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This site gets much traffic from all around the world, from people searching for news from Iraq, making it an ideal place to host stories from deployed forces in harm’s way.  In my travels I’ve met many budding writers who are now wearing boots and carrying rifles, and I found their stories so compelling that I want the world to see.

French Chop Down Historic 'Name Trees' Carved by U.S. Soldiers During Normandy Invasion

Friday, June 13, 2008

The names "Thomas and Dorothy" were carved in the bark of one trunk. Another said "Bob and Carma." Other trees were marked with soldiers' home states — Iowa, Maine or Alabama — and several bore hearts and the names or initials of a wife or girlfriend.

Read more: French Chop Down Historic 'Name Trees' Carved by U.S. Soldiers During Normandy Invasion

Canine care packages: Dog lovers send goodies to military working dogs

Multi-National Division – North PAO
By Master Sgt. Tim Volkert, 3d ACR Public Affairs Office

MOSUL, Iraq – Mail call around Forward Operating Base Marez in Iraq has been going to the dogs recently.
    A group of dog lovers from the Gem City Dog Club in Dayton, Ohio have been conducting fund raisers and purchasing dog toys, cooling vests and variety of other amenities for military working dogs serving in Iraq.
    Starline Nunley of Springfield, Ohio, told her son she wanted send care packages for him and the Soldiers he works with to help them deal with the heat of summer and life away from home. Her son, Maj. Parker Frawley, the planning officer for the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, could not think of anything he or the Soldiers he works with really needed. After talking with his mom, the conversation turned to dogs and the idea was born to help the working dogs serving in Iraq.
    Frawley said his mom’s dog club loved the idea to support the working dogs and immediately began raising money to buy all the working dogs at FOB Marez cooling vests and other items to help them cope with the severe heat they will face.

Click here to read the entire article and view the pictures of some of the Dogs.

New York Post - Expert Witness

"LTC Kurilla began running in the direction of the shooting. He passed by me, and I chased, Kurilla leading the way. There was a quick and heavy volume of fire. And then LTC Kurilla was shot. Kurilla was running when he was hit - in three places, including his femur, which was shattered.

"The commander didn't seem to miss a stride. He did a crazy judo roll and came up shooting from a sitting position," Yon reports.

Click Here to read the entire article by J.R. Michael in the New York Post.

Joe Galloway 02 April 2008

From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan

By Joseph L. Galloway

McClatchy Newspapers

MCT COLUMN 248
(04/02/2008)


The fifth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq sparked many memories of the beginning of a war that isn't even close to being over and has, so far, consumed the lives of more than 4,000 American troops.
A good friend, Tony Cordero, has written of that day in early spring of 2003 when he and a group of sons and daughters of American military men who were killed during the Vietnam War heard the news that a brand-new war was at hand while they were on their way home from Southeast Asia, where they'd visited the places where their fathers died.
This week, I turn this space over to Tony and his memories:

Read more: Joe Galloway 02 April 2008

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