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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Nov 16, 2015
COL Sam Russell
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1SG William Zappa
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I know what you are talking about sir. I was the First Sergeant of D co, 2-16 IN, that escorted your recovery team to the COP. I was on that mission as well. Once at the COP, there was a platooned pinned down and we were tasked to recover that platoon and get them back to their COP, which we did successfully. I have never been more proud of my men of D Co. Once we escorted you all back to the FOB, I was required to stay back and identify the remains of Specialist Bennett and Private First Class Miller....so to quote you sir.
"May God continue to bless our Nation with young men like Specialist Durrell Bennett and Private First Class Patrick Miller, young men that not only pray for peace but are willing to answer the prayers of millions of Americans by waging into battle to protect and preserve that blanket of freedom. Sleep gently tonight America, for your brave young men are standing firmly at their post."

WILLIAM C. ZAPPA
1SG, US ARMY Retired
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COL Sam Russell
COL Sam Russell
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Wow! What a connection. I recall our recovery guys had to stay overnight at that COP, I think.
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SSG Jeremy Siebenaller
SSG Jeremy Siebenaller
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Top, what was your call sign ? I too was along with y'all for the ride. I was lead gun truck for our company. I remember the day very well unf
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1SG William Zappa
1SG William Zappa
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SSG Siebenaller, Dealer 7.
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SGT Jimmy Carpenter
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I had a letter that I kept with my personal effects addressed to my mom and kids, just in case. As soon as I was safely back in the states, I threw the letter away.

I don't remember what all it said but I know it started off something like this "If you are reading this letter, it means I didn't make it."

Thinking about that letter and the fact I actually had to write it has brought a tear to my eye.

I do remember telling my mom that if I got killed in action to not carry on like that one mother, Cindy Sheehan that went on a rampage against President Bush because her son was killed. I also told her that if I was wounded to the point that I had less than a 50% chance of surviving, to pull the plug. These are things that no mother wants to hear or should have to hear from her son or daughter.

I don't know if any of my family still has letters that I wrote home. I tried not to write about killing or death, I guess I didn't want them to know just how dangerous it was for us.

Thank you for sharing sir.
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SGM Erik Marquez
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While I can appreciate the question and desire..
What i wrote to the wives, daughters, Mom and dads of those I lost.. should never have been written, but surely do not deserve to be read by anyone but them.
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COL Sam Russell
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Like you, SGM, there are letters that I've written that are very private that are meant only for the eyes of the NOK. Solemn, indeed, which is as it should be and should remain.
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