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This blog exists only as an archive. It is a journal that serves as a window into my life as a Marine combat veteran serving in Iraq and Afghanistan; it was written with no filter, no politics and no agenda. Please feel free to follow my journey from beginning to end. Welcome to my life.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More Pics

In the turret.
Rolling down a canal road behind the comforting barrel of a .50 caliber machine gun.

During a raid...sometimes you need an axe and a shotgun for those 'hard to reach' weapons caches.

The window of the Humvee door I used for cover.

Bullard, aka Ray-Ray, getting a kick out of a "Black Style" motorcycle.

Rolling back to the site of one of our firefights with two tanks, we felt a lot better when they came to the rescue.

I got all these pics from other people. I didn't realize that they were a crapillion megapixels big, so if you click on them you can see a larger version, but it won't even fit on your computer screen.


  1. Hey Jake,

    Me and all my roommates here at SC want you to know that we are reading your blog and have you in our thoughts and prayers. My roommate Matt, the Army reservist, just got word he's getting deployed in less than a month so he has started a blog as well to keep people informed. Check it out, he's a huge fan of you. http://matthewrunyon.blogspot.com/

    Kick some ass and fight on!

    Little Stoeck

  2. Jake, I've copied a prayer we say for you guys over in Iraq...SSW

    Prayers for the Men and Women in Our Armed Forces

    Keep Them in Your Care

    Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; Strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Prayer for the Troops in Iraq

    Dear Lord, please hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them, Father, as they protect us. When they are tired, give them strength and rest. If they are wounded, Father, give them comfort. When they are lonely, may they feel you near them. Grant them strength, courage, and wisdom for their tasks. And, Lord, uplift and strengthen the families and loved ones who wait for their return. Please, Father, bring a quick end to all this conflict. I pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen