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Letter from Iraq
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Les    Posted 02-22-2005 at 03:57:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some of you have been interested in some of the news I have posted about my friend who I served with in the National Guard. Here is the final letter I expect to get from him and it's not from Iraq, it's from his HOME right here in NH. Warms my heart.

Hello,
This morning I'm typing from the warmth of my own
living room and it's SNOWING.
We landed at McGuire Air Field at 11:30 pm Thursday
night. By the time we got settled in it was around
1:30 am.
We had been told that because of the large number of
soldiers coming into Ft. Dix for demobilization
(around 2000) and the fact that it was a holiday
weekend (welcome back to the US) that our demob
process wouldn't start 'till Tuesday and that we had
a three day pass.
Well, do you really think we got this close to home
only to end up spending three days at Fort Dix
poking at our belly buttons? No!
So a bunch of us rented cars and zipped home for the
weekend. We still have to go back (I'm leaving in a
couple of hours) and will be "officially home" next
Saturday between 4 and 6 pm in Plymouth N.H. (at the
High School, I think)
I guess I had no idea what it was like back home,
the attitude I mean. On our way home we came across
people whose reactions to these uniformed travelers
kind of blew us away. From the lady at the Trenton
airport who slapped her credit card on the counter
and offered to pay for our rental car to the woman
at a convenient store in Connecticut who grabbed my
room mate Ray and hugged him and thanked him and
then thanked us all again in the parking lot as we
were leaving. Wow.
I'm sorry that I didn't call anyone while I was
here. I just needed these days with Margaret and the
girls. God, it's good to see them.
Well, I have to get ready to go now.
It's good to be home.
Fred


Dug    Posted 02-22-2005 at 21:07:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Man, that's enough to make a big, dumb guy like me get all watery eyed. Always good to hear about soldiers coming home safe.

A young man in our church served in Iraq, he left a boy and returned a grown man and hero, all in one. He always wants to all me Mr. and I tell him he's earned the right to call me by my first name, man to man.

Tell your friend, Job Well Done!

Dug


Dave 2n    Posted 02-22-2005 at 17:35:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les-
Great news on a great post! We need more of this; your post made my day.
Dave 2N


Alias    Posted 02-22-2005 at 09:05:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les I'm sure you're glad to have him back home. Tell him for all of us we're glad too. And, don't forget to voice our thanks.......gfp


Thanks Les...    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:31:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Please shake his hand for me when you see him...

Salmoneye,


Les...Hey Paul    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:42:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm heading up to see Mutt this mornin.


Any word...    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:56:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
On his Son?



Les    Posted 02-22-2005 at 05:03:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'll be sure to ask him about that today. And hopefully I'll remember to tell you about it.


Thanks...    Posted 02-22-2005 at 05:06:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I heard last week that they were calling up 40 more from here to make up for some that they could not send across the pond...Was wondering whether he was one not going...



SusieQ    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:04:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
And what a letter and reception upon arriving, my hubby's friends who served in Viet Nam, returing home didn't get that reaction..Sadly, our soldiers go where they are deployed. The 60's were turblent years, and I am so glad, and thankful, folks embrace beloved military, because they are family. Thanks Les.


Les    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:11:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
It wasn't just the '60s. It was the '70s, too. The first half anyway. To me, the '70s were much worse.


bob ny    Posted 02-22-2005 at 07:05:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
and con't forget the 50's oh i forgot that was the forgotten war


Willy-N    Posted 02-22-2005 at 07:19:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Korea was not forgot by me and I am a Viet Nam Vet! That was one HeII Hole to be fighting in!! Besides there still there and a lot were left there as POWs and forgot about!? Mark H.


Doc    Posted 02-22-2005 at 04:09:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad he's back


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