Thursday, August 18, 2005

Camp Casey observations: photos and a letter 

Early returns: Two posts on local Sheehan vigils (including photos). Submitted below. Thanks to Nur-al-Cubicle and Susie for their links.

1- Nur-al-Cubicle: Brighton, NY

Also this T-shirt: (enlarged photo from Nur-al-Cublcle's Brighton photos post linked to above): Homeland Security Since 1492

2- Susie, from Philly, at Suburban Guerrilla


3- From eRobin, Trenton NJ, via fact-esque

4- From Pamela (Studio City, CA) via the Democratic Daily. Includes additional coverage here

a letter:

A Message to the Crawford Memorial Vandal

Mr. Northern:

I am a Veteran of the Iraq war, having served with the 4th Infantry Division on the initial invasion with Force Package One.

While I was in Iraq,a very good friend of mine, Christopher Cutchall,was killed in an unarmored HMMWV outside of Baghdad. He was a cavalry scout serving with the 3d ID. Once he had declined the award of a medal because Soldiers assigned to him did not receive similar awards that he had recommended. He left two sons and awonderful wife. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.

One of my Soldiers in Iraq was Roger Turner. We gave him a hard time because he always wore all of his protective equipment, including three pairs of glasses or goggles. He did this because he wanted to make sure that he returned home to his family. He rode a bicycle to work every day to make sure that he was able to save enough money on his Army salary to send his son to college. At Camp Anaconda, where the squadron briefly stayed, a rocket landed inside a tent, sending a piece of debris or fragment into him and killed him. On Monday night, August 16, you ran down the memorial cross erected for him by Arlington West.


Mr. Northern - I know little about Cindy Sheehan except that she is a grieving mother, a gentle soul, and wants to bring harm to no one. I know little about you except that you found your way to Crawford on Monday night in August with chains and a pipe attached to your truck for the sole purpose of dishonoring a memorial erected for my friends and lost Soldiers and hundreds of others that served this nation when they were called. I find it disheartening that good men like these have died so that people like you can threaten a mother who lost a child with your actions. I hope that you are ashamed of yourself.

Perry Jefferies, First Sergeant, USA (retired)

read entire letter here: Operation Truth


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