Halloween Humor

October 31, 2007

Enjoy the twisted humor at your own expense.

Please be safe… and don’t eat too many goodies!


Wednesday Hero

October 31, 2007

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas R. Anderson

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas R. Anderson
21 years old from Sauk City, Wisconsin

1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division,

III Marine Expeditionary Force
March 13, 2006


Lance Cpl. Nicholas Anderson lost his life after the Humvee he was riding in rolled over as a group of Marines pursued a suspicious vehicle near Jalalabad, Afghanistan. He suffered head injuries in the crash and died as he was being transported to a hospital.

Nicholas Anderson joined the Marines in January 2005 and began a six-month tour of Afghanistan two months ago with the 3rd Marines Weapons Platoon, his father, James Anderson said.

“I just know that he died fighting for what he believed in,” he said. “He wanted to be a Marine and even though it was a major risk he just wanted to go.”

James Anderson said his son, a 2003 Sauk Prairie High School graduate, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, lifting weights, going fishing and hanging out with friends.

He joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard when he was 18, but an injured shoulder forced him to drop out. He then enlisted in the Marines.

“I was very nervous when he first joined the Marines because two words jumped into my head: Afghanistan and Iraq,” his father said. “I just supported him and prayed that it would end before he had to go over.”

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Wahooooo… I am home!

October 30, 2007

Well, actually I am at work! But, I am back in Houston. I spent a three day weekend with my parents and several (50 plus) brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Gosh, I missed my soft bed (and my adorable husband) -D

I made new friends with two of my 3 year old nephews.  I think they were drawn to me because I could relate to them at their level. Three year olds ROCK!

Special hugs out to Crew, who taught me that stuffed animals do not taste good and to Robert, who introduced me to “Wings” his imaginary friend.

If I were ever given the chance to come back as anything that I wanted, I would chose to come back as a three year old!

Oh the satisfaction of stripping down to my undies and running around the house without a care.

The pure joy of stuffing my pockets with the walnuts that I found in the back yard.  

I learned a very valuable lesson from Crew: If you want something; work hard, perservere, and pray that your apponents fold!And a message to Crew’s parents: Hang in there! You definately have the best stories to share with his future wife!

(I have borrowed this picture from Crew’s Mom because I have not unpacked my camera.)


More Friday Good News from the Blogosphere!

October 26, 2007

From  http://kneedeepinthehooah.blogspot.com/  

KHAN BANI SA’AD, Iraq – Working off a tip from a concerned local citizen, coalition forces discovered a massive weapons cache, Oct. 23, during the raid of a home in Sa’ada village, Iraq. The cache marks the largest discovery of explosively formed penetrators ever found in Iraq at one location.

From Lubbock Marine Parents 

Iraq troop deaths drop sharply in October

 

BAGHDAD — October is on course to record the second consecutive decline in U.S. military and Iraqi civilian deaths and Americans commanders say they know why: the U.S. troop increase and an Iraqi groundswell against al-Qaida and Shiite militia extremists.

From A Soldier’s Mind
As bin Laden Speaks Out, Iraqis Parade Against al-Qaeda

 

The Iraqi people are tired. They’re tired of the death, destruction and fear that has been brought upon them by insurgents who have aligned themselves with al-Qaeda. More and more, they’re standing shoulder to shoulder with American and Coalition Forces to rid their country of this cancer that calls itself al-Qaeda. It’s great to see the people of the region uniting against al-Qaeda and basically thumbing their noses at Osama bin Laden and his thugs. Al-Qaeda made it personal to them, when they assinated one of their own, Sheik Sattar Abu Risha.

And from Yankee Mom

She’s My Hero

Well, it’s official as of this past Friday. My daughter has reenlisted in the Army for four more years. She will be getting transfered to Ft Belvoir here in VA next year.
 BTW~ She is my Hero too!


Good News Friday 10/26/07

October 26, 2007

Renovations complete; elementary school opens in central Baghdad  
By Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. PAO
            BAGHDAD – After months of renovations supervised by the Qadisiyah Neighborhood Advisory Council, hundreds of students lined up to attend their school’s grand reopening ceremony at the Al Hamza Elementary School Oct. 22.

            Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and the 422nd Civil Affairs Detachment helped officially open up the school for more than 400 students from kindergarten through sixth grade.

            According to Capt. Donald Cherry, Battery A’s commander, he and his battery visited 12 different schools within Qadisiyah. The head mistress told them that there was a firefight right outside the school grounds where the students were playing. So, one of the first things Cherry asked for was to raise the outside wall to about eight feet.

            “We raised the wall so the playground would be safer for the kids,” the Bolivar, Tenn. native said. “Everything we’ve done is based upon what the head mistress told us she needed.”

            Aside from the wall, contractors also repainted the entire school, added new furniture, put in a new generator and made many other repairs.

            “I’m surprised they got all the work done in three months, and I’m very happy with the work they’ve done,” he added.

            Qadisiyah NAC president, Raied Khaled, and the deputy, Mohammed Jalal, were on hand to cut the ribbon during the ceremony. 
           
           “I am happy that we were able to work with the Coalition Forces in making this school better for the teachers and students,” Khaled told the attendees.
          
           Cherry credited the NAC members for their work on making sure the school was suitable for the children and faculty.
          
           “This would not have been possible without help from the NAC,” Cherry said. “It’s been a great partnership with these great people who care so much about Qadisiyah. This is a beautiful place. I’m glad we could be a part of a beautiful place with great people.”
         
           After the ceremony, the NAC and 3-82 FA Soldiers passed out backpacks for all the children.


A young student holds the ceremonial scissors before the ribbon cutting ceremony, officially re-opening the Al Hamza Elementary School in central Baghdad’s Qadisiyah neighborhood Oct. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)


Bolivar, Tenn., native Capt. Donald Cherry, commander of Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, gives a backpack to a student during the Al Hamza Elementary School re-opening in central Baghdad’s Qadisiyah neighborhood Oct. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)


Blackwell, Okla., native Capt. Jesse Wood, project officer for Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, helps a student put his backpack on during the Al Hamza Elementary School re-opening in central Baghdad’s Qadisiyah neighborhood Oct. 22. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)


Nice Matters

October 25, 2007

Way back when… The Fabulous Velvet at  Ironic Surrealism II nominated me for the “ Nice Matters Blog Award“.

(I am glad you did not honor me with a punctuallity award!)

 

I feel extra special because Velvet is one of the nicest women in the blogosphere and to have her mention me… Well, it left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. 
 

As a bonus I get to nominate 7 bloggers! There are so many that I simply adore… But, keeping in the spirit I will limit my picks to 7

My nominations are. D

Chantel of Sunshine and Blue Skies

Claire of Knee Deep in the Hooah 

Semper Fi Mom of Lubbock Marine Parents

Deb of Yankeemom

Tracy, Brat, & AC (Mel) of Tanker Brothers

Leta of From Cow Pastures to Kosovo

Terri of A Soldier’s Mind

I am only counting the Lovely Ladies at TB as one, so that I could slip in a couple more!  D

Note: The award button is girly, so all nominations are of the female variety.
;)

If any of my nice as can be nominees wish to use this resized button for your sites, go ahead and grab it. Perfect for sidebar placement.

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Hugs to all!


Wednesday Hero

October 24, 2007

This Week’s Hero Was Suggested By Cindy

Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Lt. Michael P. Murphy
29 years old from Patchogue, New York
SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1
June 28, 2005
On Monday, Lt. Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor. His father was the one who accepted the award. Lt. Murphy will receive the award for his extraordinary, selfless heroism and steadfast courage while leading a four-man, special reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan June 27 to 28, 2005

“We are thrilled by the President’s announcement today, especially because there is now a public recognition of what we knew all along about Michael’s loyalty, devotion and sacrifice to his friends, family, country, and especially his SEAL teammates,” the Murphy family said in a statement released earlier in the month. “The honor is not just about Michael, it is about his teammates and those who lost their lives that same day.”

Murphy was the officer-in-charge of the SEAL element, which was tasked with locating a high- level Taliban militia leader to provide intelligence for a follow-on mission to capture or destroy the local leadership and disrupt enemy activity.

Taliban sympathizers discovered the SEAL unit and immediately revealed their position to Taliban fighters. The element was besieged on a mountaintop by scores of enemy fighters. The firefight that ensued pushed the element farther into enemy territory and left all four SEALs wounded. The SEALs fought with everything they had. despite being at a tactical disadvantage and outnumbered more than four to one.

Understanding the gravity of the situation and his responsibility to his men, Murphy, already wounded, deliberately and unhesitatingly moved from cover into the open where he took and returned fire while transmitting a call for help for his beleaguered teammates.

Shot through the back while radioing for help, Murphy completed his transmission while returning fire. The call ultimately led to the rescue of one severely wounded team member, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell, and the recovery of the remains of Murphy and Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson.

Eight more SEALs and eight Army “Nightstalker” special operations personnel comprising the initial reinforcement also lost their lives when their helicopter was shot down before they could engage the enemy.

Murphy was also inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon during a ceremony yesterday. His name was engraved beside the names of some 3,400 other service members who have also been awarded the nation’s highest honor.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your blog, you can go here.