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SSGT. FRANK WUTERICH, OUR SON, OUR HERO
Rosemarie & David Wuterich | Feb. 19, 2007 | Rosemarie & David Wuterich

Posted on 02/19/2007 1:57:58 PM PST by Semper Fi Mom

Our son is Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich the squad leader at Haditha. Most of you know the circumstances of Haditha, the ambush, the IED explosion, the loss of a comrade, the ensuing firefight, the aftermath of the engagement and then the media frenzy condemning our son and his squad. We would now like you to know a little bit about our son.

As a young boy in elementary and middle school, Frank always wanted to be challenged to do his best and accomplish as much as possible. He had been in the gifted and talented program, the Target program, the Odyssey program, the College Science program, played the trumpet in the school band, participated in baseball and soccer. High school was no different, except that there were numerous other activities, Drama Club, drum major, jazz band, tennis, soccer, wrestling, to name a few.

Frank had been considering a military career for a couple of years. He enlisted in the Marine Corps under the Delayed Entry Program on July 1, 1997, just a few months before he began his senior year in high school. Although he had planned to play in the Marine Corps band, things didn't work out and he enlisted in the infantry. We were always amazed at how he was able to juggle the Maine Corps, school, sports, a part-time job and a social life but he did so with determination.

A few days after high school graduation Frank was sent off to basic training at Parris Island, S.C. How proudly we stood and watched as he graduated from boot camp. Our son had accomplished his goals. He had become a dedicated, well-discipined Marine, a man. All he could be. He is now stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA.

Haditha was Frank's first combat tour of duty. He wasn't afraid to go although he would certainly miss his family. He was anxious, willing and ready to serve his country, confident that he and his fellow Marines had the best training possible and were well prepared. He wrote to us as often as he could, always telling us "not to worry." "We are all doing our jobs extremely well here and making it extremely hard for the insurgents to operate." We prayed every day, every night, every minute he was in Iraq, that he and his fellow Marines would come home safely.

On November 12, 2005, Haditha happened. Word came that he was okay but had lost one of his fellow Marines, two were injured, the rest were safe. In January 2006 he was recommended for the "Navy Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing device" by his platoon leader Lt. William T. Kallop for his leadership at Haditha. This recommendation has since fallen through the cracks and the medal has not been awarded.

Frank returned to the states in April 2006. He and his family were planning on relocating closer to the east coast when he was discharged in June 2006. He hoped to pursue a career in music production. That never happened! In May of 2006 the allegations began. We were deluged with media at our doorstep and phone calls from every news source in the U.S. and beyond. We continue to be called upon whenever any new headlines emerge. We know our son is innocent, we know he has done nothing wrong, we know he was following the "Rules of Engagement." He is a Marine who was doing the job he was trained to do. To Time magazine, John Murtha and Alan Colmes we say: "How dare you? How dare you condemn our Marines for doing their job? There have been NO Article 32 hearings, NO convictions, NO confessions! Yet you deem it necessary to tarnish their reputations without any facts." The misinformation, the "leaks", the media "sensationalism" makes our blood boil and our hearts break.

There isn't a day that goes by that we don't shed tears. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't say prayers. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of Frank and his squad. To those of you who have expressed your support for Frank and his felllow Marines via mail, phone calls, the internet, etc., we can only say that we will be eternally grateful! You make it a little easier to get through each day.

We have continuously talked to various news media, been on local and national television defending our son. Dave and our daughter-in-law have appeared on Hannity & Colmes. Our family and friends will continue to support our son. We hope and pray that you will too. We truly believe in his innocence.

Through all of this adversity Frank has maintained his innocence with dignity and held his head up high. He is a great Marine, a loving son, father, husband and brother. He is kind, has great character, and loves his country. He is OUR SON, OUR HERO!

"Through tears of sadness hopefully there wil be tears of joy"!

Rosemarie & David Wuterich, Meriden, CT www.frankwuterich.com


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KEYWORDS: defendourmarines; haditha; iraq; military; ssgtfrankwuterich; wot; wuterich
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1 posted on 02/19/2007 1:58:03 PM PST by Semper Fi Mom
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Welcome to FreeRepublic, you are among a lot of friends.


2 posted on 02/19/2007 2:01:02 PM PST by U S Army EOD (Support your local EOD Detachment)
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To: RedRover

PING...


3 posted on 02/19/2007 2:01:12 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
http://www.mcleague.com/mdp/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=97


"THE MARINES", airing Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. EST on PBS, examines the unique "Warrior Culture" of the smallest but fiercest branch of the U.S. armed services.
With significant access to Marine Corps training facilities in Parris Island, South Carolina; Quantico, Virginia; and Twentynine Palms, California, THE MARINES reveals what it takes and what it means to be a Marine - from the first moments of a recruit's arrival at boot camp.


4 posted on 02/19/2007 2:03:59 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Welcome to Free Republic....and thank you for the wonderful letter.


5 posted on 02/19/2007 2:04:48 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Semper Fi Mom; 4woodenboats; aculeus; Admin-WeSupportFrank.com; American Cabalist; ...

Big Bump for this patriotic American.


6 posted on 02/19/2007 2:05:24 PM PST by pissant
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To: 4woodenboats; aculeus; Admin-WeSupportFrank.com; American Cabalist; AmericanYankee; AndrewWalden; ..
Ping!

7 posted on 02/19/2007 2:05:26 PM PST by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: KeyLargo

Thank you SO much for letting me know.

I never check PBS' schedule and I wouldn't have seen it.


8 posted on 02/19/2007 2:06:26 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: U S Army EOD

God bless the Marines and your son. The wrong people are in prison.


9 posted on 02/19/2007 2:06:42 PM PST by sine_nomine (The United States...shall protect each of them against invasion. Article IV, 4. US Constition)
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To: RedRover

Beat you to it!


10 posted on 02/19/2007 2:06:57 PM PST by pissant
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To: mystery-ak; Bahbah; Mo1; STARWISE; txradioguy; Howlin

Ping to thread...and ping to post #4.


11 posted on 02/19/2007 2:07:09 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Semper Fi Mom
He is a Marine who was doing the job he was trained to do.

That is all I needed to know. We stand behind your son and his brother Marines. Please know that you, your family, your son, his fellow Marines and our beloved Marine Corp are in are daily thoughts and prayers. Please let us know what we can do to help, it is the least we can do for heroes like your son who placed their lives and bodies in the line of fire to protect us.

Welcome, you are among Friends.

12 posted on 02/19/2007 2:08:42 PM PST by txroadkill
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To: pissant

Bump and prayers.


13 posted on 02/19/2007 2:09:08 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons' pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

all my thoughts and prayers are with you....i will be praying for your son....he was there fighting for our freedom and safety....I am disgusted about this whole Haditha bs.....


14 posted on 02/19/2007 2:09:16 PM PST by BamaDi (George W - my hero! !)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Our hearts and prayers go out to your and your son.

Most of us will never experience the sacrifices your family has made, and most of us have no way to fully repay your son and you for them either.

Our only means at hand is to continue to honor his heroic and honorable service with our continued support and prayers for our nation's success, with the efforts of him and those who serve as he does.

Your son will always have the appreciation and respect of all Americans of good conscience.

God speed to your family.


15 posted on 02/19/2007 2:09:34 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Welcome to Free Republic, and thank you for this posting.


16 posted on 02/19/2007 2:09:46 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Reagan would vote for Hunter)
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To: pissant

B U M P


17 posted on 02/19/2007 2:10:22 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Reagan would vote for Hunter)
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To: Txsleuth
To Semper Fi Mom

You have my support and respect....Thanks for the wonderful letter...I would not be to concerned with the individuals who you speak of...I do not know one person here respect them nor their opinion...I do believe justice will prevail....Please keep us posted....Wes
18 posted on 02/19/2007 2:10:25 PM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: Semper Fi Mom; pissant; RedRover

Welcome to Free Republic, Semper Fi Mom. You, your family and all the military have many FRiends here.

Thanks for the pings.


19 posted on 02/19/2007 2:11:24 PM PST by jazusamo (http://warchronicle.com/TheyAreNotKillers/DefendOurMarines.htm)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Your son is one of my heroes. I am praying for him.


20 posted on 02/19/2007 2:13:19 PM PST by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ He shoots people and breaks things.)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
Your son is an American hero.

There are millions of us who really belive that.

Try not to let the agenda driven adolescents in the main stream media beat you down.

Thanks to you and your son for his service.

21 posted on 02/19/2007 2:13:45 PM PST by andyandval
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To: Semper Fi Mom
Welcome To Free Republic!!!

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22 posted on 02/19/2007 2:13:59 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Your son and his unit are heroes. We thank God for people like them.


23 posted on 02/19/2007 2:14:13 PM PST by SHOOT THE MOON bat ("Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords" Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
God Bless you and your family. Welcome to FR. Many here share your pain. I contributed to the campaign of Diana Irey in her attempt to defeat murtha (spit) the traitor, even though I live in VA. You will be in my prayers.
24 posted on 02/19/2007 2:15:11 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Welcome Semper Fi Mom. You are among friends here at Free Republic. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


25 posted on 02/19/2007 2:15:40 PM PST by Chickenhawk Warmonger (Those that sign the Resolution are agreeing to failure)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
Welcome Home, or just about as close as you can get.
26 posted on 02/19/2007 2:17:34 PM PST by glaseatr (Proud Father of a Marine, Uncle of SGT Adam Estep A. 2/5 Cav. KIA Thurs April 29, 2004 Baghdad Iraq)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
We know our son is innocent, we know he has done nothing wrong, we know he was following the "Rules of Engagement." He is a Marine who was doing the job he was trained to do. [] There have been NO Article 32 hearings, NO convictions, NO confessions!

I hope you are right. Here's hoping the system works.

27 posted on 02/19/2007 2:18:12 PM PST by jude24
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To: Semper Fi Mom

As I have always said,

God Bless our troops
God Bless our President
God Bless America.

I will now add the following:

God Bless our military families


28 posted on 02/19/2007 2:18:47 PM PST by Former MSM Viewer ("We will hunt the terrorists in every dark corner of the earth. We will be relentless." W 2001)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Welcome Semper Fi Mom. My prayers are with you and your family. God Bless!


29 posted on 02/19/2007 2:18:50 PM PST by pinkpanther111 (They were doing their jobs!!! Defend our Marines)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

to; Rosemarie & David Wuterich, Meriden, CT

Prayers for your Son and you.


30 posted on 02/19/2007 2:19:34 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
He is kind, has great character, and loves his country

His country loves him back.

31 posted on 02/19/2007 2:20:03 PM PST by Bahbah (.Regev, Goldwasser & Shalit, we are praying for you.)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Welcome to Free Republic....you are among friends here....prayers for your family.


32 posted on 02/19/2007 2:20:17 PM PST by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Prayers for Frank and your entire family. Thank you for posting and welcome to Free Republic!

God bless.


33 posted on 02/19/2007 2:23:02 PM PST by incredulous joe ("I really dig Hannibal. He had real guts. He rode elephants into Cartilage." -- Mike Tyson)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
Please thank your son for his service to our nation. Many, many Americans are on his side and are pushing back, any way we can.

God bless your family and may justice prevail.

34 posted on 02/19/2007 2:24:39 PM PST by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Marine Corps Bump


35 posted on 02/19/2007 2:25:45 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 3..GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

We are here praying for you and your son Mom.


36 posted on 02/19/2007 2:26:41 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
Welcome to Free Republic! Please thank your son for his gallant service to our Country. My sincerest wishes for a prompt resolution in favor of Frank and his fellow Marines.
37 posted on 02/19/2007 2:26:57 PM PST by bwteim (bwteim = begin with the end in mind)
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To: Semper Fi Mom
***** Please send all donations to legal counsel: *****
NEAL A. PUCKETT - Wuterich Defense Fund
2181 Jamieson Ave #1505, Alexandria, VA 22314
**** Please note on check "Wuterich Defense Fund" ****
Contributions of any size are most appreciated. Thank You!

I think us Freepers ought to put our money where our mouth is and send 20.00 to this fund.

38 posted on 02/19/2007 2:26:59 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Robert DeLong

Is there a weblink to contribute?


39 posted on 02/19/2007 2:29:51 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: RaceBannon

This has been going on for the families of the Pendleton 8 and now Haditha.

The truth needs to be told, these men are being sacrificed.

The story below is from another Mother of one of the Marines from the Pendleton 8.

It has contact numbers for the local newspapers from California where most of the extensive print news comes from.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1694314/posts
FREEPER EXCLUSIVE: COMMENTS FROM MARINE MOTHER OF PENDLETON 8

The link above is to a story by the LA Times, which does not allow us to post their stuff. In the article, it claims that two of the accused Marines of the Pendleton 8, Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III and Cpl. Trent D. Thomas, admitted to killing the Iraqi man in question as an act of murder, not combat.

The LA Times or the Marine Corps representative who was quoted, Capt. Nicholas L. Gannon, has deliberately misquoted the statements of these men.

The Comments below are those of Cpl Marshall Magincalda's mother, one of the Pendleton 8, with an appeal to ALL: Write the LA Times and inform them of this apparent deliberate misquote and how it taints a potential jury pool, and slanders our troops in time of war.


(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...



The Mother's comments are below, verbatim
HI GUYS: TAKE A LOOK AT THIS....WE NEED YOUR HELP IN DAMAGE CONTROL..........PLEASE CONTACT THE PAPER EDITOR, AND THE REPORTER AND DEMAND A RETRACTION. EVEN WITHIN THE ARTICLE THE STATEMENTS ARE NOT ACCURATE. THIS IS PER MR. LOW. OUR ATTORNEY. IT LOOKS SO BAD WITH MARSHALL JR'S PICTURE RIGHT UNDER THAT HEADLING. JUST TO SELL A DAMNED PAPER??? SAD, SO SAD! THANK YOU VERY MUCH KEEP THE FAITH, HOLD ON TO THE HOPE, AND WITH PRIDE.....

Contact numbers of the LA Times and addresses

Readers' Representative

If you have questions or concerns about The Times' journalistic standards and practices, or you believe we have made an error, you may contact:

Los Angeles Times Readers' Representative Office
E-mail: readers.rep@latimes.com
Telephone message line: (877) 554-4000
Fax: (213) 237-3535
Postal mail: 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Newspaper delivery hotline: (800) 252-9141


Local news is handled by the Metro desks of the following editions:
Los Angeles Edition (Metro)
Deadline: No later than one day before an event.
News hotline: (213) 237-7001, ask for City desk.
Fax: (213) 237-4712.
E-mail: metrodesk@latimes.com

Orange County Edition
Deadline: One week before event.
News hotline: (714) 966-7715.
Fax: (714) 966-7711.
E-mail: ocdesk@latimes.com

Valley Edition Deadline: One day before an event.
Main number: (818) 772-3200, ask for respective desk.
Fax: (818) 772-3385; (818) 772-3338.
E-mail: valley@latimes.com

Ventura County Edition
Deadline: No later than one day before an event.
News hotline: (805) 653-7547, ask for City desk.
Fax: (805) 653-7548; (805) 653-7576.
E-mail: ventura@latimes.com



40 posted on 02/19/2007 2:30:21 PM PST by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 3..GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

My heart and prayers are with your son and family.


41 posted on 02/19/2007 2:35:07 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: pissant; All
Beat you to it!

LOL! I just stepped away for a minute!

All:

Freepers interested in showing their support by contributing to SSgt. Frank Wuterich's defense fund can click at the link. There's also lots of info and pics at the site.

42 posted on 02/19/2007 2:40:30 PM PST by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: Semper Fi Mom

Good to have you here at FR
Semper Fi from San Diego home of Marine Corp Recruit Depot, Camp Pendleton, & Marimar Marine Air Station.


43 posted on 02/19/2007 2:40:50 PM PST by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: All

Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich

44 posted on 02/19/2007 2:47:18 PM PST by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: outofsalt
She had privided the link, but HERE it is.
45 posted on 02/19/2007 2:49:41 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Robert DeLong

Make that provided.


46 posted on 02/19/2007 2:50:45 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: outofsalt

I was able to Donate using Paypal by logging on to
http://www.frankwuterich.com and following the links.

You can also log on to http://www.paypal.com directly and forward payment to ZaidMS@aol.com and entering "Wuterich Defense Fund"


47 posted on 02/19/2007 2:51:02 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Robert DeLong

Done, Thanks


48 posted on 02/19/2007 2:52:16 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: outofsalt

Bump! Thanks for the info and links!


49 posted on 02/19/2007 3:12:23 PM PST by RedRover (Defend Our Marines!)
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To: Semper Fi Mom; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; ...
Ping List
FReepmail if you want on or off this list

50 posted on 02/19/2007 3:16:48 PM PST by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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