February 18, 2006
take a minute
I would do it for anybody, but this one is special because he's a homeboy from Effingham County. I received this in my email today, and I'm printing it in hopes that you will respond:
The hubster and eldest spawn are off camping this weekend with some friends of ours. Guys weekend out...they do this often, however...this one is really special to them all. Why? Because, Mikey, errr....Michael...hell no...he's Mikey, is in town on leave. Mikey's 19 years old, a helluva Marine and headed to Iraq in the next 2 weeks. He's ready to go, he's willing to fight, however, he's nervous. Who wouldn't be? Iraq and Effingham County aren't really similar at all! Anyway, I would really, really, from the bottom of my heart appreciate you sending any sort of message (not an f-ed up you're dying for nothing one, nice ones) to give to him before he leaves. He's a great kid, and I really appreciate him and those like him who are willing to protect our ass. No matter how you feel about the war, how many 19 year olds that you know would head over there? If you pray, tell him, if you feel thankful, tell him, if you wish him Godspeed - tell him. If you have military advice or are a veteran, depart some of that wisdom. Please send it to me at: email@example.com and I will be sure to print it out and give it to him. Sometimes ya just gotta let someone know you appreciate them having your back!! Semper Fi!! (and if you want to send this on...please do...the more the merrier!!) If you don't want to leave your full name or whatever....leave your blog addy, or whatever...please let me know where you are from....so he can see it ain't just us Jawja crackers wishing him well!!
Good luck and give 'em hell, Mikey. Thanks for your service to our country.
Thanks for this opportunity to thank a young man for making me free. I sent an email just now.
Ditto what Hossierboy said. And I'll offer to send this young hero care packages, as well.
I'll definitely drop him a line and wish him well.
Done, and damned glad to do it.
Any thing for Kelly and definitly anything for a Marine.
I can do that. I also think you should splurge on a thrill fuck for the lad. Yellow pages: Escort Services. Oh. Sorry. Forgot where I was commenting. I'm sure that number is on speed dial.
Email just sent. If we could get Mikey's email, I could send care packages. The guy will be inundated! LOL!
Rob, thanks for posting this.
I have been doing an extensive study of the videos that the rags post of their sniping, and the G.I. who bites it, always seems to be the one who is just standing or sitting around.
If you're in a turret, keep spinning it around, at least acting like you are targeting something.
If you are on foot, keep pacing around, wheel and look at parked vehicles, and act like you might just head over there to check it out.
Look alert, and act paranoid. I am tired of seeing my boys standing there like they are asleep on their feet, and then dropping in a heap while some loon chants alah akbar.
They appear to be making their shots from within 300 yards, or they have really good resolution cameras.
Anything you can see, can see you. Watch for open windows, and holes cut through walls. A good sniper won't use the roofline. They are cutting holes in vehicles, lining the insides with disposable diapers to absorb sound, and firing from them.
Watch for people, even kids, pacing towards you, and then running or walking quickly away. They are counting the yards, and will cell phone it to the mortar team, or to the sniper so he can adjust his scope.
They will take your candy or your soccer balls, and smile. They will smile the same way when you get shot in the face. All your friends are in your unit, and back home. Trust no one.
Keep your ass down when under fire.
These assholes have night vision and wear body armor, too. You are not Superman. If a man does not drop from your first burst to his chest, shoot him in the crotch/thighs.
When firing blind from outside into a room, angle your shots up. The ricochets will bounce down and all around, and fuck up their day. Couches and furniture absorb bullets, a good packed ceiling will deflect them all over.
A pistol round fired into a car door can bounce right back at you, in the wrong circumstances. Same thing with some steel doors.
Grenades grenades grenades. You can't carry too many. They are your friend. Learn to use them properly, and to count. You'll pretty much hate it if yours gets thrown back at you by some haji. So will your buddies.
Remember your training. It is the best in the world, but be ready to improvise. You simply cannot be prepared for everything.
Ask yourself "What if?" at every turn.
Trust no one but your buddies, and keep a close eye on them. If your native interpreter fades back, duck and cover, baby. Something is gonna pop.
Thank you Rob...I cannot wait for him to see how many people are wishing him well...love ya
You're a decent guy Rob. Thanks for this post. My prayers go with this fine young man.
My brother's not from Georgia, but he's also 19 and just went to Iraq about three weeks ago....
UFCUSMC at Yahoo dot com
That's his email address, if any of you guys are so inclined.
It'd sure be appreciated....
Done for Mikey and also Stevie's brother.
What a nice thing for you to do and you must feel honored that mom chose you to deliver the information. Perhaps all our good thoughts and wishes will help.
.. done.... Godspeed, Mikey.... and semper fi....
Forgive me my trespasses, Rob. I stole this and dedicated my entire purloined post to Mikey. It made such an ideal intro to the other Marine piece, I couldn't resist.