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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

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.

Author Unknown
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Brent Bien, US Marines
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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
        reduced cost.
   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
         Cody troops.
   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  
          Smoker Friendly
   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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