|Johnny Barker, US Army|
|Sarah Leslie, US Army|
|Chad Hopkin, US Navy|
|Chad Joiner, US Army|
|Clayton Jackson, US Army|
|Jacob Sullenger, US Navy|
|Vincent Vanata, US Marines|
|Kyle Lamb, US Marines|
|Russell Flamm, US Army|
|Dena and Jeremy Simmons, US Marines|
|MAY GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS
The average age of the Infantryman is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances, is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.
He's a recent high school graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a 10 year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.
He listens to rock and roll or hip hop or rap or jazzs or swing and 155mm Howitzers. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less - in the dark.
He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.
He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime. He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept his country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.
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|Brent Bien, US Marines|
|Click on the Army emblem to e-mail Laura, an Army Mom, representative of Families on the Frontline with any questions regarding troop support programs or comments.|
|Click on the Marine emblem to E-mail a former Marine and wife to Vincent Vanata, a Families on the Frontline representative, with any questions regarding troop support!|
|Fort Carson, Colorado newspaper|
|Bradley Nielsen, US Air Force|
|Christopher Schultz, US Navy|
|Thanks to the following donators!!!
Local Volunteer Fire Department - Donation of $500!! Thanks guys!!!
Rocky Mountain Custom Photographics for beautiful poster
Shoshone First Bank for first donation, space for storage, and use of Jona :) & copier.
Jimmy Brown Painting for donation of supplies for printing pictures, etc.
Shoshone Office Supply for donation of paper and they are currently working on a hero wall
Jona Vanata for being there and for her energy and hauling around stuff, being a great contact person,
keeping our roster up to date, and too numerous to count other projects
Laura Brown, Wapiti Valley Physicians Services for her energy and getting newspaper info to papers, sending
pictures and profiles to other papers in region, creating our flier, making a gift of 100 service member
campaign style pins and printing NUMEROUS photos for various projects, scrapbooking our activities, helping getting the pictures to Rocky Mountain Custom photo, and too numerous to count other activities
including creation of both our websites and keeping them up to date.
Callie and Russ Gwynn for helping organize the rally and other activites which she needs to enlighten me
with! I know they are working on the Rod show too!
Mickey and Carl Joiners for providing cards for soldiers for the group to sign and send, creation of a hero
board, and being one of first on the line when a mother gets that call like Laura did last night...
Michael V. and the eighth grade for their project and seeing it through to completion and participating in the
Cody Enterprise for many wonderful soldier profiles, interview/articles, staying in close contact with FFF and
the staff being present at many activities and meetings keeping the public enlightened. Also use of their
conference/break room for our recent KULR-TV 8 interview.
Holiday Inn for use of a conference room for the rally
John McDougall for creating our "campaign" style buttons of our soldiers and providing them at such a
Veterans of Foreign Wars for use of their building for a meeting and also they are working on a hero wall
Park County Republican Party for picking up the expenses for the rally and providing many of the props
Senator Alan Simpson for financial donation and shopping for the service members
Sgt. White, Army Recruiter for keeing us informed in military things so we can understand our loved ones,
for dispensing pens, pins, stickers, and other literature, and for being a kind soul, as well as his wife,
Sandy - we are finding ourselves leaning on you sergeant...
Barbara Thompson, who just wants to help in any way she can! Bless her heart! And for painting 3 flags on
goatskin, framing, and donating for raffle - 1 for the raffle, 1 to be sent to President Bush, and 1 to be
sent to a FFF service member for waving in Iraq and bringing home!
American Legion for monetary donation and for creation of a hero wall
To the many church and youth groups in the region for letter writing campaigns and sending packages to our
Rep. Pat Childers, for offering help at the Wyoming state government level, as well as with the Rotary Club
High Plains Rod and Custom show for choosing us as their group to donate proceeds of the upcoming show to, and giving FFF the privilege of providing food concessions at the show and keeping those proceeds.
Thanks to the following for donating the coveted cigarettes/chew:
Silver Dollar Saloon
Downtowner Liquor store
Rocky Mountain Liquor
Rick Asherman, Cody Labs for 10 full rolls of "chew"
Shirley Bales for Christmas yummies and financial donation for bingo
Sierra Trading Post for bedrolls for Christmas boxes
Donna Payne, for financial donation
Ted Roes, financial donation
Militec-1, weapon lubrication product
Members of Operation American Pride
Snap-On tools, Bill Hovland & the district for the 32 pairs of mechanics gloves - THANK YOU!!!
Edwin Werbelow, financial donation
Donna Flory, financial donation
Michael Olsen, financial donation
Rosemary Westphal, financial donation
Shirley Bales, financial donation
And last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST - Thanks to the Trinity Lutheran Church for letting us use your
facilities for our meetings!
God bless America and God bless our troops!!!
And...God Bless Camp Cody!
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|You have GOT to click here (Press-A-Print) for the most AWESOME tribute to our troops - I DARE you to watch it dry-eyed...|
|Leslie Meredith, US Air Force|
|13 DECEMBER 2003!!!!
|TODAY (13 December 2003) IS A REMARKABLE DAY - SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS CAPTURED, LIVING LIKE A RAT IN A HOLE!!!!! OUR KICK-ASS MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DID IT!!!!!!!
THANKS Y'ALL!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!
|Rodney Nelson, US Army|
|Brittany Kimmons, US Army|
|Mike Capron, US Army|
|Jason Housel, US Army|
|Gene Kessler, US Army|
|Caleb Olson, US Navy|
|Roland McHoes, US Army|
|Oliver Rodney, US Army|
|Brett Shane, US Army|
|Quentin Gwynn, US Marines|
Click HERE to create a tribute site for your own soldier/sailor/marine/airman and look up other military men and women and leave them messages of support! Is a really nice site :)
|Mike Keller, US Army|
|Appreciate our Troops - Mug-a-Troop. Click on the eagle for a great support site|
|To make a donation to Families on the Frontlines: Please send a check or money order to:
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c/o Shoshone First Bank
1401 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414
|Jack Bradley, US Army|
|Judge Gambill, US Army|
|David Gilbert, US Army|
|Timothy Knopp, US Army|
|Theron Sax, US Army|
|In Loving Memory of Billy Watts, US Army National Guard|
|Jamie Dayton, US Navy|
|Jacob Sponsel, US Army|
|Josh Adkins, US Marines|
|Jennifer Hartwig, US Navy|