Lake St. Clair Fishing Forum banner
1 - 20 of 26 Posts

·
Sponsor Since 1/10
Joined
·
5,229 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
The letters have been coming a little more frequently now, and we've had 2 phone calls from Jonathan in the last 2 months!!!

Since early May, he's been just outside of Mosul, engaging in various missions almost daily. They get back to the rear every 6-12 days for a day of resupply, hot showers, and hot chow.
There is still quite of bit of localized fighting throughout the region, and his unit has been involved in several engagements since mid-May.
The biggest one lasted over 3 hours....his unit of 135 men, along with 2 platoons of Spec Force soldiers,headed west to take out a terrorist training camp reportedly housing over 300 Baath party members. They went in on the ground on the heels of Apache gunship support.
As the fighting broke out, an Apache was shot down, and my son's squad of 7 men were closest to the chopper.

They secured the pilots, then handed them off to the medics. They then proceeded to secure the chopper against advancing forces, battling the enemy for nearly 2 hours. In the end, nearly all 300 of the enemy were extinguished by the combined forces, without a single American loss.
My son received a battlefield commendation from the Lt. General, and shortly after received a battlefield promotion, with an increase in rank and pay.

He is now currently assigned to the C.O. of the Command Headquarters Battallion of the 1/327th, 101st Airborne as his personal driver, while not performing his other duties as the NBC Specialist (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical), so he is out of harms way much of the time.
We hope to have him home by Christmas, and I'll keep everyone updated as we learn more.
Thanx for all your continued support and prayers.....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
34,129 Posts
I thought the war was over.


Glad to hear he is doing OK though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,286 Posts
Thanks for the update Ken, sounds like he is doing good as a driver now! Wish him and your family a speedy return home!
 

·
Sponsor Since 1/10
Joined
·
5,229 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
QUOTE(Snowmaker @ Jul 16 2003, 11:12 AM)I thought the war was over.


Glad to hear he is doing OK though.

Far from over SnowBlossom.....get off the 'puter and watch CNN once in awhile!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,286 Posts
QUOTE(Ken Neeley @ Jul 16 2003, 12:15 PM)QUOTE(Snowmaker @ Jul 16 2003, 11:12 AM) I thought the war was over.


Glad to hear he is doing OK though.

Far from over SnowBlossom.....get off the 'puter and watch CNN once in awhile!!!

Yeah!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
34,129 Posts
QUOTE(Ken Neeley @ Jul 16 2003, 12:15 PM)Far from over SnowBlossom.....get off the 'puter and watch CNN once in awhile!!!

I don't have a TV here at work.
 

·
Sponsor Since 1/10
Joined
·
5,229 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
QUOTE(Snowmaker @ Jul 16 2003, 11:16 AM)QUOTE(Ken Neeley @ Jul 16 2003, 12:15 PM) Far from over SnowBlossom.....get off the 'puter and watch CNN once in awhile!!!

I don't have a TV here at work.

WWW.CNN.COM
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,286 Posts
Read the news then from off the web!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,681 Posts
wahoooooooo! hope those christmas bells will be ringing him home!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,184 Posts
Ken,

Glad to hear all is well with your son. Keep us up to date. I know I like hearing news from there. He is in our thoughts and prayers for a safe return home.

Randy
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,718 Posts
Hey Ken... are you getting email from him?? Ryan isn't expected back until Christmas and we get emails from him every couple weeks.

thanks for the update!
 

·
Sponsor Since 1/10
Joined
·
5,229 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
QUOTE(pampurred @ Jul 16 2003, 11:40 AM)Hey Ken... are you getting email from him?? Ryan isn't expected back until Christmas and we get emails from him every couple weeks.

thanks for the update!
No e-mails at all
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,269 Posts
Ken, that's great news about him being home hopefully by Christmas! And a battlefield promotion??!! That's awesome! You raised a helluva son!

Keep us posted as always, brother!
 

·
AKA gcalan
Joined
·
334 Posts
Ken,

I don't know you but just wanted to say thanks to you and your family and son for the sacrifice you guys are making.

I was in the USN for 6 years during Gulf War I and know what a tough time it can be.

Thanks again,
Gus Calandrino
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19,233 Posts
Thanks for keeping us updated! Glad to hear he is okay and will be home for the holidays........

God Bless him and all of our service people!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,661 Posts
Thanks for the update Ken - so good to hear he is in a better predicament than before. You must be so relieved


Keep the updates coming...we love to hear how Jonathan is doing over there and I hope he is home in time for Christmas too!
 
1 - 20 of 26 Posts
Top