Hero Stories for March 2009

Daniel J. Geary

Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Geary, 22, of Rome, New York, died March 20, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Farah province, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Geary was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. </d

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Jose R. Escobedo, Jr.

Sgt. Jose R. Escobedo, Jr., 32, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died March 20, 2009, in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident the night before at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah, Iraq. Sgt. Escobedo was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany. </d

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About Operation Here We Are

"Let us know if you need help!" Benita Koeman came to realize firsthand how shallow these words, spoken with sincere intent, could be. The year her US Army Chaplain husband was deployed to Qatar/Afghanistan was the most challenging she had ever endured. She began the year with an "I can handle this" attitude and she kept busy single-parenting their 2, 4 and 6 year old children. She tried to get plugged into her church and stay involved in other activities. A few months passed and the cold Wes...

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7th ANNUAL RALLY FOR TROOPS, SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2009

7th ANNUAL RALLY FOR TROOPS, SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2009 CLEVELAND PUBLIC SQUARE 11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON Free Parking will be provided by Forest City in the Tower City parking lots off Huron Road. The RALLY is open to the PUBLIC.  Plan on arriving around 10:00 AM to greet the procession of motorcycles arriving into downtown Public Square.  JIM MANTEL of WGAR will MC the ceremony.  MONICA ROBINS of WKYC will sing the National Anthem. A tribute to our Fallen Hero’s from Northeast Ohio and all veteran...

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Letters from the Front... Part 10

Hey everyone, I hope this first letter of the new year finds you all well. I hope, also, that your respective holiday seasons were wonderful. I spent both Christmas and New Years out in sector on missions. Nevertheless, all of us in the platoon took time out to exchange hand shakes and hugs at midnight on both occasions. This might seem odd, but it actually felt pretty good spending the holidays with these guys - certainly not as good as home, but good just the same. Well, the powers that...

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Letters from the Front... Part 9

Hello and Happy Holidays to everyone, I’ve just returned from several extended missions out in our sector; hence, the recent extended break in my communications. Much to my absolute pleasure, I came back to a bunk covered with several wonderful gift boxes from very dear and caring family and friends. To those of you who sent them, thank you so very much. You cannot know how truly marvelous it is to get them. And more important, you cannot know how incredibly special you all make me feel when ...

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Letters from the front... Part 8

Dear everyone, Yesterday I was wounded in action. (Sorry, no drama here.) As I told you all in my last note, we were going out on a potentially dangerous mission. It was. The vehicle I was riding in, an M113 armored personnel carrier, hit an anti-tank mine that was fortified with ordinance. They believe the ordinance was perhaps four 125mm shells. What ever the case, it blew a two foot round hole in the bottom of the track and lifted it around five feet in the air and eight feet to the left. ...

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Letters from the front... Part 7

Hey all, I just wanted to send this belated "Happy Thanksgiving" while I have a spare moment. I would love to have sent this yesterday, but the army had different plans in store for me. We had an important air assault mission. We spent most of the day in briefings and rehearsals. The mission started at about the time you all were all having your late breakfasts, and ended probably around the time you were sitting down to enjoy your respective Thanksgiving meals. The mission was a relative suc...

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Letters from the front... Part 6.

Hey everyone, Once again, and seemingly always, apologies for my tardiness. Since I last wrote, we have been incredibly busy. As such, finding the time to sit down and get something out to you all has been difficult. Following my last letter, several dramatic changes occurred with my unit. If you’ll recall, I last reported that we were expecting to go into a kind of holding pattern with regard to our normal more active combat missions. That has not been the case. As you might expect, U.S. A...

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Letters from the front... Part 5

Hey everyone, I hope this letter finds you all well. Thankfully, I still am, in both mind and body. As you will see below, it seems as though many of your prayers have been answered - at least temporarily. The morning following our last memorial (for the last three of our pals to have been KIA) we went right back to work in our very dangerous sector. By the end of the day, two of our elements had been hit hard. Thankfully, no one was killed. However, nine soldier were wounded, two of them...

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