This is a true an wonderful story.
I hope you all enjoy.
One day while corresponding with a SSgt Travis A Gay, "TAG" as he likes
to be called, he asked me what a very special date would be in honor of my Joe (husband, a VietNam Veteran), but he wanted
to keep what he was doing a surprise for him. It was a little difficult to ask him what was a good date, but he
finally said, November 26, 1969 was when he came home from Viet Nam, so thats a good date, keeping it all military. We are
dedicated to Travis and for months and months we have sent him packages and letters, and cards, and a challange
coin from us to him. He will be part of our family always. He wanted to do something very special for us.
Travis bought an American Flag while stationed over there and on November
26, 2005, he flew this flag over his Headquarters in Al Asd Airbase, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV.6 in
honor of Joe Day, "Commemorating a Granite State son's Return Home from Viet Name on November 26, 1969" The certificate
was signed by his Sargeant Major, and his Lieutenant Colonel USMC, Commanding Officer, Squadron 167. This flag was flown
for 24 hours in Joe's honor, and everyone there knew it was flying high for a Vietnam Veteran in the 557th MP Co US Army.
What an honor!
When you write to these young men and women you never think you will get to
meet them even though you hope that someday you will. We didn't hold out much hope that we would ever meet Travis even
though he said he wanted to visit with us once he came home. The second week in April of 2006, we got a phone call and
it was Travis, he was in NH and wanted to come and visit. We were thrilled. Out of this Jeep came Travis, his
wife Jacquie, and his twin daughters. What an honor. He handed Joe the flag he flew in his honor, along with the
certificate, and it was overwhelming. He gave Joe two of his USMC challange coins, one of the USMC birthday celebrated in
Iraq, and his unit coin and they stay with him always. He shows them to everyone, he is so proud of Travis as we
all should be. His parents should take much pride and credit in raising such a caring, fine young man. Thank you Travis,
you did an old soldiers heart a lot of good, thank you for welcoming him home.
Thank you Travis from two who love you very much, Mary and Joe
Here is a picture of Joe and Travis after he presented him with his flag and certificate..
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For over a year now we have been writting to our men and women over seas, some in Iraq, some in Afghanistan,
and some in Kuwait.. We find out what they want and we try to get it for them and send it over. One of the articles
you have read by Sgt Ron Walters was only one of the precious letter from over there. We have several.
Here is a letter from a friend in Iraq, there right now, hear what he is saying:
10 Apr 2006:
Hey friends how is everybody doing? Everybody seems to know what the
Mp's and Infantry does, they go out and hunt down the insurgents and bag guys. But nobody really know's what it's like for
the Transportation soldier. you see while the bad guy's are running FROM the Infantry, their LOOKING for us. they need to
stop the supply lines and thats us. All missions are different so let me tell you what it's like for me. We travel from Kuwait
to the southern Iraqi city of Scania in the day time, but when traveling North of Scania you have to travel at night. The
roads in Iraq are not like the ones in the states, most of the roads we travel on are full of pot holes and craters from years
of misuse, and of course war. The trucks we drive are heavily armored which may make you feel safe but takes away any room
you would normally have in the cab, so now it's dark, the roads are bumpy, and your legs are cramped. We travel anywhere from
4 to 12 hours at a time. We take a break after a few hours, once we stop our trucks in the middle of the road we open our
doors and search the ground and surrounding areas for any possible booby traps or movement. The roads are usually empty so
traffic is not a problem. after we're sure nothing is there we grab our weapons and step out. we get a few minutes to check
our loads, get water, eat if we have it, and relieve our bladders. It is sometimes hard to walk when you first get out of
the truck because of the cramped cab, plus all the bouncing around inside the cab hurts your back, gives you a headache, your
eyes hurt because you strain them trying to peer into the darkness to try to see any movement out in the dark. while we're
on the ground this is when we're the most at risk so we keep an extra sharp eye out. Now we have to climb back into the trucks
and finish our drive. Remember the roads are full of pot holes and the insurgents use them to place IED's in (roadside bombs),
some places it's impossible to avoid hitting them because your on a one lane paved road going into the desert from one base
to another, and it is full af nothing but holes, it's like playing a game of "Russian Roulet" you never know if the next pot
hole will be the last pot hole you ever hit, then there are the times when your convoy gets ambushed and there are people
shooting at you from the right and left, and all you can do is try to speed up and hope they don't have any RPG's (Rocket
Propelled Grenades). So everytime we roll out the gate I make it a point to call my family and let them know I Love them,
because I never know if this is the last time I'll get to speak with them. So while the Infantry is busy searching for the
insurgents and bragging how tough they are, maybe people should take a moment and think of us. We are the ones facing the
IED's, and ambushes, and Rock throwers. we are the ones in danger of getting rammed by vehicle filled with explosives, (although
that last one is rare, it does happen), We bring the supplies, medical, food, water, Ammo, without us the Infantry could not
survive for long. We face alot of dangers, and we face them every single day and without hesitation because we know that we
have to get the supplies through. We are the main targets out here, we are the ones the insurgents have to try to stop, I'm
proud to be an AMERICAN, and even prouder to be a SOLDIER. Not everything is bad over here, we are making a difference, building
new schools, building water treatment plants, ETC.... Don't let the media make you believe that everybody hates us and wants
us to leave right now. They do want us to leave but they want to feel safe first, most of the people I talk to want us to
stay until the goverment is set up, and the insurgents are gone. I'll update more soon.
Your Friend in Iraq,
SGT Ron Walters
Sgt. Ronald Walters
Army National Guard
This one's for your Buddy!