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The Hero Generation

>> Sunday, November 21, 2004

Sixty-three years ago our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers had to stand up to totalitarian regimes around the world. Their quiet professionalism made a difference then and for the decades following World War II. The current generation of men and women in uniform are no less heroic and their stories deserve to be told and re-told.

Here's an email from a Marine to his father recounting the most recent battle for Falluja. Be sure to check out other messages for and from Marines.

My time in Desert Storm was with the First Infantry Division. I'm proud to say that she's still kicking ass today. My war was very different than what they're going through now. Urban warfare is the toughest combat you can face. Our troops are showing the world how it's done. The Russians had an entire brigade get wiped out by Chechnyan (or was it Georgian) rebels a few years ago. A handful of soldiers barely made it out of the city. In every phase of the war in Iraq, our men and women have truly dominated the field. It's like the Dallas Cowboys playing your local high school team. I would have it no other way.


Jody 8:51 AM  

I went to a book signing a week ago. The reason I mention this is becuase the book is written about a Marine from here in Ankeny. Both he and the author were available to sign the book. It's called Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in WWII. The author is Bob Wilbanks.

I've only read a bit of it as baby Brenna occupies much of my time, but it is proving interesting. I understand that it is available at Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble.com and will be available in local stores soon. If war or history are your passions I highly recommend this book.

(((Thought Criminal))) 12:02 AM  

C'mon now, couldn't ya have said the St. Louis Rams vs. local high school team? Show the love, man :P

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