Monday, January 9, 2006

BOOTS ARE ON THE WAY, and the kindness of strangers.

Dear Gabe,

There was one last pair of boots your size at the supply store.  I asked the guy there to hold it for 20 minutes so I could get the money from Dad.  2 hours later I finally tracked down your dad, got the money transferred and bought the boots.  I had to squeeze them in a little box, which is all deformed, but they're on their way.  You should have them in a couple of weeks.

Dad and his friend Rob have been trying hard to find you some new uniforms, but they don't sell them here at Carson yet.  They put the word out and one of dad's friends from the SFG has volunteered one of his own uniforms.  We should get it tomorrow so that will also be on its way to you soon.  I also sent another box of 15 gun cleaning kits in the mail with your boots.  You can thank the Unit Armour Instructors Dennis and Bill for those.  I've still got tons of cleaning patches from them.  I'm stuffing them in boxes to fill up space but if you need more just say so and I'll send them all your way.

I never cease to be amazed by the support you guys, and we as family members, are receiving from our fellow Americans.  I am so proud of each and every one of you there, but you know what?  I'm so proud of just about each and everyone back here who have been proudly displaying their support and patriotism.  Don't believe all the bad press, it is great to be an American, and your country loves and cherishes you.  And know also that your fellow soldiers who are fortunate to be home at this time, are doing what they can to ensure that you guys over there get what you need.  So you just let us know if there is something you need, and we'll see about getting it to you.

Have you been able to read all of the comments here lately?  Several have brought tears of pride and gratitude to my eyes on more than one occasion.  I no longer consider these readers to be strangers, they are all a part of a wonderful support group that I am so proud to be a part of. 

Be safe my son.  Look to your buddies for protection, look to your heart for understanding, and look to the stars for guidance.  You are never alone.

Miss you, love you.



Anonymous oakmead3 said...

Hi Gabe:
Still thinking about you.  We need you back here in Colorado.   Weather has been nice lately.. just right for hiking in the woods or chasing rabbits.  I saw a fox last week, crossing the road near my house.  Guess the wild ones are waiting for you to come home.

Heidi and I entertained Richard and Marilyn Friday night for their birthday.  We had a great time.  After dinner, Richard and I watched a movie while Marilyn & Heidi played CSI.  Guess you know that game?

I hope you run into a couple of dads of my piano students. One is Lt. Col. Chris Johnson of the Army.. who just arrived in Iraq about Dec. 1st.  I know it is a big place but I gave him your name.  The other is Kurt Danis.. I don't know his rank but I do know he is a reservist that was activated.

I hope this finds you doing OK and playing it "real" safe.  Keep eyes, ears and nose open and be extra alert.

Love Ellie
(Singe's sister again!)

January 9, 2006 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous gifdude said...

Hey Gabe..

You don't know me, but I am a former Army vet, Desert Storm. Just wanna say thanks for your service and what you all are doing over there in Iraq.

Keep it up and stay low and safe.


January 10, 2006 at 3:47 AM  
Anonymous saleenm98 said...

I don't know you and your family does not know me.  I was browsing through AOL journals and came cross this one.  I want you to know that you and your fellow men need to keep going strong.  Y'all are doing great.  I dont care what Michael Moore or George Bush says about why we're there or why we need to leave or why we need to stay.  All that matters is we ARE there: we need to support our troops.  And I support you.  Be safe, and may Lord protect you.

January 10, 2006 at 7:35 AM  

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