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2005.11.17

For those who have fought for it ...

For those who have fought for it ...


Taste of Freedom

I received an email from a mother whose son is currently fighting in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. He and his platoon have penned a message to the American public that is a little different from the message we are getting via the MSM. He asked his mom to help get this message out and she asked me. Here it is from the soldiers on the ground…


Mom,

Be my voice. I want this message heard. It is mine and my platoon’s to the country. A man I know lost his legs the other night. He is in another company in our batallion. I can no longer be silent after watching the sacrifices made by Iraqis and Americans everyday. Send it to a congressman if you have to. Send it to FOX news if you have to. Let this message be heard please…

My fellow Americans, I have a task for those with the courage and fortitude to take it. I have a message that needs not fall on deaf ears. ...

[...]

Freedom. One word but yet countless words could never capture it’s true meaning or power. “For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know.” I read that once and it couldn’t be more true. It’s not the average American’s fault that he or she is “blind and deaf” to the taste of freedom. Most American’s are born into their God given right so it is all they ever know. I was once one of them. I would even dare to say that it isn’t surprising that they take for granted what they have had all their life. My experiences in the military however opened my eyes to the truth.

[...]

SGT Walter J. Rausch and 1st Platoon
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)


[Read the rest at Hook's place. Hat tips: Soldiers' Angels New York, Mudville Gazette]


Update from Sgt Hook:


Some have called for the disclosure of the letter writer’s name to add credibility to the letter. Understanble. I did not enclose his name or unit for OPSEC reasons as we must remember that he and his platoon are in a warzone in a fight for their lives against a very savvy enemy. I emailed the young sergeant to let him know the response his letter is receiving and that many have requested permission to forward it to their representatives in Washington D.C. After checking with his commander regarding OPSEC, you’ll be glad to know that SGT Walter J. Rausch has authorized anyone to send his letter to whomever they see fit in helping to get his word out.


I've updated my excerpt from the letter accordingly.

Posted by Bill Faith on November 17, 2005 at 07:14 PM in The American Warrior | Permalink


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Dear Bill,
My God, I am very moved. It amazes me that I never get used to these letters. I treasure each and every one. Thank you for sharing it with me. I shall write about it also.

BTW, would you please post it over at Love America First and Knickerbocker News? If need be, you can e-mail it to me, and I will post it for you. :)

Posted by: Rosemary | Nov 19, 2005 3:19:19 AM

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