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A Tribute to American WarriorsThis tribute honors the American Warriors who fought, and are still fighting, to protect our freedoms and restore freedom to the Iraqi people throughout Operation Iraqi Freedom. Many choose to speak of how America fought the war; weapons, tactics, units, war plans etc. I choose to discuss the American Warriors who fought the war and how they reflect the best of America.Since the buildup of American forces in Iraq I have collected stories, quotes and pictures which reflect the character of American Warriors, items that have touched my heart or humored me in some way. Bill CoffeySoldier,email@example.com,719-554-4216
"Hate war, but love the American warrior." Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (Ret.)
"There's no question we've sent the finest of our citizens into harm's way. They perform with great skill and great bravery. We thank them, we thank their loved ones. We appreciate their sacrifice." At the White House, March 20, 2003 U.S. President George W. Bush
Ill Take It From Here
From the Battlefield The Warrior SpiritIm Not A Hero22 February 2003 I'm not a hero. That is to say, I don't think of myself that way. I don't seek out danger. I'm not the type of guy who is always looking for the next adrenaline rush, or the latest thrill sport. I generally avoid dangerous activities. I'm not a coward, either. I'm not fearless. I realize, every day that I am here, that my life is in danger. There is no way to avoid this conclusion. I'm told to wear body armor and a helmet. I carry a weapon. We build fortifications. I lug a pack full of chemical protection gear everywhere I go. I've received so many shots, I feel like a pincushion. Sometimes, when I have a moment or two to think about it, I feel a little bit scared. Frankly, only an idiot would not be afraid under these circumstances. But I do have courage. Courage is not the absence of fear. To the contrary, courage involves recognizing danger, but acting on the realization that danger must be confronted -- or it will find you when you are least prepared. I didn't come here looking for a thrill. I'm here because there is a hole in the ground in New York, where a couple of the world's tallest buildings used to be.I'm here because I knew some of those people in the Pentagon.I'm here because my seven-year-old nephew has nightmares about terrorists. I'm here because whether Saddam is responsible or not for those terrorist attacks, he has the will and is developing the means to do much, much worse.I'm here because if History teaches us anything, it is that evil men cannot be deterred by sanctions, containment strategies, diplomacy, resolutions, or weapons inspections.I'm here because I don't believe in appeasement.I'm here because someone has to be. I'm here because I was called.I'm here because I have a job to do. From an Army officer, (alias) Lieutenant Smash (author unknown), in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations, while preparing for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
A stenciled reminder on the Aircraft Carrier, USS Iwo Jima, March 08, 2003, while en route to support Operation Iraqi FreedomIn December 2002, the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, U.S.S. Harry S. Truman departed from Norfolk, Virginia for an extended deployment. Just as the lines were cast off, this announcement was made throughout the ship and topside on the ships intercom:"Peace on Earth to men of good will - All others, Stand By"
From the Battlefield The Warrior SpiritNo Better Friend, No Worse Enemy 1st Marine Division (REIN) March 2003 Commanding General's Message to All Hands For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped and murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring countries without provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction. The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind. When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them. Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression. Chemical attack, treachery, and use of the innocent as human shields can be expected, as can other unethical tactics. Take it all in stride. Be the hunter, not the hunted: never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down. Use good judgement and act in best interests of our Nation. You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure. Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit. For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division's colors in past battles - who fought for life and never lost their nerve - carry out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than a U.S. Marine. J. N. Mattis Major General, U.S. Marines Commanding
From the Battlefield
The Warrior Spirit
Soon, our nation will call upon you, the men and women of our Navy, to meet the next challenge in the global war on terrorism. When you raised your right hand, took the oath, and donned the Sailors uniform, you chose to make a difference in the service of this nation and you are. Rest assured, your service is unquestioned; you have the support of the citizens of the United States of America and your families. They care, and they believe in you. Make them proud. I couldnt be more proud to serve with you.
You are part of the greatest joint and combined military force ever assembled. If our Commander-in-Chief gives the signal, fight and win!
Admiral Vern ClarkChief of Naval Operations, Given just prior to the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 2003
You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, and wipe it clean of life - 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 - buy putting your soldiers in the mud.
T.R. Fehrenbach, from his book,This Kind of WarAmerican Soldiers in Iraq, April 2003
Combat Graffiti, on the side of a US M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank,Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom
No nation can long endure that does not foster a military spirit among its young men.General John J. Pershing, December 5, 1916
From the Battlefield ...Email from the Iraqi front. from a U.S. Army Colonel in the Third Infantry Division. He wrote this email as a result of being deeply angered over much of the reporting he is seeing in the American media: "The Third (3ID) is making history here. In the past 48 hours, we have destroyed two (Iraqi) divisions and six other divisions decided not to fight or have formally capitulated. Of course, this is never reported in the news. I do daily air recon in a Blackhawk escorted by Apaches and we have probably killed close to 10,000 (Iraqi soldiers). We are continuously sniped at and receive periodic mortar fire. Bottom line, they shoot - they die. Every American soldier (here) is getting a chance to engage and kill the enemy. Iraq has these maniacs, death squad guys called Saddam Feddyen, DGS forces, IIS, and Ba'ath party forces that we spend most of our day killing. They continuously make suicidal charges at our tanks, Brads (fighting vehicles), and checkpoints. We are happy to send them to hell. You would not believe the carnage. Imagine body parts about knee deep, with hundreds of (Iraqi) vehicles burning, occupants inside. We fill up trucks with body parts daily. The plan is going exactly as scripted. The news is full of shit. We have almost total control. Don't know how much longer the division can keep up this pace, but we are prepared to do it."
Hear My Voice, O God, In My PrayersPreserve My Life From Fear of The EnemyA Marines tattoo,picture from the Iraqi desert :
From the Battlefield ...The Marne Division [3rd Infantry Division] led offensive operations into Iraq. As a vanguard for the attack and the main effort, 3rd ID moved 750 kilometers in 21 days, 500 in the first three days. This was the farthest offensive thrust accomplished in the shortest time period in history. The division was in contact with the enemy for all 21 days. Maj. Gen. Buford C. Blount III, Commanding General, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized)
Do not hit at all if it can be avoided, but never hit softly. Theodore Roosevelt
From the Battlefield ...
Historian Stephen Ambrose said of the American soldier: "When soldiers from any other army, even our allies, entered a town, the people hid in the cellars. When Americans came in, even into German towns, it meant smiles, chocolate bars and C-rations." Ours has always been an army like no other, because our soldiers reflect a society unlike any other. They are pitiless when confronted by armed enemy fighters and yet full of compassion for civilians and even defeated enemies. American soldiers immediately began saving Iraqi lives at the conclusion of any fight. Medics later said that the Iraqi wounded they treated were astounded by our compassion. They expected they would be left to s