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Re: Sam update

I know you will all be so glad when Sam is back on American soil. I will pray that it is soon.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2006 6:51 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Sam update

The latest update from my sister, Sam's mom:

"We're in the final days of Sam's duty in Iraq. His unit will be in Kuwait shortly after Thanksgiving. The 21st MP Co should leave Kuwait around December 4th and touch down at Pope AFB (Fort Bragg, NC) by the 7th or so. After they go through "decompression", deployment leave should start around the 18th or so. The goal is to get Sam home for his birthday on 12/20 and then to really CELEBRATE Christmas!

"Sam has spent some of his final days in Iraq on his cot. His Humvee was sent to Camp Stryker to have its armor upgraded. This should have taken 48 hours but Sam was there for about a week with nothing to do. So, like any good soldier, he got as much rest as he could. When he wasn't sleeping, he watched DVDs or listened to music--on his cot. At some point, he found the mess tent and latrine but the rest of his time was spent on his cot!

"Sam slipped a few weeks ago and bruised his back. That's why he took so much cot-time. He didn't have to wear his body armor which has been dreadfully uncomfortable with the backache.

"He's been stationed in the Dora area. For those not following the problems in Iraq, Dora is home to a large open-air market that is regularly attacked by bombers (suicide and others) and hostage-takers. This area is also controlled by al-Sadr's Mahdi Army (al-Sadr is the American-hating cleric). It's just such a fun place to be...

"As some of you know, Sam's best friend was killed by a sniper on 10/3/06. On 10/10/06, a mortar round fired into FOB Falcon (Sam's camp) ignited the ammo dump. Amazingly, the ammunition blew up for four hours and the explosions could be felt up to 5 miles away, yet no one was killed or injured.

"For all of you who have prayed for Sam or even just had good thoughts, thank you."

neIN, Zone 5
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