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Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 11:55:29 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I'm glad you're doing ok. Hang in there. I know this has to be difficult for you and I can't even begin to imagine the things you go through over there. Be strong and know that I am very proud of you. Everyone sends their love. Watch your back. Love Always - Mom


Name: John Quimby
Email: prodroom@silcom.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 11:43:16 PM

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Dear soldier of the 173rd Airborne: I am lucky enough to say that I am a career civilian. I don't share the honor of military service with you, though my family has served in every fight since colonial times. I want to personally thank you for myself, my wife and my two young boys, now sleeping safe at home. I know about the dangers you encounter for our sake. I may be busy with my civilian life but I have not forgotten you. You and your family are in my thoughts - you are part of our American family. Have faith in the strength we Americans always find in each other! May God bless you and keep you safe. Come home to us when your job is done. Kiss your wives and your babies and rest well - knowing that We love you. See you stateside! John Quimby Santa Barbara, CA


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 11:18:31 PM

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Tennielle, I tried to e-mail you pictures of A Co. 1/508, but I was sent a message saying that my e-mail wasn't accepted by yours. Not sure what to do now. Hope to get some pictures sent off to you. PFC Nathan Garcia II, hope you are doing alright. I am sending another package off to you this week. Talk to you soon, Love, Mom (Arlene)


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Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 10:58:31 PM

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Hello, my brave Italian,French and Bahamian soldier. Mom misses you very much. I had to say, "I love you", before I go to bed. We are waiting for that call to tell us to pick you up at the airport. God is your shield. There is nothing that happens to you today that the Lord cannot take care of. To Kyle's parents, We are praying for you and the other families that have suffered a lost,or hurt. Good night and God Bless You All 173rd Mom, Florida


Name: Grandma Willey and Mom
Email: 1waywoman53@kingcon.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 10:35:17 PM

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Hi Miles, It is getting cold here and the leaves are beginning to turn. Went to a "hymn sing" the other night at an old church lit by kerosene lanterns. When we sang "America" the other night, everyone in the room stood up to sing. Everyone here is thinking about you and all of the Sky Soldiers. Praying for you everyday. Love always, Grandma and "Fat Momma"


Name: Steph
Email: Keithu2@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 09:57:27 PM

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Christoph! Hey i just wanted to drop you a line! i love you and miss you very much! College is great....can't wait to tell you about all of the related experiences!:) See ya! A letter is on the way!:) **To Kyle Thomas's family, your son was a very honorable person, may you find strength in your time of strife.** Does anyone have any information on the R&R situation? Email me if you do!:)


Name: Carol Teshera
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 09:37:38 PM

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TO PFC MARK S. TESHERA SAW YOUR MOM AND SISTERS YESTERDAY AND WE ALL WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW VERY PROUD OF YOU WE ARE AND HOW VERY MUCH WE MISS YOU. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THIS SITE OR NOT BUT IF ANYONE ELSE DOES AND KNOWS YOU MAYBE THEY WILL TELL YOU YOUR FAMILY IS THINKING OF YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU EVERY DAY. I CHECK THE PICTURES EVERY DAY HOPING TO SEE ONE OF YOU. SO IF ANYONE AIMS A CAMERA AT YOU SMILE, WAVE AND SAY HOWDY TO EVERYONE IN OMAK, WA. STAY SAFE. I LOVE YOU AS I HAVE SINCE THE DAY YOU WERE BORN GRAMMA


Name: ROD AND KELLY ROBBINS AND FAMILY
Email: www.kel632@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 07:48:19 PM

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KASEY ROBBINS , WE'RE ALL THINKING ABOUT YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU EVERYDAY. THE JOB THAT YOU AND MANY OTHERS ARE DOING IS SO APPRECIATED. WE HAVENT SEEN THE PICTURES YET THAT YOU HAVE SENT BUT HOPE TO SOON. CHRIS AND VERONICA HAD THEIR BABY SEPT.17,2003 DYLAN JACOB ROBBINS 7LB. AND 13OZ. HE LOOKS JUST LIKE HIS DADDY CHRIS. GRANDMA AND GRANDPA SAID ROBERTS HOUSE GOT BROKEN INTO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY TOOK BUT MOST EVERYTHING I GUESS. KASEY, PLEASE STAY SAFE AND KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WE LOVE YOU AND CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO BE HOME SAFE. LOVE YOU ROD,KELLY,CHRIS,VERONICA,DYLAN,ANGIE,KRIS,JOEY,JENI,TINA


Name: Danielle
Email: lilredsweetie17@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 07:14:24 PM

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if anyone has pics of A co. 1/508 can you please email them to me at the address above. Thank you so much


Name: Danielle Brackins
Email: lilredsweetie17@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 07:01:04 PM

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To: PFC Phillip Harrill Hey baby! I really hope that you or someone you know gets to read this. I love you and I miss you so much. I can't wait to get the next phone call or letter from you! I am so proud of you and I can't wait to see you! I love you. Danielle


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 06:13:09 PM

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TO JOSEPH T. CURTIN - I tried to look at the local newspaper you suggested but I can't read enough Italian to figure out how to sign on to open a new account. Can you help? put it here or email me. thanks


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@MCHSI.COM
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 05:50:31 PM

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Thank you,Christie for puttting me in the right direcetion, There are times I just go blank. I got the information that I need.


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 05:34:22 PM

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PV2 MATTHEWS, JONATHAN Hi Son, It's been 32 days today since I have heard your voice. Just kinda startin to worry. I remember what you told me but still..... I miss you . I read an article about the rpg attack that got Blakeley, you and two other guys. The two other guys have gone home on R And R and dropped in on Blakeley at Walter Reed. I printed the article and will have it in the mail to you today. I wish you had been with them. The 4-Runner is full of gas and I'm just waiting for the phone to ring. If anyone else from HHC Mortars 2/503rd reads this, please let Matthews know about it. Thanks, I Love You Son. Sweet Dreams and God Bless You. Love, Momma


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 04:52:20 PM

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Great article, especially for us with loved ones in HHC 2/503. Hopefull this will work. http://www4.army.mil/ocpa/read.php?story_id_key=5272


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Email:
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 04:35:19 PM

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I wish we had a picture of Craig Ivory to go with the pictures of the others that have died. I would love to see his picture. Thanks


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 04:00:40 PM

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to PHILIP A GRANT - CJ CHANDLER - WILLIAM ESPINOSA - CHRIS PERRY - JASON BATEMAN - ADAM JAMES - MIKE ASHURST - and everybody i forgot but are not forgotten in my prayers, come back soon and safe. Love and support Giulia


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 02:46:34 PM

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this is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI, 2/503. hi honey , hope you are ok, we so glad to here that you are ok, we miss you, very proud of you, and all of the 173 Airborne.ive written letters, you should get them soon, love mom


Name: Dana Wise "UNCLE"
Email: dwise@amarillothermoking.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 02:46:17 PM

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PVT FIRST CLASS KASEY ROBBINS AND FRIENDS ... HEY KASEY HOPE EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL FOR YOU, GRANDMOM HAS KEPT US INFORMED OF WHATS GOING ON AND TELLS ME OF YOUR PHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH HER, STACY E-MAILED ME THE PICTURES, YOU GUYS LOOK GREAT!!! I NEED AN ADDRESS TO SEND PICTURES OF THE HUNTING LEASE THAT I AM ON, I WORKED ON IT LAST WEEKEND, FIXING THE WINDMILL, AND MAKING MY FEEDER AREA BIGGER, I SAW A HUGE PIG WHILE I WAS THERE, 200# PLUS. THE DEER TRACKS LOOK GREAT TOO, REMEMBER JUST ALWAYS KNOW WE LOVE YOU AND KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS ALWAYS ALONG WITH EVERYONE THERE FIGHTING FOR US AND THE IRAQ PEOPLE. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU KASEY. WE LOVE YOU AND HOPE YOU GET YOUR R&R SOON..... LOVE AND THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS..... DANA, DAIN, AMY, AND CHASE


Name: Michelle Henman
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 02:22:00 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: Hey kid brother, thank you for calling this morning. I really miss you. Take care of yourself. Watch your back. I love you!!!! Michelle


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 01:59:15 PM

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Dear Photographers, I hardly see any pictures of 1/508 Charlie Company 3rd Platoon 1st squad!!!!! Actually, I don't believe I have seen any!!! So if you could hunt them down and take some pictures of them.... specifically Christopher Williams! That would be great!!!! Thanks


Name: Yvonne Brannen
Email: ybrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 01:45:08 PM

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To the Photographers: The pictures you are posting to the website are terrific and identification of the soldiers is so nice....just wish you could get some (lots, in fact) of 2nd Plt, C Company, 1-508th. SPC Robert (Beau) Brannen is camera shy...but I'd appreciate it if you'd track him down and "snap a couple" for his Dad and me. Keep up the great photography! We check each day for updates!


Name: TennielleBraswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmial.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 01:37:11 PM

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Hey everyone, I would like to know if anyone have a new pictures of 1-508 A company? If so please email me some of them. Thank you very much.


Name: grammie of eight wva
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 01:13:40 PM

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Loving prayers to the families of the 173rd who have recently lost their beloved soldiers. Words can not express my deepest sympathy in your loss. gramieight


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Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 12:44:14 PM

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Name: LTC (R) Mark A. & Yvonne Brannen
Email: markbrannen@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 12:32:38 PM

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To Beau Brannen in 1/508th --- haven't heard in awhile and just continue to pray that all is well and you will be home soon. Please pass on to all the Sky Soldiers that you are all in our thoughts constantly and have our unwavering support. From one who loathed anyone that jumped out of my aircraft before I landed, I've gotta tell ya, AIRBORNE!!! Hooah! Mom, Dad, Glenn, Sharon and Rhett!


Name: Morgan
Email: Lildruboo@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 12:29:05 PM

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DEAR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Great job on getting more photos of B Co. 1/508......however my SPC BRANDON ALTEMUELLER is getting promoted so fast you can't keep up with him! Chase him down and take somw pics of him wouldja? I miss him terribly and would love to see him. Hes now in 173rd airborneCHARLIE COMPANY, 2nd Platoon 1/508. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK CHARILE COMPANY!


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Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 11:15:36 AM

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Sara, don't worry: no new is good new. I'm positive:he is just busy.


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 11:09:36 AM

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PFC Christopher Williams, I just wanted to say that I miss you very much and I can't wait for you to come home!!!! Love ya, Lindsey


Name: Sara Vennum
Email: svennum@cs.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 09:43:27 AM

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Has there been any news as to the men who were injured in the attack on Thursday, September 25th? My cousin is in the 173rd. He has not contacted us since September 24th. It's unusual for him not to respond for several days unless he is off on a mission. Since he didn't mention being gone for awhile and he hasn't contacted us, our family is worried.... but hopeful. Please send news if anyone knows the names of the injured. On an even sadder note, my family sends condolences to Kyle Thomas's family and friends. We are very proud of every single service person over there. We mourn your loss with you. You are all in our prayers.


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Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 08:37:35 AM

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Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 08:24:52 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL Hey Baby! Just a short message for you: I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU TONS!!!! Take care and be safe! Love you forever NINA


Name: Christie Fogarty
Email: squeaks_5843@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 07:59:55 AM

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You can go to http://operationmilitarypride.org/packages.html to get info about what to send in care packages, what not to send, mailing instructions, etc. This is the site I used when putting together packages for my friend. PFC Ryan Doot...I miss you and can't wait for you to come home! Take care of yourself and I'll see you real soon!


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 07:53:15 AM

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Hey Sgt Harrison,taion I really enjoyed your call on Friday, if there is anything you need please let me know. I love you very much big red!


Name: Robin Hale and Family
Email: phale6@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 07:51:29 AM

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PVT FIRST CLASS CHAD HENMAN... HEY CHAD HOPE YOUR FEELING BETTER, MOM HAS KEPT US INFORMED OF WHATS GOING ON , JUST ALWAYS KNOW WE LOVE YOU AND KEEP YOU IN OUR PRAYERS ALWAYS ALONG WITH EVERYONE THERE FIGHTING FOR US AND THE IRAQ PEOPLE. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU CHAD. WE LOVE YOU AND HOPE YOU GET YOUR R&R SOON..... LOVE AND THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS..... ROBIN AND FAMILY


Name: mary hahn
Email: hahn42@MCHSI.COM
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 05:19:58 AM

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I had a friend ask me what to send in a package to a solider in Iraq and I noticed that the web sight dosent give that any more on what to send and so on. Is there a sight that we can go on for that info.? Hi son, your family is fine and we miss you. Love Mom and Dad


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Date: Tuesday September 30, 2003
Time: 01:45:54 AM

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Name: Don and Pat Lindsay
Email: drandpal@aol.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 10:41:23 PM

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To Mike Grabski and all the men of the 173rd. Our heartfelt condolences on your recent loss. You are the best of the best. We believe in you and your mission. We are fully confident that the loss you have suffered will only strengthen your resolve. You do your Country a great service, and you are all our Heroes. You are and will remain in our prayers. God Bless you all and be safe. Don and Pat Lindsay Carson City, NV


Name: Liz Hamor - Friend of Kyle Thomas
Email: ksuliz@email.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 09:59:26 PM

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This website and message board are completely overwhelming. I am a friend of Kyle Thomas's and have known him since he was born. He was like family to me. The comments from all of you that didn't even know Kyle and his family are so touching. I cannot speak on their behalf, but I want to say "thank you" for your care, concern and heartfelt wishes for Kyle's friends and family and for all of the soldiers. Though my heart aches with grief, it also is filled with pride. I am proud of Kyle, proud of all of our men and women that fight for us, and proud to be an American along with all of you other wonderful Americans!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 07:43:54 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Sent a package of magazines and goodies out today. Let me know if there is anything else you need. I will order the books you requested as soon as possible. Take care and remember I love you very much. Love Always; Mom


Name: Airlines Offering Discounted Flights
Email:
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 07:32:53 PM

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Info posted on the latest Stars & Stripes. Hopefully this helps get most of our Sky Soldiers back to their families for much needed R & R....... Soldiers, families offered discounts on domestic portion of R&R flights By Brad Foss, The Associated Press European edition, Tuesday, September 30, 2003 Major airlines are offering discounts to soldiers and their families taking advantage of the military’s new rest and relaxation program, which has received some criticism because the last leg of soldiers’ vacations are not paid for. Under the first major R&R program since Vietnam, the government pays for flights from Iraq to Germany, and then the United States, at which point the troops must pick up the tab for any domestic travel. Before Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines this weekend began offering the troops special fares requiring no advance purchase, soldiers on vacation with little notice were faced with buying extremely expensive last-minute fares. “What family can afford to pay $2,000 or more for a same-day plane ticket?” said Sherry Billups of Backduck, Minn., whose husband Steven Baazard is a 15-year veteran of the National Guard. Under the terms of the discounts offered by Delta and Southwest, no advance purchase or minimum stay is required and fares are refundable. American Airlines, which had been offering soldiers discounts on 3-day advance purchase tickets since May, updated its policy Monday to match its competitors. The carriers’ discounts are good for travel between Baltimore-Washington International Airport, where troops have been arriving since last week, and anywhere else in the United States. All three of the carriers are offering roundtrip fares in the continental United States to soldiers and their dependents that cost less than $200. “We want our servicemen and women to get home as quickly and as hassle-free as possible because we know their time is limited,” said Joyce Rogge, Southwest’s senior vice president of marketing. Southwest’s offer is valid through Jan. 7, American’s through Feb. 12 and Delta’s through Sept. 15, 2004. Aware of the minor stir caused among soldiers facing high-priced, last-minute fares, the Army said it could have done a better job informing carriers before the R&R program went into effect. “One thing the Army might not have done well was coordinate with commercial airliners,” Army spokesman Joe Burlas said Monday. “We’re glad they’re getting the word now and offering these discounts.” Burlas said more than 700 soldiers a day would be flying in and out of the country under the home leave program. He said that, in addition to Baltimore, the government will eventually begin flying soldiers to Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles.


Name: Robert@Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 07:32:00 PM

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To the family of SkySoldier Kyle Thomas, We would like to give our condolences for a brave soldier that lost his life serving his country. My son is also in the same platoon and came from Italy together. He was one of the brave 0ne thousand that jumped into Iraq. We know that God had another job for him, where there will be no more pain with exhaustion. I know that some people think that this was cruel, someone so young with a family to be taken, but those that know God, know that he is too wise to make a mistake.We pray constantly for all the soldiers.I was very worried that it was my son because I hadnot heard from at 4:a.m. our time in a period of time. He finally e-mailed us to tell us not to worry.One of his other friends had been killed in August from an ambush.We will continue to pray for one another and the other soldiers that are all around the world.I received a letter today from him.He said that he hadnot worn his gotten hurt, but didn't specify how.He didn't want us to worry because he is in God's hands.He hasn't been able to wear his boots in a while, maybe this was the problem.Let me write a few words of solitude. "Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free." I'm following the path God laid for me; I took his hand when I heard Him call, I turned my back and left it all. Be not burdened with times of sorrow; I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow; Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don't lengthen it He also said that something had been wrong with the communication lines.So, if there is anything we can do for you from Florida, please let us know. Et me close with these words of solitude.


Name: Curt Massey
Email: cmassey@abcomsystems.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 07:25:45 PM

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Sgt Monte Massey Saw another pic of you on the internet. I hope things are going well and that you are safe. Would surely like to hear from you. Love, Dad


Name: Nancy, mother in law of Tom Csala, 501st FSC, 173rd
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 06:56:16 PM

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To the family, friends, and comrades of Kyle Thomas...My sympathies to you all as you grieve the loss of a fantastic, unique man. I read the article about his many different talents and abilities...people like him are the spirit of life that keeps alot of others going....... He is the embodiment of every thing God wants us to be....kind, brave, strong, loving, respectful, artistic, heroic...He had the courage, confidence and faith to go to the places his Higher Power led him....How proud you all must be to have had him a part of your life!! I am honored that my son in law is affiliated with the group this man chose...... the 173rd! God Bless you Kyle's friends and family, and Please God, Bless and keep our heroes in 173rd safe.


Name: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Email:
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 06:51:30 PM

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Name: Ann Massey
Email: anniegeology@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 06:04:37 PM

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Monte Massey. We've been thinking about you. Brooke is so excited everytime she hears from you. She has one of your letters posted on her refrigerator! She was also so surprised when you called earlier this month - I think she told everyone in Indianapolis and Oklahoma. I'm glad that Adrian Ann gave us your address. Lee has moved to Fla., did you know? I will get his address and send it to you unless Jim (Hastings) has already given it to you. I hope to hear from you. Ann


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 04:49:18 PM

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TO SGT.DANIEL KORP B.CO.2/503 Son if you get a change call home. We Love and Miss you very mutch.You boys watch your backs and be safe. Mom and Dad


Name: Lori Otremba
Email: lotremba18@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 04:27:25 PM

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Manny Holmes, How ya doing sweetie? We want you to come home. We miss you and love you and pray that you are all right. I have sent out my angels to watch over you and the rest of the guys. Take good care of yourself. We all love you. Aunt Lori Otremba


Name: Pat Cumo
Email: patcumo@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 04:22:13 PM

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I would like to send love and prayers for Kyle's family from the mother of SSG Robert Cumo Jr


Name: Niki Dodge
Email:
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 03:59:46 PM

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For Steve Dodge: Didn't get to talk to you before you left- you must be in the desert by now. Hope all is well over there. Back home, we're getting a care package ready for you and the guys- candy, smokes, Playboys (all the things you really miss!) Call us, write us, email us! Easier said than done, but try to keep in touch. Kim's getting fatter, Kelsey has a boyfriend, Kat & Jay are in Vegas- besides that, not much news from home. Me & Kels made Kim buy a pumpkin that's shaped like a square. We think it looks like Uncle Paul's head so we're sending a picture of it to Tereza. I'll leave you with a funny quote I got off some guy's t-shirt- maybe you can use it on one of the guys...If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart!!! Not bad, huh? Better hear from you soon or I'm comin out there to kick your ass! Love Ya Lots- Sis


Name: DRAKE FAMILY
Email:
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 03:57:25 PM

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OUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF SPC KYLE THOMAS. WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE A SON WITH THE 173RD ABN. BDE


Name: Megan Hinrichsen - Sister In Law of SPC. Kyle Thomas
Email: mmegs461@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 03:24:25 PM

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Address inquiries for Cari Thomas (Kyle's wife) can be directed to me. Please e-mail me and I will reply with her address. Thank you for your support...it is very touching.


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email:
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:52:42 PM

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Hello Kasey Robbins, hope all is well. Just want to let you know we all miss and love you very much. We pray for the day when we'll see you (soon hopefully). May GOD protect and guide you through this time of war; he's with you all the time. Keep up the good work and stay focused. Call when you can. Love you, Mom, Dad, Kourtney, Grandma and friends. May GOD be with all of our soldiers!


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Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:22:56 PM

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To the family of Specialist Kyle Thomas. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son Kyle. I pray you are surrounded and embraced by the love of those close to you. Mother of PFC Carson Smith 2/503.


Name: Bob Bibbo
Email: bbibbo@essgroup.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:15:22 PM

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1st Lt Jonathan Baker (BC 2001) Jon We miss you at the BC football games. Barbara and I have made all 3 BC games this year and they should be 4 and 1 and not 3 and 2. They should have beaten Wake Forest but were never in the game with the Canes. I hope all is well with you and 'the Bibbos" look forward to your return to the States. Bob Bibbo


Name: Sister of SPC Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:13:36 PM

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To the family of SPC. Kyle Thomas~ I am here if you need to talk. I too lost someone in Iraq August 1st 2003 by a RPG attack. I lost my brother. I know how you feel and I would love to provide some source of comfort to you during this time. I would love to talk with his siblings if he has any. I was Justin's only sibling so I feel a bit lost now. It would mean a great deal to me if I could speak to you all. I figure that we could help eachother out. May SPC. Kyle Thomas rest in peace and may he hang out with my lil bro Justin. I love you 173rd!!! Jessica Hebert


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Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:05:29 PM

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Name: Donna Voline
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 12:32:10 PM

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To the family of Spc Kyle Thomas- Our thoughts and prayers and deepest sympathy go out to you and your family in this time of loss. Our prayers are with you. He is truly a hero, he will be missed. Mom of SSG Stephen Voline


Name: debbie chance
Email: purplep@swbell.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 12:04:58 PM

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To the family and friends of SPC Kyle Thomas: Please accept our family's deepest sympathy in this time of loss and pain. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours. Shalom. Debbie and Randall Chance, proud parents of SSG Jon Chance, 74th Inf LRS


Name: STEVE DODGE
Email: SDODGE3918@AOL.COM
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 10:26:22 AM

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PVT. DODGE MISS YOU, HOPE ALL IS WELL. LET US KNOW IF AND WHERE WE CAN SEND TO YOU. LOVE DAD


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 10:05:28 AM

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All my love and support to kyle's family and friends, we have lost a hero, Heaven gained an angel. A special hug to Philip Grant, c co. I miss you. Giulia


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 09:14:09 AM

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OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF SPC. KYLE THOMAS...A BRAVE SKYSOLDIER WHO WAS WITH OUR LOVED ONES WHEN HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRICFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY. WE MUST ALL REMEMBER THAT SPC. THOMAS WAS A HERO, WHO GAVE HIS LIVE TO SERVE AND PROTECT OUR MOST PRECIOUS POSESSION: OUR OWN SONS. THANK YOU, KYLE. THE GRAFTON FAMILY


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 08:08:01 AM

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SGT DAN SCHLOTHAUER, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PHONE CALL. 6 MONTHS IS A LONG TIME. IT WAS GREAT TALKING WITH YOU. YOUR MOTHER AND SISTER LOVE AND MISS YOU AND ARE WAITING FOR YOUR CALL WHEN YOU CAN. THE SAN JOSE MERCURY A HAD A SMALL BUT GOOD ARTICLE ON THE 173RD AND ALL THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE KIRKUK AREA. ONLY PROBLEM IS THEY STUCK IT ON THE 22 PAGE. DAN IS IN B CO 1/508TH, SAYS THEY ARE IN THE TUZ AREA AND MIGHT BE THERE FOR BIT MORE. GOD BLESS THE SKY SOLDIERS, YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. STAY SAFE, BE RELENTLESS AND STAY FOCUSED. GOD LOVE YOU ALL


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 07:57:58 AM

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TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SPC KYLE THOMAS, PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF YOUR LOSS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME.


Name: Laura Curtiss - Mom of SPC Adam Boyle, 173d ABN BDE - CSC, of Barre, VT - Serving in N Iraq
Email: Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 07:06:23 AM

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To Pvt. Larry Burns, your wife and baby Alexia of Burlington, VT. Though I realize it's only an all too brief homecoming I want to welcome you back and tell you my prayers are with you and all our soldiers trying so hard to help give Iraq the peace they and our world deserves. I am so very proud of you all!!! If you happen to know or come across my son over there please send him my love. Laura Curtiss of Barre VT


Name: Laura Curtiss - Mom of SPC Adam Boyle, 173d ABN BDE - CSC, of Barre, VT
Email: Lcurtiss@va.state.vt.us
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 06:57:57 AM

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To the family of SPC Kyle Thomas. My thoughts, prayers, and heart are with you. My life stopped for what seemed like an eternity when hearing we lost another brave soldier. All I could do was pray he wasn't mine. When hearing of Kyle my only feeling then and now is the heartache of knowing his family is feeling the extreme pain and loss that I hope to never feel. I wish so very much I could do something to help ease what you are going through. My love and respect are with Kyle, his loving wife and family. Laura


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 06:38:12 AM

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TO SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL TF1-63 Hey Baby, how are you...? I can´t wait to see you again!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! Be safe and watch your back! God bless all soldiers! Hugs and Kisses your Nina


Name: SSG Shawn Grueser Able co 2/503rd
Email: shawn.m.grueser@us.army.mil
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 05:25:36 AM

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To the family of SPC Kyle Thomas. I want to say that I served with your son from the night we jumped into Iraq, March 26, up until I left Aug 29 and when I heared the news here in Italy I cried, not only for him, but for his family. Our company ABLE COMPANY WARLOARDS, are a strong tight family and I know he will be missed. I know I already miss him. I tried to volenteer to meet him in Germany, to fly him home but where I am leaving they would not let me. I send my best wishes to your family, and I want you to know that I will miss my friend, my fellow paratrooper and solider...


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Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 05:18:59 AM

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Name: Anne&Rene Gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:25:35 AM

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WOWWWWW! I just double-clicked on the www.armedforcestribute.com -- about knocked me out of my chair -- some good tears -- esp. after these past few days and our recent loss of a member of our family, the 173rd. That is a heart-wrencher -- I encourage all to check it out and pass it on!! Anne Gonzalez


Name: John and Katie Coates - Parents of Specialist Aaron Coates HHC 1/508th
Email: bronco977@cox.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 01:16:06 AM

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To the family and friends of Kyle Thomas - May God hold you close and comfort you. Please know that there are many folks praying for you.


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Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 12:48:38 AM

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Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 12:02:23 AM

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Thank you for telling us about the music video at www.armedforcestribute.com. website. It is a heartbreaker, but so well done. And I also recognize some of the photos of the 173rd!! They are the photos that were on the video made about the 173rd when the war began. It use to be on this site, I don't think he has the video on here anymore? You need to check out that website, and pass it on for others in your military support group to see.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday September 29, 2003
Time: 12:01:12 AM

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PFC Chad Henman; Thank you for calling to let me know you were ok. I'm sorry you had to be involved in the incident and I'm glad you weren't hurt more than you were. I know it must be difficult but remember you are strong. I'm proud of you. I love you more than you could possible know and I would gladly take your place if they would let me. Take the leave they offered even if it would keep you from coming home sooner. After what you've just been through, you need to get away for a few days. I would love to see you, but you come first. I will always be here for you if you need to talk. Take care of yourself and remember I love you. Love Always - Mom


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 11:40:47 PM

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Hello fellow 173rd families. I am wondering if anyone has a loved on in Kirkuk as that is where my son arrived on Sat. He did not have an address before he left and I thought someone out there might know where I could send mail etc.. or should I wait to hear from him? I'm new at this but determined to get through to him somehow. I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone how I feel/ I can see we are all pretty much on the same page. Well any help would be appreciated. His name is Stephen M. Dodge he is a combat engineer with the 173rd thats all I know. TY Michele


Name: Steve Carney
Email: stephen.carney@verizon.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 10:51:55 PM

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To my son Stephen I just want you to know how proud I am of you and your mom and I miss you very much. To the family of the the young man who lost his life my prayers are with you,and all the men and women of the 173rd.


Name: Sabine Gordon SSG Derek Clifton's Mom
Email: savego@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 09:49:17 PM

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To the family and friends of Spc Kyle Thomas. My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Kyle. May God comfort you in your time of mourning and give you hope for the future. Reading about Kyle, his love for his country and family brings tears to my eyes. We lost one of our boys and it hurts. God bless you you and wrap His arms around you. Sabine, a sky soldier's Mom.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 08:45:00 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I just wanted to let you know how much I love you. Be safe and watch your back. I have to believe you are ok. Take care and know how very proud of you I am. Love Always - Mom


Name: Pat Cumo
Email: patcumo@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 08:39:04 PM

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My sincere love and prayers go out to you at this time of sadness. This is the first time I saw this site. I have felt like we are a family connected by love and since seeing this site tonight, I know it's true. If anyone sees SSG Robert Cumo Jr., please tell him his mom said hi and love you and watch your back and all that stuff you say when your heart is bursting with pride for a son who is fighting for freedom and fighting for his country. All you wonderful sky soldiers are doing the same thing and I am so proud of you all. Also, James R Bradley, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Name: The FRye family of Milford, Virginia
Email: samfrye001@msn.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 08:34:02 PM

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To the family of Spc Kyle Thomas. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. Our son is with the 1st/508th. Again our deepest sympathies.


Name: mike and carol mccarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 08:22:17 PM

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To the parents of Kyle Thomas I would like to say thank you for your son Kyle. This is going to sound stupid, but when our son spc Cory McCarthy got hurt, was to read the 173rd web sight everyday, we had so much surport from all the parents, this web sight made our day, We could not say thank you enought to everyone. Our prayers are with you and your family. a very proud parents of 173rd. mike and carol mccarthy of gilroy california.


Name: Juanita
Email: juana_95023@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 07:12:51 PM

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can some one please email me on regards the 173rd there was an incidents that i heard that two solders were injured and one died does any one know anything about this please let me know my brother is in the 173rd


Name: Wyatt Johnston
Email: johnstonw1@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 07:08:41 PM

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Kyle father said it would be okay to give out the address, but please email me for it, I dont feel comfortable posting on the internet. Once again, thank all of you for all of your support, it is truly apprecated. Wyatt


Name: Timea
Email:
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 06:39:34 PM

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here is a link what you should check it is so special and so beautiful.ANd makes me cry every time I see that but i think this is something very very special and thousands of hearts are think the same way.. URL http://www.armedforcestribute.com/


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 05:32:42 PM

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Does anyone have an address for the Thomas family?


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 05:32:13 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: Give us a call as soon as you can. Mom is worried sick and so am I. I miss you, I love you....take care of yourself. Michelle


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@MCHSI.COM
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 05:23:15 PM

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I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW I CAN SEND A CARD TO THE SOLIDERS FAMILY. IF ANY ONE CAN HELP ME IT WOULD BE NICE. THANK YOU, MARY HAHN P.S. AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOURS.


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 04:54:21 PM

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We lost a great Solider, and a Great KANSAN!! I know in Topkea they are mourning the loss of their native son, as well as all the Kansans who feel this loss. To the Family of Kyle.....My family and friends are planning on making the trip to the Memorial. My mother and father have also extended the offer of anything you may need please feel free to contact me with your information, and lord knows you will have ANYTHING you may need in this time of sadness! Friends of mine from the Fort are also looking to go to your son's service. You know Kansans stick together through thick and thin....if there is truly anything you need...DO NOT HESITATE to call upon us..we WILL be there for you and your family! Please contact me so that I may give you the information my mother has requested I pass along. Skymonkey69@hotmail.com, or wendy.dammanbednar@us.army.mil I will keep you in my prayers as I do all for those who serve and their families. God Bless you all, and keep you in his arms! ~~~Wendy Damman-Bednar, Wife of Ssg. Joel Bednar~~~


Name: Ribana
Email: coldmisty@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 04:00:30 PM

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Also Juan I sent on friday 4 more packages out for you. I guess I got you to much candy again, but I also put some chinese food in for you. Whatever you dont need please share it with others. Love you


Name: Lois Wilder, proud parent of a SkySoldier
Email:
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 03:50:22 PM

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As I'm sure many of you are, I find myself increasingly frustrated by slow and inaccurate information regarding our loved ones. Following is the media accout of two recent deaths in Norther Iraq.... "...In the northern city of Kirkuk, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a military convoy, killing one soldier from the 173rd Airborne Brigade and injuring two others late Thursday. In Tikrit, north of Baghdad, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, a soldier from the 4th Infantry Division died and another was injured in a fire at an abandoned building Thursday night...." Yet the Department of Defense Press Releases are quite different.... "The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Capt. Robert L. Lucero, 34, of Casper, Wyo., was killed on Sept. 25, 2003, in Tikrit, Iraq. Lucero died and another soldier was injured when they were struck by an improvised explosive device. Lucero was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division Rear Area Operation Center, U.S. Army National Guard, Casper, Wyo." "The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, 23, of Topeka, Kan., was killed on Sept. 25, 2003, in Tikrit, Iraq. Thomas was on patrol when an improvised explosive device exploded. He died of injuries sustained in the explosion. Thomas was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Fort Ederle, Italy."


Name: Ribana
Email: coldmisty@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 03:43:07 PM

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To SPC E. D. JONES Baby, so strong the pain is without you, here I lie back thinking of the times we shared. Sometime I wonder if you ever feel the way I feel. Though sometimes I can be so happy, there`s always a corner that holds you truly within. Life is so hard when you have to be so far away, I can´t even begin to explain how much it hurts, but you should know I love you stronger as the days go by. Even without you by my side I can never forget the wonderful moments we've shared. Hear my heart crying inside, I ask myself why are you not here. No matter how long we are apart, my love grows stronger as we are apart, only the strength of my love can change. So many little tears I cry for you knowing how much I care for you and how much I miss you. Every time I feel myself missing you I know all I need to do is look deep inside my heart and I see you. I miss you more then words can ever explain! Take care of yourself and God bless you and all the other heros down there fighting for our freedom.


Name: Joseph T. Curtin
Email: joscurtin@cox.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 03:23:33 PM

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I would like to recommend to all interested in Vicenza/Ederle/173rd to check out the "Giornale di Vicenza" (the local paper in Vicenza, Italy) website, http://www.ilgiornaledivicenza.it , which has had extensive coverage of everything related to Caserma Ederle, the 173rd, and anyone who was ever stationed there, including Gen. Abizaid. The entire newspaper is available on line every day after about 1400 Zulu, in pdf format, which allows downloading pages from the newspaper, including archived editions. It requires registration and logging in. The newspaper has an excellent search engine. It is in Italian, but even not understanding Italian you can get a lot from the pictures accompanying the stories. In today's paper (Sept. 28, 2003), for example, there is a mixture of the somber and the happy, with a story on p. 13 about the death of Kyle Thomas, sourced from the original Topeka TV station story. On a happier note, on page 1 and page 13 is a story, with pictures, about the dual proxy wedding which took place in Montana, of David Gaynor, now with the 173rd in Iraq, and Ilaria Caon, who is from Rosà, in the province of Vicenza. I would also like to point out the coverage given to the death in Iraq on July 3, of Lt. Leif Nott, a 2000 West Point grad, who was born in Vicenza to an Ederle soldier and his Vicentine wife. Lt. Nott was with the 1st Bn 10th Cav from Fort Hood. He was never stationed in Vicenza as a soldier. The newspaper covered the story of Lt. Nott on August 30, 2003 (pages 1 and 13) and August 31, 2003 (page 11). The headline of the story on August 31 is "The City Remembers its Officer". The city of Vicenza, Italy.


Name: SPC JUSTIN HEBERTS "OTHER MOM"
Email: MCKRNNMOM@AOL.COM
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 03:17:14 PM

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TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SPC KYLE THOMAS YOU ARE ABOUT TO FIND THAT THE TRAGEDY YOUR FAMILY IS EXPERIENCING IS SO OVERWHELMING YOU WILL WONDER HOW YOU WILL EVER GET THROUGH IT. LOSING A MEMBER OF THE MILITARY BRINGS WITH IT SITUATIONS AND PEOPLE YOU WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE IF YOU HAD LOST YOUR SON IN ANOTHER WAY. REMEMBER THAT EVERYONE MEANS WELL EVEN IF IT DOES NOT SEEM THAT WAY AT THE TIME. THIS WEBSITE AND THE SUPPORT YOU WILL RECEIVE FROM THE 173RD IS SO WONDERFUL AND FAR REACHING USE IT! THE PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU AND UNLIKE SOME-- WE DO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH--YOU WILL MAKE IT BECAUSE KYLE WILL BE THERE TO HELP YOU THROUGH.


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 03:07:41 PM

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Bittersweet this war has been -- the loss of Kyle and the sudden arrival of R&R for our troops -- typical gamut of up and down and sorrow and joy -- associated with every new day's pronouncement of "what's happening" in Iraq; how we as family and friends of our proud troops breathe a little easier when we learn our own is safe, yet what a special thing it has become that we share in the grief of a family and a young wife who lose their loved one, when we have never met the young soldier personally. This is a remarkable site -- and provides tremendous support for us all during these difficult times. I too want to thank James R. Bradley for making this possible. I only hope others are as fortunate as the 173rd to have such a site for expressing our joys, grief, concerns, day in and day out, as this situation continues. Blessings to all! Especially to Kyle's family and young wife. Anne Gonzalez


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 01:38:32 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: hi cutie! I thank you for the phone call, you made my day. These last 4 days were the worst in my life. I feel very sorry about what happend to your friend K.Thomas. I just want to tell you that i love you so much and miss you and everything is gonna be better time by time. I called your Dad and also your Mom, i guess i woke up her, i had to tell them that you are ok.Please be careful and always watch your back. I can't wait to see you, hopefuly see you soon. Love you always, Lucy PS: R.T. says RAFF RAFF


Name: Leslie
Email: Poomed@tds.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 11:11:47 AM

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To family and friends of Spc Kyle Thomas we would just like to convey our deepest sympathy for your loss. I can't imagine the feelings you are trying to deal with at this time. Just know that we are all thinking of you and sending prayers to you all.


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 10:50:35 AM

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Hello to PVT Stephen Dodge of the 173rd in Kirkuk, Its your first day in Iraq and I wanted to send this out to you to let you know I'm thinking of you as are every one back home. Stay save and keep sharp. We love you and miss you and will keep you in our prayers along with all the other soldiers. Go 173rd you rock!!! I will be sending lots of stuff for xmas for all your unit Steve. I am trying to get help to make sure you guys get the packages in time for the holidays. I hear mail is very slow. Well take care Steve lots of love, Mom, Dad and Nikki.


Name: MCDONALD
Email: JVSMCD@AOL.COM
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 10:03:14 AM

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HAS ANYONE HEARD FROM THEIR SKYSOLDIER SINCE 9/25/03. I HANEN'T HEARD FROM MY SON SINCE 9/23.(VIA E-MAIL).


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 09:56:03 AM

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To the family of Spc Thomas - our thoughts are with you at this time along with our deepest sympathy as we pray for Kyle and the wounded. We always keep all of the 173rd in our prayers. Please know we love you and are proud of you all.


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 08:36:56 AM

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SPC NATHAN WHITELATCH 2/503 -- Dear Nathan--I was so glad to receive your phone call the other day. Thank you for calling so quickly. Just want you to know that while we did not have a chance to personnally meet Kyle Thomas we feel the loss very deeply as part of the 173rd family. Stay strong and know that you are missed and loved every day. Can't wait until you come home. All our love, mom


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 07:38:02 AM

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Are son's are still in Kirkuk but thy are now attacht to the 4th ID. So if thay need help the 173rd has to go and help out.Our soldiers are the best of the best thay are light infantry helicopters can send them out fast.You need to watch for the 4th ID are boys mid be among them. All are love to to the skysoldiers .A mother of a skysoldier.


Name: dagmar young Manhattan Kansas
Email: wiesau1960@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 07:18:54 AM

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To the pearents of KYLE THOMAS. We are so sorry for your loss.My prayers go out to you and to the soldiers of the 173rd.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 06:50:31 AM

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My whole heart goes out to the family and friends of Kyle Thomas. Please know that my prayers are with you!!!!!!!! TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL!!!!! Hey Honey I love you so much! I miss you tons! Take care and be safe as much as you can! And watch your back! Hugs and kisses Nina PS: Thank you so much for the phone call!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 06:13:11 AM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas, I just read a post on the msn 173rd site from a former commander of Kyle's. It made me laugh and cry. We hear names and units, and always feel the pain of the family, after reading this I feel like I can picture Kyle in my mind and know that he was a wonderful person and a true hero! I wish there was something I could do to lessen the hurt. I'm sure he will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him. You're in my heart and prayers! Tracy


Name: Wyatt Johnston
Email: johnstonw1@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 01:32:19 AM

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Matt, I would tell you that we have a few stories, The DOD said it happend in Tirkrit, and the bomb in the garbage can was the story related to His Father. If I find any updated stories I will post them. The family is grateful for the outpouring of love from all of you. I have been keeping them up to date with everything from the site. For those who knew Kyle, I have been keeping track of the email addresses, His mother may want to contact you. I assume that is okay, she really appreciates everything. If you have any personal news or pictures please email me. Thank you and God Bless.


Name: Mary Markham
Email: mmm3015@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 12:38:38 AM

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My heartfelt sympathies to the family of Spc Thomas. It is a terrible loss to all of us. My prayers are with you during this difficult time. I spoke with my son last night , PFC Jarod Markham and he too was heartbroken as Kyle was a good friend of his. May God lay his healing hand upon your hearts and those of our boys still serving in Kirkuk that all may find peace.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 12:15:25 AM

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Could some please explain to me how it got to be that Kyle Thomas was killed in Kirkuk driving a humvee. When according to his local newspaper Kyle was walking past a garbage can that exploded. Armytimes news had the soldier from the 173rd as a military police officer. which gave me a sigh of relief, because my son is not. That soldier was from Balad, Iraq. Two different soldiers same outcome.


Name: PFC Evans, Jeremy
Email: evansjeremy1@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 28, 2003
Time: 12:02:31 AM

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To the family of Spc Thomas. I am a former Sky Soldier currently stationed at USMAPS. I arrived in Vicenza in July of 02', and was with the unit until 20 June 03'. I was in 1st Plt A Co 2/503, and although I wasn't in the same platoon as Kyle, I saw him everyday, and he always had a smile on his face and something good to say. I cried when I heard of his death, having just seen him the day before I left Iraq. My prayers and those of my family go out to you. Kyle served his country well, and will always be a member of our band of brothers. God Bless.


Name: Larry Sears
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 11:24:39 PM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas. My condolences and prayers go out to your family. Also, a special prayer for the two who were injured that they have a speedy and full recovery.---"Proud Grandparent of a Skysoldier"


Name: Sherry O'Neill
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 11:14:20 PM

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To the parents of Kyle Thomas. I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. Sherry


Name: Mary Huser
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 10:44:38 PM

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To the family and friends of Kyle Thomas, you are in my thought and prayers. I pray for your peace to accept this burden. mom of another sky soldier


Name: Robert& Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 10:23:38 PM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas; Remember, that we all grieve with you. Our son is a 173rd Sky Soldier, stationed in Kirkuk. His name is Roberto Sandifer, from Fort Pierce, Florida. We too, had heard the news, being that my daughter is an officer in the military, also: my son-in-law is a major. Everyone was hoping that this was hoping that it wasn't one of our soldiers and especially my son. We have all become family on this website, thanks to Jim Bradley.I have these Words of Comfort, that someone gave to me. I believe that Kyle would have liked it if he was with us today. He is in heaven looking down praying for his other family that he left behind. Again; we have cried with you and also praying for your strength in the Lord; as well as for others that have experienced this tragedy. "I'm Free" Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free I'm following the path God laid for me; If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembering joy; A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss ah, yes, these things I, too, will miss...... Although; we are strangers we have developed a bond; with support from all the 173rd friends and support team. Please keep the e-mails coming in. God Speed I took His hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; Don't lengthen it now with undue grief; Lift up your heart and share with me; God wanted me now, He has set me free. Some of the uplifting verses have been left out to give others space to e-mail. Thanks again Mr. Bradley for this site. May God bless you Please continue to pray for each other's families and friends. Thanks, Sherry O'Neill, for contacting me in Florida, another 173rd Airborne's mother stationed Tikrit. Goodnight and continue to support one another. Godspeed


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 09:34:44 PM

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Does anyone know when the 2nd Bat. 503rd get into Tikrit? The last I heard from Chad they were in Kirkurk. Michelle


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 09:24:58 PM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas, you are in our prayers. May God lay his hand on you and comfort you in this time of need. Also to the family of the wounded, may your soldier have a speedy recovery. God Bless the 173rd. Arlene


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 08:03:41 PM

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Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, 23, of Topeka, Kan., was killed on Sept. 25, 2003, in Tikrit, Iraq. Thomas was on patrol when an improvised explosive device exploded. He died of injuries sustained in the explosion. Thomas was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2003/nr20030927-0484.html


Name: Linda Soccorso
Email: grr8agents4u@cox.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 07:49:05 PM

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We are soooooo proud of you all... Thank you for your bravery. We pray for your safe return... You are why our country is so great! God Bless the U.S.A. and all of our troops. We want you all home more than you'll know. Hang in there, you'll soon be home and the world will be a better place because of you. Thanks again, for honoring us!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 07:09:05 PM

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Does anyone know the names of the 2 Skysoldiers injured in Thurs nights attack? My son, PFC Chad Henman, is also a member of Able Company 3rd PLT 2/503D. At this point we are assuming no news is good news. My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of Kyle Thomas. God Bless - Sheila Steely


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 06:41:18 PM

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Our Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of Kyle Thomas. Know that he was hero in all our eyes. May God Bless you and help you through this time. Lauen & Jim Hund


Name: Cynthia Bachman Fort
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 05:50:10 PM

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To The Kyle Thomas Family--even though we are strangers, I somehow feel, as parents or spouses of the 173rd soldiers, a bond amongst all of us. Our sympathy is heartfelt and sincere, we can only imagine the grief, as we play it out in our minds each time the news breaks and we await to hear names or the knock on the door. I read the article about your son/husband being a carpenter, a football player, an impressive ballet dancer as well as a newlywed. And then he felt a calling to serve his country after 9/11. He sounded like a very talented, athletic and conscientious young man. You are no doubt very proud of what he has done in his young life. We so badly need good people like him in our world,but tragically he is gone from it now. And I so hope you believe in angels, because I know then he will be with you forever.


Name: JOHN MCDONALD PVT. MCDONALD'S PROUD FATHER
Email: JVSMCD@AOL.COM
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 05:04:28 PM

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MY PRAYS ARE WITH THE THOMAS FAMILY AND THE FAMILY OF THE INJURED SOLDIERS. MY SON IS ALSO 3RD PLT. A CO. 2/503 ABN. I'M PROUD OF YOU SEAN. LOVE DAD


Name: Bev Detor Proud Mom of Spc William Bunting
Email: bevbear53@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 04:54:29 PM

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I just returned from The 173rd Florida Chapter meeting here in Orlando. I want to THANK ALL members for the warm welcome I received. You are a GREAT BUNCH OF MEN. I am VERY PROUD of my son and equally PROUD to know he is following in the foot steps of these GREAT MEN. THANK YOU James Bradley for everything you and this fine group of men are doing for OUR TROOPS.


Name: Donna Vien
Email: Hdonnamarie@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 04:49:16 PM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas, I'm so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you. Please know that you are never alone and in everyones prayers at this most difficult time.Please know your son died a hero.from a mom of a 173rd soldier.


Name: Martha
Email: lizzy_baby_girl@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 04:40:48 PM

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Juan, (CO 501st) I just want to tell you how much your family love and miss you. Please be careful. Take care of yourself. I hope that you get your R&R soon. Until then Hang in there. Love Ya Mom


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 03:46:59 PM

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My heart goes out to the thomas family. My son, PFC Jeremy Lance Czarnik is also in the 2nd of 503rd A Co. I pray that all come home safely. Jeremy, if you get this, I am soooo glad your safe. Let me know whats going on, your mother is frantic until she hears from you. DAD


Name: lurene
Email: lurenebell@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 03:40:51 PM

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My prayers and sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Kyle Thomas


Name: Katie Coates - Mom of Aaron Coates HHC 1/508th
Email: bronco977@cox.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 03:11:52 PM

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To Jose Ayala - HHC 1/508th Aaron received your letter and really appreciated it. He wanted us to write you and tell you how he is and I'm mailing you a letter regarding him. What he needs right now is for someone to locate his wallet. He's really worried about it and would like to get it back. He says that it was in his pants when they cut them off while they were prepping him for medical attention. He is worried about the unit and wants to know how you all are. He is now in Ward 4-E at BAMC and can get mail anytime. Take care and God bless you and all the others over there fighting a valiant fight.


Name: LUCIA BEGGIORA
Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 02:48:49 PM

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TO AZUCA BORIQUA: Hi!!Good to hear all the company is ok! My boyfriend is in A. Co. 1/508 HQ Plt and his name is David A. Gray.I'm always thinking about him and all the guys who works with him! I'm really proud of you all! I don't know if you know him,but if you do please say hi to him from me!!!!! All my thoughts and prayers go to all the sky soldiers and their families!! Lucia


Name: Pam Cook PROUD MOM OF PFC PIETRO (PETER) MONTICELLI 2/503rd
Email: binsoveryblessed@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 02:45:23 PM

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My whole heart goes out to the family and friends of Kyle Thomas. Please know that my prayers are with you..my tears are for you.


Name: AZUCA BORIQUA
Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 02:39:49 PM

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I just wann alet everyone know if u have a ? on anything out here let me know and i 'll tell u what's really going on just write on the board not the e-mail


Name: AZUCA BORIQUA
Email: brian.graves@us.army.mil
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 02:35:09 PM

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Im curently in iraq right now in a.co 508th. Its been pretty bad around here lately,we get ambushed about once every 3 days,thank god no one from the company has died. Im really writing this to let the wives and families know that if u want to see ur soldiers go on r&r and leave, you should write to your congressman and tell him ur situation.I really dont know what's going on with leave or when we're coming back.If they tell u a date it's a lie ,because no one know's when we could be coming back,what's worse is that they dont tell the soldiers anything out here. All higher up does is keep everything a secret like we're gonna go and tell fox when we're coming home... I can tell u that soldiers that just had a baby and that got hurt in combat are going home first,that's all we know but there even being shady on that to so i dont know what's going on.Be safe and if your doing something wrong in the rear,stop .Im sure u know what im talking about. that's all we need is a soldier coming home and finding out something from someone else about someone else... take care. 3 5 7


Name: Connie
Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 01:55:29 PM

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My thoughts and prayers are with all of now, but especially the family and friend's of Kyle. There are no words to say, but please know that we all are feeling your loss, and share in your pain right now. May God give you all the strength you need at this time. A fellow 2/503 Mother...


Name: Wyatt Johnston
Email: johnstonw1@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 01:49:31 PM

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Thank you for your prayers and support. Kyle Thomas (3rd PLT A co. 2/503rd) from Topeka was one of my best friends in the world. I have known Kyle 10 years and he has never done anything in his life half hartedly. He loved our awesome country and loved the Lord with all of his being. If any one knows of any pictures that exist from Iraq of him in service, we would be grateful for them. I will print the messages and pass them along to the family. God Bless the 173d and the Great USA. Thank you. (also thank you James Bradly for all of you hard work. those 173d license tag frames are all over Topeka!)


Name: Wyatt Johnston
Email: johnstonw1@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 01:47:44 PM

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Thank you for your prayers and support. Kyle Thomas (3rd PLT A co. 2/503rd) from Topeka was one of my best friends in the world. I have known Kyle 10 years and he has never done anything in his life half hartedly. He loved our awesome country and loved the Lord with all of his being. If any one knows of any pictures that exist from Iraq of him in service, we would be grateful for them. I will print the messages and pass them along to the family. God Bless the 173d and the Great USA. Thank you. (also thank you James Bradly for all of you hard work. those 173d license tag frames are all over Topeka!)


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 01:45:09 PM

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So far, all information points toward 3rd Platoon, Able Company, 2/503rd.


Name: A 173rd Mom
Email: nchamplin1@juno.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 01:17:49 PM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. We pray God will grant you comfort and peace and the memory of your young man will live on in your hearts eternally. We also pray for those wounded in the attack and their families, although their names are still unknown to us. God bless the 173rd.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:54:58 PM

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To the family of Kyle Thomas; my prayers are with you at this difficult time. Just know that your Skysoldier was a hero. God Bless - Sheila Steely


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Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:53:47 PM

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Love is stronger than death. So, I must be content to know that love is not affected by death- it doesn’t end, it doesn’t diminish, it doesn’t change. Instead, love is immortalized and eternalized through death. And the possibility of that love ever being damaged or broken is eliminated forever. I'll put my trust in love. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends, all who have lost a loved one. May we all stand together with love and support for one another. GOD BLESS THE 173RD and the families of those serving.


Name: Mike and Carol McCarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:37:27 PM

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To the parents and loved ones of Kyle Thomas, Our heartfelt sorrow and sympathy go out to all of you at the loss of Kyle.Our son Cory is presently home on medical leave and although he says he doesn't know Kyle , he as well as us feel for your loss.We pray that you get through this hard time and have peace of mind some day knowing that he has done the job he was there to do and helped to bring freedom to an oppressed people. This may not help right now , but in time knowing he died helping others may help you cope with the hole in your heart. We will continue to pray for you and all those still in harms way. Mike and Carol McCarthy


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:11:03 PM

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Hey Sgt Harrison,Taion, I was very glad to here you voice yesterday,you made my knight.Take care of your self,I can't wait until you come home.I love you very much from the bottom of my heart!!!


Name: Amy
Email: belkgirlz3@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:05:29 PM

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Can anyone tell me what company the wonded soldiers were from?


Name: joy hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 11:26:15 AM

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god Bless the family of Kyle thomas. My hart goes out to you. I only wish that I could do somthing to lesson your pain. but I know that is not in my power. God Bless 173. let them come home to safe warm hugs and loving kisses.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 09:48:03 AM

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Hi: This breaks my heart to post this. The soldier that was killed was Kyle Thomas of Topeka, KS. Here is the the link to the story thttp://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/482852.html I just found it on the goole search for the 173rd airborne. My prayers go out to this family and the soldiers wounded. Hopefully, we will get an address soon to let them know how much support there is out there for these families!!


Name: Chris Barberet
Email: chrissie501952@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 09:20:21 AM

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Hi Bud, hope all is well. Expect a package soon. Nothing new here, everyone busy with school (except Dad!) Talk to you soon and I love you!


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Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 05:55:40 AM

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has anyone called the base in italy to ask abt what company has been involved in the ambush?


Name: Silvia
Email: simpi84@libero.it
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 05:34:18 AM

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My deepest and heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of the fallen soldier. Praying for the wounded soldiers. You are in our heart and prayers.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 03:21:09 AM

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To the family of the soldiers who were attacked- My heart goes out to the family that lost the soldier on Thursday night in Kirkuk. To. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL I MISS YOU soooo much and i love you so much, be safe as much as you can! Take care and we´ll see ous soon! Hugs and kisses!


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 03:01:23 AM

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I am very saddened by the loss of one of our skysoldiers and the injuries of the others. Even though I don't know everyone personally who visits this website, I still feel like we are a family. I hear about brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents, all the family. I share in your pain and your joys. I ask all prayer warriors to unite and lift up the family of the fallen soldier and those wounded. For God to send the Comforter to them and help them through this sad time. I also ask we pray for all of our soldiers and their families, to keep them all safe and strong. And let us not forget about our 173rd families who have already been through the same situations. May God bless you 173rd soldiers and their families, I love you, in Christ, Kim Goodman, mother of Zach Goodman, HHC 1/508.


Name: Steff WOLFERT
Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 02:40:16 AM

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TO SSG ERIK WOLFERT YOU'RE AN UNCLE...your brother and Noel had their baby tonight...still awaiting details...your mom just woke me up! I said in honor of the jewish new year they should name him Ira David but alas..Holden August it is!! CONGRATS! I'm happy they get the month of Sept and now our boy will get Oct...YEAH! Can't wait for you to get home so I can get this baby of ours out of me...3 weeks... You have NO idea how much I love and miss you...see you soon...your wife


Name:
Email:
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 02:09:43 AM

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173rd Family, The love and support shown to our loved ones serving in Iraq is unmeasurable. The support we have for each other on this website is priceless. When we feel down or frustrated, get in touch with a friend or better yet, get out of "self" for just a moment and be of service to someone else who may be hurting too. I don't know about you, but I can't allow myself to think about "waiting for that fateful knock on the door", or being concerned about any notification details that may or may not happen. Our soldiers have lived enough drama in Iraq, they don't need drama from us, especially with R&R leaves happening. Be grateful and thankful. Signed, 2/503rd mom


Name: TO ALL HEAVY HEARTED FAMILIES
Email: GOD BLESS THE 173rd
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:24:10 AM

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No one is alone in this world. And especially, no one is alone if you are the proud family member of someone serving with the 173rd. No, the Army doesn't notify everyone who loves a soldier when he is hurt or killed in the war. Not even birthmothers and birthfathers who are still married and who raised their own son get notified if he is married. For example, our son's wife has decided to file for a divorce while he is fighting for his country in Iraq. Nothing in war is right or fair. My prayers go out to all of us because regardless who it was that lost their life and whether or not the Army notifies his birthparents or not, we are greatly saddened by the irreplaceable loss of one of the finest young men in America...GOD BLESS THE 173rd. PRAY HARDER!!! PEACE MEANS: NEVER HAVING TO WORRY IF SOMEONE IS GOING TO KNOCK AT YOUR DOOR AND TELL YOU THAT YOUR BELOVED SON, HUSBAND, OR FATHER HAS MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR HIS COUNTRY. PRAY HARDER NOW!!!


Name: Dave Burch
Email: twawsico@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 27, 2003
Time: 12:12:54 AM

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SFC FRANK LAUER: Hiya, buddy! I shot you an email again earlier. I hope you and yours are safe and well. Drop me a line when you get the chance. I've tried calling V several times over the last couple of weeks and haven't had any luck catching her at home. Will keep trying to touch base and see if she needs anything from the states. You know the number here. :)


Name: Mark's Birthmother
Email: geewilikers@msn.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:29:47 PM

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To all families waiting for that fateful knock on the door. At least you will be notified if anything happens to your loved one. I won't be so lucky! If anything happens to my son, I won't be notified. I'll have to get information second or third hand. You see, my son was adopted at birth. I am his birthmother. After years of searching, we were reunited just a couple months before the 9/11 attacks. The army doesn't even know I exist! If his adoptive family remembers to contact me, I'll get the news. This website has been my source of information, many times my only source of information on the 173rd.


Name: Amanda Calhoun
Email: amandacalhoun@cox.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:23:48 PM

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This message is for SPC Gregory Rodenburgh 2/503...thanks so much Greg for answering my email quickly to let me know that Aaron is OK since he has no access to email. I am glad you are OK also. For the families of the ones involved in the attack, my thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: Barb Kupisch - Jeff's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:01:37 PM

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To my precious son, J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503-MORTAR AND ALL OF THE 173 FAMILY - Our thoughts & prayers are with each one of you during this time of deep sorrow over the loss & injuries suffered by your unit today. You are truly the bravest, most heroic men & women I've had the honor to be associated with & pray for. Please know that you are not forgotten - you are greatly loved & prayed for. YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS! Families all over the USA & the world have united in prayer for the brave soldiers of the 173rd. To the families involved in this recent ambush please let us know what we can do to help ease the pain, besides prayer. Your son did not die in vain - he was a HERO - just as the rest of the 173rd continue to be. May God's strength, peace & wisdom surround & encompass you as your loved ones gather to pay their respect to your son. It is due him - respect & honor for the sacrifice he made to free these people who knew no freedom. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE! No greater love hath a man than this - that a man lay down his life for another. Your son's love for freedom unfortunately carried the ultimate price - a price of great love & sacrifice. The same goes for those who were injured in the ambush. We pray for your speedy, total recovery to 100% from the top of your head to the soles of your feet! Every bit whole! Let's light a candle in memory of all of those who have given their lives in this war & thank God for bringing strength, wisdom, peace & joy to their families and for a quick resolve that will secure peace & stability to this foreign land & bring our loved ones all home safe & sound! If one can put a thousand to flight & 2 can put ten thousand to flight - just think how many of the enemy will be exposed, captured & stopped if we all join in prayerful agreement! You are fighting the good fight of faith every day! Tho a thousand may fall on your left & ten thousand fall on your right side, it will not come near the 173rd any more in Jesus Name. Only with your eyes will you behold the reward of the wicked - & you are not the wicked - you are the blessed, redeemed, loved & cherished ones of God. He will never leave you nor forsake you, nor leave without support - He will not, He will not, He certainly will NOT! May the wisdom of God fill your hearts & mind and give you the discernment you require to carry out your orders & duties - and keep you strongly focused on the job He sent you to do. He will bring you safely home if you put your trust & confidence in Him - that's all faith is... being fully persuaded that THAT which God has said, He will do - & He'll do it for you just because He loves you! So, carry on, thou good & faithful Skysoldier! Your efforts are not in vain. God knows & sees everyone of you - even the hairs on your head are numbered. When you look into the skies & see how perfectly He has orchestrated the universe, remember - YOU are so precious to Him - & He will uphold you with His mighty victorious right hand & cover you in His protection with His wings. God Bless YOU! Stay strong! Encourage yourself in the Lord - discouragement will only weaken you. You need your strength, so stay encouraged - encourage each other & bring comfort to your brother or sister soldier. We will continue to stand guard in prayer as watchmen on the walls, praying without ceasing, presenting you & the 173rd before the Lord. I love you & am honored to pray for you. You are all invited over for dinner when you get home! Especially Lindberg & the anyone else who wants to come to Chicago! Bring your own meat - steak - whatever!! Grant would be so happy to cook dinner in your honor!! You can all swim in our pool & roast marshmallows in the firepit.YOu are more than welcome to come - be fed, swim & hang out when you're in the area - ask Jeff for our # & give us 24 hrs notice. You are family & most welcome - ANYTIME!! We'll send more packages soon. I contacted Jeff's junior high school who is seriously considering adopting the 173rd as their family to send Care Packages - just for you in Northern Iraq. The High School is considering this endeavor as well - not to be outdone by the younger students. Realize that there are people back home that love you & appreciate all your efforts in Northern Iraq - not just Bagdad. We are so proud of each one of you. May God's peace surround & keep you as you each help to maintain the peace. As you give, you shall receive... Love, the Kupisch Family


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:00:42 PM

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To the families of the wounded and fallen solder,we are very sad and our prayers are with you.


Name: Jessica Young
Email: angel1216@comcast.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 10:54:59 PM

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Attn:Spc. Bryan Kennedy, Hi Bryan! I'm sorry I haven't written anything in a while, I've been so busy. I've been up at college for a while now and am doing really well. I hope all is well with you too. Miss you so much. Hope to hear good news soon. I Love You! Love Cousin Jessie


Name: Carol Teshera
Email: okgramma@pcnuthut.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:59:02 PM

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To: Pfc Mark Teshera, 1- 508, in Kirkuk. I just want you to know that your whole family is missing you and waiting to hear from you. We love you GRAMMA


Name: Janice-Liana Waddell
Email: Janiceliana.waddell@us.army.mil
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:53:01 PM

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Does anyone know who got wounded/killed? This may be an insensitive question, butI don't get to talk with my husband that often. So I have no idea where he is at right now. I pray for those families who have had the agony of someone knocking on their door. Your soldier will forever watching over you now. I especially pray for my husband SGT Derrion Leshon Waddell and Spc Michael D Stacks. You are both always in Leslie's and my prayers. We hope you both come safe and sound, and we are very proud of you.


Name: Proud Aunt Jessie Olvera
Email: jesolvera@earthlink.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:22:03 PM

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This message is for Sgt.Christopher N,Mascio, and Spc.Selena Boyer, I was so glad you answered my e-mail this afternoon to let me know that you two are O.K. I am praying for the familiy of the lost soldier that was killed last night in Kirkuk, and a speedy recovery for the wounded. I am so sorry for the lost of one of your comrades. Please continue to keep the faith and God will hear your prayers. God bless you and the 173rd, you are doing a great job and I just want you to know that I am so proud of you. Keep up the good work and come home as soon as you can. Love always, your proud Auntie Jessie


Name: Paige
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:19:35 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: We all miss you very very much. There is some bad news,our computer teacher is going to retire but we will have some other computer teacher. Oh! Me and Michelle can fit eachothers clothes. My teacher i had last year has retire now Mrs. Taylor took her spot and Mrs. Huffer will still see us all at school. i hope your haveing fun. Send me a letter and put some good stuff in it. I hope you do remeber to send a letter. like i said one more time we all miss you very very much.


Name: Michael Bloom
Email: mibooze@bellsouth.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:15:13 PM

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I too was on pins and needles all day. Every time the door bell or the phone rang I had to take a deep breath. This being the beginning of the Jewish New Year I reflect on the year that has passed. All I can think about is the time our Sky Soldiers are spending in Iraq. For THIS holiday season I will have special prayers for all the 173rd and their families. In Jewish litergy there is a prayer for healing called the misheberach. I will say it for all those who have lost loved ones during this conflict. The bible teaches us that if we save even one person (even and Iraqui) it is as if we saved the entire world. For this the entire world should be thankful for all the men and women serving in the armed forces.


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:03:54 PM

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173rd Airborne Famlies: My deepest sympathies for the families of the brave solier who paided the ultimate cost today for our freedom. You are in my prayers and in my heart. We have all waited all day hoping to not hear the terrible news, jumping each time the phone rang or there was a knock at the door. Everyone was afraid to leave the house for fear they would miss the news. My family has not heard anything, I guess no news is good news. To the family that did receive the terrible news today, your family is in our prayers, you son is in our heart. michelle


Name: Nancy Asti
Email: nmask8@netscape.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 08:46:33 PM

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Dear 173rd soldiers and families: I am so terribly sorry for your lose today...my heart aches for you....God Bless you and know that God is on your side. The dear soldier who passed is with God now and he can be a guardian angel to pray to. My son in law Tom Csala is with 173rd and is in Germany right now for special training for Sergeant ( I forget the formal name) and I feel very grateful for my daughter that she does not have to sit and wait in agony for any news.......I am actually feeling a bit guilty for not having to stress out like the rest of the families....So I will pray for you all for your comfort. Also, if any soldier needs a ride from Baltimore airport to any point in MD, DE PA or NJ, I live in Northern MD and would be happy to pick him or her up when they come home for R & R . It is the least I can do. Just email me. Maybe we should start a fund to collect money to buy soldiers connecting flights that cannot afford them? God Bless all our heroes in the 173rd and in all of the military.


Name: Alex Wood
Email: Alexia_Wood@us.crawco.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 07:56:19 PM

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To the family of the soldiers who were attacked- My heart goes out to the family that lost the soldier on Thursday night in Kirkuk. My son Spc. Joshua Swan is also in Kirkuk. I know I worry every day for his safety. I think of your sons also as family and I felt your pain as well. May God bless you and comfort you in this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you and all the soldiers and just know that your son died a hero.


Name: Becky Slawik
Email: gbkiwals@cs.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 07:06:20 PM

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To the 173rd, our hearts and prayers are with each of you and your loved ones. Remember each of you are our heroes. It is hard in theses days to find heroes, but each of you are the greatest. Many back in the USA are praying for you. To my nephew Jeff Kupisch, we are proud of you and can't wait to see you when you get home. To the families of the soldiers involved in this horrific incident our prayers are with you, as we all wait by our phones, internet, and TV for an answer we are joined as one huge family. God Bless each of you!!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 06:57:29 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I pray that you are safe. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that I love you so very much. I have been anxiously awaiting news all day. I know in my heart you are safe and I will be waiting when you step off that plane for your much needed R&R. I am proud of the man you have become but you will always be my baby. I love you. Love Always - Mom


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 05:55:54 PM

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I don't know about the rest of the 173rd families but I'm about ready to visit the nearest bar and get drunk out of mind because of not knowing which dear soldier was killed or hurt and I don't even drink. May all of us take comfort in the fact that we are all in this together and have lots of support. To my dear Ranger Son, SSGT. Paul Wiseman, you are loved my many and we sure wish you were able to telephone. By the way, your brother shocked me today. I was in my office and all of a sudden he was next to me after being in Alaska for 3 months. Very wonderful surprise. Stay safe precious son! Mom


Name: Pat Kelley
Email: pkelley@senate.state.mo.us
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 05:49:44 PM

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To all members of the 173rd in Iraq. We are proud of you and all of you are in our prayers. We pray that those who have been injured will receive complete healing. For the soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, we are deeply saddened. Our prayers are with all the family. May God hold you close and bring you comfort in these difficult days. To all the members of the 173rd we are sorry for the loss of your comrade. To all the families that anxiously wait, we pray for God's peace as we wait to hear more news. Pat & Nancy Kelley - parents of 2nd Lt. Shane Kelley.


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 05:25:46 PM

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To all of the other members of the 173rd family, our prayers and thoughts are with you all. I know I have spent the day in anguish and prayer. My feelings have been mixed with joy for those soldiers home for R&R seeing their babies for the first time and tremendous sadness knowing one of our own has fallen. To my son Sgt Jason Harding know that we love you more than life itself and are anxiously awaiting your turn to be with the people who love and respect you so much. Be strong. We love you, MOM & BOB


Name: Jennifer Gonzalez
Email: Mexappeal@aol.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 04:49:47 PM

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I hope this settles some worries and eases some minds. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these soldiers. From Armytimes.com September 26, 2003 Military police soldier dies in ambush Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq — One soldier from the 173rd Airborne Brigade was killed and two others were wounded during an ambush in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday. The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday when someone fired a rocket-propelled grenade at their vehicle in the oil-producing city of Kirkuk, about 145 miles north of Baghdad. The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of kin. The death raised to 86 the number of U.S. soldiers killed by hostile fire since May 1, when President George W Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq. Two hundred Americans have died in combat here since the United States launched military operations here on March 20.


Name: Wanda Michael
Email: wndmichael@cs.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 04:48:12 PM

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To: Sgt. James M Ramsey, 2/503rd 173rd ABN, HHC Mortars Plt. : I heard from your Uncle Jeff just a little while ago that he heard on the news that some troops in the 173rd were hit today. Let us know that you are OK, alright? Jeff and I haven't called your mom yet to tell her what he has heard. We need to know something soon so that we can let her know your are all right. We know that you are most likely very busy at this time, but do your best as we know you will. We love you lots, Grandma.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 04:39:50 PM

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To. Sgt Land Jacob Daniel.... I can´t wait to see you i know it´s soon. I love you soooooo much no word can even say how much i Love you!!!!! Hugs and kisses. your nina


Name: Sarah Dudley
Email: bettomsar@highland.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 04:13:01 PM

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Looking for my half brother, Thomas "Kip" Baker. We're waitng to hear from him.


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 03:33:22 PM

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MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY, THOUGHTS, AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY AND LOVED ONES OF THE SOLDIER LOST IN KIRKUK TODAY. YOUR SACRAFICE IS FELT BY ALL IN THE 173RD FAMILY.


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 03:27:30 PM

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http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/09/26/sprj.irq.homecoming.ap/index.html


Name: Dennis R Rhyne
Email: rt66cc@aol.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 02:36:54 PM

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I have a nephew assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and is now stationed in Kirkuk. I am very proud and my nephew, Timothy C Brumley, and his brothers - all soldiers in arms. I wish them Godspeed in their mission and I hope and pray that all can come home to their loved ones in good condition. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of them. Good luck and be safe. Dennis R Rhyne - served 10 years US Army Military Police Corp - 1971 - 1981 - retired Corporal - Amarillo Police Department. p.s. Thanks for your commitment.


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 02:08:58 PM

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I just checked out the Armytimes website. Not a lot was said. Does anyone have any information???? What platoon, company? Anything? Please!!!! Michelle


Name: The Herringtons
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:54:28 PM

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To the family of the 173rd hero who lost his life, God be with you and please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. How ironic, the sorrow and elation of this day. Nearly 200 soldiers are on American soil. To those families who had loved ones arrive today ENJOY every minutes. We have no idea if our son is one of them. He phoned his son's mother Thursday morning at 4 a.m. and all we know is she and his son will pick him up at the airport. He wants to surprise everyone else. We're not questioning her so we don't spoil the surprise Josh wants. Needless to say, we've been on the edge of our seats waiting to see if he walks in the door today. God Bless all the 173rd families and thank you to all those "moms" who have e-mailed me and sent me photos. We are truly a united family for our soldiers!


Name: Jessica Glass
Email: QTPie590@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:28:29 PM

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Has anyone heard the names of the soliers who were injured last night???? My fiance Spc. Joshua Swan is over there. If anyone knows the names of those who were hurt please email me back, or email me if you have heard anymore news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the soldiers families. I am praying for their safe return home!!!


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:27:48 PM

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I just got off the web page of the armytimes.com and it lists a military police officer was the one that got killed. I can't confim this, only what the story reads. I hope this will give some families a little sigh of relief. My heart goes out to this family


Name: diane
Email: discocook@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:12:20 PM

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Jeremy Czarnik's aunt could not have expressed my thoughts more precisely. I too have a nephew in the 173rd and I pray that he is safe, but it saddens me to know that even if he is safe, he may have lost a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the 173rd family today and always.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:06:08 PM

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Everyone is waiting & praying all across the USA. My niece called from Minnesota because she heard this on the news this morning. Any glimpse of news or update we can find, we search, check & listen - anywhere & everywhere. One of our own has fallen. Each family is touched by this tragedy because of the closeness we feel with this unit - these SkySoldiers - Our Heroes, our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters.... that we adopted through many hours of prayer.... Our hearts go out to each family of the 173rd. May God grant you the grace & peace you need right now! To My Precious Son JEFFREY KUPISCH w/ 2/503 MORTAR ... Encourage & uplift your brothers & sisters. Be strong, courageous & wise. Continue to fight the Good Fight of Faith, son. We look forward to your phone calls & letters - This would be a really good time to CALL HOME so your familY know you're OK! Understand??? We love you & need to know that you're all right!! It was such a priviledge to get to talk to you for so long the other day - please call again - very soon! I love you - we all love you!! YOU are our HERO! You & the 173rd! God bless each & every one of you& your families! We miss you, Jeff! Love, Mom & Dad


Name: M.M.
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 12:57:58 PM

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To Everybody Supporting the 173rd let us all get together and pray for the safety of our loved ones ,I also pray for the family of soldier that got killed . I hope God gives his family strength to get through this .My condolences are with the you.Let's keep praying togethere for our guys so God can bring them home as soon as possible


Name: Terri
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 12:53:17 PM

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173rd Soldier quoted in recent Yahoo! news. :)U.S. Soldiers Arrive in Md. for Vacation By WILEY HALL, Associated Press Writer LINTHICUM, Md. - The first U.S. troops to get a two-week vacation from their work in Iraq (news - web sites) landed on the East Coast early Friday and were looking forward to seeing their families, eating home-cooked food and getting some sleep. "The first thing is, get a good nap," said Pvt. Bryan Harper, 23, a member of 173rd Airborne Division from Portland, Ore. "Two weeks is not a lot of time to spend on leave," he said. "I've learned on leave you don't make plans because they never work out. Just spend time with family and friends." Harper and the other 191 soldiers who arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport about 6 a.m. are the first wave in the military's largest home leave program since the Vietnam war. A dozen family members waited at the airport to greet the soldiers, most of whom were catching connecting flights to their home cities. After waving to TV cameras, some pushed through a crowd of reporters to get to the pay phones. A sign read: "Welcome Home U.S. Armed Forces. Thanks for Serving Our Country." "It's good to be back," said Pvt. Larry Burns, 20, of Burlington, Vt. He was looking forward to seeing his wife and his daughter, Alexia, who was born two weeks ago. Pfc. James Short, 23, of Pittsburgh, cradled his 8-week-old daughter in the airport, saying simply, "It feels great." Staff Sgt. Christina DiFlaurio, 36, of El Paso, Texas, was looking forward to surprising her daughter, who turns 16 on Oct. 2. "I hope to be there when she gets home from school, sitting on the couch, saying, 'Hi!'" DiFlaurio said. In her knapsack was a stuffed camel she bought in Kuwait as a gift. The group left on Thursday for a 16-hour trip that included a stop in Germany, where 78 soldiers got off the plane for leave in Europe. The announcement Thursday of the leave plan stirred excitement among families of troops serving in Iraq, but many said the two-week break will bring heartbreak when it's time for their loved ones to return to duty. The program was ordered to provide relief and boost morale for forces serving 12-month tours of duty in the hot, dangerous and sometimes primitive conditions in Iraq, as well as those in support roles in neighboring countries. That means it's available to the vast majority of the more than 130,000 troops deployed there, officials said. The program offers 15-day vacations, with some transportation paid, for every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine staying in region for a year, said Marine Maj. Pete Mitchell, a Central Command spokesman. The government pays for the flights to Germany and Baltimore. Troops continuing on from there to their homes or other places will cover that expense. Eventually the military hopes to also have flights to Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles. Yearlong rotations were ordered during the summer for most troops as violent resistance to the occupation spiraled and the Bush administration found little success in getting more nations to contribute forces. The subject of deployment lengths has been sensitive, with some soldiers and their families complaining bitterly about delays in their homecoming, repeated deployments and the extension of tours. "First of all, rest and recuperation ... is essential just because what they're being asked to do is pretty darn difficult," Mitchell said of the troops. "But it's more than that; we also believe rest and recuperation will improve readiness." He said the mental and physical break from Iraq will make forces "that much more alert, that much ... more on top of the game." Bob Muller, president of the Vietnam Veterans of American Foundation, took an opposite view, saying he recalls that there was a disproportionate number of casualties among those back from leave in Vietnam compared to the rest of the troops. He said troops go through a rigorous and intense period preparing for deployment, then take time to adapt to a combat zone. "To get yanked out of that is such a trip in your own head ... it makes it really hard to come back in," he said. "It was sort of like you broke stride ... you're distracted." Still, he said, he would never say he was against giving leaves. "My memory of my R&R experience is very vivid," said Muller, who served in the war in the late 1960s with the Marines. "The night before departure was just raucous, exuberant, everybody was pumped. A week later, coming back, nobody said a word — and I mean it was absolute stone silence." ___


Name: Proud Aunt of Pvt Jeremy Czarnik
Email: ewollmut@mecompanies.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 12:34:12 PM

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Like most of the 173rd families out there, I too wait to hear news of the soldiers involved in last nights ambush especially news of my nephew Jeremy Czarnik. My heart goes out to all of you. Although I pray we will hear that Jeremy is safe, I can't help but think that whoever was involved was a friend and brother-in-arms of my nephew, and I am saddened that any of our soldiers should feel this loss. I am proud of all our troops and thank God they are there on our behalf. Thank you all.


Name: David Barberet Sr.
Email: davidbarberet@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 12:33:24 PM

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My son Sgt.David Barberet Jr. is also in Kirkuk. If anyone hears anything please let me know. David Barberet Sr.


Name: David Barberet Sr.
Email: davidbarberet@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 12:33:10 PM

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My son Sgt.David Barberet Jr. is also in Kirkuk. If anyone hears anything please let me know. David Barberet Sr.


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 12:17:22 PM

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If anyone hear any news about our soliders please send me an email i pray that my solider is ok Sgt Harrison,Taion


Name: Linda Bean
Email: lbean@diversityinc.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:51:28 AM

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To the families and loved ones of the 173rd. Please know our hearts and prayers are with yours. Greg and Linda Bean, parents of Spec. Coleman Bean, 3rd Platoon, B Co., 2/503rd.


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:41:47 AM

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Uri Nieves,2nd 503 infantry, hey baby what's up down there? I'm good, i had another accident with scooter,but...no problem. I MISS YOU!! Call me if you can!Anna


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:41:24 AM

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I am Trying to figure out if eveybody with loved ones in Kirkuk are all sitting by the phone/tv/computer to find out if it is their loved ones that were involved with last nights ambush. I live on the west coast,it is 0839 and I pray that my son is OK. I will be praying for all the soldiers and families as we wait to hear from someone. God Bless.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:39:07 AM

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I am Trying to figure out if eveybody with loved ones in Kirkuk are all sitting by the phone/tv/computer to find out if it is their loved ones that were involved with last nights ambush. I live on the west coast,it is 0839 and I pray that my son is OK. I will be praying for all the soldiers and families as we wait to hear from someone. God Bless.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:38:07 AM

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I am Trying to figure out if eveybody with loved ones in Kirkuk are all sitting by the phone/tv/computer to find out if it is their loved ones that were involved with last nights ambush. I live on the west coast,it is 0839 and I pray that my son is OK. I will be praying for all the soldiers and families as we wait to hear from someone. God Bless.


Name: PROUD MOM
Email: mdhat@mrtc.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 11:25:25 AM

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Silent Anguish! Agonizing fear! Flowing tears while reading the release about the recent ambush in Kirkuk! Anxiously hovering over the telephone; nervously surfing the channels on tv for news; frantically searching the internet in hopes to learn more about OUR SONS/HUSBANDS/FATHERS involved in this recent attack. We are not strangers to these emotions as we sit helplessly on the sidelines time and time again to learn of another son killed in action; another son wounded. Not 'a soldier' from the 173rd, OUR SOLDIER; one of our extended family members! We grieve together as we're forced to face the reality of war and the ultimate price paid for the freedoms that are so recklessly taken for granted by many. My heart, my love, my prayers go out to the families directly involved. Know that you are not alone in your grief. And to my own flesh and blood soldier/son, SPC Phillip Hatton, who's there in Kirkuk: I love you more than life itself! Stand tall and comfort one another as you say goodbye to your fallen comrade. I love you and I'm so proud of you, "MOM"


Name: Proud sister of Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 10:38:00 AM

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I just heard that someone from the 173rd was killed by an RPG attack. I can only say that I feel so so very sorry for the family that will be given this horrible news. My brother was killed that very same way. I hate this and I want it to end. I can't handle this anymore. This makes me hurt even more and it brings that horrible day, August 2nd, back to me and I am just hurting so bad right now. I'm at work and I think that I'll be leaving early before anyone comes in to see my eyes all swelled up. The name hasn't been stated yet. I only hope that all the support and love goes to that family during this time. The 173rd family has been so good to me and I know that they will take this family under it's wings like they did for me. I love you 173rd!!! Never forget that!!! Jessica Hebert


Name: Tommy Matthews proud dad of PV2 Matthews Jonathan T. HHC 2/503
Email: tmatthews56@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:42:12 AM

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To all the families of the 173rd, by now everyone is aware of the upcoming r&r for our soldiers. I had read the military would allow free travel to Baltimore but in this mornings Tyler Morning Telegraph I noticed that additional free travel would be allowed to Dallas, Los Angeles, or Atlanta. This should come as good news for all the families. Let us continue to pray for the safe return of all our soldiers.


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 09:13:45 AM

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Hey Sgt Harrison,Taion, whats going on baby?I hope you are taking care of your self.I heard that some of you receive a chance to come home, i pray to god that you are in the second pick. Taleisha and I love you very much.Take care of your self!


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 08:37:11 AM

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We should all spend the day saying silent prayers for the family of the soldier who was killed and those who were wounded. Also, let's pray for the safety and morale of our soldiers in Kirkuk. God bless all of us.


Name: Caneatra Shante' Mallory
Email: Caneatra@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 08:14:41 AM

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I hope you have a safe return to Vicenza or where ever you call home. I think I will be speaking for everyone when I say you are in our prayer and we love you all!!! Stay safe and return to us soon.


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 08:07:43 AM

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Does anyone know what Company or Platoon was involved in the ambush? My son PFC Nathan Garcia is A Co. 1/508th 3rd PLT. May God be with each and everyone of us. Arlene


Name: Arlene Nicholson
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 07:33:20 AM

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It's true, It's true. The men got R&R. I just left post and saw about 6 or so guys in DCU's just come into the food court. Some of them still had their duffle bags with them. They all had big smiles on their faces and you could tell they were happy to be here. Once I went outside to leave post, I saw one guy who apparently just came back with a big bundle of flowers. WELCOME HOME MEN! No, the men don't get to choose when they come home. It is up to their unit in which order they are coming home. I don't even have an clue as to when my husband will get his 15 days of R&R, but just knowing he will get it, brings a huge smile to my face and is making my 5 year old very happy. You would think it is Christmas time around my house with how happy she is. So, for those of you whose son or husband wasn't in the first group, hang tight. They will be home soon.


Name: Lynn
Email: lwilson@apwuhp.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 06:46:23 AM

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Friday, September 26, 2003 -- My nephew is Sgt. Brandy Cohen, 173rd (74th INF DET LRS). I heard on the news this morning that one soldier was killed and 2 injured in Kirkuk at 11:18 pm. Our family is very worried. Has anyone heard anything on this?


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 06:36:53 AM

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Middle East - AP U.S. Soldier Killed, Two Hurt in Iraq 1 hour, 1 minute ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - One soldier from the 173rd Airborne Brigade was killed and two others were wounded during an ambush in northern Iraq (news - web sites), the U.S. military said Friday. The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday when someone fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the soldiers' vehicle in the oil-producing city of Kirkuk, about 145 miles north of Baghdad. The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of relatives. The death raised to 86 the number of U.S. soldiers killed by hostile fire since May 1, when President Bush (news - web sites) declared an end to major combat in Iraq. Please if you have any info who was that soldier let me know!!!! I am so worried now....


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 06:33:05 AM

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Sorry to report, but you'll hear the rumors anyway! FOX NEWS reports ..."In Baghdad, the U.S. military said one soldier from the 173rd Airborne Brigade was killed and two others were wounded during an ambush in northern Iraq. The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at their vehicle. The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of kin." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,98378,00.html Once I get a name I will post it, it usually takes 2-3 days for the official release


Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 06:25:39 AM

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Attn: Sgt. Rene Corella 1st Plt, Aco 2/503: Bonjour mon doudou! I know you can't send e-mails but you still might be able to read these messages. I hope everything is still OK for you. You know I have never received your last e-mail :,( it got lost. I got mad at the IT systems dep't to compensate a bit!! Now I just hope I'll get some news soon. Say hi to your friends ;-) and you guys all take care. Gros Bisous mon chéri. A prestissimo! Love - B


Name: R & R Update
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 02:07:41 AM

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It is true that our Sky Soldiers are getting R&R, how the dust will settle and how many people actually come home is the unknown. But I hope that the wives whose husbands are not in this first group (who should be in Vicenza already, if not today) will not begrudge those women whose husbands where CHOSEN to come. The OML (order of merit list) was not made by the soldiers. It was made by the command. So just be happy for them. I know that my husband is not in any of the first groups but I am just happy that someone will be with thier loved one.


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:35:57 AM

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Has anyone received any pictures from Bco 3rd Plt 1/508th if so would you please e-mail me I'm looking any pics that my son Pfc Seth Anderson may be in. Thank you. A Proud Parent of a 173rd MAN--Ron Anderson


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday September 26, 2003
Time: 01:08:33 AM

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Name: Dale Clymer
Email: VaNightOwl@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 11:04:50 PM

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To Family Member of Soldiers in 1/508 B Company 2plt -- My son Brian (2Lt) is the platoon leader for this platoon. I received a letter from him dated 9/9/2003 and an email on 9/17/2003. In the Email he stated they were still in Tuz and that not much was going on. He said they were basically bored. Personally, I'll take boredom over them in danger any day!


Name: anne gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 10:47:59 PM

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What wonderfully encouraging news -- we pray it is true! It certainly will make our fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas -- everything if there is hopes of R&R coming the way of all these fine young men and women. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Let's hope it comes to pass. . .Blessings on all you precious families with loved ones over "there". Anne Gonzalez - proud parent of a 173rder


Name: To Everyone About the R & R Rumors!
Email: Does this look like a rumor to you?
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 08:42:07 PM

News

NEWS RELEASE HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND 7115 South Boundary Boulevard MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101 Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- September 25, 2003 Release Number: 03-09-22 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE U.S. Central Command Unveils R & R Leave Program In a continuing effort to improve the quality of life and readiness of U.S. service members currently supporting operations in Iraq, the United States Central Command has established a Rest and Recuperation Leave program beginning September 25, 2003. Those service members serving in the Iraqi theater of operations with 12-month orders will be eligible for this program. Service members will have the opportunity to be flown at government expense either to a designated location in Europe or the United States where they can then link up with follow-on commercial transportation and take up to 15 days of annual leave. This annual leave will enable service members the opportunity for rest and recuperation and to focus on family and friends during their leave. The program is seen as a quality of life investment in the U.S. forces serving in the Iraqi theater which actually will improve readiness. For additional information on the program, please contact the U.S. Central Command Public Affairs Office, Major Pete Mitchell, USMC, or Maj Mike Escudie, USAF, at (813) 827-5894/5895/5896. For follow-on questions, on-camera interviews or coverage of the forces going on leave, please contact ARCENT Forward Public Affairs, Camp Doha, Kuwait, Captain Douglas Duecker at 011-965-468-2289/2292, Douglas.duecker@kuwait.army.mil. It is so nice to share! Hope this makes someone's day.


Name: Carol Marceau
Email: normsfox@adelphia.net
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 08:20:32 PM

News

Keith,It was so good to hear your voice. Uncle Ed's address is 188 Summit Ln., Washington Court House, Ohio 43160. His birthday is 10-01. I'm so proud of you and all the 173rd and I pray that you all come home safe. I love you, mom


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 06:33:37 PM

News

PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you. The weather has been beautiful the past few days and I'm hoping it is cooling off for you over there. Michelle and I went shopping together today. Were your ears burning? We can't wait for you to come home. Let us know if there is anything you need and let us know as soon as possible about your leave date. Take care and remember how much I love you. Love Always - Mom


Name: diane
Email: discocook@Yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 06:30:13 PM

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thanks Molly. That was what I was looking for.


Name: Molly Dieckman(Wife of SPC Caleb Dieckman)
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 04:32:25 PM

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DIANE: To answer your question....check out www.army.mil/organization/unitdiagram.html That should explan a lot for you.


Name: Vickie
Email: rooda@wecnet.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 03:08:17 PM

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Looking for info from Anyone that has a soldier in B Co. 2nd platoon 1/508 173rd Airborne. Please get in touch with me. Thanks


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:12:54 PM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON, A CO, 2ND 503RD, 2ND PLT: HI, SON! JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL THINKING OF YOU, AS USUAL, AND WANTED TO SEND OUR LOVE. JAIME GOT TO RIDE AROUND LOWES MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN DALE JRS. RACE CAR ON TUESDAY WITH AN INSTRUCTOR FROM THE R. PETTY DRIVING SCHOOL...SHE WAS THRILLED TO DEATH-SAID SHE GOT TO GO 165 MPH AND RIGHT UP AGAINST THE WALL...SOUNDS ALMOST AS EXCITING AS JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE, BUT NOT QUITE! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, WATCH YOUR BACK, AND STAY SAFE. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU! LOVE, MOM, DAD, AND JAIME


Name: Russell Mote and Family
Email: gretaldog55@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 01:36:02 PM

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Sgt.Tim Stanley, 1-508 173rd Airborne Brigade, Hi Tim, We are so proud of the work you have done in the past in your career and the work you are doing now. Can't wait to see you in April. I have April off. Take care of yourself and your men, Russ


Name: Diane
Email: discocook@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 01:23:41 PM

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I saw a post asking how many men were in a plt. I am curious also, in fact wondering how the whole 173rd is divided. I've seen messages to the 508th, the 503rd, A Co, B Co, 1st plt, 2nd plt, etc. Would appreciate anyone who knows to post a message. thanks.


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 01:16:23 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco2/503 3rd plt: Hey sexy, i'm finally back in Italy....long drive....Just wanna tell you i love you and miss you, cant wait your phonecall. i'm sorry i've got to go, R.T. is on my head. love you, Lucy


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 12:24:26 PM

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We were wondering if anyone has heard any news from Bravo Company 1/508th in TUZ. Our son James is with 2nd Plt. We haven't heard anything from him for over a month now and would appricite any news anyone has to share. If they are still in TUZ or if they have been moved. Thanks and God Bless all the 173rd and their families. We pray for their safty.


Name: DAVIDE BIANCULLI
Email: davidebianculli@libero.it
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 11:49:19 AM

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Greetings to my friend 2LT Rafael Camporese. I hope you'll come back early. Bye, Davide Bianculli from Italy


Name: Susan Barnes
Email:
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 10:53:24 AM

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Sure would like to see more pictures of 2/503rd, Battle company,1st platoon, which my son Ben is in, if anyone has any pics of that company, please post. Thank you.


Name: Proud Mom
Email:
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 10:43:43 AM

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To Sgt. Benjamin Barnes, 2/503rd. Battle Co., Son, we love you and are so proud of you and all the guys there. So many here at home ask about you and send their prayers and good wishes to you. We are homeless now, living in the travel trailer while the new house gets started and built. Can't wait for you and Elizabeth to come and visit us. Hope you get home to Italy and your beautiful wife soon. We love you, Mom, Dad & Matt


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 08:11:53 AM

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Hey Sgt Harrison,Taion Just wanted to let you know you are love and missed very much love you


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 07:20:01 AM

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To SGT.DANIEL KORP 3rd.PLT B.CO. 2/503 who are you doing call us when you get a change we miss and love you. mark got 3 weeks left to gratuation and that are going to be the hard ones jj got her self a new house in clarksville.have to go to a buschrace next weekend in kc. i don't know if i like that.your dad will love it luke has to travel with the ksu football team thay going to texas next week he go speeding ticked again.he is going in your footsteps.we all love and miss you very much. mom


Name: SSG KEITH MARCEAU
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:48:57 AM

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Mom, sorry i woke you up yesterday, butit was nice to talk to you. hope you were able to tell i am doing fine, no worries. thanks for the packages..love keith. tell the family hi, and can you send me address to uncle eddie? love ya!


Name: Kyle Spencer
Email: Papermonkey595@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:44:08 AM

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Wait, that address isnt applicable. (on the web page). I'll figure something out......soon. Until then, i'll keep posting, and checking my e-mail. More respect and love.


Name: Kyle Spencer
Email: Papermonkey595@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:41:07 AM

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Wassup Jeff! Now I have an E-mail Address. Send something to it, if you can. And I've written down the address posted on the site, so I can go about biz that way. Still need your bro's. I'm always at work, and I cant call your folks from work. Or anyone, for that matter. Until I get my cell phone back on. Don't ask. But yeah.....expect more lines of communication to open. Hell, I may get a cell you could actually call soon, it you have the ability to at one point or another. Until then, expect a letter as soon as transit permits it. Respect and love.


Name: SSG KEITH MARCEAU
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:30:34 AM

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ABBY, thank you soo much for sending daddy a post on this website. it means alot to me. i love you soooooo much. i hope school is going good and you are making new friends. i hope you have been getting the post cards i send you. i love you soooo much! kisses and hugs. i miss you! DADDY!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:27:47 AM

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TO.. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Baby, Just a short message: I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU TONS. Take care With all my Love! Your Nina


Name: SSG KEITH MARCEAU
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 02:27:00 AM

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Caroline,i am very relieved that you are ok, don't worry about the truck. know that i am thinking of my wonderful wife everyday! please be careful. i love you too much, to get news of you being hurt! take the bus for a bit, ok? silly woman! me, i am doing ok..just really missing you. hopefully i get home on leave for you soon. i will send off the INS paperwork today. i am sorry i was not there for you on that scary moment! don't worry, after this i will look for a chairborne ranger position, so you can see me every night! 2 more years, that's it. i love you and miss you, keith! i am very proud of you!


Name: BRENT JOHNSON
Email: bebo@sctelcom.net
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 01:11:50 AM

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HEY BROTHERS & SISTERS, GOD BLESS YOU ALL & MAY HIS HAND BE UPON YOU ALL. SO MANY, MANY, MANY, OF US AMERICANS LOVE YOU, THANK YOU, AND ARE PRAYING, AND SUPPORTING YOU IN YOUR ENDEAVOR. I PERSONALLY THANK YOU AND I WOULD BE WITH YOU IF I COULD. "YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN" I AM A VET OF VIETNAM 1967 "4th 503rd Infantry, "D" Company" """173RD. AIRBORNE SKY SOLDIERS" GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Brent Johnson


Name: Rachael Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 01:07:43 AM

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Parents/Wives/Girlfriends of A Co...I received two rolls of film from my son, Sgt. Shane D. Wilson, 3rd Plt A Co 1/508. Thankfully for me, most are of him, the Iraqi people/kids and equipment. I do, however have a couple of a bunch of the guys. One in full gear and through e-mails, have been able to identify 7 out of 8 as, besides my son, SSG Wolfert, Northrup, Riveria (sp) Sgt. Ruiz, Freeborn, & Sams. If any of you belong to these lovely boys, e-mail me and I'll be happy to send you the picture. I also have another of them kicking back without all their equpment on and am not sure if it's the same guys. Again, if you'd like me to send you a copy, e-mail me. p.s. God Bless you Shane and know your So Cal familia is praying for a speedy return. Be safe and be smart!! xoxox...Mom


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday September 25, 2003
Time: 12:04:37 AM

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Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 10:24:10 PM

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Any Sky Soldiers or families of sky soldiers out there living in Florida? If so check local information out at www.FloridaSkySoldiers.com We like to pull resources. We are having a meeting In Orlando 27 September. All are welcome, but email me if you coming so I know how many to expect. webmaster@173rdAirborne.com


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 10:15:14 PM

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Any Sky Soldiers or families of sky soldiers out there living in Florida? If so check local information out at www.FloridaSkySoldiers.com We like to pull resources. We are having a meeting In Orlando 27 September. All are welcome, but email me if you coming so I know how many to expect. webmaster@173rdAirborne.com


Name: Adriana Weller
Email: nanaweller@hotmail .com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 07:44:31 PM

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I read the letter of Mislead Dad, I have and Email address that will send your loved ones their email directly to them when the Supply Trucks deliver their meals to them. The email Address is: 1508FRG@setaf.army.mil On subject line write: Rank, full name, company, plt and sqd. I have been Emailing my son and he has gotten all of his email and finally called after not having heard his voice for over three months. It was great to hear him. Hope that this helps everyone. They may not be able to email you back but they will get there mail. Proud Mother of Matthew Weller C Company. Adriana Weller


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 05:23:42 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: Hey kid brother....we got confirmation that ya'll will be able to come home soon. Take care, I miss you so much... How would you feel about talking to the kids class? I am sure they would come up with some interesting questions? Michelle


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 03:30:56 PM

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Hi...I have just received some great photos of A co, 2nd platoon of the 2nd/503rd from my son..they are great.! There is a great photo of the entire platoon taken on March 28 at the Bashur Drop Zone. I also have a great photo of my son with a PFC. McCurty. If anyone would like a copy, just email me at the above address and I will be happy to send you one! Phyllis


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 01:29:19 PM

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this is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503.hi honey, is it true about r&r, i hope so ,you guys need a break, thats wonderful. hope you try and call again, miss you very proud of you,love mom


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 12:06:08 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you. I'll be going into town Friday and will try to get another care package in the mail. Take care and let me know if there is anything else you need. I miss you!! Love Always - Mom


Name: Molly Dieckman(Wife of SPC Caleb Dieckman)
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 11:29:47 AM

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Just a note to all the fans of 1/508 Charlie Company.....I have some pictures that my husband sent to me for developing. I have not had a chance to scan them but will be doing that soon. If you would like to see them I can and will eventually email them as attachments to anyone who wants them. I know as of right now I have pictures of Bender, Williams, Cross, and Espinosa (Pino). There are more cameras on the way and I will send updates to anyone that has emailed me.


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 11:21:56 AM

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Hey does anyone have any pictures of 1st sqaud, 3rd platoon Charlie Company? i haven't seen hardly any pictures of them!


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 11:07:08 AM

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TO PFC PHILIP A. GRANT, 1-508th, C CO. Hi Philip, just wanted to send a hug and a little kiss anti-sadness! lol! luv, giulia ^_^*


Name: Kourtney Nicole AKA Kasey Robbins Lil Sis
Email: cheerchicsr04@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 10:57:02 AM

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hey bubba, i just thought i would say hey, how are you doin? i'm doing just fine, well we have state CHEERLEADING in 2 weeks, we took 2nd only 7 points away from carl albert, it was just neat because we havent been that close to them. well, i guess i will let you go now, you have to call the house before oct 4. well i love you and miss you. love ya always and forever, Kourtney Nicole


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 10:15:11 AM

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E-mails to 2nd PLT, Battle Co, 2/503rd - For about two months now I have been printing and forwarding e-mails from this site to my son Sgt Jason Harding. I send him e-mails from his girlfriend and e-mails of general support. He loves it. I would be happy do the same for you if you just identify 2nd Plt, etc in your e-mail. I know he would deliver them gladly. PROUD 173rd MOM.


Name: Proud Father
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 09:40:39 AM

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Dear Misled Dad, Many kind hearted readers have cut out these messages and sent them to the platoon leaders in the past. My son has been there since March 26th and one of these posted messages was actually the first that he received from home after arriving. He was able to get someone to deliver me a message via email and tell me that he had received a note from this site. This was the first or middle of April. I think that his Sgts. wife in Italy actually cut the message out and sent it via mail. Don't be discouraged. Hopefully someone will do the same for you. Proud Father


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 08:12:56 AM

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Sgt Harrison Taion, Just wanted to say hello! Every thing here is fine,can't wait until you come home,I love you very much. If any one have any close up pictures of 1-508 please send me a email! Thank you very much.


Name: Sam Frye
Email: samfrye001@msn.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 06:00:42 AM

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Would anyone happen to have pictures of 3rd squad, 1st platoon, B Company, 1st/508th taken after August 1st? My son was deployed on that date and we are interested in having some photos. He has sent five but we would like more. Please email if anyone out there has photos.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 05:01:58 AM

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SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Baby! I heard about the good news! Thanks for calling me again. Well i hope you´ll coming home soon for this two weeks i can´t wait to see you! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Does anybody know more about the R&R for the TF 1/63 ? Please email me then.


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 02:23:35 AM

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i heard that there was a slim chance that nco;s will be comming home for the r and r has any one heard this?


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: liengle@cableone.net
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 01:48:46 AM

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Just talked to my son PFC Jacob Engle, and he said that he has not gotten any of these letters that I have been writing him on this site. Just thought I would let some of you know. Mislead Dad


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 12:58:21 AM

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Justin told me the same thing. He is in kirkurt and will be there for a while. He called me three times today in a row.I guess he is making up for lost time. Unfortunatly he wont be one of the first home. He is still a single soldier to the goverment. See told you just the girlfriend. Oh well anytime is good for me. We are all so happy here. We are already planing his party. I can't wait. God Bless America and God Bless the 173rd Airborne! May our soilders have a safe and swift trip home to loving arms and warm smiles.


Name: LeeAnn
Email: LeeAnny21 @hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 24, 2003
Time: 12:46:58 AM

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There is around 40 guys in a platoon. Thats an awesome thing your doing. I'm sure the guys will love it!


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 10:48:41 PM

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Does anyone know how many soldiers are in a PLT? I would like to send everyone in Nathans PLT a goodie bag for Halloween and Christmas but need to know how many to send.Thank-you for your help. Arlene


Name: David and Linda Bewley
Email: lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 10:13:28 PM

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To SGT. Brandon Bewley: Great news about leave for the 173rd. I can't imagine a more deserving group of soldiers who've given their all defending our way of life and freedoms. Let us know the moment you are notified of departure and we will be wherever (with Megan) to pick you up. Stay focused and don't let your guard down until you're on the plane. Then you can relax and be filled with anticipation of what's in store for you when you get home. There are prayer chains all over the country on your behalf. Everyone is so proud of you and your fellow soldiers for the job you're doing. You will always be our hero. All our love and respect, Mom and Dad


Name: james arthur
Email: odd19male@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 09:59:29 PM

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To TomASS lab. how you doing bro? you still hanging in there? i graduated from Coast Gaurd Bootcamp on Aug 22 and i am living on campus at UMD. The partys are great. i have a new cell number 301-801-2162. well talk to you later. Rember the whole gang back home is supporting you!!


Name: Don and Pat Lindsay
Email: DRandPAL@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 09:44:27 PM

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To SGT Michael Grabski 2/503, I am Pat Lindsay, your Moms cousin, Aunt Ruby's Daughter. My husband Don and I ran in to your Mom and Mike in Reno a couple of weeks ago and she gave us this address. We wanted to let you know how proud we are of you and how much we support you, your unit and the mission you all are doing. I also couldn't help but notice, when your mother showed me your picture, how handsome you have become. The last time we saw you you were just a little boy. That is no longer the case. You have become a man in the real sense of the word. Service to your country is the most honorable thing a young man can do, and we love each and every one of you for it. Please take care, be safe, and when you get home you have one big hug coming from me. We would love to hear from you or any one else that would like to email us. Our email address [just to be sure you get it] is DRandPAL@aol.com. We would like to have a regular mailing address also so that we can send some goodies. If there is anything you have really been wanting or needing let us know. Goodbye for now, Pat and Don Lindsay


Name: Arlene Mitchell
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 09:00:38 PM

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I have some pictures of a couple of soldiers from A Co 1/508th 3rd PLT. E-mail me, and I will send you pictures. One of them could be your soldier. PFC Nathan Garcia II A Co 1/508 3rd PLT, another package was sent off, hope you get it soon. We miss you very much. Keep up the great work and come home soon. Love, Mom


Name: Lisa Ford
Email: lmazujian@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 08:18:12 PM

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Christopher Mazujian 1Plt/ A co. 2/503rd....Hello son,hope all is well with you. We miss you and wish we could at least get to hear your voice. Everyone here at home is doing well. Your little boy seems to get bigger by the day. But that is no surprise since he can eat like his father! He is just like you in so many ways. Your father is trying to get in touch with you so he can come up and visit you. He said that even though he is in Bagdad, it is still far from you. We love you son. Take care or yourself.....Love Mom


Name: Gavin
Email: badger4hire@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 08:12:58 PM

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This message is for Spc. Whitelatch, Nathan D 1stplt. Aco 2/503- Hey little brother I missed your call by 10 seconds tops. If you do get a chance to give me a ring again and I do not pick up- leave a message and the time you will be calling back. Chances are I will be ticked off I missed you the 1st time and will be able to answer within 5m of the original call. I'm sending your birthday package in the mail tomorrow; hopefully it hits its mark this time. I've had 3 sent back thus far. Hell I don't even know if this works. Let me know if it does. If you get a chance to come back for mid tour leave drop me a line I am not taking any classes this semester and I am the boss of my crew which makes taking off easy.Take cre little brother. Gavin


Name: Jacalyn Gilbert
Email: july1happy@adelphia.net
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 08:04:14 PM

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To Joseph E. King, 501FSC, 173rd Just sending lots of love, hugs and kisses from your family and friends. May you find comfort in happy memories of family and friends and the love we have for you sustain you and give you strength. We love and miss you so much. We are proud of you. Stay safe... Love Always Mom, Brian,Tova,Michael,Dad,Joan,Thomas, Grandpa & ma Kramer, Grandpa & ma King, All your Aunts & Uncles and Cousins, and friends


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 06:06:03 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I heard the good news and I can't wait to see you. Let us know all the information as soon as you hear. Take care and let me know if you need anything. Love Always - Mom


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 06:04:24 PM

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To the 173rd family: I just received an email from my son who is with the 2/503rd in Kirkuk. He tells me that the mid-tour leave began yesterday. I'm afraid to broadcast where they will be flying out of but it is over there somewhere and then on to a place here in the states. Their leave time does not begin to count until they touch ground here in the states. He says that they will only have about a 24 hour notice on when their turn is up to go. He tells me that he will not be going through Vicenza at all. This may be the case since he is single and his family is here in Texas. Our soldiers are being sent home in groups of 10% at a time, beginning with the wounded who didn't get to go home for their injuries, married with children, married, single and time spent over there. This was wonderful news and I wanted to share it cause I know how we could stand some good news. Sorry I don't know more. Welcome home to the heroes en route and see you soon to the heroes headed our way. He closed his email with: take care mom, I love you and I'm coming home. God Bless to the 173rd and the 173rd's families, DD Clark


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 05:58:55 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. Good night piccolo. With all of my love. Genny


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 05:25:38 PM

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ATTN: J E F F R E Y K U P I S C H - 2/503 MORTAR - Saw the post from Spencer, so his brother got the message to him to write to you. If he'd call the house, he could get your address posted on the fridge & write to you - both him & Bill!! That would be amazing!! Did you get all your boxes from Raeco yet? Please write & let me know when you do. They ask all the time if you've received their Care Packages. Everyone is doing good - mostly concerned about you & how you are doing - write & let us know, ok, son??? We all miss you very much & would love to hear from you. We pray every day - every moment for you & the whole 173rd! Grandpa's surgery went well & he is home already. Lizzy is in a new play with Children's theatre. She has a great role - about 4 of them!! Lots of lines. Jessica is doing the Homecoming circuit - going to 3 different ones! Dad is doing really good also. Me? I miss all my boys & want everyone home, safe & sound & HAPPY!! I love you, son & "you know the rest".... Love, Mom


Name: Tennielle
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmial.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 03:57:59 PM

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Hey, I would like to know if any one have any more pictures of 1-508 that are close ups?


Name: Susan
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 03:34:25 PM

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Hi, the print is an artists drawing of the jump into Iraq...There are only so many of them being made..it is however not done yet..but you can see other *prints* that were done for the 2/503 and the 1/508...


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 03:10:12 PM

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Hey whatis this print. I don't understand. I thought that maybe it was another one of those weird army lingo again. If you could tell me what I am buying that would be great. thanks Joy


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 01:58:46 PM

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Can you post pictures of A Co 1-508th 2nd Plt? It would be great to see pictures posted. MAY GOD BLESS the 173RD!!!!!!


Name: Pam Cook PROUD MOM of PFC Pietro (Peter) Monticelli
Email: binsoveryblessed@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 01:21:25 PM

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Hey PJ! Okay, got all the books but 2 of them are hardcopy, hope that will work for you. Now I need to get OUT of this office to mail them off to you! Also sending cigarettes and a few other things, this is a smaller box so maybe it will be faster. I love you son, miss you so much, wish I could see you. I am so glad that there is so much talk about R&R for you guys. Wouldn't it be great to see Cindy and "Bella" for 30 days! I can't wait to hear from you!!! Hearing your voice would make me soooo happy. There is alot going on that I can't wait to tell you about. Please let everyone there know that you guys are not forgotten. Family and friends of the 173rd are definitely making a rumble wherever they can so that no one forgets what a great job you are doing there. We are all so proud of you.. ps Mom needs pictures, more cameras on the way....SMILE... Love you write soon...


Name: Pam Cook PROUD MOM OF PFC PIETRO (PETER) MONTICELLI 2/503
Email: binsoveryblessed@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 01:01:16 PM

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ANYONE ELSE FOR ITALY IN APRIL????????? Please write to me, we have 27 possibles right now and I have had so many offers of help that I am gratefully accepting. LETS LET OUR SONS, BROTHERS, HUSBANDS AND FRIENDS KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE THEM AND RESPECT THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING.... Love to hear from you..write soon


Name: Ilenia
Email: davide.yj@libero.it
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 11:43:42 AM

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To JUSTIN LAUDANO: Hey Justino, just want to tell you that we miss you so much, you are every day in our thoughts and can't wait to see you! We love you a lot bro! Take care baby, Love, yours Ilenia and Davide


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 11:37:28 AM

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IS THERE ANYMORE PICTURES OF 1ST / BRAVO - 2ND / 503RD ?


Name: Susan
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 11:03:14 AM

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For those of you intersted in the PRINT OF THE JUMP INTO IRAQ.....Daphne was talking about...Below is the website you will find the information you need. They haven't been made yet, will cost $75, can be preorderd, you can choose a particular print number.Hope you find this useful www.skysoldierprints.com


Name: Sarah Boeck
Email: boecse85@oneonta.edu
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 09:38:34 AM

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To Seth Anderson (pvt) Hope everything is going well. Or as well as can be expected. We miss you. See you when you come home. Love Sarah


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 08:19:56 AM

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Sgt Harrison Taion, Hey big red, just wanted to let you know that i was thinking about you. Every thing is going very well now. I had fun at grandma house on Saturday,we had a big cook out.Taleisha ran her self crazy! I love you very much and can't wait until you come home. Take care of your self.


Name: Anna Z.
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 04:32:12 AM

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to SPC CARL TURNER - 1/508th C co ******* Hey babe! Just wanted to thank you for the phone calls of yesterday... love you so so so much and can't wait to hold you in my arms again... Miss you, love you, need you, always yours, Anna


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 03:33:45 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel! Hey Baby, Thanks for the phone call this morning! I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! Take care and be safe! With all my Love Nina


Name: Kyle (Spence) Spencer
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 02:31:16 AM

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To Jeff Kupisch: What's going on brother? Just wanted to let you know that we (Bill, Nelson, etc) are with you in spirit, and you are greatly missed. Bill and I live together, in case you hadn't heard. I now am a corporate monkey at Central Ink Incorporated, and doing well. Bill's still at UPS. I own a car now. We ask Joyce what he's heard about things when we can, but none of us have a permanant phone, so it's a problem. Not to mention when you call my dad's he doesn't pick up, cause its unavailable. I'll be starting school second semester. God knows what I'll major in. My little brother is hanging out with your little sisters now. I find that cool. and odd. I'm glad I found this site, cause with my 60 hour a week schedule, its hard to find time to write. It's 1:30 AM right now (Central time). Now that I know, expect my posts. My little brother is working on getting your address (If I went, your folks would kill me; by the time I get home, it's already 1 am), so expect a letter soon with some detail. If I can read your mom's posts, she can read mine. Much love and respect. We're with you.


Name: daphne aka proudskysoliderssister
Email: daphnesmith29@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 01:40:27 AM

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i got a call from cj tonight and he told me about a gaint print of the jump into iraq alot of the guys want this print the cost is 75.00 just wanted to let you all know thanks for all you have done guilia we really needed it. you truely are one of cj's good friends.


Name: Sherri Singleton
Email: Sherri982@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 23, 2003
Time: 01:13:31 AM

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Hi Eric Meinhardt! Just wanted to say that I miss you and I'll be sending you some mail soon. Your mom gave me your address. Hope you are doing well. Love ya!! Sherri


Name: Leslie LaRocca
Email: laroccaleslie@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 11:53:39 PM

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SPC JONATHAN MORROW.... Hey sweet baby. It's been so long and I still have not heard from you. I e-mailed your family and they said they have not heard from you either. I am sure you are ok, just busy. I miss you very much and am looking forward to hearing from you again soon. I am hoping a letter will show up in the mail soon. I read the last one you sent every night before I go to bed.--Things are ok here. I am moving on the 30th of this month. I found a new place, it's really nice. I will be sharing a large apartment with another female. I am looking forward to moving out of this place. You can cut the tension in this house with a knife. It's really horrible. Well, I had to drop out of school. I am really behind on my bills and stuff and I have to find full time employment again. It's alright though, I will just pick up where I left off in the spring. My health has not been the greatest lately and I really don't have the energy to invest the time I need to in school right now anyways. I am not willing to sacrafice my grades and GPA so I am taking a little time off until I can get everything situated. I am looking forward to changing jobs. I hate working at that place. I am grateful for the little money I get and whatnot, but that place really does not suit me. You have to be super smiley and outgoing and worst of all, loud. None of those are qualities I possess naturally. So it's very difficult for me. Finding a new job is going to be tiring, but I have to make some changes around here. Things are not as peachy keen as I would like.It will get better though. I just have to exercise a little patience and it will all come together eventually.---I wonder what you are doing right now. Hopefully getting some much needed rest. I hope yoou can feel me thinking about you. I am sure you can. I am working on getting some more pictures of myself for you. I have my red hair back and I know you want to see it. My birthday is in two days and I am sure some of the celebrations will be documented on film. If any of the pictures turn out alright I will send them to you. If I really get my birthday wish, you will call on Wednesday. I will keep my fingers crossed!!!! Well Baby, I hope you get a chance to read this. I am going to write you an actual letter tomorrow anyways just to make sure you know I am thinking about you. Take care, be safe and know I miss you and love you. Sleep well my darling.----Leslie


Name: Mark and Patricia Clements
Email: markclemnh@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 10:01:46 PM

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SGM Michael W. Clements: Cheryl and Baby Marlene are both home and doing well. Yes, cute kid. Face, nose, and eyes look like Cheryl as a little kid. Hope things are going okay for you, and that you are safe and such. Mark and Tricia


Name: Kattie
Email:
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 06:43:27 PM

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Hi billy, how are you? I just want to say that we all hope you come home soon.Your nephew would love to see you. Now you take care billy Hahn WE ARE PROUD OF YOU ALL .


Name: Jan Dunlap
Email: jdunlap@seton.org
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 06:33:19 PM

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Bryan Burress, 2 PLT Bco 1508 ABN INF 173rd!!! Rah! Hey Big Guy, Miss you pumpkin! I have approximately 150,000 convicted felons praying for you and your fellow troops. Now isn't that ironic! Low and behold, I thought I was the first to find this website, but I see where your Mom and "The Other Aunt" have already written you. But you know I love you the most!!!!!! Happy Birthday and see you soon. Crazy Aunt Jannie Jan!!!!!!!


Name: Glenda Matthews
Email: matthews202@earthlink.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 04:51:21 PM

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PV2 matthews Jonathan T HHC Mortors HHC 2/503, hey, what's going on? Well it has taken both daddy and myself to send you this e-mail so lets hope that it goes through. We hope that you are O.K. and surely by now you have recieved my package that I mailed you. Nothing has changed here except the weather is begining to get a little cooler. Stephen is doing better than when I wrote you last time. Daddy and I are setting here drinking a cup of coffee and watching one of your favorite shows Dr. Phil and I am so sorry you can't watch the Christopher Lowell show where you are. HA! HA! HA! We love you and miss you. Daddy and Glenda


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 04:41:53 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. You are always in my heart. I love you. Genny


Name: Lynn Blom
Email: s.l.blom@att.net
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 03:33:54 PM

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To SPC Stephen Grafton 2nd 503rd Hi Steve Just a note to let you know how proud the family is of you. Thank you for keeping the Iraqi and American people safe from harm. As you know a tropical storm recently went through our region, so many of our neighbors are still without power after missing it for four days now. I think they ought to spend some time in your shoes to see what "roughing it" really means. Take care and we look forward to seeing you soon. Aunt Lynn


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 03:31:27 PM

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TO CJ CHANDLER, 1-508th c co. Thanx for calling me keeping me updated on you and everybody i care over there. Whenever you're in need, just give a holler. stay safe Giulia


Name: Arlene
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 03:27:49 PM

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From what I understand, R&R has been approved. Please do not get your hopes up though as I have not gotten offical word from my FRG yet. My neighbors husband did call from Iraq today and he said they were told that R&R was approved. Gen. Bell put out a Welcome Home Memo, so it looks to me as it has been approved. I will let you all know more as soon as I hear more. I hope this helps. If anyone has questions about this, please feel free to e-mail me.


Name: daphne aka proudskysoliderssister
Email: daphnesmith29@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 02:30:32 PM

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i just wanted to let the 173rd know we are so very proud of them and hope they come home soon also to tell my brother hello and i love ya. i also wanted to let the person know that yes i did send cj a laptop back in july and yes he has it and he does use it.dell will not send iot to them you have to send it.and also to the person who has the pictures of the 1ST 508 is it Cco.? if so i would love to have copies of them as cj is in the 1/508th Cco. you can e~mail me at the above address thanks so much AND A VEY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 173RD FOR DOING A GREAT JOB WE LOVE AND STAND BEHIND YOU


Name: Jessica Molina
Email: jmolina@sequoialabs.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 02:23:23 PM

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To CPL Travis Melby Be safe please. I wish i could tell you what not to do but, durning war you do what you have to. Be smart. Be Brave. kept your head down and your hopes high. and if you any Air Force Cops give'em my number:)


Name: Donna Voline ( Mom of SSG Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 01:42:55 PM

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To my son Stephen- We all love you and miss you so much. Hope the R & R goes through. Can't wait til I can give you a big Hug. We miss you so much I LOVE YOU MOM


Name: Lindsey Betts
Email: sk8er_girl_1621@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 12:07:43 PM

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PFC Williams, Chrisstopher Hey babe, I just wanted to let you know that I miss you so much and I can't wait for you to come home!!! Hope to talk to you soon! I love you, Lindsey


Name: Brett & Deb
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 11:55:09 AM

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Our son 1st/508th said they have discussed a mid-tour R&R with them. They haven't given definite dates, but they certainly hope it happens. So does his little three year old son!!! FYI...We sent our son a twin size feather bed for his cot. I wasn't certain when I sent it whether he would love it or say "what is my mother thinking now - doesn't she know I'm in the middle of a war?". In his letter today he said "I love the featherbed!" He said every time he comes back someone else is sleeping on it. I got the idea to send him a pillow from this site and did that a few days prior. I happened to see the featherbed on QVC and they mailed it directly to him. It took a little over a week for him to get it. Sounds like everyone else liked the idea too! I know how much I appreciate ideas on what to send my son from this website and thought I'd share with you. God Bless! The Herringtons


Name: Brett & Deb
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 11:40:52 AM

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TO: Lindy4555@aol.com we are just now in the process of sending a laptop to our son as well. If you get any response, I'd love to hear how they did it. We're looking at the Dell 5100 you can order directly from aafes. You can e-mail me at bretth@usachoice.net To 2nd PLT, Bravo Co., 1st/508th families - I just received photos from my son today. As soon as I find out the best way to post them, I'll get them out there. I have a couple nice photos of "Lowery", a nice group shot, but most of them are in their t-shirts or I can't read the name. If you'd like copies of the photos and your know your son is in that platoon, let me know and I'll get them out to you. Josh sent the negatives too so I could make prints for everyone. God Bless the 173rd Family! The Herringtons


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 10:49:36 AM

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Received an email from my son PFC Richard Rowell 2-C 2-503rd. They have had a serious incident there where during an investigation by the 173rd, a local police officer was killed, a translator was injured and a soldier from their unit was injured. The soldier--a close friend of my son's--was evac'ed to Germany and will undergo surgery to insert steel plates and endure lots of physical therary. This incident, coupled with others, has warranted a much needed R&R for this unit. I have no idea where the R&R will be or for how long. My son promises to call me as soon as he can. I am sure the soldiers family has been notified, but out of respect for the family I will not reveal his name. Please continue to pray for our troops, their families and our leaders. Even though the war is over the danger to our troops is still ever present.


Name: Tennielle Braswell
Email: Tennielle_braswell@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 09:56:54 AM

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Sgt Harrison,taion, Hey big red can't wait until you come home. i miss you very much. i hope you see this email soon, take care of your self,i love you very much.May God bless you!


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 09:37:39 AM

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TO PFC PHILIP GRANT. no words to say how much i miss you. keep in touch. love, Giulia xoxoxox ^_^*


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 09:24:29 AM

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SGT DAN SCHLOTHAUER, B CO.,SORRY I MISSED YOUR CALL A WEEK AGO. HOPE YOU GET A CHANCE TO CALL AGAIN SOON."SKY SOLDIERS RULE", KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK 173RD--STAY SAFE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL, ALWAYS. WE ARE PROUD TO BE AMERICANS WITH THE 173RD LEADING THE WAY. TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE RETURN OF THE BDE.


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 09:17:51 AM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: hey Mike. just a little note, i'm at Mom's work, she says hi and take care. Love you and miss you.


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 07:11:00 AM

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to SGT. DANIEL KORP B.CO. 2/503 did not hear from you in a long time, hope everbody is doing fine. if you have a little spare time write your pearents a letter we like to hear from you. we LOVE you very mutch mom


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 04:06:42 AM

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Sgt. Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Baby! How are you...? I´m feeling a little bit better today. Another package is on the way to you. I talked yesterday to your Mom for about one hour! Well hopefully you call soon... can´t wait. Love you so much and i miss you so much. Hugs and Kisses your Nina!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Chrystal Riccio (Hi Jason)
Email: chrystal.haynes@mci.com
Date: Monday September 22, 2003
Time: 12:21:44 AM

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To Sgt Jason Haynes and the rest of the 173d, We are very PROUD of all of you, and keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Stay focused and be safe. Jason, I love you very much and miss you lots. I hope you are receiving all of the packages and letters we're sending. Let us know if there is anything you want/need. Can't wait to see you again..... Love Always, Your lil' sister, Chrystal


Name:
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 21, 2003
Time: 06:34:58 PM

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Hi: Has anybody sent a laptop computer to Iraq?


Name: Lisa Butler
Email: lrcbutler@excite.com
Date: Sunday September 21, 2003
Time: 04:49:24 PM

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This is to SPC David Calkins Hey Bear!! I hope you're doing alright. We haven't heard from you in over a week so we're getting worried. Things are getting back to normal here. I got power back yesterday and I am sooooo happy. I'm the only one in the family with power so everyone is here now. Yippee. Ben's here doing his laundry-he says HI! Aidan's having a blast-mom and dad have been here and he's getting away with EVERYTHING!!! I have a couple of letters coming your way and I hope we hear from you real soon. Be safe, be strong, and remember how much we love you. Love,Hugs,and Kisses, Lisa


Name: Joy Hare
Email: Joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 21, 2003
Time: 02:32:52 PM

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Hey Justin sweetie,I talked to your mom today she say you better call her. I love you and can't wait to hear from you. Love lots your joy


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday September 21, 2003
Time: 07:37:52 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL, Hey Baby! How are you? I´m still sick... Well i´m going to send you tomorrow another package and i buy the memory card for you tomorrow and send it to you! I can´t wait to see you again! I miss you tons!!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I´m so proud of you! Take care Hugs and kisses for you Nina


Name: Kim Goodman
Email: kjg737@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 21, 2003
Time: 01:18:16 AM

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Tracy, it also breaks my heart to think of ANY soldier going without mail or care packages! I always send so much to my son. He tells me that he shares with the guys who don't get much. That makes me feel a LITTLE better. Do you have a Blue Star Mothers group where you live? If so, try to get the names of the soldiers from your son or daughter, and see if the Blue Star Mothers will send them a care package. I want to say hi to my soldier, Zach, and I love you so very much son!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless you all!!!!!!!! Love, mom


Name: Mom
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 09:19:20 PM

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To my brave soldier, and his comrades, I would like to say "thank you very much for doing a great job. We all love you and praying for a speedy return.I am sorry that I miss you Roberto when you called. If there are any soldiers from BCo/ 173rd HQ, please e-mail me and let me know what you soldiers would like for us to send you. I would get my co-workers to help donate the items and I would send it to SP4 Roberto Sandifer, my son to share. God Bless you, Mrs. Mary Sandifer, 1800 Barcelona Avenue, Fort Pierce, Fla,34946 772- 465-6935.


Name: Paige and Keegan
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 07:33:08 PM

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PFC. Chad Henman: We miss you very much. We can't wait for you to get home. We made some Halloween stuff. Mamma Michelle will send it out soon. We hope you are having fun. We will see you soon. Smooches, Paige and Keegan


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 07:30:50 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: Hey kid brother. I miss you! Just wanted to say HI really quick. Your neice and nephew made you Halloween stuff. We will get it sent out soon. I really miss you.....I love you. Be safe, take care of yourself and each other. Michelle


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 07:10:54 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; We're spending a lazy Saturday at home today. Well, it's anything but lazy actually. I've been trying to get some paperwork caught up and Don is working on the truck. Everyone is doing well. We think of you often. We can't wait for you to come home. We miss you lots!! Take care of yourself and watch your back. The Ohio family sends their love and those of us in Texas do too. You are a very special young man who is very much loved. Remember that. Love Always - Mom


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 06:58:56 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; We're spending a lazy Saturday at home today. Well, it's anything but lazy actually. I've been trying to get some paperwork caught up and Don is working on the truck. Everyone is doing well. We think of you often. We can't wait for you to come home. We miss you lots!! Take care of yourself and watch your back. The Ohio family sends their love and those of us in Texas do too. You are a very special young man who is very much loved. Remember that. Love Always - Mom


Name: ABBY MARCEAU
Email: www.normsfox.adelphia.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 05:42:54 PM

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HI DADDY, I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE YOU COME HOME SOON. I LIKED YHE CANDY AND POST CARDS. I'M SLEEPING AT MEME'S HOUSE TONIGHT. I LOVE YOU, DADDY. LOVE ABBY


Name: John and Katie Coates - Parents of Specialist Aaron Coates HHC 1/508th
Email: bronco977@cox.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 05:39:43 PM

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Sorry about the typo - it is HHC 1/508th.....


Name: abby MARCEAU
Email: www.normsfox.adelphia.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 05:37:26 PM

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HI DADDY, I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. I HOPE YOU COME HOME SOON. I LIKED THE POST CARDS. I'M SLEEPING AT MEME'S HOUSE TONIGHT. I LOVE YOU DADDY. LOVE ABBY


Name: John and Katie Coates - Parents of Specialist Aaron Coates HHC 1/580th
Email: bronco977@cox.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 05:37:10 PM

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This is to Captain Hansen and the HHC 1/508th - Specialist Aaron Coates is awake and in San Antonio, eating hospital food now! Just thought we'd let y'all know he's going to be okay. If you get a chance, send us e-mail and we'll let you know about his injuries and his antics!!! We just wanted to thank you for hauling his butt out of that desert after he caught fire and getting him to where he could get some medical aid. Tell Raldo that Aaron's nurses are all guys!!!! He was pissed about his truck melting, but grateful everyone got out of that ambush alive. Take care. God bless all of you and may you kick the enemy's butt hard. And, anytime you need a good homecooked meal, you just come see us in Bakersfield!!! We'd love to hear about Aaron's adventures from his fellow soldiers!


Name: carol and mike mccarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 01:20:16 PM

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UPDATE ON SPC CORY MCCARTHY HE WAS DUE HOME ON FRIDAY BUT BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER ON THE EAST COAST HE IS NOT DO OUT NOW UNTIL SUNDAY. I TALKED TO HIM LAST NIGHT HE SOUNDS GREAT HE IS READY FOR HIS 30 DAYS R&R BUT THEN HE STILL HAS TO GO BACK TO WATLER REED FOR MORE SURGURY HE WILL BE AT WATLER REED BETWEEN 6MONTHS TO A YEAR. WE WILL KEEP EVERYONE UPDATED ON WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH HIM. CAROL AND MIKE MCCARTHY GILROY CALIFORNIA


Name: Sherry O'Neill
Email: gigglesoneill@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 10:39:30 AM

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Hello Eric M. I hope you are well. It was good to hear from you Wed. We love you and are praying for you. Love mom dad


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 09:58:39 AM

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this message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI. JUST ALITTLE NOTE TO SAY WE LOVE U , VERY PROUD OF YOU, LOVE MOM


Name: Donna Voline (Proud Mom of SSG Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 09:38:01 AM

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Stephen- just wanted to say We love you so much and miss you. Your dad, family and I are so proud of you and the troops. We are praying for veryone. We love you MOM


Name: carol marceau
Email: www.normsfox.adelphia.net
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 07:55:18 AM

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Keith, Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and are praying that you are safe. WE love and miss you so so much. We are so proud of you.Love Mom & Dad


Name: Cheryl Clements
Email: cagpfe@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 07:37:04 AM

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Dear bro SGM Mike Clements: Marlene Michael arrived at 2:04 a.m. on Friday, September 19! I hope that you received word yesterday either through the Red Cross or email from Trinity. Marlene and I are both healthy and rested. We'll be home Sunday night or Monday, and we'll write again soon. Please take care of yourself. Love, Cheryl


Name: alan c thomas
Email: ACT@HOUSTON.RR.COMpv
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 06:51:07 AM

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PV2 Kyle Thomas 173rd airborne in Kirkuk Iraq. Kyle I love you and be the army soldier that you are, keep the faith and I'll see you when you get home if not sooner. When you get back in Italy I'll come see you there, I probably can't wait for you to return to the good o US of A. Kyle you and your fellow soldiers are prayed for everyday. Kyle, please, eyes and ears at all times. I LOVE YOU KYLE. DAD


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 06:21:21 AM

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SGT Land Jacob Daniel: I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU TONS! Hugs and Kisses Nina Call soon!


Name: MICAELA
Email:
Date: Saturday September 20, 2003
Time: 04:12:47 AM

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Hey love, how ya doing? I miss u. Call as soon as u got the chance just to know u r fine. Love u, Micaela Always remember we r proud of u.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 10:31:09 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and miss you very much. Hang in there. Hopefully we'll see you soon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Be safe and watch your back. Love Always - Mom


Name: Cheryl Marino
Email: cubbybear99_98@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 10:13:15 PM

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Dear Scott Marino HHC 2/503 Mortars...It's September 20th there and your officially 23y/o. We love you and hope you know how special you are. Happy Birthday....From the family...Mom, Debby, Keith, Rick, Sharon,  Tony, GiGi, Shawn, Gina, Shelly, Gregg, Grandma Theresa, Bonnie, Jim, Swede, Alma, Jaimie and of course your doggy Storm....Stay safe and know that we are very proud of you. Mom


Name: Steffanie Wolfert
Email: jeepqt72@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 08:24:09 PM

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To A co 1/508 1st squad 3rd PLT..congrats on the coins for getting the bad guys in the ambush... I'm sorry that Wolf is no longer there to watch over you but we need him home for the birth of his boy! Always remember that you're heros and you're in our thoughts and prayers...to the rest of my friends in Alpha CO..Carney, Price, Hiller,Fletcher Sams, Brendan Odonohoe...you take care, keep your heads down and come visit us in Columbus when this whole thing is over....we'll drink lots of Guinness!!


Name: pollosmom
Email: pollosmom@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 06:52:13 PM

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Here in Italy a small group of wives are trying to coordinate an effort to send the guys in Iraq Christmas stockings filled with goodies: cookies, candy, toiletries, a deposable camera, a message telling them how much they are loved. Since we are overseas our resources are not the same as those in the states. We are asking friends and family to work together to donate whatever they can. Everything will arrive to a central address, so as to have no confusion. The plan is to have everything ready to be shipped to them around the 12th of December, that way it is sure to arrive. We will only be able to do so many, unless we are given support. This is our way of showing the guys they are thought of and appreciated. If there is anything you would be willing to help with, please do. You can contact me for more information. Thanks...pollosmom@hotmail.com ***God Bless the 173rd and God Bless America**


Name: ev clements
Email: tomev@txucom.net
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 03:32:44 PM

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SGM MIKE CLEMENTS YOUR NAMESAKE HAS ARRIVED. HER DAD SAYS SHE IS BEAUTIFUL. WE ARE GOING TO SEE HER SUNDAY. I SENT THE DETAILS TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I ALSO SENT A MESSAGE BY THE RED CROSS. CHERYL AND MARLENE MICHAEL ARE BOTH DOING WELL. LOVE


Name: Kourtney AKA Kasey Robbins Lil Sister
Email: Cheerchicsr04@aol.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 03:18:57 PM

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Hey bubba, well, cheerleading regionals is this weekend at moore high school and we are going against carl albert. state is two weeks, and i'm really nerves because i have throw my tumbling passes in it. i miss talking to you and i love you. i wish i could talk to you before regionals on saturday. i love you and miss you. love ya kourtney nicole robbins ps i miss you and i love you.


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: liengle@cableone.net
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:52:12 PM

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ANYONE HAVE ANY PICTURES OF C-C0. 1/508TH PFC JACOB ENGLE. Thought maybe someone may have a son or daughter that has taken some pictures and sent home with buddies and stuff in them. I would love to find some pictures of my son over in Iraq. Thanks very much. Leonard Engle liengle@cableone.net


Name: Nicole
Email:
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:44:48 PM

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Mike Ramirez, hey handsome how are you? I miss you so much, I'm glad that all my packages have made it to you. I promise to write to you more often, it's just with school and work the time flies by so fast I don't know what happens to it. I love you much and miss you even more. Thinking of you always. Love Nicole


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:36:10 PM

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Any Sky Soldiers or families of sky soldiers out there living in Florida? If so check local information out at www.FloridaSkySoldiers.com We like to pull resources. We are having a meeting In Orlando 27 September. All are welcome, but email me if you coming so I know how many to expect. webmaster@173rdAirborne.com


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: liengle@cableone.net
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 10:54:30 AM

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PFC Jacob Engle 1/508th, C-Co. Jacob don't know whether you are getting these messages or not. I sure hope you are, because if you boys aren't then their are a lot of loved ones not getting their messages. Just wondering about something that I had seen on TV involving some fighting in Tikrit. I seen where some soldiers were hurt badly and possible worse in searching for weapons. I hope you are all right and hope you can write or call soon to let us know. I hope and pray that all of you men are being very careful and we will keep praying for each and everyone of you guys. Goodies on the way. Love Dad


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 08:29:49 AM

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to PFC PHILIP A. GRANT, 1-508th, C CO. ciao philip, how are you doing? i hope you're doing great and you're not being bitten the hell out by those bugs (im talking both of iraquis and mosquitoes...lol). I can't wait to have some news from you, write soon, love and support, Giulia


Name: Bev Detor
Email: bevbear53@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 06:34:03 AM

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Tracy Swanson, I too had concerns about Our Soldiers not receiving packages from home, so I started a Care Package Drive at a local Diner here in Orlando, Fl. The response has been GREAT. In the last month I have collected over 200 lbs. of donations and about $125.00 cash for shipping and more items. The guys can take whatever they need from the boxes. I still send my son Spc William Bunting A co 2nd plt. 1/508 the things that he enjoys. Glen Bayer (wingdad) also is collecting as far as I know. I label the boxes with the Lt. name and the return address with my name and add my son's name under. That way the Lt. knows who the box is from (since he doesn't know me ) and knows that the boxes are for everyone. They are enjoying the surprise boxes. Hope this helps you out. Billy I LOVE YOU BE SAFE CALL SOON, Love Mom


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 04:56:11 AM

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With the holidays approaching and thinking about what we can do for our soldiers, I can't help but wonder if there are boys over there who are not getting packages from home (maybe they don't have families, or their families can't afford to send them packages). When my son graduated from basic in November, 2001, he came home for Christmas a couple weeks after we were in Fort Benning. It broke my heart when he told me about several guys that stayed in the barracks over Christmas break because they had nowhere to go. I can't help but wonder if anyone is in need of support, letters, care packages, etc. How can I find out if there are guys who need an "adopted mom"? This has really been bothering me and if anyone can advise, I'd really appreciate it!


Name: MICAELA
Email:
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 04:08:56 AM

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Luv ya! We r proud of u! Micaela


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:54:27 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL, Hey Baby thank´s for the phone call this morning. I wrote your Dad a email about this you told me. Well i´m going to get some rest i´m really sick!!! Hopefully you can call me soon again. I miss you so much. Take care and be safe! I Love you forever!!! You´re great !!!! NINA


Name: Marta
Email: corbezo@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:30:25 AM

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TO CPL J.E.LAUDANO: Hi Jay, was asking me if you're able to resad these messages , at times I think really of no! But there is always a hope, therefore I retry there... Hope you are well, here all wait for your return! I am well, I have written a long time ago you a letter, I don't know if you have received it, I will try to send you another one . Mario had told you had called and that everything is ok, well, I hope so. He also told me you asked for my e-mail adress, if you read this message you will also find my address e-mail, I would be happy if I sent me some messages. I greet you, I am proud of you, my family say hello to you, God bless you. Stay well, Marta


Name: Marta
Email: corbezo@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:30:19 AM

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TO CPL J.E.LAUDANO: Hi Jay, was asking me if you're able to resad these messages , at times I think really of no! But there is always a hope, therefore I retry there... Hope you are well, here all wait for your return! I am well, I have written a long time ago you a letter, I don't know if you have received it, I will try to send you another one . Mario had told you had called and that everything is ok, well, I hope so. He also told me you asked for my e-mail adress, if you read this message you will also find my address e-mail, I would be happy if I sent me some messages. I greet you, I am proud of you, my family say hello to you, God bless you. Stay well, Marta


Name: Marta
Email: corbezo@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 19, 2003
Time: 02:30:06 AM

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TO CPL J.E.LAUDANO: Hi Jay, was asking me if you're able to resad these messages , at times I think really of no! But there is always a hope, therefore I retry there... Hope you are well, here all wait for your return! I am well, I have written a long time ago you a letter, I don't know if you have received it, I will try to send you another one . Mario had told you had called and that everything is ok, well, I hope so. He also told me you asked for my e-mail adress, if you read this message you will also find my address e-mail, I would be happy if I sent me some messages. I greet you, I am proud of you, my family say hello to you, God bless you. Stay well, Marta


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 10:23:44 PM

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To the Midwest note earlier I am for Missouri and I know of a few others if you are wanting to do something just drop me a line. Justin called again last night. I think I am gatting spoiled and loving ever minute.


Name: nuria anzaldua
Email: nanzaldua@wcnet.net
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 07:40:44 PM

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god bless you all. if anyone knows pvt clint kelly wish him a happy birthday on sept 29 and tell him we love him fom texas. stay safe and our prayers are with you all.


Name: Tom Poliquin
Email: tpoliquin@contactpsc.com
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 05:58:37 PM

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PVT2 COREY LANG Hey there Corey! Hope this finds you and all of the others in good spirits. Just a quick note from chilly Alaska to let you and the others know that we are proud of you all and you are all in our thoughts and prayers! Remember the advice young man and I'll be looking to see you on your return to the states! I am in the process of writing a letter so you can be looking for that as well in the near future. Love! Uncle Tom


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 05:46:42 PM

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SGT JASON R. HARDING - Hey Jay! Just want you to know we are thinking of you and all of the guys. You are all doing a great job and we are proud of you all. Stay focused and safe. We are looking forward to your next call. By the way I want to give my thanks to all of those handling the mail since the guys have been in Iraq...as I have stated before my son gets his packages and letters in about 9 to 10 days. This is great under the circumstances! To all of the 173rd...WE SUPPORT YOU AND ARE PROUD OF YOU ALL!! Proud MOM.


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 04:42:52 PM

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My son, SSGT. Paul Wiseman, is also in Dibis and I just talked to him this morning which made my heart very happy. He is receiving his packages and I also have to agree that it looks like the postal services are doing an excellent job. I mailed his birthday package 4 weeks in advance of the big day and he received it within 2 weeks. He sounded motivated and positive about what is going on in Iraq. The 173rd are the BEST!!! Proud Mother


Name: A Package Sender Spouse
Email:
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 01:36:29 PM

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I am sorry to hear that so many people are having problems getting theirs spouse’s mail in Iraq. My husband is in Dibis and there are not all that many people there. However he and his soldiers get the packages I send (averaging 5 a week) in less then 10 working days usually. Some packages have come much quicker. His mother sends packages from Texas and they are arriving also in less then 2 weeks. Maybe you need to check the address more carefully. Depending on where your husband is he should have access to the items that Mrs. Meredith said her husband is going without, of course the packages do make a difference or I wouldn't be spending in excess of $200 a week on snacks, breakfast food, tuna, protein powder and every magazine published for my husband's soldiers. Again I am sorry but I personally think the USPS and MPS more specifically is doing a great job.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 01:06:08 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I love you and miss you very much. Take care. Love Always - Mom


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 01:01:02 PM

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To SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI.2/503.hi honey, its mom again, how are you doing?Just alittle note to say we miss you and love you so much, i tried to call lucy but she wasnt home. i hope she recieved her pictures i sent to her, take care and watch your back,a letter is in the mail. love mom


Name: Donna Voline
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 12:44:47 PM

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Stephen- WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO. You stay strong and safe. We are very proud of you. Can't wait to see you and give you the biggest hug. I LOVE YOU MOM


Name: Rachael Hughes, Sgt. Wilson's PROUD Mom
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 11:40:55 AM

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TO SGT. SHANE D. WILSON, A CO 1/508......Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday My Beloved Shane, Happy Birthday to YOU!!! Twenty-three years ago, we began the adventure of a lifetime. It amazes me even today how the pain and anxiety faded away the moment I saw your sweet face for the very first time. I know you are a 23-year old man today, but you will ALWAYS be my little boy. May God and ALL his Angels and Saints smile down on you today and every day that follows! I know it's not much consolation today, but I promise we'll have a HUGE belated birthday fiesta for you when you get home--you've never seen the party we're going to throw for you!!! Stay focused and Be Smart! We love you and miss you more.....Love, Mom, Dad & Taylor....Riley says Woof!


Name: your friends from Midian
Email: dianastomcat@yahoo.it
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 11:37:33 AM

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JACOB LEAF. Ancora grassie de averne contattà. Spettemo tue notissie. Te ne manchi. Diana Greta Foja Simone ecc.


Name: Molly Dieckman(Wife of SPC Caleb Dieckman)
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 09:46:46 AM

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I was just wondering if anyone from the midwest (i.e. Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, etc.) is planning to go over in April when they return? I live in Cedar Rapids Iowa and was thinking that we should sort of coordinate something. If there is anyone interested, please contact me and we can discuss it. Thanks! TO MY BABY....I love you and hoping to see you soon.


Name: Anna
Email: rockets84@libero.it
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 09:17:01 AM

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To Uri nieves,2nd 503 infantry, hi uri,what's up there?my internet doesn't work, so i'm in the library!!!here is hot again,I'm still looking for a job, also on base, but time is long! I started play the bass, is cool! Me and friends put on a group called "Metis", hey you have to listen our music!! And down here I'm doing a lot of party...you could have to be here!! I stop for the moment do martial arts,it's becoming boring, and I'm doing light bodybuilding Come back soon, i miss you, ok?? Kiss kiss, Anna


Name: Jim Lakatos
Email: C/4/503 66-67
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 08:48:11 AM

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I want to salute all the 173d family for the things I read on this site.I'm impressed by the way the families are pulling together and connecting with each other for support and planning the trip to Italy.The soldiers have taught us all a lesson in how to take care of each other and what duty and honor are all about.So to the parents,wives,brothers,sisters.aunts,uncles,cousins,sons,and daughters a humble AIRBORNE!!ALL THE WAY!!!!


Name: MICAELA
Email:
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 06:07:30 AM

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Hi love, hope this e-mail finds u well. I'm praying each day u come home safe to us. "Your" he he!!! daughter is making me crazy!!! Come home so u can take care of her too ha ha ha!!! W all my love, always, Micaela


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday September 18, 2003
Time: 04:28:25 AM

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SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Baby! How are you.....? Just a short message for you: I LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EVER SAY!!!! I miss you!!!! Hugs and Kisses Nina


Name: Jim and Sharon McBride
Email: mcbridejimp@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 10:53:28 PM

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Sgt. McBride, Jay, Bravo Co. 2nd platoon, 1/508: Jay, we are thinking about you all the time, hope you are doing well and staying safe. You and all the troops are doing a great job and we are behind you 100%. We miss you greatly. Love you . Mom and Dad


Name: JAMES & FAITH DEVOR
Email: STRENGTHDEVOR@MSN.COM
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 08:59:58 PM

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PFC CHRISTIAN JAMES DEVOR 173 ABD BDE 1/508 (Mortors).....We were glad to get your phone call last week, and sorry we missed the second call. It was so good to finally hear your voice, it has been 2 months. We are anxiously waiting for your letter...everyone here is doing great. We are still on the Atkins diet, lost over 30#. Like you said, Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels..Take care of yourself..Know we are praying for you 24/7...Folks you don't even know are praying for your unit, and that you will all be safely home soon. KEEP LOOKING UP! We like your idea of not going to Hawaii but maybe going to another place...Love you much, son...Mom and Dad


Name: Carol Alberto(Jeremy Baggett's mom)
Email: Caroalb@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 07:10:10 PM

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I found a beautiful prayer which I want share with my wonderful dauthter-in-law Teresa and all the other Military Wives of the 173rd. Lord's Prayer For the Military Wife -Author Unknown_ Lord, Grant me the greatness of heart to see, the difference in duty and his love for me. Give me the understanding to know, That when duty calls he must go. Give me a task to do each day, to fill the time when he is away, And Lord,when duty is in the field, Please protect him and be his shield. I know that Teresa covers Jeremy with her prayers and I lover her dearly for it. I pray that all of the wives of the 173rd, will be encouraged and comforted by each other and by the Holy Spirit during this time of seperation from their soldiers.


Name: Betty Calkins
Email: bfcalkins@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 06:55:14 PM

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This message is for SPC David Calkins Hi,David, This is to let you know that we all are very proud of you and hope you are doing well! We think of you 24/7 and we miss you so much! We are currently bracing for a hurricane and might be without electricity for a while. If you need to contact us and cannot reach us, try one of our cell phones. We love you and pray for your safety as well as all of the 173rd serving with you! Love, Mom


Name: Rachael Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 05:46:22 PM

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TO SGT. SHANE D. WILSON--Well, it's 9/18 where you are so I guess that means that TODAY you're 23 in Iraq, but still 22 in Los Angeles! I guess I'll just have to write again tomorrow to wish you a Very Happy Birthday, my son!! I hope you know how much I wish we could all be together or at the very least talking to you to wish you a Happy Birthday--next year, I promise!! You have brought so much joy and pride to our family, I can't tell you hom much Dad's chest puffs out when he talks about you! We love you and pray daily for your safe return. As Grandma is so fond of saying..."Vaya Con Dios, Shane" God Bless and Keep you safe on this very special day!! p.s. Also, a Very Happy Birthday to SSG Joe Price! Hope you both have a great day!! Love & Kisses....Mom, Dad, & Taylor


Name: Pam Cook PROUD MOM OF PFC PIETRO (PETER) MONTICELLI 2/503
Email: binsoveryblessed@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 05:38:33 PM

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Well, the wheels are turning....anyone interested in going to Italy in April when the guys return please send me an email. Looks like we may have some help not only in coordinating flights around the US but may get the publicity to help us get there at a decent rate. This is primarily for a preliminary count of people and the sections of the US they are coming from, if you have already contacted me I still have your Email address. I hope everyone that wants to go is able to... GOD BLESS OUR BOYS IN THE 173RD AND ALL THE SUPPORT THAT WE SHOW THEM HERE!!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 04:50:19 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted to say hello and let you know I'm thinking of you. Hang in there and hopefully you'll be home soon. I love you and miss you very much. Love Always - Mom


Name: Simona Bifferini
Email: simona.bifferini@computerizzati.it
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 04:49:12 PM

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TO SGT JASON GREGORY. Ciao Crazy! What's up! I'm ok and I want to let you know that It was so beautiful to hear your voice. I'm always thinkg of you and I can't wait to see you again. I love you and miss you. Simona


Name: evie
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 02:02:40 PM

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hopefully this article will answer your questions concerning mail delivery. *Posted on Tue, Sep. 16, 2003 Some soldiers in Iraq empty-handed at mail call By CHRIS VAUGHN Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH, Texas - Dorothy Meredith faithfully heads to the post office once every two weeks to mail a package to her grandson in Iraq. With a little money set aside here and there, she's bought wet wipes and toothpaste, potato chips and Kool-Aid, things she's heard he wants, things he may be able to share with his buddies. Problem is, few of Meredith's packages have ever gotten to Spc. Johnathan Samuel Meredith, a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and one of the 150,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Getting mail - that precious key to soldier morale - has turned out to be as challenging as everything else in Iraq. A jaw-dropping volume of packages from home that surprised even veteran military officials has created delivery wrinkles that are just getting smoothed out, four months after the invasion was declared over. But to someone who isn't getting mail, they just sound like excuses. "I helped raise this little boy. He's very special," Meredith said, in tears. "I want him to know that his grandma cares." In the past month, mail has been elevated in priority. Seventy trucks, driven by civilian contractors, are dedicated to hauling letters and packages around Iraq. Delivery time is averaging 12-14 days for letters and 21 days for packages, according to officials with the Military Postal Service Agency. "It depends on where the person is," said Mark DeDomenic, a spokesman for the agency in Washington. "We still have troops in very remote areas where it is harder to get mail. … But things are improving every day." The Merediths would disagree. April Meredith, Johnathan's wife, said she talked to him by phone on Labor Day and that he hadn't gotten a package in three weeks. He had no more laundry soap, bath soap, baby wipes or bug spray, she said. Johnathan Meredith, a native of Arlington, Texas, jumped into northern Iraq with the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade early in the war and remains in that area. Few of the soldiers he knows are getting mail, judging from the wives who talk. "I'm sick of excuses," April Meredith said in a telephone interview from Vicenza, Italy. "My husband is serving his country, and he can't get the things he needs." For others, mail service has improved this summer. Melissa Hermosillo, whose husband, Staff Sgt. Ismael Hermosillo, is a platoon sergeant in the Fort Hood-based 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, said he is receiving packages 10 days after she mails them. "It was the big talk for a while," she said of slow mail. "Now, it's not much of an issue." Obviously, most soldiers weren't receiving much mail during the actual invasion of Iraq, because units were always moving and because commanders had higher priorities, the proverbial "beans and bullets." Even then, necessities such as food and water were slow in getting to some front-line troops. But after the invasion, mail service remained agonizingly slow, family members have said, including some who complained to members of Congress. At the heart of much of the problem, officials said, was the volume of packages addressed to Iraq or Kuwait, despite a two-year ban on mail to "Any Service Member," which was supposed to reduce volume and improve delivery. The military moved 40.6 million pounds, or 20,300 tons, of mail into those two countries in the first six months of the year, compared with 7.3 million pounds, or 3,650 tons, to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other locations in Asia. During Desert Storm in 1991, for example, e-mail was not as widely available as it is now, so letters made up a lot of the mail volume. In this war, 97 percent of the mail has been parcels. "Parcels take up more space, they're harder to handle, they're harder to transport," DeDomenic said. "If we were moving letter mail, it wouldn't be near the challenge." The Military Postal Service Agency, a military-run extension of the U.S. Postal Service, receives the mail on contractor airliners in Baghdad, sorts it almost entirely by hand and then ships it out by truck. The U.S. Postal Service has helped by providing equipment and conveyors, but it will be a long time - if ever - before an automated system that would speed the process arrives, DeDomenic said. "The postal folks in the theater are putting in 16 hours a day," he said. "Give these guys credit. They're busting their humps to get the mail through." DeDomenic's advice to anyone sending packages is to choose extra-strong boxes, use reinforced tape and limit them to the size of a shoebox. Families also recommend choosing priority service for faster delivery.*


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 10:56:56 AM

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MRS HUSER...i was wandering, is your son called Paul by chance? Because i knew a guy from Wisconsin and his name was Paul Huser i think...i have a pic of my boyfriend at a bbq last winter, and if your son is the one i think he's in the background...Giulia ^_^*


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 10:19:40 AM

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MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE SOLDIERS, FAMILIES, AND LOVED ONES WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE IN THE ON GOING CONFLICT. MAY ALL THE INJURED HAVE A SPEEDY RECOVERY, AND KNOW YOUR SACRAFICE AND DEDICATION ARE IN OUR HEARTS ALWAYS. "KEEP ROCKIN & ROLLIN 173RD" STAY SAFE, WATCH YOUR BACKS,STAY FOCUSED,AND BE RELENTLESS. BLESS YOU ALL AND SEE YOU SOON.


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 10:02:42 AM

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HEY SPC. GRAFTON: JUST A NOTE TO SAY (AGAIN) HOW MUCH WE LOVE AND MISS YOU! WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU AND THE REST OF THE 173RD...STAY STRONG, KEEP THE MORALE UP, AND KNOW THAT EVERYONE BACK HERE CONSIDERS YOU GUYS HEROS! STAY SAFE, WATCH YOUR BACK AND YOU'LL BE HOME BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! LOVE, MOM, DAD AND JAIME


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 08:31:13 AM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: Hey sexy! thank you for the phone call yesterday, was nice talk to you. Just wanna let you know i love you and miss you and can't wait to have you back at home again. I'm leaving tomorrow, so wish me luck on Monday. Love you, kisses, Lucy.....R.T. says RAFF RAFF


Name: Arianna
Email: arianna1977@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 05:51:36 AM

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I am looking for informations about Sgt Jeremy Regan HHC 2/503 173rd abn bgd. I have not heard from him in 2 mounths, anybody who has news from him ,please e-mail me. Thanks for your help.


Name: elena kylie jordan
Email: sunnyhunnybaby@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 05:27:57 AM

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hi ron from your kids in italy that love you a lot!hope to hear from you,come back soon!!!!!!!!!we love you!from elena and kids


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 03:24:40 AM

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SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Baby it was great to hear your voice today!!!! I´ll buy you a new memory card and send it to you.! I miss you tons ....!!!! I love you so much take care and be strong! Love you Nina


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 17, 2003
Time: 12:36:08 AM

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Name Ed Colen Email; Hednlisa@aol.com To introduce myself I did a tour with the Herd back in 69-70 with the 2nd Bat. Headquartered on LZ English. I did the whole tour with the 3rd squad of the 1st platoon of Charlie Co. I wish I could tell you guys how excited I was to hear the colors of the 173rd were reactivated in June 2000.You people have made history once again with that jump on northern Iraq. I wish I could have made that jump as much as I wish I could have been a part of operation Junction City so many years ago. Some how I was not in the right place at the right time. I want you guys to know that you are the cream of the crop and the best of the best. As if you didn't already know. In closing I want you guys to know that whenever I seen a news clip showing the Herd patch my chest swells a couple of inches. Remember keep your powder dry and keep an eye over your shoulder. Keep up the good work, X Sgt. Colen


Name: Bobbi Romesberg
Email: Piapug@msn.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 11:08:01 PM

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Hey Jason, Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and love you very much. Saw Tami, Haylee, and Alexia. They are doing wonderful but miss you terribly! Love, Aunt Bobbi


Name: Shane's AppleValley familia
Email: estiesau@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 10:45:48 PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear grandson. A big 23rd birthday hug is here for you from grandma and grandpa. We miss you and can't wait to see you. Be safe and Vaya con Dios. Grandma


Name: tim marceau
Email: tsm84@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 09:21:05 PM

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SSG KEITH MARCEAU, A-CO, 2/503RD Hope everything is well with you, our thoughts are with you.


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 04:07:14 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. Hi piccolo! I was so happy to hear your voice last Sunday, that you cannot imagine!!! Keep being strong honey! I'm here waiting for you. Take care. I love you, Genny


Name: Silvia Saltini
Email: cinocazzalaranda@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 03:33:23 PM

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SPC Nicholas Mansfield - You should get a letter soon. Miss you so much. Keep up the good work. Goodnight and sweet dreams baby


Name: Grant Kupisch
Email: grantkupisch@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 03:33:16 PM

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Dear Jeff, I have no idea if you actually can read these messeges or not. I really need to actually write you a letter but you know how I am about that. I wish that I had away to talk w/you just to hear your voice. I miss both you and Jason but since he is State side I do speak with him once in a while. Please contact me some how!!! Things are very good here and productive. I have enjoyed living in the city but the adventure is over and I need to go home. I Love both you and Jason and am very proud of you. I do pray for your quick return, even if it is just back to Italy. Jeff, please try and contact me!!! Love Dad


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 02:29:44 PM

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U ROCK!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!


Name: Leslie Jackson
Email: Poomed@tds.net
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 12:10:26 PM

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Hi Mary Huser! Just read your posting. We are from Wiscosin and our son is in the 173rd. He's in 1/508 B co. I'd love to keep in contact with you. Post here otherwise please email me directly as I don't check this everyday.


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 12:04:00 PM

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Priority Mail - I found when my son was still in Italy that when I sent him a priority mail package it actually took longer. I sent an item priority mail that he obviously needed ASAP. It took ONE MONTH to get there. Friends sent a card around the same time that took 10 days. When I called the post office to check on why the priority mail had not been received after 2 1/2 weeks. The response I got was that they couldn't do anything about it and that it wouldn't get there any faster as they can not do anything about mail going to an APO. As was previously stated, no one at the post office shared that with me at the time I mailed the item out and so I paid a lot more money to have the item take longer. You are right, if you are willing to spend the extra money they will not explain and are more than willing to take it. I did complain to the Postmaster (for all the good it will do). Packages going regular mail to my son get there (so he tells me) in usually about 9 days but can take up to 14. Hope this helps someone. Christa P.S. Anyone with a soldier in the 2nd Plt, Battle Co, 2/503, please e-mail me at the above address to share info and support.


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 11:07:28 AM

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Hi from Michigan: Concerning packages going to Iraq. I just learned the other day it does cost a little more for priority mail. But the post office provides for free the priority boxes, tape, etc. to mail your items. So if you are buying boxes, tape, etc. to ship there is not much difference in the cost.


Name: sherry keener
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 09:56:30 AM

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good afternoon 173rd...America's hero soldiers. God bless you and keep you safe...i can not use my email from home, still have a virus, but still think of you on a daily basis, pray for your safety without ceasing. I know this long deployment is tiresome, but it will pass and you will be home soon. My son has returned to his base in Italy soon to be in the USA after 3 1/2 years overseas duty, but his heart is with the 173rd. God Speed 173rd. We will keep surfing and looking and there are a lot of us out here that will write, send packages, whatever the need if there are soldiers who need to hear from someone. Thank you webmaster for giving us the opportunity to meet on this website. gramieight WVa proud mom of SSgt Shawn Grueser, 173rd Abnbe Able Co.


Name: brandy
Email: ladybug2802@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 09:45:27 AM

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i live in minnesota and have a brother in iraq in the 173rd airborne


Name: Mary Huser
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 08:39:31 AM

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We are from Wisconsin Is there any other family from wisconsin with a member in the 173 Airborne???? let me know


Name: Peter B & Kelly K
Email: peterb@bluegrass.net
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 08:28:32 AM

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Yo Luke...got your letter thanks to your mom. We were thrilled to hear from you. We're reading it on the air today. God Bless you and all our selfless men and women. YOU rock, not us! Can't wait to have you back in the choir man. (Do you fellow soldiers know you sing bass?) You are all in our thoughts and prayers every day. Peter B


Name: Donna Voline (Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 06:26:53 AM

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Hello Stephen- WE ALL LOVE YOU HERE AT HOME. WE MISS YOU SO MUCH. We are so proud of you and all of the troops. You all are in our prayers. Stay safe and hurry home. I LOVE YOU STEPHEN MOM


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 05:58:50 AM

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SFC R. KELLER SGT. Keller, You don't know me and I don't even know if you will see this, but I got a very interesting call tonight from a very close friend out here in California. Your sister, a nurse, is taking care of my friend's husband after major surgery today. My friend and your sister got to chatting. My son is also in the 2/503 B Co. He's in the 3rd Platoon. SPC Jake Swanson. I guess your sister is going to write you and have you look up my son. Small world! Hope all is well with all of you guys! When you do meet my son, tell him how much his mom loves him and misses him! I suppose it would be too much to ask for you to give him a hug for me!!! I can't wait to do it for myself!!! If you do see this and have the time, please e-mail me! Thank you! Take care and be safe!!!!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 04:31:05 AM

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SGT Land Jacob Daniel TF 1/63 173 rd. Hey Baby! Just a short message for you! I miss you tons and I love you so much! Hopefully we see ous soon! I can´t wait...! Thousand Kisses and hugs your Nina


Name: Elizabeth Schoen
Email: elizabeth.schoen@us.army.mil
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 12:31:46 AM

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PFC Jordan, Joshua 74 LRS DET INF Hello. Guess what i did today? NO i didnt get my physical like i was supposed to. they cancelled on me so i have to reschedule. I finally finished a blanket that i have been working on for three years. it is nice and warm and cozy. i'll have to show you when you get back. its great. well write soon. i only have another three weeks here. your friend, Elizabeth


Name: Jen Merrell
Email: fsujen97@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 16, 2003
Time: 12:24:43 AM

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To SSG JOE PRICE A Co. 1/508...Hopefully if you don't see this someone will and tell you HAPPY BIRTHDAY for me!!! You and Wilson can celebrate together...I sent you a birthday box...I hope it got there in time! Take Care and have a great birthday! HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY JOE!!!!!!!!!!! Jen


Name: Shane's Proud Family
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 11:59:08 PM

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SGT. SHANE D. WILSON, A CO 1/508........I'm pretty sure you never see these, but you never know........so I just want to cover my bases and start wishing you a HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY on the 18th. I hope you know how much we miss you and how much we wish we were with you celebrating this very special day--you know we'd be putting some Pacificos away!! I know you've got a couple of 22-year old days left, but we thought it couldn't hurt to start your celebration early! Just in case you get a chance--call you Mom! Remember, she was there that day too!! We love you and are praying for a safe return for the entire 173rd! GO AIRBORNE!!! Dad, Mom & Taylor


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 11:00:52 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Another package is coming your way. I also ordered the book you wanted and it too should be on the way. Let me know if there is anything else you need. Michelle and the kids are doing Halloween crafts this weekend and plan to send you some goodies. We miss you and love you very much. I can't wait to see you. Love Always - Mom


Name:
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 10:06:46 PM

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Regarding the mail delivery--I was told that the packages aren't shipped over until the APO AE place has a shipping volume of a certain weight--so depending on whether it gets there when there is less mail, or right at the time they are about at the shipping weight , will result in whether your soldier gets it in 9 days or 2-3 weeks. (From my experience my son has gotten mail/packages anywhere from 9 days to 4 weeks) So paying extra for priority mail really doesn't make sense if it is just going to sit there anyway for days. (It will get to the APO quicker is all) The Postmaster always ask if I want priority or standard--when I told him what I was told (by a soldier) he said, "Yeah, that's true." But evidently if we are willing to pay the priority charge because we don't know better, sometimes quite a difference in costs, they are willing to take it instead of informing us we should just go standard. Has anybody else asked their Postmaster about this? I am curious what they say. And I would like to think I am wrong here but I think what I was told must be true.


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: liengle@cableone.net
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 08:51:02 PM

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PFC Jacob Engle, C-Co. 1/508th. Jacob just sent you a letter but forgot to put your name and company on it. Well here it is again, just in case you didn't get the first one. We all love you and miss you. Genesis has sent you several pictures and letters and you should be getting them. She loves school. Jacob I have been going to alot of football games lately. The SOONERS are looking good and I miss watching the games with you. Newkirk is not looking great, but Kevin and Ace are holding up the defense for them. Kevin had 9 tackles and 4 sacks against blackwell. Ace is looking good for a Sophomore. Ponca city whipped up on Woodward, and Bartlesville 41-0 both scores. Devin Anderson is quarterbacking and Antwone English and Micah Tipton are the running backs. They will be playing Tulsa Union pretty quick. Tulsa Union whipped up on Jenks 38-0 the other night. Union is #1 and Jenks was #2. Michael Bales walked on the OU football team and made it as a defensive lineman. Thats great isn't it. Jacob I hope that you are reading your Bible daily and that you are saying your prayers. Your Mother and I sure are. We miss you and think about you daily. I think Mom is going to the football games with me, because your not there to go and it also gives us time to reflect on your playing days. We love you and can't wait to see you. Love Dad, Mom, Josh, Zac, Ashley, Israel, Genesis, and Deuce.


Name: Leonard Engle
Email: liengle@cableone.net
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 08:42:42 PM

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Jacob we will be sending a care package to you. We have several items we will be sending and probably will send it in 3 or 4 packages, so if you get an item that needs something else then wait and it will arrive shortly after. We love you and think about you daily. Hope you get to come home soon. I guess you know the SOONERS are looking good. One of your team mates walked onto the football team and made the team, Michael Bales. Your cousins Kevin and Ace are holding up the defensive line for the Tigers this year. Kevin had 9 tackles and 4 sacks against Blackwell. He is looking good. Ace is doing good for a sophomore. Wish you were here so we could go to the games together. Ponca City is looking good 2 wins this year 41-0 over Woodward, and 41-0 over Bartlesville also. I will be going to the Newkirk homecoming Friday night. Hope this brought a smile to your face and I hope to see you soon. Love Dad


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 07:26:38 PM

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Hey this message is for MIKE ATCHISON . All is know for sure is that he is with the 508th and has been in Iraq with the 173rd for about a month now. If you know him please tell him Matthews' mom said hello and that I called his mom in Michigan to let her know he and Jonathan with HHC Mortars 2/503rd finally ran into each other. I hope he is doing well and to feel free to use my email address to get messages to his mom. To all the 173rd, you guys are just awesome. I am so proud to have a Sky Soldier as a son. My son has really taken time to tell me how important it is for each of you to watch each others back and how safe that makes him feel. I know he is in good hands. You guys kick some butt, get home soon........ cause theres some open arms back here that need to do some huggin! Go Airborne. Love Ya'll, Jonathan's Momma, DD


Name: Jessie Olvera
Email: jolvera@jbutler.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 02:45:35 PM

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This message is for SGT. Christopher Mascio of 173rd airborne D/Btry 319 AFAR, Hi Chris this is Auntie Jessie wanting to say hello and hope everything is well with you. I hope your receiving your packages and if there is anything else you would like, don't hestate to ask for it. I just wanted to say I Love you and miss you terribly. Tell all the 173rd they are always in my prayers and to stay safe. I wanted to let you know how proud the family if of you. I just want the time to go by so that you and Selena will be home soon. Tell Selena I can't wait to meet her. Take care for now and God bless you and the whole 173rd. Love Always Auntie Jessie


Name: Janet
Email: JoeandJanet@peoplepc.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 02:20:05 PM

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Jessica Hebert, I live in MD and before it was getting there in 6 days, now it is taking about 9 to 10 days, that's why I wanted to know how much difference there was. Thanks for the info.


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 02:16:49 PM

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SSG JOEL BEDNAR...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MY SEXY BABYDOLL!!!! HOW IS 29 LOOKING SO FAR? I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT BIRTHDAY, OR AT LEAST AS WELL AS IT COULD GO CONSIDERING. I AM SOOOOO HAPPY THAT THE GUYS WERE SO SNEAKY IN CARRYING OUT MY REQUEST(S)!!! I HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR SUPRISE PARTY...YOUR SON PICKED OUT THE THEME:) WE LOVE YOU WHOLE BUNCHIES BABYDOLL, AND WISH WE WERE WITH YOU TO CELEBRATE. ~~~~~PRINCESS, SWEET PEA~~~~~ & ~~~MUNCHKIN BUTT~~~


Name: Jessica Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 01:56:14 PM

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Well, I live in Washington and it takes about 12-14 days for a package to get to Iraq when sending it standard. How fast is yours getting to Iraq when you send it priority? I'm sure it's spendy huh? Jessica Hebert Proud sister of SPC. Justin Hebert I love you Bro!


Name: Janet
Email: JoeandJanet@peoplepc.om
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 01:22:09 PM

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I have sent all my packages to Iraq "Priority Mail" Can someone let me know about how long it takes to sent regular mail. Thank You


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 01:06:49 PM

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TO SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503.How are you doing?everyone here is good, we went away for 1 whole day on sat, i was to short.so im back at the office, everyone loved the pictures ,of course chrissy has them now. she wouldnt give them up, she really misses her big brother, and i cant tell you how proud she is of you, im writing you a letter, so i have to go to the postoffice, we had the airshow at moffit field this last weekend,only 100,000 people there and it was hot, well honey, take care and we miss you love mom


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 09:42:32 AM

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A CONCERNED FATHER: THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS RAN AN ARTICLE IN THIS SUNDAY EDITION(9/14)OF THEIR NEWSPAPER REGARDING AN INTERVIEW A PHOTOGRAPHER AND REPORTER DID WITH 2 OF THE LEADERS OF "RESISTANCE CELLS" THAT ARE AMBUSHING OUR SOLDIERS. I HAVE A HARD TIME WITH ARTICLES SUCH AS THESE ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS ANY INTELLIGENCE AVAILABLE (ESPECIALLY FROM AN AMERICAN) THAT IS NOT BEING FORWARDED TO OUR INTELLEGENCE PERSONNELL. I UNDERSTAND A JOURNALISTS JOB, BUT NOT IF THERE IS ANY POSSIBILITY OF SAVING AMERICAN LIVES. THIS ARTICLE WOULD SEEM TO BE MORE IN LINE WITH "AL JAZEER" REPORTING ON MURDERERS AND THIEVES. WITH A SON IN HARMS WAY IT WOULD SEEM ANY AND EVERY AMERICAN WOULD DO WHAT EVER THEY COULD TO AID IN ENDING THE FIGHTING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND GETTING OUR PEOPLE HOME. MAYBE I READ TO MUCH INTO THE ARTICLE BECAUSE OF A PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS SUSAN GOLDBERG IS EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF KNIGHT RIDDER. EMAIL HER AT ExecEd@mercurynews.com. "GO 173RD--BE SAFE AND STAY FOCUSED AND BE RELENTLESS. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 09:37:57 AM

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IS THERE ANYONE FROM THE STATE OF MARYLAND WHO HAS A SON SERVING IN THE 173RD? MY SON IS IN A CO, 2ND/503RD 2ND PLT AND IT WOULD SURE BE NICE TO TALK TO SOMEONE LOCAL TO COMPARE NOTES. E-MAIL ME AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS!


Name: marta
Email: corbezo@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 07:35:03 AM

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News This is a message to anybody who has news about CPL. LAUDANO, J.E., I would like to know something about him, he's in Kirkuk, Iraq and I hope he's fine. Thanks in advance to anybody who help me.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 15, 2003
Time: 03:44:17 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel! Hey Baby, how are you? I talked yesterday to your Mom i should say you she loves you! I´m so proud of you! Say to Chris Happy Birthday from me! Well i hope you get the chance soon to call me...? I can´t wait to hear your voice! I miss you tons. GOD BLESS ALL THE TROOPS! I Love you ! Hugs and Kisses your Nina. BE SAFE!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 11:42:01 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I'm sending out another package tomorrow morning. I also ordered the book you requested and it should be on it's way soon. Just let me know if there is anything else you need. I miss you and love you very much. Love Always - Mom


Name: Barbra Peeler (mom)
Email: BeexBee@msn.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:58:37 PM

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Hello Curtis, we all miss u very much. We are so proud of you son. We sent a care package but never heard back wether you got it or not. I hope you get to see this. Matthew is going to Calif for training to join forces in Afghanistan in April, about the time you come home. All of your friends are doing well here and ask about you frequently. Keith is living with Alan and I. Im buying a house here in Santa Clara. We will be moving within the month. I will send another care package after the move. Keep up the good work in helping the people of Kirkuk. All our love, Mom, Keith and Alan


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:56:43 PM

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PFC Nathan Garcia II A Co 1/508 3rd PLT, it was great hearing from you twice today. I look forward to your next call. Another package will be sent out to you this week with everything that you have requested. Glad to hear that you have gotten the other packages that were sent. Keep safe and return home soon. GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR SOLDIERS. Love, Mom


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:17:00 PM

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We were wondering if anyone out there with loved ones in the 173rd is also from Colorado. We are from Pueblo, Co. If anyone has heard from Bravo Company please let us know. We haven't heard anything for about 3 weeks now. Thanks and blessing to everyone and our 173rd.


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 09:47:51 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: It was great hearing from you Thursday. take care of yourself. I love you!!! Michelle


Name: GRACIE GARCIA
Email: MUSTANG_SALLY60@HOTMAIL.COM
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 07:21:59 PM

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THIS MESSAGE IS FOR JAMES WELLS: HELLO STRAWBERRY, I JUST WANTED TO TELL YA YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB OUT THERE, AND I LOVE YOU AND CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO COME BACK. KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND REMEMBER WE ARE WITH YOU IN ALL THAT YOU DO.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK SWEETHEART, I LOVE YOU GRACIE. TO ALL THE JOES OF 173RD: YOUR ALL DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK OUT THERE AND REMEMBER TO KEEP MY HERO SAFE....KEEP THE FAITH AND YOU WILL OVER COME. ROCK STEADY...LOVE WELLS' WIFE....GRACIE. BY THE WAY, THABKS FOR THE NICKNAME GUYS, I LOVE IT!


Name: Rick & Kris Nagl
Email: richsn@win-4-u.net
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 07:01:02 PM

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This goes out to Adam Espenhover. Hi Adam We are so sorry you missed the wedding,Nathan let a red white and blue candle On the church alter for you.Kris's idea.We are hopeing your in Good health and spirits!!! And Please keep your mind on your Job and not all who are back here. You missed a good cry.Not a dry eye. Your speech got us all at the reception.Eric tried his best to stay focused ,but tears were got in the way,ALOT!!!! We love you and still waiting to kick your ass for the extra 2 hrs i had to pay for.Hugs from me (rick)thanks. Hey Adam this is Eric, I hope things are going well. We really miss you and your smart ass remarks. Again I want to thank you for the speech it was not as good as the real thing but it sure made their day. Again we really miss you, I saved a Budweiser for you to drink when you get back. Take care and hope to see you soon. Thanks, Eric. Hi bud i really did think about you alot yesterday and as rick said there wasn't a dry eye in the place when we spoke about you and the airborne i felt for you as much as i felt for Nate as iknow your heart was with us and hoped that your head was there. Thank you so much for the letter and the prayers for Nate can't wait to hear from you again so goodnight for now and all my love and hugs Kris


Name: Bérénice
Email: bnice92@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 05:46:36 PM

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Attn: Sgt. Rene Corella, 1st plt. Aco 2/503: Hola guapo, estoy en Paris de nuevo despues dos semanas a la playa!. ok lets keep on in English... ;-)I was wishing so hard to get some news but didn't... Hope you're fine cuz I've been thinking about you all the time. And I got really scared when I saw the news in Spain. They were talking about Irbil, I hope you didn't go their, things seemed to be real bad... Please give some news ASAP, will make me feel much better. Hasta luego nino. P.S. you'll have to speak Spanish to me, I love it! Take care. à bientôt j'espère. Gros bisous mon doudou. Love. B.


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 04:54:37 PM

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once again i wanted to great all of my friend doing that great job over there. Chriss perry, mark berkoski, william espinosa, james jellowboski, jason bateman,mike ashurst, paul reed, adam james, david heath, philip grant, cj chandler, daniel wills, to all of them a special hi and a bear hug, to all the other brave guys, may God watch always over you all, be back safe and sound, love, giulia


Name: Val Schlothauer
Email: rognme@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 02:53:27 PM

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DANIEL SCHLOTHAUER If anyone sees this message and knows Dan, please share it. Dan, it was so good to hear your voice on the message recorder. I look forward to you trying again. Your mom did the mom thing and cried. But, it was a precious gift to hear you. I shared the message with Dad, his ATT did not record. Please try again soon. Dad sends his love as does Shani, Cathy & Kent. Glad after six months you are getting a chance to call. Your letters have been great!!! I know you must be very tired when you write. They mean so much. Everyone is praying for you, everyday. Everyone here is fine. You are ALWAYS in my thoughts and heart. Our flag has not been down one day since 911. Please stay safe, come home soon. Love Mom


Name: Jane Wiseman, Mother of Birthday Boy
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 02:11:38 PM

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To my precious Birthday Boy - SSGT. Paul Wiseman. Today you are 23 years old - I hope you have a wonderful birthday. This is the second time in 23 years that I have not been able to at least telephone you on your birthday, the first being when you were in Ranger school. Your granni and I have been thinking about you all day - you are always in our hearts. Have a happy, happy birthday!! We love you very much and miss you so much! Please be safe precious son and grandson. Mom and Granni


Name: Mary Hahn
Email: hahn42@mchsi.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 01:51:59 PM

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Just want to tell PFC William Hahn congradulations on becoming an Uncle. The baby was born on 9/9/03 at 12:24 pm he wieghed 7 pounds and 3 ounces, 20 and 1/2 inches long.He has his unlces hbig hands and drown hair.A picture is on it' way. Now you just have to come home and spoil him. Love you, Mom


Name: lurene
Email: lurenebell@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 01:12:36 PM

News

I just read a posted message from new hampshire if there is anyone else I would like them to e-mail me since i'm from nh and have a son in the 173rd it would be nice to share information


Name: Patty & Mark (Hilla) Shoup
Email: Hillashoup@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 11:07:48 AM

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This message is for David T. Hilla. Please send him our love and tell him we are thinking of him and praying for his safety. If you have a specific website for David T. Hilla, could you please pass it on to us. Thank you & God Bless!


Name: Taylor Rathmann
Email: ancaster@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:48:25 AM

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Nathen Whitelatch, hay i am still prayin for u n if u get this pleaz email me back if u can. i love u


Name: Taylor Rathmann
Email: ancaster@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:47:36 AM

News

Nathen Whitelatch,


Name: Donna Voline(Mom of SSG Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:43:49 AM

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Hello Stephen- Mom just wanted to tell you that we LOVE you and are thinking of you always. You and the troops are in our prayers. Please all of you take care of yourself. We all are proud of you in Burlington, Ky. Rachel- if you see this Happy Birthday to my future daughter-in-law. WE LOVE YOU STEPHEN MOM


Name: Donna Voline (mom of SSG VOLINE)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 10:34:25 AM

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Just wanted to write and say that I am thinking of you Stephen. Missing you alot right now. RACHEL IF YOU SEE THIS, STEPHEN TOLD ME YOU BIRTHDAY WAS COMING, JUST WANTED TO SAY happy birthday to my future daughter-in-law. Stephen WE ALL LOVE YOU HERE. Paige, Peyton & Kaycee sends lots of hugs & kisses. Can't wait till they see Uncle Stephen. I LOVE YOU MOM


Name: lisa
Email: douglaslisa@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 14, 2003
Time: 02:23:37 AM

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SWEETHEART, I KNOW THAT WE WILL BE SPENDING A THOUSAND MORE!WE LOVE YOU AND WE MISS YOU AND WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU! LOVE, LISA


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 11:53:20 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you. Be careful and please let me know if there is anything you need. I love you very much!! - Love Always; Mom


Name: The Herringtons
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 11:03:42 PM

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FYI. We had a phone call from our Pennsylvania Congressman, Bill Shuster yesterday. He just returned from a trip to Iraq. He said our troops are doing wonderful. He said they aren't getting the recognition they deserve for all the work they've been doing. He informed us he supported the bill HR2705 regarding free postage for letters and packages to the troops. He also said they are working on getting the troops the two weeks R&R. He could not give a time frame when this would happen, but said they are definitely working to make this happen. To our son, PFC Josh Grove, we love you, miss you and are proud beyond words!!! Gavin and Blake are here - they're spending the night. Just like old times with you and Trav. Joshie, I love you and hope you come home soon. Daddy, love you and miss you. Can't wait to see you. We said our prayers for you and all the troops and all the little boys and girls. Love you daddy! Your little Army boy, Gavin xoxo.


Name: Janet
Email: JoeandJanet@peoplepc.com
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 08:57:01 PM

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My son has asked me to buy a scratch card for a sat. phone off the internet at Thuraya.com.to him in Iraq. I don't know anything about this and I am unsure if I select Iraq or the US? Can anyone help me with this? Thank You


Name: Marilyn W. Sheahan
Email: marilyn_sheahan@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 05:43:59 PM

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Happy Birthday Jeff Kupish from Bensenville, Illinois from the Sheahan's in Elmhurst, Illinois. I pray for all of you in the 173rd off and on everyday, every week, every month. I am very proud of you and of your fabulous endurance through this very challenging time. Jeff, we are looking forward to dinner at the Pizza Palace as soon as you get home. I have received some of the E-mailed photos of your little home over there. I have finished reading my 20th book on the Middle East and that is part of my devotion to help me understand what is going on and how to better direct my prayers for all of you. I love to see the news photos on Fox News that show our Coalition of the Willing military with the little children of Iraq....they are all smiles and happy faces when they are near you guys and gals. Good Luck and stay healthy. Love, Marilyn


Name:
Email: cynthia912@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 04:54:53 PM

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If there is a Hahn family that posts on here from S.Dakota would you please email me personally? My son and your son are friends over there in Bravo Co. Just wanted to write to you and keep in touch. I thought I had seen your name on this post before. Thanks. cbf


Name: CELINA BARRIOS
Email: BARRIOSJ001@SKYTEK.IT
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 01:53:24 PM

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TO: SGT BARIOS,JUAN unit 173rd 3PLT/BCo 1-508th.. Hola amor mio como estas espero que estes bien de salud y espiritu, bueno te escrido para desirte que te amo y que te estrano mucho espero que pronto estemos juntos para querernos ,amor mio estoy muy orgullosa deti 10000% te apoyo en todo y estare con tigo entodo ok, te amo , tu esposa celina ....:)


Name: ilaria
Email: puffetta833@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 12:42:41 PM

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To Chris Perry, Mike Ashurst,Zac Bauman,Jacob Engle, Philiph Grant and all the americans guys over there: take care guys!i cant wait to see u soon!!i miss u a lot!see ya later alligators!!!love ila


Name: Cindi Catlett
Email: cindi.catlett@sgmc.org
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 12:06:03 PM

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This message is for my son, John Catlett. Hi Johnny! We sure do miss you! I am with Heather at her classroom this Saturday morning. We are cleaning her room before a big school inspection. I took Kathryn and Daisy to the Wooden Nickel last night for dinner. I love your family. Kathryn looks good and says that school is going well. Daisy is beautiful. She slept while we were eating. Daddy got the message that you tried to call him at the fire station and was broken hearted that he missed your call. You are such a good son, Johnny. We are so very proud of you. Please take care of yourself. Thank you for the work that you are doing for us! I believe in you Son, and I love you! Mom


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 11:12:20 AM

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SGT JASON R. HARDING - Hey Jay! We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you...as always. Take care of your guys, watch each other's backs and stay safe. We are proud of you all. We love you. MOM & BOB


Name: giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 10:44:26 AM

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a special THANX to SGT CJ CHANDLER for calling me and being such a great friend. Take care, LOve Giulia


Name: Marty & Diane Faulkner
Email: mdfalknr@QuixNet.net
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 09:23:05 AM

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HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY TO JEFFERY KUPISCH OF BENSENVILLE!! HOPE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIG 21ST!! Next Year we'll celebrate your 22nd back here in the good ol' USA! Just to update you about what's happening around here: Sarah, Kathy & Joe are here for the wk-end to see Lisa & the Marching Rockets at LCHS's home football game Friday night. Lisa is one of the Drum Majors for the Marching Rockets. Amy Jo is a part of the band, too. Band is probably one of their favotite activities at LCHS. (By the way, LCHS WON their game: 34 to 28 in an over time! That makes 2 in a row!) Kathy is teaching Fine Arts: Music & Art in a Catholic grade school in the St. Louis area. Sarah is teaching Music & Choir at a high school in the St. Louis area. They are sharing an apartment and having a great time. Uncle Marty & I have been busy at church lately as a part of the Kitchen Ministry. We've helped cook a couple of big dinners for large ministry groups. There's some nice couples in the Kitchen MInistry & they're all CRAZY! (except us!) We have a blast and have made some good friends. We have a contracter coming in about 2 wks to work on the front porch! Can hardly believe that we are going to have it finished! You'll have to come & see it when you get back. (As you can tell, we are living a very HIGH ADVENTURE life back here.) Gotta sign off for now. Will write again, soon. Our prayers & thoughts are always with you, Jeff! Love, Aunt Diane


Name: Donna Voline
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 09:15:13 AM

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Hello Stephen- Just wanted to tell you that your Mom & Dad are so very proud of you and the troops. You are all in our prayers. Stay Safe and hurry home. Can't wait to see you and hug you. WE LOVE YOU & MISS YOU BUNCHES MOM & DAD


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 07:21:41 AM

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To SGT.DANIEL KORP B.CO.1ST.PLT.2/503 Hallo son went to Sukary's birthday party last night, she got her earings from you on her birthday that was nice.Luke is working hard for the football games.We went to the game last week and KSU won.We hope you doing fine. Love and Miss you very mutch mom


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday September 13, 2003
Time: 04:25:12 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel, Hey Baby! I recieved a Letter from you today! You know what you´re great. I Love you so much and i miss you tons. I can´t wait to see you again. Well the first Half-Year is over soon.....! Hopefully you get the chance to call me soon...! I´m going to call your Dad tonight! Thousand Kisses your Nina PS: Take care and be safe !!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Mark and Patricia Clements
Email: markclemnh@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 11:19:00 PM

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SGM Michael Clements: Greetings from NH. You and your unit are in the thoughts and prayers of Tricia and me. We appreciate getting word that you are okay. Your hard work is greatly appreciated. Mark and Tricia Clements.


Name: Leslie LaRocca
Email: laroccaleslie@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 11:01:40 PM

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SPC JONATHAN MORROW... I wrote you a letter two days ago baby, hopefully you will get it quickly. I still have not heard from you and it is driving me crazy. You said in your letter that finally hearing my voice made all this a million times harded for you. Well, everything just got a billion times harder for me too!!! I miss you and want to hear your voice. I am going crazy I miss you so much. If you are able to read this, then please e-mail me back. I posted a message a few days ago, so look for that one as well!! I called your mom yesterday to see if she had heard from you, she wanted to know the same from me. Neither of us had any good news. I am praying for your safe return my darling. I can't wait to put my arms around you and look into your eyes again. You have beautiful blue eyes baby. It's been over a year since we have physically seen eachother and I can't wait until we meet again. Once I get my hands on you I am NEVER EVER letting go!!! I love you Jonathan, always and forever. I am always with you. Never forget that. I love you darling...sleep well.---Leslie


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@al.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 08:31:19 PM

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this message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI,2/503. hi honey, wow it iss sso hot here for sf.i think 90.everyone today was thinking about you in your heat,the docters say hello. i mailed off a package today, and mail to lucy. keep up the moral,we miss you, love u mom


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 08:28:47 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: It was great hearing from you this morning. Keegan and Paige say HI. She was mad at me for not letting her talk to you last week. I hope you are home soon. I love you Chad, take care of yourself and each other. Hugs, Michelle


Name: Elizabeth Schoen
Email: elizabeth.schoen@us.army.mil
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 07:51:24 PM

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PFC JORDAN, JOSHUA 74TH INF DET LRS----> hey josh, how's it going? do you remember what today is? well i'll give you a few minutes to think about it. doo doo doo doo doo doo doo do doo do do do do. today is the day we graduated from basic last year. how exciting huh? i just thought i would remind you. did you have a memourial yesterday for the fallen towers? i hope it was nice. well im getting ready for work so i will write again later. your friend, elizabeth


Name: Jessica Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 05:56:19 PM

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Happy 22nd SGT. Nicholas Lewis!! Love Always, Jessica


Name: RACHEL LABRIOLA
Email: PURPLEGURL51287@YAHOO.COM
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 05:49:55 PM

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THOMAS, MOM,DAD,AND I ARE VERY PROUD OF U WE LOVE U AND STAY SAFE. YOUR SISTER, RACHEL PS. I SENT U HOMEMADE COOKIES I HOPE U GET THEM SOON. CALL SOON ALSO WE LOVE U VERY MUCH HOPE U COME HOME SOON.


Name: RACHEL LABRIOLA
Email: PURPLEGURL51287@YAHOO.COM
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 05:48:48 PM

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THOMAS, MOM,DAD,AND I ARE VERY PROUD OF U WE LOVE U AND STAY SAFE. YOUR SISTER, RACHEL


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 12:48:44 PM

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Justin Lee Roll Hey sweetie I was just droping you a line to tell you that your package might be a little late. I have to wait for my grant money to get in before I can aford to send it to you. sorry sweetie. I love you and miss you. Please be safe out there.


Name: Donna Voline(Mom of SSG Voline)
Email: PANDPDONNA@YAHOO.COM
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 12:39:05 PM

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Stephen- WE ALL LOVE YOU HERE AT HOME AND MISS YOU SO MUCH. we are so proud of you . Everybody sends lots of hugs &kisses. MOM


Name: Morgan Gittus
Email: Lildruboo@aol.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 11:51:40 AM

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Hey PFC BRANDON ALTEMUELLER!!!!! This is your sweetie sayin I love you and I miss you and I wish you were here.......I'm SO proud of you. You are going to get the BIGGEST and LONGEST hug when you get home! Keep up the great work in Charile Company......Love, Me


Name: Pam Cook PROUD MOM OF PFC PIETRO MONTICELLI 2/503RD
Email: binsoveryblessed@aol.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 11:19:44 AM

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TO ANYONE PLANNING ON GOING TO ITALY IN APRIL FROM THE WEST COAST Could you please contact me I am trying to get discounted fares from this end of the world. From what I understand the more we book together the better deal we can get, by the way, the Airlines are starting to pick up on the fact that they have had inquiries for the same thing so speak to a Supervisor if you can when you call.


Name: MOM (Brenda Basiley)
Email: brendabasiley@charter.net
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 10:42:14 AM

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A message for my son, PFC Brandon Altemueller (Charlie Company 1st/508th). I haven't posted a message here in a long time because I wasn't sure if you were receiving them, and I started relying on you getting my letters and care packages. But I am practicing the "law of abundance" and posting here too! I've already said it....but it bears repeating....I am proud of you....I love you....I miss you....We all really wish you were home. I am counting on you to stay safe....don't let them change you....stay strong....and remember we all love you. Love, Mom :-)


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother of Birthday Boy
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 09:25:21 AM

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Happy 23rd Birthday to SSGT. Paul Wiseman on Sunday, September 14th. Hopefully you received the birthday box containing lots of goodies. I want pictures of you and your men in those cute little birthday hats I sent. Hope you enjoy the freeze-dried cake and ice cream. I know it won't be the same as a cake from Dick's bakery, but we tried. Remember when we had birthday parties at home and sang Happy Birthday and Booboo would always join in with his special dog howling. We love you so much honey - have a great birthday! Mom and your entire fam


Name: april meredith
Email: april.lee.meredith@us.arrmy.mil
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 09:07:20 AM

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i want to tell spc.johnathan meredith how much i love him and how much he means to me not only is he the love of my life but a wonderful fun loving daddy to four wonderful children who love and miss there daddy and can't wait for him to come home. we just want you to know that we will be here waiting for you always and love you with all our hearts you are our hero all our love your babies


Name: LTC Tom Berry
Email: thomas.berry@northcom.mil
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 08:07:40 AM

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As a former Commander of the 501st Forward Support Company, I send my support and admiration to the entire brigade for what you are doing. Be safe, be strong, be Airborne!


Name: Anna Z.
Email:
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 06:36:26 AM

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to SPC CARL TURNER Cco 1-508 3rd PLT---------- Hey babe! Just wanted to remind you how much i love you and that your always on my mind and my heart, 24/7! Can't wait to see you... Tonite look at the moon again and smile! : ) Lots and many kisses, always, Anna


Name: Dorine Kenney
Email: dke3842140@aol
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 06:15:58 AM

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I am the mother of PFC Jacob Fletcher, 2/503D 173rd. I would like to tell all of you that you are in my prayers everyday and I find people in my little corner of the world most supportive of you. God Bless you and bring you home soon.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 04:55:04 AM

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SGT Land Jacob Daniel. Hey Baby, thanks for the phone call this morning. I´m glad you recieve all the packages:) I hope we see ous soon! I can´t wait to hold you in my arms! You´re great! I Love you so much ! Kisses and hugs your Nina


Name:
Email:
Date: Friday September 12, 2003
Time: 12:33:09 AM

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I received a phone call from my husband this morning and he told me that at the end of this month leaders will be announcing plans for mid-tour leave. He relayed the message that soldiers with newborns they havent seen yet and soldiers with familes will have priority. I hope this boosts morale for families, you may see your soldier soon. God Bless.


Name: MarySandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 11:21:44 PM

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Congratulations and may God bless all of the troops over there protecting our interest, whatever it maybe. I would like for the brave soldiers to come back to thier love ones. My son is with the 173rd 2/503Airborne HQ. We have been praying for his safe return. When will the president allow these young soldiers to take R&R? When my ex-husband was in Vietnam, he was allowed to take it.I met him in Hawaii for 30 days. He had 3 deployments there. He had spent 14 years in the army when he was killed serving his country. So, if my son read this, mother loves you and the other friends can't wait until you get home. Marcus will graduate in the spring. I hope you will be back by then to see your youngest brother march with honors. Good Night Mom


Name: R.A. LINNE
Email:
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 10:26:59 PM

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DUDE & GARCIA KICK - ASS 1/508 U R DOING GREAT MISS U GUYS KEEP UP THE GREST WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUDES DAD


Name: Betty Calkins
Email: bfcalkins@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 10:04:06 PM

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Sending a special message to my son, David, and the the 173rd Airborne to thank you for all you have done and are still doing to protect democracy. We, at home, miss you and think of you 24/7 while you are in Iraq. David, take care of you, and I wish you all God's speed! Proud Army Mom, BWC


Name: Kathy and Jim Clark
Email: kc_educator@juno.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 09:21:18 PM

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Happy Birthday, Jeff! Hope you have a safe and happy day--and that you can celebrate with your buddies. God bless you!


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 07:55:21 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. I'm always thinking about you. I love you. Genny


Name: Pastors Rick & Betsy Bullis
Email: IMAFC1@JUNO,COM
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 06:46:51 PM

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HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY TO JEFFRY KUPISCH! Jeff, We are all praying for your safety and the safety of your comrades in arms. Trusting that you have some sort of celebration today to commerate your 21st. All are well in our family and the church. Looking forward to your safe return. Hope that you get a chance to call home today. Mom is looking for a call at 9:00pm Cgo time. I am presently travelling in HK. Saw part of Windtalkers tonight and thought of you and our valiant troops there. We LOVE You. Blessings, Pstr Rick for all your Agape Family


Name: Amy Jo
Email: amyjojo88@cs.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 06:19:41 PM

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JEFF KUPISCH!!!!! happy birthday to you!! happy birthday to you!!! happy birthday dear jeeefffff happy birthday to you!!!!! Happy bday cuzzin!!!! I'm soooooo proud of u!!!!!!! U ROCK!!!!! love ya lots!!!!!!!! In our prayers <3 amy jo ps dont forget to call home before 9 PM chicago time (6 AM your time?) and wish your parents a happy aniversary! much love cuz!!!!


Name: Bridget & Tom Baker
Email: 05bakers@comcast.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 05:54:52 PM

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HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY JEFF KUPISCH. ALL OF ELMHURST/BENSENVILLE WISH YOU WELL AND ARE PROUD OF YOU. CALL YOUR PARENTS BEFORE 9PM TONIGHT CST. THEY WANT TO TALK TO THEIR DARLING BOY ON HIS SPECIAL DAY!!!! THANKS FOR BEING THERE FOR US!!!!!


Name: A soldier who's been there
Email: WELCOME HOME EVENTS
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 04:54:36 PM

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Hey this is just a reminder from a soldier that even though the intentions are good regarding the welcome home party..it's not realistic for a few reasons...the first week home is going to be very busy with equiptment turn in and recovery! There will not be very much time for families at all! Also as of right now there are going to be classes offered regarding decompression but it's not sure if they're going to be partially in Iraq and partially in Italy or how that's going to work! Soldiers will not just come back and be allowed to have loads of free time(which might be waste for many traveling over)! I have been in this situation before and families get upset b/c they can't have the soldier all to themselves..a smart idea would be to plan something a week or 2 after they get back! They will also be getting leave at some point and will have much to do before the leave! Any plans should be run by Army Rear D as the Caserma is NOT an open post and all visitors must be signed on( a few at a time)... just something to think about!


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 04:41:18 PM

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TO DBAHR REGARDING SAT PHONES...You can rent the phone or buy previously used phones online fairly inexpensively(you can also rent one)...I got one for about $500 and then I pay $1.75 a minute...keep in mind though that one single soldier can't sit out in the field in front of his whole squad and use the phone...bad for morale and most leaders won't allow it...when I sent one to my husband it was for the squad! They all pay or use cards! Also the phone calls are limited to hello I'm fine I love you..I figured if the army couldn't get them in more than once every month then I'd at least cheer them up with a hello to families! They have to be used responsibly though...


Name: Annette Tewell
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 04:07:52 PM

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To Sgt. Jason Haynes and the entire 173rd. I am so proud of you and I know that every family member must feel the same. Today is a reminder of why all of you are so far away. Truly, we do not want another attack on American soil. If any one from A Company reads this, tell my email/computer reluctant son his mom sends her love. Take care of one another and pray daily. God is still in control and Suddam will be captured!!!!


Name: Jim and Christine Swallow
Email: clayjud@juno.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 04:02:39 PM

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Jeff Kupisch---Happy Birthday. sorry we haven't been the best mail supporters but we do love you and think of you often especially while using your pool(joke), and are very proud of you. i'm good at keeping in touch with e-mail if you can do that. Hurry home, if you are wondering how to do that, remember that prayer moves the hand of God. See you soon. jim


Name: Joan Winkler
Email: info@winklerstreeservice.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:53:51 PM

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This message is for Michael Lindberg all the members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade!! I am thinking of all of you on this special 2nd anniversary of 9/11. God Bless each and every one of you for all you have done and are continuing to do for our country. We are all able to go about our daily duties because of your sacrifices and efforts. Your devotion to our country will not be forgotten. Please know that we are behind you back at home. Michael, congratulations on your promotion!!! I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. I love you. If you see Kupisch, tell him happy birthday from all of us!!! Love, Aunt Joan


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:49:45 PM

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On this most sober of days, 2nd Anniversary of 911, thank you to the entire 173rd Airborne and especially SSgt. Paul Wiseman (my dear son) for sacrificing so much to defend America's freedom and to assist with the freedom of the people in Iraq. I love you dear son, mom


Name: Christi Carbon
Email: ccarbon@vestavia.k12.al.us
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:36:03 PM

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Hey Mel...still trying to e-mail you. I hope you are doing alright. I think about you everyday! Until that day, Christi


Name: Rachael, Brian & Taylor Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:27:23 PM

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TO THE ENTIRE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE--On this 2nd anniversary of 9/11, we would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your commitment and service to this great country of ours. Your sacrifices and those of your families will never be forgotten. I know sometimes it seems the media has placed all of you on the back burner, but please know there are PLENTY of Americans who will forever be grateful for your perseverance. To our son, Sgt. Shane D. Wilson, A Co 1/508, a special thank you for your dedication to duty. I've said it before and I'll say it again--you left us a boy with no direction and have grown into a man with purpose. You have become more of a man than most I know and couldn't be prouder. Thank you for your part in helping to keep this world a safer place for your 10-year old brother and all the little brothers and sisters out there. God Bless You All and may St. Michael keep you all safe!!


Name: Grant Kupisch
Email: grantkupisch@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:21:28 PM

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Happy Birthday Jeff!!! I Love and Miss You!!! Keep safe. I am praying for you to get out soon. All my love and prayers.


Name: Chris Mika
Email: cmika@nng.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:19:52 PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEFF KUPISCH! Hope things are going well for you on your 21st. Hang in there & hope to see ya soon. -Chris Mika


Name: Grant Kupisch
Email: grantkupisch@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 03:16:36 PM

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Happy Birthday Jeff!!! I Love and Miss You!!! Keep safe. I am praying for you to get out soon. All my love and prayers.


Name: Barb Kupisch - Jeff's Mom
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 02:30:31 PM

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HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY TO PFC JEFFREY KUPISCH - 2/503 MORTAR! We love you & miss you very much! You were & always will be the best Anniversary present ever!!Please try to call home tonight before 9 pm (6 am Iraq time) so you can talk to all of us. We will be waiting for YOUR CALL!! That's what we want for an anniversary present - A CALL FROM OUR SON IN IRAQ!!!! York has Open House tonight, but we'd rather wait to hear from YOU! Many people are sending packages to you for your birthday - let us know when you get them. We love you & couldn't be prouder of you, Jeff! You are so precious to us. YOU ARE ALL WE WANT FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY!! A PHONE CALL FROM YOu!!! SO DON'T SLEEP IN!! i LOVE YOU & HAVE TO GO BACK TO WORK - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOUR PRESENTS! LOVE, MOM & DAD, JESSICA & LIZZY ***********SOMEONE GET THIS MESSAGE TO KUPISCH! PLEASE!! IT'D MAKE OUR 27TH ANNIVERSARY COMPLETE TO HEAR FROM OUR SON!! HIS FATHER HASN'T HEARD FROM HIM SINCE JEFF WENT TO IRAQ!! PLEASE TELL HIM TO CALL HOME! Thank you!


Name: Jessica Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 01:22:36 PM

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God bless everyone on this somber day. Let's all just continue in keeping the faith for our men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan and wherever else they may be. This day has touched me deeply as today provoked all that has happened between us an Iraq within the last 2 years. This day is the reason why my brother was taken from me and my family. May you rest in peace Justin along with the rest of the soldiers who have lost their lives. May all who died since 9/11 rest in peace and live within us for the rest of all time. I'm so proud to be an american and I am thankful that we all have eachother to lean on. I will never forget! Love Always , Jessica Hebert Proud Sister of SPC. Justin Hebert and a proud American!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 01:12:23 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; I love you!! I miss you!! Love Always - Mom


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 01:12:00 PM

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TO all of the 173 AIRBORNE. We are so proud of you and what you are doing.keep up the moral and be safe, we want you to come home, we miss you.this is from a very proud mom.


Name: caro marceau
Email:
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 12:54:48 PM

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SSG KEITH MARCEAU A-CO 2/503 hey fisherman..how are you doing ?? hang in there baby ! you are doing a great job ! keep your head up and be proud !!iam with you sweetheart ! everything is fine here, leaving for landstuhl on sunday. hope i get to talk to you before. i miss you. i emailed you the great news i got today to your ako account..i happy !! wish i could hold you in my arms. going over to lucy to help her to put the stuff together she bought at ikea. nooo i didnt buy anything :) ..what ?! thank you for all the lovely letters i have been getting, you are great !! can i say it agin..you are great !!!! kisses to you keithy ! caro


Name: The Herringtons
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 12:08:24 PM

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To all the 173rd - God Bless you all. On this special day of rememberence, we will never forget the sacrifices you and your families are making to ensure our freedom.


Name: Aunt Wendy Artman
Email: nana01@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 12:04:43 PM

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To Richard Farquhar 2/503rd - A package went out this morning with a few things I hope you or your buddies can use. We think of you every day. On this second anniversary of the bombings you and the rest of our deployed servicemen and women are especially in our prayers. Also, the Cubbies are really making a run at it!!! To the webmaster ---- You Rock!! Thanks.


Name: Tina (mom) Woofter
Email: yellowdog61@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 11:20:06 AM

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To the 173rd Airborne brigade: We are so fortunate to have brave men and woman willing to stand up for this Country, our rights and our freedoms. Thank You all sincerely! To my son, SPC Jason Romesberg: I am so proud of you. I always new that you were special. I just didn't know how special. We are all proud of you. Love, Mom


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 10:10:09 AM

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On this anniversay of 9/11 we remember all of those innocent people so senselessly murdered...but we also remember those of you who are far away from home defending our home. GOD BLESS THE BRAVE PARATROOPERS OF THE 173RD!


Name: Wife of Spc. Dieckman
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 09:58:21 AM

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SPC CALEB DIECKMAN 1PLT, C/1-508: I just wanted to tell you honey that you have always been my hero and protected me when things happened. I know you are trying to protect everybody now by being in the Army (in Iraq) and I am proud to say that. I love you very much and can only dream of the days when we will be together again. When those dreams become reality I will be the happiest person in the world. I love you! :)


Name: Wife of Spc. Dieckman
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 09:53:56 AM

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SPC CALEB DIECKMAN 1PLT, C/1-508:


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Email:
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 09:42:15 AM

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REMEMBER!! Bunker Hill Valley Forge Washington Jefferson 1812 Andrew Jackson THE ALAMO Crockett Bowie Fort Sumpter Gettysburg Lee Grant Little Big Horn Wounded Knee Custer Crazy Horse "the MAINE" San Juan Hill Teddy Roosevelt The Somme Western Front "Black" Jack Pershing Sgt York PEARL HARBOR D Day Audie Murphy George Patton Inchon The Chosin Resuvior MacArther Truman Junction City Dak To Hill 875 Pierce,Olive,Joel,Rascon,Morris,Michael,Barnes,Watters,Lozada,Rabel,Kawamura,Blanchfield,English Desert Storm Schwartzkopf Powell The World Trade Center The Pentagon FDNY NYPD Afghanistan Tora Bora IRAQ OBJECTIVE BUFORD Col Mayville Justin Herbert REMEMBER!!!!!GOD BLESS AMERICA and AMERICAN SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU 173d AIRBORNE


Name: Kim McFalls
Email: kevnkim26@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 09:02:32 AM

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Thinking of all of our troops on this day of 09/11. You guys are the reason we feel safe to walk the streets everyday. Just wanted you all to know how much we pray for y'all and wish a safe return. We appreciate each and everyone of you. Keep up the great job. We are behind you 110%


Name: Laura Clark
Email: lclarkeyt@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 08:09:51 AM

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Jeffery Kupisch Hey Baby, Happy 21st!!!! We will have to celebrate when you get home. Know that we are always thinking about you. Lindsey sent you some things the other day that should make you smile at least a little. We love you and miss you and can't wait to see you.


Name: Donna Voline (Proud Mother of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 07:53:55 AM

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Hello Stephen- We love you so very much and i am missing you right now. Can't wait till I can give you the biggest hug ever. I am so proud of you and all the troops. Please all of you take care of yourself. You are in our prayers. Stephen, Everyone loves you MOM & DAD


Name: Grandma Brown
Email: fbrown5209@msn.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 07:33:41 AM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PFC JEFFREY KUPISCH...PACKAGE IS ON THE WAY. G/PA'A BOUGHT YOU SOME SHORTS AND T SHIRTS TO KNOCK AROUND IN. WHENEVER IT IS HOT OVER THERE.HA HE HAS SURGERY AGAIN, WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17th. His left leg this time is full of blockages.HE SHOULD BE IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL THE SAME DAY. CHRISTIAN STOPPED BY LAST WEEK TO SHOW US HIS TRUCK. HIS OLD CAR BROKE DOWN COMPLETELY, LAST TIME HE WENT UP TO YOUR MOM'S. Kathy and Sarah are teaching. Jake is working at a Bank in Peoria. He is doing really good, since his horrendous fall off the roof last year. Lots of prayers answered for him. He and Susan broke up. Chris has one more year at U of I. G'ps and I are thinking about moving, in to a Senior's Apt. Bldg. we are on a waiting list for now. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TAKE CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRANDMA AND GRANDPA


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 06:38:25 AM

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PFC Nathan Garcia II A Co 1/508th 3rd Plt. I am sitting here at work after your call and my heart is overjoyed and elated. Hearing your voice is the best thing that a mother could ask for. Take care and GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL YOUR FELLOW SOLDIERS.Love, Mom


Name: Anna
Email: rockets84@libero.it
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 04:12:33 AM

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The Ground of Hero's "" Where the innocent people, the people that served,the people that cared for us, the people we loved,and loved us, were taken from us,so quickly, into gods care. this Ground as hallowed sacred soil; whether covered in debris or future buildings. where americas love, will live forever! no longer "Ground Zero", but a highly honored sacred PLACE. There on the "Ground of Hero's" a cross was found! They stood up that fallen cross. And consoled each other. the families and friends, and others, called that area "gods place". where generations will come to remember; The ground of hero's, a place of life....someday children's laughter will be heard playing, where a friends hug will comfort, a smile will unfold a memory! And the raindrops will be Loving Tears from Angels. WE WILL NEVER FORGET our lost ones, nor this pain. For we will adjust, and become stronger,for this land is the Heart of the United States! GOD BLESS AMERICA, let the healing commence, as we rebuild. lets Re-name this land THE GROUND OF HERO'S ""


Name: Tina Swarner
Email: tina@swarner.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 02:54:13 AM

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Hi Tyler, We have heard you are back in Italy. We are so happy! We haven't been in touch BUT you have never been out of our thoughts or prayers! We love and miss you. We are also VERY proud of you and what you hve been doing! God Bless you and everyone in the airborne units! Keith, Tina, Sheryl and Michael Swarner


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 01:22:26 AM

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TO. SGT Land Jacob Daniel HHC 1/63 173. Hey Baby! Just a short message: I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU TONS!!! Do you get the Flip Flops yet...? Thousand Kisses your Nina !!!!!


Name: carol marceau
Email: normsfox@adelphia.net
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 12:34:55 AM

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Keith, It was so good to hear your voice yesterday. I'm glad that you got to talk to dad. WE are both so proud of you and miss you so much. Do you need a portable stove to cook on? If you do let me know what kind and I'll send it to you. I have a box to send out but I'm waiting because auntie just sent one. So if there is something you need let me know. Look up in the sky tonight and near the moon is a bright star. It's Mars. The clostest it's been in thousands of year and won't be as close for many more thousand.Don't miss it. Be careful. We love you and we are praying for you and all the troops to come home safe. Love, Mom and Dad


Name: Larry Sears
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 11, 2003
Time: 12:18:42 AM

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If anyone on here has a loved one named Smith, sgt Graves, Or "Mongo" in the 2/503 I have a picture of them I can send you.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 11:06:08 PM

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PFC Nathan Garcia II A Co. 1/508th 3rd PLT. It is Sept.11th where you are. I wanted to let you and your fellow soldiers know that the sacrifice you are making to protect our freedom and rights to live in a safe environment will not go unnoticed. You are all HEROES to us. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, Love Mom


Name: Mark, Laurie and Zippy Price
Email: gusflamingo@ncinternet.net
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 10:02:13 PM

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To Sgt. Miles Price of the 173rd / D-319 AFAR - we sent a package off to you today - full of some goodies even though you always say you don't need anything! It was so great to hear from you the other day, hope you get a chance to call again soon. We watch the weather over there every day and hope you are doing OK. It's hot here in Bakersfield, but not that hot. Thanks for being such a great kid and for serving our country. We are so very proud of you and love you very much. Can't wait to see you - we have big plans for your return. Love, Dad, Laurie and the Rat Dog.


Name: Grateful American
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 09:59:08 PM

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To all the soldiers of the 173rd - Thank you. Thank you for all of the sacrifices you are making every day so that the world is a safer place and a place where freedom abounds. You are all heroes. To all the families of the 173rd - Thank you also. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. Without a doubt, you all sacrifice daily so that your loved ones can be great American soldiers and do their job well. America is grateful.


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 09:09:53 PM

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THERE WILL BE 2 YEAR MEMORIALS AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE VICTIMS OF 9/11, POLICE, FIRE, PARAMEDICS, AND CIVILIANS OF ALL RACES AND RELIGIONS. AS A PROUD AMERICAN FATHER OF A PARATROOPER OF THE 173RD I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO ALL THE MILITARY ALL OVER THE WORLD. AS AN ALL VOLUNTEER MILITARY THEY ARE THE TRUE PATRIOTS WHO HAVE NOT FORGOT THE WORDS FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY "BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY". GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.


Name: Diane
Email: discocook@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 07:46:10 PM

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To the Soldiers of the 173rd and elsewhere: Thank you. That is far too simple to express my gratitude for your bravery and unselfishness to put your lives on the line to protect your country and millions of people you don't even know. As we approach the infamous 9/11 anniversary, it means even more to me. It was on that day I truly became a patriot. The terroism was always in another part of the world and didn't particularly affect me. The devastation on 9/11 totally changed my thinking. During the days and months following the attack, it was the firemen, policemen and paramedics who were recognized as the heroes and they were and still are. But the young men and women who took it upon themselves to enter the armed forces to protect their country against future attacks such as the one on 9/11 are truly heroes. You have my appreciation and deepest respect. Thank you.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 06:43:52 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; It was great hearing from you last night. I just sent another package of goodies your way. I love you. Love Always; Mom


Name: Keith & Lori Knight
Email: knightfish54@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 06:14:08 PM

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With the 2nd year anniversary of the attack on New York City, we just wanted to thank you for your service. You are all very special people in extreme circumstances, under more stress than we can imagine. Thank you for putting your country first, thank you for your bravery, thank you for your warrior spirit. May God bless you and hold you safe in the palm of His hand until you return to your home and your family. You all will be blessed as you have learned lessons that we never will. You will be an asset to your community and country when you return. Our response to the questions from family and friends when they ask how our son Kris is that the skill and training will get him through the mission, but it is prayer that will bring him home. Prayer will bring your home too!


Name: Taylor Rathmann
Email: ancaster@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 06:06:05 PM

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Hay Nathen, its me taylor. as u can tell. we miss u so much. alot has changed without u around. we have five dogs n my dads business could b doin better if u were here u kno he could alwayz use an extra pair of hands. well i just wanted to say a couple of things. i alwayz looked at u n said he looks like the kind of kid thats going to alwayz b in trouble n he looks like the kind of guy thats not going to do anything with his life.--->but u proved me wrong--u figured out a way alwayz to bring a smile to ones face when they were down. or u alwayz figured out a way for one to laugh--or have fun. n all i can remeber is u sittin at my house and looking at me with a huge smile on ur face. i remeber when at my birthday when i didnt kno how to skate n u helped me n that whole time i thought to myself--ur a really good guy who cares--now look at u ur serving in the war. n u are being so brave {if that was me i would of been crying the whole time to come home} n so i really sent u this to tell u how proud of u i am n to tell all ur buddies the same thing. i miss u n i hope u come home safley. n when u do im not lettin u go again. i love u n no matter what happens u will alwayz b that special guy in my heart. love alwayz Taylor


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 04:51:09 PM

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TO THE 173RD AIRBORNE AND PV2 MATTHEWS, JONATHAN HHC MORTARS 2/503RD. It is now 12:44 a.m. , September 11, 2003 in Iraq. This is the second anniversay of the attacks on America. I want to be one of the first to say thank you for standing up and defending the USA. From me, the families of lost loved ones and loved ones watching over us from heaven, again I say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the sacrifice each and every one of you are making. Your courage is untouchable. Your moms, dads, wives, sisters, children, friends, etc., walk proud, just by knowing you. America belongs to you. So.............kick ass and come home soon. Sincerely, D.D. Clark, Jonathan's Momma


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 04:44:33 PM

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TO THE 173RD AIRBORNE AND PV2 MATTHEWS, JONATHAN HHC MORTARS 2/503RD. It is now 12:44 a.m. , September 11, 2003 in Iraq. This is the second anniversay of the attacks on America. I want to be one of the first to say thank you for standing up and defending


Name:
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 04:40:26 PM

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HAPPY 25 B-DAY TO SCOTT 2/B/1- 508 !! ;-)


Name: Cindi Catlett
Email: cindi.catlett@sgmc.org
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 03:29:59 PM

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John Catlett Hi Sweetie: I sure do mis you honey. Everyone here is fine. Your daughter is just beautiful! I went by to see her and Kathryn yesterday. We love Kathryn so much! She is a wonderful, natural mother! Do you need anything? Just let us know. I sure do miss you Johnny. Remember how very proud I am of you. You are my hero, Son. We sent off a box that my co-workers from Hospice gathered for you. You are welcome to share them with the other guys. Oh, I saw Mrs. Keglor, Jackie, and Bonnie at Rodeo at lunch today. They are doing great, and they asked about you. I'm told that Johnny moved back home so that he could save some money. He is still going to school and working at Jody's. I love you son, Mom


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 02:01:34 PM

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To SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503, hi there. i was so excited to get the pictures, they are great,i have a meeting tonight in danville,all the mothers really give alot of support, its wonferful well honey ,please keep safe and WE ARE PROUD OF THE 173Airborne,im off to the post office ,love you mom


Name: pat
Email: patcat151@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 01:20:52 PM

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Dear Soldiers, I want to let know I think about all of you everyday and I pray for all of you daily. You are there to help make the world a safer place for me and those I love. Your courage and strength is the stuff heros are made of. I just wanted to let you know there are people who still care about you and remember why you are there. Sometimes things aren't clear and people forget. There are those here who will never forget you over there. I wish there was something more I could do. I will pray that each and everyone of you come home safe and sound. Your fellow American........Pat


Name: pollosmom
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 12:19:37 PM

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The Message is for Dbar? Re:Satphones..I am here in Italy and I purchased a phone for my husband. His phone uses prepaid scratch calling cards(like Italian cellphones)He can buy a card for $43 and it gives him 39 minutes. There is a company that also allows you to recharge the minutes online$80=80 minutes or $160=160min. There is also a company that will send the cards to Iraq, but they charge $20 for shipping and handling. I have called my husband from my cell here in Italy and it was 8euro a minute. From a landline it was only 2. I hope that is enought information for you. If not let me know..


Name: Jessica Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 12:07:47 PM

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HAPPY 22nd B-day to NICK on SEPTEMBER 12th!!!!Everyone please help me in wishing him a happy b-day!!! He is very special to me and he really needs it. Love always, Jessica


Name: Kourtney Robbins AKA Kasey's Lil Sister
Email: cheerchicsr04@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 11:43:12 AM

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Hey budda, i just wanted to say hi and i cant wait to see you sometime soon hopefully, because i miss having you around just waiting to get my senior year over with and i just cant wait to you, i love you and i miss you, also tell stark, i said hi and he can date me, just kidding, i miss you and i love you alot and i cant help it, because you have always been by my side helping me and making me learn new stuff. love ya always and forever your only lil sister Kourtney Nicole Ps Everyone says hey and they miss you alot and want you to come home and see them love you!


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 09:14:58 AM

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In response to email from catybaker@aol.com. Glad to hear that someone else is thinking of their soldier-first. I, too, would love to hold my son in my arms as soon as he jumps into or walks off a plane in Italy. But we must understand that the Army take priority. I am sure there will be debriefing, some equipment clean up, inventory, counseling and lots of other things we would not even think of. It would be more beneficial to all if a "Welcome Home" could be scheduled with those in charge at Vincenza so that all families and soldier could have a big celebration at the same time. I would hate to have to sit in a Vincenza hotel for a week to only see my son for a brief moment. I want to be able to spend as much time as possible with him either in Vincenza or here at home. Remember, too, that our sons are young soldiers that have become men very quickly and have had the experience of a lifetime and may not be ready or able to talk or deal with the things they have experienced. Let them talk when they are ready, let's not question them. Contnue to pray for our troops and our nation. GO AIRBORNE.


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 07:45:17 AM

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to SGT. DANIEL KORP B.CO.2/503 hallo son hope you doing fine. just what to let you know we LOVE and MISS you love mom


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 07:03:43 AM

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SPC NATHAN WHITELATCH A CO 2/503--Dear Nathan, Just wanted to say how good it was to talk to you yesterday. You sounded well and in good spirits. Erin will be coming home from school this weekend and will get you some cds. As requested I will not go and pick them out!! We are sending your birthday packages out this weekend. I know its a little early but we want to make sure you have them. Even though you said its not a good thing when the other guys know its your birthday maybe if you let them wear the birthday hats and blowers they will forgo the pink belly?! The cake might help also -- sorry no ice cream. Well its getting late and I have to get to work. Stay well and safe. We miss you lots. Love, mom


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 06:56:51 AM

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SPC NATHAN WHITELATCH A CO 2/503 --Dear Nathan, It was great talking to you yesterday. You sounded to be doing well and in good spirits. Erin will be coming home from school this weekend and will pick out some cds to send. As requested I will not pick them out!! Your birthday presents will be sent this weekend. Even though its a little early I want to make sure you receive them on time. I know you said it's not a good thing when the other guys know it's your birthday but maybe you can talk them into wearing the hats and blowers instead of holding you down for a pink belly?! Cake might also apease them. Sorry no ice cream. Well it's getting late and I have to get ready for work. Just wanted to say hi. Stay safe and well--We miss you lots. Love, mom


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdAirborne.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 06:46:51 AM

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Be advised, that the Florida Chapter of the Society of the 173d Airborne Brigade will have a meeting in Orlando on              27 September 2003 at Noon, Go to www.FloridaSkySoldiers.com and check it out. We love to see some family of current Sky Soldiers there!


Name: teri cross
Email: thecrosses@alltel.net
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 06:46:17 AM

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PFC David Cross Hey, sent you a package yesterday. Hope things are cooler for you all finally. I got your package with the 2 disposable cameras and the pictures are really interesting. We can't wait until you get home and can tell us all of the details and who the people are in the pictures. Be safe, I love you and miss you so much - Mom


Name: DBahr
Email: editor@setaf.army.mil
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 04:38:52 AM

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To stateside family members: I've heard that some folks in the States have bought satellite phones and sent them to their soldiers in Iraq. If so, I'd like to hear from you regarding how you purchased the phones and how you set up the service. I have also heard from the telephone company in Italy that the charge for using satellite telephones is outrageously expensive. Anywhere from $4 to $12 a minute, as the charge is for making and receiving the call--so you're charged twice. If this is true (and we know from telephone bills here in Italy that it holds true for us), we need to make sure that everyone knows so that they aren't 'surprised' by a $500 phone bill right before Christmas. Thank you.


Name: Weber
Email: Tyrell.Weber@us.army.mil
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 04:34:07 AM

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TO Jacob Engle: Whats up brother!!! Dont worry i havnt forgot about you just been busy because of the hole blue falcon thing but hey your still my little brother. Take care of yourself i'll probley still be here when you get back. Wish i could be there with you but crap happens.


Name: RALPH CATLETT
Email: BATTALIONCHIEFS@VALDOSTACITY.COM
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 04:33:21 AM

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PVT 2 JOHN CATLETT 173 A CO DEAR JOHN, I hope this Email finds you doing well and staying cool. Everyone here says hi and hopes you get to come home soon. Everyone in good old georgia is doing fine. Kathyrn and Dasiy are great, mom, heather, and I are all ok. The only problem we really have is we miss you an awful lot. I can't wait to here your voice it always makes me feel alittle beter. Football here has started up Lowndes is 2-0 ranked #3 in the state and Valdosta is 0-1 loss their first game under the new coach to a 4a team. I sent you a sports illastrated and a Valdosta Sports football review. In addition you have three boxes from us on the way. One box is from moms work, one box has the usual and one boox has tobacco, magazines, and goodies. Fishing is great you can go on banks lake and catch 50 bass a day but they are only 9 or 10 inches long. a lot of fun but no meat. We are putting deer stands up dear season comes in October 18.Don't worry I'll kill one for you.I talked to a couple of cop friends and they said you should't have a problem getting on at the sheriffs department or police department with you army bacground. When time gets closer I'll go see Ashley and Frank Simons to see about geeting you on. Jermey didn't get hired by the city so I think he is going to moltrie to be a cop. I hpoe you are doing OK please don't worry about anything or one back here we are all doing fine. You take care of yourself and please be careful. I know its a hard and lonely place over there but stay focused and you will be out of there before you know it. John always remember I AM SO PROUD OF YOU and the job you are doing. You may be a man but you will asways be my boy. I love you and i care about you so much. I will write more tomorrow so stay cool and remember we are all so very proud of you and miss you allot. I love you boy. Dad


Name: Michelle Ann King
Email: ARMYWIFE4TROY@AOL.COM
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 03:00:08 AM

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TO MY HUSBAND OF A CO 1/508TH 2ND PLT. TROY E. KING. HEY YOU, JUST GOT A CALL FROM YOU, IT WAS REALLY AWESOME TO HEAR YOU VOICE. JUST THOUGHT I WOULD SAY GOOD NIGHT TO YOU BEFORE I WENT TO SLEEP, AND THAT I MISS YOU TERRIBLY AND THAT I AM CRAZY IN LOVE WITH YOU. BUT I THINK YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT. WELL I LOVE YOU MORE THEN EVER. EACH DAY THAT WE ARE APART JUST BRINGS US ONE DAY CLOSER TO EACH OTHER. SENDING MY HUGS AND KISSES. AND KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU AWESOME SOLDIERS ARE IN MY PRAYERS. LOVING YOU ALWAYS YOUR WIFE MICHELLE


Name: Marta
Email: corbezo@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 02:25:49 AM

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Please, if anyone has notices about CPL J.E.LAUDANO, please let me Know by sending me a message. Thank You


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday September 10, 2003
Time: 02:17:50 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL. Hey Baby! How are you....? I´m feeling better! 2 More packages on the way to you! I Love you and i miss you so muuuuccchhhhh! Take care and be safe! With all my Love Nina


Name: Cheryl Ayotte
Email: cherylayotte322@msn.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 11:39:47 PM

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Meesage for my son SPC Ayotte in Iraq: We love you and I saw the pictures on the web site you and your unit are awsome! You have always been a brave tough kid and a loyal friend. Please take care and if you or others over there read this e-mail me with what you guys need...Your brother is doing good over there also, but missed not seeing you..hope you can get together. I told him to check out the site. Again, I am over welmed by your courage. Love Mom.


Name: TO:Andi Fehl and 173rd Airborne friends and family
Email: catybaker@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 11:23:04 PM

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Like everyone who has wriiten so far re: the concept of chartering a plane to fly friends and family to Italy, I, too, can't wait to hold my son in my arms again. I would suggest picking a central location such as Chicago, New York, or Boston and everyone leaving from there. HOWEVER, first a note of caution. Unlike WWII soldiers returning from the front who had 2+ weeks to be with each other and debrief as they were headed across the Atlantic on ships, our soldiers, in a matter of a few hours, will be transported back to civilization. For the past ten years, my job has been to conduct Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, following sudden losses, traumas, etc. I was involved immediately following 911 with debriefing airline attendants and pilots. I strongly urge you to consult with the Army psychologist re: what would be in the best interests of the soldiers. I realize that they may get some initial debriefing in Kuwait. But returning to Italy, sleeping in their own beds after a year will be another huge adjustment. Each soldier will handle this differently, but all may need/deserve some space to be with one another as a unit so they can begin to do some necessary healing, before they have to face a huge influx of some well-meaning civilians which could feel very intrusive to them. The problem, of course, with this is that everybody would have to agree to give them the space. I wouldn't want to set up a situation where some people jump the gun, are there to greet the soldiers, and then my son is looking around, wondering why we aren't there. These represent some initial thoughts and we certainly have plenty of time to think carefully about all of this. Many thanks for your initiative.


Name: Michelle
Email: snoop_at_heart@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 09:43:52 PM

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PFC Chad Henman: I miss you kid brother. I love you. Take care of yourself. Love you Michelle


Name: Pam Cook PROUD MOM OF PIETRO MONTICELLI 2/503rd
Email: binsoveryblessed@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 09:39:37 PM

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Son, Gosh I miss you so much, you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Almost done with the next package, this time sending you 5 books of the series that you started reading, that is what is taking so long is finding all the books so you can read them in sequence. Please be sure to let me know if you need anything else...I know...cigs, what about more cameras, dvds?, dvd player? whatever..just let me know and it will be yours. Reno is really beautiful right now the weather is just starting to change. I spoke to someone at the newspaper about doing an article on you so if I send you more than a couple cameras start taking pictures and sending them back okay? I hope Bella and Cindy are okay, I will write to them send also. All my love to you son, and my prayers to you and all your friends, BE SAFE....love MOM


Name: Aunt Deena Lynch
Email: dm_cm731@comcast.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 08:55:12 PM

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To Rich Farquhar.....Hi Rich. I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking a lot about you and that I have a package of goodies heading your way. (Are you out of Twizzlers yet?) Other good stuff too, but no cigs....you'll have to get those elsewhere. lol In sporting news... the Lions won their season opener and the Tigers have dug a new second level in the basement. Can't wait to see you. Stay safe. luvya PS to the Webmaster... keep up the good work and thank you


Name: joy hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 06:38:23 PM

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hey I was wondering if anyone knew anything about sending pictures to the solders through the e-mail. I was kinda wanting to send some pictures of my boyfriend's little sister b-day party. so if you could get back to me that would be great. Thanks alot.


Name: Leslie LaRocca
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 06:08:47 PM

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SPC JONATHAN MORROW... Hey my darling. I have not heard from you in a few weeks now. I got your letter last week. I am hoping that you are alright and just have not been given the opportunity to call. Maby you only had enough time to call your parents or something, I don't know. ---I am doing alright. I miss you and want to talk to you. Things are not as peachy keen around here as I would like them to be and hearing your voice might make things a little easier for me. I don't know if you will even read this, but knowing that I am communicating with you (or at least trying) makes me feel a little better. I am sorry i have not made your cookies yet. School and work totally suck right now and I have no time for anything I would actually like to do. I will write you again this week. I am sorry, but I still don't have any new photos. I pinky swear that I will take some and send them to you soon. I hope you are doing well. I also hope to hear from you very soon. Sleep well my darling. Come home safe( or I will have to kill you.) I love you Jonathan------Leslie


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 04:56:46 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. I just wanted to wish you good night! See you in my dreams. I love you. With all of my love. Genny


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 03:57:51 PM

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HEY SPC. STEVE GRAFTON, A CO 2ND 503RD- GOT THE PICTURES, THEY ARE FANTASTIC!! REALLY GOT A KICK OUT OF YOU IN YOUR "NATIVE HEADDRESS"--YOU LOOKED QUITE CUTE! I HAVE BLOWN UP THE PHOTO OF YOUR PLATOON TO AN 8X10 AND IT TURNED OUT VERY GOOD. CALL WHEN YOU CAN, WE MISS AND LOVE YOU. MOM


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 03:31:47 PM

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ATTN Florida SKY SOLDIERS, and Families. The Florida Chapter of the 173d Society will have a chapter meeting on    Sept 27, in the Orlando area. All are welcome to attend. For further info pull up Chapter News on this site. Also you will have a chance to meet James Bradley, the Webmaster of this site, and current President of the FL chapter. One of the main topics will be next years reunion in Daytona Beach. If you are a family member of a current 173d troop, your input will be valuable in planning your participation in 04, and making their 1st reunion special for all.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 02:34:26 PM

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Be advised that former SKY SOLDIER Walt Rosso has made his 1000th jump from an altitude of 30,300 ft. (oxygen assisted), that's right 30,300 Feet. Walt is 65 years old and a former officer with 4/503,the Geronimo Battalion. He also plans to have jumped in all 50 states prior to the 05 reunion in Australia. I post this to remind all of you that once a Sky Soldier, always a Sky Soldier, and Then Some!!


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 02:28:13 PM

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Be advised that former SKY Soldier Walt Rosso has made his 1000th jump from an altitude of 30,300 ft.(oxygen assisted),that's right 30,300 Feet.Walt is 65 years old and a former officer with 4/503,the Geronimo Battalion.He also plans to have jumped in all 50 states prior to the 05 reunion in Austrailia.I post this to remind all of you that once a Sky Soldier, always a Sky Soldier,and Then


Name: Aunt Amy
Email: Belkgirlz3@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 01:41:37 PM

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PFC Joshua Blaney - 1/508th A-Co - 2PLT Hey Josh - How's things going? No one has heard from you in a while. I wanted to wish you a HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY early. I have no idea how long it takes for ya'll to get these mails, so thought I'd say it a few days early!! Josh, let your Mom or Sarah know if you need a stove that will fit in your pack. Mike wants to send you one if you don't have one. I mailed you a box today w/LOTS of snacks, so enjoy!!! Take care of yourself and we are thinking about you and praying for you. We love you - Aunt Amy - Mike - Madisyn - Anna


Name: Tina Woofter
Email: yellodog61@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 01:37:50 PM

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To my knowledge, my son, SPC Jason Romesberg, has never seen any of the messages I have posted here. But, I do enjoy coming to this site and looking through the pictures in the hopes of catching a glimpse of one of the soldiers from my sons company. So... 3rd PLT B-CO 2/503 PLEASE somehow, get some pictures posted for us so we can see the faces that we miss so much, so we know you are OK. And Jason, if you happen to see this message - We love ya Bud and are Very proud of you and all your fellow soldiers. Hang in there! We will hold things together here. Love you so much!! The Proud Parents of Jason Romesberg


Name: Lois Case
Email: lcase01@comcast.net
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 01:11:52 PM

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For PFC Brian Bayer, 3rd platoon, A Co., 1/508.... Really glad to hear the cooling scarves are helping. Heard from your dad that you guys are kicking butt! Keep up the good work. Aunt Lois


Name: Shanna
Email: shanna80@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 12:00:14 PM

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Just wanted to take the time to say hi to some of the people I know over there... Mike Ashurst, Ryan Camp, Steve (Camp's bestfriend),Brad Zwick and Jacob Engle. Miss you guys and can't wait to see you again!!!XOXO


Name: Donna Voline (mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 11:43:53 AM

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Stephen- WE ALL LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU DEAR. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND ALL THE TROOPS. I LOVE YOU STEPHEN MOM


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 09:58:15 AM

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Uri Nieves,2nd 503,ciao uri,what's up there?I miss you!!!Love Anna


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 09:36:15 AM

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PFC PHILIP A. GRANT, 1-508 C CO *** here i am againg wandering if you're ok. You just called me again and that's so sweet of you! If you'll have again the chnce to read this, just know i won't ever have the right words to say how proud i am of you, and how thankful as well. Much love Giulia ***


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 08:53:55 AM

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Ssg. Joel Bednar...Hey babydoll...I didn't know if you even still look at this site. Let me know if you do, because I had taken it off the faveorites list and barely come on here anymore. I know you had mentioned a few pics, but I didn't see them on here. Please let me know where you saw them at okies! I love you whole whole bunchies, and miss you tons sexy. I start that new project this week. I am glad Greg handed me "tasks", because if I had to come up with ideas for it I would have been writing for days! First is to de-bunk myths, and dispell their smoke screen. It should be interesting if nothing else...I doubt it will be fun! Greg thinks that it will bring to light the atrocities that no one sees from the major media coverage. I told Greg the after math would kind of be like sitting in the best seats to watch the end of the world. How depressing, yet interesting! Well, I will wiat to hear where to find those pics. ~~~Princess~~~


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 04:40:25 AM

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TO. SGT LAND Jacob Daniel HHC 1/63 173. Hey Baby! Just a short message: I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! Take care and hopefully we´ll see ous soon!!!! Can´t wait to see you! Hugs and Kisses for you - NINA


Name: Kevin Conant
Email: kevingconant@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 03:09:34 AM

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It's 9 Sept 03, midnight Calif. time. As I make the final arrangements for our second 9/11 Patriot Day Memorial Mass and Procession for the San Jose Fire Department, I want all the soldiers and the families of the 173rd to know how proud we are of you all. As a firefighter who attended the funerals of my brothers in the FDNY, you have not let their lives be forgotten. Thank you for your courage! God Bless the 173rd. Kevin Conant, Battalion Chief, San Jose FD (CA)


Name: The Hinton's
Email: tekkimom@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 12:33:52 AM

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PFC Hinton, Gavin M. - A Co., 1/508th, 3rd Plt - Son, We were so glad to hear from you this morning. The cat is fine and is slap happy now. Everyone else is fine. We hope to see you sooner than later. Give all of your troops a big HOOAH! for us. We are SO PROUD of you and miss you more than you miss us, if you can believe that. Another package is on the way. The fam says hello and we're ready for your big homecoming. Love you bunches! Mom and Dad ((BIG HUGS))


Name: Michelle Ann King
Email: ARMYWIFE4TROY@AOL.COM
Date: Tuesday September 09, 2003
Time: 12:28:21 AM

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This is for Troy E.King of the A co 1/508th 2nd Plt. Hey baby it's me your beautiful wife. Just thought I would say hello and that I miss you terribly. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!! Just letting you know I am with you all the way, till the end of time. Sending all my love and kisses. And that you are all in my prayers. Loving you always Michelle


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 11:22:46 PM

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PFC Nathan Garcia II A Co. 1/508th 3rd PLT. So glad that you called last night. It was good to hear from you. Good to hear that you are getting all the packages, letters, and e-mails. Another package will be sent out this week. Can't wait to see you in Italy. Praying for you and all the soldiers. Take care of each other. Love, Mom


Name: Wendell & Kim Goodman
Email: deerhunter356@msn.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 10:30:41 PM

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Andi, hi I gave you the wrong email address for my husband, it is deerhunter, not dearhunter, better not be dear hunter! Sorry for the mistake. Thought you would need the proper address if we are to receive any information on the trip to Italy. Looking forward to it, and seeing our son, Zach. Again, thank you so much for all your hard work! God Bless all our brave 173rd soldiers! We love ya!


Name: Donna Voline(mom of SSG Voline
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 10:02:45 PM

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Hello Stephen- Just wanted to write to tell you I LOVE YOU. I just can't say it enough. I am praying for you and all the troops. God Bless all of you MOM


Name: alan c thomas
Email: ACT@HOUSTON.RR.COM
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 08:24:43 PM

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Kyle Thomas, I love you and i pray for your safety and also for every soldier there. We will be together soon. Eeryone here at home are fine and doing well and you are on every ones mind here. I get phone calls and people walk up to me and ask about you. So you just worry about yourself. Again Kyle I LOVE YOU. DAD


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email:
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 06:25:46 PM

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Hey Kasey Robbins, A.Co, 1-508th 2nd PLT. It was great talking to you Sunday. Hope you are enjoying you time off (R&R), just relax and enjoy this specail time, at least they finaly provided you some time off. Stay safe and focused. We're all praying for a return home sooner than April. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Love, Dad, Mom, Kourtney and Grandma (GO OU SOONERS)......also OSU COWBOYS. Love ya.


Name: DANIELA
Email:
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 04:37:03 PM

News

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Name: RESPONSE TO: gg_chula@yahoo.it
Email:
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 03:54:42 PM

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The new email address for all troops in the 1-508 is: 1508FRG@setaf.army.mil Just remember to put the rank, full name and the company. They changed it because the yahoo addresses were getting too full. In bocca al lupo! So far all the messages I've sent have been received.


Name: E.H.
Email: Mea_Culpa2003@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 03:49:11 PM

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For SPC. JASON ALLRED A Co. 1/508 HHC Maint. Plt. 173rd (For Sept. 8, 2003) It is still your birthday here on the East Coast!!!! I hope you've had a beautiful birthday, tatlim! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON!!!! MORE!!!!! Hope you are safe and sound! Luv - E.


Name: Dolores Townsend
Email: dolores@woh.rr.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 03:30:35 PM

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Hello, Mathieu, Here we are at the beginning of September, and no news from you. If you read this, please let us know what is going on and how you are doing. Mom


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 03:23:15 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: Hey sexy! Guess what? finally got the pictures for you, i'm sure you gonna like them, on couple of them is also R.T.. Do not share it with anybody else. Promise. I miss you and love you, your czech is getting better i see. Miluju te, moc moc moc. Waiting for you. Love always, Lucy


Name: Arianna
Email: arianna1977@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 02:54:47 PM

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This is a message to anybody who has news about SGT. REGAN, JEREMY M. I would love to know something about him, he's in Kirkuk, Iraq and I hope he's fine. I would like to let him know that he's always in my thoughts and I can't wait to have him back to Italy, I hope I am going to hear from him soon and I hope he got the letters I mailed him. Thanks in advance to anybody could help me with this.


Name: BARB KUPISCH - JEFF'S MOM
Email: bark1128@msn.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 01:21:27 PM

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TO: JEFFREY M. KUPISCH -HHC 2/503- MORTAR - H E L P ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! SOME ONE PLEASE TELL JEFF TO CALL HOME ON 9-11 after 6 pm CHICAGO TIME!! FOR HIS BIRTHDAY & OUR ANNIVERSARY!! SOMEONE TELL JEFF TO CALL HOME ON 9-11! PLEASE GET THIS MESSAGE TO HIM!! THANK YOU!! It was indescribable to say how great it was to hear from yOu this morning. Sorry we were all so groggy, tho!! PLEASE call on Thurs, 9-11 - on your Birthday & our Anniversary. Dad will be there & would love to talk to you. He hasn't talked to you since you left for Iraq. I put out the message about more letters & food to be sent so I'm sure you'll be 'full' very shortly. But it should take awhile to finish that last big box I just sent. I LOVE YOU, son. & was so pleased to hear from you. We are so proud of all of you!! PLEASE CALL ON 9-11 SO DAD CAN TALK TO YOU - HE'S MISSED EVERYCALL - WE WERE GOING TO GO TO DINNER & THE SCHOOL OPENHOUSE BUT DECIDED TO SIT & WAIT FOR YOUR CALL - SO YOU BETTER CALL HOME, OK???? YOU WERE THE BEST ANNIVERSARY PRESENT EVER, JEFF!! I gotta go! GLAD YOU GOT YOUR PRESENTS IN TIME - ENJOY!! I love you & miss you more than you can know!!! Love, Mom P.S. - CALL HOME 9-11 AFTER 6 PM CHICAGO TIME - THINK YOU GOT THAT???? GOOD!! We'll be waiting!


Name: Lorri
Email:
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 01:06:31 PM

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To SGT Micah Burnett: We are proud of you. We love you and miss you. Come home soon!


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 12:49:49 PM

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MY BAD PHILIP, YOUR LAST NAME'S GRANT, SORRY!!! (WHAT A DORK!)LOL


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 12:47:44 PM

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PFC PHILIP A. GRAMT, C CO, 1-508TH. *** you know exactly how much i miss you, you just made my days with your pone calls.miss ya, love ya. giulia. PS: think think think...lol***


Name: Mary and Lane Bartholomew
Email: lmebartholomew@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 12:15:12 PM

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To PFC Earl Bartholomew 2nd Plt BCO 2/503 173rd Abn WE WANT TO WISH YOU A HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY, HOPE NEXT YEAR YOU WILL BE CLOSER TO HOME. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. LOVE MOM AND DAD


Name: gina
Email: ginakb2003@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 11:22:40 AM

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Ronald E. Brady...173rd 2/503 1st plt...Just wanted to say hello...hope ur doing o.k...I haven't forgotten about you...wish i could communicate with you more...check the mail...give me a sign...i thought if i wrote you on here.maybe someone would pass it onto you...so you know...your not alone...i'll keep this short..easier to read this than my hand writing...if someone would pass this on to him..i would appreciate it...thanks...


Name: CARO's RANGER DADDY!!!
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 10:24:28 AM

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Hey sexy beautiful woman! thanks for everything, i truely am the luckiest and proudest husband in the world! don't worry if you get a little preoccupied with all the wonderful things you are doing over there, and neglect a little mail. i know you are busy and i know we are in love..what else really matters. it is a little saddening, but i understand! just do the best you can gorgeous! you know i am proud of you! let all your friends know that i won't be sharing you upon my return, so get down with you now! because girls nights out, will be coming to a halt until i deploy again! unless they want a handsome stud to tag along. But i need to breathe your air to live baby! you are my life, my salvation! kisses and hugs, and all that kinki stuff! love you, you are the best, i am soooo proud of you, your husband and ranger daddy, keith


Name: Keith Marceau
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 10:16:30 AM

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MOM, thanks for the dvd AND CD'S! was very nice, same with the pics of me when i was younger, god, what a runt i was! some of the boys got a laugh, but i am evil now!lol! i love you mom, caro said she will try to visit you when she is in the states, she loves you..and is being great about abby! as for that mail you recieved, beats me CCT? cape cod tech? well, read it, if it sounds like it was to you,cool, otherwise send it back! haha! i am having a rhino GPS radio sent to you, please mail it to me as soon as yopu get it. they could only send it fed ex or ups and apo only accepts real mail. love you, gotta write caro now! thanks again! keith


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 09:55:14 AM

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PFC Chad Henman; Just thinking of you and hoping all is well. Take care and let me know if there is anything you want or need. I love you son and I am very proud of you. I miss you!! Love Always; Mom


Name: gg
Email: gg_chula@yahoo.it
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 08:13:33 AM

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hi anybody know what happen with the acompany1508@yahoo.com because all the time that i try write an e-mail i received an failure delivery!! thank u


Name: Mary Burnett
Email: Burnett24@msn.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 07:57:30 AM

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Dear Troops, I want each of you to know that I appreciate your service to not only your country but to the Iraqi people. It is hard for the average American to understand what you are going through and the committment you made when you raised your right had and took the oath. I am a veteran and know the sense of 'pride' that fills each heart when you hear the national athem - tears still fill my eyes. The song by the artist Greenwood[I think, that is his name] says it all. I am praying for each of you and your families and friends; also for the families of your fallen commrades. I have a nephew who is there with you, his name is Micah Burnett. May the Lord watch over each and everyone of you and bring you safely home to your loved ones.


Name: Donna Voline(mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 07:50:02 AM

News

Hello Stephen- Just wanted to tell you how much WE LOVE YOU and how PROUD we are of you and all the troops. We miss you so much, can't wait to hear from you again. WE ALL LOVE YOU HERE AT HOME MOM


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 07:07:29 AM

News

To Daniel Korp B.CO.3RD.PLT.2/503 Went shopping for you yesterday,got some CD's and DVD's hope you like them I ask somebody at the PX whot to by hope you like them. We love and miss you. love mom


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 06:26:18 AM

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TO. SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL HHC 1/63 173rd. Hey Baby! How are you..? I´m sick...! Well i talked to your Mom yesterday and she is sending you more DVD´s and Tea-Mixes. 2 more packages on the way from me! I miss you so much. I love you so much! Be careful!!!!!!!!! I´m so proud of you! Kisses Nina "Hi" from my MOM & DAD !


Name: I received this, and wanted to pass it on.
Email: A worried mother
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 05:27:20 AM

News

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I noticed you didn't leave you email address either! ...webmaster


Name: Nicole
Email: TRMMOD@aol.com
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 03:41:15 AM

News

Dear Andy, please send me info about the welcome back for the soldiers. If I can get the time off I would love to be a part of it. Thank you


Name: Nathan T Garcia
Email: astroram@earthlink.net
Date: Monday September 08, 2003
Time: 01:55:05 AM

News

for PFC Garcia Nathan T. 2ND = I sent you some items that you requested,don't get a sweettooth. You ALL keep up the good work.You still have people rooting for you guys. Love dad


Name:
Email: Mea_Culpa2003@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 10:54:42 PM

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For SPC. JASON ALLRED A Co. 1/508 HHC Maint. Plt. 173rd (For Sept. 8, 2003) HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON !!!!!! AND MOOOREE, MOOORE, MOORE!!!! :))) P.S. Do you speak Italian! ;) Love E.


Name:
Email: Mea_Culpa2003@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 10:52:51 PM

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For SPC. JASON ALLRED A Co. 1/508 HHC Maint. Plt. 173rd HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON !!!!!! AND MOOOREE, MOOORE, MOORE!!!! :))) P.S. Do you speak Italian! ;) Love E.


Name: Rea Lee Claud
Email: rclaud01@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 08:20:18 PM

News

Sgt. Monte Massey Hello...greeting from Missouri!! The weather has been very nice. Warm days and cool evenings...rain possibly Thursday. Bill has been cutting a little bit of corn but will really get started for real tomorrow, Sept 8th. We took a ride to the corn fields today, not a lot of corn, some stalks with none and some with a short ear. The beans are turning, leaves are falling. But it is time for that to happen. We'll let you know how they're doing...Gavin is growing bigger every day...can't wait for you two to meet. Gage is in the 1st grade now. His teacher is Mrs. Cooper, our very own neighbor. Your mom sent our package to you Friday..hope you enjoy!! We'll try and send more later....mom says you're in need of toiletries..if you can think of anything, just let us know and we'll try to get it to you. Hope all is going well, we think of you every day....I'll write more later....Much love to you....Aunt Rea Lee


Name: joy hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 06:40:21 PM

News

Hey I was wondering about the e-mail address. When Justin called me last I asked him what was the one thing he wanted me to send in his b-day pakage. He told me that he wanted pictures. Well any way I was wondering if I could send them through the e-mail? That way he would get them quicker. Do you think that they would allow that? I wonder if thier printer can handle that or not? Well just a question. If anyone has an idea please let me know. Thanks a lot. PROUD GIRLFRIEND OF PFC JUSTIN LEE ROLL 1/508


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 05:50:55 PM

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>>THANK YOU<< To everyone who responded to my request for information!! I was overwhelmed by both the quickness and amount of responses I have received. Your collective inputs (good and bad) give me everything needed to go on. For anyone else that's interested, it would seem that the best way to insure successful delivery is to pack valuables in unidentified boxes, send the Priority Mail, and (the one common endorsement from all responses) INSURE IT!! For everyone in the 173rd........I just found out today what a truely effective "support colum" you men and women have behind you. Keep up the Good Work, and we'll see each other again before you know it!! H.J.


Name: lucinka Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 05:39:20 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: just want to let you know i'm thinkink of you all the time, love you and miss you. Hope to hear from you soon. Love always, Lucy & R.T


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 05:27:15 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Just wanted to say hi and let you know we're thinking of you. Be careful and remember how much I love you. Love Always - Mom


Name: To Harold Jordan
Email:
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 05:01:53 PM

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Harold, I mailed my husbands laptop and he received it no problem. However, I mailed it from Italy. That means it spent a lot less time in the air, and hopefully a few less hands were on it, if you know what I mean. There is no telling "FOR SURE" whether it will arrive in working order. Just insure it, (as long as you have a receipt, or your son does) for the amount it's worth. A $1500 laptop would average about $25 to insure, or around that. So, yes, he is allowed to have it, and yes, you can ship it to an APO. I made sure there was lots of cushion. I actually used old towels and had the laptop in it's "pleather" case. I hope this info helps!


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 02:36:34 PM

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this message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI.HI HONEY, JUST ALITTLE NOTE TO SAY HELLO, WE LOVE YOU, MISS YOU LOVE MOM


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 02:34:05 PM

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Christa, Thanks for the kind words. Like you, I also find it disheartening that there seems to be little positive reporting coming out of Iraq. Any good news or report on the guys progress helps to justify why they are over there. :) Also, I know your son, Jason. He worked with my husband when he first got to Italy. We've gone to see his band play several times. He's a great guy and his girlfriend is a real sweetheart! Maybe we can all meet when this is over. Have a great day - Andi


Name: scott keller
Email: akeller3@wi.rr.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 12:15:11 PM

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hi there. First of all, I'd like to say how proud we are of our troops. I have a cousin in the army. PVT David Schultz c-company 2-503 platoon. at least that is the address i was given. I have not heard anything about him for 3 months now. If anyone has seen him, could you please pass some information too me. My family and I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for fighting for our country and our freedom!! scott


Name: David Roberts
Email: buckj215@aemail4u.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 11:22:42 AM

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We love you Pat Roberts


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 09:40:49 AM

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>>>INFORMATION REQUEST<<< My son has asked us to send his laptop to him in Iraq. He is PFC Jordan, Joshua serving with the 74th LRS det. My questions for anyone able to answer are: 1) Is this allowed? and 2) What is the best way to get it to him (will they deliver this sort of thing safelt to his APO address)? Answers from any informed individual would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance, Harold Jordan.


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 09:24:38 AM

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Dear Andi- Thank you for posting that letter. All you hear in the news is doom and gloom making it look as if our soldiers are accomplishing very little if nothing at all. My son Sgt Jason Harding is with the 2/503 and I know he has been living in a safe house among the citizens of Kirkuk. I know I tell everyone not to think what they see on the news is all that is happening in Iraq. I only wish there was a way to share the positive impact our soldiers are having in Iraq with the rest of the country. Thank you again for sharing the positive news that all of us who have soldiers in Iraq, especially the 173rd, know is happening. We all to remain proud of what our guys are doing for the people there. One very proud 173rd Mom.


Name: Kicsid
Email: honeyandsugar81@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 06:30:46 AM

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SPC.MICHAEL DODD 1ST PLT.CCO 2/503RD Szia Kicsim!Hogy vagy??My brother is very sick,we cant pull down his fever it is 38.6celsius,we are so worried,because he caughed blood.It might be a virus,mom just called the doctor,to come here,because my brother can't even stand up....:(( He can't swallow it hurts him too much i heard him crying this morning.Im scared and so worried,Kicsim.I can't help him,you know I can't be around him now.And i feel bad because of it. I hope you are doing fine,Kicsim,hianyzol nagyon nagyon,tudod hogy nagyon szeretlek baby! Anette is sending you the package tomorrow.We really need to give her something for what she is doing for us.I already told her,I am here,and she can call me anytime she wants,if she needs me. Szeretlek Kicsim,nagyon!!!!!!!


Name: Kicsid
Email: honeyandsugar81@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 06:29:12 AM

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SPC.MICHAEL DODD 1ST PLT.CCO 2/503RD Szia Kicsim!Hogy vagy??My brother is very sick,we cant pull down his fever it is 38.6celsius,we are so worried,because he caughed blood.It might be a virus,mom just called the doctor,to come here,because my brother can't even stand up....:(( He can't swallow it hurts him too much i heard him crying this morning.Im scared and so worried,Kicsim.I can't help him,you know I can't be around him now.And i feel bad because of it. I hope you are doing fine,Kicsim,hianyzol nagyon nagyon,tudod hogy nagyon szeretlek baby! Anette is sending you the package tomorrow.We really need to give her something for what she is doing for us.I already told her,I am here,and she can call me anytime she wants,if she needs me. Szeretlek Kicsim,nagyon!!!!!!!


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 05:42:35 AM

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TO: SGT Land Jacob Daniel: Hey Baby! I missssssssssssssssss you. Can´t wait to see you again!:) Take care and be safe as much as you can (and the other guys too!) I Love you ! Thousand Kisses Nina


Name: Bill Kunasek father of Brian Kunasek 1st plt. B-co.1-508th
Email: imperialmtn@aol.com
Date: Sunday September 07, 2003
Time: 02:58:15 AM

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To the mom of sgt.voline. look on page #37 of the website photos. picture


Name: carol and mike mccarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 09:03:03 PM

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I JUST WOULD LIKE TO TELL EVERYONE THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING TO CORY EVERY NIGHT AND HE IS GETTING BETTER EVERY DAY, THEY SHOULD BE TAKING HIS STICTHES OUT BY THE END OF THE WEEK, AND IF EVERYTHING LOOKS GOOD HE MAYBE ABLE TO COME FOR HIS MONTH R@R THEN GO BACK TO WALTER REED FOR MORE THERAPY ON HIS HAND THAT COULD LAST FROM 6MONTHS TO 1YEAR. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL THE PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN CALLING OR STOPPING BY TO SEE CORY, IT HELPS US KNOWNING THAT CORY IS NOT BY HIMSELF IN WASHINGTON DC THANK YOU ALL AGAIN CAROL AND MIKE MCCARTHY FROM GILROY CALIFORNIA


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 08:51:20 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: Hey sexy! just got back from out with Caroline. I relized that i miss you so bad and i can't wait to hold you in my arms again. I miss you so much. On Monday it will be 6 months since you left home and you didn't come back. I'm counting every each day. Can't wait to see you again. Keeping mail, just finished another one, i'm sure you'll be have fun to read it, as ussuall. Just want to let you know I love you and miss you. R.T. says RAFF RAFF.love always,Lucy


Name: Jane Kennedy
Email: janefk07734@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 06:41:45 PM

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To Andi Fehl, I can't begin to imagine how this would all work, but how incredibly wonderful it would be if you could make it work. Count us in also. There would be 3 possibly 4 adults from NJ. Thanks so much for any and all efforts put into this.


Name: Jone Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 04:12:49 PM

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PFC Joshua Jordan, 173rd 74th LRS Just to let you know that I am back home in Luxembourg. Sent you a box before I left Indiana. I hope that you had a nice birthday (thanks to SSG Chance). Can't wait for you to be able to come home and see our new house. Maybe I can talk your dad into that pool table you want for the rec. room, lol. We are scheduled to leave Luxembourg on December 13th. Take care, we love you and are so proud of you and all the reast of our soldiers. Love Mom


Name: Doreen and Celeste Wiest
Email: doreenwiest@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 03:19:59 PM

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To my Husband SSG Jason M. Wiest, 74th Inf Det (LRS/D) Eventhough you can not be here, Celeste and I wanted to whish you a Happy Birthday. I guess this saves me money on a gift....LOL. Diane and Paul as well as Dan and Brigitte,Erich, Levi, Buddy and everyone else around here hope that you are doing well. Hope to here from you soon. Love You.


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 02:24:26 PM

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Guest Editorial Local soldier optimistic about effort in Iraq Sgt. Chris Shelton I have been serving in Iraq for over five months now as a soldier in the 2nd Battalion of the 503d Airborne Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as "The Rock." We entered the country at midnight March 26. One-thousand of my fellow soldiers and I parachuted from 10 jumbo jets (C17s) onto a cold, muddy field in Bashur, northern Iraq. This parachute operation was the U.S. Army's only combat jump of the war and opened up the northern front. Things have changed tremendously for our battalion since those first cold, wet weeks spent in the mountain city of Bashur. On April 10 our battalion conducted an attack south into the oil-rich town of Kirkuk, the city that has since become our home away from home and the focus of our security and development efforts. Kirkuk is a hot and dusty city of just over 1 million people. The majority of the city has welcomed our presence with open arms. After nearly five months here, the people still come running from their homes, into the 100-degree heat, waving to us as our troops drive by on daily patrols of the city. Children smile and run up to shake hands and in their broken English shout, "Thank you, mister." The people of Kirkuk are all trying to find their way in this new democratic environment. Some major steps have been made in these last three months. A big reason for our steady progress is that our soldiers are living among the people of the city and getting to know their neighbors and the needs of their neighborhoods. We have also been instrumental in building a new police force. Kirkuk now has 1,700 police officers. The police are now, ethnically, a fair representation of the community as a whole. So far, we have spent over $500,000 from the former Iraqi regime to repair each of the stations' electricity and plumbing, to paint each station and to make it a functional place for the police to work. The battalion has also assisted in re-establishing Kirkuk's fire department, which is now even more effective than before the war. New water treatment and sewage plants are being constructed and the distribution of oil and gas are steadily improving. All of these functions were started by our soldiers here in this northern city and are now slowly being turned over to the newly elected city government. Laws are being rewritten to reflect democratic principles and a functioning judicial system was recently established to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the rule of law. The quality of life and security for the citizens has been largely restored and we are a large part of why that has happened. The fruits of all our soldiers' efforts are clearly visible in the streets of Kirkuk today. There is very little trash in the streets, many more people in the markets and shops, and children have returned to school. This is all evidence that the work we are doing as a battalion and as American soldiers is bettering the lives of Kirkuk's citizens. I am proud of the work we are doing here in Iraq and I hope all of your readers are as well. Chris Shelton was the subject of a June 17 Herald article, "Snohomish soldier injured in Iraqi ambush." He is the son of Snohomish resident Susan Locke.


Name: Anne Gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 02:03:06 PM

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Attention Andy Fiehl: Thank you for your posting of Sept 6 -- wonderfully informative about the status in Kirkuk and the quality of work you all are doing over there -- we are indeed proud to be associated with all of you and your ongoing efforts to serve your country. Small steps always lead to great results, and that sounds as if it is exactly what you all are doing. . .little by little. . .there is hope! Again, thank you for making my day!! Anne Gonzalez, proud "ma" of a 173rder


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 01:29:14 PM

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Guest Editorial Local soldier optimistic about effort in Iraq Sgt. Chris Shelton I have been serving in Iraq for over five months now as a soldier in the 2nd Battalion of the 503d Airborne Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as "The Rock." We entered the country at midnight March 26. One-thousand of my fellow soldiers and I parachuted from 10 jumbo jets (C17s) onto a cold, muddy field in Bashur, northern Iraq. This parachute operation was the U.S. Army's only combat jump of the war and opened up the northern front. Things have changed tremendously for our battalion since those first cold, wet weeks spent in the mountain city of Bashur. On April 10 our battalion conducted an attack south into the oil-rich town of Kirkuk, the city that has since become our home away from home and the focus of our security and development efforts. Kirkuk is a hot and dusty city of just over 1 million people. The majority of the city has welcomed our presence with open arms. After nearly five months here, the people still come running from their homes, into the 100-degree heat, waving to us as our troops drive by on daily patrols of the city. Children smile and run up to shake hands and in their broken English shout, "Thank you, mister." The people of Kirkuk are all trying to find their way in this new democratic environment. Some major steps have been made in these last three months. A big reason for our steady progress is that our soldiers are living among the people of the city and getting to know their neighbors and the needs of their neighborhoods. We have also been instrumental in building a new police force. Kirkuk now has 1,700 police officers. The police are now, ethnically, a fair representation of the community as a whole. So far, we have spent over $500,000 from the former Iraqi regime to repair each of the stations' electricity and plumbing, to paint each station and to make it a functional place for the police to work. The battalion has also assisted in re-establishing Kirkuk's fire department, which is now even more effective than before the war. New water treatment and sewage plants are being constructed and the distribution of oil and gas are steadily improving. All of these functions were started by our soldiers here in this northern city and are now slowly being turned over to the newly elected city government. Laws are being rewritten to reflect democratic principles and a functioning judicial system was recently established to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the rule of law. The quality of life and security for the citizens has been largely restored and we are a large part of why that has happened. The fruits of all our soldiers' efforts are clearly visible in the streets of Kirkuk today. There is very little trash in the streets, many more people in the markets and shops, and children have returned to school. This is all evidence that the work we are doing as a battalion and as American soldiers is bettering the lives of Kirkuk's citizens. I am proud of the work we are doing here in Iraq and I hope all of your readers are as well. Chris Shelton was the subject of a June 17 Herald article, "Snohomish soldier injured in Iraqi ambush." He is the son of Snohomish resident Susan Locke.


Name: Steffanie Wolfert
Email:
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 01:15:01 PM

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ALPHA COMPANY 1/508 3rd PLATOON You guys are the best! It was wonderful to hear that all's well (received a phone call on 5 and 6 Sept) Keep Takin care of business...To Erik Wolfert I love and miss you more than you'll ever know...Gavin's doing well and kicking often...To SSG Joe PRICE I know your bday is coming up HAPPY 25th! And to the rest of the guys from A co (including Capt Ritzmann) you're doing a great job stay safe....


Name: Danielle
Email: DPElia@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 12:40:03 PM

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Sean McDonald: Hi Sean Willy! Hope you made it to your destination safely. I'm thinking of you often. Take care and be careful. Love you, Aunt Dan


Name: Danielle
Email: DPELia@aol.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 12:35:57 PM

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Thanks for all you're doing; for leaving your families and lives back home and protecting our freedom. There are no words to say thanks! God bless you and all come home safely, soon! Danielle


Name: your friends from midian
Email: dianastomcat@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 12:03:02 PM

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JACOB LEAF. Grassie de averne contattà. Te ne manchi. Diana Greta Simone Foja ecc.


Name: your friends from midian
Email: dianastomcat@yahoo.it
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 12:02:37 PM

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JACOB LEAF. Grassie de averne contattà. Te ne manchi. Diana Greta Simone Foja ecc.


Name: Sgt. Derek D. Beeler
Email: beelerdd@mcrdpi.usmc.mil
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 10:24:30 AM

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Sgt. Joel Bednar I am looking forward to visiting Italy soon. You need to come back so we can go crawling through all the hole in the wall drinking establishments in Europe! If you can't come back when I visit, Wendy and I will come to you. Uncle Don says I need to esscort her on such an adventure, but I don't think Uncle Don remembers which of his daughters he is talking about! Have you done some scouting in to the local female pop. for me? You know a Marine needs one in every port. I just need a break from all these recruits. They are driving me up a wall, you should see some of the peices of work they are trying to put into the Corps these days! Such a sad situation for such a fine institution! I've gently suggested to some of them that they may wish to go knock on the Army's door and see what they have to offer. Ha Ha! I have a letter ready to send you, so when I get back from the range I will send it your way. You take care down there, and remember to shoot first and let the paper pushers ask questions later! YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU COULDN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH! Your Boy, Derek (Glad to hear my cousin finally made you an honest man Bro!)


Name: Christa Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 09:54:34 AM

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SGT JASON R. HARDING - Hey Jay! Great to hear your voice. Hope you are still doing well. You sounded tired but I guess that is to be expected. I talked to Genny after I spoke to you. She was so happy to hear from you! She has been worried for the last couple of weeks as had I. Remember we love you and all of the 173rd! Stay focused and strong and know you have all of our love and support! MOM


Name: Donna Voline(mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 08:40:05 AM

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Hello Stephen- We all love you very much and are missing you terribly. We are so very proud of you and the all the 173rd soilders. You are all in our prayers. Stay safe and watch you backs at all time. Stephen, I LOVE YOU MOM


Name: SSG Victor Lopez
Email: yogisoul@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 07:41:10 AM

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This is the first post I have made on this website, and what an outstanding one it is. First, I would like to say "I love you more than words can express," to my wife Damaris. Without your support, I couldn't do it. My beautiful daughters, Sarah and Sydni "my princesses, keep up the 'tude" and my son, Victor Noah, born on June 22nd this year "daddy loves you little guy!" To the rest of my family and the families of all the Skysoldiers, "keep up the support, your paratroopers deserve it!"


Name: caromarceau
Email: cstapelkamp@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 05:09:58 AM

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SSG KEITH MARCEAU A-CO 2/503RD hey sweetheart ! moninque and i just came back vrom a walk with all the girls...very exhausting, paige and shadow smell like a**, they jumped in the nasty field water.. we had such a fun night out. it was the first time for monique since 3 years. she had a blast. cant wait to get silly when you come back. i love you baby ! lunch time write later kisses caro


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 04:01:05 AM

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TO: SGT Land Jacob Daniel 1/63 c/o 173. Hey Baby Thank you so much for the call! I´m happy that you get all the packages! More on the way to you! I can´t wait to see you. I miss you tons! I LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE YOU! KISSES NINA: Does anybody have more pictures from the HHC 1/63 AR....? Please email me then! Thank you!


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 02:12:40 AM

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This message is to anyone who might see PFC Jeremy Czarnik A co. 2nd of 503rd. Tell him his little sister was born on Sept 3rd. 0812 and weighs 9lbs. 2oz. Alexis Bailey and mom are doing great. We all love and miss each and every soldier. Be safe Love, DAD


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 01:15:36 AM

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Michelle Dodge: Saw your note about your son's deployment date. Please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. Josh said he's been getting his packages in about 10 days to two weeks. Some have taken longer, but things seem to be better lately. God Bless!


Name: Brett & Deb Herrington
Email: bretth@usachoice.net
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 01:13:55 AM

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Andi: We were planning to go to Italy when our son, PFC Josh Grove, 1st/508th, Bravo Co. returned from Iraq. Being with others from the 173rd family would be absolutely great! Please count us in. We already have our passports - all we need is a date!!! There will be two (possibly three) adults and one child. My son's three year old little boy wants be there when daddy comes home too! We are from Central Pennsylvania. When Josh originally flew to Vicenza he had to go to JFK in New York. When he came home last January, he was able to fly in and out of Philadelphia, PA. Please add us to your mailing list and let us know if there's anything we can do to help you. I'm retired Dept. of Defense and home most of the time. We're willing and able to do whatever we can for the 173rd family! Anxiously waiting to hold my son and see him hold his! God Bless You All!!!


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 12:41:36 AM

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Jake called this morning! Sounded better than he has in quite awhile. He's getting a few days of R&R starting Sunday and will have more time to call home!! and get a list of phone numbers of family and friends. Everyone will be so happy to hear from him! I have a question about meeting the guys in Italy when they return. Do they have to go through a debriefing before they are turned loose? Will we be able to spend any time with them? It would be awesome to be there the minute they get off the plane (I also heard they may have to jump back into Italy), but are they going to be taken away for a debriefing immediately? Just wondering how this transition back to the real world is going to happen and if they will have time to see us. Jake, I doubt you ever get to see these posts, but just in case, I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU and am VERY PROUD of you!!! Stay safe, honey! You and all the 173rd! Love, mom


Name: Amanda Guadalupe
Email: aguada25@hotmail.com
Date: Saturday September 06, 2003
Time: 12:41:09 AM

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To ELENA, Thank you so much for posting information about the 508th on this site. THanks for the new email address. I will spread this news. Also thanks to anyone and everyone who posts on here to keep everyone aware of everything. Capt. Hansen, thanks also for your efforts. I spoke with Thomas this morning and he told me he got his email. It was so great to know my email had made it to him so quickly, rather than that good old' Army Mail! We are all grateful for all the communication we can get, especially to the 1/508th C. Company, and SPC Burrow! Keep up the good work and may God be with all our men and women serving in the Military. You efforts are appreciated here in Little Rock, Arkansas. Thanks again everyone! -Amanda


Name: Christopher and Tamara Cox
Email: Tamara_M_Cox @hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 11:22:11 PM

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Andy please add two more to your welcome home flight list. Please keep us posted. and perchance son (Hartley Gilbert HQ plt 1-508) you ever stop living in a tent and get a chance to see this. .. Oliver North sent you this message...you are a real soldier! and he truely means it. I couldn't agree more(I will tell you of our encounter in your next letter). Keep smiling:) and where are those pictures? I guess the same place the 20$is? You send the pictures, we'll send the 20.00. then we will be even. Sholders high-head low. Love mom and dad


Name: SueMom
Email: suemac@pobox.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 10:47:29 PM

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Count me and Roxy in on the welcome "home" to Vicenza. One comming from FL and one from AZ. Actually our soldier is not scheduled to leave V for I for maybe another month...but after reading the other posts here I know I've come to the right place. GO 173rd......we love you..watche your and each others back and come back safe. SueMom


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER-DAD OF SGT DAN SCHLOTHAUER B CO 1/508
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:41:43 PM

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BIG THANKS TO CPT. HANSEN AND SFC LAUER FOR ALL THE INFORMATION AND THE SUPPORT YOU ARE GIVING THE SOLDIERS AND THE FAMILIES. YOUR DEDICATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. "WHAT A GREAT BIT OF NEWS WINGDAD", KEEP IT ROLLING "HERD". SKY SOLDIERS ROCK. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THE SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS IS AWESOME--TAKE CARE ALL AND STAY SAFE. A PROUD FATHER AND VET


Name: Carol Lowery
Email: carol_us_1999@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:26:29 PM

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This message is for Jeff Kupisch. Happy 21st Birthday Jeff! I'm thinking and praying for you and the others over there. Your cousin, Carol Lowery (mom's cousin)


Name: Wendell & Kim Goodman
Email: dearhunter356@msn.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:06:30 PM

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Andi Fehl, what a wonderful idea! I echo the remarks from the other mothers that I too can't wait to hug and kiss my baby boy, now a man, put my husband and myself down to go, from Oklahoma. God Bless All Our 173rd!


Name: Meg
Email:
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 07:47:34 PM

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I agree it would be great if we could see some pictures of soldiers in A co. of the 508th!!! :)


Name: Dawn and Dan Kucerak
Email: dkucerak@cybersol.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 07:15:44 PM

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PFC Daniel W. Kucerak II, 3rd PLT, B Co./2-503rd - Just wanted to say we miss you and Love you even more. Can't believe it has been 9 months since we last saw you. Only 7 more before you are back in Italy, and hopefully you will get to come home again. If this 7 goes by as fast as the last 9, we will see you in no time at all! I can hardly wait!. Love you and take care. Mom, Dad, Justin, Shawn and everyone else.


Name: Glen Bayer
Email: glen_bayer@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 06:42:56 PM

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About 3 weeks ago 3rd platoon A Co. 1/508 definately took care of business. They nailed the bad guys that were ambushing our guys. I hope they were the ones that wounded Cory McCarthy and others. My son Pfc Brian Bayer was in on "the ambush of the ambushers". It's been quiet ever since. I couldn't be a prouder father than I am right now. Way to go Herd!! Wingdad


Name: carol marceau
Email: marceaufox@adelphi.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 06:21:08 PM

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how's my airborne ranger? Can't beleive that you did that. You are something else. I'm so proud of you. you are the best. I'm glad you got the dvd player. Did you get the box with the cd's of the pictures that I took over the summer or the pics I did of you and Caro. I think she'll get a kick out of them. It makes my heart happy to see the way the two of you are. As for the letter it was addressed to c.c.t. with my address. I read the letter but I didn't know if you wanted it shared or if you sent me a copy. You and all the 173rd stay safe and keep up the good work. I'm so proud of all of you and keep you in my prayers. lots and lots of love, mom


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 06:00:27 PM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd plt: hi honey, i just got back from the girls night, a little bit drunk, but you know....still keeping talk about you guys anyway. just a little note to say hi and how much i love you and miss you. MOC!!!.I met some really great people tonight, it's really nice to feel like you are not alone here and somebody care. Just please be careful and take a really good care of yourself and your soldiers. I love you and i'm here for you anytime you need me. Love you and miss you, Lucy


Name: Lisa Ford
Email: lmazujian@aol.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 05:27:39 PM

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Christopher Mazujian, Hello son, your Grandmother was so happy to hear from you. It is good to finally get to hear from you and know that you are alright. We worry about you. Your sisters send their love. All is well here. School has started and your oldest sister is a senior!. In just a few years your little guy will be starting school. We love you. Take care of yourself/ Love Mom


Name: Priscilla
Email: ciaobrunto@aol.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 05:12:05 PM

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HHC 1-508 Hey boys- Brian, Gavin, Kyle, James, Nick, Paulo and etc!! Ciao, Come Va? I hope bene? I hope that you were able to help Brian Celebrate his 26th Birthday. I have sent a football so you guys can have some fun down time.:-) I keep on seeing the 173rd all over the news!! YOU GUYS ROCK!! Ciao


Name: Nita Smith
Email: Juanita.Smith@comcast.net
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 05:05:41 PM

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Hello to my son Sgt. Robert J. Smith from Rio Linda California. Hope to see you soon. We love and miss you so very much. We're praying for you and all of the troops safety and God bless you all for serving your Country. Robert, Dad and I and all of the family are looking forward to the day you come home to us. Stay alert and keep safe. Love, Mom


Name: Kathryn Faulkner
Email: kathyfaulkner@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 04:57:52 PM

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JEFF KUPISCH!!!!! Happy Birthday!!! I just wanted to write and say hello and tell you that I hope you are having a wonderful day! I know it is a little early for your birthday, but I wanted to celebrate it longer than just one day. So, I am starting now! Happy Birthday to YOu! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday, Dear Jeffrey! Happy Birthday to you!...And many more!!!!! Have a wonderful day! I love you and I am proud of you!! Love, Kathryn :)


Name: Anna
Email: baudanna@yahoo.it
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 03:30:30 PM

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Monte, Monte Mio Massey? Hey kiddo!!Wazz up over there? Had been really great hearing from you the other night (or it was day? Ah). Just dropping a quick note to say that now that Susy gave me the new address i will surely be able to send you more letters, so get ready to read and read and read. This's all we can do by now! I only want to let you know that i miss you a lot, but every day makes me closer to you, little by little. Well, on Monday i have that wedding ceremony i wrote you about and i am gonna send you as many pics as i can -and I am gonna stuff the envelope as usual.- The postman still hates me but honestly i do not care about him. Take care :) I am always here and I am waiting for you to be back. Be safe ********************* from MontAnna ******************************


Name: Leah Parker-SGT.WARD T. PARKERS WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Email: colleen20001@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 03:03:19 PM

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*********************************************************************************/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////*********************************************************************************Hi baby, How are you? You got a tan yet? LOL,My little ghost ;) I hope you are able to even read this. Your boxes should be on their way, if not already there. I miss you so much!! Kia and Kyra were talking about you this morning and they had said when you come home, They are gonna take you to Disney Land:( They really miss you. Can you believe we will be married for a year soon. Thats crazy, since we've only lived together for 4 weeks. Damn. Better go my baybah,Talk to you soon? I MISS YOU, YOU BIG TIRD! I Love You sooooooo much!!!!!! mmmuuuuuuaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Your wifey foreva Leah Parker *********************************************************************************/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////*********************************************************************************


Name: Steph
Email: Keithu2@aol.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 02:59:31 PM

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Hey Chris! I am very proud of you, brother!:) Take care and stay safe! We miss you so much over here in Washington! We love you!:) Love Always, Steph


Name: elena
Email: silvbaga@tin.it
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 12:44:55 PM

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this is some info I've received from Cpt.Hansen, 508th Co. We have had enough with the civilian yahoo account's problems. Please direct all correspondence to this official email account just opened for us. 1508FRG@setaf.army.mil Just make sure to put rank, last name, and company in the subject line. This is an official account that will not change EVER AGAIN. Please help us get the word out, by contacting all friends and family to give them this address for ALL soldiers in the 508th. v/r CPT Hansen Hey El,


Name: TAMMY THOMPSON (SGT JEREMY R JOHNSON'S MOM)
Email: TAMMY145@HOTMAIL.COM
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 12:29:27 PM

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ANDI, WHAT A WONDERFUL PLAN. I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN FLYING TO ITALY. THERE WOULD BE 3 OF US AND THE NEARS AIRPORT IS LITTLE ROCK, AR BUT TO NEAREST LARGE AIRPORT IS MEMPHIS, TN. THANK YOU FOR TRYING TO PUT THIS TOGETHER. JEREMY, WE LOVE AND MISS YOU. IT WAS WONDERFUL GETTING A CALL FROM YOU. YOU AND ALL OF THE OTHER GUYS ARE IN OUR PRAYERS EVERYDAY. I LOVE YOU, MOM


Name: Kicsid
Email: honeyandsugar81@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 11:56:07 AM

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SPC.MICHAEL DODD 1ST PLT 2/503RD Szia Kicsim!hogy vagy,baby???Nagyon nagyon hianyzol kicsim es nagyon szeretlek!!! I hope Anette hot your package and she can send it to you on monday from post,because the driver left it at a hotel reception.I am sending you a lot of surprise,baby,jo??? I cant stop writing and telling how much i love you!!!!!!!Don't worry baby,I won't do the same what the kurva did.ok?Nyugi,kicsim,szeretlek nagyon nagyon,more than everything!!!!!Puszi Kicsim...Feleseged


Name: Donna Voline(MOM of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 11:17:46 AM

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Hello Stephen- WE LOVE YOU AND ARE THINKING OF YOU. WE ALL MISS YOU SO MUCH. LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING. HUGS & KISSES FROM KAYCEE, PAIGE & PEYTON AND EVERYBODY ELSE. WE LOVE YOU MOM


Name: Donna Voline(MOM of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 11:17:05 AM

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Hello Stephen- WE LOVE YOU AND ARE THINKING OF YOU. WE ALL MISS YOU SO MUCH. LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ANYTHING. HUGS & KISSES FROM KAYCEE, PAIGE &


Name: Dawn Alvarez
Email: jadakava@netzero.net
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 10:58:17 AM

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This message is for Bryan Schultz of the 2/503 2nd PLt B Co.You guys are doing a great thing. Everyone is very proud of you. You have the support and love of everyone in South Florida. You are always in our prayers. Keep doing your jobs to the best of your ability and come home safe and sound to the country you fight to protect, The United States of America! Everyone is waiting to celebrate your homecoming, Mom, Manny, Grandma, Lee, Carol, Jason, Cathy, Emily, Chris, Danny, Joe, Gloria, Uncle Duben, Mamita, Uncle Slope, Dollie, Rodman, Cat, Ruby, Sylvia, Kervyn, Tony, Crypy, Tico, Terri, Kieth, Donnie, Richard, etc. etc. etc. So hurry up, clean up there and get home to us soon!!! All our love, Dawn, Jorge, Kyle & Valaree


Name: Kicsid
Email: honeyandsugar81@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 10:55:44 AM

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SPC.MICHAEL DODD 1ST PLT 2/503RD Szia Kicsim!hogy vagy,baby???Nagyon nagyon hianyzol kicsim es nagyon szeretlek!!! I hope Anette hot your package and she can send it to you on monday from post,because the driver left it at a hotel reception.I am sending you a lot of surprise,baby,jo??? I cant stop writing and telling how much i love you!!!!!!!Don't worry baby,I won't do the same what the kurva did.ok?Nyugi,kicsim,szeretlek nagyon nagyon,more than everything!!!!!Puszi Kicsim...Feleseged


Name: SSG KEITH MARCEAU
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 10:49:20 AM

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MOM and ANNETTE, thank you for the posts..haha, what do i have the whole family here now? ah, sounds good to me. i'm doing good, thanks for all the b-day treats! and yes, i got the dvd in and caro got her cape cod stuff! as for a letter sent to you , but not addressed to you..it is probably to you! lol..i don't know! open it! anyway, all is good here..just had classes for all the new soldiers to country. i did a body breach ( through my body over rasor sharpe wire and had my team leader run over my back)..i fell like a sack of bricks , knocked the wind out of myself, had some cuts on the legs, and got up! was like "as you can tell, if you are designated to be the man doing the body breach, you are pretty much out of the fight. then i let them take turns with the hooligan tool (firemans tool) wacking holes in the door. they all thought my class was the best...kids, soo easliy impressed! lol! they had fun though and got good training on breaches. i didn't want them doing the body breach do to safety concerns. my boys got pics, they were all shocked i did it..even the platoon SGT. they thought i was all talk, but not this Airborne Ranger..never half ass things! love ya, keithy


Name: Caro's Ranger Daddy
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 10:39:46 AM

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Caroline, thank you for the email and post! i am soo glad that you are back from germany.i missed talking to you. i got my mom's dvd player in today..cool..but it was old mail that i had to sign for. the mail system is jacked up again, getting large quantities once a week or none at all..just don't get it..it was getting soo good for a bit. glad you liked the necklaces. i got a few of your old black and white pics drawn at a larger scale..now they are my posters..evev the naughty one that i keep in my helment..hehe! guy kept that pic an extra day..hmm? and yes, isn't my mom great! but i am keeping them until i return..hmm..all mine! i love you honey! keith


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 09:54:46 AM

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PFC Chad Henman; Another package will be going out today. I hope you're getting your mail ok. Just let me know if there is anything else you need. All is well here except I miss you something awful. Call or write when you can. Be careful and remember how much I love you. Love Always; Mom


Name: Jim and Sharon McBride parents of Sgt. McBride-Bco, 2nd plt, 1/508
Email: mcbridejimp@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 09:36:57 AM

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TO SFC Lauer: Thank you for taking the time to let us know about our troops, we are so fortunate to have this much contact with our soldiers in Iraq. We are very proud of you and your soldiers. Thanks again. The McBrides


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 09:01:28 AM

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HEY LUKE::: HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM GRATEFUL AMERICANS! FROM: THE GRAFTON FAMILY


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:58:39 AM

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Happy 22nd Birthday SPC.STEVE GRAFTON, A CO, 2ND/503RD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOPE YOU FIND A WAY TODAY TO CELEBRATE...WE ARE CELEBRATING THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A FINE MAN, SERVING HIS COUNTRY WITH THE BADDEST UNIT IN THE ARMY--THE MIGHTY 173RD, WHO IS DEDICATED TO THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF HIS MISSION. HAHPPY BIRTHDAY WITH LOVE, MOM, DAD, JAIME AND ALL


Name: JEFF HEIM
Email: JHEIM@CHESCO.ORG
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:38:50 AM

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LUKE, THE WHOLE FAMILY WISHES YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. BE SAFE. THANK YOU AND YOUR PEERS IN THE ARMED FORCES FOR PROTECTING US. WE LOVE YOU, UNCLE JEFF, DAD, MOM, AUNT JANET, MITCHELL, ANDREW, STEPANIE, JEFFREY, AMERIA AND CATIE ALSO JOYCE


Name: JEFF HEIM
Email: JHEIM@CHESCO.ORG
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:37:27 AM

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LUKE, THE WHOLE FAMILY WISHES YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY. YOU ARE ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. BE SAFE. THANK YOU AND YOUR PEERS IN THE ARMED FORCES FOR PROTECTING US. WE LOVE YOU, UNCLE JEFF, DAD, MOM, AUNT JANET, MITCHELL, ANDREW, STEPANIE, JEFFREY, AMERIA AND CATIE


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 08:32:10 AM

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Received a call from my son PFC Richard Rowell; 2-C 2-503rd this morning. They were at the airbase for PT and got a minute to call home. Everything is going well. Count me in on the trip to Italy to welcome the 173rd home. Hopefully something can be worked out with the airlines because it is not a cheap flight. May need to try to work something out with Vincenza and/or Venice hotels, also. I don't think we will get much of an advance notice to help with planning. But count me in and let me know if there is anything I can do. I will be coming out of the Raleigh NC area and there will be 2 possibly 3 of us. Thanks and continue to support our troops. GO AIRBORNE !!


Name:
Email: gramieight@yahoo.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 07:47:53 AM

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GOOD MORNING 173RD ABNBE!!! Long time no talk...my computer has had the "bug" and we finally found a way around it! My son, in whom I am well pleased, is back on base in Italy, and I thank God for his safe return...he and family will be back in the USA in 2 mo or so...but, his mind and heart are still with the 173rd in Iraq...I guess it stays with you in spirit. SSgt Grueser says hello to the Able Co. 1st Platoon, a group of men he says are alert and capable, and the leader who took his place is a good man! He misses you guys, and his wounds are healing nicely. We will be with you, and communicate when able until next April when each and every one of you are home/or on base in Italy SAFELY! and...you will be. Keep alert, rest when able, keep one anothers back. We love you 173rd and wish you God Speed. love, gramie/SSgt Shawn Grueser


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 07:21:06 AM

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ANDI -- Pretty soon you probably won't be able to get enough planes because you can count us in on the trip to Italy also. We are out of Pittsburgh and there would be 2 possible 3(depending on when). If there is anything any of us can do to help you just put out the word. Proud mother of Nathan Whitelatch Aco 2/503. Thanks!!!


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 07:11:13 AM

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got a call from my son he is in the 3RD PLT. 1SR.SQUAD 2/503 hope all of the moms and dads got a call to. he sounded good.thay at at a airfores messhall and he liked there meals. and daniel we ran out of time i want to tell you we love and miss you very mutch and the deerjerky is on the way love mom


Name: caro marceau
Email: cstapelkamp@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 07:11:02 AM

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SSG KEITH MARCEAU A-CO 2/503RD hey handsome ! how are you doing today ? my dad left today. we had a good time, cant believe he changed so much..in a good way ! impressive ! i should get my internet hooked up this week, its a pain in the ass going to the library all the time..good thing monique is right here. joyce is coming on monday till the 19th. got your packages yesterday. thankl you for the necklaces, abby will look absolutely pretty in it ! mom also sent one..wow...tons of cape cod stuff..feels just like being home !! she is great ! i will call her tonight. everything is good here, it finally cooled down ! yeah baby ! i love you baby ! you are doing a great job over there, hang in there. iam here for you always !! i miss you, take care kisses caro ..i wowo from ms paige


Name: SFC Lauer
Email:
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 06:04:15 AM

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To the friends and families of 2ND PLT, Bravo Company, 1-508TH IN. You should be getting some phone calls and emails from the soldiers. We have worked a plan to get them a couple days off, away from the platoon, to catch their breath, and recharge their batteries. Some of them were bored after the first day, not knowing what to do since they are always on the go. The ones who have had the oppourtunity have enjoyed the time off though. Mission dictates, but we will try to get them some more time off in the future. I cannot speak about any passes or leaves because I do not know what the future plans are for those. Everyone knows that teh 173rd will redeploy NLT April, if we come home sooner that's great. We just don't want to get the soldiers hopes up for no reason. Morale is good and getting better with a little time off. I will try to send some digital photos of 2nd PLT in the near future. All for now.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 05:07:02 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL 1/63 173rd. Hey Baby !!! Thank you so much for the call;) I miss you tons...! Can´t wait to see you! I´m glad that you got the PS. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Take care and be safe. Kisses NINA


Name: Lauren & Jim Hund
Email: lkhund@hotmail.com
Date: Friday September 05, 2003
Time: 01:27:43 AM

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What a great idea to meet our 173rd in Italy. From what we have heard from our son, they will go to Germany first and then to Italy. If the Army could get us dates that we would know for sure when they would be coming in it would be wonderful. We would love to go. What a great welcome back that would be. Keep us informed. Parents of James J. Hund, B. Company, 1/508th


Name: carol marceau
Email: normsfox@adephia.net
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 11:06:01 PM

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keith, thinking of you with so much pride.You're dad and my hero. WE miss you sooo much. Keep safe. Tell Caroline that she should be getting a package soon. We love and miss her too. Not sure what to do with your last letter. wasn't addressed to me.Should I forward it. Hope you received our last packages. Lots of love, hugs and Kisses, mom and dad


Name: Grandma Sammie Pettitt
Email: samloupet@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 10:53:40 PM

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Would really love to see pictures of A Co - 1/508. Still haven't seen my grandson in a picture - Alan Shaffer. If anyone knows him, tell him we send our love.


Name: Kourtney Robbins AKA Kasey Robbins Lil Sister
Email: Cheerchicsr04@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 10:01:45 PM

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hey bubba, i miss you and love you, i just wish you were here to see me growing up with my senior and everything that i do, like winning state in cheerleading since we were so close last year and i want it really bad. i just cant wait until i see you, or atleast to hear your voice. its hard not knowing that you are here, watching every way i go in life. i just thought i would love to say hey, oh yea, your card is coming, so you can see all that misses you here in oklahoma, i miss you and i love you alot. Love always and forever your only lil sis Kourtney Nicole


Name: Nettie
Email: nettie212002@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 09:35:04 PM

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Sgt. Christopher Mascio Hey Chris, What's up? I have been doing nothing. I heard you got the food we sent you, hope it was good. We celebrated my birthday. It was fun. I met a guy named "Ralph". My porcelian god. I just thought I would say what's up. Hope your doing ok and your fiance. Take care of yourself. The family is waiting for you to come home. Alexis is always asking when are you coming home. Her and Cristian are so big and bad. Be good and I will write to you soon.


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 08:57:23 PM

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Hi Fellow 173rd families. My son Steve just got verbal orders that he will be leaving for Germany on the 23rd of this month. He will remain there for an undetermined amt. of time and then go into to Iraq. I guess for security reasons there will be no details of the whens and wheres. Is it true that packages take up to 6 weeks to get to them? Thanks for being here. Michele


Name: Bobbie
Email: bobbie_samaroo@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 06:16:20 PM

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Sgt. Sean Samaroo 2/503rd Hey baby...I love you! I'm sorry I didn't get to talk to you this morning...Got the message though, and I love and miss you too! More than you could ever imagine. I have been so busy at work!!! I will be shipping another package tommorrow lots more surprises. I love you baby...Hope to talk to you tonight!


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 06:03:41 PM

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HE CALLED!!!! He finally called! I can't belive that he finaly called. I am so happy right now. I don't think anything can get this grin off my face. Please keep suporting our soldiers and e-mail them. They are getting them. I swear. All me love to the 173 and to my military man Justin Lee Roll 1/508 Red devils.


Name: To Andi Fehl
Email: tekkimom@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 05:43:51 PM

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Andi, you are truly the answer to many families wishes. There will most certainly be two of us from Phoenix, AZ who would love to join the rest of the families in Vicenza for the Welcome Home Party. Please let me know what you find. Thank you for taking the time to make it happen. Terry and Emily Hinton - proud parents of PFC Hinton, Gavin M.


Name:
Email:
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 05:20:13 PM

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Has anyone heard any news for the 173rd? I haven't heard from someone I care deeply for in some time now. I just wanted to make sure that they were doing well, and see if there was any new word on what all has been happening with them. Thanks to anyone with anything!


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Email: To; Andi Fehl
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 05:05:36 PM

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Andi, the w Welcome home for the 173d in Italy is a great IDEA but rather than approach an airline for a charter cost why not appeal to thier Patriotism to donate a flight so the families can be with thier loved ones when they come home.Rather than contact the booking people why not contact one of the media (i.e.ABC CBS NBC FOX CBNBC ) and see whether they put their Money where thier mouth is? Also don't forget A&E,DISCOVERY,HISTORY CHANNEL or any other like minded media.At any rate I wish you all Success in this endeavor.The last time the 173d returned "home" it was not a heros welcome and it wasn't noticed.Again, I wish you all the best and hope for total success.AIRBORNE!!ALL THE WAY!!!AND THAN SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Jean O'Hearn
Email: johearn640@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 04:44:32 PM

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Dan Schlothauer Wonderful to be able to see you and know that you are all right. Think of you often and look forward to having you home. Live Long and Prosper etc. Love Gram


Name: Anette Petty
Email: amp1066@excite.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 04:34:30 PM

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To: SSG KEITH MARCEAU, A-CO, 2/503RD..... Hi Keith! I just wanted to say that we are all very proud of you! We all miss you very much. God Bless


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 04:26:24 PM

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IF ANYONE SEES SPC. STEVE GRAFTON A.CO. 2ND/503RD 2ND PLT............. WISH HIM A VERY HAPPY 22ND BIRTHDAY TOMARROW..9/5...WE ALL MISS HIM VERY MUCH AND CAN'T HELP HIM CELEBRATE....HE SHOULD HAVE A MAJOR BOX OF GOODIES BY NOW, SO IT MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR WHILE TO SAY HELLO AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Name: Jessica Hebert, sister of SPC Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 03:34:41 PM

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I Love you 173rd! I think about you everyday. I hope for your safe return. This weekend in Arlington, Wa. There will be a SUPPORT OUR TROOPS RALLY. I will be there with my 173rd Airborne shirt rooting you all on! If there is anyone who lives in Washington, this rally will be off of the exit of Smokey Point by the Safeway that is right off the freeway. It will be Saturday August 6th at 11am. Bring your signs and flags and help us show the support that these troops still deserve ; ) I believe that if you go to google and enter OSOT you'll see the listing of OPERATION SUPPORT OUT TROOPS. That will list more info on the rally and some contacts too. I'll be there to pay tribute to my brother Justin Hebert who was killed August 1st, 2003 in Kirkuk and I will be paying tribute to Duane Longstreth..not sure if I got that right...and also to all of you who continue to fight for our country. I'll never be able to say how much I love you all. I am glad that I can be apart of this group. Justin always manages to find a way to make me a part of something where it be a good thing or something that consists of trouble ; ) In any case, I love you all. Hang in there. Oh, and please wish SGT. Nicholas Lewis a HAPPY 22nd B-day on Friday the 12th. He is my brother's best friend and he's pretty special to me, I would appreciate you guys cheering him up. If he says anything about it just say that "JESSY" said so ; ) Love, Jessica the PROUD sister of SPC. Justin Hebert I love you bro!!!!!!


Name: Michael Andrews
Email:
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 03:13:53 PM

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To the guys from 3rd plt A co 1/508 that did a little ambushing of their own a few weeks ago...YOU ROCK!!! I heard about it from a friend of a friend! Good to know that someone's taking care of business!


Name: Michele Olvera
Email: Meshell96@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 03:13:05 PM

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To Sgt. Christopher Mascio. I just wanted to let you know that you are always in my thoughts and my prayers. And I can't wait until you and the rest of the soldiers are safe at home. Take care of yourself. You are truly missed. Love, Michele and Marissa.


Name: Judy
Email: JudyJude17@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 02:59:52 PM

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Andi, what a great idea!:)We would love to take part in this event also. There would be 3 going. We are from Seattle, Washington. Keep us posted!:)


Name: Arianna
Email: arianna1977@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 02:24:58 PM

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To sgt. Regan, Jeremy M. Hola Jeremy, hope you're doing well down there, all your friends at Nino's greet you and miss you, but I am the one who misses you the most... I hope to have you back to Italy very soon, love hugs and kisses , Arianna.


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 02:24:01 PM

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Hi All! :) What a heartwarming feeling to get such a WONDERFUL response to my post about families interested in coming for the Welcome Home of the Brigade! The emails and posts have been coming in and I gratefully accept the challenge of getting something special organized for the families to come over here. I'm going to wait another week before I contact the airlines to see if I get any more replies. I'd like to go to them with a larger number of families interested in coming to Italy. I don't know what the cost would be to charter a flight with all of the families (that would be WAY COOL!!!) I do know from my experience as a travel agent that charters are costly! If we can't go that route - I'm going to see if we can get some kind of reduced airfare that isn't so restrictive - you know, with advance purchase and penalties for changing, etc. After I've contacted the airlines and get a repsonse - I will definitely post something here. In the meantime, if you have any questions or know of anyone else that wants to come over - let me know. I'm also on the committee that is planning the actual Welcome Home Party for the Brigade (NO, we DON'T have a date!)...but, I can tell you that it would be so awesome to have the families in attendance! God Bless our boys!


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 01:34:05 PM

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ATTN ANDY FEHL: SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE GETTING AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO YOUR IDEA...WE DEFINITELY WANT TO BE A PART OF ANY TRIP YOU MAY PLAN. ANY UPDATES?? ALSO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP YOU...I REALLY WANT THIS TO HAPPEN! PHYLLIS


Name: Feirin Wilson - niece of Maj. William Ostlund
Email: abercrombie15000@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 01:17:57 PM

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This message is for Maj. Ostlund... Uncle Billy I have started physical training for Westpoint and I'm doing awesome! I was so sore after the first workout I thought I might collapse, but I made it and am still going strong!!! Thank you so much for your inspiration and supporting my aspiration to be a student/graduate of Westpoint. We love you lots and miss you tons! Love, Feirin


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 12:20:34 PM

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This message is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI,2/503.hi honey, how are you, im at the office today,so im going to call lucy, i hope she is at home.last night we went to see the phantom of the opera.it was really good, keep up the moral, and be safe. i want my son to come home and we miss you, chech the mail and we are so proud of you, love mom


Name: Kathy Olvera-Vargas
Email: kovargas@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 10:26:21 AM

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Sgt. Christopher Mascio and PFC Selena Boyer as well as all our loyal men and women serving our country keep up the good work and come home soon.. Christopher I Love You and Miss you continue to take care of yourself, Selena welcome to the family and can't wait to meet you take care of yourself. Love, Kathy, John, Johnny, David, and Mia....................


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 09:34:22 AM

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ANDI FEHL, I AM VERY INTERESTED IN THE ITALY TRIP-1 POSSIBLY 2. SAN FRANCISCO OR OAKLAND, CALIF. AIRPORTS. TO ALL THE PROUD FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES OF THE 173RD "KEEP UP THE GREAT SUPPORT". SOMETIMES IF YOU GET DOWN TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE AT THE GROCERY STORE, CHURCH, THE BEACH, OR SPORTING EVENT AND LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE: FAMILIES, CHILDREN, AND FRIENDS. APPRECIATIE THAT T-BALL GAME, SOCCER GAME, RUNNING DOWN THE B BEACH, AN AMUZEMENT PARK ALL THE THINGS PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED---THAT'S WHY ARE LOVED ONES ARE WHERE THEY ARE. GOD BLESS THEM ALL AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES. STAY STRONG 173RD----FREEDOM IS FOR EVERYONE.


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 08:48:59 AM

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PFC Chad Henman; I love you and miss you very much. Call or write when you can. Take care of yourself. Love Always; Mom


Name: Donna Voline (Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 08:37:29 AM

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Stephen- WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND MISS YOU TERRIBLY . YOU ARE ALWAYS ON OUR MINDS. WE LOVE YOU, SON. YOU HANG IN THERE. WE PRAY EVERYDAY FOR THE 173rd SOILDERS


Name: Donna Voline(Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 08:35:18 AM

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Andi Fehl- I think it will be great if everybody can welcome the 173 rd back. My husband and I will be there for sure. Let us know updates. Thank you for everything you are doing Donna


Name: Caryn Baum
Email:
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 08:19:30 AM

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Hey babe....I honestly think I miss you more now then when you were in Korea. I guess I never had to worry about you being taken from me then. I keep thinking of just seeing your face... I am so excited and yet so very nervous! I know this is short, but I have been writing the other accounts, This is just to say I love you so very much. Stay safe and take care of each other.~Care


Name: dagmar young
Email:
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 07:24:39 AM

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TO SGT. DANIEL KORP 1ST PLT B CO 2/503 DID NOT HEAR FROM YOU IN A LONG TIME HOPE YOU DOING O.K. WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU MOM AND DAD DOES B. CO 2/503 HAVE A E-MAIL ADRESSE


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 04:56:06 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL 1/63 Hey Baby! How are you..? I sent yesterday the Birthday Package to your MOM. I miss you tons. Can´t wait to see you.......;) Hopefully soon...? Be safe as much as you can! I LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN EVER SAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KISS NINA


Name: Tracy Swanson
Email: armymom75@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday September 04, 2003
Time: 02:34:40 AM

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Andi, Great idea!!! Please put us down for 3, coming from San Francisco. I got so excited reading the posts about meeting the boys when they come home, I was wondering if I missed something and there is an earlier date than April for their ETA. Wishful thinking, I guess!


Name: debbie
Email: deb_at_the_lake@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 11:09:08 PM

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PFC MIKE VOLPE - hello soldier - you don't know me from Adam but war does connect the most unexpected. Saw the message for you on here from Terri - a good lady and our very own fairy Godmother back here in the states. Saw what her message said and just wanted to add another wishing you a very happy birthday - granted it's one I'm sure you won't ever forget. May the birthdays past bring memories to make this one a bearable one, the wishes of this birthday are to let you know that people at home are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers and to have the wisdom to know that what you are doing is giving US all a gift we can never repay. Just remember....The best is yet to come...Have a nephew, Jonathan Matthews, 19 yrs old, HHC Mortars, 2/503rd keeping an ear out to see if you two connect. Happy Birthday!!! You are remembered by more people than you think...take care and keep watching each other's back. Debbie


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 10:36:45 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH- Hey honey, I just wanted to write and tell you goodnight. i am going to try to email you right now..not sure if it will work. I hope you have a good morning and I will write you soon. love, stephanie


Name: Mary Sandifer
Email: Sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 08:45:59 PM

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To all the families of the 173rd Brigade, I would like to thank all of you for finding information about our loved ones and passing it on. We are all in this together, and have to keep praying that our soldiers will be home soon.I think it is a good idea to find out when the soldiers will be back in Italy and meet them there with a surprising welcome. My son Specialist Roberto Sandifer B-Co/HQ 173rd ABN BDE .APO AE O9347 has been gone too long. My husband and I would like to meet him there: also his brother-inlaw, Major Oscar Johnson. Let me here from you. God Bless


Name: Linda Bewley
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 08:19:12 PM

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Andi Fehl, You can count us in for Italy. We have 3, possibly 4. Wouldn't it be great for us all to be there when they returned! We would be coming from Michigan.


Name: Terri
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 07:08:59 PM

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ATTN------> PFC Mike Volpe: Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birtday to you. Happy Birthday to you. It is still very early in the AM your time. But it is still 9/4. So that means Happy Birthday to you. I hope you have a good day and find some reasons to smile. I sure wish you all would have been home by now. But then if wishes were horses, I'd ride ride ride all the way across the ocean (me upon my pony on my boat-Lyle Lovette) and the desert to tell you "Happy Birtday Baby". And you know my Harly is a battle horse ready for any adventure the bigger the better. I hope your buddies do whatever they can to make this a happy day for you. Be safe and know I'm thinking of you everyday. SWAK, Terri


Name: Keith Marceau
Email: keith.marceau@us.army.mil
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 06:56:51 PM

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Caroline, I love you sooooooooooooo much, glad you are back in Italy. Hope germany was fun, and really glad to hear your parents will still have a house up there when they move to florida..weekend trips to deutchland, just you and me! Hmmm, Drinking all thier liquor..getting silly drunk! yep, that is us! look forward to the next call, thanks for all the mail..means alot..love and miss you tons..kisses, hugs, and a whole lot more that most people prefer in the bedroom..but us anywhere! lol! Mom and Dad, thanks for the post! love you guys! I am glad that you see that i love my marraige..she keeps me young and happy and surrounded by good angels..kiss Abby for me, i miss her! Keith!


Name: Steph
Email: Keithu2@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 06:04:55 PM

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Hey big brother!! Just thought i would drop you a line because i miss you! Take care and stay safe! Welove you so much!:) Love Always, your little sister, steph


Name: Bev - Proud Mom of Spc William Bunting
Email: bevbear53@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:43:20 PM

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Andi Fehl, You can count me in on the WELCOME HOME plans. I live in Orlando,Fl but will meet where ever. Add me to your email addresses and keep me posted.I'm going Thursday to apply for my passport. Looking forward to meeting everyone in Italy. Thank You GOD BLESS THE HERD Bev


Name: DANIELA
Email: nenene74@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:40:37 PM

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TO MY HUSBAND.......DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU??? BE STRONG UNTILL THIS B......T WILL BE OVER. I'LL WAIT FOR YOU UNTILL THE END OF THE WORLD...!!!!


Name: Jane Wiseman, Proud Mother Missing Her Son
Email: jcbooboo@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:18:15 PM

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To SSgt. Paul Wiseman (Ranger) - just a little note to tell you we here in Utah miss you so much and love you dearly. We are very proud of our 173rd Airborne Soldier. Please be careful little honey!! Mom, Granni, Your dad, Annie, Peter, Bub in Alaska, Tara, Jack's family, Hannie the Guide Dog, Lady the big dog, Booboo the old dog, and Sophie the hell dog


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:12:54 PM

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To I want to be there: Great Iidea! I am glad andi took the bulls by the horn on that one. I will be there! Count me in for sure but there might be more. I will keep you in touch. Thanks a ton to whom ever is (I want to be there) all my love to Justin Lee Roll 1/508 Red Devils


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 04:47:50 PM

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Pfc Jordan, Joshua, 74th LRS........Hey Beave, just wanted to let you know that Jake got in at the Wal-Mart distribution center working in the freezer. Now while one of my boys is sweating himself into dehydration the other one is working in a -20F environment........go figure!!! Next time you get too hot over there just think about your little brother freezing his family jewels and that SHOULD make you smile!! Love and still Proud of you, Dad.


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 04:39:53 PM

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Andi Fehl..........My wife and and I would be more than happy to join some sort of a Welcome Home party in Vicenza for the boys. We currently live in Luxembourg but are moving back to Indiana mid-December. We will be living roughly the same distance from Detroit, Chicago, or Indianapolis airports. If the timing is such that we would still be here in Luxembourg we will drive or fly and join the group in Venice (or wherever you will be flying in to). This sounds to me like one GREAT idea you have come up with!! Thanks in advance!!


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 04:29:40 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. I'm always thinking about you. I love you. Genny


Name: Christa C. Harding
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 03:42:12 PM

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Andi Fehl-WE ARE ALREADY THERE!!!. I was planning a trip to welcome by boy. I think the 173rd deserves to see some friendly faces. By the time I see my one and only son it will have been 2 1/2 years!. I miss him so. Count in 2 people. You can e-mail me at the above address with any other details when they happen. THANK YOU. SGT Jason R. Harding's MOM.


Name: PHYLLIS AND STEPHEN GRAFTON, PARENTS OF SPC. STEPHEN GRAFTON 2ND 503RD
Email: pgrafton@edsupply.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 02:53:47 PM

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SPC. STEVE GRAFTON, 2ND/503RD- GREAT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE AT 3 AM...YOU SOUND GOOD...READY TO WAIT OUT THE NEXT FEW MONTHS! WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE WAY YOU ARE STANDING STRONG AND COMMITTED TO YOUR TASK..GOOD TO HEAR THAT THE A.C. IS WORKING (ALL BUT 6 HRS PER DAY) AND THAT THE PHONE IS GETTING ALOT BETTER..I COULD ACTUALLY CARRY ON A CONVERSATION WITHOUT HEARING MY OWN VOICE! WE ARE ALL WELL, AND ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO RECEIVING THE PHOTOS THAT YOU MAILED. TWO DAYS FROM NOW YOU WILL BE CELEBRATING YOUR 22ND, AND IF I COULD, I'D BAKE YOU A CAKE..BUT I DON'T THINK IT WOULD SHIP VERY WELL...SO, STAY ALERT, WATCH YOUR BACK AND ENJOY A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! THE 173RD RULES! LOVE, MOM, DAD, AND JAIME


Name: Stephanie McGahey
Email: stephali17@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 02:04:17 PM

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PFC DAVID CROSS-CHARLIE CO. 1ST/508TH--Hey babe. How are ya? I was glad to talk to you on Sunday..I tried e-mailing you lastnight. I got it sent back to me though, it had a problem delivering it. I don't know what I did wrong so I will try again tonight. I have a night class at 6:00 until 7:50. I just wanted to write so you knew I was thinking about you. I hope you have a good night! love, stephanie


Name: Rosa
Email: Rosa_Perez74@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 12:19:54 PM

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Just wanna say hey to all of u brave guys with the 173rd ABE BDN MY BRO IS CHILLIN AMOUNG U GUYS SO SAY HEY TO MY BRO FOR ME PFC PEREZ!! PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU!!!


Name: Rachael Hughes
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 12:05:32 PM

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Andi Fehl--HECK YEAH, WE'LL BE THERE!!! We were already talking about a trip to Italy to welcome our beloved boy back, but to go as a group would be that much better! You can add three from the Los Angeles, CA area to your list. Not to worry, we'll fly wherever we have to to join the group--I can't wait to kiss my son again!!! Thank you and keep us posted! We love you troopers and are behind you 110%...special X's and O's to Sgt. Shane D. Wilson, A Co 1/508--God Loves you and so does your Family!!


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 11:51:42 AM

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PFC Chad Henman; I love you and miss you very much. Hang in there and take care of yourself. Let me know if there is anything you need. Love Always ; Mom


Name: daphne
Email: daphnesmith29@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 11:43:06 AM

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to all that will be appling to our group please let me know who you are when you join i just saw that our group was on aol 's group and i just dont want protesters in there saying things they should not be about our guys. thanks so very much for taking the time to read and join our fast growing group. ((((((((( hugs to all)))))))))


Name: Anne&Rene Gonzalez
Email: a5gonzo@gci.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 11:17:47 AM

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How wonderful, A. Fiehl!! What a special endeavor! We would be on any kind of midnight special to fly to any point in the continental U.S. to join all of the family and friends on a 173rd charter to Italy to welcome our "babies" home ONCE AND FOR ALL. We live in Anchorage, Alaska, and will gladly make the first part of the trip out of Anchorage to whatever departure point you deem best for the charter. A thousand thankyous! It will help keep us focused on something good and exciting regarding our 173rders working their buttendskis off for all of their countrymen and families here safe in the U.S. of A.!! KUDOS to you! Anne


Name: Judith Flanagan
Email: Judy525531@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 10:01:13 AM

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Pvt Bryan Burress. I hope you got your e-mail messages on September 1. We are watching the pictures on this website (they are awesome!!!) and hope to catch a glimpse of you in one of them. I need your exact mailing address to send goodies. Please e-mail it to me if you can (Judy 525531@aol.com). Yo mama luvs ya and is praying for each and everyone of our soldiers in Iraq.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 10:00:18 AM

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Andi, I am very interested in going to Italy to see my son return. Put me down for two. Thank-you, Arlene


Name: Nicole Herrera
Email: nikels25@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 09:55:55 AM

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Sgt. Christopher Mascio We love and miss you dearly. The Herrera Family


Name: Stacy Robbins
Email: kksrrobb@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 09:54:34 AM

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Andi- We are very interest in going to ITALY to see our son when he returns to Italy. There would be 3 going. Please let me know if there will be any special rates. DFW out of Dallas, Texas would be the closes major airport for us. Thanks.


Name: PHYLLIS
Email:
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 09:00:59 AM

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ANDI FEHL: I AM VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR PROPOSAL TO GO TO ITALY...HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN TO GO? MY E-MAIL IS CURRENTLY DOWN...THE WORM HAS GOT ME! PLEASE ADD 2 NAMES TO YOUR LIST WHEN INVESTIGATING..AND I WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU AS SOON AS I AM ABLE. PHYLLIS GRAFTON


Name: Donna Voline (mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 08:16:52 AM

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Hello Stephen- It was so good hearing your voice yesterday morning. It made my day. We all love you so much and miss you terribly. Enjoy your box of goodies, Its on the way. Everyone sends their LOVE The 173rd are in our prayers. Stay safe Stephen I LOVE YOU MOM


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:55:55 AM

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To my son,PFC Nathan Garcia II A Co. 1/508th 3rd PLT. Thank you so very much for the e-mail,letters and the picture. It was great to see a picture of you finally. Remember that you are very much loved and missed here at home. Keep up the good job that you and your fellow soldiers are doing. Come home safe. Lots of huggs and kisses, Love, Mom


Name: Mike KISER
Email: kisermike@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:27:21 AM

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to Joshua JORDAN 74th LRS Hey Josh, Just wanted to say HI, and to let you know that I am PROUD of what you (and ALL SOLDIERS)are doing over there. Take care of yourself. Mike


Name: Lucie Mundova
Email: lucka53@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 05:12:32 AM

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for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI Aco 2/503 3rd PLT: Hey my hansome ranger! I just sent you package and letters and finally the package for Chrissy. Thank you for the phone calls yesterday, 2, how excited. Another lucky day huh? It was so nice to laugh with you. It was like you were only on post here and not so far away. I miss you so bad, R.T. seems to be nice today, noe he's trying jump on the cauch, but he's to small.lol. By the way you look very handsome on the pictures. I like them. And i love you!Please take care and watch your back and please not more broken fingers..lol.Love you forever. Lucy


Name: daphne smith
Email: daphnesmith29@hotmail.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 03:15:57 AM

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if any one has some photos of the 319 please send them to me at this e~mail adams dad would really like to see them thanks so much. also would like to tell all of my brothers in the 173rd. we love them and are very proud of them god speed. stay safe and a special big hug goes out to cj my true hero i love you bub.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 03:07:30 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL HHC 1/63 Hey Baby! I´m going to buy your Mom a Birthday gift today. Well 2 more packages on the way ...! I´m so proud of you! I can´t wait to see you.... I MISS YOU! I LOVE YOU !!!!!! NINA Does anybody have more Pictures from the HHC 1/63 ????


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 02:21:52 AM

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CHARTER TO ITALY? If there are enough serious families and friends of the 173rd - I wouldn't mind contacting the airlines and negotiating a special fare for loved ones coming to Italy to welcome home the herd. I was a travel agent before I came to Italy and I think this might be something worth looking in to. If you're interested - I'll need to know the closest airport to you and how many would tentatively be flying. There is no guarantee that I can get the airfare reduced - but I'll try my hardest! :)


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 02:17:13 AM

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CHARTER TO ITALY? If there are enough serious families and friends of the 173rd - I wouldn't mind contacting the airlines and negotiating a special fare for loved ones coming to Italy to welcome home the herd. I was a travel agent before I came to Italy and I think this might be something worth looking in to. If you're interested - I'll need to know the closest airport to you and how many would tentatively be flying. There is no guarantee that I can get the airfare reduced - but I'll try my hardest! :)


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 02:11:41 AM

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Andi, A few days after our guys jumped into Northern Iraq a msn group was started for people to meet and post messages pictures and information about the 173rd. I have been off line for a few months and unable to keep track of what has been going on with the site. I was able to finally log onto it again a few days ago and am amazed what Daphne Smith and others have done with it. We have members from all across the United States. Please let the wives and families of the 173rd know about this website and we would love to speak to you. Follow this link and it will take you to it. It does require authorization from Daphane or myself to enter so tell them to be patient. Daphne does most of the authorizing but I am able to check it more often now. http://groups.msn.com/173rdairborne This is a place where we go to find some kind of comfort during our separation from our loved ones. One of the members is the sister of Justin Herbert who I have to say is one remarkable young lady that I'm sure she would love to hear from anyone that knew her brother. Please let your husband know about this website. I'm not sure if they are able to go to places like this but it's worth the time to have someone check it out and let the troops know what their families are doing for them. Susan Williams Mother of Specialist Eric M. Lucas


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: Wednesday September 03, 2003
Time: 02:11:32 AM

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This is to my son PFC Seth Anderson on his birthday and to Mrs. Fort and to Cpt. Will HansoN. Frist to my son Happy Birthday!! You won't remember me paceing the floor on your birthday but I remember it well 20 years ago thinking what a 40 year old man was doing this for. Now I know because I am so proud of you that I could die. To Mrs. Fort thank you so much for the forward. I emailed you but the email was returned so I'm using this web site to thank you there are not enough words in the world to tell you how much it ment to me. To Capt Will Hanson thank you so much for doing what you are in giving out the info about our loved ones. PFC Seth Anderson is in the 3rd Plt. 1/508th B co. and I don,t think he knows that he can respond to the emails. Thank you from an old Sgt from long ago and a land far, far away Ron Anderson


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 11:11:04 PM

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This is for SGT MICHAEL GRABSKI 2/503,how are you doing?well we had a quite weekend. we worked at the office,it looks really good now.we sure hope youre ok.im going to sent some books this week.we are s o proud of you and the 173Airborne,you have done so much,miss you,love mom


Name: I would love to be there!!
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:20:46 PM

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It would be great to be there in Italy when that plane lands with the 173rd!! Count me in!


Name: Betty Calkins
Email: Bfcalkins@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:18:01 PM

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To all members of the 173rd, not just my son, David, but to all of you who are serving your country and making everyone of us proud. I send a big thank you and say daily heartfelt prayers for your safety!! We will support you, pray for you, and think of you until you all come home!


Name: Lori Toft
Email: batmahgreeneyes@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:17:54 PM

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CHARTER to ITALY... wow, thats a pretty cool idea! k, i was just talking to a travel agent friend who was telling me that you can fly for free when you get 20 (I believe that was the number) other people going to the same location(she was talking about company retreat)k, so the question would be how concentrated are we, the family and friends? I know there is a way to do a poll and figure that kinda stuff out, but I dont know how to do it, and this probably isnt the place. anyone out there know how to set that stuff up? I think its a great idea. I cant wait till they get home!


Name: Nancy Champlin
Email: nchamplin1@juno.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:10:00 PM

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To Sgt. Bret "Champ" Champlin: I just want to say how proud I am of you and how much I miss you. Take care and come home soon. and if anyone sees the Champ on September 11th, be sure to wish him a happy 31st birthday. Our prayers are with you all.


Name: Nancy Champlin
Email: nchamplin1@juno.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:09:05 PM

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To Sgt. Bret "Champ" Champlin: I just want to say how proud I am of you and how much I miss you. Take care and come home soon. and if anyone sees the Champ on September 11th, be sure to wish him a happy 31st birthday. Our prayers are with you all.


Name: M Huser
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 09:57:36 PM

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I am haveing problems getting my emails to do through to my son in C Co. 1/508 they keep coming back as no account at yahoo is ther something wrong The first ones i sent went fine and got a response but the last 4 have all come back


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 09:46:24 PM

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Hey PFC MIKE (JAMES) VOLPE your terri girl is one awesome person. Thanks to her I was able to personally deliver an email from my son PV2 Matthews, Jonathan HHC Mortars 2/503rd. to the one and only Pat Green when he was in Athens Texas. My son has written to me many times talking about how this fellers music has helped him stay in touch with home. (Including the beer drinking songs I'm sure) Anyway Mr. Matthews has rocked Iraq with Pat and a little Jimmy Hendrix and emailed Pat with this very message. I delivered the message and Mr. Pat Green response was to autograph a poster for the 173rd airdborne with a personal message to all of you guys that says: TO THE 173RD AIRBORNE ........LIVE LOUD AND KICK ASS................A copy of the poster is headed your way and my son has promised to grace the walls of chemical Ali's crib with it. Yeah!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are doing a hell of a job. We all can't wait for you to come home. When you email Terri tell her she helped a Momma in Texas bring a big smile to her Sky Soldier's face. I owe her a big 'un. D.D. and JT


Name: I WANT TO BE THERE
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 09:35:02 PM

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To the family and friends of the 173 airborne that want to be there when they return back to there home base in Italy. I was thinking that we should get together and try to charter a flight or something like that. I know that if I was comeing back from war I would like to see a few friendly faces. So if anyone has any ideas please post them. thanks alot


Name: Brenda L. Thompson
Email: brendathompson9137@msn.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 08:01:56 PM

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PFC Michael J. Thompson your packages are on the way and Sheila, Nick and I are sitting here typing you a quick note to say hi. Hope everything is good, we are all fine. Love MOM


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 07:50:06 PM

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when will pictures, be taken and posted on the website of the A Company, 1-508, 2 plt. we would love to see pictures of our loved ones ASAP.


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 05:20:10 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. Good night piccolo! I love you. Genny


Name: Arlene Nicholson
Email: Kaylaandi@yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 05:01:36 PM

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Hi everyone. I just received a link to this page from an aunt. I thought all of you moms, dads, wives, husbands and other family members with a loved one serving with the 173rd might like it. Just copy and paste, then turn up the volume: http://www.andiesisle.com/If-I-Die-Before-You-Wake.html *Proud 173rd Abn Wife in Vicenza, Italy*


Name: Priscilla
Email: ciaobrunto@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 04:29:45 PM

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To: Lt. Brian Nash, East Grand Rapids, MI (IRAQ/ITALY) IT'S 12.30 AM THERE RIGHT NOW AND I HOPE THAT ARE ATLEAST ABLE TO CELEBRATE YOUR BRITHDAY!! I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE A GOOD ONE!! CIAO BELLO!


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 04:23:11 PM

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Rea Lee Claud rclaud01@hotmail.com To Sgt. Monte Massey, Hello from Missouri...We have made it thru another month, August. The last day of the month sure gave us heck...it rained 6.1 inches..Yep, we were 10-12 inches below normal, you wouldn't think it but it's true! And we had a flood...well, notas bad as 1993 at all. Just a note to let you know what we are up to here and we miss you lots! Would like to hear from you sometime. Keep up your spirits as you have a lot of people thinking of you. I will try and get some supplies to your mom to send this week. Hope you're enjoying what we have sent already. I know if you don't like it, you'll pass it on to your friend, Love,ya Aunt Rea Lee


Name: Priscilla
Email: ciaobrunto@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 04:21:31 PM

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To: 1st Lt. Brian Nash of East Grand Rapids, MI (Executive officer for Delta Battery, 319th Field Artillery, 173rd Airborne Brigade) BRIAN I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE A HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! NOW YOU ARE FINALLY 26!! I have sent you some packages and I hope that you get to receive them for your Birthday. I hope to talk to you soon. Be safe and miss you!! Priscilla :)


Name: Sabine Gordon
Email: savego@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 04:12:06 PM

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Hello 173rd Airborne family here is some info about the email going directly to Iraq through CPT Hansen: ++++++++++++++If you ever have problems with emailing back try sending to any one of the following accounts: acompany1508@yahoo.com or bcompany1508@yahoo.com or hhccompany1508th@yahoo.com . Just be sure to put RANK, FULL NAME, and COMPANY in the subject line. Thanks, CPT Hansen We are working on getting an official military address that wont suffer the overload failures associated to the free internet mail servers.++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Hope this helps. God bless you and all your loved ones. Sabine


Name: Terri
Email: grneyedgurl@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 03:34:37 PM

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ATTN PFC (soon to be SPC) Mike (James) Volpe - 2nd Plt B-2/503-----> Congratulations Baby!!!!!! Plus, 2 emails in 3 days!!!!! What is it? Christmas in Texas in September!?!?!?! You are wonderful!!! Doing a great job that lesser of our species could not stomach! Keep up the good work and stay safe! I can't wait for you to get back to Texas! Every day is one day closer and you have the correct name to stay safest! XOXOXOOXOXO Thinking of you everyday, Terri


Name:
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 03:21:54 PM

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JUSTIN LEE ROLL (RED DEVILS) 1/508 Hay babe I miss you so much and just thought I would drop you a line. Someone called me on a phone card this morning butI was too lazzy to get up and answer it. the only person I could think of it being is you. Everybody else was in school I hoppe it was but then I hope it wasn't I would love to hear from you you but I would hate to have missed your call. I love you and I will be here when you get back don't worry about that. love lots your joy


Name: Joy Hare
Email: joygirl_1@hotmail.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 03:18:26 PM

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JUSTIN LEE ROLL (RED DEVILS) 1/508


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 02:59:38 PM

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JOEL BEDNAR, Hey Baby I heard Coates is ok, and I was very sad to hear about them ambushing the truck! I was so thankful that everyone got out of that with their lives! I will be praying for him while he is facing this new challenge! You guys are going to be fine..with god and all the fine soldiers who have given their all watching over you guys...You are very muched blessed! Everyone is praying for you all!!! You make us all so very proud! Airborne!~~~~Sweet Pea~~~~


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 02:56:13 PM

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SSG JOEL BEDNAR, Hey babydoll! I am so proud of you, and am amazed at how you can reach out from down there and show me the love you have for me all the time. I loved the clothes! If I didn't know you so well, I'd wonder if you were working for that one tv show:-P ...you have such great taste! Then again you did marry me, so I should have known you had exspensive great taste..hehehe! I love you babydoll, and will till the last breath is drawn from my lungs! Only god could stop me loving you. I am happy for you and your acomplishments, and know that you can do anything you set that hard head of yours to! I have a weird feeling I'll be calling you Chief one of these days..probably soon with your pig headedness! God I love you! You show me that all things are possible with the love of a good man:) You are my HERO, and always have been..always will be baby! Keep your head up about things, and watch your 6 sexy! Oh Derek will be here in the fall.~~~~Princess~~~~


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 02:30:21 PM

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I know that it's pretty unlikely that my husband, SSG Joel Fehl, ABLE Company, 2-503rd will get a chance to read this. BUT! I just want to use this message board as a way to shout from the top of every rooftop that I love my husband and am so proud of him and all of our friends down range. :) It's amazing the daily sacrifice they make just to allow us to lead a normal life. I pray every day for his and every other soldiers' safety while in Iraq. I pray for a speedy return and look forward to the day the we can all enjoy a day TOGETHER. Thanks, Joey, for all that you do. You are my hero.


Name: Andi Fehl
Email: afehl1432@aol.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 02:28:17 PM

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I know that it's pretty unlikely that my husband, SSG Joel Fehl, ABLE Company, 2-503rd will get a chance to read this. BUT! I just want to use this message board as a way to shout from the top of every rooftop that I love my husband and am so proud of him and all of our friends down range. :) It's amazing the daily sacrifice they make just to allow us to lead a normal life. I pray every day for his and every other soldiers' safety while in Iraq. I pray for a speedy return and look forward to the day the we can all enjoy a day TOGETHER. Thanks, Joey, for all that you do. You are my hero.


Name: Angelique Betler
Email: ABetler@fullflame.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 02:20:10 PM

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To Edmond D. Jones, Dear Edmond, I hope you doing o.k. in this circumstances. I am praying for you and I hope you will come home save and really soon. Ribana miss you a lot. I just got married for 2 weeks and it was a beautiful wedding on the beach. I wished you and Ribana would be in the position to be there. I will send Ribana some pictures. I am looking forward to see you both again. Love, Your Sister in Law Angelique


Name: Sandra Walling
Email: brucewalling@earthlink.net
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 12:35:00 PM

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TO: Sgt. 1st Class Todd Oliver, Public Affairs Please post pictures of the men in the 319th Delta Field Artillery on the 173rd web site. My son is Sgt. Brad Walling in the 319th and his family and friends would love to see a picture of him and all the men in the 319th. Keep up the great work. Thanks. Sandra Walling


Name: Molly Dieckman
Email:
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:32:18 AM

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Sorry about that. I forgot to mention that "he or him" is my husband PFC Caleb Dieckman. It was a long....way to long weekend.


Name: Molly Dieckman
Email: molly24long@msn.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 10:28:16 AM

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To everyone who has soldiers in Charlie Company 1-508 1st Platoon. I have been sending emails to him through that address (ccompany1508@yahoo.com) and he said that he has been receiving them. It's been about a two-day turn around but that they do have someone who goes to Kirkuk everyday to pick up mail and other odds and ends for the group. They are getting those emails so don't let up. Wanted to let ya'll know.


Name: AL SCHLOTHAUER
Email: SPTSAL@AOL
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 09:33:06 AM

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JUST A NOTE TO SAY HOW PROUD YOUR SIS AND I ARE OF YOU(SGT DAN SCHLOTHAUER) AND THE REST OF THE 173RD.YOU CAN ALL REST ASSURED THAT YOU ALL HAVE THE SUPPORT AT HOME.WE ALL MISS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR THE JOB YOU ARE DOING- YOU ARE DOING IT WELL. "I DO HOPE THEY FIND YOUR PAPERWORK FOR YOUR PROMOTION DAN,THAT SUCKS WHEN YOU HAVE EARNED IT. ALL STAY SAFE AND STAY SHARP AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. "SKY SOLDIERS RULE" LOVE YOU DAD


Name: Rick & Barbara Schultz
Email: barbrick@adelphia.net
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 08:57:11 AM

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NOTE TO FAMILIES: Baseball gloves, bats and balls needed for your troops. Many of the guys are asking family members to send them any old baseball equipment laying around and not being used. The "Gameboys", and such, are great; but, the guys would like to have a little recreational activity. Please, send what you have, or can afford, to your loved one. God bless them and keep praying for them. Thanks, from a 173rd Dad.


Name: BETH WHITELATCH
Email: bwhitelatch@charter.net
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 07:32:43 AM

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SPC NATHAN WHITELATCH A co. 2/503-- Good morning Nathan -- I'm getting ready to leave to work and just wanted to say hello. Gramma and PaPa left this morning. Their usual leaving time before day light. We didn't do anything special for Labor Day. Just not the same without you around. Erin didn't even come home this year she stayed at school. It's awfully quiet around here with no one home. I hope things are calm there and that it has cooled off somewhat. Write, send pictures (881 and non of you), or call. We love to hear from you. Be safe and know we love and appreciate you and all you and the other soldiers are doing. All our love, mom, jim and erin.


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 06:43:01 AM

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TO: SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL HHC 1/63 Hey Baby. Thank you so much for the phone call! I fixed my car today....uhhhh! Well i hope you getting the PS soon. I miss you so much and i love you more than words can ever say. Take care and be safe ! I LOVE YOU NINA


Name: Justin Haviland
Email: J113H@msn.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 05:23:37 AM

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What up brother? Just had to drop ya quick line to say hello and see if you got your card. Sorry 'bout the sorry ass condition of the encelope and all but it bounced around with me in the truck for like two weeks before I got it out. Well hey I just caught word of this here web site and had to say hello and Thank You fromm all of us here and goodluck and keep your spirits up and we love you and hurry home and all that shit and other stuff I ain't got room for and later on brother. See ya soon see ya safe. Much love and much respect, JUSTIN


Name: Adrian Ann
Email: a.hinds@mcshi.com
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2003
Time: 01:25:16 AM

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Monte Massey.. thank you so much for your call, I was so excited to hear from you and there were so many things that I wanted to tell you but forgot til we got off the phone...... I will send you a letter with all the things I forgot! I am so very proud of you and love you very much. Mom


Name: Larry Seras
Email: hoboat57@aol.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 11:46:55 PM

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Pfc Ryan Wilmington 2/503---O.K. Ryan, enough is enough. 861 pictures on this website, and still none of my favorite "Skysoldier", YOU! Get in front of a camera man! Supposed to be 2000 soldiers in the 173rd, so guess we only have to wait for another 1039 pictures to see you. Can,t wait!----Still love you and proud of you, even though we can,t see your picture.---Pappan, "Proud Grandparent of a Skysoldier".


Name: Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 11:42:28 PM

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To our soldier, Sp4 Roberto Charlos Sandifer, Congratulations for your promotions while serving your country. You have always reached the highest mountains. You had to stretch to the horizon. As a three years old your father had you reading the bible and reciting the Preamble to the the Constitution. Do you remember that, or has the war made you forget about your childhood? I am sorry that I missed your call. We are praying for you and the other brave soldiers. You stay prayerful and remember, that God has everything under control. I know that a lots of families are asking why? Just read your bible and you will see that we are living in the last days. God is soon to come. Well, How was your Labor Day? When are the soldiers getting Rand R? They certainly deserves it. So, good night and God has his protective arms around you and the others. Debra will send you some pictures of the weekend activities from your Frats. Love, Mom


Name: Mary Sandifer
Email: sand3956@bellsouth.net
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 11:39:40 PM

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To our soldier, Sp4 Roberto Charlos Sandifer, Congratulations for your promotions while serving your country. You have always reached the highest mountains. You had to stretch to the horizon. As a three years old your father had you reading the bible and reciting the Preamble to the Preamble to the Constitution. Do you remember that, or has the war made you forget about your childhood? I am sorry that I missed your call. We are praying for you and the other brave soldiers. You stay prayerful and remember, that God has everything under control. I know that a lots of families are asking why? Just read your bible and you will see that we are living in the last days. God is soon to come. Well, How was your Labor Day? When are the soldiers getting Rand R? They certainly deserves it. So, good night and God has his protective arms around you and the others. Debra will send you some pictures of the weekend activities from your Frats. Love, Mom


Name: Mary
Email: korourke@cablelynx.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 11:01:30 PM

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I saw all the new pictures of the 1st Plt. B-Co., 2/503rd. They were awesome and makes me appreciate all of the 173rd soldiers even more. Their sacrifices are commendable and they have all my support and prayer is going out for them daily. Does anyone have any pictures of the 2nd Plt., C-Co., 1st quad, 2/503? Thanks.


Name: Rachel McDowell - SSG Stephen J Voline's fiance
Email: rachel.mcdowell@elmendorf.af.mil
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 10:59:13 PM

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*** SSG Voline, Stephen J. (2/B/1-508)*** Hey handsome. Happy Labor Day! I am at work right now and the weather is pretty dead so I had some time. Thank you for the picture. You are so cute. I can't wait to see you!!!! I just got back from our train trip to Denali last night. It was the longest trip ever, and so boring. It was 6 hours both ways and everyone out aged us by about 50 years haha. But we got some pretty good pictures. I will do get them developed tomorrow and send you some. Hope you got your box. Let me know if you need anything else. Be safe!!! I miss you so so much. I love you!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Name: Rachel McDowell - SSG Stephen J Voline's fiance
Email: rachel.mcdowell@elmendorf.af.mil
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 10:42:40 PM

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*** SSG Voline, Stephen J. (2/B/1-508)*** Hey handsome. Happy Labor Day! I am at work right now and the weather is pretty dead so I had some time. Thank you for the picture. You are so cute. I can't wait to see you!!!! I just got back from our train trip to Denali last night. It was the longest trip ever, and so boring. It was 6 hours both ways and everyone out aged us by about 50 years haha. But we got some pretty good pictures. I will do get them developed tomorrow and send you some. Hope you got your box. Let me know if you need anything else. Be safe!!! I miss you so so much. I love you!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Name: Anna and Valentina
Email: fam-valupa@libero.it
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 08:54:52 PM

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To MILLS ANDREW and ORR ANTHONY: Hey men....what's up??? Just a quick note to tell you that we MISS you SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!! Our weekends are not the same without you and we feel really bad when we think about you guys.....we have to wait for a long time but when you come back we have to do all that we have lost!!!!!! And than we can say everytime: "Why are you drunker than I am drunk????". Please write us soon cause we need so bad something about you in Iraq.... WE SEND YOU A BIG KISS, TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE!! Your best and crazy friends forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-P


Name: Anna and Valentina
Email: fam-valupa@libero.it
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 08:43:13 PM

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To HUNTER QUENTIN (2/503): Hi cracker, what's up???? We hope you are doing fine...We miss you alot, above all your songs (juke box!). Did you see Andy and Tony?? They have to give you a big kiss from us.....We promise that when you come back we will have a great and cool party alright?? You should see your picture with our make-up...you are funny, man!!!!!! Take care and remember that we are proud of you all!!!! See ya soon CRACKER 69!!!!!!!!!!! :-)


Name: Vickie Day
Email: breeze0202@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 08:22:11 PM

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To Joshua Jordan - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH!!!!! The big "21"!!! I am so proud of you and all our soldiers!! Aunt Vickie


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: sheila.steely@sbcglobal.net
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 07:34:31 PM

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PFC Chad Henman; Michelle told me about your call. I'm glad you're able to make the best of what must be a difficult job. Hang in there and know that you have my total support. Be strong. Take care. Don sends his love. Love Always; Mom


Name: Amber Jordan
Email: a_jordan45@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 06:18:20 PM

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To Mrs. and SSG Chance... This is PFC Joshua Jordan's twin sister Amber. I resently heard what the two of you did for Josh and I really can't tell you how much that means to me. Like my dad said... GOD BLESS the two of you. You have given me my birthday wish. From the bottom of my heart thank you... both of you!!! Josh I hope you had a great 21st birthday. I think about you all the time!!! Love you!!! Amber


Name: Elizabeth Maddy
Email: egm6w7@mizzou.edu
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 05:35:41 PM

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SPC Anthony Duarte, Able 2/503: Hey you! I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you and to tell you how happy I was to hear the good news! Write me! Love, Liz


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 05:15:38 PM

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For Mrs. and SSG Chance.........God bless BOTH of you!! I don't mind saying that you brought tears to my eyes when I learned that my Son was going to be able to celebrate his 21st "in style". I know it's not the party I would have given them (him and his twin Sister) but to tell you honestly I would imagine that he will enjoy this one even more :-) Thanks again.....it's a real comfort to know that he's working for what we in the Midwest would classify as "Good People". Mrs. Chance, I do remember Josh writing about SSG Chance being "a stand up kind of guy". You don't know it, but that's high praise from Josh!! I don't know were you are right now, but we are living in Luxembourg. If you need anything that can be done from here all you have to do is ask.... And for Josh, congrats on the promotion, Happy Birthday, and I'm still (as always) Proud of you. Love You, Dad.


Name: Genny Lanza
Email: gennylanza@yahoo.it
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 04:58:31 PM

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TO SGT. JASON HARDING. Hi honey! I hope you're ok. I haven't talk to you this week and I didn't tell you how much I love you, but I hope remember it! Your guitar is on the way to Iraq and also the other stuffs that you asked me. Take care Jason and be strong! I love you more than anything. With all of my love. Genny


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Email:
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 02:51:26 PM

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Mrs. CHANCE sorry i miss read your message. substitue son for husband. my mistake.


Name: Elizabeth Schoen
Email: elizabeth.schoen@us.army.mil
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 02:49:43 PM

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Hello MRS. CHANCE, thank you for the message. i don't understand the thing about the boots but thank you for the message. i am one of Josh's good friends. i'm glad he's having a real birthday this year because last year we were in basic and he didn't tell anyone but me and his battle buddy. Noone knew. If you get any pictures from your son could you leave another message on the board or even send me an e-mail. I'm in contact with his mom often and im sure she would love to see more pictures of him. by the way thank you for all the pictures they really lift our spirits. i cried when i saw the first pictures of him. it had just been so long. THANK YOU. -ELIZABETH SCHOEN Pfc in the indiana national guard


Name: Elizabeth Schoen
Email: elizabeth.schoen@us.army.mil
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 02:35:00 PM

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PFC JORDAN JOSHUA 74TH LRS I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. I AM GLAD YOU FINALLY MADE PFC! JUST THINK WE'RE THE SAME RANK NOW! MAYBE WE'LL MAKE SPC ABOUT THE SAME TIME! MISS YOU.


Name: Elizabeth Schoen
Email: elizabeth.schoen@us.army.mil
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 02:31:30 PM

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Pvt. Jordan, Joshua 74th INF DET LRS you should see it over here. I haven't seen anything like this in my life. It has been raining for two days almost non-stop. the rain on the street in the court is up half my leg. there is no way i am going to be able to go to work. I don't like being stuck in the house, i feel caged. well anyway how did your birthday go? Ha Ha Ha? :) i hope you enjoyed it. if anything you got what you missed out on last year. you see i am lucky none of my training dates have landed on my birthday, so birthday bashes for me. :) but maybe you will get back in time to get me back? your friend elizabeth


Name: Tori Burress
Email: toriburress@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 12:57:26 PM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to BRYAN BURRESS!!!!I love you and pray for you everyday! Take care of business over there and know that we (your family) and the rest of America loves you! Your sister, Tori


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 12:06:00 PM

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TO SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL HHC 1/63 Hey Baby thank you so much for the phone call. Another packages on the way to you! I MISS YOU SO MUCH !!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU FOREVER KISS AND BE SAFE!NINA


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 12:06:00 PM

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TO SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL HHC 1/63 Hey Baby thank you so much for the phone call. Another packages on the way to you! I MISS YOU SO MUCH !!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU FOREVER KISS AND BE SAFE!NINA


Name: Nina Krause
Email: ninchenkrause@web.de
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 12:06:00 PM

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TO SGT LAND JACOB DANIEL HHC 1/63 Hey Baby thank you so much for the phone call. Another packages on the way to you! I MISS YOU SO MUCH !!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU FOREVER KISS AND BE SAFE!NINA


Name: Carol Marceau
Email: www.normsfox.adelphia.net
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 12:02:43 PM

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Keith,We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you.You make us proud and we love you very much. You're in our prayers. Keep safe. Love Mom & Dad


Name: Donna Voline(Mom of SSG Stephen Voline)
Email: pandpdonna@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 11:58:50 AM

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SSG Stephen Voline- We all love you here at home. We are so very proud of the job that you are doing. Can't wait to see you. We miss you very much. You hang in there Stephen. Lots of goodies being sent out tomorrow. WE LOVE YOU MOM & DAD


Name: Judith Flanagan
Email: Judy525531@aol.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 11:20:46 AM

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WONDERFUL SON. YOUR MAMA AND YOUR WHOLE FAMILY LOVES YOU VERY MUCH AND WE MISS YOU. WE PRAY FOR YOU AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE GUYS YOU ARE WITH TO BE SAFE AND STAY STRONG. WE APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICES YOU ARE MAKING. AGAIN, BRYAN, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.


Name: Wendy Damman-Bednar
Email:
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 06:32:40 AM

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For Joel "Babydoll" Bednar, Josh "Country-A**" Hope, Steve "Scuba" Moreno, John "Ranger Wrench" Dibias, Erik "MER" Latimer, Jon "Let's not say:)" Morrow, Jason "Kung Fu" Alread, Barry "Big daddy Love" Lovett, Watkins, and Uncle Lenny...and all the other freaks in the 1/508th Motorpool "Grease Monkey's"! Hey guys how are you doing? Just a line to drop to say I hope you are safe, and healthy. I've heard some crazy things about you all, and seen the pics too. Just know that I don't hold it against you that I am still pulling Maint. on my own car:) Hehe! Just hurry home guys as soon as you can...dump the trucks..the govn't will buy more! Smiddty and Dodd send thier love, and all that it implies:) We will keep the kegs tapped, and the beer cold & flowing till you catch up with us back here. You know by the time you get back even Cesar will be able to drink you under the table, and probably be old enough to do so! If you have any request's you know the hotline on the supplies, just drop me an email! I cannot dable in human trafficing, so don't even ask for women! Keep safe, and stay away from the bullwhip! Remember there is a reaction for every action, and that thing is no exception:) Leave it to the Country-A** brother! God's speed, and watch your 6! ~~~~Joel's Sweet Pea~~~~


Name: Ribana Jones
Email: coldmisty@yahoo.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 05:49:26 AM

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Hello, my husband just sent me an email with a new adress. He´s now 501st FSC, if anybody got a soldier in this unit too can you please get in contact with me? To share news, how they doing and where they are. Thanks! TO SPC E. D. JONES I love you and miss you so much. I sent some more letters and another package will go out tomorrow! God bless our soldiers!


Name: To: Families of Soldiers in 74th Infantry LRS
Email: From: Julie Chance
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 04:08:51 AM

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I was so impressed with the 508th initiative to get email to their soldiers, that I asked the 74th's commander CPT Schabbehar if LRS could do the same thing, and he had SPC Veatch tackle the task. I am happy to say that Veatch came through and that this is the email address you can write to your LRS soldier at: morale74lrsd@yahoo.com. Remember to put your soldier's name in the subject line, and their team may not hurt either. Have a great Labor Day.


Name: To: Joshua Jordan's family
Email: From: Julie Chance
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 04:05:18 AM

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Hello Jordans. I wanted to let you know that I spoke to my husband SSG(P)Jonathan Chance (Joshua works for him) about Joshua just yesterday. He is no longer a private he is now a PFC. His birthday is being celebrated maybe as I type. Jon has a box of birthday goodies that they are using for the party. They were sent for Jon's birthday, by his mom, but he thought 21 was a better age to celebrate, so he kept them for Joshua. I will print your note and send it with Joshua's boots that I am mailing on Tuesday. If you post anything else I will send that too.


Name: To PFC Jordan Joshua's Family
Email: Julie Chance
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 04:00:22 AM

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to the Jordan's. First Jon (my husband) said that it is not PFC Jordan. Joshua works for my husband Jon and I can promise that his birthday is not going uncelebrated. My mother-in-law sent a box of birthday stuff for Jon's birthday (but he didn't tell anyone it was his birthday) so he is using the hats, blowers & decorations for Joshua's birthday. I will print your posting and include it in the box that I am sending with Joshua's boots on Tuesday. Have a good Labor Day.


Name: Gina
Email:
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 03:09:05 AM

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Ronald Brady 173rd 2/503 1st plt.....just a quick hello..hope your o.k...sent a letter...keep checking mail....call please!...me


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 01:34:33 AM

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If anybody over there knows PV2 Jordan, Joshua with the 74th LRS please wish him a Happy 21st Birthday today!!!!! Happy Birthday Beave!!......Love You.......Dad.


Name: Michelle Ann King
Email: Armywife4Troy@aol.com
Date: Monday September 01, 2003
Time: 01:14:08 AM

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Hey baby! Just wanted to say hello and that I miss you very much. Can hardly wait for your return home.Hope all is well and that you are in my prayers. I am very proud of you baby.Stay strong and I am with you til' the end of time. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!! LOVE ALWAYS, Michelle