June 24th, 2004

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Letter from a Marine

It is about 110 degrees outside, he has had about 3 hours sleep the night prior and he is wearing about 75 pounds of body armor, weapons and ammunition. By the way, he is listening to at least one radio constantly and is controlling around 10-15 guys while coordinating with his adjacent squad leaders and platoon commander.

As all of this is going on, he watches weapons and propaganda being taken from the mosque and maintains his and his Marines' humanity toward the detainees and local civilians. He stays on the objective as long as it takes in the hot sun, treats the Iraqis fairly and firmly while he constantly moves among his Marines and checks their position and ensuring that they are watching their sector. He waits for an RPG to come whistling in or an automatic weapons to open up on his Marines at any time. He is also thinking with every tick of the clock, some guy may be out there right now digging in an IED on his exfil route or laying in an ambush so even as he leaves the target, his Marines remain at significant risk. They are not "safe" until they get back to their patrol base.
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I almost forgot, tonight is the night the Giants are having their on-field slumber party! Here's one of the early pictures from the website.

Meanwhile... It's 12am and I'm not tired in the least. And I have a sorta busy day tomorrow (my folks, my cousin and I are going to the ranch in Napa for the weekend. They went last winter but I haven't been in at least a year. I'll have to remember to take some pics and put them up here). Going to kick back in the trailer, take a walk or drive the golf cart around, maybe do a little writing, certainly do some reading, go horseback writing in the morning and hang out by the pool in the afternoon, weather permitting.

Life is hard.
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