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Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Coloring books on patrol with some kids, Raneen and Hayed.

20 comments:

  1. awe! great picture....

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  2. are those the coloring books I sent!?!

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  3. Thursday, April 26

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAKE!!!

    Miss you...

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  4. I just read Lion in Oil. I got it off Dan Shanoff's blog. Good stuff.

    I never saw combat but I signed during the first Iraqi war. Best of luck to you and the other Marines.

    B. Aiello
    USMC
    1991-1994

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  5. Everyone wish Jake a Happy Birthday today! He is 24 today, April 26.
    Mom

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  6. Happy 24th Birthday Big Jake!

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  7. Thank you so much for your dedication and for keeping us safe. This Marine fan deeply appreciates it. I hope you had the wonderful birthday you deserve, and please remember that we are very grateful for the sacrifices of you and your buddies.

    Anything you need in particular in a care package?

    MB :)

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  8. Just read your interview on Lion in Oil. God Bless you Cpl. Thank you for your service! There aren't enough words to express my gratitude for what you do.
    best regards,
    AL

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  9. I also read your interview on Lion in Oil. Good luck and be safe, you and the rest of Golf-3-Bravo.

    Thanks for your service good luck to all of you.

    Mike NYC

    Happy Belated B-day!

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  10. Jake,
    Thanks for being a great american.

    I just read your 'interview' on Lion in Oil blog and got there through a link on Littlegreenfootballs.com.

    I'm 19 years Navy, and Marine -- I salute you!

    Soccerdad out/

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  11. Oh..and happy birthday kid...here's wishing you many, many more

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  12. Happy belated b'day Devil-Dog.

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  13. Happy belated Birthday!

    I found your blog via your interview in Lion in oil and littlegreenfootballs.

    I don't know what to say, except thank you.

    Thank you very, very much.

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  14. Just a FEW Americans who love and appreciate you and your brothers:

    http://tinyurl.com/2a75b9

    Your parents must be incredibly proud of the fantastic son they've raised. I'd say that Nancy Pelosi needs to sit down with you for a few minutes and get straightened out on a thing or two, but she's not worthy to be in your studly grunt presnece.

    I've bookmarked your blog. You rock!

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  15. Happy Birthday!
    Great web site.
    Take care.

    The 2vnator and family

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday Jake!

    Thank you for your service! Keep safe!

    Those are the kind of pictures they should be showing on the news! Bless your heart! :)

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  17. Great blog--thanks for sharing. I'll check it frequently for updates. Three of my good friends have sons over there--two Marines and one Army sniper (he's at the old Baghdad Int'. Airport)
    I found your blog through "flopping aces". You and all of our soldier-heroes are in our prayers!

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  18. ha awesome
    i used to love to color when i was little

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