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Letter from Major Chuck Larson
Letter from Major Chuck Larson | 1/29/2005 | Major Chuck Larson

Posted on 01/30/2005 4:07:58 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma

Major Larson has been in Iraq with an Army Reserve Unit. Major Larson is an Iowa Senator and past Chairman of the Iowa Republican Party.

"Dear Friend,

Thank you for your friendship, prayers, and the support you have given our troops in Iraq. My long journey has come to an end, and I will be returning to the United States very soon.

Our higher headquarters has scheduled a welcome home ceremony on February 10th or 11th, 10:00 a.m. at the Hotel Ft. Des Moines, located at 10th and Walnut Ave in Des Moines. I will send you the final date as soon as possible.

I would like to introduce you to the great men and women of our command. I am honored to have served in the company of these soldiers who left their families to bring freedom and democracy to a people they didn't know in a country they had never seen.

Without doubt, this has been a year of tremendous achievement and tragic loss in Iraq. The Coalition Forces have made great progress in moving Iraq towards democracy. With elections less than 12 hours away, we are anxious to see the culmination of our hard work.

Iraqis are freedom loving people that are extremely thankful for all of the sacrifices we have made for them. Like us, they want to live in peace, have good schools for their children, good paying jobs, and the opportunity to improve their lives. Democracy represents that opportunity.

The enemy of freedom in Iraq is made up of elements of Saddam Hussein's regime that lived like kings and religious extremists who are categorically opposed to individual liberty. Iraq's oil wealth mirrors that of Saudi Arabia's. Billions of dollars in oil revenue allowed Saddam Hussein and the enemy to live as modern day Egyptian pharaohs. They ruled with an iron fist, killing over a million of their own people.

During this year, I have met Iraqis who have been tortured and had their entire families killed by Saddam's regime. This is why freedom, democracy, and the elections tomorrow are so important to the people of Iraq.

In addition to my legal responsibilities, I spearheaded our command's humanitarian mission and supervised the construction of 12 new schools, 3 city halls, 2 water treatment facilities, a veterinarian clinic, and the renovation of a rural community's electrical infrastructure. No longer will the children we helped attend school in a windowless, mud brick building. Other units have built hundreds of schools, health clinics, water-treatment systems to improve the quality of life in Iraq.

I thank Americans for their support of Operation Iraqi Hope. We received approximately $100,000 in school and medical supplies from over 25 states. Churches, service clubs, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, and even new Americans learning English as a second language in Texas joined to help the children of Iraq. The donated school supplies were distributed to 17,000 Iraqi children. I will never forget the excitement in their eyes as they received pencils, pens, and spiral notebooks. Thank you for making this possible.

During our recent transfer of command ceremony, a MEDEVAC helicopter flew over head carrying an injured soldier to the base hospital. It was a reminder of the great sacrifices made by our soldiers. My prayers remain with the families of the three soldiers and three Marines from our command who paid the ultimate price. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please keep our troops in your prayers.

Shortly, I will return to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Having spent a year in the combat zone, those words have taken on a much more personal and powerful meaning for me. We are a nation rich with opportunity to better our lives and to live freely.

God bless,

Major Chuck Larson Command Judge Advocate 372nd Engineer Group"


TOPICS: Announcements; Foreign Affairs; US: Iowa; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: carepackages; iowa; iraq; iraqichildren; letters; personalaccount; rebuildingiraq; thankyou; waronterror
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1 posted on 01/30/2005 4:07:58 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Iowa Granny

Great letter, and you probably know this man.


2 posted on 01/30/2005 4:19:46 AM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*)
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To: Molly Pitcher; Conservativegreatgrandma

Yes, I know Chuck. We are good friends. I was going to post this letter on ATRW, I guess I'll just let CGG (a dear friend who I see almost every day) take care of it for me.

Thank you V, for posting this thread. See you tomorrow.


3 posted on 01/30/2005 7:10:38 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Good Morning Tonk. Could you please ping your list to this letter from my friend, Chuck Laron? TIA


4 posted on 01/30/2005 7:13:59 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny

Is he any relation to retired Adm. Chuck Larson, former superintendent at the Naval Academy, who threw away his RINO membership and ran a disaterous campaign for Lt. Governor with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, in Maryland, 2002?


5 posted on 01/30/2005 7:16:49 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: rabidralph

I don't know the answer to your question. Major Larson's DAD is in Iraq, too. The younger Larson is 36. I know his Dad, who is a former Federal Judge, is serving in some sort of Legal Advising Capacity,, for some reason I'm thinking he is helping to set up the new Iraqi Government. Larson the Older is well past 60.

I hope I have the details regarding the Older Larson halfway correct.


6 posted on 01/30/2005 7:31:58 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: rabidralph

I forgot to mention that Major Larson is actually Chuck Larson Jr. His Dad is known as Charles Larson. If he is related to the RINO you mentioned it wouldn't be closely related.


7 posted on 01/30/2005 7:33:25 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny

Okay. I guess they're not related, not as father and son. I hope you are doing well up there. We have a little snow in Maryland.


8 posted on 01/30/2005 7:45:59 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: Iowa Granny; Conservativegreatgrandma; Defender2; Blue Scourge; armyman; Arrowhead1952; ...

"Good Morning Tonk. Could you please ping your list to this letter from my friend, Chuck Laron?"

Iowa Granny

PING!


9 posted on 01/30/2005 8:27:07 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Thank You so much for posting this uplifting and joyful letter.


10 posted on 01/30/2005 8:30:50 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTT!!!!!


11 posted on 01/30/2005 8:31:20 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thank You, Tonk, for the ping. Wonderful letter.


12 posted on 01/30/2005 8:31:28 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks Tonk, for the ping for another "letter of truth" from Iraq.


http://TroopsSupport.com

13 posted on 01/30/2005 8:32:45 AM PST by W04Man (Bush2004 Grassroots Campaign We Did It! Now on to local issues: http://VirginiaDreamTeam.com)
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To: rabidralph

Doing well here. Snow ever couple of days, but that is to be expected in January in Iowa. Nothing major, just annoying.

A friendly 'scratch behind the ears' to Ralph!


14 posted on 01/30/2005 8:33:05 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

thanks for doing your thing, Tonk. Conservativegreatgrandma and I appreciate your help.

One of us will have to give a report of the Welcome Home Party at the Ft Des Moines.


15 posted on 01/30/2005 8:35:26 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping. I wish about 200 million more Americans could read this.


16 posted on 01/30/2005 8:35:59 AM PST by international american (Tagline not convinced.............................)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Iowa Granny; Conservativegreatgrandma

Essayons

17 posted on 01/30/2005 8:51:44 AM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Great letter, thanks for the ping.
God Bless them.


18 posted on 01/30/2005 9:20:30 AM PST by sweetiepiezer ((((((((((((((MARINES))))))))))))))
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma; Spanaway Lori

BTTT God bless this man and his troops! BTTT


19 posted on 01/30/2005 10:22:59 AM PST by Libertina (CPAC here we come!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Lest We Forget ~ Let Freedom Reign!


20 posted on 01/30/2005 10:34:34 AM PST by blackie
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To: Iowa Granny

Chuck's letter makes me feel the emotions of intense love and respect for Chuck and all his men. This day validates all they've done. God bless all of them. See you tomorrrow.


21 posted on 01/30/2005 11:08:06 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

bttt


22 posted on 01/30/2005 11:10:25 AM PST by bitt
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To: lysie; Neets; Dog; gulfcoast6; Miss Marple; Timeout; BigWaveBetty; Endeavor

Ping to a letter from my friend who will be returning soon from Iraq.


23 posted on 01/30/2005 11:30:14 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Iowa Granny

oh thanks~!!

What a great letter, and it just repeats the wonderful things I hear from guys and gals at work when they return from the "Sand Box".

I love them all!!!


24 posted on 01/30/2005 11:34:20 AM PST by Neets
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To: Iowa Granny

Great letter. Thanks for the ping.


25 posted on 01/30/2005 11:38:07 AM PST by lysie
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 01/30/2005 11:57:35 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump!


27 posted on 01/30/2005 12:10:43 PM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: Iowa Granny
Yes, I know Chuck. We are good friends.

Did (do) you like Doug Gross as much as Chuck said he did?

28 posted on 01/31/2005 5:59:43 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Tonk: Here's another article from the Des Moines Register by Charles Larson, Sr. Hope it's ok to post it. Thanks for pinging it, if you will.

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050128/OPINION01/501280369/1035/OPINION

29 posted on 01/31/2005 6:33:09 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: newgeezer
Did (do) you like Doug Gross as much as Chuck said he did?

I'm a little more conservative than Chuck. I supported Sukup in the last primary for Gov. That didn't keep Chuck and I from being friends. We both knew the other would support the eventual winner. No question about it.

This time around, I am supporting Nussle. 2/3 of the Republican voters live East of Des Moines. It is important that we win this primary, and I believe having a familiar face is the key to winning.

I have no political problems with Vander Plaats, only that he lives too far West.

30 posted on 01/31/2005 8:08:50 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

thanks for posting a link to Larson Sr's article.

I believe it is okay to post links, however Gannatt has asked that articles NOT be copied and pasted here.

See you around 3:30 pm today. Coming in late due to business.


31 posted on 01/31/2005 8:10:57 AM PST by Iowa Granny
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma; Defender2; Blue Scourge; armyman; Arrowhead1952; darkwing104; ...

Tonk: Here's another article from the Des Moines Register by Charles Larson, Sr. Hope it's ok to post it.
Thanks for pinging it, if you will.
Conservativegreatgrandma

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050128/OPINION01/501280369/1035/OPINION


32 posted on 01/31/2005 9:39:28 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping!


33 posted on 01/31/2005 9:44:33 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Your Welcome my Mentor!


34 posted on 01/31/2005 9:46:28 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

My pleasure, Hero!!!


35 posted on 01/31/2005 9:47:27 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

He!! yeah, ping!


36 posted on 01/31/2005 9:50:30 AM PST by 506trooper (No such thing as too much guns, ammo or fuel on board...unless you're on fire)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Morning Tonk. Kudos to the Larsons.


37 posted on 01/31/2005 9:52:09 AM PST by beachn4fun (If you don't vote, you can't gloat!)
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To: Iowa Granny

God bless Maj. Larson and all who serve..A wonderful letter.


38 posted on 01/31/2005 9:54:41 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Conservativegreatgrandma; Iowa Granny

Great post.


39 posted on 01/31/2005 9:55:15 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Freedom. Brought to you by the grace of God and the Red, White and Blue...)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!


40 posted on 01/31/2005 10:01:04 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Molly Pitcher

I went to college with Chuck. Solid fella. Will be good to have him home.


41 posted on 01/31/2005 10:03:05 AM PST by cornfedcowboy
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Beautiful letter!! It's going to all the libs I know.

Thank you for the ping!!

42 posted on 01/31/2005 10:07:11 AM PST by AirForceMom (God Bless America!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Great article ~ thanks Tonk!


43 posted on 01/31/2005 10:46:23 AM PST by blackie
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Well, Iowa GOP could sure use his vote! Oficially 25-25!


44 posted on 01/31/2005 10:53:39 AM PST by JCRoberts
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Well, Iowa GOP could sure use his vote! Oficially 25-25!


45 posted on 01/31/2005 10:53:40 AM PST by JCRoberts
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump!


46 posted on 01/31/2005 12:31:52 PM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks, Tonk. You're a real asset.


47 posted on 01/31/2005 4:21:01 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: AirForceMom

Charles Sr. and Chuck Jr. are great Americans.


48 posted on 01/31/2005 4:22:02 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

And a FINE ping it was.


49 posted on 01/31/2005 8:17:35 PM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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To: Iowa Granny

Tell him welcome home for me. I don't have the words to express just how proud I am of the people serving in Iraq, and what they are doing and how they are doing it.

Truly they are doing the Lords work.


50 posted on 01/31/2005 8:20:13 PM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
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