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Thursday, August 09, 2007

This is the last "Well we're back at Camp Fallujah posts" that you are going to read by me, and that's because we are DONE.

No more ambushes, IEDs. No more small arms fire, RPGs, booby traps, hand grenades and machine gun bursts. No more post, patrolling or QRF. No more insurgents, terrorists, al Qaeda, Muj, or AIF. No more waking up at 3 am to go out and not coming back for 12 hours. No more route clearance or V-sweeping. No more walking around feeling like everyone is trying to kill you. No more dwell ops. No more wretched hot drinking water, Meals-Ready to Eat, or tuna packets. No more heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat waves or heat anything. No more jumping over shit water canals, or walking through fields of cow feces. No more "Where are we going next?" or "When's our next patrol?" or "Umm...yeah...we're gonna have to go ahead and extend you for another 6 days." No more weeks without showers or running water. No more body odor (we hope). No more worries.

Golf 3 has left the Zaidon for the last time.

24 comments:

  1. We are so happy you are coming home!!! Stay safe!

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  2. Keep a good eye on your guys. This is when the bohica demon likes to prowl around and look for the unsuspecting or unlucky.

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  3. I'm so glad you're back! I kept looking for your post daily.

    Good job!

    From: Houston, TX (brought here by debutaunt)

    p.s.- What the heck is the "bohica demon"? I'll pray for you guys.

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  4. I got word last week that you guys would be coming home - Yeehaaw! Thanks for your service, your time and your blog.

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  5. Thanks for a job well done. We are proud of all of you awesome Marines!

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  6. Jake,
    Thank you for your service and sacrifice for me and all of the other citizens of this great country of ours. Because of you and all of the others who serve our country in uniform, we are blessed to have another "greatest generation". Godspeed on your way home. And may the bohica demon be forever banished.

    Bob in Houston

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  7. Welcome home! If you are ever in Washington, DC, stop by the main gate of Walter Reed on a Friday night, after 6:30 pm, and say "Hi!" to the people of Free Republic who stand guard to keep the pinkos away from bothering our wounded.

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  8. Fantastic - safe travels home and thanks for your service!

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  9. Jake-
    Glad to see your final check-in! Stay safe and we hope to see you when you are home!

    D,E,M,J,E,C, and G

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  10. Glad to hear your tour is so short you can play handball against the curb. It will be a relief when yo get back into the US of A!

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  11. Thanks for your service, I don't know what I will do sitting at my desk now. I usually read your posts at work.... Keep them coming!! I am glad to hear that you are coming home.

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  12. Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 08/10/2007
    A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

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  13. Jake,

    Big Congrads!! We are so glad you are coming home, and again we THANK YOU so much for your sacrifice.

    You are a HERO Jake!!

    Lisa

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  14. Well done Jake!

    Say hello to Gus down at the Poop Deck in Hermosa for me...

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  15. Mazel Tov Jake! Have a safe trip home.

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  16. Right on, Jake. You guys did. Godspeed back. You are now a combat veteran. Thanks for protecting us.

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  17. I got down on my knees and thanked God , he was sending you back home to us.

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  18. See ya in CA soon. Steve got some good pics of the guys, and some of you on the last camera chip. When you get back, get your address to Steve, and I will make you a copy. Again, prayers answered, and prayers always for the families of Marine brothers who won't be coming back with you guys. I won't forget.

    Steve's Dad

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  19. God bless. Cannot wait for South Bay chaos.

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  20. Can you say dollar beers?

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