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From the General: Letter from MajGen James Mattis to Military families
e-mail | 04/13/04 | MajGen James Mattis

Posted on 04/13/2004 7:46:22 PM PDT by RaceBannon

This is a letter, reprinted with permission, from Major General James Mattis, the Commanding officer of the 1st MEF in Iraq.

The General and I served on the same ship off Iran in 1980 when I was a young Corporal and he was a young Captain. I was not one of his troops, but I still keep in touch with some men that were.

He is highly spoken of, and his record since 9/11 is exemplary.


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From: Mattis MajGen James N Subject: Update

Dear Xxxxxxx: Wanted to provide you some information in our attempts to Keep you and our ladies informed. The days fly by out here, and for all the improved living conditions compared to last year's deployment into Iraq, The tempo of our operations across our far-flung area is consistently high.

That said, if there is one message that I need to convey, it is the unrelenting high spirits of our Sailors, Soldiers and Marines. They are undeterred by the harshness of the fighting and the casualties amongst their comrades. They clearly convey a greater appreciation of their life and of the love that they share with their families, that does so much to sustain them as we move forward in this test of wills between us and the enemy.

The connection with home -- with their reasons for being here now engaged in this fight -- are seen in the pictures of you, their wives, children, siblings, parents and friends that they carry in their helmets, pockets, notebooks and Bibles.

Their faith remains strong and serves as the bulwark that it always is, and their humor is clearly intact as their smiles greet me on my rounds. While they dearly miss home, the already strong bonds with each other out here have grown even stronger, and together we will come through all this. Our operations have seen many successes, from 7th Marines' dispersed Units across the western desert and along the Euphrates River, to the provincial capital of Ramadi, and even into the contentious eastern zone where the elements of 1st Marines move against the enemy strengths in Fallouja and adjacent areas.

The casualties have been heartbreaking, yet nothing is weakening our Marines' resolve. Daily we grow stronger and the enemy grows weaker. In the complex environment in which we operate, the Marines' generosity of spirit, their guardianship of their buddies, and their steadfastness in the face of adversity are the things that will ultimately build our families, our communities and our Nation into even greater examples of all that is good. The character of these fine young warriors is something to behold as I get to see each day. Yet I recognize that you don't get to see this reassuring presence and the best I can do is to try to articulate their strengths with these few awkward words.

I hope that you hear from your loved ones through letters or maybe e-mail or perhaps an occasional phone call so you can know what I see every day. The enemy has surged recently, and the alarm in the newspapers and on TV That accompanies such activities must be very worrisome to you and to all our families. Rest assured that there is no pressure on us to act hastily or move faster in our operations than we believe is prudent -- no one is pushing us to do things that require us to sacrifice good judgment.

We Are methodical in our approach, first getting the best possible information, then setting up the best possible support for each operation, and only then prosecuting our mission, but with keen attention to any possible enemy surprise. Coupled with the prayers and support of you at home – you who represent to us what really matters in this world -- we could not be in better company as we fight. Please take care of each other and know that our high spirits and Deepest prayers are with every one of you. Please give my best to all the ladies back there and tell them I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for us. Sincerely, Jim

1 posted on 04/13/2004 7:46:24 PM PDT by RaceBannon
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To: RaceBannon; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...
While deployed on the Okinawa, I used to kick-box a half-Japanese captain, a CH-53 Pilot named John Houston.

General Mattis remembers those nights, commenting to me once in an e-mail that it was humorous to see us beat each other up, there was not much for entertainment!

So far, the two top commanders of each phase of this war served with me on the Okinawa that year, 1980.

The two men were Col Andy Frick, the MEU Commander in the first Marine entrance into Afghanistan in 201, and MajGen Mattis, who lead the assault as the top Marine Commander into Iraq last year, and again taking over the duties as the Commanding General of the 1st MEF in Iraq today.
2 posted on 04/13/2004 7:50:52 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon; Ragtime Cowgirl; LindaSOG; Kathy in Alaska
Here is the letter, reprinted with permission
3 posted on 04/13/2004 7:55:51 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
We Are methodical in our approach, first getting the best possible information, then setting up the best possible support for each operation, and only then prosecuting our mission, but with keen attention to any possible enemy surprise. Coupled with the prayers and support of you at home – you who represent to us what really matters in this world -- we could not be in better company as we fight. Please take care of each other and know that our high spirits and Deepest prayers are with every one of you. Please give my best to all the ladies back there and tell them I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for us. Sincerely, Jim


We thank you so very much for all you are doing, and we pray for you every day. You are all so very special to those of us who are truly Americans. Don't worry about what you see or hear on the mainstream media. We are so very weary of those people. Please ignore them.

P.S.: I fell in love with an Airman. It was a long distance love, at first (2000+ miles). We started with letters (after a meeting in person at a party neither of us wanted to go to, while he was on leave in my home town) Neither of us had ever been married, but we were in our late 30's. Anyway, letters turned to long distance phone calls. He was working the grave shift, and we would talk every night just before he went to work (just before I went to sleep). I felt truly "tucked in" as I lay in my lonely bed when he said: "Sleep tight. Your Air Force is awake." Wow. I had never thought of it that way. MY Air Force.

Well, it's the truth. As an American, it is YOUR Air Force, YOUR Army, YOUR Marines, YOUR Coast guard, YOUR Navy, the very life blood of our freedom who watches over you, day and night. Sleep tight.... they're ALL awake! And never ever take them (or your freedom) for granted.
4 posted on 04/13/2004 8:13:10 PM PDT by Just Lori (Be thankful for each and every one of our Armed Forces!)
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To: Spanaway Lori; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...
The General has been sent this link to this page, and will most likely read it just to see who says hello, so, lets all say hello!

And if he or a subordinate posts, ask them what he remembers about me kick-boxing. :) I was just a newbie at it all, he thought it was kind of comical, any port in a storm for entertainment when you are in the Arabian Sea for 53 days without liberty!

5 posted on 04/13/2004 8:17:23 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
Support Out Troops! BUMP
6 posted on 04/13/2004 8:25:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi Mac ... Become a FR Monthly Donor ... Kerry thread archive @ /~normsrevenge)
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for the post, Race.

Thanks for allowing Race to post your letter, General.

And thanks to you and all in your Command (and all military men and women) for your steadfast service to America and the cause of FReedom.

7 posted on 04/13/2004 8:28:39 PM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Taxman
Major General J. N. Mattis, U.S. Marines

March 2003
1st Marine Division (REIN) Commanding General's Message to All Hands
For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped, and murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring countries without provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction. The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind.

When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them. Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression.

Chemical attack, treachery, and use of the innocent as human shields can be expected, as can other unethical tactics. Take it all in stride. Be the hunter, not the hunted: never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down. Use good judgment and act in the best interests of our Nation.

You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.

For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in past battles—who fought for life and never lost their nerve—carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than a U.S. Marine.

Major General J. N. Mattis, U.S. Marines



Official Biography
Major General
James N. Mattis
Commanding General, 1st Marine Division

Major General James N. Mattis is currently serving as the Commanding General, 1st Marine Division. He assumed his current assignment on 2 August 2002.

As a Lieutenant, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the 3d Marine Division. As a Captain, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the 1st Marine Brigade. As a Major, he commanded RS Portland. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, one of Task Force Ripper's assault battalions in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. As a Colonel, he commanded 7th Marines (Reinforced). As a Brigadier General, he commanded 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and then Task Force 58, during operations in southern Afghanistan.

He is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.

(Biography Revised Oct 30, 2002)
source: USMC Web site

8 posted on 04/13/2004 8:33:43 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks so much to General Mattis for permission to post his letter, and to you for posting it, Race.

Just want to take this opportunity to tell him and all of our beloved troops how very appreciative my family is for the protection they are providing us, and for the sacrifices they are making on our behalf. My heart is so full of feelings that I don't have words to express. Just know that we love each of you and pray without ceasing for you and your families, General Mattis. God bless, guide, and protect you all. May good prevail, and freedom ring!

9 posted on 04/13/2004 8:36:24 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: NormsRevenge
Tuesday, April 13, 2004


Back in Iraq: 1st Marine Division returns ready to rebuild


By Kent Harris, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Sunday, March 21, 2004



Kent Harris / S&S

Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack and Command Sgt. Maj. Wolf Amacker carefully roll up the colors of the 82nd Airborne Division on Saturday as the soldiers gave way in western Iraq to the 1st Marine Division.


Kent Harris / S&S

Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz, deputy commander of Joint Task Force-7, Maj. Gen. James Mattis and Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack stare at the colors Saturday during a transfer of authority ceremony in Ramadi, Iraq. Mattis, the commander of the 1st Marine Division, took control of western Iraq from Swannack, the Army's 82nd Airborne Division commander.

RAMADI, Iraq — On March 20, 2003, the 1st Marine Division crossed the Kuwaiti border and rapidly made its way north alongside British allies into Iraq.

A year later, the heavily decorated unit from Camp Pendleton, Calif., took authority over one of the most contentious regions in the country. Marine Maj. Gen. James Mattis is now the top coalition commander in Multinational Division-West, taking over Saturday for Army Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack, the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.

For the Marines, who left the country in the fall only to return half a year later, Iraq is familiar territory. Almost two-thirds of the force served in the country last year.

Mattis said that experience “is invaluable,” especially for junior leaders. “These young corporals and sergeants make the difference.”

He said the region itself is different from what it was when his Marines left, and he gave credit for that to the 82nd, which ran MND-West for the last seven months.

Mattis said his Marines initially faced a “repressive government regime we were trying to tear down. This time, we’re trying to build up.”

Since Task Force All-American took over operations in Al Anbar province, 68 American servicemembers lost their lives and so did hundreds of Iraqis — many of them serving in the fledgling security forces.

In his remarks during the transfer of authority ceremony, Swannack paid tribute to those who gave their lives as well as to the more than 500 servicemembers who were injured. He said their sacrifices helped make the region a better place for the Iraqi people.

“We can be justifiably proud we have set the people of Iraq in this region on a new course,” he said.

For his part, Mattis told the Iraqi dignitaries attending: “I have confidence that we can work together for Iraq’s future and for the good of your children.”

After the ceremony, he said that those who resort to violence won’t be a part of that future.

“Those who want to fight ... they’ll regret it,” Mattis said. “We’ll handle them roughly.”

Both commanders said the two divisions have plenty in common.

Swannack said that airborne soldiers often jump into a hostile area, while the Marines take boats. But once in theater, “we’re both here doing infantry tasks.”

Both divisions have been heavily deployed since Sept. 11, 2001. While the Marines begin their second stints in Iraq, no other unit in the military has been as busy as the 82nd, with continuous missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In fact, when the division’s last brigade heads back to the States in early April, Swannack said it will mark the first time in his command that he’s had all his soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., at the same time.

With the Army’s current missions, he doesn’t expect that to last for long.

Much of the division needs to regain jump status, and artillery units need to retrain as well, he said. Both of those operations could take months.

Still, he expects to have a brigade’s worth of troops ready to deploy anywhere by May 7.

Mattis said his Marines took advantage of their brief time back in the States to train as well. Units went through weeks of courses on language and culture to try to help them better understand the Iraqi people.

He said Marines would interact with local residents constantly and learn more about them along the way. Knowing their mission is making a difference for those people will give his troops “a sense of purpose that keeps morale high.”

The Marines actually will have more troops in the region than the 82nd had in their task force, with an increase to around 22,000 from about 18,000. Mattis said some of the Marines who just arrived in Iraq would rotate out in seven months. The Pentagon has yet to announce a schedule following the current rotation, which is still taking place.

10 posted on 04/13/2004 8:36:24 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
Corrected photo link

PhotoID: 200432465138
Submitted by: 1st Marine Division
Operation/Exercise/Event:
IMEFOPS

Caption: Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, and Sgt. Maj. Wayne R. Bell, the division sergeant major, uncase the "Blue Diamond's" colors during a relief in place ceremony here March 20. The Camp Pendleton, California-based unit relieved the Army's 82nd Airborne Division of its duties in this war-torn country. In all, nearly 20,000 Marines will conduct security and stabilization operations in the region to turn over full power of Iraq to its citizens.

(Official USMC photo by Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald) Photo by: Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald

12 posted on 04/13/2004 8:41:02 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: TEXOKIE; amom
Y'all may have seen this thread already, but I didn't think you'd mind if I pinged you just in case you haven't, so you could ping others.
13 posted on 04/13/2004 8:42:59 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for posting this. I am going to send this thread to my son (US Marine Corps). I am praying Psalms 54 & 91 for the U.S. Marine Corps daily. The LORD God of Hosts keep them in the palm of His Hand.
14 posted on 04/13/2004 8:43:51 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam (where there is a will - there is a way)
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To: RaceBannon
Marines, The Few, the Proud graphic that links to the Official Marine Corps website.

From left to right, Army Lt. Gen. Thomas F. 
Metz, Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., and Marine Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis stand at attention during a relief in place ceremony here March 20. Metz, commander of the U.S. 
Army's 3rd Corps, presided over the ceremony where Mattis, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, formally relieved Swannack, commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. The 82nd Airborne Division served here throughout the past year. In all, nearly 20,000 Marines will work closely with the Iraqi people conducting security and stabilization 
operations in order to turn over full power of Iraq to its citizens.
(Official USMC photo by Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald)
 Photo by: Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald

PhotoID: 200432471011
Submitted by: 1st Marine Division
Operation/Exercise/Event:
IMEFOPS


Caption:
From left to right, Army Lt. Gen. Thomas F.
Metz, Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., and Marine Maj. Gen. James N. Mattis stand at attention during a relief in place ceremony here March 20. Metz, commander of the U.S.
Army's 3rd Corps, presided over the ceremony where Mattis, commanding general of 1st Marine Division, formally relieved Swannack, commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. The 82nd Airborne Division served here throughout the past year. In all, nearly 20,000 Marines will work closely with the Iraqi people conducting security and stabilization
operations in order to turn over full power of Iraq to its citizens.
(Official USMC photo by Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald)

Photo by: Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald


Read Story Associated with this photo



Date the Photo was taken:04/20/2004
This Image has been cleared for release.

A high & low resolution version of this photo is attached below



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15 posted on 04/13/2004 8:45:58 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
Our thoughts and prayers are with our brave troops in Iraq! We appreciate what you are doing for our great country and for a free Iraq. We love you guys!

We "adopted" a soldier from the 1MHG Force Protection. Would he be part of the group operating near Falluja? We've written him a letter but haven't heard back from him yet. Maybe he's kinda busy right now? ;-)
16 posted on 04/13/2004 8:47:49 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: TrueBeliever9
I think Psalm 18 is a good one for a warrior, also!
17 posted on 04/13/2004 8:48:57 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: Taxman; RaceBannon
Salute to you Taxman (gag!), and I know of your service, and yours, Race. Thanks for bringing this thread from Major General Mattis. From a recently retired old Army guy, I know that the General will agree that we are graced to know in these days the finest young men and women who have ever served in uniform, who are fit to be among those who carried America's cause from the beginnings. The families of Patriots are patriots, and back here holding the rear. So God speed you to victory and to home.
18 posted on 04/13/2004 8:50:19 PM PDT by GopherIt
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To: GopherIt
Marines press on throughout Iraq (Photo Essay)
Submitted by: I Marine Expeditionary Force
Story Identification Number: 20034603731
Story by Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly



MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Iraq(March 30, 2003) -- First Marine Expeditionary Force is engaged in combat operations throughout Iraq.

The following photographs were taken March 30. These images, except those of the generals, were shot from a helicopter.


http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/0/edf00b18d4e3032285256d00001ee654?OpenDocument

While they still sacrifice, here is a short photo essay on the sacrifices of last year.
19 posted on 04/13/2004 8:55:25 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
The cure for terrorism is success in Iraq? Why because the terrorists are a negative spirit and you members of the coalition armed forces are giving birth to some sort of democracy which is a birth of hope.Hope creates a future. It is hope that will motivate the Iraqi people.
20 posted on 04/13/2004 8:56:58 PM PDT by wilmington2
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To: RaceBannon
WWCD?

What Would "Chesty" Do?

From an old 1st ID soldier and his family.

U.S. Army Ret.


21 posted on 04/13/2004 8:56:59 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: RaceBannon; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
The General has been sent this link to this page, and will most likely read it just to see who says hello, so, lets all say hello!

And if he or a subordinate posts, ask them what he remembers about me kick-boxing. :) I was just a newbie at it all, he thought it was kind of comical, any port in a storm for entertainment when you are in the Arabian Sea for 53 days without liberty!

Let's all give this page a bump.

22 posted on 04/13/2004 9:00:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: RaceBannon
Our troops ROCK!!

23 posted on 04/13/2004 9:06:30 PM PDT by StarCMC (Kalen is home!!! Kalen is home!!! Thank you for all your prayers and support!!)
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To: RaceBannon
That is an excellent Psalm; I got attached to 91 when my son made the Force Recon Team! Force Recon turned my hair white!
24 posted on 04/13/2004 9:08:34 PM PDT by TrueBeliever9 (aut viam inveniam aut faciam (where there is a will - there is a way)
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To: RaceBannon
Lest we forget.

U.S. Marines pray over a fallen comrade at a first aid point after he died from wounds suffered in fighting in Fallujah, Iraq (news - web sites), Thursday, April 8, 2004. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer)

These men are still fighting and dying for all of us.

Semper Fidelis

25 posted on 04/13/2004 9:11:35 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
I dig the USMC cammies.

Look at the helmets.

Check out the boots.

SF Race

PS: Seen Gunner Lil lately?
26 posted on 04/13/2004 9:12:30 PM PDT by opbuzz
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To: RaceBannon
Race,

We better not let Andy Rooney see that letter! He's convinced that all our troops in a state of complete dispair and despondancy...

God bless ALL of our troops, whereever they're at!

And God bless the U.S. Marines! The greatest group of fighting men that have ever walked the earth.

I remember and pray for our troops each and every day, especially for those in Iraq. I thank God for what they are doing, and how they are taking a lot of flak that would otherwise be directed at us poor, helpless civilians.

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (Jn 15:13)

27 posted on 04/13/2004 9:17:16 PM PDT by Ronzo (GOD alone is enough.)
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To: LucyJo
Thanks VERY MUCH for the ping. I hadn't seen it yet and would have missed a GREAT thread.

MajGen James Mattis: Salute and you have my prayers for a successful mission and a safe return to us back home. Thank you, thank you, and thanks to your men.
28 posted on 04/13/2004 9:19:31 PM PDT by amom
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To: opbuzz
No, I just got laid off, I have to go back and see if he still works there

Ill make sure I get a good phone number from him this time!
29 posted on 04/13/2004 9:20:57 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Alamo-Girl; TEXOKIE; FrogMom; Yellow Rose of Texas
heads up here
30 posted on 04/13/2004 9:21:39 PM PDT by amom
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To: RaceBannon
Thank you, Marine!
31 posted on 04/13/2004 9:21:45 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: RaceBannon
Thanks for this post Marine!

I knew Lt. Gen. Conway (whom Maj. Gen. Mattis replaced as CG of IMEF) while serving with him in 3/3 in 1983. He is also one of the Corps' best and brightest.

Fair winds and following seas to those who follow us to wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor!

Semper Fi General!

TS

32 posted on 04/13/2004 9:23:46 PM PDT by The Shrew (A dollar a day won't cure your addiction to FR but it will make you feel better. Join me!)
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To: amom
You are welcome, amom. It is a great thread. I wish everyone at FR could see it and send their regards too.
33 posted on 04/13/2004 9:30:51 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: The Shrew
You must have some of the same feelings. People like Gen Mattis and Col Frick will be going down as Heroes to the Corps, and we once knew them.

What an even greater honor to those who are serving with them now, then we feel, as old Jarheads looking back on our old Glory Days.

These young men, most just in their late teens and early 20's, doing what many Marines before them did: fighting and some paying the supreme sacrifice so that we can live free and safe.
34 posted on 04/13/2004 9:35:05 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: Spanaway Lori
You know, I can't imagine being in a war zone and I pray every day for our brave young men and women and our leaders. I suppose the most shocking thing to me is how liberals and their liberal anti-any-war allies in the media don't get the war on terror and our mission. They don't seem to remember how they screamed bloody murder when they received antrax in their mailbox.

I can assure you, the media is the terrorists #2 favorite target because they can be assured to get their message out, LOUDLY.

God bless you, General and your wonderful soldiers. We love and support you AND your mission.
35 posted on 04/13/2004 9:35:06 PM PDT by nightowl
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To: RaceBannon
God bless all of you and keep you in His care!

You are the pride of our country...the best and the bravest who serve with honor. We love you and pray for you daily.

36 posted on 04/13/2004 9:37:13 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: LucyJo
I wish everyone at FR could see it and send their regards too.

Agreed. I bet Tonk and Texokie will lend a hand. They have GREAT ping lists.

37 posted on 04/13/2004 9:38:15 PM PDT by amom
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Thought you might like to write one of your great poems for this thread, CG.
38 posted on 04/13/2004 9:41:28 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: RaceBannon
Race, what a wonderful letter from Major General Mattis! Thank you for sharing it with all of us. You know I'll be pinging a bunch of FReepers to this thread! :-)

God bless the U.S. Marines and all of our troops. We are so grateful to our men and women in uniform - past and present - for their courageous and steadfast service to our beloved country.

39 posted on 04/13/2004 9:42:05 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F段n al-Qerry)
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To: nutmeg

Great poster.

40 posted on 04/13/2004 9:45:12 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: Spanaway Lori
I felt truly "tucked in" as I lay in my lonely bed when he said: "Sleep tight. Your Air Force is awake." Wow. I had never thought of it that way. MY Air Force.

"Wow" is right! :-)

41 posted on 04/13/2004 9:47:35 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F段n al-Qerry)
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To: RaceBannon
Amen to post #40.
42 posted on 04/13/2004 9:48:40 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

43 posted on 04/13/2004 9:53:04 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F段n al-Qerry)
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To: RaceBannon
YES, it is! Thanks for making it smaller, so it's easier to see online without scrolling.
44 posted on 04/13/2004 9:54:24 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F段n al-Qerry)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; doug from upland; Mia T; Howlin; TaxRelief; Huber
ping!
45 posted on 04/13/2004 9:56:41 PM PDT by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John F段n al-Qerry)
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To: All
Please call the President and let he know we back him 100%. Call the White House and leave a message. We must let him know the American people are behind him! What a better way since he does not pay attention to polls. The numbers are as follows:

Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461 E-Mail President George W. Bush: president@whitehouse.gov Vice President Richard Cheney: vice.president@whitehouse.gov

46 posted on 04/13/2004 9:58:40 PM PDT by Two-Bits (I still am amazed at the stupidity of the media...)
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To: RaceBannon
My adopted daughter married a Marine. The Corps is one of the best things about America. Semper Fi.
47 posted on 04/13/2004 10:49:54 PM PDT by kezekiel
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To: oh8eleven
you might like this
48 posted on 04/13/2004 10:59:17 PM PDT by RaceBannon (VOTE DEMOCRAT AND LEARN ARABIC FREE!!)
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To: RaceBannon
Race, thank you for the posting this inspiring letter. This thread is now a Prayer Warrior Field Trip Destination.

General, Sir, we thank you for your service and for the obvious care you have for the ones who are serving under you.

There are a number of us at this forum who would like you to know that we have banded together to hold vigil for our men and women under arms and their families. We call these efforts our Troop Prayer Threads. All who wish to pray for our troops and those who stand with them are invited to join us in prayer. We also like to post links to threads or web sites which are inspiring or somehow relevant to someone holding vigil at this time. These we like to call "Prayer Warrior Field Trips." Participants in the prayer threads offer prayers, share relevant scriptures, and as much as one can on the cybernet, hold each others' hands during difficult times. We maintain a prayer list.

Our most recent thread can be found here:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/news/1101474/posts?page=284

Today we added a Marine to our prayer list, and this is the prayer we offered for him. We pray this for him and for all who are serving.

MERCIFUL HEAVENLY FATHER OF US ALL,

We come to you on bended knee asking you to please place your loving attention and protection upon JeeperFreeper's number one son in the Marines serving in Fallujah, Iraq.

Send to him and his buddies, in our name and in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus, legions of protection angels. Place upon him the whole armor of God, including but not limited to, one of our prayer-woven blankets and a burnished set of golden chain mail. We ask that you will assign to him a team of protection angels to guide, guard, direct, and protect him. Let there be a triple ring-pass-not of invisibility, invincibility, and invulnerability to all harm placed upon him by the hands of our Lord and His legions.

Father, dispense to this Marine all the qualities of protection, courage, power, love, faith, wisdom, hope, obedience to the Lord, health, ministry, and mercy according to his hour of need. Let him transcend himself, by thy Grace, to perform his duties with the honor and highest standards he holds for himself. We have great faith in him and are so grateful for his service. Please let him know deep in his heart that his actions on our behalf this day and in the days to come are supported by us and received with the gratitude they deserve.

Surround Jeeper and their entire family during this difficult time of separation. Hold them tangibly in your blessed great arms while they wait for news of their son during these days of uncertainty. Grant them an extraordinary abundance of faith and peace of mind. Grant them joy despite the stresses, and grant them the ability to rest with total trust that you, our heavenly Father, have all under your loving care and control.

Father, we ask that the way be made clear in Fallujah and in the other hot spots which are being reported in Iraq. Guide our civilian leadership. Guide our military leadership. Give to all those levels of leadership, from the President on down through the entire officer corps to the lowliest 2nd lieutenants YOUR Vision and Plan for what must take place in these circumstances. Grant our Troops and all the people of this nation and our allies that shared Vision of Victory which must be won.

Father, clear the way for our troops with our prayers, as General Patton has instructed us!* SHATTER!! all opposition to the Holy Cause of Freedom! SHATTER AND BIND!! all who are the Enemy, and who spew forth their hate and hate creation throughout the Middle East! SHATTER AND BIND!! the entire momentum of centuries of that hatred to the point that hatred is a habit and point of honor to these people, so that they dont even remember why they first began to hate! Cut free your children from those dark momentums of the centuries, and let those who are the originators of the cause and core behind that hatred be bound in the earth and be bound in unseen realms! CLEAR the way on that battlefield! Send forth those legions of VICTORY! AND LET THE VICTORY BE WON BY YOUR GRACE AND MERCY with a minimum of loss of life of your best servants! We invoke in this hour miracles of protection!

Father, if we have prayed amiss in any way, please adjust our prayers. Take the fervor of our hearts and let that fervor be as a fire to add to the flames of Victory which are descending in this hour by your divine Grace and Word and multiplied according to thy Will!

All which we have called forth for this special Marine, we call forth for all his buddies and each and every precious Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman, and CoastGuarder. We call it forth for all who gather intelligence or serve as support personnel. We call it forth wherever you have a lonely servant fighting the good fight for Freedom. Father, God, bless each and every one of them, for they are our greatest treasure.

Amen

* There is an article recounting the origins of General Patton's prayer for good weather. The chaplain who wrote the prayer tells us of the discourse the General gave him on the need for prayer in battle. The story can be found here:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1116011/posts







49 posted on 04/13/2004 11:12:45 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (Hold fast what thou hast received!)
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To: RaceBannon; SandRat
AWESOME! Thank you, Race, for posting the General's words.
And thank you, General, (in case you peek in. :-) ) for allowing him to.

In the complex environment in which we operate, the Marines' generosity of spirit, their guardianship of their buddies, and their steadfastness in the face of adversity are the things that will ultimately build our families, our communities and our Nation into even greater examples of all that is good. The character of these fine young warriors is something to behold as I get to see each day. Yet I recognize that you don't get to see this reassuring presence and the best I can do is to try to articulate their strengths with these few awkward words.

"Awkward words"? I think not! These words make one's heart swell with pride for the men and women serving in our military.
Prayers continue for the safety of all.

Thanks again for this post, Race, and to you, SandRat, for the ping.

50 posted on 04/14/2004 12:10:13 AM PDT by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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