Friday, June 27, 2008

A Tactical Pause

Due to a rash posting on my part, and decisions made above my pay-grade, I have been ordered to stop posting on Kaboom, effective immediately. Though I committed no OPSEC violations, due to a series of extenuating circumstances – the least of which was me being on leave – my “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage” post on May 28 did not go through the normal vetting channels. It’s totally on me, as it was too much unfiltered truth. I’m a soldier first, and orders are orders. So it is.

If you think, please think of us. If you pray, please pray for us. The second half of our deployment will be just as challenging and dangerous as the first half.

Thank you for caring. Agree or disagree with the war, if you’re reading this, you are engaged and aware. As long as that is still occurring in a free society, there is something worth the fighting for.


Elvis Elvisberg said...

This blog has been a great way for those of us far, far removed from the wars to be at least a little conscious of what's going on. So I'm very disappointed to hear it. Hope to read more here in the future. Thanks for making the effort to bring your experiences to the world. And for whatever it's worth, thanks for doing what you are doing. Be well.

dogtulosba said...

Too bad. But was bound to happen, always does to a good thing. I remember when I got shut down for saying I was in "SE Asia." "Too much OPSEC."

You've been the only milblogger I've read for a bit now, and I've run all sides of emotions with your words. Thanks LT.

Keep your head down, and keep coloring Airborne!

Anonymous said...

Well, dang. Hopefully this situation is only temporary. Part of your tuition in the school of hard knocks. Your blog provides a valuable service to a lot of people and hopefully your superiors will understand that you've learned from this experience and permit you to post again soon.

Daniel Bennett said...

As they say here in the UK - gutting. I've thoroughly enjoyed your writing over the last few months. It will be missed.

Daran said...

Best wishes, and hopefully the xml feed will come back to life in the future.

Cynthia said...

Well...that sucks! Reading your blog gave me some small insight to what my son is dealing with and it has also helped clarify any confusion I might had had.

God bless you and all your guys. I'll be thinking of you all. Stay smart.

Long-time RN said...

Most disappointed reading this news. City Girl, perhaps you can find a way to "comment" occassionaly to let folks know things are OK? LT, be assured you and the Gravediggers will remain in thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Ironically, they probably just secured you a book contract. I smell controversy!

Earl said...

I will miss your messages, I expect that you will take good care of your men and they you and you will continue to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic, and do forgive "Stupid" that decided you couldn't blog anymore - "Stupid" has enough unseen concerned folks back here upset for a lifetime of misery... don't mention the name.

Big Griz said...

I will really miss this blog. Your creative writing gives those of us enjoying our normal life an opportunity to experience the realities of a life in the service of our nation at war. This war is a reality in our community. I have a 22 year old son (Army Reserve-in college-and no not yet) and I live in one of those great rural areas of the country where the armed forces are an extremely attractive opportunity. Since the war began, out of each 30 to 35 person graduating class you can count on at least 10 to 20 percent entering the service. We have had many young men and women on various posts in the suck and even have had some small town reunions in the base gym when classmates (and even cousins!) recognized each other and got to go home temporarily. May you also have such surprise reunions and return to your home and base with great respect and love. Many of these young men I have watched grow up. While I fear for their safety, I know that this experience is now a generational identity. Know that our personal and collective thoughts and prayers are with you and the gravediggers. You are the heroes of this generation.

ButlerWifey said...

It's a sad day. I love reading your blogs if only to see what my husband is doing. Of course the Bounty Hunter troop is always in my thoughts and prayers. Here's to a quick 2nd half.

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Yes, will be praying for you all. And hoping that you eventually can post again. You're one of the most talented writers I've ever read and silencing that in criminal. Hang in there. We're all waiting for you to come home safe. -Jenn

Patrick said...

I re-read that post, and it's pathetic that THAT got your water cut off. Too much reality about the bureaucracy and games played. You are out there getting shot at, and they're worried about having their mindgames and egos exposed.

Mid-level managers are the strength and weakness of any organization. Sounds like yours is no different.

Anonymous said...

Well, i'm very sorry that you need to stop posting. But keep in mind, in a free society, you would actually be able to keep saying your thoughts.

Suggestion: Just write down all your posts in paper and pen, then publish all of this together in a book when you come home.

Stay safe, Lieutenant G, and you often go through my mind, hoping you and your men are safe. I guess now I will not have the relief of reading another wall post, knowing that you made it a few more days.

Good luck,

Daniel Taub

Ryan said...

God's speed Lt. G.

Anonymous said...

LT, you knew that was a button pusher. Too bad though. My nephew's in Anbar, so always thinking of the grunts in harms way. Keep 'em safe. Best on ya.


Anonymous said...

Hey TLG,

I've enjoyed reading your posts, we'll enjoyed might be a bit of a weird word to describe it due to the reason why you are stationed there.

I've not been a relegious man up until recently, but nonetheless my prairs will be with you, your team and hope you take care of yourselves.

Kind regards, and take care!

Traveling Mom said...

"Can’t help it, I’m Irish.
And. Yes. They do."

This line sums you up so perfectly. It makes me smile. I can't wait to read your book when you leave and go off to that fancy East Coast school. I will keep your site on my hot list so when you leave the army we can read all that we missed. Take care of yourself until it is time to come home to America.

Anonymous said...

I see the pukes haven't changed. Weapons change, tactics change, unies change, the war gets a different name. But the shit goes on.

Just A Grunt.
U.S. Army 1969-72

Anonymous said...

It saddens me that the beaurocrats got their nuts twisted and now you can't share your world with us. I come to your blog every day hoping for a new post; I guess now I'll have to spend those five minutes working. Godspeed, LT.

OldGrouchy said...

LT G: it's a shame but as you said, orders are orders. So, soldier on and yes, we'll be praying for you and the GDs,

God bless you all, including the NNs who ordered this!

Stay safe. May you and CG have many good times ahead. It would be a blast if CG kept us all abreast of the latest happenings in your lives.

Bill McBride (Beedeacfans) said...

Lt. G please allow City Girl to give us some updates on how you and the Gravediggers are doing. You sir are a gifted and honorable young man, please be careful and hopefully this war will come to an end and all will come home soon. That being said, I am not a soldier so whoever told you to stop posting can kiss my Southern boy, Demon Deacon lovin' Tarhole hatin' all American ASS.

May God in heaven keep you guys safe, you all are in my prayers!

PS see ya on scout

Anonymous said...

This is really sad Friday news. I feel like I am losing friends. I have come to really care about you, CG, Bulldog, Haitian Sensation, Boomhauser, Biggie, et al. Please consider posting at the end of your depolyment, if it is allowed.

I will think of the Gravediggers, speak of the Gravediggers, and pray for the Gravediggers.

Congratualtions on being young, in love, and retaining a touch of idealism.

Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed your posts and your honesty about the situation in Iraq. Thanks for standing on the wall for all of us! Hope to see a book from you sometime in the future-you and your men stay together and safe. Carsie Young

membrain said...


I love to read good writing, especially when it's relevant.

And what could be more relevant today but the happenings in Iraq. Oh wait. There's Afghanistan. But let's keep on topic.

I see May 28 has been pulled; Still I remember the subject matter.

My thoughts and prayers are indeed with you and The Gravediggers, though I suspect that the Gravediggers and you are now parted.

Thank you so much for all that you have done and are doing. Thank you for introducing me to The Killers. Thank you for making me laugh.

I will miss this deeply, but as you said in your giddy European Interlude: "Fine. Pop in Queen’s Greatest Hits and let’s roll."


Anonymous said...

Lt. G, reading your blogs connected me with all that was my sons present world (pv2 hot wheels). Now that he is no longer with your unit, I will continue to pray for you and all of our brave warriors. You are not forgotten, nor gone. Thanks for what all of you are doing, though that just isn't a big enough word for the gratitude I feel for your service to our country.

geez said...

Well this sucks. This war has gone on so long that when you search for Military blogs, Iraq you end up with blogs from guys that have been home for 2 years and other non current stuff. You were the only current blog I could find that was telling the story in real time. Please post substitutes if anyone has them. I will miss you Lt.
The old fat guy in LV

EDeuce said...

Most devastating news LT. But as it has been said above, find a way to keep us all updated. Good luck with the second half, stay safe and bring the Gravediggers home, we're all waiting anxiously.

callee said...

Sad to see you go - Thanks for bringing your writing, thoughts, and experiences to us. And the laughs :) Have a good one!

MikeP said...

I'm sorry to read the news, although I guess unsurprised. Maybe you'll get a chance to write more in the future, although I'm not getting my hopes up. "Nice" to see that petty bureaucracy crosses national boundaries, I'd expect exactly the same from my own military. Keep your head down, mags loaded, and wits intact.

CF Reserves (Infantry) 1995-2000

Vanessa said...

Put simply, that really sucks. I don't have the way with words that you do, but I just wanted to say thank you for the insight you've given me on this war and the little glimpse of the lives of the people that fight it. As a Cav Scout's girlfriend, it gave me a lot of comfort, oddly enough, to read about the things he'd be up against. I'll miss reading your updates. Good luck to you and the Gravediggers, and I hope you and City Girl have a long and happy life together!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Son,

I respect you so much. (and, you know, there's not but a handful of men I'll admit to feeling that way about! Tee Hee!)

Love to PV2 Hot Wheel's Mom and to all the Gravediggers.


Grandpa said...

Every cloud has a silver lining. Look at how much more in E mails City Girl will be getting. You’re a good officer, and a better man. God in his infinite mercy keep you and all your gravedidiggers out of harms way until you are all home safe and sound.

Bro. Bartleby said...

Instead of lamenting, show a little "Irish" and write Congress, email addresses here:

Anonymous said...

Lt G,

I will miss your blog. Keep a diary of entries you would have posted on your computer for later on in case the tap is opened again. Even if it is not, your immediate family and friends will enjoy reading them in the future, and those who have become your very extended family would certainly like to see them too.

My very best to you and your platoon, and to City Girl as well. May the future bring you joy and blessings 1000-fold.


Anonymous said...

just go into "hibernation"

Stay safe and sane!

Karla (threadbndr) said...

Sorry to hear that "da brass" are shutting you down. Hopefully not for long.

Stay safe over there; I'll miss your little glimpses of the GraveDiggers.

Keeping you all in my prayers, always. Mother of a Marine (one of the Knucklebusters)

Anonymous said...

I do hope it is only tactical and you are back posting again soon. Your writing is terrific and it gives me some small sense of what life is like over there. Please be safe and at least let us know when you return home. Great things lie ahead for you!

kimhill said...

This is really a shame, although probably unavoidable, considering your apparent procedural lapse. Let's hope that after some time for you to reflect on all this, you're allowed to post again.

It sounds like your superiors reacted reasonably, but let's hope they're also reasonable about an ultimate outcome.

This blog provides some of the best writing from the ground I've ever seen. It's gritty, but it also portrays our people in a very positive light. It creates an emotional relationship between civilians at home, and our fine (and human) warriors in the field.

Reading Kaboom makes me proud of our Army. It needs to come back soon.

Anonymous said...

First we lose George Carlin, now your blog.

I find this unacceptable and should like to lodge complaints with the echelons beyond reality.

...or you could make a new one they don't know about? I'm just sayin'...

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 06/27/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.

Anonymous said...

My thought can best be expressed in the following quote:

"Lame." -Eric Cartman

Anonymous said...

Best wishes to you and your men.


Anonymous said...

Strangely reminiscent of the CBFTW days.

Laggin said...

Crap. I'll miss reading this.

This was a way for us to understand just a sliver of what you all live. It meant we can't forget. In that way, they are making a mistake. Yet I cannot say it surprises me.

Keep safe.

And I like the idea of City Girl updating us. My heart seems to slow between your posts.

Anonymous said...

Dear Son,

I find it incredibly ironic that the day after the US Supreme Court issues a landmark decision concerning the second amendment of the Constitution, some midmanagment bureaucrat decides he can piss on the first amendment.


While that "superior officer" may have some convulted rationale for his decision, the bottom line is your May 28th posting did NOT violate OPSEC. Thus, that order, in my humble opinion is a violation of two of the very freedoms you and the Gravediggers are fighting for - Freedom of Speach and Freedom of the Press (yes the Press as your blog was a published piece of work subject to the same protections the news media in this country enjoy).

The censorship is made even more ironic by the fact that the so-called "superior officer" took the same oath that you did to support and defend the Consitition of the United States.

As I have taken similar oaths I am offended by this blatent disregard of Constitutional rights under the guise of some purported protocol lapse.

I can only hope that someone of a higher rank with a better understanding of law, justice and plain old American common sense will see beyond the pretext of the "cease and desist" order - and see it for what it really is - and do what is right.

Yes you are a good soldier and will soldier on. Me, on the other hand, ... well in the words of one of my favorite writers "Can't help it, I'm Irish."

As depicted in your May 28th posting, you made the right decision - for you - for your platoon and for the Army. The person or persons who took exception to that decision have now validated the righteousness of your decision.

Stay safe. Stay smart. Take care of yourself and the Gravediggers. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as is PV2 Hotwheels and his family.

With great love, admiration and respect,

Poppa G

PS - another last piece of fatherly advice - "Write on Son, write on"

rakkasansleadtheway said...

Ahhh Field Grades.. only ever met four, (in six years!) I thought were worth a damm. Did they order you to stop posting on Kaboom? or the internet? If it's Kaboom go ahead and start another one called "Fuck the COC". Man I'm gonna miss your writing! Best of luck to you and your men. Prayers sent daily. Hope those butt licking Field Grades change their minds becuse you were influencing hundreds if not thousands of people, to look at what our Troops are doing in Iraq in a postive light. Like every one else said looking foward to reading your book. Guess that is gonna have to wait till your ETS. It will be awesome when you can actually name names. Some Field Grades are gonna be SORRY...LOL.
I'll still be checking back in hopes CG can give us some updates. (Just realized her handle also doubles as a military acronoym. So besides being City Girl she is also your future Commanding General lol.)
Salute. you and your men Sir. AATW!

Rico said...

Sorry to hear that.
Hopefully you can get back into their good graces.
Keep your head down.

JasonM said...

This is too bad. This was one of the few places that could go to feel some connection with the soldiers on the ground in Iraq and what they are going through. Hopefully your superiors will let you start blogging again if you can come up with better safeguards.

Even if it is a long time from now, please post on this blog again once you are home and allowed to talk to us again, to let us know how you are.

Anonymous said...

I do think and I do pray. So I'll do both. You definitely tell it about as well as anyone I've read. Keep writing; doesn't matter if its in a journal or on the web. We'll see it at some point. I see other smart folks have the same idea. Great minds think alike. Dumb minds too-hopefully they will again allow you to share a better picture of war. Or maybe we should watch the evening drivel. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Shame to see it go -- for whatever reason.

Can one of the other guys talk to us a little so we'll know you're all ok?

Will miss all of you, hugs to all.


Anonymous said...

It absolutely amazes me that in a war that's not very popular, where the press refuses to put out good news, a superior officer orders you to stop telling it like it is, good or bad. I hope that they relent and allow you to write again.

Until then, watch your six and stay safe!

Anonymous said...

I'm grateful that we got to share in the joy of your engagement before the curtain came down for Act 1.

Here's crossing my fingers that the levels above you decide that the people you work with will be safe enough-I hope that was the biggest slice of the their motivation (vs. muzzling your voice-said one trying to enforce safety rules in a stateside workplace).

Prayers for our young folks over there are continuous. It's easier on this end to keep up the support operations when we can focus on a picture of our soldiers: complex, funny, hot, loyal, tired, smart as a whip...(my list doesn't start to do you justice). Thanks

Antoinette said...

LT G, I will miss your window on the war. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of what you and the Gravediggers do.

Anonymous said...

Just because you have to stop publishing doesn't mean you have to stop writing Lt. G.

Your blog has been my connection to the reality of - well - the suck. I check it every day hoping that 1) you have posted something new and 2) that you are still able to post something new. At least you can continue to write - maybe to be read at a later date.

A friend and co-worker just returned from his tour (58 IBCT, Camp Victory). He was not able to communicate to us back home much. Your blog was a surrogate connection. Reading your blog, then hearing it direct from 1Sgt X now that he's home is enlightening.

By all means please have someone continue posting. Even if it's "I heard from Lt. G today and the Gravediggers remain intact"

This middle-aged fireman who you'll never meet is thinking of you and the Gravediggers daily.

Lou M said...

Sorry to hear it, LT. I've really enjoyed your writing and looked forward to new posts. Take care of your troops, take care of yourself, and come home safely.

JamesX said...

Um, sir, you've got friends in high places, whom you may wish to contact for advice, if you need it:

Anonymous said...

Keep up the good fight LT G. You will be missed in the blog-o-sphere. Keep safe and sane.

Anonymous said...

Lt G

Well, shoot. I am so sorry they have made such a short-sighted decision. I wish the brass could understand that without bloggers, we are left with no one but MSM for information about what is really going on. With so few people having any connection to those in harms way, shutting the window on someone such as yourself is so very counterproductive. For all your commenters there are so many more “lurkers” who sign in every day to share your trials, triumphs, terrors and frustrations. People just don’t care much about people they don’t know. Thanks to your words, we know and love you all. Having waited for my son, nothing is worse than not knowing.

Perhaps City Girl will be kind enough let us know how you are doing.

My Gram signed every letter to my father in WWII this way, and I signed every letter to my son who is now home safe—so I will send this blessing to you and the Gravediggers and to Biggie Smalls— “May the good Lord keep you in His loving care.”


Mezzo SF said...

Lt G! You and your posts will be greatly missed! But lack of posting will NOT translate to lack of prayers, good vibes and happy thoughts headed your way. You, the Gravediggers, and CG have many adoptive moms, dads, friends, etc, now...we got your back on this end of things! Take care, God bless, keep writing and I look forward to reading that book one day... :)

Desert Sailor said...

Lil Brother it was a good ride. You wove a story entirely too good? Hang tough, you'll be back in some form soon enough, the Army isn't THAT dumb....ok maybe it is.

Hey Gen P...WTFO?? Call of the IT dogs!!

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of military leadership my tax dollars are paying for? Your superior sets a great example of how power is abused when control and ego become more important. Let us not forget the old saying "Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely". LTG you have alot of support out here.

Anonymous said...

Thanks and take care Lt.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading your posts. Reminded me of when I was soldier long ago. I will miss them.

Watch your 6 LT and come home safe to your girl.

Anonymous said...

You can't keep a good man down forever. You'll be back. My son is currently in Bagdad flying his helicopter for the 4 ID. I told him to be on the lookout for you. You never know when your paths will cross. In the mean time....stay safe, you in my prayers.

Miss Em said...

Well this really sucks worse than a chest wound.
Wait that's what I've just got.
Well this is one hell of a Fu-bar.

I will miss reading your Journal with all of the up-dating about the happenings with you and your men.

I will keep this site in my bookmark file. I will continue to check back to see if someone who has a bigger 'Brass Hat' has jerked that Fu-bar's head back out of his 'my feelings got hurt when he said no' ass.

Take care. This is how I end my letters to the Marines I write to:

Stay as safe as you can in such a difficult place.
My prayers and wishes is for you and your Brothers is a safe return to your LOVE ONES.

Anonymous said...

No problem. Just keep a journal and write in it as often as you can (and keep it backed up in the US if possible). As soon as you leave the Army, you can find a publisher and name names. Payback is a B.

AJ said...

i can see how getting engaged would anger The Man.

Nice work, LT.

MMC said...

Major suck! Major foul!

You say 'tactical pause' so I really do hope you will be back. Your writing gives an amazing window on what's happening in Iraq that people just would not have without this blog. I sincerely hope your superiors are smart enough to see the value and importance of that. I, for one, will be checking back often.

In the meantime, stay safe and be well. Our thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

You and your Gravediggers stay safe LT G. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Lt. G., I have read every word of your blog as my son-in-law is one of the guys in your platoon. I am in awe of your literary talents. I am sorry you have been muzzled in the name of a fight for someone else's supposed "freedom." Censorship in the name of freedom is oxymoronic, with emphasis on the "moronic." You have provided a stunning window into life in the current military. And isn't it odd that you have effectively been charged with insubordination by opting to remain a subordinate...? I am glad you chose to stay with your unit for the duration----and I know several other people around the world who are grateful for your loyalty. You are the best!

Anonymous said...

LT. G, I have followed your blog for quite a while now, and it changed my view on the war. Save it all; there would be many grateful for the story without the spin and doctoring. Maybe... one of the other Gravediggers could blog for everyone?

You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay sane and come home as whole as you can.

From the NorthWest

2SBCT Mom said...

I can't believe this crap. I'll refrain from saying what I'm thinking about those responsible for ordering you to stop blogging.

You and the Gravediggers have always been in my thoughts/prayers and will continue to be.

Anonymous said...

How selfish of me to be saddened by the 'pause'. Your sacrifices and example of service is what I remind my children of when they whine because of my sometimes bi-weekly abscences from home due to civilian work. Our prayers you have, without ceasing as the Book says. Fill in encouraging word here__________.
Thanks from the heartland!

Mary*Ann said...

Hoping it is only a pause. Keeping you and the Gravediggers in my prayers.

BigD said...

Hi Lt. G,
Please tell me you are not going to take this "order" to shut down your blog without a fight? I am shocked by the number of fond farewells,thanks for the memories, was swell, and sorry for ya's in this comment section. Like this was your decision to stop posting and you were off to bigger and better. The ARMY has gone too far and this "order" is an absolute adbomination!

I am mad as hell and I am not going take it anymore. I have reread that post and there is NOTHING there that should require this kind of action! And yes, this same thing happened to Colby Buzzell when they tried to shut his blog down almost four years ago! This is why people get turned off to the military...the higher ups cannot see the forest for the trees, mostly because they have their heads so far up their arses they can't recognize a good soldier when he stands in front of them refusing to leave his men in order to play monkey-boy to a bunch of fobbits with shit for brains. Now does that about sum it up!

Everyone who commented on this post needs to get off their collective butts and start protesting about this most aggregous assault on Lt. G's FREEDOM. While Lt. G and his Gravedigger's fight for Iraqi freedom, who will actually step up and fight for theirs?
Soundtrack to write Congress by:
1. Freedom - Bread
2. Cost of Freedom - CSN
3. Revolution - Beatles
4. Hands Held High - Linkin Park
5. Working Class Hero - John Lennon

And finally Lt. G, this one's for you..."Hold Your Head Up" by Argent.

And if it's bad
Don't let it get you down, you can take it
And if it hurts
Don't let them see you cry, you can take it

Hold your head up, hold your head up
Hold your head up, hold your head high

And if they stare
Just let them burn their eyes on you moving
And if they shout
Don't let them change a thing what you're doing

Hold your head up, hold your head up.
Hold your head up, hold your head high.

My thoughts and prayers are ever with you and your Gravediggers.
God(s) bless you all and I look forward to reading your blog very soon!

Anonymous said...

Damn! Damn! I love your writing, I love your insight, I love your balanced point of view. You give those of us who are not so militarily inclined (being a child of the Vietnam era) a feeling hope. Hope that we do have fine, intelligent, honorable folks representing our country. Hope that even though our mission in Iraq seems to be a mess, there are wise and good people working to straighten it out. Hope that there is leadership out there watching out for the wonderful kids who sign on with a sincere desire to make a difference in the world. Hope that you and the Gravediggers will all make it back home one day soon.

I agree with others. I would like to at least have updates from City Girl or from Poppa G -- loved his insights! I must say that I am like many others who checked in nightly to read about another facet of the war that is not reported nor represented out there. Your blog kept me involved and kept me alert to what is happening to us as a country. The news here has moved on and is only talking about gas prices, the stock market and politics. Your blog kept us up with the game that others have seemed to have forgotten was still going on these years later. May the "higher pay grade" folks be enlightened and let you blog on......

....In the meantime, keep writing, save it, take care of your wonderful Gravediggers, stay safe and we will see you on the Daily Show when you get home! You have a wonderful book that just needs the rest of the story.

Yours truly,
An Air Force Mom

LGD said...

Crap! And this blog was just getting somewhere!

Come back safe a write a book, OK?

Skubaliscious said...

Boo! My sis just directed me to this blog a month or so ago...I was hoping to read much more.

Stay safe. We continue to pray for all of you.

Thanks for all your insights.

BigD said...

For those that may be interested here is the letter that I just sent to my Senators and Congressional representatives. I am not playing!
Feel free to copy and paste! Poppa G I hope you don't mind that I have inserted your comments in my letter.

To The Honorable Senator ______:
I wanted to make you aware of a situation that I feel is aggregous and unfair, as well as, unconstitutional. A soldier who is currently serving in Iraq as part of OIF has recently been told by the Army that he must shut down his blog. This soldier has a milblog called Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal. He has been posting on his blog throughout the course of his deployment. He is a gifted and talented writer, as well as, a brave and intelligent leader in the US Army. As of Friday, June 27th, he was told he had to shut down his blog. This decision was precipitated by a particular post, which DID NOT violate any OPSEC rules. I will be happy to enclose a copy of this post if needed. My concern is that this soldier is risking his life everyday to defend "freedom" for the citizens of the United States and Iraq, while his right to free speech and freedom of the press are being violated. His father who commented on his blog put it best,


I am a regular reader of milblogs and I have gained knowledge about the war and the workings of the military (both good and bad) through the writings of those who are "boots on the ground." These are stories one will never see, read, or hear from mainstream US media. I do support our soldiers and I am not anti-military. I am, however, anti-censorship when it comes to violating the very rights for which our soldiers have been fighting and dying for the last five years! I know that there are security concerns and OPSEC issues that have to be considered. Lt. G is aware of those rules as well. The last thing he would ever do would be to intentionally endanger the lives of those that he has been entrusted to protect!

I want this soldier's blog to be reinstated and this "gag" order taken off of this soldier and his blog. Here is the link to Lt. G's blog - I refuse to sit idly by and watch the rights of our soldiers being violated. As they defend us, who will defend them?

Any assistance you can render
would be greatly appreciated.


Anonymous said...

I read that you were being shut down about six hours ago now, and I still have a bit of a lump in my throat. Your writing has offered a gem seldom found in the blogosphere, personal writing that avoids self-aggrandizement. Thanks for being there, you've really broadened my perspective. Best wishes, stay safe, and keep in mind that you have the potential to be one of the most important voices to come out of this war. And it is a war that needs voices.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the letter, bigd! I'm completely appalled by the situation as well.

Wife of LT's comrade

Hardtack said...

I hate that news. Yet, orders are orders.

I have enjoyed your blog; and this type of information is becoming more and more difficult to find. You have a style that is so rare; and so refreshing.

Stay safe, stay frosty. Keep doing the job you have been doing, and I hope and pray not only for you and the Gravediggers, but also that one of these days this blog can come back.

I do like the idea of City Girl taking up some of the slack. To keep us informed.

horace said...

"LT G is a proto-Damon"

if you've read Once an Eagle, you know what a compliment it is to be compared to Sam Damon. Well done, LT G.

Be warned: a lot of fascists comment on this site obviously, and that bitch Cassandra is a known pogue. And G told her they should go to dinner :)

Coltrane450 said...

Hi G,

Well I have nothing more profound to say other than "this sucks". I will truly miss reading your updates as I thought they were the BEST I'VE EVER READ. Your writing was honest not "hooah". Thanks so much for everything you and the Gravediggers do. I'll keep you and your men in my prayers. God Bless You.


Anonymous said...

So........ This is their "GOTCHA" to show their displeasure about you declining their generous offer to be the next XO. Some people have to take everything SO PERSONAL. Well, hang in there and thanks for all you do. I'm sure your men appreciate your loyalty. I'll miss your writing but I'm sure you will be back in not that long a time.

Hangtown Bob

Anonymous said...

I sounds like some weenie wagging going on around here. Well LT, I can only tell you that I'm still with you, through support programs and shaking hands of any uniform I see. Step clear of this mess, get the girl, and come home soon.
Keep Going!

SFC SKI said...

You and the Gravediggers stay safe, LT.

Don't let the brass get you down.

Anonymous said...

Gonna miss you LT. Be safe and you and your team will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care and let's home the next few months fly by.

2SBCT Mom said...


My letter has just been sent. This is an outrage and you're right, we need to fight for LT G and the Gravediggers. Get moving people and send your letter ASAP. If you're reading this, then you have time to take a few minutes from your day and do the right thing. bigd provided the content in his comment, just copy and paste if you don't have time to compose a letter yourself. Here is a link:

LT G, your faithful readers will do what we can from our end to get you going again. I wonder if you had accepted the promotion if this would even be an issue now!

Anonymous said...


I will continue to pray for the Gravediggers! A society has may tough jobs but none more thankless or difficult. Some of us can appreciate your situation and we do respect and honour you.

Your images live on and will be back online soon I trust, you see I am Irish as well.


historyguy99 said...


It has been a great pleasure to have been able to read your blog these past months. I think you have a great future in writing ahead..Stay safe, you've got thousands of us readers looking forward to your return to home and the insightful musings that flow from your keyboard.



Anonymous said...

Don’t stop writing. The stories need to be told. The Army can tell you not to post but they can’t tell you not to write. Have City Girl post that you and the Grave Diggers are well. You may have to help her edit her post since she doesn’t write as eloquently as you do. You’ve made the Grave Diggers very special to your readers and the readers want to know how you’re doing while they wait for the book.

The most important job you have now is to fight the war and bring yourself and Grave Diggers home safe. We have a wedding to celebrate. Those are your marching orders. And you thought the Army was tough. Welcome to husband boot camp. I just put the capital M in mother in law.

Stay safe, Love City Girl’s Mom

Tom said...

Thanks for all your incites. I hope you keep a journal. When you're done with Army, please publish it. Online or otherwise. Its been a pleasure. Peace be with you. Or not. Depending.

Jada Elliott said...

LT G. Sorry to hear you will be offline. thanks for sharing your experiences and those of the Gravediggers, even if some of your views pissed me off. You spoke your truth and that's worth something. God Bless,
Jada Elliott

the reified bean said...

This is a real pity--your writing, aside from being excellent, played an important role for me in deciding to apply to OCS. Cheers, and keep up the good work!

Shauna said...

I am saddened at the news that you will no longer be able to post. I "happened" on your blog awhile back looking for info about the CAV unit my son's Infantry unit is attached to over there. I really looked forward to your new entries and hope that you and City Girl can find another way to keep us posted on how you and the Gravediggers are doing. I LOVED your post about your engagement and wish the best for you and your City Girl!! Congratulations!!Thoughts and prayers for all involved daily in this "Long War"......all of you over there and all of us over here waiting for your safe return!
1-27 Wolfhounds!

Macy said...

I hope you have the chance to do some sort of writing on your experiences in the future. Thank you for the blog, you are a very talented and intelligent person. I will keep you and others like you in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Are you surprised the man is letting your offending post remain up?

Anonymous said...

As and IDF mom, you speak the truth: “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage”

May Ha'Shem bless you all in every step you take.

Anonymous said...

Lt G
It smacks of spite hiding under OPSEC but after 20 yrs in the government when you make them uncomfortable you can't make a mistake. I hope you'll find a way to get word to all of us who care about what happens to you and your gravediggers.
Your unvarnished account of your service in Iraq with the gravediggers is priceless and that can never be taken away from you.
Thank you so much for what you have shared.
Soldlier's mom

Robert Q said...


Thanks for your service. Really enjoyed your posts. Will miss them. Hope you and your Soldiers will stay safe.

- Bob

Brian H said...

Ah, the unbeatable ability to recognize and crush unregulated quality.

Check out Jerry Pournelle's site, and do a search on his "Iron Law", which notes that the in-house rule-makers ALWAYS take over an organization or group from the ones who are too busy doing something productive to play power games.

RangersGirl said...

Sorry to see you go. You are a great writer.

Anonymous said...

Please don't ever think that we DON'T think of you. You all are on our minds - and there is no way we can ever thank you for what you do for us.

Thanks for taking the time to write about your reality.

Wishing you and your friends blessings!


The Rude Dog said...

Damn the goons!

Lt. G, thank you for your service to our country.

No matter your philosphical stripe, the blogoshpere was a richer place for your writing.

The Rude Dog said...

Damn the goons!

Lt. G, thank you for your service to our country.

No matter your philosphical stripe, the blogoshpere was a richer place for your writing.

FbL said...

Despite whatever mistakes have been made on both sides, the results suck. I hope this truly is just a "pause," as your voice and your stories are so valuable.

And like so many others have said here, the Gravediggers have a piece of my heart. I will be thinking of and praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Lt G,
what can I say except this: THIS SUCKS BIG GALACTC MUFFIN TOPS!!!!!
I could continue shouting but what it boils down to is this, why are we there, in the sandbox, if a fundimental right, one of our highest laws is not worth a damm to these jackasses? I will be writing a letter to THOSE people in various parts of this nation about this issue. What can I say, I love a good fight with an underdog...It's the Irish in me...
Oh and can Poppa G adopt me? or vise versa?
God keep you and yours in the palm of his hand, and may he bring y'all home safe and sane (or a functional equivalent)

Anonymous said...

May Jehovah keep you and the Grave Diggers safe from harm. Thank you Grave Diggers. LT, your voice will be missed but never forgotten.

Tania said...

Well shit.....and I've been looking forward to your future posts. I'm really going to miss reading what you have to say. It's not fair! Regardless, we will all be thinking of you and you are in my prayers! Stay safe!

the walking man said...

Stay in touch with your family, lead your troops, and know that we do pray. Good job boss.

JihadGene said...


You be one good Joe! So sorry things no good for you with brogg.
Best of wishes for you, you troops, and their families.

Great Reader KIM Jong IL
(Ex Axis of Evil member...for now)

Thunder Pig said...

It is typical for the military brass not to get it.

You guys who blog are the only way the news of our success in Iraq is getting out to the rest of us.

Just remember to write everything down and save it for after you get out.

Anonymous said...

Well that sucks LT G I wills still be checking the site in hopes that you are able to post again. You and your men (as well as all service men and woman)are in our prayers. Be safe and congrats on your engagement.

Anonymous said...

LT, keep safe and keep your head down. I have read your entries with a sense of pride and sorrow. It sucks that you guys are over there but you have done great things that make us all proud. Godspeed sir.

Anonymous said...

A free society would not shut down your blog. You are as patriotic as they come, and you were not endangering security. It was an introspective blog on the nature of making of a private decision that had nothing to do with security. Perhaps this is the shit that was due to come down the pipe your way? For your decision to be loyal to your soldiers?
This is not good P.R. for the management of this war. This action confirms the worst fears of many.
It is not unusual for soldiers to believe that the civilian population does not care about what happens to them in this war. This is not the case. It is difficult for us to learn what it is like where you are, and choking off your voice does nothing to improve that. From the civilian end, it is impossible to believe that the people on top want us to have a clue as to what is happening. We are supposed to blindly wave a flag, pay for the war, stand by while the economic infrastructure goes to hell in a handbasket, and watch you guys suck it up when you come home to system that craps on you.
Please write, write , write. Maybe CityGirl will edit as you go, and you can publish that sucker the day you return.
If there is a God, may you be held in it's hand. (Gently, God. No squishing. Be careful.)

aheartfromtheblueridge said...

Write your stories in mass email form to those that wish to sign up, then it's not a blog, it's personal email.

Bruce said...

This is a disgusting decision on the part of the Army command.It's interesting that a Private named Scott Thomas Beauchamp, who wrote a column for THE NEW REPUBLIC called the "Baghdad Diarist", was NOT ordered to desist by the Army. Especially since many milBloggers came forward to prove that the wrings (rantings) of this serf-serving puke were totally falsified, continuously broke OpSec, and named individual soldiers he claimed were committing "war crimes". Could it be he was allowed to continue - until the milBloggers proved too much for him to take - because he was writing for the leftist media? It would seem so! I would hope Lt. G would appeal this decision that deprives him of his rights (even under the UCMJ) to a higher authority.

In the meantime, Lieutenant - be well, stay safe, God Speed in your mission, and THANK YOU for your service.

kong said...

dude, you're a fucking genius. I can't wait for the book. You are going to be a household name, i know it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you made a big mistake- but your superiors will be making a bigger one if your supension is anything more than temporary.

Who can we contact to protest?

Galrahn said...

Keep the head up LT. G. You have touched the lives of more Americans than any PAO in Iraq.

You have also written the best first person perspective blog the internet has ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tom Mackey, this is kinda wackey.

exdem13 said...

Thanks for making your blog, Lt G. It was an honest, informing, and often entertaining you-are-there POV account of the Second Gulf War, a subset of the Global War on Terrorism. Glad to know that guys like you are making the world a better place for guys like me, and my 4-year old nephew whom I hope will live a long life due to the work that you and the other ground-pounders are doing right now. Too bad about the shutdown order, but maybe it will be rescinded if you wear the halo for a little while. I hope that happens, if only your superiors knew how good a job you have been doing at telling us about the war Over There. (Wait, maybe they do know....that's the government for you.)

Good luck, take care, and God bless you and all your men.

ButlerWifey said...

Well, thinking about this over the weekend, I was going to post another comment suggesting that you keep writing and publish it in a book when you come home. I see that I am not that original when it comes to ideas. But seriously, write a book LT G. I'll buy it and have my kids read it someday and I will tell them that their daddy was with the man who wrote it.

Anonymous said...

Depressing news indeed as I've read your blog regulary to find out what was going on with you, Lt. Demolition, and your men, about whom I have more than a passing interest. I take some consolation in knowing that I'll be reading your writing some time in the future. Words with the power yours have will surely find a large audience down the road. See you . . . read you . . . then. In the meantime, stay strong and stay safe.

Sisu said...

Oh, just hell!

LT, I have enjoyed your eloquent, insightful, often painful, often humorous, always remarkable writing, and I'm going to miss it. Take care, stay safe, prayers for you and your men, and the return of Kaboom.

bigd, thanks for the letter and the go ahead...mass copying and pasting in my future

redc1c4 said...

joke'em if they can't take a fuck...... XO at the company/troop level has to be the suckiest j*b in the Army, and for all the reasons you obviously know. i could tell you stories, but the last thing you need is tired old TINS........ nothing ever changes.

drive on, take care of your troops, stay frosty and don't let the bastards get you down.

my best wishes to you & your troops. Velox et Mortifer!

"Scouts Out!"

Trace said...


Okay, that really does suck.

But I do think, I do pray, and I do care. You and the Gravediggers will remain, as ever, amongst all of that. You've brought all of yourselves to the forefront of our minds in ways that I'm not sure even you can appreciate.

I expect to read you in the future, in some capacity. Thank you for your service, your honesty (as honest as OPSEC will ever allow - and them some, I guess, huh) and your words. They've meant a lifeline of reality to many. We've all needed it back here.

Best of everything to you and yours. And hey - congrats on the happy news out of Italy! A world of blessings to you both.

Shoreline, WA

doctress said...

you Sir, are the voice of a generation. Thank you for your service, thank you for your words, and thank you for your idealism. I will join many in saying that I simply cannot wait for the unfiltered, unvetted book. I'll be one of the first in line.

Antiquated Tory said...

If they don't let you post before then, can you post when you get out so we'll know you're OK? I'll keep my subscription.
Have you considered transferring some of your experience into academia when you get out? Looking at Small Wars Journal and its black sheep cousin Abu Muqawama, there's some dead interesting work being done on nation building, COIN, and in general on what Rupert Smith calls "War amongst the people." I'm an Anthro grad from years back and I'm pleasantly shocked to see even anthropologists getting bylines in military studies journals these days.

Anonymous said...

looks like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will miss you...

Petrie & Trixie said...

Wow, it's similar to that moment right after, when your trying to figure out what the hell just happened and how do we make things better.
Clearly you will be missed and my own therapy through your blog will be halted.
May the powers that be, be the power we want then to be and bring you back. One man is the fog. Good luck sir and thank you for your words thus far.

Michael said...

LT --

You probably have some idea of the current press coverage of the Iraqi/Afghanistan conflicts - yeah - zip, nada, nothing man.

I really cannot add anything to the posts that I have read by your readers. Except that you have my family's and my appreciation of your love of country and your men.

I certainly agree with the frustration that others have vented upon learning that there will be no further posts.

Good luck and godspeed. May you and your men come home safe.

Thanks LT.


Dennis said...


Hang in there, you're not the only one this has happened to. As a staff puke, (old, fat, ugly, etc) I got in trouble, too, and was delayed shipping into country because of hurting feelings.

Your tactical pause is the right thing to do right now. But keep writing and keep it all filed. If you can't restart the blog again; wait until you're back home, out of the Army; and then put the whole thing back up.

(I keep hoping that COL Cartoon will see mine and suffer terminal apoplexy.)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the letter bigd. I sent mine off to my Senator. I hope everyone on here is doing the same.

LT G. God bless you and all your guys.

Laggin said...

I wrote my Representative and both my Sentors.

Jim said...

The Irish, gifted with gab. If lucky, gifted also with small feet and soft shoes, so as not to damage their few remaining teeth when they run too long at the mouth.

Well do I know the taste of my own sneakers.

On May 28th, you got a little too happy with the sound of your own voice, spurred by being right about yourself and right about the bait. It is one thing to (in their eyes) bite the hand that feeds you. Now we see that it is quite another to make a story out of it.

Some may not understand that unfettered freedom of speech does not exist under our Constitution--it never has. Some may also not understand that freedom of any kind for the soldier is granted at the discretion (though not necessarily wisdom) of the CoC.

The tragedy is that they often seem to choose the petty over which to make their points.

"Bad for morale" is the grayest of gray areas. Lots of room in there.

It seems to me, as much a service to the world at home that this story-telling has been, that it has been a greater service to yourself.

It seems to me that this is one thing that is helping you to stay anchored--to see that the world you're moving through is not who you are, but simply what you are doing.

It seems to me that who you are is how you react in writing, as much as how you lead in the field.

So it occurs to me to think that you should be careful with yourself these next few weeks and months, Lt G. Pay close attention to your head. Find other ways to keep it right.

Stay in your lane. Be good. But be good to yourself, too, and smart about it. And if you have trouble finding a new keel for that ship (if that's what you need), don't pause even for a second to say so. There are a lot of people watching you who care about you and understand your world a little bit.

The line is there if you need it.

The words will be there when the time comes. You can always trust in that.

Keep your head down and your boys in line.

Come home safe.

Good luck.

Eric said...


Do what you gotta do. Charlie-mike.

As long as it lasted, thank you.

BigD said...

Thank you to all those who have written letters to their Congress people. I have also contacted a writer who worked with CB when he was blogging (MY WAR: CBFTW) I have
decided to contact CB directly, as he has first hand experience with having his blog shut down, oh like five years ago! He writes for San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire and other publications. I hope one of these might be interested in getting this story some mass media attention. I will post updates if I have any success. Fight the good fight...cause this one's worth fighting! If anyone has any other suggestions or connections, please share.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lt. G,

I've been reading your blog for a few months now, and my heart stopped when I realized your site had been taken down. That sucks. I'm going to miss reading your blog. You give me a lot to think about. Thank you. I'm thinking of you and your men, wherever you are. Stay safe.

FOARP said...

Dude, keep writing your stuff and then post it all when you get out. Stay safe.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thats unfortunate! I just found this blog today. Bummer. Stay safe and keep a journal and post once you get out.

Jake said...

I find it terribly disturbing that they ask you to take lives and sacrifice lives for the very right they're taking away from you.

Funk that- write what's in your heart and on your mind. It's your duty and your right!

I'll be contacting my congressmen as well. You and all your fellow soldiers will, always, be in our thoughts.

mbullock said...

Unfortunately I only found out about your blog by seeing the article in Wired about you getting shut down. Wish I'd seen it sooner. An entertaining read; plus as a civilian I like to get the perspective of actual men and women on the ground in Iraq, since the civ media outlets (righty, lefty, and inbetweeny) are generally out of touch with reality.

Anonymous said...

Sad doings. It is only today that I have discovered your blog and already I am sad....
good luck to you...and thank you for the honest words.

Kevin said...

I'm just now hearing about your blog, man, but it's fascinating reading. It's unfortunate that they're doing this to you, but stay strong and know that you have a lot of people holding you up.

Michael said...


Anonymous said...

Big Green once again proves that it is retarded, on a micro and macro scale. I'll quote James G. Burton, from his book, The Pentagon Wars, and let the chain of command see if that shoe fits:

"The practice of purging the ranks of 'difficult' subordinates...over the years has produced a crop of senior officials long on form and short on substance. The long-term result of stifling dissent and discouraging unconventional views, while rewarding those who conform, is an officer corp that is sterile, stagnant, and predictable. Promoting clones, while purging mavericks, is tantamount to incest. We all know the possible long-term effects of generations of incest--feeblemindedness, debilitation, and insanity."

So kudos for once again screwing the pooch on IO with the American People. Better to have the PAO send a weeks old, politically safe, press release. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you and your men. God bless and Godspeed. You're a talented writer, LT. Do more of it when you can.

Alex said...

It sucks to lose a fellow milblogger, one with talent that exceeded most. Have safe travels and do continue to write someday.


Derek said...

Damn Dude,

This is some seriously good stuff.

Absolutely fascinating.

Write a book when you're able.

People will always listen to honesty.

Keep your head down.

lilith said...

I'm so sad I stumbled upon this so late. I love the way you write. It's given me something that no news reports or anything else has been able to, a connection.

Although I'll never be able to full grasp just giving even the 'mundane' is enough to make this situation more human. Humanity and faces often get lost in reports and stats. So thank you for sharing everything. You're probably one of the most articulate young men I've read.

I hope eventually you'll put out your memoirs. ;)

Good luck to you and everyone. Stay safe.

Barron said...

This is Barron Ernst, from back in the day in Reno (you may remember me from poker games at Jayson's house). Your blog is one of the best I've ever read - I hope you and your men stay safe over there. I'll definitely miss reading your blog.


Anonymous said...

you have given all of us a glimpse into the truth.
much respect to you, and may you return home to your loved ones safely and quickly.

Lisa said...

Thank you for all you have done, and all you will continue to do. Stay safe, shoot low, stay low. Write more when you're out.

We'll be waiting.

Maggie45 said...

Congrats on your promotion!!! Stay safe, you and your guys are in my daily prayers. Thank you, Captain.

Anonymous said...

This blog is fucking awesome. I had a feeling it wouldn't last, simply because of how good and how true it was. Thank you Capt G. You are a badass.

CJ said...

LT, just give me your leaders' names and I'll ensure that get a good, hard tongue-lashing from a very vocal senior NCO. What a crock! My father, a retired Navy Command Master Chief, gave me the following advice when I became an NCO: "As long as you're doing the right thing, you'll never have anything to worry about." I've pissed off a lot of people with my direct conversational manner and been threatened to spend my Army career as a perpetual SGT. I made 1SG in less than 14 years!

I look forward to serving under you one day sir and forming the first ever command blogging team!

Anonymous said...

LT read about your blog in the Wash Post this AM. If you have seen one war you have seen them all. Spent a year in Nam, with the grunts in USMC. Saw all of the good and bad. I cant believe that the higher higher's told you to stop your blog. some of the guys and gals at the VFW have been following your blog. Americans need to know from the soldiers view point what is going on not the power pointed censored nonsense that the paper puts out. good source of info is SOF mag. There isn't any nasty outbreak of peace going on. good luck. lay chilly when you can and get home safe. signed old grunt

Anonymous said...

The Lt comments were well written and captured the emotional rollercoaster that goes along with his [and his cohorts'] work.

Generally speaking, as one moves up the chain he/she needs to speak 'officialese'. There is an inherent risk speaking 'officialese'; if you speak it long enough you will both believe and live 'officialese'.

May God bless the Lt and all other men/women in uniform serving here and overseas.

God speed.

chuck_d said...

Godspeed gentlemen in Iraq. Godspeed!

Bryan K. Savage said...

Just read your article on the front page of the Reno Gazette-Journal and had to come here and leave a comment. I want you to know that I support what you guys are doing over there and what I have read I would go to war with you anytime. God bless you guys and please be safe!!!

Kann Do Girl said...

Sorry to hear you have to stop blogging. I believe your intent was good. But like you said - orders is orders, especially where you are. Maybe you'll write book when you get out, a really BIG blog book:) I don't think we need to know everything back here, especially when it comes to your safety. But sometimes I think we are fed a lot of BS, and a bunch sugar coated and tainted. Stay safe - maybe you'll all be home soon. We do care for our troops. KDG

mcclen said...

This was a wonderful article and i will help to spread the word out and i am greatful to all of our soldiers that is in this war and if you can't spread the word from blogging then we will help you to get the word out.

Linda McClendon

CindyPDX said...

Thank you Lt. Matthew Gallagher for your service, your courage, and your words.

I know my thanks may not be much, but it is very sincere and from the heart. Nor is the donation I sent out today for "Cell Phones for Soldiers" from this family of 4 living on one low income.

I find it devastating that your blog has been shut down - but not surprised because I've seen this happen to others close to my family that have been deployed. Talk about pissing off the American voter all the more.

We ALL must fight along with our soldiers to KEEP a free society while we can... before we're left with nothing at all.

bleuet said...

How sad that people cannot speak their mind - we are in a free country - aren't we ? And all those women and men fighting for us. I m proud of you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart. i sure hope they revise their decision and let you blog again. God Bless you all. :-)

suzstjohn said...

thanks - I never knew if I believed in war or not but I always believed that fighting for what you believe in is an awesome ability.
Never lose that.

Anonymous said...

Hooah, Sir! That last paragraph made me so damn proud of my country.

bobkv said...

Please do not stop writing. Your passion and keen observations are a gift. Keep a dairy and publish it when you get out. You have a great skill and it would be a shame that your view of the war would be lost to history. Stay safe, stay strong, America awaits for all of you to return safely home. I pray for all of you, who serve us, our freedoms, our country.

Anonymous said...

It’s called intellectual asphyxia. It occurs in all bureaucracies. Just keep on writing and it all can be released in book form after your return.

You’re intelligent and a historian. Consider your future – teach. Go for your PhD and find a great school that will allow you to breath. The opportunity to share with the young ones what you and your troops did and why would help greatly.

So, keep your ass down, keep your troops and wits about your.

We are with you…

Blue Vet, WA

Mary K. Goddard said...

Godspeed, indeed!
Thank you for answering the call and best wishes for your safe and quick return.
Sorry that "freedom thang" didn't work out for your blog...

Mhari Dubh said...

found the archive late...was out of town when the poo hit the fan.

Wanted to add my $.02. Cpt. G: seriously, publish the book, I'd buy, like, 10 copies to give away.

Your writing is beyond compare.

Keep your head down. I pray for you and yours (and all the rest) constantly.


Chris in Iraq said...

Love the cover of Stars and Stripes ( today. Ernesto Londono wrote a fantastic article and I am waiting to read the letters in future papers!
You also are a insightful writer, able to mix the reality of war with a unique sense of humor and fondness for your troops. Kind of college style at times, but that's what young soldiers are. Trying to have fun, even when they are at war.
Hope the XO doesn't rip your head off for the story. I'm sure he has talked to the old man and the conversation was one-sided. So it is.
You ended on a high note, very professional, very patriotic. Keep it up Matt. Hope your last few months are safe and you and all the Gravediggers make it back to Hawaii alive and well.

Anonymous said...

Take care of yourself and your fellow soldiers! I'm praying for you. My husband served during Korea and our son just returned from 15 months with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. He served with them in Iraq, too. I have some little idea what you're going through. Hang tough, enjoy the proceeds from your book - he who laughs last, laughs best!

Trish | eMailOurMilitary said...

Hoping you'll be updating soon

laurie in maine said...

Are you well?
Did you get the news today?


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Anonymous said...

Anxiously awaiting "Kaboom" the book. I hope you and all the other Gravediggers are safe, Capt. G.


membrain said...

I hope the good CPT and the Gravediggers are returning to the US as scheduled for this month. I hope they are all well and that PVT2 Hotwheels is recovered enought to greet them.

young grasshopper said...

LT. G,

I realize this post is probably a bit late & the chances of it being read by you are slim to none, but I'll post it anyway because there are some things that should always be said, whether they are heard or not.

Your writing is amazing, but what I have found pulled me to your blog was your empathy. Empathy for your men, the people who's country you are in & even for those at home who spend their days waiting. I've never met you & chances are, I never will, but I know that you are a good man. You make your family & your country proud to be able to call you their own.

And now that I've said my peace, good bye and good luck. God bless you & every one of our soldiers.

Desert Sailor said...

Cpt G, Anxiously awaiting word from you. Have missed KABOOM as a daily read in a LONG SUCK!!!!

Wonder Kat! said...

I hope you returned safely from your deployment. I hope to find you again sometime, out here in blogger space.

Anonymous said...

Time goes by and we still hopethat either you or city girl will gfivew us an update through your marvelous use of words.

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