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Email from Iraq
concretebob | 1 February 2005

Posted on 02/01/2005 3:15:08 PM PST by concretebob

Hey all, The blackout has been lifted..OOORAH!!! My squad is back on base, after 6 lo-o-o-o-ong days!!! Only a couple "hairy" moments....no one (Seabees or Marines) got hurt!! There's power in prayer, that's for sure!!!

We had a reporter with the Los Angeles Times (Tony Perry) "embedded" with us today...as we completed our (last)mission. Look for the story to come out in the LA Times tomorrow or Thursday!! Imagine that, a reporter imbedded with the Seabees....(lol)

Needless to say, we're worn out.....!!! Hopefully, I'll get a good nights sleep...in "my" rack tonite!!! OOORAH!!! One thing about it, being here really gives you a different perspective on how well off we are back home....God is so good!

They've given us the day off tomorrow, Wednesday to recouperate I defintely need it...this IS a young man's game!!!

Looks like in (about) 30 days some of us will start to "retrograde" back the way we came....to be processed thru the Combat Stress/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder interviews. Then it's on to sunny southern California!!!! :)

How's the song go?...I've done my time I'm coming home....(lol)

Okay....too corny! Sorry! That's what happens when you go days without sleep!!!

I'll write more later!!! Thanks again for all your thoughts, prayers and support!!! Could not do this without you and them!!!!

Take care God Bless Larry


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KEYWORDS: blackout; home; iraq; seabees
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Another short message from my buddy
1 posted on 02/01/2005 3:15:08 PM PST by concretebob
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To: Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; KangarooJacqui; The Scourge of Yazid; Conspiracy Guy; ...
PING for a message from Iraq.
2 posted on 02/01/2005 3:16:43 PM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob

Tell him we are all praying for his safe return


3 posted on 02/01/2005 3:17:54 PM PST by Claytay ("We will fight the terrorist till hell freezes over. Then we'll fight them on ice.")
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To: concretebob

Hope they all get some rest..Thanks be to God that all are safe..May they stay safe.


4 posted on 02/01/2005 3:20:20 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: concretebob

OOORAH!!!

God Bless Larry


5 posted on 02/01/2005 3:26:14 PM PST by Tarpaulin (Look it up.)
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To: concretebob

thanks for the PING


6 posted on 02/01/2005 3:27:56 PM PST by King Prout (remember John Adam!)
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To: concretebob

Yo... you get my Freepmail?


7 posted on 02/01/2005 3:28:42 PM PST by Safrguns (It's Bush's Fault I owe $5.00 to FR!!!)
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To: Safrguns
Yes, just haven't done anything yet, which includes taking 30 seconds to THANK YOU.
I apologize, I should have responded immediately.
Thanks, SG..
8 posted on 02/01/2005 3:32:27 PM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob
what a great read!!! That sure brightened a cold stormy day for me!! Thx for posting this, concretebob!!

Please let your friend know he & his fellow soldiers are in our prayers daily!



9 posted on 02/01/2005 3:33:16 PM PST by Zacs Mom (Proud wife of a Marine!)
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To: concretebob
Hey... np... just checkin... and your welcome.
gotta go bowlin tonight...
catch ya again around tenish.
So you liked?
10 posted on 02/01/2005 3:35:15 PM PST by Safrguns (It's Bush's Fault I owe $5.00 to FR!!!)
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To: concretebob

Good job, Marine.

Keep the faith.


11 posted on 02/01/2005 3:40:18 PM PST by roaddog727 (The marginal propensity to save is 1 minus the marginal propensity to consume.)
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To: concretebob

Tell Larry we are glad they weren't hurt, and he is in our prayers.


12 posted on 02/01/2005 3:59:39 PM PST by international american (Tagline melting.............................................)
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To: concretebob
Thanks for the ping!

Good to hear that your friend Larry is still in good spirits.

Let's hope for a successful completion of his mission, and a swift and safe return home.

-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)

13 posted on 02/01/2005 4:13:17 PM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Proud American chauvinist)
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To: concretebob; Calpernia; Ragtime Cowgirl; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for posting your buddy Larry's good news email message. Give him a big "thank your for your service" from all of us at FR!

(Short-list ping to a few who may wish to spread the msg.)


14 posted on 02/01/2005 4:24:12 PM PST by JLO (Minnesota Nice)
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To: concretebob

Prayers for his safe return. I am grateful we have such wonderful folk risking their lives for Freedom.


15 posted on 02/01/2005 4:28:22 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't bring a moped to a car fight)
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To: concretebob

Larry may think the song is corny, but he's going to be astonished at how many yellow ribbons there are for the troops!

Okay, so they're not tied around the old oak tree -- they're magnetic and they're stuck to cars, and they're not yellow, all of them, some of them are camo, whatever that's about.

But there are more than hundreds ... there are hundreds of thousands!

Thank God for brave men and women who are willing to stand in harm's way between their loved homes and the war's desolation.


16 posted on 02/01/2005 4:29:43 PM PST by NicknamedBob (Too many folks never put anything into the collection plate, yet they still expect change.)
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To: concretebob

God Bless Larry and his buddies!

Thanks for posting, concretebob!


17 posted on 02/01/2005 5:17:24 PM PST by Dashing Dasher (Now that we know Bush was right, will the moonbats apologize? ....we're waiting......)
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To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; anniegetyourgun; maestro; TEXOKIE; ...
Hey all, The blackout has been lifted..OOORAH!!! My squad is back on base, after 6 lo-o-o-o-ong days!!! Only a couple "hairy" moments....no one (Seabees or Marines) got hurt!! There's power in prayer, that's for sure!!!
18 posted on 02/01/2005 7:35:35 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Dashing Dasher; All
Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers.
19 posted on 02/01/2005 7:53:30 PM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob
How's the song go?...I've done my time I'm coming home....(lol)

Yes, we should bring that song back. We do have yellow ribbons everywhere, why not make a big package of it all?

20 posted on 02/01/2005 8:04:31 PM PST by speekinout
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To: Calpernia
Amen! PRAISE GOD!!! He hears our prayers.
21 posted on 02/01/2005 9:02:18 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: concretebob

Thanks.
I had a brother-in-law who was a Seabees in WWII, toughest sob I ever met. Great guy but he had...issues with Japan. I bought a new subaru, not only would he not allow it in hs driveway, but not even in front of his house. I had to park it down the street.


22 posted on 02/01/2005 10:08:29 PM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Valin

Where did your BIL serve? Wasn't on Peleliu was it?


23 posted on 02/01/2005 10:37:47 PM PST by KimmyJaye (Susan Estrich: A face for radio and a voice for pantomime.)
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To: Calpernia

Bump!


24 posted on 02/02/2005 12:33:04 AM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: KimmyJaye

Guadalcanal, Saipan, he was getting ready to visit Japan but Paul tibbits got there first.


25 posted on 02/02/2005 6:12:19 AM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Valin

I like your BIL! :)


26 posted on 02/02/2005 8:03:35 AM PST by blackie
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping.


27 posted on 02/02/2005 8:43:22 AM PST by GOPJ
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To: concretebob

Tell Larry thanks for a job well done, will be praying for his safe return.


28 posted on 02/02/2005 9:51:36 AM PST by mammer
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To: Alamo-Girl
Yes He does...
29 posted on 02/03/2005 3:29:44 AM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; KangarooJacqui; The Scourge of Yazid; Conspiracy Guy; ...
Hey FRiends...Larry had time to get online and check us out.
I think he's impressed, but then, I'm just a touched biased.
God Bless everyone of you.

Hey Bro,
I went to FreeRepublic and checked it out!!!
Bravo-Zulu to ya'!!! I had no idea the support extended out that far!!! You cannot imagine how important it is to have the support of our "fellow Americans"

There's no way we could do what we have to, without all the fine folks back home making the sacrifices they do!!!!
I can assure you....we're all proud to be an American!!!
The greatest people "AND" the greatest nation in the world!!
Thanks Bob!!!
God Bless!!!
Looking forward to seeing you soon!!!!
Larry

30 posted on 02/03/2005 7:25:54 AM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob

Thanks for the post, concretebob. We pray for all the troops every day.


31 posted on 02/03/2005 7:28:50 AM PST by Tax-chick (Some people say that Life is the thing, but I prefer reading.)
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To: concretebob

bttt


32 posted on 02/03/2005 7:31:53 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Double BTTT


33 posted on 02/03/2005 7:50:21 AM PST by scott0347 (Commander of the 0347th Lancer Brigade, Operator of the Immaculate Steamroller)
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To: concretebob

Thanks for the update!!

Our best to Larry! :))

Kick @ss, take names, come home safe!


34 posted on 02/03/2005 7:56:17 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't bring a moped to a car fight)
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To: concretebob

Thanks for possting this, Bob!

Tell Larry we all love and support him.


35 posted on 02/03/2005 8:04:20 AM PST by tiamat (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: concretebob

Thanks for the ping. I am so glad that they are safe. God bless them all. They and all the other troops are in my prayers.


36 posted on 02/03/2005 8:20:35 AM PST by Goodgirlinred ( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
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To: concretebob
It's good to know that he realizes how much we appreciate his service to this country.

Keep up the good work!

-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)

37 posted on 02/03/2005 8:21:55 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham (Black box bullet-heads.)
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To: concretebob

BTTT


38 posted on 02/03/2005 8:25:58 AM PST by international american (Tagline almost gone...........)
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To: concretebob


In Their Hands

Their daily jobs are risky,
But it is what they do.
They risk their lives for others,
Protecting me and you.
They fight fires and they fight crooks,
They fight our foreign foes.
When no fight is going on,
They still stay on their toes.
They train and wait, wait and train,
Praying they won’t need it.
But danger always rears its head,
Then they go defeat it.
A simpler life, they could lead,
But that’s not in their plans.
Freedom’s future one could say,
Is resting in their hands.

Conspiracy Guy, 5/24/2004
aka DIF © 2003 or 2004

39 posted on 02/03/2005 8:35:10 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Naked Mole Rats have feelings too. Be nice to them.)
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To: concretebob

Thank your buddy, Larry for his service. Let him know we pray every day for him and all of our service people.


40 posted on 02/03/2005 8:37:59 AM PST by TASMANIANRED (Certified cause of Post Traumatic Redhead Syndrome)
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To: concretebob

Larry and his brothers in arms are being prayed for and supported by so many here and around the nation. I am so grateful for their service to our country.

AMERICA...HOME OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE


41 posted on 02/03/2005 9:04:27 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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Could someone in sunny LA find the article Larry is referring to in his email?

I'll pay postage if someone can send me a copy of the paper.

Thanks

Seabees Keep Their Fighting Spirit

I made the Los Angeles Times. Imagine that!!!!
Check out the above article by Tony Perry in today's, February 4, 2005 edition.
Larry

42 posted on 02/04/2005 10:30:20 AM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-fg-seabees4feb04,1,6833349.story?coll=la-iraq-complete

February 4, 2005 E-mail story Print Most E-Mailed


THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ
Seabees Keep Their Fighting Spirit
The Navy's construction force has had to dodge bullets and bombs as it helps rebuild Iraq.



By Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer


RAMADI, Iraq — Members of the Seabees, the Navy's construction force, were fixing broken doors at an empty courthouse here when one looked out a window and saw a group of Iraqi women eyeing the building.

"I wonder if they're getting ready to call in a sniper," said John Weissgerber, 28, of Rockville, Md., who was attending college before his reserve unit was called to active duty several months ago.
snip


43 posted on 02/04/2005 10:39:55 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: concretebob

Just contact the LAT -- they will sell you and mail you an individual paper.

I am looking through my copy -- haven't found the article yet.


44 posted on 02/04/2005 10:50:17 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't bring a moped to a car fight)
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To: concretebob

Just found it -- it is on Page A9


45 posted on 02/04/2005 10:51:24 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Don't bring a moped to a car fight)
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To: MEG33
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You
;)
46 posted on 02/04/2005 10:55:06 AM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob

I love google.


47 posted on 02/04/2005 10:58:14 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: freedumb2003

THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ is the heading on this story..Perhaps they also have a section in the paper like that.


48 posted on 02/04/2005 11:03:57 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: MEG33
And I LOVE FreeRepublic.
49 posted on 02/04/2005 11:08:30 AM PST by concretebob (We will not stop until every a$$ is kicked and every name is taken.)
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To: concretebob

My son pushed an old computer on me and told me Free Republic was the place to be several years ago. My daughter is a FR member. I lurked a long time.

Now I have cable, a new computer and they wonder what they started..LOL..I love it too much! ;)


50 posted on 02/04/2005 11:16:17 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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