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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.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Well our batallion got our victory speech today. It's kind of weird because, well because the war isn't over. But when you examine what we did in our little piece of it, then I think you could say that we did a damn good job. The other thing that made it so hard was knowing that as we are all celebrating the end of our deployment, preparing to go home to our families and loved ones, we have 8 brothers who will not make the trip with us, who can't share in our joy. In addition to the eight Marines who sacrificed it all, we took over 140 casualties in the batallion. Our victory, if that is what it is to be called, came at an awfully steep price.

So to those who gave some, and to those who gave all, we saluted you today. The cigars that were smoked and the hands that were shook and the speeches that were given were done in your honor, to your memory.

15 comments:

  1. We will remember. Their friends and families are in our prayers.

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  2. Well said! Jake we are looking so forward to your return. May God comfort those families you have writen about

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  3. You and the rest of your band of brothers serv with Honor, we thank you, and we are proud of all of you.

    Lcpl. Windsor's Father

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  4. Thank you for your service Jake. May you and the rest of your brothers have a safe journey home.

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  5. Jake, I'll be the first to buy you a beer when you return to US soil... I'll be glad to see you back.

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  6. Its good to hear ur coming home safe. But the losses make homecoming bittersweet. My fiance just lost four of the men in his squad and it pains him. He will, God willing, come home in less than two months from his third deployment and last. So its an almost "welcome home" for you... and just want to let u know it was very useful reading your blog during this time. God bless and good luck to you, whatever the future brings!

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  7. I am awed by the brotherhood between soldiers. It is something you will always have between you. I am so glad you guys are almost home and your families will be so relieved - wish I could be there.

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  8. Your heartfelt words are appreciated by the families of those not with you today. Congratulations and welcome home soon!
    CPL Hunt's mom

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  9. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone momuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles We will never forget.

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  10. You and your battalion are the reason that America is the greatest country on Earth and the reason that it will remain so. God bless you and continually protect you!! Thank you for fighting for MY freedom and for the betterment of all mankind.

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  11. I got your blog from Miles' mom! I am so excited for all and anyone of you coming home. Please know how much we all appreciate something that we know you believe in. : ) Good work, Good Luck

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  12. thanks bro- i thought ya'll were gonna forget about my stupid ass:) see ya friday, I've got a case of Miller for ya in our fridge already.

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  13. Thanks for being a Marine! My son is in 3/3 and they're now in Zaidon, he got there in early August and will be there til March. Evidently things are pretty quiet there now. Good work guys!

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