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Friday, May 12, 2006

Wounded Hero Needs Support

Posted originally by David over at The Thunder Run:

A Wounded Soldier Needs Our Letters and Encouragement.
Mr. Robert Stokely is asking that we all step up to the plate and make a wounded soldiers’ recovery a little easier on him.

SPC Brian Hall served with my son, SGT Mike Stokely. A little less than a month after Mike was killed; Brian suffered serious injury to the head from an
exploding IED on Sept. 13, 2005 near Mahmuhdiyah, south of Baghdad. Numerous brain surgeries and partial loss of short term memory is just some of what he has been through. He is coming along very well and slowly rebuilding the short term memory he lost - almost like reloading files on a computer. I recently sent him a copy of Mike's Memorial Service Program, DVD and some other items. I have never had anyone express more genuine appreciation for something I had done for them. As he said, just having a picture of Mike helped him "remember" Mike a little better.

Brian had been allowed to come home from Walter Reed for a while, but his leave time ran out and he was required to go back the end of April. Looks like he going to be at Walter Reed for a while - several months most likely. At some point he will be released back to civilian medical care and home to Atlanta. At present his wife and children are back in Atlanta and the ability to go back and forth is very limited.

Because of the timing of his wounds - so soon after Mike died, I kind of lost out on his being injured and where he was out. However, I have developed a friendship with Brian these last few weeks. He loves any kind of mail. He is just plain lonely at times being separated so far from his CAV Troop that is now home, his family, and friends. He could use a lift if you have time and could drop him a card or letter. Here is his mailing address.

SPC Hall, Brian K.
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Building 20 Room 2003
6900 Georgia Ave
Washington DC 20307

Brian is going to make it back and has good communication skills. He has a great sense of humor. He has a great spirit and heart, but a very wounded body. I'd like for as many as could to rally around him at this time.

Thanks for any kindness and support you can show Brian,

Robert Stokely
Come on folks this is the least we can do for Spc Hall. Let’s send him as many cards and letters as we can and help him get through this emotionally tough time.

I second what David said - my letter's going out today.

How Much is a Backpack Worth?

It costs about $50 to fund a Soldiers' Angels backpack for the wounded.

But its worth is far higher than that (letter edited by me):

"To all the 'Soldiers' Angels,'

On behalf of all the doctors, nurses, Corpsmen, and Marines at ---------'s surgical company in Iraq, thank you so much for the great backpacks!

My name is Donna S-------- and I'm a [officer] in the Navy Nurse Corps stationed with the Marines at [location]. I can't begin to describe how good it feels to hand out those goody-filled backpacks to my patients - the wounded - all Marines, Soldiers, and Sailors that come into our hospital. To date, we've seen over 420 patients since our company took over in February. Our patients have a wide array of illnesses & injuries, ranging from minor to life-threatening. Several have given the ultimate sacrifice.

When a trauma patient comes in, they are usually flown in with no time to stop and pack a bag. We cut all their clothes off to expose their injuries and treat them. These patients are the ones we give out the "Soldiers' Angels" backpacks to. They are perfect! The patients have enough supplies in their bags for at least 5 days, which gives them time to heal & recover. We love the backpacks, and giving them to our troops is a most rewarding experience. Thank you so much for supplying them to us.

I don't know if the guys who are getting the backpacks are writing to you. Some of them may be too tired or hurt. But I can personally assure you that they are being used and they are very much appreciated! Thanks so much!


Donna S-----------
[rank], NC, USA

And thanks from the entire company!
[company information]

This is what the backpacks look like:

To learn how you can help, and to donate to this project, visit Soldiers' Angels
WEAPONS SEARCH — U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David A. Ornellas, assigned with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), conducts a weapons search in Al Ish, Iraq, May 6, 2006. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brian M. Henner

In Today's News - Friday, May 12, 2006

Quote of the Day
"They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards."
-- US Army General / Chief of Staff Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
4 Marines Die as Tank Sinks
Party quits tortuous Iraq government talks
Iraq's progress "magnificent," U.S. contends
US, Iraqi forces free kidnapped Sunnis

Operation Enduring Freedom
Widows reach beyond 9/11 to aid Afghans

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Confirmation Likely

White House Stands by Gen. Hayden for CIA
Data Mining No Surprise to Experts
Nation Split on NSA Records Collection
What spy agency might do with your telephone calls
Effort to confirm CIA nominee hits snag
Chances to halt bomb plot missed
Kidnappers Free Three Foreign Oil Workers in Nigeria
Lone juror saved Moussaoui from death: report
"Hi babe" is terror message, Australia court hears
"Qaeda escapee" urges Europe strikes over cartoons
Rice, Rumsfeld block access to secret detainees: ICRC

Other Military News
Father of Expanded Peacetime GI Bill Dies at 85
White House Opposes Parts of Defense Bill
Defense bill revises prayer rules
Report: Pentagon finances fodder for scandal
New law turns fake war heroes into criminals

Border Guard
Senate Reaches Deal on Immigration
Pentagon Exploring Border Control Patrols

Hamas Rising
Israeli troops kill Palestinian militant: army
Hamas Edges Toward Recognizing Israel
Fighting between Hamas, Fatah builds
Jordan Broadcasts Hamas Confessions

Worldwide Wackos
Iran's President Says Nuke Talks Possible (Great - and all we have to do is forcibly convert our people to Islam, and everything will be happy...Whatta guy)
Video: Chavez gets superstar treatment

Senate OKs Tax Cut Bill
DeLay to Step Down June 9
Rep. Murtha Predicts Troops Home by 2007, Dem Takeover
Ex-U.S. Rep Gillespie V. Montgomery Dies

U.N. News
UN to resume food aid on a reduced scale
Annan presses US to start direct talks with Iran (I could never be President. I'd offer a two word response to this one.)

Man admits foot-fetish assaults on subway (Egads)
Video game "booth babes" forced to cover up
Hilton Causes Stir at Video Game Expo
L.A. sides with Skid Row over yuppies -- for now
Gator gets hose in the nose from 74-year-old
Indiana prisoner escapes all the way to -- lobby
Record catch? Lake Erie yields 54-pound carp
Young mayor drops MySpace over prank (from my neck of the woods)
Apology for deportation ringtone

Other News of Note
Gas tax opposition grows in U.S.

Fox News
Video: Partial DNA Match in Duke Rape Case Reported- Presumed Witness Arrested
Dow Drops Over 140 Points
DJ Fired for Threatening to Sexually Assault 4-Year-Old
Nintendo Chief: We're Going After Non-Gamers With Wii
Identity Theft Page
Cybersecurity Center

Reuters: Top News
Ohio priest guilty of nun's murder
190 nations seek to bridge policy gaps on climate
S.Korea charges stem cell scientist with fraud
Nintendo's Wii steals show at expo
Game controllers steal console spotlight
Amid extinctions, parrots, panthers get costly aid
As freedom shrinks, teens seek MySpace to hang out
Smoking, obesity pose risks for 80 million Americans
Asia urged to use less invasive heart bypass: experts
No myth: "M-I-3" failed to build its own history
Philippine bishops issue their own "Da Vinci" guide
Stocks sink as oil and gold fan inflation fears
Expedia shares slide after hours
Movie Gallery profit more than doubles
Sunrise details accounting issues
J.C. Penney Q1 profit rises 22 pct; stock falls
A new way to play housing
Another look at Toyota

AP World News
Chris Daughtry Gets Job Offer From Fuel
Game Distributor Sued Over Boy's Suicide .
Matsui Breaks Wrist as Yanks Fall to Sox
Corruption Charges Dropped Against Suharto
Oil Prices Drop Below $73 a Barrel
UnitedHealth May Have to Restate Earnings

The Seattle Times
In pandemic, should shots go to the old or the young?
DNA tests on felons' kin proposed
Almost all of town's couples divorced, and that's just the beginning of the tale
Can Machu Picchu survive?
Measure would add gay history to texts
A monkey like no other
Part grizzly, part polar, all bear
Rocky icon, Sly both making a comeback
Egyptian riot police clash with protesters
Bolivia warns oil firms may not be repaid
New museum reignites debate over Josef Stalin
Giant wind farm planned for gulf
50 killed, 17 missing after battle at sea (Sri Lanka)

Chicago Sun-Times
Through the eyes of a killer
Davis ready if Stroger retires
Daley aide's son tied to '97 scam
Ryan adviser gets 8 months in prison
O'Hare concession deals expire, don't get re-bid
Pastor charged in spanking of girl claiming abuse
Bomb-throwing beau burns self, gets 10 months
Woman fought off man's advances before fall
UIC plans $427 million expansion
Man let girlfriend die after beating, prosecutors say
Corliss girls' soccer coach fired in wake of brawl
Potential jurors tell of ties to Daleys, other pols
No bond for man described as DuPage's biggest crack dealer
5 years for Burr Ridge mom who had meth lab on property
Suburban man awarded for heroism
Over half of nation's disabled work, make less
Salvation Army names first African-American leader
Milwaukee mayor rejects electric buses
Puerto Rico budget crisis leads to tax plan

Boston Globe: World
Abortion ruling stirs Colombia
Bolivian president roils summit
Unique restaurant reflects Israeli social issue
Panels Differ on Pay
Army Racing's 'Mom' on Duty
Pentagon Seeks Expanded Counterdrug Role

CENTCOM: News Releases





Department of Defense
Bush Honors Fallen Marine's Family - Story - Remarks
Conclusions Premature, Rumsfeld Says - Story
Rumsfeld Cites Intelligence Challenges - Story
Foreign Language Proficiency Pay to Increase - Story

Iraqis Keep Criminals, Insurgents Out of Town - Story
Iraqis Help Administer Medical Care

Guam Unit Trains for Enduring Freedom Duty - Story
Soldier Runs 5K Race to Honor Grandmother - Story
Army Chief of Staff Visits U.S., Afghan Troops - Story
Parents Read to Kids While Half a World Away - Story

U.S. Soldiers Note What They See and Hear
Wounded Iraqi Police Receive Wheelchairs
Technology Connects Deployed Parents, Kids

Medical Program Treats Afghan Patients
Central Air Forces Commander Visits Troops
'Lion’s Pride' Brings Medical Care to Afghans

Sailor Comes to Afghan Boy's Rescue - Story

Group Lauds Volunteer Support - Story
Troops Get Whitewater Funds
Gift Certificates Help Honor Troops
Groups Help Connect Families

Soldiers Killed by IEDs
Coalition Strikes Insurgents
Casey Outlines Signs of Progress
Terrorist Chemical Expert Killed
Marine Harriers Conduct Ops
Renewal In Iraq
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (PDF)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

U.S. General Notes Progress
Air Strike Kills 4 Enemy Fighters
'Mountain Lion' Roars Into Valley
Afghan Police Discover IED
Afghanistan Update

Memorial Honors Va. 9/11 Victims
'Ardent Sentry' Tests Response
N.D. Guard Team Trains for WMDs
Bush: Diplomacy Best Iran Course
Speedy Budget Approval Urged
Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Mercy on Humanitarian Mission
Seabees Receive Purple Heart Medal
Agency Brings Americans Home
Active-Duty Recruiting Tops Goals
Program Offers Access to Disabled
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Marine Casualty - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
1604 - The Spanish garrison of Aardenburg surrenders to Mauritius.
1780 - Charleston, SC falls to the British
1789 - The Society of St. Tammany is formed by Revolutionary War soldiers, later becoming an in famous NYC political group.
1792 - A toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented.
1862 - Federal troops occupies Baton Rouge, LA.
1864 - Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia.
1870 - Manitoba becomes a province of Canada.
1881 - Tunisia becomes a French protectorate.
1898 - Louisiana adopts a new constitution with a clause designed to eliminate black voters.
1915 - Croatians plunder Armenia; 250 are killed.
1925 - Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan become autonomous Soviet republics.
1928 - Mussolini ends woman's rights in Italy.
1933 - The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and Agricultural Adjustment Administration are formed.
1940 - Nazi conquest of France begins when the Germans cross the Meuse River.
1942 - 1,500 Jews are gassed in Auschwitz; A German U-boat sinks an American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River.
1943 - German troops in Tunisia surrender.
1944 - More than 900 8th Air Force bombers attack Zwikau, Bohlen, and Brüx.
1949 - The Berlin Airlift begins.
1951 - On Enewetak Atoll, the first H-Bomb test occurs.
1963 - A race riot erupts in Birmingham, AL.
1964 - Manlio Brosio is named secretary-general of NATO.
1965 - Israel and West Germany begin diplomatic relations.
1970 - Harry A. Blackmun is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice; 6 blacks are killed (5 of them by police) during race riots in Augusta, GA.
1975 - The U.S. merchant vessel Mayaguez is seized by Cambodian forces.
1980 - Maxie Anderson and his son, Chris, complete the first non-stop crossing of the U.S. via hot-air balloon.
1982 - In Portugal, a Spanish priest with a bayonet is stopped before he can attack Pope John Paul II.
1986 - President Reagan appoints Dr. James C. Fletcher Administrator of NASA
1989 - Retired British pilot Jack Mann is kidnapped by Islamic extremists
1997 - 14 North Koreans defect to South Korea

1670 - August II ("The Strong One"), King of Poland - had over 350 children.
1806 - Amos Beebe Eaton, Union Brevet Major General
1812 - Louis Ludwig Blenker, Union Brigadier General
1889 - Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
1910 - Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British chemist / Nobel prize winner
1914 - Dan Daniel (Representative-VA); Howard K Smith, TV newsman
1922 - Barend Busnac, resistance fighter
1926 - Earl Hutto (Representative-FL); Mervyn M. Dymally (Representative-CA)
1928 - Manuel Lujan, Jr. (Representative-NM)
1936 - Tom Snyder, newscaster
1937 - Gerry E. Studds (Representative-MA)
1938 - Andrei Amalrik Russian dissident
1939 - Ronald Ziegler press secretary to Richard Nixon.
1942 - Dumitru Dediu Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40 backup)

0912 - Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912), dies at 45
1003 - Sylvester II [Gerbert van Aurillac], 1st French Pope (999-1003)
1012 - Sergius IV [Pietro Crescentii], Italian Pope (1009-12)
1382 - Johanna I, Queen of Naples/Provence
1641 - Thomas Wentworth, English viceroy of Ireland, beheaded at 48
1649 - Isaac Doreslaer, English lawyer/diplomat, murdered
1788 - Louis E. van Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Austrian duke, dies at 69
1814 - Robert Treat Paine, US judge (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 83
1864 - Abner Monroe Perrin, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 37; J. E. B. Stuart, Confederate General, dies at 31
1871 - John F. W. Herschel, British astronomer (Catalogue of Nebulae)
1925 - Alfred Milner, British Governor (Cape Colony)/minister, dies at 71
1932 - Lindbergh baby found dead
1935 - Josef Pilsudski, Polish dictator (1926-35)
1951 - Oscar DePriest (Representative-IL), dies at 80
1956 - Hendrik P. Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
1970 - Leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78; Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WWI, WWII), dies at 78
1981 - Benjamin H. Sheares, President of Singapore
1989 - Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco shell, dies at 81
1994 - John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
1996 - Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84

Reported Missing in Action
Ashlock, Carlos, USMC (PA); KIA in ground attack (w/Agosto-Santos)

Agosto-Santos, Jose, USMC (PR); wounded and captured after ground attack (w/Ashlock) - released (POW exchange) January, 1968

Grenzebach, Earl Wilfre, Jr., USAF (NY); F105D shot down, presumed KIA

Gaddis, Norman C., USAF (TN); F4C shot down (w/Jefferson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Brigadier General - alive and well as of 1998
** also F-84G Fighter Pilot in the Korean War, TDY 31st TFW **

Jefferson, James M., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Gaddis) - remains ID'd June, 2000

Pitman, Peter P., USAF (GA); F105F disappeard on mission (w/Stewart)

Stewart, Robert A., USAF (DC); F105F disappeared on mission (w/Pitman)

The following USAF personnel lost in the shootdown of a C130B at Ngok Tavak:
Bucher, Bernard L. (IL); pilot

Hepler, Frank M. (PA); flight engineer - released by PRG March, 1973

Long, George W. (KS); loadmaster

McElroy, John L. (NY); navigator

Moreland, Stephen C. (CA); co-pilot

Also lost on the C130B:
Orr,Warren R., Jr., US Army SF (IL); passenger

The following US Army personnel also lost at Ngok Tavak, and believed KIA:
Coen, Harry B. (WY)

Craven, Andrew J.(NC)

Long, Julius W., Jr., (WA)

Moore, Maurice H. (MD)

Ransbottom, Frederick J. (OK);

Simpson, Joseph L. (CO);

Skivington, William E., Jr. (NV)

Sands, Richard E. (IL)

Stuller, John C. (VA)

Widner, Danny L. (TX)

Williams, Roy C. (TX)

Widdison, Imlay S. (VT)

Preiss, Robert F., Jr., US Army SF (NY); remains ID'd June, 1998

Adair, Samuel Y., Jr., USAF (GA); F4E shot down (w/Cressey) - remains recovered November, 1974

Bogard, Lonnie P., USAF (LA); F4D shot down (w/Ostermeyer)

Cressey, Dennis C., USAF (WY); F4E shot down (w/Adair) - remains recovered November, 1974

Ostermeyer, William H., USAF (FL); F4D shot down (w/Bogard)