Nikki; Email: free2nikki@yahoo.com; Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003; Time: 01:17:02 PM; News: Just wanted to ask has anybody heard anything about 3rd Plt. Bco 1/508th?????


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Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 07:34:40 PM

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I usually dismiss the messages with no name or address and to this point I have stayed out of every single little catfight that has appeared on this board but this latest one is hilarious!! To Jane Wiseman, YOU GO GIRL! To the last anonymous post that asks for a stop to "this stupid message bord (sic) that just cause (sic) problems" I have to ask - why do you visit the site?


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 07:12:41 PM

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why u don't stop this stupid message bord that just cause problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 06:38:03 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I hope everything is going well for you and that you enjoyed your bread. Everyone sends their love. We can't wait for you to come home for R&R. We miss you!!!! Take care. Love Always - Mom


Name: Rachael Hughes, SGT Shane Wilson's Proud Mama!
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 06:22:34 PM

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Jane Wiseman....Well, we just elected Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor of our fair state, so you know WE don't take anything seriously!!! God Bless ALL of us Mom's out there...it's tough for us too!! By the way, if the brownies travel well, can you please e-mail me the recipe. God Bless the 173rd and God Bless America!!


Name: Glen Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 05:10:10 PM

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Anyone with a trooper in A Co. 1/508 that hasn't already contacted me with their e-mail address and trooper info please do. We are a group of family members of A Co. 1/508 troopers that share information and organize support for the troops. Glen Bayer (Wingdad)


Name: Proud Girlfriend of a 173rd Soldier
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 04:04:53 PM

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My boyfriend called today and said that they might postpone R&R for the last few soldiers because they might be getting out of Iraq in January, but like always they play everything by ear. Has anyone else's soldier spoken of this? If so, please post a response. Thanks.


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother of Sky Soldier
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 02:39:40 PM

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Thank you former soldier for your very kind comments. My intent was to put a smile on the face of my precious son,(as I'm sure it did) not incite a riot. The 173rd is the best! Guys, keep up the great work and be safe. Lots of love to my dear son, SSGT. Paul Wiseman!! Proud Mother of Sky Soldier P.S. I have a great receipe for cream cheese brownies. If anyone would like a copy, please let me know.


Name: MAJ Isaac & Faceta Johnson
Email: Faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 01:55:33 PM

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DO ANYBODY HAVE PICTURES OF B CO 2/503RD? I AM SPC ROBERTO SANDIFER'S SISTER AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A PICTURE OF HIM. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE IN HIS PLATOON THAT MIGHT HAVE A PICTURE OF HIM,PLEASE SEND THIS PICTURE TO MY E-MAIL ADDRESS. THANK-YOU AND GOD SPEED. P.S. ROBERTO IF YOU READ THIS CALL ME. BRIANNA SAID HELLO, SHE MISS HER UNCLE.


Name: Nikki
Email: free2nikki@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 01:17:02 PM

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Just wanted to ask has anybody heard anything about 3rd Plt. Bco 1/508th?????


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 12:26:18 PM

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As a former soldier far from home - had my mom sent me the note about the Turkish carpet and brownies, I would have shared the laugh with every guy in my unit. You're obviously a great mom that knows how to get a smile on your Sky Soldier's face -- keep it up!


Name: Rachael Hughes
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 12:17:58 PM

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TO SGT. SHANE WILSON, A CO 1/508.........Hey Handsome, hope this e-mail finds you in excellent health. Just in case you didn't hear, your beloved sunshine state has a new Governor....in true la-la land fashion, we elected "the Terminator" (or should I say the Gove-nator!) to lead us in Sacramento!! See what happens when you leave California???? Oh well, at least it's never dull here!!! Also, my poor Cubs lost in the 11th inning last night...what a sad day for our windy city relatives. Not to worry, it's only the first game....just like you, they WILL prevail...We miss you terribly and love you tons & tons!! Be safe and watch your back. Love, Hugs & Kisses........Mom, Dad & T


Name: Donna Voline (SSG Stephen Voline Mom)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 11:58:43 AM

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Stephen, we love you and miss you here at home. We are so proud of the 173rd and we pray for each and everyone of you. You hang in there troops. Here in Burlington, Ky you are thought about everyday and every minute. Thank you and God Bless You Stephen's Mom


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 09:50:11 AM

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HOW SOON WE FORGET? WHEN I WAS IN VIETNAM THERE WERE NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS HOME, ONLY THE MAIL (LETTERS) FOR INFORMATION ABOUT HOME. IT SEEMS THAT AS AMERICANS WE HAVE A TENDENCY TO FORGET WHAT PRIVILEGES AND "FREEDOMS" WE HAVE. THIS SITE HAS BEEN A GODS SEND TO ME, HAVING NOT SEEN MY SON IN OVER TWO YEARS, HIS 1ST PHONE CALL SINCE THEY JUMPED IN 6 MOS. AGO BUT EVEN MORE THE SUPPORT OF ALL THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES, FOR THOSE WHO THEY DO NOT KNOW, FOR THE BITS OF INFORMATION ON THE 173RD THAT THE MEDIA DOES NOT REPORT. LOOK AROUND YOU EVERY DAY AND LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE COMPARED TO OTHERS, BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE RUNNING WATER, ELECTRICITY, FLUSHING TOILETS, THE FREEDOM OF FAMILIES WALKING DOWN THE STREET, AND MORE THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE 173RD WHO ARE GOING TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THEIR CURRENT OPERATION. I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN KNOWING MY SON IS PART OF ONE OF THE GREATEST UNITS EVER AND LOOK FORWARD TO THEM ALL RETURNING HOME TO THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH. GO "173RD" STAY FOCUSED AND RELENTLESS-YOU TRULY ARE THE BEST. GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR YOUR DEDICATION. I LOVE YOU SON-YOU AND YOUR BROTHERS ARE TRULY THE FINEST AMERICANS TO WALK THE FACE OF THE EARTH.


Name: Molly Dieckman
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 09:48:00 AM

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TO ALL FANS OF C CO, 1/508: Amanda sent me some pictures from Thomas Burrow. If you would email me, I will forward them onto you. I lost most of your emails for some reason and I have no idea how but email me again. I currently have addresses for Silvia, Lindsey, Anna, and of course Amanda. The pictures contain Cross, Dieckman (my husband), Ski (nickname but real last name begins with a B), and some other people I don't know. Just wanted to give you a heads up!


Name: Pedro P. Montalvo Sr.
Email: pedro.p.montalvo@us.army.mil
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 08:55:23 AM

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Just to say hello, and a job well done to all of you. My son Pedro Jr., is attached with the 173rd ABN. It runs in the family I was with the 82nd Abn for 12 years at Bragg. Good luck to all of you.


Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 08:27:37 AM

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Attn: Sgt. Rene Corella 1st Plt. Aco 2/503: I hope this message gets to you and that you guys are OK. I've read this article with the link on this page. It did cheer me up a lot. I am really impressed by all what you are doing in Kirkuk, no wonder they keep you that long, that's the price to pay when we're part of the best! I wish I get news from you soon, it's only been 2 weeks since you last called but it seems like eternity... Life here is keeping on. Night classes are starting tonight. I still can remind you chearing me up for last year's exams especially management that was just a day after you left. Things are more or less fine at work, I focus on the business trips to come, that's about the only positive side of it... As you can see, they haven't changed... Don't forget I'm with you. And you all have a great Bonjour from us all. Take care. B.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 06:09:56 AM

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STOP ATTACKING EACH OTHER, IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH AN EMAIL SEND THE INFO ABOUT THE MESSAGE TO ME AND I'LL DECIDE. SO JUST STOP ATTACKING EACH OTHER. THIS IS ABOUT THE TROOPS AND NOT ABOUT PETTY IN FIGHTING. webmaster@173rdAirborne.com


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Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 03:49:01 AM

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People need to think twice about messages that they post, especially if they put their soldier's name on it. Too much personal information as well as the hurling of insults can be a great source of embarrassment for them. Soldiers take great joy in harassing one another if an embarrassing situation comes to light. Think before you write.


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Email:
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 03:45:02 AM

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To Mrs. Singer, If you thought it was in poor taste for the Mom that was JOKING about the brownies, that is fine everyone is entitled to their own opinion. You went beyond that and insulted her. I happen to know the soldier she was writing to and if you also knew him, maybe you'd see the humor in her statement. As someone stated earlier, this is a message board and no one is asking to be critiqued or belittled for messages they post to their loved ones. I'm sure their are some people who don't like what you written, but maturity and good taste should keep them from insulting you.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 03:15:46 AM

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TO SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL! Hey Honey i miss you tons and i love you so much !!! Be safe and take care and be strong! You´ll be home soon! Hugs and Kisses from me !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you!!!!!!!! NINA


Name: Kathy Linderman
Email: leftylindy@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 08, 2003
Time: 12:43:00 AM

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This is for my son Robert Linderman, he is with B com 2 plt 503rd. It was so good to hear from you tonight. I know you are being careful and keeping safe. We are all so proud of you and know you are going to come home safe to us. Let me know if you get my e-mail. I love you and miss you, Mom IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGUUUUUUUUUULllllllllllllllll


Name: Kourtney AKA Kasey Robbins LIL SIS
Email: Cheerchicsr04@Aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 11:25:39 PM

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hey bubba, i just thought i would post something up here, because i just thought you might need some encouragement or just a little HEY every now and than. But, Anyway, Friday i has surgery that mom didn't tell you about when you called, but its only on my teeth, because the othro is making me get them out so my eat wont move anymore (wisdom teeth all four). But, always keep your head high and remember god is always watching over you, plus uncle Mark is too, and you know that he is. well, just be safe over there and come home real soon so you can see me cheer maybe, but everyone tells me to tell you that they said Hey. but i miss you and i love you, and i will try to be good, but you know i will be one. love ya always and forever, Kourtney Nicole ps CALL when you can , Love you


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Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 11:24:49 PM

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The Turkish Carpet Mom was writing to her son--no one else--so what she posts to him is her business, maybe she doesn't really care if you think it was in good or poor taste--she wasn't writing it to you, nor was she putting it out there in a chat room asking for a response. This website is a means of getting our messages to our loved ones if that is who we address it to. So when you are reading someone elses mail it really isn't an open invitation for critique. Take a deep breath and lighten up for once.


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Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 11:19:27 PM

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I think it's very childish that everyone is attacking the Turkish rug joke, it was obviously some light humor, take it easy guys, some mom's do joke with there sons you know.


Name: Brittany
Email: britt_varney@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 09:43:40 PM

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SSGT Stephen J Voline ~ I miss you so much, you have no idea. I am so worried about you, its been almost a month since we have heard from you... You are in our prayers every second of every day. I love you and can't wait for you to come home... If anyone knows anything about my cousin I would appreciate the word. If I'm not mistaken he is in 2/508th, I could be wrong.. To all soldiers in teh 173rd.... You guys keep your eyes open, everyone here at home misses you and prays for you... Thank you for all you do.. All my love cuz.... love Britt


Name: jinnene hoover
Email: j_hoover@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 09:12:47 PM

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hi I haven't heard from my husband in a while has any body heard anything about the R&R lately? or how this will work? if you have heard anything please contact me at the above address thank you from an anctious wife who hasn't seen her husband in 19 months and the mother of a 10 month old who has never seen her father.


Name: Suzann Singer
Email: mssuzann@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 07:56:48 PM

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Proud MOM of SSG. Mario Singer...I have been following this website now for 6 1/2 months...which was the beginning of our own private war...when our loved ones landed in Iraq...a land soo far away from the ones they ALL left behind. I read the messages posted for one reason only...and that is to find out any possible information that I can find out about my FAMILY MEMBER that is in 173rd Airborne Brigade. I do not care at all about the negativity that some of you care to post...count your blessings that we even have this website available to all of us. So, just send the damn brownies...oh, by the way, I know my brownies are better than yours...Remember every night to keep all of our soldiers in your prayers for their safe return to their loved ones that are waiting patiently for their return back to their post and most of all their FAMILY!!! lOVE AND BEST WISHES TO THE SAFE RETURN OF MY SON SSG. MARIO SINGER AND TO ALL HIS FELLOW SOLDIERS...HAVE A SAFE DAY...SUZANN


Name: Shane Draughon
Email: shane.draughon@cox-internet.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 07:30:41 PM

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What's up Cini? Just wanted to let you know we are still thinking about you over there. Keep your head down and stay safe. Shoot me an email if you get this. Kelly, if you're reading this, shoot me an email also! Take care of yourself. Doughy


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 06:56:48 PM

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Coach Holladay, Cpt Matt Holladay and the Holladay Family.....Incase you ever come to this site...it was good to see your son is doing well. We all hope they come home soon, and look forward to that day! We also wanted to wish you and Roy Williams all the luck at North Carolina!!! It was awesome to have a 15 year run with Roy, and I miss those late nights in Allen Field house more than you'll ever know! I was so proud to know that the same excellence that ruled my time at KU is with my husband in Iraq:) I also wanted to say that it was soooo nice to be sitting back in the house of the Phog and hear "May we have a moment of silence for the 173rd Airborne Brigade" I almost cried, almost jumped out of my seat, but best of all it was so nice to have a piece of my husband with me while sitting in one of the places that made me feel so comfortable in my youth! I was sad to see you leave KU, but we all move on and I wish you and your family all the luck in the world! Maybe we'll all meet again in the final four.. and may KU win (Hehehe Sorry it's in the blood!) Rock Chalk, Jayhawk...GO KU!!!!! ~~~~~~~Wendy Damman-Bednar, Proud KU Alum!!!!~~~~~~


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 06:33:07 PM

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I swear some of you on here need to get a sense of humor! In these times humor is the only thing getting most of us through having our families ripped apart! Sometimes when things are at the hardest you just have to stand back have a good laugh, collect yourself and drive on! What's wrong with this world is that too many people are so quick to get their sensitive natures offended that it is ridiculous! If the politically correct would just stand back and see the irony of reality, then you could see the humor in life! If we all laughed a lot more and bitched a lot less then things would go a lot faster during this deployment. After all who knows when the next time of joy will come! Besides it was a JOKE, and above all it was FUNNY!~~~~~Wendy~~~~


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 06:26:51 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. Hi Honey. I miss you very much and I hope to see you very soon. I love you more than anything. With all of my love. Genny


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 05:55:52 PM

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TO PHYLLIS GRAFTON -- I READ IN AN EARLIER MESSAGE THAT YOU HAD A PICTURE OF THE 2PLT 2/503. MY SON IS IN THAT GROUP AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT. USE MY EMAIL ADDRESS. THANKS!!


Name:
Email: gdarra79@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 05:39:51 PM

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hi f.h.t.c. dont know if u will read this message but i wanted to let u know that we think of u everyday, u r in our prayes, im missing u n i really hope to see you soon. your friend G.


Name: Turkish carpet JOKE!!!!!!
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 05:01:08 PM

News

Hey, I chuckled too, It was a JOKE!!! Lighten up, in poor taste? That might have been the only laugh a soldier got today (now that leaves a bad taste in my mouth) Proud family member of the 173rd!!!!!!!


Name:
Email: gramieight@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 04:26:47 PM

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GOD BLESS YOU 173rd airborne...I hope this finds you well, and safe.


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 04:22:46 PM

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PFC Christopher Williams, I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you! I can't wait for you to come home. Call me when you can! I miss you and love you! Lindsey


Name: Barb Kupisch - Jeff's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 03:11:18 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503 MORTARS - I love you, son! And miss you even more!! Sorry to read here that someone is actually posting your missions on this site. And to think - everyone got mad & accused the news media of treason when they gave out military plans on TV during the 1st month of action in Iraq. Call home some time soon. We got spoiled hearing from you so much that week. It was so great to just talk, Jeff. Lots of things going on @ home - we'll catch up when you call. In the meantime, stay safe, be wise & keep praying. More boxes coming soon. Aunt Pam & Uncle Jim are sending one this week - I put some things in it for you & so did Pat & Patty next door. I love you very much & pray for you daily. Please call soon & tell the big mouth to shut up! Love, Mom


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 02:41:26 PM

News

Sgt.Harrison,Taion, Hey Honey, I hope everthing is going well today i miss hearing your voice this weekend.I hope you get a chance to call home again soon. I love you very much. Stay strong and my god bless you!If anyone have any more pictures of A company 1-508 please send me a email. thanks


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 02:32:26 PM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON ABLE CO, 2ND 503RD: HOWDY, SON! HOPE THIS FINDS YOU SAFE AND WELL RESTED AFTER YOUR BRIEF R&R. WE ARE ALL FINE BACK HERE, GETTING READY TO HEAD TO CHARLOTTE FOR THE RACE THIS WEEKEND...WILL BE SURE TO SAY HELLO TO JAIME FOR YOU. (SHE SHOULD BE REALLY BUSY-DRIVING DALE JR. AROUND IN A GOLF CART OR SOMETHING!) SENT OFF A PACKAGE TODAY...TOOK CARE OF THE CRAB CHIP THING AND A CAN OF OLD BAY! WE MISS AND LOVE YOU, TAKE CARE AND WATCH YOUR BACK! MOM & DAD


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 02:18:26 PM

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To SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI, How are you? well today im at the hospital, the a's lost, so now boston and the yankess play tonight. hope its slowed down there.we miss you, so very proud of you, love u mom


Name: Rachael Hughes
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 12:16:56 PM

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TO SGT. SHANE WILSON, A CO 1/508.....Hey Trooper, it was so INCREDIBLY GREAT to hear your voice yesterday. Don't let them get you down....do your best and watch out for your guys...they are the ones that are important!! Please enjoy your R & R and relax a little. Refresh and Recharge and go get them! Just remember that this is only temporary and another test of your Will and Resolve. You WILL succeed and come back a stronger man to the family that loves you more than words can say. We PRAY for you daily and have FAITH in your strength. Go get them Shane!! Love & Kisses......Mom GO CUBS!!!


Name: Danielle -Proud Girlfriend of Sky Soldier
Email: Lilredsweetie17@aol.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 12:04:20 PM

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TO PFC PHILLIP HARRILL-I can't wait for another phone call...I miss you and take care of yourself. You are thought about all the time by me, my family, your family, and our friends. Keep up the good work and I am really proud of what you are doing. I love you-hugs and kisses- Danielle


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 11:50:31 AM

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Turkish Carpet Mom - I thought your joke was funny! It was quite obviously a joke and I am sure most people got it.


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 10:28:14 AM

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To the Need Trukish Capet Mom, I sincerely hope your post is a joke, but either way it is in very poor taste.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 10:05:39 AM

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Dear Son, I hope your r/r went well. It was great to hear from you for a couple of days in a row. Am getting stuff for another package. It will the usual. Hope things are good for you and your buddies. WE all love and miss you very much. DAD


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 09:00:13 AM

News

I would like ask if its any chance that I can send to Iraq some clothes or toys for kids there?


Name: Grant Kupisch
Email: grantkupisch@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 08:56:13 AM

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To Jeff Kupisch Hey son, hope your enjoying your R and R. We miss you very much. Please call home so that I can talk w/you more! Any news would be very welcome. I love you and think of you always. Keep safe, pray as we are praying for you and your comrads. A Proud Father Dad


Name: Donna Voline (mother of SSG Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 08:43:31 AM

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Hello Stephen- Hope you are doing Ok, Hope to hear from you soon. My prayers are with you and the troops. Please be careful and watch your backs. If anyone see SSG Stephen Voline 2/B/1-508, please tell him his mother loves him and misses him. Love Mom


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 06:25:21 AM

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to PFC PHILIP A. GRANT, and SGT CJ CHANDLER. i miss you guys, be back soon, i keep you in my prayers as well as i keep all your fellas. Much love and support, MISS YOU XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO Giulia


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 06:05:02 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL TF1/63 Hey Honey! Thank´s for the phone call! i was really suprised!:) I miss you so much and i love you so much. I´m glad you got the package ! Hugs and kisses from me ! Be safe and take care ! Love you!!!!!


Name: Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday October 07, 2003
Time: 12:32:17 AM

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To PFC Mark Teshera of 1-508 Bravo Co. We miss you so very much and are looking forward to seeing you again. Sent a package last week and another one today. Hope they are getting to you okay. Please send a note if you can and let us know that you are okay. Much love to you Gramma


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 11:26:18 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; It was great hearing from you again today. I hope the number I found was the correct one for your friend. Enjoy your break. Call me before you go back if you can. I love hearing from you. Take care. Love Always - Mom


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 11:22:07 PM

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PFC Nathan Garcia II, it was a great joy to hear your voice this morning. I am happy to know that you are doing alright. I sent out the halloween goodie box for your Plt. today. I hope you all enjoy it. Talk to you later, love, Mom


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 10:35:00 PM

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Hello PVT Dodge I have started to collect items for you and your unit and will be sending them your way soon. I spoke to rear detachment and they gave me an address that I'm sure is yours. I have some friends at work whose relatives have recently come back from Irqa and they are going to call me and let me knowwhat to send and what not to send. I hope you like the nerf football. I guess there will be no hockey out there so no use sending your skates!! Call us whenever you can we miss sooo much. Lots of Love and Prayers your way. Dana is going to help me set something up at the resturant I'm excited now all I have to do is get donations to mail all the stuff. I love Steve Take care Mom :)


Name: James W. Stollenwerk
Email: Handles@charter.net
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 08:15:37 PM

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To SPC Stollenwerk, Elias J., Received your note and info. Will procede as instructed. We are putting a package together for you this week. Thanks for letting me know the phones are down. Hope that they get fixed soon, can't wait to hear from you again. I love you and hope your all safe! Love Dad


Name: MAJ Isaac & Faceta Johnson
Email: faceit0347@aol.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 06:06:38 PM

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To: Spc Roberto Sandifer, B Co 2/503rd. What's up little brother? I miss you very much. Mother will be here on the 17th of Oct until the 20th. She will be here for Marcel, Brianna, and Sabrina's birthday. I love you and miss you very much. Brianna recieved your letter on Saturday, she was so happy. She typed you a letter which I need to put on line for you. Take care and watch your back. Love always


Name: Mom of Sky Soldier
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 04:38:26 PM

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Hi, Honey, I was so happy to hear from you. I talked to Debra and she said that she had talked to you,also. Please take care yourself and watch your back. Don't trust everyone. We are praying for you everyday and during the day. Every time I hear from you , that's another month added to my life.You know what I mean. My health improves somewhat. Okay, I love you and thank you and all the other brave soldiers. God Bless, Mom


Name: Jane Wiseman, Need Turkish Carpet Mother
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 04:35:18 PM

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To my Ranger Son, SSGT. Paul Wiseman - got your letter and picture of the 74 LRS yesterday - it was wonderful to hear from you and see your precious face. Just so you know, there will be no cream cheese brownies sent to you until I get my Turkish Carpet. I know you are risking your life for our freedom and I am very proud of you and appreciate your efforts, but a mother has her limits. Isn't blackmail wonderful!! When I receive THE CARPET, you will get YOUR BROWNIES. Love you dearly, Your Mother


Name:
Email: asweetpea360@aol.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 02:39:44 PM

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Does anyone have any pictures of the 319th FA? My boyfriend sent me some that were taken and I can't identify a few of the soldiers. I will post them as soon as I can. Love and support for the soldiers and families of the 173rd!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 02:15:58 PM

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April Skelton joelapril@173rdAirborne.com Our family sends our support and love to the troops!! Our thanks and love go out to you for all you have done. Godspeed!!! We would like to say hello to our friend Sgt Sean Samaroo 3rd plt 2/503!!! We love you and miss you. We will be here when you get home!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 02:07:05 PM

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I agree with another comment. Please more FSC pics. Our husbands are working just as hard as all the other companys they should get some credit.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 01:04:17 PM

News

Here's another positive story about the 173rd. http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/front/6928642.htm


Name: sgt razz
Email: Crazz13@aol.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 09:47:06 AM

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(this is for sgt Andy Moore -74th lrsd) hey i gotta go to pldc on the 14th of oct. and ill be down there in late November if u can call your wife and tell her a list of things people want me to bring IE- smokes , Copenhagen , junk food , or metrex bars -ect.... and ill try to bring it with me . also- i heard u saw me in the "OUTLOOK" snowboarding . later--coonsnatcho


Name: monica
Email: monyca67_CM@libero.it
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 09:06:22 AM

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Ciao, volevo notizie di Austin, se qualcuno sa qualcosa mi farebbe piacere sentirlo. Mi sembra di cognome sia willckson. Ciao e grazie. Monica


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 08:02:43 AM

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Hey Sgt.Harrison,Taion, Hey big red just want to wish you a happy birthday!Don't forget to make a wish for me.I miss you very much and i can't wait until you come home.Please take care of your self,I love you very much . Love,Tennielle Braswell


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 07:37:28 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL TF 1/63 Hey Honey, how are you...? Hope you´re doing fine! I recieved a letter from you today! I miss you too and i can´t wait to see you again! .....! I´m so happy with you! We´ll see ous soon! Hugs and Kisses from me! Your Nina


Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Monday October 06, 2003
Time: 04:23:40 AM

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Attn: Sgt. Rene Corella 1st Plt Aco 2/503: Bonjour mon doudou! what a nice way to start the week! Finally found a picture of you!! Great thanks to the photograph, and a special thanks to the model (knowing you don't like pics), plus you almost smile!!! That got me cheared up for a while (at least 1/2 a day!). Hope everything is still OK with you all. My night classes are starting on Wednesday, and I've got quite a few things planned until January: that will help time go by faster. Keep on the great job, can't wait to spend hours talking with you like we used to. Miss you more each day. Take care. Love - B


Name: Leslie Puig-Ruiz
Email: scorpio2000lrpr@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 03:09:12 PM

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To SPC. PUIG or PUIG-RUIZ in Chosen company of the 2/503rd. Please contact your wife by e-mail. I do not have your correct e-mail address. If you know this cuban please pass the info. Your parents, Rosario and Jose, are trying to contact you also. Much love from your wife, Leslie Puig-Ruiz


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 02:43:47 PM

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this message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI,hi honey, how are you?well im at the hospital today.well the giants losed to the marlins, so were out of it for the world series. the a's are still in, i hope some one wins. we miss you, so very proud of you, love u mom


Name: Leslie Puig-Ruiz
Email: scorpio2000lrpr@aol.com
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 02:25:37 PM

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To SPC. PUIG or PUIG-RUIZ in Chosen company of the 2/503rd. Please contact your wife by e-mail. I do not have your correct e-mail address. If you know this cuben please pass the info. Parents are trying to contact you also. Much love from your wife, Leslie Puig-Ruiz


Name: For the Proud Mother of a SkySoldier
Email:
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 01:17:11 PM

News

Unless you know for sure I'd suggest not accusing anyone by name, as it may upset the family and friends of the soldier that may be reading this message board. Better yet, it would be best to let the guys over there investigate now that they've been contacted, as I am sure they will take appropriate action.

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Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 08:42:16 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL TF 1/63 Hey Honey thank you so much for the phone call this morning! I LOVE you so much ....! Miss you tons... Be safe and be strong you´ll be home soon! And i keep on praying for your safe return and for the other soldiers too! You´re doing a great job there! All soldiers doing a great job there! I´m going to call your Mom later ! I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU TONS! Watch your back! Hugs and Kisses from me!!!!! NINA


Name:
Email:
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 08:31:00 AM

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DELETED

No Threats Please


Name: Darien
Email: Zkittyfa00@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 07:58:34 AM

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I'm looking for Roberto Sandifer. If anyone knows where I can get in contact with him, please have him email me. Tell him his sister Darien misses him dearly and wants to make sure he's ok.


Name: Rachel
Email:
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 01:32:49 AM

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i was wondering if anyone else was having troubles viewing the most recent pictures posted on this website. i cant seem to view any after 932. if you could tell me what i am doing wrong, of if i am not the only one, it would be much appreciated. thank you.


Name: Mandi
Email: AKHammell79@msn.com
Date: Sunday October 05, 2003
Time: 01:24:15 AM

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Sgt Nicholas M. Lewis, Hi baby. I love you. I went to Crystal and Corie's J&J tonight. You were thought of the entire time, everyone missed you so much hon. We all toasted and had one for you. I love you sweetie, take care and I'll talk to you soon! Love Amanda


Name: Susan Williams
Email: jojokahn@torchlake.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 09:02:19 PM

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For those of you looking to speak with people who are going through the same thing please join our support group. We are here for each other. We do not get any more information than anyone else does but we are a family that cares about all of our sky soldiers and their families, friends and just Americans who love these guys and what they are doing http://groups.msn.com/173rdairborne Please let us know if you are a family member or friend and your soldiers name we do keep track of them


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 07:30:24 PM

News

If you really want to, you can go back a few days and find a real name for Azuca. I'm sure the powers that be in the Army have figured that out.


Name: dedegirl
Email: dedegirl@peoplepc.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 06:18:58 PM

News

This is to Proud 173rd ABN Wife. I have sent an e-mail to you, but thought that I should post here to let you know. I know that many people, myself included, delete e-mail from people that they don't know.


Name: Proud 173rd ABN Wife
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 05:30:43 PM

News

To the person who posted a message asking me about Rear Detachment and support groups. Being you are a girlfriend (I assume), I am not sure how much information that the Rear Detachment will give out. The Rear Detachment here in Vicenza, Italy will only give out basic information, and that is to us wives also. They are not going to tell you where your boyfriend is, what missions he will be going on and stuff like that. They will not even be able to tell you where he is at any particular moment. Their number one priority is the safety and welfare of our men down range. If you would like information, please feel free to e-mail me and I will try to help you out in any way I can. If you would like a phone # for your boyfriends Rear Detachment, let me know that also. If your boyfriend would like you to get calls regarding what is going on, you may even have him request you be put on our FRG calling list. Keep in mind though, we usually only get calls from our FRG Leaders if there is an official message. Being a girlfriend you are in a little bit of a sticky situation. Being a wife or parent can be proved. Like I said though, even as a wife or parent, we are limited as to what we can find out from the unit. Always remember, safety of our men is their number one priority, so they do not go around just handing out information. I know it's hard not knowing where our men are, but I am like the rest of you. I go weeks without hearing from my husband also. As far as support groups go, I would try to look in your community. See if there are other families that are close by who have a son stationed in Iraq. Even if they aren't with the 173rd, they can still be a good support system for you. If you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail me. I can not say that I will have the answer you want, but I will help you in any way I can.


Name: Jake Howard
Email:
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 05:10:37 PM

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Ssg. Joel Bednar with the 1/508th HHC Hello brother! I hope things are going as well as they can down there. We got word that one of Topeka-West's kids was killed in your unit. We used to wrestle those guys, but that guy was younger than me so I don't know him. I got the chance to speak to your wife and my godson this past weekend. I will be honest with you brother she is not a happy camper. The fact that the post is some sort of circus and double that with the problems Cesar is having with that shitbag of a biological father of his is not helping them both right now. She said not to be surprised if the news reads of someone on top the water tower. HA! You know they should keep her happy if they know what is good for them because I can atest what an accurate shot she is! I asked her what she would like for Christmas and cesar too. She said that you were given some sort of list and to get with you on it. I guess I am not suppose to be surprised, but that she said I could buy her the scope she wants. I was sad to hear her voice because it was not the Wendy I know. She sounds so sad brother, and I am thinking heavily on going over there after winter semester is done. Alicia thinks that would be a good thing to do too. I know Derek is going to visit as well as her mother so I might just tag along after winter break. Well, brother you watch your 6 and I will watch your girl ok! I know how much you miss her for real because I was her first best friend, but am proud that you fill my place as well as you do! Keep your head up! JAKE the SNAKE


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 04:30:51 PM

News

Nice artical about SPC. Kyle Thomas http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/special_packages/iraq/6929502.htm


Name: Question for: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Email:
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 03:20:25 PM

News

Will Rear Detachment give information to someone other than wives or parents, more specifically- girlfriends? What is the best way for us to get information and find support groups? I've looked around on the internet and haven't found much, so anything you might know would be helpful. Thanks!


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 01:53:53 PM

News

PLEASE PUT SOME MORE PICTURES ABOUT THE 501ST FSC UP! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE


Name: Y. Tetrault
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 01:21:30 PM

News

Hi PFC Garrett Tetrault,Hope you are well and being safe. We miss you so much and cant wait to see you. Christi and Ken said hi and said to tell you Levi is saving all her kisses for you. To all you skysoldiers thanks and watch your back we are all so proud of the job you w are doing. Garrett use a postcard we sent and let us know how your doing when you get time. love, Mom


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 12:03:34 PM

News

PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted you to know you are on my mind. Take care and, as always, watch your back. Let me know if there is anything you need or want. Remember I love you and am very proud of you. Take Care. Love Always - Mom


Name: Mandi
Email: AKHammell79@msn.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 11:22:55 AM

News

Hi Sgt Nicholas M. Lewis, I was just thinking of you and wanted to tell you that I miss you and love you very much. Please take care of yourself and be safe hon. Love Mandi


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 10:11:53 AM

News

To PVT Steve Dodge, Hi Steve I hope your okay. I sent a letter to an address I think is yours. I'm trying to find the correct address but no luck yet. I heard about some sort of ambush and I pray your okay. I guess no news is good news. Stay safe honey I love you and pray for you every night. We are so proud of you. I will send a care package to the same address in the hopes it gets to you. I have much to send but want to wait for correct address. I hope to hear from you soon Love, Mom


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 07:00:27 AM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt:Hey zizalko!! Just wanna tell you I love you and miss you. Be careful. Can't wait to see you. Love you so much, Lucy


Name: Proud 173rd ABN Wife
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 06:44:37 AM

News

To worried mom and the rest of the 173rd ABN family here on this post, please know that Azuca Boriqua potentially releasing sensitive mission information is not going unnoticed by the chain of command here in Italy. For those of you who encouraged him the other night, I kept posting messages telling you all that what he was doing was wrong. From some of the new messages that have been posted by other wives here in Italy and by Soldiers down range, I hope you now see that even though we want information about our Sons and Husbands, getting it on this message board is not the way to go about it. If you need information please give one of us wives here in Italy an e-mail or give someone a call here in Italy. I too would be more than happy to put you in touch with your sons Rear Detachment if you need the number. I hope that all of us can continue to get the support we are looking for from this site, but in the future, I ask that you please be careful on who you encourage to us information, especially on an internet site that anyone can visit.


Name: a worried mom
Email:
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 05:03:53 AM

News

I've been reading these posts about the whole "azuca Boriqua" thing. I think he's an evil fraud. For one thing, I seriously doubt he would have the guts to use his real name---if his commanders got wind of this, his butt would be in deep *@%&. I would hope that with the sophisticated technology the military has, that they would check into this situation and see if there was anyway to track down the person responsible for these posts. If he truly is a soldier, he should be removed from duty and transferred to the worst possible duty imaginable- burning the barrels at the bottom of the outhouses! A person like this should not be fighting next to our sons--he will only endanger their lives. And if anyone is thanking him for the info, you need to give serious thought to the jeopardy he is putting your loved one in by posting info for ANYONE in the world to read!!! We all are going crazy, missing our soldiers, wanting to know everything that is going on with them, but this kind of information is NOT worth the risk. Please do not encourage him.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 04:32:26 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL! Hey Honey.... I MISS YOU SO MUCH ; I CAN`T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU; I LOVE YOU! TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE!!! Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name: Mike Bivone
Email: gtg111a@prism.gatech.edu
Date: Saturday October 04, 2003
Time: 12:05:36 AM

News

To: PFC Eddie Welch, Sorry bout that last phone call man, give me a call again when you get a chance. I heard yall are supposed to be rotating out 15 days to get home. Can't wait to chill again, drink some brew, it won't be long. I saw that Maxim pick, hell yeah, it's on my desktop. My family sent you a package, got a lotta good shit in there, hope you like it, a little touch of Marietta and the Crew. In the meantime, maybe you'll run into some Bidgoly's over there, shouldn't be hard to pick out. WE APPRECIATE ALL THE HARD WORK YOU GUYS ARE DOING FOR US, IT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN


Name: Ryan Curtis
Email: chevyrat454@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 11:46:57 PM

News

To all the fine troopers of the Heard!! Damn proud of what you have been doing in this very just cause to fight terrorism and rouge regimes keep it up troops my heart felt prayers for your lost brothers God Bless Them and there families!! Im proud a sheel of you all you are Americas best for sure HOOAH!! FROM A FORMER BROTHER IN ARMS


Name: Greg Lebeau
Email: gllebeau@netscape.net
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 10:34:16 PM

News

To: JIM BRADLEY, Reference to you posting title "SKY SOLDIERS IN IRAQ" Will said excellent letter Being a Air Force Vietnam era and Gulf War Combat you are hitting the nail on the head Sky Soldiers of Iraq like CW3 Bradley said they did not ask the 101st or the 82nd to jump into Iraq or accomplished the accomplishments that you have in your deployment to Iraq Your are the tip of the sword and setting he cutting edge for other Army units to strive for Greg Lebeau Proud Dad of a Sky Soldier


Name: Proud mother of a SkySoldier
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 09:51:49 PM

News

Just wanted to let you all know - a search using the US Army EREC (Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center) World Wide Locator turned up absolutely NO soldiers in the US Army with a last name of Boriqua or Azuca. Ma Wilder


Name: Aunt Robin and Family
Email: phale6@earthlink.net
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 07:40:28 PM

News

Hey PVT CHAD HENMAN.. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU , PRAYING FOR YOU 24/7 HANG IN THERE! AUNT ROBIN


Name: MAMAW KING
Email: phale6@earthlink.net
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 07:38:05 PM

News

PVT CHAD HENMAN THIS IS YOUR MAMAWS MESSAGE TO YOU , I LOVE YOU , BE CAREFUL AND WE MISS YOU I HOPE TO GET TO SEE YOU SOON. MAMAW KING


Name: nikki
Email: nikkibnurse@aol.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 07:35:04 PM

News

I'm looking to get in touch with SPC John Perkins Jr. 173rd airborne division...if anyone knows how to reach him, email or otherwise, please let me know at the address above...thank you


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 07:26:32 PM

News

To Kerry Hays Thank you for posting about cory, I just received a letter from my son in Iraq he know's him and I'm going to mail him the news letter, he'll enjoy reading it and my son too would go to Toco Brovo!! When my son met cory they talked about Taco Brovo and he said it was good talking to some one in Iraq knowing about that place, again Thank you (A Co 1/508th) Mom...


Name: SSG Levy
Email: italyjumper@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 07:07:44 PM

News

I just logged in and saw what happened today on the message board. I just want to throw my two cents in. I cant believe that one of our skysoldiers had the audacity to post such garbage. His irresponsible actions directly caused heartache and worry in many of you on this board. Any soldier with any common sense would never have posted anything like that. I doubt that he is actually assigned to the unit. Remember its the internet and everyone has access. Just use common sense and be careful what is posted. Operational Security is an issue that the boys take seriously. Our leaders and soldiers know the consequences of the leaking of critical information. From day one of our deployment, it has been stressed to everyone to not divulge any important information. Soldier's lives and the mission depend on it. If this soldier is assigned to the unit, his leaders will definitely ensure that something like this doesn't happen again. Skysoldiers. Airborne..


Name: Proud 173rd Mom Who Believes in the Herd!
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 02:24:01 PM

News

This may ease some of your fears. There is a GREAT video about Alpha Co 1/508 at www.afneurope.net/vicenza/ who knows, this may be your Sky Soldier!! I found link on this website (AFN Europe News)!!!! It takes awhile, but well worth the wait!!!!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 02:19:15 PM

News

Does anyone have any pictures of the 319th Field Artillery?


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 01:49:10 PM

News

PLEASE POST PICTURES OF A.CO 1-508TH. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE OUR LOVED ONES TOO.


Name: PHYLLIS
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 01:34:40 PM

News

Mr. James R. Bradley: I went to your sponsor page, and e-mailed you. I offered to ship 1,000 AA=batteries for you to distribute as you saw fit, but I haven't received any info yet! (maybe I did something wrong) Anyhow, please let me know how to go about getting the batteries to you! Phyllis Grafton E.D. Supply Co., Inc.


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 12:46:08 PM

News

To SGT.Daniel Korp b.co.2/503. Got your message yesterday,you sounded good.I,m glad i hoerd from you on my birthday.It was a nice preasent. We love you a lot. love mom and dad


Name: daphne
Email: daphnesmith29@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 12:11:51 PM

News

to the crazy nut saying he is a soldier (ha) i have news for you pal you are soooo very wrong i know for a fact as i have taled to my loved one and the unit you are claiming has left on this mission has not and this loved one does have phone use now and you said they would not have you are so full of crap and need to just leave people alone we are going thur enough with out some crack head telling lies and causing trouble we will find out all the info we need when we need to know and this info will come from our loved one i also totally stand behind molly in the DONT call your congress man so please get a life and leave us alone stop being a big baby about this we dont need to hear your lies and you dont need the info of our loved ones


Name: Lucia
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 11:46:40 AM

News

Hi to everybody!! That's good to see guys from Alpha company in the pics! There is my boyfriend D.Gray and Gilbert that I know. I talked to my boyfriend 2 weeks ago and he told me that Gilbert, French Austin and Richard (i can't remember his last name) are doing fine. I know these guys and they are very nice people. i wanted to say that so the families can feel better. Lucia


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 11:15:13 AM

News

Our Son, Kyle called last night with good news. He said that they have finally moved to the base (2/503 HHC Mortars). I don't know if the rest of the 2/503 has moved there or not. He said they are sleeping on real beds (bunks). They should be able to call more and hopefully will be safer.


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 10:43:31 AM

News

Hey BEAU BRANNEN, C/508th --- not sure what is going on with R&R, but whenever you come, where ever the AF drops you (it won't be the right place, we know), just holler and we'll be on the way. You should have those Krispy Kremes by now - let us know if that works and we will reload! Rhett says HI - hurry home. We love you, miss you and Thank You for what all the Skysoldiers are doing.


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 10:41:10 AM

News

PFC Chad Henman: Take care of yourself. I miss you terribly. I am so proud of you baby brother. I love you Michelle


Name: Richard & Debbie
Email: debgarcia@comcast.net
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 09:57:06 AM

News

CPL Soloman Garcia - We think about you every day and can't wait until you come home. We love you and miss you. Love Dad,Mom, Cassie and Katie


Name: Michelle Price
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 09:55:40 AM

News

Azuca Boriqua,you might know my son, PFC Terry Price in A Co. 1/508. If you do please tell him that we miss him and we are proud of all of you.Thank you,Michelle.


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 09:21:01 AM

News

for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: Hey sexy ranger! Thanks for the phone call yesterday. The number what they gave sounds great, i can't wait to see you. Hope you feel better after what happened, i got your letter, i'm so sorry for Kyle. Jack took him back to the States. Anyway, just wanna tell you i love you so much and miss you a lot. Please be CAREFUL!!Love you always, Lucy PS: R.T. says RAFF RAFF as always, he miss his doggiedaddy


Name: Glenn (Boonie) Thompson 11B1P
Email: Thompson_Glenn@msn.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 08:51:35 AM

News

B/2/503inf. "THE HERD NAM 70-71. I just wanted you all to know, how Proud I am of all of you!! Still grunting delivering the US mail, in Colorado. Feel free to send me messages. AIRBORNE!!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 05:53:42 AM

News

TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL; Hey Honey--- Haven't heard from you in a while...! I miss you so much, you´re always in my prayers also the other soldiers! I Love you so much and i can't wait to see you again! Your DAD says HI and the rest of my Family too! Take care and be safe as much as you can! Watch your back! Thousand Kisses and Hugs for you! LOVE YOU FOREVER _----NINA


Name: alexandra
Email: alexandracudris233@msn.com
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 05:32:59 AM

News

To pvt Brandon Williams, you are always in my prayers. Laura says hi. Your friend alex


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@MCHSI.COM
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 05:23:47 AM

News

It sounds like the guys are getting R&R soon. Well I sure hope that if they don't get to come home that they at least get to call. As a parent as you all know, we sit by the phone or look for a letter, or watch for a car to pull up with our loved one in it to surprise us. (or at least I do) No matter how this thing goes I hope they all get some relief and you all, peace of mind. Billy if you get to read this call us we miss you so very much, love you Mom and Dad and brothers


Name: ??????
Email:
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 03:06:29 AM

News

This is for who ever wants to now what's going on. The mission got frago'd and 1/508 and 503 are not going on that mission


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Friday October 03, 2003
Time: 01:47:37 AM

News

PFC Chad Henman; I love you...I miss you...Love Always - Mom


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:56:53 PM

News

I was surprised that the Azuca thing never got deleted from the beginning since the do not post any rumors about things that would worry the family etc is stated above...however every day we are still worried because we go for weeks without any information...we don't hear the good stuff much..only the heartstopping news...as far as rumors go--the entire service thrives on rumors because it is to large to have control of all of the information and speculation--sometimes the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing and that may be intentional...and the media anymore exists mainly to exploit people and situations, creating more rumors, speculation and unrest...a good rule of thumb...don't believe it until you hear it from your soldier him/herself or see it for yourself.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:46:05 PM

News

Here's another article about one of our heroes (Cory McCarthy) in the 173rd. http://gilroydispatch.com/news/newsview.asp?c=75508


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 10:28:43 PM

News

To the person calling himself Azuco. If you are really a soldier, my heart goes out to you especially when I read your words about being stressed out and wanting to go home. That could have been written by any of our soldiers and it makes me so sad. If you are really a soldier, I feel bad that you have been scolded by so many today. Just please don't let your fatigue and anxiety cloud your judgment about things you might post here. Whoever you are, I'll pray for you. God Bless.


Name: MaWilder - Proud mother of a Skysoldier
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 10:20:46 PM

News

I avoided the temptation to get involved in the "Azuca Boriqua" conflict today, but I feel compelled to take a moment and caution my fellow Herd mothers, wives, and sisters. I recognize that we are all desperate for information about our loved ones, but we should not allow that desperation to cause us to let down our guard. A posting appears - no rank, no return email address, but the author claims to be a member of the 173rd. It was frightening to see how many women were so quick to believe in this person. This web site is open to everyone in the entire world. Think about that for a moment. Anyone in any corner of the planet can type a message and say they are whomever they want you to believe they are. Those of us with children or kid sisters would be quick to caution them against becoming friendly with strangers in a chat room, yet today we witnessed adults rushing to give personal information to a stranger. What is even more disturbing, if you follow the chain of postings, it appears that information/answers were given to posters but those answers don't appear in postings on the web site. I can only assume that means that "Azuca" contacted those individuals personally at their email addresses. That really scares me. There are so many cons out their looking to make a buck off lonely, desperate people. I implore you all to protect yourselves against people like that. Do not befriend strangers from the web without better proof of identification. If you strike up an email relationship, do NOT give out personal information. Do NOT give in to requests for assistance (money, etc). You are being preyed upon. Please - while your loved one is away, you must be strong and protect yourself. I apologize for lecturing, but like a stern parent, I only want the best for all of my fellow HERD family members. As we say to our soldiers over and over again, Stay safe, keep your head down, and watch your back and your buddy's back. Ma Wilder


Name: Robin Hale
Email: phale6@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 09:57:05 PM

News

PFC CHAD HENMAN , HANG IN THERE NEPHEW WERE SO PROUD OF YOU!I HOPE YOU ARE FEELING BETTER AFTER WHAT HAPPENED, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP , WATCH YOUR BACK AND STAY STRONG... WE SUPPORT YOU ALL ..... AND KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS.....


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

Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 07:57:31 PM

News TO ALL OUR SKY SOLDIERS IN IRAQ

It seems I can't leave this page alone for a minute before someone starts a fight. Will the soldier with the big mouth, or is this case the big pen please keep his comments to himself. Pissing and moaning and whining and crying WILL NOT make life easier for you. ALL COMBAT SOLDIERS, in ALL WARS, piss and moan about their lot in life, this is normal for soldiers. No one says life is fair, but understand this. You are in the 173d Airborne Brigade, The Tip of the Sword. They did NOT ask the 82nd Airborne to JUMP IN, they asked you the HERD because of your roots, your training and what they knew you could do.  Why because you are the best, they know it, we know it. That title doesn't come free, the price is you get the shit end of the stick, the dirty jobs, the dangerous jobs. Why because its your job.

At the battle of Bastone, when the troops were fleeing, the paratroopers, moved in to hold the line. One soldier asked as he headed to the rear. "Don't you know you will be out numbered, surrounded and alone." The paratrooper just looked at him and said, "Ya, I know, but we are paratroopers and that is what we do."

OK so life is tough, its unfair. But you are the best, working with the best. What more could any soldier ask for. Remember you are NOT fighting for mom, apple pie or the flag. You fighting for your brothers, who will fight and die for you if necessary. Those who have fought for freedom will know it has a taste that the protected can never appreciate. I would wish you all well, but I know what you are and capable of when the going gets tough, "... the tough get going." Instead I will pray for you enemies, ...because they will need it more then you do.

To the families of these brave men, have heart, they will do well and come home to you when their job is done.


Name: Christie
Email: squeaks_5843@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 07:32:17 PM

News

Sorry guys...I didn't know I was supporting someone that may have been putting our friends/family in jeopardy. I didn't know he was giving out information that shouldn't have been given out. It may have been stupid on my part but I really had no idea. I hope his information isn't putting my friend or yours in jeopardy. Sorry again...I really didn't know. On a lighter note...I just want to say hi to my friend PFC Ryan Doot! I hope everything is well with you! See you soon!


Name: Christie
Email: squeaks_5843@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 07:31:22 PM

News

Sorry guys...I didn't know I was supporting Azuka. I didn't know he was giving out information that shouldn't have been given out. It may have been stupid on my part but I really had no idea. I hope his information isn't putting my troop or yours in jeopardy. Sorry again...I really didn't know. On a lighter note...I just want to say hi to my friend PFC Ryan Doot! I hope everything is well with you! See you soon!


Name: Rachael Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 07:30:45 PM

News

TO JENNIFER BAUS....thank you so very much for your offer to assist those of us stateside in getting in contact with our FRGs for information. Can you please tell me how to get in touch with someone who can give me info on A Co 1/508. TO EVERYONE ELSE.....My son made the decision to serve his country right after graduation from high school in 1999. I wasn't terribly thrilled, but supported him nonetheless. I continue to support him and the entire 173rd daily. This website has turned all of us strangers into a "family" and I come here daily to receive support and comfort. I KNOW my son is in a terribly dangerous place, I KNOW he has had to do things he'd rather not, I KNOW his life is in danger daily. I DON'T need to be reminded in ways that could compromise his missions and ultimately his safety.. He has reminded me over and over, this is what he has trained for and I trust him to do his job. Believe me, I'm not sticking my head in the sand and thinking he's on "vacation". I think we would all be better served to use this site what it was originally intended for.


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 06:51:04 PM

News

Hey Sgt.Harrison,T aion, How are you doing today? I am fine i just got home off work. I just wanted to let u know that you are missed and love very much. I can't wait to hold you in my arms. Taleisha and i Love you very much


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 06:33:37 PM

News

I am a Viet Nam veteran and Presently work for Homeland Security. I will never be able to do for my country what the young men and women of the 173rd are so bravely doing. Four of them have made the ultimate sacrifice during this war and because of soldiers like them, I am able to live in a free country. My son is in the 173rd and I am so very proud of him and what he is doing. I read the messages that are posted and even though I don't know anyone else in the unit, I have become to feel like we are all one big family united in a common cause, and that cause is to support our soldiers in any way that we can. When I have a bad day at work now, I am ashamed to complain because no matter how bad my day may be, it is probably better than what they are experiencing over there. God bless you all and God bless our soldiers


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 05:33:13 PM

News

To azuco boricua, you need to stop being selfish and think about all the other soldiers that are going on missions ,we the people that support the 173rd don't appreciate you putting out information that can put in danger the safety of our loved ones in Iraq, We have our husbands, wives, boyfriend girlfriends, brother sisters on the frontline jeopardizing their lives everyday .We don't need no one like you putting out sensitive information to make the threat bigger. Please if you have any Idea of what it takes to be a good, professional soldier don't put out information about what our soldiers missions are ,for their safety. I'm pretty sure that our loved ones will tell us what they think we need to know, so please keep things to yourself for the safety of everyone in Iraq.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 05:23:25 PM

News

Hon, your conflict has only just begun. You made a real mistake. You were warned repeatedly. You WILL be reprimanded.


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 05:03:11 PM

News

So there will be no more "conflict" i will no longer be writing on this board. Airborn all the way. Red devil's.


Name: Jennifer Baus
Email: Jmbaus@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:59:23 PM

News

My husband is a commander for one of the companies in the 2/503rd. I read this message board often and find it very uplifting. The support of the 173rd families is phenomenal. I am truly proud to be apart of it. Today I was very upset to read what a solider had posted. Azuca boriqua has violated the Army Code of Contact. The fact is we have no way of knowing if this is truth, or rumor. If it is truth, it would violate the Mission. Which would be bad for all our loved ones. We also don't even know who this person is, is he a solider or just a nasty person? Wives, parents, loved ones, there are FRG (family, readiness groups) for each and every company in the 173rd. If you want to know the goings on with your solider and want the truth, contact one of the groups.I can get you in touch with any of the 2/503rd companies FRG'S. If your Solider is in another company in the 173rd, I will do my best to find the FRG's e-mail for you. That is what they are there for. I hate to see families get worried, it is enough that our loved one is over there trying to keep peace, we don't need the extra worry of rumors.


Name: connie ryan
Email: Ryan.c.linne@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:36:23 PM

News

Who's the greater threat???? you are, you dont want the wives to know what's going on then keep your mouth shut.Thank you again azuca


Name: connie ryan
Email: Ryan.c.linne@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:33:19 PM

News

thank you azuca, u have been most helpful, u were right about the whole chain of command thing .My husband doesn't get told anything. that's why he calls us to find out info, But the frg hasn't been helping at all and they haven't been giving out helpful info at all. that u so much and don't worry about the negative people out there. They just cant handle the truth.


Name: Andi
Email: AHodapp576@msn.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:32:11 PM

News

Azuca boriqua - Please keep your comments to yourself! I have to agree with "Proud 173rd ABN Wife" You are obviously not interested in the welfare of your fellow soldier when you are all but drawing a map for all to see… It makes a person wonder who is a greater threat?


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:23:46 PM

News

The good thing about those e mail's is that we always get them. im sure ur husband or family member will get there's.it usally takes about 2 day's for them to get it


Name: david smith
Email: david.p.alexander@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:21:50 PM

News

Thank god someone is telling us what's going on, thank you azuca. If u have any new information on alpha co. please share it my son has been there for 6 months. I'm sorry u guy's had to go through that. thank you


Name: Proud 173rd ABN Wife
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:20:18 PM

News

Azuca boriqua, what is your real name and why is it that you can not post your e-mail address? You tell "Angry Wife" that she needs to have a drink and for people to not be mad because you are just telling them stuff they have a right to know. I beg to differ with you on that one. As an Army wife, it is none of my business what missions my husband is engaged in, in Iraq. As far as the rest of the families on this website, it is not their business either. I would rather not know what mission my husband is on and for him to be safe, than for someone like you to post what city he is going to and for what reason and for his mission to be compromised. If you honestly feel that you are in the right here, why not tell us your name and I'll ask your Rear Detachment what they think. How about it hot shot? As far as someone else knowing stuff before us wives do, think again. Usually we know more than you all do and some how find out information before you do. Why do you think there are so many husbands calling from Iraq asking their wives for information. Believe me, the information wives "should" know about, they usually do. The information you are posting, is not information that the wives or parents need to hear about. So again, I ask you, what is your real name and why do you feel the need worry so many families.


Name: sabrina torres
Email: sabrina.hooper@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:19:04 PM

News

Thankyou so much azuca for that information don't listen to anyone who tells u different. that lady really does need a drink thank u again.


Name: Andi, Tyler, Cade, Brody
Email: AHodapp576@msn.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:17:19 PM

News

Sgt Tom Hodapp C co. 2/503d - We just want you to know that we love you and think about you every second of every day! Please dont worry about us at home we are all ok. Tyler says " Hi Daddy, I love you very much and I want you to come home soon. I got an A on my last spelling test and I am playing soccer. I like the movie you sent me for my birthday and I also like the new desk you bought me. Mom is a girl but she put it together ok. It didnt fall down yet! I love you" Andi - I haven't heard from you in a while so I hope you are ok and just busy. I miss you so much! Please if you get a chance call us so we know you are ok. I love you and miss you more every day! All our love Andi, Tyler, Cade, Brody


Name: Mary Huser
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:17:14 PM

News

I would like to inform you all that there is a real nice article about Cory McCarthy in the USA TODAY newspaper for Wed. Oct 1. if you get a chance to see it it is good also tell of others that have been hurt in Iraq and what they have been thru.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:15:16 PM

News

Acuza--can you tell us if Bravo Co-1/1/508 is going out on that dangerous mission you spoke about? If so, have they left--will they still get the emails from the 1508FRG address? have there been very many from that platoon on R&R yet?


Name: Proud 173rd ABN Wife
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:14:24 PM

News

Azuca boriqua, what is your real name and why is it that you can not post your e-mail address? You tell "Angry Wife" that she needs to have a drink and for people to not be mad because you are just telling them stuff they have a right to know. I beg to differ with you on that one. As an Army wife, it is none of my business what missions my husband is engaged in, in Iraq. As far as the rest of the families on this website, it is not their business either. I would rather not know what mission my husband is on and for him to be safe, than for someone like you to post what city he is going to and for what reason and for his mission to be compromised. If you honestly feel that you are in the right here, why not tell us your name and I'll ask your Rear Detachment what they think. How about it hot shot? As far as someone else knowing stuff before us wives do, think again. Usually we know more than you all do and some how find out information before you do. Why do you think there are so many husbands calling from Iraq asking their wives for information. Believe me, the information wives "should" know about, they usually do. The information you are posting, is not information that the wives or parents need to hear about. So again, I ask you, what is your real name and why do you feel the need worry so many families.


Name: Christie
Email: squeaks_5843@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:08:26 PM

News

I appreciate the information you're giving us Azuca. I appreciate any information at all! It's hard not knowing what's going on but we all just have to deal with it. I'm sorry that all you guys are going through so much over there! It must be really hard. But just know that all of you guys have a lot of support back here at home! And know that the information you're giving us is appreciated by most and I hope that you will continue to share. And if you ever see PFC Ryan Doot (3rd platoon C-CO 2/503rd) tell him that Christie says Hi! :) Thanks!


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 04:07:22 PM

News

Azuco borqua, DO you know when 1-508 A company will receive R&R? Will it be before X-mas


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:55:37 PM

News

For the soliders that were gonna go on leave and r&r there still gonna get to go. Everyone else should be back within 2 to 3 weeks.


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:52:34 PM

News

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Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:52:11 PM

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AZUCA BORIQUA-I DONT KNOW HOW YOU GET ACCESS TO A COMPUTER TO EMAIL IF YOU ARE ON SO MANY MISSIONS BUT AS A VIET VET I SUGGEST YOU KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF, I AM SURE THERE ARE PLENTY OF SOLDIERS WHO ARE VERY UNAPPRECIATIVE OF YOUR COMMENTS LET ALONE PEOPLE ON THIS SITE. YOU DONT SHOW ME MUCH BY NOT POSTING YOUR EMAIL. PUT A LID ON IT AND GET YOUR BUTT BACK TO ITALY AND LET THE REAL SOLDIERS DO THEIR JOB UNABATED AND NOT BEING UNDERMINED OR COMPRPMISED.


Name: Angry Wife
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:32:31 PM

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To "Azuca Boriqua": I would like to applaud you for your gracious attempt to instill worry and fear into the hearts of so many family members. What you are doing is wrong and the information you are supplying may be compromising your fellow soldiers. Have you no thought of operational security? This web site should be used to send positive, uplifting messages to our soldiers. A point that CW3 Bradley has made abundantly clear. It seems to me that you have too much time on your hands and you are using that time recklessly and without a thought or care for your fellow soldiers and their family members. Your lack of intelligence is glaringly obvious and I am hopeful that you will receive STRONG disciplinary action for what you are doing.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:30:13 PM

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Azuca boriqua, I don't think you need to be posting your units missions on an internet message board. If you don't care about your fellow soldiers, that's your choice, but keep your mouth shut. Us wives and parents care about our sons and husbands and would rather you not tell everyone where they are going on missions before they even get there!!!! It's people like you who jeopardize military missions. For you parents who were glad to get information, I'm sorry this may sound harsh, but you may want to contact someone in Italy if you need information about your son or husband. I don't think Azuca boriquas chain of command would be too pleased about him posting info about missions that they are currently on.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:27:21 PM

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Azuca boriqua, I don't think you need to be posting your units missions on an internet message board. If you don't care about your fellow soldiers, that's yoru choice, but keep your mouth shut. Us wives and parents care about our sons and husbands and would rather you not tell everyone where they are going on missions before they even get there!!!! It's people like you who jeopardize military missions. For you parents who were glad to get information, I'm sorry this may sound harsh, but you may want to contact someone in Italy if you need information about your son or husband. I don't think Azuca boriquas chain of command would be too pleased about him posting info about missions that they are currently on.


Name: LTC (R) Mark A. Brannen
Email: markbrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:19:01 PM

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To the wife in Vicenza - you are ABSOLUTELY correct. If the chain of command does not get the opportunity to correct a problem before they 'hear' about it from Congress, only God can help that soldier. Give the chain of command a chance --- they care alot more than you think!


Name: 173rd Abn Wife in Vicenza
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:15:56 PM

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I would like to know who this "Azuca boriqua" person is. Do not listen to him when he says it is "OK" to write your Congressman. Once a congressional complaint is made, it has to be looked into. Believe me when I say, you will hear about it from your husband, because your husband will hear about it from his chain of command. Writing your congressman should be the very last resort. If you have a problem, call your husband or sons Rear Detachment and let them help you with any problems or concerns you may have.


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email: markbrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:15:53 PM

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Azuca - Thanks for the information. If you have the chance, please pass on to Beau Brannen in 2d Plt, C/508, that we wish him well and will continue to pray for all of you.


Name: Mark & Yvonne Brannen
Email: markbrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:15:32 PM

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Azuca - Thanks for the information. If you have the chance, please pass on to Beau Brannen in 2d Plt, C/508, that we wish him well and will continue to pray for all of you.


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 02:24:07 PM

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Azuca.... thank you for getting me back that information so quick! Do you happen to know PFC Christopher Williams? Well if you do or even if you see him can you tell him that I said I miss him so much and I can't wait for him to come home! Oh and to call me the next chance he gets, I can't wait to be able to talk to him again!! And I love him! Thank you so much for all the great information you have been able to provide all of us with!!!!


Name: Leslie
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 02:04:27 PM

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For Azuca boriqua-I am wondering if Bravo Co. is going there as well? Thanks!


Name: Molly Dieckman
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 01:49:34 PM

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TO James Bradley, I just wanted to say I'm sorry for writing this and that I don't mean to cause trouble. All I want to say is directed to Aruco or however you spell the name....If you would re-read my message it specifically talks about emailing congressmen about R&R not if you have a problem or if people need to notify their soldiers about emergency events. If you would have posted an email address, I could have addressed this issue in private. TO THE 173RD FAMILY, you don't have to take my advice...I was only trying to be helpful in a time of nervousness and excitement. I only posted what my husband told me, he's there and knows how the system works....I don't. I'm sorry and was only trying to be helpful.


Name: Yvonne T.
Email: Oceanluvs@aol.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 01:18:25 PM

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My son is PFC Garrett Tetrault 173rd. Airborne in Kirkuk. If any one knows him or has pictures of him I would appreciate it if you could send them to me. If you know who he is please tell him we miss him terribly and cant wait to see him. Good luck to all you skysoldiers we are proud of all of you. Thank you for your service to your country.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 01:15:14 PM

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Azucu Borqua; Is Able Company 2/503D moving out to assist the 4th ID? My son, PFC Chad Henman, is with Able Company and was supposed to leave for a break in Qutar within the next few days. Thanks! Sheila Steely


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:55:04 PM

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Azuca boriqua, Is 2/503 C company there as well? If so that could be why I havent heard from my husband


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:42:32 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: It was great talking to you last night. Enjoy Qutar. You need the rest. We got the books ordered and the flowers sent to Kyle's funneral. Take care of youself kid brother. I love you!!! Michelle


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:40:10 PM

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Azuco borqua, I really thank you for telling my boyfriend i said hi, and the baby and i love him very much. will you tell him i said happy birthday also. I know now that i want be able to talk to him on October 6th. Thank you so much! Please email some of those pictures when you get a chance. I would like to see them. I have seen alot of pictures that he had, but you know i don't know the people in the pictures.


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:30:52 PM

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Charlie co is out there too.It's a batt. size mission. I'll let harrison know u said hi. he's a really good friend of mine. i got tons of pics with him and everyone in alpha .when i get back to italy i'll e mail them to u. i really don't think they'll be using the phone for about 2 to 3 weeks. U see they tell us that we'll only be gone for 3 to 5 days but we always stay out for about 1 month or two.   Deleted!


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:16:16 PM

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Azuca, do you know anything about c company? Are they going? Or do you know where they are by any chance?


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:10:59 PM

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Azuco borqua, Thanks again my soldier is Sgt Harrison, Taion if you know him would you tell him that i love him very much and to call home soon. Do you think they will be able to use the phone any time soon? I am praying for you all Please be careful soldiers!


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:09:49 PM

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Azuca, do you know anything about 1/508 C company? Are they going to? Or do you know where they are by any chance?


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:07:30 PM

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A.CO 508TH is my company they left today let me know if u want to know about anyone out here and i'll let u know how there doing


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 12:01:59 PM

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A.co 508th left today that's my company, i'm going back in a few days to Vicenza so any news i get from a.co  I'll put up on the board


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:45:52 AM

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Azuco borqua sorry i made a error 1-508 A company Thank you very much for the infomation


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:44:22 AM

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Hey azuco borqua, Thank you for that infomation. I would like to know if its 1-503 A Company going over there? Would you please send me an email. Thank you very much


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:30:17 AM

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If anyone has any ? on something ask me,im out here i'll tell u what's really going on.


Name: jeff kupisch'slil sis
Email: rockstarr815@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:28:36 AM

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HEY JEFF, I REALLY MISS YOU AND I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE. PLEASE COME HOME WHENEVER YOU CAN, I DONT KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER WE CAN ALL LAST WITHOUT SEEING YOU AND KNOWING THAT YOU ARE OK!


Name: jeff kupisch'slil sis
Email: rockstarr815@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:28:34 AM

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HEY JEFF, I REALLY MISS YOU AND I AM VERY PROUD OF YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE. PLEASE COME HOME WHENEVER YOU CAN, I DONT KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER WE CAN ALL LAST WITHOUT SEEING YOU AND KNOWING THAT YOU ARE OK! LUV~JESSICA


Name: Azuca boriqua
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 11:27:12 AM

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Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 08:21:30 AM

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Attn: Sgt. Rene Corella 1st Plt Aco 2/503: Hey Babe! How is everything going?? espero que todo es buen por vosotros. Hope Ramadan will give you a little break, should be in 2 or 3 weeks. Am still waiting for some pics!!! I'll be sending you a few (from my week end in Normandie) very soon. You already have Bérénice skiing, in Tunisia, In Spain, coming up next Bérénice in Normandie (horse,...) and at the coffee machine (at work)! Reminder: No matter when you get back, I'll be waiting, all I ask is you take care. Lots of love from sunny but chilly France. Keep on the great job, we're confident. Everyone here says hi. B.


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tenielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 08:01:42 AM

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Hey Sgt.Harrion,Taion 1-508 A company, Hey big red just wanted to let you know that i miss you very much.Stay strong,you are always in my prayers.Ilove you very mcuh!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 03:31:13 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL!!!!! Hey Baby, how are you...? I miss you so much, but we´ll see ous soon:))))) I can´t wait to see you! Take care and be safe. I Love you--- Hugs and Kisses---- Your Nina.


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 02:28:07 AM

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Yesterday I wrote asking something about R&R...and today I found out so many information! I just want to thank all of you...now the object is very clear...you're such kind people! What a coincidence, I got an email from my boyfriend and he explained me something about R&R too. Unlucky I think I'm not able to hug him soon, by the way I'll wait my time, and I wish you'll be with your loved soldiers ASAP


Name: LeeAnn
Email: LeeAnny21 @hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 01:19:34 AM

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Reguarding R & R. From my understanding and the information I have gotten from the Brigade and my FRG Soldiers who have had their children born while they were deployed to Iraq and soldier who were wounded in action and returned to duty were the first to return home. From there it will be completely random and up to the command. They will pick two soldiers per company every week to go. If you have not been there since April you will be at the bottom of the list but still able to go home eventually before the tour is over. As far as transportation they are in processed through Kuwait and then they are flown to Germany where they will either catch a hop to Baltimore or take a charter bus back to Italy. If the soldier opts to go stateside he must pay his way from Baltimore out of his own pocket. I know that the spouses will get a few days notice as soon as the manifest has been given to the rear D. As far as the soldiers going state side I am sure your soldiers will give you a call from the airport! Hope this helps a little.


Name: Wyatt Johnston
Email: johnstonw1@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday October 02, 2003
Time: 01:09:06 AM

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I wanted to let everyone know of the final arrangements for Kyle Thomas. First let me say that your messages of support have been unbelievable. The 173d Family is amazing, It makes very happy to know Kyle served with the best of the best in the 173d. I am sure the family feels the same as I do. I have printed every post directed to the Thomas family, and they will read them and remember this great family of support. If you knew Kyle or your soldier knew Kyle please let me know, I want to communicate with you when everything calms down. If you know of any pictures, memories etc, please let us know. On behalf of his friends in Kansas, Thank you. God Bless the 173rd. Wyatt Johnston The service will be on October 10th, 2003 at 10:30am in Topeka at: St. Matthews Church, 2700 SE Virginia, Topeka, KS 66605. The service will be open to the public.


Name: Wyatt Johnston
Email: johnstonw1@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 10:56:37 PM

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I wanted to let everyone know of the final arrangements for Kyle Thomas. First let me say that your messages of support have been unbelievable. The 173d Family is amazing, It makes very happy to know Kyle served with the best of the best in the 173d. I am sure the family feels the same as I do. I have printed every post directed to the Thomas family, and they will read them and remember this great family of support. If you knew Kyle or your soldier knew Kyle please let me know, I want to communicate with you when everything calms down. If you know of any pictures, memories etc, please let us know. On behalf of his friends in Kansas, Thank you. God Bless the 173rd. Wyatt Johnston The service will be on October 10th, 2003 at 10:30am in Topeka at: St. Matthews Church, 2700 SE Virginia, Topeka, KS 66605. The service will be open to the public.


Name: Mandi
Email: AKHammell79@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 10:43:02 PM

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Sgt Nicholas Lewis. Hi babe, I love you and I am thinking of you often. Please be safe and take care. Lots of love, Mandi


Name: Rea Lee Claud
Email: claud@carolnet.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 10:25:57 PM

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SGT Monte Massey: Just a quick note to let you know we're thinking of ya! It has gotten really cool. Now we're having rains and cold weather....You know how farmers are, too hot, too cold, too wet..... hahahah!! I hope you can call us real soon, we'd love to hear from ya!! Would there be anything you might need? How long are packages taking to get to ya!! Maybe we can get some homebaked goodies to you since it's cooling off. Any suggestions? Bill has finished with the corn, now we're waiting on a good price (HA!) so now we're getting out the beans between the rains. So far, prices are good. Everyone is still working at the same places...Gage is in the 2nd grade. Michael is coaching the 5th & 6th grade football. The first game is this Saturday.....I see in the pics you're trying soccer...Let us hear real soon!! Love to ya! Aunt Rea Lee


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 09:40:43 PM

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Hey 173rd Family, I am looking for pictures of HHC Mortars HHC 2/503rd. I think that is how I would identify him. (That's part of his mailing address anyway.) My son is PV2 Matthews, Jonathan. He has been in Iraq since June 30th of this year. I have one picture of My son and a 173rd soldier named Wallace that left Italy with him in June from the 2/503rd. It is a picture of them in Ramstein the night before they flew into Iraq. Wallace may be misspelled. But I sure would like to see some pictures of my son. Help?Thanks, D.D. Clark: Proud Momma of Sky Soldier Matthews


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 09:32:51 PM

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To Phyllis Grafton, Thank you so much for the picture of able co 2/503 2nd plt.it is wonderful. all the soldiers look so proud. and its a wonderful picture of our sons, i hope to keep in touch, debbie


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 09:02:29 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I was so glad to hear from you. Sorry the call was lost. Call again when you get the chance. Enjoy your break. Let me know if there is anything you need. I love you!! Love Always - Mom


Name: Silvia
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 04:46:15 PM

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Hey Nick, just wanted to wish you goodnight. Have sweet dreams baby. Take care of yourself. Thinking of you always, Silvia


Name:
Email: gramieight@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 04:20:17 PM

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to the family of kyle thomas...my son, Ssgt Shawn Grueser, is back on the base in Italy, due to be home in 9 days pending relocation after 3 1/2 years overseas...He called me today and said that your son was a dear friend, and great guy. He will miss him and sends his deepest sympathies. We are so sorry, and can never repay the debt owed to such a hero as your son. May God give you peace during this time. Sherry Keener and Shawn


Name: Hopeful
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 04:17:13 PM

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Does anyone know if the R&R applies to the soldiers who brought a fallen comrade home?


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 03:55:53 PM

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PPFC Christopher Williams, I just wanted to tell you that I was very happy that you called this morning! Although we really didn't get to talk much, you really needed to talk to your dad though! Well, call me again if you can! Talk to you later! I miss you, I love you and I can't wait for you to come home! Lindsey


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 03:50:58 PM

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Phyllis, I just wanted to say that all of the guys are getting two weeks leave! This is what I have heard. My boyfriend, is a single guy and he gets to some home! I mean he is not single but he isn't married! lol The single guys are just in the last group to come home! Chris told me that he should be coming home in a month or two! So hopefully that helps!


Name: PHYLLIS
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 03:32:03 PM

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I have no idea how my son ended up in that resort in N. Iraq, or how they choose who goes. I know it was only for (I think) 72 hours, and he had to pay his own way. He said they went by bus and it cost him about $90. He has had no word on a possible 2 week leave for himself, but really did not expect it as he is a single soldier! Hope this helps! Phyllis


Name: JACKIE NITTLER
Email: JNITTLER1@COX.NET
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 02:39:11 PM

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HELLO KASEY ROBBINS, YOUR MOM SENT ME THIS WEB SIGHT SO I COULD SEND YOU A NOTE. ROBERT IS STILL IN KUWAIT AND DOING AS WELL AS CAN BE EXPECTED. HE HASN'T HEARD IF THEY WILL HAVE TO STAY UNTIL MARCH OF NEXT YEAR OR NOT. I AM HOPING TO MEET HIM IN GERMANY FOR R&R. HE TRIED TO GET UP TO SEE YOU SEVERAL MONTHS BACK AND GOT AS FAR AS BAGHDAD BUT IT DIDN'T WORK OUT TO GO ANY FURTHER. HE REALLY WANTED TO GET UP TO SEE YOU. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. STAY FOCUSED AND COME BACK SAFE. ROBERT WILL WANT TO GO HUNTING WHEN YOU BOTH GET BACK. JACKIE


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.o=com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 01:11:25 PM

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PFC Justin Lee Roll: Hello sweetie. we all miss you and cant wait to hear from you. I will try to e-mail you as soon as I can But for right now just thought to drop you a line and say hi.


Name: MM
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 01:10:20 PM

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Concerning the R&R leave ,what I heard on the news is that the soldiers are being flown from Kuwait to Germany and whoever has their family in Europe (italy) can get off at Germany and catch a flight to italy .But the soldiers that are not married can fly from Germany to baltimore-washington to see their families in the states so it's really up to the soldier if he wants to come to the states or go to Italy, what I don't know is in what order they are being chosen for the R&R leave ,if anybody knows more about this please post your message here you know we all are desperate to see our loved ones and keeping each others inform is a way of supporting us and our troops in the 173rd.We love 173rd and stay safe, GOD is watching over you guys 24/7 Hoooray..........


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 12:58:29 PM

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They are also flying the soldiers to Germany on the two week R&R, so they could easily get back to Vicenza from there.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 12:18:38 PM

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In regards to the two week R&R soldiers are flown from Kuwait to Baltimore on a comercial jet and then from there, home or wherever. I'm not sure how they would get back to Italy, but I assume the Air Force is still flying from Iraq to Aviano, so they may be able to hook up with them and catch a flight home. The Soldiers are also doing 3 day R&R's at a Hotel in Iraq (it was mentioned in an earlier post).


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 11:36:03 AM

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I'm pretty confused: I don't understand: when a soldier is in "R&R", he can come back home (Italy or USA)or he takes a "vacation" in the middle east? Is it a free choice of the soldier or somebody takes this decision? Maybe my questions are stupid, but I would like to know... Thanks very much in advance.


Name: Priscilla
Email: ciaobrunto@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 11:21:57 AM

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Lt. Brian Nash, 1-508--I hope things are going well and that you are safe. Would surely like to hear from you. Ciao Priscilla :-)


Name: Amanda Calhoun
Email: amandacalhoun@cox.net
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 10:48:01 AM

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SGT Aaron Winkle, HQ Plt., Able Co., 2/503....i missed your call by literally 1 second! as i picked up the phone and said hello i heard background noise and then it cut to my voicemail. i got your message though. if that ever happens again please call right back if you can b/c you know i don't let that phone out of my sight for long. glad your trip to qatar was good, albeit too brief i'm sure. you deserve a good long rest, and it won't be long now! we're all counting the days...and once again, congratulations on getting into ranger school! i am sooooo proud of you, but of course you know that. hope to talk to you soon...and as always, keep your head down, keep your morale up, and keep the faith, because GOD is watching over you and the 173rd!!! i love you sweets! Amanda :)


Name: Molly Dieckman(Wife of SPC Caleb Dieckman)
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 09:59:09 AM

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173RD FAMILY: I just wanted to let you know to NOT email (write) your congressman regarding the current R&R situation. For those of you who don't know, there was an earlier posting saying to do so and I did. Big NO NO! My husband emailed me wanting to know exactly what I said in my email. I didn't say anything bad, I just wanted reassurance that he would be coming back eventually. I just wanted to let everyone know to let it run it's course because I am sure that everyone will be coming home soon. That they will all have turn.


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 09:12:27 AM

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NEWS FROM R&R-SPC.STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND/503RD, 2PLT...CALLED US YESTERDAY FROM HIS HOTEL IN SULAYMANIYAH..WE GOT TO TALK FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS! HE SAYS THE HOTEL IS VERY NICE, AND THAT THE FOOD IS GOOD..TUBORG BEER IS FLOWING AS WELL. HE SAYS THE LOBBY IS NICE, BUT THE ROOMS AREN'T TOO GREAT..NO T.V. AND LIMITED HOT WATER. HE SOUNDED GREAT AND IT WAS REALLY THE FIRST TIME SINCE MARCH THAT WE GOT TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THAT HE HAS BEEN UP TO...I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE MORALE OF THIS SOLDIER IS STILL HIGH. HE HAD GUYS WITH HIM, BUT I DIDN'T GET ANY NAMES TO PASS ON. IT SOUNDED LIKE THEY WERE TRULY "RELAXING" AND APPRECIATED THE BREAK FROM THE FRONT. I HOPE OTHERS HAVE HEARD FROM THEIR SOLDIERS...THE 173RD IS GETTING THE JOB DONE, AND I LEARNED ALOT ABOUT LIFE IN KIRKUK. IF ANYONE ELSE IS INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE OR IF PERHAPS YOUR SOLDIER WAS WITH STEVE, E-MAIL ME AND WE CAN COMPARE NOTES! PHYLLIS


Name: Check your sources
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 06:34:33 AM

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I am not sure where you heard that there are replacements for the 173rd, but that is NOT the case at all and never has been. There are two brigades in theatre not being replaced AT ALL; one Bde from Bragg and the 173rd, General Keane released this information in a July 24, 2003 statement. You may want to check your sources on this "replacement" posting. I have however been asking around and the official word is still April 2004,.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 04:14:26 AM

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I'm sorry...do you mean Dec. 2003- Feb.2004...? I hope you don't mean Dec.2004- Feb.2005!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 04:09:22 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL! Hey Baby How are you.....? Haven´t heard from you in a while! Well but i recieved a Letter from you! Thank you! Hopefully you can call soon! I can´t wait to see you again! I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCHHHHH!!!! Hugs and Kisses your Nina! PS: I sent the Birthday Gifts to your Sister and DAD! Kiss


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 04:05:29 AM

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The 173rd is not allowed to stay past 1 April, their replacements are suppose to be there between 15 dec - feb.


Name: Nasty Rumor or is it True?????
Email:
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 03:02:55 AM

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Has anyone heard about 173rd not redeploying home until October 2004? I tried to quash this rumor and only feel more strongly that it may be true. Please if you have heard any such thing post it. Thanks


Name: Terri
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 01:10:21 AM

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ATTN-----> SPC Mike Volpe! (2-B-2/503) Hey Babe, It is is now well into 10/01 and you said that's when the promotion took effect. I thought I'd say Congratulations again and repeat my self that I hope you are well and safe. You've been heavy on my heart these past few days. I just wanna see you. (SOMEONE TAKE HIS PICTURE, ALREADY!!!) <:) Please take care of yourself and know deep in your soul that you are cared for and thought about and worried about and hoped for more than mere words could ever say. SWAK, Terri


Name: Larry Sears
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 12:51:09 AM

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Pfc Ryan Wilmington 2/503-----So good to hear your voice yesterday. Thanks for the phone call. We are so proud of you. Will send more cameras a.s.a.p.---Keep safe, and tell all your fellow "sky soldiers" they are in our thoughts & prayers. --------Love ya!-Pappan


Name: bobby klein
Email: bljtinfla@aol.com
Date: Wednesday October 01, 2003
Time: 12:19:45 AM

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my 14 year old girl is makin a's. my wife is drawing and leaving me to my beer. i fly a jet a couple times a month and get paid too much. kyle thomas - i promise not to forget!


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