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Friday, May 30, 2003  
Condolences:
The Marencoreyes & Navarro Families
{Quoted from the KV who attended the funeral.}
First of all, I'd like to once again ask everyone to keep the Marenco and Navarro families in their thoughts and prayers. I attended the funeral on Tuesday and it was a beautiful and heart-wrenching experience. Cpl. Marencoreyes' widow was so brave and strong. She spoke from her heart about what a wonderful Husband, Father, Friend and Marine He was. The minister was eloquent in both English and Spanish. Lt. Col. Chene gave an inspiring eulogy during which he mentioned how this Marine was running humanitarian aid for a school in Iraq as well as other missions. He stated that the Sheik of the area choose to rename the school in honor of this fallen Marine. Also, Brigadier General McCarthy spoke in honor of this Marine. There was a 21 Gun Salute and two trumpeters played taps. Cpl. Marencoreyes' sister, Ms. Navarro, is a KV in Alpha Company. Our condolences to her and her family during this time of loss. This Marine gave his life so that others may live freely. May God bless and watch over the families of this brave Marine.

5/30/2003

Friday, May 23, 2003  
Memorial to Memorial Day
Noticed a neighbor flying his Marine flag in his widow-door the other day, Who0O Raaw!!! Too bad we don’t have more in our community, Military folk. Why not, the pay sucks, pay more and maybe they will be a part of our community(idea came from last post). Sure the Police and Fire Departments would love them for neighbors too. Maybe this is what our Constitution meant with the idea of a standing militia….Thanks to all those whom served for my protection.
PS Toast to ya Bros...make sure to raise the glass high, they're in your Honor: Go Navy - Marines The Few. The Proud.

5/23/2003

Thursday, May 22, 2003  
Only History Will Tell
You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life," wrote Fehrenbach. "But if you desire to defend it, protect it, and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men into the mud.Found by homunculus

LiL Bro this may explain why you have been there longer, the Marines job is done at this time: watch the old war movies, Marines forces In & Out first. It's officially in the Army's hands to your return, Commanding General Franks, so be nice to those Amy guys Jarhead.

5/22/2003

Monday, May 19, 2003  
News from the KV’s, LIL Bro
Major Miner’s command statement: "Alpha Company is leaving Ad Diwaniyah today or tomorrow and going on a civil assessment - assessing the status of the water, power, police, fire, medical facilities - for a small city. Then we will continue onto Al Kut where we will link up with the rest of 4th LAR Battalion for follow on civil military operations. 4th LAR is scheduled to be one of the later battalions to leave."

4th LAR H&S and Delta Co. are currently in Al Kut which is near the Iranian border of Iraq. He said that once they return to civil military operations, things will get busy for them (translated: don't expect them to have much time to write)
A Co. KVA

PS, Heard the mail has been going in circles and may explain why my package has not been received. Apparently some mail has been sent back to The States and then resent over, per the Major.
So don’t try mailing yourself back home, won't work, you may end up, Back In Iraq.

5/19/2003

Thursday, May 15, 2003  
Iraqi War Links of Interest
Remembrances of those Marines who made the greatest sacrifice of All. Thank you.

Where is Raed ? a daily journal, maybe considered the Muslim’s Anne Frank. The net had a large discussion regarding this blog, whether real, true or propaganda. Read the blog prior and at the start of the war. This post was fascinating as on the dot, the bombs fell on Baghdad. The site was down soon after but seems up again. Note: in the archives the post had an earlier posted time which was in-sync to the actual timing.

5/15/2003

Wednesday, May 14, 2003  
You Ranged, that's great you called LiL Bro, even asked about the web site. So a guy's sister in your company told you about my blog, great.(my educated guess he was a Gunnery Sgt.. That's great to know the site worked in receiving & passing news on to you.
Arrgh..Too bad about my package not arriving yet, copies of the site were in there for you to read too.

5/14/2003

Tuesday, May 13, 2003  
Heard your doing a great job in Iraq, LiL Bro.

The news is you’ll be back in August sometime. Not too bad, if you realize a tour of duty is 6 months. The news of your hard work during the war has you now attached directly to the 1st Marine Division. (the next level above a battalion) Hurray!!!

A Co. is currently south near the Saudi Arabian border, operating on humanitarian aid and civil operations.
Have fun doing your humanitarian mission refurbishing a school helping Major Miner.
Back in school, hey learn some Arabic while you’re there, what a way to spend a summer in school…the spoils of war.

5/13/2003

Monday, May 05, 2003  
No News Was Good News, Remember This is the Military, It was in the Plans
[KV's E-mail]

Hi there Friends and Family of Alpha Company Marines/Sailors who are looking forward to their return:

Many of you received a phone call from your Marine/Sailor last week who may have given you various information about what they have been doing - are currently doing - and plan to be doing in the near future. I would like to remind everyone that just because you heard it from your man, it doesn't mean it's set in stone. There are many reasons why this is the case. The foremost of these reasons is the fact that anything and everything is subject to change in the military.
Our PWST is receiving about 100 or more phone calls per day asking something along the lines of, "My Marine says he'll be back by June, is it true?" Or, "I heard from another wife that our guys will be back in a couple of weeks, what day will it be so I can plan?"
I'd like to let you know that at this time there is no set date as to the return of 4th LAR Alpha Company. The plans laid out by Major Miner in one of the emails I recently sent out was his best guess of the potential for their return. No date was mentioned and it is all subject to change. Currently, plans for all of the 4th LAR companies are up in the air as upper level military officials over in Iraq and other areas of command are trying to plan their itinerary.
I know how hard it is to be patient when it seems like it's close to the end. Please try to keep in mind that what we see in the media and what is actually going on in Iraq may be two different things. It may appear that there is no need for our Marines/Sailors to be there, when in actuality they still have much work to do.

I promise, as soon as I have anything definite about their return date, I will immediately send out an email and activate the phone chain.
Unfortunately, many of you have called the PWST (Peacetime Wartime Support Team) office with questions that are not within their control to answer. It has caused some problems with the communication flow from our command in Iraq to here. Below is a statement Lt.Col. Chene issued to all the Key Volunteer Networks. Understand that they are getting inundated with phone calls and could not possibly return all of them. I sincerely request that you be patient and wait for an email about the return of your Marine/Sailor.

Please do your best to keep an upbeat attitude during these times that try our patience.
Take Care,
A Co. KVA


OK, LiL Bro, heard the news and will go forth, not like your the one stuck there, least we forget. Now to prepare, lets see Memorial Day, The Fouth of July, Independence Day...did I forget a holiday, O yea your Birth Day.

***Note****:
this was added at the bottom of the KV's e-mail, sure the above was not the news they wanted to pass on either.
From the PWST Officer: Please excuse the All Caps, not from me.

WE DO NOT HAVE A DATE WHEN ANY OF OUR MARINES/SAILORS ARE COMING HOME YET.

WE CANNOT CONFIRM THAT YOUR MARINE/SAILOR HAS BEEN ATTACHED TO ANOTHER UNIT AT THIS TIME.

WE CANNOT EFFECT THE TIMELINESS OF MAIL TO YOUR MARINE/SAILOR.

AS SOON AS WE GET THE "OFFICIAL" WORD AS TO THE DISPOSITION OF EACH COMPANY, WE WILL PASS THE INFORMATION TO THE KVN.

WE CANNOT GET A HOLD OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL MARINE/SAILOR TO PASS INFORMATION THAT RED CROSS WILL NOT PASS.

OUR MARINES ARE PRESENTLY IN IRAQ/KUWAIT, HAVE LIMITED COMMUNICATION ASSETS AND ARE WORKING ON RUMORS THAT WILL CHANGE DRAMATICALLY PRIOR TO THEIR RETURN.

THE EARLIEST THAT WE EXPECT ANYONE HOME IS AUGUST!! IF WE HEAR ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY WE WILL BE SURE TO PASS THE INFORMATION TO YOU.

REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU HEAR FROM YOUR MARINES/SAILORS, WE ARE IN CONTACT WITH THOSE THAT WILL BE MAKING THE DECISIONS TO BRING OUR MEN HOME. AS OF YET, THEY HAVE NOT MADE ANY DECISIONS AS TO WHO IS COMING HOME AND WHEN.

PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR E-MAIL THE RESERVE CENTER WITH THESE TYPES OF QUESTIONS AS IT IS CLOGGING UP OUR PHONE LINES/COMPUTERS! WE HAVE MISSED SEVERAL CALLS BY THOSE THAT WILL BE MAKING THE DECISIONS TO MOVE OUR MARINES!

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE KEEP THE LINES OF COMMUNICATIONS OPEN FOR OUR MARINES OVERSEAS. WE WILL PASS THE INFORMATION WHEN WE GET IT!

LtCol. Michael P. Chené
PWST, 4th LAR Bn.

ABOARD THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN – The sailors aboard this aircraft carrier don't want to spend another day at sea. They already have spent 10 months away from home, four months longer than planned.

5/05/2003

Thursday, May 01, 2003  
Look What My Blog Dragged In, LiL Bro
[Received this e-mail, passed from a wife of the 1st LAR’s Delta Co from Lt Colonel Duffy White. Thanks to the person who sent it to me we know more, Thanks!. Remember LiL Bro your unit, Alpha, is the only one from the 4th's LAR units attached with the 1st LAR Btln.]

29 April
Greetings to all 1st LAR Battalion families from the 1st Marine
<><>Division assembly area in Southern Iraq! We are co-located with many other 1st Division units and the Division command post. Because we are so close to the Division we have access, limited though it may be to unclassified and classified e-mail (one line for the whole Battalion). As I write this all of the Battalion's companies, including Company A, 4th LAR, are assembled together. However, a few of our NBC vehicles and a few command and control vehicles and their crews are still attached to other units. Now that we have stopped moving so far ahead of the support we are getting mail to include the hundreds of boxes you all sent (it is like Christmas every day!)

<><>Thank you for kindness and generosity! We were able to set up showers for for the first time and the Division has constructed crude outhouses. We have even had a few hot meals. Don't think we are getting soft, as we are still sleeping on the ground and getting battered by the heat and frequent sandstorms.

<><>The Division continues to support security and stability operations in its' assigned portion of Iraq, a large area South of Baghdad. The Army is responsible for Baghdad - we were glad to let them have that place. As MajGen Mattis told us, the war is over but in some places the shooting continues. Simply put there are still people here that will never accept our presence or authority and would like nothing more than to have the old Saddam Regime leaders regain power when we leave. The bottomline is, the more peaceful it is here and the quicker the good Iraqi's begin to take control of their local government and services the quicker the military mission can continue to draw to a close and all of us can return home.

<><>We are spending our days now conducting much need maintenance of all our vehicles, weapons and equipment while still maintng absolute security. We will not let those that wish us harm get the opportunity to do so. As we focus on the continuing mission we are doing our best to allow everyone to relax (a little bit), give them the opportunity to write home, the CG is letting each Marine make short phone call with our Satellite Phone, do laundry (in a bucket), and stand in incredibly long lines for an understocked exchange!

<><>I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how proud I am of your husbands! Each and every Marine and sailor in this Battalion showed extreme courage and an absolute dedication to duty as he went about his duties. They displayed the confidence and teamwork of true professionals sent to do an important job. Please believe that the liberation of these people from the tyrannical grip of Saddam and his thug henchmen was incredibly>important. The Battalion performed magnificently. Day in and day out for a 30-day period we were part of the lead unit of the Division as we fought our way from Kuwait to Baghdad and then were selected to form a Task Force with the other LAR Battalions to secure Saddam's birthplace and hometown, Tikrit. The fighting in Tikrit turned out to be the last major engagement of the war. We then helped the Iraqi's begin to take charge of their lives and their city for the first time.

<><>I wish I could give you more information but our re-deployment dates and actual method of return, Amphibious Ship, Commercial ship/Airplane, and/or a combination has not yet been determined. A few of our S-4 Marines are in Kuwait working hard to finish the plan. As soon as I can, I will let the KVs know what the plan will actually be and to the extent that I am able I will pass to you the time window for our travel home.

<><>The Marines and sailors that were extended on active duty by stop loss Or those that missed Special Duty schools (and have had their school re-scheduled) should be among the first groups to travel home. We are also trying to send a small group back to Pendleton on Advance Party to prepare for the Battalion's return. When those groups return I will attempt to coordinate a KV meeting so you can ask them more questions. Included in those groups will be Capt's Folsom and Smalley as they are slated to go to special duties as will as several other officers and SNCOs that will be part of the Advance Party. 1 May will be the change of command dates for Company D and H&S Company. Capt Folsom will change with Capt Grayson Story. Capt Story joined the Battalion in November and has been working in our operation section since then. Capt Smalley will be replaced by 1stLt Scott Williamson who as many of you know has been serving as Capt Smalley's Executive Officer.

<><> Now more than ever, my unending gratitude goes to the Battalion and Company KVCs and their trained assistants that have worked so hard to help those spouses in need. Especially those that assisted and are continuing to assist Mrs. Suarez cope with the tragic loss of her great husband. We are all part of the Highlander team and the efforts of all KVs have truly enabled us to stay focused on the operations here in Iraq!

<><>I will attempt to write again once we get more information regarding our return.
Semper Fidelis,
LtCol Duffy White

5/01/2003

 
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