From jyro at Free Republic:
From: Colonel Simcock, USMC
US Marine Colonel Simcock, the commander of USMC Regimental Combat Team 6 in Iraq, is asking for 6,000 positive emails to his Marines.
That’s one email for each Marine in his RCT command. COL Simcock is concerned about the effect of the negative barrage that those Marines are getting through the electronic media and the Democrat comments on them losing. (Thanks Harry Reid! You and your Democrats really support the troops)
“If you’re reading this email, then you can probably click on the address, type a few words, and then hit “send” to be all done.
It doesn’t have to be the Gettysburg Address. Something as simple as “Hello, Marine. We thank you for what you’re doing.
You are in a noble task. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Best wishes &get home soon” is more than sufficient.
I find that the part I put in bold is the most offensive. Whether you agree with the war or not, to send a “barrage of negative messages through electronic media” to our troops is utterly outrageous. It is not the war that is demoralizing them, it is the negative barrage of messages through electronic media as per their own commander.
Do people NOT understand that our troops, in this day and age of the Internet, are seeing what you are saying…. And so are our enemies?
These morons deliberately ignore that simple basic concept as they are spewing their hatred.
Our troops need to know we appreciate them and all they do for us.
Is it THAT hard to actually give them that support?
For some it seems to be. They should be ashamed of themselves.
EMAIL A MARINE. Tell them how much they mean to us. Take 30 seconds right now and just do it, ok?
Karmah sheik confides in Marines
Story by Pfc. Brian Jones
Col. Richard L. Simcock II, commanding officer, Regimental Combat Team 6, hands a commander’s coin to Marines in a re-enlistment ceremony at Camp Fallujah’s Chapel of Hope July 9. Nearly three dozen Marines swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Over $1 million was handed out in bonuses.
C’mon! Let them know we don’t all wear pink!
Of course, there are more of us than they know…
Lance Cpl. Cory Jamieson
Personal Security Detachment, Headquarters and Support Company, Task Force 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, attached to Regimental Combat Team 2
Hippocrates once said, “Art is long, life is short”.
Cpl. Jeremy David Allbaugh lived a short life. But, he was immortalized recently in acrylics by a Lance Cpl. Jamieson who painted a mural in his honor.
“I feel sad because it is for him, but it makes me happy because I can still do something for him,” said Lance Cpl. Jamieson. “I thought about it during the ceremony in the chapel. I looked up at the stained glass windows and I thought ‘I should do something like that'”.
Along with help from family, a fellow Marine and a Morale, Wefare and Recreation manager, Jamieson had the paint and tools needed.
“I would paint eight or nine hours in the gym and time would fly by,” Jamieson said.
Cpl. Jeremy David Allbaugh, 21 years old from Luther, Oklahoma, was killed by a roadside bomb on July 5, 2007 while conducting combat operations in Qaim, Iraq.
“He believed very strongly in what our country’s doing,” said his mother, Jenifer Allbaugh. “They were doing good things over there, and we don’t see that in the news or media. There’s a lot of progress being made. I wish more people would talk to our boys who are in it and not our politicians because they see it firsthand”.
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died,
We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
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Thanks to Sherri, who sent me an email linking me to a post about John Kerry, I have discovered another light in the darkness that shadows my country.
I have just spent the last half hour reading his archives and I feel so much more hopeful to know that I am not mistaken in my belief that the dark times are being brought into the light and found unacceptable.
So for those of you who, like myself, had not discovered this person, let me introduce you to Ronald Winter:
Ronald Winter, a descendant of Scottish Highlanders, (themselves descendants of Viking raiders,) grew up in the farming country of upstate New York. He gave up an academic scholarship at SUNY Albany in 1966 to join the Marines and fight in Vietnam.
Winter served as a helicopter machine gunner, flying 300 missions, and earning numerous decorations, including 15 Air Medals, Combat Aircrew Wings, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After Vietnam he returned to his studies earning undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English Literature.
In a two-decade journalism career that included stints as investigative reporter, supervising editor, and columnist, Winter received several prestigious awards and a Pulitzer nomination. He currently works as a writer specializing in media relations and is a fierce advocate of veterans’ rights. Winter speaks regularly to school and community groups on the history of the Vietnam War.
Please visit Ronald Winter’s interviews at the Library of Congresses online site, “Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project“.
He spoke at the Gathering of Eagles rally in DC on March 17, 2007. Here’s the link to his speech:
So please grab a cuppa, go to his website, and read his blog. If you’re feeling like me, a bit frustrated these days ~ well, a lot frustrated actually ~ I think you’ll find it’s hard to stop reading his posts. And I believe you’ll come away with a lighter heart and a boost to your faith in the people in this country. Start with this one if you need a good lift this morning.
My husband has a saying that I love:
“There’s more of us out there than you really care to know.”
Thank you, Sherri and Ronald Winter, for being among the ones who do care.