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Posted: 12/20/2003 7:22:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2003 9:08:01 AM EDT by SGTIMAK]
This is a link to my units homepage.  It has a short sitrep of what my Bn has been doing over there.  On the left there is a link for some pics of my guys.

Click Here.

Now that I have your attention, if anyone is looking to send CARE packages, here are a couple names.  All are soldiers in my platoon.  As I am no longer over there with them, they are no doubt starved for entertainment so I'm sure any package or letter will be appreciated.  I've included hobbies in case anyone wanted to send magazines (to read).

SGT Michael Gable

After completing culinary school and graduating from Cordon Bleu in France, this guy gave up a promising career as a chef in Lousiana for the Army "so I can kill people".  This guy is one of my closer friends in the unit.  Kind of weird (It took me a long time to convince him that he could not bring a Taliban head with him from Afghanistan, so he shouldn't even try it.) but one of the best people I've ever met. Did I mention he carries a bone saw around in his IBA "just in case"?  His hobbie is firearms, but he puts his cooking skill to good work over there.  After boycotting MREs in OEF, I would have starved if not for his ability to turn just about anything into an awesome meal.

SPC Jonathan Parisan

From Pottsville, PA.  He fought in Afghanistan and redeployed to Iraq after less than 6 months back home.  He is one of the best TOW/MK19 gunners I've ever seen.  Likes bodybuilding stuff.

SPC Michael Quijada

I think he's a SPC now anyway.  This guy is responsible for the majority of the battalions kills thus far.  He smoked a vehicle full of Iraqis who were trying to ram through their checkpoint with his .50 cal and shotgun.  From Los Angeles, he is into all that rice racer shit so send him "Super Street" or something.

I'd reccomend stuff like jerky, magazines (yes, they can have porn there), books, canned goods, batteries, babywipes, etc.  Even just a letter will mean a lot to these guys.  

In a heavy weapons company, these guys are ALWAYS in the shit.  Thanks ahead of time.  Oh, and make sure you mention ARFCOM.  Maybe they'll come back, join up and post some pics for us.

Edited: the address is on the linked page but here it is as well:

AT2/D Co/1-504TH PIR
APO AE 09384
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:29:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:57:29 AM EDT
I'm it.
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 2:34:19 PM EDT
Big BUMP. C'mon folks. These guys deserve our support.
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 3:53:17 PM EDT
Bump for the night crew.
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:12:21 PM EDT
Reenlisting on an enemy tank!  That's priceless!

Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:16:34 PM EDT
That looks like fun.  I wish I was 35 years younger...
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:22:17 PM EDT
Shit, all this time I thought Wave was a cop in New York. [:)]
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:44:35 PM EDT
Great site! Thanks for the link.....and for your service!

Moral must not be that bad, alot of the pics were guys re-uping!!!!!LOL!!!!
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 7:54:17 PM EDT
I sure wish I could get info like this from my son's battalion.  He's in the 101st, 2/502, and all I hear about them is the dribs and drabs I get from Reuters and AP.  Sometimes I get sick just thinking about him over there in that crap-hole country.

It sucks being parent of an infantryman.  I'm proud of him, but it still sucks.
Link Posted: 12/20/2003 8:03:32 PM EDT
I see lots of fingers on triggers.... [:D]

Link Posted: 12/21/2003 7:20:54 AM EDT
I'm gonna bump this once more tonight and leave it at that.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 7:26:24 AM EDT
Thanks for the photos, and good work!
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 2:58:20 PM EDT
One last time.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 8:33:16 PM EDT
Bump for tomorrow.
Link Posted: 12/21/2003 10:34:20 PM EDT
Thanks, and good photos..

now for some old school 504... [url=http://www.csupomona.edu/~rosenkrantz/paratroop/sgtdave.htm]My great uncle[/url]

infact, i think there is a link on your website to my pops page..
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 5:37:29 AM EDT
A big "thank you!" goes out to all our servicemembers still serving overseas and stateside.
Link Posted: 12/22/2003 5:56:35 AM EDT
I am picking up a big multi box of baby wipes (the good ones). I will split up them and ship them at lunch.

Link Posted: 12/22/2003 11:44:13 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Carbine_Man:
I sure wish I could get info like this from my son's battalion.  He's in the 101st, 2/502, and all I hear about them is the dribs and drabs I get from Reuters and AP.  Sometimes I get sick just thinking about him over there in that crap-hole country.
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I can understand your feelings--I am sure it is even harder on his mother.  Remember the 101st is a huge outfit, he's there with 15,000-20,000 other soldiers.

My buddy is in the 3/502.  I hear from him most days since they have email access.  He is also an infantryman.  The 3/502 has only had two KIA and both were in the past couple of weeks.  Sounds like their battalion is set up pretty well, with power, AC, a snack bar, etc.  They do patrols, guard duty, knock-and-search, etc.  Sounds like Mosul is dangerous but manageable.  They are fighting the bad guys and from what I can tell they are winning.  Many locals are helpful and friendly.  They can get all the local food they want and have not had to eat many MREs since they got to Mosul.

The 2nd brigade is mostly on the east side of Mosul.  This area has a lot of Kurds and they are very friendly to the USA.  1st brigade has had it worse, operating in more heavily Sunni Arab areas (many of them were settled there by Saddam).

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