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Name: Sky Soulja Supporter
Email: donnaitaliana21@yahoo.com
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 21:15:21

Message

"i am the white dove for a soldier/ ever marching as to war/ i would give my life to save you/i stand guarding at your door/ i give you all that i am" - rob thomas i just wanted to say that i appreciate everything our troops are doing and what they go through everyday to protect the rest of us and do all they can to keep us safe and make the world a better place. I pray that all of them are safe and come home safely to their families and loved ones. God Bless all of the Sky Soldiers and all of our troops. We love you! A special note for a sweetheart, a mr. longjohns nate-dawg wit a birthday comin up, who may or may not read this, I always have you in my heart and in my prayers. "They say good things must come to an end, but I'm optomistic about being friends."- Wayne Wonder, "No letting go" (***i don't know if you'll ever read this or u remember me after 2 long years when u went away tha 1st time but i pray u take good care of yourself and r safe... we neva got 2 close but i miss u, ur always in my heart, i could neva 4get about ya. Much luv 2 ya, God Bless.)


Name: Samantha to Cheryl
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 20:08:41

Message

Your son said that the piece won't be aired until next April? I wonder why they are waiting so long? Do you have any idea?


Name: Cheryl
Email: cubbybear99_98@yahoo.com
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 18:29:46

Message

Hi, Mr Brokaw's actual piece on the 503rd will not be aired until next April according to what I have heard from my son.


Name: Old soldier's Wife
Email: butteredgrits@yahoo.com
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 18:03:55

Message

I, too, have ordered party things from www.orientaltrading.com as Mommaski suggested. When our son came home for a few weeks after the Iraq deployment we threw a party for 40+ family and friends. I ordered the camo bandanas and we used them as napkins for the Bar-B-Que. I had a wreath on the door with the plastic paratroopers (complete with little chutes) hanging from it. Our son just loved it. We also ordered pkgs of the American flag pins. I got flag business cards from the Office supply store and printed "thank you for celebrating this happy day with us. We ask that you remember the men and women still in Harm's Way by wearing this pin". Each guest received a pin and card. These were little, inexpensive things but our son was so pleased. You might try it when your soldier comes home.


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 12:43:43

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SGT. Jacob Rose. We love you very much and our very proud of you. God Bless all the Sky Soldiers. Love Mom and Dad


Name: TO CHIARA
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 10:57:17

Message

hey chiara, i heard from the guys, i saw you are a friend, i have news to share, please email me. Giulia


Name: Michele D
Email:
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 10:35:31

Message

Hi Everyone I just got my flat rate boxes in the mail today and was a little disappointed at how small they were. I guess I'll save them for can stuff. I would have saved $$$ this week as one of my boxes cost 9.50 and if I could of stuffed all the things into a flat rate it would be 7.70. I'll figure it out someday. Has anyone else heard anymore on wether or not Tom Brokaw is really doing a story on the 173rd? I'm searching around and if I find anything I'll post it. Well have a good weekend its rainy here in Mass so no yard work for me until tomm. Bye Michele


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 09:59:07

Message

Dear REd Devil Supporter - hello !! Nope I didn't freeze them just sent that box of Hostess Cupcakes the way they were - the guys said they were a little dry but they didn't care they were great anyway. You see I don't bake- not without a signed release form anyway (that way if I accidentally poison someone with my cooking it ain't my fault) I say good job to anyone who bakes or even likes to bake !!!!! But for me the kitchen is like an alien battlefield !!!! Also if you are supporting a large group, like me. And you are looking for a lot of silly things cheap try - www.orientaltrading.com You can buy things by the dozen like hacky sacks and mini hibiscus print fans or by the unit although I don't really know anyone who would want 200 porcupine balls !?! They also have theme ideas. If nothing else it can give you some ideas. Love to all


Name: Jane K
Email:
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 09:21:37

Message

Some tips for sending cookies: when our son was in Iraq I found that sending the "drier" varieties worked the best. Anything that was too moist just didn't taste good by the time he got them. Peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, snicker, doodles, and good ole' chocolate chips were the best. For the choc. chip I doubled the cookie dough but not the chips so if they melted it wasn't a huge mess. I used those glad containers and packed box with bubble wrap lining and had no problems. The cookies arrived safe sound and tasty! Hope this helps. Thanks to all for the "in the box ideas' I love them and can't wait to shop! Please keep the ideas coming.


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 07:39:35

Message

THANKS MOMMASKI, YOU HAD ME CRACKING UP IN FRONT THE COMPUTER. I LIVE IN ITALY, WORKING FOR DOA! WILL EMAIL YOU SO I CAN GET YOUR ADDRESS AND SEND YOU SOMETHING FROM ITALY! YOU ARE A PHENOMENAL WOMAN! HATS OFF TO YOU. :) GREAT BOX IDES, I LOVE THE BEACH BOX IDEA, SINCE MY SOLDIER MOVES ALOT , THE TASTE OF ITALY MAY NOT BE SO GOOD. WHEN YOU SENT CUP CAKES DID YOU FREEZE THEM OR JUST MAILED THEM! THANKS TO WHO EVER SENT INFO ON MORE PHOTOS OF B-CO, I WAS THRILLED! EVEN THOUGH NO NEW PICTURES OF MY SOLDIER, BUT GREAT TO SEE THE OTHER GUYS DOING WELL. KAREN, I LIVE IN ITALY. BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO COME TO MINISTER GOD'S WORD! GOT EMAIL ROM MY SOLDIER, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ABOUT TWO LINES, I AM GRINNING FROM EAR TO EAR! JUST THANKFUL THAT HE IS OKAY AND ALIVE!


Name: 1508PIR.com Webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 02:35:27

Message

Families and friends of the Red Devils Please have your soldiers turn in photos to their company chains of commands to be added to the website. Once I receive a photo it takes me 24-48 hours to post and then Mr. Bradley (the best webmaster I have ever met) posts them to his site. Your Red Devils can also come see the BN S2 shop directly to turn in photos.


Name: Tracy
Email: mom@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/30/05
Time: 01:49:19

Message

I spoke with a friend the other day, her son is also in the 173rd, 2/503 HHC. She spoke with him last, he said that Tom Brokaw was there doing a story on them. So if anyone can figure out how to find out when it will be on, that would be great. Mike thought probably in a month or so. It would be awesome to see our guys in action over there! I don't know how much of the brigade will be featured, but at least the 503 HHC. Has anyone else heard about this from your guys?


Name: Rebecca
Email: For: Karen- upload pictures
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 23:32:26

Message

I like www.pbase.com  its free and you can upload a fair amount of pictures. I used this site when I was in school in London. I did have to open a sites to put up all my pics, but its pretty user friendly. Hope this helps!


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 19:48:54

Message

We spoke with our son Will, 1-508 c co 3rd platoon this morning on the net, he said that they had been on quite a few patrols recently, the weather is getting nice, they work out in their gym quite a bit, and generally seems OK. He gave us the web page address for the 3rd platoon, www.airborneberserkers.com , it is a pretty good site. Also I got a number off of the www.anysoldier.com  site for a mailing kit from the usps which they send out to you for free. It is called the carekit04 you order by phone and the number is 800-610-7833, I got my mailing kit within a week and you get 8 boxes, large type envelopes, a roll of tape, custom forms and all for free delivered to your door! Will, if you see this we love you and think of you always, stay safe. love mom and dad


Name: Jenni
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 19:34:40

Message

It was so nice to finally see some pictures from D-Batt! Joe....just want you to know I miss you and love you very much! Stay safe and strong my baby!


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 19:22:41

Message

To Leanne, I Have Faith Hope and Love, I KNOW I WILL SEE MY SON, THANK YOU


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 18:47:51

Message

Hey- two quick questions.... 1) What are good websites to upload pictures. I figure if more soldiers knew where/how to post pictures then there'd be a lot more (and I'd like to upload some of mine too...)..... 2)Red Devil- are you vacationing in Italy or do you live in Italy? Just curious... ~Karen~


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 14:13:24

Message

I agree. I remember receiving that message in my email years ago, and it was shared for entertainment. It is meant to be funny. Every country has a few things that just don't make sense. This "joke" was great because I could relate to it and laugh.


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:58:56

Message

To those looking for pictures, Chosen website has quite a few of really nice pictures with captions, Able and Battle have some pictures posted. Remember the 503 got to Afghanistan after the 508. As a Mom, I wish all they had to do was post pictures, although I think they are working too. You can access these from the main page. Hope you see your loved one, enjoy!


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:48:12

Message

I agree. I remember receiving that message in my email years ago, and it was shared for entertainment. It is meant to be funny. Every country has a few things that just don't make sense. This "joke" was great because I could relate to it and laugh.


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:34:48

Message

I personally found the "Just a joke" funny because if you think about it... they're all true! This country is great just because we can do funny things like that and get away with it!! God Bless the USA!!


Name: to stanley
Email:
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:16:52

Message

My fiancée is in the 2/503 and he said that some guys have their own cameras so they will take pictures soon...I don't know if they are going to send the pics here or what. hope this helps!


Name: To: Just a Joke
Email:
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:14:01

Message

Who ever wrote this message is very mean and cruel and how can you say it's Just a Joke? People don't post messages or say things like that if they really don't mean it and try to cover it up. Our soldiers goes wherever they are told to go and do what they are told to do and if you don't like it then you better watch what you say and when and where you say it. Someone could take it the WRONG way....


Name: giulia
Email: TO CHIARA
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:06:55

Message

hey chiara, i am grant's girlfriend, may i know how you know him? please? ^_^*


Name: Nancy Rose
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 13:06:33

Message

SGT. Jacob Rose HAPPY,HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! We love you very much and we are very proud of you. God Bless all the Sky Soldiers. Love Mom & Dad


Name: Rebecca
Email: RE: Why do they carry everything?
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 12:32:35

Message

They have to carry everything we send if they move around a lot. If they stay settled in one area, its not such a big deal. But you also don't want to send too much because they don't have the room to store it all. Hope this helps!


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 12:24:57

Message

Hey, understand I am not trying to start anything here so don't y'all get uptight and start screaming at me BUT., has anyone tried to contact the 2nd/503 and find out why the 508th has 35 pages of pictures and the 2/503 has only three or four pictures. I know they are busy and it may be that the 503 is just not supplying the pictures but I sure would like to see some. The Chosen Frame has some pictures of one platoon but that is about it. Anyone know of any other pictures?


 Date: 04/29/05
Time: 11:57:43

Message

just wondering...do the guys have to carry with them everything we send?


Name: To Grant Forktus Koffler
Email: Chiara
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 11:50:55

Message

Ur doing great guys keep up the good work muah!!!We miss you here hurry home


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 11:46:22

Message

To Red Devil supporter B Co., Hi Thought you would like to know that the fury 1-508th photo website has new photos of B Co.!!!!! ENJOY!!!!


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 11:09:30

Message

To 1508pir webmaster, The pictures of the D-319 were a sight for sore eyes, It gave my heart a lift to see these men as it does all our men but unfortunately I didnt see my son, next time I am sure. Thank you and God Bless


Name: Giulia ^_^*
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 10:35:08

Message

SPC GRANT, PHILIP; C Co, 1-508. *** ciao amore, hurry home, i miss you! muah! Your goofball *** ^_^*


Name: To Mommasky
Email:
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 10:31:42

Message

You are a great fantastic special person. You give people so much with few lines even if you maybe don't know it. All my greatest respect and esteem go to you. I wish there were more persons like you, who keep being so strong, special and genuine through the difficulties of life. We can all say we have the honour you share your thoughts and feelings with us.


Name: To: just a joke
Email:
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 09:38:30

Message

So if you think that your America is so great why don`t you just go back!!!!!!!!!!! (just a joke!!!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 09:35:04

Message

Red Devil Supporter - I forgot, when I visited my son there in Italy we went to Lido de Jeslo !! What a beautiful place and believe me I know beaches!!! We played bocce and paddle ball. So how about a Beach Box - a paddle ball set, a cheap bocce set, a bag of beach sand, a couple of pictures of the beach, an inflatable beach ball, suntan lotion and a beach towel. Well have fun !!! Love ya Sky Soldiers and you guys stay safe !!!!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 08:27:13

Message

Red Devil Supporter : Well shoot you are in Italy !!!!!! Well heck how about "A Taste of Italy" box?!? You could put in some of those wonderful Italian cookies, that hyperactive coffee and one of those little coffeepots, spices, olive oil (wrap in bubble wrap) and some of that little dry bread. As you can see I remember some of the things I ate when I visited just can't remember the names (it is the pits getting old) How wonderful for the guys to get some of their favorite things that they miss from Italy. And is the one thing you ladies from Italy can get that we in the States cannot.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 06:23:24

Message

Judy thanks for the info on bar cookies! Mommaski thanks for the web site will go read in a few minutes. Karen thanks, the ideas are fabulous! Mommaski you are the epitome of a mother! You have wonderful ideas, the only difficult thing is I am in Italy and miss having the dollar store to send those cute ideas. I guess I could check out the Euro stores and see what they have. The theme box idea is GREAT! Ladies have a blessed weekend. Who ever posted the prayer and the song let there be peace, thanks, we need it!


Name: Mom/Cheryl
Email: cubbybear99_98@yahoo.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 05:45:07

Message

Hi Scott,2/503 HHC Thinking about you this morning. All the family says Hi....Storm dog also said hi...He heard about the new dog and wants to know if he can jump fences and catch birds too? You will have to drop her a note...I am proud of you son. All the gang at work says Hi and stay safe....Love, Mom


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 05:14:43

Message

New on the ASY (DOD-America Supports You) Team -- Cardstore.com will provide free Mother's Day cards for forward-deployed U.S. troops serving in the Middle East, making it easy for U.S. military personnel serving overseas to remember mom on her special day. Troops can visit www.cardstore.com, select greeting cards online or create their own by uploading a photo, and have them printed and mailed to their moms in time for Mother's Day on May 8th — and all for free!---- From Military.com- A special code is needed to access this offer on the company's Web site. Service members serving abroad can find the code in ads that will appear in Middle East editions of the Stars & Stripes newspaper beginning April 22. Three of those ads will run over the course of a week.


Name: kam
Email: themysticalpreciousangel@yahoo.com
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 03:53:08

Message

Hi Just a little note to say you are all and I mean all in my prayers and thoughts. Why anyone would wanna post a nasty message I will never know. I think you all are doing a great job and pray that my angels watch over you when you sleep and god does the same during the day. God bless you all and that you may all return home safely. Luv n Light Kam


Name: Just a Joke!
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 03:22:41

Message

I really do love this country, but... 1. Only in America... can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance. 2. Only in America... are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink. 3. Only in America... do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. 4. Only in America... do people order double cheese burgers, large fries, and a diet coke. 5. Only in America... do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters. 6. Only in America... do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage. 7. Only in America... do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won't miss a call from someone we didn't want to talk to in the first place. 8. Only in America... do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight. 9. Only in America... do we use the word 'politics' to describe the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and 'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'. 10. Only in America... do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 02:33:16

Message

we spoke on the phone last night and this morning... so now you know who i am.


Name: federica
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 02:28:40

Message

to 100%italian...grazie...whoever you are......


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 04/29/05
Time: 02:25:18

Message

To JJJ. The John she is talking about is in 503rd Able company. Ciao Federica...


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 00:31:42

Message

2-503/hhc's website is www.rock2503.com.....they don't have many pics up yet but I guess their working on it.


Date: 04/29/05
Time: 00:06:09

Message

New photos of Able Co. 2-503 on www.ablewarlords.com


Name: Tracy
Email: mom@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 23:46:47

Message

Judy and Jenny, I'm sorry for not responding to your emails. I'm having technical difficulties with my computer. I can receive emails, but cannot send them. I will write to both of you ASAP (when I get time to go use my mom's computer!). Thanks for writing. Tracy


Name: LaLa ***TO ANNA (Walter-Williams)***
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 23:42:34

Message

Hey Anna this is the second message I have posted for you. I just wanted to let you know that I am here if you need any help with anything. I haven't talked to you in a long time and would like to see how you are doing. Email me if you get a chance. I heard willy made Chicken Alfredo for your family he was so proud of himself...haha Okay Talk to you soon. I LOVE YOU BABY!!! you make me so proud... Spec. Lang~"my big teddy bear" 74th LRS Team 2 Got some pics from Tito-Looking as handsome as ever.


Date: 04/28/05
Time: 23:21:54

Message

Can somebody tell me which is company HHC? Which is their website? I would love to find pics of my pals but I haven't gotten a chance to ask them if they are in the able, battle or chosen company. All I know is that they are in the 2-503rd HHC. Thanks in advance.


Name: Adriana Weller
Email: nanaweller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 20:26:34

Message

Lord make me an instrument of your Peace, Where there is hated let me sow love.Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is discord, harmony. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is dispair, hope . Where there is darkness, light . Where there is saddness, joy. Oh devine master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love . For it is in giving that we recieve ,it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Name: Oregon Dad
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 19:16:15

Message

2/503 C Company has some photo updates Great Pictures http://www.chosen2503abn.com/1stAfghanistan.htm (May have to copy and Paste


Name: rebecca
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 18:14:33

Message

there are new pics up at: http://www.rock2503.com/ just thought id let people know


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 18:09:48

Message

Nancy__ No he is my best friend. We've known each other for pretty much over half our lives.


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 17:28:41

Message

Just thought I would let you all know that there is another great party site for you to look at and get ideas for the soldiers. It is http://www.shindigz.com Thanks


Name: Nancy Rose this is for karen
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 17:22:25

Message

I asked my son if he is where you asked. I didn't get a answer yet. I will let you know when I get one.


Name: Nancy this message is for Amy Joe
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 17:19:22

Message

I e-mailed my son and asked him if he knows your soldier. I haven't heard back on that one but earlier he said they were busy. Is he your son?


Name: jhulz
Email: jhulz2004@hotmail.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 16:40:19

Message

To SPC. Bonifacio J Castro II Thank you for that great email you sent me yesterday. Take care and remember that I love you Baby!!!


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 16:32:40

Message

Does anyone know if our "boys" have access to ice cubes? I was thinking of sending over an electric ice cream maker for them. Thanks, Arlene


Name: Jane
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 15:43:12

Message

Hi Anna, my soldier is with the same unit, if you would like a support buddy, and let each other how our soldiers are doing that would be great. (just email me)


Name: To rebecca
Email: francy_1983@hotmail.it
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 14:28:13

Message

Hi rebecca, just e-mail me and I will tell you what I know about the location. Francesca


Name: Anna
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 13:45:22

Message

TO Walter Williams,74th LRSD, hi honey, i just wrote you an email, hope you can check it soon, you made me so happy when you called me! you made a promise to me!! come back home soon baby! you're always in my heart, and I love you a whole bunch!!! Take care willy!! Miss you cicciottino!!!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 13:19:26

Message

Red Devil Supporter - if you are talking about the article I wrote it can be found at www.staff-net.org


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 13:16:47

Message

Hi Karen: I have already done the Pool Party Box (Baby inflatable pool, rubber duckies, tropical drink glasses (plastic), straws with flowers on them, cans of tropical fruit juice, leis, and sunglasses) I also just sent out a movie Box(2 new release DVDs, microwave popcorn, whoppers, licorice whips, good n plenty, chocolate covered peanuts) You can make these up for one person or for his whole group which is what I do. I have also done a birthday box (Hostess cupcakes, candles, package of balloons, silly hats, goodie bags that I put goodies in and not noisemakers (I didn't think it was a good idea in a combat zone), presents and mini umbrellas - he kept complaining he was hot) I send a box every month to my children in Support Bat. so anymore theme boxes would be most welcome. Lets hear it for our Sky Soldiers !!!!


Name: Judy - thomas@execpc.com
Email: BAR COOKIE RECIPE
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 13:12:12

Message

I've forgotten who asked about the bar cookie recipe, but all I have done in the past is to make the regular Nestle chocolate chip recipe and put the dough in a jelly roll pan and bake until we think they are done.


Name: Amy Jo
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 12:58:21

Message

Nancy... My soldier is Spc Jonathan Baker.


Name: Amy
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 12:39:38

Message

To trevor... I love you so much!!! 4ever!


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 12:38:38

Message

One last thought before I head to rehearsal... We've been talking about Christmas trees and decorations. What would y'all think about having an overarching theme to send this Christmas. For example, the two I came up with where: "White Christmas" sending the tree, and having all the decorations in white sending the song "I'm Dreaming of A White Christmas" along... or for Elvis fans, "Blue Christmas" sending the tree, and having all the decorations in blue sending the song "I'll Have a Blue Christmas." I just think it'd be fun to have a theme from the board? Yes, no, other thoughts? (Yea, I know it's like 8 months away.... am I overly organized??) ~Karen~


Name: Karen
Email: 173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 12:24:18

Message

As I was in class last night I had an idea come to me and I'm curious as to what you all think. We seem to be sending everything "in a box." And we've even been talking about Christmas "in a box." So we ought to start something like an "In A Box" campaign. Put together themes, and put all the components of that theme "In A Box." For example, "Birthday Party in a Box" like Judy- sending cakes, candles, presents, etc. Or "Summer Camp in a Box" like Mommaski suggested little fun toys that the soldiers can play with and then pass onto children. I know growing up I looked forward to the summer so I could go outside and jump rope, or play with jacks, and marble, etc. Someone once mentioned sending a pool and rubber duckies, so you could even do "Pool Party in a Box." I think the "In A Box" possibilities are endless. What do y'all think? ~Karen~


Name: Karen
Email: 173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 12:20:07

Message

Old Soldier's Wife, Red Devil Supporter B CO: I'm going to kill two birds with one stone here. Red Devil, you asked where I was located. Well, that's a trick question. I am from Ohio, but I attend seminary in New York. I will be ordained a pastor in 45 days (not that I'm counting!) After I'm ordained, the church will assign me a parish, so I could go just about anywhere! So Old Soldier's Wife, I know how it is to move all the time. I'm a pastor's kid (and soon to be pastor myself) and in my 24 years on earth I've lived in 5 states, 8 cities, and umpteenth houses. I have never lived outside the USA, but I've applied to be an overseas missionary so that may change in the next five years or so. Anyhow, that's my introduction to me :) ~Karen~


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 10:20:46

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my son PFC Dewey Spence is in 1/508 C co 3rd platoon was able to instant message him this morning says all is well and gave me a site where you can see pictures. www.airborneberserkers.com he also said he received more packages and the soup I sent was really good I think it was bearcreek brand in packages they just add water. also asked for a headlamp with a red lens for when you go outside at night. a pot to cook in and an electric burner. mail seems to be taking about a month for him to get. Also just to let you know the usps mil kit does not come with flat rate boxes just priority big difference in price when you go to pay shipping, remember you can go to the usps website and order the flat rate boxes. This website has been a great support for me and everyone who shares has given such great ideas and advice. To all thank you


Name: 1508PIR.com Webmaster
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 09:43:11

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Instructions are available for mailing from italy at www.1508pir.com Lots of useful stuff from 1-508 and soon D_BATT will have a page and pictures posted to that site!!!! God Bless


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 09:01:52

Message

Mommaski could you tell me where to find the story about our son! You are truly an inspiration.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 08:24:22

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I agree with you Red devil supporter, this is what it should be all about. I am glad you love Italy. We even have something in common, guess what, i am a red devil supporter as well. We are here for the same people :)


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 08:05:52

Message

Thanks Judy, Mommaski, Leanne, Denise and 100% Italian! This is what it should be all about, sharing and expressing love for other people! I will go home happy this evening. Judy the chocolate should not melt. Leanne thanks for info on shipping cookies and recipe link.100% Italian I have many Italian friends and absolutely love Italy! Ladies have a good evening.


Name: Caserma Ederle Family Assistance Center
Email: TO THE ITALIAN LADIES
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:58:55

Message

Please watch the message board at the beginning of next week because we will be posting detailed information on how to send letters and packages to Afghanistan through the Italian Postal system.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:43:31

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Spc. Nathan Garcia II, so glad to get an e-mail form you this morning. Hope you are getting the packages I sent you recently. let me know if you need anything else. Love you lots, Mom


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:41:41

Message

Judy------ I bought a great little black and Decker food vacuum sealer at Wal-Mart for $40. My son claims that the food is fresher in the sealed bags than in zip lock bags. Arlene


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:11:44

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Oh .. and in the binder ... I also include the printed out Commander messages from the Company website.


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:09:01

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Project/stay busy idea: Perhaps those of you who have experienced deployments do this already, but I find it helps me to feel stay close to my soldier - I bought a 3" 3 ring binder and a bunch of page protectors. I did this through Basic and Italy and have a new one just for Afghanistan. In the Afghanistan binder I have printed out the maps I feel will be useful for quick reference (thanks to Mr. Bradley for making them so easy to find!). Also in the binder I put letters (and the envelopes), print outs of any emails or chat sessions. News articles. I figure this kind of stuff will be kind of cool/have a lot of meaning to him (any future kids), especially when he is older. The binder I bought is the kind where you can slip a piece of paper in for the cover ... so it says "XXX's Letter's Home", Unit name, Afghanistan and the date of his deployment. It's amazing how fast the binder fills up.


Name: Old Soldier's Wife
Email: butteredgrits@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:05:53

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To Karen....Yes, our son is in Afghanistan (1/508 HHC S-2)and he spent the year in Iraq with the 173rd. My husband and I spent 22 years on active duty (he was a helicopter test pilot as well as MANY other jobs), 16 moves, 9 different states and Germany. Our son attended 3 different high schools in 4 years! So, it has been an experience. We have been "retired" for 12 years and I miss it everyday. The military people you meet, live with, cry with and laugh with are a special breed. Our son is trying to decide if he wants to remain in the Army or get out at the end of this tour (He should have been out in March 05 but the Army extended him). I am so grateful for this website where we can all stay in touch and ask/receive advice from our 173rd family. You asked about the figure that T.R. is making for my husband.....I'll post a picture as soon as I receive it....may take some time because he is making the helicopter also!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: To All
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 07:03:01

Message

From now on, before posting any kind of messages that might worry families and friends, please check these websites where you can get the most updated news and where the casualties are listed. And no more unofficial rumors please. http://www.diversityinbusiness.com/Military/Casualties/ix_Mil_Cas.htm http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2004/oef.casualties/ http://cnnstudentnews.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/2005.04.html http://www.dod.gov/releases/ http://www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/main/PressReleases.asp http://lunaville.org/OEF/Afghanistan.aspx http://lunaville.org/OEF/default.aspx


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:59:39

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Another Birthday idea: My soldier had a birthday while in Italy. I sent many of the same items that have been mentioned .. the Hostess cupcakes, candles, party bags etc. I also bought a pinata and filled it with a variety of candy. I had to take all the stuff to a place where you buy the box to fit your stuff ... it cost a lot to send, but it was fun. Anyway, the other thing I included in the Birthday box was a small photo album. As I was making it, I thought gee, this just seems like something a "mom" would enjoy, but out of everything in that box, my soldier said he really liked the photo album! He said he liked seeing how he had changed. I bought one of these cheap ($2) little purse size albums at Walmart. I personalized the front of it. Then I found pictures from his birthdays thoughout the years - trying to represent each year. I only struck out on one year ... I couldn't find any pictures for that year ... they probably still need to be developed!


Name: Igniter57
Email: Igniter57@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:56:01

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I found a little more information about what happened at this site: <http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=709431&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312>. You may need to cut and paste it without the <>.


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:45:30

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I have been reading some of the previous posts about OPSEC. Someone had previously offered to get a copy of a packet given during meeting in the mail if someone else needed it ("OPSEC and Me"?? or something like that). My husband is also deployed and I am not in Italy, so that information has not been available to me and was not offered to me by my FRG. Can someone that would be able to mail a copy of that packet please email me? Thank You.


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:43:53

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Red Devil Supporter ... I love the smiley care package idea ... but I'm wondering about the chocolate. Will it melt and make a mess of everything? Your idea won't cost a fortune to include the whole squad!


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:31:20

Message

Great idea on the happiness survival kit I'll be starting them tonight.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:30:58

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To Red Devil supported - WOW!!!!! What a wonderful idea !!!!! I can make those up and send them to the whole platoon. It will be a neat treat and make them smile !!! Also thanks for the heads up about the mice - I will now send containers for their goodies. Love to all. OK Support Battalion stay safe !!!! Talk to you soon!!!!


Name: Old Soldier's Wife
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:28:54

Message

To Debbie Yashinski...I just read your article "The Loss of A Loved One" and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your insight and williness to share such a painful experience. Our son and Michael were in Iraq together, although in different companies. I remember when he told us about Michael's death and I just could not imagine how difficult it was for you. Your article will help everyone to be better prepared, if that is possible. You are a very special lady....Thank you!!


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 06:07:03

Message

Just a bit of info. We received and email from our son 1-508 C. Co. and he had gotten packages on the 27th that we had sent on the 5th and the 12th (we had sent two on the 12th). Looks like 2-3 weeks for arrival. I sent bar cookies wrapped with plastic wrap in tins and I also bought the Gladware type containers because they have mice. He can reuse them for other snacks the mice would like. I padded each layer of cookies with plastic wrap to make sure they would not shift around. I used a recipe from http://verybestbaking.com./recipes/detail.aspx?ID These are recipes that are supposed to travel for long periods and survive the Middle East heat and humidity. No feedback from our soldier yet. We only get one maybe two emails a week and no phone calls since early March. He says they are all well and having some "fun". God Bless them all. If you have trouble with the link please email me personaly. I'll let you know if the cookies arrived edible as soon as I hear. Thanks for all your support and TO MOMMASKI, your strength and devotion are an inspiration to us all. What a beautiful way to honor your son. I am proud to have even this small association with a woman like you.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:42:19

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God bless you too Red devil supporter. You had a great gift idea. You're forgiven.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:40:19

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Judy, thanks for the info on sending cookies. May I ask for your recipe for the bar cookies? I am sorry if I offended anyone of the Italian women,I was not making a negative post! God Bless you all!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:35:42

Message

I would like to share an idea,we can all make some and send to our guys: IT IS CALLED A HAPPINESS SURVIVAL KIT WE WILL NEED A SMALL(SANDWICH) ZIPLOCK BAG,AND INSIDE I HAD THIS TYPED UP IN DIFFERENT COLORS AND PLACED IN BAG WITH THE FOLLOWING CONTENTS: A STICK OF GUM TO REMIND YOU TO STICK WITH IT A CANDLE TO REMIND YOU TO SHINE BRIGHTLY A CHOCOLATE KISS TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU AR LOVED A MATCH TO LIGHT YOUR FIRE WHEN YOU ARE BURNT OUT A TOOTSIE ROOL TO REMIND YOU NO TO BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW A PIN TO REMIND YOU TO STAY SHARP A SMARTIE TO HELP ON THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL SO SMART A STARBURST TO GIVE YOU A BURST OF ENERGY ON THE DAYS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ANY A SNICKER TO REMIND YOU TO TAKE TIME TO LAUGH CONFETTI TO REMIND YOU TO TAKE TIME TO HAVE FUN A LIFESAVER TO REMIND YOU THERE IS ALWAYS SOMEONE WILLING TO HELP A BAG TO HEL YOU KEEP IT ALL TOGETHER AND GIVE YOU FOOD FOR THOUGHT YOU ARE TRULY APPRECIATED AND THOUGHT ABOUT EACH DAY YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN VARIATIONS, BUT I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. I AM GOING TO MAKE ENOUGH FOR MY SWEETHEARTS PLATOON AND SEND FOR HIS BIRTHDAY. MOMMASKI I KNOW YOU WOULD LOVE THIS AND IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE IDEAS PLEASE SHARE. MAY I ALSO ASK WHICH PART OF THE GLOBE ARE YOU? IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA FOR MEMORIAL DAY AS WELL. WE COULD COME UP WITH SOMETHING FOR 4TH JULY ETC! SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU KAREN MY COOKIES TOOK ABOUT 2 1/2 WEEKS TO GET THERE :(


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:26:09

Message

Regarding sending cookies .... on a different message board I read occasionally, the moms there said they had better luck sending homemade bar cookies than the individual homemade cookies. They seemed to feel they held up better than the "regular" cooky. Also ... about vacuum packers ... some moms on that other board also said they felt that just good ole freezer bags worked well. I don't have a vacuum packer so I wouldn't know, but those comments sure made me feel like I didn't have to rush out for a $100 vacuum packer. :) Anyone else have opinions about freezer bags vs vacuum packers? I think this weekend we'll do chocolate chip bar cookies and try sending those.


Name: L.
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:24:31

Message

that's right. it's been weeks now that we are posting messages to ask for help on how to send packages.


Name: L.
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:24:10

Message

that's right. it's been weeks now that we are posting messages to ask for help on how to send packages.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:21:40

Message

I am italian so can i finally complain about something? Ok, all the italian girls are posting messages about how difficult it is for us to send packages to the guys. Well, noone here, apart from one lady, offered to help. If we want to send packages that it is for the same support you guys are talking about. The packages are not for ourselves but for the American servicemen. So anyone who can help please do it. Italy is the most generous country in this world. We all want to send something.


Name: to Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:16:41

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I don't think you understand Italian very well!! Italian girls are asking info on how to send packages down range for their friends, nothing else!! I am Italian.... i think i know better then you, if they would write offense or other mean stuff somebody will said something!!! Take it easy!!!! S.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:15:31

Message

There should be less misunderstandings here. Otherwise we'll all keep arguing. To anyone: please read messages first and then think. Stop provocation for no reason. Amanda has been attacked, italian girls have been attacked, the guys... Please stop this.


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:07:40

Message

This message is for Amy Jo, My son SGT. Jacob Rose is a medic with Charlie Company, I didn't get an e-mail yet from him today, it was not a good day yesterday but he was ok. God bless them all and I pray they all come home safe. What is your soldiers name?


Name:
Email: TO RED DEVIL SUPPORTER
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 05:01:13

Message

what do u mean when you say that you understand what italian girls are writing? they are exchanging ideas on how to send packages. nothing more than this. are you crazy or what? copy and paste the sentences on a translator, silly!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 04:44:24

Message

Mr. Bradley, I know you are busy and I thank you so much for this website. Obviously some people are using this for their personal vendettas and this must stop. I understand what the Italian girls are posting in their language! It is ridiculous behavior for adults to portray. How easily we forget the grieving families, how easily we forget the purpose of the website. We must stop being selfish, this a time to think about other people, our soldiers whose lives are on the line day and night for our freedom.


Name: federica
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 03:05:42

Message

to Laura..... do you know JOHN? .where do you live?if you live in vicenza you could send him something maybe( I have problems with the Italian postal method and The US one...) I AM JUST A FRIEND!!!NOTHING MORE NOTHING ELSE... don't worry. he just didn't want to feel alone down there, and he needed friends to write to..He s ok. -last news 15th april-


Name: laura
Email: lafortuna@katamail.com
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 02:50:27

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to federica:I'm happy you've been hearing from John.I haven't been hearing him sice he left so I was quite worried but now I understood.thanks.laura.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 02:37:27

Message

Karen, I packed them in an empty cookie can with some bubble wrap at the bottom alon with plastic wrap. I put some cling wrap all the way over and then mor bubble wrap on top! And taped the cove of the can tightly shut! I got the shipping information from a website! Maybe I should try another kind of cookie. I was thinking of coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate! Any suggestions? Where are you located by the way?


Name: to all
Email:
Date: 04/28/05
Time: 01:49:56

Message

Hi, does everyone know if mails are being regularly delivered in these past weeks?


Name: Tracy
Email: mom@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 23:49:18

Message

Karen, The link to the "camel round up" is www.battlehard.com Click on "Commander's Update" in the left window. The photo is at the bottom of his update. Thanks for asking. It sure made my whole day, week, to see that smiling face that I miss sooo much! Another idea that I did for Christmas while they were in Iraq, was a 2' Christmas tree covered in photos (colored photo copies of my own photos). I had them laminated, punched holes in the pictures, attached them with red, white and blue ribbons, and put the 173rd insignia at the top of the tree. I included pictures of guys in his squad and their wives, along with pics of Jake as a kid doing goofy stuff that I know would cause him a good "razzin'" from his buddies (like the one of him at Disneyland acting like a total nerd, with his shorts hiked up to his arm pits and Mickey Mouse ears on!) That was a fun project for me, but by the time he got it, they had to move to a different location, so he had to take all the pics off the tree and leave the tree behind. We live in a very small town (about 10,000), and we have THREE of our local boys in the 173rd. I'd love to be able to do something for all of them this year. Jake is in 2/503 B Co, another is in the 1/508 and one more in 2/503, HHC. I would love to get a picture of all of them together over there to run in our local paper, but I'm sure they are spread out all over the country! Hope everyone is doing well, all of the families and especially all of our soldiers!


Name: Amy Jo --Message for Nancy Rose
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 21:08:50

Message

Nancy Rose...My soldier is with the Support Battalion also and is a medic as well. I was wondering if you could tell me what company he is with (mine is in Cco.) It would be wonderful to be able to talk to someone who has there soldier in the some battalion as mine. If you wouldn't mind emailing me I would love to talk with you. Thank you. And bless our sky soldiers and their loved ones.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 20:01:07

Message

Hello everyone !!! I just wanted to say hi to "all my kids" and to all of you. So many ideas !!!! I can't wait to try some of them !!!! By the way Hacky Sacks and YoYos are great silly things. You can get them at the Dollar Store. The neat thing is when they get done with playing with them they can give them to the kids they come across !! You can afford to get them for the whole platoon !!! Also if anyone is interested I wrote aseries of articles for www.staff-net.org If you go to the Info Center & click then click on featured articles you will find The Loss of a Loved One. It will help you understand what happens. Believe me No news is ALWAYS good news. Love to all and Brian Eckley you and the guys take care !!!!


Name: Dena Struck
Email: dena.r.struck@office.xerox.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 18:59:43

Message

Thank you to all of the Red Devils in Afghanistan. You guys are doing a great job and should be proud of your place in history. If anyone knows my son Kyle Hensley, please tell him “hi” from his Mom. Keep up the good fight and god bless.


Name: SSGT CLINT MACK MOM
Email: wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 18:58:53

Message

HI SON, I JUST SAW A PICTURE OF YOU ON THE CHOSEN COMPANY WEB SITE! I AM SO GLAD YOU WERE SMILING. I HOPE YOU ARE GETTING ALL OUR PACKAGES AND THERE WILL BE MANY MORE ON THE WAY. I AM BACK FROM CT AND YOUR "GRANDMA" SENDS HER LOVE TO YOU. WE MISS YOU AND ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND YOUR GUYS. KEEP THE FAITH. LOVE AND MISS YOU, MOM AND JIM


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 18:03:21

Message

no news is good news. you will be notified before released to the public.


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 17:42:18

Message

Hi to all who are interested in the 173rd action figures. I inquired about them and the person sent me all the details re: the cheapest way to do it, the custom way etc. He is a true artist but they are not cheap for a figure of your soldier it runs about $300.00. However they are authentic and he will even try and match a figure to your soldiers likeness, with all the correct medals etc its really something. Also about cookies I sent choc. chip to Iraq and they were fine. I had one of those vacum sealer deals and they were okay. Yes you can send a Christmas tree. I sent one as well with stockings for the squad and xmas music and dancing santas all kinds of goofy stuff and some funny xmas movies and cartoons like Charlie Browns xmas and Frosty of course!!! I'm going to make a DVD of family and friends and set it to music and send it out for his bday. I'm going to have some of my co-workers(cute 20 yo girls) hold signs of encouragement. I got this one from my sister-in-law whose son is in Iraq and he just loved it. I just bought a bunch of water ballons for his squad as I hear its hot over there and figue they could have some fun with them. All the summer stuff is just coming out here as I live in MAss but I bet all you guys down south have this stuff all year round. Well stay well everyone any new idaes I'd love to hear them I get all mt best ideas from those that went before me!!! Michele


Name: Arlene
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 17:32:58

Message

Nancy---- I think we should all do that this year, even exchange decoration ideas. Make our soldiers smile :) Arlene


Name: Nancy Rose
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 16:54:56

Message

Arlene I to sent a Christmas tree to Iraq. My son loved it and so did his friends. I will do the same this year. I pray that all of our loved ones will be home safe. Jake is with the 173rd Support bn, he is a medic.


Name: Linda Austin Davis
Email: karmen1023@lexcominc.net
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 16:07:02

Message

This message is for Jeremy Austin, my son. I love you and miss you so much. Everyone here sends lots of love and prayers for you and your buddies. I can't wait for you to come home, you are missed and needed so much. It's like my right arm is missing. I'm not complete and never will be until you are back here, safe and sound. I love you son, and remember, pay attention to those that know. Love always, Mama


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 15:31:26

Message

Karen--- The first thing that I ask my son when he gets deployed is: how many in your squad and what are their names. I send for a group of 12 even though there are less than that. You never know who might drop by for dinner:) As for the christmas tree idea, when Nathan was in Iraq, I sent his squad a 2 foot artificial tree with plastic battery operated lights, plastic ornaments, tree topper, and christmas tree skirt. They loved it. I don't think there are any restrictions. What does everyone else think? Arlene


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:44:38

Message

Seminary is keeping me busy- so now that I had 30 minutes to catch up, I am..... Red Devil Supporter B CO: I am sorry that your cookie arrived inedible. How did you send them? (To learn...) Also, how long did it take to arrive- any idea?..... Tracy- can you post the link to the article and pictures from the camel cowboy round-up? I'd love to read the article/see the pictures..... I know Christmas is like eight months away, but I'm curious- is that something we're allowed to send? Like mail Christmas to the soldiers? Are there restrictions on trees/bulbs/etc.?..... For those sending goodies to a group- how many people (roughly) are you sending for? Just curious..... Old Soldiers Wife/Mommaski- can wait to see pics of the figurine- sounds awesome!..... Old Soldiers Wife- So are both your husband and son in the military? Is your son with the 173rd? Just curious..... Ron- thanks for posting the information about the bill. I wouldn't qualify, but there are thousands that would save thousands! That's great!... okay- I think I'm done. I heading off to class again. Talk to you later! ~Karen~


Name: federica
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:42:51

Message

to Kyle Mitchell.. Hi mate..hope everybody ok down there..take care..C soon. Freddie


Name: lee mckinney
Email: slidemeinslowdeep@yahoo.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:36:34

Message

a frined told me about this sight& im not much of a writer but i just had to logg on and thank all of you for the jobs you are doing. im a 39 male. i think your all speshel . we would not have our safty here at home whith out you. im in beckley Wv if theres any news or any thing u would like to know from home please fill free to e mail me at eny time. again i say thanks lee mckinney


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:34:40

Message

to BJ: you're right dude!!!! everyone....just stop talk about that!!! god bless our soldiers!!!!


Name: federica
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:33:01

Message

to JOHN BAXLEY. Mate I am trying to make you feel at home as I promised...a huge hug from Milan...let me know if you've reached my letters....kisses .Federica


Name: FEDERICA
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:30:19

Message

TO ANNA .I ll try to do the way you told me ( adding vicenza.....) if it will work...I ll let you know...you've been very kind thank you again. I owe you a coffee, eh,eh. jope the boys will come back soon. bye f.


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:28:18

Message

TO Walter Williams, 74th LRSD,hey sweetie, I love you!! Don't forget it, NEVER!


Name: federica
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:21:19

Message

to anna thank you ANNA,thank you....but the problem is...I am not in vicenza....I live and work in MILAN!!!!he just gave me the apo...etc codes and the postal office told me..that's not right...so I ve searched on the web and they for the" italian method2 simply add the cope 36100,vicenza...do you think it will work?


Name: federica
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:17:42

Message

I am sorry. I didn't mean to offend anybody...I have just received his letter today...and he told me..."please can you send me a coffee machine with some coffee?"... I just wanted to make them feel a little bit more at home in that horrible place!!!!


Name: anna
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:15:28

Message

to federica: I just sent today the same things to my husband! You have to go on post, at the post office near the library, but ask your friend his old adress in italy. You'll have to write it with his name on the top left corner of the box and his adress in afghanistan in the middle (it is like he was sending something to himself). Good luck


Name: federica
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 14:03:02

Message

Hi everybody. I have one of my best mate now in afghanistan (John) . we kept in touch with e-mail and letters. he asked me to send him a coffee machine with some italian coffee...do you think they'll reach any kind of pack???? any suggestion is welcome. thank you. and more he gave me an address to send him letters- but it is in us postal method....do you know the right way to send letters from italy with the" italian method"(postal code...anything)? PLEASE HELP ME!!! THANK YOU. Freddie.


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 13:57:24

Message

Re: Free Mail to Troops in Combat. Denise it's been proposed and must work its way through Congress to become law. It includes parcels but there are restrictions on who can send mail and what and how much can be sent Details at: http://capwiz.com/naus/issues/bills/?bill=7207036&size=full


Name: Italian American girl
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 13:35:44

Message

Who ever wrote this "I don`t know why some american girls hate italian girls so much maybe because we are so sexy, maybe because your soldiers go crazy for us??????????????????????"... i was hysterical laughing when i read that. I am an American girl and my BF is deployed in Afghanistan with all the other sky soldiers... but i have to tell you, YOU ARE SO RIGHT! Im not one of those Italian girl haters though, as I am Italian American..but based on all the bickering on this website, i can see why you would get defensive. This web site used to be a place for information and support, and now it is my entertainment! I get such a kick out of seeing everyone argue and leave nasty comments about everyones post. Don't let any of the negative comments get to you! Those negative comments are just comming from people who ARE just jelous of you.


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 13:14:53

Message

To Ron Pozin, Thank you for the information. I do have a couple of questions 1 does the Bill include packages or just letters and when will this go into effect or is this just being proposed either way this was good information. Thank you


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 13:01:16

Message

I was hoping that anyone here in Italy could email me if they hear about any events going on that can be done with young children. These first few months have been hard, and I know that keeping busy will help. It seems like all of the activities that I can do with my kids are booked before I get the chance to sign up. Any suggestions?? Feel free to email me at the address above. THANKS


Name: MARISA
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 12:59:22

Message

TO MY HUSBAND JOSEPH I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE YOU BACK HOME I MISS YOU VERY MUCH PLEASE BE SAFE AND TAKE CARE GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THE SKY SOLDIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 12:57:52

Message

I was hoping that anyone here in Italy could email me if they hear about any events going on that can be done with young children. These first few months have been hard, and I know that keeping busy will help. It seems like all of the activities that I can do with my kids are booked before I get the chance to sign up. Any suggestions?? Feel free to email me at the address above. THANKS


Name: Sara
Email: sarasin76@hotmail.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 12:57:39

Message

Mr Bradley, I am sorry I was so caught up that I totally forgot to thank you for this web site. Thanks for your great support


Name: Sara
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 12:35:24

Message

Thank you Gina, what you just wrote is sooooo right.I am Italian, I have been reading this website ever since my boyfriend was in Iraq and some people just can't stop using this for their own ego. I don't understand why and I don't know why some women feel they are competing with each other.....oh well....this is not the place or the time to do that. Nobody is better than anybody and there is no competition and no arguing about that....let's quit, I am sure you are all wonderful girls and concentrate on what it will be like when you will be able to hug your soldier again.....I long for the day I will see his beautiful smile again and I will be able to tell him how happy I am he is back safe. At our second deployment together I have learnt to treasure every single moment I am given to spend with him and every chance I get to show him how much I love him. This is a time where you should concentrate on finding something to make your special soldier feel very very special and very much loved. God bless you all.....T, if you read this keep a smile on face and remember you are right here in my heart


Name: Gina
Email: Gina@hcnews.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 12:11:56

Message

People please, stop doing this. We are here to support each other and our soldiers. It does not matter if you are Italian or American, black, white, red, yellow or green. We need to all stick together and comfort one another. I know there have been clashes with the American and Italian women, but we need to all pull together. I have met a very sweet Italian girl. She and I have become very good friends and we talk everyday on the phone. I met her on here. So lets all pull together and stop this war between the two nationalities. Everyone is on this message board for the same reasons, to support our soldiers. We all love them, miss them and cannot wait for them to come home. Please stop the fighting and name calling and make a bond. I know there are American women out there for the wrong reasons just as there are some Italian women out there for the wrong reasons, but just becuase they are Italian doesn't mean that they are bad or out to hurt our soldiers. So please make a freindship not another enemy.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 11:26:00

Message

Thanks for the info on the articles Stan. Here's the link, http://www.defendamerica.mil/ There are a couple of articles about what the 2nd 503rd is doing and has done. Click on the Afgahanistan link.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 10:56:17

Message

as our soldiers fight for peace, we "fight a war" here.


Name: G ma of Ed
Email: Bettyc415@msn.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 09:53:58

Message

I would like to get info on Aco 2/503 Pictures would be nice. He sent an email to his dad today. All is well Working hard. Miss him If antone sees him tell him Hi GMa


Name: Stan Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 09:47:24

Message

Was browsing for news and went on Google and ran up on: DefendAmerica News - Endgame DefendAmerica News - Afghanistan Update Has some good articles about Afghanistan


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 08:01:33

Message

Thanks Arlene! I sent cookies about a month ago, wrapped in a tin and I was so sad when I was told that they did not taste good. I made cranberry, walnut and walnut raisn cookies! Maybe my recipe was too soft!


Name: silvia schudlich
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 07:56:15

Message

Hello, i just want to say a million time THANK YOU, to Mommaski (SHE KNOWS WHY!), you really are a special person!!! Thanks again! silvia


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 07:10:38

Message

Red Devil supporter B Co----- I live in Washington State. I have been sending Nathan coke products ever since they were over in Iraq. So far nothing has happened. Wrap really well in zip lock bags. Arlene


Name: Cindy Ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 06:48:31

Message

Hi All, my son has celebrated two birthdays so far with the 173rd. Last year he really liked his gift: I sent a letter and a heavy-ish grade paper to all the people I could think of who love him and asked that they help him celebrate in some way by writing a note, a couple of jokes, a poem, a picture, whatever. Almost all the pages came back....boy, those were days full of happy tears, reading lots of caring put on paper....I bound them together at Kinko's and sent it over. He still says it was the best present he ever got. This year we called everyone and had them record a greeting on a small tape recorder, then sent the whole shebang to him. Haven't gotten much reaction from that one.....


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 06:45:12

Message

The story about the camel that Tracy talked about, is indeed a cute story. Thanks, Tracy for bringing it to everyone's attention! I sure do appreciate being able to connect with other parents who's sons are in the same platoon or squad.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 06:18:15

Message

Some of the post brought tears to my eyes! To Old Soldiers Wife, I especially loved what you did with the Christmas Tree :) To Arlene great birthday idea had me thinking for a while but I will make goodie bags for all his platoon. Did you mail cake from USA or Caserme? Please ladies let us get rid of our progesterone in another way other than battling on this website. Go to the gym, attend an FRG meeting, Volunteer, read to a child, help a neighbor, the point is BE SUPPORTIVE and share some LOVE.


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 05:57:39

Message

The story about the camel that Tracy talked about, is indeed a cute story. Thanks, Tracy for bringing it to everyone's attention! I sure do appreciate being able to connect with other parents who's sons are in the same platoon or squad.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 05:41:00

Message

To Karen and Old Soldier Wife : I just thought I would let you know, TR made a Beautiful figure of my son and as soon as I get the last item to add to the base I will be emailing a couple of pictures to Mr Bradley (maybe he can post them so you can see the craftsmanship and love that goes into these figures) His attention to detail is amazing!!!! My son's best friend came from Ft Rucker to see us and he said the figure was extremely accurate. He truly is an artist.


Name: Old Soldier's Wife
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 05:19:35

Message

To Karen: You asked when my husband would receive his PILOT figure....I hope to give the figure to him for Christmas. But I'm one of those people that purchases gifts early with the intent to wait for Christmas and then can't wait to give them.....so, he will probably get it early....if T.R. has it finished. My son's figure will be under the tree when he comes home...whenever that will be. When he was in Iraq he did not get to come home during the tour so we left the Christmas tree up with his gifts underneath and celebrated with him when he came home in April!! Thank goodness for artificial trees!


Name: Tammy To Spc Levy,
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 05:00:23

Message

Spc Levy, first off I want to Thank you for everything your doing for us. Second I am so sorry that you had to take time from what you are doing over there to try and stop the fighting here. I look at this site everyday and I am ashamed for what is said here to. That is why I hardly post. Before my son left he told me of this site. I know he didn't think it would be like it is. There are a few people that I like to see what they post, which are good post. But enough of this I am truly sorry.


Name: silvia
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 04:35:30

Message

I really enjoyed this web. My husband is American is not a soldier anymore, is a civilian, but i still found myself reading messages and remembered those time when my husband was deployed! I think that the guys down range need a lot of love and friendship... what does it matter if we are Italians, Americans or whatever?? Let’s stay focus... let’s exchange information, ideas, funny stories.... write a joke if you don't have anything else to write... I mean.. Something that I guy far away from is family will enjoy reading!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 03:52:36

Message

I need some pictures of A.Co. 2-503!!!!please!!!!!!!


Name: Tracy
Email: mom@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 02:25:39

Message

About the "camel round-up"--THAT'S MY BABY!! Great story from the commander-I'm sitting here with the biggest smile. I've only heard from my son for a few short minutes since he's been there and this story of him capturing a camel and riding it into camp, and the picture of him playing "cowboy" or "camelboy" was just what I needed to lift my spirits!!! If you'd like to check it out, it's at www.battlehard.com under the commanders update.


Name: LaLa
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 01:38:54

Message

It is taking me alot to post this specific message. The reason in which I guess I am adding to the drama by trying to stop it. Ive seen some of these comments and wanted so bad to say something but told myself not to get involved. It is now gotten to the point where people like myself are disappointed in how we are dealing with this as "a big family." This is the time where we all need to stick together and form a support system. We are all in this together and on the same team! Everyone is human, we make mistakes, we see things differently, and we make different choices. Thats what makes us individuals. Please I dont want to see this site fall to pieces because I look forward to reading all the wonderful comments and support that we are giving to our soldiers who deserve it. Next time you post something think about these men and woman that sacrafice everything for you. If you truly support your soldier only give loving and kind words and settle your discrepincies else where. I am a wife of a soldier I understand what it is like to worry and be without your loved one. It is very stressful for us, can you imagine what these men and woman are dealing with? Please Please just take a moment and think about this site and how much it means to you or I or anyone else that comes on here. Thankyou for your time and hopefully we can make some changes around here. :) I LOVE YOU SPECIALIST LANG!!!! KEEP UP ALL YOUR GOOD WORK 173rd!!!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 00:47:45

Message

Here's something we all can support: Free Mail to Troops in Combat Bill # H.R.887 Official Title as Introduced: Free Mail to Troops in Combat Status: 02/17/2005: Referred to House Armed Services 02/17/2005: Referred to House Government Reform 02/17/2005: Referred to the Committee on Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. This bill will give the immediate family members of military troops engaged in combat, free mailing while that military member is in the combat zone. This privilege would be limited to wives, children, mother, father and siblings.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/27/05
Time: 00:36:39

Message

I'm italian, I'm married with an American soldier and I always used to come to this website when he was just my fiancè and he was in Iraq. You know what? Last year this website used to be good for us to support each other, today it is only full of rumor and malice!I feel sorry for the webmaster because this is a great idea but there are some people that don't uderstand the reason why there is this website. The last thing that I want to say is that being offensive to us (italian) is not nice at all! Think about it! Thank you web master!


Name: liz mom of 1 508 soldier
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 23:41:49

Message

Hello everyone its a new day. Hey all you soldiers just want you to know we love and support all your doing PFC Dewey Spence hang in there son more packages on the way wish we could talk, but I truely do appreciate this site to all reading this message love goes a long ways so lets just keep on sending it to all our soldiers.


Name: Let's support each other
Email: from a 100% Italian
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 23:29:33

Message

I am Italian and those messages were not written by Italians but by some eastern European girls, probably romanians. That english was too bad to be of Italian girls. Please remember that we do speak english and our english is not so bad. Who of you all speaks Italian? Well, we do speak your language though so respect that. And please stop offending italian girls, that is horrible. I am sure uncomfortable things that happen around base happen around any base in the world so olease don't blame the italian girls or the american guys for that. Things like that also happen in every club/bar in this world so don't lower yourself in those kind of conversations. Please! It seems that every day we look for someone to attach on this website. Where are the loving girlfriends and the proud parents? I've just noticed a few. And Mommaski, you are the greatest! I am glad Michael grew up with a mom like you cause he deserved the best mom. Your patience and your unconditionate love and support teach a lesson to everyone of us.


Name: Amanda Sinkwich
Email: hm
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 21:06:47

Message

Thanks WebMaster! You Rock! Clean it up! I am with ya!


Name: no need-some one similar to the name "A"
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 21:03:01

Message

I am sorry for what I am about post but there needs to be an end with the feuding. We love our soldiers far too much to get into these petty little arguments. Yes, Italian girls we know you too love our American soldiers, but in a sense, it's obvious that you girls asking about marital status and what not is what is upsetting others.(I am one of them) This is very real to me b/c this is my love's first deployment, and he told me what Italy was like-huh! and most of the messages worry me. BUT WHATEVER! I will find out when my phiancee gets home, Others will too. We want to love, hope, and pray to God that they will come home safe to their loved one's. We will all find out, I am sure of it. Italian girls, I am glad that there is an interest in the guys, but it is your duty to ask them if they're married or not, etc. PLEASE I would like to be a part of this great message board too. I think's great when everyone is happy from talking to others about what is happening in their lives. We need to support our sky soldiers and we need to help support each other. Please forgive me as I have selfishly been posting notes to my love, and not been giving my condolences to the families who soldiers were lost. I pray for the families every night. B/c it's real it could happen to me, and others. Let's all pay attention to our men. They wouldn't know what to think about all this. Really, I don't either. I just know things must change. We are a REALLY Big 173rd group and we can make it with each other.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 20:49:43

Message

hello everyone, especially to "my" Sky Soldiers in Support Battalian. I am so glad you like the goodies. Wait til you see what is coming next !!!! And to all those beautiful Italian ladies out there - if you ever need an ear to listen. I am here for you too. I am sure it is very hard to love someone to distraction and suddenly you are faced with so much unknown. If you feel uncomfortable posting here you can always email me. And that goes for anyone out there. Just as Mr Bradley is here for all of us , we should be here for each other. Well I had a bad day today and I came here hoping for comfort - but I guess not today. Stay safe Sky Soldiers and those of you who have not contacted your loved ones - well try soon. Love to all.


Name: James Bradley
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 20:29:39

Message

I am admazed that I am on the road only a few days and amount of crap posted. PLease NO RUMORS. ON friday I will delete all the crap, until then, When I get back. I apologized to the familes for this people. --- Webmaster


Name: Jenni
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 20:11:37

Message

SGT. JOE MCCREARY! Hi Baby! I'm sorry I missed your message this afternoon! I'm glad you are doing alright! I miss you and I love you! Stay safe and strong My Hero!!!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 19:39:44

Message

An Observation: There aren't two groups here. (Those who are overreacting to some posts and those who are only trying to share information.) There is only one group, those who care about their (our) 173rd Airborne soldiers! Some express their anxiety via vulgarity and/or panicky responses. This is an expression of their fear that the one they love is or may be in danger. Those who post in a quiet composed manner also fear for their loved one. Obviously these fears are expressed in a different manner. The answer isn't for any of us to exclude the other but rather for each to include the other. Those who are screaming obscenities don't need a lecture, they need a hug, reassurance that things are alright. I don't know how we do that on the internet but at least we should all be cognizant of everyone's need to know that their loved one is not endangered by any of us on this site. I guess the answer is patience, love and forgiveness for those who are the most anxious. Ron


Name: SFC Levy
Email: jason.levy@us.army.mil
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 19:23:11

Message

As an Iraq 173rd vet, My boys and I used to look at this page when we first got to country. We used to look for all the messages from our families and friends. It was a good outlet for quick messages and a welcome word from loved ones. About the third month over there, the Iraq message board turned into exactly what is happening now. Bickering between family members, italians, friends, and other military members. It turned into a big joke because many of the things we were reading were nothing but personal attacks and gossip. I still remember many of the candid conversations between family members and how ugly people got. In respect of the soldiers downrange in the ghan, how about everyone ceases to post petty arguments and keep it to what this board is meant for. Its meant for quick messages to family members deployed and for the deployed soldiers to communicate with their loved ones. Unless you want to turn off the soldiers looking at this page, I recommend being a bigger and better person and driving on. When a soldier only has ten minutes on the internet, do you think he wants to read 30 pages of bickering in order to find a quick hello from his folks. Dont destroy something that Mr Bradley has been so gracious to host.


Name: proud of our troops, ashamed of us
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 19:09:46

Message

After reading the last few days of feuding on this site, I find it terribly ironic that though we want our soldiers to be home safe and not have to keep the peace elsewhere in the world, we don't seem to be doing a very good job of keeping the peace amongst ourselves...I am saddened that others who come here looking for comfort and community are getting grief and gossip...can't we do better than that? If you don't like what someone says, well, I guess you should thank your lucky stars you live in a country where disagreeing with another person is not a jail or death sentence...OK, I'm off the soapbox now...just gotta say to Mommanski--YOU ROCK!!!!! You are my idol, my inspiration, Babe! Sorry you have had to listen (read) the bickering...you (and our troops) deserve better!


Name: Rebecca
Email: IMPATIENCE
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 18:25:47

Message

I dont know if this helps anyone with patience or not. But we are all anxious to hear from our loved ones. I havent heard from my soldier since April 2nd. So that was 24 days and counting...we just have to be patient. They are busy, so just keep writting them, they will get back to us when they can! Gotta be strong and show our support!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 15:47:45

Message

I never offended or attacked italian girls, right? I was just disappointed with those who posted the message! Also, im sure they are italian : bad english and lots of mistakes in their message, as italians often do, me included. They didn't show any kind of respect writing those nasty words. That's all.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 15:45:15

Message

I never offended or attacked italian girls, right? I was just disappointed with those who posted the message! Also, im sure they are italian : bad english and lots of mistakes in their message, as italians often do, me included. They didn't showed any kind of respect writing those nasty words. That's all.


Name: Italian girl
Email: to jessica
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 14:21:25

Message

Dear Jessica, im really sorry but i cannot justify that kind of behaviour, although im italian. I didn't mean to offend you or italian people. I can even recognise the value of my people. But in this situation, please be honest: would you have still justified that behaviour if the girl who posted the bad message hadn't been italian? I guess no. Anyway, lets stop talking about that. I hope that kind of fact won't happen again.



Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 13:43:24

Message

Karen---- I am sure it will be thawed by the time it gets there. I baked it in a cake tin, froze it for several days, then I used my food vaccuum sealer, put that in several large zip lock bags with frozen ice packs. I think the cup cake idea is much easier. But hey, can't hurt to try. :) Arlene


Name: jessica
Email: to 'an italian girl' and karen
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 13:41:39

Message

I don't understand why you wrote that about italian girls...yes that girl has been very rude but I don't think you need to apologise like if italian girls are used to do stupid things like that...pls be more supportative with your people...also, I read the article about the plane crash and it is said that plane was from Dubai so of course no1 of our soldiers could have been involved ...so please, next time think before making us have a heart attack and worry for our loved ones! otherwise post the article so that everyone can read it.


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 13:32:00

Message

I LOVE reading how the guys are describing where they live or what the guys are requesting on the AnySoldier site ... "we are an infantry platoon stuck out in the middle of no where" ... so true! "Female soldiers would like chocolate, tampons, smell good stuff, loofas, hair ties" .. I love the "smell good stuff" :) .. too cute.


Name: To J. Torres
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 12:55:21

Message

*Hi chico!I love and miss you so much!stay safe,C.*


Name: Amy
Email: Rebble2@aol.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 12:27:03

Message

I finally got a very short email from my soldier after two long weeks of waiting. He said that they are extremely busy. But said he did have time to send me some sail mail, so now I can't wait till I get that. SPC Baker I miss you and can't wait until you can come home. Stay safe and never forget that you're my hero. God bless all of our Sky Soldiers and the loved ones.


Name: Amy
Email: Rebble2@aol.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 12:26:07

Message

I finally got a very short email from my soldier after two long weeks of waiting. He said that they are extremely busy. But said he did have time to send me some sail mail, so now I can't wait till I get that. SPC Baker I miss you and can't wait until you can come home. Stay safe and never forget that you're my hero. God bless all of our Sky Soldiers and the loved ones.


Name: an italian girl
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 12:22:54

Message

To Karen: the bad message was probably written by some italian girls. I don't have idea who they are but you don't need to apologyse. they have been so rude. Im sure you didn't mean to scare anyone. To the italian girls who posted that bad message: think almost ten times before speaking or writing anything. This is a public site, people is allowed to write or ask about what happens over there. Im so sorry to see that some italian girls, that I ve always considered intelligent, are so childish.


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 12:12:19

Message

Hey Old Soldier's Wife- when does Old Soldier get to have his figuring? That is quite a neat idea.... Hey Arlene- I'm quite curious how in the world you mailed a frozen cake- how are you keeping it frozen? That is dedication right there.. :) ~Karen~


Name: Tera
Email: thd367@hotmail.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 11:31:48

Message

Thanks RON for posting the links for the centcom articles! I hadn't seen either article yet, and it was a lot of fun to see more on my husbands company! THANKS!!!!


Name: Jen
Email: metcalf_jen@hotmail.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 11:07:10

Message

If anyone runs into the 74th, could you please tell SSG Matt Roberge Jen says hi from Harvey Lake New Hampshire!! Thanx


Name: Rebecca
Email: ACTION FIGURES
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 10:23:06

Message

Hi all! If you are interested in the 173d action figure, why not check out: http://www.andgor.com/Personalized_Figures/personalized_figures.html They have CUSTOM MADE figures. You could get a replica of your husband, boyfriend, son. Its unique and fun. I dont know the price, im sure its around what the 173d figure costs. But I think its cool. - Rebecca


Name: rock wife
Email: isabella
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 09:44:04

Message

what unit is your boyfriend with? if 508, the address would be: soldier's name, first and last.. no rank tf 1-508 / company ( ) 1-508 apo ae 09354


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 09:30:53

Message

For anyone interested in sending packages of goodies to the soldiers, you should visit www.anysoldier.com. This website was actually founded by a sky soldier. If you select "WHERE TO SEND" and narrow your search by "PARENT UNIT", you may be able to find out what some of our soldier from 173rd may be needing out there. Soldiers who have applied make specific requests and even provide information on their living conditions.


Name: MARY
Email: mary73oo@yaho.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 09:22:18

Message

Can somebody tell me the name for the web site of camp Ederly? Thanks


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 09:12:23

Message

HELLO, Thank you for the Birthday ideas and I will keep that in mind.Can the people that are using the words not welcomed here stop please? We have better words to use and we also have better things to spend our time, writing about OUR SOLDIERS and THEIR SAFETY!


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast,net
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 08:54:30

Message

I sent out a birthday box for my sons 21st birthday in May, it consisted of a cake ( frozen,but not sure if it will be edible), frosting,candles,a birthday banner, balloons,plates,cups,silverware,coke wrapped in a zip lock bag,goodie bags for everyone in his squad, disposable camera,plus of course his birthday gifts. Kind of silly, but if it makes them smile, even for just a bit, it is well worth it. Hope this helps. Arlene


Name: jessica
Email: Birthday ideas
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 08:13:49

Message

If you want a birthday present check the party web site for camp Ederle, I know that people can buy from the States too.... They have cute happy birthday mugs with candies and balloon, or other stuff and you don't pay shipping....is convenient!


Name: supporter too
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 07:52:12

Message

can u stop saying bad staffs against that people?maybe they just said bad words against karen but then they give her the apologises so please guys dont go ahead with this staffs people can wrong in life and in this website there were people that said way more worst bad staffs and were never attack in the way you all attacked "girlfriends and friends" so stop it and just talk about our soldiers that is more important.bye


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 07:44:08

Message

Karen thanks for posting the information,I was not aware of the crash! I am thankful for any news that I read on this web page. It helps to alleviate some of the anxiety and worry. I am disgusted at what others have to say and have people lost their minds!!!!!!! I thought we were here to support and encourage each other! I am getting tired of reading negative stuff here and I am almost tempted to stop visiting the webpage, Mommasski (sorry 9f mis-splet) thanks for the great birthday idea :)


Name: sorry 4that word friends
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 07:31:14

Message

we give u all our apologises for that bad word we usually dont say it.sorry again to karen.bye


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 07:20:54

Message

Hmmmm... Birthday ideas !?! Well when Michael turned 24 in Iraq, I sent Hostess cupcakes, a box of candles and silly party hats and little umbrellas (it was hot) to his buddy to hold until his birthday. Michael was very surprised and there was enough for all his friends. Course I am sure his friends thought his mother was a nut, but Michael said everyone loved the cupcakes and had alot of laughs. My son also adored movies so eveyone in my family sent him a just released DVD. I think the important thing is your loved one is remembered, you give a treat to him and his buddies and you make them laugh if even for a few moments.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 07:01:05

Message

any birthday gift ideas? his birthjday is in about a month but as we know, it's 'snail mail' so i wanted to get a head start. this is our first deployment so i need some creative ideas!!! thanks so much.


Name: to the rude friends ang girlfriends
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:59:04

Message

the f-word really did offend me. if you panicked reading about the plane crash, you should have checked the internet or the frg for more info instead of being so rude and mean to somebody who was just trying to let people know about the latest news. if you panic reading this site, maybe stop reading it and posting messages like that.


Name: Samantha
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:54:11

Message

Karen - thank you for posting the information about the plane crash. I 100% agree with Soldier's Dad - the site is used for information to the families too - and I did not hear about it until I came to this site this morning.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:50:35

Message

I don't know what all the fuss is about. I heard about the plane crash before I read it here. Karen posted what was already out in the news. Nobody made a fuss about the helicopter crash when it was posted here.


Name: Soldier's Dad
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:41:15

Message

Ladies, The F*** word is a very childish vulgarity and wholly unecessary in any conversation with anyone any time. If you feel the need to use that language in your personal life, that is up to you, but please do not use that sort of language again on this site. The plane crash was not a rumor - it was a fact that Karen brought to our attention. Missy added additional facts. We would have heard about it eventually. I appreciate finding out here and quickly learning that there was nothing to worry about, instead of hearing about it on CNN at work. We cannot criticize people for posting facts simply because someone else will not enjoy reading it.


Name: girlfriends and friends to SOLDIER S DAD
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:21:17

Message

its not a childish volgarity is just that if this kind of news come in this website without certain and specificly information people can start panic and be scocked maybe for nothing...maybe she didnt want to make people worry but asking staffs to people like us that are not in the army and dont know anything about it is just start an other time the same fact that happened when the other plane crush and involved people of our base and people were writing in this site underpanic..HOW CAN PEOPLE IN THIS SITE KNOW OF THE CRUSH??so before start all this again just be careful this is a public website and u know how quiclky people get worry...dont repeat what u guys hear around or rumours for nothing.thanks.This is not the first time people write to do not repeat roumors. p.s We just ask sorry to karen for the bad words but we were just very worry again 4nothing.bye.


Name: LaLa
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:08:38

Message

It is taking me alot to post this specific message. The reason in which I guess I am adding to the drama by trying to stop it. Ive seen some of these comments and wanted so bad to say something but told myself not to get involved. It is now gotten to the point where people like myself are dissapointed in how we are dealing with this as "a big family." This is the time where we all need to stick together and form a support system. We are all in this together and on the same team! Everyone is human, we make mistakes, we see things differently, and we make different choices. Thats what makes us individuals. Please I dont want to see this site fall to pieces because I look forward to reading all the wonderful comments and support that we are giving to our soldiers who deserve it. Next time you post something think about these men and woman that sacrafice everything for you. If you truly support your soldier only give loving and kind words and settle your discrepincies else where. I am a wife of a soldier I understand what it is like to worry and be without your loved one. It is very stressful for us, can you imagine what these men and woman are dealing with? Please Please just take a moment and think about this site and how much it means to you or I or anyone else that comes on here. Thankyou for your time and hopefully we can make some changes around here. :) I LOVE YOU SPECIALIST LANG!!!! KEEP UP ALL YOUR GOOD WORK 173rd!!!


Name: isabella
Email: isabellab@173rdirborne.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:03:12

Message

I would like to write a letter to my boyfriend but i have lost the address.... can you help me please?


Name: Isabella
Email: isabellab@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 06:00:35

Message

I would like to write a letter to my boyfriend but i have lost the address..... can you help me please?


Name: Old Soldier's Wife
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 05:40:07

Message

To the people interested in the 173rd figure.....you can contact T.R. at trstallw@aol.com. When I first contacted him about creating an Army Pilot for my husband he was willing to walk me through the entire creative process and tell me where and how to obtain all the items if I wanted to make the figure myself.(Most artists will NOT share their knowledge this way) But, I have neither the time nor the talent for that....so he agreed to create the figure for me, as well as the diorama containing the helicopter. His attention to detail is incredible....I sent pictures of my husband (he choose the perfect head to match) and pictures of his flight bag with all the patches. He has recreated each one of them perfectly. Yes, it will be "several hundred dollars" but the end result will be a one of a kind, custom design to honor my husband's 22 yrs. of active duty. My husband knows the figure has been commissioned....but I haven't shown him a single picture. He'll just have to wait! Now, I just have to talk T.R. into creating a 173rd figure for my son!!


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 05:19:29

Message

Dear Concerned Girlfriends, Relatives, and Friends. I offer my sincere apologies that you took offense at the information about the plane crash. I still see no harm in what I did, because I purposely put how I got the information online by a mere Google search. Next time I shall try to post the direct link. Please forgive me for my offense, as it shall not happen again. For I shall only post information completely unrelated to anything that is happening. Have a great day. Sincerely ~Karen~


Name: Soldier's Dad
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 04:57:11

Message

And here we go again. Karen heard about a plane crash and simply asked if anyone knew about it. Missy found the information and posted it for Karen and the rest of us. Karen, thanks for asking. Missy, thanks for answering. To everone else, there was a plane crash with five injured - no skysoldiers involved. To the ladies who cannot cope with this simple exchange of important information, please grow up. Can we limit our posts to information about soldiers and events, and not about each other...and can this be the last time we have to read that kind of childish vulgarity?


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 04:13:12

Message

2/503 Battle Hard: http://www.battlehard.com/


Name: TO KAREN
Email: CONCERNED RELATIVES
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 04:06:25

Message

If u dont know of what you re talking about dont start panic saying of some crush please cause people cant come in this website and everytime have almost an hart attack cause people like u dont have nothing to do better during the day than write about some crush without being scure and start panic i hope the WEBMASTER WONT PUBLIC ANYMORE THAN STUFFS.By CONCERNED RELATIVES OF A SKY SOLDIER.


Name: girlfriends and friends TO KAREN
Email:
Date: 04/26/05
Time: 04:03:02

Message

PLEASE DONT WRITE NAYMORE THAT STUFFS AND START PANIC CAUSE I DONT KNOW EXACTELY WHERE MY BOYFRIEND AND OUR FRIENDS ARE EXATELY SO PLEASE STOP WRITE SUPID STAFFS CAUSE NOW WE ARE UNDER PANIC PLEASE IF U RE NOT SCURE SHUT THE FUCK UP SORRY FOR THE VOLGARITY BUT THIS SITE CANNOT BE A PANIC PLACE.BYE.


Name: LaLa
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 23:15:07

Message

To: Paulette Faggiano My husband is in 74th LRSD. He called yesterday. The name Faggiano rings a bell so Im sure that he knows him. If I talk to him again within the next couple days I will be sure to have my husband give your son your message. :) Have a great day!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 22:17:34

Message

For anyone interested in sending packages of goodies to the soldiers, you should visit www.anysoldier.com. This website was actually founded by a sky soldier. If you select "WHERE TO SEND" and narrow your search by "PARENT UNIT", you may be able to find out what some of our soldier from 173rd may be needing out there. Soldiers who have applied make specific requests and even provide information on their living conditions.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 21:15:16

Message

I got three letters and one Mothers Day Card from my son SPC Clint Kelly, TF Fury 1/508th HHC. I don't know how he got the card so early, but he said, "Hey Mom, this card might be early, but I wanted to get it to while I can." Don't send any food, because we are getting plenty to eat. Send some DVDs and CDs. Love Clint


Name: Missy
Email: melissapalomares@yahoo.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 21:12:57

Message

Karen, here is some info on the crash. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15082167-23109,00.html


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 20:40:01

Message

SPC McClenton, I love you and miss you so much. Stay safe!


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 20:29:58

Message

Sorry about the double posting earlier- my screen must have somehow refreshed itself. Anyhow- about the reverse Mother's Day (or Yad Srehtom if you really reverse it....) My soldier has lost both his parents, so my mom is sending the card. Just another thought... ~Karen~


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 20:00:17

Message

where is the battle hard website?


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 19:49:49

Message

Anyone hear about the plane crash in Kabul?? Apparently 5 are injured. It's on the google newswire if you search "Bagram" but there is not information (just a title... can't access the article). Just curious... ~Karen~


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 19:47:27

Message

Anyone hear about the plane crash in Kabul?? Apparently 5 are injured. It's on the google newswire if you search "Bagram" but there is not information (just a title... can't access the article). Just curious... ~Karen~


Name: about the action figure
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 17:50:32

Message

I called the man who makes the figures. He wants over a hundred dollars for one. He had explained to me what he does and it would be cheaper for me to do it myself he said


Name: Arlene Hunter- A Mom to The Rock
Email: arlenern1226@yahoo.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 17:42:38

Message

To anyone interested in B Co. 2-503rd there is a great story on a camel round up from 3rd platoon on the Battle Hard website. I'm glad to see that the guys can still have some fun while doing a hard job. Way to go Spc. JS. Thanks Cpt. for the wonderful update.


Name: Michele
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 17:35:58

Message

Hi To the person with the 25lb pkg. You may want to check out the usps.com site and look at the flat rate boxes which are free. You can ship up to 70lbs for $7.70! I got the link from a post on this site. Look back to past posts or just try the PO website. I ordered 25 boxes from them yesterday and they already shipped them out. Good luck M


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 17:32:42

Message

Yes, I seen the action figure on the bottom of the site but I can't find out how to get one or the price of it, can anyone help? I do not have AOL.


Name: Arlene Hunter- A Mom to The Rock
Email: arlenern1226@yahoo.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 17:10:47

Message

The wonderful idea of a massive card foray for mother's day sounds nice. But I'm a little concerned of what impact this will have on the morale of our sons and husbands when they realize they have been too busy or distracted to remember. As much as we at home need to be reassured, this is a time for us to do the reassuring. A letter, email and if I'm lucky a phone call in the next two weeks will make my mother's day a more blessed event. I in no way want to put this down. I know my son would be upset to realize that mother's day had gone by without him acknowledging me. He has done so already because his father emailed a gentle reminder. And Rebecca, I'm still looking for those socks.


Name: Paulette Faggiano
Email: faggiano@comcast.net
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 17:09:51

Message

If any soldier bumps into LRSD 74th Victor Faggiano -- tell him his mom, dad and Mario say hi and we look forward to his next phone call. Vic keeps in touch and we want to reach out more than we are able...so, writing to this web site and having a soldier spot this note and mentioning it to Vic is another priceless way to stay in touch. Be safe, be smart.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 16:41:48

Message


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 16:35:55

Message


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 16:28:39

Message


Name: jhulz
Email: jhulz2004@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 16:21:29

Message

Have anyone heard from 1/508 C company? Just wondering becuase I have not heard from my boyfriend via email or phone in about a month now. Thanks


Name: Katy DeCoudres
Email: kfdec@aol.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 15:01:19

Message

Just to share.. My favorite ever Mother's Day card from Tim (SSG Timothy A. DeCoudres 3rd plt C CO 1/508th) was sent to me the year they were in Iraq. It was a beautiful hand written note on the back of an entree package from the MRE. He turned it over and addressed it like a post card. I look at it from time to time to remind myself that he thinks of us and home even when time and conditions prevent more contact. God Bless Us everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all us Blue and Gold Star Mom's the World over.


Name: B-Co Mom
Email: k_van_esch@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 14:17:40

Message

Mommaesky, I am going out today and choose my favorite mother's day card and send it to my son. On past deployments, he has sent me whatever was available...but I don't think they have any cards where he has been this time. A word about the phones... My son, too has an Italian girlfriend. He does call her more often than he calls me...duh!!! but she is a sweetie and lets me know whenever she has heard from him. A wise woman told me one time that I should be friendly to my son's girlfriends because some day one will be the mother of my grandchildren. Reach out to her and ask your son for her e-mail address so that you can give and receive support from her too. Corresponding with the other woman in my son's life these past months has been a joy. KVE


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 13:33:43

Message

Where are people purchasing socks to send soldiers? I couldnt find many on Rangerjoe.com. Any suggestions? Thanks! - Rebecca


Name: wonder washer
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 13:30:58

Message

here is a link to WONDER WASHER: http://www.northdoorway.com/laundry/wonder.htm Sounds interesting! Rebecca


Name: Sharon, Proud Mom (173rd B 2-503)
Email: amarals@bellsouth.net
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 12:35:47

Message

Hi,Bryan We are so very proud of you! We pray for your safety and the safety of all the guy's and gal's!Just was wondering how your doing today and thought you needed to here we love you!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 12:23:25

Message

to ship a package to Afghanistan usually takes about 2-3 weeks, give or take. I think it will get to your son before he goes on R&R in June. Good Luck to you


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 12:04:10

Message

ok guys tell me again what the average shipping time for pakages to afghanistan is. my son will be home in june R&R so will the stuff i send this week get there before he leaves? any one have a clue?


Name: Annonymous by Choice
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 11:52:56

Message

I will always post anonymously on this site. The reason...I once posted using my real name so my soldier would know who was writing to him. BUT if you plug your name into a Google search, guess what?!?!? A link to this site and your exact post pops on for all the world to see. No, I did not post anything I would be embarassed for the world to see but I do like my privacy.


Name: Lynda from Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 11:33:40

Message

Thank you for your help! :-)


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 10:55:52

Message

Thanks for the advice about the 25lb package...it ended up costing me 15 dollars to send


Name: Kathy G
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 10:33:53

Message

Does anyone have any knowledge about the Wonder Washer that is advertised on Any Soldier? Just wondering if it was worth sending over the my son? Kathy


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 10:02:51

Message

You know...at times like this...I really miss Wendy Damman-Bednar. Anyone else?


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 08:58:53

Message

Hi everyone !! I have been getting alot of emails about the reverse Mother's/Father's day cards. Here are 2 ideas - what do you think? 1. we can send alot of blank cards with a stamp on the envelope and they can hand them out and send it to their parents or 2. Everyone pick out a card they like and send it to your son, write in it "This is the card I picked out from you and I wanted to send it to you to show you how much I love you" If every parent does that then everyone there would recieve a card !! Wouldn't that be great!!! And if there is anyone whose parent is no longer with us - they can let me know and I will get a card for them and tell them it is from their adopted mom. What do you think? We would have to do this soon as Mother's day is right around the corner. Love to all and especially my Sky Soldiers !!!!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 08:46:46

Message

There are two articles about 2/503rd in USAREUR news. http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/ One of them is the one that Defend America has picked up. Newest Freedom Watch has article mentioning D/319 & Co. B 1/508th http://www.centcom.mil/Operations/CJTF_180/Freedom_Watch/04-24-05FW.pdf Freedom Watch from March 27 has great pictures & article about Co. B 1/508 http://www.centcom.mil/Operations/CJTF_180/Freedom_Watch/03-27-05FW.pdf Ron


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 08:22:07

Message

hi samantha the article is in the www.defendamerica.mil the article is called Unit Assumes Afghan Border Province Duties.


Name: Lynda
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 08:18:13

Message

I'm sorry, no need to post the article. I saw that article already. It was sent to me by the FRG. Thank you for mentioning it though :-)


Name: To Lynda - from Samantha
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 08:16:13

Message

Lynda - where did you find that article? I would love to read it! Thanks! :)


Name: lynda
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 07:51:40

Message

how come noone has mentioned the article in defend america paper that says 2-503rd has a new home? are you not posting articles any more? that is how i found my sons picture in one article, and i look forward to finding more articles i miss about our soldiers.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 07:22:09

Message

My soldier is fighting for my right to be anonymous if I want to be.........


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 07:06:22

Message

I think your box will make it there. I usually send big boxes to my husband. The bad part is that its expensive to send heavy boxes. To send a box thats 25 pound going to cost you alot.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 07:00:22

Message

more like 35lbs..lol


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 06:58:26

Message

Any tips about sending heavy boxes? I am about to send a package that is probably atleast 25lbs and am nervous it will never make it! I got a good box from the post office and wrapped everything inside with bubble wrap and taped up the outside and inside dozen of times. Should this be ok???


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 06:32:04

Message

Deborah(Mommaski) that is a great idea about the cards. I so appreciate that you post and keep our soldiers in your thoughts and prayers. We always need people like you in this world to make it a better place :)


Name: To the 2-503rd mom
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 05:06:56

Message

I dont know if I could be any help to you but my son is in 2-503rd. I didnt hear from him in a week and I heard from him yesterday. If you would like email me.


Name: To the mom of the 2-503rd soldier
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 05:04:07

Message


Name: christina
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 04:57:36

Message

hey rebecca, thanks for the message. This is my e-mail address, but i will e-mail you later from home also just incase. Thanks again!


Name: Amanda
Email: aggrigs@hotmail.com
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 01:43:37

Message

This is to Christina who has a boyfriend in 2nd platoon Able Co. 2-503. I heard from my husband who is also in 2nd platoon Able Co. 2-503rd yesterday. He said everyone is doing good, but they were really busy. I tried to email you but it got returned. If you want to send me an email, I'll give you more information if you haven't heard from your boyfriend.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/25/05
Time: 00:30:11

Message

I just wanted to put a correction on the number to the Family Assistance Center that someone had listed as a contact number for information. Dial the number from the states as 011-800-173-73823, from Italy or Germany 00-800-173-73823, and from Vicenza 0444-71-7969. There is also an email: family@setaf.army.mil


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 23:58:17

Message


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 23:36:31

Message

I'm curious as to how often all of you are hearing from your soldiers. I've only heard from my son once. He's in 2/503. Not sure if he's getting more time on the phone and calling his girlfriend in Italy instead of good old mom. we were only able to talk for a few short minutes, but they were the best few minutes I've had in a month! I'm feeling pretty "in the dark" about what he needs me to send. I guess I'll just do as I did in Iraq, and if he needs something different, then he'll let me know! I really love this site, it was such a comfort during the Iraq deployment. Please, please, please, let's all get along--many of us DEPEND on this site and it would kill me to lose it due to arguing! I had sworn I was not going to mention a word about the hostilities, but I see it continues and I would just like to say, "Please don't do or say anything that might take this one source of comfort away from us." Please think about that, and let's get back to friendly, supportive postings. Thank you!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 21:48:16

Message

Re: Soldiers access to this site: Thanks Arlene. Besides your response I asked my son and he's since posted a message to the families of his squad on this site. That's the message from SSG James Pozin. If any of the families of his squad haven't heard from their soldiers or need to get them a message you can let me know and I'll relay through my son. I'm sure I'll access this site much more than he'll be able to do. All of you might tell your soldiers about this site, my son didn't know about it and this is one way he can have contact with his squad's families. Ron


Name: Donna Leeman
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 21:11:31

Message

Debora, That would be a Great Idea. I know that my husband and I have been talking about Mothers Day cards and Fathers Day cards for the guys to send home to their parents. I welcome the chance to work on this with you for All the soldiers. Just let me know please? Donna


Name: Michael & Donna Leeman
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 21:07:06

Message

SGT. Hamilton, Hope you are Good and we just wanted to say Stay Alert and Safe. We Miss You and Please say Hi to All the guys for us. Love you Mom and Mike


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 20:21:48

Message

Hello everyone, I must say my heart is breaking. I read what is being said and I know Mr Bradley did not intend this to be a spot to attack each other. This site is to say we support our loved ones or in my case the ones you have so graciously lent to me. Our SKy Soldiers are far from home and far from the ones they love. Some get a chance to peek here and see that we are supporting them and each other. I do not know what is happening - it is so different from Iraq. Do you think that their lives are not on the line? Do you think they are not scared too? How lucky you are to have someone who waits for your letters and boxes. How lucky you are to recieve that phone call. It may not come right away but it will come for you. I have tried to be strong and be here for you when ever you need me - where are you for each other? I have been trying to come up with ideas for a reverse Mother's Day box to send to Support Bat, which is my son's old unit. Since I will not get a card again this year I want to do a reverse one. Does anyone have any ideas? My love to each of you. And to my Sky Soldiers - stay safe and come home to those who love you.


Name: Sherry
Email: stipps@conwaycorp.net
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 18:54:10

Message

Sgt.Glen Tipps...Son, we miss you very much. I'm so glad you got the package. We are working on another one to put in the mail soon. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Love ya! Hugs and kisses, Mom and Barry


Name: Leanne H
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 18:39:53

Message

173rd action figure is available on the Afghanistan main page. Last item at the bottom.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 18:36:09

Message

Ron---------- Yes our soldiers do read this site. I got an e-mail from my son Spc. Garcia saying that they are reading the posts. Arlene


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 17:29:23

Message

First I would like to send my best to all of the 173rd. I also wish them well. Hi to my son SGT. Jacob Rose. Dad and I are very proud of you and we love you very much. How do we go about getting the 173rd action figure?


Name: Rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 15:07:45

Message

SPC. KENNETH GILBERT, if you read this...miss ya! Write me soon! Love, Rebecca (And to all the soldiers of A co. 2/503d - Stay safe!)


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 15:01:29

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Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 14:59:41

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Name: Wendy
Email: jfkennicker@alltel.net
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 14:57:49

Message

Mike if you get this I talked to mom and dad today and they said you called. They said you where a little stressed. I just wanted to let you know that I love you. It may not be much but its what I can give. Try to cheer up and not dwell on things. Everyone here does miss you and looks forward to your return. You are the best brother, son, uncle, and friend anyone could have. Write me back and let me know if you get this. If anyone knows SGT MICHAEL JOSEPH KENNICKER please let him know about this message. Thank you. Love you Mike. Your big sister Wendy


Name: Wendy
Email: jfkennicker
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 14:52:22

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Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 14:31:05

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Name: D
Email: heavenbound2angels@douglasfast.net
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 14:13:11

Message

Mr. Bradley, I think everyone should have to have their name and email address on the messages that they post. If you are brave enough to say it then own it too! Otherwise Please don't post it.


Name: Adriana Weller
Email: nanaweller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 14:00:13

Message

For those of you that have been bickering about thing that are of no importance have you taken the time to read the disclaimer on this web site it says and I quote "this is a site dedicated to all Sky Soldiers, writing nasty letters, displaying your hatred for any Sky soldier or units is Not Welcome. it also states "Do not post any rumors or hear say about thing that may scare or worry the troops or their family". We are all under stress. Even though our children, husbands,friends,our Soldiers may be in harms way we must find a way to make this board a positive part of their lives. If things feels that they are just so bad then its time for us to do something for someone else. Read a book to a child, feed the poor, give of your time aT VA hospital whatever it takes to pass the time and before you know it our children , husbands, friends, Our Soldiers will be back home. Not to mention that you will feel 100% better for doing something for someone other than yourself. Nana and to my son, I love you Matthew ,Take care of yourself. Love you Mom


Name: Soldiers Mom
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 13:41:57

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To the families who have lost their loved ones. I can not imagine the pain you must be feeling. We go about our life and you have to deal with the pain knowing you will never be able to enjoy your loved one again. I pray that God will give you the strength and love to go on with your lives. The horror of losing a loved one so far away is so frightening. May the ones left behind learn to live each day to the fullest and realize the importance of life. God be with you and may you find comfort. Let us pray for the safety of the 173rd that they may find peace with God and return to their families safely and all other military in this great land of USA. May the veterans find peace with themselves and God, also. There are many soldiers of the past that need our prayers to deal with life. God be with you, also. God is love and love is the greatest gift of all.


Name: Adriana
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 13:39:10

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Name: SSG Pozin, James C.
Email: jamespozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 12:53:48

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I am the squad leader for 2nd squad 3rd Platoon Ac 2-503D. If any of my soldiers family members see this, SGT's Horstmann and Hedrick; SPC's Bowyer and Caceres; PFC's Estrada, Meinecke, and Shute are doing just fine. They are a little bored so we try to keep them busy with movies and Morale type activities. The Chaplain has made a few visits in the past month so those who want church services can attend. I'll try to keep you posted at least once a month.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 11:29:59

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Name: C
Email: www.postpartyzone.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 08:18:19

Message

To William. Here the name! L U


Name: Michele D
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 08:11:08

Message

Thank you Ron for posting the flat rate info again. I ordered the other boxes and labels free from the po and was surprised at how fast I got them. I just ordered the flat rate onea online today and I think they wil be great to pack the heavier items. I think the US PO should dedicate a spot in the PO for military families with all of this information it sure would help. Perhaps I'll suggest it to our PO. About all the chatter on what not to say, I think that if anything was said here that could jepordize the troops this site would be shut down. I found out much more info on troop movemnt etc from various military sites than what was posted. I love this site and come here daily and just bypass all the junk and search for info on the 2/503rd and useful tips like the boxes. This was so helpful when we were in Iraq and I would be lost without it. So Amanda please come back to us lets all be friends:)


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 07:40:56

Message

Does anyone know if our soldiers in Afghanistan can access this website? My son said they have most internet sites blocked so they can't just surf the net. There must be exceptions because he writes me from his Hotmail account which is accessed from the web. It seems I've seen messages here from a couple of the guys, or were they just forwarded? Ron


Name: Tara Bone
Email: tara.marie.bone@us.army.mil
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 07:26:24

Message

Spc. Jason Bone...74th LRSD....I love you honey and I miss you so much! Be safe and keep ur head up and ur eyes open!! I can't wait for your return! May God Bless you and all the other soldiers out there! Come home safe...you will be in my prayers! I love you Pookie-son!! <3 xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


Name: TO ANNA
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 07:20:29

Message

Hey this is for Anna...Its Laurel send me an email if you see this. I didnt hear from Willy before he left and I figured he would say bye or give me your number. If you need anything let me know. LOVE YOU LANG!!! :)


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 07:20:00

Message

I just came from church service and I am quite surprised at the rantings and ravings about an inocent mistake. We are all human and prone to mistakes, how about some forgiveness. Our husbands, boyfriends, fathers,sons,loved ones are all in this together as are we! How soon we forget our heroes that died not even a month ago, trying to bring peace to this tormented world! Have we forgotten that there are families and loved ones, mothers, a wife and CHILDREN that are grieving! This board helps bring some solice to a few of us when we do not her from our loved ones! I am sure we can use this for the purpose and intent it was created and not for bashing and putting down others! To Bill, I hope that you and your family contiue to pray for our soldiers as we need PRAYERS more than ever.


Name: TO ANNA
Email: lala_10200@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 07:19:27

Message

Hey this is for Anna...Its Laurel send me an email if you see this. I didnt hear from Willy before he left and I figured he would say bye or give me your number. If you need anything let me know. LOVE YOU LANG!!! :)


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 06:33:33

Message

That was a great poem JRG- for anyone who missed it in all the postings... it's about 10 below mine... I suggest reading it. It makes you think... ~Karen~


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 06:09:48

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to Jeremiah L. Minor: let me know if u received my letters! take care and stay always safe! miss u. G.


Name: Bill
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 05:33:58

Message

According to the news, it has been another casualty free day in Afghanistan. From the little communication we have, our son sounds happy and healthy. The weather even seems to be warming up over there. All things considered it seems as though all of us with loved ones there have much to be thankful and joyful for. My wife and I are on our way to church to give thanks to the Creator for looking over our soldier son thus far, and to pray that He continues to do so; and to ask Him to comfort the families of the heroes He took from us earlier this month. I hope all of you with loved ones in the 173rd have the opportunity and the urge to do the same


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 05:03:05

Message

Spc Nathan Garcia, hope all is well. Everyone here at work says hello. Missing you as always. we are re-doing your bedroom, hope you like it. Call or e-mail when you can. Love you lots and am very proud of you and all the rest of our fine young soldiers. Mom


Name: Amanda
Email: Mandabeth182@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 04:58:36

Message

To those of you who have issue with my posting a couple days ago....This message is by no means to be offensive it is just my feelings. I will no longer be reprehended on this issue. I have said my peace and my apologies. If that is not enough, then that is an issue to deal with through yourself. And to the wives who were talking about the "MANDATORY MEETING" before the guys left....I have my OWN copy of the packet they gave out. I do not needs your, thank you. And just a quick note: the packet was 18 pages long, and the portion on opsec DID NOT even take up a page. I read that portion just a little while ago and by what it states not to say, I did not say. I did not give out any specifics! Maybe you all should read yours again. And again, thank you to all of those who have e-mailed me individually and expressed their support. I APPRECIATE IT IMMENSLY!!! You are who makes these deployments run smoothly and without frustration and heartache. Thank you kindly!!! And to those of you who have a problem with me and what I wrote...this will be my last posting, thank you to you as well.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 04:06:05

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Man!!! people take it easy! Is a chat board right?? So people can write many different things...... come on... the important is to respect everyone!! is just a message board NOT a CIA security board....


Name: SF (sky soldier wife)
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 02:57:47

Message

In all honesty, I'm going to stay away from this board for a while. There is too much drama, and in our current situation with our loved ones at war (my husband) I don't need extra aggravation in my life. Understandably there was a mistake made by someone who posted - she is aware of it now, so why can't it be dropped. Then you have women from Italy coming on here telling the American soldiers that they need husbands. Then another case where an American woman was asking fellow posters if a guy that she is with is married??? Doesn't anyone else see a problem with that? I know that no matter what there is going to be disagreements, or drama, or arguments as to what is OPSEC or not, but that included with other stuff has been going on for about 2 weeks. I just don't feel that there is as much support as there was before - even going back 2 weeks. I apologize if this is offending anyone, as it is not an attack on each person on here, just different situations and how we have ALL (me included) reacted. I just hope we can all come together and realize that we should all be there for each other. I just can't imagine the loved ones of the soldies KIA coming on here and seeing all of this, and I can't imagine loved ones of those still fighting reaching out for help, but reading posts first. If I was a new poster, I wouldn't even post anything because I would be afraid of what would be said next. We all agree that positions should not be posted, hopefully everyone understands that now, and drops it. I just hope that the other ridiculous posts stop already, because right now I'm I'm going to avoid the board for a while, but if when I come back it's the same, I may leave it for good, and that was not Mr. Bradley's intentions, he created this for support, not for drama. I hope that you all agree, and I will be back soon. Prayers as always to our soldiers, may they all stay strong, and come home safe!!!!!!!!!!!!! - that after all is what we are here for, our soldiers.


Name: Giulia ^_^*
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 02:55:27

Message

SPC GRANT, PHILIP; C Co, 1-508 *** hurry home philip, i love you and i miss you super much! stay safe. love always, Giulia ***


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 01:03:42

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Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 01:00:14

Message

Enough is enough. I can understand posting a couple of messages if you think someone did something wrong, but to carry it on and on is childish. Move on. We are here for our soldiers not to bash each other.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/24/05
Time: 00:50:31

Message

Enough is enough. I can understand a couple of posts on something that you think was wrong, but to carry it on and on is childish. Just move on. We are here for our soldiers, not to bash each other constantly.


Name: JRG
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 21:30:37

Message

Here is a poem I thought some might like... :) When I depart, will they know of my life; The life, that is, of the Army wife? Will they know I am proud of what I have done, Of what I have seen and where I have gone? Will they know that I chose, I volunteered, To stand beside the one I hold dear? My country asked me to give and to serve In silent support......and without reserve. Like the eagle above I spread my wings; Protected my home, and all that it means. I stayed behind with a fear that was deep, And my private prayer...."the peace, please keep." The lyre of life is the music I play, In harmony I have guided each day. I balanced my family, my friends....myself, Tried to be faithful, and tried to give help. I quietly watched my family grow The years have gone by...and what does it show? Our work together will never be done. I will always be there.....our battles are one. And where does hope find a home that is safe, A home where duty has beauty and grace? The answer is clear when I look at my life It is found in the heart of my Army wife!


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 21:23:30

Message

Hi. Any to wives and girlfriends in Vicenza...if you want me to get you bracelets or car magnets here in the States, I'll be happy to send you some. Just contact me at my e-mail address and they'll be on their way!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 21:21:51

Message

Just thought I would offer some info on flat rate boxes, I was able to put cans of chili in mine, mustard and so much stuff, if you send anything canned it does fit well in the skinier boxes as well. I couldn't believe how much stuff I got into those boxes! Let's keep our spirits up, God Bless our men & woman, they are wonderful and doing a miraculous job! God Bless!


Name: rebecca
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 21:04:03

Message

Is there a difference between: IN TF and TF? If they are Infantry do you add the IN? Does it really make a big difference? Curious


Name: rebecca
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 20:52:25

Message

Is there a difference between: IN TF and TF? If they are Infantry do you add the IN? Does it really make a big difference? Curious


Name: Sgt. Brown, Christopher
Email: Cbtrooper@hotmail.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 20:48:08

Message

This is to Cpt. Daubert and all the past Dark knights from Able Co 2/503. 1st Congrats to Cpt daubert on your promotion you were a good Pl. I hope all of you you make it home safe. I wish I could be there with you guys almost was but my batt 3/504 had to stand down. Well take care if any of you need anything let me know. Take it easy ssg kayler.


Name: Very Supportive D-Batt Wife
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 20:41:49

Message

I am a D- Batt wife and I was at the madatory meeting that was held by Cpt. McDougal, and the rest of the chain of command, it was the night before those of us went to the Marriage Retreat at Lake Garda and I know most of you were there and if you weren't there your husband was, as one of you had/suppose to be, it was madatory! We all signed a sheet stating we were there! SO yes, there was a madatory meeting and it is true, and if you have questions, I will gladly send you the packet or direct you where you can get one! It clearly states this "Examples of Information to Safeguard". Further more, Interesting that you have never heard of the OPSEC informational class, You can also contact Force Protection and they will gladly inform you, and tell you where it's at. It was also posted at Davis Hall! And I will not put my name on this simply because we were are all at it's a small post. I am more concerned about my husband and our whole post, and the thousands acrosss the world that are deployed. but obviously there were many that were affected by what information you gave and they felt it was opsec to them. No one is out to say your a bad person Amanda, we were simply saying please be careful and think twice about putting information on here.It's nothing to keep going on and on about. Sometimes we all don't like what we here, but we do and we deal with it and move on! Again, I will be happy to provide you with the packet that we ALL recv'd at the Mandatory FRG meeting before our men left and where it clearly talks about that! I think this has been talked about enough and maybe the hint is given. No one is stating your a bad person, no one thought you were out to harm anyone, we are simply saying to please be cautious of what your saying over a public website. If you have information, tell others where they can contact you and do it privately. I really hope this can be put to rest and you simply got the point. It's obvious that this issue will clearly be talked about in each units FRG meetings, so we really don't need to continue this as a public issue, others such as mothers, and fathers, grandparents, and family members aren't on here to listen to others argue! This is a mature website and I believe your a mature & we are all wives, so lets act like it woman! Once again, I will be happy to provide you with information on the packet (Which you should have) and the opsec informational meeting.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 20:33:04

Message

All I have to say is "Drama Drama Drama!" Do you wives have nothing better to do than sit on this website and talk bad about Amanda??? OPSEC is very important so if that was the case then this site shouldn't even exist!!!


Name: Rebecca
Email: HOW MANY CARE PACKAGES?
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 20:14:00

Message

I would say dont send large quantities of anything too often. They just dont have room. But if its enough to finish off as quick as they get new shipments from you, it shouldnt be a problem. Im sure most share what they get anyways!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 18:56:49

Message

GOD HELP YOU ALL


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 18:52:05

Message

I am on the road for a week (Work) and may not be able to answer questions.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 18:28:18

Message

About how often should I send packages out? I havent heard from my Fiance much so i don't know if he has enough or if he needs more. I am sending a box out a week of food, toiletries, ect. From experiance, anyone have any suggestions?


Name:
Email: okgramma@ncidata.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 17:33:10

Message

Sorry about that last post. It's magnetamerica.com


Name: Carol
Email: okgramma@ncidata.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 17:30:58

Message

I bought support the troop magnets at magnet.com and they also have bracelets. They don't charge for shipping which is a good deal. Fast shipping too.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 15:55:57

Message

I think that we should all be grateful for the amount of communication we actually have with our guys instead of worrying so much when they dont call for a few days. i mean when they were in iraq many weeks would go without a phone call, you just have to get used to it. sad but true.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 15:45:46

Message

this site is getting too stressful, i will rely on what my husband tells me for now on


Name: Christina
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 15:00:32

Message

has anyone gotten a phone call recently from the soldiers in Aco 2-503 2nd PLT? I feel like i spend half my time staring at my phone hoping for it to ring...


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 13:26:28

Message

PFC Williams Walter,74th lrsd,hi sweet baby, I miss you a lot!!!Love Anna


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 10:32:44

Message

Re: Flat rate boxes. I was confused after reading about the $7.70 Flat rate boxes and the MIL PAC boxes ordered at 800-610-8734. I found out they are different programs. I just called the MIL PAC 800 number and they said they'll send out a nice shipping kit (described at http://anysoldier.com/HowToSend.html but you pay postage on the exact weight of the box. The $7.70 Flat rate program (described at http://shop.usps.com/cgi-bin/vsbv/postal_store_non_ssl/display_products/productDetail.jsp?OID=4849213 is just that, "the postage is $7.70, regardless of weight or destination". Both look like good programs but if it's heavy the postal clerk said the $7.70 Flat rate is the better deal. Ron


Name: Jane Kennedy
Email: janefk07734@yahoo.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 10:22:21

Message

I don't remember the exact site I used for a bracelet with my son's name on it when he was in Iraq. I did a google search for military bracelets and found a ton of sites. Hope this helps. A very proud mom


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 10:16:52

Message

Thank you for re-posting the info on the flat rate boxes! I spent an absolute FORTUNE sending weekly boxes to Iraq--nice of the people at the post office to fill me in on this "helpful hint"! It would've saved me about $1,000 or more????


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 08:36:54

Message

I really have to laugh at all this. Don't we all have something more fun to do. Talking about boxes and who said what. I got an email from my son SPC Clint Kelly and he's playing poker. Hopes to beat his Dad to the front page of a Poker Magazine. These soldiers can take care of any situation and I bet they're not bickering. Go Sky Soldiers!!Lets pull together.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 08:35:14

Message

Hello- I am a fellow D-Batt wife. We have never received a packet called "OPSEC and you." We didn't get one for Iraq, and we haven't got one for Afghanistan either, nor am I aware of any OPSEC classes that have been offered. Maybe if MWR would make an effort to get the phone lines working, and the internet connections up, we wouldn't have to depend on a web-site like this for information.


Name: Amanda
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 08:26:16

Message

Wow...you all have a lot to say about me. And I just wanted to say this, I did not by any means mean to put OPSEC information out there and if I did, I apologize. You know, maybe for newer wives or even older ones someone should talk about what is and what is not opsec. Of course I wouldn't intentionally put out anything that is harmful...HELLO! My husband is down there! And for anyone who feels they need to say something to me...say it to me! I know a lot of you know me so please contact me individually if you have a problem. If this is truely a huge issue than it needs to be delt with through me and not my husband. I guess though, I just have one question...how come the webmaster did not deleat my posting and how come other people can get on here and post locations and there not be an uproar about it?! I am not trying to make light of this issue, if I did wrong...I am sorry, I apologize to all Delta battery soldiers and families. And to those who are supporting me, I appreciate it! Thank you.


Name: J
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 08:21:10

Message

Flat rate boxes work well! I use them alot. It is amazing how much stuff you can fit in there, I definitly recomend them.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 08:17:41

Message

one of my friend has one but her boy's mother sent it from america....


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 07:39:29

Message

Does anyone know what size/how big the flat rate boxes are? I think I'd be interested in getting some... ~Karen~


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 07:28:28

Message

where did you see that kind of bracelet?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 05:23:01

Message

Does anyone know where i can find that "support our troups" bracelet here in Italy?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 03:46:41

Message

SFC Levy, thanks for getting a hold of the Shark Tank.


Name: laura
Email:
Date: 04/23/05
Time: 00:41:18

Message

hi everyone!i didn't know i could send even liquid stuff like coke or juice or something like that,they told me i couldn't!


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 23:43:10

Message

We got to talk online to our son tonight for the first time in over a month weve had a few emails but it was good to interact. He says their good still need baby wipes but try to get really thick ones I think pampers puts out the bigger ones. He hasn't recieved all of his packages that we've sent says mail is very slow. I just wanted to tell you all how comforting it is to have all of you as my extented family even with the negative. All you veteran moms, dads and wives thankyou for your calming wisdom in such a trying time. I enjoy each one of you sharing when you have heard from a loved one it does my heart good. everyone hang in there and time will go by hopefully sooner than we think. thanks again to Mr. Bradley I cannot imagine going through this without this connection.


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 22:21:29

Message

The flat rate boxes are available free from the post office or you can have them delivered by your mailperson by ordering on line at www.usps.com. The boxes are free. The cost to ship them is $7.70 no matter how much they weigh (up to 70 lbs I think it is). I sent a package the other day with a game thing in it and it weighed so much, it would have cost me almost $40.00 to send conventionally.


Name: Steele Rain
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 21:59:19

Message

I meant D-Batt is holdin it down and the 2nd platoon photo shoot will be on the way. I love u elisa!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Steel Rain
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 21:58:11

Message

Hey all, D-Datt 2nd platoon is holdin it down, we will have pictures up soon enough we ar workin on it right now. thna ks or all the loyal D-Batt support, i love u Elisa


Name: Billy KELLY
Email: BILLY KELLYsbc.global. net
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 21:30:00

Message

evreryone needs to get over the 'OPSEC'-who's telling who where who is .if its OPSEC you will not know about it at ALL. THEY ARE all Over those mountains like flys on ---- IT DOES NOT MATTER what they have or dont have on them . they are paratroopers they take the fight to the enemy. and may GOD CONTINUE to bless our sky soldiers


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 19:58:23

Message

Could someone please "re-post" info on saving $$$ by "flat rates" or whatever it was--I missed that post and now I can't find it. Would sure appreciate finding a way to save $$$ on shipping all this stuff. I still think the good old US gov. should be sending care packages FOR FREE to our guys in combat zones! The postal service is sure benefitting from the wars! Doesn't seem quite fair. I want to send as much as possible to our guys and their squads, so anyway to be able to spend more on them and less on the post office is a good thing!


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 19:42:31

Message

I had the pleasure of hearing from my boyfriend first thing this morning. He's with 1/508 as well. He's doing well. Wants sunsreen and microwave stuff. Says the mail is "extremely" slow there and it's even more difficult for them to send anything out. I heard from another friend in HHC who said hopefully they will get another mail run here in a couple of days. Out of 8 packages I've sent my boyfriend has only received 3, so he's got lots more coming. They don't get much computer time and he's been very busy. Thats as much as I got told. Just hearing his voice is a blessing enough for me. Hope everyone out there is doing well. They are all in our hearts and prayers. I love you D, stay safe, keep your head down and watch your back! Can't wait to hear from you again.


Name: Jean
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 19:39:38

Message

to my son carl ray jones II hey sugar we love you so very much and so very proud of you take care and our prayers are with all of you everyon is well hope to here from you soon Love mom and family


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 19:16:11

Message

my boyfriend from hhc 1/508 gets to come home for leave in may...yay! i can't wait to see him!!!


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 19:12:39

Message

P.S. To Rebecca, IN TF means infantry task force


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 19:03:33

Message

Hello to all the other family members missing their "boys". Wow, there seems to be a lot of us. Got a short e-mail earlier today from our son in 1-508 C Co. All's well. He asked for goldfish crackers (once again tho he said not so many at a time!), new CD's and a few one dollar bills. Says they buy little things from the Afghani kids when they see them. Like all of us I'm thankful for even a short e-mail with a wee bit of info from our soldier, and very thankful for this message board because it makes me realize that there are lots of others just like us out there. Not to mention the fact that I get a lot more info from this website than I get from my son! Bless his quiet heart!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 15:38:02

Message

1/508 A co.... got a short and sweet e mail. all's well and God's continuing to strengthen his men each day. pray that the leaders would lean on HIS understanding and not their own!! keep it up guys and gals!


Name:
Email: babyangel4r56@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 14:11:45

Message

TO Joshua Blaney: hey hottie ;) hope you are fine...it's been a while since we saw each other! I miss your sweet kisses...hopefully we will meet again soon. Ciao! E.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 13:57:49

Message

Hello everyone, Yep it's me again. Ok let's all settle down now. Here is the rule of thumb - only tell us you have heard from your loved one and they are fine. Tell us they are hot and want ? or they are cold and need ? . If we don't give specifics out no one will know where they are. Also if your loved one is giving you this info tell him/ her to STOP !!! Tell them you don't know what you are allowed to tell. Or if you have a question on whether you should tell or not - decide on caution and not tell us. Do not yell at each other - teach each other. No one is born knowing this info, you learn it so those of you who have been through Iraq teach the new ones. Remeber first and foremost we are here for our loved ones - their safety is Numerial Uno !!!! SO lets get back to the support messages and I heard from "unit ?" and they are OK. Beacause isn't that the important thing? Love ya guys !!!!


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@kc.rr.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 13:53:55

Message

Is there some reason that so many of the people on this list want to be unknown? If not, why not put your name in the name box of the message form. It's only common courtesy to let others know who they're conversing with. Thank you, Ron


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 13:17:04

Message

1/508, Company B - Love to you all. We're so very proud of each of you. Son, it's been awhile since we heard from you but we know you have a job to do. Keep up the good work. Be tough and watch each other's backs. Love, Mom and Dad in IL


Name: LINDA A. FORGETT
Email: GRAMMIE52519
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 13:04:05

Message

I JUST WANT TO SAY HELLO TO ALL THE173rd SKY SOLDIERS. MAY GOD BLESS ALL. YOUR ALL IN MY PRAYERS, EVERYNIGHT. A PROUD MOTHER-IN LAW OF OF A SOLDIER.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:55:16

Message

Pray for the Blackwater men that were killed, the too were former Military personel, they were out there trying to help as well witht he war on terror, let them not be forgotten as well.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:48:54

Message

Pull Together, Not Apart.... Use Good Opsec, Use Good Judgement. We are wives, mothers, fathers, family members, that worry every day, No one wants to see anyone lost, anyone hurt, this issue is serious, so telling someone to quit, is offensive, your talking about someones husband, father, mother, brother, sister, and they are concerned. Wives and family members are told in FRG meetings about opsec time after time, when we relocate and pcs, we are briefed about opsec time and time again, so yes, this issue is serious to us, It doesn't discredit anyone else or any other family member, not at all, but we are told time and time again to please use opsec, and when things like this are put out there, it effects many of us. THis is an Opsec issue. I if we feel threatened by it, and we feel our loved one may be threatened by it, we will adress it as an opsec issue, especially when we are breifed and have been talked with about opsec! before our husbands left, we were given a madatory breifing and on the very first page of our handouts was this "Operational Security and You -Sesitive information is intended for you, -Assume phone calls and email is monitored, -Please keep sensitive information within the *** ***** family, -information on troop movement and rotations. This packet was handed out to the wives and the soldiers. It wa svery specific and every point was talked about! THis came directly from the chain of command! If family is trying to find out informationof there loved one, here is a number they can call, from the US 1-800-173-73823 or from Italy 0444-71-7500 or you can also try 011-39-0444-71-7500. they may have some information as well for those whom are concerned, I am not promising anything, but it's better than having this type of information floating out there. Also, your son or daughter had the chance to put the family members name on that sheet so that they were able to call and recv information as well. Also, if you have questions, contact your individuals Rear-D command and ask, you could be conected to there FRG as well, they might be able to help you! I am sitting here looking at the information that was handed out to me and my husband at this mandatory meeting before my husband left, so I know that what was said was an opsec issue!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:22:49

Message

God Bless Our Troops, keep them safe and watch over each and every one of them. Have Your Guardian Angels watch over them. We love each one of them and are very Proud of ALL of them!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:10:20

Message

I agree this is a TIME TO PULL TOGETHER Please DO SO


Name: Bill Waddell
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:09:52

Message

Give it - and Amanda - a rest folks. She didn't say anything specific about where anyone is. If the bad guys want to know who has electricty and who doesn't, they can easily find out from the photos pages. That horse has been beaten enough. let's get back to the soldiers and off of Amanda.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:08:06

Message

Just sent some pakeages and saved over $40.00 beacuse of the information you all gave a while back about the flat rate boxes, Thanks!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 12:00:07

Message

Absolutely no one is thinking that Amanda would put anyone in harms way, no one is saying that at all Ma'am. All they are saying is that talking about troops movement, and such forth is a an opsec issue. Everyone understands, that some husbands, son's, fathers, have only called a few times or if at all, they are out there doing a job. However, telling that there is going to be movment, is a security concern, there is much planning, time, effort that goes into planning such events, but when someone gives this type of information on a website, they are giving opsec information. None of us want anything to happen to our husbands, son's, fathers, so wouldn't you want them safe? Amanda sounds like a concerned wife, but she needs to learn opsec, even the littlest detail such as "Troop Movement" is opsec. Posting info such as "hey, I have heard from D-batt and all the guys are great and there busy," is one thing, but talking about movement raises another issue. All we are saying is please watch what you say and use good opsec! No one is calling amanda bad, or anything of the such. But as you see these responses have bothered some because they know what opsec is they have been told and trained on it, and they all see this as an opsec issue. I know that when I married my husband, he talked to me about opsec and I also went to a breifing on opsec. And if your son's, husbands, fathers, daughter's aren't calling you, than there is most likely a good reason for it, and they will contact with time. Remember, our troops haven't been there all that long, things take time. We need to have paitience and we all need to practice good opsec. Amanda just needs to realize that the phone lines are unsecure, and posting information like that may offend and bother others. and maybe asking that person to email them privately is a better way to go.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:51:49

Message

Denise - no one thinks that Amanda would do anything intentionally to hurt her loved one or anyone else. But even the most simple item can cause harm --- for example, saying a site does not have electricity means nothing to us. But if there are only two sites in the region without power, we have just narrowed our troops' location tremendously. Coupled with other info they already have, small, minute facts can cause huge problems. I for one, never mention anything about my son or when or if I have spoken to him. No one's business. I use this site entirely to support families that have lost loved ones, give ideas for mailing, R&R and snacks. This is a support site - not an operational site. We're not mad at Amanda --- we just want everyone to pay more attention to what they write and it just happened to be her message that got the ball rolling. My last word on the subject - don't discuss anything about anything in Afghanistan.


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:38:32

Message

To All; My son is with D-319 and I have only heard from him twice since he arrived in Afghanistan in early March, Tensions are high and I understand this,but Amanda gave out no information,for god sakes her own husband is with the D-319, do any of use think for one minute she would put anyone of our loveds in harms way,her only intension was to ease the mind of other loved ones for that I am greatful. This is a time to pull together, especaily for our loved ones over there.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:33:12

Message

This is a great site, I enjoy it very much! I am a wife in Italy, and I know Amanda, and I undersatnd that she was trying to help, however, she needs to learn OPSEC. I understand that she was only trying to be helpful, but next time, put an email out saying that you have information on D-Batt, and ask that individual to email you and then you can have the conversation privately. This is now going to raise a huge security question to our men downrange. My husband is a Cpt. and I have already got word aboutit throgh him and it's now become a problem downrange. First of all husbands, son's fathers, daughters, etc.. should not be talking about movement information on an unsecure phone line. This information that was put out by Amanda was definitly opsec and should not be discussed neither by phone or by email. Here is a good idea, I know alot of men do this, they write journals and then there wifes can read them when they see them for R&R or when they come home. THat way no harm is done, no opsec is being violated. Something to think about, and I know allof us here in Italy have been told and told, we are all told to be careful on our personal cell phones here in Italy because in the past and even now our phone conversations are heard by others, so if we are being told that here in Italy, what makes you think that it's any safer downrange? I can't stress enough to please use opsec, and please think before you type an email, call on the phone to anybody. I alos know that there are classes on opsec and how to deal with it, and maybe amanda should get involved withthat to help her, so something doesn't happen like this again.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:32:05

Message

Next time, why don't we e-mail the poster(if possible)that this shouldn't be posted. E-mail the webmaster requesting deletion of the post (who can make a general anouncement to be careful what we post). Then type in a lot of other post which will at least put the questionable post on a different page. All we have done again is draw attention to the post and I am sure there are hurt feelings.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:21:50

Message

Thanks for the note back -- I do understand all the implications and wish there was some filter that all these notes could pass through, but that would also defeat the purpose. I suspect the troops are going to get another briefing - something troops hate hearing - but hopefully, they will not lose privileges. For those of you in Italy, we ache for you everyday. We in the States can't possibly comprehend the difficulties you all face, while also watching your husband's backs on this site. Keep pointing out our shortcomings to us - just use small print?!?!?!? Thank you ma'am -- you are one great Army wife!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:19:07

Message

I am the one who asked the question in the first palce, and for that I am sorry. I did not mean for something like this to happen, please stop. Points have been made and I ask that this does not get out of hand. We are all on the same side and we should care about one another. Amanda thank you so much for trying to help me out, again I am so sorry.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:11:08

Message

TO Old Soldier, Ithink everyone understands what your saying. And the person who put that in all caps shouldn't have put it in all caps, but it's the simple fact that now this information is out there, had I seen the email about the previous person who was locating cities, & etc... I myself would have Definitly said something to them!!! No one is out to pick on this Amanda girl, all we are asking is to please use OPSEC, please think before you act. If this get's to a chain of command that husbands are telling there wives information that they shouldn't and talking about movement, this could take away all of our husbands privligaes for calling there wifes, mothers, fathers, sisters,and even emailing them. You as a former commander would understand that. So to not ruin it for our husbands, so thay can continue to call there wives,children, mothers, fathers, I can't stress enough to please be careful on what your saying, Please use opsec, if you don't understand what opsec is, I do know that there are classes at caserma ederle on post that do an opsec briefing and class on how to be opsec. Please, everyone, think before you act! This could really hurt our men there!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:02:47

Message

Photo's are approved through the chain of command, they are approved by a Cpt., 1st Sgt., etc. There are hardly if any at all photos posted about D-319 and other units for obvious reasons. so yes, writting and giving information can give out detail as well, especially when your talking about movement, terriost groups will now be on the lookout for movement and know to expect that there will be some sort of movement. I am a soldier with 319 and I find this information that is being given out to be opsec and I don't appreciate it.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:01:30

Message

I didn't say it wasn't OPSEC and she needed to be corrected. I just said that writing in all caps and crucifying her on here was not the way to go about it. Earlier on, we had parents identifying cities and unit locations, movements, etc., and no one said anything except a light reminder to watch our mouths - or fingers. I was a commander on more than one occasion and it upsets me to read these messages, but there are better way to approach Amanda than burying her with rhetoric and harsh words. For many readers, this is their first experience with deployments or any type, much less combat. The openness, flexibility, and timeliness of this site are also it's biggest drawbacks. Sorry if I offended, just trying to put some calm back in our discussions.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 11:00:07

Message

I didn't say it wasn't OPSEC and she needed to be corrected. I just said that writing in all caps and crucifying her on here was not the way to go about it. Earlier on, we had parents identifying cities and unit locations, movements, etc., and no one said anything except a light reminder to watch our mouths - or fingers. I was a commander on more than one occasion and it upsets me to read these messages, but there are better way to approach Amanda than burying her with rhetoric and harsh words. For many readers, this is their first experience with deployments or any type, much less combat. The openness, flexibility, and timeliness of this site are also it's biggest drawbacks. Sorry if I offended, just trying to put some calm back in our discussions.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:58:53

Message

Photos are a bit different, but if you notice no one is posting or receiving photos from our husbands that would give away ANY location. These are highly trained men, that have been briefed 100 times regarding OPSEC, they are aware of what they can and cannot say, as well as what pictures they can send to loved ones, and which ones can't be sent.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:47:17

Message

Should photo's not be posted? I can learn a lot more from a photo taken in my neighborhood than I can from most things put down on print.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:46:39

Message

She talked about movement, being split up, that's enough information right there! This is an OPSEC issue. No one is knocking her for speaking and trying to help, that's great, but it's what she is aying. I just contacted my husband who is a Commander, and he responded hewas upset by that email. All we are saying is please think before you act! No one is saying she is a bad person, I am sure she is rather nice, but the information that she is providing does let terriost know that there is group movement! I have been with my husband many years and I am also military myself, and I found this to be OPSEC. All people are asking is to please think before you act, please use opsec. Is this worht getting your husband in trouble and yourself in trouble? Because that is exactly what it is going to do! Just think before you act!


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:41:27

Message

Whoever is typing in all caps is causing more problems than poor Amanda. Hang in there young lady. Amanda provided much less detailed OPSEC information than some others have on this site, both now and during Iraq. But I would suggest we calmly remind people that even though details are not included, there are many references and inferences that could cause our troops some problems. But letting families know that not all soldiers are in a location where they can communicate regularly will certainly put family members at ease. Almost everyday someone mentions speaking to their loved one and I know from our Iraq deployment that those notes drive the remaining families crazy - those with sons and daughters that don't seem inclined to write or call. Give Amanda a break -- all of us need to lighten up to get through these next 10 months and yelling via email won't cut it.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:39:32

Message

We are 8 wives, and we were very upset to hear that one of our own is putting out informationa nd telling about our troops movements! Please think before you speak! My husband too calls me everyday, as do alot of ours, and they are very opsec about what they say, because we have been told that our converstaions can be heard through the phone communication, we are even told about this with living in Italy, that we must be careful what we say on the phone when talking to family and friends about things. So posting this type of information on the web is an opsec issue! It's not about someone being nervous, it's the fact that our husbands, son's, fathers, are out there and we have every right ot be nervous, we want them to come home alive, and if someone goes around leaking opsec and talking about movement, it jepordizes all of our husbands as well! So yes, we all have every right to be nervous, these our are husbands, son's & fathers out there, and we are proud of thema nd what they do and we stand behinde them, but what we don't need is people giving information like this over a public website that can be viewed by the wrong people and that will hurt our family members there! It's great that she is trying to help, but maybe she needs to take some OPSEC classes to realize what she is saying can put our men in harms way even more. All we are saying is please think before you speak.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:37:16

Message

Amanda gave no locations, which can be found on Official Military sites that anyone can access. Give her a break.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:34:48

Message

I agree with the last post!!! We have to have our soldier's best interest in our minds at ALL times. My husband is over there - and releasing out information that he may hint to me I would never think of stating it on the internet. It is possible that Amanda was not aware, or was just so happy to report good news that she lacked better judgement - I'm sure she knows now that saying things like that is not safe. Let's all stay strong, and support each other. I pray everyday that my soldier and all of yours come home safe!


Name: Christina
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:32:38

Message

Correction, i previous put my BF is in Able co 2-503 3rd PLT, ..but he is in the 2nd PLT...i sent out 2 packages already and am working on another...i was wondering, is it a good idea to send like small drink boxes? or should i just send food. They have those fruit juices packaged in bags instead of boxes so they are not as heavy and dont take up as much space. And does anyone know if they have a microwave? I am sending soups, but you can also get those pasta ready meals, but they need to be heated obviously. Any ideas for toiletries they need other than 'wet ones'? E-mail me or post a reply. Thanks!!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:30:59

Message

There is a point of easing minds and givin out information that could hurt our men! If she had information, then maybe she should ask the perosn whom wanted to know to please email her and she could provide them with the info. I have seen many many others do it that way! It's called being smart about opsec! Telling the weather condition, or what the area is like can give our men's positions away. Use some common sense, that is all we are asking! Once again, this is a public website, ANYONE can see this, just hink before you act! It's nice that she was trying to do well, but talkinga bout soldiers movements and whether there together or spread out, is an opsec issue, and I know for a fact that Chain's of Command won't appreciate it!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:22:12

Message

wow, folks! easy on amanda! she didnt mention any place and she was only trying to ease some minds... sounds like someone is kind of nervous there, huh? thank you amanda, i appreciate your effort to be helpful.. may god be with you and your family


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 10:17:14

Message

to the wife Amanda of delta battery- Why are you releasing opsec information? I can't stress this enough, to please think before you speak! There are area's such as ACS that people can get information. But releasing opsec information isn't right. You are releasing information that can hurt our men over there. Please please think before you speak!


Name: 1SG Mario D. Cockrell
Email: mario.cockrell@us.army.mil
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 09:51:24

Message

Loved ones and Friends of the Sharks, We're in the process of making our own website so that all of you can view our world here in Paktika Province. Right now our only webmaster is away at BAF, but once he arrives back on the ground at OE, we'll get back on it. I'd like to thank all the Shark family members who have sent clothes, candy and school supplies for the people we effect while on patrol. Their smiles tell it all. One thing we are having trouble with are support of our newest Shark members, the puppies. 2d Platoon Outlaws and 3d Platoon have both [aquired] a puppy that are doing well. 3ds wasn't doing well at first until it was given real dog food and dog vitamins and now you can't stop the little thing. Great support from the FRG on the amount of dog items we've been supplied. We're probably going to need more because 1st and HQs will probably get puppies in the future. SGT Johnson has joined us today from BAF, we'll be promoting him to SSG in the morning. He's provided all kinds of support from BAF to include the push of our mail down to OE on as many aircraft as possible. What a great American. I'm very glad to see him back with the Shark Tank. SGT Christy and SPC Conley will attend the May promotion board to be promoted to SSG and SGT. They've earned the trust of the commander, their Platoon Chain of Command and myself to move into positions of greater responsibility and train, lead and take care of the soldiers under their charge while in garrison and combat. SGT Christy has already moved into SSG Winstead's position as Squad Leader. SSG Winstead has moved into the Weapons Squad Leader Position of the 1st Platoon. Overall, the men are doing more than well. Everytime you see them they're smiling, in the right place, at the right time, with the right mentality to tackle an task that is asked of them. The chow is great compared to what we could be eating, many of them eat at least 3 times a day. We're having a problem with choice of beverages in the DFAC right now, but that should be fixed in a few days (I'm told)! Almost every Shark is in the gym at least once a day, a few of the squads hit it twice (SSG Cross' squad from 3d Platoon, aka Team Swoll). Many of the men can be seen running the OPs in the morning, either a single double or a double double, both OPs. At this elevation it's difficult to breath while wearing all the kit they're required to wear, cardio and strength training makes it easier. Well, at over two months on the ground, I have to say that I'm pleased with the company. Each and every Shark is performing as expected. I could go on an on about each one of them, they all have a story that I could tell on what they've accomplished in this time, but I'd use up all the space. Continue to support them in their support of Operation Enduring Freedom 6. Fury Sharks from the Sky. Thank you all 1SG Cockrell


Name: Amanda - wife of delta battery soldier
Email: Mandabeth182@hotmail.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 08:31:27

Message

To those who are wondering about delta battery...they are all split up across the country. Some platoons are in areas where they are able to call quite often (my husband from delta battery calls me everyday). Some guys on the other hand are in an area where calling is very limited. I know that a few of the platoons are moving to an undisclosed location where there are no phones and no internet so if your loved one is with them, you will not hear from them for quite awhile. Hope this helps! If you have any questions of your loved one, feel free to ask me and I can get with my husband about it.


Name: Igniter57
Email: Igniter57@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 08:29:45

Message

Great ideas Mommaski! I've shipped a few boxes. During easter I filled one with easter grass and easter candy. I've also shipped a bunch of 3M Command adhesive hooks and AA batteries at the request of my son. Other boxes included snack food, canned meats, tape (for shipping boxes back), sheets and pillow cases, breakfast bars and drinks, canned fruit, dvds (movies and tv shows), magazines, and other items as well. I like the swimming pool idea! I'm thinking about sending some board games and playing cards as well. Please post any other ideas. Thanks. And God Bless all of Our Troops!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 08:27:45

Message

Dear Ananette, Uhm.... I was talking about the guys in my son's old unit - there are 12. You might not know - but my son died in Iraq. But I think your idea about the cans is perfect !!!!! Thanks I never thought of that. See the wonderful ideas we are sharing!?! keep 'em coming folks. You see Sky Soldiers !!! You are so loved !!!! Stay safe.


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 08:24:03

Message

Re: Address Able Co. 2/503rd. Predeployment briefing said "no rank" in address. In a post deployment letter from Kandahar airfield dated 2 April, 05 my son states: "They told us to put rank with the name." Things change! My guess is your soldier will get their mail with or without the rank as long as the rest of the address is correct. I forgot to mention books in my list of things I send. I send mysteries, science fiction, military books fiction/nonfiction, sea stories especially from British Napoleonic era (Admiral Hornblower etc) and westerns. I figure what one guy doesn't like another one will. I know this is the video game/DVD/IPOD generation but maybe by 8-9 months into the deployment they'll be bored enough to pickup a book. Plus, they don't need batteries and don't get scratched. :)


Name: Annette
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 08:20:05

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Just a short note to all of the wonderful guys there in Afghanistan. You are thought of and prayed for more than you will ever realize. Thanks for a job well done. Jason, take care and get in touch when you can. We love you more..... Mommaski, I think your ideas for items to send are GREAT. I did notice that you said your son was on his own when it came to drinks. I send my son Dr. Pepper, as do his sisters. We did this while he was in Iraq and there were no problems. We wrap each can with a paper towell and then place each one in a sturdy zip lock bag--just in case one should break or leak. He does not drink coca cola---he is from Texas, need I say more?! I also send the flavored liquid tea that can be found in the coffee isle at most stores. He just pours this in water and he is good to go. I wrap this the same way as the d.p.s.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 08:07:37

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To the person asking about the 319th, I talked to my son yesterday and he said everything was going fine. There were recieving tons of packages from people they don't even know. Spirits were good and as always that group is highly motivated. He is with 319th Detlta AFAR, 2nd Platoon. He said the weather was warming and along with that the humidity was getting pretty high. Hope this helps.


Name: Igniter57
Email: Igniter57@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 07:19:30

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Great ideas Mommaski! I've shipped a few boxes. During easter I filled one with easter grass and easter candy. I've also shipped a bunch of 3M Command adhesive hooks and AA batteries at the request of my son. Other boxes included snack food, canned meats, tape (for shipping boxes back), sheets and pillow cases, breakfast bars and drinks, canned fruit, dvds (movies and tv shows), magazines, and other items as well. I like the swimming pool idea! I'm thinking about sending some board games and playing cards as well. Please post any other ideas. Thanks. And God Bless all of Our Troops!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 06:28:15

Message

Mommaski, you are the best! My prayers are with you always. Sky Soldier Dad


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 06:23:20

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Anyone heard from anyone in the 319th in the last few weeks?


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 05:33:44

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Hello everybody !! I am currently soet of a "unit mom" for my son's old unit - Hello Guys I love ya !!! I send alot of stuff to spoil them (I figure you parents, wives and girlfriends send them the things they need) I send things like jerky (it goes great into BDU pockets), Koolaid packets etc. I also always send them something silly to make them laugh !!! This last box I sent them a little inflatable baby pool and rubber duckies (I heard it was getting hot there). Nothing expensive just something they can either give to the children there or throw away later. The idea is to make them laugh. I also send a movie box (I put in a couple of just released DVDs, microwave popcorn - or a bag of if they don't have a microwave, other candy you find at a theater - they are on there own for the drinks) When my son had his birthday I sent Hostess cupcakes and a box of candles. When he complained of the heat I sent him a bunch of those little coctail umbrellas so he would have shade. I also sent him a guard dog - a little Rotweiller (The DOG). Another great thing to send is throw away cameras (they can send them back to you to be developed). I like the idea of sharing thoughts on what we send - it will give me some new ideas. Love to all and Sky Soldiers My prayers are with you.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 02:45:22

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Article about the 2-503rd. http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/


Name: To the one that miss her husband
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 01:15:25

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Come on be strong for him too.I know it's hard back unfortunatly army life's very hard and u have to deal with a lots departures...but the love win all the time.take care.m.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 00:38:40

Message

The correct address given during pre-deployment briefings by the command here in Vicenza for Able company is: First and Last Name TF Bayonet/A Co. 2-503d APO AE 09355 NO RANK!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 00:23:43

Message

I MISS MY HUSBAND!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/22/05
Time: 00:18:38

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Here's a couple of ideas for packages. I sent these to my son in Iraq and he loved them. Boboli pizza crusts (small) and boboli pizza sauce (make sure you get the envelopes for SMALL pizzas--I sent my husband to the store, he came home with six small crusts and enough sauce for eight LARGE pizzas--they come in individual packages), also sent parmesan cheese, olives, pepperoni, etc. The other thing he really liked was tortillas, refried beans, cheese dip (like for chips) and some sort of hot sauce. I need to send him some socks--luckily, my husband has been discharged from the National Guard and we have lots of socks ( I wear them all the time!). Another idea that my son really enjoys, something I've done every birthday since he left for Fort Benning in 2001, is a big "Happy Birthday" banner and then have everyone I can find write him a note on it--and have all the girls put lipstick kisses by their notes. His birthday is in May, so I got my roll of butcher paper today! Thanks for all the new ideas, I know a little variety must really help these guys and I know my son must be getting sick of all the same stuff--he also likes canned fruit and soups. So, it's nice to be able to trade ideas!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 23:33:54

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don't put before the name the rank, my bf said the army don't wan't..


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 23:33:04

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Rank IS NOT included on the mailing address down range!


Name: Rebecca
Email: A co 2-503d address
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 22:03:58

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do you write it out ex: SPC John Doe IN TF Bayonet..... What is IN?


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 19:57:36

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Able Company 2/503rd mailing address in Afghanistan. (Rank)First Name, Last Name A Co. 2/503rd IN TF Bayonet APO AE 09355 At first it was said not to include rank but after arrival my son said to include it. Ron


Name: J
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 18:58:49

Message

does anybody know the address of Able Co 2-503rd? I wanna be sure i have the right address... Thank you in advance.


Name: A Co 2/503rd Dad
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 18:44:23

Message

To all. My Son, E. Caldwell was in the same Plt as Dahl. I haven't heard from him since he arrived. We sent 2 pkgs a couple of weeks ago and don't know if he got them. It's hard not being able to call his cell and hear his voice. I guess most folks have the same problem. God bless all


Name:
Email: pollosmom1999@yahoo.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 18:23:51

Message

Just received a call from my husband Able Company 2/503rd, he said all is well. He is in 1st Plt.says Evans, Hess, Testa, Dahl, Pace, and Lake are all fine for those of you that may know them.


Name: Nancy Rose
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 17:09:41

Message

Webmaster, When will the sight for the 173rd Support Bn be completed? I now you are very busy with this site and I would like to thank you for it. To all of the 173rd I send my best and my prayers. Jake I love you and are very proud of you. Keep safe and god bless.


Name: A Mom to the Rock
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 16:32:37

Message

Hey Rebecca, They need black socks. Preferrably Army grade. Any Army store will sell them. If you can find black socks that wick away moisture that will really help their feet. Try a camping store. If you send the socks, include any type of powder or ointment that will help with athelete's foot.


Name: Rebecca
Email: A co 2-503d supporter
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 16:12:42

Message

What kind of socks do the soldiers need? Color, type...etc... Thanks!


Name: A Mom to the Rock
Email: arlenern1226@yahoo.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 15:51:21

Message

Spoke with my son today. Tom 2/503 BCo. Doing well. Needs hygiene items. Told me if I'm sending food, send enough for the squad. 10-12 guys. Granola, cereal bars, snack bags of cookies and crackers would be great. And socks. Always socks. Last deployment was socks as well. That sock thief really gets around. On a more somber note I am so very grateful for this website. For the support of the 173rd family. To think back to Viet Nam and if you were lucky you got a tape recording of your loved ones voice. Deployment is so very hard, but to have this family for support is a true blessing. To our SkySoldier Family, past, present and future please God bless us all.


Name: Tom Alipio
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 15:46:00

Message

Aloha to my son Jason Alipio (A Co. 1/508), Howzit bradda, I was so happy to speak with you today as I am whenever you call. Son, I love you so very much and keep you close to my heart and soul everyday. Eh brah, everyone here at the P.D. says hello and thanks for the e-mail. Take care of Rick and tell him we said hi. I am so proud of you bradda, all of you. We pray everyday for all of your safety and protection. Mahalo for everything dude, God bless you son, I love you, Dad.


Name: iceprincess
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 15:37:11

Message

to MATTHEW SANDERS: i saw the picture you send me YOU SO SEXY with that uniform on... dont eat too much loakers ok? I LOVE YOU


Name: ery
Email: eryjpink@yahoo.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 15:28:01

Message

Does anyone have a boyfiend-fiance or a friend in HHC SCOUTS 2-503rd? I dont hear any news from them so im wondering if smone is staying in touch with em. Please write me on my e-mail thank you so much


Name: tricia
Email: dominic.patricia@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 15:06:14

Message

to my brother: i want you to know that i miss you terribly and can't wait to see you again. we know that you are doing safe and that whatever your task is there, you will be just fine. you are in my prayers and thoughts always. God Bless You Always ur little sister


Name: Joe Parfitt
Email: joseph.parfitt@us.army.mil
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 14:23:08

Message

To: Mangine c/co 1/508th Hey Nicky 6! My alcoholic friend, don't fall asleep driving you lush. The 'stache looks great. I still have those boxers from your sister. Joey


Name: christina
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 12:54:58

Message

Just was browsing the internet looking for any pictures of my BF on the 173rd website and came across this message board. He is in Able co. 2-503, 3rd PLT. I just got a letter from him yesterday post marked April 6th, (14 days it took to receive) I sent him a package today with snacks, wet ones, ect. Any one know if they have a microwave or anything specific they want? When is the last time any one has heard from them? Any girls missing their soldiers feel free to write. lo manco molto! ciao!


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777@hotmail.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 10:02:38

Message

Thank you to the person who responded to my question about posters & sheets as gifts for soldiers. Appreciate it.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 09:23:28

Message

thanks old soldier too!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 07:53:39

Message

New Article. http://tinyurl.com/7bmj5


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 07:46:40

Message

Spoke to my son who is in A Co 1/508. They have a microwave and fridge in the DEFAC that they use. I send my son just about anything that can be cooked in the micro. Soup, pasta, ravioli, oatmeal, I also picked up some meals at wal-mart that need no refrigeration. They consist of mashed potato and roast beef, chicken and rice, sirloin steak and potatos, spagetti with sauce (already cooked), and also beef stew. My son really loves them. Hope that helps some.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 07:34:23

Message

does anyone know if 1/508 A co. needs anything specifically as far as food goes or anything? haven't heard from our soldier in a while but wanted to send a package. do they have microwaves or are there any things they'd really like? thanks!


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 06:48:55

Message

Some of the things our son has asked for - both in Iraq and now Afghanistan - are Pringles, granola bars (fit nicely in BDU pockets), soap, shaving items, any magazines, movies, and microwavable foods. We also send spices that can even make MRE's taste good. And being from Atlanta, he loves instant grits. My friends in New England may prefer oatmeal, but the guys love it. I will tell you this - you will never, ever hear a soldier tell you that he didn't like what you did send!!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 05:44:34

Message

Mrs. Murphy I am so inspired by your grace and courage. I know that God is keeping you. You and your family are in my prayers. May God continue to grant you his grace and tender mercies.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 05:23:54

Message

THANKS Ron for the "what to send" advice,I was really wondering what to send them!can you tell me please some other stuff that would be a great idea to send?thank you so much!


Name: An italian girl
Email: TO C. wife of WILLIAM
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 03:16:53

Message

To C. who sent message to her husband William. Your message is so sweet. Maybe if you can tell us your husband's complete name and his company we can ask one of our friends to contact him and let him have the message. Happy Birthday to your girl!


Name: S
Email: lulu@hotmail.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 03:04:23

Message

I love you gerry!


Name: to my husband william
Email: www.postpartyzone.com
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 02:27:19

Message

hey, hun.... i miss you! since we don't have internet at home, i hope nobody delete this message! remember that may 5th is your little princess birthday! as i told you on the phone you can send her a present w/the new online store for caserma. she miss you so much, she is only 4 and she waits for you at the window ! She is so sad.......(the web adress is on the e-mail) We love you, please be safe. C.


Name: friends
Email:
Date: 04/21/05
Time: 02:23:24

Message

we would love to see photos of 1-508 b co thanks webmaster.


Name: 1508pir.com webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 22:39:54

Message

article from stars and stripes about the Vicenza memorial http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=28546


Name: 1508pir.com webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 22:36:11

Message

story about 1-508th http://www.centcom.mil/CentcomNews/Stories/04_05/7.htm


Name: 1508pir.com webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 22:33:36

Message

Freedom Watch is the Combined Forces Afghanistan News Magazine similar to outlook. Here is a link to articles: http://www.centcom.mil/Operations/CJTF_180/cjtf180.asp


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 20:18:35

Message

Does anyone know if there is a newspaper like "Outlook" specially for the happenings in Afghanistan? I am so glad to be reading Outlook again, and was wondering if there was something similar online for Afghanistan. Just curious... ~Karen~


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 20:17:03

Message

Jay- I sent you an e-mail, but I wanted to also write and let you know that you and your family were in my prayers today. May God be with each of you tonight and in the weeks and months to come. ~Karen~


Name: Karen
Email: Karen@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 20:14:14

Message

Dear Barclay Murphy- please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as well. I will especially pray for your children. ~Karen~


Name: Jay
Email: jb@cinci.rr.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 19:46:09

Message

We held the funeral service today for Daniel. Wow, I was devastated at times. Every time a soldier saluted me I felt I'd fall apart. When the retired honor guard presented my sister with medals and the officer began to cry, it tore me up. So many people and such honor and presence among the soldiers. The first gun shot startled me, the 2nd, the 3rd and the 4th comforted me. I think I cried the hardest when they began to play Taps. I cannot thank the Army enough for the kindness they have shown our family and for what they brought to the service. It will never be forgotten.


Name: Amanda
Email:
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 19:41:27

Message

PFC ERIC MOYE- I miss you soo much and hope you are recovering quickly. I wish I could be there to take care of you! I love you and look forward to talking to you soon. Smooches! Amanda :)


Name: SF - a sky soldier's fiancée
Email:
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 18:59:33

Message

Barclay Murphy - It is with my sincere apologies that you and your family are going through this right now. Please know that each and every one of us is praying for you and your three children. Your husband, and each soldier that has perished are truly heroes! This no one will ever forget. God Bless you.


Name: Teresa Baggett
Email: TeresaAnnBaggett@hotmail.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 16:09:21

Message

This message is for Barclay Murphy. Jeremy and I were devastated when we heard about Ed. You and the children have been in our prayers every day since. Jeremy and I will never forget all that Ed did for Jeremy. We would like information when funeral arrangements are made, and we will attend if at all possible. I'll close with this passage someone gave to me. When you come to the Red Sea time in your life, when there is no way across, or no way around. Trust in the Lord Jesus and he will see you through. Yea, I am with you even to the end of the world. -Matthew 28:20b


Name: Mrs. Barclay Murphy
Email: edemurf68@aol.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 13:31:51

Message

My husband, MAJ Ed Murphy, was with the three Sky Soldiers that perished in the helicopter crash and was also honored at the Memorial Service at Caserma Ederle on 19 April 2005. Ed was thrilled to be working with the Sky Soldiers, even though he was assigned to SETAF. He died doing what he loved. Please keep our three young children in your thoughts and prayers. At this time, funeral arrangements have not been confirmed for him but, I will be happy to post details as they become available, if interested. Thanks very much.


Name: Giulia
Email: maledetta83@hotmail.com
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 12:02:22

Message

to SPC GRANT, PHILIP; C Co, 1-508 *** hey amore, thanks for calling me it was the best sound to wake up to!! i love you and stay safe! and hurry home... muuuuah!! your favourite oompa-loompa ( oompa dee-doo!!!) Giulia **** i looooooooooooove you!!! ^_^*


Name: Dianne
Email:
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 11:55:22

Message

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


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 07:55:50

Message

Spc. Nathan Garcia II, so glad to have talked with you. Conversation didn't last quite as long as I would have liked, but I loved hearing from you. Stay safe. Sent more packages to you. Gabe sent you one also, who would have thought. Love you always, Mom


Name: Bonnie & Monte Manning
Email: memanning@thebest.net
Date: 04/20/05
Time: 06:15:18

Message

PFC Eric Moye C.Co. 1st 508 -- Hi Eric! Just want you to know we are thinking about you. Let us know if you need anything. Take care & be safe. Love, Bonnie & Monte


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 19:06:22

Message

Thanks to whomever put up the information to get to Outlook. I haven't been able to access that online for MONTHS! I am so glad to be able to read it again. ~Karen~


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 16:20:11

Message

To those wondering what to send their soldiers in Afghanistan our son in Able Co. 2/503rd asked us for sunscreen, fresh wipes, a bed sheet and chocolate chip cookies. 1st squad of 3rd platoon has been sent these items but I'm sure we'll have to send more soon :) The soldiers really like seeing recent movies on DVD. When our son was deployed to Kuwait in 2002 we got a Blockbuster Video store to sponsor his unit and they gave them DVDs of previously rented movies every month free of charge. We only had to provide a picture of the unit so they could hang it in the store with a "We Support our Troops" sign above it. It never hurts to ask, all they can say is no. Ron


Name: Thomas Hunter
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 15:05:51

Message

SF: You are correct of course. Momentary lapse in judgment. Shouldn't type without proof reading after. Hooah


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 14:18:33

Message

Whenever someone posts, "I don't think its a good idea to post something," it only draws more attention to the post in which anyone who is "search" savy can find out much more information then was already posted. Otherwise, I think the post is most likely overlooked. The moral of the story is, if you think the info is privileged, e-mail the webmaster and ask him to delete it. Personally I think repeating any info you find on a un-secured web site in which you are quoting an Army Officer must be OK or they wouldn't have said it or put it on the site.


Name: Ron Pozin
Email: rpozin@hotmail.com
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 14:06:30

Message

Does anyone have Afghanistan photos of Third Platoon, Able Company, 2/503rd (especially 1st squad)? Thanks, Ron


Name: TO AMANDA
Email: letters and pkg
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 13:57:33

Message

Thanks Amanda, Im an Italian girl and I was trying to figure out how to send letters and pkg to my boyfriend because I don't know any other way to do it unless by using the Italian mail system. so if you find out that's the right way to do it, I'll go ahead!


Name: SF
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 13:10:36

Message

Thomas - It is great that you heard from your son, however I don't think it's a good idea to post their location. I am also famiiar with the website, my husband is part of that unit, but the website was only given to famiies, and we should really use caution as to how we post. I'm not saying anything to make you upset, I just know that you want to protect the safety of your loved one, as do I. Again, I am SO glad that you heard from your son. And I pray for my husband, your son, and all of our troops everyday.


Name: Thomas Hunter
Email: thunter@accumepartners.com
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 11:29:49

Message

Some news about 1st Platoon, Battle Co, 2/503d from our son Thomas. As you may know from the company commander's message of the 18th on the Battle Hard website, this platoon is stationed in Khandahar. Thomas is one of seemingly many 173d veterans from Iraqi Freedom. He sent an email indicating that everybody in 1st platoon is extremely busy but well. He wanted to pass along that members of his squad and a number of his personal buddies said to say hello on the website. So here goes to all friends and family in B-Co: --------------------------------- Without any details, they just got back from a 17 hour mission, they are dog tired but good. These are all good kids parents and having gone through this before, I thought even "indirect" correspondence would be a lift.


Name: 1508pir.com webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 10:00:38

Message

pictures of the 1-508 are organized by company at this website. I post them everyday as I receive them from the companies. http://public.fotki.com/fury1508/


Name: A. Betler
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 09:33:26

Message

This goes to my brother in law SPC Edmond D. Juan, I hope that everything is ok with you and just wanted to congrate you and Ribana for your baby that is coming in August. I heard today the wonderful news that it will be a girl and I know you will be some wonderful parents for this little princess of yours. We pray for you and hope that you can come to Germany when your baby is there.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 09:17:02

Message

Jay - your best bet for video is to contact the 22d Army Support Group Public Affairs office in Vicenza. They can be reached directly at editor@setaf.army.mil and they can help you out. Also, if you haven't done it already, check this week's edition of "The Outlook" from Vicenza and the front page article about the soldiers. It can be found at www.22asg.vicenza.army.mil, then just click the "Outlook" logo in the top right corner. Best of luck ---


Name: Jay
Email: jb@cinci.rr.com
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 08:41:49

Message

Any video footage from today's memorial in Vicenza? Daniel Freeman's family would love to see anything that's available, contact me directly if you can burn/send a CD with the footage. Thanks Jay


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 05:44:02

Message

The memorial at Caserme was very moving! There was such an outpouring of love and support! The very sad part was when they did the roll call........... God Bless the families of our fallen heroes


Name: silvia
Email:
Date: 04/19/05
Time: 03:20:32

Message

Today at 13.00 here in Vicenza there will be a memorial service for the 4 brave mans dead in the helicopter crash, is a terrible loss for the community. But I just want to make everybody realize that they are in a beautiful and peaceful place with God who was waiting for them, and as Italian and catholic, they were probably welcome in heaven from Pope John Paul II who recently passed away! He always told us: “Don't be Afraid, God is with you”. We will always remember you guys, and may your soul rest in peace!


Name: Molly
Email: mollysue99@hotmail.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 22:06:38

Message

Thank you Mr. Bradley for the memorial video. I found it very difficult to watch but at the same time felt a sense of peace. I do not know the soldiers KIA however my heart and prayers go out to their families. In the back of my mind I realize that it could be my brother's life that was taken. I cannot imagine the grief and sorrow I would feel, however the support and prayers that everyone has shown towards the families of the soldiers that died defending our country has truly touched me. God bless you and your families in this difficult time, my as well as many others are praying for you. To the soldiers of the 173rd: take care of one another and come home safely. To my brother, PFC MKK, your sis IMA sends her love and prayers. I'm proud of you as well as the rest of those protecting our country. I love you and miss you. God bless you all, Molly G.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 20:28:38

Message

CPL Struble http://www.cutlerfuneral.com/ASIMAS/cutlerfuneral/service_schedule.jsp?domain_id=73&deceased_id=41086


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 20:13:46

Message

CPL Sacha Struble http://www.legacy.com/NWITimes/LegacySubPage2.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=3424371


Name: Missy, Luis Madrazo's mom
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 19:07:01

Message

SkyMomma, in order for pictures to get posted, somebody needs to send pictures to the Webmaster. Sometimes Mr. Bradley retrieves them from other sites. My son is in HHC 508, he e-mailed me pictures and I sent them to Mr. Bradley, once he verifies that there is no harm or potential dangerous information in them he posts them. He is very fast at doing so. Maybe sending our son/daughters digital cameras would be a good thing, that way they can click, download and send in a matter of minutes. Kodak has a very good inexpensive digital camera, EasyShare cx7300 that sells at Wal-Mart for about 75.00 and it includes batteries and the cables to download to a computer, it only has memory for 10 pictures so you might want to invest on an additional memory chip, about 30.00. Sometimes pictures speak louder than words. As parents and loved ones, we can read their thoughts in their smiles or frowns.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 18:51:19

Message

Does anyone else here have anyone in the 3rd platoon, B co. 1/508?


Name: Cathy D.
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 18:38:59

Message

Keep looking at all the pictures folks, i found my son this weekend.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 18:11:52

Message

As far as I know there is no pictures of the 2nd/503 on here. I assume they have not been provided as of yet. Go the the Chosen Few website. There are two new updates but only of Platoon One.


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 17:45:22

Message

Thanks Cindy!!! And God Bless our troops!


Name: Karla R.
Email: Karla.Robator@quinnipiac.edu
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 13:52:41

Message

Our hearts and prayers are with you always.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 13:33:18

Message

1. CPL. FREEMAN, funeral details. Funeral is on the 20th, Weil Funeral Home, 8350 Cornell Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 (513) 469-9345.

2. CPL. STRUBLE, funeral details. No date for the funeral yet. Cutler Funeral Home, 2900 Monroe St., LaPorte, IN. 46350.

3. SSG. WOODARD, funeral details. Friday the 22nd of April at 1400, Stallings Memorial Chapel, 307 S Church St, Hertford, North Carolina 27944, Phone: (252) 426-9135.


Name: Judy Thomas
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 13:09:12

Message

Here is a link to the article Christy is talking about ... http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtmltype=topNews&storyID=8199928&src=rss/topNews


Name: Christy Alipio
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 12:04:53

Message

Just want to update everyone on the mail theft issue we had weeks ago. Coincidentally, my husband who is a police Lt. in the East Palo Alto police dept. was approached by a lady with Postal Inspectors who was going to be serving warrants in his town. The USPS has been so busy with packages for soldiers overseas they've had to hire an outside company to process them. These are the individuals that have been stealing from our soldiers!!! My husband said it looked like a mini Best Buy in one of the houses they hit. Laptops, DVD players, CD players, MP3's, etc. This is just the beginning so we'll have to wait and see how things go. I understand it's a federal offense and penalties are stiff but won't know the outcome for awhile. We'll let you know what happens. A big hello to all the guys and girls overseas, you make us all so proud. God bless you all. Take care of each other.


Name: denise schreurs
Email: deniseitaly
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 10:46:19

Message

hey love i just want to let you know that you are the best husband in the world, me and Sean we are so proud you ,we love and well miss you.


Name: Ericka Grigsby
Email: egrigsby@dfamilk.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 10:21:43

Message

Clayton, I don't know if you will be able to read this, but I just wanted to say Happy Birthday!! I love you very much and hope to have you home soon. I hope that you will be able to have a good B-day where you are at. Our birthday celebration just isn't the same without you here. I pray for you each and everyday and I can't wait to see you again. I am very proud of you! love, your twinkie. To all the 173rd, Keep up the good work and I pray that each and every one of you come home safe.


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 09:14:42

Message

Sky Momma, When you've gotten to the 173rd Airborne site (this one!) look to the right side of the screen and you'll see Photos of Afghanistan. Click on that line and lots of page numbers will come up, all the pages up to about page 40 or so are filled with pictures from this deployment. Good Luck, Another Sky Momma


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 09:14:19

Message

This is for SSG Michael Grabski Aco 2/503rd.Hi ,We miss you, I'm mailing off stuff today, Your cousin pat, don have sent you alot of packages through the soldiers angels, its wonderful to have family that support the soldiers, we ,they are very proud to have you service our country. Just remember we keep you in our hearts everyday. love mom


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 08:36:09

Message

How do the photos work? I see some of you saying you've seen pics of your loved ones. Are the ones on this site new or older? I'm looking for any photos of 2/503 Chosen Company. I have seen the ones on the Chosen website, but wondered if there is a source for more? Thanks!


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 08:28:58

Message

How do the photos work? I see some of you saying you've seen pics of your loved ones. Are the ones on this site new or older? I'm looking for any photos of 2/503 Chosen Company. I have seen the ones on the Chosen website, but wondered if there is a source for more? Thanks!


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 08:19:34

Message

I just viewed the memorial video for the first time. I just wasn't ready to see it before. Not sure that we are ever ready for that. After watching it I just wanted to say to each and every Soldier, family member, friend and any other relationship you might be, we are blessed for having all these heroes!! I pray each and every day for their safe return. May we always remember those we've lost and live each day to the fullest. I just like any of you have good days and bad days. I know our guy's are suffering over there and missing us as much as we miss them. I too look forward to those phone calls, emails, and letters. They are what get me through and I can tell you I re-read them many times. It will be a tough week for those who lost Soldiers and I will pray for you everyday. My love to you "D" each and every moment of everyday. Come home safe, keep your head down and I can't wait to hear your voice.


Name: mary
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 08:12:47

Message

I think you can send flyers, the won't arm anybody!


Name: L.
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 08:11:34

Message

I just want to say hello to all the 173rd!


Name: Amanda
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 07:29:40

Message

On the address format, I believe it is Italian girls trying to figure out how to send mail through the Italian postal system which is totally different from the USPS or the military mailing system. I work at the Family Assistance Center and will try to get the answer and post it on here in a few days.


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 07:28:44

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SON. Your twin sister misses you and birthday didn't seem the same without you there with her. We miss you and hope to hear from you soon. We have already heard a little in a round about way but wish that you were where you could call and email but I know you can't for now. Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you on your birthday. Our prayers are with you and all the other sky soldiers there with you. We pray for your endurance, knowledge, readiness, and most of all your safety. We talk to Amanda weekly and she is doing good. We love you, Mom, Dad, Reid, Tracy, Gilly, Ericka, the pups-Ike and Josh, and Jesse Cat.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 07:00:26

Message

For the person inquiring about the address format, it is correct except I just put the APO AE 09354, and do not include NY


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 06:59:31

Message

Thank you Mr. Bradley for updating the Legion Album and for the memorial video for the 508th!! It is always great to see a loved ones face. The memorial brought a tear to my eye. my heart aches for the families. I prayer that they will find comfort in God, for he is our only refuge.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 05:58:27

Message

To Linda Tadir - first of all, our sincere condolences to your and Daniel's family. Our thoughts will be with you this week as you lay him to rest in Ohio. AS far as the mail goes, unless you checked on the customs label to leave undeliverable mail at the APO rather than return to sender, it must be returned to the family by the military postal service. Unfortunately, they do not have the authority to decide that some items will not be returned.


Name:
Email: letters & pkg
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 04:29:00

Message

sorry if I ask this again but i just want to be 100% sure Im doing it in the right way! so if I wanted to send a letter from Italy to Andy Smith in C Co. 1-508th(just an example)I do this: Andy Smith TF 1-508th/C Co. 1st/508th APO AE, New York 09354, USA is this the right way to do it?


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 03:52:35

Message

We heard from our soldier, Will, yesterday on the net. He sounds good, in good spirits, and still involved in his mission. He is in 1-508 C Co, they are still at their FOB and the sandstorms have died down a bit. He said the food is not too bad. The SAT phones seem to be very unreliable because he hasn't called us since he got there, thank God for the internet! He is receiving mail every week or so now so that is great, and so far all packages have reached him safe and sound. Will, if you see this thanks for all you do, we think and pray for you and all of your buddies every day and we so look forward to seeing you on your R&R. Love Mom and Dad


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 03:18:35

Message

The HQs&HQs Company of the 508 - Hey guys, we love you and would love to see you send Mr.Bradley some pictures. Would love to see your faces. Stay safe.


Name: Linda Tadir
Email: linda.tadir@intel.com
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 02:22:28

Message

Mr Bradley (or WebMaster): We sent Daniel a care package that he will never receive. We would like that this package goes to the guys in his troop- and isn't sent back to us or his family. Could you tell me how we can ensure that will happen. Many thanks. Daniel's aunt, Linda


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/18/05
Time: 01:44:36

Message

COME ON ENGINEERS SEND SOME PHOTOS TO MR. BRADLEY!


Name: Proud Sky Soldier Mom....
Email: Carousel99@aol.com
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 21:42:43

Message

What a wonderful treat to be awakened in the middle of the night, by a cheerful voice, from half-way around the world...saying...HI! MOM, What's up??? They must really train these guys to be cheerful and perky, because Tanner sounded GREAT on the phone. All the things that seem like such huge discomforts to me, he laughs about and seems to accept as just part of an infantryman's life. Said it's very windy, dry and dusty where he is (wherever in the world that may be!) Said food is ok...but send microwaveable stuff...PLEASE. Said...keep sending cards and letters, and reassured me I could never write TO MUCH! Said they have 110 power in his tent ..and 'real" beds. He is Able-co 503...said he's getting mail ..they get a 'drop" every week or so. Said computer is hard to use, only one for a bunch of guys, and I assume it's not to easy to get to phone either. He talked a bit about the patrols, and base duties. All in all ..it was one of those short...deeply treasured phone calls. I feel like I'll be measuring my year...in phone calls, e-mails ..and occasional letters. the day's between contact start to drag by ..then I get a call and it's over way to quick! To any sky soldiers reading this ..Know you've got a lot of folks thinking of you guys...and praying for you-all Very proud, to excited to go back to sleep...Airborne Mom Vicki!


Name: to tammy
Email: from rock wife
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 10:58:44

Message

if you have a mailbox on post where you're at you *should* be able to send the package for free.. as long as the return address is an apo, it's supposed to be free.. i lived on post in the us before here, and because i got my mail delivered to my house and not at the post office, i had to pay, but if you do have that apo post box, you should be clear... and again if anyone reading this knows me to be wrong please correct me!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 10:18:48

Message

Louie, You can send him posters but if they move to a new FOB or base, they are probably going to get ruined in transit. Mostly, we just hung stuff up from magazines or photos that were sent from home. They much easier to pack up in your gear. As for sheets, I don't think that would be a good idea. Laundry is not that reliable and I would think that those sheets would get pretty nasty. Plus, most guys are using cots until they get settled in.


Name: to filippo's mom
Email:
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 09:35:36

Message

filippo's mom, that poem brought a tear to my eye... thank you! and thanks to all the soldiers deployed.


Name: JRG
Email:
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 09:00:33

Message

To FLippo's Mom, Thank you! That was a great poem!!! I Loved it!! It's great to see stuff like that and on this message board. I am definitely going to pass that one along!


Name: Flippo's Mom
Email: "I've Got Your Back"
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 08:48:08

Message

I sent this to my son on Friday and he really liked it. This poem was written by Autumn Parker in 2003 when her husband a Green Beret was at the time serving in Iraq. "I've Got Your Back!" I am a small and precious child, my dads been sent to fight...The only place I'll see his face, is in my dreams at night. He will be gone too many days for my young mind to keep track. I may be sad, but I am proud. My daddy's got your back.**I am a caring mother, my son has gone to war...My mind is filled with worries that I have never known before. Every day I try to keep my thoughts from turning black. I may be scared, but I am proud. My son has got your back.**I am a strong and loving wife, with a husband who had to go...There are times I'm terrified in a way most never know. I bite my lip, and force a smile as I watch my husband pack... My heart may break, but I am proud. My husband's got your back.**I am a soldier...Serving proudly, standing tall. I fight for freedom, yours and mine by answering this call. I do my job while knowing, the thanks it sometimes lacks. Say a prayer that I'll come home. It's me who's got your back.//Thank you to all our Sky Soldiers and their families. Patti (Matthew's mom)


Name: 1508pir webmaster
Email: From Tammy
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 05:57:32

Message

Thank you for your response on the mail information. I greatly appreciate it. I live on a base in the states and I thought maybe I could have sent it from here free. Thanks again.


Name: To Rock Wife
Email: From Tammy
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 05:56:32

Message

Thank you for your response on the mail information. I greatly appreciate it. I live on a base in the states and I thought maybe I could have sent it from here free. Thanks again.


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 05:32:58

Message

to mommiee222, I tried to email you and it was returned. Please contact me through my address if possible to exchange addresses. Thank you


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777@hotmail.com
Date: 04/17/05
Time: 04:31:02

Message

Am very sorry to hear about the soldiers who died in the helicopter crash. Lets hope they all come home soon. Question for you all. Have a friend in HHC. Would like to make his stay in Afghanistan as cheerful as possible. Can I send him a poster to hang in his barracks? Also...do most soldiers have twin beds? Am thinking a set of brightly colored, fresh sheets might be a nice gift. Thanks.


Name: Gina
Email: gina@hcnews.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 22:47:58

Message

I am so thankful for this site. I went to the new photo postings in the Sharks folder and found a picture of my loved one. A big thanks to Mr. Bradley for this site and also all of the family and friends that keep the spirits up. It will be a long year, but together we can make it through it. To all of the soldiers, keep one another safe and your chin up. My family, friends and I are all praying for a quick and safe return. Go Red Devils.


Name: D
Email: mommiee222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 22:10:44

Message

I have gotten the address for SPC. Freeman and SGT. Woodard and I am I hoping that some one has a contact address for SPC. Struble. Would someone e-mail me with it please? He was a friend of my son's. Thank you.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 18:31:49

Message

My son Spc. Garcia II is #90 in the sharks photo album. What a sweet surprise. Thanks to whoever took those photos. Arlene


Name: Flippo's Mom
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 17:05:09

Message

Check out the new photos under "Sharks" for the Combat Wombats from Alpha Co. 3rd Platoon. Matthew, I'm glad to see the camera does still work. Nice profile Matthew - #88, and the glasses add an interesting touch - #89. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday gift! Thank you!! I love you, Mom


Name: Samuel and Rebecca Birkan
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 14:45:26

Message

To every one who has posted here or e-mailed or written. We would like to say how truly grateful we are. The outpouring of sympathy has been amazing and truly helped us get through this trying time. It will be a while before we will be able to respond individually. As mentioned, Daniel's Funeral will be on Wed the 20th at 12 noon at the Weil Funeral home in Cincinnati. Sincerely Samuel and Rebecca Birkan


Name: Albe 2/503rd girlfriend
Email: pure__angel@hotmail.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 14:43:53

Message

I know that my boyfriend, who is in Able co 2/503, has microwaves where they are. I'm not sure about the other companies or anything. Also, the website for the warlords is not longer under construction. There is a link posted on the homepage for this website to their new website.


Name: Lily
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 13:41:20

Message

Does anyone know why A co. 503d websites are still under construction and if we'll have pics anytime soon?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 13:04:19

Message

does anyone know if the guys have a microwave over there?


Name: Liz
Email: tgonda@fuse.net
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 11:58:58

Message

I am going to Daniel's funeral on Wed.--he is finally home. I would like, if possible, the addresses for the other families to send condolences. Please email me privately if anyone has the address info, or what I could do that would be appropriate. Thank you in advance for any help, and God bless you & all your loved ones, overseas and stateside.


Name: rock wife
Email: tammy:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 10:26:48

Message

mail going out from ederle to downrange is free because it's an apo address, therefore can be shipped directly from a military post office to another military post office. mail being mailed off a us base has to use the us postal service, and can't just be tossed on a military flight going out.. hope that helps, and if i'm wrong, somebody correct me!


Name: Leanne Harmann
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 09:46:00

Message

I found the address of the funeral home that will be handling the arrangements for Daniel Freeman on line at www.anywho.com I will send my condolences there. I know it's hard to post personal information or addresses so maybe someone knows what funeral homes will handle arrangements for the Woodward and Struble families from articles in local papers. Please post if possible. We can look up address on the web. Thanks


Name: 1508pir webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 09:29:48

Message

also see this link for clear instructions http://www.1508pir.com/mail.htm


Name: 1508pir webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 09:28:20

Message

MAILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR OVERSEAS/US/ and Military bases overseas!!!!!! HOW TO MAIL STUFF! FROM THE USA YOUR SOLDIERS NAME TASK FORCE 1-508TH/ YOUR SOLDIERS COMPANY 1-508TH ATTN: YOUR SOLDIERS PLATOON OR SECTION APO AE 09354 POSTAGE REQUIRED FROM CASERA EDERLE OR US BASES OVERSEAS YOUR SOLDIERS NAME TASK FORCE 1-508TH/ YOUR SOLDIERS COMPANY 1-508TH ATTN: YOUR SOLDIERS PLATOON OR SECTION APO AE 09354 WRITE MPS INSTEAD OF A STAMP AND IT IS FREE FROM LOCAL OVERSEAS LOCATIONS YOUR SOLDIERS NAME TASK FORCE 1-508TH/ YOUR SOLDIERS COMPANY 1-508TH ATTN: YOUR SOLDIERS PLATOON OR SECTION APO AE, NEW YORK 09354 USA POSTAGE REQUIRED YOUR PACKAGE OR LETTER WILL GO ALL THE WAY TO NEW YORK THEN ON TO AFGHANISTAN


Name: Amanda
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 09:21:55

Message

Where are the web pages for Delta Battery?? And pictures?? If any Delta Battery soldier sees this, you need to get some things on here for people to see. We like to see pictures and have updates of how you all are doing! :-)


Name: Tammy
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 09:19:33

Message

I have a question. Someone mentioned if mailing from Ederle, that the mail goes out free. What makes the rate free? I know that the mail from Afghanistan and Iraq are free for them to ship to us but we pay for shipping to them. Maybe I totally misunderstood to? Thanks for the help.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 08:49:52

Message

Has anyone heard anything about 2/B/503 ?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 08:02:53

Message

thank you all for your concern about sending packages. when my bf went to iraq, i asked one of his friend to send a letter for me and he said that at the post office they told him that its illegal to send letters or pkgs for othre people. but again, if its for their safety...


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 07:52:52

Message

I was just wondering...can you send the guys water guns through the mail or is that bad to do???


Name: EA
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 07:37:38

Message

hi! yesterday i decided to write an email to SETAF and ask more information about sending packages to our bf's in Afgh. I C&P the info i got. I hope it helps! --- The best way I can think of, not being able to send it through the Italian mail system, would be to find someone on the Caserma that would be able to mail it for you. It would also be free that way as well ... The only other option I know of would be to send it to a friend (perhaps his parents) in the United States. --- take care EA


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 07:31:47

Message

I was just wondering...can you send the guys water guns through the mail or is that bad to do???


Name: Paul and Teri Cross
Email: thecrosses@alltel.net
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 07:21:10

Message

We are parents of a 173rd soldier. We would appreciate the addresses of the three fallen soldiers' families so we too can send a card. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families as well as all of the families of the 173rd. When one hurts, we all hurt. Thank you Webmaster for the job you are doing for all of us.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 06:36:06

Message

679 Photos posted to include LRSD, 508th & memorial photos, starting on page http://www.173rdairborne.net/AF-1.htm also link to memorial video established http://www.173rdairborne.com/KIA-afghan.htm


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 03:38:50

Message

If any guy in Afghanistan happens to read this message board, could you please tell Sgt Jason Morse that his landlord says hi? I hope all guys are doing good.


Name: rob & silvia
Email: info@postpartyzone.com
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 02:31:00

Message

Hello, I am trying to find a Point of Contact In Afghanistan, to send some advertising flyers for the deployed soldiers and civilians From Caserma Ederle! If somebody is willing to help me out please send me an e-mail with name and unit, and I am available for more explanation too! Thanks.


Name: 1508pir.com webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/16/05
Time: 00:03:40

Message

the memorial video has been reposted at www.1508pir.com click on memorial video and it will begin playing in windows media player. 1508pir.com Webmaster


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 22:35:12

Message

Is anyone else having trouble with the http://battlehard.com site? My computer is having all sorts of problems, so not sure if it's just the computer. Once I get into the site, I can't scroll down below "home"--"home" is the only thing that shows in the left hand box, and I can't adjust the size of the box to get to what is below "home". Thanks!


Name: daisyjo
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 21:53:10

Message

there is an update on the chosen 2/503 webpage http://www.chosen2503abn.com/


Name: webmaster of 1508pir.com
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 21:48:42

Message

Mailing from none US installations from overseas: Mail sent from outside the APO system (like your friends in Germany, Italy, Australia) can be sent as follows (in the example I will use 508th address) Joe Snuffy Task Force 1-508th/HHC 1-508th(his company in the example I use HHC) APO AE, NEW YORK 09354 USA This address works we have validated it on the ground here (One soldier has recieved mail from his wife from australia) This works because all mail sent to an APO from any normal address routes to New York and then to the final destination via the Military Postal Service (mps). Hence a letter from overseas goes through the international mail all the way to New York and then into the MPS System to our the troops. The address has not changed for mail from the states or families in Italy on post using the MPS


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 21:08:30

Message

I wanted to let everyone know,that i recieved a wonderful email from our son.He is with the Able Co 2-503rd.Everyone there is good,and they have alot of mud.My sons email made be think of how good we have it here in the United States.We are so proud of the 173.GO AIRBORNE.From a very proud mom,debbie


Name: "Doc" Wicks, John AKA The Roach
Email: tsunami3jfw@yahoo.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 20:15:01

Message

This is for my 1/508th (Sook, Perry, Guizar, Wilson, and Etc) medics, just wanted to say "Keep your head up and hope to see you soon on the return if and when I'm assigned to FSB or lucky enough to come back as a "Red Devil". Take care fellows, "I'm Out B..."


Name: Mom and Dad
Email: Jund1977@Yahoo.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 19:36:00

Message

Our son is in the 2/503. He is in Afghanistan. Can someone tell us how the message board works. Are the soldiers able to see these messages or are we the only ones. Are these printed out and posted so they can see this information. We are proud of our " SKY SOLDIER" and all of the others. We pray all of our sky soldiers stay safe. Love Mom and Dad of a sky soldier.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 17:14:10

Message

HHC-COME ON GUYS, SEND MR. BRADLEY SOME PICTURES.


Name: jean
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 16:16:52

Message

Hey my son if you see this know that we are all well and doing great we miss you and want you to know we love you so very much and our proud of you our prayers are with you be careful ok Love you mom and family


Name: Scott Chamley
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 15:15:42

Message

To the families who lost loved ones in Afghanistan, know that you are in our prayers. God Bless each and everyone of you in time of need. Sincerely, Scott Chamley


Name: Monica Ward
Email: monica.ward@att.net
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 14:58:54

Message

Our family would like to send cards as well to the Freeman, Woodard and Struble families. Could you please send the addresses to my personal email too? Thanks - PFC Ward's Mom


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 14:49:53

Message

Do we have an address where to send cards to Samuel and Rebecca Birken? If an addresses wasn't posted but we're allowed to get the address via e-mail, I'm: KaySA99@hotmail.com and put something about 173rd in subject line so it doesn't get deleted... Thanks much. ~Karen~


Name: Leanne Harmann
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 14:15:10

Message

I too would like to know where to send cards for the other two soldiers. You may email me privately also. Mom of Andy 1-508 C. Co.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 14:11:55

Message

would be possible to see some pics from HHC, maybe also from engineers? thanks


Name: D. & M. Leeman
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 12:00:19

Message

I would like to know if anyone has an address to send cards to for SGT. Woodard and SPC. Struble? If you could post it that would be Great! If you do not want to post it you may e-mail me privately with them Thank You. Donna


Name: Mike and Carol McCarthy
Email: mlloman67@hotmail.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 11:12:56

Message

Our hearts go out to the families of those who were lost in the helecopter crash in Aphganistan. We are familiar with the pain you are feeling. Our son Cory served with A/508 th in Iraq and we keep a close eye on what's happening.Cory can not read the message board,because still deals with the scars he has from his injuries. His councellor advises him not to read messages since it triggers flashbacks for him. He sill feels guilt at not being there for the men he used to treat.We as his parents are his link to the 173rd however.We all feel your loss and hope for your comfort that will be given by families of the 173rd through the rough months ahead of you. We would have had a tougher time if it had not been for the support the 173rd families gave us. God bless you all and may God help you through this time in your lives.


Name: italian wife!
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 10:53:30

Message

After 7 years married to an american, the best and only way to send packages are getting the package inside caserma ederle, with a friend! trust me!


Name: joseph walker
Email: jpwalkeriii@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 10:51:03

Message

Oops my email address was posted incorrectly- should read jpwalkeriii@sbcglobal.net. thanks


Name: Joseph Walker
Email: jpwalker@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 10:47:20

Message

Use this mailing address (Name of Soldier-first name last name) TF Bayonet HHC 2/503 SCOUTS APO AE 09355 RE: APO address for HHC 2/503 This is the address (above) my son e-mailed to me. You should add whatever platoon to the address if you son isn't in Scouts. As yet no land mail has gotten to him but e-mail communication has been estabished. From his perspective, everyone is doing fine. Good luck,


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 10:14:04

Message

Able Company is 503rd...Alpha Company is 508th. There should be zero confusion


Name: to italian girlfriends/ supporters/friends
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 09:30:34

Message

When my friend was in Iraq, I mailed him a couple of letters using the italian post office. I wrote his address on the envelope and the person at the post office asked me what kind of address it was, and I said "look he's actually deployed in Iraq" so the guy added "Iraq" on the envelope. I was also told that all the mail going to APO adresses is sent to New York in the States and then the military post takes care of it. I don't really know if my letters went through the ederle post office or were shipped to New York, I just know he got them, even if I really doubted it at that time. But it looks like every single italian post office acts its own way. The best way to mail stuff is always someone who can go on post and mail it for you. You'll be sure he gets everything. Just my 2 cents.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 09:23:58

Message

the best thing you can to in order to send that package, is actually knowing someone who's still in Ederle. if you can get inside, somehow (LEGALLY, that is!), you can send the package from there. usually, they ask you a list of the items inside, your address and the address of your boyfriend in Afgh. then, the package is sent to the states and then to Afgh. hope that helps! EA


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 09:00:43

Message

Don't confuse Able company 503rd with Able company 508th. They are in different Battalions and I am assuming are in a different area of Afghanistan.


Name: for italian girls
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 08:51:39

Message

DON'T PUT IN THE ADDRESS CASERMA EDERLE, I DID WHEN MY BF WAS IN IRAQ THE BOXES USED TO SENT ME BACK AND THERE WAS WROTE THAT MY BF REFUSED...NOT TRUTH..


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 08:46:21

Message

Does anyone know the address for the HHC 2/503rd?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 08:22:03

Message

The address for A co is........TF 1/508 Co. A 1/508 APO AE 09354


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 08:05:24

Message

I hope this helps for the address. I copied this from Chosen company's web site. I'm assuming Able company is in the same Task Force (Bayonet) and has the same zip. If someone knows different, please correct me because this is the address we have been using for HHC 2/503rd. First and Last Name (Note that you should not include rank) TF Bayonet / A co 2-503 APO AE 09355


Name: Able Co. 2-503d
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 07:42:34

Message

Has anyone heard much from the soldiers of Able co. 2-503d? I got a short 2 line message april 2nd saying they got there ok. I wish they had pictures up or their webiste running! So frustrating...I dont even know if I have to correct address for writting. If anyone can help me out, much appreciated! - Rebecca


Name: HI from Oregon
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 07:24:15

Message

Do the soldiers check this message site as much as the families. If they do, please pass this message to Keith H;C co 2/503 2nd platoon. Take care of yourself, we love you and are praying for you everyday! Mom and Dad


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 07:17:28

Message

For the person wanting the address of A-co- 1/508th TF-1/508 A-CO/1-508TH APO AE 09630 IF YOU KNOW THE PLATOON YOU CAN PUT IT AFTER OR BEFORE HIS COMPANY


Name: Jenni
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 07:06:30

Message

SGT JOE MCCREARY....Thank you so much for the 4am wake up call this morning! It was so great to hear your voice! I miss you and love you more and more as each day passes! I can't wait for you to come home! I love you baby!!!!!!!


Name: denise
Email: deniseitaly
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 06:29:59

Message

to spc rodney michael shreurs 13 military police company,we love you babe.hurry home


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 05:26:35

Message

Also, Battle Co. 2/503rd has pictures on their web site. http://battlehard.com


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 05:24:09

Message

There are a few pictures on the 2/503rd web site. Less than 10, but they are there. Web site is www.rock2503.com


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 03:59:41

Message

Isn't it ironic - during Iraq, all we saw was photos of the 503rd. Over and over and over. It was almost like the 508th wasn't even there. But that's how the photos came into Mr. Bradley and this time around, it's just the opposite. The 503rd will get it figured out here soon and don't forget, they went into Afghanistan a little later, so they are still getting moved and settled. Life is full of twists.


Name: silvia
Email: To italian girls!
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 03:31:30

Message

To the Italian girls that want to send packages: write the address as your boyfriends told you to, then at the end put: VIA CASERMA EDERLE 36100 Vicenza, so you know that they will send it on caserma ederle and from then the Americans will take care! Just so you know..... Usually it takes forever! Ciao


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 02:57:34

Message

As for what photos I post! First of all - Need to get the photos! 508th is way out in front on the photos. Other units have been dragging in getting their photos sent to me. So if you want your unit posted ...send the photo, it is that simple.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 00:23:05

Message

Are all of the photos posted so far, of the 508th? Has anyone heard from anyone in 2/503 B Co. 3rd platoon?


Name: Rose
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 00:19:13

Message

To the Italian girls... I try to send the first package to my boyfriend, he's in 2/503. At the post office, they just looked at my, after reading the addres, and I told them is an American address, so they put USA on the back.I don't know if will work, I'll let you know.....I do not have any other kind of problems.. Sure, wasn't really a package, was a big envelope with the plastic inside... It was just for the first try.I hope this could help.Ciao


Name: MOM
Email: mom@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 00:18:12

Message

TO FORT BRAGG, CALIFORNIA'S THREE SKY SOLDIERS, JAKE SWANSON, THOMAS WALSH AND MIKE ERICKSON--Hi guys! Hope you are all doing well, I would sure love to hear from you! Jake, I sent a box off to you today. "T" and Mike, please send me your addresses, I'd love to write to you and send you some goodies once in awhile. "T", awesome picture of you and the donkeys posted on page 20, 21, 22 (somewhere in there!--your dad and Cathy couldn't find it--duh!). Heck, I don't even know if any of you guys will see this message. Mike, I'm going to call Carol and see how she is holding up, see if she has heard anything from you and get your address from her. Michelle wants it also. Jake, you'd better call home--your mother misses you!!! You know how I get when I don't hear from you, so if you don't want me calling the Colonel or the President, you'd better call home! We're proud of all of you guys. Stay safe! Love you & miss you! Mom


Name: to the italian girls
Email:
Date: 04/15/05
Time: 00:13:15

Message

u've to send the box max 2 kg to u.s.a. with post priority, so italian post office will send to germany and from there they'll understand that's for afganistan and send to ur bf.for me works al the time...baci


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 22:58:57

Message

I am sorry about the post below. I accidently pressed send before I was finished with my message: I would like to say thank you to all of the families of fallen the soldiers for the dedication you taught them when they were younger. They have made the ultimate sacrafice. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. They will NOT be forgotten. May you be comforted in your time of sarrow and know that your sons legacy will live on forever. I pray that time will ease the pain and that the memories will live on forever. -Gina


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 22:52:03

Message

I would like to say thank you to all of the families of fallen the soldiers. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. They will NOT be forgotten. May you be comforted in your time of sarrow and know that your sons legacy will live on forever. -Gina


Name: Timohy Bellanca
Email: liltim4444@hotmail.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 21:20:33

Message

Mr. Bradley, i jus wanted to know if you will be posting or when you will be posting any Delta Battery 319th pictures, that is my unit and would like to some of my fellow artillery men, i am sure you won't get pictures from my FOB unless we send the in ourselves because it is hard to get anything out here to us, being no-one wants to really fly here. but i am sure you could out up pictures of our guys from the other FOBs who have less action. signing out from Lwara, Afghanistan aka Camp Tillman


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 19:32:19

Message

Daniel Freeman's Funeral will be held at Noon on Wednesday the 20th at Weil Funeral Home in Mongtomery (Cincinnati), Ohio.


Name: mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 19:16:23

Message

Drew, I have learned from my nephew John (who I think has his whole life tatooed on him - I think he thinks he'll forget) that tatoos are very personal and maybe if you have "In Memory of" above the symbol it would show greater respect. Tradtionally military symbols are tatooed by those who have served in those units. You might talk to some of your local Veterans and see what their take on it is. I don't have tatoos although my son had one on his shoulder - it was one I had drawn. It was also sadly how I identified him. GOod luck with what you find out.


Name: maryann
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 18:03:55

Message

GREAT PICTURES RYAN, NICE MUSTACHE!!!! hope i spelled that right


Name: Drew Newman
Email: dnewma20@student.scad.edu
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 17:45:15

Message

I'm posting again, and I hope someone responds. thanks to the few that emailed me concerning my last post. I am still waiting for my best friend Daniel Freeman to be shipped home so I can attend the funeral. It's interesting because I was just doing drawings of my grandfather's navigator wings from world war 2, which I was planning to get tattood on my left breast. Ive been wanting to get some ink done and I want it to be meaningful, and I at least think thats a nice way to pay my respects, because Im growing more and more afraid of losing his actual wings wearing them around. My question is this: Would it be insulting to the Red Devil unit if i got a tattoo of their symbol on my upper arm, with Daniel's name beneath it. I feel that physically changing a part of my body into a memoriam to him isn't a bad idea, but I am open to other people's thoughts of course, so please tell me what you think of that. Thanks -Drew


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 17:34:03

Message

29 pages, 605 photos posted!


Name: Michele
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 16:48:38

Message

Hi What a great surprise I got an e-mail from my son, (503rd Chosen co), when I got home from work today. He is doing well and said its getting hot but he doesn't mind as its better than snow! He already took some pictures and is working out in the gym on base. SO far so good. I am so glad to finally have some contact with him. I don't know where he is exactly but I'll find out as I've become pretty good at reading what's not there!!! Maybe I should join the ARMY!! HA HA I'd be worse than PVT. Benjiman. Okay tonite I sleep. Talk soon Michele D.


Name: Another Oregon Mom
Email: jharpoon@comcast.net
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 14:19:39

Message

To the Oregon Mom with a son in 2nd platoon of C Co. 2/503 who wrote on 04/08/05 that she would like to hear from others because she doesn't her from her son much...I could have written that letter. My son is also in 2nd platoon of Chosen Co. If you want write to me at the address above, I would like to have an e-mail correspondence. Maybe we can help each other through a very long year. To all the other parents of the 173rd, I hold all of the soldiers and their families dear and remember them in my prayers. Keep a good thought!


Name: Annette Tewell
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 14:14:29

Message

Just a quick note to Ssg Haynes and the herd. You are loved and supported. Keep up the good work. Jas, I am so proud of you as are your bro and sisters. We are looking forward to seeing you sometime this summer--maybe. Stay safe, pray and praise God. He will bring you through this, and hopefully, you guys will find the other bad guy and help end this situation. Love you more, Mom


Name: Monica Ward
Email: monica.ward@att.net
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 13:41:22

Message

Mr. Bradley: Thank you for posting the link with the memorial video. This is an incredible tribute to the fallen soldiers and their families. As sobering as this video is, I have to agree with Donna Leeman in saying that it gives parents the connection that is so needed right now. Watching the rest of our soldiers' as they pay tribute truly tugs at your heart, and makes you understand how much they all need our support and prayers even more. Thanks again, Monica Ward


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 13:41:09

Message

Sorry to report I had to pull the video until I can resolve some bandwidth issues. I will keep you post and hope to have it back up soon.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 12:55:27

Message

Does anyone have the address for A Co. 1/508th? Thanks in advance.


Name: To the italian girl
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 12:53:56

Message

which unit is your boyfriend in? and the other 4 girls' boyfriends?


Name: christy alipio
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 09:43:21

Message

Just FYI the song is I can only imagine by Mercy Me, it's their first CD I think. The whole CD is great, you can get it at most Christian bookstores.


Name: SGT. Wilson, Shane D.
Email: skellington1880@yahoo.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 09:42:46

Message

Hey Lady! Hope everything is going good on the home front. Thank you all for the love and support you are showing us. I read the messages when I was in Iraq and I will continue to read them while here in Afghanistan. I would also like to send my condolences to our fallen comrades' families. They will be forever remembered.


Name: Donna Leeman
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 09:08:27

Message

Thank you Mr. Bradley for the video. It helps me to connect with our soldier's feelings a little more and I needed to feel that connection with my son right now. What they are going through now only God can comfort them completely. Our prayers and thought go out to Our Fallen Soldiers and their families


Name: R. Hormann
Email: rhormann@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 09:08:12

Message

To our solider, Justin Hormann, C-Co 2/503: Hi Son. We hope all is well with you and all the members of the 173rd. We've received the box you shipped and have mailed 2 boxes to you. We plan on mailing more, so let us know if there's anything specific you or your buddies need or would like. Please take care of yourself and stay focused. We're all very proud of the job you're doing, and send you our love and support. Keep in touch as you can.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 08:38:59

Message

Thank you old soldier, I didn't realize to click on the memorial. We have a young man that sings that song in church a few times a year. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families and loved ones of the Fallen Heroes always; the song You Can Only Imagine is special in itself but now I can 'Imagine' the day I will meet all twelve of our 'Fallen Heroes'. God Bless you all.


Name: Flippo's Mom
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 08:32:52

Message

The video was very moving - thank you Mr. Bradley. This has hit our men hard but they will continue to move forward and why not with four very special Guardian Angels watching over all of them. Thank you for the website Mr. Bradley. Patti


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 08:09:58

Message

i'm an Italian girl i want to send a box to my bf to Afghanistan but i don't know how. we r 4 girls in the same situation. does anyone know what i have to do?


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 07:37:32

Message

To Mr. Bradley and CPT Popiak -- thanks for the video of the memorial service for these three outstanding young men. I know this loss was especially tough and we share in your grief. I for one, feel much better having viewed the memorial and feeling like I was able to participate in saying Thank You and Goodbye to these men - we appreciate your sharing them with us.


Name: jay
Email: jb@cinci.rr.com
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 07:34:47

Message

Thank you for the link to the Memorial Video Pictures. It was really powerful and appreciated! I saw the soldiers writing in orange books, can anyone tell me what those are? Jay


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 07:18:11

Message

Thank-you Mr. Bradley for the video.


Name: Genny Lanza Harding
Email: genny.lanza@cheapnet.it
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 04:47:46

Message

TO SGT JASON HARDING. Ciao Piccolo! I hope you're fine. I miss you and I love you more than anything! With all of my love. Your wife.


Name: Marisa
Email: marilb_5@yahoo.it
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 03:24:44

Message

To Mrs Wilson: I just send to you an e-mail I hope we can keep in touch!! For all the families GOD bless you all!!! For Joe I love you very much please be careful "ALWAYS" I miss you very much.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/14/05
Time: 02:18:34

Message

To Ralph Berry there will be a memorial at Caserma on 19 April at 1300hrs


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 21:08:44

Message

Karen Yes, I am sure your sky soldier would love it. Ebay has some great challenge coins on there. I don't know if your son was in Iraq with the Herd but I have found some awesome Operation Iraqi freedom Coins with the 173rd on them. The rest of the 173rd coins on there are all with Vietnam logos on them. The ebay ones can be found by doing a search using "173rd" and for Iraqi Freedom Ones are found searching "Operation Iraqi Freedom Coins" Just scroll through the results until you see the ones that you like. There is an awesome 173rd OIF coin there that I ordered and its one of the best coins ive ever seen.


Name: sam
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 20:28:48

Message

hey bro how are we are very proud of you and love you very much i know i don't say it very often carl jones be your sister is proud of what you do miss you very much love from me and the kids sam stay safe run fast your in my prayers so is the rest of the 173rd


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 20:14:56

Message

Hi to my sky soldier in C Co/2-503! Hope all is well with you! We miss you and are so darn proud of you!!! Our hearts go out to the families of the 508th on your losses. We will never forget! God bless and keep you. Thank you Donald Rumsfeld for visiting our troops! When is the Pres coming to see America's finest???


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 20:06:37

Message

Hi to my sky soldier in C Co/2-503! Hope all is well with you! We miss you and are so darn proud of you!!! Our hearts go out to the families of the 508th on your losses. We will never forget! God bless and keep you. Thank you Donald Rumsfeld for visiting our troops! When is the Pres coming to see America's finest???


Name: Jim "Doc" Sorber
Email: jsorber@carolina.rr.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 19:15:47

Message

Hey, Skysoldiers! I'm an old 3/503rd medic from Vietnam 1971 and was also stationed at Vicenza with the 1/509th ABCT 1974 - 1977. I wish you guys the best of luck with your mission. I would welcome email if you find the time or have the chance, even if it's when you get back to Italy. I have a few questions I'd like to ask about some old places I used to hang out at in Vicenza. You guys stay low and run fast!


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 19:13:35

Message

Thanks whomever is posting... so would it be a nice thing to buy a coin (off e-bay or whatever...) and maybe send it to my soldier? Is that something that's done? Is it legal? Can you tell I'm so incredibly new at this whole military stuff?? ~Karen~


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 19:02:02

Message

The U.S. Military has a longstanding list of traditions. One of the lesser-known traditions is the Military coin. Among elite units, the tradition is prevalent to carry some type of device which readily identifies unit members, past and present, and also provides the opportunity for an inspection of the unit's esprit de corps and purpose. The military coin, minted in a number of metals, including sterling, is approximately two Inches in diameter. The coin carries the motto's or slogans of the particular unit manufacturing it. In addition to any official motto is usually a likeness of the unit flash or crest. Nearly every Special Forces unit has minted its own version of the coin; however, the 10th Special Forces can be credited with fostering the tradition for a unit coin. In July 1969, Colonel Vernon E. Green, Group commander, designed and had manufactured the 10th Group coin. On the obverse, or front, is the inscription: "10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 1st Special Forces." In the center of the coin is the Trojan Horse crest, the original SF crest worn during the 1950s, and below, the words "Trojan Horse." The reverse side is inscribed with the Special Forces motto "De Oppresso Liber" and "The Best." Once the 10th Group coin was minted, the tradition began, calling for each Group member, past and present, to procure and carry a coin at all times. In addition to active or former Group personnel owning coins, they have been presented to friends and foreign Special Forces soldiers at the close of joint country training, as momentos. The actual history of the challenge initiated by one unit member to another by demanding to see his coin varies greatly. According to legend, the original coin check was done only by the senior man present, who did it for the sole purpose of ensuring each man's team spirit (in which case, all would be carrying a coin). The purpose of this drill was to check morale. Nowadays this is primarily a dare, by extracting the coin and slamming it down onto the tabletop or tossing it to the floor. The loud "ping!" produced by the bounding coin is a challenge to all present to produce their coins, or end up buying a round of drinks. This method of the "coin check" is the most prevalent today. There have been many attempts to established a set of rules for the coin challenge to ensure uniformity. Regardless of any "coin regulation," most prefer to carry their coins, not only to show their pride with their, but also to save money on drinks they may have to buy if caught without it. Animated image of our coin spinning around. See following link for description of coin.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 19:00:40

Message

During World War 1, American volunteers from all parts of the country filled the newly formed flying squadrons. Some were wealthy scions attending colleges such as Yale and Harvard who quit in mid-term to join the war. In one squadron, a wealthy lieutenant ordered medallions struck in solid bronze and presented them to his unit. One young pilot placed the medallion in a small leather pouch that he wore about his neck. Shortly after acquiring the medallions, the pilots’ aircraft was severely damaged by ground fire. He was forced to land behind enemy lines and was immediately captured by a German patrol. In order to discourage his escape, the Germans took all of his personal identification except for the small leather pouch around his neck. In the meantime, he was taken to a small French town near the front. Taking advantage of a bombardment that night, he escaped. However, he was without personal identification. He succeeded in avoiding German patrols by donning civilian attire and reached the front lines. With great difficulty, he crossed no-man's land. Eventually, he stumbled onto a French outpost. Unfortunately, saboteurs had plagued the French in the sector. They sometimes masqueraded as civilians and wore civilian clothes. Not recognizing the young pilot's American accent, the French thought him to be a saboteur and made ready to execute him. He had no identification to prove his allegiance, but he did have his leather pouch containing the medallion. He showed the medallion to his would-be executioners and one of his French captors recognized the squadron insignia on the medallion. They delayed his execution long enough for him to confirm his identity. Instead of shooting him they gave him a bottle of wine. Back at his squadron, it became tradition to ensure that all members carried their medallion or coin at all times. This was accomplished through challenge in the following manner - a challenger would ask to see the medallion. If the challenged could not produce a medallion, they were required to buy a drink of choice for the member who challenged them. If the challenged member produced a medallion, then the challenging member was required to pay for the drink. This tradition continued on throughout the war and for many years after the war while surviving members of the squadron were still alive.


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 18:57:25

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Does anyone know what a CHALLENGE COIN is? I saw them on e-bay when I was surfing today and was kind of curious about them. Can anyone just buy them? What do you do with them? Why do you get them? Do you send them to your soldier? Can anyone help? Thanks in advance! ~Karen~


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 18:57:02

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To the Birken family: I have continued to pray for your family and posted a prayer request on my seminary's campus e-mail. There will be many people praying for you and your family in this time. I am sending my love and prayers to you right now. ~Karen~


Name: to sgt wilson's mom
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 16:31:51

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i am not sure if we're talkin about the same Shane but i saw a pic of him on the photos at page 14 #292, not sure if it's him...


Name: Ralph Berry
Email: rberry2@utoledo.edu
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 15:32:35

Message

I was wondering if anybody could inform me on how i can go about getting information on when and where our fallen soldiers funerals will be and take place. I was a member of the red devils and just recently my term was over.


Name: denise
Email: www.deniseitaly.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 15:23:43

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to spc rodney michael schreurs,hey babe i just want to say hi, your are always in my mind. just remember me and sean we love you ,we are here for you. i miss you


Name: denise
Email: deniseitaly.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 15:01:41

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Name: Sgt Wilson's Mom
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 14:48:34

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TO MARISA--Thank you so very much for the posting, you were right Shane is just fine! I finally heard from him on Sunday and he sounded great, said they've just been very busy and confirmed the phone black-out--you know him, wouldn't tell me much. Of course I remember you and Joe and am very grateful to you and all your friends for taking care of Shane in Italy. It brought me great comfort knowing you were watching out for him while he was so far from home. I hope you've heard from Joe and that you are doing well yourself--I know how hard this deployment is for you. If you need to talk or just want to chat, please e-mail me, I'd like to know how you're doing. Please know that I'm praying for Shane, Joe and the entire 173rd. Take care and hope to hear from you soon! AND TO SGT WILSON (if you're reading this...) Please know how very proud we all are of you, I couldn't be prouder of the man you have become...you are my hero!!!


Name:
Email: R&R
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 12:55:13

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Do all soldiers deployed in Afghan. right now get this R&R leave?


Name: Jean
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 12:33:36

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Hey you all hope this day is good for you my prayers are with all of you as always. well have not heard from my son in awhile carl jones but know he ok. I love to read the board it give me information and i get to meet new people my son we love you so much and our very proud of you thanks to you and all the rest for help keeping us free love all of you mom and family


Name: Molly
Email: mollysue99@hotmail.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 11:37:06

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I just wanted to say how wonderful and supportive everyone has been towards the loved ones whose soldier was KIA. It is truly heartening to see such support and respect. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the soldiers who died serving our country. We will NEVER forget. To everyone else, the 173rd soldiers, their families, friends, and the rest of the men and women fighting for our country, take care of each other. It's this support and camaraderie that keep our nation strong. God bless you. Sincerely, Molly (proud sis of PFC MKK)


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 11:06:23

Message

This is for the families that has lost a loved one. We have you in our hearts. We are so sorry, Your friend Debbie


Name: christy alipio
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 10:13:48

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to Christopher Hurst, My son is in 1/508 A Co. He called on Sat AM when the suspension was lifted and said they just got back in and they were doing OK, tired, but OK. My son is Jason, what's your son's name, maybe they know each other. Jason calls pretty frequently, thank God, but I understand some soldiers don't like to for a number of reasons, it makes them sad or lonely or they worry about their loved ones worrying about them. I know Jason doesn't like to think about how worried we get, so even though I do I'm not going to tell just how much, I want his head in the game there. We are so proud of them all! HOOAH! Have a great day. God Bless America.


Name: Webmaster of 1508pir.com
Email: http://www.per.hqusareur.army.mil/rr/faq.htm
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 10:09:18

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Frequently Asked Questions (CENTCOM - OIF/OEF - R&R Program)

Q: Are commercial plane tickets for R&R leave paid for?

A: Yes, the tickets are paid for, prior to departure in Kuwait.

Q: Do I need a passport to travel to Germany and/or other countries in Europe?

A: You do not need a passport when traveling to Germany on R&R as long as you remain in Germany for your entire R&R. If you are a non-USAREUR Soldier you will need a passport when traveling beyond Germany into other NATO countries.

Q: What about travel tours, such as buses or cruises to other countries or within Germany?

A: MWR Europe offers a specific R&R package of great savings to all R&R soldiers and family. You can find out more about these specials here. For other tours contact the USO in the country you plan to visit.

Q: Can I travel with my military equipment or weapons on the plane back home on R&R leave?

A: No, equipment should not be taken on plane past Kuwait and weapons are not allowed on any R&R flights.

Q: Who is entitled to the R&R program?

A: Any service member or DoD civilian assigned to authorized contingency locations on a minimum 1-year tour in support of OIF and OEF. Reserve component personnel mobilized on 12-month tours of duty must serve not less than 270 days in the AOR to be eligible for participation.

Q: When do personnel become eligible for R&R leave?

A: They become eligible after serving 60 days in the AOR and remain eligible through 60 days prior to their scheduled redeployment to home station, however, a general officer may approve R&R Leave up until 45 days prior to redeployment.

Q: When does leave actually start?

A: Leave starts on the first minute of the day after arrival at the actual leave destination.

Q: How long is R&R leave authorized for?

A: R&R leave is authorized for 15 days, (about 11 days for DoD civilians). This does not include travel time for military personnel. Travel time is included in the approved 15 days for DOD civilians. Annual leave will not be charged Saturday and Sunday for DOD employees..

Q: Is eligibility based on rank?

A: No. Your unit Commander ultimately has the authority to decide who is authorized to take R&R leave, regardless of rank.

Q: Who ultimately manages and authorizes R&R leave?

A: The unit Commander

Q: Are soldiers who have taken emergency leave entitled to an additional R&R leave?

A: Yes. Leave is up to the discretion of your unit Commander, but emergency leave does not preclude the service member from taking R&R leave as well.

Q: Once a soldier gets an approved R&R leave, is there a way to get their flight information to the family members in advance? A: Advanced itineraries are provided to the R&R Gateway, Camp Doha Contract Travel Office. Flight information maybe also obtained by calling DSN (314) 438-6376.

Q: Will a soldier’s pay be suspended while on R&R? A: No, they will continue to receive all pay and benefits as they did when deployed.

Q: Can the Government credit card be utilized to travel on R&R?

A: No, it can not. Q: I’ve heard of FMPP, how is that different from R&R? A: FMPP is the Fighter Management Pass Program, now known as the R&R Pass Program. This is a four day pass program in Qatar which does not allow soldiers to fly home and is shorter in duration, but it can be a welcome alternative when mission requirements keep service members from participating in R&R leave.

Q: If I took the FMPP (4 days, non-chargeable), will I be ineligible for the R&R leave (15 days, chargeable)?

A: No. The FMPP, now RRPP, and the R&R leave programs are separate yet complimentary programs. The participation in one program does not preclude participation in the other, unless dictated by local command policy.

Q: Are there different regulations in reference to the R&R leave program for Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve Soldiers? Does one component have priority over the other?

A: Service members from all three components are on active duty and are able to participate in the program. There is no prioritization based on component.

Q: Who is responsible for travel from the APOD to the actual leave address and back?

A: The R&R Program will pay for the traveler to fly from the APOD to the commercial airport nearest to the approved leave address and back. Any movement by ground transportation is paid for by the traveler.

Q: Where are the Aerial Ports of Debarkation (APOD)?

A: Currently designated APODS are Frankfurt (Rhein Main Air Base), Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, and DFW in Dallas, Ft. Worth. There are no plans to change those designations at this time.

Q: Can rental cars, busses, trains or any private aircraft be reimbursed by the government on R&R??

A: No, rental cars, busses, trains, private aircrafts or other modes of transportation will not be government funded or reimbursed. IAW DODD 1327.5 R&R leave is considered regular, chargeable leave and is treated exactly the same way regarding funding and reimbursements.

Q: What do we do with unused tickets?

A: R&R leave participants will return any unused tickets to the commercial travel office (CTO) at the Kuwait gateway.

Q: Do we have to return to our downrange units after being MEDEVACed, treated, and placed on return to duty status before being able to participate in the R&R program?

A: Yes, you must return to your downrange unit to be able to participate in R&R. All service members going on R&R leave are processed through the Kuwait gateway where all R&R travel arrangements and briefings take place prior to departure.


Name: Arlene
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 07:52:22

Message

Spc. Nathan Garcia II, I am thinking of you every second of the day. I miss you so much. The ferrets are out of control, they think they run the house (and we let them). I will send you pics of them soon. Stay safe, lots of love, Mom.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 07:49:38

Message

My prayers go out to the families of all the fallen soldiers. Know that you are in our thoughts today and always. They will not be forgotten. Arlene


Name: Amanda - Wife of D Batt Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 06:35:41

Message

As we sit here and write our sympathies to the families of the fallen...let's not forget about Maj Edward Murphy. He was a soldier from SETAF here in Vicenza. My heart goes out to his wife and two children. May god be with them during this time.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 05:47:37

Message

old soldier, i understand it is for security, and for my soldier to be safe, i will email him more often and try to send less letters. Thank you so much for all. :D


Name: Sharon (Proud Mom)
Email: amarals@bellsouth.net
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 04:41:19

Message

Hi, Bryan we miss you! We love You! Take care, we are proud of you and all the Troops.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 04:16:46

Message

The post office restrictions in Italy are for security. The packages sent from here or Italy are not free, only the mail coming out of Afghanistan. But the post office must be sure that they are not sending packages with the mail that contain explosives or some other agent that could cause harm. You need to get with the FSG in Italy and see if you can send through them - they may want you to leave the boxes open so they can make sure they are safe, but then get them sent off. It is no different than checking someone else's bag at the airport - sorry, but that's the world we live in now.


Name: to the italian gf
Email:
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 03:21:54

Message

Hi, i am Italian  too so to send letters and packages to my fiancé I give them to some American wife's I know and they send them for me...just ask your friend to put his name on the envelope so there will be no problems. I bet she/he will do it for you.


Name: rock wife
Email: letters
Date: 04/13/05
Time: 00:24:17

Message

at the American post office, you have to show your id card to prove you're the one set as the return address... maybe that's part of it? please correct me if i'm wrong.. i think it also depends on who you get at the counter and what kind of day they've been having.. al else fails, why not put your American friend's name as the sender, and then write inside that it's from you? if they're willing of course.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 23:08:14

Message

Daniel you are with grandma now, give her our love and great big hugs!


Name: LETTERS
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 23:00:49

Message

Me too, same problem with letters. is it because its free to send the letters with mps? I could care less if i had to pay whatever stamp, and guess what, if we were paying, they could collect that money to send care packages to anysolier.com, isn't this a good idea? a girlfriend is a girlfriend, no ,matter what nationality she is, i believe, but apparently, only American girlfriends or friends can support their boyfriends. in these rough times, our soldiers should always come first, so let them receive their gfs' letters... but of course, this is just my opinion.


Name: SSG PIER
Email: joseph.pier@setaf.army.mil
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 22:07:12

Message

Families and friends of soldiers serving: If you have a soldier coming home on R&R to the States, the government will pay their way to one of the nearest ports of embarkation (or what we call "HUBS") and the soldier will have to pay for their way home and back to that "HUB". The "HUBS" that I know of are: Baltimore INTL, LAX, Atlanta, JFK, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Intl. Hopefully this helps. But also, please remember that the soldier has 14 DAYS when they arrive to that "HUB" and sign in. On that 14th day, they have to be signed back in and making their way back.


Name: TO THE ITALIAN GIRLFRIEND
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 20:15:05

Message

I understand how you feel, I would be pretty upset if I could not support my boyfriend-soldier. I know how much it means to the guys for their name to be called when they receive mail. My boyfriend tells me it doesn't matter if anything is in the envelope or box just as long as he doesn't feel left out when they call their names. I am sure they're excited to get stuff from mommy, daddy, and the family but really excited when they get mail from their girlfriend "main squeeze". So this is a far fetched idea, but you can send it to me and I will PROUDLY send it for you. I've noticed that when you write you never say your name, . . . always anonymous-like "Italian girlfriend" What are you afraid of? Well, if you are up for it just post on this site whether or not. I am. I check this site very frequently throughout the day. Say yes and I'll post my email address and we'll get going on supportin' Ciao girl, Amanda ;)


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 20:02:41

Message

I got the treasured email today from my son. We haven't heard from him in a long time. He said he rather write letters, because it is so hard to get on the computer. He is doing fine. God be with you SPC Clint Kelly, TF Fury, A company, 1/508th HHC


Name: Smitty
Email: caseysmith_1@yahoo.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 19:50:45

Message

To my LRSD Commo buds: Give me a buss, I wish I was there with you. Or you were here!!! Smitty's Bar is up and runnin'!!


Name: Smitty
Email: caseysmith_1@yahoo.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 19:44:19

Message

To the families of our fallen SkySoldiers: My Hearts and Prayers go out to you. No words can express my sorrow. Their service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.


Name: Christopher Hurst
Email: churst@cityofblackdiamond.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 19:38:07

Message

Looking for any info from families of soldiers in the 1/508th, A Company 1st Plt. My son is in that unit and I haven't heard from him in about a month. He did the deployment in Iraq, so this isn't so new this time. Sorry to hear about the 3 soldiers who died in the crash. Anyone know their Co. and Plt?


Name: Mom and Dad
Email: jund1977@Yahoo.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 19:08:45

Message

To our sky soldier in the 173rd 2nd/503. We miss you and are thinking of you every day. We are proud to have a son like you. You make us proud. Your sis sends her love. Hope we hear from you soon. Love Mom and Dad.........


Name: Amber
Email: ambiebambie85@hotmail.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 18:46:26

Message

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Mr. Bradley and everyone else here. My love goes out to PFC Gilmore. This is our first deployment, and although he has been stationed out of the US for some time, it is still hard. I find my self checking this message board 3 and 4 times a day. It has really been helpful and the support I need. I'm still having a hard time, but I know God is with ALL our soldiers. My prayers are with all our soldiers, their families, and our fallen HEROS. May God keep them safe and bring them home.


Name: sam
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 16:38:55

Message

Mr Bradley thanks for this message site alot of need this to keep up our spirits and to know we are not alone in this my brother has been in the service for a long time and it is never easy for us when he is send away this site makes it a little easier for us at home and it is great when we find out people talk to their loved one and we all fill the pain when one of our soldiers is lost to the families who lost a loved one your in our hearts our thoughts and our prayers we are very sorry for your loss


Name: Nancy
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 16:29:23

Message

Mr. Bradley I would like to thank you for this great sight. I didn't find it until a few weeks ago. To all of the soldiers in the 173rd Support BN my prayers go out to you all and be safe. To my son SGT Jacob Rose dad and I love you very much and we are very proud of you. God bless you all. Come home safe.


Name: SGT Wilson's Mom
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 15:52:49

Message

To the families and friends of SSG Romanes Woodward, SPC Daniel Freeman, and SPC Sascha Struble, please know that your loss is felt by the entire 173rd family. I know there are no words I can say that will ease your pain. I can tell you, however, there are a multitude of families who share your grief. Your sons paid the ultimate price for our freedom and for that we will be eternally grateful. God bless you all, you will remain in my family's thoughts and prayers forever.


Name: to the Italian girl
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 15:48:21

Message

hey that's weird, few days ago my Italian friend sent a package to her bf and she asked to an American friend of her if she could send it for her and they didn't say nothing... BOH!! STRANO!


Name: an italian girl
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 15:45:04

Message

Dear Mr Bradley, thank you for this wonderful web site. i was just wondering why Italian girls are not allowed to send letters and packages to their American boyfriends. you have to know that Italian post offices cannot send our packages, cause they don't know those military addresses. so the only way we can send our letters to the guys is the American post office here in vicenza, but only if we got an American friend who send the letters for us. last week i gave the letters for my boyfriend to a friend, he was so kind to send my mail until now. but at the post office they told him he cannot send letters or packages for italian people anymore. why?? why they don't give us the possibility of supporting our boyfriends? I'm so sad and disappointed.


Name: bravo company 1/508th family
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 14:06:01

Message

This message goes out to all the families that have been affected by this tragedy, my thought and prayers are with all of you, GOD BLESS....


Name: pam wheeler
Email: penny1950@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 14:03:59

Message

This is for spc Jason Wheeler who is over there in the mountains with you all. The army was good enough to call me last week to let me know that you were not in the chopper that went down. Was glad to hear to it! We miss you honey. We are all so proud of you and all the guys over there please be safe and stay strong. sending out a box with some pics and things we had a party last week-end for uncle frank you would have had a great time. By the way daddy made it to Florida. love mom hope you see this. xoxo


Name: Very Proud Sky Soldier Mom
Email: cashley@cox.net
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 13:28:14

Message

Aj, I am so proud of you and all the soldiers serving and protecting us. My heart smiles and breaks at the same time, you all have done so much for us. Please always know how much you all are loved and missed. We will keep the Sky Soldiers' families in our thoughts and prayers! Remember always, what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal. I pray you all walk and talk with God so that he may give you peace and a firm purpose. Know that your fallen comrades are sharing the beautiful home that God built and that there is no pain or fear for them now. All our love from home. Love, Mom and all


Name: Monica and Geff Ward
Email: monica.ward@att.net
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 12:27:29

Message

To Mr. Bradley: We cannot thank you enough for maintaining this message board. Ever since we discovered it last week, it has been an invaluable source of information and support for us. Thank you for having the heart for the 173rd Families that you do! We have yet to hear from our son, but our daughter-in-law did get confirmation from Italy last Friday that he was safe. So, as a favor, I would like to ask if those who are periodically receiving communications from their soldiers in 1-508th B Co. could please let PFC Bart Ward know that Mom, Dad, Patricia, Brandon, Bonnie and Donny all love him and are praying for him and his fellow soldiers? Thanks! Geff and Monica Ward


Name: Drew Newman
Email: dnewma20@student.scad.edu
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 11:34:08

Message

I am Daniel Freeman's best friend of 11 years. My pops told me about this site and I thought I'd post. I never worried about Daniel not coming back, he was so strong physically and mentally. He was too godly to die at the hands of another human being. This is the worst news I've ever received. If anyone has photos of him from Italy or Iraq or Afghanistan I'd greatly appreciate an email. Or any of those that knew him here. I miss him so much. dnewma20@student.scad.edu Thanks -Drew


Name: T,L,C, Drake
Email: tljcdrake@verizon.net
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 11:09:51

Message

Spec. Jarrod Drake 2/503rd. Glad to hear from you the other day. We sure miss seeing that smiling face around. Be safe big guy! To the families of the 508th we are extremely sorry for the loss of your loved ones and our prayers are with you.


Name: Jenny and Eva
Email: eryj@libero.it
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 10:40:28

Message

We don't know how to start this message... We just found out about Sascha... That is so sad, we have no words, he was a friend of us... We are so shocked, we still can't believe it happened!!! He was such a good guy, he was so funny, we remember him always walking here in downtown with his sunglasses, beige short pants, backpack and his camera... He looked like a tourist, he was always interested in finding something new here in Vicenza, he loved discovering this new place, he always kept asking to us about the culture, he was so curious, and remember the surprizing look that he had in his eyes when he learned new things... There are no words to describe how we feel about the loss of Sascha... Our condolences goes out to his family, you are in our prayers...


Name: Jenny and Eva
Email: eryj@libero.it
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 10:37:23

Message

We don't know how to start this message... We just found out about Sascha... That is so sad, we have no words, he was a friend of us... We are so shocked, we still can't believe it happened!!! He was such a good guy, he was so funny, we remember him always walking here in downtown with his sunglasses, beige short pants, backpack and his camera... He looked like a tourist, he was always interested in finding something new here in Vicenza, he loved discovering this new place, he always kept asking to us about the culture, he was so curious, and remember the surprizing look that he had in his eyes when he learned new things... There are no words to describe how we feel about the loss of Sascha... Our condolences goes out to his family, you are in our prayers...


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 10:18:10

Message

The military only notifies the individual listed on the soldier's emergency notification form. That is either the spouse or the parents, but not both. Unfortunately, it then becomes the spouse's responsibility. I've seen cases where the spouse would contact a close relative living near the parents and have them deliver the news in person -- much better than a phone call.


Name: Jenni
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 09:48:12

Message

SGT. JOE MCCREARY....Hope you're doing well baby. I miss you and I love you so much. I can't wait to be with you!!!!! Stay safe and strong My Hero..... *Mwahhhhhhhhh*


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 09:14:06

Message

i have a question? if something happens to a soldier and he or she has a wife or husband in Italy, who notifies the parents back in the states? is it the spouses responsibility or the military's? thank you for your help on this.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 06:44:47

Message

My son called me yesterday-PFC jeremy Lance Czarnik able co. 2nd of 503rd. He is doing ok. They just got generators the other day so they finally have power. The camp is mud. Just glad to hear from him. My heart goes out to the 508th families. May god be with you at this time.


Name: Linda B.
Email: Lindy4555@aol.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 06:26:01

Message

To All the Families of the 173rd. Our prayers are with all of you and we are tuned in to the 173rd even though our son is not with the unit at this time. (He was suppose to go with the 173rd but orders were changed and will be with a unit replacing them in another year.) After living on this website for a year while they were in Iraq, old habits are hard to break, I still watch for 173rd on the daily news. My heart broke when I heard of causalities in Afghanistan and knew it probably involved the 173rd. So I immediately checked this website to see if Mr. Bradley had the site up again. THANK YOU Mr. Bradley for all that you do to keep this website going. It was a god send during the Iraq deployment and it was wonderful to communicate with all the families. Also, how wonderful that Jessica Hebert and Mommanski still come to this site to give their support! Nice to see some familiar names from the A Co., 1/508. Just wanted you to know you are not far from our thoughts and tears spilled once again for those who lost loved ones.


Name: Chrisdina VanWert
Email: Deattlebug8884@aol.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 06:09:03

Message

Dear Troops, I pray for you all every night that you all come home safe! I want to Thank You All for putting yourselves on the frontline to protect us all. Please be careful and come home soon. We all miss and love you!! God Bless You All!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 04:33:51

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My prayers go out to the families of our `Fallen Heroes'! May God's comfort and grace be with each of the families and their loved ones at this time of grief! For the family of SSG Woodard, I was so in shock, I share your grief because he not too long arrived at Caserme..........and I had the pleasure of meeting him. For the Soldiers Father, I fully agree with you about the women asking questions about soldiers marital status. I think those issues should have been handled before now; your instincts would tell you if something is not right! If it does not feel right or good then it probably is not! Please let us use this website for support and encouragement not to air our dirty laundry!!! We need to be praying for our soldiers


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 04:32:56

Message

story about the future of the 173rd http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=28382


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 01:04:35

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this web pag has been updated with the names http://lunaville.org/OEF/Afghanistan.aspx


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 00:16:08

Message

Hi Dewey hope all is well so glad to get an email from you. tell all your buddies hello and stay safe can't wait to hear your voice one of these days. we all love and miss you mom.


Name: Flippo's Mom
Email:
Date: 04/12/05
Time: 00:12:21

Message

Oops - Correction to the earlier address I gave you if you want to send your condolences - somehow I didn't think it was right. Here is the new one (4 lines): Commander/173D ABN BDE/Vicenza, Italy/APO AE 09630 Yesterday afternoon someone posted a website called Fallen Heros Memorial. There are also addresses listed there for the Casualty Office for each branch of service. Go to "Notices for:" then click on Vistors. The addresses are at the bottom of the page. Hope this helps. Patti


Name: LaLa
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 23:49:53

Message

SPECIALIST LANG...I love you and miss you so much. Words cannot express how proud you make me. You are my "hero" It is very hard to be away from you for a year but it will all be worth it when I see those big brown eyes, your gorgeous smile, and the man I feel so deeply in Love with. Im staying strong for you so you do the same for me!! LOVE WIFEY **** To all the guys in LRS keep each other safe! Team 2....LUUUCCCCKKKKYYYYYY And to ALL the Soldiers taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom You are all missed and make all of us back here at Caserma so proud! THANKYOU for your sacrafices.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 23:00:04

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ok, i'll be patient with letters, but my bf told me he posted one on march 4 and i still haven't got it. maybe it got lost.


Name: Linda
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 22:06:24

Message

Hello, Kevin I'm so glad your fine and I wish I could hear your voice but in my mind I hear your teasing all the time thanks for the short email to let me know your ok. My prayers go out to all the family's that lost there loved ones. Stay safe and sweet dreams Love Mom


Name: Flippo's Mom
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 21:47:37

Message

Hi Duke- You may be a rubber duck hater, Ernie would be so disappointed, but you're one great guy as far as I'm concerned! Thank YOU for making our loved ones transition a little easier. As they arrive to the unknown it's people like yourself that I know they really appreciate as part of their "Welcome Wagon." Your writing comes no where near to sucking! The words you have sent to us couldn't be sweeter. I know I am busting with pride and I'm sure everyone else is too. I look forward to when you transport our soldiers back to the airfield one last time and they will arrive safely home to us. Thank you again for caring for our men and women. FYI 173rd family - I emailed SSG Pier and asked him what address we could send cards to the families that have lost their loved ones. Here it is: TF Fury/Company __ 1-508 APO AE 09630. On the first line when you write the soldier's name, please don't list any rank. SSG Pier said it would take probably a couple of weeks to get there but it should arrive. Stay safe Combat Wombats!!


Name: M & D Leeman
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 21:12:58

Message

For the Families of ALL Our Fallen Soldiers: May you have Peace at this time and be Comforted by the Angels. Know that your Loved ones are in our Thoughts and Prayers. They were Truly Heros !


Name: Proud Mom of SSGT CLINT MACK & SGT CHRIS MACK
Email: wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 20:40:04

Message

If anyone see's my son SSGT CLINT MACK tell him is Momma says HI! and many, many packages are on the way. We shopped and shopped this weekend for all the guys with the 2-503! You all have fun. Clint your brother is waiting for his orders to Iraq for a year. We will let you know as soon as we know anything. They are saying it is his time to leave DC and go. You little brother is following your footsteps. But Clint you are still one rank ahead of him!!!! Son everyone in California, CT, and Georgia are Praying for you. I also sent a package to Emma and Summer today. I love you and tell your guys packages will be there soon. Love you and God Be With you all. MOM


Name: soldier's sister
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 20:15:15

Message

To the families of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice: I just wanted to say I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I only wish words could help during this terrible time...God be with you.


Name: Taryn
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 20:03:31

Message

To the Families of Spc Freeman, Spc Struble, and Staff Sgt Woodard, my heart goes out to you. Thank you for sharing these strong men with us. To the family of Spc Struble, I am sorry to hear about Sascha, I had the opportunity to meet Struble while him and my boyfriend lived together and I cannot tell you how wonderful your son was. I remember listening to him play his guitar, he was great! I will continue to pray for all of you that you will make it through these hard time. God Bless


Name: Jennifer Wenger
Email: jenwenger@aol.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 19:51:18

Message

To Justin Wenger in 503d B Co 3d platoon: We Love You!!! Packages on their way!!! Stay Safe and from everyone at home, family and friends, a BIG THANK YOU to You and Your Buddies for your Courage and Commitment to your Country. ALL MY LOVE!!! MOM


Name: Duke --contractor--
Email: rubber_duck_hater@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 19:08:46

Message

I just had to tell everyone back in Italy and the states how impressed I am with the soldiers you have sent us. I'm see scores more of them everyday as they step off the plane here in Afghanistan and I can't really describe why but seeing all of them just makes me so damn proud to be an American. Every encounter I have, whether its hauling a load of them to the DFAC in my truck or helping them pack their gear to head out somewhere a little more remote than here, is a humbling and impressive one. I suck when it comes to words but I also wanted to tell you families that myself and all the guys we work with will do everything we possibly can to make your soldier's time here as comfortable and safe as possible. Right now as I type this, yet another company fresh off the plane is forming up on a concrete pad littered with rucksacks and big tents for their initial in-country briefing. There are a couple guys shooting some baskets on our hoop and laughing. In a while those same guys will be doing the exact same thing except they'll be a little more tanned and will be heading the other way. Thanks for sending us such a proud and gnarly group of soldiers, we appreciate them and will take good care of all of them.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 17:36:32

Message

KIA LIST, the page I never wanted to make; http://www.173rdairborne.com/kia-afghan.htm


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 17:17:39

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I just wanted to let all those who are still waiting for a letter, they must still be one their way. I just received a letter today from my boyfriend of 1-508. The letter was dated March 17 and post marked March 28. Don't give up hope, they are still in route.


Name: Trisha Adams for Steven Ybarra
Email: trishaadams@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 17:00:25

Message

Hey Steven! I think about you every day and I just wanted you to know that. Take care of yourself. I can't wait to talk to you again. By the way, it was good seeing you on the webcam. ;) Miss you


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 16:34:40

Message

Our thoughts and prayers to all the soldiers who lost their lives last week. We will never forget the sacrifice you and your families have made. Thank you so much to Jessica Herbert and Debora Yashinski. Your strength and comforting words are an inspiration to all of us.


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 16:14:23

Message

all my prayers go to the families that lost their love ones...they will never be forgotten


Name: D.D. Clark
Email: dd_germany@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:43:26

Message

To all the Sky Soldiers. Keep your chin up and know we are behind you all the way. If anyone sees Spc Jonathan Matthews HHC 2/503, tell him Momma loves him kazillions and me and the Army bear are taking Katie Bug to supper for her birthday. The Chubby's support group sends their love too. Wherever you are son, my heart is there too. Be Safe. luv always, a Proud Airborne Mom


Name: Jessica Hebert proud girlfriend of SFC. Dishman
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:37:54

Message

My thoughts and prayers to the following families that lost their love ones in Operation Enduring Freedom: SPC. Freeman, SPC. Struble and SSgt. Woodard. My heart goes out to you at this time. You have a big family here to support you and will also grieve for your losses as well...as they are a loss to all of us. They are with some good company....the 9 skysoldiers that lost their life's in Operation Iraqi Freedom--that would include my brother Spc. Justin Hebert. I feel your pain and I just want you to know that keeping in touch with all the great people on this message board and wherever else you go to keep up on the 173rd...will be there for you. They were for me and the other 8 families during our loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I can only offer you as much comfort during this time as possible. Much love to you families and the rest of you on this message board. = ) Love, Jessica Hebert oooxxxooo to you Troy! I love you! = )


Name: Terry and Heather Pimm
Email: tlpimm@excite.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:30:05

Message

Hello all, we just want to let you all know that we have received a phone call from brandon a couple hours ago, and that he is fine. We would really like to know who was responsible for who let this error happen in the first place. It would be nice to get an official apology from him, he put us through a lot of un-needed grief and sorrow.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: SPTSAL@AOL.COM
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:24:48

Message

To the Families of Spc Freeman, Spc Struble, and Staff Sgt Woodard, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May you find Peace and Comfort within the grace of the Lord and within the arms of the 173rd Family. God Bless you all.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:19:36

Message

http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/messages.html


Name: from Italy
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:00:29

Message

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost their loved ones. they will never be forgotten.


Name: Mr amd Mrs Daryl Weller
Email: nanaweller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 15:00:18

Message

To the Families of Spc. Daniel Freeman, Staff Stg. Romames Woodard and Spc Sascha Struble our greatest sympathy for your loss. May Gods great love help you to find peace in your time of sorrow. They have given the ultimate sacrifice they are "The True American Heros". We will always be indebted to them.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 14:22:58

Message

Our thoughts and prays to all of the 173rd.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 14:04:04

Message

The Department of Defense announced today the death of eight Soldiers and the identity of six Soldiers listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The soldiers died or became unaccounted for on April 6 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter they were on crashed.

Spc. Daniel J. Freeman, 20, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Freeman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy.

Staff Sgt. Romanes L. Woodard, 30, of Hertford, N.C. Woodard is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy.

Spc. Sascha Struble, 20, of Philadelphia, N.Y. Struble is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy.


Name: Amanda
Email: asinkwich@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 14:02:21

Message

PFC ERIC MOYE- I hope you get to read this again. I love you and miss you very much. I hope your surgery went well. I look forward to talking to you again, babe. To others, my thoughts and prayers go out to all. Enough with the italian girlfriend situation, I don't think that should be our focus or our worry right now. Pray that they come home safe to their loved ones.


Name: Isabella
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 13:49:22

Message

my heart and prayers go out to you.


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 13:34:18

Message

To all the Soldiers lost, my heart and prayers go out to you, your families, friends and loved ones!! You are all heroes and will be sorely missed! God Bless each and every one of the 173D and all the other Soldier's serving this country for us every day! We are blessed to have such fine Soldiers! To SGT D, I love you and can't wait for you to return home. You are missed every day and loved so very much. Stay safe!


Name: rock wife
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 13:34:04

Message

mommaski, thanks for clearing up how it works, that helps alot.. i've read what you've written on this site, and i find much comfort in what you say and appreciate your opinions wrench thanks for posting the dod info.. i'm in italy and have been wondering if i know these soldiers... pretty sure i recognize a few of them...once again prayers to their families


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 13:20:33

Message

Link to DoD website http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/2005/nr20050411-2467.html


Name: Airborne Wrench
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:51:50

Message

Killed were: Maj. Edward J. Murphy, 36, of South Carolina. Murphy was assigned to the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Camp Ederle, Italy. Chief Warrant Officer David Ayala, 24, of New York, N.Y. Ayala was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany. Chief Warrant Officer Clint J. Prather, 32, of Cheney, Wash. Prather was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Gielbelstadt, Germany. Master Sgt. Edwin A. Matoscolon, 42, of Juana Diaz, P.R. Matoscolon was assigned to Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Staff Sgt. Charles R. Sanders Jr., 29, of Charleston, Mo. Sanders was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany. Spc. Daniel J. Freeman, 20, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Freeman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy. Spc. Chrystal G. Stout, 23, of Travelers Rest, S.C. Stout was assigned to the Army National Guard's 228th Signal Brigade, Spartanburg, S.C. Pfc. Pendelton L. Sykes II, 25, of Chesapeake, Va. Sykes was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany. Reported as DUSTWUN are: Capt. David S. Connolly, 37, of Boston, Mass. Connolly is assigned to the Army Reserve’s 1173rd Transportation Terminal Battalion, Brockton, Mass. Sgt. Maj. Barbaralien Banks, 41, of Harvey, La. Banks is assigned to Division Artillery, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Staff Sgt. Romanes L. Woodard, 30, of Hertford, N.C. Woodard is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy. Sgt. Stephen C. High, 45, of Spartanburg, S.C. High is assigned to the Army National Guard's 228th Signal Brigade, Spartanburg, S.C. Spc. Michael K. Spivey, 21, of Fayetteville, N.C. Spivey is assigned to the 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Aviation Brigade, Giebelstadt, Germany. Spc. Sascha Struble, 20, of Philadelphia, N.Y. Struble is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, Camp Ederle, Italy. For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.


Name: Theresa
Email: tstancil@mchsi.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:44:50

Message

My son e-mailed yesterday (B Co. 1-508th)and said he was fine, he was aware of the crash and obviously shaken and upset over the loss of fellow soldiers. My deepest sympathy to the families who have lost their soldier. My prayers are with you.


Name: Theresa
Email: tstancil@mchsi.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:44:09

Message

My son e-mailed yesterday (B Co. 1-508th)and said he was fine, he was aware of the crash and obviously shaken and upset over the loss of fellow soldiers. My deepest sympathy to the families who have lost their soldier. My prayers are with you.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:42:10

Message

what's your son's name?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:28:54

Message

I haven't had any phone call from my son in about 10 days. He goes out on missions and I never know what he is doing. When an error is made concerning someones life I get scared and I hope for the best, say my prayers, shed some tears and look at pictures. I have a brother in law, retired Army Col. and I have talked to him. He said not to over react and wait for news from my son. How do I know he is accounted for. I would really like to find out if he had a girlfriend in Italy to see if she got a email or phone call.


Name: mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:27:17

Message

Dear Rockwife and all others. I will tell you a little how this works. When your loved one is pronounced dead (yes they still have to be pronounced by medical) They are then identified. They then are flown to Germany - where they are then identified again. Then they are flown to Dover where they are identified again. Then they are flown to you where there is the possibility that you will make the final ID ( sometimes it is recommended to have close coffin) They knew who was supposed to be on the chopper and that is what they start with. Beleive me it is done as quickly as possible and as efficiently as humanly possible. I have an idea - why don't we wait til DoD releases their statement - this means that the family has been notified and the name will be released. What we read in the paper or here on the news is not always the whole truth. Let's give the families the chance to digest what has happened. When DoD does their release - then maybe Mr Bradley can post the names and we can send them a Sympathy card. This is what I have done in the past.


Name: Igniter57
Email: Igniter57@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:18:48

Message

Talked shortly with my son last weekend. His unit is C-CO 2/503. Gob Bless them all....


Name: 1-508 rock wife
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:11:16

Message

i read in the paper today that they have to take bodies back to the usa to have them identified.. think they've released a few, but not many.. my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones.. this is my husband's 3rd tour in 4 years.. i know how hard it is.. prayers to you all, and stand strong, knowing your husbands, sons, boyfriends, are all doing a great service.. AIRBORNE!


Name: Frank
Email: vrtochnf@email.matc.edu
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 12:02:22

Message

I saw a photo of the 74th LRSD dated December 04' and SSG Banjo is in the picture. Does anybody know if he is still with them? If so, let him know former SSG V Team 3 Team Leader 00'-03' wishes him well and anybody can pass him along my email address so I can hear from him. P.S. If he is in Afghanistan has he bought a cow yet?


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 11:58:14

Message

Thanks again Mommaski - your comments once again cut to the chase and say what none of the rest of us can with any credibility. We are glad that you continue to join us on the site and share in our ups and downs. As an old helicopter pilot, I know how manifests for flights are developed and I know how they can change at the last minute. We are not working with a computerized passenger list like Delta - we are working with a hand-written passenger list that can change due to other missions, flights leaving early or late, or just soldiers changing their minds and deciding not to go along on a flight. I know that those that released this soldier's name have had nightmares over the anguish they have caused these families, but I also know these families have never felt better in their lives to get the corrected story. We are operating in a war zone and the old adage "the fog of war" will become evident more and more -


Name: I'm an italian girlfriend
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 11:36:21

Message

I've been in the army for too long dear italian girl,Its not difficult to have a relation ship with an american guy,if you are serious and your intentions are of a true love relationship different language or different family backgrounds are not an obstacle,but most of the time an italian girl(in vicenza)likes the American Soldier because she doesn't know too much of him and all the guys do here ,sorry moms, but im sure u know, are big parties and barbecue with girls that they usually change...every year...or every 2-3 months


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:59:09

Message

No one thought that the person who asked about the marital status of a soldier could first of all not be a girl or a girlfriend, and second maybe could have other purposes like getting in touch with the guy's wife or girlfriend to comunicate. This is way too far from being an understanding family of people who support each other, this is just being suspicious. anyways it's getting a very annoying argument, freedom of saying what we think has a limit when there are people here who are suffering a loss. My heart and thoughts go to those who have lost a loved one. It is rough time for all of us, families, friends, spouses, and fiancès.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:54:31

Message


Name: Marisa
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:42:13

Message

For Mommaski GOD BLESS YOU For my husband I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART YOU ARE MY LIFE!!!!


Name: jay
Email: jb@cinci.rr.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:31:00

Message

Amen Mommaski, Amen!


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:27:20

Message

I am sorry that misinformation was somehow given out. Sometimes these things happen. The old adage of "No news is good news" is true. Beleive me when I say that if something happens you will know usually within 24 to 48 hours. My son died on Christmas Eve and they tracked me down at my parents house on Christmas Day. As for a good life wasted... how dare you !!!! My son's life was not wasted and I beleive your son's is not either. How wonderful for him to look on a site that is supposed to be a morale booster and here is his mother saying his life is wasted instead of praising him for the hero he is !!! Well to me he IS a hero as is all my "children". Thank you for not signing your name, at least he will hopefully never know how you feel. OK now I will get off the soapbox. My apologies to everyone. I still read this site even though my baby is gone. I love seeing where you have heard from your loved one and cringe when they have been silent. Best wishes to all of you and my thoughts and prayers with all my "children" the Sky Soldiers


Name: an italian girl
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:24:08

Message

I'm an italian girl and I agree that it's not time to ask about guys' marital status. This site has been created to give support to our soldiers. anyway, please, forgive those girls, they just fell in love for one of your sons, as it happened to me but I know many italian girls have suffered for some guys' behaviour. so their worries are normal. it's not easy to have a relationship with someone who comes from another country, speaks another language, and has such a different culture. anyway, I don't mean to justify those girls. This is time to pray and support our loved ones. so, let's keep them in our prayers.


Name: an italian girl
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:22:36

Message

I'm an italian girl and I agree that it's not time to ask about guys' marital status. This site has been crated to give support to our soldiers. anyway, please, forgive those girls, they just fell in love for one of your sons, as it happened to me but I know many italian girls have suffered for some guys' behaviour. so their worries are normal. it's not easy to have a relationship with someone who comes from another country, speaks another language, and has such a different culture. anyway, I don't mean to justify those girls. This is time to pray and support our loved ones. so, let's keep them in our prayers.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:10:06

Message

How can someone make such an ERROR. Great news your loved one has been accounted for. I thought the Army had a manefest of who got on the helicopter. I guess you learn only beleive what comes from your loved ones mouth and question everything you hear. I'm confussed. Does our son belong to the Army, as I have learned to accept or does anyone know where my son is? What a long year ahead of us and how many good lives are being wasted.


Name: Igniter57
Email: Igniter57@cfl.rr.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:09:51

Message

Talked shortly with my son last weekend. His unit is C-CO 2/503. Gob Bless them all....


Name: Dawn, Jorge, Kyle & Valaree
Email: jadakava@netzero.net
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 10:09:18

Message

This message is for Bryan Schultz 2/503rd B Co. We miss you and are constantly thinking of you. Both the kids have already been fighting over who you are going to take to the movies first when you get home. :) (Gets ugly sometimes) Personally as your sister I just want you home don't care what you do with who just to have you here. I love you and miss you. I get asked at least once a day from someone if I've heard from you yet and how you're doing. Keep your eye out for your goodie boxes they are on thier way. :) Stay safe and out of trouble. Love you ****head!!!


Name:
Email: greta.darra@calzedonia.it
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:51:09

Message

to Jeremiah L. Minor (or whoever knows him or get the chance to talk to him): hey man! hope ur doing fine and that everything is ok with u. plz write me or let me know ur doing good; take care. miss you. Greta


Name: Amanda-wife of D Batt soldier
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:40:41

Message

To the girl asking about the 319th address....make sure you put his correct platoon number!! TF 1-508th/D-319th AFAR/# of his platoon APO AE 09354 Hope that helps! If you dont know his platoon, you could probably get a hold of Rear-D and they can let you know.


Name: A Friend
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:37:18

Message

To those who have lost family and friends - please know that u are not alone and my heart and prayers are with u and your families...


Name: A Friend
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:33:49

Message

To those who have lost family and friends - please know that u are not alone and my heart and prayers are with u and your families...


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:27:57

Message

To SSG Michael Grabski A co 2-503rd.Hi there,we are thinking of you everyday,we miss you,Remember Dr.Chin at the hospital.He says hello and watch out.Mail is on the way.The people at the post office know me pretty well now.They are proud to support the soldiers.Ill write later,remember watch your back .love u mom


Name: Richard Vien (HHC Scout 2/503)
Email: richard.vien@us.army.mil
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:24:31

Message

Just wanted to see how everyone in the Black sheep Co. 2/503rd are doing. Scouts, hope everything over there is going well. I cant wait to see you guys when the platoon comes back. To my buddies Jameson Springer and Elliott Alcantara, you two stay safe, and i'll see everyone when you get back. Stay safe and Take care.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:21:14

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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:19:22

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Name: Linda
Email: linda.tadir@intel. com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:17:29

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This is for Crissy Gerrein; I'm Daniel Freeman's aunt. You can send me an email and I'll let you know when the service will be. And for all the rest of the kind people on this site; thanks for all your kind words. I am saving all these kind messages for my sister's family. I hope your love ones stay safe. Linda


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:13:36

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Name: hopeful mom to be
Email: curby408@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:10:32

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To the Birkan Family, I want to let you know that I am sincerly sorry for your loss. My boyfriend worked with Daniel day in and day out. I can remember him coming home and sharing stories of how they joked and laughed. Every morning as my boyfriend would drop me off for work he would head over to Daniel's room and wait around for PT. My boyfriend along with all of his platoon are taking the news hard but their hearts and prayers go out to you. As you may or may not know they are gathering photos and shall be sending them to you, so you can see what we all saw in a wonderful upstanding charismatic young man. Im gonna miss your son very much, he was a great friend.


Name: hopeful mom to be
Email: curby408@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:06:46

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To the Birkan Family, I want to let you know that I am sincerly sorry for your loss. My boyfriend worked with Daniel day in and day out. I can remember him coming home and sharing stories of how they joked and laughed. Every morning as my boyfriend would drop me off for work he would head over to Daniel's room and wait around for PT. My boyfriend along with all of his platoon are taking the news hard but their hearts and prayers go out to you. As you may or may not know they are gathering photos and shall be sending them to you, so you can see what we all saw in a wonderful upstanding charismatic young man. Im gonna miss your son very much, he was a great friend.


Name: Sherry
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:01:35

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Good morning 173rd families. my heart goes to all the families who lost their loved ones. may the Lord comfort you at this time. We're praying for you. For the young lady who asked for the 319th address, this is what I have for my son. Name, TF1-58/319th/4th PLT, APO,AE 09354. I hope this helps. Take Care. This Site has help so much. Thank you Mr.Bradley you are awsome. God Bless all of you!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Crissy Gerrein
Email: soccermom1219@hotmail.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 09:00:11

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My heart goes out to Becky and Samuel. I am a former co-worker of Becky's. I can remember when she told us that Daniel was entering in the service (in his mothers footsteps), the joy she held in her eyes. I was also there the night he was able to come home for a visit and Samuel brought him to work to greet Becky, all of us there cries as she hugged him. I know that he was dearly loved by so many and he will forever be in your hearts. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you. If anyone knows of any memorial services that will be held for Daniel could you please let me know by email. If there is anything that I can do please feel free to email me. Bless Daniel and your family and friends Crissy


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:58:46

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Name: Crissy Gerrein
Email: soccermom1219@hotmail.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:57:40

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My heart goes out to Becky and Samuel. I am a former co-worker of Becky's. I can remember when she told us that Daniel was entering in the service (in his mothers footsteps), the joy she held in her eyes. I was also there the night he was able to come home for a visit and Samuel brought him to work to greet Becky, all of us there cries as she hugged him. I know that he was dearly loved by so many and he will forever be in your hearts. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you. If anyone knows of any memorial services that will be held for Daniel could you please let me know by email. If there is anything that I can do please feel free to email me. Bless Daniel and your family and friends Crissy


Name: A Soldire's Father
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:57:13

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Ladies, Stop it. If you do not know whether your boyfriend is married or not, you do not have a close enough relationship to be on this site in the first place. Further, the fact that some of the soldiers may well be cads, and you may have what you feel is a legitimate concern does not give you the right to intrude on the sensitivities of soldier's families to satisfy your worries. Look at it this way: you may have a very real need to use the bathroom, but that does not give you the right to use my front yard to satisfy your need. Find another way! Shell out as few euros and have abackground agency look into it, but quit intruding in this site with your juvenile worries.


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:52:52

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I don't have an american bf but i have a lot of friends,we all know this is not the right place and time to find out the marital status of a soldier,but sometimes it's hard to be with somebody who seems serious about u and then u find out he's married.i understand this is not the right place to write these kind of things but some girls would like to know the truth.


Name: Crissy Gerrein
Email: soccermom1219@hotmail.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:46:56

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My heart goes out to Becky and Samuel. I am a former co-worker of Becky's. I can remember when she told us that Daniel was entering in the service (in his mothers footsteps), the joy she held in her eyes. I was also there the night he was able to come home for a visit and Samuel brought him to work to greet Becky, all of us there cries as she hugged him. I know that he was dearly loved by so many and he will forever be in your hearts. Please know that my heart and prayers are with you. If anyone knows of any memorial services that will be held for Daniel could you please let me know by email. If there is anything that I can do please feel free to email me. Bless Daniel and your family and friends Crissy


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:40:47

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Name:
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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:35:45

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I agree, there is a better time and place for those questions. If you don't have faith in the person you are with, then maybe you shouldnot be with them. Think about it. Are they serious about you, or is there something they said or did to make you question their story?


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:34:09

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It is right for the girls to know about the status of soldiers, but this is not the place to do it. We have been hit hard by several lost soldiers and now is NOT THE TIME to ask if a particular soldier is married/engaged. Do it some where else not here. I do understand where you are coming from it is not fair for either side. Imagine if you are a wife with children and you are on here for support to keep going and boost your spirits for the day and find out that your husband might have a girlfriend in Italy? How would you feel, not being able to confront your husband, him being at war, you have children and cannot do a damn thing about it. Please do not ask these type questions on here.


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:30:27

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I agree with the person who wrote it's right to write in this website to find out if a soldier is married or not cause i can guarantee they r not perfect and they like to play with girls a lot.i don't think that's right for all the wives in America and also for italians girls.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 08:09:47

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Mr. Bradley, do you know aproximately when they will release the names of the soldiers we lost?


Name: D.
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 07:58:22

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To the 173rd soldiers. Keep up the Good work and To my son Hope you are Well and Our Prayers are with you and The soldiers! We Love & Miss You, Mom


Name: Donna
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 07:48:35

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To my SGT son, hope you are well and doing better today. Keep your chin up and Our Prayers are with you and the 173rd soldiers at this time of loss. Stay Strong and Safe! We Miss You and Love You! Mom


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 07:17:38

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For the girl asking for the D-319 address.....what is your b/f's name? My boyfriend is also part of D-Bat. I can give you the address...


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 07:14:07

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For the girl asking for the D-319 address.....what is your b/f's name? My boyfriend is also part of D-Bat. I can give you the address...


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 06:59:20

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I got an e-mail from a friend he's A co. 2/503rd. He said they're fine and didn't know that much about the crash.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 06:41:58

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to the people complaining about asking about marital status: we all know this is a site to support our sky soldier and we are all very proud of them and proud of what they do to keep us safe. Many think that our soldiers are perfect guys but you have to understand that some of them when they get to Italy arent so perfect as we believe. They make girls believe they are single soldiers but they are not. So the question of that italian girl isnt so crazy as some of you think. I dont think this kind of behaviour is very right for the woman they have back in the US and for the girl they have in Italy. This may sound just like a rumor, but it is not, I know what Im talking about, this is the way some of our soldier do behave when they go to Italy and leave wife and children back in the US. So if that girl wants to sort out her doubts about the soldier she is with, let her do it. This is probably the only reliable way she can do it.


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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 06:38:05

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I recently moved and I need to send my bf my new address, but in all the moving I lost the APO address, So can anyone tell me the mailing address for the 319th AFAR D-BTRY? Thanks so much! ciao


Name:
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Date: 04/11/05
Time: 06:36:04

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to the people complaining about asking about marital status: we all know this is a site to support our sky soldier and we are all very proud of them and proud of what they do to keep us safe. Many think that our soldiers are perfect guys but you have to understand that some of them when they get to Italy arent so perfect as we believe. They make girls believe they are single soldiers but they are not. So the question of that italian girl isnt so crazy as some of you think. I dont think this kind of behaviour is very right for the woman they have back in the US and for the girl they have in Italy. This may sound just like a rumor, but it is not, I know what Im talking about, this is the way some of our soldier do behave when they go to Italy and leave wife and children back in the US. So if that girl wants to sort out her doubts about the soldier she is with, let her do it. This is probably the only reliable way she can do it.


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/11/05
Time: 04:59:35

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2 - 503rd - B Company son said he has gotten 3 of the boxes and letter I sent shortly before he deployed. Don't know the exact date of their arrival, but sometime last week. Said he and his squad have their "box" looking somewhat "homey"


Name: dom & tricia
Email: dominic.patricia@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 21:35:24

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Dearest Rafael, we want you to know that no matter what we hear or see on television, we know that you are safe. we aren't going to feed into media jitter or craziness like that. we believe in something when we hear from you and only you. You are the best brother that a sister could have and i am grateful that you are who you are. Dom and i pray for you all the time and know that God has His protective hedge all around you and everything will be just fine. We love you and pray for you and everyone else that is with you. God Bless You Rafael. Luv, Dom and Tricia


Name: Flippo's Mom (Patti)
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 21:13:16

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What fantastic news Pimm family, so glad to hear it turned out to be an error! Please keep us posted when you hear from him. Best regards


Name:
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Date: 04/10/05
Time: 21:09:17

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To the famliy of SGT Brandon Leamont that is wonderful news. I am very happy for you. I guess that also means that there is another soldier unaccounted for. I will pray for all of our soldiers and their family.


Name: thank you all
Email: tlpimm@excite.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 20:20:07

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We have wonderful news. The call that we recieved about our brother SGT Brandon Leamont was an ERROR!!!! He is alive and well and is on a mission of undisclosed type. We have been assured that we will recieve a call from him within the next few days. Thanks to all who kept him and us in their prayers.


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Date: 04/10/05
Time: 20:15:10

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Name: Amy
Email: Rebble2@aol.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 18:12:41

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I got an email from my soldier today, he is with the support battalion, Cco. He says everything is going good for them. He doesn't get much computer time (only about five minutes). If anyone else has a soldier with the support battalion please email me since I haven't seen anyone else on here that has said anything about them. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost their soldier. And may God watch over everyone else's until they all come home.


Name: Skymonkey
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 17:18:48

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Ciao to all my guys! You know I miss you all to death, and wish everyday I was still back partying with you all! To Draino: Keep the chin up and if you have to pull a JB then do it! He says "Don't be affraid to DIG IN THAT A** like I did the boys in Iraq!" You can always blame it on him:) Ssg. Kevin Field: you and Bentley better not get into any trouble down there...no more shattered windows!! We miss you TONS, so you better get home safe and sound! Bentely: Congrats on the new baby girl...you deserve it...in everyway..hehehehe! May she give you grey hair! Here's to all these rest of the guys....AIRBORNE! Sorry I gotta run back to work..you know how they want you to do stuff when they pay you...shmucks! hehe Ciao!


Name: Jen
Email: metcalf_jen@hotmail.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 17:04:27

Message

Soldiers wife looking for a fellow friend. His name is SSG Matthew J. Roberge. He serves with the 173rd, maybe 2/503 HHC or 74th. If anyone knows of him could you give him my email or email with how I can get a hold of him? The info. given on ARMY AKO doesn't seem to be up to date with his information. Thank-You... Please come home safe soldiers!! You're all in my thoughts.


Name: Arlene Hunter
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 17:01:13

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We are all family in the 173rd the loss of one is a loss to all of us. To the Birkin family our hearts are tearing apart. Know you are loved and the prayers are many. You will always be our family. Mommanski, Thanks for continuing to be a part of us. Please continue to post messages. Deployment is so very hard. Having each of you for support helps. Stay positive. Know that each of us prays for our soldiers constantly. May God bless and keep our Skysoldiers


Name: JJJ
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 16:19:55

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I agree with others, this website isn't for finding out a marital status!!! Ask the solider or email him yourself!! This is a public website, please think before you act!!!!! Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wifes, Mature Girlfriends, Family, etc.... Do not care to hear this stuff! If I am out of line please tell me. But this is pathetic! I come on this website because my husband is an American Solider, fighting for our country, a career soldier, deployed,& it's great to chat with people that are on here for the right reasons, for the love, care, support, & information of our soldiers! Mr. Bradley does an awesome job at this, but this isn't a dating service!!!! SO to these girl's , PLEASE STOP!! Email the solider on your own and ask them if you have this many doubts, or find another way, please don't use this site! This is a great site, use it that way. These men don't have time to worry about your immaturity & insecurity right now, there heads are focused on a mission and what they are there for! Many Many single soldiers read this site as well as married ones, and they don't appreciate carp like this on this website. And I do know that for a fact! Mr. Bradley, I am sorry this is going on on your website.


Name: jean perry
Email: trickster1080@hotmail.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 15:09:04

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hello Liam wilson mom says to call home . alls well, just need to hear your voice. anyone reading this-please pass message along to Liam. god bless you all. you are in our thoughts and prayers.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 14:32:08

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sounded tired because its 2 in the morning


Name: EA
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 14:21:42

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my cellphone just rang...my bf is fine..sounded really really tired but at least his fine! my heart is beating to fast...i need to chill!!! ;o) God bless 'em ALL EA


Name: Dianne Massey
Email: demassey@comporium.net
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 14:07:22

Message

Hi Everyone, I just got a call from my son, SPC Josh Blaney, 1/508, A Co. He is fine and said everyone else was also. He said we knew about the crash before they found out. He didn't say much about it, he was really tired. He has received about 5 of my packages. He says he's just looking forward to coming home for R&R. Take care and my condolences go out to Daniel Freeman's family and the other families involved. God Bless the 173rd! Dianne


Name: red devil mom
Email: blaney@yahoo
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 13:57:27

Message

the phone rang at 1am this morning i picked it up on the first ring and there was silence.(ugh) i felt sure it was my son trying to call. maybe a bad connection:( i was so happy this morning when i checked this website and found that b company was making contact with family and that packages were received. keep up the great job with this information. it is nice to know you all are out there with the really important things to know. hope i get a call tonite :)


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 13:39:45

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Mr. Braley, Why are you allowing these silly MARRIED??? questions on this site? We can't even put our soldiers information on here. Does that seem a little odd? We must focus on the soldiers and the fact that they might be reading all this. I am sure that it would not allow them to be ALERT & FOCUSED if they knew their girlfriends were asking questions behind their back! Can we stay Focused on what is important here? OUR SOLDIERS SAFETY Thank You


Name: Red Devil Supporter
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 13:29:19

Message

Why are people asking if certain soldiers are married or not? Is that the focus of this website? No it's not. The focus should be on the soldiers and their families and the support each of us can give one another. Please, please keep this in mind.


Name: Mary Huser
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 12:21:19

Message

Hello everyone. We got a phone call from our son yesterday he is 508 charlie 2nd platoon. we were glad to hear from him. Said Phones had bee shut off until then. On the issue of mail he has gotten all the packages I have sent. So even though it might take a while to get their mail it is going thru.


Name: Carol Teshera , Marks Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 10:18:40

Message

Got an email from my grandson last night B co 508th and he said he is fine but the "sandstorms suck". Was so good to know he was okay.


Name: Amanda
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 08:46:03

Message

Here is some information for people waiting to hear from loved ones...My girlfriend just called and said she just got a phone call from her husband. She had not heard from him since Tuesday and was concerned. But he informed her that they were not allowed to call out due to the fact that the helicopter took off from that location. So if your husband or son is there....just hold on a little longer, they should be calling soon! Hope this helps!!!


Name: MDM
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 08:44:42

Message

I heard from my brother yesterday. He is with the 2/503rd Able. All is ok. Short conversation....sat phone disconnected.


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 08:11:43

Message

This morning we got a call from our son in Chosen Company. They are "where they are supposed to be". A long trip and they are getting settled. Phone lines were long and there is a lot of dirt.


Name: Red Devil Supporter- B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 07:36:39

Message

Finally got a call early this morning, and I was so happy I had tears! Some soldiers are unaware of what happened! My soldier did not want to know to much details because it makes them discouraged at times! Let us continue to pray for our soldiers, loved ones and especially for the families that have lost loved one! Please people let us not get to fighting on this web site.........we need each other in a world that is already filled with too much hate and selfishness. Let us just be supportive and of encouragement to all.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 07:30:32

Message

To all those in the 173rd, both past and present - my heartfelt sympathy and my prayers go out to you at the loss of your comrads. To the families - my heart bleeds for you, I KNOW that no words can come close to giving you comfort at this time. But if you need someone to talk to, we (the 9 families who lost in OIF) are here for you. SKy Soldiers - stay focased and know that my prayers and heart are there with you, especially those of Support Battalian (Michael's old unit). Love to all


Name: Michele D.
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 06:48:39

Message

Hi everyone, I am so saddened by the loss of our soldiers. To the families that lost soldiers I don't know what to say. We all live with the fear that we may one day get the phone call or the two Army officials at the door. I really thought this deployment would be easier than Iraq, how foolish of me.Please know Your soldiers will never be forgotten here. We haven't heard from our son yet but I'm sure we will. He is not one to stand in line for hours to get to a phone so I will have to be paitent I guess. I am so grateful to this site and don't know how I would have gotten throught Iraq without it. To the 2/503rd/sappers call write e-mail something!!!! xoxo M.Dodge


Name: Nancy Rose
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 05:54:25

Message

This goes out to all of the 173rd Support Bn. My prayers are with all of you for a safe return, and to my son SGT Jacob Rose we love you and miss you. Be careful! To the families that lost loved ones in the crash I send my prayers.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 05:19:01

Message

Lets focus again on the soldiers here and less on the rumors in Washington. Lets deal with facts and not hearsay.


Name: Sandy Willie
Email: abnmpwife82@yahoo.com
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 04:29:23

Message

I just want to say hi to everyone in 173rd HHC!! A big hello to the MP's!! But most of all hello to my hubby Sgt. Joseph Willie!! May the lord be with all of you out there!! I am going to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers!! Stay safe!!And to the families who lost loved ones in the recent crash, May God be with you in your time of need!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 04:13:56

Message

Tatiana, I would just like to state that SSG Pier is only tring to further protect our soldiers. It is important that we ALL do our part in that, and not leave it all up to the webmaster. Yes, Mr Bradley is doing a wonderful job, that I know every one of us appreciates, but we should also watch our information so that NOTHING of importance gets in the wrong hands. As a family member of a soldier I know I have a little bit of a different outlook because I am receiving the information from rear detachment, but in his defense SSG Pier is doing excellent work in his role. I don't believe that he posted a message in here just because of the accident, but like he said to introduce himself.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 03:36:13

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To Tatiana and the person who sent the message right after hers. Please read again what Mr. Bradley has stated at the top of this page including, "Use some common sense..." Also what Red Devil Supporter B-Co had to say on 4/09/05 @ 8:20 was right on the mark, "...should be addressed thru personal email." Actually that question should have been brought up and answered between the two parties well BEFORE deployment. This site is dedicated to our Sky Soldiers and we need to honor, support, and encourage THEM. This is also a place where we can support each other especially at this time. I don't believe that PFC Daniel Freeman's family, SGT Brandon Leamont's family, or the 16 other families that have recently lost a loved one want to know about another soldiers marital status. These families are in need and they deserve our support! Where are your priorities? Remember WHY Mr. Bradley started this site.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 01:51:22

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y does it takes so long for the list of the unlucky soldiers??I still pray for all the families involved.good blees 173rd..love u chiara


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 01:36:38

Message

to the girl that asked about GREEN,he's a good friend of my and I can tell that he's no married, or fianceè or has a girlfriend...


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/10/05
Time: 01:34:46

Message

SSG Pier, I'm sure if there is anything posted on this web site that is not allowed Mr. Bradley the Webmaster will take care of it. You are Rear Detachment I believe in Italy not on here. You could've chosen to introduce yourself and be available to family members when the Soldier's deployed, not after tragedy has struck. If you are going to be a part of this, do it so in accordance with the Web Master and not after you feel you should be involved.


Name: SSG Joseph Pier
Email: joseph.pier@setaf.army.mil
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 23:43:55

Message

Please do not post messages asking for any information pertaining to the size in numbers of a battalion or company or how many platoons. Though it may not be officially classified, there is a thing called Operational Security. To all those asking personal information about who is married, etc., the same applies. This is a open website, meaning, anyone can get on and read or post messages. One last thing, PLEASE STOP POSTING MESSAGES THAT START OFF WITH: "I HEARD THIS/THAT", "I READ THIS/THAT", OR "SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING". Thank you.


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 22:15:43

Message

Has anyone heard from C co 1/508 3rd platoon still haven't gotten any emails or phone call. please email me or post it here I'm checking the message board hourly. Thank you Mr. Bradly for all your doing for us.


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 21:09:09

Message

Just got a call from Seth anderson and B Co is all OK. They just got in and was allowed a 5 min phone call to their families. God Bless Us! Ron Anderson


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 19:44:47

Message

We heard from our son Will this morning, he is in c co 1 508. He and all are fine at their FOB, he knew we would be worried but also knew that we were told that communication lines were down. Sandstorms have been really bad, but they now have shower facilities and they got their packages!!! Our son got six at one time, a months worth, he sounded good. Hope you all have gotten a chance to communicate with your soldiers.


Name: Annette Tewell
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 19:27:37

Message

Dear Jason, it was so good to hear your voice this morning. You know without asking that we are praying for the families. Give my love and regards to Troy, Dan and Wilson? or Williams??? Spoke to a couple of the girls after speaking with you and they send their love. Take care, pray, read, and praise.... Love you more....Mom


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 18:34:44

Message

Could someone give me an idea about the structure of the 1/508th? I know there's HHC, A. Co., B. Co.. C. Co.,etc., how many platoons, squads etc. and how many men in each. I don't want any classified information but would like an idea of the structure of a battalion. If it's too long just send it to my email. There are great new pictures of the 1st platoon, C. Co. on their website too. Thanks for this great site. Will we be able to get any information about sending condolence cards and memorials for the fallen soldiers?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 18:29:40

Message

TF Fury means Task Force Fury, Fury is a nickname, maybe because their motto is "Fury from the Sky"


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777@hotmail.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 18:26:12

Message

California Mom - it's a rumor worth looking into since our soldier's lives are on the line. That Stop Loss was enacted in the first place is cause for concern. Though I don't want your family member to worry we have to be realistic. The current administration doesn't want a draft for popularity reasons. Look into groups who are exploring these topics. Several exist which are founded by concerned military families.


Name: LouieQ
Email: silverlining777@hotmail.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 18:25:07

Message

California Mom - it's a rumor worth looking into since our soldier's lives are on the line. That Stop Loss was enacted in the first place is cause for concern. Though I don't want your family member to worry we have to be realistic. The current administration doesn't want a draft for popularity reasons. Look into groups who are exploring these topics. Several exist which are founded by concerned military families.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 17:50:11

Message

Dear Mom in California, It is just a rumor!


Name: Stan Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 17:42:38

Message

Does anyone have news of the 2nd/503? Are they all in country yet?


Name: to the girl asking how to send boxes
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 17:20:02

Message

which unit is your boyfriend in?


Name: worried
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 17:15:03

Message

I am worried about the question asked. PLEASE post their name and I am sure the wives, fiancés, and girlfriends will tell if they're available or NOT. ;)


Name: Mom in California
Email: ds92336@yahoo,com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 16:27:37

Message

Need to know if there is a bill before Congress extending the Stop Loss program indefinitely. Supposidly, the bill is to be voted on in June of this year in order to avoid the return of the draft. My son called from Afghanistan concerned about this rummor. I need to provide him with up-to-date accurate information. With the news of the crash and this, he sounded "concerned".


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 15:56:43

Message

pls,can someone tell me what means TF Fury?thanks!!


Name: S.
Email: goofballsheila@yahoo.co
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 13:55:14

Message

hi.. it's hard for me to find information about my brother chris chandler. he is with the csc of the 173rd.. does anyone know where i can get any kind of information about him or his unit? any pictures? thanks a sky soldier sister


Name: Jessica Hebert proud girlfriend of SFC. Dishman & Gold Star sister of SPC. Justin Hebert
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 13:49:53

Message

Birkan Family: If you need to talk or need anything I offer it to you with open arms. I lost my brother in Iraq. He was the 1st war causality in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I know all too well as to how you are feeling and well...the feelings are back even though it wasn't someone I knew. I care a great deal for all of the 173rd and his life will never go unnoticed in my heart. Please know that you have all of the sky soldiers and their families behind you to support you in this. They all helped me a great deal when Justin died. I have made some awesome friends and I have a great guy in my life who is currently in Afghanistan and with the 173rd just as your son is. Your son will always be with the 173rd no matter what. They will carry on his memory in everything they do because they too feel your loss ..as they thought of him as a brother. You will probably get friends of his that will come forward and write you ..and well ..that is what helped me cope with my brothers loss--hearing other people talk about my brother and sharing the same loss as I. We all of love for all of the soldiers and their families! My love goes to you during this time and if you need anything, to talk, whatever the case, I am here. Sincerely, Jessica Hebert. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families that are just finding out the loss of their loved one. I, too, am hear for you if you need someone to talk too. Jessica Hebert oooxxxxoooo. I miss you and love you Troy! Same to Mock, Bates, Schlothauer, Haynes, Shelton......keep your heads up!!!!


Name: Jay
Email: jb@cinci.rr.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 13:35:36

Message

I find myself returning to this page almost hourly reading the posts that all of you wonderful people have left. PFC Daniel Freeman was my nephew. He was an amazing young man whose heart was in what he was doing (the army). He stated in a letter, he was never afraid of dying, but what it would do to everyone else. I never knew the depth of my own nephew's soul until he was taken from me. I know that my sister's family and other's continue to read the kind words you have all left and that those words have been so comforting. My heart goes out to the family of Matt Maupin, they are located just 20 miles or so from where we are. What amazes me is the grief and struggle we felt for the 1.5 days of not knowing where Daniel was after we were told he was missing. I cannot imagine Matt's parents having to wait this 1 year (yesterday was the anniversary of his abduction). The strength that his family has shown is empowering to me and I'm sure it is to others as well. I had to say goodbye to Daniel 2 times in my life. One time when he was 1 year old and moved overseas and once again when he was 18 years old and left to join the army. Each time I played the song Daniel by Elton John to comfort me. The song will be in my mind and in my heart will be Daniel when we lay him to rest soon. God bless you all and thank you all for your kindness.... Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes Uncle Mamootah (jay) -means Uncle Wooly Mammoth


Name: LINDA A. FORGETT
Email: GRAMMIE52519
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 13:20:43

Message

this letter ,goes out to all the soldiers and there families. my name is linda and i live in watervliet, NY., and i am writing ,to tell the families who just lost some one , who was very special ,my heart is breaking. i am new on the computer, and am just learning .but i wanted the soldiers and there families to know i care, and they are in my prayers every night. thank you to all the soldiers who are protecting, my family and my self,and my country. may god bless each and every one of yous ..a friend who cares in NY. love linda and my family. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox


Name: Jean Jones
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 13:11:43

Message

My son is in the T.F.Fury 508th 173rd how are you doing everyone is great here please be careful and take care we love you so much we are proud of ya love your family


Name:
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 12:32:20

Message

Hi I got an e-mail from my brother today it was short and sweet he says they are busy and would write when he could .


Name: PAMELA EVANS
Email: ddpevans@earthlink.net
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 12:03:09

Message

I PRAY THAT OUR SOLDIERS KNOW THIS IN THEIR HEARTS AND THAT ALL OF THEIR LOVED ONES DO TO. PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU; MY PEACE I GIVE YOU. I DO NOT GIVE TO YOU AS THE WORLD GIVES. DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED AND DO NOT BE AFRAID. JOHN 14:27 REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE; MOURN WITH THOSE WHO MOURN. ROMANS 12:15


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 11:50:38

Message

So, If you are with the TF Fury, A Company, 1/508 HHC, are all the guys at the same place or is guys with different units mixed up?


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 10:01:39

Message

HHC is an abbreviation "Headquarters & Headquarters Company"


Name: maryann
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 09:44:25

Message

hi, i know kouri Green and is is not married, i left italy three months ago and hes a really good friend of mine


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 09:34:04

Message

I was just wondering what HHC stands for this the first time my son has gone into combat and am still learning the language.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 09:12:18

Message

Just got an e-mail from Spc. Nathan Garcia A Co. 1/508. They are all doing fine. He said they didn't know much about the crash (they were out in the field). But he did say that when they got back to the barracks the mail was waiting there for them. That made there day.Hope everyone else hears from their soldier. Arlene


Name: D.
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:58:08

Message

I received an e-mail from my son in 1-508HHC and he indicated that the computers we back up again and going strong. I am relieved to get some word from him yet at the same time We are grieving for The soldier who is not with us anymore. He has gone home to be with God and we are All Proud of the work he has accomplished for our country. Our Hearts go out to his family at this time and We would like to have an address to send cards if possible. Any soldier with the 173rd is family to us. To the Sky Soldiers, Red Devils, and All the 173rd, Stay Strong, Stay Safe, and we are praying for you as you go through this loss also.


Name: 508 C co. MOM
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:46:22

Message

I just got instant messaged from one of the saying everyone is good. Of course when I ask about my son, he tells me he was sleeping. If there is one thing he can do standing up, it's sleep. So I'm waiting for he to awake to contact us but knowing he is o.k. is what I needed to sleep myself. Our compassionate hearts mourn with each family that are hurting. God Bless All


Name: Missy
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:39:57

Message

I juts got an e-mail from our son at HHC 1-508, he said that phone lines and e-mails will be down for a while.


Name: Brenda Sanfilippo
Email: brendathepooh@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:38:23

Message

My husband just e-mailed me to say he was safe. He also said all his friends are safe too. He is A Company. So, for those of you who know your men are friends with "Flippo," know that they are all okay. If you have any questions, please e-mail me.


Name: EA
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:32:59

Message

I think i know your son Brewer. i remember my bf calling one of his buddies like that! Thanks God he's doing fine! i'm glad to see you're all receiving that phone calls we're all waiting for. hopefully, we'll all gonna receive the good news. i was looking at the pics posted in this website before and i cant believe how many guys i met in Vicenza are now in Afgh. To moms and dads in the states, as an italian girl, i'd like to tell you we all love your kids! I have been hanging out with them for more than a year now, and i met such awesome people in Ederle! i know they might be just friends to us, but we really miss them a lot here! nothing is the same without 'da americans in town!'. ;o) God bless you all! EA


Name: Red devil supporter B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:30:36

Message

Christy I could feel your happiness, thanks for posting such GREAT news. My sweetheart is in B-Co and I am anticipating a call or eamil soon! let us continue to pray for our soldiers!


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobalnet.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:26:47

Message

My son Clint Kelly is with the 1\508. I have been thinking how hard it was for the loved ones in the previous wars before the super phones we have today and how the families must have wished for a letter. Today we are wishing for a phone call or email. To the girlfriends in Italy. Let us know who your boyfriends are and your personal email and then when we hear from our sons we can email you. We could even tell you if they are married or not.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobalnet.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:26:47

Message

My son Clint Kelly is with the 1\508. I have been thinking how hard it was for the loved ones in the previous wars before the super phones we have today and how the families must have wished for a letter. Today we are wishing for a phone call or email. To the girlfriends in Italy. Let us know who your boyfriends are and your personal email and then when we hear from our sons we can email you. We could even tell you if they are married or not.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:26:15

Message

I heard from my boyfriend in 1-508 Co. A. this morning by email. He said he is fine and well and will write again when when he has time. I hope this helps.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobalnet.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:26:07

Message

My son Clint Kelly is with the 1\508. I have been thinking how hard it was for the loved ones in the previous wars before the super phones we have today and how the families must have wished for a letter. Today we are wishing for a phone call or email. To the girlfriends in Italy. Let us know who your boyfriends are and your personal email and then when we hear from our sons we can email you. We could even tell you if they are married or not.


Name: christy alipio
Email: christy.alipio@stjoe.org
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:21:57

Message

We just got the greatest call of our lives!!!!!!!!!!Jason is 1/508 A Co. they are back and all is well. He couldn't say anything in regards to the crash. We've never felt such relief before!! There are still some guys out in the field so be patient a little longer. We hope you will all be getting that same call soon too. Praise GOD! He said the line for the phone is a mile long! He was as relieved to talk to us as we were to talk to him, I knew he'd be worried about us worrying about him. Our hearts are a little lighter today but we are still sad for the lives lost. We will continue to pray and support you all everyday.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:20:22

Message

At a time like this when we have suffered great loss and we should be praying for our soldiers and their families, I do not think this is the right place to post the name of a soldier to find out his marital status!! We should be supportive of each other during this time of war and uncertainty. Something like that should be addressed thru personal email.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:10:55

Message

the name is: Kouri David Green, if someone knows if he's married please let me know


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:06:09

Message

si he used to call every day before the helicopter crash. but i don't know if everyone has the chance to use phones. when he calls he use a private line.


Name: Charlene Brewer
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobalnet.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:05:22

Message

My son Clint Kelly is with the 1\508. I have been thinking how hard it was for the loved ones in the previous wars before the super phones we have today and how the families must have wished for a letter. Today we are wishing for a phone call or email. To the girlfriends in Italy. Let us know who your boyfriends are and your personal email and then when we hear from our sons we can email you. We could even tell you if they are married or not.


Name: WIFE
Email: Sammiejo1216@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 08:04:04

Message

Just heard from my husband. C CO 1-508 3rd plt. Everything is good.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:57:20

Message

to the girl who just received a phone call from your boyfriend in 1-508...did he have phones where he was before the accident? the only contact i've had was through email so i don't know whether to expect a phone call or an email


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:51:23

Message

How can i know if a soldier in Italy is married in the States?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:50:02

Message

my bf just called me from Afghanistan, he's in 1-508 and he said he's fine.


Name: Janet
Email: janetandjoe1@verizon.net
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:35:04

Message

To all the 173rd and families. I was here reading this board everyday when our loved ones were in Iraq. My son is back home now on medical hold. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer 2 months after they returned. He had chemo last summer and is doing very well now. When I knew that the 173rd was headed to Afghanistan I found myself returning to this board everyday. Our 173rd flag is still up in the front of our house and our hearts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time. To the Birkman family and all others who have lost their loved ones, we send our condolences and we will never forgot those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:30:33

Message

SSG Pier, I read that you are the Rear D for B-co. Can you give any reassurance that our guys are all okay? Being a girlfriend it is hard to get news. Thanks


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:16:45

Message

hi. my bf is in cc 508 too. i heard from him last Monday but no news since then. i'll post here as soon as i have some news. later,


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 07:09:04

Message

has anybody actually heard from any of the guys in co 508? it makes me nervous that i haven't heard from him still.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 06:45:05

Message

hi! does anybody know how to send a package to the guys from Italy? Post Offices here have no clue how to and Ederle doesn't allow you to enter the base. So, how am I supposed to send my boyfriend stuff? thanks for the help and for this website!


Name: Mrs. Marra
Email: michjohns@msn.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 06:22:20

Message

Parents and Girlfriends of Chosen 2/503. Please contact Jessica Workman to recieve FRG updates. I'm not promising anything exciting, but at least you'll have another way to keep in touch. jessica.workman@us.army.mil


Name: Pat & Nancy Kelley
Email: patmkelley@comcast.net
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 05:34:14

Message

To Samuel and Rebecca Birkan, our hearts ache for you and our prayers are with you. We pray that you will be sustained by God's love, the support of your family and friends, the love of thousands of people around the country who are praying for you and the knowledge that Daniel played a significant role in making this a better world to live in. Because of his efforts the stars of freedom, peace and hope are shining more brightly around the globe, millions of people will have a better life and the world will be a better place for all of us. We are all indebted to Daniel for his service and to you for raising such an outstanding young man.


Name: SSG Joseph Pier
Email: joseph.pier@setaf.army.mil
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 05:22:06

Message

To the Family of PFC Daniel Freeman: Prayers and thoughts from the "LEGION" family to yours. Stay strong and my GOD watch over you and comfort you in the HOLY SPIRIT. Keep the Faith.


Name: Amanda
Email: Mandabeth182@hotmail.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 05:17:53

Message

To the Birkan Family, May you stay strong and may god be with you during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you and your family, as a wife and daughter of army soldiers I know the sacrifices they make as well as we make and I understand your pain. Know we are all thinking and praying for you. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice and that will never be forgotton. ALWAYS REMEMBER, NEVER FORGET! My most heartfelt sympathy, Amanda- 173rd Delta Battery wife


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 04:01:46

Message

has anyone heard if all the guys in B-Co 508th are okay? My fiance is in that company and while I am trusting God that he is okay, being re-assured would help my nerves! I would be sending out a prayer list to Bishop TD Jakes for prayer, if anyone wants to have their soldier's name on the list just post it and I will forward it. There is nothing like prayer at a time like this!


Name: S & R
Email: rob_silvia2000@yahoo.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 03:30:26

Message

I don't think that any word can help in a tragedy like this! As mother of 3 young kids and wife of an ex soldier, i feel like part of my heart is being ripped of my body! To all the family of the victims, our prayers and thoughts are with you!


Name: Anna
Email: babygirlbrk@yahoo.it
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 02:52:58

Message

im looking for Sgt.Antoine D. Johnson...he's on the 508th company. if someone knows something about him please e mail me...thank you


Name: Luca
Email: lucatriade@virgilio.it
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 02:33:46

Message

I'm Luca .. italian buddies of SSG Voline Stephen TF FURY I hope everything is OK! I hope to hear You & Sonny quickly! Ciao Bello


Name: Gid be with you...
Email:
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 00:50:48

Message

To all who have lost their love one, we reach out to lend you a hand in your time of need, this " family is your support" , when you need us or when you don't, our thoughts and prayers are with you. To the Birkan family: Thank you for being so brave and sharing your situation with us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and other who still have so much uncertainty about there loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers..


Name: bevlyn
Email: dodamite@kconline.com
Date: 04/09/05
Time: 00:27:47

Message

My son, Humphries, was with 508 they transferred him. he has called very concerned about his fellow soldiers. does anyone know if 508 was in the accident? our prayers and love go out to all. "A PRAYING MOTHER!"


Name: S. Curtis
Email: sjc831@aol.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 23:38:32

Message

Has anyone heard about/from 1/508th co C? If so could you e'mail me? Looking to hear if my brother is doing ok, L. Curtis? We haven't heard anything. Prayers are with you all. Thanks to those that serve and their families that support them!!!


Name: Geff & Monica Ward
Email: monica.ward@att.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 22:52:21

Message

To Samuel & Rebecca Birkan: As the parents of a soldier in the 508th, we cannot even begin to express the heart felt sympathy we have for the loss of your son. Our gratefulness for your continued correspondence with all of us is beyond words. As has been said by so many others here today, please allow us to help you in your time of need, as you have so graciously done for us. Our prayers, and those of our church family, are with you and your family. Geff and Monica Ward


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 22:38:21

Message

To Daniel's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. I cannot express enough how much your loss means to a great deal of us. For those of us who knew your son, he was a great guy! America is a better place for men like him. I can only express my deepest sympathy for your loss at this time. To all the other families who have lost as well, you are in our hearts!


Name: Karen Mangine
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 21:57:36

Message

To the Birkin family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Our family reaches out to you. I cannot express in words how I feel for you at this time. May friends and family  comfort you if that is at all possible. God be with you/.


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 21:07:07

Message

We all try to be as brave and steadfast in the face of danger as our sons, husbands, brothers in the 173rd, but who among us can truly say that our hearts are not breaking for Daniel's family. When we salute the flag, or place our hands over our hearts to sing the National Anthem, or do any of the millions of things we're able to do because of the sacrifices our soldiers make for us, we will think of Daniel and thank him.


Name: sam
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 20:22:32

Message

dear Rebecca & Sameul Birkan we are very sorry to hear about your loss we will keep you in our prayers and we would like to say thanks to your son for being brave and fighting for our freedom and safety take comfort in knowing he's with god we send our love to you at this very trying time let us know where we can send condolence cards


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.r.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 20:21:01

Message

To the Birkan family, Your strength at this time is an inspiration to us all. Our condolences to you and the rest of your family. You son was a very brave man, as are all the men and women fighting for the greatest country in the world. No words can express the magnitude of your loss. Please know that we are praying for you and Daniel. God Bless you and give you strength for the days to come. We will think of you often. Parents of a fellow 1-508th soldier.


Name: Cathy Grant
Email: dancathy@bellsouth.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 19:55:02

Message

Dear Rebecca & Samuel Birkan, I'm sorry to hear about your son, my prayers are with you & your family, may GOD comfort you during these troubled times. Your son will never be forgotten. Cathy Grant


Name: Arlene
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 19:47:59

Message

Birkan family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayer always. Thank you for having a son willing to protect us all. Arlene


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 19:38:31

Message

To the Birkman family and all who have lost loved ones. My prayers are with you. My son is in 3rd Platoon, C co, 2nd/503


Name:
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 18:49:46

Message

To the Birkan I am sorry for your loss my heart going out to you and you family. I will pray for you. I know that words don't help but they are all I got. Just know that you son was one of the brave. And we all are grateful to him and to you his family for fighting for his and our country thank you for his gift of freedom.


Name: Janette L'Heureux
Email: Caring4kids@swfla.rr.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 18:46:33

Message

Andy, not sure which website you get to read e-mail on so I am sending you a brief message here and your platoon website. We are so glad you are ok and we are praying for the families and friends that lost loved ones. I know this will be a difficult time for you and we want you to know we are thinking about you and praying for you and all your platoon everyday! We love you... Love, Aunt Jan


Name: Liz Gonda
Email: tgonda@fuse.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 18:17:38

Message

As the daughter of an Army vet, and sister of a Gulf War vet, I thank you all for what your sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters are doing by serving our country. You--and they--are in our hearts and prayers daily. Thank you. Dear Birkan family--I am Daniel's Eng. teacher from his senior year...I was asked to pray for him and you today. This evening, hoping some news may have been posted somewhere out there in the Internet, I came across this site, and just read your posting. My deepest, most heartfelt condolences. I hope I am not offending anyone by posting here, but I want you all to know that Daniel was one of the kindest, funniest, deepest thinking, most driven kids I have ever had the pleasure to teach. He knew what he wanted to do in life, and I can only assume he was doing it and doing it well while in Afghanistan. He was soooo driven about the Army, was a great writer (though not always punctual...the sign of true genius, I like to think), and I will always remember his smile, his constant drumming on everything and anything, as well as how wonderful a person he was. I saw him in his uniform when he visited school--you rarely see someone his age looking like they know who they are and where they belong in life...Daniel looked that way to me. He could not have been more proud of his choice of career. I am glad I had the pleasure of knowing him--he made a difference in this world by his presence, and will be greatly missed.


Name: Amber
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:32:22

Message

To the Birkan family- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you every second. May God lift you up in His hands. God Bless ALL of our soldiers and their families.


Name: Marie
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:19:29

Message

New article about 1/508 A Co. and what some or them are doing. (article is not about the crash) http://www.centcom.mil/CentcomNews/Stories/04_05/7.htm


Name: D. & M. Leeman
Email: mommie222@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:16:07

Message

To the Birkan Family, Our Prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. You have suffered a Great loss and if there is anything we can do for you please feel free to let us know as we are here for you. Your Son's service to our country will not be forgotten!


Name: Anna
Email: babygirlbrk@yahoo.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:11:55

Message

if someone knows something new about the crash please e mail me...all my thoughts and my prayers are for you jay...


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:09:26

Message

Dear Samuel and Rebecca I am so sorry to hear of your loss my heart grieves for you we will be praying that the Lord will comfort you in this terrible time. sincerely Bob and Liz Spence.


Name: jean
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:05:06

Message

Dear Birhan family our thoughts and prayers are with you in this trying time we are praying for your son and hope for the best my son is in the TF 1-508 we hope you are ok if you need to talk to someone whoes child is over there you can e-mail me


Name: Samuel and Rebecca Birkan
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 17:02:08

Message

To all 173rd Families. we have just received official confirmation that Daniel's remains have been identified. they had no further information to share with us. Again thank you for all your prayers and support.


Name: Linda Proud Mom of SSGT Clint Mack and SGT Chris Mack
Email: WGSLINDA@AOL.COM
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 16:50:54

Message

My condolences and Prayers to all of the families who have lost a loved one in this helicopter crash. My son did call his wife today and he is safe but of course mourning the loss of the soldiers. He did state the weather was real bad and just wanted all of us to know that he is safe. Clint is the 2nd Squad Leader for the C co 2/503. If anyone needs me for support let me know. I am a mother of 2 active duty Airborne Infantry soldiers and my third son is on the delayed entry program presently waiting to go in. Keep the faith and we will all pull though this year together. Mr. Bradley "THANK YOU" for this site it is wonderful. God Bless You. Linda Army Mom X 2


Name: C 1-508 wife
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 15:41:10

Message

To the Birkan family: Thank you for being so brave and sharing your situation with us all. Are thoughts and prayers are with you and other who still have so much uncertainty about there loved ones. You are in my thoughts and prayers...


Name: Maricela Alvarado
Email: chela_619@hotmail.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 15:30:38

Message

To Samuel And Rebecca Birkan As good friends of SPC Daniel Freeman, please know that Daniel and you are in my prayers. I have not heard from my husband, Manuel Alvarado since Monday. He is also in 508th. God bless them and all of our soldiers.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 15:25:25

Message

Debi - we know you meant no harm. This is going to be a very trying time, but worrying is going to be a daily fact of like. We just wanted to get our point across that the DOD is doing everything they can to comfort those that have suffered losses and the rest of us are just going to have to take some comfort from not knowing. As bad as that is, we realize that getting notified is not the preferred option. To the Birkham family, our deepest condolences. We will continue to pray for you during these coming months and hope that the news changes for the better. If not, you have our thoughts, prayers and gratefulness for your family's sacrifice for our country.


Name: Maricela Alvarado
Email: chela_619@hotmail.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 15:21:50

Message

To Samuel And Rebecca Birkan As good friends of SPC Daniel Freeman, please know that Daniel and you are in my prayers. I have not heard from my husband, Manuel Alvarado since Monday. He is also in 508th. God bless them and all of our soldiers.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 14:56:37

Message

Dear Birhan family, Although we cannot truly feel the depth of your pain, please know that our hearts weep also, for you and your family. He as the others paid the ultimate price for freedom, it's more costly for some than others. Thank you.


Name: 173rd mom
Email: charding@telenet.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 14:53:47

Message

Speaking from experience having gone through that long year while my son was in Iraq I can say...it certainly isn't easy waiting when you hear of a tragedy or waiting through the deafening silence of not hearing from your soldier. All we can do is lend our strength and support...mail packages...letters...but most of all our prayers and love and support each other. My heart felt sympathies go out to all of the families who had soldiers involved in the latest tragedy. We can certainly be proud of all who are serving.


Name: Sherry
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 14:44:06

Message

My thoughts and prayers are with all you! Thank you Mr. Bradley for this site. You have helped me not to worry as much as I could have. My son is with the 319th D. We will keep you in our prayers. God Bless you!


Name:
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell98@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 14:32:47

Message

Hi all I just got a letter from my brother today he is with the TF 1-508 but it was mail on the 28 of march . still waiting. Bro love and miss ya stay safe.


Name: Samuel Birkan
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 14:14:24

Message

To all those waiting for word of loved ones. I am the father of SPC Daniel Freeman who was on the flight. We have been contacted by State side Assistance officers and by the commander of the 173rd from Afghanistan, while there is still no official word as to Status and they are all still MIA. I would like to re-assure all those that haven't heard from their soldier that by now no news is probably good news. I would also like to thank all those who expressed their sympathy.


Name: Oregon Mom
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 13:24:23

Message

Mrs Marra- Thanks for the info but I already know about the website. Checked out the picture of your husband, hope he stays safe and well as all the men in the chosen few. My son is in the 2nd platoon. Are there any e-mail lists of info in that FRG. We had that while my son was in Iraq and it was great to hear from others on the base. I like being able to hear from others since my son is not that great in keeping in touch. thanks


Name: Brenda Sanfilippo (Flippo's Wife)
Email: brendathepooh@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 13:21:37

Message

I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones on Wednesday. I am truly sorry for your loss.


Name: Debi
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 13:08:13

Message

I am very sorry if my earlier message was too forward but meant no harm to anyone. I am a Sky Soldier Mom and was just thinking of a way to ease worries in future. Again I meant no harm. My Prayers are with all.


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 12:58:52

Message

I understand you fears, As a parent of a C 1/508th Sky Soldier I had to wait like everyone else. But "All Primary Next of Kin have been notified" so if you don't know anything, that is good. So please don't DEMAND anything or be VERY LOUD or upsetting of others during this stressful time or I'll delete your message in a New York Minute.


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 12:44:39

Message

the message below was sent to me by one of our soldiers wives I hope it helps ease your fears keep praying for those whos worst fears have come true and God bless you all.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 12:41:35

Message

Wives of C co. 1-508th, I am writing you in regards to the helicopter crash that happened in Afghanistan on the 6th of April. I would like to start by saying that no one from our company were involved. I will write the official statement word for word. "Three members of TF Fury (Our Battalion) were involved in the helicopter crash on the 6th of April. They are currently listed as "destination or whereabouts unknown". All Primary Next of Kin have been notified. We will not release the name of those involved until an official statement is made public by the Department of the Army. Please keep our comrades and their families in your thoughts and prayers. We have limited all correspondence to official communications at this time. More information will follow once it is releasable." I will attempt to call all of the wives in the states as soon as it is daytime there. I hope that this message puts your mind at ease. Feel free to forward this info to your loved ones as it is not classified. SGT Livesey, Jacob F. C Company Rear Detachment PSG 0444-71-7364/7509 634-7364/7509


Name: Red Devil Wife
Email: tabitha_schieder@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 12:40:42

Message

For all of the families now worried that they haven't heard from their love ones. Once again, fret not. The sand storms are kicking up but Army policy cancel all communication until atlas 24 hours after all next of kin have been notified. This is for the well being of the families. If a soldiers loved one hasn't been reached and joe schmoe were to get on the phone with his friend and tells them who died before the family knows that would be horrible. Coming from the wife of someone who almost lost there husband once I definitely appreciate it. I wouldn't want to hear of a loved ones death through base gossip or on the news. Don't worry, when they can make contact again, they will.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:46:13

Message

Are they still having sand storms? Are their flights now delayed?


Name: Bev
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:45:13

Message

I received a call from my son who is with Battle Dogs 2/503 today at 11:00 AM EST. He said they arrived safely.


Name: Jessica Hebert
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:37:05

Message

One more thing. If you haven't heard from your loved one in a few days since the accident....the reason is most likely those sand storms that caused the loss of our very own. Internet and phone lines have been down due to the bad weather. I am sure that your loved ones are as eager to get in touch with you all as we all wait eagerly to talk to them. So, depending on how long those storms last will effect the communication we have with them. Also, the guys are most likely busy with the accident and the procedures that they need to go through during this tragic time for the 173rd & family. Hope this eases some minds out there. I did ease mine when I talked with a wife of a 1-508 soldier who is also on her way to Kandahar and she is finding out info through her superiors. Units that had been deployed from Italy this past week are sitting in nearby countries waiting for the sand storms to die down as they prove to cause tragedies such as the helicopter crash. Lots of love, Jessica Hebert


Name: Jessica Hebert proud girlfriend of SFC. Dishman
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:30:57

Message

I was told that the families of the lost were already notified. So, we may not know who they are for a few days as it's going to be a rollercoaster ride of emotions for them. I know this all too well as I was the one notified of my brothers death in 2003. Just be there for them...as you were for me. It makes all the difference in the world...I know this because you all made a difference to me. = ) I will always be thankful to everyone here and they will always be thankful for you. We are all one big family and as long as we all have one another's backs ..we can make it through anything. I do know of some info but I am not going to reveal anything just in case it is incorrect. I don't want to worry anyone if it were to be a misunderstanding. Take care everyone and my thoughts and prayers are with the families who are suffering at this time. If anyone finds out who the families are...please send them my way. I will do anything to help any of those families. Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com With Love, Jessica Hebert gold star sister of SPC Justin Hebert 8-1-2003 C Co. 1-508


Name: Jenni
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:29:05

Message

SGT. JOE MCCREARY....Stay safe and strong My Sky Soldier Hero!!!!! I miss you and LOVE YOU!!!!! Can't wait to hear from you again!


Name: Debi Ashburn
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:09:43

Message

In my endless search of information, I have contacted a few Gov. Officials from Indiana. We as parents, wife's and friends ..special or mutual.. have to suffered during this waiting. But this isn't the first or last time as we all know. Please join me in contacting anyone who knows anything and DEMAND a web site or phone number check in on our loved ones. Maybe a prompted fill-in information that computerized roll call roster can alert us of last roll taken with soldier accounted for and safe. I am a teacher but not knowledgeable in this area. If we ask VERY LOUD maybe someone will hear and save a few of us some worry. I understand that this as all press release information would be days behind but after 50 some hours now we could have had some peace of mind. I know my son is o.k. because my heart is still beating. If any Sky Soldier reads this and knows my Kris please let him know to check his e--------mails. I've been writing him often. Be Full of Faith and Pray for our losses families.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 11:03:22

Message

hi there. does anyone here know whether they guys were in mission when the accident happened? i know they were coming back to the base, but I'm just wondering if someone knew when they left. i last talked to my bf on Monday. he didn't really talk about missions, but I'm so scared to know some of the guys who lost their life ... thanks. God bless you all. EA


Name: Mrs. Marra
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:57:23

Message

Oregon Mom- I'm reading this message board for first time ever. Reading it along with 2 other Chosen wives. Thanks for hanging in there. Nothing too exciting to report for Chosen Co. Everyone is safe. Bored but safe. If you want any other info on Chosen Co. 2/503 check out our website: www.chosen2503abn.com (if you look at the pictures, my husband is the one with the bunny ears.)


Name: Mrs. Marra
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:45:35

Message

emanuela-- You were asking about kugio. Do you mean A. Boozer? He is just fine.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:43:58

Message

Spc. Nathan Garcia II, just to let you know that I am thinking about you and your fellow soldiers. Please stay safe and call home as soon as you can. I will even accept an e-mail from you at this point. Love you always, Mom


Name: LEANNE
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:38:58

Message

To a Red Devil Mom, How or why did you get a phone call from Vicenza? Did you call them at some time? and how do we do this if necessary?


Name: For Dani
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:12:29

Message

What company are you looking for of 508th?


Name: A Red Devil Mom
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:06:58

Message

I received a phone call at 0830 this morning and it was from the Base support in Vicenza telling me that ALL next of kin have been notified by now and so if you didn't get notified you can be reassured that your soldier is most likely safe. Hope this eases alot of concern


Name: Christy Alipio
Email: christy.alipio@stjoe.org
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 10:04:01

Message

My mother in law got a call from the Red Cross this morning, they said all communication was suspended BUT as soon as the suspension is lifted ALL the soldiers will be able to call home. Thank you Pastor Karen for the wonderful prayer dated 4/7. It all helps. Our son has been there since Feb. this is going to be the LONGEST YEAR OF OUR LIVES. I hope the soldiers have spiritual support there amongst themselves because no matter how strong, tough or smart they are I hope they can still find comfort in the arms of GOD in the middle of hell on earth. HOOAH


Name: Theresa
Email: tstancil@mchsi.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:50:30

Message

i haven't heard from my son pfc nathan fuller since 3/26 he is in b co 1-508th i have myself nearly sick with the unknown, if any one knows anything please let me know. my prayers and thoughts go out to all the families with deployed soldiers, as tough as this all is, i am so extremely proud!!!!  


Name: Christy Alipio
Email: christy.alipio@stjoe.org
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:44:23

Message

My mother in law got a call from the Red Cross this morning, they said all communication was suspended BUT as soon as the suspension is lifted ALL the soldiers will be able to call home. Thank you Pastor Karen for the wonderful prayer dated 4/7. It all helps. Our son has been there since Feb. this is going to be the LONGEST YEAR OF OUR LIVES. I hope the soldiers have spiritual support there amongst themselves because no matter how strong, tough or smart they are I hope they can still find comfort in the arms of GOD in the middle of hell on earth. HOOAH


Name: concerned friend
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:44:01

Message

I have a couple of very good friends in 2/503rd, one is HHC, the other one should be in Able co. Does anyone know if the guys from these companies are okay? thank you all, God bless all our guys out there


Name: Soldier
Email: skysoldier19@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:43:10

Message

I am currently attached to C co 2/503, all but a few have left this afb and are now in country, the sand storms are lifting and allowing movement, all is well.


Name: J
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:39:11

Message

I have a lot of friends in 2-503 also... one of them is able company but didn't hear from him yet since he left the 29th of march, but i heard also that some of able company didn't arrive to their destination yet.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:34:20

Message

si i heard from my bf and he's in co 503.he said they r fine.


Name: concerned friend
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:31:56

Message

I have a couple of very good friends in 2/503rd, one is HHC, the other one should be in Able co. Does anyone know if the guys from these companies are okay? thank you all, God bless all our guys out there


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:23:19

Message

do u know if hh 2/503 is still with a 2/503 company?


Name: Dani
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:22:31

Message

Does someone have news about 1-508?


Name: emanuela
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:17:55

Message

Hi my friend is in Afghanistan, he's in co 503,his nick name is kugio, if someone knows how he is doing please let me know.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:16:44

Message

do u know if hh 2-503 is with a 2-503 company?


Name: marisa
Email: marilb_5@yahoo.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:15:17

Message

For Mrs Wilson Hi I am one of Shane's best friend Marisa (Joseph Zimmett's wife) we talked on the phone one time I wanted to tell you that I am sure that Shane is doing fine and I am praying for him and all the guys that are there! God will be always with them I hope you will hear from Shane soon. For Joe: baby I love you more than everything you are my life!!


Name: SSG Connell, Patrick S.
Email: To Sarah
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:11:46

Message

Hey thanks, if you could could you get me his address?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:05:16

Message

I confiremed that i received an e mail from my bf who works in 503 hhc they're ok....I haven't heard from a friend in Bco 508 for the last week or so but I guess they're out on mission. Keep hope up...


Name: SGT Wilson's Mom
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 09:00:53

Message

Well, here we go again...as I read these messages I recognize some of you from our first deployment in Iraq and now, God has brought us together again while our sons, husbands, brothers, boyfriends & friends are in Afghanistan. I haven't heard from my son, SGT Shane Wilson A Co 1/508 in almost a month and having gone through this before when he was in Iraq, you definitely learn that no news IS good news! While I miss him dearly and worry about him constantly, I know that he has a mission and phone calls home might not always be on the top of his "to-do list". Prayer (and this website) helped me through the first deployment and I am counting on it again to get me through this year. Please put your worry aside and pray for the families of the Sky Soldiers who DID get notified. They need ALL of our prayer and support during this heartbreaking time. Thank you Mr. Bradley, your site is a godsend for all of us. God Bless you Shane and all your brothers in the 173rd.


Name: Sara
Email: To Patrick
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:58:07

Message

Hi all i know is that guys from co 2-503 are all ok..i got an e mail from my bf and he's in that company.


Name: SSG(P) Connell, Patrick S.
Email: ptrconl@yahoo.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:51:12

Message

Does anyone on here happen to know of SGT Brian T. Graves, Chosen, 2-503? If so could you please e-mail me his contact information. Thanks!


Name: Mary
Email: mary.italy@libero.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:48:59

Message

If u have news about co 1-508 please e mail me.


Name: Jenny
Email: waccodj@libero.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:40:36

Message

if someone has news about the crash e mail me please.


Name: Sara
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:38:41

Message

my bf from co 503 emailed me he said they are fine.


Name: Isabella
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:35:06

Message

for mary: http://lunaville.org/OEF/Afghanistan.aspx


Name: Mary
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:33:43

Message

where do i have to look to have news about the names? and one more thing..i know they can't call but can they at least check their email over there?


Name: Mary
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:26:44

Message

Why did u delete my msgs?


Name: Isabella
Email: isycrazy@hotmail.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:22:32

Message

My boyfriend is Srg. Cowden Michael Shane.. how can i know if something happened to him? if somebody knows something please e mail me.


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:12:14

Message

Please remember that; All Primary Next of Kin have been notified.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 08:09:07

Message

If you havent heard anything your soilder is safe. no news is good news. rear d has been in the process of calling everyone related to the deployment not just family of 508th.


Name: mary
Email: To Tatiana
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:58:28

Message

Well..i guess the only thing i can do right now is wait. Do u know where i have to look to c if there's news about the names? what's the name of your boyfriend or husband?


Name: Sere
Email: serenella_italy82@libero.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:46:52

Message

if anyone knows something new about the crash or about co 1-508 please e mail me.


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:43:53

Message

Mary, You are in the same boat as all the other girlfriends. We just have to wait until the names are posted or the media blackout is lifted and our Soldier can phone us. Its extremely difficult I know. I'm sitting here waiting with bated breath on any news that comes around. I'm also in contact with people in Vicenza and they are doing the same thing. So, the only thing you can do is wait and pray! If you know any of his family you could contact them, because obviously the next of kin has been notified. I hope that helps. I know it's not the best comfort but each other is all we have right now. To "D" I love you with all my heart!!


Name: Jean Jones
Email: smbgjj@aol.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:41:20

Message

Hey my son is over in Afghanistan don't know were he is with the 508th if you know anything let me know. Jean


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:35:26

Message

The Marine has been identified. http://www.indystar.com/articles/1/235323-1881-102.html


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:32:40

Message

My bf is in Afghanistan,he used to call every day but now i don't hear from him since a week.how can i know if something happened to him? i'm not his wife and how can i have more informations about him?he's in 1-508.if somebody knows anything please write to me here: mary.italy@libero.it


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 07:07:16

Message

For more information: http://lunaville.org/OEF/Afghanistan.aspx


Name: Faye
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 06:56:50

Message

My son is SPC Richard Rowell with C co 2/503. He called at 12:02 this morning. He said they are all ok and stuck at an unknown air base because of bad weather--snow, rain and sandstorms--for 3 days. No idea when the weather will allow them to continue to their FOB. He sounded real good and said they have access to phones and computers. Some of them cannot get to their phone cards so they are having to wait in long lines to use the military phone. Richard had his phone card with him so he could call using 'other' lines with no wait and no time limit. Mentioned the crash to which he stated--remember no news is good news. Continue to keep all the boys in our prayers.


Name:
Email: aaliystella83@yahoo.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 06:40:00

Message

i hope that you are safe BRENDAN your friend B


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 06:20:59

Message

You can use this site to watch for notices on casualties from DOD. The notifications occur fairly quickly to the families involved, but do not appear in official releases for several days. This not only allows for the family notification, but also provides them some time to grieve before the media is notified. http://www.dod.gov/releases/


Name: Amanda-Wife of a D-319th soldier
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 05:17:58

Message

Hang in there...the Rear D is contacting everyone involved with the 508th and delta battery. If you are PRIMARY next of kin and you haven't already been notified, then don't worry. If you haven't heard from your soldier, its because they can not call due to the situation (News Black Out). Take care and god bless.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 05:11:06

Message

For Judy, our soldiers can not call because it is protocol for rumor control! The next of kin should find out first thru official sources and then after the Rear-D will probably say whatr is going on! It is tough, but hang in there..........my sodier belongs to B-Co 508th and we are not married yet so just imagine how I am feeling!! But I have to hold on to my faith in God.


Name: Stan Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 05:10:45

Message

Sorry, when you get to the website go to the Media box and click on Press Releases


Name: Stan Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 05:09:26

Message

For reason nothing much is being said go to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan url: http://www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/main/about_cfc.asp I believe that is the official Army stand on the situation as it is now.


Name: Isabella
Email: isycrazy@hotmail.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 05:01:54

Message

If someone knows something about Sgt. Cowden Michael Shane please e mail me.


Name: Judy
Email: thomas@execpc.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 04:59:17

Message

"Your soldiers are under a News Black Out so they can't call you." - So ... since I'm new to this deployment phase of life and eager to pick up on the "lingo" ... what exactly is a "News Black Out" and why would that mean they can't call? Thanks to anyone for enlightening me.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 04:52:07

Message

Even if we knew that information it should not be posted here. We have to remember that the whole purpose for our boys being there "is their mission".


Name: PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 04:47:40

Message

Please if someone can tell me i would really appreciate it i need to know if they were going back to the fob after a mission and what time was there when it happened


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 04:45:42

Message

Were the soldiers involved coming back from a mission?


Name: Amanda-wife of d-319th soldier
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 04:33:25

Message

I was just called about the crash from our Rear D. I am praying for all the soldiers of the 508th and their families! Please know you are all in our thoughts! And note: to all...if you haven't already been notified then do not worry. The official statement said that all next of kin have been notified. Stay safe and god bless.


Name: Cathy D
Email: shockg549@aol.
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 03:29:44

Message

it is presently 0625; our son left Italy for Afghanistan last Wednesday. We heard from him last night at 0014.(12:14am) He would not give out any further information. My prayers and thoughts are with other parents who have not heard from their loved ones. We lost a son 9 years ago. My heart aches for the parents of the missing soldiers.


Name: Genny Lanza Harding
Email: genny.lanza@cheapnet.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 02:50:31

Message

GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR SOLDIER FROM ALL OF THE FORCES WHO ARE OPERATING IN AFGHANISTAN. Genny Lanza Harding


Name: Anna
Email: babygirlbrk@yahoo.it
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 02:43:01

Message

if someone knows something new about the crash and about company 508th please e mail me...


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 02:35:45

Message

Thank you Mr. Bradley.............I am trying to staying calm and praying!


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

Date: 04/08/05
Time: 02:26:00

Message

Here is the OFFICIAL MESSAGE TO FAMILIES

3 x Members of TF Fury were involved in the helicopter crash on the 6th of April. They are currently listed as “destination or whereabouts unknown”. All Primary Next of Kin have been notified. We will not release the names of those involved until an official statement is made public by the Department of the Army. Please keep our comrades and their families in your thoughts and prayers. We have limited all correspondence to official communications at this time.

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I do not have names or units. Your soldiers are under a News Black Out so they can't call you.

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Name: "Flippo's" Mom
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 02:04:21

Message

Check: www.defendamerica.mil There is an article dated April 7th, 'Medal of Honor Recipients Visit Troops in Afghanistan.' These vets visited the camps of the Delta Battery-319th and Alpha Co. 1/508 on April 5th & 6th. Maybe a little hope for those of us that haven't heard from our loved ones in A Co. Stay safe my son - I love you Matthew! To the Birkan family and friends of SPC Daniel Freeman, you are in our prayers and hearts out here in Calif. Thank you Mr. Bradley for your continued support. To the rest of you, it is an honor to be a part of this 173rd family. Best regards, Patti


Name: SSG JOSEPH PIER, B CO REAR DETACHMENT NCOIC
Email: joseph.pier@setaf.army.mil
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 01:31:37

Message

Hello to all families associated with the "LEGION" (that's B Co, 1/508th ABN). I am introducing myself to the families that I normally don't get the chance to associate with on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. I am the Rear Detachment person in charge taking care of the soldiers down range, the families and community in Vicenza, and hopefully, soon, starting a relationship with the rest of the "LEGION" families stateside and around the world. joseph.pier@setaf.army.mil "LEGION"!!!!!!!!!


Name: Casey Mitchell
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 01:19:26

Message

My husband is in 1/508 HHC Scouts and I have tried to talk to The rear detachment and they will not tell me if my husband is ok or not. Communication has been shut down. So what are we suppose to do. I did not get much sleep last night and the news is not even talking about it. They still have not released the names. When will we know our loved ones are ok.


Name: Carrie Stanton
Email: carrie.l.stanton@us.army.mil
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 01:11:33

Message

All concerns about the incident can be directed to the Family Assistance Center from italy is 0444 71 7500 and from the United States is 011 800 173 73823 (has an extra number it spells 173 SETAF). I just left staff duty, they didn't have much information when I left but they are the best sourse of information.


Name: concerned too
Email:
Date: 04/08/05
Time: 00:11:51

Message

What happened 'to do not post any rumors'?We are all afraid and worry but all we can do right now is stay calm(as much as we can)and PRAY.508thFIANCE i understand how u feel,I watched the news too but they told us not to believe in news,if you have any question call ur FRG leader and ask her thats the best thing u can do in moment like this.In these moment u feel like the world is falling,but the first think we have to do is try to think positive and think about our troops.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 23:53:12

Message

I am also a concerned girlfriend of a soldier in Bravo /508th!!!!!!! I know he had to do two chopper flights to destination. I cannot eat, my heart is breaking, but I am also trying to think positive and know that God will bring him and his troops home safely! We must keep praying, God is Good. I agree with concerned girlfriend' no news is good news'


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 23:50:06

Message

Mr & Mrs Birkan my prayers are with you and your family! God will comfort you during this time....


Name: POTT'S(WIFE)
Email: Sammiejo1216@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 23:43:13

Message

Hello to all.....I am a wife from C CO 1-508th.....I'm really worried haven't talked to my husband since 12am April 6th Florida time. If anyone has talked to any body from C CO email me and let me know. If I hear anything I'll do the same. KEEP PRAYING!!


Name: Pam H
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 22:57:06

Message

I'm praying for all our soldiers and their families. I know we all wish our loved one would call us to let us know they are ok.


Name: Kevin Lally
Email: hatednproud_3@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 22:24:10

Message

This is to PFC Thomas A. Hunter of NJ. (If I cannot post the soldiers name and locale due to OpSec, please delete my message) Tom, I talked to your Ma. I hear you are in Afghanistan. I want to express my good luck and best wishes to you. I know you arent in any danger...the enemy is. Ha. Take care of yourself. Give me a call if you can. I understand you might not be able to, so its alright. Once again, take care of yourself and good luck to all you Sky Soldiers out there.


Name: cindy
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 22:07:02

Message

They are all our sons


Name:
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 21:33:33

Message

Hi my brother is in the TF 508 if anyone Hears any thing please post the imfo as soon as you can I will do the same. Every one pray for our soldiers to keep the safe I will pray for them all. And I have not done this for a long long time. Bro if you see this just let me know your alright Love ya and miss ya your sis


Name: Debi Ashburn
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 21:22:39

Message

I have been going nuts too so I have been writing my son a long email letting him know I'm here and thinking of him. WE know there are some of us that's lives will soon change but let's not forget our boys are feeling a huge loss of friends in yesterdays crash. As I visited my boy in Italy, I passed hundreds of young bright faces and wonder which ones are now missing. My heart breaks but pray not only for my own but for those who will be faced with the Brass buttons at there door. Please remember that when your child calls to say I'm o.k. someone else's didn't. I am glad to see such a huge group of support and can say I am Proud to have a Airborne Boy in such a fine unit.


Name: GRJ
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 21:11:30

Message

I too have been told that communication is shut down when something like this happens. If I am incorrect, please let me know. But if I remember right I remember my husband telling me that at one point too. So to those of you wondering and waiting, keep faith and be positive. The guys most likely are being restricted to have any contact until told. Let's keep our faith, love and prayers.


Name: Roy E. Poynor
Email: none
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 20:57:54

Message

to any one that knows SSG Mark Poynor please tell him that his Mom would like to here from him . I know there is trouble but his mom needs to be close Please tell him to call or e mail home Love DAD Roy Edward Poynor


Name: Suzanne Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 20:46:36

Message

Like all of you I am waiting to hear. My son Will is in 1-508 C Co and we haven't heard from him since early Sunday Morning. The waiting is unbearable. I can't help but think about what it must have been like for my mother while my dad was serving in WWII, he was in many of the big battles including the invasion on Omaha Beach, St Lo, and the Battle of the Bulge. She only knew he was in England, France and Belgium but did not know the extent of the fighting he was involved in until weeks had passed, through it all she had faith that one day he would return to his family and he did and lived to be 80yrs. I'm sure she had many sleepless nights also.


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 20:28:11

Message

What a beautiful prayer, Karen. I intend to copy it to carry it with me to remind me of what I should pray for. Thank you for your comfort to me and I know the families involved will feel the healing hands of God with all the prayers for them. Your prayer is appreciated and please share more. As I read your prayer I felt the words rolling off my own lips. Again thanks for you prayer. Kathy


Name: Oregon Dad
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 20:26:01

Message

To Oregon Mom: My son is also in C Company 2/503. This is his second deployment. We got an email this morning saying he was OK. Email if we can help with anything or just for support. Our prayers go out to all the families.


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 20:09:48

Message

Lord, I write this not entirely knowing what to pray. I guess it's in times like these we just ask for Your comfort. There are concerned families, hurting families, all over this globe just now. So many friends and family alike waiting, wondering, and watching for a sign of hope. Lord, in these times when we can't be certain of much, we know that we can be confident in your comfort. I ask that you bring peace to those who read this board each day, may they know that you are in control and that there will be days when the unknown seems overwhelming, but you are there. You are Lord of the unseen, the unknown. As the song says so well, we can rest in Your arms, and when all we can do, has already been done, we can find rest in Your arms. Heavenly Father, right now I pray specially for Samuel and Rebecca as they wait on word about thier son Daniel. Lord, give them peace and understanding for the days to come. May they find people to lean on who will support them. In these, and in all things, we ask Thy Will be done. In Your precious name we pray. Amen. I don't know if should be posting a prayer, but I just felt it was needed and as a pastor, it's kind of my job. I hope no one is offended, please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to each one here.


Name: Oregon Mom
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 19:32:44

Message

My son is new to the 173rd. Are there any other Oregon soldiers in C comp 2/503 out there? We are not new to deployments, this is his 3rd. He was in Iraq with 101st during the start of the war. I Would like to be a support to anyone needing it or hear from others in his comp.


Name: A Concerned Mom
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 19:15:00

Message

I have talked to someone from a reliable source and they do shut down all communications from the soldiers to us and from us to them. All we can do is Pray now and wait.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 19:09:55

Message

No news is definitely good news. But for those of us who are not on the list of next of kin and will not be the first the Army notifies of the death or injury of a loved one, this list is a great place to get information.


Name: Emily Zeller
Email: e_m_zeller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:43:28

Message

As a mom who's son is in Co A - 1 508 and I to am very concerned about my son's welfare, but I agree with Concerned Girlfriend. For those families who will be finding out that the soldier was killed in Wed.'s helicopter crash. They have the right to hear the news through proper channels. As we all go through these uncertain hours, let us all be try to find some comfort that you are not alone. As we have seen through this web page and many like it. There are a number of people praying for all of us and we are there for each other. Please take care.


Name: wife of a co. 1/508th soldier
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:36:15

Message

i agree with the concerned girlfriend of a co 1/508. We all just have to say our prayers.


Name: Concerned Girlfriend of Co. A. 1-508
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:31:54

Message

Hello everyone. I just thought about this, maybe the military has shut down communications until all next of kin have ben notified. It would be real easy for one of the guys to say something and soon after everyone on here knew and the press get hold of it before the families are notified. I could be wrong and if you know for sure, don't hesitate to correct me. It was just a thought that I had. Maybe this will give you some comfort until you hear from your loved one.


Name: Monica Ward
Email: monica.ward@att.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:31:15

Message

Our son is also in TF 508, and no one has heard from him either. We look at it as no news is good news, and just keep praying for all the soldiers and their families. This is definitely a tough time for all of us, but the Lord will see us through.


Name: wife of a co. 1/508th soldier
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:30:59

Message

i agree with the concerned girlfriend of a co 1/508. We all just have to say our prayers.


Name: sam
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:30:46

Message

will the girl that just im me please get back to me


Name: wife of a co. 1/508th soldier
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:29:39

Message

i agree with the concerned girlfriend of a co 1/508. We all just have to say our prayers.


Name: Concerned Girlfriend of Co. A. 1-508
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:21:53

Message

Hello everyone. I just thought about this, maybe the military has shut down communications until all next of kin have ben notified. It would be real easy for one of the guys to say something and soon after everyone on here knew and the press get hold of it before the families are notified. I could be wrong and if you know for sure, don't hesitate to correct me. It was just a thought that I had. Maybe this will give you some comfort until you hear from your loved one.


Name: Jay
Email: jb@cinci.rr.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:21:02

Message

We are all keeping our fingers crossed that Daniel (Freeman) is returned to us safely. This waiting to know what has happened with the crash is tearing us apart. All of your prayers and kind thoughts are so appreciated. We send the same prayers and thoughts to the others who were aboard the helicopter. On behalf of my sister and her family, thank you and please keep all these men and women in your prayers... Jay


Name: sam
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 18:14:03

Message

My brother is in the TF 508 if anyone knows anything about the crash please e-mail me have not heard from him thanks


Name: Julie
Email: jhulz2004@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 17:58:37

Message

Me too, I eager to find out about 1/508 C. company.


Name: linda berkoski
Email: lin4953@epix.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 16:45:09

Message

I am very anxious to hear about the whereabouts of C 508. I would appreciate hearing from anyone. An anxious mom


Name: Danielle
Email: dbloren@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 16:07:20

Message

I, too, want to know if anyone has any word from any one in C-co 1-508. Let me know please. Thx


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 16:00:01

Message

Mr. and Mrs Birkan, know that you, your family and Daniel are in my prayers. We are all here for you. Arlene


Name: Julie
Email: jhulz2004@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 15:40:55

Message

If anyone hears from 1-508 C company please let me know if they are okay. Thank you.


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 15:14:54

Message

Mr. and Mrs. Birkan please know that you are in my prayers. There are no words that will comfort you except to know that many people are praying for you. We will keep you and Daniel in our prayers. God be with you. Leanne Harmann


Name: SSG(P) Connell, Patrick S.-Chosen, 2-503(ABN), AUG 02-AUG 04-JRTC-Ops Group-TF 2
Email: ptrconl@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 14:54:18

Message

Hey brothers! I am sorry to hear about what has happened to our sister BN. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families during this difficult time. For the men of Chosen, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Good luck and God speed in your future endeavors and today I just seen LTC Caraccilo. Anyways, SSG Workman and SGT Smith, C, 2-503, if you need anything at all, let me know.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 14:37:24

Message

Thank you to all who post messages of hope and wisdom on this message board. This is the first time on this deployment that we have had to worry with the anticipation of the unknown. We are all in the same boat. Thank God for the family and friends of our loved soldiers. I know that God will bring us comfort and support in our times of uncertainty and sorrow. God Bless our troops and families.


Name: Raymon C Gomez III
Email: raymond.gomez@us.army.mil
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 14:12:03

Message

Sgt David L gavula or any Battle co. soldiers who may come across this, an old buddy is trying to get a hold of you to see how you are doing! hopefully you get the message buddy, KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!! gomez


Name: Tom Alipio
Email: talipio@cityofepa.org
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 14:04:56

Message

Hello all, I know we are all clinging to any kind of news or information about our loved ones. I wanted to let you all know I called the Army Public Affairs office and spoke to a major and asked her if she had any new information. She was very polite and stated she did not have any other information different from what has already been put out. My wife Christy and I will keep praying for us all. My son is Jason Alipio he is in in A Co. 1/508.


Name: Dianne Massey
Email: demassey@comporium.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 13:45:07

Message

First of all, I just wanted the Birkan family to know my heart goes out to them. We are having Daniel put on a prayer chain here in Charlotte, NC. I know how everyone is feeling because I'm feeling it too, my son Josh Blaney is 1/508 A Co. We have not heard from him since Monday. For all of us who have gone thru this in Iraq, it doesn't make it any easier, but we need to remember that God is in control. As long as we are communicating with each other and relaying what we do know, it really helps. Lets all stop for a moment and say a prayer for all our soldiers and all the families. God be with us all! Dianne Massey


Name: Debi Ashburn 508 Charlie mom
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 13:36:55

Message

This is very hard on everyone, but we must be patient. We have ten fingernails and .... well lets just keep in mind that it is time of sand storms and in a third world country with little phones or thecnology computers may be down for a spell. Just like our satellite during summer storms here in us. My son Kris is in 508 charlie and red devil so I'm in this with all of you. I have faith in god and also know how hard bering a child is because i've done it 16 years ago but if this is my fate then we must face it and hold on to every moment of memories we can. May I suggest getting out photo books out and flood yourself with happy thoughts to help hide these unforgiving nausea. Hold on, our boys are.


Name: Gina
Email: worried about soldier in A. Co. 1-508
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 13:16:41

Message

Can someone please email me and tell me where HHC is based out of? gina@hcnews.com


Name: Christy Alipio
Email: christy.alipio@stjoe.org
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 13:00:49

Message

Dear fellow families, Our son is 1/508 A co. we are desperate for news, our hearts are breaking for you, not knowing is harder than finding something out. We are praying fervently for answers, knowing that God is in control, and walking in faith that WHATEVER happens, will have happened for a reason and HIS purpose. This website has given us more answers than anything else has so we will continue to check in. If anyone has specific prayer requests I would be happy take them and pray for you.


Name: Ericka Grigsby
Email: egrigsby@dfamilk.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:58:15

Message

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that they find your Daniel, and I pray that he is safe. God Bless.


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:54:53

Message

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Words cannot describe the emotion. My arms reach out for you. May God Bless You. Kathy


Name: Linda Tadir
Email: linda.tadir@intel.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:54:34

Message

I'm answering for my sister, Becky Birkan. My nephew, Daniel, was in TF HHC 1-508th, I believe. We still have NO news. My sister was only notified that he was missing.


Name: red devil mom
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:50:53

Message

my thoughts and prayers go out to the Birkan family and their son. I apologize for the miss spelling in the previous message. May God Bless all of you.


Name: Linda Tadir
Email: linda.tadir@intel.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:49:10

Message

I'm answering for my sister, Becky Birkan. My nephew, Daniel, was in TF HHC 1-508th, I believe. We still have NO news. My sister was only notified that he was missing.


Name: red devil mom
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:47:19

Message

my thoughts and prayers go out to the Birkman family and their son.


Name: Linda Tadir
Email: linda.tadir@intel.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:19:17

Message

I'm answering for my sister, Becky Birkan. My nephew, Daniel, was in TF HHC 1-508th, I believe. We still have NO news. My sister was only notified that he was missing.


Name: al mangine
Email: almangiine@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 12:09:53

Message

Mr. and Mrs. Birkan My wife and my prayers are with you at this terrible time. If I may ask, what Co. is your son in? Al Mangine


Name:
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:52:51

Message

Mr. and Mrs. Birkan I am sorry to hear about your son we are all praying for all of them to have a safe return, we are hoping for the best. Bro if you read this Love and miss ya stay safe see ya soon. we are praying for you.


Name: Brieanna
Email: briegarcia@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:43:18

Message

I heard from my friend from 2/503 and he said everything is going ok, the weather is getting a little cooler and they had a sandstorm. Other then that he said food was ok and the conditions are a lot better then they were for them in Iraq. He did mention needing a pillow, and any snack of luxury like Oreos things like that.


Name: 508fiance
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:25:56

Message

i just saw the news on vicenza tg tv they said 5guys died of caserma ederle for sure they didn't know who the body were cause they burnt so please does anybody know if 1-508 specifically b-co was in the plane? please im shocked answer soon im shaking i do not do what to do.


Name: Jessica Hebert girlfriend of SFC. Dishman & proud gold star sister of SPC. Justin Hebert 8-1-2003
Email: missmybro2003@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:19:47

Message

Hey love, I hope that you are okay and I love you so much. I heard about the crash just now and having not heard from you it freaks me out. Can't help it really. I am pretty gun shy with this type of thing. It truly does scare me. I send my prayers to those who haven't heard from their kids or family members. I know all too well about this and don't ever want anyone to get the tragic news of their love one being lost. I care a great deal about all of the 173rd and each one that is lost is a loss to me as well. I love you Troy! Love Always, Jessica Hebert


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:07:24

Message

Mr & Mrs. Birkan, My prayers are with you. Which platoon is your son with? May God bless you.


Name: frank
Email: gundalow@comcast.ney
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:04:10

Message

Sandra...Which platoon is your son with?


Name: Samuel and Rebecca Birkan
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 11:01:14

Message

We have just been informed that our son SPC Daniel Freeman of 1-508 HHC was last seen boarding the helicopter. No news of his wherabouts is known and he is classified as missing


Name: Rebecca
Email: coxo8568@aiulondon.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 10:45:11

Message

I know its a bit early, but does anyone know if there are any pictures posted online of our troops in 2/503d yet?


Name: James Bradley
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 10:17:43

Message

Helicopter crash http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=28257


Name: Mrs: Rivera
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 10:04:37

Message

Two of the soldiers how died yesterday in the crash were from Schofield Barracks Hawaii.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 09:40:36

Message

Here's another article with a bit more info. http://tinyurl.com/3hqmb


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 09:28:06

Message

Here's some info on the crash. Hope this works. http://tinyurl.com/5g4tp


Name: Sandra
Email: mil321mom@verizon.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 09:26:11

Message

My son is with the 319th D battery and he called Wed. night. He and his men are fine.


Name: Tatiana
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 09:14:13

Message

Thanks Mr. Bradley for all your words and support! I know it is hard on you as well but you are very solid in your spirit! To all of you for putting on any and all links we find with information I say thank you as well. I like many others check this site a zillion times a day for any word and moral support. It makes one not feel so alone! I too await word from my boyfriend and any of my friends as well. I have spoken to several of my girlfriends in Vicenza and they too are awaiting word. So, to all my heart and spirit are saddened by the loss of ANY Soldier out there, but I know just as my boyfriend tells me and others have said it, "no news is good news"!! Along with all of you I await any news.


Name: mary
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 09:06:47

Message

Hi does somebody knows anything about the crash?my bf left last saturday and i'm worried cause i did not hear from him since he left..


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 08:29:40

Message

Sorry you will have to copy and past the link. For some reason it is not accepting the entire link


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 08:29:00

Message

Here is an article released from Stars and Stripes. http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=28257


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 08:12:01

Message

My son is with Charlie (Chosen Few) 2nd/503, 3rd platoon. They are already at the FOB and everything is going good, guard duty, etc. Got email from his this morning dated Wed, 06 Apr 2005 16:22:08+0100. Stan Rogers


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Date: 04/07/05
Time: 08:11:26

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New article on helicopter crash yesterday... http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/04/07/afghan.crash/index.html


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Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 08:01:15

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Can anyone please tell me how long it usually takes for next of kin to be notified?


Name: Anna
Email: babygirlbrk@yahoo.it
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:53:47

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my bestfriend is on the company 508th...i have heard from him yesterday...he said it was ok...if someone got some news just e mail me...jay i keep praying for you and for the slodiers are there...be safe


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:45:02

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just wanted to thank you for the updates on the 1-508 A co. since my son Jesse Davis hasn't contacted me since before they left Italy, it really helps.Jesse if you read this, be careful. we miss you and love you Mother.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:33:59

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Dear Red Devil Mom, my soldier is also in B-Co 508th. I have talked to him a few times and received mail and emails. Hang in there you will here from him soon. Lines are long and sometimes they let the junior soldiers go thru first. Just keep praying your sons will return safe and sound. God is good


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:31:20

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Dear Red Devil Mom, I can't agree with you more, PRAYER does work oh so well! I have been doing so all day at work to keep me from being so nervous! Let us keep our soldiers in prayer so they will all return home to us safely


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Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:20:47

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my son with c 2-503 was online last night - they are still delayed getting to their fob because of sandstorms. he did not know about the crash.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:11:58

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My heart and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers. May God surround you with his love and warmth during this difficult time. Arlene


Name: Anna
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:07:12

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to LIZ: there is an other pic of your son, # 263/264... i thought to let you know seen how my fiance is SGT Turner, one of the guys in the pic you saw already. to SGT CARL TURNER Cc0 1/508... Baby, words can't express how much i love you and miss you... your doing a great job out there and i'm so proud of you. I can't wait to hold you in my arms again, my sweet future husband... lots and many kisses. Love you so much. Anna


Name: Kristen Kelley
Email: k_kelley10@hotmail.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 07:04:11

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Hi Shane Kelley, I hope that you are doing well, I miss you and are really wanting to hear from you soon. I am constantly thinking about you and cannot wait until you are home. I love you! You and all the soldiers are in my thoughts. xoxo, Kristen


Name: Red Devil Wife
Email: tabitha_schieder@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 06:56:42

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For all of the parents and family members wondering why their loved ones haven't called since they left Italy I say be patient. The soldiers are allowed a curtesy call when they arrive but it takes almost a week for the soldiers to get to their areas. There are very few roads and most are flooded so transportation is slow. To call to Italy is easy for them but to call to America takes a phone card which many soldiers forgot to bring. Be patient. My husband was in country one week before he was able to get a line out. No news is good news. You would know if something happened.


Name: red devil mom
Email: kathyblaney0606@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 06:34:58

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my son is Bravo Co. 1st of the 508. i have heard from him just once since his deployment. both of my sons are deployed. the oldest is back in iraq. my youngest in afghanistan. webmaster is absolutely correct! they always tell me "no news is good news" but i have to tell you i didnt sleep last night. i should be used to this by now, but it doesnt work like that. prayer and tylenol pm do help:)


Name: Cathy D.
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 06:34:03

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our son 2/503 B co. left Italy last Wed (our time)for Afghanistan; we have not heard from him since. Why doesn't the Army let them phone home or email home just to let us know they are safe. That would ease this mom's tense heart.


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 06:05:05

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Dear Mr. Bradley Thank you so much for this site I opened it up yesterday and there was my son in picture 487 PFC Spence Cco 3rd platoon 1/508 he's the one with the weapon on his shoulder. Haven't had much communication so it does a mothers heart good. This site has eased many bad nights thanks again. If there's any other parents of this picture email me.


Name: Michele
Email: MrsDodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 05:47:37

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Thanks Mr. Bradley You are so right No news is good news. I will keep that in mind all day while at work. Michele D


Name: Geraldine Farmer
Email: glfarmer@conwaycorp.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 05:36:23

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Dear Dan, We are all anxious to hear from you. We pray for you daily and all our brave men and women who are in harm's way that you will be safe and return to us at a later date. We love you and are eager to hear about your living conditions, what you are doing etc. God Bless, Grandma


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 04:19:10

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Thank you Mr. Bradley for your words of encouragement. In anxious moments such as this we so easily forget "No News is GREAT NEWS" ......... I trust God and I will continue to pray for our soldiers


Name: Dad of 2/503
Email: jund1977@yahoo.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 03:47:10

Message

I just talked to my son and he is in the 2nd/503. The food is good, weather is windy and cold. He didn't know about the crash. He is working convoys. We all must keep our hopes up and pray. Proud of all of these sky soldiers.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 03:32:51

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NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS Remember this


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 02:22:25

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To 508th fiance, it is good to know that you spoke to your loved one and he is okay. My soldier is also in B-Co but does a lot of patrols!!!!!!! We can only keep praying!


Name: 508fiance
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 01:49:00

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i heard my fiance that is in 1-508 b-co yesterday around 12-00a.m our time here in Italy he said all was ok with them he did not mention the plane crush so he probably did not know im trying to contact him by email but he doesn't answer back probably he s just busy...anyway guys in the army say: "NO NEWS GOOD NEWS" my fiance said yesterday if something happened they ll call you soon do not listen the stupid news....so i guess 508is not in the place where that bad fact happened BE CALM FOR OUR SOLDIERS JUST PRAY AND DO A DEEP BREATH AS HE TOLD ME YESTERDAY....The only thing i know is that my friend call me this morning saying the radio AFN was talking of that they ---------------------- so PLEASE GUYS DON'T ALARM DON'T GET ANXIOUS JUST WAIT EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS. LOVE YOU HUGGY BEAR.


Name: Jenni
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 01:26:42

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Just heard from my friend from D-319, all is well with them. I can sleep a bit easier tonight.....


Name: Vicki LaBriola
Email: rvrtlabrio@comcast.net
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 01:19:08

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My son is with 2/503rd , we don't know where he is from day to day Has any one heard from their unit since the crash.? We will keep all of the 173rd in our thoughts and prayers everyday. Tom if you read this please call Love, mom


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/07/05
Time: 00:09:49

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For the person that is inquiring about C-company 508th, there are some pictures posted from that company on page 23! Hope it helps.......... Let us keep praying for our soldiers. The news of the chopper crash is making me so nervous ..............my soldier said it took two chopper rides to get where he is at :(


Name: chuck kilbride
Email: kilbridefamily@aol.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 22:38:38

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any news on chopper crash in afganhistan


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Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 22:01:54

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just had a quick im from my son - then he had to go right away - but said he will be back - he is c 2-503 what a relief


Name: Jhulz
Email: jhulz2004@hotmail.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 21:47:55

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Just wondering if anyone have heard from 1/508 C company yet. My Boyfriend is in that group and have not heard from him. just starting to get worried. Thank you..


Name: Gina
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 21:18:59

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Last time I heard from 1-508 Co. A. was Monday morning about 9:45 CST. I have emailed James, but have still not heard anything. I know they have been very busy. I pray someone will hear from them soon. My thought and prayers are with them all. If any one would like to email, please feel free to. gina@hcnews.com


Name: Emily Zeller
Email: e_m_zeller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 20:57:49

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Hi Tom, Thank you for responding to my message. I am having dinner with Rick's wife this evening and I will be sure to keep you notified if we hear anything. I know as this morning she has not heard any news. Our prayers are with all our boys and all the other military families who are awaiting news.


Name: christina
Email: christi236@hotmail.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 20:25:05

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i've heard from 1/508 A co quite a few times. last i heard was sunday morning i got a call. i was told as much as could be told and from what i gather all is well. keep on prayin! let me know if ya need anything.


Name: Lindsey Morgan
Email: mispris@charter.net
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 19:17:12

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If any one hears from A co. 1st 508, please post it on here.


Name: Emily Zeller
Email: e_m_zeller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 18:46:35

Message

Hi Tom, Thank you for responding to my message. I am having dinner with Rick's wife this evening and I will be sure to keep you notified if we hear anything. I know as this morning she has not heard any news. Our prayers are with all our boys and all the other military families who are awaiting news.


Name: Tom Alipio
Email: talipio@cityfoepa.org
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 18:36:37

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Hi Emily, I am Jason Alipio's dad Tom. I have not heard anything yet. Please let me know if you hear anything and I will do the same.


Name: Mom and Dad
Email: jund1977@yahoo.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 18:33:29

Message

Matt, we miss you. Everyone back home is proud of you. You are our sky soldier. You and all the 173rd be safe. America is proud..... Sis says Hi and we love you.


Name: Emily Zeller
Email: e_m_zeller@hotmail.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 18:07:01

Message

Has anyone heard how Co. A with the 1 508 is doing?


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 17:17:24

Message

Info on the helicopter crash http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/04/06/afghan.crash/index.html


Name: Vicki
Email: Carousel99@aol.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 16:26:56

Message

Just wanted to say I spoke with my son (Able company 2-503) at 2:15 eastern time this afternoon. I hadn't heard about the crash at that time and he didn't mention it. He said 1st and 3rd platoon are at the same location, and described lots of sand, and lots more sand. Said the food "wasn"t bad", Said they are in 8 man tents, with electric, and beds (not cots). He's already asking for Aloe Vera sunburn gel, sunscreen, chap-stick, q-tips, and LOTS of Wet wipes. Said they were told mail may take a month before first delivery, so not to give up on it, and he encouraged me to "keep sending stuff, I'll get it eventually!". Ha like I wouyld ever stop sending him things..LOL Vickie..Proud sky soldier mom


Name: soldier's sister
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 16:12:41

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The CNN page doesn't list these casualties yet. Those casualties are from March 26, 2005. I'm sure it was an honest mistake by the earlier post...but I didn't want anyone to be confused.


Name: Michele
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 15:56:30

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I just saw the news and now Iam a bundle of nerves. God how I hate this. My son is with 2/503rd Chosen sappers anyone hears anything send it to me personally. "ll do the same if I hear. This will be the longest year of my life, God help us all!!


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Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 15:53:47

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CNN just posted some of the casualties from today's helicopter crash. The four soldiers they have listed are all from the 76th Infantry Brigade of the Indiana Army National Guard... God be with the families of these soldiers.


Name: Leanne Harmann
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 15:41:00

Message

Has anyone heard from a family memeber in C Co. 1-508? Are they all safe?


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 14:28:00

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Is there anyone with a boyfriend in the 2/B/503? Im an italian girl and i would like to share information with other girls who are in my same situation


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Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 14:03:00

Message

i just heard from my fiance. he is in the 503rd. he didnt say anything abt a plane crash


Name: Gina
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 13:40:51

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Thank you Mr. Bradley for your wise words. We can only sit and wait. Thanks to all the family and friends for their words of encouragement and the support for all of our brave soldiers. To the soldiers keep up the great work. We support you all 110%. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 13:27:40

Message

Yes their was a crash, No reports of what units involved. Knowing the ARMY, Family members by now have been told. So lets hold off on spreading the word until we know the who and what's is happening. If I get news I'll pass it on!


Name: Bev
Email: b.gangwer@rangerconstruction.net
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 13:19:57

Message

This is a great loss to all of us. My heart and prayers go out to all of the loved ones of these men. Just like the rest of you I am proud of my sky soldier. He just arrived in Afghanistan last week with the 2nd/503rd. Do we know yet if this crash definitely involved the 503rd? How long do you think we will have to wait to know?


Name: Anna
Email: coolgurlus80@hotmail.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 13:16:51

Message

to SGT. Daniel Branstrator, D319: hey perfect guy! LOL how you doing? I'm not sure wether you'll get this or not, but just in case I wanted to say hi and let you know i'm thinking about you...Did you get my letters and the pkg? I still haven't heard from you and it's been over a month now since you left, so when you get a chance, let me know how you're doing ok? I'm sorry about my last letter...anyway please write me when you can ok? the address where you can write me to is on the way, should be there next week hopefully. well you take care of yourself ok? I miss you a lot...tons of hugs and kisses, be careful!muah muah muah...


Name: GRJ
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 12:23:47

Message

My Husband is with D-319th. He is up in that area for reasons, so he isn't with his FOB at this time, but I am well aware that there are some other 319 guys up that way also. I am waiting to hear from my FRG leader and what she may know. I will pass along any info that I know to be true as soon as I get word. I Hope this helps.


Name: TO GRJ
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 12:18:54

Message

Can you tell us what unit your husband is in?


Name: GRJ
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 12:17:58

Message

I heard from my husband approximately 16 minutes ago and he called to let me know he is alright. He would not go into details, he called to tell me he was alright and safe, he said that they are all hearing out there that it is all a crossed CNN & FOX news and he called to let me know he was safe. My husband is currently up in that area. I Will know more soon, and when I do, I will be happy to pass along the info. Let's be positive, pray, and keep our fingers crossed. I have also been in contact with our FRG leader in Italy whom also works on the base out there, and she hasn't heard anything at this time. I Hope this helps.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 12:15:02

Message

Mr. Weiss - this is gonna be a long, long year. Although Iraq was much more intense, this next year will be difficult also. We all lived with this site everyday - watching CNN/Fox and local news everyday, all day. And we are doing it again this time. Our son was in C, 1/508 in Iraq and is in HHC this time around, so we know exactly what you're feeling. The worst part of this will be hearing news of an event and then not hearing anything else about it to identify the units involved. I spent a couple of decades in the Army, but watching from half a world away is much worse. Hang in there - we'll bring our children home soon, but we've got some more sufferin' to do first.


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Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 11:59:55

Message

if this helps - i had an email from my son at 4:35 am mountain time which would be 4:05 pm there (i think) he is in chosen 2-503. it is reported to have happened at 2:30 - i am still nervous though....


Name: Ken LaBriola
Email: kenman@radix.net
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 11:07:33

Message

My nephew is with the 2/503. Has anyone heard from their soldiers belonging to that unit since the helicopter crash. Just keeping our fingers crossed and pray that everyone is OK. We really don't have any idea of where exactly he is so needless to say we are very nervous.


Name: Andy Weiss
Email: andy@blueplanetfoods.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 10:54:06

Message

Dear Old Soldier, Thanks for the level headed and calming message you posted. When I saw the headline, my breath was taken away like a blow to the stomach... It takes a bit of time and reason to catch the breath back... Your words helped much to that effect. Though as my wife has said, we can only really breathe again when all the boys are back... Thanks again. And we hope for the best... Worried Father of a 1/508th B Co. paratrooper.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 10:53:35

Message

I thoughs and prayers are with the troops, families and friends. I hope none of us have to deal with the loss of our loved one.


Name: Ken LaBriola
Email: kenman@radix.net
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 10:34:51

Message

My nephew is with the 2/503. Has anyone heard from their soldiers belonging to that unit since the helicopter crash. Just keeping our fingers crossed and pray that everyone is OK. We really don't have any idea of where exactly he is so needless to say we are very nervous.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 09:43:14

Message

Here is a link for a map that shows where Gahazni is in relation to Bagram, just southeast of Kabul. http://www.173rdairborne.net/images/afghmap-003.jpg


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 09:33:01

Message

Hello everyone. I have just read this on the centom website. It tells about the casulaties of the helicoptor crash and confirms 16 dead. You can copy and past this link to your browser to read it. I send my thoughts and prayers to the families and friends that lost their loved ones in this crash, I hope and pray that it did not affect anyone I know. http://www.centcom.mil/CENTCOMNews/Casualty_Report.asp?CasualtyReport=20050409.txt


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 09:24:57

Message

Iwould like to thank everyone on this website,that helped me with getting the correct address.Everyone has been great and i'm a very proud mom.Go 173rd, Your friend Debbie


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 08:32:03

Message

I would prefer to think that when the packages we send to our sons and daughters go threw customs, items disappear. I can't possibly fathom the idea that a soldier is taking something from another soldier. Tampering with mail IS a Federal offense.


Name: Kerry Hays
Email: HAYSKERRY@HOTMAIL.COM
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 07:54:26

Message

I just got off the phone with our son. He's with the HHC 503rd and he had heard nothing about the crash. He said where he is now at the phones are free and they give you about 20 min to talk.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 07:19:10

Message

News like that just makes me so nervous! But we have to trust that God is hearing our prayers for our soldiers! Let us keep praying for our soldiers....... Mr. Bradley thank you for the awesome job that you are doing.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 07:06:14

Message

The only news I saw that may shed some information is that it was returned from "southern" Afghanistan, and our folks are in the eastern section. It was coming from southwest. Not sure that means all our guys are safe, but it does not appear they were operating in the same areas that the 173rd is operating. Old Soldier


Name: marsha
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 06:12:53

Message

Does anyone know anything about the helicopter that went down in Afghanistan that they are reporting about on CNN? All they are saying is a chopper went down but they are not telling us what division of the military the soldiers are with.


Name: SFC Raymond R. Hamilton
Email: raymond.r.hamilton@us.army.mil
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 05:02:28

Message

All concerned....D-Btry 319th AFAR, 173rd ABN BDE soldiers are delivered safely too the intended unit locations. (I am the plt sgt for 2nd plt)If you are looking for a family member or pal in the unit. Send your mail or package to this address. soldiers name, TF1-508/D-319th/what ever plt the soldier is in, if you do not know, just put HQ and we will sort it out and insure it gets to the location and soldier. APO AE 09354 (I am sure they will enjoy hearing from you) We appreciate the continued support. Sky Soldiers!


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 04:47:08

Message

Thanks for the note. Provide your address and I will respond to you. I got in the habit of using the term during Iraq when some of our writings went off on tangents and were dangerous for our young men and women. But I didn't want to see pious and give my name, thinking that I have info that others may not have. I think for the most part, I am saying what many others already know. This site has been a lifesaver since the first deployment, when we dealt with some rampant rumors, daily anxieties and some occasional emotional outbursts. I felt that addressing them without a name made it less personal and helped ease the tension. Thanks for the notice. P.S. - Hi Jessica -we still think about your bro' everyday!!


Name:
Email: psycho_kitty_from_hell09
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 04:41:44

Message

Hi, my brother is in the 173 and I would like to thank you all for thr info on the mail it sure helps so we can send then a piece of home keep them coming and if I find out any thing I will pass it along. This site sure helps my mother fill better to know so many out there care. And just saying hi bro Love and miss ya stay safe see you soon Love sis.


Name: Sharon (Mom)
Email: amarals@bellsouth.net
Date: 04/06/05
Time: 04:40:52

Message

Too my son Bryan, God Bless you and all the troops,God is watching over you all. Hope you arrived safely. All is well here just wanted to say Hello and we'er thinking about you all the time. We Love you Mom "n" Manny


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 20:58:55

Message

I also learned the hard way about packages. When SPC. Nathan was in Iraq, many of his boxes were opened and contents were removed. Nothing that he shouldn't have had. Pretty sad when you have to steal from a soldier.I only list the contents as "food", nothing else. Have a great night everyone, Arlene


Name: cindy ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 20:00:21

Message

Happy birthday to pfc ireland. We'll make up for lost birthday cake in the years to come. Uh-oh, it never occurred to me that things might be stolen out of the boxes we send. Thanks for the tip.


Name: Sherry Tipps-Holder
Email: stipps@conwaycorp.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 19:20:05

Message

Son,(Glen) got your message today. I am so sorry we missed you. I am putting a package in the mail tomorrow. We miss you. Take care of yourself and each other. Love, Mom and Barry


Name: Leanne Harmann
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 18:47:34

Message

Sorry about your son's package being opened and stuff stolen. My husband is a Vietnam vet and he said the same thing happened to them. Thanks for the warning and I too will not list anything valuable on the contents any more. God Bless our troops and may some of them have a change of attitude.


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 18:41:13

Message

more public information http://www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/main/about_cfc.asp


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 18:35:19

Message

article on 173rd http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/htmlinks/Press_Releases/2005/Mar2005/21Mar2005-01.htm


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 18:12:54

Message

Sorry for your loss but I never like rear echelon clerks! Hard Lesson Learned, That is why I list on all packages non-valuable stuff, mostly cookies, candies, books, --- never videos or DVDs, game boy, camera, etc!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 18:11:36

Message

To the Person Who calls themselves "Old Solider" you sound familiar, Can I ask your name and do you have an email address?? Thank you! Sounds like you have some good advice!


Name: Christy Alipio
Email: christyalipio@stjoe.org
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 17:03:39

Message

Dear Soldiers, God bless you all. We just got word from our son that after a long time out in the field he finally received the first 2 boxes we sent. Because it was one of the first 1 was packed with some great stuff we knew he would love and need. But sadly someone else got to it before him and took it all except some minor things they obviously didn't want and taped it back up. It breaks our hearts to think that, #1 our guys are that desperate to steal from another US Soldier, #2 our son still doesn't have the things he needs and wants. I'll continue to send stuff but I won't be so descriptive on the label and I will pray that nothing else is stolen. Most important, if you needed it that bad all you had to do was ask, he's the type of guy that would give it to you if he has it. Take care of each other. Much love and appreciation to you all :)


Name: Doc Wilson
Email: svwilson3@msn.com
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 14:32:22

Message

Hey ya'll we are having a blast ( of sand that is ) here in FOB Legion. To all my red devil brothers stay safe.


Name: dom & tricia
Email: dominic.patricia@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 14:08:02

Message

rafael, we just want to let you know that you are in our prayers and thoughts every day and we miss you so much. we pray that you get the comfort and peace of God while there and just lean on Him for all things. We love you very much and again if there's anything that you need, please let us know and we will be glad to send it. luv you lots, dom and tricia


Name: MARY HUSER
Email: jmhuser@charter.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 14:00:37

Message

When sending packages go to the post office and get the flat rate priority box they are free and it will only cost you $7.70 to send it from anywhere in the U.S.A. I have saved about 4.00 for each box I've sent priority only means it gets to network faster by air from your destination rather than ground transport that would be 3-5 days longer. So use the flat rate box and get it to New York faster. Sgt Huser's mom.


Name: daisyjo
Email: nschultz@pcisys.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 13:02:05

Message

sorry i wasn't clear in a previous post. would never want to post any incorrect info - on the 2976-A Customs form there is a place to check off either airmail/priority or surface/non priority. somewhere i read to make sure you checked off the airmail/priority (which you would choose anyway if you are using flat rate priority box for $7.70) i tried to find the place where i originally read to make sure you selected this box but i could not find it......it does not change the $7.70 flat rate price ..........happy shipping! btw - had a quick email from my son last night - said they were leaving any minute for afghan ......and that they were doing well


Name:
Email: chamley@nwcomposites.com
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 11:50:46

Message

Could someone send me an email if they know where the 319th AFAR are located. Thanks,


Name: Sharon (Mom)
Email: amarals@bellsouth.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 11:17:34

Message

Hi, Hope all is well. We miss you already take care of yourself! Watch your back (that goes for all you boy's) Take care Love You!


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 07:59:07

Message

Does anybody know some of the guys that are in those pictures?? It would be nice give a name or company to that pictures...


Name: SGT Elder
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 06:00:57

Message

Just so everyone knows...the 173d Abn Society is sponsoring all the companies of the brigade, the majority of these members are Vietnam Vet Sky Soldiers. I know that Chapter 1 out of Arlington, Va. is sponsoring HHC 2/503d. If anyone needs the contact info for the companies of their friends and loved ones email me and I'll get the info for you. These Vets are trying to do a lot to improve the quality of life for the Brigade so I'm sure there are a lot of people who would like to assist.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 05:12:15

Message

This message for PFC Conor Rogers, Chosen Few, 2nd/503. Hope you are doing well. We are doing fine here. Have sent you three packages. #1 of April #2 of April and #3 of April. When you can let me know if you received them. The postal clerk at the post office (air force wife) said to tell you thank you for what you are doing and they are thinking of you. Know that you are loved and we say a wee one for you and your mates everyday. Love, Dad.


Name: Old Soldier
Email:
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 04:15:42

Message

Folks, please don't waste your money sending packages Airmail to Afghanistan - it does not do any good. Once the mail gets to the APO (APO,AE = NEW YORK), the military takes it the fastest way possible but it never goes by boat. Not gonna happen. And the USPS does not have any control over packages once they are in the military channels. Send priority if it makes you feel better and it may save a day getting to the APO, but anything more is wasted money. The mail is slow now because the troops just got there and the system has to work it out - just like Iraq. It will improve in the coming weeks and the mail will be pretty steady.


Name: Rose
Email: ritolina@yahoo.com
Date: 04/05/05
Time: 01:41:10

Message

Please, does anybody knows about Battle C.? Do they get where they supposed to be? If you have any information, please let me know I'll very appreciate for your help. Thank you very much.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 21:08:23

Message

This message is for SSG Grabski, Michael. Aco 2-503rd.We hope you are doing well. We miss you , Chrissy says hello, she is studying for finals and of course we are at the offices. We are so proud of you, Please keep safe. love you mom


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 20:58:37

Message

Does anybody have the right address for our soldiers of A Co 2-503rd. I have 2 address for them, just want to make sure i mail to the right address. Thank You Debbie


Name: MSG(Ret)Kathy Hewitt
Email: mo_armymom@yahoo.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 20:08:35

Message

Greeting "Sky Soldiers" and especially my son SPC Anthony Hewitt, another month has passed and you all are doing a great job. Keep up the good job that you all are doing and remember to watch out for each other. We have sent you out more packages so be looking for them and enjoy them. From reading the articles I can only imagine how tired you all must be not to mention the physical & mental toll it's taking on everyone. You are in our thoughts and prayers. THANK YOU Mr Bradley for the Great Job you are doing. Love you son, Mom


Name: daisyjo
Email: nschultz@pcisys.net
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 20:06:44

Message

i have been sending packages to some cousins in iraq. i am sure plenty of you have sent to 173rd airborne in their previous deployment but for those of you who have not.....it has been taking about 2 weeks for a package to get to Iraq so it is not to early to start sending your "all American usa" care packages (or any others) to Afghanistan! the flat rate boxes are the best deal and you will need customs form #2976-A. it is good to get the forms ahead of time and have ready when you get to the post office. - make sure you select airmail or it will go a boat not a plane!!!! make sure you tape the heck out of it too! write dumb cheap stuff in the description - stuff no one would want to steal...i think there may be a sample on the www.anysoldier.com website. as mentioned below there is a lot of very useful information on that site. it also has some good info on cheap phone cards...


Name: Karen
Email:
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 19:52:47

Message

I just got back to school from a weekend at home- and was glancing through the updated photos and there was a picture of my best friend. I guess that's when I really discovered how much this site means to me. I don't post here often, but I certainly do read each and every comment made and I think we're all uplifted by the words that we leave one another. Thanks Mr. Bradley for the website- it's truly a blessing. I am sure you can not be thanked enough for the time and support that you give. Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. ~Karen~ (PS: thanks to Fury1508- whomever you are, you're pictures are light in a dark land.)


Name: Bob Spence
Email: catmechbob@gmail.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 17:08:20

Message

i got email from my son today 1st pltc co 1/508 said they got to take showers today. said they are doing good weather getting warmer. he wishes mail would come more often. James Bradley thank you for! Bob


Name: Amanda-wife of 173rd soldier
Email:
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 14:43:29

Message

Just to let everyone know...Stars and Stripes did not put all the information in their article. A lot of our guys are spread out throughout...heck, I don't even know the exact location of my own husband! Remember....just because you know things and it might be public knowledge doesn't mean you have to spread it out more. REMEMBER GOOD OPSEC!!!


Name: Ron Anderson
Email: andy261@juno.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 12:50:44

Message

To anyone interested go to anysoldier.com for info about what is needed by the troops in country. And if you can-- read some of the letters from the men and women serving.. Sgt Horn of the 173rd is the founder of this site. God Bless our troops!!! Ron Anderson


Name: Robin Gile
Email: jeremiah.james1@us.army.mil
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 12:33:39

Message

Hello Jeremiah, DAD TO BE TO A PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL....I just thought i write to say you are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Ashley has her prom this Friday 4-8-05.And Corey is doing good too. He played football this past season for school, he was a linebacker. But everyone is doing well. Wish all the soldiers well from all of us in the states. Write to me soon.....Love You Lots, Robin


Name: Amy
Email: Rebble2@aol.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 12:29:48

Message

Hello everyone. First off I want to send my prayers to our soldiers who are gone right now. Mine is part of the Support Battalion so if anyone knows any info on them feel free to email me. I haven't gotten any mail yet but he hasn't been gone too long, but I have been getting emails. Second I wanted to let you all know that you can get free boxes from the post office by going to www.usps.com and clicking on supplies under shipping tools. You must order in bulk but there are priority boxes as well as customs form available. Hope this helps some of you, I know it helped me. God bless our soldiers and all of us that they have been left behind.


Name: SERENA
Email: tears782000@yahoo.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 10:53:25

Message

hi guys!!!!just wanna thank you all for you hard work ..for everything you doing! thank you for your sacrifices! you guys already went through so much but still you are always ready to fight for freedom, still you left everything in order to protect all of us! i just wanna say hi and support all of you! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!! keep take care of each other....all my prayers are for you! when you feel lonely just look up ..at the sky...i know that over there GUARDIAN ANGELS protect you!!! keep fighting for us, for who in not longer with us and for the new life of tomorrow! I LOVE YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!!!!! you guys rock!!!!! love serena


Name: Michele D
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 09:54:43

Message

TY to the person who posted the # for the free boxes etc for the military. I called today and my military pkg is on the way. What a great idea for all of us. Thank you again. If anyone is looking for great items to send look into brigade at www.actiongear.com they will ship to APO  and bill you. I sent bug spray, towelettes, foot powder survival gear items. I haven't heard from my son yet but I'm so grateful to have this site to come to and see if there is any new news. Thanks Michele


Name: Vicki
Email: Braty113@yahoo.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 09:19:52

Message

OOPS! Thanks for the correction on A co., article, Mr. Bradley...Guess that's why you are the Webmaster!


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 09:08:49

Message

Article about A co 1/508th http://www.hqusareur.army.mil/htmlinks/Press_Releases/2005/Apr2005/1Apr2005-01.htm Enjoy!


Name: ilaria
Email: puffetta833@hotmail.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 08:51:12

Message

Hi everybody! I just want let to my friends know, that i keep thinking about them and that i miss them so much! So a big hug to Peterson Ken, Perry Chris and Joshua, Espinosa, Dewey , Aj, Robb Joe, Cooney Mike, Grant Philiph, Johnston Zac!! guys, don't give up!! we miss u a lot!!! So...come back safe and soon ok? luv ya ila


Name: Vicki
Email: Braty113@yahoo.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 08:42:57

Message

A special hello to James Blaney, Bravo Co.,508th!!!!! Hope you are getting all your packages! Ya'll take good care of each other, BE SAFE!! Miss Ya!! Anyone with soldiers in "A" Co, 508th will find a great article at this website: (See above)  (This will let you know what your soldiers are going through for us on a daily basis! "THANKS GUYS!!")


Name: Ilaria
Email:
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 08:38:26

Message

hi everybody! I would like to say hi to all of my friends....to Peterson Ken, Perry Chris and Joshua, Robb Joe, Espinosa William, Dewey, Aj, Michael Cooney, Jonhston Zac, Michael Schurs, Raelly Nathan....take care guys and come back soon! we miss u!!!! you're always in my prayers! Love ya ila


Name: Rebecca
Email: coxo8568@aiulondon.net
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 08:30:36

Message

Has anyone found out what the address is for 2/503 Able company? I wanted to send a package but didn't want to send it to the wrong place. You can email me it if you cant post it on here. Thanks a bunch!


Name: Amanda
Email: aggrigs@hotmail.com
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 05:24:17

Message

For Laura who was looking for the email address for 2/503rd, the one posted by someone else was incorrect. Email me at the above email address and I'll get it to you.


Name: NATAN
Email:
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 04:47:39

Message

I want to know if all the Companies left Vicenza right now of if somebody is still there. And also when the troops will stop to leaving from Vicenza to Afghanistan? Thank you a lot. Natan.


Name: billy and sara kelly
Email: billy kelly sbc global.net
Date: 04/04/05
Time: 00:57:07

Message

We got a message from spc. kelly HHC. AND HE SAID ALL IS WELL, AND THEY GET TO EAT WHAT EVER THEY WANT .Once a week they get steak and lobster. and ps to webmaster thanks for the spell check.. may GOD bless.


Name: Kristen Red-Horse
Email: lilbutterfly_55@yahoo.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 22:02:57

Message

I LOVE YOU BROTHER!!!!!!!! ...AND I MISS YOU


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 21:20:47

Message

This is for all of families and loved ones of soldiers sending packages there is a flat rate box you can pick up at the post office, it only costs $7.70 to send up to 70 lbs priority. I did not know this on the first 2 packages and it cost me double you can also receive a military kit (MIL PAC) from post office which will be sent to your home it contains 10 flat rate boxes, a roll of tape and customs labels all priority mail and its free. I was told that packages sent by priority are taking 10 days where normal rate is 6 weeks. I'm new to all this so if anyone has anymore advice I will really appreciate it. The phone number for military kit is

1-800-610-8734 Thanks to all those supporting our soldiers it is greatly appreciated.


Name: Jenni
Email:
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 20:43:10

Message

SGT. JOSEPH MCCREARY.. Just wanted to say hi honey! It was great to get those emails from you this weekend. I really needed them! I can't wait to hear from you!!! Stay safe and strong sweetie!!!!!!! I miss you! *hugs*


Name: Karen Mangine
Email:
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 19:42:04

Message

Hello Nick,Grandma and Grandpa came back from Florida today. We went to visit and help them carry stuff in. Ray called today I gave him your e mail address. I now will have my own email address either use mine or dads


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Email: MKSG@townsqr.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 19:15:01

Message

Talked to my daughter-in-law this morning in Vicenza. She had talked to her husband--our son--Clayton who is in Able Co. 2/503rd. He said they had reached their FOB and were heading out for their rotation and probably would not hear from him for at least 45 days. God bless our boys. It is comforting to know that so many prayers are with each and everyone of them. Students from my elementary school donated items and I am sending packages to my son's squad this week. The students also wrote letters--Kindergarten through 4th grade. The boys will enjoy them I'm sure. I will have another donation drive before school is out and send those. And also continue next school year. I'm counting the days until their return. Kathy Grigsby West Plains, Missouri


Name: Michele D
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 18:05:37

Message

To Daisyjo, I am so glad I saw your message. My son is with Chosen co. 2/503 Sappers. I woke him up Friday in Italy and asked him when he was going of course all he would say is soon. Man is he trained well I can't get anything out of him even when he is in a dead sleep!!! I'm glad to hear all is well. I look forward to hearing from my son as well.


Name: daisyjo
Email: nschultz@pcisys.net
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 15:59:11

Message

Chosen Company 2-503 i heard from my son this morning 7am mountain time - they are close to afghanistan...stopped at a base with a couple more stops to their final destination....he sounded good


Name: hi Laura,
Email: From another italian girl
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 13:15:20

Message

Y don't you leave your e-mail address i think the address anyway is...hope i can post it .... UR SOLDIER NAME Task Force A CO/2-503 APO AE 09355


Name: Brieanna
Email: briegarcia@hotmail.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 13:08:16

Message

To:SGT Wells, Everybody in H-Town is praying for you and all the men and women serving the U.S.A, Hope to hear from you soon!


Name: laura
Email:
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 12:45:46

Message

hi my name is laura my bf left for Afghanistan 3days ago, my english is not that good but please i'm looking for somebody to tell me the exact address for the  A.CO 503 can somebody help me?  i really need it.. thanks to everybody


Name: The Hinton's
Email: tekkimom@yahoo.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 12:36:48

Message

oops, hit the wrong button.....received phone call from SPC Hinton, A Co 1/508, they are fine. Staying busy but wanted to let us know that mail is slow. Evidently a glitch in the process so there will be quite a few packages and letters that were delayed being processed over the next two weeks. Says to keep the packages and letters coming though, they really enjoy receiving news from home. Not too much time on PCs and phones so they can't read email as often as they would like.


Name: matt czarnik
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 12:19:45

Message

Just wanted to let people know that I received an email from my son PFC Jeremy Czarnik, and they are doing good. They are in Afghanistan now and will have a long road ahead. If anyone out there gets info from their spouse or loved and and knows Jeremy, tell him we love him and that we are very proud of him and all the 503rd able co.


Name: Tammy
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 07:25:46

Message

I would love to have contact with family members of HHC 2-503rd if anyone is out there. My son is in this company.


Name: Jerry Wiley
Email:
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 01:17:22

Message

To PFC Larry Wiley How are things going for my only son....Fine I am sure. Just to let you know all your sisters and I are thinking about you every day. Keep up the good work boy. Send us a letter when you have time. Love Dad PS don't forget to say your prayers before you go to sleep.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/03/05
Time: 00:21:25

Message

Marks Gramma, I am having the same problem as you are. Not sure what is going on. Arlene


Name: Marks Gramma
Email: okgramma@hotmail.com
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 23:06:29

Message

I can't get past the 19th page. The frames are there and numbered but no picture. Is this a temporary thing? Just wondering if anyone else is having the same problem. That is because We only have enough photos to fill 19 pages. the other pages are set up to accept new photos as the come - webmaster


Name: BILLY KELLY
Email: billykelly sbc global.net
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 22:20:20

Message

dear, everyone knows where the soldiers are at. I'm not as calm as my wife. If everyone knows where they are why worry about it. post your message within the guide lines and be happy.... If you get a copy of stars and stripes, you should also remember how they ran our boys in the ground for using excessive force in Iraq... they do what they need to. to stay alive.. so act like you have some sense and go by the rules. and if you have a problem with it i posted MY e mail address...///FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME PERSONALLY AND I'LL TEST YOU ON YOUR HISTORY;;;; airborne all the way kick ---.... and may GOD be with yall.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 22:10:19

Message

To SSG Michael Grabski, A CO 2-503.WOW ,it was so good to hear from you. We miss you and we are so proud of you. Keep your chin up and take care of your self. We so thankful for what you soldiers are doing, Keep watching for the mail, more to come. The Angel's Soldiers will start sending your unit packages soon. Just always remember that everyone here in S.F. always have you in their hearts, love you mom, dave, chrissy, mani and baby


Name: Billy and Sara Kelly
Email: billy.kelly@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 20:02:06

Message

Dear Webmaster, We just want you to know that we completely agree with how you are trying your best to protect our soldiers. Everyone should keep in mind that it is only the safety of the soldiers that you have in mind when you delete the mention of locations!!! I've seen several times when you have politely asked these kinds of details to stop. I wish everyone would keep in mind that this is an "open" website and it could be the enemy reading it. I would not want something like this to keep my family member from coming home. --- THANK YOU!


Name: Vicki
Email: Carousel99@aol.com
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 19:28:52

Message

To Family and Friends of Able Company 2-503 I would love to have Contact with others with soldiers in my son's company. Please drop me an e-mail. I'd love to hear if anyone has heard from the guys in A co. To Tanner, If you get this message, just know you're in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe, We Love you... MOM and family


Name: Arlene Hunter
Email: arlenern1226@yahoo.com
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 18:05:08

Message

For the moms of Battle Co. 503rd please let me know when you hear from the boys. I know they have just recently left, but we have all been through this before. Brian, Kyle, Rich's moms lets please keep in touch. I'm Tom's mom. Prayers and love for our Sky Soldiers.


Name: Herb & Nancy Rose
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 16:17:33

Message

Great site! Just checking to see if our son's picture had been posted yet. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone in the 173rd. Jacob Lyle, we love you. Mom & Dad


Name: Wendy
Email: jfkennicker@alltel.net
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 15:30:50

Message

This is to my brother Sgt. Michael Kennicker. I am not sure if you will see this but I wanted to say that everyone here loves and misses you. I hope everything is good. I can't wait to see you home again. We talk to Lucia a lot through email. She is a very lovely girl. See tells us how much she misses you also. All of your nieces send there love and can't wait until they can see you again. Stay safe!! GO RED DEVILS!!!!


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 13:30:27

Message

To the mom whose son Dewey is in the 508 C co 3rd platoon, my son Will is in the same platoon, please send me an e-mail so that I can contact you directly and get that picture. Spoke with our son via e-mail today, he is busy, food is OK no packages yet, maybe next week, they received letter mail on Thursday. Weather is getting nicer, cold at night and warm and clear during the day. Spirits are good. Will, stay safe and watch out for your buddies. We think of you all the time and pray for your safety daily. Mom


Name: Leanne Harmann
Email: lakewall@execpc.com
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 10:36:37

Message

Got an e mail from our son in C Co. Said he was well and very busy and had no phone access, but will try to call in a couple days. Thanks for all the pictures and information on this site. Everyone keep praying for our soldiers.


Name: Samy
Email: TO ALL
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 04:15:14

Message

I ask to all of you praying for your sons, daughters, wives and husbands to remember the Pope in your prayers, I know this site is about 173rd but i am sure it's about peace too.


Name: Dear Mr Webmaster
Email:
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 03:56:31

Message

EVERYONE knows where the guys are,why u keep deleting information...FOR ALL If U want to know where the guys are and what are they doing get ur copy of stars and stripes THEY SAID EVERYTHING  - The reason I delete some data is because I have been asked to by the command and it also makes some sense. If and well some data become obvious, i.e, "the 508th is operating from Forward Operating Base Orgun-E," This is in public domain that I did not post. Other info you can get by emailing family members directly, I hope this helps explain


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/02/05
Time: 01:57:08

Message

To J.L.Minor, i hope u'll get the chance to see this message, hope everything is ok over there and i cant wait to see ya again. miss u. "marshmellow"


Name: Ray Usher
Email: Urayc2@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 20:01:37

Message

To Brandon Fortner, Just been on the 173rd Sky Soliders site looking at the pictures looking for you.Didn't fined any of you. Hope your doing ok thinking and praying for you and your buddys. Grandma and mom will be writting. Take care and hope to hear from you soon. Grandpa Ray Tonganoxie


Name: SGT Elder, Shane
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 15:24:06

Message

Where can I find the mailing address for HHC 2/503d? If anyone knows it could they please email me. Former Rock Medic.


Name: tricia & dominic
Email: dominic.patricia@sbcglobal.net
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 12:37:06

Message

rafael, we are glad to hear you are doing okay. we hope to hear from you soon and we want to let you know that we love you very much and if there's anything that you need, please do not hesitate to call and ask. Love you lots!!!! tricia and dom


Name: James Bradley, CW3 US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 08:25:39

Message

381 photos posted, more coming! Hang in there!


Name: Michele D
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 08:01:17

Message

Hi All I got an e-mail from my son today with his address. He said he would try and call tonight but not sure as they are on the move. Thanks everyone for the response. Michele


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 07:50:11

Message

I have gotten emails from my son Dewey 1 508 Cco 3rd platoon hes doing good says food is not great soups would be nice, also sent a picture posted this morning. if there are any moms out there email me.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 07:39:01

Message

To Matt, more troops are---------------------------! Hope this helps


Name: Cindy Ireland
Email: momathome1371@aol.com
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 07:30:04

Message

Two letters! Count 'em, two letters arrived yesterday, written over a couple of weeks, both postmarked March 22 from our son, Carl C Co. Seems like they're settling into a routine and things aren't so bad. Asked for AA batteries, more music CD's, snacks, a camping stool with no back. Anyway, they're all doing well and they know we're sending mail and packages even though they haven't gotten any yet.


Name: to matt
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 05:59:09

Message

503 Aco e battle are --------------------------------- but i'm sure they all be ok..


Name: Matt
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 04:56:19

Message

Does anybody knows if  74 Company is already in AFGHANISTAN? WHAT ABOUT 503 A AND B c.? i will appreciate any information. MATT ----- Halminton's bro.


Name: Arlene
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 04:03:55

Message

received letter from Nathan A. Co. 1/508. I'm gathering mail is very slow. Letter dated March 8th, but post marked March 22nd. Arlene


Name:
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 01:42:00

Message

has anyone received letters from any of the guys in 1-508 co. a.?


Name: chiara
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 01:06:33

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sure!!! we're here to help each other...


Name: Genny Lanza Harding
Email: genny.lanza@cheapnet.it
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 00:46:54

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TO CHIARA. Thanks for the information! Take care.


Name: to chiara
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 00:18:49

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thanks for all the news about 503.please if you know something more just let us know. it would be a great help.thanks


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email:
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 00:18:09

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Received mail from my soldier post dated March 13th! Got email from my girlfriend whose husband is in 3-319th and all is well with those guys! They are doing some rotations so if loved ones do not hear from their soldiers do not worry too much! God is good, keep praying for our soldiers Tatiana you know I was smiling yesterday ear to ear, I got four letters :)


Name: to genny
Email: chiara
Date: 04/01/05
Time: 00:04:20

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my boyfriend who works in 503 hhc, he ------------------------------he said they left which Aco...hope this help..chiara