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    A few of you may remember me mentioning my good friend who's in Baghdad (Sadr City, specifically) with the 1st Cav there. His little brother (also a friend) is also stationed in Iraq, and is a Ranger embedded with the Iraqi National Guard outside of Bagdhad. Today he was shot in the back, while on partol with them. Somehow the bullet found its way around the kevlar body armor, but he's apparently been stabilized and being airlifted out to Germany as I type this. That's all we know right now.

    Don't really know the point of this post... But Dave always was (is) as gung ho a soldier as I've ever met, even more so than his brother Phil. He's a Lieutennant and readily volunteered to join up and serve well after we invaded Iraq, fully knowing that he'd be fighting over there. I thought he was crazy at the time, but still had the utmost respect for him - he's certainly got more heart than I do.

    I think that's important to at least recognize - there are thousands of young guys that have volunteered and are choosing to serve despite the incredibly dangerous environment over there, and it is still a very very dangerous place.

    This sucks.
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    Dammit. I hope he's ok.
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      I'm glad he's alive. Send him our regards for his bravery and sacrifice.
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        The best of luck to him. My prayers go out to him and all of our troops.
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          I am really sad to hear this, but relieved that he is stable. Those Doc's in Germany are some of the best, so be assured that he is in good hands. My thoughts and prayers are with him.:(
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            I know the feelings you may have now, my father served in the army for 12 years, sometimes we wouldnt be able to comunicate with him over a long period of time, to add insult to injury, the news wouldnt be able to give us the info we needed so dearly to know if our beloved father was still alive. Hes now retired as a gunery sargent. He has put away his dog-tag, his ribbons, and his combat uniform, those are memories nobody in my family want to look into.
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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Zephyr View Post
              I'm glad he's alive. Send him our regards for his bravery and sacrifice.
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              • #8
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                Wow, scary, Hope he's ok.

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                • #9
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                  Thanks for the replies fellas. He's out of surgery with a punctured lung, but the bullet is out and there's (hopefully) no spinal damage. Still not sure exactly what happened or how it happened, but it's probably the best outcome given what we knew earlier.

                  Thanks again...
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                  • #10
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                    Man that bites. Let him know that we are all pulling for him.
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                    • #11
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                      He's going to need a cigar and a bottle of Jack ASAP, Beatnik. When you see him, let him know that a bunch of strangers wish him the best.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by CingularDuality View Post
                        He's going to need a cigar and a bottle of Jack ASAP, Beatnik.
                        You got that right! Just heard back that they gave him the bullet as a souvenier, and he's the type to wear that as a necklace just as a conversation starter with the ladies. He's still in ICU but doing well considering, and his brother got to see him today, which is the first time they've seen each other over there, despite both being stationed in or around Baghdad for several months now. He flies back to Germany later today and should not have to go to Walter Reed, which is of course GREAT news.

                        All being said, this is the best possible outcome of what could have been a terrible situation. Today is definitely a Good Day. At least for us. :D
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                          Thats great news. Glade to hear he's doing good.
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                          • #14
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                            Sorry to hear but glad to hear, I hope he has a quick recovery and is able to re-join his unit.

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                            • #15
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                              Nice to hear he's gonna be ok! Hope he recovers in time to exact some revenge and teabag that mofo :p



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