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Old 02-12-2007, 12:53 PM   #1
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Our Son arrived in Kuwait Sunday, 2/11. Todd is a dedicated 12 1/2 year US Navy Corpsman. This is his 2nd deployment with the Iraq war. However, this deployment stations him "a stones throw" from the Iraq Kuwait border. No promises are made that his 1 year deployment will be at the 44 bed hospital in NAVSTAR base. He and a number of his co-corpsmen just completed 3 weeks of heavy ordinance training in Mississippi. Corpsmen normaly carry just a side arm for protection of their patients when in a war zone. Forgive me for using this Forum for this subject but I can't forget how many of my Forum friends have been or have loved ones in this kind of danger. My wife, Lynn, and I thank those of you for your service. We would like those of you who have served or have family serving to make it known here. Thank you and God Bless.
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:59 PM   #2
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Thank you for the post! Being an ex-Naval fighter pilot I for one am glad to hear of your sons dedication to the Navy. 12+ years of service is soething to very proud of. Right now one of my employees is serving in Iraq and we just received word his tour is most likely going to be extended. I have several of my AS friends who have family members serving and we have all taken upon ourselves to keep letters and care-packs going out to these fine young people. I hope your son has a safe tour and God bless him for serving this great nation of ours!
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:28 PM   #3
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I have one on the truck, and the cars and in the front window.

My son has done one tour in Bagdad and is awaiting orders on his second. So far he has been told he'll be goin to Afganistan. He's 10th Mountain Div.

I know exactly how you feel. I hope and pray that both our boys get back sound in mind and body. That prayer extends to all the others whose children are in harms way.
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:47 PM   #4
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Hello Neil;
My tour was in 69 -70, one was enough. I'm looking forward to meeting you at Casini in a few months. We can tilt back a few cold ones in Todds honor. Tell him that! And when he gets home I will drive up there to Old Hangtown to welcome him home. Let him know he's well thought of, I got a bunch of respect for the "doc". Semper Fi Tim
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My Blue Star Banner

I just have to hang one of our banners in the AS, since the magnet won't stick.

Prayers go out to all the servicemen and women and their families. Like Goin Camping said, all of our cars have the banner and we proudly display ours in our window.


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No wonder you're proud. Thanks for sharing.

And a big thanks to all those who serve.

All the best to them (and to you at home) and may they all return home soon safe and sound.

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Karen- So Tony is his name huh. A fine looking young man.There's something to be said about a man and his fully automatic weapon. Semper Fi DG
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Hi Neil,
As a veteran ('68 - '70) of 22 yrs in the military I have the greatest admiration for those who have and are serving our country. May they all come home safe soon.
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Yep Tony is his name. It's weird to see him in uniform, knowing some of the things he does and then remember how he was prior to enlistment. I know he is capable of giving someone an IV but also knowing him as I do, it would make me nervous knowing he was about to give me one, but they made him a team leader so he must be doing things right. It's just hard to see them as men sometimes.
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This is a recent photo of our son with 3 of his co-corpsmen in Kuwait. They are at Camp Navistar on the Iraq border. Camp Navistar is the begining of "the highway of death" the convoy route into Iraq. Right to left is LT. Jason Glass (doctor), HM3 Amy Ruth, HM3 Alicia Franco, and our son HM2 Todd Holman. Growing up my mother used to tell me the biggest worry for mothers of sons was that they would be called up into a war. Mom, times have really changed. Again THANK YOU to those serving and to those who have served
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:11 AM   #13
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Have a grandson with the 1 1 1 Marines preparing for 2nd trip to Iraq. Looks like they are uping the date for his departure also. The transformation from a kid to a man happens fast when they step off the bus onto those yellow foot prints. Pride doesn't beging to describe what we feel for him and all those in uniform---pieman
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I just wanted to say that those of us with no immediate family in harms way, greatly appreciate the service of those who are, and their families.
There is an organization that I belong to where you can adopt a soldier and send them letters and packages, so they know they are missed and appreciated. Sometimes it means more from a stranger to say thank you. Here is the website if any of you are interested.

http://soldiersangels.org/
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