Sunday, February 18, 2007

1 KIA, 4 WIA

  We were in minimized yesterday and most of today.  I sent three Marines out to Camp Gannon to fix an encrypted radio link to their camp and about 30 minutes after they left, the COC called and said a convoy hit an IED.  The Captain and I jumped up and ran to the COC because we thought it was our guys but it wasn’t.  Weapons Company hit another IED.  Four Marines were injured and a Corporal was killed.  Two of the Marines are at Balad and one is at Al Asad.  The other one is here at Al Qaim.  They are all going to be fine.  Cpl Gray ended up losing both legs right below the knee.  They only tool his left foot at first, but then they had to go back in and take more because his blood wasn’t flowing back down the way it should.


At 7:44 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

The profound loss of this courageous and heroic young Marine and the serious injuries to the others is staggering. Your devotion to each other is constant. If we take our time on this earth for granted, we must pause and remember LCpl Escanlante's name and those of your other Marines who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Take care and remain strong Brave Marines.

At 5:03 AM, Anonymous 147 said...

The sacrifices there last week were huge. I shared the reports with the FROGs yesterday. They are praying for you all. Don't think for one minute that we are getting slack here in our concern. We embrace you constantly in our thoughts. Please tell us of any specific things that we could pray for other than the obvious - or any need or want that we could put in a box and send!

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Hi Mike,
Yesterday your valentines arrived! The kids will be thrilled to get them this morning and read these special messages from their good friends. Please thank the guys for taking the time to write when we know how busy you are. Of course we will want to write back immediately. I'll take lots of pictures of the kids reading their valentines and send them to you.
Your Marines are blessed to have your leadership and positive outlook to guide them through these times.
Brittani, you are lucky to have such a great dad.

At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Stacey said...

Mike... I just wanted to say Hello and THANK YOU for all that you and our Troops are doing for all of us. Linda is the one that has given me this address to the site. I am the one that helps her over at Emilie Ritchen school. My daughter use to go to the school and now is at a different one... but, doesn't do like what Ritchen does and support the Troops. So I have to stay right there at Ritchen. Well, I hope that this finds everything going good for you and all of our Troops. I would like to know what all the troops need and would like... I'm trying to get some things over for Linda and the school to send out. My Parents are also helping us. We are taping some shows.. So if there are shows you and the Troops would like to see let me know on that too.

At 5:39 AM, Anonymous stacey said...

This is something that my 12 year old daughter wrote for our TROOPS!! I wanted to put in on here for all to see

Heroes are people who fight for this country
People who risk their lives everyday for you and me
They leave their loved ones and go out to fight
To fight for us so we can be safe and free
They work hard and earn their rights as heroes our heroes
Our heroes that we could never thank enough for what they do for us everyday and night
They fight!

Thank you to all of our Heroes everywhere.

At 7:52 AM, Anonymous 147 said...

Stacey - just want to say that your daughter certainly opened her heart with that poem . . . . and I fell in! Hug her for all of us! And thank you for all you do - I'm amazed and deeply grateful.


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