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May 3, 2004

May 3, 2004

Dear Father,

I thoroughly enjoyed your recent package and letter. I got it about a week ago, just before we pulled out of our position NW of Fallujah.

We went back to base for a couple more days. We were in transition between two different battalions. 2/1 didn’t need us anymore so we attached to 2/2, and we are sitting about 20 miles south of Fallujah doing nothing.

We’re giving Iraqi Civil Defense Corps a chance to secure the south part of the city. We’re only giving them like ten days, but it gives them a chance to spill their own blood for their country—something they wanted. Plus it gives us a break and takes a little pressure off from the media. We are quite bored, though.

I love the patch. It was quite motivating. I know the guys liked it. I don’t believe my unit has any patches. Our battalion might, but not our company. I might look into that when I get back.

It seems like old news when I get it out here, but let Oz know I’m praying for the family and thinking of him. It seemed all too sudden to me. Did I ever tell you about when Andy called me about six months ago? I’m sure you’re the one who gave him the number, huh? We had a good conversation, though. I forget where he lives. I was going to go visit him.

Anyway, enough with the facts—I’ll start with the thoughts. During certain times in my life, I’ve felt numb, like, “What am I doing here? Who are these people I see?” I get that sometimes out here. I feel kind of alone. I realized it’s when I don’t speak with God for a couple days—I mean really talk, not just bullet prayers, because that’s constant. He brings me a great peace and confidence.

That’s all I have, too, because I stopped reading the Bible. I know he’s upset with that, but I think, “What’s the point?” I don’t ever understand what I’m reading. It’s all the same stories. Devotionals don’t help, either. I’m going to pray for a better understanding.

The military finally gave me my own vehicle, my own million dollar amtrack. I got LCpl. Koonce and LCpl. Rivera as my crewman—real good guys. This is a great responsibility I’ve been praying for. I’m pretty excited. It’s going by kind of fast. Our flight date as of now is early October, but that could always change, of course.

If you get this before I have another chance to talk to you, I like the Arkansas lots you were talking about. They seem cheap with a lot of potential. I could afford about three or four lots. What do you think?

I guess the government wants to pay us more since we’re in a hot spot. Thanks for depositing my tax returns. I appreciate it. Can you cut a check for those people that keep calling for their money and tack it onto what I owe you for the car? Thanks.

I guess that’s it. Thanks again for the package. I can’t wait to come home and see you. I just wish I knew when it would be. I’ll talk to you soon.



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