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Molly S

Thank you for your contributions to the article published in USA Weekend on Sunday 5 March 2006.

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I am glad you are safe. Shalom, Molly

Michael GAtton

Lt.Col Bonwit-I served with a Captain David Bonwit in 1986 with Kilo Company 3rd BN 4th Marines. Is that the same David Bonwit? I would love to get in contact with him. I was in a helocopter crash under his command. Can anyone help? Mike

JakeFeuerbacher 1st battalion 5th marines

keep your head up grunt. and good to you for your postings. maxine does not have a solution yet.


You are right Bro. WE were here during these trying times. Years from now we will gather and raise toasts to those who did not come home. WE will never forget what happened here. No matter what spin the media and politicians put on it WE know what we did and how it has impacted these people. WE will never forget these days, these people, these soldiers who made a difference. WE brought a people from the bowels of tyranny to the light of democracy. Be proud. I am.

Wild Thing

I am so very proud of you. Thank you for sharing like this, it means a lot. You are not only living history you are a large part of making history. Thank you for all you do.

Rebecca McCormick

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Thank you for all you have done for this country. People like your LT Col make things so much bette I wish everyone who was a leader was like that.
I look back on my time in the military and say I am proud that I did that but I have moved on and it is not who I am anymore.

As for your problem with Hamlet I can understand but remember he was a tragic hero and therefore flawed. He was also going mad. Thats one of the things with writing as you know when you create something you can have them do whatever but as I explain to people all the time... if the character did the way things we thnk they should the story would be very short and not as good. Or in the case of movies... if she killed him now there wouldnt be much of a movie now would there? ;)
I actually like Hamlet it is not my favorite play that would be A Midsummers Night Dream but I do like Hamlet.

Ok Ive rambled enough.
Thank you again for what you are doing overseas.
Please come home safely soon and continue with your political plans. Not sure I agree on the fighting of the Liberals of the commentor but well I will settle for fighting stupidity and corrutption-i know a losing battle but one that needs to be fought anyway

Acad Ronin

Looking back 34 years on another war in another place, a failed campaign in a larger war we ultimately won, I too know what I did, and I am proud of that. Also, though it took time, I found in time that Shakespeare was right when he wrote:

And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Hang in there, come home safe, and thanks for your service.


Hey Russ!

OUTSTANDING!!!!! I love the "That sucked" quote, the story behind it, and applying it to your current situation. It's true, you know. For the rest of your life you'll be able to look back on your year in Iraq and be proud of the job you've done. Just as proud as the rest of American are for the job you're doing.



Russ...as I read your blog and as I talk to many soldiers now in Iraq, I tried to think of what to say about what you have been a part of in Iraq, and suddenly a couple of lines from a song came to mind.

I'd like to share those lyrics with you...I feel they are poignant and very relevant, but before I do, I will say this to you:

Where you have found yourself this past year is in an area in which the collision of politics geography and faith has dominated for millinium. It is the land where God was born.

The first war in this land was fought between Cain and Abel and its echos are heard today. Amidst all the challenges, I hope in some way, this time spent in Iraq will have served as a spiritual journey for you.

There's a light
In the darkness
Though the night
Is black as my skin
There's a light
Burning bright
Showing me the way
But i know where i've been

There's a cry
In the distance
It's a voice
That comes from deep within
There's a cry
Asking why
I pray the answer's up ahead
'Cause i know where i've been

There's a road
We've been travelin'
Lost so many on the way
But the riches
Will be plenty
Worth the price we
Had to pay

There's a dream
In the future
There's a struggle
We have yet to win
And there's pride
In my heart
'Cause i know
Where i'm going
And i know where i've been

There's a road
We must travel
There's a promise
We must make
'Cause the riches
Will be plenty
Worth the risk
And chances that we take
There's a dream
In the future
There's a struggle

We have yet to win
Use that pride
In our hearts
To lift us up
To tomorrow

'Cause just to sit still
Would be a sin

I know it, i know it
I know where i'm going
And lord knows
I know Where i've been
Oh! When we win,
I'll give thanks to my god
'Cause i know where i've been

Stay safe my friend!

Kat in GA

Thanks so very much. We are extremely proud of you.


Not only will you be able to say, "I was there," you will be able to say, "I helped make it happen."

During the first Iraqi election, I cried as I watched. But this time there were no tears, though I still remembered all who had sacrificed for this day. Instead I felt a tremendous sense of pride and awe for both the Americans and the Iraqis. You all "done good."


"That Sucked!" What a great man and leader he must have been.

I have no doubt that when you look back 5-10 years from now, you will feel a great sense of pride at what you and all our troops, those fallen, and those still with us have done today. Thank you for sharing your expeiences, all of them. Be safe.


You will carry your well-founded pride in your accomplishments with dignity, Russ. I look forward to the day that you return to US, to fight a new fight: The fight against liberals in America!

God bless you, Marine & Soldier, you and your fellow heroes are the reason I am proud to be an American. May God continue to bless you with safety and good health, and bring you home safe and sound.

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