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Date: 07/31/05
Time: 20:28:25

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I don't know if anybody else saw this article, but I thought I'd share it. It is about the story of SPC Tyler Wilson (2/503) and the injuries he sustained May 3. I very good article: http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/05/news050731_1.htm (if the link doesn't work because it is too long, cut & paste).


Name: Patti
Date: 07/31/05
Time: 11:15:35

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Just west of Indy...Danville


Date: 07/31/05
Time: 07:57:12

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Patti, where at in Indaina?


Date: 07/31/05
Time: 06:39:58

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I heard from my son from the A Company 1/508th today and he said he took a shower and brushed his teeth just for me. He has everything he needs and nothing he wants. He does not chose to take R&R because he won't enjoy himself knowing he has to be going back to combat, plus he doen't want to miss anything. What a soldier. I'm really proud of him and for all the others that are serving our country. I love them all and pray for the shield of protection from the Almighty God.


Name: Patti
Date: 07/31/05
Time: 05:27:51

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Thanks California Warlord Mom. I guess I am an Indiana Warlord Mom. My son is in 2nd PLT 3rd Squad.


Date: 07/30/05
Time: 22:42:36

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Has anyone heard from B co 508th lately??


Name: California Warlord Mom
Email: realityonedr@yahoo.com
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 20:22:12

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To: Patti I talked to my Sky Soldier in 3rd Platoon, Able Co. on Tuesday of this week. Everything was okay, and he indicated they had been receiving mail and packages.


Name: Gina T
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 16:46:53

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I heard from James on Wednesday also. Said they were good, he had finally gotten some sleep and fixing to get a bite to eat. Said they had been very busy.


Name: Arlene M
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 15:57:17

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Heard from Nathan A Co 1/508 Wednesday. All is well. They have all been very busy. Only had an hour to eat, and check e-mail. Not sure what they were going to do after that. Probably get some much needed sleep.


Email: goodmary77@yahoo.com
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 15:54:21

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got an e-mail from my bf. Hes in able com.said they have been really busy


Date: 07/30/05
Time: 15:03:11

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i heard from my bf a co 1-508 Thursday


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B-Co
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 13:42:14

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My sympathies to Danielle Schafer and family! May God keep you in his care. MY prayers are with you and your family at this time.


Date: 07/30/05
Time: 13:30:50

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I haven't heard from A Company 1/508th in a while. Any contacts from anyone?


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 13:20:05

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We are new to this website, have a son with the sky soldiers. Our hearts go out to everyone waiting info or having info @ their sons/daughters in the Army, no matter where. We are a unique group of families, nothing that we ever expected. God bless us all Diane


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 07/30/05
Time: 11:55:38

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Anybody heard from Able Co. lately?


Name: LONG but worth the read!
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 16:43:13

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About the R&R problems...The best way that I have learned to deal with it is to expect changes...I do not get excited until I am at the airport picking him up. It is very hard when the dates change so much and are so unexpected, but the way I see it is that we are lucky just to be able to have them home! It is too hard to try to plan anything really until they are actually here. I don't let myself get excited until I know FOR SURE that they are on the plane coming home! I have been disappointed too many times by their "scheduled" times to be home, but you know what? I don't care when it is, as long as he can come home to me for a few weeks, that is all that I need! I don't make big plans because 1. Who really knows when they will be home, and 2. My guy probably wouldn't like a schedule of events to follow on his "R&R"! But if I did make plans and had to change them a hundred times because the leave dates were changed, I would do it because I would just be glad that he was actually HOME! Ok, sorry this one was so long...just my opinion!We will continue to love you and support you guys for as long as it takes! Stay safe! Thats all for now!


Name: 2 comments
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 15:06:33

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"Over There" - That was just terrible! The little nicknames & their conversation was like someone trying way too hard ...nobody really talks & acts like that. What a disappointment. R&R - I have known since before my husband deployed that he will probably not get an R&R due to his responsibilities with the job that he does. I'm not upset about it & I accept it. Sure it'd be nice, but I'm way past that and am just focusing on the day-to-day things. I just want him to do the job & come home, I don't expect an R&R one bit.


Name: R&R
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 15:02:51

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Just as the others have said, it is impossible to plan for R&R. My soldier was first told July, then August. Then at the beginning of June he was told he was going right then or not at all, so he took it. It was very hard for me to go to work everyday while he was home and I did end up taking a few days off. As far as scheduling dentist and doctor appointments, I found that ours were especially good about getting him in on short notice when they found out that he was home from Afghanistan on leave. Going back was really hard for him and it broke my heart, but once he got back with his friends, he adjusted within a few days.


Name: Jess
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 14:40:38

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I also watched the FX premiere of "Over There." I don't know much about my husband's experience in Iraq, and even if the show relates at all with the guys. What I do know is that i did not like the impression they gave of the the cheating Army wife. Yes, wives may cheat while there husbands are away, but i wish they would have shown us in a better light. For example: Wives who are honorable standing by their solider!!! I always tell my husband "I will conduct myself in your absences as I do in your prescience!!" I didn't appreciate there Hollywood drama of OUR lives!! I will not watch again


Name: T Hunter
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 11:58:35

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Mr. Bradley; Your comments are right on as usual. Our son decided not to take home leave with our support and approval. He believes from previous experience that the emotional roller coaster of gearing up to come home and then having to go back would be an unnecessary distraction. So, as the army is prone to do, an officer in his unit said there is one slot left for R & R in Qatar and off he went. Go figure. He said it was the only place on earth hotter than the Stan. However, he is a single guy and I can fully understand the added stress when close and extended families are getting bounced around emotionally. I take these comments as blowing off frustration or good old army griping. Today's military families are a lot more connected than I remember. You did your 14 month tour and you came home and nobody really took notice. The military family is a lot more connected by virtue of the modern world's technology. While I agree with your realistic comments, we are all in this together in the end. I let it go in one ear and out the other. Thanks for your continued support and dedication and is there anything we can do to help you in running this terrific support site/ Tom


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, Medical Corps, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 10:34:01

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On the Subject of R&R, Focus people focus!!. The Army, i.e the commanders have some say on who goes on R&R but when the time comes, it could be greatly affected by this thing called "The War." Combat ops have priority, also weather affects aircraft, then there is getting manifested on a flight etc. If your loved one gets home in the month he says he will ...that's great. If you expect a set time and day you are living on fantasy island. Remember the old saying "hurry up and wait," well guess why they say it ...because it is true. Look at the bright side, in past wars R&R was 1 week to some third world city. now they come home to you and the R&R starts when they get home not when they leave the unit. So it is not what you hope for? In the Army it is called "Adapt and over come."


Name: Angela Duncan
Email: aduncan@tropical.com
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 09:49:00

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To the Family of Michael Schafer - My heartfelt sympathy to wife, Danielle and mother Karen and the rest of the family. My son-in-law Shon and his wife Janice are good friends with Mike and Danielle. I pray everyday for the safe return of all of our children. May God bless you and give you strength at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: 1-508th HHC wife
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 09:48:42

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I also am experiencing a problem with my husbands R&R. We have been told since March that his leave was scheduled for August 4, so I have scheduled my vacation time, planning doctors visits for my husband, and made other reservations (plane and resort) Now they are telling him that he cant leave then. It has been a big ordeal. I wrote to his platoon sergeant and they are trying to get it changed. So you could always try to write to a sergeant in your husbands platoon. I received an email back from him saying he would forward my email to the 1SG and they were optimistic that they could get it changed. There are always things our soldiers have to contend with, family emergencies and so forth, and these dates are just tentative -anything could happen -but it still doesn't matter -it still is disheartening when we know we wont see our soldier when we thought.


Date: 07/29/05
Time: 09:39:21

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I know that many of the commanders are very committed to getting their soldiers their R&R, most all of them experienced not getting it in Iraq. I'm sure there are reasons that some people's R&R gets messed up, perhaps another soldier was injured and they couldn't spare another for R&R and they are going to reschedule. The army is not being malicious or picking and choosing who gets to go and making others stay behind. I for one am not one to believe hearsay, I fully expect my soldier to come home for his scheduled R&R, even if it may not be the exact date I am expecting.


Date: 07/29/05
Time: 09:28:40

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i wish the R&R thing was a rumor too.. but i am experiencing myself that im not getting to see him..


Date: 07/29/05
Time: 08:26:53

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OK I know you aren't suppose to post rumors but this is no rumor at all. I just got off the phone with my husband and he is scheduled to get R&R in October. So all my family and his has asked off work. He has just informed me that 2 guys in his company didn't get their R& R and now he is very worried and sad. His morale was high cause about every week I would send an email telling him how many days till his R&R date. He asked me to stop and I have been doing this since he got there to keep his spirits up. He isn't even sure if he is getting his now. I am furious and very upset. Why would the Army do this? It is very hard and they have made him and I believe that he is getting his R&R and now he isn't sure. I know that everyone was saying well if you have your date you are going. How can they do this? He has been lead to believe he is getting to come home. This is how soldiers get distracted and get injured or worse. I am not writing this to upset anyone or make anyone mad and I am sure someone will respond with an attitude . I am just being honest and I don't want other families to be in shock when their loved one don't get it either. It is a very BIG let down. I am going to look into what I can do for the soldiers, cause I believe they should get their R&R.


Name: Scott Chamley
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 08:13:54

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I watched the first part of "Over There" and it made me sick to my stomach. The people who produced this should be ashamed of themselves. The best thing we can all do is tell everyone that this film is a disgrace and should not be watched. I don't understand why people do this, they live on American soil. Who the hell do they think is protecting them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Scott Chamley
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 08:13:33

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I watched the first part of "Over There" and it made me sick to my stomach. The people who produced this should be ashamed of themselves. The best thing we can all do is tell everyone that this film is a disgrace and should not be watched. I don't understand why people do this, they live on American soil. Who the hell do they think is protecting them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Stanley D. Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 05:13:53

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CW3 Bradley: I knew "Over There" would be exactly as you described so I did not even give it a second thought and did not watch it and will not watch it ever. Stan Rogers


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, Medical Corps, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 07/29/05
Time: 04:55:00

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The new TV show OVER-THERE is over rated at best. I give it not "no Star" rating. It portrays the Military as having stupid leaders and evil NCOs, only the troops when the search for their inner feelings are things right in the show. As an old combat vet, I only ask who the shows military advisor was ....Jane Fonda? Finally just what we needed ...a "touchy feely" look at the war on terror. The worse part is that people uneducated about the military, combat and soldiers will actually believe this Crap, a bunch of anti-military sound bites made into a movie. Thank you Hollywood for another so called "Pro-Military War Movie"


Date: 07/28/05
Time: 22:19:55

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http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-57865sy0jul28,0,7371770.story?coll=dp-headlines-topnews


Name: Family friends
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 20:20:04

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Danny, Karen and Tim, There is no expression of sympathy that will lessen the impact of what has happened to your family. Know that we care for you, pray for you and share in your pain. No one that Mike has touched will ever forget him. A hero is never forgotten. Danielle, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Mike passed doing what he believed in and doing it well. You and he will always be in our hearts.


Name: SkyMomma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 19:26:59

Message

To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael Schaefer, may God be with you at this most difficult time. We pray for you that your fond memories of Michael will get you through this time. Everyone in the Chosen family is here for you so don't be afraid to ask if there is anything we can do to help you through in any way. God Bless Michael.


Name: Ryan's Grandma
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 15:07:58

Message

I wanted to wish my Grandson a Happy 21st Birthday. and I almost feel guilty after reading all the sadness. I had not heard about Michael's death, and Iam so sorry for the family and friends, and also his military family. May GOD comfort them in these very hard times. I will remember them in my prayers..I can only imagine their pain, If anyone in 1-508 C. com. knows my Ryan Trimble tell him Grandma loves him more,and wishes him a happy birthday


Name: Recon 4/503 69/70
Email: Recon173@verizon.net
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 14:08:12

Message

My condolences to the family and friends of SSGT Schafer for their loss.


Name: patika province roads
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 13:20:06

Message

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8691488/


Name: Paul and Teri Cross
Email: thecrosses@alltel.net
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 11:28:38

Message

To the family, friends, and comrades of Sgt. Michael Schafer: As parents of a sky soldier, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolances to all of you. We will remember you in our prayers and ask for God's grace and mercy to help you through this difficult time. We mourn with you at the loss of this loved one.


Date: 07/28/05
Time: 08:25:05

Message

Just wanted to mention the great coverage that our military has been getting on TV lately. There was a great hardball special on MSNBC called boots on the ground that was absolutely wonderful and the new show Over There on FX was very good. It great to see support for our troops. God bless our soldiers and help protect them. Also may he give his healing hand to the families of our lost soldier.


Name: Mary L.
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 05:11:59

Message

nice pics of c company on that website, thanks. does hhc 1/508 have a similar website?


Name: to the webmaster
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 04:04:25

Message

i feel a bit selfish on asking this to you, after all the great work you have done on this useful and helpful site, but would it be possible to add on the menu also the link to the 3rd plt Cco 1-508? ( www.airborneberserkers.com) i saw there's other links for other plts so i was just wondering... to all the 173rd soldiers, you guys are great, thank you for making this world a better and safer place. and to all the fallen soldiers, you'll always be in our heart, you'll always be our heroes. may god be with you all


Name: Silvia & Robert
Date: 07/28/05
Time: 01:54:06

Message

For the family of SSG Michael Shafer: decide what to say in time like this it is so hard. We are so sorry for you terrible loss. May he rest in peace! Silvia & Robert


Date: 07/27/05
Time: 23:34:28

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To the family of SSG Michael Shafer. May you find the strength to get through this time and know that we are all praying for you. I did not know Michael personally but as a military spouse and an damn proud american, my heart hurts. I think about the ones we have lost and how much these men and women sacrafice. Your son, husband,sibling, nephew, cousin, etc paid the ultimate sacrafice and we are such a strong and tight community here that every single soldier is cherished. Unlike the rest of the world who has no idea what we as military and military family go through on a daily basis. The worrying, the distance, and the chance that our loved one might not come home to us. Michael was not just a number and name. He was a person, a strong warrior, who gave his life for our country. I dont have any idea how you feel because I have never been there but I can tell you that I appreciate people like your son for his strength and you as his family for yours. Your son will never be forgotten and he died a HERO!!!


Name: Linda SSGT Clint Macks MOM
Email: wgslinda@aol;.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 21:53:11

Message

To the Schafer family: My son is also with Chosen Company and our condolences are with you all. My thoughts and Prayers will be with you and may God give you all the strength you need to know that Mike was a Great soldier and will be sadly missed by his Chosen Company buddies.


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 21:07:21

Message

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of SSG Schafer. I am very sorry for your loss. His bravery leaves a mark on this world.


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 19:25:38

Message

Dear Schafer Family, Our son is in Chosen Co too. I know he was with great men and will be remembered always by his brothers. I will pray for you tonite. Michele


Name: Stanley D. Rogers, Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 18:50:01

Message

One of the best that America has to offer has given his all. He Is In God's Hands Now. To the Schafer family, words alone cannot stop your grief. My son is in the Chosen Few. I pray for him and his buddies. I end all my emails to my son with this sentence and I say it to the Schafer family: Know that your are loved and being prayed for. Stan Rogers


Name: Samantha
Email: samanthaprachar@optonline.net
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 18:21:33

Message

My prayers and thoughts go out to the SSGT Michael Schafer's wife, and family. Words cannot express the sympothy that I have for you during this hard time. He was a hero, and always will be. He died protecting our freedom, there will never be enough thanks that I can give to both him and your family. Rest in peace.


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 17:11:34

Message

My condolences to the family and friends of Michael W. Shafer.


Name: Tim Barr
Email: send_in_the_klowns@hotmail.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 16:50:07

Message

As I write this I am still in disbelief. My brother, Michael W. Shafer was KIA. I never got to say goodbye, or thank him for being the best brother I could ever had. You just always knew that he loved you, and he loved my family very much. I wish I could have told him thank you one last time and tell him he will always be in my thoughts and that America is very lucky to have soldiers like him. I hope you are in a better place now, wherever that may be, and I hope to see you on the otherside. I am very proud of you and the sacrifice that you have made, I just wish it didn't come to do. I love you very much. Goodbye, hope to see you again one day.


Name: Susan Mcbride
Email: suemcb13@hotmail.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 16:48:01

Message

Daniele I am so sorry I just heard the news of your loss. If you need anything call me or e-mail me. I am so sorry Mike was definitely a person who could make you laugh during the sadist of times. Susan McBride


Name: army mom
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 16:46:13

Message

i just want to send my prayers to the Michael Schafer family. may God strengthen you in this sad time. our thoughts are with you.


Date: 07/27/05
Time: 16:13:14

Message

wHAT HAPPENED??? I THINK I MISSED THAT POSTING ON THAT??


Name: Charlene Brewer
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 14:55:16

Message

My prayers are with the family of the lost sky soldier. May time heal your pain and may God give you the strength you will need. I am so sorrow for your loss.


Date: 07/27/05
Time: 14:17:17

Message

RIP Sky soldier.. You will never be forgotten


Name: Debbie
Email: Debbie2k2@aol.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 13:07:13

Message

To the family and friends of Staff Sgt Michael Schafer. Our family are so sorry for your sorrow. You will be in our prayers, god bless you. This is from a Able Company 2/503 mom. Debbie and family


Name: Mom of a skysoldier in chosen co. 2-503
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 12:42:36

Message

I would like to express my sorrow for the loss of Sgt. Schafer. Our heart felt prayers and thoughts are with the family and other soldiers who served with him. May God help you get through this very hard time!


Date: 07/27/05
Time: 09:34:37

Message

Michael Schafer was a a good friend of mine. He was always smiling, and playing around. He had his off moments like everyone else, but he was only human. When all else failed Mike always had something to say that would make you laugh. He would come up with the silliest things. The shock of his death still hasn't quite hit me. I look at his pictures and think to myself it cant be true, but then I remember the pain and hurt in Danielle's voice and know that it is true. I think about all of our great soldiers we've lost, and I feel sorrow for their friends and families. I knew them by name and face only. On Caserma Ederle you know everyone by name and face. But Mike, wasn't just a name and face. He was my friend's husband. He was my friend. Just like all the others were to their loved ones. Never should a family have to endure a pain this great. But its what was bestowed upon us. I keep thinking I have to be strong for Danielle, but its so hard to not feel. There's no family greater and more tight nit than a military family. Only we can understand, and feel what we go through. Everyone always asks me how do I do it? The answer One day at a time, with the hope and prayer that all my soldiers come home. How do I do it if one doesn't? How do I look my friend in the eyes and tell her its okay when I don't feel that? All I feel is hurt and anger? When I come on here I just look about to see what's going on. I post my condolences. Mr Bradley has done a great job with this site, and the regulars that come here have done a great job with information, and everything else. For that I thank you all, and also for giving me the opportunity to share these feelings. May God watch over Danielle and Mike's families, and help them and his friends to tell him goodbye. He was a great soldier. He was a great man.


Name: 1-508th HHC Wife
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 08:20:39

Message

Our prayers go out to Michael Schafer family. It is men like him who have made this country great. I know words will not heal your sorrow, but we are all praying for you and you will be in our thoughts. God bless.


Name: Vicki
Email: Able Company Sky Soldier Mom
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 08:07:17

Message

May the heartfelt prayers and sympathy of a grateful Nation help to ease your sorrow at this time. Hugs, Vicki


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 07:40:29

Message

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Michael Schafer family.


Name: Leanne
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 07:36:35

Message

SSG Michael Schafer died defending the freedom of the greatest country on earth. Our sincere condolences to his family. May God be with you and guide you through the difficult days to come. Sky Soldiers are the BEST! God be with all of you. With this country's wealth and power comes a great responsibility and these men and women have stepped up to the plate. We are proud of them and thank them every day.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 06:32:00

Message

To the family and friends of SSGT Michael Schafer. My deepest sympathies go out to you. Please take comfort in that he now walks with other Heroes. I know that mere words can not bring you the comfort you desire but please understand that there is a family here that is waiting if you need us. Please contact me if you need anything or just want to talk. I do understand. My Michael died in Iraq with the 173rd


Name: Kathy G
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 06:30:58

Message

Words cannot express the sorrow for the loss of Staff Sgt. Michael Schafer. My prayers go to his family and loved ones. May God protect their hearts and guide them through their healing.


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 06:08:33

Message

My sincere and heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Michael Schafer. May God Bless you and help you find peace at this time.


Date: 07/27/05
Time: 05:57:37

Message

My condolences to the family of SSG Michael Schafer of 503rd Chosen co, and his wife Danielle.


Name: Auntie Margaret
Email: mjtraves@aol.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 03:56:38

Message

To my beloved nephew Michael - words cannot express my grief over losing you, nor my pride in your service to our country. I am so thankful for having you in my life for these short 25 years. I will keep Danielle, your mom & dad, and Timmy in my prayers as well as the rest of your family, friends and comrades - they have truly lost a fine soldier - and one hell of a nice young man. You will always be my hero. Love you Mikey (even tho you hated that nickname, you'll always be Mikey in my heart). Auntie Margaret


Name: LaLa~TO BEVERLY
Email: laurelsf@yahoo.com
Date: 07/27/05
Time: 02:16:18

Message

Please email me and I will give you all the information that I know of.


Name: beverly
Date: 07/26/05
Time: 23:26:39

Message

I just want to know if there are any restriction as far as relocating to Italy. My husband will be relocating next year and I am to follow. My question is since I am only a US resident (green card) will I need anything or could I even stay in Italy? Thank you


Name: Dennis Smith
Email: az.sun@mindspring.com
Date: 07/26/05
Time: 19:53:16

Message

Does anybody have an e-mail address of someone currently stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan. We want to celebrate a special birthday as a surprise for someone there and don't want them to find out. We would like to surprise this someone. Thank you for your confidentiality.


Date: 07/26/05
Time: 17:44:25

Message

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30591 *** http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?article=30592


Email: fox news story
Date: 07/26/05
Time: 15:58:30

Message

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,163711,00.html


Date: 07/26/05
Time: 15:02:28

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http://stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=29516&archive=true *** http://ww2.pstripes.osd.mil/article.asp?section=104&article=29603&archive=true *** http://www.stripesonline.com/article.asp?section=104&article=29604&archive=true *** http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=29718&archive=true *** http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30559 *** http://www.stripesonline.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30575 *** http://www.22asg.vicenza.army.mil/sites/commander/outlook/History/July_2005/26_july.pdf *** http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-07-26-afghanistan-cover_x.htm


Name: To my Friend
Date: 07/26/05
Time: 14:23:59

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Even though you're gone, you will never be forgotten. You've made me laugh, been there when I cried like a baby, even pissed me off a time or two. You always listened, gave me good advice, even if it was BS just to make me feel better. I loved you like a brother and i always will. This is to our soldier that was just KIA.One of the best kindhearted men I will ever know. May he rest in peace, and may GOD bless his family and help them get through this.


Name: soldier's sister
Date: 07/26/05
Time: 11:51:17

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http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/07/26/afghanistan.fighting/index.html


Date: 07/26/05
Time: 07:13:29

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The BBC article was about the ambush that happened on 6/28. Check http://icasualties.org/oef/Afghanistan.aspx


Date: 07/26/05
Time: 07:10:34

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IF YOU GO TO THE OEF CASUALTY LIST IT TELLS YOU THEY ARE ARMY! GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES OF THE WOUNDED AND CASUALTIES.


Date: 07/26/05
Time: 02:42:48

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according to the BBC report they were Navy Seals


Date: 07/26/05
Time: 01:45:04

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I spoke to my husband, A-Co, 1-508, yesterday, and he never mentioned any attack, so I assume that they were not involved.


Name: Manuel M. Mermea Jr.
Email: mmm1stherd173rd@yahoo.com
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 14:00:45

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Message for SSG Christopher Sanchez, Chosen Company 2nd 503rd Infantry, 173rd. Chris - FYI. I was just messing around with the computer and found this page. Just saying HI and hope that you are doing fine. Saw your dad and uncle Robert on 7-13-05 and they were doing good. Hey, if you need something from the States, let me know and I will assist in anyway possible. Take care and keep your head up. We appreciate what you guys are doing and caring on with the TRADITION. Manny


Date: 07/25/05
Time: 12:53:02

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http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jul2005/20050725_2223.html


Name: EA
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 12:50:45

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hi! i was wondering if there's any website that publishes the names of wounded soldiers? I only found DOD's websites but i was wondering if there's any way to know if our beloved get hurt. thanks! and God might bless them all!!!! EA


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 10:35:23

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There is also a story on Yahoo about the soldier that was killed yesterday but it doesn't have much info either.


Date: 07/25/05
Time: 10:08:27

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My soldier said that the flag near them is flying at half mast. I'm sorry to hear that - my thoughts are with all the brave 173rd.


Name: Anysoilder.com delta 319 info.....
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 08:18:35

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I saw you were trying to look to help out of soldier in the 319th delta batt. well here is a link to one of the guys....i know when i send stuff over to just one of the guys on the team, they share it with everyone! but the link is http://anysoldier.com/WhereToSend/Dynamic.cfm?SEQNO=4512&popup=no hope this helps out!


Name: Ken
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 08:08:14

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Has anyone heard information regarding the soldiers involved in yesterday's attacks. MSNBC News Service is reporting one soldier killed and 6 wounded.


Name: Bob Runo
Email: runos@comcast.net
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 07:17:46

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My wife heard about anysoldier.com and wanted to send a package to someone. I went to the 173d site to see if I could find someone to send a package to if possible someone from the 319th. Do you know about this program or can you direct me to someone who can help. Thanks. Bob Runo B-3/319th 64-65


Name: Kathy G
Email: Clarifications
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 06:45:21

Message

Thanks for all the clarifications on the 173rd. A lot of things that constitute what it is all about. Some of it is beyond me. (Like what is the difference between a division and a brigade????) But good information. I'll write this down for future references. I knew there were other classifications involved but wasn't sure who or where they belonged. I just know that they are a great group of men and women that are there to protect and defend what our nation stands for. And I appreciate that!!!!! God Bless our Men and Women


Date: 07/25/05
Time: 06:36:58

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Thanks for not forgetting the 74th.....We Love You!!


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, Medical Corps, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com

Date: 07/25/05
Time: 05:59:45

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Organizational structure; 173d Airborne Bde is 3 Battalions (1st 508th Infantry, 2nd 503th Infantry, 173 Support Bn (ABN)) along with headquarters company; the 74th Infantry Detachment (LRSD) and D Battery of the 319th Airborne Field Artillery. Hope that helps.


Date: 07/25/05
Time: 05:22:22

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Actually, the 173rd is not a Division. It is a Brigade. A Division, like the 1st Infantry Division, or the 82nd Airborne Division is made up of several Brigades. The 173rd (Airborne) Brigade is not part of a larger division. The 173rd consists of 2 Battalions the 1/508 and 2/503. Each battalion is made up of several line companies, A,B,C,etc. and a Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC). Companies have platoons, squads and fire teams. Hope this helps.


Name: Task organization
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 05:22:06

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The 173rd is a brigade not a division. Every brigade is made up of 3 battalions. 1-508 is one battalion and 2-503 is another. LRS, CSC and D-batt (also known as separates) make up the man power for the 3rd battalion. Each battalion is then broken down into companies. Each company is made up of 3 platoons and each platoon is made up of 4 squads which has approx 8-10 men.


Name: Kathy G
Email: Companies
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 04:37:48

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Oh I forgot. There are 3 companies in each unit. So it goes division, unit, company, platoon, squad. It's confusing to us lay people. I'm sure they know what they are doing and keep up with it really well. Ha.


Name: Kathy G
Email: Units/Platoons/Squads
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 04:33:03

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The way I understand it. The 173rd is a division. 2/503rd and 1/508th are units. Thus the 1 and 2. I know there are other units attached but not sure what. Of the 2/503rd there are 3 platoons and one headquarters platoon. Each platoon has squads of 10. It is hard to tell who is on the missions we read about. I just assume if it is not my son then I know he is out there doing his job on another mission. He is my hero just as your sons are our heroes. I think your son is in my son's platoon. God Bless Our Soldiers.


Name: Mel
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 02:28:40

Message

Heard from my boyfriend today 1/508 A CO. I received a phone call as well as email which was great. Hadn't heard from him in quite some time but he's been extremely busy and doing well. It was great to hear his voice and laugh with him some. That's not always the case. He said they were resting up but doing good. Hope everyone is doing well also. I love you David and miss you very much. Talk soon.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: 508 HHC Scouts pics
Date: 07/25/05
Time: 01:02:21

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To the person asking for 508 HHC Scouts pic. Go to http://www.anysoldier.com/Brian/Afghanistan/ the page is not updated but on the left side of the page you can find several pics of them


Name: LaLa
Email: Message for our 74th LRS soldiers...Especially Team 2
Date: 07/24/05
Time: 23:41:57

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Hey Guys hope all is well and time is going by quickly and you are SAFE!!! Know that us ladies are waiting back here on the homefront with you in our minds and hearts every moment. Even though we are all in different states and countries it doesn't change the bond and the love we have for each other. Each day I thank god that we have met all of you...You are our second family and you mean the world to us. Congrats to the Brignac's on your new baby girl. Willy have fun on your R&R with your family and your beautiful fiancée...bone you know I got love 4 yah...and last but not least...Lang my baby be safe and come home to ME!!! I am so proud of you guys and cant wait to have a huge welcome home party. Ps One of you still needs to confess to breaking my washer door...lol LOVE YOU GUYS...LALA


Date: 07/24/05
Time: 22:12:41

Message

I believe that A co.2/503 is a Platoon and there are 4 squads in a Platoon. Usually there are 10 men to each squad.


Name: matt
Email: czarnik@whidbey.com
Date: 07/24/05
Time: 20:57:59

Message

I would like to know if anyone could give me some info on how many squads there are in able co. 2nd of 503rd. My son, Jeremy Lance Czarnik is in able Co. When I read articles about them, I like to think that he is in them. But I am not sure. Anything would be helpful. Thank-you, god bless our troops.


Name: to J's mom
Email: babygurlll19@yahoo.com
Date: 07/24/05
Time: 14:11:40

Message

Hi!I've tried to email you those pics (HQ pics) but I got the email back saying that the address was incorrect. So would you please write again or just email me? I will be gone for the next 10 days so I won't be able to check my emails. I'll make sure I'll send them when i get home though.


Name: Gina  
Date: 07/24/05
Time: 12:39:47

Message

Heard from my soldier in 508 a co today. He was very tired and said that they had been very busy, they had been getting mail though. Just thought I'd pass along the little bit of news I had. To all the family and friends, hang in there we'll make it through this.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 19:29:12

Message

We just got a wonderful phone call from our son. He is with the Aco2/503rd.They are ok.tired, just got off of patrol. The article in Stars and Stripes is wonderful about his unit. Go Airborne. Keep up the moral.


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

Date: 07/23/05
Time: 19:25:26

Message

hit the refresh button


Name: To Mr. Bradley
Email: Photos
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 17:13:09

Message

I can't get any new photos on pgs 65-68. On my computer it only goes up to page 65 and that page is empty.


Name: Kris's Mom
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 17:06:45

Message

Hello all and God Bless these Sky Soldiers and their Families. I was Blessed with some time with Kris, my son and sure will miss him. When asked if he was missing Station Platoon, he replied yes. One thing that really touched my son and our family was the community support when he was home. Support from complete strangers at the airport too. Even children Thanked Kris for serving our country. It was hard to hide the tears so I just rejoiced with a smile of pride. Being a Proud parent of a Sky Soldier is a one of a kind feeling. Kris was very suprised at all the vehicle ribbons and other support. He will be back with the 508 C in a few days, back "home" for the time. The guys did ask for something called a sun shower, sort of a camping bagged shower. Just another idea to add to the package list. God Bless, Debi


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 14:14:38

Message

They say a "picture is worth a thousand words", but in this case, the photo of your loved one probably will have other sky soldiers in it. It also tells about the unit and what the guys are up too. So a picture can reach many families, loved ones, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. A photo can bring sunshine to a persons day. Please consider sharing ...but bear in mind, that once posted they become public domain and could wind up anywhere as I have no control of the internet. Also if the photo is of good quality it could wind up in an edition of the 173d calendar or some future edition of the sky soldiers newsletter or book.


Name: PSG's Dad
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 14:10:31

Message

There is a great organization here in LA that sends packages to deployed service members. Go to www.opgratitude.com to register your Skysoldier. For those of you in the SoCal area who want to join this worthy cause, they pack the boxes at the Van Nuys National Guard Armory on Fridays, and are always looking for volunteers.


 Date: 07/23/05
Time: 11:32:54

Message

My husband is in 1/508 scouts and I have yet to see any pictures of him. There a a few in the fury album but they were in the first few weeks they were there. Does anyone know how we can get to see pictures of the scouts.


Name: Kris' Grandmother
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 06:47:03

Message

If everyone remembers, we had quite a scare a few weeks ago as to if Kris was on the Chopper that was shot down or not. Kris finally made it home and we enjoyed the 2 weeks he was here. Kris left again yesterday heading back to Afghanistan. We are sad that he had to go back, but he was looking forward to going back to his military family. He said he missed the guys and his way of life there. It made me feel alitte easier letting him go this time and I think it was just a little easier on his mother because she was able to keep herself together enough to acutally go with him to the airport, which she couldn't do before. Please keep Kris and family in your prayers as well as all other soldiers and their families.


Name: Anna
Email: coolgurlus80@hotmail.com
Date: 07/23/05
Time: 04:20:13

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to whoever asked where I'm from; I'm not Italian, I don't think I know anyone on HHC 508. ya, I'm from Cali, how do you know?? LOL


Date: 07/23/05
Time: 00:21:12

Message

Any pictures from 74th would be deeply apreciated.. if there are any. Thank You.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 23:09:53

Message

New Photos posted Page 65 to 68 http://www.173rdairborne.net/AF-65.htm


Name: Taryn
Email: osburn@sonoma.edu
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 21:59:39

Message

I saw that there are pictures of 1-508th HHC....if anybody could send those to me that would be great! My fiance' sends me some periodically and I would love to share those with y'all!


Name: 173rd mom
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 18:23:09

Message

my son just left qatar - don't know any details of how he was able to but it sure sounded like he had a great time!......


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 15:40:13

Message

Hi everyone !!! I did something different this time as far as yellow ribbons went. I cut out blue stars from that craft foam, punched a hole at the top, wrote their names & unit with a sharpie and tied them to my Dogwood tree with yellow ribbon. They have held up beautifully !!! They even went thru a hurricane and I didn't lose a single one!! You Sky Soldiers stay safe and focused and keep up the good work!! We love you!!


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 14:00:47

Message

Italy-based GIs kill, capture bomb makers BY JASON CHUDY Stars and Stripes 7/23/05 DILAY KALAY, Afghanistan —Soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment killed one Taliban roadside bomb maker and captured another during a chance encounter shortly after midnight Thursday morning. The company was on a mission to track down area Taliban leaders who were believed to be in a nearby town. The Vicenza, Italy-based soldiers were in the final day of Operation Surri Sweep, a week-long operation designed to break up roadside bomb-making cells working in the roughly 2,500-square kilometer Surri District of the Zabol Province. The soldiers were moving to their objective for the early morning assault when the convoy’s lead Humvee driver, Spc. Elliott Alcantara, saw what he thought were piles of large stones on the bank. “It looked like two rock formations on the right-hand side,” he said shortly after the chase. “Then one of them starts to move a little bit. So, I gunned it up the hill a little bit and then saw an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] across the [one man’s] back.” The “stones” turned out to be two men on a motorcycle. They were part of a four-man observation team sitting on two motorcycles at the top of a high river bank near the village of Dilay Kalay, about 20 miles south of Qalat. Alcantara said that he thought at least one of the groups of men was going to fire an RPG at his Humvee, but they didn’t. “The dudes … they started to take off as soon as they saw us,” he said. “He was 15 meters in front of me, on top of a hill.” Alcantara’s Humvee and its crew chased the two motorcycles through the flat valley brightly lit by a full moon. “…I’m in hot pursuit, over,” radioed 1st Lt. Ari Martyn, 3rd Platoon leader, as they began their chase. Martyn told Alcantara, who was focused on a motorcycle in front of him, “Three o’clock!” and the driver looked in that direction to see another bike speeding away. “I identify a weapon,” Martyn radioed moments later as they closed on the bike. Alcantara gained on the motorcycle and its two riders because of the relatively flat terrain. A small hill, sloping downwards, gave them an added advantage. “I got up right behind him,” he said. “The [platoon leader] fired a shot right as I was up next to him with my front right tire. I cut left, then hit him with my right [side] and ran him over.” Almost immediately there was a large flash. “The RPG blew up right next to us,” Alcantara said. The explosion caused minor damage to the Humvee. Soldiers found the overturned motorcycle and, a few feet away, the RPG launcher and another RPG round. The two riders lay crumpled, one in front of the motorcycle and the other behind. One man lost his arm in the crash and died minutes after. Company medic Cpl.Aaron Medina began working on the other rider, who had a severe head wound. Medina treated the man, lightly bandaging his wound. Later, he and another soldier walked the man, who by then was handcuffed and blindfolded, to a medevac helicopter for further treatment at Kandahar Airfield. As Medina worked on the lone surviving rider, 1st Sgt. Patrick Fatuesi picked through a bag one of the men was carrying. Inside were all the components necessary to build roadside bombs, including Christmas lights for wiring, tiny metal fragments for shrapnel and two baseball-sized lumps of white material believed to be explosives taken from an anti-tank mine. This accidental success,Wright said, fit right in with Surri Sweep’s objective of disrupting the roadside bomb cells. “We captured a lot,” he explained, “IED-making material, a [handheld two-way radio], two RPG rounds and an AK-47. And,” he said about U.S. and Afghan police forces, “nobody was hurt.”


Name: Kathy G
Email: Yellow Ribbons
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 12:24:56

Message

Someone asked about displaying their yellow ribbon and how it doesn't last in the weather. This is what I have done. I have the original ribbon I put out when my son first was deployed in March. Each end of the month I add to the original ribbon keeping it in the center. It doesn't grow too much because the previous gets wilted and weathered but by the time he returns it will have grown and counted the months of my son being gone and welcome his return. We all have our little things that we do to help us get through this. That is just one thing that I do. It's almost time to add another section. Only 8 more additions to go!!!!!!!!


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 11:54:14

Message

We thought the same think, please take a shower, but for some reason he wouldn't. Said a spit bath, clean underwear and clean uniform would suffice. I know they are flying with soldiers to Dallas, but most likely will be between two passengers from Dallas to Seattle. Anyway I happily told him he could take a shower in Dallas.


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 11:38:05

Message

Please tell your son to take a shower before he leaves Kuwait!!!! Just Kidding - I'm always amazed at regardless how tough soldiers have it, they will still maintain their principles, dignity and pride! God Bless 'em.


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 10:54:55

Message

Here's the link. American Airlines Opens Admirals Clubs To U.S. Servicemen and Servicewomen Clubs Provide Welcome, Friendly Surroundings for American Troops FORT WORTH, Texas – Moved by the story of U.S. soldiers with no available USO facilities at airports, American Airlines today invited U.S. military men and women to spend time between flights at American’s elegant Admirals Club facilities worldwide. "It’s the least we can do for our soldiers on R&R from active duty," said Cathy Berg, managing director - Premium Services for American. "These men and woman have traveled halfway around the world to get to loved ones, and we’re happy to say ‘thank you’ by making that trip a little easier for them." Berg said the idea was sparked by a story in The Dallas Morning News, which told of soldiers stranded for hours and sometimes days at DFW International Airport when military charters arrived too late to make the soldiers’ connections. "DFW has no USO facility for soldiers, so we thought, why not open our DFW Admirals Clubs? And then we thought, why not open all of our Admirals Clubs where there’s no USO facility for them?" Under terms of the Iraqi Freedom Rest and Relaxation (R&R) Program, military charter flights transport soldiers on emergency or R&R leave from Kuwait to Baltimore/Washington, Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth airports. Baltimore and Atlanta have USO facilities for soldiers to relax. DFW does not. At DFW, and other airports where there is no USO, Berg said returning servicemen and women in uniform or with military ID can enter the clubs free of charge to wait for their flights, enjoy complimentary snacks and soft drinks, watch TV, use the Internet or just stretch out and relax. The program starts today and runs for the duration of the R&R program. "We’d like to be the first to welcome them home," Berg said. American already participates in Operation Hero Miles through its AAdvantage® loyalty program. American donated 10 million AAdvantage miles for troops to use for connecting flights to their homes, with AAdvantage members donating millions more.


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 10:51:31

Message

Our daughter, who was flying through Dallas relayed that all service members on R&R are welcome to lounge in the Admirals Club while waiting for their flights home. On a side note the lounges have showers. We relayed this info to our son, who is now in Kuwait, waiting to come home for his R&R. He had told us that he had not taken a shower in three days and wasn't going to in Kuwait because of the conditions of the showers there.


Name: tina
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 09:24:48

Message

any news from 1-508 B co?i dont hear from my boy in a little while.let me know thanks bye


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 08:21:58

Message

or are you from Cali?


Name: to Anna coolgurlus80
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 08:15:31

Message

Ciao Anna, are you italian? Cause i think i know you. Is your bfriend in 508 HHC?


Name: Anna
Email: coolgurlus80@hotmail.com
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 08:05:16

Message

Hey hun,what up? :) I hope you finally got those damn packages dude! It's been a hella long time since I sent'em! It hasn't been raining here in the last 2 months so it sucks big time cuz it's too hot, but at least it's dry! It's your b-day in a couple of days!!!:) It won't be one of the bests but if you get the pkg by that day, I'm pretty sure you'll have a good laugh! ;)My best friend is going to Vegas next weekend for a weekend, that lucky b****! LOL I wish I could go but I already have the tickets to go see my other friend! I'll have some fun anyways. Me and you are gona have way more fun though! :D allright, let ya go babes! Take care, be careful and know that I miss you big way! tons of hugs and kisssssses, call soon!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 06:12:41

Message

i actually heard that just the guys who don't get the 14 days r&r (for any reason, maybe their own decision to stay there) get the 3/4 days short trip. it was like that during the Iraqi deployment.


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 05:49:05

Message

There are some people that get that 3-4 day pass. Not everyone gets it and I have no idea how they decide it. But that is going on. Hope this helps.


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 05:32:50

Message

Does anyone know if our guys are going to be getting the three or four day R&R . I heard they shoulg get it. Does anyone know what I am talking about or If the 173rd guys are even going to be getting this program offered to them.It isnt like the 14 day R&R , it is a program where I think they go to Qatar for three days . If anyone knows anything , please respond.


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 05:15:37

Message

Spoke with son --Spc Rowell --who is in C co 2/503. Everything is well --a little bored--too many soldiers where they are now and not enough action to go around. Phone time is scarce, as are computers.


Date: 07/22/05
Time: 03:22:15

Message

Does anybody heard from Chosen2503 or have any new photos from there? thanx


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 07/22/05
Time: 00:59:44

Message

I would love to see the pictures of 508 HHC as well. Is there anyone else who has some and can mail them to the webmaster so we all can see them? Would be so nice!


Name: army mom
Email: DW47012@YAHOO.COM
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 16:42:22

Message

hi 1-508th HHC would you be able to email me the photos too. my son is in the mortar group too. i would greatly appreciate it thanks


Name: daisee (you know who is this!)
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 14:11:16

Message

to Jay L.M. (b.co 2-503): miss you...


Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 12:59:20

Message

If anyone has pictures of !/508 HHC I would like to see them as well. Can you email them to me. The ones on the 173rd site are very old and there is none of my husband. Thanks. Where my husband is at he cant send pics cause everytime we try his internet connection fails. It is the wireless. So.. go figure!


Name: HHC Mortar Mom
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 10:03:52

Message

If Mr Bradley will post the photos please include directions on where and how to finsd them. I would love to see them also. Thanks


Name: Wingdad
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 09:43:37

Message

Per my son and son in law POG Personel other than Grunt. Infantry are grunts everyone else in the Army are POGs My son was an Airborne Grunt, my son in law was an Army POG Wingdad


Name: photos
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 08:31:28

Message

if you email any photos to Mr Bradley he will post them for us all to see I like seeing pics of all the soldiers not just mine so if anyone has gotten any emailed from their soldiers share them thanks.


Name: 1-508th HHC
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 08:31:12

Message

Of course I can email them to you!! They are at home right now, so I will do that when I get home from work.


Name: Leti
Email: italiandaydreamer@hotmail.com
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 07:57:42

Message

Hi 1-508th HHC Wife, i would like to see those pics as well. Could you email them to me?


Name: 1-508th HHC Wife
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 07:47:04

Message

I have some pics that my husband has sent me of the 508th HHC mortar division.


Name: to J's mom
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 06:05:23

Message

sorry I haven't checked the website for a couple of days, I had posted my email address so the ones interested could have emailed me. I'll email you some of the pictures I have,I haven't scanned them all yet.


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 05:52:17

Message

Someone posted that they have pics of HQ platoon , no name was posted , would you be willing to share those ? That is my sons unit :)


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 07/21/05
Time: 04:52:46

Message

There are "legs" and "airborne", but there are also lots of other classes of soldiers. The airborne commonly refers to anyone that is not jump qualified as "legs" because they have to use their legs to get from point A to point B, while the airborne flies in. Sometimes the term is used in a derogatory way, but most often it's just stating the facts and is fairly generic. I was in the Army a long, long time and never heard the term "pog" - although I have heard derivatives that are probably the same thing. But I would hate to guess --- but, trust me, regardless of the meaning it is not a big deal. Just another way to pass the time and have fun.


Name: aco dad
Date: 07/20/05
Time: 18:47:31

Message

I've heard my son use the word "legs" when he graduated from Airbone school. He said the military was separated into two classes of people, airborne and legs. He's used the word POG before also, but he couldn't give me an adequate answer for name. Thanks for the WWII story. God bless and keep our Sky Soliders!!


Name: abrams
Date: 07/20/05
Time: 18:25:31

Message

I thought the ones that arent airborne but in an airborne unit are called "Legs"? My son isnt airborne but obviously is in an airborne unit... I'd swear he said he is considered a Leg. I might be wrong but I dont think so ...


Date: 07/20/05
Time: 17:03:08

Message

I was told that they call 'POG' the guys who don't jump out of planes, the ones who are not airborne.


Date: 07/20/05
Time: 14:07:36

Message

Origin of the Term "Pogey Bait" There's an old story going around the Corps - has been for years - about the origin of the term "Pogey Bait". The Marines in China before WW II were issued candy (Baby Ruths, Tootsie Rolls, etc.) as part of their their ration supplements. At the time, sugar and other assorted sweets were rare commodities in China and much in demand by the Chinese, so the troops found the candy useful for barter in town. The Chinese word for prostitute, roughly translated, is "pogey". Thus, Marines being Marines, candy became "Pogey Bait". "pog" used by the army and marines is short for "Pogey Bait".


Date: 07/20/05
Time: 13:04:48

Message

can you please let us know the context in which you heard the term "pog". I think the definition you were given is incorrect.


Name: beatriz barreca
Email: dansenil@yahoo.com
Date: 07/20/05
Time: 12:08:27

Message

TO JJJ, Sorry i didn't reply before, i don't have internet at home. I would like to e-mail you to. my e-mail is dansenil@yahoo.com Hope everything is ok. take care. b


Name: 1-508th HHC Wife
Date: 07/20/05
Time: 08:49:00

Message

That is a great article 100% Italian. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: Email from a marine i read on the Any Soldier website
Date: 07/20/05
Time: 07:19:46

Message

WHY I AM HERE CPL CASEY L. ALLEN, U.S. MARINE CORPS Right now, all over the world, you can turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and immediately find someone criticizing the United States for its actions in the Middle East. I guess some people would rather talk forever. Why am I here? Ironically enough, there is a simple bumper sticker that explains what I find so hard to put into words. It reads "Whose son is fighting in place of yours?" The reason that I am here is so others will never have to be. I volunteered to be here knowing that if the job was done right this time, then future generations would never have to continue what could have been ended in the Gulf War. I am more than willing to risk my life so I can do everything I can to prevent whatever family I may have in the future from ever having to make the same sacrifice, take the same risks, or face the same criticism. No matter what political party one may lean toward, the need for some security and global stability is undeniable. I believe anybody who believes otherwise is naive and needs to see downtown Fallujah in person. It is my opinion that if drastic action was not taken when it was, then the wake of the September 11th attacks would have brought more of the same instead of the capture of Saddam Hussein. As I write this I am sitting in a cabana a few miles east of downtown Fallujah. This network of cabanas the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment calls home used to be a vacation resort for Uday Hussein and other Iraqi royalty. The lake these shelters surround is filled with body parts from women Uday brought to this resort, raped, then fed to his lions. All of the negotiations in the world could never bring the Husseins and their terrorist allies to justice. United States Marines don't negotiate. The liberal media and their sympathetic bystanders would have a much harder time if we had a perfect record. The simple truth is that in an environment where you can't tell the enemy from a businessman or roadside debris from a bomb, collateral damage is unavoidable. For some, this is reason enough to say we don't belong here. Right, and maybe we should take more cops off the streets so there would be less traffic. To anyone opposed to the war on terror, or America's policing role in the Middle East, I challenge you to go on a patrol with any platoon in 1st Bn, 6th Marines. Walk down the streets of Fallujah and see the look in an Iraqi child's eyes as he waves and cheers you by. Shake the hand of an Iraqi man thanking you for his family's freedom. I know I belong here because I see what they don't show on CNN. What they don't print in the newspapers. I see what President Bush is trying to tell the world, if they would only be quiet long enough to listen. Take a walk in our boots, but make sure you give them back. We're not finished here yet.


Name: Gma Caldwell
Date: 07/20/05
Time: 05:13:54

Message

Happy 20th birthday to Edward (Aco 2/503). Miss you.Praying God will walk with you and be the wind beneath your wing. Stay safe and God b;ess all our soldiers.. Love Gma


Date: 07/20/05
Time: 03:29:43

Message

POG personnel other than grunt. Grunt alias marines. Just some units.


Date: 07/19/05
Time: 23:34:33

Message

does anyone know what a Pog is? army term :)


Name: Christina
Email: Juan's mom Able co 2/503 1st Platoon
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 22:52:20

Message

Hi Honey, All of us here in Alabama send you a big "Happy Birthday" shout out. We all wish you the best and want you to stay strong and most of all stay safe . You have all your friends and family thinking of you all the time and wish you the best. We are all so proud of you. You are in our prayers always as is all of the 173rd. We are so proud of you ALL . Son, please take care of yourself and as always, I love you with all my heart. Love Momma.


Name: Missy
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 19:20:17

Message

Please tell Luis Madrazo of 1-508 HHC - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!! we are so proud of you.


Name: J's MOM
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 19:10:05

Message

Would love to see pics of HQ platoon :) I got my son a misty mate thingy at Wal Mart for $13 , hope he likes it :)


Name: TO JANE K
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 17:17:54

Message

sorry for the last msg, I clicked on the submit botton by mistake. I have pics of HQ platoon.


Name: Wendy
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 11:18:55

Message

Ssg Field, Sgt Moreno Spc Rogers~~~~~What's up! HeyI got a call back from KB&R to be a MWR rep over there for you:) You know I would jump on the oppourtunity to do that, but I just bought a new car, and I am making good money...so man that sucks that they called me 8 months too late. Well, Please keep the emails coming.BTW Kev I am hooking up Mike to buy a house...wendy


Name: rebecca
Email: meashekake79@hotmail.com
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 10:28:25

Message

Hey there! has anyone heard from their soldiers in Able co 2-503, for 2nd platoon? I havent heard from them all month. Im sure all is fine, but if anyone has something good that they heard, it'd be nice to know. I tried sending out a birthday party pack last month with a pirate theme for EVERYONE in the platoon, cupcakes, eye patches, the works. Maybe someone mentioned it? Just curious. Thanks everyone!


Name: Donna M
Email: donnerz@gmail.com
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 08:31:16

Message

I just wanted to say that I am very proud of my BF who is serving in Afghanistan right now. I would just like to let him know that I love him very much and that I am always here for him. I doubt he'd ever come to this site.. LOL.. but.. I LOVE YOU KEVIN! Stay safe, and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Name: Flippo's Mom (Patti)
Email: Wombats
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 06:27:22

Message

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream and YOU. Two things making this a better world for us all! Received word from my son (Alpha Co.): very tired putting in long hours and working hard. Keep up the good work Wombats!! Another note about those Misty Mates. My daughter sent these to her brother and his squad. He said he really likes it and they do make a difference in that heat. With the desert camo material they can wear them on their uniforms. They are expensive but our soldiers are worth it! I believe this is the link: http://store.yahoo.com/mistymate/carepackage.html Wombats you make us proud. Remember: stay ALERT, stay FOCUSED, and stay SAFE!


Name: Wife of 1-508th HHC
Email: To Chris and Clints Mom
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 06:22:14

Message

My mother in law is in your shoes. Her one son(my husband is in afghanistan) and her other son is in Iraq. It is quite difficult at times, but she is doing a great job handling everthing. She is so proud of both of her sons as they fight to keep our country free; just as you are proud. At times like these it is nice to know we arent alone and that others are going through similar situations. Clint and Chris are very blessed to have such a supportive and proud mother as you. God bless!


Name: Uncle Sams Nephew
Date: 07/19/05
Time: 04:15:58

Message

I wish to acknowledge the passing of Gen. William C Westmoreland.He refered to the 173d as his "Fire Brigade" because he knew we could be deployed anywhere in Vietnam and accomplish the mission.The HERD was one of his favorite and most trusted units.He was confident in our abilities as soldiers and sent the different battalions on seperate missions anywhere we were needed.He was a lifelong advocate for all soldiers and will be remembered.AIRBORNE!!ALL THE WAY!!!!!


Name: jane k
Email: to babygurlll19
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 23:51:32

Message

what platoon of Bco 2/503 do you have pics of? I have pics of 1st platoon.


Name: TO SON HOME FOR R&R
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 21:18:29

Message

HE IS SO RIGHT!!! WE ARE OUR SOLDIERS WORSE ENEMIES SOMETIMES... WE NEED TO TRUST THE LORD AND OUR SOLDIERS ABILITIES TO DO THEIR JOBS, WHICH THEY ARE VERY WELL TRAINED TO DO!!!! GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA....


Name: Linda Proud Mom of SSGT Clint Mack and SGT Chris Mack
Email: Wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 20:29:42

Message

HI EVERYONE, Well Clint called yesterday morning the the C co 2/503 are all doing well. Clint sounded better then I have ever heard them. He let me know that anything left over from what I send he gives to the kids in Afghanistan and he said he was going to take some pictures real soon and send them. He just loves the kids!!! Clint's brother Chris just got orders to go to Korea for a year and right after he get's there he will be deployed to Iraq for a year. A MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE one son in Afghanistan, and one in Iraq at the same time. I am so proud of my sons and all of our soldiers who fight to keep our Freedom here in America. Hope everyone out there is well. Thanks 173rd YOU ARE THE BEST and you are always in my Prayers. Clint and Chris's Proud MOM


Name: hud
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 17:53:58

Message

sorry for the multiple posts,refreshing the page makes multiple posts for some reason.. sorry again..


Name: hud
Email: mortarman@bellsouth.com
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 17:49:33

Message

Whats up guys? Im currently in the 4th/10th mtn.div. we are probably coming to afghanistan in early 2006. anyone currently deployed there please feel free to e-mail me,id like to hear about whats going on there,and what we could expect. be safe,and we will see you soon... "hud"


Name: hud
Email: mortarman@bellsouth.com
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 17:44:47

Message

Whats up guys? Im currently in the 4th/10th mtn.div. we are probably coming to afghanistan in early 2006. anyone currently deployed there please feel free to e-mail me,id like to hear about whats going on there,and what we could expect. be safe,and we will see you soon... "hud"


Name: hud
Email: mortarman@bellsouth.com
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 17:44:23

Message

Whats up guys? Im currently in the 4th/10th mtn.div. we are probably coming to afghanistan in early 2006. anyone currently deployed there please feel free to e-mail me,id like to hear about whats going on there,and what we could expect. be safe,and we will see you soon... "hud"


Name: hud
Email: mortarman@bellsouth.com
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 17:39:53

Message

Whats up guys? Im currently in the 4th/10th mtn.div. we are probably coming to afghanistan in early 2006. anyone currently deployed there please feel free to e-mail me,id like to hear about whats going on there,and what we could expect. be safe,and we will see you soon... "hud"


Date: 07/18/05
Time: 15:05:38

Message

we want to see more pics posted!!!


Date: 07/18/05
Time: 14:55:22

Message

quit posting locations-that message comes from my son who was just home for r&r! that move was not public info and should never have been put on the web back on june 16. that comes from a soldier who is part of that move and says that some of you need to find something else to chat about!


Name: 1-508th HHC Wife
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 11:45:21

Message

To the one who asked what else you could send to your soldier besides food. My husband always wants me to send dvds. It doesnt matter if they are new releases or not. He even likes the good ole' type of movies. Also, if your soldier has access to a laptop, my husband also likes me to send him computer games. It helps the time go by quick when they are just waiting for their next mission. My husband has also asked for ping pong balls, a basketball, and books. Hope that helps.


Email: about HHC
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 11:40:35

Message

does anybody heard anything about the engeneers unit being moved to Germany next year? somebody know also where at in Germany?


Name: about the article
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 10:04:27

Message

Hi all, im italian and after reading that article on the Espresso magazine last week I was so disappointed that I decided to answer back to the magazine. I wrote them how much sad I felt while reading that article. I also said Vicenza is proud of having special guests like the american soldiers. I guess the magazine won't care about my letter, but at least I let them know my opinion. We love you skysoldiers!!!


Name: To JGC
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 09:05:13

Message

I know email is limited right now, so take care and remember We Love You and can't wait to see you.......T, D, C, and J


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 07/18/05
Time: 05:34:02

Message

Spoke with my son yesterday. He is with C co 2/503rd. He also states he doesn't need anything. States he can get anything he needs there at the base. Says phone time and computer time is scarce but snacks and personal items are plentiful. I think letters from home will be the best thing to send in this situation.


Date: 07/17/05
Time: 21:57:38

Message

does anyone know what group is in Sharona.. maybe it is not good to say. we must pray for them continually. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS**


Name: Arlene H
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 17:37:41

Message

Sorry Vicki, it is 1st platoon, Battle Co. that has internet acccess thats 2/503. For the first time since deployment. And those guys will take anything you are willing to send. And Gangwer since you are home you better email us


Name: Arlene H
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 17:37:23

Message

Sorry Vicki, it is 1st platoon, Battle Co. that has internet acccess thats 2/503. For the first time since deployment. And those guys will take anything you are willing to send. And Gangwer since you are home you better email us


Name: John Reid
Email: jlreid5@comcast.net
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 16:04:46

Message

Served with herd in 67-68 and 70. Met a bunch of herd guys at Operation Homecoming in Branson, MO last month. I was there for the annual reunion of the 101st LRRP/Rangers from Vietnam. We are all so proud of you young paratroopers over in Afghanistan serving your country. We've got your back . You will be well treated by the government and your when you get home. Count on it.


Email: babygurlll19@yahoo.com
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 14:44:37

Message

Hi! does anyone have pictures of B co 2-503? I have some so I thought I could share them.


Name: to who posted the sharona casuality
Email: karry
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 12:52:23

Message

dont worry isnt our guys i talked today with my hubby all is fine there he didnt know anything bye.kerry.god bless our angels.xoxoxoxox


Name: liz
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 12:40:43

Message

2 503 article on estripes today for all those with solders also a picture.


Name: Update 2/503 B Co.
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 12:28:32

Message

The Battlehard website has been updated with a new Commander's Update.


Date: 07/17/05
Time: 10:21:26

Message

me too i was told that he doesnt need anything, but does one ever "need" junk food? i would suggest, from my experience, sending lots of junk food , letters and pictures. i would suggest also avoid sending very valuable things, because the cant keep too many things and thy would have to left them behind.May God bless all of us and keep watching over the guys.


Date: 07/17/05
Time: 09:50:37

Message

http://icasualties.org/oef/ *article on 4-(minor) wounded soldiers in SHARONA, Paktika Province. God Bless them and speedy recovery!!! Our prayers to all of our Sky soldiers!!!


Name: S & R
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 08:14:24

Message

Personally, since they have food and pretty much all what they need, i love to send letters, pictures of our 3 little boys, cd, dvd etc.... e-mails are great and fast.... but is always nice a handwritten letter!!


Name: Soldier Dad
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 06:49:18

Message

What you put in a package isn't very important - just send packages and letters as often as you can. Just getting mail of any kind makes it easier to remember home; and it is always good to know that the people the soldiers love love them too and are thinking of them. Even if everything in the package has to be left behind, given away or thrown out, just getting something from home is great.


Date: 07/17/05
Time: 04:43:54

Message

My fiancè is in B co 503rd and he also told me that he doesn't need anything! he says that families are competing to send them the best packages ;)


Email: TO: J'S MOM
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 03:40:33

Message

Hi ... you were talking about your son saying he doesn't need anything ... m soldier says the same thing ... he has plenty ... don't send anything. Back in April or May I sent him several battery operated water bottle fans so he/they would have them when it got hot (I bought them last summer on clearance.) ... when he was home on R and R he said "mom ... we can't carry that with us in the mountains." I made 7 neck cooler ties when he was home ... he took back 2. Powerade .. "That's all we drink over there." Coke ... "We can get that over there. No problem" The other thing that makes it difficult to send packages is how much they move around and change bases. When he was at one place for a month .. they got one or two mail drops ... all the rest of the mail was sitting at his other place waiting for him. Then he was somewhere else and didn't get any mail drops. The more the mail sits around waiting for him the bigger the chances of it getting getting ripped off. So ... apparently it REALLY varies as to what their needs are. Speaking of those neck cooler ties ... a friend of mine knew I had the extras sitting around and asked for one to use for her job which she used for 2 days and then her husband wanted to borrow it. #1 - she called me up singing it's praises be/c she said it REALLY worked. The 2nd day she used it she said she put it on BEFORE she got heated it and it kept her from getting over heated. #2 - the day her husband used it he was thinking "Yuck ... What's that smell?" He took it off be/c he couldn't stand it ... it was stinky with sweat.


Name: PJ
Date: 07/17/05
Time: 02:31:58

Message

http://www.harvest.org/crusades/05/anaheim/index.php/24.html# my baby boy's mum send me this link to be more confident in god everytime i get overworried for my babie down there..i think this pastor is an awsome one..so if u wanna join this God's message go to listen the speech. Red Devils u rockkkkk...173rd soldiers u all are our heroes thanks for fighting for our freedom guys.have a nice day i love u hun.P.J


Name: Jane K
Email: internet info
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 23:09:25

Message

it's 1st plt B-co that has internet connection now. As for what to send: how about those squishy water toys or anything that has to do with water ,guns, super soakers etc... they say the heat is really bad and only going to get worse. Also when my son was in Iraq I sent badminton and volley ball sets. I'm not sure what the terrain is like for them, they keep saying mountains but maybe some of this stuff would work for your soldier.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 22:58:15

Message

To J's Mom - Hmmm... sounds like your son has too much stuff that he has to be responsible for. How about throw away stuff or stuff he can leave behind for the group that will replace them? Like magazines, books, how about comic books? Or how about something he can give away to the kids - bags of individually wrapped candy (he can put a handful in his pockets)or maybe something little and silly - like a yoyo? Or maybe how about get all your friends to write a letter or card and put them all together in one package - he can read them and throw them away or post them to share with others. Mail is always precious. I send 1 box per month, 2 cards and 1 letter (that way each week I have something going out) I hope this helps.


Name: Tiffany
Email: Tiffanykay5803@aol.com
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 22:24:53

Message

My boyfriend is in the 1-508 C/co. I was wondering if anyone has family who is in the same company, and do you know if they have phones where they are staying? I LOVE My Soldier! Thank you to all of the men and women out there.


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 21:06:17

Message

I keep asking my son what he wants me to send him ,(HQ 503rd) and he keeps saying he doesn't need anything , they have plenty of everything . He doesn't want a cooling neck wrap thing or a misty mate bottle , and he said PLEASE no more food !! I keep reading about all the suggestions on different websites and he says he already has too much stuff !! I can't just send NOTHING!! Anyone else with this dilemma ??


Name: Vicki
Email: Able company mom
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 20:45:27

Message

which first platoon on 2-503 is back with internet service now? Able company? or B or c? Any idea when they will get mail delivery again?


Name: ssg haynes' mom
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 20:21:03

Message

To all the wonderful sky soldiers: Keep up the great work; you are loved and appreciated very much. You are in our prayers daily. May God bless you all and may God continue to bless the USA.


Date: 07/16/05
Time: 19:50:19

Message

http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30409


Name: Arlene H
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 15:12:19

Message

Hooray, 1st platoon, 2/503 has internet access. Not having heard from my soldier in a month, what a surprise I could IM him today. They are hot and tired. Very busy, but doing well. Mail is not existent. Hasn't received our box sent 3 weeks ago. Who ever made this connection possible, thank you so very much. This is a great morale boost to our soldiers and means the world to us at home.


Name: Arlene H
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 15:11:48

Message

Hooray, 1st platoon, 2/503 has internet access. Not having heard from my soldier in a month, what a surprise I could IM him today. They are hot and tired. Very busy, but doing well. Mail is not existent. Hasn't received our box sent 3 weeks ago. Who ever made this connection possible, thank you so very much. This is a great morale boost to our soldiers and means the world to us at home.


Email: To S&R
Date: 07/16/05
Time: 06:37:47

Message

S&R, people in the metropolitan cities understand Italy is now fearing bombs on trains. Many people from small places do not understand this. They do not do commuting into Rome, London, Madrid or also in the United States New York. So it is easy for them to be gung ho because they do not risk their lives on trains!!! But still is a shame people blame soldiers instead of their goverment for being in Iraq plus Afghanistan. Soldiers don't make the policies! Anyway we pray for Italian commuters and for your husbands safety. You are right we are in this together and must work for change so terrorist killers don't have excuses to hurt innocents in the cities of the world.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 14:38:13

Message

Hello Everybody!! I thought I would drop a line to give everyone the latest news I have had. I am just back from a much needed vacation - a chance to grieve and get back into the world. And what do you know, all kinds of emails waiting and packages stacked up!!! So I thought I would share with you. I heard from the mother of SSGT Clint Mack (he's in the 173rd - thank you very much) He has earned the prestigese Audey Murphy Award (GO CLINT and Congratulations!!!) From the Support Battalion (you Guys rock!!!) I recieved 2 PT T shirts (I have been informed I am the only one outside of Afghanistan with this privledge - I wear them when I go to the gym) I also recieved a "Support" T shirt from C co 1/508th (Thanks Adele, I just love the kids handprints!!)Also a new book has been released, written by a Combat Medic named Elissa Lonsdale about her time in Iraq with the 173rd called "Blood, Tears and IVs". The book is FANTASTIC!!! It gives insight into the conditions our guys were in. There is also a chapter dedicated to 3 of the fallen soldiers of the 173rd. It is a small book and a must read. Well take care everyone and to all my Sky Soldier "children" take care and stay safe. We love you.


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 13:39:18

Message

GET-R-DONE 74th.. WE LOVE AND PRAY FOR YOU ALL!! GOD BLESS THE US AND THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS!!!!


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 11:50:33

Message

Much love & thoughts also go out to the 74th LRSD!


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 10:00:03

Message

We are good men and women. thank you for keeping us safe"in Italy." 173rd, 508th, 503rd, we love you!


Name: Jeanna and Linda
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 08:24:22

Message

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Kevin, Happy Birthday to you!!! We love you Kevin!! Have a great Birthday! Sorry if your Birthday Box didn't get to you yet, but it's coming! Take care and be safe. We will be thinking about you...as always! We love you!!!!!!


Name: Chuck
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 08:11:40

Message

Here is a recent article on A Company 2/503 http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30365


Name: Military Wife
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 08:07:49

Message

I think it is sad that everyone is spending so much time on this magazine article. Although, I think it is very sad that our American soldiers are being portrayed this way, I also do not think this is the place to continually harp on this issue. The writer of this article is not important, but our troops are. We need to focus on our soldiers -not this stupid article. With that said: My husband is coming home on his R&R in 3 weeks. I am getting so excited. I love you baby!


Name: Military Wife
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 08:07:13

Message

I think it is sad that everyone is spending so much time on this magazine article. Although, I think it is very sad that our American soldiers are being portrayed this way, I also do not think this is the place to continually harp on this issue. The writer of this article is not important, but our troops are. We need to focus on our soldiers -not this stupid article. With that said: My husband is coming home on his R&R in 3 weeks. I am getting so excited. I love you baby!


Name: Stanley D Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 07:58:21

Message

Heard from my son yesterday by phone and today by email. He called and emailed me to which me a Happy Birthday. I am 64 now. Chose Few and 3rd Platoon are doing fine. He also told me that he has received every one of the packages I have sent him since April and in great condition. They are getting a well deserved rest right now. The only problem is that it is HOT!!


Name: S & R
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 07:57:40

Message

Oh... come on, Espresso magazines sucks!! Is not about that we Italian need Americans or whatever.. I think that if stupid journalist will have something more interesting to publish they will!! I was talking to my husband, and said...dam.. If some journalist will spend half of their time to talk bad about Muslim or people coming from the Middle East, maybe Italians will be more careful!!! Dear lord... is them that sends the kamikazes, advertised hate for other people… Is there religion that "justified" their "brothers" acts!!! Those are the people that we Italian (and Americans too) should be watch out for.. Italy is being in alert for bombs on trains, and our fears are getting bigger and bigger! Don’t worry what a stupid journalist said... is nothing!! Let’s all stay together; after all we are all on the same side!


Name: PFC Taylor
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 07:56:29

Message

To all the people concerned about the article on the bar fight at Sevens, please stop worrying about it and stop posting about it. Im tired of hearing from my mother on the issue. I was actually there that night and had to fill out several sworn statements. There were no reporters around that night and the fight was only between 4-5 americans. It was not the riot the paper made it out to be. I hope this page can go back to just supporting the families of deployed soldiers. Thank you.


Name: Stanley D Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 07:52:28

Message

People! Please take notice of the caption at the top of this Website............... "Messages to our Sky Soldiers in AFghanistan." "Dedicated to all Sky Soldiers Past and Present by Honoring the Past, Supporting the Present and Encouraging the Future." If someone posts a message that is negative to what this website is all about, simply ignore him or her. Do not answer. That is what they want. Again, as Old Soldier said, FOCUS, FOCUS FOCUS , on what this website is about. Your sons, fathers, boyfriends, mothersw, girfriends, etc., and what we can do to support them and ourselves when things get dicey in Afghanistan. Ignore those who want to incite negative discussion. Please!!


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@AOL.COM
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 06:58:11

Message

Got a call from my son yesterday!! HQ 2/503 !! He sounded tired , but safe . Every call or e-mail makes my day !! Just a happy thought to start the day :)Thank you for all your hard work , sacrifice and devotion , GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU !!


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 06:38:48

Message

reality check - the scum responsible for the London terror attacks said the attack was in retaliation for england being involved with the US in afghanistan and also Iraq. They also mentioned the koran being "abused" (newsweek article). THIS SHOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE FOCUS RIGHT NOW. Americans should be doing all they can to help the families of people who've been slaughtered for simply taking a train to work. Many european civilians feel their safety has been jeopardized because of their governments political involvement with America. Can you blame them? People in Madrid were burned alive on their trains. Now Londoners have taken the heat. The nuts responsible for all these attacks use any excuse to kill. Sensible Americans understand this. They think globally, not "small town" and don't condone American self absorption. Anti-American sentiment will only flourish if US citizens don't take the time to help our allies in time of need. Londoners are paining. Forget stupid articles about soldiers acting rash. Put your time and energy into aiding the maimed and broken hearted in Britain.


Name: Stephanie
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 05:30:11

Message

I just wanted to post a message for Spc. David Cross and let him know that I love and miss him very much! I thought there needed to be some positiveness across the board so to all of you soldiers out there- God bless and keep safe! love-stephanie


Name: liz
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 05:19:12

Message

To all so focused on gossip SHAME ON YOU. it seems that to get your attention and support for what this site is about something terrible has to happen, may I remind you that there are mothers faters,and wives that come here daily and it is the only contact some of us have so why don't those who want to bicker go somewhere else start a site just so you can but please just show love and support on this one.


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 04:22:51

Message

Since it seems that we are focus more on that article than on supporting the guys here my message for them ... KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND STAY SAFE! and TO MY BABY; LOVE YOU HUNNY!! an italian fiancè


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 04:18:35

Message

the economy would collapse? our area is one of the richest one in Europe, not only in Italy. Anyway, all the Italians who write in this website are here to support the guys as well as all the americans, so please keep all your bad comments about us out of this website.


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 07/15/05
Time: 04:16:54

Message

Please folks - this web site is not about Vicenza or some magazine that none of us will ever read. It is about our young men and women in Afghanistan. Please send your comments about the article to the magazine or Stars and Stripes. I come to this site several times a day to see news of my son or his colleagues, not to read your dribble about some reporter's opinion. Let's get back on message here --- Can't you see that this fool has turned us all against each other, while he sits in his office smiling. FOCUS! Thanks very much - God Bless the Sky Soldiers!


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 04:06:30

Message

As an American spouse who has lived long-term in Vicenza, let me please tell everyone that this is being blown out of proportion. While I have heard of protests, etc. every Italian I have ever met during my stay has been warm and welcoming. We live across town from the Post and mostly shop, eat, socialize out on the economy and have never EVER had problems in over three years now. There are always people who will find issues to have with anything going on, on the most part however from my experience I think the people of Vicenza are great and more than welcoming!


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 01:51:20

Message

oh yes and P.S. "no harm meant"


Date: 07/15/05
Time: 01:10:33

Message

i dont even know why we are stationed in italy most of them dont even support what we do!just to point something out to you most of americans are doing things that you italians would never do so your lucky were there to protect you guys so you need to back off!! You should support us in what we do we are all HUMAN and all of us are equal so you need to stop acting like you guys are better then us!!


Name: to arlene
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 23:19:02

Message

sorry, but if americans were pulled away from vicenza, the economy wouldnt collapse. maybe bars will. veneto and vicenza area are among the richest parts in italy. just to point it out. ( no harm meant) .


Name: Alexa
Email: AlexaMechelle@aol.com
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 23:03:53

Message

I've have been reading the board for about a year now everday and have always loved the supoort and information that I recieve from the active participants that write daily. You all truly don't know how much help you can be to people missing thier soilders from here in the US. And for that I wanted to formally thank you. Now I have never really wrote, so this is pretty new for me and I hope not to start drama, or add frustration to a pot that has been lit. But as a friend of a guy in the D-Batt who was involved in many if not all of the incidents. I can say that many of the "fights" occured for numerous reasons that were probably not mentioned in the article. One in particular, was in defense of a female who was slapped in the bar by her(i suppose) "boyfriend." As a former girlfriend of my friend I can say that although some of the incidents that were described to me before this article was published were just uncalled for, these guys fighting are not monsters. However it may be true that they need some self searching to deal with the frustrations that prompt them to not control thier anger. I personally know, they (people who were constantly involved) have begun to be punished and will finished being punished once they return in Feb. Just because people don't understand them and choose not to know the whole stories to what thier reporting doesn't mean that we should dwell over thier ignorance, nor ignore the actions of our soilders because we love them. It just a simple opinion that can be taken as a grain of salt. To the people of Vincenza that are there for our soilders. Just continue thier support and this too shall pass. Help them with thier faults, and encourage others to give them a chance as individuals. EA I would love if you would translate the article for those of us who don't have access to the full italian version. It would be interesting to me to read another side of the stories that I have heard for months. But lets not take days getting over an issue of hate that is unnecesary to the foundation of this site. Lets just continue to supoort each other as we always have, uplifting our miltary families and the soilders that sacrifice thierselves for us. 173rd I support you and thats all that matters to me.


Name: Arlene H
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 17:31:28

Message

Please people stop. The negativity surrounded by the Espresso article is truly unfounded. I will not read this article. But I will tell you that I have spent time with our guys in Venice. I am a mom to one of these soldiers. If the president decided to pull out of Vicenza today, their economy would collapse. They need us When we are not there and hate us when we are there. It is like the rest of the world, do what you beleive in, support your soldier, love your God,and support your county. God Bless Americia, God Bless our soldiers, and God please bless the 173rd


Date: 07/14/05
Time: 16:07:28

Message

Unfortunately, there are protests held outside the base. My soldier has told me to stay away from the base on those days because the protestors often harass people entering and exiting the gates. He has also been harassed and threatened by locals for no reason other than that he is a soldier. He is always polite and friendly to the people he meets, tries to speak in Italian, and does not do any of the things mentioned in the article. I know that soldiers do bad things sometimes, and I am not saying that those things shouldn't be exposed or that protestors don't have the right to protest. Unfortunately, some of the people who dislike our soldiers don't just dislike them in private or stick to protesting or other efforts to improve the situation; they act upon their feelings, even against people who were not involved in the problems. Any article that encourages that kind of hatred makes life more dangerous for our soldiers, even the good ones, and their families when they are in Italy. This article is akin to the Newsweek article that was not properly researched and fomented anger toward the soldiers. I love living in Italy and love the wonderful people I have met there. We should all be worried when a mainstream magazine puts forth an article that is aimed at encouraging hatred rather than showing both sides of a complex relationship. It puts all of our soldiers and their families in jeopardy.


Date: 07/14/05
Time: 15:11:43

Message

maybe thoughts should be directed to the people of London right now, as it is the week long anniversary of the terror attack. Many people are maimed, physically scarred and suffering extreme loss. Helping them should be number one priority, not interpreting rude magazine articles.


Date: 07/14/05
Time: 13:57:37

Message

ok.. there's a thing called the SOFA agreement.. it's a list of rules and regulations which apply to servicemembers and their families.. so it's not like the guys come back and run all over doing whatever they want.. there are consequences to illegal actions, and situations where wrong is being done. i myself got a parking ticket.. well i had to pay it. i can't just ignore the law. the army has rules about me not paying my ticket. so everyone is held responsible for thier actions.. it may not go through italian courts, but it dies get to the army, and though they can be slow sometimes, they will eventually follow through.


Name: An Italian girl
Email: About Espresso article
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 13:25:52

Message

About the article on the Espresso Italian magazine.Im Italian and I read it, and I was sorry to see the way the skysoldiers were attacked from the magazine because i have a friend in the army and i know he's not like that.The problem is that the facts that are reported on the magazine may have happened,because these things may happens anywhere, but i think that they can't just say that all the guys are like that. I have a dear friend in the airborne and i can say that from all his behaviours he made change mine and my friends mind on US guys living in Vicenza(in a good way!for sure!). Sadly those facts reported on the magazine have happened and nobody can deny there are some responsabilities that have to be taken from those guys(the article was about the fact that US soldiers can't be judge by the italian law and don't recognize Italian authorities) .But if there are so many Italians here worrying for the soldiers and who keep supporting them, this must means something!


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 10:12:37

Message

Got an e-mail from my son,all is well with A Co 1/508. They have been very busy.


Name: C Co Girlfriend
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 08:49:36

Message

I think that if EA wants to write a letter to the journalist, more power to you girl! I totaly understand your frustration and disappointment. The last thing that our soldiers need right now is some people talking crap about them. It is important to stand up for them, especially right now when they are not even there to defend themselves. I dont think that EA cares so much about what other people think, she just wants to stand up for our guys! Am I right EA?


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 08:41:27

Message

B-Co guys are all doing fine! They are just very very busy! Heard from my sweetie today, it was the best thing for me today after experiencing a minor traffic accident and having my car broken into and stuff stolen! Keep praying for our guys! Ciao Momasski, glad to see you are still with us :)


Name: TO 100% ITALIAN
Email: babygurlll19@yahoo.com
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 07:24:41

Message

Hi I'm italian too and my fiancè is in Afghanistan right now. I thought it would be nice if we could meet up for a drink someday. I know other girls who have boyfriends and friends over there. What do you think? email me if you want. Ciao :)


Date: 07/14/05
Time: 04:14:42

Message

I'm actually not that surprised about what they wrote in that article. Of course that journalist doesn't know any american and he reported only the bad things that happened here. some of the things he wrote about really happen ,oh well they happen everywhere. I don't think that once the soldiers come back they will be protested, they will just find friends and the people who have always supported them and the ones who have never liked them, I think that's it.


Name: EA
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 03:16:26

Message

i can try and translate that article for you all. just give me a couple of days. and, i didnt really feel attacked by any of you here. but maybe, let me add this, it was way too easy blame it on the fact that the Espresso is a comunist magazine. i mean, if i have to define myself, then i would say i'm ''left'' orientated me too. but that doesnt stop me from saying that that article is way to fake. i'm against war or any other things that violete people's freedom, but my bf is in the military and i do support all the guys like him that have to do it. if that article was published by a ''righty'' magazine, i would be complaining about it ,anyway. it's not where you put that X when you vote, it's just about the things you do and say. anyhow, i'm gonna try and translate the article for you all. and last but not least, got an email from my bf last nite. so, as far as i know, CCO 2/508 is doing fine! ;o) later,EA


Date: 07/14/05
Time: 02:20:53

Message

my intention was to tell EA not to bother too much about what other ppl say. and if you think i attacked EA, you just attacked me.


Name: chiara
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 01:49:05

Message

don't worry about the article in Espresso magazine, it's a comunist's magazine!


Name: Kris's Mom
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 00:37:42

Message

hello, just a quick update. Kris is home making all the rounds to family and friends. I ask him this morning if he thought it was going to be hard to go back...I replyed..I know this is going to sound silly but I miss being there, doing my routine and everyone... He is enjoying home but will be fully ready to return in 10 days. I'm so very proud of him and know that God is watching over each of them. Again, thank you site watchers for being so supporting to our family last week. Tubing down river, fishing and spending time with Grandma is on roll for this weekend, just enjoying memories of every second. Our Prayers are staying current even during my comfort times. .............Debi


Name: To the one who commented on EA's post
Date: 07/14/05
Time: 00:21:10

Message

That was completely rude and inappropriate. Because of that journalist's irresponsible reporting, our soldiers will be disliked by many when they return to Italy. They will be more likely to be the victims of unprovoked attacks and protests, This article makes our soldiers, most of whom are good people, look horrible to the people of Italy. It is wrong to give an impression that is inaccurate, biased, and likely to cause problems. EA pointed that out. We all come here for support and information. You had no reason to personally attack anyone on this board, least of all for telling us about an article that affects our soldiers and then posting her own feelings on it. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything. I never comment on drama here, but I found your remark really cruel and unnecessary. EA, thank you for telling us about the article.


Name: joe walker
Email: jpwalkeriii@sbcglobal.net
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 22:52:16

Message

can't open any July 4th photos posted on the rock503 site. Also hope CSM Hartless is recovering. Would like to get a sit rep from my son in 2/503 Scouts.


Name: to EA
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 22:34:01

Message

im sorry for you if you care so much about what other people think.


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 21:30:09

Message

Hi everyone !!! I hope everyone is doing well. Dennis tried to drown us but I had a canoe standing by !!! As for the Bull - when I went to visit my son in 2002 one of the places he took me was there. I went with 4 other soldiers besides my son and I enjoyed my time there. We had alot of fun !!! Just so that you know I was 45 years old at the time. The times I went there were more Italians then military and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Don't let this stuff bother you - you know the truth. Sometimes the media just do things to fit what they want to say. And thanks Adele for the BEAUTIFUL T shirt from the C co 1/508 !!! What a wonderful way to show support !!! Stay safe Sky Soldiers. Love to you all.


Name: Jaymo
Email: Jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 21:07:53

Message

Greetings from Fort Walton Beach, FL. Thanks for the well-wishes from Soldier's Dad and Jessica...just got elec this morning. Not fun evacuating from a hurricane without my husband, and wish he were here to help repair the fence & parts of the roof. We evacuated to Orlando & I was able to take part in the "Here's To The Heroes" tribute from the Anheuser-Busch Company. Through 12-31-05 admission is free to military members and their immediate families (even if they're deployed)at all the Busch Gardens, SeaWorld Parks, and Sesame Place. If interested, don't forget to fill out their form online http://www.herosalute.com/ What a great company, & they gave standing recognition to all military & families before the Shamu Show. Glad to be back.


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 18:47:53

Message

why do people post terrifying news stories without checking the dates first? the real "news" out of afghanistan has been bad enough over the past few weeks!


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 18:46:55

Message

why do people post terrifying news stories without checking the dates first? the real "news" out of afghanistan has been bad enough over the past few weeks!


Name: Jane K
Email: Article in Espresso
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 18:39:43

Message

Can that article be pulled up in English or could one of our "Italian" ladies translate for us please? What's it all about? Thanks!


Name: EA
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 15:50:57

Message

i was honestly about to write to that journalist. i dont like the fact that people here might consider those guys all alike. i didnt like the sentence at the end of the article where he gives for granted that when our guys will be back from Afgh in Febr, Vicenza will go through hell again. i honestly dont believe it.i can imagine that war is a serious subject that can change a person, but that doesnt mean all of the guys will end up putting up fights at the bull or seven, or raping girls all around town. i dont want my bf to be considered as ''dangerous'' simply coz he is coming back from a war. i dont want to walk around town, and see people's eyes on us, just because he just got back from war. you know what i'm saying? that article sucks. and i wish i could take that journalist out next weekend to show him that nothing he said is actually going on in those clubs. i would introduce him to all the nice people i know. to show him that nice american soldiers do exist, and that,maybe, he owes them some kind of apology. later,EA


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 14:52:03

Message

Please note that the article from allheadlinenews referenced in a message earlier today is a month old!


Name: robert
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 12:27:38

Message

for the person who is asking if anyone has heard from hhc 2/530. my son is in hhc 2/530 S&T, he called me last sunday and said everything was okay just hot and tired. hope you hear from youe soldier soon. God Bless all of our soldiers.


Name: Military Wife
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 12:26:30

Message

I have been to Seven on more then one occasion and nothing has ever happened. Of course the military police are there to drive any soliders home who have had too many, but I have never seen fights break out. Fights break out with anyone though, whether they are soldiers or not.


Name: EA
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 12:20:04

Message

Hi! how many of you here read the article published on the Espresso? i think it's way too melodramatic. i have been hanging out at the Bull and at Seven for more than a year now and nothing like that ever happened to me, or i never really saw it happening. I know the guys involved in the ''fight'' at Seven and i know things didnt go the way the journalist said. Dont you think it's too easy to blame it on the soldiers? i mean, it's not like us, italian, dont do such things. i dunno! i know so many guys at post, and they have always been so nice to me n my friends. I dont think it's fair to judge them all over something that few of them might have done. Plus, the way the journalist spoke about the bull, it sounds like it's the worst place on Earth. Thing that is not true! i bet a lot of the italian girls here know the place, and they can agree with me. right now i feel like asking that journalist if he has never been there! i bet he didnt! Later,EA


Name: To PFC Kevin Marquart
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 11:01:25

Message

Happy Birthday Kevin greetings and salutaions from Redding California Hope you at least get an MRE with cake in it. I heard to celebrate you all are going on a sightseeing adventure but know this we are thinking of you and wish you the best. Love from Deweys Mom


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 10:08:13

Message

Anyone heard from the HQ Platoon 2/503 ?


Name: Military Wife
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 08:44:20

Message

Praise the Lord that no one was hurt at Bagram the other day due to the escape of the four prisoners. My husband said that the day the escaped everyone was on lock down, but now everything is back up and running. Thanks to all our soldiers for putting your lives on the line to keep us free. We love you all.


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 07:32:54

Message

Thoughts and "Prayers" for family and friends - this is a early report - remember no news is good news: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/cgi-bin/news/newsbrief.plx?id=2237320712&fa=1


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/13/05
Time: 05:09:59

Message

Try this for the Able Co. story. Go toward the bottom of the page and click on the article that says something about FOB Sweeney. http://www.estripes.com/


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 23:33:09

Message

Article on Able Co. 2/503rd in Stars & Stripes http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30322


Name: 100%ITALIAN
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 23:07:39

Message

To those living here in Italy and in Europe: there is an article about the Vicenza army base on the italian 'L'Espresso' magazine of this week (page 32,33,34). L'Espresso is like the 'Newsweek'. It's not a good article, it doesn't give a good image of the Americans here in Italy so it saddened me a bit since many Italians will read it. There are also pics of the 4th of July that these journalists took on post, but the whole article is about violence and unpunished soldiers. No comment. The article is called Unpunished States of America. Online the title and a short summary is at http://www.espressonline.it/eol/free/jsp/index.jsp?kind=somm&m1s=g


Date: 07/12/05
Time: 21:13:24

Message

Hello! If anyone sees SPC Marquart from 3rd platoon, 2nd squad 1-508th C.Co on July 15, please tell him Happy 20th Birthday from his mom and girlfriend!!! We love you!!


Name: Brenda
Email: Patti, please read
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 19:03:08

Message

To Patti: I apologize that this isn't supposed to be for tracking family down, but I need to reach my mother-in-law, Patti G., because there is a big problem at her home that needs immediate attention. She is out of town and no one can reach her on her cell either. She needs to call Aimee ASAP. I know she comes here regularly and was hoping maybe she would read this and call home. No one is hurt or ill, her son/my husband is fine, but there is a problem that requires contact with her. Sorry to take up space with something that doesn't affect anyone else. This was our last hope at reaching her besides waiting for her to check in. Thank you for understanding.


Name: To Capt. Mike
Email: Arlene H 2/503
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 17:13:00

Message

Thank You Capt. Mike for the update on 2/503. I have not heard from my soldier in over a month. I now know where he is. In someway it makes it tolerable. It just doesn't make it easier. He is a kelt and has not had mail for a very long time. I know you are doing your best and we greatly appreciate all you do. Know the homefront is with you. We love you. Please keep the information coming. To some of us that is all we have. Hooah, Airborne, you guys rock.


Name: JJJ
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 15:02:44

Message

Beatriz, Hi, my husband is with D-Batt, So far everything is fine. If you leav eme your email address, I would be happy to email you! I am here in Italy.


Name: beatriz barreca
Email: dansenil
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 14:30:50

Message

I'm here again, I'm looking for Angel Roggers, Micky Roggers' wife from Delta Battery. I was wondering if everything is ok. Are you in italy or US? let me now if you are doing ok, or need something. b


Name: beatriz barreca
Email: dansenil@yahoo.com
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 14:00:11

Message

When my husband was in Iraq, He wrote a letter to a soda company and they sent them free sodas, maybe that can help you. Maybe you can write a letter to the cocacola company or pepsy,... In WA state, Starbucks is helping and sending them free coffe, so if you want, I could talk when them overhere. Let me know. Missing Italy and all the people overthere!!! b


Name: jc
Email: royal London hospital in whitechapel
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 11:51:31

Message

regarding London wounded - this news item below mentions one of the hospitals victems of the blasts are being treated in: Staff treated a variety of injuries, ranging from smoke inhalation and burns to more serious blast injuries, including facial, chest and abdominal wounds and wounds to limbs. There have also been reports that some patients have had limbs amputated and others underwent surgery after losing limbs in the explosions. A number of the capital’s hospitals helped to treat the injured. The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, which received over 200 casualties, is still treating people.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 09:27:03

Message

I was wonering if anyone had sent their soldiers any of those ice packs that are activated when you squeeze them? Did they survive the trip? Did they help to keep them cool? Thanks.


Email: London Deceased & Wounded Family Support
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 08:14:51

Message

Is anything going on to help the families of the terror blasts in London? We should all send them condolence cards and maybe start a drive to help burn victims.


Name: Oh, I forgot
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 07:08:42

Message

My son got the boxes that I sent very quickly in just over a week. He said to keep the junk food coming! He liked the candy I sent and said to send more, plus he wants tortilla chips and that cheesy dip.


Name: 2/503 B Co. 1st Platoon
Email: HE JUST CALLED!
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 07:01:31

Message

My son just called from a satelite phone and they are all fine. He said this FOB isn't that bad as he thought that it would be. They have generators now so they can watch movies on laptops. He said that they hope to get the Internet soon. I asked him if he wanted one of those "hug" things. He told me that he had one for his helmet, but the problem was that they only have warm water to soak it in so it didn't help keep him cool. I am so excited that he called. I am going to smiling all day!


Name: Sweatshirt/T-shirt Idea
Date: 07/12/05
Time: 05:56:33

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Hey all, just wanted to inform you that if you were looking at sweatshirts a great link to go to is www.cafepress.com/lovethetroops It has alot of differnt things you can get and also you can get your stuff personalize, in her custom section. She was very helpful with my order & the sweatshirt turned out great! They also have great prices and the quality is very nice!! Just want to say hi to all the 319 delta boys!! Keep up the good work!!!


Name: Jessica
Date: 07/11/05
Time: 15:50:14

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We are praying for you Florida!! Keep safe Jaimo, I hope hear to from you soon.


Name: Gee
Email: 2 my SpecialOne
Date: 07/11/05
Time: 13:18:40

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hey J! just wanted to leave a msg for u hope u will see it! i'll get back home in 5 days so... u can write and call anytime! i miss you so much and love u everyday more (hope u liked those presents i sent you! let me know)


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 07/11/05
Time: 06:26:53

Message

There are some bandana's at www.grainer.com that are great for hot weather. Be sure to check with you loved one's unit tho. My son stated that his 'superior' stated they were not part of the uniform and would not allow them to use them. Our local Grainger store gave me a discount 1) because they were for the guys overseas and 2) because I carry Farm Bureau Insurance--I paid about 2.50@ for 3 doz or so. I sent my son the small battery operated fans and also some water bottles with the fans on them. My son was very appreciative of anything to help beat the heat.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Date: 07/11/05
Time: 02:43:20

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To the Hartless family, my prayers are with you all and CSM for a speedy recovery! Hang in there Karen!


Name: Jane R
Date: 07/11/05
Time: 01:53:34

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sorry the link is http://www.martinworks.com/hero/hugs.html


Name: Jane R,
Date: 07/11/05
Time: 01:45:13

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These cooling ties are a great ideal, my son has had heat exhaustion already....darn! I wish I would of know of about them eariler. I found this pattern, I like better, ttp://www.martinworks.com/hero/hugs.html well, now I have to get busy and make one. Thanks for the great ideal. God Bless Our Troops and Keep Them All Safe!


Date: 07/11/05
Time: 00:58:10

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KABUL (Reuters) - The body of a U.S. Navy SEAL commando who was the last of a group of four that went missing in Afghanistan last month has been found and it appears he was killed in action, the U.S. military said on Monday. ADVERTISEMENT The body was located during a search and rescue operation on Sunday in the eastern province of Kunar and indications were he had been killed in a clash with militants there on or about June 28, the day the team went missing, a military statement said. It said two of the missing commandos were found dead on July 4, having been killed in action, while another was found alive the previous day. The Taliban had said the missing commando was captured by the guerrillas in the eastern province of Kunar on June 29 and beheaded on Saturday. A U.S. helicopter sent to aid the SEALs was shot down on the same day they went missing, killing all 16 troops aboard, including eight other Navy SEALs, the heaviest U.S. losses in a single combat operation in Afghanistan. The deaths have made 2005 the bloodiest year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and have come amid stepped-up militant violence ahead of Sept. 18 parliamentary elections, the next big step in Afghanistan's difficult path to stability. The U.S. military has said it had no indication to suggest the missing man had been captured. "The location and disposition of the service member's remains indicate he died while fighting off enemy terrorists on or about June 28," the U.S. statement said. It said the name of the missing man was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. CNN earlier quoted a senior U.S. defense official as saying the commando was killed in a shoot-out with insurgents and there was "no way" he had been held in captivity. TALIBAN CLAIM Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi said at the weekend that the U.S. commando was beheaded on Saturday morning and his body, dressed in red clothes, dumped on a mountainside in Kunar's Shegal district. U.S. media have said the deaths of eight Navy SEALs aboard the helicopter and those on the ground, were the heaviest ever losses in a combat operation for the 2,400-strong elite force. SEALs are trained to operate behind enemy lines and, according to the U.S. military, the rescued commando evaded militants for five days. Hundreds of people have been killed, many of them guerrillas, since the Taliban and allies stepped up violence in March. Afghan authorities found the decapitated bodies of six policemen on Saturday, the day after they had been ambushed in Helmand province. Officials said another four policemen were killed in the ambush. Violence claimed 18 other lives in the troubled south on Sunday. At least 32 U.S. troops have been killed in action since March, making 2005 the bloodiest year for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since they overthrew the Taliban in late 2001, but overall casualties remain a fraction of those in Iraq. Beheadings have occurred, but rarely, in the guerrilla war since then. Afghan government forces admitted beheading guerrillas on at least one occasion last year.


Name: Nancy Champlin
Email: nchamplin1@juno.com
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 19:46:47

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To Tammy: Regarding your inquiry about instructions for the cooling neckties, there is a group that makes these items which they have dubbed "hugs" and a round variation to insert into the helmet, which they call "kisses" and have sent thousands to the middle east to our troops. A friend and I made up 90 of them and sent to my son who is in the 173rd in Afghan and some of his friends and also to other soldiers from this area that we have been supporting. There are complete instructions as well as a lot of other good information on this site that might help you. Here it is, and best of luck. Hope this link works. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheHugsProject/


Date: 07/10/05
Time: 12:04:54

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my parents always told me a story, when i was a kid, of two American soldiers who happened to be in my hometown for I dont even know what reason. the four of them became friends and my parents always told me those two guys were just coming back from the Vietnam and when they had to leave italy ( to go to Germany, if i'm not wrong) they decided to give their shirt to my parents, in name of their new friendship. i have always seen those shirts in my house. i even remember wearing them sometimes. today, i was looking for some pictures of when i was a kid. and among piles and piles of pictures, i found one of my dad, holding my brother in his arms, wearing that shirt. and i couldnt believe what i read ( still kinda too strange to believe!). those two soldiers were members of the Airborne. i dont know which brigade, all i know is that the simbol on that shirt is actually different from the one my boyfriend has in his. i just can't stop thinking how crazy life is sometimes. i'm in love with an airborne, and my parents were friends with two of them... i dont' know. maybe it's just me. but isnt it too weird? my dad today told me the guys were named Paul and Cogswell. maybe i should go and check on the shirts coz they might be spelt differently. maybe someone here knew them. i dont' know. i just felt like sharing this story with you. later, EA


Name: Sandy Willie
Email: i_luv_my_abn_mp@yahoo.com
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 10:27:47

Message

Hello to all!! My husband is downrange and I am stateside while he is deployed. Here in my hometown there is an organization called Operation We Care. They sell the yellow ribbon car magnets that you see on everyones cars, and the proceeds from selling them go to mailing care packages to our soldiers. You can sign your soldier up to ricieve care packages once a month at www.operationwecare.com. You can also purchase the car magnets on their web site. They sell everything from the stuff for your car to t-shirts. I have also discovered a website for those who like to show your support for our troops. The lady who operates the site is also an Army Wife, she makes all kinds of things. She can personalize t-shirts, hats , bumper stickers, buttons, pillows, coffee mugs, etc. Her web address is www.cafepress.com/lovethetroops. I have ordered numerous things from her site. So go check it out and support your troops in style!!!


Name: cooling bandana
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 10:04:12

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You can make your own...here's instructions. http://www.pioneerthinking.com/bf_coolingtie.html I used store bought ones in Arizona - they work much better in low humidity as they work by evaporation. My brother in Florida said they don't work very well there.


Name: Aimee
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 09:52:00

Message

Hi Vicki, I have sent over quite a few of the Misty Mates to the guys and from what I hear they are coming in very handy. I got them from the website because they come in the digital camo covers. They are great because they can be used for personal use, but also can be rigged up in the Humvees as sort of an AC for the vehicle. No batteries are necessary and they are very portable! Hope that helps!


Name: Soldier's Dad
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 09:17:36

Message

If any of you folks are in the path of hurricane Dennis, keep your head down. Our prayers are with all of the folks in the Mobile - Pensacola area.


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 08:02:19

Message

RE Vicky , I saw an article about those misty mate bottles in this months Redbook magazine ( I think it was redbbok , maybe family circle ) , there is a woman who send them by the boxfuls to troops .http://www.coolourtroops.com/ I asked my son if he wanted one or had heard of them ,but have not received a response . I would be willing to pitch in to get them ALL one if they will help !


Name: Suzanne and Jim Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netscape.net
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 07:25:51

Message

I found a cooling necktie at our local Eastern Mountain Sports. It was from Australia and it has some beads in it that hold and dispense water for 2-3 days. All you have to do is soak it in water for a few minutes then wrap it around your neck or head and it will slowly dispense and cool for a couple of days. Our local elks club has a group of women making these for troups and I am going to contact them about sending some to my sons company. I have also heard that they are available at Walmart but I don't know about that.


Name: Tammy
Email: msabe2005@aol.com
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 06:56:26

Message

My son told me that a mom made those neckerchief that keeps their necks cool. Does anyone know who made them or can tell me how they are made. Plus Thank you to the mom I greatly appreciate what you did for my son, he loves it. If anyone talks to abrams tell him his mom says hello and I love and miss him. Please. Thank you, God Bless our Sky-Soldiers


Name: Vicki
Date: 07/10/05
Time: 05:45:27

Message

I found what looks like a great thing to send to my soldier last night at Walmart. It's a small portable water-bottle type of thing, had a pump and a hose. It Claims it sprays a fine mist and cools the air around you. The one I picked up was very small. It holds 10 oz of water, has a belt clip, and a clip on the end of the nozzle to clip the end of the spray hose near your face. Wal-mart also had the slightly larger unit on sale (16 oz I think),( I think it was 13.99), the Sport Breeze unit I bought was only 9.99. These sell for much higher on the Brands web-site. Has anyone ever sent these before, or have any feedback about the product? I'm thinking of going back and buying the bigger unit for Tanner also, but hate to if it's just a waste of money. I've already sent a few of the 5 dollar little water bottle fans...and he said they were "GREAT" but in my search to find him ways to stay cool, I stumbled on these and wanted some feedback....thanks WWW.mistymate.com http://mistymate.com/personal-cooling.html Thanks again... Proud Able co...1st Platoon Mom Vicki


Name: MEL
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 23:41:10

Message

Has anyone heard from 1-508 - A. Co - Medics lately? not sure if they're on mission. God Bless


Name: Arlene M
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 23:03:41

Message

Yes, I have let the post office know that I am sending coke. They told me that as long as it is double bagged and sealed, it is not a problem.


Name: liz
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 16:11:39

Message

when you go to the estripes site just click on the news it will take you to the 2 503 kandehar article


Name: Judy
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 12:36:14

Message

Stars and Stripes article about B Company / 3rd Platoon ... http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30256


Name: Igniter57
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 11:48:50

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To Patti, I've sent a nutritional drink called boost to my son, in its original plastic bottles. Yes, I told the post office what it was and listed it as such on the customs declaration form. I’ve been doing this since they've deployed there, and he’s told me he has received them. I hope this helps with whatever you’re thinking about sending.


Date: 07/09/05
Time: 08:56:20

Message

ok mine does not work either. clikc the link then type &article=30256 at the end of your browser location, that should work.


Name: Harold
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 08:54:51

Message

link does not load correctly, try this http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30256 thanks for the link, interesting


Name: Judy
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 07:36:16

Message

Stars and Stripes article about B Company / 3rd Platoon ... http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=30256


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 05:13:26

Message

To those who said they have sent Coke in plastic bottles to their soldier: Do you let the post office know that there is liquid in the box?


Name: italian girly
Email: To all the Great 173rd skysoldiers
Date: 07/09/05
Time: 03:52:26

Message

My prayers are for all the guys who are risking their young lives to save the world from terrorism.Maybe sometime they are sad and lonely so i want them to know that they are loved and their job is very important and appreciated.It breaks my heart to hear about attacks and injured or lost soldiers,it makes me sad to think a guy/girl of my same age or younger is in the middle of nowhere fighting,but it comforts me to know there are people like them,so strong and brave and they are there to defend us.173rd THANK YOU!!!CSM Hartless wish you get better soon Thank you.


Name: Chris
Email: NismoPhreek@hotmail.com
Date: 07/08/05
Time: 19:38:38

Message

CSM Hartless is my uncle. He was injured in an accident in Afghanistan with an earth mover on June 18. He is back here in the states and he is recovering well. He suffered major injuries and has undergone several surgeries but is now doing well.


Date: 07/08/05
Time: 11:44:13

Message

here is a website i found where u can get a 173rd sweatshirt. maybe it will help. http://www.priorservice.com/misw.html - there are quite a few different sweatshirts but there is one specifically for the 173rd airborne brigade.


Date: 07/08/05
Time: 11:39:20

Message

Just checking the message board to see if is up and working.


Date: 07/08/05
Time: 02:42:11

Message

thanks very much for the ideas ;)


Name: for the tee shirts
Date: 07/08/05
Time: 01:22:04

Message

http://www.priorservice.com/17aiitse.html i found this link hope this helps-



Name: Arlene M
Date: 07/08/05
Time: 00:44:09

Message

About the hooded or long sleeve t-shirts-------- Serviceflags.com they have a wide variety of products. I have ordered many times from them and have not had any problems getting what I want. Hope that helps, Arlene


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 07/08/05
Time: 00:37:05

Message

My thoughts and prayers go out to the people of London. God Bless you.


Name: Package Ideas
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 21:13:00

Message

More ideas: Pad the bottom of the box with a local newspaper for them to read, magazines/books, CD's, my soldier likes good smelling candles, batteries, homemade goodies (use a freezer sealer if you have one), photos, catalogs (Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Joes, etc), fabric neck coolers found at WalMart sporting goods, eye drops.................that's all the 'different' ideas I can think of right now. Also check out Tupperware Flat-Out bowls - they collapse down to the size of the lid, very compact (got mine on EBay)


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 19:42:42

Message

Soldier's Name TF Bayonet / A-co / 2-503 APO AE 09355


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 19:34:23

Message

Also, would someone please post the address for a soldier in A-2/503 so I can be sure mine is correct? Any more package ideas? Thanks, Harold


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 19:33:58

Message

I was just wondering if there was any website where i can get hooded or long sleeve t-shirts w/173rd airborne logo or anything realated to that! Thank you!! god bless all u troops! thanks for everything you are doing for the US!! AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!


Name: laura benavente co. esiquio sauceda
Email: thelaw219@aol.com
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 19:07:18

Message

this message is for esiquio "petey" sauceda jr- hey how are you, i found this website and i thought id send a hello! how is your family? good i hope!! dont know if your still in iraq, last your mom said you were! hope your well! best wishes! laura benavente (soon to be gutierrez)


Name: laura benavente
Email: thelaw219@aol.com
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 19:05:36

Message

hey how are you, i found this website and i thought id send a hello! how is your family? good i hope!! dont know if your still in iraq, last your mom said you were! hope your well! best wishes! laura benavente (soon to be gutierrez)


Name: Ideas for boxes
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 16:19:17

Message

In my last few boxes I have sent some inexpensive toys along with the food, gum, and snacks. I sent water balloons, those water footballs, a yo-yo, squirt guns, a small battery operated hand held fan, and a cd with music that my daughter burned for him. I also sent a razor, blades, and some shaving gel. I haven't sent bottles of soda yet, but I am going to try that next. I usually send a box out every week. It makes me feel good to send them and I figure that he can throw away or give away anything he doesn't want.


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 15:37:19

Message

Hi I'm looking for some ideas for my next package...I would like to send my fiancè something else other than food and clothes but I can't think of anything....any idea?


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 13:20:47

Message

My husband gets packages in 2 weeks. His usual requests are for Ramen Noodles, and chip/cracker that comes in a box (Cheezits, Pringles, etc), dry cereal, any snack food, and the drink mixes for bottled water made by Crystal Light. Hope this helps!


Email: For those asking about packages to Afghanistan
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 11:30:25

Message

Hi! Depending on where your soldier is, and how long their missions are really depends on the length of time until they receive packages. My fiances platoon is always on the move, so mail has been taking up to 2 months for him to receive. Usually they get there within 3-4 though, but are held until the soldier returns to a location where they can retrieve the mail. Good luck!


Name: Mike
Email: meloman67@hotmail.com
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 10:12:23

Message

I don't know how things have changed since Iraq as far as facilities for washing clothes, but our son always was requesting clothing.There never got to wash them regularly and with the heat the clothing literally rotted off them. Sock, underware,fresh t shirts, wipe and dipes for out in the field are also a plus. Any kind of treat that can be carried in a pack or pocket that is packaged like jerkey, beef sticks, trailmix. You can get ok prices on the brown t's through Ranger Joe.com .


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 08:46:54

Message

Thanks for the suggestions so far, please keep them coming. I am trying to finish up a package today. I am in the US. How long has it been taking them to get to Afghanistan?


Name: to harold
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 08:08:02

Message

if you are in italy, there are a lot of ready-to-make noodles with various sauces ( brand: knorr,star,buitoni...) they only need to be added water and some are microwavable. hope this helps..


Name: to: Harold
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 07:39:04

Message

my son was just home and he asked for black cotton socks. also ramen noodles, rice-a-roni, mac and cheese,and anything else they can cook with just water.


Name: Harold
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 07:32:36

Message

What are the most requested or most needed items for the guys? Thanks, Harold


Name: Kevin McFadden
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 07:13:43

Message

Kathy, I neglected to thank you last night for posting that link, thank you, I appreciated it. Like you, I think it's good when people post links and / or pictures that they find on the web as we dont all catch everything that is out there. For the person asking where I am from, I'm in Texas.


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 06:02:59

Message

Thanks to all for the soda shipping ideas, I will give it a try. ~~My thoughts are with the people of the City of London this morning.


Name: Stanley D Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 05:16:42

Message

Heard from my son this morning. He is OK. Very tired, glad to be back at the FOB and get a well deserved and (according to him) very necessary shower. Seven days without a shower and he did not take enough wipes with him and ran out. Whew! I would love to be able to see and smell him right now. Thanks guys and girls for keeping me updated. Stan


Name: Kathy G
Email: CNN article
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 04:47:19

Message

Kevin, glad you were able to spot your son. I appreciate it when people post articles that they find on the internet. So everyone keep posting articles/pictures that you find on the web. Lots of info out there. God Bless Our Soldiers. Kathy


Date: 07/07/05
Time: 04:38:12

Message

Condolences to the families of victims of the terrorist attack in London.


Name: Jane K
Email: To Kris's mom
Date: 07/07/05
Time: 02:52:49

Message

YEA!!! Enjoy your son, give him lots of hugs from all of us!


Date: 07/06/05
Time: 23:33:03

Message

To Kevin McFadden . Are you from Wa.?


Name: Kris's Mom
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 21:50:48

Message

It is my Life long pleasure to report, My son Kris is HOME alive and well. The airport trip still wasnt enough till he was in my arms if only for a few days. Thank you all for your ongoing support and my prayers will continue for all our Sky Soldiers. Debi Ashburn


Name: Linda Proud Mom of SSGT Clint Mack & SGT Chris Mack
Email: Wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 20:35:51

Message

I am a PROUD MOM and I wanted to share it with you all. My son Clint is with the 2/503 3rd Platoon and has just been awarded the "Audie Murphy" award. He called last night and he was just beaming through the telephone. If there was a civilian airplane that would take me to Afghanistan right now!!! I would go!! I want to give him the biggest hug I have every given him. I am so Proud and just wanted to share it with EVERYONE!!!! Clint has been in the Army for just 5 years. He is a E-6 already. He has faught in Kosovo, Iraq, and now Afghanistan. CLINT YOUR MOM IS SO PROUD! I love you and just cannot express how much I love you and your 2 brothers. CONGRATULATIONS SON!!!!! I Love and miss you...MOM


Name: Kevin McFadden
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 20:33:18

Message

Re the post and link posted below from Kathy G for the CNN article. Spotted my son in the 6th pic - he is in 2nd plt B Co 2-503 - so, it's our guys.


Name: army mom
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 18:13:27

Message

i know how you are feeling. to watch him board that plane and know that i cant protect him anymore is the hardest thing a mother can ever do. he just kept looking back til he couldnt anymore like to say " just one last look". it was heartbreaking. i know God will hold him in the palm of his hand and protect him and all the other soldiers and bring them home safely. just have faith and all of us will get through this. this website has helped me greatly. God bless all the soldiers and their families .


Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 15:52:29

Message

hi all, i had my son home from the 18th to the 6th. it was great but the hardest thing i had to do so far was send him back. i don't know how we can do it. i miss him already and he isn't even there yet.so everyone enjoy every minute with your soldiers. it is going to be a long year. he did give me a bunch of pictures of them and as soon as i figure out how to get them together i will put them on. take cage and i pray for all our soldiers safe raturn. jesse i love you. be careful!!!!!


Name: Sheila
Email: dssteely@yahoo.com
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 15:33:17

Message

We heard from my son in Able Co. 3rd PLT today. He said all is well and is at the FOB.


Name: Kathy G
Email: CNN article
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 14:03:14

Message

Ran across this CNN article. Don't know if this is our guys but someone might recognize someone. A little educational also which is what I do. I try to learn a little in this process. http://www.cnn.com/interactive/world/0507/gallery.afghan.brink/frameset.exclude.html


Name: Wendy
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 12:11:01

Message

Ssg. Field, Sgt. Moreno, Spc. Rogers...oh you all know who you are we don't need to take roll call now do we:) hehe! Ciao Bellos! How is the 'Stan treating you all? I hope everyone's looking forward to R&R. Remember me and JB have a TON of spare room in our house. (Honestly we must have bought this place for harboring you guys, because we have WAY too many bed rooms!!! and we're NOT having anymore kids...just Cesar!) Oh by the way Kevin...I had a blast in Rhode Island paryting with your family! I have a few stories for you when I see you again! I'd post a little bit of the debauchery, but lord knows I want to protect the annonimity of your cousins, and brother:) On that note I'd also like to add that your family is a ball! OKies, well I must get back to work I have like 8 loans in my pipline and am about to pull my hair out! Hey ask if any of the Haji's need to refinance their caves! I can get anything done! That's why they keep handing me the awards:) Stay safe, and take care!!!! Ciao, Wendy


Name: Sandra B S
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 09:34:16

Message

Hey boo i love you and i miss you so much jimmy Soira


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 08:11:30

Message

Red Devil Supporter... are you still in the States?


Name: Red Devil Supporter-B CO
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 07:06:35

Message

Got the best wake up call ever on July 2nd while visiting family in Atlanta! I have asked my sweetheart to send me some pictures to share! Hopefull he will soon. Continue to pray for the safe return of all our troops.


Name: carol
Email: cleibee@hotmail.com
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 06:51:51

Message

When I buy jerky now, people in the grocery store will ask if I am sending it to a soldier, and then will always ask for the address so they can send things too. Does anyone have name/address for soldiers who haven't received packages? Thanks to all of them.


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 03:29:48

Message

I too have sent coke in plastic bottles to my son. They have made it there just fine.


Name: chiara
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 02:09:21

Message

i confirme too that i'm sending cokes in plastic bottles to my bf and always he's received.


Name: Pam
Email: pammie73@mchsi.com
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 01:44:44

Message

Heard from our son, Kyle, today. He is in Bco 2/503. Wanted to let us know he is ok and not to worry about him. We are missing him and praying for his safe return. God bless all of our brave men and women who are serving this great country.


Name: Asking about sending cans/bottles
Date: 07/06/05
Time: 01:07:01

Message

I sent my husband cans of Red Bull and bottles of gatorade and they all made it to him just fine!


Name: Mary R. from Sacramento,
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 23:13:36

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GREETINGS FROM CALIFORNIA! My family and I just celebrated the Fourth of July yesterday, and as we watched the fireworks light up the dark night sky, our thoughts and prayers were of you - how you might be seeing fire in the sky, too, but a different kind altogether. We thought of you all and your brothers and sisters in arms there and in Iraq, wishing you safety, high morale, strength of will and the knowledge that you are appreciated and so very admired. I'm a "Team Mom" for my son's PeeWee football team, and he and his friends all seem to know someone who is serving in harm's way. These boys, age ten through fourteen, all brag on "their soldier" - YOU ARE THEIR HEROES - not the overpaid athlete or rapper. They like to outdo each other with "their soldier's" exploits and honors, and a good number of them may just join your ranks in a few years. Be forever proud of the gift you are giving those boys, their families, and all of the rest of us who await your return. May you find what you seek, and be blessed for having done so.


Name: Jaymo
Email: Jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 20:33:35

Message

Care Pkgs: Does anybody have any experience with sending cans/bottles of SODA to the desert? If so, let me know if this is a good thing to do - if everything made it to the other end okay. Thanks.


Name: Payton
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 18:04:58

Message

I just wanted to congratulate SSGT Clint Mack on receiving the Audie Murphy Award. It is such an accomplishment and we are very proud of him. Keep up the good work soldier! And by the way, my mom sent Clint and the 3rd platoon of the Chosen Co. a care package and we just found out he has received it so I hope you enjoyed it!


Name: Al Schlothauer
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 15:07:49

Message

From Blackfive posted 7-4: Americas soldiers are the best - July 1st, 2005 10km NW of Tikrit, Iraq In several days, Americans all over the globe will celebrate the birth of their nation, a nation forged in war, yet dedicated to the highest ideals that man has ever aspired to, that all men are created equal. I am a soldier of this unique nation, and I have been asked why I serve. I have a reason, yet not one that would immediately come to most people’s thoughts. It is not out of blind faith. I know that my country has done many terrible things in its history, things which can be held up as a record of shame equal to many other nations. Every cause that men have fought for, right or wrong, has been wrapped in a flag, leading honorable men astray. It is not out of obligation for the blood that other soldiers have shed. Every country, good or evil, has had it share of good and evil soldiers. They are, after all, only men, and men are created equal. It is not out of religious fervor, because I serve alongside Muslim and Jew, Christian and Atheist, Buddhist and Agnostic. I know not what religion the man or woman who stands next to me professes, nor does it matter. It is not out of membership of any one race. I am white, my fellow soldiers black, yellow, red, Russian, Irish, Nigerian, Chinese, Indian. We see only one color, the color of our uniform. Why I serve is for one reason. I have sworn to uphold a document, one that was unique in the world when it was created, and one for which my fellow soldiers serve and die for. The Constitution speaks words that say, All men are created equal. I serve for this, and nothing more. I will defend this document, and the ideals that are written in it, to the death, through what ever misery and pain and separation from loved ones may be required. It is often said that our nation has strayed far from this ideal, if indeed it ever really followed it. I understand and acknowledge this. There is nothing so grey as the causes for a nation to go to war. Yet I still believe, that in the end, that when history judges my country, it will be said of us that the best of humanity was reached for. The cynical among you may call me an idealist; but if I am, then I am in fair company. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were idealists, and the country they built has stood as a light and inspiration for millions over the centuries; to call me such is an honor I will gladly accept, while bearing any burden to keep it so. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Name: Nate's mom
Email: tstancil@mchsi.com
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 11:55:34

Message

Does anyone know if there are pictures of 1-508th B-co posted any where??


Name: Patti
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 11:38:16

Message

I am not sure, but I think Able Co. might be moving to FOB today. I heard from my son this morning and he said he thought that's what they are doing. Anyway, they are all ok.


Name: California Warlord Mom
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 10:51:06

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I had the unfortunate luck to miss my son's last phone call on June 11. Has anyone heard from 3rd Platoon, Able Company?


Name: italian girly
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 10:47:43

Message

Hi Kris's Grandma,pc are working


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 10:11:46

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Not sure if anyone has mentioned these photos, but the 503d is highlighted on Army Times. Go to www.armytimes.com and click on Today in Pictures on the right side of the screen. Then select the June 27 date and you may see your soldier.


Name: Kris' Grandma
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 09:01:06

Message

Does anyone know if the phones and computers are still down ??


Name: Old Soldier
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 08:39:12

Message

I apoligize for the length of this story - but after the loss of our Navy Seals last week, I thought it appropriate that I share this story. Our Army-Navy games are just that, but in times like these, we could have no better colleagues than our Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard partners. Subject: FW: A Report from CO, HMM 764, Al Asad, Iraq Subject: Beyond the Rivalry.. Angel Hand Off to the Marines (Thanks to Dick Catone CAPT USN Ret) 24 May 2005 Flying Angels Today started out like almost every other day for me since I have been in Iraq. I got up at 0400, took a cold shower, and used my headlamp to dress in the dark so as not to wake my roommates. I walked just over a mile to the squadron hangar to receive the day's flight brief. I did not have time to eat breakfast as the chow hall had not yet opened. I picked up a nutrition bar laying on my desk and a bottle of water so I could eat and drink something before I went flying as I did't know if I would be back before lunch or not. I grabbed my flight equipment, M-16, and my emergency assault pack and proceeded to my helicopter. We pre-flighted the aircraft, started up, and taxied for take off. I assumed that today flight would be like yesterdays, and similar to the day before. Moving people and supplies from one part of Iraq to the other. We call it 'Ground Hog' day, after the movie staring Bill Murray. Every day starts to seem the same here. However, today was not like the others. Today was different. Today was real. Our mission today was to extract Army soldiers from the field. They had been conducting operations to quell insurgent activities in their area of operations. Our Operations department had briefed us that the soldiers had been out patrolling for over two weeks. I knew the soldiers would be tired, dirty, and more than likely a little ripe! I also knew the soldiers would be very appreciative on getting a helicopter ride back to their base camp as they could get a well deserved hot meal and a shower. As a Marine, I like to give the Army a hard time. The Army seems to enjoy giving it right back at me. This is just good-natured professional rivalry. Every service likes to think they are the toughest, smartest, and best-looking troops in the world. I was looking forward to making a few pointed remarks to my fellow warriors over the intercom system and listening to their replies. However, I never got the chance. Our mission was changed while in route. The extract was cancelled. Instead, we were to land at their base camp and pick up five 'Angels.' An 'Angel' is the brevity code we use to describe the deceased. Instead of picking up hungry and tired soldiers, we now were going to be flying out the same soldiers who were just recently sharing a laugh with their friends. The five Angels were carefully loaded on our aircraft one at a time. The Commanding Officer of the unit we were supporting helped load the Angels himself. He walked past the cockpit, and reached out his hand, as the senior pilot gave the Commanding Officer his hand in return. A quick squeeze of the hand, between two strangers, and two different services, over individuals we Marines never had the pleasure to meet. However, in that quick instant, the Army and the Marines Corps were one in the same. Fellow warriors had died! The simple squeeze of the hand between the two Officers let the Army know we understood their sorrow. After the Angels were loaded, we completed our Take Off Checklist and began our departure from the camp. The unit stood at attention, over fifty rigid soldiers, saluting their fallen comrades as we exited the landing zone. I would be lying if I told you I did not shed a tear as I transitioned to forward flight. The Army was paying its last respects to their friends and brothers in arms. I was honored to have been a witness to this magnificent display of devotion. It is this dedication, commitment, and brotherhood, which make me proud to serve in our Armed Forces. Though the five Angels on our aircraft will never know it, they were sent off with dignity and honor. However, something tells me they do know! LtCol Jacques "Jackal" Naviaux II Commanding Officer HMM-764 Al Asad, Iraq "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men [and women] stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." - George Orwell


Name: Bill
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 07:44:45

Message

While I am offering up Civil War quotes that seem appropriate for our shared experience, the people at Newsweek should see what Sherman had to say about their profession: "I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast." William Tecumseh Sherman


Name: Bill
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 07:37:08

Message

"General" I remarked, "How is it that you can keep so cool and appear so utterly insensible to danger in such a storm of shell and bullets as rained about you when your hand was hit?" He instantly became grave and reverential in his manner, and answered, in a low tone of great earnestness: "Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me." He added, after a pause, looking me full in the face: "That is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave" Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson speaking to then Captain John D. Imboden, 1862 Although it is hard not to worry, Jackson was right. Our soldiers are in God's hands - not ours or the Taliban's or Osama bin Ladin's. Prayer is more effective than worry.


Name: Kris' Grandma
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 05:37:20

Message

I just wanted to thank all for your thoughts and prayers. As Kris' mom said he still isn't home in Indiana. Right now I feel I am also loosing my daughter since she would not leave the house to be with family on the 4th (her birthday). I worry alot, but realize there isn't anything I can do. Please continue to keep Kris and Debbie in your prayers.


Name: Faye Lee
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 07/05/05
Time: 05:23:41

Message

Spoke with my son on Sunday --C co 2/503rd. All is well. They are tired. They were treated to a rock concert on Sat and then 'cheerleaders' on Sun. So someone is working to keep the moral up. States he will not be able to call for a few days. Things are busy but all is well.


Name: Kris's Mom
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 19:55:23

Message

Happy Fourth of July, the real meaning of this is Independence, American Patriotism and most of all Freedom. Our Soldiers are 100% each of these and more. Kris hasn't made it home still but seems best under the present conditions. This has been very hard on me and my family but also Humbling. As I read about the losses of Tuesdays Chinook Soldiers, one hit home...TOO close. Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, he was packed up and very excited to be on his way home, just in time for his daughter's 10th Birthday today, July 4th. For the fates turned, another medic was injured and Muralles took his place. He was from Shelbyville, Indiana just 50 miles from me and his Daughter and I share the same Birthday, Both were excited of the home coming of a precious loved on and on our Birthday to boot !! My heart will never forget this 10 year old little girl and this family, each year July 4th will be changed forever in their minds. As should we teach our children, It is a celebration but also remember the sufferage and price for many to have this Freedom. My Prayers are with each one of these Soldiers and their families, Kris isn't here in Indiana but he's somewhere, I am grateful and Humbled to be so lucky at least for today. God Bless , Debi Ashburn


Date: 07/04/05
Time: 19:36:16

Message

THE FINAL INSPECTION The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass. "Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?" The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't. Because those of us who carry guns, Can't always be a saint. I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I've been violent, Because the world is awfully rough. But, I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep... Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep. And I never passed a cry! for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears. If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand." There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God. "Step forward now, you soldier, You've borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in Hell." ~Author Unknown~ It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military,! not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag. If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.


Name: Linda SSGT Clint Mack's Mom
Email: wGSLINDA@AOL.COM
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 19:05:44

Message

Because of all the men and women in Afghanastan and Iraq we are allowed to celebrate this July 4th. Clint I have not stopped thinking about you all day. Your brothers have called checking on you and all I could say was No News Is Good News! Today i honor all the Past, Present and Future Military. IF it was not for you all Americans would not have the great life that we do. If you get this message Clint I love you dearly and miss you more than words can say. I am so Poud of you son, Happy July 4th to all of the 173rd and guys of the 2/503 3rd Platoon Chosen company Momma says Keep up the great work and more homemade food is on the way. Love you guys, Linda SSGT Clint Mack and SGT Chris Mack's Proud MOM


Name: Kris's Mom
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 18:56:16

Message

Happy Fourth of July, the real meaning of this is Independence, American Patriotism and most of all Freedom. Our Soldiers are 100% each of these and more. Kris hasn't made it home still but seems best under the present conditions. This has been very hard on me and my family but also Humbling. As I read about the losses of Tuesdays Chinook Soldiers, one hit home...TOO close. Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles, he was packed up and very excited to be on his way home, just in time for his daughter's 10th Birthday today, July 4th. For the fates turned, another medic was injured and Muralles took his place. He was from Shelbyville, Indiana just 50 miles from me and his Daughter and I share the same Birthday, Both were excited of the home coming of a precious loved on and on our Birthday to boot !! My heart will never forget this 10 year old little girl and this family, each year July 4th will be changed forever in their minds. As should we teach our children, It is a celebration but also remember the sufferage and price for many to have this Freedom. My Prayers are with each one of these Soldiers and their families, Kris isn't here in Indiana but he's somewhere, I am grateful and Humbled to be so lucky at least for today. God Bless , Debi Ashburn


Name: Kathy G
Email: Able Co. 2/503
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 17:58:16

Message

Heard from my son yesterday. All is well with 2nd Platoon. He sounded very upbeat after returning from a successful mission. Had a request to send more Frebreeze. Said the guys really like using that to help freshen things up some. I had sent him some beanie babies donated for their platoon and he said that he gave one of them, the shiny lizard, to a little girl who had had her arm amputated from a botched up cast on her broken arm. The blood supply had been cut off when the Afghan doctor had set it. The military doctors tended to her and saved her life by amputating her arm. They are receiving their mail and he seems to be getting all of his mail. God Bless our Soldiers.


Name: a co.
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 17:26:42

Message

my soldier said the spaghetti-o's with meat balls has been a hot item. the ones in the can that you can peel off by hand are the easist. just a suggestion!


Name: Payton Reiff
Email: DubyaLvr2005@aol.com
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 15:31:59

Message

My cousin, Clint Mack is in Afghanistan and I just want to say that even though we have never met, you are in my thoughts and prayers. So return safely to Emma and Summer, and hopefully when you return to the states, I can meet the man that my family talks so proudly of!


Name: daisyjo
Email: nschultz@pcisys.net
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 13:25:59

Message

hi - have sent my son in 2nd platoon c co 2/503 lots of packages - and he has gotten them all.


Name: Sister of a soldier
Email:
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 13:16:31

Message

Hey Bro, just like to say we are all missing you and to say hve a good 4 of July and to say how proud I am to have you as a brother and proud that you are a soldier.I just want to say thank you to you and all the soldiers. All of us miss you and love you very much And to tell you that you and the rest of the soldier are the best of the best Love your sis. Stay save


Name: Chuck
Email: Oops
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 13:03:50

Message

I meant to say Sent on June 21 Received on July 3


Name: Katy DeCoudres
Email: kfdec@aol.com
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 12:35:55

Message

Heard from Tim in 3rd platoon, Co C 1/508. All is well, very busy. But nothing worrying/exciting to report.


Date: 07/04/05
Time: 12:30:23

Message

got a 1/508 A call today. h appy 4th and thanks to guys and gals for all you're doing. God speed to you all and know our prayers are with you.


Name: Chuck
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 12:00:38

Message

Re packages: We sent a package to 1st Platoon Chosen 2/503 on July 21. He received it on July 3.


Name: Chosen Parent
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 11:48:44

Message

Re: Packages to Chosen 2/503. Our son has received the packages we have sent, but we have not been as dutiful as you. The last package we sent was early in June, and he did receive it. One is on its way this week. Hope this helps.


Date: 07/04/05
Time: 11:45:02

Message

to my little star in C Co 1-508, i love you baby and i hope you had a good 4th of july. i long to see you, i need a hug! muuuuuah! i love you more than words can express...


Name: Chuck
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 09:29:02

Message

Just got a 4th of July phone call from my son in 1st Platoon Chosen 2/503. All is going good. The Bronco cheerleaders were great, even got to go up on the stage and dance with one. Hope this finds all the 173rd community enjoying the Independence Day for the GREAT COUNTRY we live in. Go Bullies - You Rock May God watch over all.


Name: to Chosen Parent
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 08:15:18

Message

My son is also in the 2nd platoon C Co 503rd. Do you know if they are getting their packages. My son is not great with the info. I have sent every week they have been deployed. No feed back, hope they are getting thought.


Name: Arlene m.
Email:
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 07:25:02

Message

To our servicemen and families--- HAPPY 4TH OF JULY


Name: john ott
Email: j.s.ott.agency01@snet.net
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 05:41:16

Message

To 100% Italian My Son "Ski" is in HHC Scouts, e mail me some time, I log in at least 2x a day to see whats going on. His Mom and I pray for all who serve. thanks


Name: mary
Email:
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 05:10:52

Message

got an email from my son yesterday charlie co 1-508 2nd platoon said was fine that we all should toast our independece today. so everyone as we do our things today remember our rights to do as we want today and toast to our brave armed forces where ever they are. God Bless everyone


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 01:28:20

Message

to g.p if you havent heard from you guy since last thursday this doesnt mean there is anything wrong with him!!!!!!! if you continue like this you wont make it through the year you will stress yourself out so much. seriously. there were times in iraq when they didnt call for weeks, think yourself lucky you spoke to him last week. i havent spoken to my guy since last monday and its normal im not stressed cos i know how it works. so please for your own good chill out. sorry this sounds horrible but its difficult when you dont hear from your husband very often to read about people worrying because they havent spoken to their guys for a few days.Happy 4th july to everyone.


Name: italian girly
Email: HAPPY 4th OF JULY
Date: 07/04/05
Time: 01:02:02

Message

I wish to all the BRAVE SKYSOLDIERS and their Families a happy 4th!


Name: CPT. BRIGNOLI
Email: steven.brignoli@us.army.mil
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 23:42:09

Message

To the boyz of the Chosen War Machine... You are not forgotten. I miss the honor of being amonst your ranks. Continue to maintain your combat boot on the neck of the enemy and secure the flank of your Brothers. It will be my pleasure, in the future, to once again take a cold forgotten hill with you in the future in the lands that time forgot... You are the Few...


Name: john ott
Email: j.s.ott.agency01@snet.net
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 19:40:50

Message

To 100% Italian My Son "Ski" is in HHC Scouts, e mail me some time, I log in at least 2x a day to see whats going on. His Mom and I pray for all who serve. thanks


Name: Chosen Parent
Email:
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 19:28:56

Message

We had an e-mail today from our son - 2nd Platoon Chosen 2/503. The phones and computers have been down. They need some down-time, but are well. Happy 4th of July to all the 173rd family. Be proud that your soldier is serving our country, and know that you are supported by all of us out here.


Name: Sky Momma
Email: AZBarnwell@aol.com
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 16:42:45

Message

Heard from son in Chosen 2/503 ... all is well... 3rd platoon just back from another successful mission. Mine will be home in a week or so for R&R!!!! God Bless all our Sky Soldiers and all who are serving past and present. I especially enjoy hearing from you Vietnam vets! I have been compiling your messages in a special document for my son's scrapbook! For anyone who hasn't caught this message: Soldier of Fortune, August magazine has a nice article about the 173rd and their early May battle in Qalat. Includes a big 'ol colored photo of the Scouts!!! Pick it up!


Name: Stanley D Rogers
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 11:43:53

Message

To: Chuck My son is with Chosen Few, 3rd Platoon (Mobile), they are usually listed as elements of 1st or 2nd platoon but they are always there. Heard anything about them? Have not heard from my son for three days.


Name: Freddie
Email: 503 HHC Scouts
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 10:34:29

Message

Thanks 100% ITALIAN, you made my day! I had not the seen any pics yet of the guys and they all look well! I wanted to wish a Happy 4th of July to my friends Wojo and Jeremy. And lots of Hugs to Jeremy M. from his new gfriend.


Name: 100%ITALIAN
Email: 503 HHC Scouts
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 10:30:09

Message

To everyone asking about 503rd HHC Scouts; no news today but i hope u already had a look at the pics #1217 and 1218 that my soldier sent to me and that i emailed to the webmaster a few weeks ago. Is your sweetheart in those pics? do u have any to share? would be nice to get in touch.


Name: Patti
Email: To: Kris' Grandma
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 10:20:07

Message

Thanks so much for including me. I would love to meet you and your daughter. Just let me know.


Name: Old Soldier
\Date: 07/03/05
Time: 09:38:08

Message

You know, as an old helicopter pilot I never understood why good, smart soldiers wanted to jump out of my aircraft while the engine was still running. My mission objective was to always land where my car was parked. But these past three years of following these brave men and women have given me a much greater respect for not only their career choices, but for their bravery, commitment, decency and capabilities. On this July 4th, God Bless the United States and God Bless our Sky Soldiers!! And especially our soldier in the 508th S-2. We love you Beau.


Name: g.p
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 07:43:49

Message

i dont hear from my love since last thursday he s in 1-508 B CO... im wondering why...kinda worry..did anybody talk to anyone in this unit?let me know thanks. good 4th of july to everybody.


Name: Kris' Grandma
Email: carlene_walls@sbcglobal.net
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 07:41:28

Message

Kris' mom talked to him yesterday morning and he still wasn't inflight he was to have gotten home yesterday. his flight was canceled due to weather?? we are hoping he got a flight out yesterday. Patti, when he does get home we are having a big gathering for him to include family and friends at ladoga park. we will be in touch with you to let you know when it will be and both his mom & i look forward to seeing you. considering our loved ones are not here to celebrate with us, i still wish you a very safe and happy 4th.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 06:50:14

Message

I got an email from my son this morning. He is A/2-503 and his squad is stationed back at the FOB. He said everything is fine. They will be going on a mission in a few days so I might not hear from him for a while. It will be a tough 4th of July for me since it is the first one I am spending without him. It will also be a special one because I now realize how important it is. I send out a huge THANKS to all who have fought and are still fighting for the freedom of this great country. God bless the 173rd and all of our soldiers everywhere! Happy Independence Day!


Date: 07/03/05
Time: 06:07:11

Message

Thanx for the information about the hhc 2-503rd scouts. Just a bit worried cause i havent heard of my friend for a while. I see they're very busy so ill just wait patiently to hear of him... Happy 4th July to all Americans!


Date: 07/03/05
Time: 05:55:00

Message

Thanx for the information about the hhc 2-503rd scouts. Just a bit worried cause i havent heard of my friend for a while. I see they're very busy so ill just wait patiently to hear of him... Happy 4th July to all Americans!! :)


Name: to everyone wondering about 1-508 HHC
Email: christina
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 04:05:39

Message

I talked to my bf on friday morning. they are doing ok. just keep in mind that in HHC there a lot of people and they may be not all doing the same things. someone is more busy than another and maybe not able to call often. just dont worry! keep it high and remember no news is good news! happy indipendence day to everybody. go sky soldiers! we are always with you!


Name: to everyone wondering about 1-508 HHC
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 04:04:54

Message

I talked to my bf on friday morning. they are doing ok. just keep in mind that in HHC there a lot of people and they may be not all doing the same things. someone is more busy than another and maybe not able to call often. just dont worry! keep it high and remember no news is good news! happy independence day to everybody. go sky soldiers! we are always with you!


Name: federica
Date: 07/03/05
Time: 02:20:26

Message

Happy 4th of July to all 173rd Units, families and friends. GOD BLESS OUR SKY SOLDIERS


Name: Pat Jacobs
Email: patatlikearock@aol.com
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 23:08:17

Message

Don't know whether it got posted or not, but we have a support group that has been sending care packages to soldiers of Task Force Fury for several months. They haven't gotten any mail for over a month, until last week when they got flat (letters, cards) mail but no boxes. We have about 15 packages sitting in a conex at Bagram because I'm told by NCOIC in Vicenza that BattComm and his XO don't consider mail a priority. Any suggestions on getting the boxes to the guys? They emailed what they needed and that's what we sent. Also, we are gearing up to send care packages to each of the Task Force Fury guys for Christmas. Without invading a soldier's privacy or breaking any regs, anyone with a soldier in that group, please email me with info so we can make sure each soldier gets a shoebox package personally. Thanks to all who have helped with this program. Pat


Name: Chuck
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 21:48:49

Message

Got a message on the phone this afternoon from our Chosen Bully. Got an email this AM. Things are OK with the Bullies and the Gladiators. Real busy and enjoying the packages and movies that are coming their way. Happy 4th of July to all 173rd Units, families and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all. And to our favorite Bully "CJ-You Rock"


Name: cece peterson
Email: cecetpafl@aol.com
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 21:11:34

Message

RE: Guzman - I believe he is in C company. My son has worked with him and I've seen him in pictures. BTW - Has anyone heard from yours in the Chosen Few in the 503rd? God help our soldiers and bless our nation.


Name: Carol Teshera , Marks Gramma
Email: okgramma@ncidata.com
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 20:51:46

Message

Just to let everyone know my grandson 1-508th B Co called on Thurs. I was at work but he talked to his grampa for 15 minutes or so. When I checked my mail he was online and we also got to talk (instant messaging) for a few minutes before he had to get off the computer. Still not sure about R&R. Seems to be up in the air at this time. He said no mail for awhile and I don't know if that is none for anyone or just his group. So good to talk to him and just know for that time he is okay.


Name: army mom
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 20:02:07

Message

just wanted to let all of you know that i talked to my son tonight on instant messaging and he said everyone in the 1-508HHc are doing fine


Date: 07/02/05
Time: 19:52:05

Message

Got another email today from C Co 1-508th. Things seem to be going ok for them. We are all very proud of you! Come home safe! Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!


Name: Missy
Email: To Army Mom
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 18:14:17

Message

My son is also in 1-508 HHC and I have not heard from him in a long time. Thank you for letting us know your son called and that they are OK.


Date: 07/02/05
Time: 18:12:24

Message

thanx 'army mom' that helps a little!


Name: Dont know Squat
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 17:49:58

Message

I don't know if God cares about one side or the other... I do know our Boys are Brave, and Honorable and are doing their best in the face of political nonsense and deception. As always, the infantry does the job despite the pencil pushers, despite the politicos, and the chain of command... They are what is the best of all of us. They are pure and righteous. They are the soul of America as it was in 1776, and in the other horrific events of the last 250 + years. Thank you 173rd on this the Birthday weekend of America... As imperfect as she may be, thank you for protecting her. It is our job too, and we shall make her better in your names. Now all of you STAY SAGE and SAFE out there!!! We love you 173rd!


Name: A co.
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 16:33:29

Message

heard from 1/508 A co wednesday. been really busy but well. for any of you readers, there is a book called "A Table In The Presence" by a chaplain in the Marines... Carey Cash. it takes place in Kuwait just before invading Iraq. it's all about what MAZING things God did through the soldiers and how he brought them through some amazing battles. it was great to see that God is FOR our guys and he is truely working with them and in them. it showed that this is a just war.. not just for the heck of it. it had some stories that wouldn't make one who had a loved one in them iddle east very enthusiastic but right when you think it's the end, God pulls them through. you can on;y order it on line. it's really really great. i encourage it!!!!!! God Bless and keep it up guys and ladies... thanks for ALL you are doing.


Name: Denise
Email: soldiersmom81@yahoo.com
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 14:53:41

Message

As I post this I will soon be going to our fireworks it's always held the saturday before the fourth, Since 9-11 and the enlistment of my son my whole world changed,I don't know why but this year and this deployment brings a deeper sense of what FREEDOM AND SACRAFICE means, I am ashamed to say I took those for granted and pray to god that I will never again, my arms ache for the child I once held,but my heart is filled with pride in the man he became. My son is not unique or specail he is just one of many, and as a nation WE need to stand and salute and simply say Thank You, For because of you we are STILL FREE.


Name: army mom
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 13:54:40

Message

my son called on Wednesday morning and said everything was ok and was working hard. he is from the 1-508 HHC. i hope this helps. that is the first phone call in a month for us. God bless all the soldiers and their families. you are all in my prayers.


Date: 07/02/05
Time: 13:40:58

Message

Has anyone heard from any 1/508 HHC soldiers in the past couple of days? My husband is with them and I haven't heard from him in over a week and a half. Just curious...and a bit worried. Thanks...


Name: HHC 2/503rd scouts
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 10:23:03

Message

i had e-mail 2day . he said ...we are working a lot..but they're ok..


Email: Dawiffy@hotmail.com
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 10:22:40

Message

Hello everyone i am trying to get in touch with SPC Guzman he is a medic for 2/503rd Infantry but i don't know what company he is in. If anyone knows who he is can you please tell him to email the following address if he get a chance DaWiffy@hotmail.com thank you for your help.


Date: 07/02/05
Time: 07:08:41

Message

"FREEDOM" - THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS! YOU HAVE GIVEN US THIS! HAVE A SAFE 4TH OF JULY. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS!! GOD BLESS OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!


Name: 100%ITALIAN
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 05:36:34

Message

to the one asking about 503rd HHC Scouts. Yes, i heard from them shortly yesterday. They had so much going on lately though. They should be back later today again so i'm sure they will have time to email or call you by tomorrow. To All Americans i wanted to wish a Happy 4th!


Name: g ---> to my Special One J
Email: the last 1 b4 i leave for vacation
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 04:35:05

Message

thanks for the talk.. i'll wait for ur calls and msgs... i love you.


Name: any news?
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 03:08:20

Message

I have a friend in the HHC 2/503rd scouts and haven't heard of him for a while. Any news from them?


Name: g
Date: 07/02/05
Time: 00:40:42

Message

to who asked if i was there after posting my message: sorry i was not online. (and i wont be for the next two weeks!).


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 21:57:35

Message

Nathan is the front man in the pic. Not sure if the other guys are from his squad, but I bet they are. Does anyone else recognize those fine soldiers? Nathan told me once who his LT is, can't think of his name at the moment. Brain freeze from old age. Arlene


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 20:05:03

Message

arlene- nice pic... your son in center??? do you know who the other guys are- the on on the left- 2nd one in??? who is nathan's LT???


Name: Arlene M.
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 19:18:09

Message

Thanks to whoever posted the DOD link. My son Nathan A Co 1/508 is in the first photo under the operation link next to the photos. Enduring Freedom. Thank you so much. What a surprise to see him. Arlene


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email:
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 17:02:04

Message

Though we celebrate our Independence Day this weekend many of you Skysoldiers have been involved in the Independence of 2 countries. Unfortunately it doesn't come easy - I guess that is what makes it so "special". Hoooaaah 173rd you are the best! God Bless you all and God Bless America!!


Name: Kathy Grigsby
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 15:51:04

Message

To all the 173rd past and present: A salute to you for what you have done and are doing to keep our nation free on this Independence Day. God has blessed us with your duty served and serving. There are no greater men. God Bless you.


Name: SFC RON B.COLINS USA RET
Email: enll6265@coastalnow.net
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 15:47:39

Message

I am a former member of the 173rd Airborne BDE Vietnam 4/503rd.God bless and have a safe and happy holiday. AIRBORNE!


Name: Aco 2/503
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 13:48:08

Message

He just called me 5 min. ago!!!! they are all ok. he said a bit tired...god bless Sky Sldrs


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 13:47:40

Message

Photo. http://www.defenselink.mil/photos/


Name: Sky Momma
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 13:34:37

Message

I am sickened by the news that soldiers are MIA from the helicopter search. Please everyone, pray hard they are accounted for very soon!


Name: Leanne
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 12:31:22

Message

If any one sees Andy Harmann from 1-508 C. Co., 1st platoon on July 2, wish him a Happy 21st Birthday! We love and miss you Andy and wish we could share a "cold one" with you. There will be plenty of time for celebrating when you come home. Stay safe and stay focused. God Bless all the Sky Soldiers and thank you for our freedom on this 4th of July.


Name: debbie
Email: debbies2k2@aol.com
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 12:09:21

Message

I just received a wonderful phone call from our son A co 2/503.He was good but tired. We are sending more food for them. Supplies are hard to get where they are, To all the 173 Airborne, HAPPY 4th of July. Bless they're hearts, they don't get days off. Hope r/r comes soon for them. Debbie


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 11:36:55

Message

Great message and sincere thanks to you, and those like you, who answered the call at a time when the country couldn't find its way to separate the war from the warriors. My son has often mentioned, both when in Iraq, and now in Afghanistan, that an extremely important factor in the morale of his men, is their knowing that the country is behind them, and appreciates the tremendous job they are doing.


Name: G
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 11:30:45

Message

2 jay b.co 2-503: dont worry honey... i cant get mad at you i will just wait patiently... miss you and love you. urs always.


Name: Patrick Alexander
Email: pat__alexander@hotmail.com
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 10:12:35

Message

As we approach Independence Day, this "old" sky soldier from the RVN era wanted to thank each of you and your families for serving. The sacrifices that you men and women are making are remembered and appreciated by the vast majority of those in the U.S. More importantly, the Almighty is well aware of your sacrifices and dedication. So, Happy Independence Day. Please be safe and be proud of yourselves.


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 10:11:40

Message

Sorry. I don't know what platoon he is in. I feel dumb for not knowing that, but he is the only person I know in the military. Still a bit of a foreign language to me. I should reword what I said earlier. He asked for 2 small boxes total per week. He asked for the usual- beef jerky, roman noodles, chips, microwaveable stuff. Also, he thought he may have a day or two to rest. I had never posted here before, but I find it very comforting when others post messages saying they have heard from their loved ones, so I felt I should do the same.


Email: To the sibling of the brother in A 2-503
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 09:02:54

Message

A co. 2-503rd: What platoon is your brother in and what did he say he wanted people to send?


Name: Rebecca
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 09:01:18

Message

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the soldiers who lost their lives in the helicopter crash on Tuesday and to the GI's still MIA. May they be found safe and unharmed as soon as possible.


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 08:59:28

Message

I heard from my brother this morning A. 2/503rd. He was tired, but ok. Sounds like they don't have much food where they are. He wants each of us to send a couple of small boxes each week.


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 08:48:08

Message

I heard from my brother this morning A. 2/503rd. He was tired, but ok. Sounds like they don't have much food where they are. He wants each of us to send a couple of small boxes each week.


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 08:44:30

Message

This might be what you heard http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2005/07/01/militant_attacks_in_afghanistan_kill_25/


Name: Kathy G
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 08:25:53

Message

A short blurb this morning on Fox about soldiers overtaking a mountain in the province where our guys are located. I've looked on the news but can't find it. Anybody have the source. I'm not the best at searching the sources.


Name: 503rd HHC Scouts
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 07:58:16

Message

to the one who heard from 503rd HHC Scouts; i heard from them last time on that same day. would you like to keep in touch?


Name: Italian girly
Email: Team of U.S. Soldiers Missing in Afghanistan
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 07:47:16

Message

Hi to all of u, i just read about the small article posted down here and ??? Someone know what unit are they from.Thank you.I'm praying for the 16 soldiers we lost and their families.To Kris's mom,Im very happy to know your son is ok.


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 07:29:13

Message

I got an email this morning from my boyfriend in C Co 1-508th. He sounded ok, but still tired.


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 07:18:11

Message

Does anyone have any information on Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless?


Date: 07/01/05
Time: 06:58:32

Message

http://www.nbc4i.com/family/4669772/detail.htmltreets=col&tid=2652005429813&tml=col_family&tmi=col_family

_1_02300206302005&ts=H


Name: 1/508th Mom in Roswell, Georgia
Email: scallions@bellsouth.net
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 06:48:18

Message

My prayers go with all the families of lost loved ones and to those injured. Brief phone call received on 6/30 from FOB is that no one was injured by attack; however communications will be minimal, if at all. Do any of you know of any groups in the Atlanta / North Atlanta area for parents / loved ones of soldiers. I would love to be a part of a group. It would help me through some of this; he is my only child. Thank you. Prayers to all!


Name: 1/508th Mom in Roswell, Georgia
Email: scallions@bellsouth.net
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 06:46:52

Message

My prayers go with all the families of lost loved ones and to those injured. Brief phone call received on 6/30 from FOB is that no one was injured by attack; however communications will be minimal, if at all. Do any of you know of any groups in the Atlanta / North Atlanta area for parents / loved ones of soldiers. I would love to be a part of a group. It was help me through this; he is my only child. Thank you. Prayers to all!


Name: Nancy for Kris's mom
Email: herb_nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 05:46:45

Message

THANK GOD HE IS SAFE!!!!!! I was thinking about your family all night and my prayers went out to you all.


Name: casey
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 04:49:07

Message

Heard from my husband 1/508 HHC Scouts. He was doing well. Just had no sleep and was tired. I love you hunny and miss you !! Hurry Home and be safe!!


Name:
Email:
Date: 07/01/05
Time: 04:14:37

Message

heard from my husband c co 508 again this morning.. everything seemed fine.