First of all, THANK
YOU for all the e-mails and letters. It has taken me a while to begin
compiling some of these wonderful words of support, I've saved them
when I can and have been pulling things from them to upload when I get
a chance. I try and take some of the words of support from the comments
section as well to compile below here. I wanted to post some of these
highlights, to thank you first of all for the support, and to help other
soldiers who have never met many of you who have contributed, that the
prayers from the US are for all soldiers, not just a few. As
American soldiers, we not only fight for the greatest causes on earth,
we fight for this planets greatest citizens, the American people. I
am more than happy to honor your privacy in our correspondance, so if
you want don't want any of it posted here, just let me know.
So far, letters
have been received from across the US...Let's turn the map blue!
Letters To The Front
The news is always
full of death and destruction. Even progress is somehow conveyed as
a step backward. I know it's war and these are the costs, but my gut
told me there was something more going on. So, I searched and searched
and here it is: Bloggers from Iraq. Citizens and soldiers. Some are
positive and some are negative. Many are simply "opinions"
or just stories of daily life like you told today.
but the best thing
about them? They are from real people living it on the ground and not
a reporter that got his story from the AP reporter that got his story...etc,
etc, etc. I found Operation Give; Operation Iraqi Children, I found
the national website for the Kurdistan Regional Government, which actually
posts some impressive numbers about reconstrution, number of jobs, number
of schools, next elections, etc. I finally put everything in perspective.
There are more places in Iraq than Najaf, Karbala, Fallujah, etc and
more people than Al-Sadr and Gen. Kimmett. I found I wasn't so worried
So, in closing.
I've enjoyed your site and thank you for taking your time to write.
I'm proud of you and all of our service men and women. Keep your head
down and your boots on. Will be looking forward to your posts.
Kansas City, Mo, May 28, 2004
From your sunny homelands in Plant City Florida, I write you With lots
of hugs and kisses, and gratefulness from the bottom of my heart. I'am
a christian woman in my mid 40's and I have a friend who is a X navy
man. THANKS. I PRAY FOR YOU AND ALL OF THE MILITARY! When I go to sleep
at night, I think about you guys, I pray for your safty, and ask for
blessing to be on your life for all you do! Thank you for making it
safe for me and mine to sleep tonight.We do Love you guys, no matter
what they say, there are many who do feel you guys and what you go threw,
and we pray in our churchs, there are special days set aside just for
our Military I know this may not seem like much. But one day it will
be all you need!!
THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO
Marie Carpenter, May 28, 2004
Just found your blog
(via Instapundit, then Blackfive) & boy, am I glad I did. You guys
are the greatest. Too bad you don't write for the news - it might be worth
giving the media another try. My husband & I pray for you all every
And we are so grateful for you all.
Janet D. Marlboro, NY, May 27, 2004
i just wanted to
shoot you an e-mail in addition to the reply i posted on your blog.
that entry you wrote about brickfoot really touched the guys more than
you can even imagine... i'm really good friends with those guys and
when i received an email from them this morning, all they could do was
praise you and say how much what you said to them meant... and in turn
that means a lot to me...
i myself had been
in two different rotc programs a few years ago but due to an injury
i could no longer participate... i do have a bunch of friends that are
still in the military and are in different stages of their tours...
a part of me really wishes i could still fight for my country... however
because i cannot i have a very large respect and appreciation for those
who continue fighting... it means so much to me as an american to know
that you are putting your life on the line to not only preserve what
rights i already have, but you are also fighting to bring those rights
to others...from the bottom of my heart.. thank you... thank you for
everything you are doing and everything you have already done!
if there is anything
i can do please do not hesitate to ask... again thank you so much for
your duties and your kind words .. it really meant a lot to them and
to us over here as well... may this find you in safety! hope you are
well and hope to hear from you soon!!
~kenz, May 24, 2004
Dear Sgt. Missick,
I just saw your site for the first time. I love your poem and your writings.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I wish you well and you
and all our military will be in my continued prayers. Thank you so much
for all you do.
Debbie S., May 24, 2004
hi sgt missick
man that was one the nicest stories ive heard in a long time. its so
amazing that happened. steve from brickfoot was so excited too that
he wrote me as well to tell me about it. its such a wonderful story.i
swear it made me smile and feel good too that they could do that for
you. but thank you for all you are doing in iraq. i really pray you
will be safe. i saw you lived in sacramento too! i went to school there.
well i hope you can come back to california soon. please take care and
i saw you have an address to send stuff. i was wondering it was ok to
send cds to you? im not sure what you guys are allowed to recieve but
i would love to send something to you. well thanks again and thanks
again for what you are doing for us
May 23, 2004
Great site, and
gratz on your promotion.
Charles Crail, May
I was happy to find your site. I read your blogs everyday and I am proud
of all the work you are doing. You are a true "Hero." Yesterday,
I thought of you when I was at a motivational gathering. Private Jessica
Lynch took the stage and spoke about her time in the war. It was great
to hear first hand what happened and how her rescue went down. It was
much different from what was reported in our "liberal" media.
This reminded me of your blogs and I wish your information would be
reported rather than information that is tainted and skewed. Your insight
is wonderful and you are blessed with an amazing talent of portrayal.
You are a true American. If I were worthy of saluting you I would.
Stay true to your faith, as I know you will and keep up the good work.
"May God Bless America"
J.R. Wheeler, May 20, 2004
You have every right
to be proud of your leadership, and your promotion. I watched the Generals
testify and I was impressed. I dont think they will have any qualms
following the investigation of Abu Ghraib up the chain of command. You
are a member of the finest military the world has ever witnessed. Not
just in technology and brute power, but also the quality of personnel,
at all ranks, a warrior class that has not forgotten what it means to
be human. I always point out that the Generals of today were the lower
and middle managers during Vietnam; they applied their lessons learned
very well, and never forgot what it was like to be on the ground with
the troops. Couple that with the downsizing that occurred during the last
decade, and there just isnt much dead wood left in the organization.
JG, May 20, 2004
I totally support
what you and your fellow soldiers are doing to breathe freedom into
that region. It sickens me to see what a few here are doing to smear
the noble and courageous job you and your men are doing over there and
the sacrifices each of you are making.
I'm sitting here
at work at my computer and can only imagine the working, as well as
living, condtions with which you have to endure. I can't tell you enough
how much I admire, respect and thank each one of you for what you are
doing for our country.
I know we are doing
the right thing for humanity and I say thanks everyday that we do have
young men and women who are willing to fight for our freedom, as well
as trying to give another country that sweet taste of freedom.
Cheryl, May 20, 2004
great blogging and
congrats on the promotion.
I have great confidence
in your and the rest of the military to achieve the objectives
set out by the president to defeat the terrorists.
these changing fortunes
of war will ultimately force the politicians on the Hill to positively
recognize the sacrifice and the contribution of the military
In the War on Terror.
jon lund USMC 73-76,
May 20, 2004
In general there seems
to be a lack of respect from some against those who do not conform or
agree with their political/philosophical positions. Typically the lack
of respect is more or less rude and often seems to come from individuals
who are on one hand asking for all to be treated with dignity and respect
and on the other rude in the guise of simple disagreement. I do wonder
if there ever has been a time when media/general population have been
genuinely respectful of those they disagree with.
Elizabeth, May 20, 2004
Thank you for your
service, first and foremost - and in addition, thank you for your amazing
commentary. Keep the faith, stay strong, America is truly behind you.
Keith, May 20, 2004
on your promotion. This democrat's heart is filled with gratitude and
admiration for you and our troops. Tell them so, OK? I understand that
the democracy I live in was paid for with the blood of our citizens.
I support both the troops and OUR mission. We are in this together.
Alice, May 20, 2004
Sergeant Missick. Thank you for your service and excellence.
Moze, May 19, 2004
on your promotion and all that you have learned and accomplished. You
are an eloquent writer and an intelligent communicator. I wish you well
for the remainder of your deployment, and all the best when you return
to the great ol' USA!!!! Take care!
Susan, May 19, 2004
Two words, CONGRATULATIONS
and AMEN!!! Thanks for your words from the front. Be safe and you are
in my prayers.
Brandee, May 19, 2004
Congrats SGT on
your recient promotion!!
With the other well
wishers would like to pass along my support for the troops! Keep up
the good work sir.
Jeff, May 19, 2004
and chin up! You all have TONS of support from here at home!!!
Elizabeth, May 19, 2004
glad i found your
site and thanks for writing. your point about the internet is well taken.
only through the internet have i found like-minded people who spread
the word on the work you and all our armed forces are performing under
very difficult circumstances. the internet has allowed me to avoid t.v.
news and newspapers entirely.you guys are working miracles and the news
orgs. can only talk about prison abuse. best wishes and a speedy, safe
scott holmes, May 18, 2004
You have much to
be proud of.
Don't let the hippie
wanna-bees get you down. They may be loud, but they are incoherent and
do not speak for America. I look at these people and I shake my head
at an entire sub-culture of people who have never had to struggle and
prove themselves in anything of consequence. You and your comrades are
the true Americans. Your struggle is not taken for granted.
You have a great
blog - keep up the thoughtful and informative posts.
hofmac, May 18, 2004
SERGEANT Missick. I bet it feels great to hear and see that. Great job
on working hard to be promoted, and for receiving the rewards of that
I liked your analogy
of dead trees being removed in regards to the few soldiers who abused
prisoners at Abu Ghraib. It brings to mind that when a tree does die
in the forest, it will eventually decay on the forest floor, and when
it does it becomes compost. Compost serves to fertilize the remaining
plants and trees to help them grow bigger and stronger. May this unfortunate
incident act as a "compost" to those who are still in the
military, and especially in Iraq to encourage them to become stronger
and more honorable soldiers. I think in your promotion, we have seen
that happen. Keep up the good work!
Kiki B., May 18, 2004
Well, it is sergeant
now. Sergeant Missick, I remember when you where doing well to spell,
Sigma Phi Epsilon. Congrats on the promotion. Now you are a leader of
men [not manager]. Remember you lead by example and your troops always
come first. You take care of your troops in garrison and they will take
care of you in the field. See, you still get my lectures even when you
are 6k miles away. Chapter is doing well, they earned the Dean's Trophy.
Old Navy Corpsman, May 18, 2004
Sergeant Missick!! We are proud of you, too! A fabulous and well-deserved
honor. Your parents must be beaming. Lead well. Your soldiers count
PS I sure hope someone
took pictures and that you post them!!
CMLois , May 18, 2004
I am so proud of our military. I am not proud of those Americans who
would denegrate our toops, our cause and our leaders.
I lived through WW2, Korea, Vietnam and never have I seen such negative
media coverage. It was great in the march to Bagdad and since has gone
steadily downhill. The Iraqi blogs and yours help me keep the faith.
God bless you and your comrades.
Pat in NC, May 18, 2004
I have recently
found your blog through BlackFive
and have enjoyed reading thus far. First off thank you so much for your
service to our country and the Iraqi people for your efforts overseas!
My heart goes out to you and all your comrades!
Jeff Giesbrecht, May 18, 2004
I'm grateful for
your service, your attitude, and now the fact that I can regularly check
in via your blog.
Hats off to you sir. You make Americans proud.
-Rick, May 17, 2004
Keep up the good
work, you write incredibly well! It is depressing to read about these
lunatics in California, enemies right in our own back-yard. But it just
proves to me that we have to be vigilant and keep on fighting all the
people who would do us harm, whether at home or abroad. Of course you
are doing exactly this-and for people you don't even know. Me and my
family thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Stay safe and keep blogging.
diana, May 15, 2004
I'm glad to have
found your blog. It's wonderful you are writing your experiences!
As horrible as it
is that some people would like to say they believe the murder of Nicholas
Berg was a hoax - well... the sound of his screams can't be forgotten.
Elizabeth, May 15, 2004
I recently requested
to have my blog linked from Iraq
the Model. They reply was quite nice:
I'll certainly link to your blog, this
is the least i can do to express my gratitude to you and your colleagues
in the US army and marines.
Omar. Iraq the Model,
May 14, 2004
I was in Navy 1968
to 1972. Crypto maintenance, Naval Security Group. First overseas duty
At that time too, many things were happening that in fact were never
ended. Our generation handed it over to you folks. Our fathers gave
it to us. But you know, we may not have solved the problem but we ALL,
through the generations, have keep our freedom and liberty. For so many
that dont know what it even means. Its not a 'right', its EARNED and
paid for by you people that choose to continue to keep us free.
My heart goes out to you and GOD bless you.
I remember the oath I took, and its a lifelong oath, "I will defend
the constitution of the United States of America against all enemys,
foreign or domestic".
Thank you for what
No one told us that during Viet Nam.
I would die for you as you would for me.
I love you, brother...
Kermit, May 13,
...It is so refreshing to see and hear about a young republican leading
the charge... Keep up the good work, thanks for your service and our
best to you !!!
Gail Koval, May
Good luck over there. I'm glad to hear that you're *relatively* safe.
I read your blog everyday.
Ben Leroy, May 12,
Dropping you a note
from my office (I'm a Legal Assistant in a law firm in NYC). Your blog
is great -- you either have lots of time to write OR you type fast...
whatever the means, it is very informative and I appreciate that you
take the time and make the effort. I am an Army mom (19 yr old son shortly
on his way to your little corner of the world -- ok, so I'm trying to
stay upbeat)... I'm also a Navy mom (one serving career man, one "ok
4 yrs is plenty" & out). I'm also the wife of a retired (25
yrs. E-1 to O-6) Navy man. As for the Army son, his dad likes to say
that every family must have its black lamb for balance... the son says
it's because he's the smartest of the family men :-} Dad did two tours
in Vietnam, so we are of course mentally wild with worry at our son's
imminent deployment... but we support our sons and we will do whatever
we need to do HERE to be sure he and all of you have whatever you need
THERE to ensure a safe and successful mission.
Take care of yourself. Remember, if everyone else is ducking, you duck,
Regards, Carla Lois, May 6, 2004
Hey! My name is
Monique and I'm 20 years old... I began supporting the troops in April
of 03 when i joined SOM (supporting our marines.. but we support all
branches) I plan to do so for the rest of my life! I have had the opportunity
to get to know some of the most amazing people on the face of this earth..
I really enjoied what I had the time to read of your entries... I will
most def. continue to read and check back for updates! :)
I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. I know you must
hear it all the time.. but honestly you guys can't hear it enough to
fully thank you... Your hard work will one day pay off and your bravery
and courage will be remembered throughout history. There are no words
that can properly thank you.. there is only the undying gratitude that
is in the hearts of all the thankful Americans back home. I know that
I will be forever grateful for your commitment to our country. Without
men like you this world would be a sad place.... So if you would like
to keep in touch or know anyone who could use a letter to cheer them
up, get me their address and I can submit them to my group! :) (to learn
more go to www.supportingourmarines.com) I hope you have a spectacular
day... Stay safe! And SMILE, because YOU are my hero! :)
Monique D, May 4, 2004
Please let me know
if you NEED or WANT anything! I wish there were more I could do to show
my support of you and ALL of our men and women serving our country....
Angie Crowly, April 24, 2004
I spent the afternoon
in Sac and that city is just not the same for me without you. I send
prayers up as often as I think of you and trust God has his loving arms
wrapped around you. Take these words from Neh.1:5 and make them your
own."I said I beseech You, O Lord God of heaven and earth, the
great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness
for those who love Him and keep His commandments. Let Your ear be attentive
and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of your servant which I am praying
before You now, day and night,..." He will great you every morning
with those lovingkindnesses.
Love from all the crazy Rodgers!!!
Elena Rodgers, April 23, 2004
We were thrilled
to hear from you. We had tried to reach your parents but could not get
a phone number from Information. Then, your message came in like a burst
of sunshine! Yes, Someone is watching over you. And, of course, you
are in our prayers and thoughts all the time.
Best Personal Regards,
Fred and Pat Hildebrand April 21, 2004
Thank you so much
for all you do for our country
I think about you guys over there
often, and hope you guys stay safe. I pray that God keeps you safe and
you come back soon!
Cambria King, April 21, 2004
The business is
doing very well, He talks about you all the time, in between talking
all the time, in other words He doesn't shut up. Be safe and I can't
wait till you get back and tell us all about THE BIG ADVENTURE. I will
stay in touch. Jim
Jim Gonzalez, April 19, 2004
Keep your eyes open
and most of all listen to the Holy Spirits still small voice and DO
WHAT IT TELLS you no matter how foolish it might seem at the moment.
Once again all I can do is turn you over to the Lord
and the word of His Grace. All is well here and the people support the
pres. and the troops.
Love, Uncle Bob
Robert Christman, April 19, 2004
Just saw some news
from there. They have an ambulance driver who is 9 yrs. old carries
a big machine gun. Unreal. I'm sure you'll have alot to tell when you
get home. How are you doing anyway Ok? We keep you in our prayers &
thoughts constantly so be careful & write when you can. Love Ya,
Uncle Jim & Aunt Eve, Jimmy too.
James Christman, April 17, 2004
First and foremost,
hope you're safe as you can be, and I expect you to run the US one day!
Connie Pedenko, April 14, 2004
Every meeting we
say a prayer specifically for you and Matthew Bopp, Jim & Barbara's
son, who is Afganistan. Let us know if we can send you anything--I'm
told that it's not too hard to send some things directly to a specific
address. Please pass on our best wishes to all your fellow soldiers--we
are all so very proud of you guys/gals and keep you all in our thoughts
and prayers daily. We had a great "support the troops" rally
at the capitol last month and plan more of them. It was great to hear
from you Chris--take care and write again soon.
Donna Schalansky April 12, 2004