News from Baghdad

A small spot to describe to a certain extent what it is like for the soldiers here in Iraq. I must remain anonymous as there may be some who would view this as an "official" posting, however, it is not. Just some personal views on the politics and public views in this war that has been to oftentimes tainted by the sensationalism of the media.

Location: Home, United States

I enjoy my job to the fullest, regardless of the political climate at any particular time. My family and my soldiers are the central focal point of my existence as well as my religious viewpoints.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

18 November 2004

Good evening, or should I say, good morning to everyone. It has been a very rough time since I have returned, as you all know. My wife has kept you posted as much as she could, and did a rather good job of it too.

As you all know, I lost a very good friend of mine last week. I will not go into the particulars of it at this time, however, suffice it to say, that yesterday was a really hard day for me. The memorial for him was held along with another soldier we lost in the battalion a few days following my friend. The hardest part for me, was as we filed out of the chapel, we came to attention, saluted the empty boots, lone rifle, dog-tags and helmet there on the stage. As I stood there, I began to cry like a little child, knowing that my friend and fellow soldier was gone. As I stood there, I thought of the times that we spent together, on the same tank crew, in the field, training, or when he would be at my house for dinner or asking advice. He was a great soldier and just wouldn't give in. To know that he was mortally wounded, get up, begin to fire his weapon to protect his fellow soldiers and friends is the true mark of a soldier. He gave his all, so others could live and continue the fight. He will always be remembered as a good friend, a great soldier and a comrade in arms. He was a true Cavalryman in every sense of the word. God bless his family and take him in Your arms for now into eternity. Goodbye my friend.


Blogger Shar said...

They say as long as you have the memories, they will always be a part of you. I think that is true.
My familes thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Take care.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Ramrod said...

I can't really comment, not having been through a hot war, but if those events didn't affect you, you would need help. God Bless you for not having been changed by your Iraq experiences.


4:59 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I am sorry for your loss. I haven't read your blog in a few days. I guess I thought you were home for good and that there would be no more news from Baghdad.

I just want you to know that I'm praying for you, your family and your troops. I know it doesn't seem like much, but the title of your blog tugs at my heart when I see it on the list of my daily reads. It reminds me that others are sacrificing so much and that I need to keep you all in my heart and in my prayers.

Please post if you or any of your fellow soldiers has a need. So many here would love to help. God bless!

5:05 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

This post just breaks my heart. I'm so sorry.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say I'm sorry for the loss of your friend. Sounds like he was a real hero; a lot of those coming out of the USA lately. I'll say an extra prayer to help you get through the loss.
Take care, and remember we are ever grateful for your service.

6:04 PM  
Blogger song_and_dance_mam said...

When a good man die, we weep as their souls finds peace, who leave good for others to complete.

We can only pray to finish the good fight they began and died striving for.

My father fought in WWII and survived, but not old age.

I am standing and appluading in my heart for all you do, and am glad I found your blog.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Liberty said...

My husband and I cannot express to you how sorry we are for the loss of your good friend, our HERO!

We pray for all of you everyday. God keep our heros safe.

We love you for what you are doing for the US and the world! God Bless You All!

3:40 AM  
Blogger Miss Prissypants said...

Jay, I was so sorry to hear this sad news. I keep you and your friend's families in my prayers. I hope that when you at last get home for good any emptiness you feel now fills up with sweet memories of the times you had together.

And, to echo iKnit's comment, if there are needs for your or your brothers over there - let us know.


7:10 AM  
Blogger Pat in NC said...

My sympathy to you and to the family of this brave hero.
I too shed tears just reading about the loss of one of many good people. Thank you for what you do for us. May God grant you the strength to carry on knowing that you have touched many hearts with your writing. God bless you and keep you safe.

5:36 AM  
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