Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
April 01, 2003


Live From the Front of the Rear!

Hello All,

I know that it has been a couple days since I've written, and that I warned you that I might not be in contact for awhile, but I will apologize for my tardiness. Actually, it seemed that Our Hero would have to resort to snail mail to keep all of you informed to exploits and adventures, but thankfully (and for the first time in my life) I happened upon a few helpful Marines.

I'm currently in the middle of the Kuwait desert, and I must say that it really isn't that bad. Our fine hosts realized that our equipment is still on a boat, SOMEWHERE in the pond, and has provided us with shelter and food. The tents are nice, roomy and without cots (see Beds). They DO have wooden floors, and that is a major plus because it keeps that creepy-crawly things off you at night time.

Oh, and the rest of the accommodations aren't that bad. Plenty of porta-johns, and there's even a shower point setup not far from my tent. This leads me to one of many new discoveries, the Navy shower.

Ok, I am a soldier (see Army) that is currently attached to a Marine (see Jarhead) unit. I like Marines in this capacity, they are VERY handy in a fight and like to kick ass (even yours truly on occasion, but I was drunk at the time). However, they believe in STRICT water rationing, hence the Navy Shower. I had heard rumors about this thing, but dismissed them as foolhardy, weak and just plain dumb. Well, I was wrong (I'm always the first to admit it, no, really I am) and here's how it works (for you lucky, and not that sandy, civilians). Remove clothing (this is VERY important, unless you're doing laundry), enter shower (how else would you get wet?), turn on water for not more than 30 seconds (that's right, half a minute) and wet yourself down. Turn water off (this is where it sucks), lather up with soap (how else would you get clean?), turn water back on for 30 seconds longer (oh, yeah, this part sucks too), rinse off and turn water off. Towel dry, and whola, you're clean. Bull-Shit. I did this for the first time today, and I do feel cleaner, and refreshed, but I will never take for granted, my spoiled, pampered Army showers again. This is another reason to shout GO ARMY, BEAT NAVY on the first weekend of December this year.

You must be wondering, whatever can they be doing out there with no equipment and nothing to do? Well, have no fear, there is always something to do. From digging fighting positions (see Holes) in the ground to building piss tubes in the ground (yep, they're exactly what they sound like) we are doing alright. I have found some new uses for old items, and I'd like to let you in on a couple.

Baby wipes have been used by soldiers for years to maintain hygiene in the field, but I now use the Anti-Bacterial wipes to clean off the seat in the porta-john (you know, when I joined the Army, a porta-john was your entrenching tool (see Shovel) and the ability to squat!) because I have no idea what was last on that thing. Normally I'm not too concerned about hygiene (my three second rule goes to five), but this is a foreign land to me, and I'm a bit concerned about what I might pick up along the way.

Condoms have a specific (and VERY necessary) purpose in the civilized world, but here they are great for keeping the dust out of the barrel of your weapon. On a side note, lubricated is not recommended by the author for it serves no purpose in this effect, and only makes the weapon slippery. Ditto on the 'ribbed for her pleasure'... yuck, get your mind out of the gutter!!!

Gold Bond medicated power is worth its weight in gold, 'cause if the boys (see Testicles) aren't happy, nobody is happy. Oh, and underwear is completely WORTHLESS. I tried it for about 15 minutes, and then chucked it in the burn pile. Can anyone say commando? I'll buy more after the war.

Well, I'd better get going. I don't know how long it will be before I can return to this terminal and send another message, we might have to relay thru snail mail.

Wait for my next dispatch from the field where we explore the marvelous insights to laundry in the field (see Wash Tub, Bar of Soap and a Piece of Rope)

Love,

Will

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Comments

Hi Will!!!

i wonder, you read our commentaries?
I Wish you a lot of luck, and that you do not ron up with very ugli situations!
That the war finishes prompt!

agua

Posted by: agua on April 1, 2003 03:04 AM

Hola Will! Im a girl, 35 years old, and live alone with my daughter in a calm City of Switzerland. If you have any Companion that since _i am handsome(pretty)_ ;-), and this single too, give him my Internetaddress, so when the war ends i will to know him. My English is very bad, and i have translated in the WWW. Im spanish and speak German, Italian and Spanish.
Be strong!
I admire you!

agua

Posted by: agua on April 1, 2003 03:10 AM

hi Will :-)
Finally you are back..you know you are already part of our families: during the week end, at theusual Italian Sunday lunch table we were wondering about you, thinking of what you are doing and discussing about how great your spirit is!.
Have a great time and take care!
Baci
adry & c.

Posted by: adry on April 1, 2003 03:27 AM

You're hilarious ... keep it up when things get tough and you'll be just fine! :) Positive vibes to you sweety! I'll send you some island girl vibes seeing as I'm chilling in Seychelles - hey, if you ever come here for R & R I'll buy you a beer!

Posted by: Nadia on April 1, 2003 04:01 AM

Howdy Will,

You're gonna have to do stand up for the other troops, you're halarious!! I appreciate you letting us get your view of things. Keep smiling & never loose you're faith in God. WE WILL PREVAIL!!

God Bless

Posted by: reata on April 1, 2003 04:13 AM

Hey Will,

Just found your webpage through an article on MSN. You are truly a gifted writer and I have enjoyed your diary. We're all pulling for you in the States and if you're ever in Cali, you got yerself' a beer. Take care and God bless.

CaliGirl in Costa Mesa, CA

Posted by: CaliGirl on April 1, 2003 04:56 AM

I'm ashamed of you, of your country and of your fictician crazy President.
I'm Brazilian and sometimetimes I get myself ashamed of knowing your language. Now realized if I were an american citizen!!!
This is not a war, it's an invasion with a crazy man as a leader.

Posted by: Júlia on April 1, 2003 05:18 AM

Hi,Will
this is my first time visit your site. I got to know your web site from the Japanese news paper yesterday. I guess many Japanese will access to your site from now on!
I am against the war,but as a human being,I pray for your safety and hoping the war will finish as soon as possible.
keep safe and please take care,

Posted by: joe on April 1, 2003 06:34 AM

Will, I've been checking your site every day - You just made my morning with your new post! Take care, stay clean, and know that we're thinking of you. Until next time...

Posted by: Kelley on April 1, 2003 07:07 AM

Go ARMY!!

Your posts are great and I look forward to reading them.

Take care, good luck and Godspeed.

Posted by: Sherri on April 1, 2003 07:25 AM

Will,
There's a lot of nutjobs worldwide, eh? Been thinking of you lately. Glad I can hear the truth from the thick of it. Take care, stay true, have strenght. Look me up when you get back to lovely SD, first round's on me.

Posted by: Virg on April 1, 2003 07:34 AM

Hi Will.

I wish you well and let you know that I am praying for your safe.

I am 23 year-old Japanese girl.
I am checking your site since last week.
when I read your diary I feel that I am living in such a peaceful life..
since I started to read your diary I feel like I have something on my chest; I always think if you are ok or not..
This is a bit strange but is true.

Take care, good luck,and stay clean :)

Tomoko


Posted by: Tomoko on April 1, 2003 07:53 AM

Will; Its good to know you are safe and still able to write your log entries. They are great!

Keep safe, and look forward to hearing from you again!

Dale

Posted by: Dale on April 1, 2003 08:13 AM

Hey Will,
I've gotten my office and most of my friends to read your journal, and there hooked too. My husband(seperated)is out there in that mess too. Were all praying for you and your fellow soldiers and wish you all a safe return(even my husband).

Later,
Sandra

Posted by: Sandra on April 1, 2003 08:28 AM

Commando is sexier anyway. Goldbond is good at keeping the boys dry, but if you want to make them feel really refreshed, put some clit cream on them. My guy friends swear by it. I'll send you some :)

Posted by: Erin on April 1, 2003 08:32 AM

I love you will

Posted by: Scarlett on April 1, 2003 08:40 AM

Hi will, don´t pay attention to bad comments; ( i know everybody has an opinion on this war ), cause´you have to focuse on staying alive. Don´t think that all mexican people are against this war, in fact, some of us think that you are doing a great favor to the rest of the world atacking Irak. Your log entries are great, and i really enjoy reading them cause you give us very well the view of a real soldier living there ( and you are very funny too ), so please keep doing it, ok? dont loose your faith and be careful there, i know GOD is with all of you, but keep your head down just in case, ok?

Posted by: Robert on April 1, 2003 08:45 AM

Will have to update my field packing list from babywipes to antibacterial! Besides...haven't you learned the fine art of "hovering" over the porta-potty?? If not you must have never went to NTC!!! Give us an address for snail mail, we can send the Gold Bond in bulk for the unit! :o) love ya, take care, watch your 6

Posted by: Jamie K on April 1, 2003 09:01 AM

Hi. Will,

This is "N" from Japan. Your web site was introduced in one of the major newspaper in Japan. That's why I got to read your wonderful messeges. I do have an American boyfriend who I think he is dealing with this war. He was an Air Force Inteligence and I am not sure exactly but I think he is still under Reserve. That is explain why I can't reach him since 3/12. Anyway, I just wanted to say "Thank you" personally since all the news and live reports from the TV just gives me too much worries. But your messages gave me releif in some level. I don't know anything about life in military whats so ever and I was imagined something more worse. So, "BIG Thanks to you". Oh hey, if you ever happen to meet any Dave in Air Force Intelligence, please tell him that I said HI. He could be my boyfriend. =)

I will be thinking of you like many other readers do. I really admire your braveness. God Bless you.

"N"

Posted by: N on April 1, 2003 09:20 AM

I just wanted to let you know that I support you and everyone else out there who is fighting for mine and everyone else's freedom!! It is kinda sad though that the exact freedom you all are fighting for is the freedom that gives all these nut cases the right to make the rude comments about you all and our president!! I guess they have their right to their opinion though--I just wish they would keep it to themselves!! (just kidding) :)

Stay safe (as possible) and just know that we are all praying for you all here in TEXAS!!
dusty :)

Posted by: dusty on April 1, 2003 09:24 AM

Will, So glad to see today's post!! I've been checking a dozen times a day, worried about you. Ditto what Jamie K said above, give us an address and we'll send goodies. I've been trying to adopt a unit out of Ft. Stewart (3 ID) but I don't think they're getting any mail right now...would love to send SOMETHING to SOMEBODY!! We pray for you (specifically) and all the other soldiers every night. Stay strong. Stay safe. (Try to) Stay clean! There's some cold beer and some homemade wine waiting on you in Arkansas if you ever make it down this way!
Godspeed...

Posted by: Joelle on April 1, 2003 09:25 AM

great! you have such a great way of looking a bad situation. as for someother people. like the old saying goes opinions are like a**holes, everyones has one and most peoples stink. so for the rest who's don't we are so proud and can't wait for all the troops return!
Proud to be an American!
Renae

Posted by: Renae on April 1, 2003 09:37 AM

Hi Will.

Great posts. My prayers are with you and all of our brave men fighting for the freedom to have other opinions. You are doing a great job and I just wish this would end sooner. Thanks so much for your informing and entertaining commentary. Be safe and true.

Posted by: Roxann on April 1, 2003 10:07 AM

Like others, I am so relieved to hear from you, Will. I was so anxiously awaiting your word. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with all of us. Ignore those igmoranous (sp) buttheads who wouldn't have anything to say if it weren't degrading to us! Like Dusty from Texas said, it is sad and ironic that you are fighting for Julia (or whoever the coward without a real email address is) and many other negative people to have their freedom to speak their opinions. Keep doing your job and we know you are doing it well! We love ya Will!
Mattie

Posted by: Mattie on April 1, 2003 10:26 AM

HEY DARLIN!
glad to get the latest from you, I have to admit I have been worried about'cha! take care and let us know if we can send you stuff (see Goldbond) to make y'alls life easier!
Prayers and hugs to you and the other soldiers!

Penny

Posted by: Penny on April 1, 2003 10:29 AM

Hey Will!
I missed you a lot! No new posts in a while ... well... anyway ... you warned us (by us I mean your "fans" or readers).
It seems like you are having a not-so-bad time over there. Sorry about that shower ... I would get desperate with a shower like that ... 30 seconds! Oh my God! Not even my hair get wet in 30 seconds (I'm a girl ... long hair).
Will... I want you to know I truly support all you're doing for your country (I'm Mexican) and for the people in Iraq, the world needs to get rid of Sadam once and for all!!!!
You have my prayers ... never loose hope Will ... pls keep in touch and take care.
Kisses
Mags!

Posted by: Mags! on April 1, 2003 10:32 AM

Hey Brazil!
Take care of all the corruption in YOUR country and keep your orphans from living in garbage dumps, then you can come back and bitch about the U.S.

Posted by: Gail on April 1, 2003 10:39 AM

Looks like "our Hero" will be the drunkest GI around when he makes it back CONUS :o) We should all arrange a big party, have many cases of beer, a few bottles of tequila (my fave) and a huge shower LOL wait.. I know a club here in Atlanta that has all that!

Posted by: Jamie K on April 1, 2003 11:00 AM

Will Man,

Glad to see you posted a message today. I know it's April Fools Day and all...nothing funny about what's happening over there where you are, to say the least. Keep your sense of humor (and yourself) alive man!

Update of what's happening in the good old US of A:
Not much worth mentioning today.

Take care, watch you back and keep breathing.

TopDog

Posted by: TopDog on April 1, 2003 11:13 AM

Will!!

I bet you can't wait to get back and jump in a jaccuzzi and sip down on some wine, hell forget the wine bring a keg. You guys are in our Prayers and We hope you can come back home soon. Thank you for defending the country we believe in. (and for taking that short but breif shower, finally..he he he) Well better let you go so you can write somemore.


Kisses and Hugs,
Sara

Posted by: Sara on April 1, 2003 11:16 AM

Who said the marines could not play a April Fool's day joke see (shower).....Sorry brother a ex jarhead have heard the stories seen the scars and root for Navy see (daughter in rotc) .......Glad you are well and I know that you cannot post a addy to to security and safetly of all. But man think of the black market value on Gold Bond........Stay safe to you all

Posted by: Juls on April 1, 2003 11:32 AM

Will
I write to you from Italy. It made me upset when you wrote “ the world is not with us”. I’m with you and I’m Italian. Many people are with you in this war here, the day the war broke out one nespaper sold 120.000 american flags. You are the only one so brave to risk the war, do not listen to the people that say “peace”. Many here support the War effort of the states and think that there cuoldn’t not be any peace withuot justice. First we need justice, later we need security, and maybe later there will be peace. Thank for being there. Thank you for having stayed in europe for fifty years against comunism. Thank you for having fought WWII. Thank you a lot. Many in italy still remember the 125.000 americans soldiers dead from 1943 to 1945 to free this country. You are the same country , the same people. And we are your truely friends. Europe shuold be there with you, but europe is sleeping hard at the moment, letting the States doing the dirty job in the desert.
And tell your fellows that pacifists in europe are old comunist.
Tell your fellows many of us are with you.
Check website www.chinpokomon.com. many italians wrote there.
Love silvia

Posted by: silvia , italy on April 1, 2003 12:03 PM

You will all die there -- in the old land of Babylon, in the craddle of civilization.
I saw the children you have killed and I shuddered. I pray every day, all night standing without sleep that God send you the most horrible and nasty of deaths. There is no pardon for you crimes. You will see God's revenge -- because you are killing the innocent. Just keep it in mind. Just keep it in your bloody mind.

Posted by: Adam on April 1, 2003 01:51 PM

Death is imminent your death is imminent. On the Judgement Day you shall be ask for every soul you have killed -- and you shall be dumbfounded and hurled into the fire of Hell -- for ever. You are beasts, you are brutal beasts. Just think how many millions of people in the world now hate you. Do you think it shall not touch you? One way or another it shall find you, either you, or your loved ones. And then you shall suffer, you shall really suffer.

Posted by: Revenge on April 1, 2003 01:56 PM

Welcome back !!!!

It's very good to see your post again today. I'm from NY and I ran across your site last week and I've been hooked since. Thanks for bringing us the 'inside' story. You are freakin hysterical and I'm glad you are staying healthy enough to send posts.

You are in my prayers and I think about you often (always worrying as silly as that is) I'll be looking for your next post...meanwhile stay safe.

Diana

Posted by: Diana on April 1, 2003 02:54 PM

Want to say thanks for taking the time to write from where you are. I check your page daily to see if you have written. It is great to be able to hear from someone whom is over there and can tell what and how it is like (literaly) where you are. You stories are told in such a great way! I think you may have a book by the time you get done here. Keep safe and write when you can.

Posted by: Kip on April 1, 2003 03:14 PM

I figured since everyone else is doing it...might as well comment as well even though i'm quite positive you're busy cleaning sand off the crevices of your body as opposed to getting internet access. but just hope you guys are keeping your spirits up and come home safely. and your journal is hilarious. you should looking into writing when you are discharged from the Army. =) Keep smiling.

Posted by: Vappy on April 1, 2003 03:26 PM

Dear Will, I'm very happy that you are back!!!
Keep your force and courage...
Take care,
Kiss in your heart,
San

Posted by: Sandra on April 1, 2003 03:28 PM

Perhaps you are part of God's Judgement against the evil regime of Saddam...don't forget Bible history.....

God Bless you!


Jeremiah 51


Your Lifeline Is Cut
10"GOD has set everything right for us.
Come! Let's tell the good news
Back home in Zion.
Let's tell what our GOD did to set things right.

11"Sharpen the arrows!
Fill the quivers!
GOD has stirred up the kings of the Medes,
infecting them with war fever: "Destroy Babylon!'
GOD's on the warpath.
He's out to avenge his Temple.
12Give the signal to attack Babylon's walls.
Station guards around the clock.
Bring in reinforcements.
Set men in ambush.
GOD will do what he planned,
what he said he'd do to the people of Babylon.

Posted by: Ironic on April 1, 2003 03:33 PM

Your post made my day--been wondering about ya. Since everyone's offering drinks, if you find yourself in VA, I'm buying. Take care of yourself.

Posted by: Kimberly on April 1, 2003 05:09 PM

'ya know when this mess is all over, go fly a kite (and I really do meant that!)

Come to Dallas and let's fly!!! You are more than welcome.

You'd be amazed how much better you can feel!!

Here's to a short victory!

Warren Harris
AlphaGeek and Dogsbody to the Kite Goddess Sandra, Unofficial music Director for AKA region 8, KNON volunteer and all around nice guy..

(Email us if you need one... Can you fly in the field??)

www.edenkites.com
wharris@connect.net

PS. tell your friend from SPI in Texas, that Bill and Susie Doan of B&S Kites hope all is well..


Posted by: Warren Harris on April 1, 2003 05:57 PM

To people that think USA are right, I ask:

Do you have French Fries of MC Donald's into your mind ??

If u can't feel the Pain of a WAR its because u don't have life into your Body..

I hope this war finished soon I hate sleep in my safe country while clidrens die over bonbs that A COUNTRY think its right send.

Each People Know about our country
USA want control the World. And most people think that USA do the bettler of others countries, its a bull shit. USA do what he can get more MONEY and POWER

I'm from Brazil I have Education I know that Freedom is bettler than eat MC donalds or Listen Britney Spears

Here I can go to MC donalds near my house and eat a big mac, but NEVER I will surender myself to this country for a FOOD or Songs..

Bye

Nell

Posted by: Nell on April 1, 2003 06:00 PM

Hi Will,

I heard about your log on Komando.com -- I want you to know that you have done more to personalize this conflict than any journalist out there! Please keep up the good work, take care of your buddies, and remember to watch your 6. After the Army, you should write a book about this with all the humor included too. I have shared your posts with my kids to show them that their is a human side to this conflict. Thanks for taking the time to keep us updated.

Posted by: Michelle on April 1, 2003 06:23 PM

Glad to see you back Will!
I have a couple comments for the other few that wrote negative things.
First of all usually people that take time to pray, pray for good things, not the horrible death of someone. Unless you are praying to Satan that is. Speaking of Satan, that is who Saddaam looks up to. He is the one who had those women and children there-in harms way. He makes sure that they are there so we look bad.Have you not seen what he has done to women and children? Sickening. Get a bible, God does not take revenge on people. We are in this war for freedom for the Iraqi people. I really do wish that all the civilians were able to get somewhere safe all of us do, but Sadaam will not allow that. It really is sad. NOBODY wants to see children suffer. Opinions are everyones right but you should get all your facts first. Not all Americans support the war or the way it all was handled but we support our people just as you do. They have orders to be there and to go back and do what should have been done long ago. We let the Iraqi people down once and do not want to do it again.

Posted by: Duh on April 1, 2003 06:42 PM

Come to New Mexico or Arizona when ya get back and I will hook you up with woman and beer!!!

Posted by: Kat on April 1, 2003 06:47 PM

I want to say that I am not really sure what to think of this war. I truly do support all soldiers that are over there who are made to fight including my fam over there. The part of me that is glad we are there is the part that sees some of these comments and see how much they hate Americans. We should not have to live in fear. And hey they came over here and made it that way on 9/11. They should have left us alone. Also the fact that a lot of people think that Sadaam funded Bin Laden who funded those hijackers and then he is out there making chemical weapons and such intended for the US. Then there is the other part of me who does not think that we should be over there especially without the support of some of the bigger countries. (You know the ones that we have fought for their freedom before?) This part of me is also like, why can't we just let them live their lives and we can live ours. (is that even realistic?) It is like we have so many problems of our own in this country that billions of our dollars can go to instead of war. It is sad. Plus it does kind of seem that there are many political reasons for being there as well and when that happens, us no names are not even thought of and the consequences that this may bring to the innocent people on both sides.
I don't know! I'm torn!
I do enjoy your notes though and pray for you often! Take care!

Posted by: Chris on April 1, 2003 07:01 PM

It just kills me..all these "educated" people from foreign lands..they can't spell, have no idea wtf they are talking about. If your country is not involved in this war, as in having troops on the front lines, go play in traffic. By the way...wtf does mickey d's and slutty teen pop "singers" have to do with this war?? *sigh*
On a positive note HOOAH to getting one of our POWs back..go SF!!!!!!!

Posted by: jamie k on April 1, 2003 08:03 PM

Hi Will,
Like the rest of the people who have posted, I am pleased to know that you are safe and staying strong. Please know that you are all supported and loved and we respect and admire the job that you are doing. Stay strong and come home soon!

Posted by: Denise on April 1, 2003 08:58 PM

So glad to see you were able to find some net time. I can't wait to hear more stories laced with your great sense of humor. That condom thing is priceless. Hang in there and god speed.

Posted by: Dawn on April 1, 2003 09:00 PM

WILL
fIRST THING WANTED TO SAY IS THAT I'm ADDICTED. BEEN CHECKING THE SITE EVERYDAY. LOVE YOUR STYLE AND WIT. IN YOUR LATEST PIECE YOU WROTE '' HOW ELSE WOULD YOU GET WET''. (IF I COULD ONLY BEGIN (SO MUCH TO SAY.........). KEEP YOUR SPIRITS UP. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING, I'M JUST A CLICK AWAY.
XOXOXOXO

Posted by: Savanna on April 1, 2003 09:14 PM

Heck buddy 2 or 3 weeks in the sand
can't be all that bad.
Try 9 1/2 months on a BGB (big grey boat)
the 30 seconds are cut in half.
And you face Article 15 if you try to cheat
5 more secs.

A Crusty old Squid

Posted by: TX Vet on April 1, 2003 09:36 PM

still alive? did you count how many kids your bombs have killed today? one more of my prayers for your "happy end" in HELL, beast

Posted by: Adam on April 1, 2003 10:52 PM

Hi Will,

My daughter lead me to your site the day you left so I took the time and read the whole thing. Your a hoot.
I have been looking daily for you and praying for you and all the others safty. Thank you for the humor.
Do not let those that are so negitive get to you. I believe this is the right way to do things. Saddam is a monster!! keep your head down and be safe. Looking forward to hear from you again.

Cathy
Norfolk, VA

Posted by: Cathy on April 1, 2003 11:35 PM

Hoo-ah Will!
I know you mistakenly root for Army, but I won't hold that against you. I hope you and your buddies come back safely. As for all those who who are convinced that we are "the evil ones" who try to kill innocent children and civilians, I would like to ask them, what about Hussein? Is he allowed to keep up his murderous habits while we leave him alone? Intervention on the behalf of those who cannot help themselves is appropriate here. I have not heard one person in the peace camp who has come up with a better way of ending his tyrranical regime that has not been tried and exhausted. Those who refuse to act are apoplectic cowards who are either too uninformed to know or too self involved to care to make any sacrifice for another. This war is not about oil, or conquest, for we need no more land and it would be far cheaper to cut a deal with Hussein for oil than to wage a war for it. To those who are out there right now: Feel good about yourselves, for "There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another." and your cause is just. Therefore, go forth and take names and kick a@# in the name of freedom and humanity! We are all pulling for you guys here. Hopefully I will see you in the service of this great nation and world in the future,

HOORAH!
MIDN Tony USN

Posted by: MIDN Tony on April 1, 2003 11:40 PM

Hi Will
Just want you to know you have touched a lot of people. My son, 13, always asks if you have written each day! We read the stories you have written together and crack up. It's great he sees the human side of war and military life. We have yellow ribbons hung on trees and can't wait for all of you in Iraq and other countries to come home safe! You are all wonderful and brave. (True Hero's!) We pray for you all!
God Bless You! Can't wait to hear more rants!
Lori~Phoenix,AZ

Posted by: Lori on April 2, 2003 12:46 AM

you go MIDN Tony...I can not belive all these stupid people that are posting all this SHIT. If you think you have it better than us then go live with your crazy ruler over there is suicide land. You say we are gonna go to hell..well what about all the SHIT you have been putting on here about us going to hell for killing your people. If anybody is gonna go to hell it's gonna be your higher than thu allaih (aka.. Hussein), the one that as been killing all your people for years.....so in you famous words.... ALLAIH GO TO HELL WHERE YOU BELONG !!

As for our VERY BRAVE men and women in uniform we wish a safe return home. Don't think of all this shit that is being said in here. Know that we your friends and family love and care for your safe return home...
love and peace,
RENEE"

Posted by: RENEE' on April 2, 2003 12:52 AM

Hi Will,
just came across your site today and just wanted to let you know how much your stories made me laugh. I pray that you get home safe and if ever you decide to nip across the pond to Surrey, England for some well-earnt R & R, a cold one will be waiting for you!!
Good luck to all the brave men and women who are fighting for freedom, dont worry about the d**kheads say!
I wish you well and am looking forward to the next instalment

Loads of luv'n'hugs'kisses
AJ xxx

Posted by: Amy-Jo on April 2, 2003 07:25 AM

Hey, sure we do haver BIG fuckin problems to take care here in Brazil first. Yeah, and I think that an analytical opposition is freedom of speech, and rants and hate mail is plain stupidity. But thinking this war concerns only Americans is so much naive. This war will fuck up our economy, regardless of the outcome. think about that. The price you all pay for being #1 is that if you sneeze, the world may suffer.

Will, be safe and fight honorably.

Posted by: King Mob (Brazil) on April 2, 2003 08:19 AM

Hi Will,
This is the first time to visit. I found you
by accident. I'm so glad I did. I just want to let you know that there are more of your fellow Americans supporting our President
and our soldiers than are against you. My sister will be joining the war in Iraq soon. She's awaiting orders at Ft.Hood,Tx. Please know that every single one of you are in my prayers. Thank you for your letters. I will definitely visit on a regular basis. God Bless you.

Posted by: Kimberlie on April 2, 2003 09:18 AM

Slight correction. That wasn't a Navy shower. It was a submariners shower. Those shore based and surface skimming Navy guys have huge stills that produce thousands of gallons of potable water. What you described is how the Submariners take showers...when we have water.

Later, good luck and keep your baffles clear.

Posted by: Brian682 on April 2, 2003 11:28 AM

This is to the girl who said she was embarrassed to speak our language. Well I am an English teacher, and you don't speak our language very well anyway. If you want to forget the language, I don't think it would hurt anyone in this countries feelings one bit. I am so embarrassed for you.

Emily

Posted by: Emily on April 2, 2003 12:54 PM

Will:

I came across your site today and I (and fellow co-workers) haven't laughed so hard in quite some time. The fact that you are able to maintain such a great sense of humor during a time of turmoil is amazing. Thank you for showing us the human side of war and an even bigger THANK YOU to you and all the men and women of the Armed Forces for protecting our freedom and the freedom of generations to come. You are the true heroes and role models of this country. Stay safe and know that you are in thoughts and prayers. I look forward to your next post. All the beer you can drink is waiting in Northern VA if you ever make it here.

Hugs and Prayers,

Kimberly

Posted by: Kimberly on April 2, 2003 03:13 PM

God Bless You Will ... and don't EVER lose your fabulous sense of humor!! :o)

*BIG HUGS & LOTSA PRAYERS*

Posted by: Diz on April 2, 2003 04:23 PM

Great! LOL ur too funny! This site is great! I love having a chance to get informed away from the typical news! My love to everyone out there! I wish you the best and a safe return home! !ViVA USA!!!!!

Posted by: toni on April 2, 2003 06:04 PM

Hi Will,
I was really relieved to hear from you and know that you are okay. You and all the troops out there remain in my prayers daily. God bless you and keep your wonderful sense of humor. If you ever come to Wisconsin, my husband and I would like to buy you a beer.

Posted by: Dawn on April 2, 2003 09:01 PM

Hi Will,
Its great to hear from you again.Betcha never thought you'd be this famous, huh!!LOL! I check in everyday and pray for all of you. I have one thing to say. People need to remember that this is a website for people to support our troops! If you don't support them then you have NO right what-so-ever writing comments here. If you don't believe in what our people our doin for this world then why do you take the time to use a search engine to locate a diary of an armed soldier? Makes no sense to me. Anyways God Bless and be proud of what you are doing!!! In His Name
Amen

Posted by: Tiffany on April 2, 2003 11:47 PM

When Jesus walked on water, Peter asked if he could come to Him. Jesus replied "Come". As Peter walked on the water towards Jesus thru fierce winds and waves Peter became afraid and began to sink. He cried out "Please help me". As Jesus reached out to grab him and pull him up He replies"Why did you loose faith in me?"

Through all the difficultie hardships and fear Please dont ever loose FAITH! GOD BLESS YOU AND GOOD LUCK!!
The York Family

Posted by: Tiffanys Husband-Jody on April 2, 2003 11:55 PM

The following American servicemen and women have either been captured or are missing during Operation Iraqi Freedom as of 6 p.m. EST Wednesday:

DUTY STATUS WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN

March 23:

Army Sgt. Edward J. Anguiano, 24, of Brownsville, Texas. Missing after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Combat Support Battalion out of Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Sgt. George Edward Buggs, 31, of Barnwell, S.C. Missing after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of Yuma, Ariz. Last seen while conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz.

Marine Sgt. Brendon Reiss, 23, of Casper, Wyo. Missing; circumstances and details unknown

— Marines missing after being engaged in operations in the outskirts of Nasiriyah in Iraq:

Marine Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, of Buffalo, N.Y. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, 22, of Waterford, Conn. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr., 21, of Washoe, Nev. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, 30, of Decatur, Ill. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, of Boiling Springs, S.C. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

— Members of the 507th Maintenance Company stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, missing after Iraqi forces ambushed an Army supply convoy near Nasiriyah:

Army Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, of Comfort, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of El Paso, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 22, of Tuba City, Ariz., 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Pvt. Brandon Ulysses Sloan, 19, of Bedford, Ohio, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters, 33, of Salem, Ore., 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

PRISONERS OF WAR

March 24:

— Apache pilots, captured after helicopter downed during a mission:

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ronald D. Young Jr., 26, of Lithia Springs, Ga.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 David S. Williams, 30, of Orlando, Fla.

March 23:

— Members of the 507th Maintenance Company stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, captured after Iraqi forces ambushed an Army supply convoy around Nasiriyah:

Army Spc. Edgar Hernandez, 21, of Mission, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Spc. Joseph Hudson, 23, of Alamogordo, N.M., 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson, 30, of Fort Bliss, Texas, 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Pfc. Patrick Miller, 23, of Park City, Kan., 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Sgt. James Riley, 31, of Pennsauken, N.J., 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

LET'S GET OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HOME FROM ALL THE COUNTRIES TAT ARE FIGHTING WITH US...
WE LOVE YOU AND GOD BLESS FOR SAFE JOURNEY HOME.....

Posted by: weezie on April 3, 2003 12:28 AM

Hi Will,

Glad to hear you're safe. As the daughter of parents who were both "jarheads" I can tell you stick with the Marines. They'll watch your back. My father made it through WWII, the Koren war and Vietnam. We're praying you'll be fine too.

We were also talking about that latex item you mentioned and I swear my husband was lieing to me, but you proved him right (darn). Ok- but I doubt I'll get it past the school admin for the kids in chappell to send you THAT in a care package.

Stay safe and alert.

Semper Fi,
Praying for you in Va. Beach

Posted by: Williams family on April 3, 2003 12:49 AM

You dont know me but I came across your website on the msnbc website one day. I think you have a good sense of humor. Keep it up and it will help you get through this war and back to the US safely.

And to those people who put negative comments on here about our troops overseas: Didnt your mother ever teach you that if you dont have nothing nice to say,dont say anything at all????

Good luck and godspeed to ya Will. If you ever find yourself in southern Minnesota, I'll buy ya a beer or two.

Jennifer

Posted by: Jennifer on April 3, 2003 01:24 AM

I enjoyed reading your posts. You not only provide an insight to what it's like for someone over in Iraq, but you do it wit. It takes talent to take a harsh situation and look at the lighter side of things. Never lose that wonderful spirit. The man I'm head over heels in love with is over there also, and I'm trying to cope in what way I can. I'm definitely a bonafide "news junkie" but nothing can bring it home more than the people involved. I haven't heard from him in over a week now, so it was good to hear from someone over there. Looks like you are getting some wonderful support through this site! Take care of yourself, come back home safe, and thank you so much for sharing. :)

Posted by: WebDiva on April 3, 2003 04:22 AM

You´re so stupid and absurd that you think that God´s by your side

Posted by: the mentor on April 3, 2003 05:29 AM

I find amazing that you actually take time to let people know what-s going on there. Good luck. Vanessa

Posted by: Vanessa on April 3, 2003 06:12 AM

Hi Will,
don't belive on what Silvia from Italy wrote at April 1: here in my country the majority are strictly against war! Remember that on February 15 we were 3.000.000 in Rome marching for the peace and about 2.000.000 of peace flags are waving in many windows in every town... A little bit more than 120.000 who are with you...
Regards
federica

Posted by: federica on April 3, 2003 06:38 AM

Will,
Soon my brother will be fighting along side of you. Please both you be safe and I can't wait for your safe returns. I will continue to read your mail. Stay safe.
Love Lissy

Posted by: Allissa on April 3, 2003 06:59 AM

I have been trying to avoid T.V., Tabloid trash, newspapers and anything to do with this war. I don't know why I clicked on "One Minute Longer". I'm glad I did. Your perspective is both humourous and informative. I read all the comments and now I can see that all of our HEROES in uniform need our support. I do appologise for trying to turn a blind eye. You'll be in my heart, my prayers and on my mind from now to the end of the time. I wish everyone could...no...WOULD take a step back and see why we are fighting this war. We ARE fighting for PEACE and PROSPERITY, for everyone. We ARE one Nation under GOD. INDIVISIBLE and we want JUSTICE for ALL. It may seem like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, but the United States of America IS trying to SAVE the world, one country at a time, wether you like it or NOT!!!!! Open your eyes and see what we have done or TRIED to do for you. If we just stopped, you'd all be screwed. All those who are opposed to us need a nice healthy ENEMA to flush all the BULLSH*T out of their minds!!! This is just one American Woman's opinion (see "THE RIGHT ONE, BABY!"). Love it or Hate it, here it is.
God Bless all of our service men and women out there fighting for what is RIGHT!
All the IMPORTANT people are supporting you. God WILL sort out the rest!!!
Love and Prayers to You and Yours from Us and Ours!!
Thank you, Will

Posted by: Jo-Jo on April 3, 2003 09:12 AM

Hooray, Will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hooray, Jessica Lynch!!!!!!!!
You should look her up when you get home. Girls can kick but!

Posted by: Earlene on April 3, 2003 10:26 AM

Will, and all the rest - honestly, it frightens me when people blend together causes with individuals. I may be against the war, but that doesn't mean I want Will (or anyone else) to die. Or, well, apart from Saddam and his scary compatriots. The loss of those beasts -would- make the world a little bit of a better place.
I just wish it didn't have to come at the price of innocent lives.
Anyway, I hope you get to keep safe, and get to return to the USA and attend one or another of the above mentioned party invitations right soon! =)
Portions of the world may be for or against the war, but that doesn't mean everyone's gone insane and wants 'all americans to die' or whatnot nonsense. We -like- you. Occasionally we might feel the need to whack y'all a good one just like you do us, but hey. What else's neighbours for? ;)
/Karrie, hoping to get to visit the US in the future at some point. I want a Krispy Kreme!

Posted by: Karrie on April 3, 2003 10:55 AM

To "the mentor", "adam", and "revenge":

DIE YOU SCUM SUCKING C*M-GURGLERS!!!!

Go will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOOOAH!!

bubblehead

Posted by: Bonzo on April 3, 2003 11:28 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your unit...I know how every day has got to be a blessing and a gift to you all. I have many friends in theater right now and have a boyfriend that is itching to go and could go anyday now. Keep your chin up, your head down and your feet dry! And as for going commando..WOO-HOO!

Posted by: Kat on April 3, 2003 11:50 AM

Hey NELL!

From the looks of your post: "I'm from Brazil I have Education I know that Freedom is bettler than eat MC donalds or Listen Britney Spears", the following seems glaringly obvious (see plain and simple):

1) If your spelling (see "bettler") and grammer (see "I have Education I know that...") are any indication, either your education sucked (see didn't work) or your just plain stupid (see attempting to have a battle of wits and you are unarmed).

2) People who can't formulate and communicate well-thought out ideas (see "FOOD and Britney Spears" - like that has ANYTHING to do with Soddam Insane) shouldn't open their pie-hole (see your speaking orifice).

3) Before criticizing the US for going after terrorists and those who support terrorist groups (see Soddam Insane), how much of the crime rate have you reduced in your country? Or do you contribute to it? (see common street whore)

Posted by: city slicer on April 3, 2003 11:52 AM

Dear Will,
just a few words from an Italian family: God bless America, God bless the whole U.S. Army and every single one of you guys.
Monica, Maria and Febo

Posted by: Monica on April 3, 2003 12:11 PM

Dear Will,
I just posted a short and stupid supportive (I Hope) message, but I hadn't red the other comments yet. I must say that nothing is more disgusting, not even the death of innocent civil victims, than the wish of these fake pacifists praying God to strike you and your loved ones. The hatred they display against you is very Christian, isn't it? Unlike them, I think that God is merciful, even with these ***heads.

Posted by: Monica on April 3, 2003 12:27 PM

Will,
.
I wish I was there with ya.It is hard sitting on the sidelines during this campaign.

And for all of those with the Anti AMerican sentiment and those overseas flapping their heads about what BAD people We are.....I have 2 words for ya'll.....

F#*k YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANd for you terrorists, just remember, if you jack with the bull

YOU WILL GET THE HORN!!!

And in closing,you ANTI AMERICAN MOSLEMS, have a coke, a smile, and bag of pork rinds, and SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

SARGENT MICHAEL, TEXAS

Posted by: michael on April 3, 2003 02:12 PM

Hey Will,

I am a Corporal in the Oklahoma National Guard. I am a ground pounder, and honestly wish I could be there side by side. I am ever greatful for your and your commerades sacrifice. If there is anything I can get you, like some good reading material, or a good old hershey bar, let me know. Just email me at spcfriel@hotmail.com

Oh, and on your national tour, let me know when you will be in Oklahoma, I got a 12 year old scotch waiting.

Best of Luck
and Keep your darn head down those aren't mosquitos buzzing by.

Frank

Posted by: Frank on April 3, 2003 02:32 PM

Will --> it's great to finally hear from you again. I stumbled upon your site about 2-3 weeks ago and I check every day or so to see if you have gotten a chance to make another post. It's great to know that you are OK and doing well...although...the shower situation does sould like I would wanna be there...couldn't get my hair washed that quickly it's to damn long. And as for the condom rule...I never thought of something like that...although who would wanna waste a condom on that? LOL My prayers are with you and yours and all the other soldiers over there. Take Care and Come home safe SOON. I am looking for several people to send Care Packages to...if you would like email me a few addresses. kelleyrotgers@avon.net

Take Care.
Kelley

Posted by: KELLEY in Iowa on April 3, 2003 03:22 PM

Great job Will. God Bless you and be safe. I have a problem with people that claim to be educated from Brazil. That is impossible! I consider Brazilian and educated to be an oxymoron (see completely opposite meaning). Our prayers are with you Will.

Posted by: DaddyG on April 3, 2003 03:40 PM

Will:

I picked up this site from a link on MSN.com. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your entries. It's like a book, I can't wait to read the next chapter. I also just wanted to tell you....thanks. I am only 20 years old and sadly, I am just now figuring out how lucky we are that we live in a free country. And how lucky we are that we have men like you to help protect our freedoms. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe, be tough and may God speed your return home.

Thanks again !!

Andrea Turner
Waxahachie, Texas

GOD BLESS AMERICA !!

Posted by: Andrea Turner on April 3, 2003 04:09 PM

Hero Will and people... do you know that America is abig more than US? From Alaska to Argentina, don't be a fool.
AND DON'T TALK IN OUR NAME.
Come soon, brave , come with los pies para adelante y acostado en un jonca! :)
America

Posted by: America on April 3, 2003 04:49 PM

funny you should talk about the shower and hygiene since everytime I watch you guys in CNN I always think of "do they have time to shower?"... keep your spirit soaring, will! We are all praying for you! take care... god bless!

Posted by: willow on April 3, 2003 06:16 PM

Helllllllllllllllooooooooo Will...

I'm back and relieved to see a new post from you!

I've been checking everyday, and wouldn't you know it, as soon as I don't check for a day or two, you come back and post, you rascal!!!!!!!! (See NOOKIES)

Hmmmm...April Fools Day post, eh, Will? Methinks you are a witty man, not to mention hilarious. I still love how you weave your humor though reality. (See BOOK CONTRACT) May I say something to all those asking if they can send stuff?


TO THOSE WHO WISH TO SEND STUFF: (See FOODSTUFFS, TOILETRIES, BOOKS/MAGAZINES/CDs, CALLING CARDS)

Though I love Will and would like him to get everything we want to send him, (See WILL IS LOVED) thousands of soldiers need stuff too. I'm not trying to plug my site, but I did put a page up especially for this reason. It is:

http://myhomeismyheart.homestead.com/Visions.html

and my email is:

bambipurr@yahoo.com

There are many links there where you can send a plethora of items badly needed/wanted by our troops. There are even British links for our UK fellow patriots. (See ACTIVE TROOPS)

Hey, Will....tell any British troops you get the chance to talk to that I've got their Union Jack flying next to Old Glory!! (See UK/US UNION)

That homecooked dinner/conversation with a patriotic 7 yr old/ beautiful Arizona weather is still open you know. *grins* (See COME SEE ARIZONA WHEN YOU GET CONUS)

You keep your butt down (See ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES) and your spirits up, (See NAVY SHOWER) Will.

GODSPEED, AND GET ALL YOUR BUTTS HOME ASAP

Prayers, Hugs, and Good Thoughts,

Judi
Tucson, Arizona
USA

Posted by: Judi Eckes - Tucson, Arizona USA on April 3, 2003 07:37 PM

eres un hijo puta, aseseino

Posted by: dios on April 4, 2003 12:34 AM

I don't understand all the negativity. This world would be so much worse if it were not for all of the brave men and women. These wonderful people are willing to lay their own lives down so that others can be free. So maybe the next time someone wants to say something negative....you should sit back and think where you might be if it were not for these men and women. I don't like the idea of innocent people being killed...who does? But sometimes unfortunate things occur in order to get to better things. I admire and support those fighting so that others may enjoy freedom. Good luck to all of you. May God be with each of you every day & Angels continue to watch over you!! Many thoughts and prayers are always with you!!!

Ashley

Posted by: Ashley on April 4, 2003 10:47 AM

Dear Will,
I'm am a 18 year old college student from Georgia and I visited your website for the first time today. I wanted to thank you and your fellow servicemen for all you do for our country. Many people don't realize the freedoms that we are able to have because of the hard work of people like you. I think it's great that you want to share this experience with others. Maybe it will help people better understand this whole situation. I also think it's awesome that you are able to throw a little humor into your situation (you should make movies!). Anyway... Be strong and remember that you are in our thoughts and our prayers always!
Best wishes, Tons of Love and Many Thanks,
Samantha
P.S.~~ I noticed that your comment board grows everyday. When are you going to find the timeto read all these tings!!! :)

Posted by: Samantha on April 4, 2003 11:37 AM

Hi Will

I found your site a week ago and really enjoy reading it. Hope you stay safe and thank you for the work your doing.

God keep you and every service person out there safe.

Veronica - California, USA

Posted by: Veronica on April 4, 2003 12:26 PM

And he took up his parable and said,
Behold, I had a piece of land that gave me sustenance. And my only trouble was my slave man who took up the business of ruling my piece of land.
And my strong neighbour Sam was a brawny fellow and did not like the slave man whom I had chosen to rule my land. And he rose up his voice and said he would help me to get rid of my bad manager, even though I did not ask him. And Sam came to my home, and my slave man hid from him. And Sam destroyed my house and killed all my loved ones and could not find the slave man. However, he did not return to his homeland, but he laid a lascivious eye on my land that was rich in everything. And without asking me -- he stayed and used my land, and built his house in my country and brought his own rulers. I did not ask, neither did Sam do what he came to my land for -- to kill my slave man, but instead robbed me of everything I had, left me naked.

And no go to.
What shall be the name of my strong neighbour Sam and what should be my judgement. Is he not a thief and a robber and a murderer.
Who has ears to hear -- let him hear.

Posted by: Adam on April 4, 2003 12:44 PM

Dear Adam, What if your slave man would not let you speak? Sam will not steal your fortunes. Sam does not want your land.

Posted by: Earlene on April 4, 2003 01:23 PM

Hi Will!,

Just a quick note to say you've almost become like a "brotha" to me. I check the site on a regular basis just to know you're still ok! Hopefully this war will be over soon and you can grace us with your picture! Keep the laughter and humour floating.

African Princess

Posted by: nyarai on April 4, 2003 01:50 PM

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH AFRICA WILL!

I'm a Zulu girl sending you love from Johannesburg, South Africa. Reading your posts put a smile on my face - and reading all the comments people write to you! See, there is still a lot of love in the world. Keep doing your thing mate. (I think right now you're the most popular soldier!!)

Much love,

Clara - Johannesburg, South Africa

Posted by: Clara Malopenanya on April 4, 2003 01:57 PM

Will,

After i have consumed a lot of time and energy watching and reading articles about this war, I feel so exhausted already. I told myself, no more. It's too much for me to handle.

Your letters however made it different. Reading them makes me wanting for more. You made it so light - and interesting. And funny too. :)

I hope you all be well and be safely home soon. You guys take care of each other ok. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

be safe. be good. and update us the soonest.

Godspeed.
banjovi


Posted by: banjovi on April 4, 2003 02:05 PM

Just a short note to say yall are in our thoughts and prayers daily, support the troops , all the way! God Bless take care and Godspeed!!!

Posted by: mari on April 4, 2003 02:14 PM

Godspeed -- to Hell for all your crimes against the Humanity, ye, the gang of vipers!

Posted by: Adam on April 4, 2003 02:23 PM

*wipes the tears away*

Whew! Adam you crack me up. Ye, The Gang of Vipers!!! Hoo-doggies!

That's comedic genius people!

Posted by: Captain Rooba on April 4, 2003 02:26 PM

Adam - hasn't saddam knifed you yet? Go to Iraq, and wait - he will. If we don't kill him first!

Posted by: city slicker on April 4, 2003 02:28 PM

JUSTICE:
O all you host of heaven! O earth! what else?
And shall I couple hell? O, fie! Hold, hold, my heart;
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee, O Babylon!
Ay, thou poor Babylon, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee!
Yea, from the table of my memory
I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past,
That youth and observation copied there;
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix’d with baser matter: yes, by heaven!
O most pernicious gang!
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables,--meet it is I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least I’m sure it may be so in Washington:
Writing
So, uncle Sam, there you are. Now to my word;
It is ‘Adieu, adieu! remember me.’
I have sworn ’t.
TONY BLAIR:
[Within] My lord, my lord, my George!
ASNAR,
TONY BLAIR:
O, George!
ASNAR:
Heaven secure him!
JUSTICE:
So be it!

Posted by: Adam on April 4, 2003 02:33 PM

Methinks Adam has way too much time on his hands.

Posted by: sqlspoot on April 4, 2003 04:55 PM

Hi Will, I thank God for you all that are over there to protect us in our FREE country of the USA! God is with you all and will reward you all on judgment day. Those for the devil, as in Sadaam and his cronies will be in the lake of fire. How I know is the evil they have caused, and still cause to their own people and the world, is evil as in the devil. So these cronies of evil that are emailing, as in Nell, Revenge, and so on... just delete their remarks and know that you ALL are in our prayers and know God is watching over you ALL with His love and care.
God Bless you!
Sue

p.s. LOL... City Slicker... you did a good job in your replies to the cronies in here. I am with you! Bonzo.... you too!!! Good job! LOL I am glad you told those cronies like Sadaam like it is! LOL

Posted by: Sue on April 4, 2003 05:39 PM

Will,
I enjoy reading your posts -- it really puts more of a human face on what I see and read. You have an excellent skill and talent for seeing the humor in your situations. I hope to buy your best selling memoir in hardcover someday!

I want to be sure that you and your compadres understand that no one, aside from a few looneytunes like Mr. Adam here, who is protesting this war wishes our Coalition soldiers any ill will. My feelings against war is that I want to support our troops and take them out of harm's way, out of Iraq. I know it's not so easy as this....

That said, thank you so much for your commitment to our country and to peace.

And, like everyone else has invited, when you're in MN, there's a few icy ones on hold for you. It seems you could do quite a bit of traveling, visiting all your new fans who want to thank you personally.

I wish you all well and want you to come home soon!

And big ups to Captain Rooba for making all this possible!

Posted by: Mrs. Minnesota on April 4, 2003 11:48 PM

We´re praying 4u to be safe, i'm from México, and i just hope war ends soon.
Take care.

Posted by: Oaxacas on April 4, 2003 11:53 PM

Hi, Sue,

How about innocent kids and thу women and the old men killed in the bombings.
I dont really care about saddam. He sinned a lot. I care about the innocent you kill.
And you are not God Almighty to send Will either to the lake of bliss or to the lake of fire. It is only in God's hands. And I, knowing only that I personally shall not be able to kill the innocent and then to justify my actions by some obscure freedom and hope for Paradise. Nonsense. Complete nopnsense. It is just that you never think about those kids as your own, that is all. You are egoists and pray to this mysterious freedom of yours (freedom to kill?) as to the golden calf

Posted by: Adam on April 5, 2003 12:07 AM

Hey, Adam-

How about all the innocent women and children that Saddam has killed - and will continue to kill if left to his own ways? Who is going to speak for them? God knows I would rather not have my son in a war, but if we had a ruler who was as cruel and sadistic as Saddam, I hope someone would rescue us.

Thanks to Will and all the soldiers who are fighting to allow people like Adam the freedom to express their "opinions" - cannot imagine what would happen to him in Iraq if he dared to criticize Saddam as he has the Americans.

Stay safe, soldiers. Perform your mission and come home to your families.

Mother of a Soldier

Posted by: Sharyn on April 5, 2003 12:59 AM

I received this today - cannot verify authorship, but the thoughts remind me of those Will expressed in the first letter he wrote in this journal.

From a Parent of a Marine in the 1st Battalion 4th Marines...... oorah.

We got a letter from Josh today, if you could call it that, written 3/9.
They are hearing about the anti-war protests and he was upset. That' s
all the letter talked about. He enclosed a poem he and his buddies
wrote. He wants us to get it out, let people see how they feel. Any ideas?

"Wish You Were Here"

For all the free people that still protest.
You're welcome. We protect you and you are protected by the best.
Your voice is strong and loud,
but who will fight for you? No one standing in your crowd.
We are your fathers, brothers, and sons,
wearing the boots and carrying guns.
We are the ones that leave all we own,
to make sure your future is carved in stone.
We are the ones who fight and die,
We might not be able to save the world, Well, at least we try.
We walked the paths to where we are at
and we want no choice other than that.
so when you rally your group to complain,
take a look in the back of your brain.
In order for that flag you love to fly
wars must be fought and young men must die.
We came here to fight for the ones we hold dear.
If that's not respected, we would rather stay here.
So please stop yelling, put down your signs,
and pray for those behind enemy lines.
When the conflict is over and all is well,
be thankful that we chose to go through hell.

Corporal Joshua Miles and all the boys from 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines,
Kuwait

Posted by: will's mom on April 5, 2003 01:07 AM

Deuteronomy 20:4
For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Posted by: Micheal on April 5, 2003 01:30 AM

Mother of a soldier.

I am not an American, thank God, neither am I Iraqi -- this allows me to speak objectively. Who gave America the right to judge. Saddam killed many. But Americans killed many more in all their unrighteous wars. Dis America bring peace to any of the countries where they wage war? The answer is an emphatic No. Vietnam, Afghanistan, Nicaragua and many other pro-American regimes. You could be a great nation -- but you are losing your chance. No peace could be established through war. Explosions bring only to chaos. George Bush tries to convince you that he sent these troops to Iraq for righteous purposes, which is a lie. If he is such a great partisan of righteousness -- why is the majority of Africa is in hunger and despotism. In all, all your words and those of your president I see only hypocrisy, desire to rule the world, to remake it according to your American rules without asking people's wish. You forget that there is such a thing as the national mentality and democracy is not always the best solution for many countries. Many oriental countries do wish to live under sultans and shakhs -- this is THEIR choice. Why should you deprive them of their choice? Who gave you the right?! And if the majority of the population is dark and illiterate -- would not it be better for them to live under a clever and tyranneous king? Read Plato (if you only know who it is -- I guess no -- since you recognised neither the Bible not Shakespeare in my letters). You allow yourself to bomb the country which is the craddle of civilisation -- destroying monuments of thousands of years standing. You have none of your own, and you dont care about these. Who gave you the right? The German proverb says -- dont do good -- and you will not have bad.
By you action you breed hatred to your own nation throughout the world. With your war in Iraq now millions of people in the world hate you -- although never had such feelings before. This war brings neither freedom, nor justice nor a safe world. Soon you will see the results of this policy. I shadder when I think of Russia's opposition again as in the yeras of the cold war. But it is inevitable. You and your sons are pushing the world towards this pit. Just give it a thought if you are a woman of thinking and take your sons out of this nonsense.

Posted by: Adam on April 5, 2003 09:45 AM

Adam
i think you have too much time on your hands and obviously nothing better to do than to send evil thoughts and words to our soldiers. GET A LIFE!!!!

TO WILL AND OTHER SOLDIERS MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. I HOPE YOU CAN RETURN HOME SOON.

Posted by: Jackelin on April 5, 2003 10:59 AM

Jackelin,

I do not spare time worrying about the future of the world.

While you have nothing to oppose to my arguments, because they are true.

And if call my appeal to stop killing the innocent children and destroying the monuments that belong to the world -- evil -- sufficient unto me this argument of yours to make a judgement of America's intentions. Fie, sister, fie!

Regards.

Posted by: Adam on April 5, 2003 11:20 AM

adam

stop wasting time and space with your comments. nobody really cares what you have to say and it's a hassle having to scroll past all of your stupid comments.

TO ALL THE SOLDIERS:
GOD BLESS YOU AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. WILL, JUST IGNORE ADAM'S COMMENTS. DON'T EVEN READ THEM. JUST DELETE THEM FOR HE HAS NOTHING INTERESTING TO SAY.

Posted by: Mary on April 5, 2003 12:19 PM

Yes, Will, please delete my comments. Dont read them, I have nothing against. But please, next time you pull a trigger just remember me, that is all I want.

And next time you see wounded and dead children on TV screen -- who knows may be it was your job. Who knows. Farewell.

Posted by: Adam on April 5, 2003 01:08 PM

Will, may God bless and Keep you always. My aunt is the correspondance above, i.e, Joelle....and ditto on the invitation!!!!!
We enjoy your updates and are pleased to hear you are making it! I pray for all the souls that take the time to condemn you, our troops and our president...May God bless them in their ignorance. You are a hero, Will, and a funny one at that. May God's gift of levity continue to echo thru you!!!!!!! sincere love, Maegan E

Posted by: maegan on April 5, 2003 01:19 PM

Hi will
when first i wrote you a comment, some people had comment and one of them was Wes & his wife Dibby.
we had some positive talk until i send them my last email. i feelt so soory and stupid coz i supposed to focus on things that bring other together not keep us apart.
East and west, can they be friends after all?
why cant we enjoy human relationships regardless politic events?
To my dear Wes and Dibby. Iam so sorry for what i have wrote. I do care about you so much and i wish you will accept my apology.
To all the American nation, we respect your values and what you are doing for humanity but we want you to understand our point of view as Arab nation, you are welcome in our lands as honerd guest but not as armed forces and military.
Will say hi to your friends there, Iam sure that you got a beautiful tan by now!!!
Best Regards
Amal
Saudi Arabia

Posted by: Amal on April 5, 2003 01:39 PM

Adam you one condescending s.o.b. aren't you? Yes, we can recognize Plato, Shakespeare and the Bible. And anyone can go in and pull out passages to suit their needs. I'm not impressed.

While I respect your right to regurgitate pieces of literature, I can't sit hear and read them and not stand up for my friend. He is fighting so people like you can have this half-assed educated brain and the freedom to use it.

As for having no monuments? Well, why ours may not have been standing as long as those in the "cradle of civilization", we did lose one - or if I recall it was actually two - two towers. Does that ring a bell?

And maybe the people of Iraq do enjoy their way of life. If you have only had vanilla ice cream all your life, who knows if you like chocolate or not? If the people are so happy there in Saddamland - why are some so happy to see us? why do some risk their lives to save one P.O.W.? why do some surrender willingly?

No gov't is perfect. No country is in 100% agreement for how it is run. But to have the choice to oppose that which you do not like (or understand) is what freedom is all
about.

And I thank God for people like Will, for my friend Dave, for my cousin Rob and all the others who are their defending my freedom (and yours). While millions may now hate us for what we do, tens of millions support us and I thank them for that. If you would like, maybe we just let Saddam stay and he can come invade your home country at some point. Would you like that? Didn't think so.

Just one gal's opinion - love it or leave it. It's your right to do so and that's what it's all about (as opposed to the hokey pokey as some believe).

Adam, while you have bid us farewell, you know you are reading this as you won't be able to stay away. And if you aren't still here, let this be read by anyone else who is going to call my friend names or wish him harm - "Them thar are feudin' words" and I will personally pray for your soul. Actually I would like to just give you a big ass whoopin' but there's enough violence going on in the world right now.

To Will - Stay safe my friend!! We want you back home here soon. Especially if we get to tag along on your trip across the USA to collect all those free beers.....You'll need a designated driver you know.


Posted by: Shell on April 5, 2003 02:43 PM

Will, I have enjoyed your postings. It really brings things home to us here in the states. I want to thank you and the other guys over there for keeping me safe. Any of you who make it to VABeach will get a beer, or anything else you want, on me!!! Keep safe and Clean!!

Posted by: Linda Jacobs on April 5, 2003 04:54 PM


Hi, yesterday I supposed to do my midterm exam in very important course but I could not. Because the night before, while I was starting revising some lessons when I heard the news in T.V. I saw a baby in 6 months died in shilling. I can't forget the seen of his innocent small body covered with blood. I asked my self what if I do if this baby was my youngest sister Haleemah whom I love so much, will I still hoping and praying that this war will stop as I do now. I was carrying so bad coz I felt that is unfair, I felt lonely in the crowd, I felt as if the world doesn’t care about us and the UN passed away!
As I could not help my tears which prevent me from reading a single word, I spent the time praying and thinking what else could I do?
When I went to collage that morning, I was not the only one whom could not study. My friends were sad and pale. Some had seen worse sceneries. When the professors came, she was surprised to us in such terrible situation. She decided to delay the exam. But this won't end the problem. The problem is that we can't study, we can't enjoy our lives and we can't isolate ourselves from what happening in Iraq!
Some girls decide not to watch the TV nor read neither the news papers nor doing any thing that can remind them of the war coz they want to pass this year and graduate on time as they said.
They might be right but I can't be like them. I can't act as if the war does not exist or this is not happening, no body dies and so on. Coz just I care!
It's hard to have principles, morals, or values today and it's harder to keep believing on them and keep your actions in the right way. That night I was so confused that I didn’t know what is right or what is wrong? I asked my self if I should go to Iraq, maybe I could help them? Or maybe I will help my self to forget this scene of guilt. I just can't go on like this watching this mascaras helplessly.

Two weeks ago, my wedding was the only thing that had my full attention. Where to make it? What to wear? How to dress my hair? What is the best wedding song? Where shall I start my honeymoon trip Europe or USA?...etc
I hate my self for being so silly to spend such fortune while my brothers and sisters die every day around the world not only in Iraq. I just stopped my wedding plans and if I am going to get marriage in August, it shall be in very humble way. I'm not the only one coz some of my friends thought of it. We could save this money and help other people with it.

The American British war is illegal one. It is against all the values of human rights and countries independence. It is so Imperial and neither unjustified nor reasonable one. This war had killed the UN. I don’t believe in UN any more. I don’t trust the international politic. Where are the international organizations of peace, human rights? Where is the wisdom, fair and justice?
"There never was a good war or a bad peace"
Benjamin Franklin
Do we live in a jungle where the strongest shall survive and role? Where is the low? Are not we civilized, educated and human being after all?
Why the hell some countries can have weapons and other should not have them? America is the first country in the world that should be disarmed. It is the first country that uses the atomic bump in Japan and erased entire city from the existence. Why shall we always remain a third world country? Why can't we have weapon as you do? Is it because you want us to keep buying them from you? Why Israel is the only country on the Middle East who has the right to get the most evil weapons in the world and your government supporting them day and night with money, knowledge and weapons?
They are killing armed less innocent's civilians and the world is watching. 50 years ago the British government gave our land the Israel. What a generous giving is that?! Generosity of who does not own to who does not deserve! If your government feels that sympathy with poor Israeli, why don’t they give one the 50 American states to build a country there? Palestine is our land as Iraq. Who is next? There is a traditional story for kids called (the lion and the red ox) it says (There was a lion who lives in a land with 3 oxen, a red ox, a black ox and a white one. The lion is hungry but he can't eat them coz whenever he tries to attack any one of oxen, the three of them unite and defend them selves. Finally he finds and Idea to spread them up. He talks the red ox and tells him that his friend does not love him and they are making fun on his red color. The lion talks to the other oxen and tells them worse stuff and makes them hate their red friend. When he assures that the red has no friend any more, he attacks him and eats him. He follows the same steps to spread up the white and black oxen and he makes hate each other before he attacks the black one. Finally the white ox realizes what is happening but it was too late, I was eaten the day that the red ox was eaten, says the white ox when he saw the lion coming to eat him.)
America is the lion and we are the oxen. Shall we wait tell we be eaten? She already starts with Afghanistan the red ox. That was unsuccessful war which never achieves any of its goals. Coz alqaeda still there and Ben laden is still on the head of his organization. But he gain more support and volunteers to join him as the American media make him (indirectly) the ultimate world hero. He was the only one who could face America and take revenge on her. I m against any terror action. Just I want to explain a point of view of majority of young people. Now when the American government starting this illegal war against Iraq with all the sceneries of killed and injured civilians. All of this support the heroic image for Ben Laden 2- makes so many enemies to you 3- increase violence as a result of pessimistic 4-drive young men from different countries to join armed groups which might abuse them indirectly and I saw this starting to happen now.
Do you off a fire with fire or with water? If you want to help Iraq as you said (American government) will you take this way, use force and sacrificed innocents?
Your government lies to you. They said that they want to release Iraq but in fact they want to steal Iraq. They want to role it with American president and American ministers and this is extremely unacceptable!
What do you know about Iraq? His culture is eight thousands years old while yours is just 3 centuries old, after all I see you soldiers with their dusty big shoes walking proudly there!
America is the greatest country that has values and supports human rights. It has very bloody history.
1- 1607-1750 colonizes along Atlantic coast
2- 1619 first slave sold in Virginia
3- 1653 1st Indian reservation
4-1754-1763 French and Indian war
5- 1775- 1783 revolutionary war
War of 1812
1830 Indian removal act (before 1700, there were over one million Native American "Indian" while the colonists 250000 only, numbers had changed totally by now)
1861- 1865 civil war
1939- 1945 World War 2
1945 first atomic bomb, Japanese internment
1948- 1985 cold war
1964-1973 war in Vietnam
1991 Persian Gulf War
2002 war against Afghanistan
2003 war against Iraq
Regardless the political conflicts with so many countries like China, Curia. Libya, Iran, Cuba etc.
Someone has a problem. He cant live without making wars and fighting people countries and culture although that he is the youngest one (only 3 centimes old) in our world family. He breath wars and I expect if nobody stop him, he will go on just like this, create an enemy then starting a war against him after that looking for new enemy. What a bad habit is this? Now who should be disarmed? Go back to the history and read about our nation as Arab and Muslim. We were the most civilized nation during the middle ages when Europe was in dark one. We bring you civilization until you colonized our one united big land and made us third world countries.

This war won't be a short picnic as they said. Innocent's people still killed and injured every day. Iraq has no relationship with al Qaedah at all. They are extremely opposite as ice and fire. American government wanted to justify this war with telling lies and covering the truth so please try to search for the truth away from American national TV stations which are acting as formal representatives for their government. You can visit aljaserah web site. It is very neutral one neither with us nor against you. And please tell me about the most popular websites where I can represent my point of view about this war. We need to talk and interact to erase the years of misunderstanding and conflict. We could light a candle to our world and bring our nations together.

I'm so sorry if I said something bad or hurt your feelings but believe me I don’t mean you personally. I love you and I respect both of you. I hope you will understand how sad and disappointed I'm so forgive me for the way I express my feelings.

Finally I end up my long email with verses from the holy bible
BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS: FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF GOD
Mtthew 5

Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Ibid 26
Best Regards
Hope

Posted by: Hope on April 5, 2003 05:51 PM

Some of you just don't get it - the only reason you are able to say some of the ugly things you have been saying is because a lot of soldiers in the past have given their lives to preserve that right. I believe that they would fight (again) for your right to express your opinions. But that right does not include personally attacking someone who cannot engage you in debate. If you want to debate, there is a discussion forum on this website (check out Riposte). This is the journal of a soldier as he prepares to go to free an oppressed people, not knowing what kind of dangers he will face from a cruel and sadistic ruler who has no qualms about killing his own people, let alone those who would remove him from power and give Iraq back to the people. I do not believe this is the place to personally attack Will or any other soldier.

Will and all soldiers- stay safe - know you are loved and appreciated - and come home to your families soon.

Posted by: Mother of a Soldier on April 5, 2003 07:53 PM

To those of you for whom war is unthinkable for any reason (and who are so fond of quoting the words of others), I offer this quote:

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

-John Stuart Mill

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

Posted by: Sekimori on April 5, 2003 08:10 PM

Hi Will,
I hope you and your fellow soldiers are safe.
We're still very proud and thankful for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have a loved one over there right now. Reading these comments here is like riding an emotional rollercoaster. God bless everyone who sends their support. And I pray for those who do not understand.
I pray for the innocent civilians in Iraq. I pray for the innocent children in Iraq who have to sleep through the loud sounds of several weapons being fired around their house. I know what they are going through. I myself experienced a similar event. Most of us have.
It only seems like yesterday....September 11, 2001. I woke up to a live newscast learning that my country was being attacked. Thousands of innocent people were murdered. I was so scared. Thinking about it now still brings tears to my eyes.
I know what it feels like to have your country be under attack. However, in my case, there was no valid reason for the attack. Just people wanting to do us harm. Noone wanted to help us.
The thousands of soldiers in Iraq are there for a reason. A good reason. Those children over there may be scared and do not understand what is going on. However, one day soon they will be grateful for our soldiers. Because, one day soon, those children will grow up to understand what it is like to live in a civilized country that is not ruled by a monster.
Obviously, there are some of you out there that don't understand that, if our President didn't stand up to Saddam and Osama, they would continue to attack our country. So for those people, I would like you to stop for a minute and count your blessings. And you have many of them. Look at your car, your house, your clothes, your family, keep looking. All of these things you have you can thank God first and our soldiers past and present second.
One last thought, for those of you who oppose this war and wish harm on our troops, remember, some of your tax dollars are funding this war and feeding our soldiers so if you don't like, get out! I'm sure you would fit well over in..oh, I don't know...China? maybe Russia? Because you sure don't belong in America!
God Bless America!!!!!

Posted by: Kimberlie on April 5, 2003 10:10 PM

American "peacekeepers" nearly shot the Russian Ambassador in Iraq today when he was leaving the country in his car.

The new American order -- the fourth reich!
Heil Bush!

Posted by: Ivan on April 6, 2003 05:29 AM

I am a small and precious child,
my dad's been sent to fight...
The only place I'll see his face,
is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days
For my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud.
My daddy's got your back.

I am a caring mother.
My son has gone to war...
My mind is filled with worries
that I have never known before
Everyday I try to keep
my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud.
My son has got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife,
with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified
in a way most never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile
as I watch my husband pack...
My heart may break, but I am proud.
My husbands got your back...

I am a soldier...
Serving Proudly, standing tall.
I fight for freedom, yours and mine
By answering this call.
I do my job while knowing,
The thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I'll come home.
It's me who's got your back.

-Author Unknown

Posted by: Judi Eckes - Tucson, Arizona USA on April 6, 2003 11:44 AM


TO "HOPE" AND "ADAM", AND ANY OTHERS THAT ACCUSE AMERICA OF WANTING TO 'TAKE' IRAQ AWAY FROM THE IRAQIS, AND MAKE IT AMERICAN, READ THIS:


"When in England at a fairly large convention, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by Geroge Bush.


He answered that by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of it's fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."


They became very quiet in the room."

Now I agree, we did the Native Amercians wrong, and we took what was not ours. We do NOT do that...we do learn. Please tell me when in modern times, we've gone into a country, waged war, and taken their land, their culture, their country from them? Methinks not in eons. (See NATIVE AMERICANS)

Will is fighting for freedom of speech, and not our own...we have that to most extents in America.

I don't understand why those who pray for our souls to burn in hell think that is religious, or spiritual. I perceived "vengence is mine, sayeth the Lord" How loving is that, to judge your fellow man in such a serious matter, when only God is to judge people's souls? Hmmm?

Will....You just keep on, keeping on. (See PRAYERS FOR OUR TROOPS)

Hugs and Prayers,
Judi
GODSPEED

Posted by: Judi Eckes - Tucson, Arizona USA on April 6, 2003 11:57 AM

Hi Will!

I wish lucky for you. And please. Don´t kill inocent people...

Posted by: Fofety on April 6, 2003 01:23 PM

Hey guy...
I wish lucky and please. Don´t help Bush to kill inocent people...
He is the terrorist!
Best wishes...

Posted by: Fofety on April 6, 2003 01:30 PM

Seven lies of the USA:

Lie # 1. Saddam was a great danger for civilisation and for the USA in the first place with his weapons of mass destruction.

To see if it is really so UN sent its inspectors.

The truth is -- NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND.

Lie # 2. UN Inspectors didnt find anything because saddam hid his weapons of mass destruction very well and UN ought to authorise the bombing of Iraq and the intervention.

The truth is NOTHING HAS STILL BEEN FOUND BUT HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE US TROOPS MILITARY ACTIONS.

Lie # 3. Iraqi people wanted US troops to free them from saddam and the despotic regime.

The truth is -- the ordinary Iraqi people fight against the US troops -- all of them. Why? Because they dont want American democracy. They dont want it this way -- at the expence of their lives and broken houses.

Lie # 4. US wants Iraqi people to rule their country themselves.

The truth is that Pentagon appoints not the honest Iraqi leaders in the "freed" terrotories but the former American ambassadors in the region as general-governors.

Lie # 5. Ordinary Iraqi people and the freedom fighting US troops meet each other in a friendly manner, because ordinary people hate saddam and want to be freed.

The truth is -- American soldiers raise the skirts and the dresses of the Iraqi women to check if they have bombs underneath and shoot every suspicious car and man without asking and giving the warning shots.

Lie # 6. US doesnt want Iraqi oil.

The truth is that the oil companies have started exploring the oil mines in the "freed" territories.

Lie #7. The world supports USA in this heroic fight for freedom.

The truth is that America doesnt want to listen to what the only representative of the world population says -- UN -- and is against its participation in the restoration of Iraq, proclaiming itself the only country which has rights to dictate its will and to make judgments.

Now let us ask ourselves -- was the tyrant without any weapons of mass destruction really a great danger for the world and particularly for the USA? Was the despotic regime economically feeble after a decade of economic embargoes really dangerous aтв a peril to freedom - To your freedom you shout about at every corner? A child would know -- no, no, no! In the same way you could say that a pride of lions in Africa is a danger to your freedom and start bombing African countries for that.

America's only goal is oil. It is obvious. And the poor soldiers' brains are thoroughly washed and they do not see with their eyes.

If you think that I am lying -- answer every question I have raised here, and then the world shall believe you -- may be.

Posted by: Pride on April 6, 2003 03:20 PM

Will,
THANK YOU, THANK, YOU, THANK YOU. My heart cries for you and all of our men and women over there. Please be safe and come back home to us!! Keep up the good spirt and remember that we all suport you!!!
(and for those of you who protest can stand in the front line between the USA and iraq)

A couple of jokes to lift your sprits...

How do you play Iraqi bingo? B-52...F-16...A-10...B-1

WHAT IS IRAQ'S NATIONAL BIRD?....DUCK

what is the Iraqi motto? ...I came, I saw, Iran.

have you heard about the new Iraqi exercise program?...each morning you raise your hands above your head and leave them there.

well got to go, keep safe, come home soon and God be with you. I will send you more jokes when I get them to give you something else to think about !!

your friend, Sherri

Posted by: Sherri Miller on April 6, 2003 06:32 PM


Hey Will,

Word from your home town, not much happening here! ( same as when u left)
We all support you and wish u well. stay strong and kick some butt.

Your freind, Iowa Farm Boy

Posted by: Iowa Farm Boy on April 6, 2003 09:46 PM

Hey Will,

Please pay no attention to those bad mails that pretend to come from "other " americans, but who can only show by their rude words that they do not have education and that they are in fact .....losers. ( cabrones , de verdad)
Although I do not want war, I do hope now for the minimum of lives of US men. In my opinion those arabs should solve their own problems and it is a shame that our boys have to figth there.....better put Bush and Sadaam together in a figth ring.

Many support the boys overthere, let there be no misunderstanding, if all of them should demonstrate.....

Support from Belgium. Please stay alive and kicking !

Anny

Posted by: anny on April 7, 2003 04:19 AM

you so fucking americ---------a+rmy!!
My curse shall be on your head ++ Your nature.....

mother fucker BUUUUUUSH

Posted by: soshitamerica on April 7, 2003 06:48 AM

hey will,
hope you guys are doing okay, scratch that, praying you guys are doing okay. I saw a lady on the news last night (go girl) who was holding a sign that said "this is for Will".. you are now a national star, not just our friend on a message board. To those who are writing the derrogitory comments, isn't it nice that you can write and speak as you wish and not have worry about the repercussions of your actions? Welcome to the USA, land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE. take care my friend, know that you and the others are loved and appreciated...

Posted by: penny on April 7, 2003 07:53 AM

For Penny,

I tried to leave a similar message I left higher here at the blogsofwar.com
Since then access to me is forbidden.
And what about the NBC correspondent Arnett and some others who have been fired for the "freedom" to speak freely?
What about the lawyer who was reported by CNN to have been apprehended in the mall just for wearing T-Shirt saying "give peace a chance" and refusing to take it off at the commande of the police? Fake freedom guys, fake.

Posted by: Pride on April 7, 2003 08:17 AM

you guys do not understand that when we say that we are not supporting the war we do not mean that we support saddam. not at all. far from it. we are against american impudence, rudeness in solving this matter. in fact in this situation usa is not better in choosing the methods than saddam himself.

Posted by: pride on April 7, 2003 09:17 AM

Hey 'Pride' - So if you dont support soddam, and you dont support war, what would YOU do, just leave him there to continue his cruel and unusual treatment of the Iraqi people? Is it our role to not interfere with internal iraqi affairs? If so, I guess we should have left hitler alone then too, huh...

F@cking moron...

Posted by: bonzo on April 7, 2003 11:32 AM

Pride goeth before a fall. Buh-bye, asshat.

Posted by: Sekimori on April 7, 2003 12:07 PM

Hola Will!!
Hang in there kid-O. Thank you for the good fight you're doing. Many people have negative opinions and comments, but are they there fighting too? Are they doing anything other than talking?
You're in my prayers Will and I look forward to the next post!
Monique-Phx. Az.

Posted by: Monique on April 7, 2003 12:24 PM

bonzo, your fucking ass was not in Europe when Russians were losing their lives in the second world war -- over 20 000 000 lives. and it is them who actually did it NOT YOU. You started doing it only in 1945. you bloody fucking "freedom lovers". YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. and the russians did it just because hitler came to moscow, not until then.

Posted by: pride on April 7, 2003 12:26 PM

Will

Personally, I am proud of every one of our brave men and women who are trying to make the world a better place for people they do not know. I mean what nobler cause is there?

Stay strong and fight the good fight!!

Jake

Posted by: Jake on April 7, 2003 12:30 PM

Hey will...sorry I had to answer Pride (above) on your site...apparently, Pride has no idea what this board is all about...and that's to keep us posted on your progress and 'good will'....if Pride wants to rant and rave and be ignorant, he or she (since he or she can't even use his or her real name)...should go to many other boards out there...

Pride, one simple answer to your many silly questions...WMD's HAVE been found....no more needs to be said!

Will, kick some major butt and get home safe...we are all thinking of and praying for your quick return!!

Posted by: Sharon on April 7, 2003 12:31 PM

Sharon, the WMD formerly produced and provided several years ago by the USA, when Donald Ramsfeld was still s friend of saddam. did you see the cnn latest news?

Posted by: pride on April 7, 2003 12:47 PM

Ivan, Check again. It was the Iraqi's that shot at the Russians.

Posted by: Earlene on April 7, 2003 01:31 PM

Pride: The US couldn't enter the European Theatre until then because we had our hands full in the Pacific against Japan. You quote how many Russians died in WWII....The Russians were almost as bad as the Nazi's. When the Russians went into an area they killed EVERYTHING, man, woman, child and animal. One reason we dropped the bomb on Japan was because Russia was preparing to invade Japan. The US knew the only way to stop the war was to drop the bomb. Less Japanese died then than would have by the Russian bayonnette.

Posted by: Earlene on April 7, 2003 01:47 PM

Will,
I can't wait till you are able to post again. I don't know you from Adam, except on this site. But, we do share that "Proud American citizen" thang. Hang in there, and be safe and God bless!

Posted by: Beth on April 7, 2003 01:49 PM

Earlene, the latest investigation revealed that the bullet which nearlly killed the Ambassador was the M16 rifle -- US Army, no doubt. After the shooting was over -- the American tank appeared from where the shots were made. Besides, the US Army headquarters were informed of the Russian diplomatic movements well in advance and promissed assistance. The column of tanks passed by the cars without giving any help to the dying driver of the Ambassador and the journalists. The car of the Ambassador had the Russian flag on it and it could not be confused with any other car. There were no military accompanying the convoy.
Heil Bush!

Posted by: Ivan on April 7, 2003 01:51 PM

earlene, -- illiterate bullshit you are talking. did you at all go to school? where did you take all this nonsense from -- about the russians killing everything -- why dont you turn to the documentaries and the archives? i did -- and i saw the real picture which is very far from the truth. besides, if it were not for the russians europe would still be under the german fascist boot. and stop this nonsense about being engaged with japan. the war started in 1939. you dont say that it took America, the great america SIX years to deal with japan? what nonsense. usa never had military operations with japan until mid forties.
shallow, shallow nonsense you are talking!

Posted by: pride on April 7, 2003 01:59 PM

Pride: Look in those books of yours that you say are so truthful.......When Was Pearl Harbor??????The US did not enter into the war until we were forced when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The Russians took no prisoners. They killed them instead of fooling with them. The great General Patton helped the Austrians hide the Stallions and Mares of the Spanish Riding school there because he knew that when the Russians who were on their way would even kill all the horses there.

Posted by: Earlene on April 7, 2003 02:11 PM

One more thing Pride, Why do you think the Nazi's when all was caving in surrendered to the Americans and not the Russians because they knew the Americans would take them prisoner where the Russians would have shot them.

Posted by: Earlene on April 7, 2003 02:15 PM

Will,

I agree with the Mother of a Soldier, you and I know who this person is and she is right. With out American troops, there would not be a free France nor Germany. The reason as to why you are over there is quite evident when you hear from Soldiers that tell of their encounters with Iraq civilians. Most of them say 99% are happy to have been or being liberated to run their country the way they want. Democracy is contagious and totalitarism is on the downward slide....

Thank you Will for giving me and my family the ability to live in a free Democratic society.

Please return home safe. Dulcie and I will pray for you and your family.

Posted by: Jon & Dulcie on April 7, 2003 02:15 PM

Dear Will,

Hello, all the way from Wyoming. Just a little note to say I hope all is well! You and your fellow service men and women are my hero's. Please be safe and good luck to all! If ever you plan a trip to the Cowboy state well have to meet up and have a beer.

Take Care,
Linda

Posted by: Linda on April 7, 2003 02:20 PM

Will,

From a former Marine and a vet of the first gulf war I wish you luck and god speed. Keep your head down and bring your butt home alive along with the rest of your unit. I wish daily I could be there with my fellow jarheads and you dogfaces but due to the 1st gulf I am a disabled vet at home praying for you guys daily wishing i could do more.

Semper FI

Posted by: Greg on April 7, 2003 04:32 PM

Hey Pride,

Get your facts strait before stating fact as you think you know it. The Americans were dieing in North Africa and Italy fighting Germans and Italians in 1942, 1943. The Americans lost 29,000 in one day at Normandy JUNE 6, 1944. The Americans lost over 120,000 airmen to that point over the skies of Europe by that point and 200,000 by war end. The Americans declared war only when attacked in December of 1941, but it took time to mobilize and get the armies to Europe to fight. Transporting of armies and equipment is a slow process nowadays, and was even slower back in the 1940s, espechially considering that the Germans were sinking significant amounts of war material in the North Atlantic at the time. Even the first gulf war in 1991 took over 6 months to stage, and that was with help and support from many nations.

I have no problem with debate, but I only find it worthwile when I am debating people who get their facts straight.

Posted by: Mike on April 7, 2003 04:55 PM

Greetings Will,

There's SO much to read.. but....ROFL On the Booger-Sickle! Too bad I got to this site a little late and am just now reading this in April (you've already been deployed).

I was still trying to catch my breath over the nicorette gum tasting like ass when you try and smoke it, and then I come across the booger-sickle... Oh man.! The only thing I can say is I know your pain. I'm an "air-force" brat (see knows what rise n shine at o-dark-thirty means), currently living in neighboring Minnesota, who just quit smoking 4 months ago.

You have a great, sarcastic sense of humor I can relate too. I'm having a blast reading your rants and I hope to read another one very soon. (see, I hope you're doing okay out there in the sandbox).

I saw on the news that our boys have reached Saddam's palaces in Baghdad today and are grabbing a few souveneres, as well as using the royal toilet facilities. Have a sit on the palace john for America and let Hussein know what we think of him when ya flush... Oh.. and make sure you ate something other than an MRE. Heheh.

God Speed Will,
~Nicole

Posted by: Nikkie on April 7, 2003 07:29 PM

i know 1 thing you can do while you are waiting for your equip and gear....learn to clean-up your language a bit..our prayers are with all of you and GOD bless you all...

Posted by: rusty on April 7, 2003 07:32 PM

Will,
I accidentially found your site will surfing the net for information on the war. You are a very talented humorist. I have throughly enjoyed your entries, but I am saddened how people are attacking each other on your site. It has been a very educational experience for me. I am not a history buff, but I have learned more about the past wars in the last three weeks than I did in high school and college. Please stay safe and take care of the troops that are with you.

Much love and respect,
Maggie

P.S. If you don't like the weather in Wisconsin, just wait 3 hours...it will change!!! (see lived here all my life)

Posted by: Maggie on April 7, 2003 10:51 PM

Hi Will!
I came across this site from MSN. I guess you could say I'm just being nosey :)
I want you to know That I,and everyone I know thank you ALL so very much for what you're doing for our country. We wish you a safe return to the US..hopefully soon :)

I'll bookmark your site and check back often. I to think you have the beginnings of a book here. I found the last entry rather funny about baby wipes,condoms,and Gold Bond...keep up the great writing :D

Keep Safe!
Tammy/Alabama

Posted by: Tammy on April 7, 2003 11:08 PM

Will, you sexy man...i am in luv with you! Marry me please !?!? :) Im just dyin to give you one of those pinches on the butt you are so fond of...kisses and love from the good ol USA...keep sending those e-mails...i live for them!

Posted by: Kristen on April 8, 2003 12:12 AM

Hey bro.My Husker buddy told me your site....Awesome info your throwing or way much less your kind act of hero'ism.....Your too cool helping out us folks all over USA n beyond.Im texas boy but back my soldiers in any part military period....send me shout out whenever....watched basketball finals tonight.syracuse won over kansas by 2 points to let ya know.....Hey have some fun at same time that way for me...Make most of it...Your blessed to see world in good or bad situations. God send to ya and your bro's from me and all us ok......chaka n come surf texas soon......mixed drinks/ girls/beer/ best concerts n world right here n Houston,Texas .....your VIP from the Texasbeachboy

Posted by: Texasbeachboy on April 8, 2003 12:40 AM

Hi Will,

we are MILENA and ADRIANA.

Your words have very touch our heart.

This morning the dawn have awoke my spirit. The last night I dreamt an angel
that brought me a present. This night I should like dream him again because
I’d like that he bring the present to you.

I’d like that the present is love and peace.
A tender greeting by two Italian girls

MILENA and ADRIANA

Posted by: Ilaria on April 8, 2003 03:37 AM

FASCISTS -- KILLING THE JOURNALISTS!!!

20! JOURANALISTS MISSING! -- 20!

WHO BUT THE FASCISTS DID IT?

YOUR GENERAL IS AN EMBODYMENT OF HYPOCRISY -- ADMITTING THAT THE HOUTEL WITH THE JOURALISTS WAS SHELLED BY THE AMERICAN TANK BUT ALL THE BLAME IS ON SADDAM.

HAS ANYBODY HEARD OF SUCH NONSENSE!

A MURDERER ADMITTING KILLING SOMEBODY BUT LAYING THE BLAME ON THE NEIGHBOUR!

ZIT -- HEIL!
ZIT -- HEIL!
ZIT -- HEIL!
HEIIL BUSH!

Posted by: Ivan on April 8, 2003 10:18 AM

To Ivan: It's called "collateral damage". War is dangerous. The journalists knew what they were getting into. No loss of life is ok, but war is hell. How can you possibly compare the US with fascism and Bush with Hitler. I have many friends who are concentration camp survivors and I know they do not compare Bush to Hitler. Be realistic. Ivan, you have not been brave enough to tell us what country you are from.


Posted by: Earlene on April 8, 2003 10:47 AM

My mother used to always say how lucky we were that God allowed us to be born American.

Posted by: Earlene on April 8, 2003 10:49 AM

A little lengthy, but WORTH IT!!!
A UK Daily Mirror article.

Just a word of background for those of you who aren't familiar with the United Kingdom's "Daily Mirror" newspaper. This notoriously left-wing journal normally is not supportive of the Colonials across the
Atlantic.
by Tony Parsons for the "Daily Mirror"... September 11, 2002

One year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting - the mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the pitiless cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up there with Pol
Pot's Mountain of Skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like garbage in the Nazi concentration camps. An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that surely the world
could agree on one thing-nobody deserves this fate. Surely there could be consensus: The victims were truly innocent, the perpetrators truly evil.
But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as America's comeuppance. Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over the last year. There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in this country [England]; too loud, too rich, too full of themselves, and so
much happier than Europeans--but it has become an epidemic. And that seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my stomach.
America is this country's greatest friend and our staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture, language and blood. A little
over half a century ago, around half a million Americans died for our freedoms, as well as their own. Have we forgotten so soon? And exactly a year ago, thousands of ordinary men, women and children--not just
Americans, but from dozens of countries--were butchered by a small group of religious fanatics. Are we so quick to betray these victims? What touched the heart about those who died in the Twin Towers and on the planes, was that we recognized them. Young fathers and mothers,
somebody's son and somebody's daughter, husbands, wives and children, some unborn. And these people brought it on themselves?
Their nation is to blame for their meticulously planned slaughter? These days you don't have to be some dust-encrusted nut job in Kabul or Karachi or Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan. The anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame
the Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conservatives suffering from power-envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission. The truth is that
America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11.
Remember... remember... remember... the gut-wrenching tapes of weeping men phoning their wives to say, "I love you," before they were burned alive.
Remember those people leaping to their deaths from the top of burning skyscrapers. Remember the hundreds of firemen buried alive. Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little girl who was on one of the planes with her mum. Remember... remember... And realize that America has never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have. So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked up without a trial in Camp X-ray? Pass the Kleenex. So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up
after they merrily fired their semiautomatics in a sky full of American planes? A shame but maybe next time they should stick to confetti. AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot.
That it didn't is a sign of strength. American voices are already being raised against attacking Iraq--that's what a democracy is for. How many in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of 9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination? When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving Palestinians
were dancing in the street. America watched all of that--and America didn't push the button. We should thank the stars that America is the most powerful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that 9/11
did not provoke all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism." A real war. The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell" if America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates
of hell like you wouldn't believe. The US is the most militarily powerful nation that ever strode the face of the earth. The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived. But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these
wretched countries. How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one hand assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting. I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh.
Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be, rich, free, strong, open, optimistic. Not ground down by
the past, or religion, or some caste system. America is the best friend this country ever had and we should start remembering that. Or do you really think the USA is the root of all evil? Tell it to the loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their death from the burning towers. Tell it to the nursing mothers whose husbands died on one of the
hijacked planes, or were ripped apart in a collapsing skyscraper. And tell it to the hundreds of young widows whose husbands worked for the New York Fire Department.
To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than Saddam Hussein. Once we were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his own people and set up rape-camps in Kuwait.

Posted by: Monique on April 8, 2003 11:17 AM

To: Monique, Thank you for reprinting that article. I was beginning to think that the average Brit was against us also.

Posted by: Earlene on April 8, 2003 11:38 AM

To: Tony Blair, THANK YOU.

Posted by: Earlene on April 8, 2003 11:39 AM

To Will and our others troops over there,
First Will, I want you to know that I enjoyed your bio.
My mother and I discussed many of you over there would not have gotten half the recognition you are getting right now if you were state side for different reasons (computer geek, wall flower, dress funny, too serious, etc.) Now the girls here at home are seeing most of you in a REAL light. That you are a wonderful human beings who believe in your convictions and follows thru selflessly... My children and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We want you boys to come home safe!
God Bless!

Posted by: Stacey Almas on April 8, 2003 12:16 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen. Now I have to leave you since American Democracy has forbidden me acces to this page and had to ask a friend to send this last message to you. Well, American democracy in Action! You prefer to silence me, because you are irritated with truth. Because you hate journalists. I know I shall not be able to send you messages any more. But still the last word of truth -- only facts, facts, facts:

Americans are fascists:

American authorities refused to give permission to the Russian doctor Leonid Roshal to come to Bagdad by a special Plane of the Russian Emergency Ministry to take out wounded children.

There are over 1000 wounded legless, handless, armless kids in Bagdad! They are all doomed to death in this "American Paradise".

Heil Bush!
Heil Bush!
Heil Bush!

Posted by: Ivan on April 8, 2003 12:55 PM

To: Ivan, So long, farewell, adeiu.

Posted by: Earlene on April 8, 2003 01:00 PM

Would say 'sorry to see you go Ivan', but that would be a lie!! Good riddens!

Posted by: Sharon on April 8, 2003 01:25 PM

Ivan: Um, I think your access was blocked not because anyone was irritated at your comments but because you are simply retarded.

Will: Everyone else said what I was going to say. You rock my face off. Thanks. :)

Posted by: MK on April 8, 2003 03:53 PM

Hey, Will...Still waiting to hear from you...hope everything's okay...
For everyone else, here's a web page you need to check out. I think it probably speaks for a lot of our soldiers - if not all of them!

http://www.andiesisle.com/If-I-Die-Before-You-Wake.html

Godspeed, Will. We are praying for you...

Posted by: Joelle on April 8, 2003 03:58 PM

Will, hope you are well. Have missed your posts. God Bless you, all the soldiers and Iraqi people.
Pride and Ivan: do you think your access was blocked because you are morons who are unable to reason? You hide behind other people's words and resort to foul language. You both are disgusting.
Today on the news its reported that our marines FREED 150 CHILDREN who had been put in prision because they were unwilling to fight for Sadaam. These CHILDREN were hugging, kissing and thanking our boys. Yep, we are a bunch of fascist bastards. (Please note sarcasm).
To Will's Mom: your son is an insprirtation to many. You are in many prayers as is your son. Thank you for raising such a fine man.

Posted by: Steph on April 8, 2003 06:36 PM

I think those three are buddies and i pray they are gone for good.
Waiting to hear from Will and other good hearted Country Loving Americans.

Posted by: Scarlett on April 8, 2003 07:31 PM

if you can keep a sense of humor in the midst of all that- hoooah baby hoooah! i am in love.....

Posted by: me on April 8, 2003 09:45 PM

Hi Will,

We are happy that our thoughts are arrived to you, we hope that appreciate them.

"My friend don't to fear more night
you look how many stars in the sky
shine for you
I have lighted them because
you aren't sad
and the night when you sleep, I light a star one more"

These thoughts are for you
Three italian girls

MILENA, ADRIANA and ILARIA

Posted by: Ilaria on April 9, 2003 10:10 AM

This morning my faith was renewed. I remember one Sat morning as I was feeding my baby daughter I wept as I watched the Berlin wall fall. I called my mother and told her that now her grandaughters did not have to live in fear of a nuclear war as my generation did. The world was at peace. Then 9/11 happened and my daughters innocense was destroyed. I know this is not over but I know now there is no doubt that goodness will prevail.
I am so proud of our American and British forces.

Posted by: Earlene on April 9, 2003 10:52 AM

Hey Will!!! Haven't heard from you in awhile, I hope that you are safe and having a wonderful time this morning toppling the statue of Saddam, and watching the look on those Iraqi's faces who for the first time in their lives can taste freedom!! Imagine the feelings of finally being able to take some agression out on the man who has tortured, murdered and supressed them for so many years!! I don't think I've ever been more proud of my country than I am today!!!!

Thank you Will....please write soon and tell us first hand.....

I will buy you anything you want when you return if you ever make it out to Seattle!!!!

Posted by: Sharon on April 9, 2003 11:19 AM

Monique, thank you for reporting the important article from The Mirror.

I think it is a very interesting reading and I hope the 25% of French people (that yesterday was still SUPPORTING SADDAM!!!) can read it and think about it.

Hi Will and all.

Marco

P.S. MILENA, ADRIANA and ILARIA, che inglese mi esibite...

Posted by: Marco on April 9, 2003 11:33 AM

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Posted by: о on April 9, 2003 11:52 AM

sad everythying you are saying, especially as I never gave anyone bad names -- like "retarded" or "moron" or whatever.
just understand that there are many of us who are against this war not because we love saddam but because of the methods the Americans chose. In fact millions of people around the world. I hope you saw the anti-war demonstrations all round the world. Now, will you call for that reason all French, and Germans and Russians and Spanish -- retarded and so on.
Will you call the Presidents of these countries in that same way? But this does smell badly, indeed it is so. This simply shows, that although you all the time speak of democracy and pluralism of opinions -- you yourselves are not ready to accept this pluralism. This is one-sided approach. It is not me who sound agressive -- but you, and you act agressively. Yes, you say American soldiers saved 150 children -- but how many hundreds of innocent kids they kiled?! The whole world was shocked. Of course Fox television and your President's administration do their ideological job perfectly -- and you all support without thinking.
In fact I had no doubts your troops would win quickly.
But just think, please think -- that MILLIONS are still against. And I personally no longer feel safe, because I know that if I want to build my life one way (without killing anyone, without robbing) but in the way that the American administration and business does not like -- I can also be bombed, imprisoned, forced to accept Am style democracy and way of life which brings nothing good to the soul. Yes, it is a progress of tooth-brushes, but there is no progress of the human soul. All great people working in your country are not Americans, this is all "imported" brains. Sometime ago I had an opportunity to see how the Am University education organised. I am a scholar -- and can say for sure -- it is very poor a scompared to European education. Only "imported brains" bring some value. By your reaction to the facts I gave above you just showed complete inability to debate seriously. Probably I chose the wrong site for discussion.

Am I not right, Will?

Posted by: pride on April 9, 2003 12:12 PM

and the WMD -- still has not been found -- for which reason you started your war -- agricultural furtilizers -- that is all. risible and shamefull.

Posted by: pride on April 9, 2003 12:24 PM

To:Pride, Get real. Do you really beleive what you write? I don't see any Iraqi person trying to stop the jubilation in the streets of Baghdad because he wants Saddam back. Those people are now free. They can now have their own government. They do not have to live under the thumb of a mad man.
Pride, I am sorry that you are so full of hate that you cannot see what a wonderful thing has happened.

Posted by: Earlene on April 9, 2003 12:37 PM

A mad man who stole their money.

Posted by: Earlene on April 9, 2003 12:37 PM

To Pride:

Yes, you most definitely DID choose the wrong site for your "discussion." There are plenty of places on the web to debate, discuss, and argue all you want over this war. I'm pretty sure when Will started out with this, it wasn't to give people like you a platform for denigrating the U.S. - although that is what the fight is all about, the freedom to do just that! Out of respect for Will and the countless people who come here to express their support, go somewhere else and find people who WANT to debate you in the manner you're seeking. Please, let it go.

Will, Godspeed....

Posted by: Joelle on April 9, 2003 12:43 PM

Pride - yes you did choose the wrong site and I only say that because this is not a place to debate. This is a site dedicated to a strong and courageous man who is out there fighting for what many of us believe in. You don't have to believe as we do but if you are going to express your opinion, you had better be ready to take the heat for it too. We all express ourselves in different ways and I think moron & retarded were pretty nice in comparison to what could have been said.
We could all go round and round discussing the good and evil of war, the dream to be able to live in a world where there was no killing, no robbing, no hatred - there is only one "world" where that exists and trust me, it is not here. But who doesn't want it?
And as for the "imported brains" comment - give me a break! Yes, there are some very talented persons not originally born in this country that work here and we welcome them. Question is why do we have to welcome them? Was there not an opportunity such as this in their own land? But we also have our very own brains born and bred right here in the good ole' US of A. And a lot of it is due to the education they received HERE. Don't judge what you do not fully know. Is the entire system perfect? No. But find me one that is. I am proud of my education and of all those special people that gave it to me.
To the rest of you regular posters - sorry to go off again. I get a chuckle when I think to myself - wonder what Will would have to say about this (rusty - you wouldn't want to read those).
Hopefully Will can get to a terminal soon and give us more fodder as we need some fresh meat to go off of.

Stay safe my friend.

Posted by: Shell on April 9, 2003 12:48 PM

All,

I love all of your comments, even the disparaging ones, but I do prefer the debates be moved to the forum. It's free, and it's a great place for everyone to say whatever they wish.

Thanks,

CR

Posted by: Captain Rooba on April 9, 2003 12:51 PM

THANK YOU CAPT. ROOBA! I am glad I am free to say or read anything I choose, but my choice is to refrain from reading negative remarks about America and what we are doing in Iraq. Whether readers are for or against the war, please support our troops. They do not intend any harm on innocent people, but did the people who are responsible for 9/11 feel the same? Enough said about that.

Sorry Capt. Rooba - I must say to Pride: This IS NOT a discussion site for your "imported" or "retarted" brains or whatever. Who would you run to if your country (of which I cannot distinguish) was in trouble? There were some people who survived the 9/11 attacks but how many millions of people did it directly affect? Did those terrorists "think" about that?

Does the Iraqi government run its government without killing, robbing or torturing people? I don't think so. I, too, am glad that you are history from this site. IT IS NOT A DISCUSSION SITE!

Posted by: Tracy on April 9, 2003 01:42 PM

Will,

Haven't seen a post from you in 9 days...we pray that you and your compadres are all still doing fine. Be Careful and know that all of our service men and women (including the British) are in our daily thoughts and prayers. Take Care...Be Careful and hurry home. WE all miss your rants.

Posted by: KELLEY in IOWA on April 9, 2003 02:08 PM

Pride, do not direct any more negative comments towards Will. You can sit and wallow in your anger and hatred all you want, but do not be messing with the man. Will is over fighting for YOUR freedom and YOUR rights. No matter if you live in the US, Brazil or Italy or Russia or wherever. And personally, I'm getting very bored with you.
Will, hang in there buddy... Saddam's statues (see bird latrines) fell over and the Iraqi people were doing the happy dance in the street! Love ya man, come home soon!

Thanks to all nations who are part of the coalition that is working so hard for all of us!

Posted by: penny on April 9, 2003 03:50 PM

I did not send negative comments, penny.
as for my freedom and my rights -- i have them without america's help, thank God. my country is strong and big enough to rely on its own power to provide it for me. while my religion -- islam - prohibits me supporting this war. according to our law no muslim supporting whoever intending to kill another muslim shall find mercy and forgiveness of the Almighty God on the Judgement Day.

Captain Rooba. I am leaving, and I appreciate your patience with me and with all those who supported my stance here at this site.
What I was writing -- was not anger or venom -- it was my civil and religious duty. i am sure you understand this honest position.

Posted by: pride on April 9, 2003 04:19 PM

Hi Will!
12 years ago when the first gulf war started, i was lettle girl, just a kid. the only thing that i remember is the endless feeling of fears and terror that Saddam caused. that war i lost 2 of my cousins. every body was afraid from Saddam who was enjoying making wars and killing innocents people. until the heroes arived and they fought to defend us. yes the American are the heroes. since then i love them so much and i feel like i owe them a lot. sorry Will for what i had said before. just an hour ago i had a conversation with some Iraqi people, they are so greatful and thankful to American government and soldiers for what they have done. they remind me of the way i felt when i was child, its dark, cold and fearfull fealing which i pretend to overcame. but it was there all the time. they told me how Saddam was torturing them and killing them with cold blood. they were starving to death while he was sucking thier blood and money.

Will, once again iam so sorry for what i had said before. really you are our heroes and i hope that you and your friends will come back hoom soon and save.

every country & government has mistakes and I hope that America, the country that i love will learn from its mistakes

And to Wes and dibby, thanx alot and good luck for you Wes in your new mission. i will pray for you all the time.

THANK YOU Will, American soldiers and american nations for your care and love.
YOU ARE THE BEST and i love you all. i pray for our world to be peacefull and may God bless you all
Hope/Amal
Saudi Arabia

Posted by: Hope on April 9, 2003 06:13 PM

Hey Will
I see that you had a little bit of time to write and tell everyone that you are ok. Now if only you get the time to read all of this. I hope everything is going well with you and the rest of the soldiers over there. Sorry to hear about the showers, must be pretty bad. You will be home soon enough to enjoy all of the good stuff here in the USA. I just want you to know that I am still thinking about you and I'm glad that this war is coming close to being over. Just remember to keep your head high and never give up on anything and you will be home soon. You will have to keep in touch and let us know how you are whenever you get home too. Be safe and take care because we are still praying for all of you.

Till Next Time,
Brittney-USA

Posted by: Brittney-USA on April 9, 2003 09:43 PM

>but here they are great for keeping the dust out of the barrel of your weapon

I love thjs sentence.. from japan

Posted by: youhi on April 10, 2003 07:05 AM

Will: We are anxiously waiting to hear how you are. My cousins son is with the 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion. They took the University yeterday. My family is anxiously waiting to hear from him also.

Posted by: Earlene on April 10, 2003 10:34 AM

this morning, but still now, when I was reading the neswpaper, I cried to see the photos of bagdad yesterday. I cried for the joy, for the freedom, for the mercy over that poor people that so much suffered during the regime and that now are happy, with lots of doubts over the future. I cried for the kids that in the future can see democracy and prosperity. I cried for the feelings of the marines in bagdad. I cried for the parents of the dead marines, for the texan woman who is still POW, I cried for the innocente killed under the bombs. I cried for the defeated that yesterday said it was not worth fighting for democracy. Also america is worth fighting, because she has won always the peace and the war. America is that country that gives old people the possibility to use internet and to travel, is that country that invented the fridge and will produce the first car without pollution. America is that country that rebuilt italy defeated and humiliated, raised to the ground. America is that country born from the pilgrims father but also from prisoners. Her train carries losers and winners, saints and sinners, springsteen says. America is that country that has given a second possibility to everyone. Also to the germans that have been so criminals, also to irak. I cried because in 2003 americans still believe that an other world is possible, that freedom is real to believe. I cry because they acted alone, and their victory is even bigger. I cry because I think many pacifist will change their mind. I cry for the marines pictured giving sweets to iraki kids, for the marines interwied and say: you won’t have better friend than me. I cry because : who can imagine a world wituout america? None.
Who said that history shuold go this way? America in its history cuold have been lots of thing, but also not a powerful democracy like it is now. Who said that the US were destined to win over all the ideologies and to give us days like yesterday? I cry, I cry over today’s newspaper photos, because america cuold have had such a different history, and cuold not have been such a nation full of idealism and faith in freedom.
silvia from italy

Posted by: silvia from italy on April 10, 2003 12:17 PM

Sylvia: WOW, How beautiful that was. Reading it gave me goosebumps. I just read it to my coemployee and she is teary eyed also. My husband is a second generation Italian-American. I will make sure he reads this.
Thank you

Posted by: Earlene on April 10, 2003 12:54 PM

Hello

I just wanted to thank you and all the people in all branches of the service for giving one the most precious gift next to life and that is FREEDOM. God bless you and keep you safe!!

Posted by: Tanna on April 10, 2003 01:51 PM

Hey Will, I hope you find a few more helpful marines. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Take Care & God Bless you all!

Posted by: minnie on April 11, 2003 11:05 AM

Hey Will;
I may be a newbe to your site but after reading your past posts I can say that I've never been so excited to hear about laundry, or maybe another use for condoms!

I'll be visiting South Dakota this weekend. When I climb that hill in the peaceful early morning, as I do every spring, and look out over the amazing landscape, I'll be thinking of the amazing people that put their lives on the line so that I have that freedom and so much more. Thank you!

We're pulling for all of you and wishing for your safe return.

As evidenced by a few of the reponses on this site, one of my favorite quotes...

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
-- Søren Kierkegaard

Posted by: Kathy on April 11, 2003 05:17 PM

Hey Will! Your posts are a delight to read and I am usually rolling on the floor laughing by every other sentence! Very entertaining! I appreciate and really couldn't thank you enough for what you and many other men and women are so graciously doing. And the attitude that you especially have in the midst of everything is a pleasure to be able to enjoy. Thanks again, and I'm praying for all of you over there :-) God Bless,
Christie †

Posted by: Christie on April 11, 2003 10:22 PM

Hey Will,
Hope all is going ok for you. I keep looking every couple of days hoping for some more of your news. I do hope you are ok. Prayers are with you and all the US men and women over there to come home safely and soon as ya can. Email when you can since we love reading about your adventures over there. God Bless you and our troops.

Posted by: Sue on April 12, 2003 10:08 AM

Hi Will,
How your life is going? For me, for you and for the worldit's better, I think, from when American troops came in Bagdad to discruct Saddam's statue and the whole regime.You're great!!
i believe that a new day has came after this war, a better day without violence and dictators, as well as in Italy in 1944/45.
I wanna thank you for sacrifices and for the strengh, becouse war is always a cruel event, for winners and civilians: so I praied for all the people who are living the war in Iraqi.
Peace, for me, is when free people can live, can think... whithout violence, and when other people really fight for this.
For this you are great!!
Thanks again.
Now I'm going to bed and i'll pray for you.

P.S.Ehi!I read in your bio that you were born on April, so i wish you Happy Birthday, even if i don't know the day exactly!!!

God bless you.
Good night from Cagliari- Italy.

Posted by: Ilenia on April 12, 2003 01:12 PM

To those of you who think this war is a waste of time and money, To those who think that this war is just for oil, To those who think all our lives are just lived for McDonalds and Brittney, look at those Iraqis that helped bring down the statue and then tell us that we are not doing the right thing. Yea, innocent people die, innocent people die everyday in the US and across the world, but it is for the freedom of the country, why else would those people be so happy that statues came down? To Will, Keep clean and spirits high, even though I'm not old enough to drink during your tour stop in Western PA and I will buy you a few rounds. Can't wait to hear your next rant :)

Posted by: Jessica on April 12, 2003 03:02 PM

WOW!! silvia from italy, from one very proud American I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are a wonderful person!

Cathy

Posted by: Cathy on April 12, 2003 06:07 PM

Damn, its been a while since ya checked in, Will. Hope wherever you're at and whatever you're doing, you're safe.

Posted by: cOOkie on April 12, 2003 07:31 PM

Will sends his greetings to all of you! He called us yesterday and wants you all to know that he is well. Phones are very limited where he is - that was our first contact with him since his last post. He has written another rant, but unless he can find email access, will have to print it out and send it snail mail. He has not received any mail yet and we have not received the letter he wrote us the day they arrived in Kuwait. They are all fine - only casualties are a few scrapes and a sprained ankle from a wild game of Frisbee while they were waiting for their ship to arrive - which it finally did. Am sure he will have lots to say about that!

Thanks to all of you who are keeping Will and all the soldiers in your prayers.
And special thanks to Captain Rooba for maintaining this site.

With love and thanks to all of Will's supporters,

Will's Mom


Posted by: will's mom on April 12, 2003 08:58 PM

To Will's Mom:

Thanks for the update on Will. We're glad to know that he is doing well. As always, he and all the soldiers, will remain in our thoughts and prayers as does your family.

Many thanks to Capt. Rooba as well......this site is awesome.

Love and prayers

Kimberly
No. VA

Posted by: Kimberly on April 12, 2003 10:33 PM

Hi friend,

we - me and my family - in Brasil are still praying for you, your friends in USArmy and your Family.
God has great life for you! You're a winner!
Stay in peace!

Brazilian hugs,

Mei

"I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved" Psalm 16:08

Posted by: Simei on April 13, 2003 02:02 PM

To Will's mom: Thank you for the update on Will. It's been a long time and I try not to worry. Thank you too for raising such a fine young man - and witty too! Thank you for sharing him with the world and for being the brave mother I know that you are. You are in our daily prayers - as are all of the soldiers and families.

God Bless you!

Posted by: mattie on April 13, 2003 11:18 PM

Thank You, Will's Mom!!!

Posted by: toad4 on April 14, 2003 05:48 PM

Ciao Will!
I'm glad to Know from your mother updeates on you! ( Thank you Will's mom!!)
Will, keep strong!!
Usa will be always the Winner.
I'm feeling as a winner becouse I believe in you.And i agree with Silvia, Jessica, Cathy and the others our e-mail friends/supporters!!
I look forward hearing from you!

Love,
Ilenia


Posted by: Ilenia on April 15, 2003 03:57 PM

Does anyone know what in tarnation IRONIC, NELL, ADAM, & REVENGE are ON???? What sort of drugs were introduced into their bodies, for cripes sake!!!??? What are they babbling about? *rolls eyes heavenward* (See LORD, GIVE ME TOLERENCE PLEASE!)

DUH & MICHAEL: Whooo raah!!!

ROOBA: Thou art a patient man! *Nods head graciously towards you* Thank you for assisting Will and his mom to keep this going. (See GARRALOUS BABBLERS)

WILL'S MOM: Three cheers for Mom! *hugs ya* Do you mind? (See PRIDE IN RAISING YOUR SON)

WILL: Man, need some R & R!! (See ARIZONA) *hint, hint*


GODSPEED, Will!
Judi

Posted by: Judi Eckes - Tucson, Arizona on April 21, 2003 06:39 PM

Hi, is this Denise Anguiano? Worked at Scottish Rite in 1988?

Posted by: jerry on January 7, 2004 09:35 AM
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