USNR ALUNNI

Updates on Jim's deployment status. We hope you will share your thoughts and comments.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Hilton Haditha

Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying the photos as much as I am. I've posted another Jim sent today. Thank you for the comments and continuing to check for updates. I'll keep you posted.

Cynthia

If he wasn't holding a gun . . I'd swear he was at a beautiful resort! Posted by Hello

Great shot of Jim . .  Posted by Hello

Friday, June 03, 2005

Closer look Posted by Hello

Jim at work Posted by Hello

Memorial Day Honors

Greetings Everyone -

It's hard to believe we are six months into Jim's deployment. I spoke to him Tuesday night, Wednesday morning in Iraq. Jim sounded good, yet tired. We talked mostly of the job he's doing as a Marine and the philosophies behind the war. After talking with Jim regarding his new platoon, I can say I'm happy he made the change. Although he is seeing more action, I'm pleased to hear his sergeant's priorities . . he places the safety of his guys and getting home at the top of the list. Since being in Iraq, the sergeant and his wife had a baby (their second child). I can't imagine how difficult it was for his wife to have the baby without her husband there. For him, he has yet to lay eyes on his new daughter. This is a motivating factor for him in getting himself and everyone else home safely.

I updated Jim on the events of Blossom Time weekend in Chagrin. I'm so accustomed to seeing Jim collecting money for MDA, peddling through the carnival doing "security" but most of all, marching in the parade. To so many that have been touched by deployment, this Memorial Day had a haunting significance. During the Blossom Time parade, as the Veterans marched passed the "grand stand" an annoucement was made honoring Jim and Moe. Additionally, there is a window display at the Chagrin Hardware store recognizing those whom served our country both present and past. I was pleased to see a large picture of Jim and Moe.

I know Jim is verrry anxious to get home as we are to have him home. We're hoping for early relief for the battalion which would have Jim returning closer to August. Keep your fingers crossed and prayers flowing.

Cynthia