Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.
April 08, 2004


The last message

Hello All,

Well, this will probably be the last installment for the web-page and I know that some of my more devout readers (see Family, Friends and those that enjoy the funny!) will be disappointed, but my 15 minutes are just about up.

I do want to thank everyone that read/contributed/laughed along with the troops and I as we struggled to maintain sanity in an insane world.

As I write this, soldiers and marines are fighting it out with various factions of the many Iraqi religious sects, some not too far from where I was previously stationed. To them, those fighting and dying for our country, I pray for your safety and victory. I can't say that I wish I was with you, but I also can't say that I enjoy sitting on my hands while you guys get the job done. God bless you and speed your path home.

To the Iraqi's in the fight and those thinking about joining the fight against the coalition forces I say this: You are idiots. No matter what the holy man told you, you cannot win against the Americans. Look to Somalia and see your future. In Mogadishu, the Americans lost 24 men and thousands of Somali's were killed in the process. The only reason that the United States pulled its forces out was because we had a weak President that had no stomach for killing. Today we have a Texan in the White House, and if you don't know what that means you might want to have a look at Afghanistan.

If you want us to leave all you have to do is STOP fighting. If you stop fighting we can hand over control of your country to YOU, the Iraqi's. Once you have control of your government, you Iraqi's can ask the United States to withdraw their troops (because there isn't any fighting, they won't be needed!) and the United States will have to WITHDRAW. At that point we won't care if you blow each other up and burn our flag because we won't be there.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Give us what we want and we'll go away." It's that simple. Follow the logic and you will see that it's true. Try NOT believing everything that the Holy Man says... he is still just a man and bound to make a mistake sooner or later.

Well that ticking is getting louder... if I deploy again I'll be sure to let you all know. Before I leave I want to mention some folks that made life a bit easier over there. You may not recognize their names, but they will and to a soldier that's about all that matters.

Matt S.. - You kept me sane.
Jeffrey - You made me crazy but kept the 1SG off our backs.
Ronnie - I am now addicted to coffee.
Wade - Sarcasm is an art and you are the Andy Warhol of it.
Mac - Thanks for listening
Welchkin - My food blister grew thanks to you and Beth's generosity.
Bob - Thanks for the one-liners, 'I don't give a FAT shit!' and 'What the fuck, OVER?'
Brunsy - You kept us entertained in more ways than one, and you passed up $750?
Hodge - Annoying us into drinking water and chasing after me with an IV worked... No Heat Cats!
Nellie & Tennis Shoe - For showing courage and valor with reckless abandon, and then getting screwed over.
'Yo Mama Loves You! - You are the comic relief, and I can't wait to pin your stripes on.
Dan P. - Crazy ideas and the guts to go through with 'em, I know the radar dish was your idea!
Vern - For building everything from nothing.
Dawn - Watching Ahmed sport wood... PRICELESS!
Carlos - I still like your video the best.
Greener - How's the nipple? The eardrum? What's next?
Holly - Thanks for covering my ass when we took that first AKÖ maybe you should have shot that guy?
Webbagail - Rot gut Whiskey and diet cokes helped take the edge off the bad days.
Misty - I am a better driver today because of you.
Paulie - For the hotdogs and the setup... I owe you.
The Mechanics - Thanks for getting the wrecker stuck, 4 times!
Major I got fired TWICE - the only officer to go on patrol with me.

These are just a few of the people that I lived with for the past year. To everyone that I didn't mention, I'm hung over and I'll get you in the book.

I love you all,

Will


PS - So many things have changed here at home, but the biggest one is me. I'm adjusting well, I think, and I can't wait to go back to work. No, seriously. I really want to go to a job without a flak vest and weapon!

PSS- Jake is doing great. Within 2 hours of meeting him he puked AND farted on me. That's my nephew!

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Comments

Will, Once again I would just like to say Thanks to all of you. Our country wouldn't be what it is today without fine folks like yourselves. Glad you are enjoying Home life once again.

We will definitely miss your posts. Take Care and God Bless Soldier. And again THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Kelley from Iowa

Posted by: Kelley on April 8, 2004 02:47 PM

I'm serious about buying you a beer while in Omaha Apr. 17!

Thanks for your diligent effort! And for
keeping us in stitches while you were having a less than laughable time. Your messages will be missed.

Cat
Denver, CO

Posted by: Cat on April 8, 2004 02:48 PM

Will-

Wow! What a journey it's been. We all appreciate you and a job well done over in the land o' sand. Thanks so much for allowing us this chance to step into your "boots" every once in a while. It was real....and fun.....and REAL FUN !! =) Best of luck to you, your family & of course, little Jake. We are so glad you made it home safe.

Thanks, again.

Andrea Turner McClain
Dallas, Texas

Posted by: Andrea Turner McClain on April 8, 2004 02:49 PM

Welcome home soldier...

I think that says it all.

Posted by: LV on April 8, 2004 02:51 PM

I am so glad you are home, safe, sound and relatively sane. I will miss your weekly updates, you became a part of my life and I enjoyed getting to know you through your rants. Your one of kind and a true American. I can't wait till your book comes out and if you still have a web page somewhere let us know, so we can keep track of you. God Bless you and Jake. Welcome home soldier.

Posted by: debby on April 8, 2004 02:51 PM

Welcome home, Will!

If you're back in Omaha, I still owe you a beer or two! Shoot me an e-mail sometime! :)

Posted by: Firebrand on April 8, 2004 02:59 PM

Will:

Thank you and ALL the soldiers who have put their own lives on hold and on the line for us. Many people still have no idea what you soldiers gave up to keep us safe. I will keep praying that the rest left over there remain safe and come home soon.

As for your nephew puking on you, well now you are officially an "Uncle" At least the other end was only "air". I have three children and I can't tell you how many times they got me when it wasn't.

Glad you are home safe and sound and I cannot wait to see your book!!!

Posted by: Theresa on April 8, 2004 03:02 PM

Thank you... Will

so many of us knew no one personally that was / is over there - then we met you - and heard about it, and worried about it from you - an almost stranger, but you kept it real to us, told us what it was like, made us not forget all the wonderful men and women over there. you made us laugh, and worry, and smile and pray.

thank you for the gift.

Barb in AZ

Posted by: barb K on April 8, 2004 03:06 PM

I have to say I was very disappointed when I seen that this was the last message. But I'm very glad you guys are home ( our guys got home this week!!) and very proud of you all for doing what had to be done. Maybe you could take up the log again, but this time with stuff happening at your job? I know you'd be good at it. Take care, and give us an update once in a while so we know how you all are doing.
Di

Posted by: Dianne on April 8, 2004 03:06 PM

Welcome Home Soldier - You are what makes America the greatest place on this planet!!!

God Bless You and All of the Soldiers!!!

Posted by: Tanna on April 8, 2004 03:06 PM

Will,

We are so glad you made it home safe and sound! We wish all the best to you, your soldiers, and your family! Keep us posted on the upcoming best seller!

Posted by: Mary on April 8, 2004 03:22 PM

Keep on keeping it real soldier.
Thank you for bringing the war home to many of us who don't know anyone over there, making it real and less like a movie or better yet a play station game.
Enjoy being an Uncle and I will keep hoping someone over there gets wise to the fact that having an AK shoved up their ass sideways is not fun, so you won't have to go back and all the rest can come home.
And I hope you do write that book, and many more, you're wasted on the Army!

Posted by: Meredith on April 8, 2004 03:26 PM

I'll see you at the party the 17th. I'll bring the scotch I promised. We'll keep praying for our troops, the president, and our country!!
Thanks to all of our troops - God Bless

Posted by: Phil on April 8, 2004 03:26 PM

I have been a loyal reader and am very glad you're home OK. Take care and have a wonderful life!

To my fellow readers here, I encourage you to read the other side of the fence, the blogs from ordinary Iraqis. If you haven't yet, my recommended blogs are:
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/
http://healingiraq.blogspot.com/
http://wildfirejo.blogspot.com/
http://dear_raed.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Trish on April 8, 2004 03:31 PM

Will,
I am so glad that you made it home safely.
I will miss your rants very much.

Jan

Posted by: Jan on April 8, 2004 03:32 PM

THANKS... for the memories.....

Take care and good luck in all you do!

Posted by: Tess on April 8, 2004 03:36 PM

This one brought me to tears. I feel as though I am losing a friend. I know that war time is not the best. I felt so close to something and someone who mattered in the grand skeam of things. I am proud to call my self an American and it is b/c of men like you that gave me that right. I am a Texan and do not take offense to what was said. I am also proud to be a Texan. I hope everything goes good for you. And I will be looking fo rthe book. You will be missed!!!!!!!!
Texas Girl Renae

Posted by: Renae on April 8, 2004 03:36 PM

Welcome home, Will! Like so many others, I will miss your postings and insights into Army life. My son came home from Iraq last week and we feel blessed that he came back to us with his big beautiful smile still intact. I'm sure your folks feel the same way. You and all the other soldiers are the cream of the crop--thank you for serving your country.

Sue

Posted by: SueinOmaha on April 8, 2004 03:42 PM

Will,

I don't know you from Adam and I don't remember how or when I linked over to your site but.....I've enjoyed your site so much. Thanks for serving and thanks for sharing.

God bless,
Nancy

Posted by: Nancy Colbaugh on April 8, 2004 03:46 PM

Ahhh Will...

Hard to believe you can touch so many more lives than you imagined, hmmm? Though I'm extremely glad you are home from the Sandbox, I'm also saddened we won't be hearing from you here. This last post is most appreciated btw. As someone else mentioned, please let me know if you start a site so I can visit it. For ANY reason that site is put up!

Remember my email, 'fore if you're ever in Arizona, shoot me an email and you will be most welcome to meet my son and I. *smiles* Thank you for your service, and thanks to everyone doing service overseas.

Yes, you truly ARE a flesh and blood uncle NOW. *Laughs heartily* enjoy Jake!

WELCOME HOME, SOLDIER.

Judi Eckes
Tucson, Az
bambipurr@yahoo.com
http://myhomeismyheart.homestead.com/Welcome.html

Posted by: Judi Eckes on April 8, 2004 03:47 PM

It definitely sucks that this is the last of your pages, but having no more rants from Iraq mean you're home, in one piece. And that means alot. It would be great to know you started another site like this, so if something came up, or you did updates, by all means, let us know. Glad to have you home; good luck for the future.

Posted by: leslie on April 8, 2004 04:15 PM

So glad you are home, but you will be missed by many. :o( Enjoy the regular rat race!! Be sure to have Rooba notify all of us when the book is published. Take care and best wishes for the future.

Posted by: Jamie K. on April 8, 2004 05:00 PM

HUZAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Three cheers for Will. The world is a good place with you in it. :)

-Ryan

Posted by: Ryan from Canada eh? on April 8, 2004 05:52 PM

Welcome home.Thank you Will and troops and thank you to all of you there.

Posted by: marie on April 8, 2004 07:42 PM

Hi Will,
It was with a mixture of happiness and sadness that I read your last post. Welcome home. I am so very happy for you. Thank you from one veteran to another for your sacrifices. Whenever I thought I had things to worry about, all I had to do was read your posts, and realized that I have it pretty damn good. I'm a little bit sad, because I'll miss your rants and humor. I can always go back into the archives, though. You touched many people in the last 13 months or so with your writing. There were times I laughed so hard, that I had to clean off my monitor. There were a few times I sobbed so hard, that I had to log out for awhile and go through half a box of kleenex to get myself together. I prayed so much. You are partially responsible for my faith increasing. You are a blessing, Will. Never lose sight of that. I (and many others, I would guess) am looking forward to seeing a book. It would be easy to find, cause it would be at the top of the bestseller list. In the meantime, hopefully you have some time to just relax and enjoy being back home and near your family and friends. Your mom is a wonderful person. Your stories about your tough little nephew Jake, are priceless. God bless you, Will, and God bless all of our troops. Farewell. May you have fair winds and following seas.
YN1 Dawn Adams
USNR
Menasha, WI

Posted by: Dawn on April 8, 2004 08:14 PM

I will miss your blog.

Welcome home and all the best for your future!

Posted by: Eppy on April 8, 2004 08:57 PM

Thank you, Will! I will sooooo miss your rants. If you every make it down to FL, you have a night on the town in the virtual bank.

Posted by: zoecy on April 8, 2004 09:11 PM

Welcome Home!!! I will mis your writing but not the wondering if you are safe!

Posted by: Jessica on April 8, 2004 09:13 PM

Will,

I just wanted to Thank you for sharing your stories. Your rant made me smile and understand a bit about the situatuion. Your good sense of humor, I was able to keep looking up about my situation with my bf who he is on his deployment.

Wish you the best of the luck in your future.

Again, Thank you very much.
Naomi

Posted by: N - Naomi on April 8, 2004 09:40 PM

Muchas gracias, Will, for everything.
How I'd love to be the editor who works on your book. What fun that would be!
Take care (c:

Posted by: Amy on April 8, 2004 10:45 PM

Will,

I've not often made comments, but always read. Yours has been just one of the stories from the sandbox, but I want to thank you for allowing us to share your journey.

I wish you all the very best and if there's a book later on, I'll be sure to be first in AU in line to buy it.

ECG, Melbourne, AU

Posted by: A girl from AU on April 9, 2004 01:07 AM

Welcome home, The adjustment being home can be a tough one so just take it easy. Thanks for the up-dates...they were a part of my morning ritual, and I looked foward to reading them. My unit is set to deploy soon and if you have any tips, please e-mail me. Again, welcome home, and thanks.

Posted by: MIKE on April 9, 2004 05:49 AM

well, I am saddened by this last post. I caught up with you half way through your deployment and checked everyday for a new post. Your rants always put a smile on my face. Now that my cousin is over there, I will miss your posts even more. Glad that you are home safe with your family. Take it easy.....and thank you, for everything...

Semper Fi
Jennifer in MD
p.s. Happy Easter!!!

Posted by: Jennifer on April 9, 2004 06:52 AM

Will......thanks for what you've done and we're glad you're back in the real world safe and sound.

Posted by: Ed on April 9, 2004 06:56 AM

Your log kept me wondering what you were going to talk about next. Glad your home and thank you for sharing this experience with the world.

Jackie - Chicago, IL

Posted by: Jackie on April 9, 2004 08:54 AM

Well...another one grows up and moves on. *sniff* Damned kids anyhow....

Don't forget to keep in touch!!! I would say 'write' but I think you've just said you have given that up. ;-)

Thanks for the memories..I'll certainly miss your blog.

Posted by: radtec on April 9, 2004 11:44 AM

i am so very sad to see that you are no longer sending your messages, but am very happy that you are home. i shall miss all of rants and stories. i wish they would never end but ..oh well. i hope you do write a book and PLEASE include a picture on the cover so i can put a face to the name. even though i am not american i am proud of you and your comrads. jake is a lucky little thing. ...thank you for writing and enjoy your life. your mama should be very proud of the job she has done. hope to hear your name again soon.

Posted by: janet on April 9, 2004 04:36 PM

Will...your really home. Thank goodness and thank you for all you did to keep us free and safe. I am really going to miss you and your messages. Glad your nephew gave you the best welcome home though. hehehe
Now to get our other guys back home safely as well. If allowed or if you feel like it, please post now and again and let us know how you are adjusting and how Jake is doing please.

God Bless You and God Bless America!

Posted by: Cathy on April 9, 2004 05:09 PM

I may have missed you but, just in case you get back into these rants of yours, I'm so glad you are back home but probably not nearly as glad as your family. It seemed you were gone forever! Take your time winding down - you deserve a break!! And I, too, will be interested in that book you say you're going to write. See you soon soldier. One of your many friends, Bert

Posted by: Bert from Omaha on April 9, 2004 11:48 PM

Will,
It was my pleasure to meet you last night and buy those drinks for you. As an ex military guy myself I greatly appreciate your effort, and wish you well !

Posted by: dan in cary,Il. on April 10, 2004 02:18 AM

We are one of the so many who have followed your exploits from afar, without knowing you personally. Thank you for a wonderful, enlightening, funny narrative - thank you so much for being "willing" to put so much on the line for all of us - our family will never take that for granted. We will miss your reports, but welcome back and God Bless -

Posted by: Team KC on April 10, 2004 02:23 AM

Thanks for your service in harm's way! The bit about the weak president is uninformed but wonderful because it shows that you will certainly be voting this November. And having our votes counted honestly is one of the things that makes America so great.

Posted by: Todd on April 10, 2004 05:02 PM

Dearest Will...

At Last!

Blood, Sweat, Tears, Puke, Snot and a whole lotta gas! That's how you know it is love at first sight my darling.

"What a long strange trips its been."

It is difficult to adequately express my debt of gratitude to you all. Except to say that as your unit arrives home, others depart who require our support.

Just as we remained faithful to you. Now we must be steadfast and true to them as well.

Wishing you all the best on the newest chapter in your book.

XOXO Szaffie

Posted by: SzaffireBlue on April 10, 2004 08:29 PM

The best of luck in everything you do , i hope all your dreams come true in life

Posted by: Susan Taylor on April 10, 2004 09:34 PM

Popping in to check your status and found the best news that I have heard all week!!! Glad to hear you are back stateside. Ya freakin hoo!!! But, blogs aren't just for war. Why stop now?

Posted by: rkinla on April 10, 2004 11:13 PM

Welcome home, Will! Thank you so much for your sacrifices. Your posts have been wonderful. I'm taking your hint that there will be a book eventually.

Take care and enjoy your homecoming.

Posted by: JAMIE on April 11, 2004 05:05 PM

Will,
My son left a couple of weeks ago and is now somewhere between Fallujah and Ramadi. I discovered your journal while searching for information and have enjoyed reading it so much. It gave me a good picture of what he'll be going through. I love the way you write and laughed out loud many times. Enjoy being home. Best of luck!

Posted by: Charla on April 11, 2004 05:36 PM

welcome home. thanks for making us laugh and reminding us what's really important.

Posted by: JrzyGyrl on April 11, 2004 07:38 PM

Will,

Welcome Back and Thank You. Enjoy your life - you earned it!

MO

Posted by: MO on April 11, 2004 09:51 PM

Will, I've been a lurker here, since I've found your blog linked on CNN at the start if the Iraq war when blogging was still a fancy thing. The example of guys like you and Stryker and Smash encouraged me to start blogging, even though I'm not American and I'm not even a soldier. I'll keep your page linked on my blog... I kept putting off notifying you, out of awe, but at least now you know. We'll miss you. A big welcome home, and thank you for all that you and your comrades are doing for civilization. God Bless America.

Posted by: SoldierBlue on April 12, 2004 04:26 AM

Will,
Thank you for writing and sharing your experiences. It is wonderful that you are back home. I will miss checking in on your site. I look forward to seeing the book.

Posted by: Julie on April 12, 2004 08:18 AM

Will,
I'm sorry to see you go. I'll miss your wit and humour! Take care - Mels

Posted by: Mels on April 12, 2004 09:36 AM

Thanks for sharing the past year of your life. I haven't missed a post. You feel like a personal friend to all of us. I look forward to your book.

Good luck, Buddy, with the rest of your life.

Lot of love,

Cathy

Posted by: Cathy on April 12, 2004 09:49 AM

Will,
Thanks for sharing the ups and downs with all of us. I'll keep thinking of you as my other half goes off to the desert this fall. Glad you came back safe and sound.

Posted by: Betsy on April 12, 2004 12:29 PM

Hi Will, thanks for all the times you have written to us, although we do not know each other, I want you to know that I will miss reading yoru emails from time to time, and if at all possible wish that you would continue to write to us and let us know how you are doing, we have all formed a special relationship via your emails, and have learned a great deal from you, thanks again, may God bless you and keep you safe, and all those soldiers, marines, airman, and military personel that are still in Iraq , and all the people that have gone there to in some way or another help them rebuild their counrty.

Paola

Posted by: Paola on April 12, 2004 12:58 PM

Tears came to my eyes when I saw that this is the end. Please say it isn't so.

Your humor and truth was refreshing. God bless you and your family.

Take care WILL!!!

DJ FROM RACINE WI

Posted by: DJ on April 12, 2004 01:06 PM

Will,

Through the past year you have been such an inspiration (See Laugh/Cry/Moan/Groan) to your faithful readers. Thanks to you we were able to experience so much that regular soldiers had to deal with.

When my man left a few months ago, I knew so much of what he would face. (See - He never tells me anything besides - yeah it pretty much sucks). Because you chose to share your experiences with us (I'm still laughing about the Sgt. Maj. running after the jeep) I am handling this deployment much better than previous ones. You opened my eyes to how soldiers really feel (well I'm sure you left some parts out!) and how they make it through the tough times by relying on each other. God Bless our Soldiers and Country!

Thank you Will, now go enjoy life (and write "the book")

IRA in Jax, FL

Posted by: IRA on April 12, 2004 02:47 PM

thanks for EVERYTHING and good luck to you!!

Posted by: nicole on April 12, 2004 04:46 PM

Will, I too want to echo the sentiments expressed by so many others. I have truly enjoyed your blog and am saddened at its closure - BUT the fact that you are home, safe and sound is the best reason I know of to say good-bye to your blog.

If you're ever in Tulsa, it would be my pleasure to buy you a drink!

thank you and all the nameless others for everything ya'll have done to protect our country.

Godspeed in all your endeavours!

Posted by: Susan on April 12, 2004 06:33 PM

Will,
I'm so glad your home and doing well. but I'm sad because I feel like I just lost my best friend. I always loved reading your blogs but did not get a chance to respond as much as I would have liked to.I just want to say "THANK YOU" and God Bless America.


Sherri Miller-USA

Posted by: sherri miller on April 12, 2004 07:07 PM

Thanks Will. Welcome back.

Posted by: Tony on April 13, 2004 12:18 AM

Will, as you can see from the messages; we will all miss your postings. Thank you for making me laugh, God bless and I will look forwards to the book!!

Posted by: becky on April 13, 2004 02:17 AM

WELCOME BACK WILL,

Wow, I write this with such mixed emotions. I am thrilled you are back and alive BUT very sad that your updates are done.

You made me laugh, you made me cry and you made me laugh until I cried.

My husband is an active duty enlisted soldier. So, for the past 23 years I have been an active duty spouse. The past years have been full of tough assignments and deployments. My children and I have made numerous sacrifices over the years. But, I know our sacrifices are small compared to the men and women of our armed forces. Reading your postings finally gave me insight into what my husband has been feeling and going through all these years. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for all your words. GOD BLESS you and your family! WELCOME BACK! I WILL TRUELY MISS YOU!

Posted by: Joan on April 13, 2004 10:14 PM

PS.....I will be the 1st in line when you come to my town for your book signing tour! :)

Posted by: Joan on April 13, 2004 10:16 PM

Will,

It was sooo good to share a few drinks with you and your parents last night! To actually see you in person after all this time!! Your "stories" have been a inspiration to read!!! I have known you for a lot of years, where have you been hiding those writing skills!!! You MUST write that book!!!!!!!! I too agree with everyone else, you should continue to write your blogs on a regular basis. Why end such a good thing!!! I want to THANK YOU for all that you have done for our country!!! I am very glad to have you home safe & sound!! I can't wait for another get together and to see that little miracle Jake!!!! Keep smiling! and stay in touch!!!!!

GOD BLESS YOU!!!

Love ya,
Jill

Posted by: Jill M on April 14, 2004 10:17 AM

..ya know what?..I've just decided I'm GLAD this war happened now, and not in 1991! why? because we didn't have blogs and soldier email in 1991! we wouldn't have gotten to know you like this if it hadn't happened NOW!...
shit, I"m gonna miss reading you, Will. Drove me nuts that we couldn't write TO you in email, only leave comments after your entries!...but ya know, if ya want, you can change that--??? now that you're home, you can , uh, open the lines if you want--?{hint hint} a guy like you can find plenty to rant about wherever you are, and beleive me, the intelligence shines thru!
Now, if only we could get your final word out to the Iraqis, to saturate their culture everywhere, maybe we could bring Everyone home....
but nahhhh-that would be too EASY! that would be TOO SIMPLE! that would be too much like SANITY! They'd never go for it!
so the stupid fight rages on...
?have ya kissed the ground you're walking on, yet?
welcome back, friend. we're always hungry for more if you feel like it.
and remember-this time, we can write TO YOU, too!!! so keep it in mind!!! there's a lot more you can say, now that you're home, that you couldn't when you were over there....
well, you get the idea. we're here if you want us.

Posted by: janet in venice beach on April 14, 2004 03:30 PM

Good luck Will and thanks for everything you did for us in Iraq. I hope they get the message soon so that everyone can come home too. But, you have done your part so enjoy your life and your family. Will miss your postings but look forward to the book.

Posted by: Marie Lyons on April 15, 2004 10:00 AM

I have laughed and enjoyed your writings many times this past year. God bless you and welcome home.

Posted by: Diane on April 15, 2004 02:21 PM

Hey Will! I so enjoyed reading your about your experiences and will truly miss them. I am glad you are coming home safe and sound and wish you the best of luck in life. Thank you for protecting my freedom and the freedom of thousands of others.

Posted by: Duchess on April 15, 2004 09:46 PM

THANK YOU

Posted by: Amanda on April 16, 2004 12:27 AM

Thanks for the memories! By sharing your thoughts with us back home, it made what was happening over there seem not so far away. It became more of a personal matter than just something going on far away, resting in the back of our minds. It tugged at our hearts every day when we didn't hear from you for days, even weeks. I am very glad that you made it home safely, but I still worry about the others still there and now, with your log ending, not being able to know that at least one soldier is safe, it's a little bit harder to deal with. I can only hope and pray that it will end soon so that everyone can come home. Thanks again and God bless you and yours!

Posted by: Lynne on April 16, 2004 11:43 AM

Welcome home, Will, and thanks once again for helping with my son's Eagle Scout project. I hope it made a small difference in a few Iraqi children's lives. If there are any photos that you could scan and send, my soon-to-be Eagle Scout would appreciate it. If not, well, you've done enough and know that we are grateful to you.

Braden is hooking up with Carlos in LA this weekend even as we 'speak'. His adjustments to being home seems to be going well, as I hope yours are too.

I give thanks every day that the men and women of the 323rd Chem Co made it home safely and I continue to ask for blessings on all of our service men and women still in harm's way.

Take care and God Speed, Will.

Posted by: Jo on April 17, 2004 02:34 PM

Will - After reading your farewell post I started over and read through again from the beginning. I do hope you make it to Belize! My Army boyfriend & I went Sept 2002 - GREAT FUN! By the way, Beliken beer was only $2 a bottle! Have fun and again so glad you are home!

Posted by: Barb VonTill on April 22, 2004 06:55 PM

Hello Will,
and so this will be the last instalment for the web-page. Our wish is all this finish soon, a new government for the Iraq and an help to the his population must continue, hoping that, very soon, there arenít others fights .So that all soldiers of the coalition return to home soon.We are very happy to know that smile together your little nephew, you enjoy all those that is missed in this year, distant of home.This once the translation is a little better, last favour, do you solve us this dilemma?Have you written of the book, true? Do you make to know us when it will be ready? Thank you.
We would like make a great greeting all that have written in your web-page.
PS: We are a little early know, but we would like wish you a very happy birthday....to home in the USA,with a great party and a beer in hand, cin, cin....new 31.
We wish all soldiers a happy life.
Ever two devoted italian readers Milena and Adriana
CIAO

Posted by: Milena,Adriana on April 23, 2004 06:53 AM
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As most of the regular readers of Rooba.net know, I have a few friends that have been sent or called up for the soon-to-be-conflict in Iraq. One such friend is Will aka Will not weasel or Will from Omaha or whatever other moniker he's using on my site that day.

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