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Name: Sarah Scribner (To Mommaski)
Email: sarah.scribner1@us.army.mil
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 20:14:52

Message

I think the hero tree is a wonderful idea! I would like to add my husband's name also. Thank you Mommaski... I'm sending you a big, big hug! Even though I don't know you, I can tell you are an amazing woman. You and your husband are in my prayers. SSG Jeremy Scribner B.Co. 2/503rd. Thank you!


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 18:46:10

Message

To Army Mom - I would be honored to add your son's name to the tree. Hopefully on the 9th my husband can email a picture to Mr Bradley. He will get back from his mom's funeral on the 7th and our precious son's birthday is on the 8th (he would have been 26) So that day will be a little rough but I will try and get him to do it on the 9th. Give that young man a hug from me and tell him I am very proud of him. And just to let everyone know I think I have more of the 508th than I do of anyone !!! And that includes "my children" of FSB !!! My love and prayers to all of you. Love Mommaski


Name: army mom
Email: dw47012@yahoo.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 18:05:04

Message

He would love hearing from you. He will be home til Oct. 16th and then he will return to Italy and then Afghanistan when he is able. SPC. Clint Werner 9102 Osborne Rd. Brookville In 47012


Name: to - army mom
Email: cards?
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 17:56:42

Message

Can we send cards to your son?


Name: army mom
Email: dw47012@yahoo.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 17:45:37

Message

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers when my son was injured on Sept.12th. I was concerned when the Army hadnt contacted me til the 14th in the evening. Thanks to all who sent me phone numbers to Landstuhl Hosital. It is nice knowing there are wonderful people out there that really care. Clint is home as of wednesday, put still has alot of pain in his neck and lower back. Keep him in your prayers. It is so wonderful having him home. Mommaski, can you add my son SPC. Clint M. Werner 1/508th HHC 173rd Airborne, to your tree. I cant wait to see a picture of it. My prayers are with all the soldiers fighting for this great country.


Name: TO "patriotic civilian"
Email: YouAskedFprHelp
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 16:52:31

Message

To keep from having multiple postings of the same message over & over, do not refresh your browser once you are back on the Message page (after posting). I'm not sure if there is an easier trick, but I completely exit from the site & reenter so I can refresh to see the new postings to read. I keep this site at the top of my favorites list, so I can get back to it quickly. Oh, and about the cell phone question, I think it is up to the individual company as to whether or not you can have certain web accesses from the cell. I know that I can access Yahoo through my Sprint PCS phone.


Name: army gf
Email: hi@yahoo.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 15:29:26

Message

Thank you to those who replied to my message. I really appreciate your help. I think I'm going to send him some muscle milk, snacks and candy, and some magazines.


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: mrsdodge57@aol.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 14:35:17

Message

I think its great that we live in a society that lets us have different views and voice them. However I feel this site is dedicated to the skysoldiers and their families for information and guidance and not to argue but thats just me. I suggest that those of us who can just take what we like from this site and leave the rest and eventually the rest will leave.


Name: Stanley D Rogers Sr
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:56:42

Message

This will probably stir up the "patriotic civilian" but like it has been said I can have an opinion also. I do not think Cindy Sheehan or anyone like her is worthy of being discussed on this website that is dedicated to the men and women that are putting their lives on the line day after day. There are things going around in my head right now that I would like to say but it would stir up to much trouble. I was in VietNam and I know what it felt like to see Jane Fonda sitting on that flak gun. Mrs. Sheehan needs to get over her anger and just honor her son as I honor mine. Nothing more to say so do not email me or answer me about this. Stan Rogers


Name:
Email: yahoo
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:49:32

Message

there is no way to do that if you have an italian company, I have tried before


Name: Yahoo IM
Email: lovemysoldier
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:47:14

Message

Ok i need some help here... how do i connect my yahoo account to my cell phone...? i'm using an italian company and i don't see how i can do this... any suggestions?... to cot... hey honey, hang in there... cannot wait to see u... be strong, i'm always there with u


Name:
Email: TO CASEY
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:45:41

Message

maybe they haven't got the money or there might have been a mistake. I got this number from the internet 800-086226. you can call from Monday to thus 7.45/12.30 14/17 on Friday 7.45/13.45 and on sat 7.45/12.30. I also got this other number 0444/397311. Hope they can help you


Name: patriotic civilian
Email: peachykeen@hotmail.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:37:21

Message

help! For some reason I accidentally posted a message 3 times. Didn't mean to and apologize for clogging up so much space!


Name:
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:36:20

Message

I have not called cause I do not have the # to the AIM company! Plus if they have been getting that money there wouldn't be a cancelation???


Name:
Email: TO CASEY
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:20:20

Message

Did you call the AIM company?


Name: casey
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 12:13:10

Message

Does anyone know who can help me?? I have got mail from Aim ( the Gas provider in Vicenza) saying that our Gas is going to be cancelled. I do not understand this because there has been 700.00 taken out of my husbands LES a month for the last three months for utility bills. So I am wondering who can help me. That is 2100.00 that is gone of our money!!! If the bill isnt getting paid where is our money. I have tried to email the rear back in Vicenza about this and no help there!!! Please some one help!!! What do I do?


Name: bco 's friend
Email: 173rd supporter
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 10:12:52

Message

does anyone know a guy named J.L.Minor he should be in b.co? i haven't heard from him since last may, and i would like to know if he s doing good. Thank you so much.


Name:
Email: ...
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 09:52:21

Message

thanks jessica


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 09:46:33

Message

Re: question about duration of R&R journey. Once your soldier gets to Kuwait, it should only take about 1-2 days. My husband got to the air force base in Afghanistan on a Tuesday and didn't leave there to go to Kuwait until that Saturday and then arrived in Florida on that Monday. Hope that helps.


Name:
Email: !!!
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 08:31:53

Message

i know this question has been asked many times and you think i would have paid attention to it!!! but alas, i have not! if our soldier left Friday night (their time) about how many days does it take to get home? i know he'll be able to call at some point but i'd like to make my schedule available as soon as possible and just have an estimate. thank you!


Name:
Email: asoldier'swife
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 06:04:07

Message

I know that we are not suppose to spread rumors, but my husband has also told me that they have their date to leave and he has the specific date when the first set of guys will be pulled out and that is in January as well. Of course, the army always likes to change things, so when that happens then I will believe it.


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, MC, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 05:48:44

Message

Rumors, stop spreading them! NO body is coming home in January 2006, the return window depends upon which unit. Some may come home in February, most in March and some in April 2006


Name: B co 503
Email: babygurllll19@yahoo.com
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 05:24:49

Message

I got an email from my soldier 2 days ago. He was leaving on a mission. He is in B co 2/503rd


Name: ---&-----
Email: *********
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 05:15:30

Message

does anybody got e.mails from the 2/503 B. Company? i sent an e.mail to my b-friend 2 wks ago but i did not get anything yet. thanks.


Name:
Email: ._.
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 03:33:07

Message

12 months is how long they're supposed to stay, i wouldn't expect them to be back sooner that that.. if they happen to be, good for them and for you.


Name: VIC
Email: michelle020579@yahoo.com.au
Date: 09/30/05
Time: 03:24:39

Message

I don't know if I can post this information but one of my friend told me that the guys from 503 in Afghanistan are coming back on the first week of January. Somebody can tell me if it's true? Thank you a lot in advance!


Name:
Email: ...
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 19:24:38

Message

got word that our soldier is leaving tonight to make his journey home!!! my prayers go out to all of those whose soldiers are making the journey here and back there, that they'd be shielded with protection!!!!!!!


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 15:31:45

Message

"the lost battalion" referees to an Infantry battalion in WWI that got left behind German lines


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 15:13:32

Message

Hi Everyone - I amso honored to add your son's or sweetie's name to the Hero Tree. I promise I will get a picture of it and email it to Mr Bradley, but it will have to wait because I don't know how to do this. My husband takes care of this and we got a phone call today that his mother (Michael's grandmother) passed away this morning after a brief battle with Lou Gehrigs disease. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Love to all Mommaski


Name:
Email: borderline@gmail.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 14:31:20

Message

who is it that's called the lost ranger batallion and why?


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 14:19:33

Message

Photo of 3rd platoon 1/508th http://www.173rdairborne.net/2005_09_28_016.jpg


Name: K.Hamm
Email: ck_hamm@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 11:06:56

Message

TO Diane: I have some pictures of you son and my husband if you would like them. If you do you can email me and we can figure something out. Yes, your son was a joy. We had lots of fun in Italy.


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 11:03:44

Message

To: K. Hamm....Thank you so much! John often wrote/emailed about someplace he was at for barbeques! He sooo enjoyed it. Bless you for inviting my son. Crystal is fine, all is well. John too is doing as best as can be expected. There is a possibility that he will be coming home this October for his R & R, I will believe it when I see him:) Thank you for emailing on this site, what a great way to start my day! Diane


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 09:08:06

Message

To Mommaski, Could you also post our son's name on your tree? Please try to get a picture to Mr. Bradley or you may email one directly to me. It must be amazing. Thank you for you support and words of wisdom. Again, it is an honor to know you even in this small way. Spc. Andrew Harmann 1-508 C. Co.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 08:02:12

Message

The computer/instant messenger is my only way of communicating with my husband right now. We use yahoo messenger. I also have it connected to my cell phone, that way if I am in bed sleeping and my husband is on, it will wake me up and I can get to the computer to talk and see in him (with the web camera). If you are talking with you soldier via the internet, I strongly recommend buying a nice webcamera for you and your soldier-that way you can always see them!


Name: A way to keep in touch...
Email: msn.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 07:54:49

Message

If some of your soldiers have some free time and can use the internet, I encourage you tell them to download MSN messenger on the computer and also you will have to on your computer and you can chat with them online if there on, also if you have a cell phone, add your phone # on the msn options so if you are not online and away somewhere, your solider can text you on your phone and chat with him that way. Call your cell phone company and see if they would add text messaging to your phone, also see if they would waive the charges because it would be to stay in touch with your soldier, and see what they can do for you! It helps me out alot when he sends me a text message just to know he is doing fine!! Good luck sky soldiers!!


Name: K.Hamm
Email: ck_hamm@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 06:33:02

Message

TO: DIANE CAUGHLAN, Me and my husband, Spc Chris Hamm, knows your son very well. I met him when we were deployed to Italy, and still are. My husband is in 508 HHC as well. We had lots of fun. He would come to the house for BBQ's and things. I also liked his wife, Crystal. How is she doing? I just thought it was neat to find someone I know of on here.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email: rangergirl
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 06:15:31

Message

I would like to post this poem. It was given to spouses a few years ago! I had the privilege of attending the luncheon and thought it was a beautiful poem To Sad Wife I hope it gives you some inspiration and comfort. THE SILENT RANKS I WEAR NO UNIFORMS, NO BLUES OR AMY GREENS BUT I AM IN THE MILITARY IN THE RANKS RARELY SEEN I HAVE NO RANK UPON MY SHOULDERS SALUTES I DO NOT GIVE BUT THE MILITARY WORLD IS THE PLACE WHERE I LIVE I'M NOT IN THE CHAIN OF COMMAND, ORDERS I DO NOT GET BUT MY HUSBAND IS THE ONE WHO DOES, THIS I CAN NOT FORGET I'M NOT THE ONE WHO FIRES WEAPONS, WHO PUTS MY LIFE ON THE LINE BUT MY JOB IS JUST AS TOUGH I'M THE ONE THAT'S LEFT BEHIND MY HUSBAND IS A PATRIOT A BRAVE AND A PRIDEFUL MAN AND THE CALL TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY, NOT ALL CAN UNDERSTAND BEHIND THE LINES I SEE THE THINGS NEEDED TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY FREE MY HUSBAND MAKES THE SACRIFICE BUT SO DOUR KIDS AND ME I LOVE THE MAN I MARRIED SOLDIERING IS HIS LIFE BUT I STAND AMONG THE SILENT RANKS KNOWN AS THE MILITARY WIFE!


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 05:47:12

Message

My son's name was - SGT Michael Yashinski and he died Christmas Eve 2003 in Kirkuk, Iraq.I would be honored to add your loved one's name to the Hero Tree and I will try and get a picture soon to Mr Bradley. As to the Scholarship fund here is what you do - Make out the check to : Society of the 173d Abn Bde (sep) Make a notation in whose name you are making the donation (anaomous, your loved one or a fallen hero, or "Just Because") then mail it to : Society of the 173d Airborne Brigade (sep) PO Box 42331 Fayetteville, NC 28309-2331 This scholarship is for those that have served or is serving in the 173rd and their families. I felt this was a wonderful way to continue to honor Michael and to support his "Brothers" that meant so much to him. Flowers fade and die but the gift of education is a living legacy. Maybe some 10 years down the road a young person will get a college degree and will say - "Because of SGT Ski I will be a doctor or teacher" What better Memorial is that? Love to all. You Sky Soldiers stay safe !!! Love Mommaski


Name: soldier's sister
Email: sister@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 05:46:38

Message

As always, Mommaski- you are a voice of calm and reason. Your strength and grace are truly inspiring. Thank you for being willing to share your strength with all of us... To all of the 173rd - be strong and be safe! And to my brother...you are in my thoughts every day...I am so proud of you!


Name: Old Soldier
Email: abc@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 05:45:42

Message

To ~*~ -- my last word about Ms. Sheehan -- she DID meet with the President and in her own words he was very gracious and caring about her son's death and sacrifice. Now, she wants to meet again because with her new found celebrity and media attention she wants to embarrass him publicly. Mommaski has said previously and the news has reported repeatedly that her son was not stopped-lossed to Iraq, he reenlisted specifically to go to Iraq with his unit. His choice, not her's. She laughs when she gets arrested in Washington because this is all a game to her - get on the front page, get on the evening news, continue her 15 minutes of fame. She even gets mad when the media ignores her to cover the hurricane victims!! For what - who knows. Let's move on to something else - I turn the channel when she comes on the news and I will scroll past any posting here that mentions her name again.


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 03:32:23

Message

Well said, Deb Yashinski (Mommaski). Where is this scholarship that you donate to? I would like to donate also. I'm sure that you have posted your sons name before but would you post it again? What a good way to honor our soldiers past and present. Also would you add my son's name to your tree. This tree must be amazing. Would love to see it. SPC Clayton Grigsby 2-503. Thanks. Kathy


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 03:21:14

Message

It looks like Sgt. Ben Crowley will be spending his birthday (Oct. 15) at Walter Reed. He was wounded Aug. 26. If anyone would like to send him a card, his address is listed under hospitalized soldiers. He sure could use some cheering up. Hopefully, he will be home for Christmas. Thank you


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/29/05
Time: 03:07:46

Message

Mommaski: Could you please add my husband as well. SPC Nathan Rone 173rd Airborne, 1-508th HHC. Thank you so much. And as far as this Sheehan woman goes, can we just drop it. Others come to this site, like myself, looking for info about their loved one or to support other troops and families, not to hear all of this negativism. Lets get back to supporting our troops!


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: daborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 22:33:27

Message

Diane - I will happy to add your loved one. The honor is all mine. Love to you all. Mommaski


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 21:21:27

Message

Please include my son; SPC John Caughlan, 173rd Airborne, 1-508th/HHC. Is that enough info? Also do you have a picture to post of your tree? What a wonderful gift to those of us whom still have "family" in Afghanistan. Thank you so very much from Washington State:) Diane


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 20:59:44

Message

to Sarah - I have made Blue Stars that have the rank, name and unit of a soldier and I hang it on what has been come to be known as the "Hero Tree". I hang the stars on this tree with yellow ribbon. The tree is in my front yard for everyone to see. When our Sky Soldiers come home I will be sending them to my liaison there for them to be given to them. The other stars will be sent to people who have asked for their loved ones to be added - Marines, Air Force and National Guard (I don't have any Navy) Hope this answers your question. Mommaski


Name: Sarah Scribner (To Mommaski)
Email: sarah.scribner@us.army.mil
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 20:49:42

Message

In reference to the following posting, could you tell me what you are making? I am interested. Thank you. Name: Mommaski Email: deborayashinski Date: 09/01/05 Time: 10:58:55 Message To Sheila Steely - I would be honored to add your son's name. Just email me to the above address and give me his rank, and full name and unit (1/508th etc). When our Heroes come back I will be sending the stars to the 173rd where they will be given to the soldiers. Any one else interested can do the same thing. Believe me, the Honor is mine.


Name: sam
Email: hippyblonde45@aol.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 20:43:34

Message

I don't post messages very often but I am on the site every day I'm happy for those who here from their loved ones and sad for those who lost loved ones lets just remember that this site is to support each other and support our loved one, to show them we are proud of them I am thankful Mr Bradley started this site so we can support each other Please do not disgrace our soldiers by fighting lets keep this site a positive place for all of us p.s. I am proud of my brother and everyone who serve in the military and special thanks to you Mr Bradley for this site and for your service in the military


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 20:27:35

Message

Oh dear, I was afraid of this. When I saw Cindy Sheehan's name mentioned, I prayed that no one would give her the time of day... but I guess it was not to be. Let me tell you about Cindy - her son re-enlisted to specifically go to Iraq, why? Because he told his father it was the right thing to do. Cindy and her husband and her other child met with the President, according to her husband he said he was very gracious and very sympathetic. Now, she wants to meet with the President so she can tell him that she hates him and personally blames him for her son's death. There are several stages of grief - denial, bargaining, anger and acceptance. Sometimes we get stuck in one of these stages and then we need professional help. I believe Cindy got to the anger stage and she couldn't blame her son for his decision - it would make her a bad mother, so she blamed an unobtainable person - The President of the United States. She knows in her mind that as long as she is angry he will not be allowed to meet with her so she keeps the anger alive and therefore keeps her son alive. My son. also died in Iraq. Her grief is no greater than mine or any other mother who has gone thru this loss. She does not speak for me and I have wrote the President begging him to stay the course, to not let my son's death be for nothing. The Iraqis and Afghanis are a people who want and deserve freedom. Our Nation has always answered the call for help and when attacked - the "sleeping giant has awoken". I pray each night for our Service People - past and present. My son is gone and I can never have him back, but, I can make sure that his memory is kept alive and he is honored for the choices HE made. On October 8th my son would have been 26 years old - I honor him by supporting the 173rd and donating to their Scholarship fund. Please let us give no more space to Cindy Sheehan, pray for her that God will grant her peace, but let's keep this space nonpolitical as we can. Let us deal with what is important - our Sky Soldiers and their families !!! My love to all of you. Mommaski


Name: Charlene
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobal.net
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 20:16:01

Message

Happy 22nd Birthday Baby Boy. Sgt Clint Kelly TF Fury 1-508th HHC. We all are missing you and very proud of you. Loving you. Mom


Name: SJ
Email: keltmom@hotmail.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 19:52:52

Message

I am a Mom and I pray that I never know the pain that our fallen soldier's families feel. I also pray that I would have the strength to honor my son in the manner that he would expect me to under any circumstance. My son often ends our calls by saying - Mom, you must always know that I am doing exactly what I chose to do and I am honored to serve with my fellow soldiers. He truly loves the boys he serves with and I know he would lay down his life for any one of them.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 19:43:51

Message

Dear PS,

1st, I am always cautious of people who don't post email address, names etc.

2nd, as to you question, No I was not drafted! I enlisted and served 23 years; http://www.bradleyboys.com/milhx.htm

3rd, this web site is not about Sheehan and her political aspirations

4th, Don't get me started on death and dying. I held men as they died, looked into the eyes of grieving mothers that have lost a son. So much pain, so many lives lost. lets not go there.


Name: ~*~
Email: p.s.
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 19:20:19

Message

what started all of this, because I did not agree with you? Is this what we have come to? you must need something better to do. My son is fighting, breathing death, moving dead bodies, trying to get himself and all his team out in one piece over there, seeing a nation without anything (he says we have no idea) and whatever else his job may be today. I AM VERY PROUD OF HIM. HE IS AN AMERICAN SOLDIER!! he joined after this all started, he did not join because he thought it was going to be an easy living, and he was not drafted, were you Mr. Bradley? lets ALL try and be understanding. everyone gets on here and talks about prayer and God, let's put it to use.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 19:15:26

Message

Associated Press report a 82nd Airborne Paratrooper killed in afghanistan CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia paratrooper has been killed in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was in was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, the 82nd Airborne said Wednesday. Army Staff Sgt. Robert White, 34, of Cross Lanes died Monday from wounds he sustained as his patrol was attacked by militants near Zahri, according to a news release. White was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C.


Name: ~*~
Email: subject mrs. sheehan
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 19:05:47

Message

I am sorry Mr. Bradley, she is NOT a Jane Fonda. She is a mother who would like to talk to her sons Commander and Chief. there is nothing wrong w/ that. all he has to do is go our his front door. she has not made it hard at all. it is not about anti war, pro war. him not talking to her and the press has made it blown up into all of this. my son is not fighting for apple pie, I agree he is fighting for the soldier next to him, HE has told me this himself. they are a family and I am thankful for that. It makes them all safer. I agree w/ the one who said that we all grieve in different ways. where is the love in our hearts that we have for the Afghan people? is there not enough to share w/ a hurting mother? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 18:40:37

Message

Mr. Bradley, you are such a wise man. And having been there in their shoes who could say it better. I applaud you also for standing up to show your disgust with Sheehan. Exactly my sentiments. Thank you for expressing your feelings on the matter. I just know that my son would never want me to take the political path that she has decided to take. Sure she can express her views---those are her freedoms. But for her to think that she is the spokesperson for anyone else is her sad mistake. She has and did cross the line. Again, thanks. What a more dutiful job you perform for your fellow soldiers. This site is my lifeline. Even when you have to get on to us ever once in a while. :) Kathy


Name: Alli
Email: byro0017@umn.edu
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 18:32:09

Message

I am not supporting nor am I condemning Mrs. Sheehan. I come from a background in mortuary science/funeral directing and I know that when a loved one dies, especially a loved one who was not supposed to die before you, a person can do strange things. It is not what we might do, but everyone deals with grief in their own way. It's an extremely personal thing. People may react in a way that we would never understand. That is the nature of grief. When a person dies, why do some people cease to eat? Why do they overeat? Why do some cry? Why do some hold it in? Why do some protest? Why do some hold memorials? Some of you have experienced more grief than I can even imagine and I judge no one.


Name: DAGMAR YOUNG
Email: wiesau1960@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 18:18:17

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Lot of pictures from battle company 3rd plt. at www.gaycalaf.com


Name:
Email: WingedOne3
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 16:58:14

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Happy Birthday SGT Hooks!!! I hope to see and hear from you soon. Love and miss you!!!


Name: Auntie Margaret
Email: mjtraves@aol.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 16:32:47

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


Name: A Very Proud Mom and Aunt
Email: Patti
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 16:27:19

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My son is with the 173rd in Afghanistan and my nephew is with the 101st and is leaving today for his second tour in Iraq. I couldn't be prouder of both of them. God bless and protect the 173rd, 101st, and ALL soldiers everywhere!


Name: Gina
Email: I agree
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 16:24:02

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Mr. Bradley: you could not speak the truth more clearly about war. Thanks for your encouragement and your wisdom. It makes those rough days a little easier to deal with. I also agree that Sheehan is another Fonda. What a waste of a human life. Thanks to all our soldiers, you are our heros and you will never be forgotten. Keep your chin up and your heads down.


Name: Aimee
Email: aimeesanfilippo@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 16:08:37

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Here is a link to an article written about Staff Sgt. Schafer... http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGB3Y5FS4EE.html


Name: TO: army gf
Email: packages
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 15:37:23

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My husband always asks for snacks, snacks, snacks. He says to not send any trail mix or beef jerky type snacks cause he said he can get plenty where he is at. I send the drink mixes that are made by Nestea & Crystal Lite for bottled water. Also, M&M's have been the only chocolate to make it over there melt. I send these air sealed packages of tuna & salmon (not cans, but you can send those too), various crackers or Pringles, snack cakes, candy (lots of Halloween candy to buy right now), magazines, local newspapers help pad the box, chapstick, Visine......those are the main things I send. Maybe that helps you?......................**To sad wife - hang in there, we're all here for you.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 15:25:53

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Pro-War, Anti-War ...what stupid words. Any soldier that ever fought a war will tell you he/she is Anti-War. War is hell is not an understatement, its a truth. When a human faces his mortality he/she changes. Soldiers do not fight Wars for policies, freedom or the commander and chief. They do it because is the job the signed onto do. They took and oath to obey. When the bullets fly and fear filled the heart it is not Mom, apple pie or the American flag soldiers think about. It about each other, the duty to each other. A commitment that know they will go to hell and back to save each other as they know that their Brothers would do the same for them. It is not politics, its not pro war or anti war its about people, duty and honor. Deep words but the truth. This Sheehan women's son died for his Brothers and she is a fool not to see the sacrifice he made. She crossed the line of a grieving mother, to become a political activist. She put her personal politics above the duty, honor and sacrifice of her son. Just what we needed ...another Jane Fonda.


Name:
Email: **C
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 15:24:27

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Hi "armygirlfiend"... I'm right along side as one of them as well!!! My soldier is also not one to ask for many things at all. So it's hard to figure out what to send. I've been sending him chef-boy-ardee spaghetti and meat balls in the little cans and I did send him muscle milk. I'm a personal trainer and where as I don't suggest people use shakes, in his situation, and all those guy's situations, it's a great product. It runs about 30 bucks or so and he likes the chocolate milk flavor. He likes powdered doughnuts, cookie, Pringles, and just any snack to keep their taste buds happy!! Hang in there girl!!! Let me know if I can help you in any other way!


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 14:53:45

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Oh dear. Let me explain myself. I am behind my soldier 100%. I am behind the cause and the reason they are there!!!!!! I do not "like" war. Unfortunately that is the way terrorists have to be dealt with. I am for the Afghan people to help them with their freedoms. When my son joined the army he fully knew what he was joining for. He knew what was ahead of him. He knew. And after I read Kite Runner I was ready to join the grandma brigade and go to Afghanistan myself and help the cause. By the way if you have not read that book it is a wonderful read. But be prepared because you too will want join the cause. Read it. It will change the way you feel about the war, what our soldiers are doing, and the Aghani people. Our soldiers are there for a reason. It is NOT a lost cause. God Bless Our Soldiers. Kathy


Name: army gf
Email: hi@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 14:20:04

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To all the women supporting the men at war, God Bless you!! You are one of the many unsung heroes of this war. While I don't mean to be insensitive and deter from the issue, I do have a question for those who regularly send packages to our troops. I would like to send my honey some things but he is too modest to ask. What should I send that might help him during missions? Muscle milk? food? snacks? clothes? drink mixes? what kind of mixes should i send and where should I purchase these? I'm a bit lost. Thank you!!!


Name: 100% PROUD AMERICAN WIFE
Email: LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 13:00:23

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My biggest concern and need to post a message was validated when i read the comment that you can support your soldier 100% and not agree or support the war. I am not accusing or condescending anyone but who can not possibly support our cause for being in this war. I think every American, Italian, German, Australian, (etc). would agree and do agree with our heart being broke apart when our brothers and sisters were killed on 9/11. Not only is our country doing the right thing but we are also liberating a country to be free. Afghanistan does not have the luxuries that America has, but has come along way and will continue to do so as long as we have these wonderful men and women to VOLUNTEER to serve their country. As far as mrs Sheehan wanting to meet the commander in chief in regards to her sons death. Why? There is no one in America we should be blaming but the terrist that seek danger on brothers and sisters. As I sit here in my house tonight I am once again reminded of the sacrifices my husband, your husbands, your sons, and brothers make minute by minute. Thank you for everyone that has support to give. and thank you sky soldiers I sleep PEACEFULLY at night because of you ...........................................................................


Name:
Email: italian gf
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 11:32:54

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to sad wife: i truly feel what you are going through, i use to hear from my soldier often, almost every day; lately he writes 3 emails in 4 months! he didn't call since June and it made me feel sad also. i wont see him until they will come back because for his leave he will go back home to the states and not here in Italy (i really understand the reason of his choice!).. but i know he is having very hard time there, i will be patient, waiting for his return and see how things will be when we will be together again. War changes Men, we just have to be honest to ourselves and to them; if things cant work out... well... i personally think that you cant force yourself to stay with someone that is not respecting you. Italian Gf


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 11:18:54

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To ~*~ You are right. Just as I was right and not cruel to say what I had to say. I'm not for war either. Actually don't know anyone who is. We are all different. Mrs. Sheehan is entitled to her opinion. She crosses the line when she misrepresents me with her cause. But she has every right to express her "personal" opinion. IF this had been a draft army then I probably could see her anger. This is a voluntary military. All I know is that I am 100% behind my soldier. He knows why he is there and I support that. Kathy


Name:
Email: sad wife
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 10:54:35

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no im not Italian im back in the states with friends and family. And i know some of you Italian ladies know what im going through also because your boyfriend, fiancées and even husbands are there also.


Name: ~*~
Email: Mrs. Sheehan
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 10:20:16

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Let us not be quick to judge Mrs. Sheehan. she is doing what she feels in her heart is right. We can be behind our soldiers 100% and not have to agree with the war. I am! Isn't that what her son stands for, FREEDOM? did he not only fight for freedom in OTHER countries, but also OURS! we need to search our hearts and let OUR GOD BE THE JUDGE. I believe what you said is very cruel and hurtful to her. All she wants to do is speak with HIS Commander and Chief, is that such a sin? I think that her son would be very proud of his mother. She is doing it all in love *and with a pain that I pray every day that I never have to deal with..* The Lord has felt her pain though, God wants peace, let us search our hearts if we claim HIM as our SAVIOR. we are all in this together and should support each other, we do not have to agree, the world would be very boring. May God Bless You and bring us together as a Nation.


Name:
Email: to sad wife
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 10:18:03

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Are you Italian, that's why you said that people around you don't understand what you are going through?


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 10:07:33

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Going to someone is the first step sad wife. Im glad to see your going to talk with someone. If you need anyone to talk to -please email me.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 10:06:32

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About the cruise... I signed my husband up for it back in August when I first heard about it from the news and the first week of September, I already received my husbands card in the mail for the cruise. It doesn't state how many days it is for, or even if it is just a day cruise. More then likely, I would think it is only a day cruise since Grand Bahamas isn't too far off the coast from Florida. We will definitely be going though. It is nice to see that Discovery Cruise lines are supporting our troops.


Name:
Email: a very sad wife
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 10:04:52

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thank you everyone for your support i really appreciate it because i cant ask anyone with me here because they dont know what im going through like you guys do. i know im not going to get a divorce but im going to get help from someone. Like i said Thank you


Name: Lynn-Airborne Friend
Email: 2/503
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 09:56:49

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Mommaski, Kathy & Jessica: thank you for the encouraging words. While I'm not married to my skysoldier, your words are a good reminder to all of us whether boyfriend, sibling, parent or spouse. I do get a lot of comfort from this page and am thankful for it & all of you.


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 09:06:16

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To: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski) Why can't the Cindy Sheehan lady be like you? What a beautiful testament to the wife who is suffering right now. Don't you know that Mrs. Sheehan's son would be so embarrassed if he were to see what a disgrace she has brought to herself. She doesn't disgrace him because he is the ultimate hero and no matter what could you disgrace that. I just want to commend you, Deb, for being a shining star to all of us. You can hear the proud mother in everything that you write. If only Cindy Sheehan could put her efforts to the good that you are doing she would be a prouder mother of her son!!!! To the wife who is suffering, I know you feel you are alone. We are all here for you. We feel your pain. There is not a better group of people for you to turn to than someone who knows your pain. Have faith in yourself after asking God for wisdom. God Bless You, Deb. God Bless You, the Wife. And most of all God Bless Our Soldiers. Kathy


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 08:25:17

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To the sad wife: My heartfelt prayers are going out to you right now. I know it is tough being an army wife, but as my husband says "You knew it would be a rough road when you said I do". And that is so true. Our soldiers have seen so much while they have been over there. Often they have no one else to be able to confide in then their families back here waiting for them. I know our husbands say and do things often that are hurtful, but we love them no matter what. For better or worse right? If anything, we should show them our love even more right now because they need it now more then ever. My husband often tells me that knowing I love him is what keeps him going every day and keeping him sane. It is also sad to me to hear about these soldiers who worry every night if there wife will be there for them when they get home. They shouldn't have to even have that cross their minds. Where is the commitment in marriages today? Yes, our husbands do change and they do not come back the same man as they were when they left, but if anything we love them even more for the sacrifices they make for our families and for every fellow American. Keep your chin up sad wife. Be there for your husband no matter what!! This is the time when he needs to depend on you now more then ever. I agree with the others who have said "when he says something hurtful, just tell him you love him". That's all we as wives can do right now. Support our husbands, tell them we are proud of them, and love them unconditionally!!


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 07:19:02

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To Sad Wife - Oh honey of course it is sad, whether you want to leave your husband in war or peace. But sometimes during war pressure becomes so much and their feelings become so mixed up that they have no one "safe" to vent to except the one person they think is the one person who will stick by them no matter what. You have to remember, they have seen some of their buddies fall and they are scared, they fear that you might see the changes in them and not love them anymore so they try to drive a wedge between you now. It is a defense mechanism !! And in no way represents their true feelings probably. There is a beautiful song out by John Conlee called "They Also Serve". It is about the families left behind and while they don't wear a uniform or carry a gun they also serve. They are in the war. And you are!! This is what being a military family is all about - there are no medals for wives that stay strong and keep the home fires burning so that her husband can concentrate on the mission, stay safe and come home. There are no medals that are given to parents that not only come to worry about their own child but every child in the unit. There are no medals for the vets that give unselfishly of their time and experience to keep the families from falling apart. There is no "job well done" or "going above and beyond the call of duty" for families. We do this because it is expected and is part of our "job". The Marine Corp used to have a saying "If we had wanted you to have a wife, we would have issued you one (and she would have green baggy skin -ha ha)" Which from my experience (a Marine daughter, a Marine wife and an Army mom) has taught me we have the tougher job emotionally, we have to dig down deep and gather that strength for our men. Honey, if he says something mean to you - just tell him you love him and can't wait to see his beautiful face again.... then email me and you can vent all you want!!!! I will listen to you and dry your tears. And that goes for any of you who feel that you are in the same canoe!!! As they are a united fighting force, so to are we by being there for each other. Together, we are a strong invincible force. My love to all of you. Mommaski


Name:
Email: ---
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 06:38:35

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TO PROUD WIFE: i heard from 508 yesterday (not HHC but 508 nonetheless) and he was well and is coming home VERY soon as well. i'm sure you'll be hearing from him within the next couple of days and if nothing else, then when he is in route to come home. hope he has a safe journey!!


Name: Faye Lee Lovell
Email: fayedlee@hotmail.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 06:07:50

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TO A VERY SAD WIFE-----Let your loved one vent. My son called last week "venting" also. I told him to pray about the situation and to know that things will get better. I talked and "listened" to him for a long time just letting him know that I was there. Not that I can totally understand what he is going through but that I am there when he needs me. He called me back this week and things are better. Things are tough on these guys. My son was just 19 when he went to Iraq and now he is in Afghanistan--that is alot to adjust to. They are facing death everyday and sometimes --if there could be--things worse than that. Email me if you need to talk. Hold on to your loved one.


Name: proud wife
Email: ...
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 05:41:12

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Would anyone happen to know if there is anything going on with the 508th? My husband is with HHC and I havent heard from him in a while. He was supposed to call 3 days ago. He is supposed to be on his way home soon, just wondering if anyone knows anything.


Name: Cheryl
Email: cubbybear99_98@yahoo.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 05:23:48

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I recieved this article regarding Michael Schafer,2nd Batallion 503rd, one of our lost heros. Here is the link:http://www.hernandotoday.com/MGB3Y5FS4EE.html


Name:
Email: TO THE SAD WIFE
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 04:36:44

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I understand how you might feel, my soldier has said things lately that I would have rather not to hear however I can understand the stress he has been going through so I'm being ''strong'' for him. I am confident that once they get back things will be better. I know it might not be easy anyway I would never leave without trying. a fiancè


Name: ~*~
Email: doan range
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 04:24:35

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to the sad wife; you should order the book "DOWN RANGE" and talk to the gal who wrote it. She is a great help. Also, the Bible has very comforting verses to help you through this. He may be leaning on you for strength, (you may be the person he is closest to) he has been going through a lot over there. killing, seeing death, smelling death, so please get help before you make a any decisions. God is a healer of ALL things, draw near to HIM and He will draw near to you! the Lord does not want to see you in pain either YOU ARE HIS CHILD TOO! please think everything through. READ YOUR BIBLE :) GOD WILL SEND YOU THE COMFORTER


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 02:55:13

Message

Cruise link below fixed!


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email: rangergirl
Date: 09/28/05
Time: 02:49:59

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Thanks Jaymo! I got on and registered!! To sad wife pray and ask God for guidance. I am just a fiancée..........and he vents all the time when he calls. Just be encouraging to him and pray it works!! They are enduring a lot of stuff


Name: Sarah
Email: Steins@mscd.edu
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 23:55:21

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Dear Sad Wife: Is it sad? Yes. Does it happen? Yes. I, too, am a wife, but am blessed with a husband who takes care with what he does and does not say. However, before you think of leaving, think of the man you married. Realize that he is in there and think of the woman that married him. She is inside you, too. The woman that married your husband probably said she would stay with him for better or for worse and would be able to love and handle whatever came her way. She probably could not fathom her husband treating her poorly, etc. Now, ask yourself what that woman would do. Just my 2 cents.


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@pacifier.com
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 22:59:27

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To "sad wife" YOU hang in there. You have my email, email me directly! This is tough for all of us...Mothers, Fathers, husbands, wives & families. This is also new to all of us. I do expect anger/frustration & sadness. How can it not be? But from both sides too! The soldiers have to vent, whom best to vent to than a wife? Like being a Mom, kids always vent to us when they are low. You just have to remember that each of us has highs & lows. Some vent, some do not. Please seek a counselor/pastor or someone you trust. A Military Family/support team is unique. Seek someone that you trust to help you understand yourself & your husband. Best of luck and please feel free to email me. Your friend, Diane "proud Mom"


Name:
Email: a very sad wife
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 21:47:02

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is it sad to want to leave your husband well he is Afghanistan? I mean he has been really mean to me lately and he says hurtful things now what should i do??


Name:
Email: ---
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 13:07:09

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thanks Jaymo!!!


Name: Theresa
Email: t_avery_80@yahoo.com
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 12:38:17

Message

Has anyone heard from soldiers from the 2/503rd able company today. I was hoping to hear from my brother. God bless our soldiers.


Name: Lynn- Airborne Friend
Email: 2/503
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 09:04:44

Message

Thanks Stanley! Mine's in 2nd squad & hopefully will hear from him soon.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 08:45:45

Message

To Lynn: He's in 3rd platoon, weapons squad.


Name:
Email: ---
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 08:32:22

Message

Here is the link for the cruise.... http://www.discoverycruise.com/home/ResPckgDet_OB_2_GR_WEEKSPC_SE_1_ST_MILITARY  .html Hope it works this time!


Name:
Email: ---
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 08:08:16

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TO JAYMO the site didn't work when i clicked on it. do you mind posting it again? Thanks so much for sharing!!


Name: Lynn- airborne friend
Email: 2/503
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 07:06:34

Message

Also heard the news but have not seen any info other than one's was a soldier & one a marine. God Bless them. Stanley, what squad is your son with?


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 04:29:07

Message

Anyone have any news on the activity that took place on Monday around Kandahar???? Just read it on the Aghan News page. Kathy G


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 03:53:15

Message

Heard from my son last night. He is in the Chosen Few, 2nd/503. He said everyone was alright. They were out on recovery of the helicopter and are back now.


Name: Mom of sky soldier
Email: shockg549@aol.com
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 02:50:46

Message

At Christmas I made and sent black walnut fudge, and I told Eric to let everyone know it had black walnuts. In case they had never tried black walnuts. Well they tried It and loved it. Home made treats are special. Eric said they kept coming back to his room looking for more. I sent another batch.


Name: Red Devil Supporter B CO
Email: rangergirl
Date: 09/27/05
Time: 02:29:15

Message

Iheard from my sweetie on Sturday, all is well. THey are buys busy busy!! He called and a 312 number showed up; it is just the calling cards that thye use but you can not call themback......Hope this helps for the person that had the question about the numbers showing up! 216 days down!!!! , I am getting restless now that I am really counting down the days> Let us keep praying for their safety. I am trying to do a welcome home honey package for him of things he likes etc. Like going to get a really good massage etc! Ciao 100% Italian Jaymo where exactly did you go on the site for info or sign up for cruise> Thanks for sharing Any ideas for Christmas boxes anyone?


Name: ~*Jessy*~
Email: jessica.workman@us.army.mil
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 23:17:53

Message

My heart just hurts about the Navada and Oregon National Gaurdsmen. When my husband was NG he was with the Unit in Pendleton. We are from La Grande, Oregon (near Pendleton). If there is anything that we can do for you all, Please, Please let us know. Zach, baby, I'm hurting for you. Keep your chin up and your head down. You will be home soon. All the love I have ~Jessy~


Name: ~*~
Email: *******
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 23:12:09

Message

My hunny's coming home!! My hunny's coming home!! I cannot believe that I will get to see him!! Two weeks is such a short time but I am sooooo Thrilled!!! be safe love of my life! we will see each other soon!


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 21:23:51

Message

I saw this in my local newspaper and I thought I'd share it with all of you in case someone is interested. Discovery Cruise Line has this on their website: We are inviting all Military who have served or are serving in Iraq or Afghanistan on a complimentary cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Bahamas Island valid until December 31, 2006. Discovery will provide the free cruise, including the cost of all meals, all service charges, taxes and Bahamian Departure Fees. There are no additional costs involved. Here's the website: http://www.discoverycruise.com/home/ResPckgDet_OB_2_GR_WEEKSPC_SE_1_ST_MILITARY%20%20.html


Name: bbg and deb
Email: ---
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 13:28:48

Message

thanks for letting me know. he said he'd leave the 3rd and would be here (the states) the 9th or 10th. hope you all enjoy 'em!!


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 13:25:29

Message

One of my "boys" is leaving on the 2nd to start his R&R - he's going home to his Love in Italy !!! I know he is very excited !!! He said it has been crazy there for the last few weeks and he said he was looking forward to being with her and doing a mini vacation. The rest of you stay safe and be careful. Love to all. Mommaski


Name:
Email: bbg
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 13:11:29

Message

My soldier is leaving on oct 14th, I think he will go to kandahar first, don't know about Kuwait. He said he should be here on the16/17th


Name:
Email: ---
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 13:09:08

Message

our soldier is supposed to leave october 3rd for another airbase to start his leave journey to Kuwait and so on. anyone else know of their soldier making the same move?


Name: CH-47 Helicopter Crash
Email: Zabul Province
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 08:56:32

Message

The soldiers involved were from Nevada and Oregon National Guard. http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/1750771.html


Name: to WIFE
Email: A.t.
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 07:51:58

Message

Talked to my soldier today, he's in 1-508 and everything was fine, hope this helps


Name: wife
Email: ...
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 07:29:01

Message

Has anyone heard from the 508th? Haven't heard from my soldier in a while.


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/26/05
Time: 04:35:43

Message

Heard from my son Sunday--2nd Platoon Able Co. 2-503. They have been quite busy he said. All was fine with them. He was saddened by the recent chopper crash. God Bless Our Soldiers. Kathy


Name: TO: ...
Email: ---
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 21:40:22

Message

my, aren't you pleasant. i think i speak for everyone... that this page is to support one another and our soldiers, not to criticize or claim to be perfect or threaten to "get me". the purpose of this page is stated right above the message board... you're attitude is the last thing we need on this site.


Name: Wendy Kennicker
Email: wkennicker@aol.com
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 21:19:12

Message

Hi Mike my little bro I hope you see this. I love and miss you. Love Wendy


Name: crash
Email: email
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 11:16:49

Message

my husband e-mailed me not long ago. no soldiers from 2/503rd were in the helicopter crash today


Name:
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 10:08:47

Message

Heard from my husband to day via e-mail. He said he was fine he didn't mention the crash so I am going to assume his team wasn't involved. HHC Scouts. My heart goes out to the families of the soldiers who died on that crash. God bless!!!


Name: chiara
Email: chiaravedovato@libero.it
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 09:21:12

Message

does anybody knows something about the helicopter crash this morning in Afghanistan where they are 5 soldiers died??


Name: about phone call question
Email: email
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 08:09:24

Message

When my boyfriend calls me, a 703 or 732 area code shows up. I don't know where that is from, but its not from around here. Lately, I think he has been calling for free. He calls a base in the US then they transfer him to my number (at least that's the way I think it works!!). He used to have to use a calling card though. I hope that helps!


Name: Name: Lynn- airborne friend
Email: 2/503
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 06:58:16

Message

Thank you for the info on 2/503! I also have not heard in 3 wks from my soldier (1st platoon). We used to talk every other day so this has been a too long stretch. God bless the Chinook crew.


Name: EA
Email: ...
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 05:10:34

Message

Five dead in crash of U-S chopper in Afghanistan Last Update: 9/25/2005 6:38:47 AM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U-S military says five crew members were killed today when their Chinook helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan. The cause is still being investigating but a military spokesman says it doesn't appear to have been shot down. A spokesman for the governor of Zabul province, where the crash occurred, says there was no fighting in the area at the time of the crash. He says he was told the chopper crashed while returning to a U-S base after dropping off troops for a raid on a suspected militant target. There have been at least two other fatal crashes of Chinook helicopters this year in Afghanistan. One was shot down.


Name:
Email: babygurllll19@yahoo.com
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 03:53:27

Message

I have heard from my fiancée yesterday night 11pm Italy time. He is in B co 2/503. Everything was fine. Does anyone have info on the helicopter crash?


Name:
Email: italian gf
Date: 09/25/05
Time: 02:16:10

Message

does anyone heard from 2nd plt b.co 2-503rd lately? i haven't heard from my soldier in almost a month! thank you.


Name: Deb Yashinski (Mommaski)
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 17:58:45

Message

Hey everybody !!! Well I am back from NC. I seem to be having a weather problem - let's see there was Katrina, then I went to NC and got Ophelia and then got back in time for Rita. Hmmm... I'm thinking of joining our guys in Afghanistan - they don't have hurricanes there ,do they? No, really I just want the hurricanes to stop. By the way to all you special mothers out there - Happy Gold Star Mother's Day. Sunday is a day set aside for us, who have lost. May this day bring you peace. To my guys out there - stay safe, stay focused. We are so Proud of you. Love to all. Mommaski


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 16:08:01

Message

News photos posted; http://www.173rdairborne.net/AF-72.htm http://www.173rdairborne.net/AF-73.htm


Name:
Email: babygurlll
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 14:59:48

Message

I think He is in HQ platoon.


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 14:03:39

Message

RE:calls - My husband calls the local air force base where I live to have their operators connect the call to me and it is free.


Name:
Email: casey_mitchell25@yahoo.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 13:42:27

Message

To the families of the wounded soldiers, you are in my prayers. God bless our soldiers, God Bless America!!! To SGT Mitchell I love you and Miss you!!!


Name: to babygurlll
Email: janefk
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 13:37:58

Message

Which platoon of B co 2/503 are you looking for. My son is in 1st plt. and I do have some photos.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 13:14:28

Message

They do have a number that they can call to transmit them to a local area code to you where it is free, but more often then not -that line is usually busy. My husband uses a calling card -just because he knows he will be able to reach me with that on the 18 minute time period he gets to call.


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 13:14:25

Message

They do have a number that they can call to transmit them to a local area code to you where it is free, but more often then not -that line is usually busy. My husband uses a calling card -just because he knows he will be able to reach me with that on the 18 minute time period he gets to call.


Name:
Email: babygurlll19@yahoo.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 13:04:23

Message

Does anyone have pictures of B co 2-503?


Name:
Email: babygurlll19
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 13:03:00

Message

my fiancè has to use a calling card to call and so other people have. He has to pay for it.


Name: Dennis Rufolo
Email: drufolo@yahoo.com
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 12:28:39

Message

Received call from my son this AM. 3plt C-1/508. Brief ,but all ok.


Name:
Email: ...
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 09:22:36

Message

when he calls i get my area code. he calls and reaches a transmitter that uses a local number to call me. they don't have to use calling cards because it's free to use the phones there... oh so i hear. he has never needed a calling card. i get the same number from him every time. hope it helps!


Name:
Email: ...
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 02:25:51

Message

sometimes the number that shows its the number of the calling card they're using...


Name:
Email: ...
Date: 09/24/05
Time: 01:52:38

Message

i had a missed call on my phone earlier and i tried to call the number back that was on my caller ID but it said that i couldn't dial the number back. the area code was "310". does anyone know if this is an area code that a soldier could be calling from?


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: sptsal@aol.com
Date: 09/23/05
Time: 11:06:51

Message

To Sgt Elder, 173rd patients, all patients and staff at Fort Sam Houston, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I do hope the hospital will not be greatly affected by the hurricane.


Name: AJN
Email: McMurray42_fan@yahoo
Date: 09/23/05
Time: 08:53:27

Message

Well I just got back from putting my hero on a plane and sending him back. It was hard but now I just pray that he gets there safe and that these next seven months go by quickly. I am so proud of him, the whole time he was home he was worried about the guys he left behind, what a soldier. I hope that those of you who have had your soldier home enjoyed your time as much as I did, and for those of you still waiting, hold onto every minute you get they're all wonderful. God bless all over our soldiers.


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 09/23/05
Time: 03:31:57

Message

To Hack: I will help you in any way I can. Just let me know what I can do. Thanks, Patti


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 23:27:27

Message

Thanks to all who have given suggestions as to finding a site for the 101st. I guess Mr Bradley's right. This type of site only exists through the passion, love, and loyalty of a single individual. Kudos to you and your's Mr Bradley!! I am extremely web-challenged, but with my brother's help I believe we are going to try and get something cooked up for the 101st. Thanks again, Hack.


Name: Make your own 101st Family support site
Email: If you're serious
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 12:01:01

Message

You can start your own free support group. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ and sign up for a free yahoo account then to "Create Your Own Group" (Start a group for your friends, family, club, or other organization. Create a group to find others who share your own particular interest.) Then click: "Start a group now "Put your group in the category "Government & Politics, Military, Army, United States Army, Families, Click: "Place my group here" Then answer the questions to finalize your group. Then contact the Family Readiness Group and tell them about your site. Have your soldier give the web address to his unit. Email unit commanders to pass the word to their deployed soldiers. These sites have built in message board, photo, chat, files and calendar sections etc.----- Have Fun!


Name: Oregon Parent
Email: athome
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 07:42:14

Message

To the person looking for a website for the 101st, As Mr Bradley said, there is none like this one! Here are some sites to try. My son was previously with the 101st so I am an e-mail buddy with the wife of a friend. She sent this information, but also said it would be helpful to know what brigade and company he is with. Good luck. Hope you find some support. http://www.cambell.army.mil/newinternet/division.asp www.fortcampbell.com  (go to forums) www.dis.army.mil  www.101st-airborne.com  (this is apparently run by a 101st veteran)


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, MC, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 07:07:56

Message

As for the 101st Airborne having a web page like this. I can honestly say that NO ARMY UNIT DOES! the webpage http://www.screamingeagle.org/ is the web site for the 101st Airborne Association just as http://www.skysoldier.org is about the 173d Airborne Brigade. These web sites are about their Associations, they are helpful and should be visited but they focus on their association. www.173dAirborne.com  is about the Troops; past, present and future. It is everything Sky Soldier. A one stop shop on the HERD. A labor of love from me to all my sky soldier brothers (& sisters) -- Enjoy!


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, MC, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 07:01:41

Message

I love Hollywood, Last night I watched the new TV program called the "E-Ring" all about the action in the pentagon. Personally I give the whole program a "C+" rating as it portrays what Hollywood THINKS the pentagon is like. The only saving grace is that the Colonel in charge of the section, an old vet, is wearing a 173d Airborne patch on his Right shoulder (Combat patch).


Name: lovinthemkitkats
Email: lovinthemkitkats@yahoo.com
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 04:49:44

Message

You guys rock! I think you're awesome for doing what you do! Keep up the great work!


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/22/05
Time: 02:04:39

Message

To Jeanna: My husband just left to go back on the 14th, and in two days I had heard from via instant messenger from Kuwait. then the next day he called when he was in Afghanistan.. So it shouldn't be long till you hear from your boyfriend.


Name: Jeanna
Email: huladancer878@aol.com
Date: 09/21/05
Time: 16:56:01

Message

Hello everyone. I would just like to report the news that my boyfriend was home on leave recently. He arrived on September 1st at about 5:30PM. They even let us go to the gate to meet him! (I was his "cousin" of course!) We had to bring him back to the airport last Saturday (17th) in the early early morning. We had a wonderful time while he was here, but now I must go back to "reality," since I took the whole time off of work and school to be with him. I haven't posted on here until now because I have been pretty upset and sad about having to send him back. I know that I am very lucky that he was even able to come home, so I shouldn't be sad. I am working on it! I was very proud of myself because I barely cried when I was saying goodbye to him at the airport. I didn't want to cry in front of him because I knew that would make it harder on him. I did pretty good until he walked away, then I lost it, but that was ok because he didn't see it. I am pretty new to this system of having them home for a few weeks, then having to send them back, but this time I think I have finally started to realize that there is nothing that I can do about it so I just have to learn to deal with it and be tough...for him and for me and enjoy the little time we have together. I think it will get better once I hear from him again to know that he made it back ok. Anyone know about how long it usually takes them to contact you again once they leave to go back? Well, that's all for now...hope things are going well for everyone!


Name: Oglethorpe
Email: Double_6s@yahoo.com
Date: 09/21/05
Time: 14:16:08

Message

http://www.screamingeagle.org/ This is the email address of an "unofficial" web site for the 101st Airborne. I looked at it briefly; it did not seem to have a message board such as the one Mr. Bradley has set up for us, perhaps I did not look hard enough. If you go to the site and "ask/look around" perhaps someone can point you in the right direction. Good luck


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 09/21/05
Time: 03:33:52

Message

To Harold Jordan: My son is in 173rd A/2/503 in Afghanistan and my nephew is deploying to Iraq with the 101st in the next few days. I would also like to know if there is a similar site for the 101st. If anyone emails you info, I would also be interested. Thanks!


Name:
Email: TP JOSH
Date: 09/21/05
Time: 00:12:20

Message

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH! A.CO 2503


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: 09/20/05
Time: 22:37:28

Message

Question: Does anyone out there know of a site similar to this one for the 101st Airborne? On both of Josh's deployments this site has been a Godsend to me both mentally and spiritually. Soon my youngest son Jake will be deploying to Iraq and so far I haven't found a site to "watch him" with. Mr. Bradley......Thank You! And to all the 173rd (especially the 74th LRS) keep up the good work over there!!!


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 09/20/05
Time: 19:44:10

Message

Got a call from my son today , 2/503rd Chosen Co, HQ , said all was well but would be gone again. Seemed in a pretty good mood , which made this mom's day :) God bless all the Sky Soldiers :) Love you J :)


Name: Alli
Email: byro0017@umn.edu
Date: 09/19/05
Time: 16:26:51

Message

Just hung out with a great guy & friend (1st Plt, C Co, 2-503d) on Saturday. He was in good spirits and it was so great to see him in person (it's been 4 years). It is so great to see the ones we're missing, and so hard to say goodbye again, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.


Name: mj
Email: mjm
Date: 09/19/05
Time: 11:08:55

Message

Heard from my son yesterday. C co. 2/503 1st platoon. Everything was fine with him.


Name: wife
Email: 1-508
Date: 09/19/05
Time: 10:50:18

Message

heard from my husband, bravo 1-508 tonight. he was in good spirits, and all was well.


Name: New Photos
Email: Able 2/503
Date: 09/19/05
Time: 10:21:00

Message

http://ablewarlords.com/v-web/gallery/


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 09/19/05
Time: 03:10:49

Message

Got back from DC last night from seeing Ben Crowley At Walter Reed. He wants to thank everyone for the cards. He seems to be some better but still a lot of surgeries left to do.


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 09/18/05
Time: 12:06:03

Message

Great Photos of the election: http://www.blackanthem.com/TheAllies/military_2005091818.html


Date: 09/18/05
Time: 11:04:50

Message

sounds like things went well for the most part. hope everyone hears from their loved ones soon!!! GOD is GOOD!!!


Name: Mom
Email: Mom
Date: 09/18/05
Time: 09:00:43

Message

my son is A Co. 503rd. He said they were fine after the elections.


Email: babygurlll19
Date: 09/18/05
Time: 05:32:49

Message

I have talked to my soldier too today, he in in B.2 503. Everything is fine


Name: A Sky Soldier Dad
Email: uhp'kjii
Date: 09/17/05
Time: 22:41:00

Message

I just heard from my son. I got to talk to him for 3-4 minutes. His is in the ROCK, 173rd. So far everything is going well. Please God take care of them. Thanks,


Name: Arlene H
Email: The Hunter Family
Date: 09/17/05
Time: 10:39:33

Message

The video from the CNN news report on the 2/503 can be viewed by going to www.cnn.com click on the story to the right "fighting mars eve of afghanistan vote" from there you can view the video. God, please keep our soldiers safe.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 19:30:58

Message

Well, I had my son at home, at his sisters in Atlanta and from Valdosta to Jekyll Island and back to Atlanta for 15 great days and I was with him until the security check line would not let me go any further. I watched him out of sight and now I start the count down until they get back to Italy and I WILL be there when they arrive unless something bad happens to keep me away. Great 15 days!! Stan Rogers


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 15:09:39

Message

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/12/earlyshow/ourstories/main835169.shtml?CMP=ILC-SearchStories


Name: Patrick's Mom
Email: pyoung@infocom.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 14:31:43

Message

The video was on CNN network on TV.


Name: Ashley
Email: vballbaby10@juno.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 14:24:17

Message

Christina-- the link is at the bottom of the page.. it says the early show after clicking the link it asks you to register which is very easy and free then i reclicked the early show link and the "diary of Afghanistan" is on the right hand side...it was just nice to see where they are and what they see....god bless our soldiers!


Name:
Email: casey_mitchell12@hotmail.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 14:13:21

Message

Where can I watch this video from CNN???? What site???


Name:
Email: **C
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 13:07:46

Message

Patti, I can't find where to click for the video!!! I looked on the far right but don't see anything. Maybe I'm just excited to see it and missed. Where is it located on the site! Thanks :)


Name: Sgt Wilson's Mom
Email: hughesfamilia@earthlink.net
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 13:04:16

Message

I echo everyone's sentiments and requests for prayers as we approach this monument us weekend in Afghanistan. My request, however, is a little selfish--not only is Sunday, September 18 the election, but it is also my son's 25th birthday! It's hard to realize that the last birthday our family celebrated with him was his 18th! My heart is bursting with pride as I think of the man he has become in the past seven years! TO SGT WILSON: Happy Birthday to you my precious son and may God grant us the pleasure of celebrating with you next year. Please know how much you are loved & missed! In the meantime, PLEASE BE SAFE AND WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER--NOT TOO MUCH LONGER!


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 12:54:37

Message

To Patti, thanks so much for the cbs news website. In watching it we saw our son!!! What a great way to end my week. Blessings, Diane


Name: Patrick's Mom
Email: pyoung@infocom.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 11:48:40

Message

I spoke with my son this morning (what a surprise!!). He said they had a CNN reporter with them and to watch for them on CNN. I turned CNN on while home on my lunch hour and luckily caught the end of Ryan Chilcote's report with video on our guys. Try to watch it...some of you may be fortunate to see your soldier there. Patrick is with 2-503 HHC/Scouts. Ryan didn't specify who he was with...only said the 2-503.


Name: Flippo's Mom (Patti)
Email: skysoldiersmom@hotmail.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 09:48:25

Message

Yesterday I received the BIGGEST surprise of my life! I had been home for an hour or so from vacation and was talking to my daughter. I needed to run an errand but she told me to wait because my daughter-in-law had called earlier and said my son was going to try and call home. A little while later we heard the front door open and I walked around the corner to find out who the intruder was. It was MY SON!! Since the start of their deployment I was told he had decided he was not going to take an R&R. He had planned to surprise us from the very beginning. I have never hugged anyone so tightly in my life! That of course will only hold true until the day he has to return. As my daughter-in-law said over dinner, it was so nice to all be together again. It was only by accident that I saw it air but I noticed that no one posted a message about the piece that The Early Show did on Monday the 12th. One of their reporters was recently in Afghanistan and went to the FOBs of Salerno and Orgun-E. In Salerno there was the 82nd but at Orgun-E they said the troops were small in number because most of the were out on missions. Here is the site: www.cbsnews.com/sections/earlyshow/main500202.shtml  Go to the far right and under Early Show Video click on "Diary from Afghanistan". I hope at least some of you get to see a loved one. For my son's brothers: Stay ALERT, stay TOGETHER, and STAY SAFE!


Name: Jessica
Email: jessicajrone@aol.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 09:31:22

Message

My prayers go out to all the sky soldiers in Afghanistan during these last few important days of elections. To the army mom who's son is hurt in Germany; my husband is very close friends to your son and we are both praying for him and for your family. On a different note: Does anyone know the army's rules on asthma. I've heard that once you get asthma, then you are given the medical chapter because they do not want you in -can anyone tell me if this is true, because my husband was diagnosed with asthma while he was home on his R&R. God Bless


Name: Lynn- airborne friend
Email: 2/503rd
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 08:58:48

Message

Kathy & Debi, You're so right & it's nice knowing others are watching the news these next few days as much as me! :) I'm not a mom but have a special person there. I'm so proud of him and all our soldiers!!


Name: Kathy G
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 05:10:37

Message

As we approach this weekend your prayers are mostly appreciated. The elections in Afghanistan are Sunday and will be a trying time for our soldiers and the people of Afghanistan as they make history with this milestone. God Bless Our Soldiers.


Name: Old Soldier
Email: mbrannen@cdc.gov
Date: 09/16/05
Time: 04:32:14

Message

The easiest and quickest source for passport information is www.state.gov - the State Department website. You can click on passport information on the left and you can locate "places to apply in the US". Just go there and search by zip code and it will list all the locations near your home and whether they have photo facilities on site, etc. I did it all a small local post office that also took my photo (saved lots of time) and finished the application. You can even print out the application on site so you can fill it out before you go. They have expedited service that costs extra, but it can be done. Best of luck --


Name: Debi Ashburn
Email: debraashburn@sbcglobal.net
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 21:01:15

Message

Hello everyone. Hope Spirits are high in these last 72 hours of Election. Prayers for our soldiers are none stop at this point. I know they must be very excited to be part of this historical event. I'm sure proud of my son, Kris and know each of you are too. May God Bless each of them and Protect them through this time of uncertainty. I will be living on my computer, I'm sure, so any Mom's out there wanting to chat, just let me know.


Name: Arlene M.
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 20:25:05

Message

Spc. Nathan got on the plane Tuesday morning to head back to Afghanistan. I cried when he arrived and I cried when he left. We sure did have fun while he was home. Nathan did say that he thought of his buddies the whole time he was home, and wished that they were together. What a bond. I see that I missed alot on this site, time to play catch-up. Arlene


Name: Monica
Email: Monica.ward@att.net
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 20:20:29

Message

For those asking about R&R travel, our son thankfully arrived home today. It took him nine days from his FOB until he set foot in the airport in San Diego. The majority of the time was spent getting from the FOB to Kuwait, with the last three days going from Kuwait to Germany and ultimately here. We feel truly blessed to have him home, as we haven't seen him since he left for Italy in May of 2004. He speaks very highly of the soldiers within the 173rd - all of your sons, husbands, brothers and friends. It is very comforting to know that as a group they have a very high level of respect for and companionship with each other. As regards the travel time from Kuwait, three days seems to be the norm. Our son-in-law came home from Iraq in June for his R&R and that is what he experienced. The wait does seem eternally long when you know they are heading home, but hang in there and know that they will arrive soon. The comical thing is that you spend the next two weeks trying to make every moment count and praying that time will go slowly! Thank you all for sharing your loved ones with our son. We will continue to pray for all of you and our Army soldiers everywhere. God Bless, Monica Ward


Name: Emily Hinton
Email: tekkimom@yahoo.com
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 19:30:51

Message

My neice's father sent this link to her. Little did we know that one of our son's photos was included in the slideshow. You can't beat anything narrated by the "the Duke" Mr. John Wayne. Thanks for all that you do, Mr. Bradley. It has been some time since I've posted a message on this sight. My heart breaks every time I see the news of another soldier giving his life and the sorrow that his family must bear. I can only hope that they know how much we think of them daily. GOD BLESS THEM ALL!!! http://patriotfiles.org/AnAmericanBoyGrowsUp.htm


Name:
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 17:10:21

Message

I think you can get a passport at your post office too.


Email: passports
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 16:24:11

Message

I applied for my passport at my local county Clerk of Court office. I believe I paid around $80 & got mine in exactly 2 weeks, but that was unusually fast for some reason. Also remember to have 2 passport photos to attach to the application, which can be done at any large chain drugstore for about $7.50. See link - http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/


Date: 09/15/05
Time: 13:26:28

Message

a family member absolutely needs a passport, even with military orders. if you need help expediting your passport, call your congressman's office -- they can help you get through the bureaucracy


Name: matt freeborn
Email: matthatesiraq@yahoo.com
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 11:48:32

Message

I was a pretty good friend of Doc Campbell when we were in Iraq. I was wondering if anybody had anymore information on him and if they could email me so that i can write his family. My email is matthatesiraq@yahoo.com


Name: Jeannene Hurley
Email: hurleyj@michigan.gov
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 11:25:37

Message

Catch the Spirit, Constitution Day, September 17 All America will unite in the simultaneous recitation of the Preamble to the United States Constitution all over the world on Friday September 16, 2005, with the nation's schools and the military at home and overseas. http://www.constitutionday.com/ http://www.mobar.org/teach/constitution.htm God Bless America and all of our Armed Services. ; j


Name: K Grigsby
Email: ksgrigs@yahoo.com
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 09:08:08

Message

For all you Moms and Wives....that was one of the first things that I got when my son was assigned to Italy. My sister urged me to have a passport on hand just in case I might need it for emergency travel. If you don't have one I would suggest you get one. They are a good thing to have for other identification purposes also. And hopefully we will never have to use them for emergency purposes. God Bless Our Soldiers. Kathy


Email: lovemysoldier
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 08:51:03

Message

RUMORS ABOUT UNIT MOVING TO GERMANY... : NOT TRUE!!!!


Name: To Charlene again...
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 08:25:15

Message

I wanted to clarify what I just wrote. When Military orders are issued I do not believe a passport is required.....because they are official Department of Defense orders. If the doctors do not request next of kin then you will need a passport to travel because you will not have official Military orders to fly. I want to say that I am 85% sure of this, but check with the Army Casualty Division - the Red Cross will provide you with their phone #, unfortunately I am at work and do not have it handy. I went through this in July - and it was extremely stressful until I reached the Army Casualty Division, they were extremely helpful. As I said before, Landstuhl is more of a holdover hospital until the Soldier is stable enough to either fly to the States or homebase for treatment, or back to duty in Afghanistan.


Name: To Charlene
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 08:22:15

Message

Charlene, There is a chance that you will not need a passport to go to Germany if your son is injured. When a soldier is listed as serious, the military actually handles all of the travel for the next of kin, and if you son is not married that would be you. Meaning you would actually get military orders to fly to Germany to see your son. If you elect to go there on your own, then the travel is your responsibility, but they will put you in contact with an agency that assists with accomodations. When a soldier is flown to Germany and is listed in Serious (meaning life threatening) the doctors usually request the family if it is seriously needed, or if the life is at risk. Typically Landstuhl is a hold over hospital for soldiers until they are stable enough to either fly back to the states to Walter Reed or the hospital in Texas (I'm sorry the name I cannot think of), or back to their home base which in this case is in Vicenza. I am able to share this information with you because my fiance was injured back in June and was flown first to Germany, and then back to Vicenza. Just so you know typically the doctor's do not usually request the next of kin unless the injury is life threatening. They travel is not usually arranged for a few days (if possible) because the Army has had situations where the next of kin is flying to Germany and at the same time the Soldier is heading back to the states and they end up crossing each other. I hope this helps.


Name: soldier's sister
Email: TO: Army Mom
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 08:16:45

Message

Army Mom: If you don't have a passport but need to get to Germany...There are ways to get one very quickly. There is an expedited service that will cost a little extra. Or I have friends who contacted their senator when they had an emergency in Europe and he was able to help them get passports within 24 hours. Just some advice...


Name: Old Soldier
Email: mbrannen@acdc.gov
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 07:59:07

Message

Our son arrived home last weekend and it took him about 3-4 days to get from the FOB to Kuwait, and then flew out of Kuwait the next day. He arrived in Atlanta about 17-18 hours after they left from Kuwait - after a short refueling stop in Germany. If they go to Dallas, it will take a little longer. For those soldiers arriving in Atlanta and then continuing on to another city, some of them had lengthy layovers in Atlanta due to the hurricane, etc. But it should take more than a day or two once they leave Kuwait.


Name: Melissa
Email: @nvc.net
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 07:36:28

Message

Courtney Lee, ask him on line what his last name and address is.


Name: Courtney Lee
Email: courtney.lee@sympatico.ca
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 07:18:25

Message

Hello, I don't know if anyone can help me, but I hope someone is able to! A friend that I met online is part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and I wanted to be able to send him letters or packages. I don't have a last name, only a first name and some information that would identify him. Is there a way I could send him a package, perhaps through someone in charge who could pass my letter along? If anyone can help, please email courtney.lee@sympatico.ca Thank you, and god bless.


Email: jml@scott.edu
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 06:30:08

Message

I have a question regarding R&R. For those of you who have already had their loved ones come home for R&R, does anyone know how many days it took them to get home once they left Kuwait? We were told to expect it to take about three days total, and we're just curious if that is what others have experienced.


Name: maryann
Email: goodmary77@yahoo.com
Date: 09/15/05
Time: 06:01:12

Message

Hi Charlene, yes you do need a passport to go to germany. you can get it done at the post office. it does a while about three to four weeks.


Email: mmm
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 21:06:13

Message

To Army Mom, If your son is in Germany, he is likely at Landstuhl. The number there is 011-49-6371-86-8106. They are very helpful in giving families information, as well as helping to arrange a place to stay if you can go over there.


Email: maybe this helps
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 19:53:09

Message

http://www.heromiles.org/ - free air travel for Emergency Leave, and for the family members of injured soldiers to travel to Medical facility.


Name: Charlene
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobal.net
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 17:46:45

Message

I have a question. If something would happen to my son and they would send him to Germany would I be able to visit him? I do not have a passport. Would I need a passport to go to Germany? Thank you for the phone #'s and email address I stored them hoping I will never have to use them, but I'm sure your mind goes blank when you need this information. My prayers are with our soldier and family.


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 17:25:56

Message

To Army mom, Call the Red Cross at 1-800-951-5600. Also contact the rear detachment at rita.bonemego@us.army.mil We needed to contact our son and both these resources helped us


Name: army mom
Email: dw47012@yahoo.com
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 16:18:06

Message

i finally got a call from the army and all i know is that he is in Germany hospital but they couldn't give me any information on his condition. he is in the 1-508th hhc please keep him in your prayers along with all the other soldiers in this critical time


Email: to army mom
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 15:53:20

Message

I suggest you start with your son's unit's Rear-Detachment. From there you can also contact the Red Cross, if need be. There are plenty of people on this website that will be happy to provide phone numbers, but we need to know which group your son is associated with. I wish you and your family well, as I understand you're going through a difficult time. Please let us know....


Name: army mom
Email: dw47012@yahoo.com
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 14:04:53

Message

please anyone out there. I just got word from my sons fiance that he was hurt and in germany . How do i get any information on his condition and whereabouts or if i can go to him.....anything. Im lost here. Please who do i contact. help me


Email: babygurlll19@yahoo.com
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 12:17:50

Message

commander's update at www.battlehard.com


Name: MELANIE
Email: unit moving in Germany
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 06:13:09

Message

*****U N I T MOVING IN G e r m a n y***** yes it's true . i talked with my fiancée that is in 508 (i promised him about not telling to anybody his company) that his unit is going to be moved in Germany in February for 1 year or more i guess. Hope this will help. Mel


Name: Patti
Email: patgt77@yahoo.com
Date: 09/14/05
Time: 03:11:19

Message

I just got a phone call from my son. He is A Co. 2/503. He just made Specialist. Congratulations, SPC Thompson, I am so proud of you! God bless you and all of your fellow SKYSOLDIERS!


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comcast.net
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 19:54:02

Message

Alma and I attended Lt. Derek Hines' funeral. It was a lovely service and the town of Newburyport, MA, and the New England Chapter of the 173rd did a wonderful job. The church was filled to overflowing and we sat outside and listened to the service through a window. We were able to take a few photos of the procession entering and leaving the church. I just posted them at http://www.minstrelboy.blogspot.com


Name: Sarah
Email: steins@mscd.edu
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 19:45:50

Message

Jaymo- They work through the USPS. So, basically what they will do is charge you the postal fees, etc. Then take it to the post office for you. Personally, my post office always has LONG lines, so if the UPS Store can do it for me, more power to 'em :)


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 18:47:53

Message

About rumors in the military, any branch. Do not believe it until it is done and even then be ready to move at any time.


Name: to ashley
Email: i wish
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 18:30:36

Message

you didn't say anything about what group your soldier is with, are you able to share that information? i also heard that rumor from my soldier, but he told me not to believe it, not to be let down in the end.


Name: Jaymo
Email: jaymo1975@hotmail.com
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 18:26:22

Message

Sarah - Interesting ideas on the baked goods. I haven't had any trouble with shipping either. I have even shipped a small DVD player & put "electronic device" on the customs form. I was also told not to insure anything, seems it's a red flag for theft (maybe that helps Mel?). Also, I didn't know about the UPS Store, I thought we could only ship to an APO address by Priority Mail with the USPS - can you tell me more? Thanks.


Name: Unit move to Germany
Email: ***
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 17:55:57

Message

Haven't heard about 173rd units moving to Germany but 1/4 Cav is eventually moving from Germany to Vicenza. See Stars&Stripes article. From S&S article:...The 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment has been a heavy- armor unit like the 1st Infantry Division it’s been part of since World War II. But the transformation plan announced by the Pentagon on July 29 will move the squadron to the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy, a light, mobile force set up to deploy quickly. It will become the unit’s reconnaissance squadron..... http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=&article=30677&archive=true


Name: Ashley
Email: To B
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 15:57:53

Message

my solider called me and left me a message on Saturday morning and he was talking about how they are half way done and then they will be back in Italy sometime around December if everything goes as planned. That's all I know thus far. Sorry I don't know more. God Bless our soldiers!


Date: 09/13/05
Time: 15:47:23

Message

I'm wondering if any of you has heard about Germany... I don't know if it's just a rumor or what but heard that our soldiers will be moving to Germany after coming back from their tour in Afghanistan. Is that true? Has anybody heard about it?


Name: Field Family
Email: convair660@aol.com
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 13:55:21

Message

Thanks so much for the help finding the flag. We should have it in a few days. What a great resource you all are.


Name: Sarah
Email: steins@mscd.edu
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 13:25:54

Message

I just wanted to say 2 things!! :) 1) If you go to your bakery section at your local grocery store they have little plastic tins in the back that they use to put cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods in. These ship really well. Usually if you ask the person working in the bakery for some they will delightfully share their wealth. 2) My mailing experience has been a good one. No returned boxes, no delayed boxes and no stolen goods. If you are putting large boxes together, go to the UPS store. They will pack your box and not charge you for any of the packing items used to send to an APO (boxes, tape, anything to fill/cushion, etc.) and will simply charge you for the postal fees. It's kind of convenient. The only issues I have had with the mail system is recieving items from my Soldier. He has written several letters home, and it being over a month now nobody has recieved any.


Name: Mel
Email: WingedONe3
Date: 09/13/05
Time: 08:36:45

Message

I sent off a birthday box to my A/CO 1/508 Soldier a few days ago praying that it will get there. Just last week I received 3 out of 4 boxes back in the mail that had never made it to him. They were opened, a vast majority of the items were missing and no explanation was given from the post office or customs. So, I continue to send in hopes that this was a "fluke" set of incident's and the remainder of stuff will arrive to him. I sent little party favors and some cup cakes so that he could put the candles on them and celebrate. I'm not the best baker and every time I've tried to make something and send it homemade it doesn't fair well, so I gave up. It's the thought that counts he says!! I sent magazines, happy birthday banners, balloons and fun stuff. Anything to make him smile if even for a little while!! I also have a friend who is with HHC and he has taken off for R&R finally. I wish him a safe and happy break! I do hope everyone else is fairing safe and I pray for all those who were involved in Hurricane Katrina. As we sit here in a await for Hurricane Ophelia to hit we pray that everyone in her path as well remains safe! Hope the birthday stuff helped and everyone takes care!!!


Name: SFC L
Email: italyjumper@yahoo.com
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 18:38:23

Message

I received this today from the 173rd ABN Society Hello Paul, Gerry and John, Here it is Sunday and it has taken me two days to recoup from the funeral of Lt. Hines. First off I would like to report that the funeral went off with no problems encountered by myself or other members of the chapter. On the morning of the funeral, myself and eight other members of the chapter to include our President, Vice President, Treasurer and one member of the 101st and two members from the 82nd. arrived at the staging area. There was a contingent of at least 100 Massachusetts State Police Officers, thirty Firefighters from around the state, high ranking State Police Officers and Governor, Mitt Romney present along with many other Military Officers and enlisted personnel. The church was filled to capacity and they had to place at least fifty people in chairs outside of the church due to the overwhelming crowd. They had placed loud speakers outside for those who were not able to enter the church. The Sgt. in charge of the formations ensured that we, (the veterans) as they called us, were placed in formation directly in front of the church. The service was long and the weather made sure we were very hot. After standing for what I believe had to be hours the service was ended. The state police loaded all members of the honor guards on full service busses and transported all to the grave site, under full police escort. The town of Newburyport had shut down all streets in the area for the day allowing only those in attendance as the honor guards access. As we left the church enroute to the grave site, you had to see for yourself, the entire city turned out to show their respects to a fallen soldier. There were mothers with their children, older people holding up large flags, school children with their hands over their hearts, all types of people along the route two deep for at least two miles to the grave site. This was truly a sight to be seen. The funeral was very well conducted and they had a black rider less horse lead the procession. There was a flyover by helicopters from the Massachusetts State Police Department. Once the service was completed, all loaded the busses and were transported back to the church under police escort. All personnel were invited back to a local restaurant for food and drink. I had the opportunity to meet with Capt. Robert Curtis, the young Capt. who escorted Lt. Hines body home. What a sharp looking Capt. and how good it felt to see the HERD patch on his shoulder. It made me feel proud to be a sky soldier. Lt. Hines had a heroes funeral, and I must say that we, (the chapter) looked good and even I observed the governor looking at us. We ensured that we represented the best of the Herd. At the function I had the honor of meeting Mr. Hines and offered our condolences from the chapter, gave him and his wife a $50.00 Mass Card and two key chains with the New England Chapter Challenge Coins. I advised Mr. Hines that if there was anything that we as a chapter could do to assist him in anyway in regard to information, not to hesitate to contact me. In closing I am sure that if Lt. Hines could have seen his funeral, that he would have been proud of the service that he received. This is my after action report of Lt. Derek Hines funeral. Airborne All The Way Dennis Hill, (Secretary) New England Chapter # 9


Name: I agree with Charlene
Email: @aol.com
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 18:14:10

Message

Why is it all of a sudden a good time to create chaos on here? Everything has been going so well, everyone adding helpful info, being supportive, news items, etc. Please don't start anything. If this website ever hurt anyone's feelings, I'm sorry, but get over it...we're all in the same boat & we all want to see our men and ladies come home safely. -- On a different note, can I please get some ideas for sending a birthday box? Thanks!


Name: Charlene
Email: soldiermom@yahoo.com
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 16:32:35

Message

I check out this website everyday, more than once. Not only is the current info good, but all the history that is recorded is great. I write and receive mostly letters from my son and every once in a while I will email someone on their address to make contact and chat. I believe there is alot more good on this website than there is bickering. This is our source of info. How else would we be able to send cards to the wounded and the families who has lost someone. Also remember during deployment everyone is on edge. Maybe some feelings get hurt and maybe someone says something they shouldn't have said, but I believe this is a good website for the ones that using it.


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 13:14:42

Message

Amen to this couragous soldiers message. God bless you all, both soldiers and their families!


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 12:23:47

Message

Amen to this couragous soldiers message. God bless you all, both soldiers and their families!


Name: A-co Skysolider
Email: soldier@us.army.mil
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 12:15:26

Message

When i was first deployed, my wife was very excited about having this website for support. It also made me happy because she was able to meet and contact other wives/family members, etc. for information who are going through the same thing she is. After a while, she had told me that everytime she posted a message of concern she would be attacked by random people on this message board for what she wrote. Knowing my wife, and how she "tends" to over react sometimes, i had a chance now to search the website and see what she was talking about and i am shocked. After looking over this website, i see over the past few months there has been quite a lot of bickering and arguing and i cant believe some of the stuff that has been said on here over the months. Please don't lose sight of what the purpose of this web page is directed towards doing, and always keep others feelings in mind before posting. Thank you all. A Skysoldier


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/12/05
Time: 03:33:57

Message

Photos posted http://www.173rdairborne.net/AF-72.htm


Name: J's mom
Email: KR1SC0@aol.com
Date: 09/11/05
Time: 17:21:56

Message

Got an e-mail today from my son today ,2/503rd Chosen CO, with pictures !!!! No real message , but as long as I have communication , I know he is OK :) THANK YOU J !!!!!


Name: Deb Jensen- SPC Eric Jensen's mom
Email: kdhesj6@yahoo.com
Date: 09/11/05
Time: 14:36:41

Message

Tyler- Our prayers are with you! Thanks for the article links...Durango, Colorado!! Just a hop, skip, and a few southwestern jumps from Fort Collins:)! Tyler, I am forever grateful for you and all the Sky Soldiers who are completely dedicated to one another as they face battles and enemies daily. This is my first official posting on this website although I have received much needed information, encouragement, and comfort over the last few years as I am a proud, but rookie, paratrooper mom. God bless you during your recovery!!


Name: Carol L
Email: cleibee@hotmail.com
Date: 09/11/05
Time: 13:24:56

Message

Our skysoldier says that they could really use: "Replacement parts for commo gear, trucks that have armor, 14s (better night vision), more training ammo...ummm better facilities?" Could anyone tell me how to request these? Thanks.


Name:
Email: **C
Date: 09/11/05
Time: 10:36:18

Message

as we enter this week before elections, i know i feel so helpless and on the edge of my seat as i have no idea how this week and weeks to follow will end up. i just encourage us to all be in intense prayer for our soldiers over there. this weekend, those who can and are willing, fast. fasting isn't just going without food but it's saying "God, I want more than food." it's an incredibly powerful tool to use and i think this is a very critical time to use it. if you're not sure what fasting is all about, i'm sure many of us can offer what it means. all of you families are in my prayers as well as we pull through this deployment together. God bless all of you and a special prayer for those who were directly effected by sept. 11th. we're all a family and will get through it!!


Name: My heart is in Afghan
Email: be careful soldier
Date: 09/10/05
Time: 23:05:55

Message

Today is my Skysoldier's birthday................Sgt., baby, have a good one and know that you are loved


Name: Missy, Luis Madrazo's Mom
Email: missy61@nvc.net
Date: 09/10/05
Time: 22:27:41

Message

Tylor, God Bless you and your family. You will be in my prayers.


Name: Linda Proud Mom of SSGT Clint Mack C 2/503
Email: wgslinda@aol.com
Date: 09/10/05
Time: 20:42:09

Message

Tyler, So glad that you will be getting out of the hospital soon. You have been in our Prayers. I know all your fellow soldiers miss you. Keep working hard and you are a TRUE HERO!!!!! Linda C 2/503 MOM


Name: Nina
Email: ninaeiber@gmx.de
Date: 09/10/05
Time: 13:04:26

Message

Dear Elisa. Thanks alot for your help. That was so kind! I think of Damion every day and I miss him. God bless him and all the soldiers! TAKE CARE!!!!!!!!


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 09/10/05
Time: 08:48:39

Message

Tyler, Thank you for the update. What a wonderful community you live in. Keep up the good work, you really are a hero. God Bless You.


Name: SPC Tyler Wilson 3/C/2-503
Email: wilson1303@yahoo.com
Date: 09/10/05
Time: 00:01:50

Message

To anyone wondering my condition, here is the article my local newspaper did. I was in C/2-503 wounded may 3. Hope to get out of the hospital soon. http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/05/news050731_1.htm and http://durangoherald.com/asp-bin/article_generation.asp?article_type=news&article_path=/news/05/news050818_4.htm


Name: Kenneth E. DeWit Jr.
Email: 173rd@verizon.net
Date: 09/09/05
Time: 15:34:02

Message

This is a note for now. I am a HERDSMAN. I served with Charlie 3/503rd November plt. 1969. I am as proud of you my BROTHER SKY SOLDIERS as I was, and am, of my BROTHER SKY SOLDIERS back then. Every day that goes by I am thinking of you my BROTHERS, to that you can be rest assured. You can also be rest assured that the HERDSMEN I just came from our reunion after 36 years, think of you every day too. I forgot to mention I was a point man for 8.5 months then took over the 60mg. I want to get this off to you, so I better co for now. YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS, AIRBORNE HERD SKY SOLDIERS, ALL THE WAY Your BROTHER Kenny from Delphi Indiana and all other Paratroopers


Name: Elisa
Email: ToNIna
Date: 09/09/05
Time: 10:27:51

Message

http://wjz.com/local/local_story_249064933.html ; http://wjz.com/local/local_story_241080026.html ;


Email: To Nina
Date: 09/09/05
Time: 09:13:09

Message

SSG Campbell's Funeral Details Viewing, after the family arrives (time to be determined) on Tuesday 6 September and all day Wednesday (0800-2000hrs) 7 September at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215, (410) 542-2400 Church Service at Power of Faith Church, 5242 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore Maryland, 21215, (410)664-8300. on Thrusday 8 September at 10 AM. Burial immediately after at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery, 11501 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117, (410) 363-6090 Cards can be sent to -Ms Donna Robinson, c/o Power of Faith Evangelist Church, 5242 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215 Flowers to March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215, (410) 542-2400


Name: Nina Eiber
Email: ninaeiber@gmx.de
Date: 09/09/05
Time: 06:57:42

Message

Hey everybody, I really need your help. I am a good friend of Sgt. Damion Campbell and I found out yesterday what happened to him. God bless him and I miss him like crazy. I am from Germany and I really want to get in contact with his family and fiends. Please write me an email cause I am going crazy here. I want to fly to the States to say "good bye" to him but there´s no way to do it without knowing anything! That would be great. I pray for him and all of the soldiers down there! Cell 0049160-8743833


Name: FHB
Email: gundalow@comcast.net
Date: 09/09/05
Time: 05:01:34

Message

My wife and I attended the wake for Lt. Derek Hines last evening. We stood in line for three hours as there were thousands in attendance. It was very heartening to see such a tremendous outpouring of love and respect for Derek and his family. His dad said Derek had a strong belief in the mission, and was extremely proud of his soldiers and their professionalism and dedication. While we hadn't known Derek, it was very apparent that his family was very pleased to hear from another 319th family. I encourage everyone to reach out to the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We have a collectively unique perspective on what it means to our loved ones to serve in the 173rd, and accordingly may be a great source of comfort and reassurance in times of loss.


Name: Veryleen Pier
Email: nicesix2001@hotmail.com
Date: 09/09/05
Time: 02:06:35

Message

Hi Everyone, if anyone on this cite has a soldier in B.Co 1/508th, the holidays are rapidly approaching our FRG is trying to put together a holiday box all the soldiers with B.Co, our idea is to make stocking for each soldier and fill them with goodies, if anyone on this cite would like to contribute to make this successful it would be greatly appreciated, we are just trying to make the holidays just a little more pleasant for our soldiers. You can contact Veryleen Pier ,email is nicesix2001@hotmail.com if you would like to participate.. all the help we get would be greatly appreciated...thanks


Name: for jpf
Email: 1-508th co a
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 20:05:09

Message

stay safe- i miss you!!! write me.... xoxoxox


Name: Michele Dodge
Email: Field Family
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 18:29:19

Message

Hi If you go to www.partybanners.com you can get awesome banners to say anything you want, re:welcome home SPC....173rd rocks etc. They are reasonable($20-$25) for a lg banner. Someone here told me about them and I use them for all my celebrations. Hope this helps. Michele


Name: To: JC
Email: XOXOX
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 17:29:09

Message

Sending hugs and kisses. Miss you much!


Name: Patricia
Email: pati.mazzucco@libero.it
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 13:58:59

Message

guys i really hope that ya'll come home safe and as soon as is possible. im praying for you and i know everything's gonna be all right. Have faith!


Name: Field Family
Email: 173d Unit Flag
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 13:31:29

Message

http://www.thebattlezone.com/flags/airborneflags.html Includes various size flags as well as one for mounting from the car window.


Name: To Field Family
Email: 173d Unit Flag
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 13:27:28

Message

http://www.priorservice.com/17aifl.html


Name:
Email: Field Family
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 12:43:00

Message

Where can I get a unit flag Our son is coming home for R&R and his grandfather plans to put up Welcome Home flags and banners and would like to fly the unit flag. Thanks in Advance.


Name: E
Email: xxx
Date: 09/08/05
Time: 04:41:05

Message

i guess that what you are talking about is the Chely Wright Show. you can check this page http://www.chely.com/?em452=24923_0__0_~0_-1_8_2005_0_0&content=news or the Stars For Stripes website. Unfortunately, i couldn't find any information about the CBS show. hope it helped you anyway. E


Name: lynda
Email: quintana18@hotmail.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 18:41:20

Message

hi has anyone heard anything about a special that is supposed to be on TV. my son's wife said Jesse called her and said it is supposed to be on i a couple of weeks. they had a singer, a comedian from a tv show, and the CBS crew i guess. if you have heard anything could you let us know when it is going to be on? also he said the phones are broke again so don't worry if we don't hear from him for a while. thank you. God bless our soldiers. /


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 17:53:36

Message

Help our hospitalized soldiers, www.173rdairborne.com/wounded.htm


Name: Antonella
Email: XOXO
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 14:34:31

Message

I want to give my condolences to the mother and brother of Damion, he used to talk always about them with me,  he loved them very much. We were very close and I never met someone so special like him, he was the kind of man every woman need, generous, caring, lovable, we had dreams together and he couldn't wait to come home soon for the middle of September and see me, I can't believe is died, he will be always with me, I love you baby XOXOX


Name: Nancy Rose
Email: herb-nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 13:37:46

Message

Reynolds Family My son Sarg. Jacob L. Rose is also a medic with Charlie company. I think all of this company is doing a great job, like all of the other sky soldiers. God bless them all.


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 13:22:37

Message

Address for Sgt. Benjamin Crowley Ward 57 Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Ave. NW Washington, DC 20307


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comcast.net
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 12:25:35

Message

A temporary website has been set up for Lt. Derek Hines at http://www.derekhines.web.aplus.net/index.html A permanent site will be at www.derekhines.org I know the family would appreciate hearing from you. There is a message center on the website.


Name: liz
Email: islizdizzy@yahoo.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 11:05:51

Message

I heard on the news this morning that they are sending soldiers home whose homes or family was in the hurricane, that might explain why some soldiers scheduled for R&R might get bumped or receive their R&R later. My son was home for 2 weeks and went back the day of the hurricane he did not tell me he was coming home, although he knew for 3 or 4 months in advance in a way it was a blessing, I would have been a mess if his was delayed or cancelled. so my heart goes out to all of you waiting.


Name: SGT Elder
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 09:58:13

Message

Unfortunately we have another wounded paratrooper here at BAMC, and I request as we did with our other wounded sky soldiers that we gets some cards and letters to SPC Ernesto Godoy. Please send all letters to me and I will deliver the day I receive them, my address is- Shane Elder 3041 Marvin R. Wood Rd. FSH, Tx 78234. Thank you all for your support, your efforts with or other wounded soldiers made a big difference in their morale and rehab.


Name: Elisa
Email: xxx
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 09:29:25

Message

you can check new pictures taken during the Memorial in honor of Damion Campbell, here: http://public.fotki.com/fury1508/ssg_campbell_memorial/ E


Name: mjm
Email: mojomamma3@aol.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 07:35:57

Message

Regarding leaves. My son gave up his leave to another soldier who he thought needed it worse than he did. They also change leaves if someone has a family emergency. There are many reasons for the changes.


Date: 09/07/05
Time: 07:11:39

Message

With regards to R&R. The program is designed to ensure all eligible soldiers are able to leave country for 14 days of R&R. It is important to realize the dates are not set in stone and all troops where briefed to expect some shifts in dates. Often times the most common reason to be bumped has to due with a soldier who goes home on emergency leave. If your soldier was #20 of 20 and a solider needs to get home on emergency leave (for example a parents death) a bump happens. Most of the time to protect the rights of the soldier on emergency leave the reason might not be explained. In addition a soldier must be in good standing to go on leave. If a soldier is not eligible due to misconduct as deemed by the command it is possible however unlikely he would be denied R&R. A third factor while unpleasant to hear is that some soldiers may not be sharing the entire story with you thus causing you confusion. Leave is proceeding normally through the elections and will until complete.


Name: Charlene
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobal.net
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 06:33:38

Message

Talking about cards. Hallmark now has a line of military cards. Really nice when you want to send a special card. Check it out.


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 05:11:37

Message

To Mr. Crowley, Where can we send your son a card? We want him to know how much support he has out here. God Bless him and give him strength. Thank you for the updates.


Name: Old Soldier
Email: cdc.gov
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 04:35:59

Message

I know how big a deal R&R is and we are hoping our son arrives home in the next few days. But, he didn't get to have an R&R in Iraq due to the time constraints and late start of the program, so we understand perfectly those that won't get one this time. But, the note about remaining behind during these crucial elections is very important to remember. Soldiers learn to live with constant change and disappointment - unfortunately, the families have to learn the same difficult lessons. Hang in there - God Bless the Sky Soldiers.


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 09/07/05
Time: 03:35:34

Message

Medical update on Ben Crowley, who was wounded on the 26th. Surgery again this morning at Walter Reed on the broken left leg. Very little can be done to the damaged right foot. Ben and the doctors will decide later on the next course of action. Jim Crowley (father)


Date: 09/06/05
Time: 21:34:00

Message

does anyone know if 1-508 hhc is workhorse or what??


Email: To Diane
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 19:40:43

Message

Thank you so much for the information! I am so thankful for this message board. I would be lost without it. I have met so many wonderful people. Thanks Mr. Bradley and all who post on here.


Name:
Email: ****
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 19:33:15

Message

Just something to throw out there...not meant to hurt anyone's feelings: I think we need to remember how important it is for our soldiers to remain in country and sometimes get "bumped" from R&R to be able to provide protection/support for the upcoming elections. This month is a very big deal for the future of Afghanistan and one of the pivotal reasons of why we're even in that country to begin with. So, if you get news of a soldier getting a delayed R&R, please remember that it's for a good reason. Hang in there 173rd - WE LOVE YOU!!!


Name: diane@173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 17:57:22

Message

This is for Gina inquiring about going to the airport gates. Log onto www.myarmylifetoo.com , then click on news. You will find @ 3 articles down the one on TSA allowing families' passes to go to the gates. Good Luck! Diane


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 17:55:17

Message

Regarding leaves, our son was scheduled to leave Afghanistan on Friday August 26, as he was boarding the helicopter he and another soldier were bumped and now he will not be home until October sometime. It was extremely disappointing for us all. We kept thinking he was on his way home only to find out he never left. Just continue to be patient and your soldier will be home for leave at exactly the right time.


Name: christina
Email: adornocm@twcny.rr.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 16:59:34

Message

My boyfriend is having trouble finding out when his leave is. The dates keep changing constantly, (which seems normal to me since nothing is ever definite) but now his name is completely off the roster and no one "over there" seems to have any information. It is driving him crazy, as that was a great thing for him to look forward to. Has anyone had a similar situation? Well, if so, I would appreciate any information. Thank you.


Name: Ashley
Email: TO GINA
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 16:15:40

Message

I always wanted to show up to the airport and pick him up, greet him with a hug and kiss..nothing too special...but when we arrived at the house have a nice homemade candle light dinner waiting for him...thats one thing daymean always talks about is missing home cooked meals. This obviously may be different for you depending on ur relationship with ur solider but sometimes it's not about how nice or expensive what you do is it's just as a matter of being able to show them how much you love them. Im sure your solider will love whatever you do for him...have a great time with him and God Bless!


Name: Gina
Email: ginamichellet@hotmail.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 16:14:14

Message

I have one more question. I heard that they are letting family of the soldiers into the actual terminal area, beyond security so that you can greet them as soon as they are off the plane. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to get a pass to see him at the gate. Thanks


Name: Gina
Email: ginamichellet@hotmail.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 16:04:25

Message

I got word from my soldier today that he will be home very soon for R&R. I have a question for anyone who would like to answer. This is the first R&R I have gotten to welcome home so, Question: What are some ideas to welcome the soldiers home with? I have been told banners, family, friends, flowers, balloons, etc. I am looking for a real unique idea. Thanks for all your help and support.


Name:
Email: ..,,
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 14:07:38

Message

Yeah 1-508 HHC is the same...NAME....TF 1-508 HHC...APO AE 09354


Name: DENNIS HILL
Email: DHILL173@aol.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 13:50:33

Message

My name is Dennis Hill and I am the Secretary for the New England Chapter # 9 of the International Society of the 173D Airborne Brigade here in New England. If anyone needs information that we (the chapter) can help with, please dont hesitate to ask. God Bless and Watch over our troops.


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comcast.net
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 13:28:21

Message

Information regarding Lt. Hines. On Thursday (09/08/05) there will be viewing hours at the LeBlanc-Twomey Funeral Home at # 193 High Street, Newburyport, Ma. 01950, Telephone number (978)-462-9983. Hours at the wake will be from 1600 to 2000 hours. On Friday, (09/09/05) at 1030 hours the funeral mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church at # 42 Green Street, Newburyport, Mass. 01950, Telephone number (978)-462-2724. Internment will be after the mass at a local cemetary.


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: Reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 12:29:18

Message

Thanks to all who answered our urgent request! The Red Cross made contact with our son last night and he was able to call home. He is aware of the situation and will be able to keep in contact should things go bad. Thanks again for all the support, and may God bless all of you and your soldiers.


Date: 09/06/05
Time: 11:37:04

Message

wow that didn't show the spaces i made either. Name (next line) TF 1/508 A co. (next line) APO AE 09354 ... that should do it.


Date: 09/06/05
Time: 11:36:00

Message

hmm.. that doesn't show where the line ends... Name TF 1/508 A co APO AE 09354


Name: Chuck Coker
Email: Gropa5@aol.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 10:52:33

Message

SSG Schafer Memorial Page posted on the Chosen website. http://www.chosen2503abn.com/ Also new pictures of the Bullies.


Name: mother
Email: xxx
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 10:25:15

Message

We have received mail back because they have moved before it got to them. My son says it is because SOME of the people in the mail room are to lazy to look it up. It may take up to 6 months to get it back to you. We thought that he was getting mail when he wasn't. Hopefully YOUR soldier is getting his. KEEP THE PRAYERS GOING UP FOR OUR SOLDIERS. THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!


Name: Old Soldier
Email: mbrannen@cdc.gov
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 10:07:35

Message

If you put the Vicenza APO on the package, it will just go there first and then be forwarded on -- will get to the soldier, but be delayed. If for some reason the mail can't be forwarded, then it will be returned to the sender. Not to worry, if it had the custom's labels on there and all the other info is correct, it will find your soldier.


Name: Wrong APO
Email: ????
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 09:54:09

Message

PLEASE HELP....my mom just found out that she has been sending her packages to the wrong APO number! Instead of 09354, she's been using 09630 (Italy)! One more time, please--what is the CORRECT address for A Co 1/508? Also, any idea what will/might have happened to her packages? Thanks in advance!


Email: HHC GF
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 09:13:59

Message

to the person asking for HHC's mailing address: soldier's name TF Fury/HHC 1-508 APO AE 09354


Name: To: Reynolds Family
Email: XXX
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 06:29:43

Message

The Reynolds I know is NOT a medic. He's in C CO 1-508th.


Name: Isa
Email: isa
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 05:54:37

Message

Rest in Peace Damion.


Name: James R. Bradley, CW3, MC, US Army (Retired)
Email: Webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/06/05
Time: 04:23:27

Message

PHOTOS ??? as soon as some one sends me some !!!!, I don't create them, just post them!


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 23:08:25

Message

My son is a Medic from C co. at the Kandahar hospital.


Date: 09/05/05
Time: 23:08:16

Message

does anyone know HHC 1-508th mailing address??


Email: goodnews
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 21:28:50

Message

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2005/20050905_2622.html


Name: Mr. Bradley
Email: XXX
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 20:56:51

Message

When are we gonna see some new pictures????


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: XXX
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 20:54:31

Message

Do you know which Unit and company your soldier is in? My husband works with a Reynolds and we know him very well. Let me know.


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comcast.net
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 20:53:44

Message

Alma and I went over to the Hines' house today and paid our respects. There is substantial community support for the family. I believe the family is going to be putting up a website called derekhines.org but so far it is not active. They thought it might be active on Tuesday according to a message I received this evening. Also preliminary plans as of Monday afternoon were for a wake on Thursday evening 3-8 PM at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, MA and for the funeral on Friday the 9th, time to be determined at Immaculate Conception Church. He will be buried locally. Again dates remain tentative as Lt. Hines' body has not yet arrived. I believe Mr. & Mrs. Hines would appreciate receiving cards or letters from soldiers who served with Derek. He is survived by his parents and three younger siblings.


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comcast.net
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 20:53:34

Message

Alma and I went over to the Hines' house today and paid our respects. There is substantial community support for the family. I believe the family is going to be putting up a website called derekhines.org but so far it is not active. They thought it might be active on Tuesday according to a message I received this evening. Also preliminary plans as of Monday afternoon were for a wake on Thursday evening 3-8 PM at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, MA and for the funeral on Friday the 9th, time to be determined at Immaculate Conception Church. He will be buried locally. Again dates remain tentative as Lt. Hines' body has not yet arrived. I believe Mr. & Mrs. Hines would appreciate receiving cards or letters from soldiers who served with Derek. He is survived by his parents and three younger siblings.


Email: Sorry For The Losses
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 19:48:24

Message

Please remember, you can post condolences and photos on the following website: http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comcast.net
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 18:12:13

Message

Alma and I went over to the Hines' house today and paid our respects. There is substantial community support for the family. I believe the family is going to be putting up a website called derekhines.org but so far it is not active. They thought it might be active on Tuesday according to a message I received this evening. Also preliminary plans as of Monday afternoon were for a wake on Thursday evening 3-8 PM at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, MA and for the funeral on Friday the 9th, time to be determined at Immaculate Conception Church. He will be buried locally. Again dates remain tentative as Lt. Hines' body has not yet arrived. I believe Mr. & Mrs. Hines would appreciate receiving cards or letters from soldiers who served with Derek. He is survived by his parents and three younger siblings.


Name: MJMathews
Email: mojomamma3@aol.com
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 11:38:12

Message

To the Reynolds Family. I was contacted by CPT Quincy Curtis 2-503(ABN) Rear Detactment Commander at one point. The phone# he gave me was (39) 0444-71-6255. Or the e-mail address robert.curtis@setaf.army.mil Hope this helps.


Name: Recon 4/503 69/70
Email: Recon@verizon.net
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 10:20:46

Message

Reynolds Family I don't have the rear deyachment number, but you can e-mail the CO per his instructions Riz.salvador@us.army.mil. The rear detachment e-mail is 173frg@setaf.mil. They are 24/7. Hope it helps


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@msn.com
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 09:53:44

Message

Hi, does anybody have the rear detachment phone number...I have been in contact with the Red Cross, they said I should call the rear detachment too, to help speed things up, but I don't have the phone number....Thank-you


Name: Anna
Email: babygirlbrk@yahoo.it
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 07:13:54

Message

what elisa said about damion is true...he was a simple guy always there for you and for all the people he cared for thats why i call him hero...everytime i was around him i was proud to be his friend, i will never forget all the things he did for me, when i was down he was working hard just to have a smile back, he showed me how a true friendship supposed to be and i thank him for that...damion ur an angel, i know ur looking at me and probably ur laughin seeing me like that but thinking that i won't see you no more its killing me. i miss you...rest in peace and maybe u can come to meet me in my dreams just to let me know how is life as an angel.... i will always love you damion


Name: Suzanne Taylor
Email: tay1mom@netsca0e.net
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 05:56:10

Message

Thank you Mr. Bradley, When I checked this site this morning I was feeling kind of lost and very lonely for my boy, and seeing that video again was a great comfort to me. Thank you for all you do for our great soldiers. Will's mom.


Name: Recon 4/503 69/70
Email: Recon@verizon.net
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 05:27:34

Message

Reynolds Family. I believe you can reach the Red Cross at Brigades rear at 0444-71-7089.


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 04:22:25

Message

A little enjoyment http://www.softlab.ece.ntua.gr/~sivann/pub/swf/may02-smilepop-soapbox4.swf


Email: Reynolds
Date: 09/05/05
Time: 00:19:40

Message

Reynolds Family, Contact your local Red Cross they will send a official message to your soldiers unit, Also you can call the unit's Rear Detachment and the can help, but they will also tell you that you must call the red cross


Name: Reynolds Family
Email: reynoldsfc@mns.com
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 23:22:38

Message

Hi, I was wondering if someone could help me...We need information on how to a hold of our soldier for a family emergency. Thank-you


Name: Kandahar
Email: Ceremony
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 20:34:08

Message

http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=c9f1017b-c6b5-41f7-b6bb-2bd978774e9c&page=1


Name: James Bradley, CW3, US Army (Retired)
Email: webmaster@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 17:50:48

Message

http://www.clermontyellow.accountsupport.com/flash/UntilThen.swf


Name: Charlene
Email: davidbrewer@sbcglobal.net
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 17:21:01

Message

Webster's dictionary::: hero A man of great courage,nobility (being noble), one admired for his exploits (daring act, bold deed) My prayers are with all of the ones touched by this young man.


Name: E
Email: Imiss@you
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 16:47:14

Message

I dont know how much I can understand the word Hero. Probably coz i translate it into italian and it just dont sound the same. Damion, to me, was not a hero. he was the most simple guy on planet earth. he always knew the way to put up a smile on your face when life was kicking you in the back. he was always ready to give you the best advice you could ever ask for. he was always there where the party was, enjoy this life. He died for the job he loved to do. He died for all those kids in Afgh who needed a doctor. He died for all his friends who got wounded. But i know Damion. and he was a man with so many dreams and hopes. he had so many projects, so many wishes and it hurts so much realizing he wont be able to fulfilled them. I wouldnt call Damion a hero. i would simply call him by his name, Damion. because he didnt want to be an hero, he just wanted to be a good man. and he was a great one. I know it will take a lot of time for us all to accept this thing. But Damion in an angel in Heaven now, protecting us from up above. and even if i wont be able to hug him, or give him a kiss never again, i know he's checking on me. and on all the people he loved.and loved him. Rest in peace, Damion. and enjoy your new life as an Angel. coz i know God gave you a wonderful pair of wings! ;o) i love ya,E


Email: skysoldiermom@yahoo.net
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 16:13:50

Message

You know I once lost a boyfriend so many years ago to a suicide. I thought it was the end of my life. I lived in quilt for a long time. He wanted me to move to California from Texas. Of coarse I didn't move and I learned by phone of the path he took. The pain is so great and in one year, not day, you look back and you reliaze life is for the living. Damion would want us all to go on with our lives and be happy and remember him and learn from the pain. Damion is our hero. He is our freedom and he is the greatest guy to sacrifice so much for us. Mom of a soldier.


Name: Anna
Email: babygirlbrk@yahoo.it
Date: 09/04/05
Time: 14:11:46

Message

this is for Damion,the most precious friend that i ever had.i cant believe he's gone...i dont have too much to say cuz words cant say how i feel,my heart is broke and i keep thinking about his last call.all my prayers are for his mom and brother...he was talking about them all the time.he was a wonderful man and i will never forget him.he was always taking care of me,he made me feel like a lil sister for him and i know he will keep doing it from the heaven...damion you'll be always in my heart...you are my hero


Email: retspecops
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 20:49:53

Message

Go to today's Newburyport Daily News to read a letter that was published on July 4th (they republished it today) from Derek Hines. His words speak so clearly of what he and our soldiers are doing and the difference they are making in Afghanistan. Go to the site and click on the story about Derek look to the right of the article and you'll see "Letter from Derek Hines". What a tribute to this fine young man that obviously loved his family and this country so very much. www.newburyportnews.com


Name: SGT Elder
Email: shane.a.elder@us.army.mil
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 20:13:59

Message

Unfortunately we have another wounded paratrooper here at BAMC, and I request as we did with our other wounded sky soldiers that we gets some cards and letters to SPC Ernesto Godoy. Please send all letters to me and I will deliver the day I receive them, my address is- Shane Elder 3041 Marvin R. Wood Rd. FSH, Tx 78234. Thank you all for your support, your efforts with or other wounded soldiers made a big difference in their morale and rehab.


Email: dssteely@sbeyahoo.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 18:29:14

Message

To the family of Lt. Hines; May God bless you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. To all the Sky Soldiers serving in Afghanistan; be safe. To my special Sky Soldier; I love and miss you very much. Be safe.


Name: Sara
Email: sphelan56@aol.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 18:28:08

Message

I am fairly close to Newburyport, MA and I would be interested in going to the funeral of Derek Hines to pay my respects. If anyone finds out information about the funeral would you please post it or contact me? Thank you. Sara


Name: JEB
Email: retspecops@hotmail.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 18:22:22

Message

Our heartfelt sympathy to the Hines family. Our son called and said that he had spent the evening before with Derek and in his words "they acted like a couple of little boys". It's nice to know that they could find some fun and laughter in the midst of the war. Through tears he talked about Derek and I can assure you he will be missed but not forgotton.


Name: Ronald Kain
Email: RKAIN51060@AOL.COM
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 18:16:36

Message

Danny Kain, C co. 1-508th please call home or e-mail asap


Name: Arlene H
Email: Gpd Bless the 173
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 16:57:29

Message

To the family of Lt. Derek Hines, we cannot even begin to express the pain we feel for the loss of this great man. We know through our son what an excellent leader and mentor Derek Hines was to his men. Derek touched so many of his soldiers in his leadership style and the way he commnuicated to those he led. There are so many men who feel this loss so deeply. Our continued prayers for a healing heart for you, his family at home and his family in Afghanistan.


Name: Arlene H
Email: Gpd Bless the 173
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 16:56:02

Message

To the family of Lt. Derek Hines, we cannot even begin to express the pain we feel for the loss of this great man. We know through our son what an excellent leader and mentor Derek Hines was to his men. Derek touched so many of his soldiers in his leadership style and the way he commnuicated to those he led. There are so many men who feel this loss so deeply. Our continued prayers for a healing heart for you, his family at home and his family in Afghanistan.


Email: ah_okc@yahoo.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 16:43:41

Message

Does anyone know a Jay Boulware??? He is with the 173rd. I think support company??? If anyone knows him or how I can get in contact with him let me know. Thanks


Name: Brian Hart
Email: brian.hart02@comast.net
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 13:26:13

Message

Our deepest condolences to the Hines family. We are in Bedford, MA about 45 minutes away. If someone has contact info on the Hines family in Newburyport, MA, please relay it to me so that I may contact them in person


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski@yahoo.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 11:57:54

Message

To the family and friends of 1stLt Derek Hines, My deepest sympathies, Susan I am so sorry for your loss. Lest we forget , deepest sympathies go to the family, friends and "brothers" of Col Sigholtz. You will be surely missed. I can't believe another Gold Star to go on my Hero Tree. I am so sorry Sky Soldiers, may God grant you Peace. Try to stay focused and strong. Love and my prayers to all of you. Mommaski


Name: Annette
Email: anotoole2001@yahoo.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 11:21:54

Message

My heart felt condolences to the family of Lt. Hines. May God grant you peace and comfort at this time. Mr and Mrs Crowley, God speed and we are praying for your son. To the HERD: keep up the good work. Stay focused and complete the job. Jason, I love you more!!!!! Mom


Name: Al Schlothauer
Email: sptsal@aol.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 11:08:16

Message

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Family and Friends of Lt. Hines. My sincere condolences for your loss. My best wishes and prayers to Sgt. Crowley for a speedy recovery and rehab.


Name: Dod Release
Email: Rest@InPeace
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 10:19:26

Message

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 1st Lt. Derek S. Hines, 25, of Newburyport, Mass. , died on Sept. 1, 2005, in Baylough, Afghanistan, when his unit was conducting security operations and came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. Hines was assigned to the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, Vicenza, Italy.


Name: Elisa
Email: Missingyou@lot
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 09:55:41

Message

hi there! posting this message for all the people here who knew Damion Campbell. He used to send me a lot of pictures from Afghanistan, and I used to upload them all on my website so that anyone could see how special he was. I thought about posting the URL here, so that you too can have a look. It's the Gallery called ''Greetings from Afgh'' in the Photos Section. www.yoursweetrain.com Later,E


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 09/03/05
Time: 03:43:54

Message

We were notified yesterday that Ben Crowley, who was in the vehicle with SSG Campbell has arrived at Walter Reed. His mother and I are leaving this morning to see him. The doctors are saying his stay there should be approximately a month. They are doing all they can to save his foot.


Name: LINDA A. FORGETT
Email: GRAMMIE52519
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 22:29:42

Message

TO ALL THE SKY SOLDIERS AND THERE FAMILIES, ALL ARE IN MY PRAYERS EVERYDAY, MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOUS.


Name: 173rd wife
Email: aaa
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 22:01:53

Message

I just wanted to say that my husband was friends with SSG Campbell. I know that his, as well as my, thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time. He was a wonderful man and I know my husband was honored to of served with him.


Name: sandra red-horse
Email: rsredhorse@aol.com
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 20:53:10

Message

I just wanted to let you know we live in Sacramento. My daughter was able to attend the funeral for Palmer. My heart goes out to all the immediate families of fallen soldiers because were all connected and family here while our sons and daughters are making a difference for all people. I am like others always going on checking the message board but never responding. I am glad it is here and used in a most positive way because that what keeps me coming back and I am not alone.


Name: Arlene M.
Email: akmitchell@comcast.net
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 20:30:06

Message

To the family of SSG. Campbell, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Arlene


Name: CE
Email: *CE
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 19:37:50

Message

Waiting, Hoping, Praying...JLM A 2-503, please be safe.


Name:
Email: news
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 15:27:38

Message

U.S. Soldier, Afghan Interpreter Killed in Attack American Forces Press Service BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2005 – A U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter were killed in a small-arms fire attack Sept. 1 south of Deh Chopan, in Afghanistan's Zabul province. The U.S. and Afghan forces were moving into position for a daylight offensive operation when the firefight began. Two enemy combatants were killed in the engagement. Afghan security forces identified one of the dead as a Taliban subcommander Toor Manan, who was in command of three other subcommanders and responsible for the movement of equipment and personnel throughout the northwest Zabul province. In another incident, northeast of Kandahar, one U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter were wounded when they received small-arms fire while on patrol. The wounded were taken to Kandahar Airfield. They were reported to be in the intensive care ward and in stable condition. "The enemy are desperate and realize the Afghanistan people will no longer stand for the violence of the past. Afghan forces are growing stronger, and the people are standing behind them in hopes of a better Afghan future," Army Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force 76, said. "We send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of our soldier and Afghan comrade. We anticipated an increase of enemy action as we get closer to Election Day, and are always saddened when a U.S. soldier or Afghan gives his life in the ultimate sacrifice. Both were heroes in each of their countries' struggle against terrorism." (From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)


Name: Sheila Steely
Email: dssteely@yahoo.com
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 12:37:45

Message

To the family of SSG Campbell, you are in my prayers. Each time one of our Sky Soldiers is injured or, worse, killed in action it touches us deeply. The worry never ends and I pray for everyone's safe return. God Bless.


Name: A Grateful American
Email: billhwaddell@yahoo.com
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 09:05:48

Message

To 100% Italian, and all of the other Italians who check into this site: I’m sure Americans can be hard to understand. My brothers and I fight, argue and criticize each other all constantly, but if anyone outside the family does anything to any of us, the bickering stops immediately and that person finds he has to deal with all of us. I think we sometimes assume that everyone is that way. We criticize our friends in Italy, England, Japan and everywhere else. But we know that the Italians were the first into Iraq and Afghanistan with us; and the Italians are among the first to help with the hurricane. I hope the Italians all know that our criticism is just the way we Americans are, and if Italy is ever in trouble, the first ships over the horizon, the first plane over Italian skies and the first people on the ground shoulder to shoulder with them to make things right will be American. (Then we will all go back to bickering with each other)


Name: E
Email: me@me.com
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 08:57:00

Message

http://icasualties.org/oef/ --- Taliban Commander Killed in Afghanistan The Associated Press September 02. 2005 11:08AM Coalition forces backed by Afghan soldiers killed a regional Taliban commander in southern Afghanistan in a clash that left also left a U.S. soldier and an Afghan interpreter dead, officials said Friday. The U.S. and Afghan forces were moving into position for an offensive operation when the firefight occurred on Thursday in Daychopan district of the volatile southern province of Zabul, the U.S. military said in a statement. The military said two rebels were killed in the fighting. Ali Khail, spokesman for the governor of southern Zabul province, identified the slain commander as Thor Mullah Manan. The statement said Manan was in command of three other Taliban sub-commanders and responsible for the movement of equipment and personnel throughout the northwest Zabul province.


Name: 100% ITALIAN
Email: 100italian@173rdairborne.com
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 07:33:32

Message

Last night in the Italian news i heard that two C 130 with furniture's were flying to the States to the hurricane victims. I hope the help given from us Italians will increase. Anyway, on this website all of you can find a way to help http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/citizenship/giving/agencies.asp Jim Bradley, i know all this is not army related but this tragedy involves all of us. Thanks.


Name: Robert
Email: rvrtlabrio@comcast.net
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 07:00:01

Message

My son Thomas arrived home for his leave on Sunday. It was a great feeling to see him and to give him a hug. I was reading about some of the nice things that happened in the Atlanta airport, he and 2 0f his friends were sitting having lunch in the airport, when they asked for their bill they were told that it had already been paid by a gentlemen in the restaurant, as thanks for that they were doing to keep our country safe. It makes you feel good that there are people out there that do respect and appreciate our soldiers. God Bless all of our sky soldiers.


Name: Stanley D. Rogers Sr.
Email: roge5301@netzero.net
Date: 09/02/05
Time: 04:28:41

Message

TO LINDA: It was the same way at the Atlanta, Georgia airport. Before their flight arrived the USO people had a rolling podium at the arrivals entrance and every soldier that came up the escalator, when his or her head showed and we saw the uniform, every soldier got applause. Some of them had the look of, "what did I do now", surprised them. Most did not smile tho, just walked up to the USO people, shook hands and said thank you and asked for directions. Those that had people waiting for them, well, you can imagine the picture. It was great!. I spoke to several soldiers, wished them well and so son. The next day I was at the airport to meet my son's girlfriend and when I arrived their were five airborne soldiers waiting for their flight to return to Iraq and Afghanistan and when I said goodbye to them I admit, I choked up and could not finish. They just shook my hand and said thank you. You got to love em!!! Stan


Date: 09/02/05
Time: 01:52:20

Message

Robison (SSG.Campbell) Damion was in 1-508th medics Charlie company


Name: Linda
Email: Blackrose1960@aol.com
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 22:31:15

Message

My son is home from Afghanistan he made it back today. My heart is filled with joy though he looks thinner he's taller. There were greeters at the airport that stayed with us and helped us get to the gate to meet my son. they volunteer to great our soldiers returning, they stood with us and waited with me. We were there early and we helped greet other homecoming soldiers and it was such a good feeling and I got more then one hug from men returning and other soldiers walked up to great me to and ask if I was waiting for a returning soldier I said yes my son and they gave me a hug and talked to me.I even had one soldier have his picture taken with me. I had such a great feeling today bieng there. I learned that anyone can volunteer to be a greeter of our retuning soldiers and welcoming them back.I hate driving in the twin cities but I know thats what I want to be now I want to greet our men back home and show my support. Its a small jester but the joy is great. Good Luck and best wishes to all every days a good day


Name: Dennis Rufolo
Email: drufolo@yahoo.com
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 21:27:56

Message

Dianne, Great thought, my company has stores in that area and in fact the Gulfport,MS store was destroyed and several of the employees have lost everything. They are receiving a lot of support from our entire company and even some of our suppliers. We should do no less for any members of our 173rd family!!! We all would not want our soldiers to be worried about things at home if we can help it. I am not sure how to start-perhaps Mr. Bradley could put a temporary link up with a list or something, I don't know, but if any one has ideas, this is exactly the kind of support that our soldiers deserve. Please speak up if anyone has ideas!!!


Name: diane173rdairborne.com
Email: diannecaughlan@comcast.net
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 20:09:12

Message

With all this tragedy in the South, does anyone know if there are Airborne Families in need? I do realize that communications are non-existant but would like to help if anyone knows. Have already donated to the Red Cross....but with these families worrying @ over-seas I can help stateside if directed. Diane


Name: Roy E. Poynor
Email: mary poynor hot mail
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 19:32:33

Message

The death of Spc. Blake W. Hall of East Prairie Mo. 2nd. Bat-503th really was a very hard time for us, We worry and care about all Sky Soldiers, But would like to here from you, Its been three or four months plus S.S.G. Poynor - Please contact Mom or Dad with email ; That was really close to home . Love your mon and dad


Name: Missy
Email: missy61@nvc.net
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 19:29:31

Message

Mommaski, would you also add my son to your heroes tree? his name is Pvt. Luis Madrazo and he is in 1-508 HHC. Thank you and God Bless you always.


Name: Leanne
Email: lharmann@wi.rr.com
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 18:41:26

Message

To the family of Sgt. Campbell, our sincere condolences. You are already in our prayers. To Jim Crowley, please let us know when and where we can send cards to your son Ben, we will be praying for him also.


Name:
Email: Gina
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 14:37:57

Message

Jim, I pray for you and your family. Be strong and lean on each other in this tragic time.


Name:
Email: **C
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 14:31:44

Message

heard from 1/508 a co. promotion time is coming up. KEEP IT UP! ya'll are awesome. watch each other's backs and keep your eyes wide open. closer to elections we get, we're praying and fasting. all our love and support....


Name: Jim Crowley
Email: jcnnc@msn.com
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 13:58:24

Message

I am Jim Crowley., father of Sgt. Ben Crowley that was in the explosion on the 26th. He has been thru 2 operations in Germany and the last we heard is scheduled to fly to Walter Reed on Friday. I would like to express my heart felt condolences to the family of Sgt Campbell.


Name: Nancy Rose
Email: herb-nancy@adelphia.net
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 13:40:08

Message

Mommaski I would like you to include my son in your hero tree his name is Sarg. Jacob Rose. He is with Charlie Company and he is a medic. Thank you very much and God Bless all the 173rd airborne. May God keep them all safe. Thank you very much. Nancy


Name: Elisa
Email: RestInPeace
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 11:18:40

Message

Damion was a doctor of the Red Devils if i am not wrong. Hope this helped


Name: Mommaski
Email: deborayashinski
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 10:58:55

Message

To Sheila Steely - I would be honored to add your son's name. Just email me to the above address and give me his rank, and full name and unit (1/508th etc). When our Heroes come back I will be sending the stars to the 173rd where they will be given to the soldiers. Any one else interested can do the same thing. Believe me, the Honor is mine.


Name:
Email: Heard from A Co. Today
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 08:37:38

Message

I heard from my soldier today via email. It was good to hear from him, but today was a rough one for him and the rest. He told me they had a memorial for his friend Campbell. Just through the words he wrote, I can tell how much anger and frustration is built up inside him. I said a prayer for the fallen and their families, past and present. I pray that I will never know the loss. To all the soldier, be strong, stay focused and watch out for each other. All our love and prayers, your family at home.


Name: Soldiers Dad/508 Company A
Email: david
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 08:21:04

Message

Matthew, company A/508th/ HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON! SEP 2! Have a beer or some yak juice or whatever you guys get your hands on over there, on me! I love you, stay safe, our celebration BBQ here tomorrow on your Birthday will celebrate you and your life! Dad


Name: Harold Jordan
Email: hackjone@hotmail.com
Date: 09/01/05
Time: 07:51:22

Message

If anyone out there should see Sgt Joshua Jordan with 74th LRS today please wish him a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Godspeed to you and all the other Sky Soldiers! Proud of You Beave, Dad.


Date: 09/01/05
Time: 06:23:53

Message

does anyone know what platoon Robinson was in??? just wondering if he was my guys medic..... my prayers are with all of our soldiers