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Thursday, 16 December, 2004

Mom sent me an e-mail from my cousin Debbie, attaching some photos of her sister (my cousin) Janet's son, Jared, who is stationed in Iraq. He's with the Army's 1st Battalion, 509th (Airborne) Infantry Regiment (I think). He is stationed near Ramadi, and writes:

deb here are some more pictures of me in Ramadi around the Saddam Mosque (we raided the mosque and there was an article in new york times about it) and my living area and a car I blew up( the pic is a few days after the actual blowing up)

love ya


Big Sky Country in Iraq

A former vehicle

Jared at Saddam Mosque

First of all, I have to say how incredibly proud I am of him - and of all of the members of the armed forces, both at home and abroad. But it's really special when it's someone you are related to or know.

Notice the date stamp on the picture of Jared's quarters - December 15, 2004. When I was at Mom and Dad's for Thanksgiving, Mom let me read the letters that Poppy and Gram (my grandparents) wrote to each other during the First World War. Weeks would pass as letters crossed in the mail. I find it fascinating that given today's technology, a soldier on the other side of the world can take a picture of his bunk and have his letter and the picture received electronically on the same day.

[And I love the part that reads, "and a car I blew up . . ."]

It was sixty years ago today that what ultimately became known as "the Battle of the Bulge" began. Powerline has a brief summary of events, with a link to another story. The part I love is this:

The German call for the surrender of the surrounded American forces under General McAuliffe's command at Bastogne resulted in General McAuliffe's immortal, untranslatable response. "If you don't understand what 'Nuts!' means," Colonel Joseph Harper explained to his mystified German interlocutors, "in plain English it is the same as 'Go to hell.' And I will tell you something else; if you continue to attack, we will kill every goddamn German that tries to break into this city."

I love the stories of World War II. I think that the History Channel is at least in the top three stations in our home, if not number one. Oh, and AMC, because they show those great WWII movies like "The Longest Day" and "Tora, Tora, Tora". And, of course, "Patton".

[Another participant in the Battle of the Bulge.]

Blogging will be light for the next few days. Hopefully for a good reason!

Quote du jour:

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."

-- George S. Patton

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