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Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other sonofabitch die for his.
-- General George S. Patton

August 02, 2004

Letters To The Troops (Help From All Bloggers)

Yesterday I wrote a post inspired by Mamamontezz and SPC Joe Roche. After writing this post I received a couple of trackback pings and some very nice comments from readers and other bloggers.

I was talking to Denita of Who Tends The Fires and was inspired to make this posting a much larger event. 'Nita said that she wished she knew a way to get the letters to the troops.

I have that way. A close personal friend is about to embark on his first deployment to the Middle East. Let’s send him off with some words of inspiration!

Now, I issue a challenge to all bloggers and their readers.

If you haven't already done so, please write a post/letter to the troops. Trackback to either this post or my letter. I will give it a couple of days for the trackbacks to build. Then I will go to each of your sites and print out your letters. I'll use the trackbacks to ensure that I get the letters of all who wish to participate and don't miss any. I will be giving those letters to a Technical Sergeant in the USAF to hand carry to the troops on the front lines.

For the readers of blogs, if you do not have a blog of your own, feel free to place your letter to the troops in my comments section of either this post or my letter post. A warning to trolls, don’t say anything negative about the troops! This is for supporters of the troops only!!

Let’s think/go big on this. I am asking all the great bloggers to help me out with this. While Mama, Denita and a few others have written good letters I'd like to send him off with more than a few.

Let’s show the troops just how much they truly mean to all of us.

SlagleRock Out!

For all interested parties, here are some of the motivators for this post/idea:

Mamamontezz, Blackfive, Who Tends The Fires, Bonfire, TacJammer, Castle Argghhh, and Incite just to name a few. I hope to include their thoughts along with any others willing to contribute!

Posted by SlagleRock at August 2, 2004 07:58 AM

Good Job, Blogson! I hope quite a few of your readers come through on this for you, and ultimately for the men and women overseas.

Posted by: Mamamontezz at August 2, 2004 08:09 AM

You have my full and enthusiastic support on this, hon! :-)

I'll be sure to spread the word. This is something great!


Posted by: Denita TwoDragons at August 2, 2004 09:07 AM

My letter is there now. Hope I tracked to the right place. Holler if not.

You are awesome for doing this. I took the liberty of forwarding your letter to some other folks. We'll see how far we can float this thing along.

Keep up the good work.


Posted by: Bonfire7 at August 2, 2004 11:13 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep your helmet on!
Patti Bader

Posted by: Patti Bader at August 3, 2004 07:11 AM

My family and I support you 100% and then some.
All soldiers are in our thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you and keep you safe.

Posted by: JANICE LIGHT at August 3, 2004 09:10 AM

To the troopers in Iraq and Afghanistan,

You people are what all citizens of the United States should aspire to. You are laying life and limb on the line for the liberty of others. Pay no attention to Micheal Moore's so-called "documentary" for it is a cut and paste job of many interviews taken out of context. As far as I am concerned and all of my friends are concerned you are all heros.

Take Care,

G. "Deathknyte" Meyer

Posted by: Deathknyte at August 3, 2004 12:51 PM

Go here and look a few posts down. This blog is run by the mom that started Soldiers' Angels.

I can't find her permalink to the post. Just scroll down and look.

Posted by: Bonfire7 at August 3, 2004 04:17 PM

Just got my letter over to Denita, proud to have been able to help. Wish I could do more.

Am soliciting letters from non-blogging friends and families too.

Posted by: the_redfalcon at August 3, 2004 05:34 PM

I have a young cousin in Iraq,JASON keep your head down,We're proud of you, and all military
personel in harms way.


Posted by: Mitch at August 3, 2004 05:48 PM

my letter to the troops:

i believe this is a just and necessary war. it is action that takes a long view and acknowledges that freedom for all is our best shot at peaceful co-exsistence. i respect your sacrifices and i do not take them for granted, not ever. The USA is a beautiful country-our freedom is earned by the blood of the willing. Real freedom is messy with movies like propaganda poster boy michael moore's farenheit 9/11 as a part of the beautiful whole.

The troops are our ultimate ambassadors. the keepers of the eternal light. the ones who stand and hold the line against evil. I look for your pictures in print and tv and i study your eyes. I saw a photograph of a career soldier in our local paper. I couldnt get the image out of my head. I was in love with him -not for reasons that you might think. But for the resolve-the obvious will to prevail, the knowing of his nature. no family of his own -another sacrifice. his list of accomplishments; impressive. A beautiful true thing.

God bless you all -each and every one. I appreciate you now and if lost, i mourn you and the space that is left behind. never forgotten. always appreciated and loved.

Posted by: ande at August 3, 2004 07:01 PM

Now THAT was a good letter, Ande!

Posted by: the_redfalcon at August 3, 2004 10:28 PM

To the young Servicemen and Servicewomen,
Before you were born I wore Uncle's Suit, now it's your turn. Never forget that we old farts hold you in high regard and we pray for your safety as well as your triumph.
I can say nothing that you haven't heard before, keep your interval, watch your sector and check six every once in a while. Ignore the naysayers, what you do is important.
Today's military is big on vehicles and helos, take care of your feet anyway, just in case. Stick with the winners, the shitbird is a fixture of military life, don't let one drag you down. Take care of your gear, you might just have to bet your life on it.
You kids are better trained, healthier and better educated than we were in my day, your leaders have learned a lot from the mistakes of the past.
Most important, courage is not the absence of fear, it's making sure that you are the only one that knows how scared you get. Just remember your training and don't do anything stupid. Try not to do anything heroic if you can avoid it. You'll know when you can't avoid it.
My grandchildren slept safe in their beds last night, for that I thank you.
Semper Fi, Peter Davis, Wills Point, Texas.

Posted by: Peter at August 4, 2004 06:06 PM

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the United States Armed Forces.

I am damn proud of you all. Damn proud to be an American and be associated with such fine folks as yourselves.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you execute your duties with professionalism, success and your personal safety (God willing).

Words cannot express our pride and gratitude.

Posted by: New Orleanian at August 4, 2004 08:40 PM

To any and all members of our valiant Armed Forces

Dear servicemember: I sit here tonight in quiet contemplation of your achievements, wondering where the War on Terror will next lead you. Wherever it is, I strongly believe in your commitment to duty and freedom. I revel in your steadfastness and your victories. I am in awe of your courage and your skills. I am most humbled by your sacrifices. In return for all that, all I can offer is a seemingly insufficient thank you, and the promise that I will not forget what you've done to make the world a truely safer place tonight.

William Heacox

Posted by: Bill H at August 4, 2004 10:12 PM

To All In Uniform Overseas:

From one who has been there. Done that. And may be called upon to do it again.

Though others over here make it their job to make you think you are forgotten. You are not.

Your actions. No matter how mundane or routine. Speak louder than any word. By simply being somewhere others would rather not have you. History is being made and the world is being changed.

Keep your weapons and body clean. Wear your Brain Bucket and Flak Vest. Listen to your Chiefs, Gunnies, Techs and El-Tees.

Let me know what you guys need in Care Packages.

My thoughts and prayers are always with you.


Come Home Safe and Sound.

Kevin Giltrud

Posted by: Kevin Giltrud at August 5, 2004 06:33 AM

To all Service Men and women,
I want to thank you for your sacrifice, as well as those of your familys.
I have two teens and a 6 month old son and we hold your service in high regard.
I pray for your saftey and cannot thank you enough.
With regards to people like Mike moron .
Please do not think that the majoraty of Americans feel like him, nor that we belive his propganda nonnsense.
Soldiers remember, we had ass holes like him before you left, and there will be assholes like him when you come back.
It is your sacrifice which allows these fools the freedom to preach there vile misinformation, while there betters protect them.
When you return you will know that you have helped change the world for the better .
History will look at the good change that has been wrought, with an admiration not seen in the poisened minds of the left.
Most of us know that the actions of a few tarnished the reputation of all of you .
I also know the rage that must burn with being painted with the brush of dihonour.
But those of us who can read between the lines of the Paper .
know that 10-20 hillbillys acting badly in a jail .
Does nothing to detract, from the honurable service and good works the vast majoraty of the troops are providing around the world.
I salute you and pray for your safe return.

If you feel like dropping a letter to me and need a favor in the Tampa Bay area let me know.
Again thank you for your sacrifice.

Posted by: NeilVAnEerde at August 5, 2004 07:38 AM

To all Members of the US Military Serving Overseas

You all need to know that support and gratitude is huge among the American public. You may not hear it in the media but we in flyover land love all of you. I support you and your mission 100%. If any of your mates start to believe the Michael Moore idiocy please help to set them straight. What you are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan is a rightious and positive mission towards safety in our country. The side benefit is for the Iraqi and Afghani people.

Your sacrifices and efforts are definitely appreciated. I myself have no family in the military but have been writing letters and sending care packages for almost 2 years now. I feel this is my duty as a citizen to show you my support and appreciation.

There are many sites out there for you to go to for support:, and These are just a few of the sites out there for you. There is no reason for you not to find support from many.

Thank You so much for your service. You are my Heroes.


Posted by: Toni at August 5, 2004 10:49 AM

To everyone serving our country,
My wife and I want to thank you.
We've had our flag hanging on our house since 9-11 and as long as you brave folks are out there defending us, it will stay up to remind us of each and every one of you and all that you're doing for us. We think of you every day.
Our prayers are with you.
Bill & Sharon Serra
Ramona, California

Posted by: Bill & Sharon Serra at August 5, 2004 04:00 PM

Dear Troops,

Anyone who would send you that steaming pile of tripe from the Michigan Blimp known as Michael Moore-on is truly a waste of perfectly good oxygen. And yet, because of you, these mind-blowingly stupid individuals have the right to spout their drivel while awaiting the return of their mother ship. You fine men and women carry on all the finest traditions of your military forefathers from the past couple hundred years. You carry on the tradition of bringing hope and freedom to people who are oppressed and would otherwise have no hope of breathing air as free people otherwise. You also give us the right to live our lives as we see fit and to do it in freedom and safety from those who would murder and enslave us. Whatever we pay you simply is not enough and any words of praise we can offer would simply be inadequate. So all I can say is this: we love you all, God Bless all of you, keep up the good work, and come home safe and sound!

Chris Whittaker

Posted by: Chris Whittaker at August 5, 2004 04:42 PM

To all the men and women of the armed forces serving at home and abroad and their familys. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. All of you make me proud to be an American. Keep up the great work. All my good thoughts and hopes are with you.
Stephen Parks

Posted by: Stephen Parks at August 5, 2004 06:38 PM

Dear Troops, a little while ago my husband and I were in a parking lot in Portland, Maine getting ready to go back to NYC. We noticed a young man in military uniform getting out of a jeep. I asked if he was in the Armed Forces & he said yes, he is a Navy bomber pilot. I thanked him profusely (and with tears since at my age I can't help them) for protecting us. I told him that in spite of the pacifist media, there are so many of us anxiously awaiting news from the front(s), following the war closely, knowing that this enemy (Islamofascism) is one of the most terrible and unrelenting we have ever seen.
I got that young man's name (Chris O'Meara) and have been praying for him ever since.
Please know that you are doing THE RIGHT THING. America and the entire West is under dire threat. There are still some who have not yet woken up. I pray another 9/11 or worse will not be necessary to get their minds focussed.
One last thing: America herself is in trouble from within. All the external protection in the world will ultimately fail if the nation is weak & decadent. Your heroic sacrifice is important not only to put fear into the hearts of those who would destroy us but to encourage us at home to be better people.
There are two major fronts in the war against the Culture of Death: Islamofacism, the great lover of suicide & the slaughter of innocents, and secular humanism here at home, guilty of its own slaughter of the innocents in abortion. Let us pray then, not only for victory, but for a change of heart in America. God has said "Choose life". Let us examine ourselves and see how we are living up to this command.
God bless each & every one of you.
Lucy Tucker

Posted by: miasarx at August 6, 2004 06:37 AM

I believe in you all. My family believes in you. This letter is from me, my husband and kids:

We could not be more proud of our armed forces and the work you are engaged in. I can't see a news article about you without tearing up.

Recently, I was on a trip to California and had some free drink certificates given to me by the airline. I don't need them because I travel way too much and usually get free drinks anyway.

But, I took them along with the goal of giving all the certificates I had away in the airport in Atlanta to every person I saw heading home or overseas from the armed forces. I wish I had more, or could do more. But at the least, I can and will say simply, "Thank you."

I want y'all to know that we appreciate you, your service, your sacrifices, your courage, your honor, your dignity.

We appreciate that you are perhaps the best and brightest that this country has to offer, and we salute your service and your bravery.

We don't buy the spin we're being fed these days in the media. We know that serving in Iraq will be difficult. But, we know that you will be doing plenty of good work that will make us all proud: building schools, refurbishing hospitals, constructing dams and bridges and roads, and, of course, protecting those courageous folks who are doing this work and the Iraqi people themselves.

Do us proud, y'all. YOU ALWAYS DO.

(aka: Michelle, Tallahassee Florida)

Posted by: catzmeow at August 6, 2004 08:03 AM

Ignore the stinky hippies. You are doing a great service for the Iraqi people and for freedom.

(alone in Germany)

Posted by: mishu at August 9, 2004 01:52 PM

Godspeed Hero and Keep your Helmet on!
If you need any supplies PLEASE contact us I promise to be there for you.
Soldiers Angels

Posted by: Patti Patton-Bader at August 10, 2004 07:00 AM

Dear American soldiers

Words alone cannot convey the appreciation that I and the vast majority of Americans feel towards your efforts in the War on Terrorism. Know that our hearts, minds, and prayers are with you daily.

We hear and read of your daily struggles. I am sure that at times it must be discouraging. If you feel abandoned, spat on by an angry media, or that your work is in vain please know that this is not an accurate picture of how most Americans feel and think.

The best and the brightest are truely you on the front lines. Keep up the good work!

Tom Seeman
Leesburg VA

Posted by: Redhunter at August 10, 2004 08:48 AM

Dear Serviceperson,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your service to our country. I know that it must be hard to be away from your friends, your family and your home, but I wanted to let you know that you are doing an excellent job. Your accomplishments and sacrifices for the good of all of us back home are not going unnoticed, and they are most definitely appreciated. You are representing the greatest country this world has ever known with pride and professionalism.

By way of introduction, I am thirty-one years old and I work in the financial services industry. I have been married to a wonderful woman for the past eight years. I love my country and appreciate all the opportunities and blessings that a free society has afforded me. I also realize that none of those opportunities would exist without men and women such as you to protect our way of life. When tyranny rears its ugly head, it is almost always the United States Military that answers the call to defeat it. It has always been a source of pride to me that I am a citizen of a country whose leaders and military strive to do the right thing. And that is why I am so proud of you.

Our nation is not particularly old when compared to the long histories of many countries around the globe. However, in our relatively short existence, no nation has made a greater impact upon the world. We have always managed to be in the right place and at the right time when the world is facing a crisis, and we have always prevailed.

Freedom. Democracy. They may just be words to some, but as Americans we know that these ideas are the foundation of our society. These ideas have allowed us to grow from thirteen colonies to become the most powerful nation the world has ever seen in only 228 years.

In the past, our nation has defeated fascism, Nazism and communism. Through every trial and tribulation we faced, our faith in the values of our own society has been reaffirmed. While it is true that we face different kinds of threats than in the past, I have every confidence that you are the heroes at the right time and at the right place to defeat them. You will make the world safe for freedom and democracy once more. I realize that there are no words sufficient to express my gratitude for all that you do for me. All I can feebly offer is this:

I thank you for your service, without which I would not be safe in this world full of cruel and dangerous people bent on our destruction. I thank you for your sacrifice, which has ensured my freedom. And I thank you for your character, which is a shining example to the world and to your fellow citizens of what it means to be an American.

May God bless you and your fellow service members, as He continues to bless the United States of America through your service to our country.

Ryan Horton

Posted by: ryan at August 10, 2004 10:54 AM

Dear Soldier,

I am not rich, famous, politically powerful, or in any other way remarkable. I am just another regular guy going about the business of raising my family and paying the bills. If we passed each other on the street or in an airport you wouldn’t look twice at me, just another older, fatter, balder, man in the crowd. I however, cannot help taking a second look at you, standing proud in your uniform. You see my heroes have always been Soldiers.

When I was a kid, 18 years old, and just graduated from High School I too raised my hand and volunteered to serve in the U. S. Army. But things were different then. The country was enjoying a time of peace and prosperity at home and the Army was just a chance to get away from home, get some money for school, and see the world. The thought of serving in combat really never occurred to me at all.

Times are different now. We are at war, and I stand in awe of you and the other young men and women who still willingly volunteer to serve and protect our country in these troubled times. As you get ready to deploy overseas, know that the thoughts and prayers of this old former soldier go with you.

James A. Rose
(Formerly SSG, U. S. Army)
Sachse, TX

Posted by: Jim Rose at August 10, 2004 12:37 PM

Dear Soldiers, you guys are simply awesome, wanted to let you know we care and we are 100% behind you!!! I for one read about all the great things you are doing and not getting enough credit for. God Bless.

Posted by: brian keough at August 11, 2004 08:15 AM

I don't know who you are, personally, but I do know that you're a soldier and you're off fighting for this great country of ours and fighting to free those who've never known freedom. Every day and night, my thoughts and prayers are with you brave people and I hope and pray for your safety and your safe return to us.
The main media outlets do a pretty bad job of covering the good things you do in Iraq, but don't think for a moment that what they say is all people know, and that we don't appreciate what you're doing. Carry on knowing that you are well loved and supported and that I, for one, believe in you. I can also tell you that this little note doesn't begin to show the depth of my gratitude, love and respect for you. If I were not blind, I might have joined you.
God love and keep you.
Betty Landers

Posted by: Betty at August 12, 2004 10:44 AM

Dear brave men and women of the coalition,

Thank you so much for furthering the cause of freedom and democracy to a region that knows neither. Your contributions to making the world a better, freer place don't go unnoticed, in fact, just the opposite is true. So many people realize how great a sacrifice you are making and how important this conflict in Iraq is. However, just like the occupation of Germany and Japan in the 1940s and 50s, many people in your home countries just don't understand. The New York Times, which once said the Russians were very successful at implementing communism in their sector of Germany, is still a source of misinformation, ignorance and insanity. CNN has been screaming about how the sky has been falling in Iraq since before the invasion even happened, and many liberals and socialists around the world have denounced the liberation of 25 million people. However, they all fail at making what their preach a reality, and a large portion of the populations of the countries of the coalition realize how important and good and just it was to invade Iraq. Keep up the good fight, and God bless you all.

Posted by: James at August 15, 2004 10:52 AM

I just wanted to say thanks to all of you, brave soldiers who are fighting for the cause of freedom, against totalitarianism and helping to build a better and democratic Iraq. I sometimes (well, quite often, in fact) feel ashamed by the way most of the media here (I'm from Spain) and our government talk about the conflict in Iraq. Not a surprise, though, in a country where antiamericanism is on its way to reach French levels one of these days, as the leftist propaganda keeps hammering weak minds trying to keep them in the "don't think, just follow our slogan" mental kindergarten.
You're doing the right thing, guys. Don't ever let them win, nor think they're winning. Liberty is always worth to fight for.

Posted by: Ignacio at August 18, 2004 02:37 PM

Thank you all warriors from US and UK to defend our holy land from muslims and people without any God. God will welcome you in heaven. thanks to your courage, Jesus will soon come back to save us all. And thank you to GW Bush to be the protector of God and christians.

Posted by: jean at September 1, 2004 04:50 AM

Dearest Men & Women of the United States Armed Forces,

My greatest appreciation & heart-felt thanks for the tremendous job you all are doing to grant us continued freedom here in this great land God has blessed us with! Your work there and elsewhere - all over the world - fighting terrorism - is a just and noble cause.

Please accept my sincere appology for every mis-lead news media person(s) that has tried to color your efforts there in the Middle-East as reprehensible and unjust. They don't realize that they are a tool for our very own enemies. If you were to be taken in by their attempts to dishearten you, God help us all!

We do need His help! But always remember, it is not by might, nor by power, but by His Holy Spirit that we are a great & mighty nation. Thank you all for doing God's work in the earth.

Love & Prayers,
Carol Olay, Otisville, Michigan

Posted by: Carol Olay at September 20, 2004 06:51 AM

To my comrades in arms,

I have served with you, and for this great country of ours for over 12 years in Air Force Blue. In that time I have had the privelage to serve with a force that is like no other in the world. We are all volenteers. No one made us do what we do, we just go get the job done. We are not in it for glory, fame, or money. We each wear the uniform for our own reasons, but we all make a difference no matter what job we do. If you wear the uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States of America you are a hero to someone. You are the bravest, strongest, and you stand for everything that is great about belonging to our nation. I am proud to serve with you, and I pray that you get home to those who love you soon. God Bless.

SSgt William McGarvey

Posted by: Bill at December 5, 2004 11:32 PM

To my fellow citizens whom happen to be in the military....
Many have said more than I can. All I can add is that you truly are fighting for freedom...for those in the 'sandbox', and those at home...keep your heads down, watch your back, and know there's a buttload of us praying for your safe return. I can think of nothing further to add.
Good luck and Godspeed....( and if you run low, lemme know...I have a 9mm S&W parabellum with about a zillion rounds I could send ya' ! )

Posted by: LC#2112 at December 11, 2004 02:31 AM

Dear Soldiers,
Thank you for your service. I wish you the best and may God be with you.

Christopher Mun
Brown University

Posted by: Christopher Mun at December 11, 2004 08:49 PM

From one grizzled (well not really grizzled) veteran to another, I extend my best wishes for the Christmas season to you.  It's been some 50 years since I served, but I still remember what it was like to receive something from home.  Accept my sincere thanks for what you are sacrificing for us here at home.


                                                              Merry Christmas,

                                                              Jim Rice


Posted by: Jim Rice at December 15, 2004 11:44 AM

Dear Soldiers,
I would not only like to thank you but I would like to tell you what you mean to me and my world. I have a little cousin named Colleen who is only 6 and just resently told me how she looks up to you. She said that someone that is in Iraq or anywhere for our Country is her hero. I want to let you know that everyone here looks up to you and wishes you were home agian. You are the people that U.s. children of every age and size and backround see as heros. You are the essence of heroism and power. You are bravery and strength and with that I would like to thank you on behalf of my family and the rest of the country. Have a happy holiday and enjoy your New year. You are in my prayers and heart.

Happy holidays

Posted by: Erika at December 16, 2004 03:12 PM

Greetings to our military from San Antonio, TX! We love you guys, and anyone who has been stationed in Texas has experienced that love in one way or another. Please know, Gentlemen and Ladies, that we will not allow you to be treated the way our Viet Nam veterans were treated. We revere you, we celebrate your successes, and we pray for your safety every day, every hour, every minute!

God Bless you, one and all!

Posted by: DagneyT at December 18, 2004 02:37 PM

To Those in the Sandbox, or those that have been:

Greetings from Chicago.

Want to thank you for all you are doing/have done not only for your country, but for the causes of Democracy and humanity. The things you are doing now will echo down the halls of history, and you'll doubtless be known as the "Greatest Generation", part two. Your courage, valor, and sacrifice in a harsh land far from home leaves us in speechless awe and wonder. Well done, indeed.

That said- keep your heads down and be safe. Heroes are in short supply these days, and we need all of you to fill out the requisition.

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, etc.

Posted by: 2BrixShy at December 22, 2004 07:26 AM

Very nice comments you guys have here, congratulations and thanks to allowing my post...

Posted by: Phendimetrazine at April 15, 2005 01:13 PM

To the brave men and women who make up the United States Armed Forces:
Unfortunately, there are many Americans who still do not understand what you're doing, or why. But I do; you are fighting for My Freedom. I have Muscular Dystrophy and am confined to wheelchair, I cannot fight. But you do, and I Thank You...
Please be safe while you are protecting me, and I pray that you will all be able to come home soon to the families that you Love...
We all Love You...
And Thank You Again. Ben Dowling

Posted by: Ben Dowling at July 5, 2005 07:03 AM
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