November 18, 2005
Deuce Four

Reporter Michael Yon has been sending back amazing accounts from Iraq. He has been following the activities of the Deuce Four battalion -- their fight in Mosul, their activities during the elections, the daily life of the men. Now they and he have come home to Fort Lewis. Yon has a wonderful account of their farewell party, The Punishers' Ball in Tacoma.

Posted by Andy MacDonald at November 18, 2005 09:43 AM | Email This
1. Eloquent, accurate, and courageous.
Mr. Yon is the Ernie Pyle of this war.

Posted by: Diogenes on November 18, 2005 10:21 AM
2. A special thanks to all of these soldiers and their families. From a supporter of your valiant efforts. You have done us all and the people of Iraq a great justice despite your tragic loses. Thank you again for your efforts.

Posted by: GS on November 18, 2005 10:27 AM
3. Wow. And in the face of such heroism and dedication by our soliders and embeds, the Left wants to cut and run! Unbelievable! All of those Leftist cowards need a tour of duty in Iraq, just to educate and shame them!

Posted by: katomar on November 18, 2005 10:31 AM
4. Welcome Home! And congrats on a job well done!

Posted by: dl on November 18, 2005 10:37 AM
5. I heard a soldier today talking about all the good that is being done in Iraq, and that not a single Iraq he has met wants the US to cut and run until they are secure. 10 of their citizens are standing in line to take the place when 1 of their citizens get killed. They are a remarkable people and deserved to have their freedom. You don't build this democracy in a year. Finish the Job, whatever it takes.

Posted by: GS on November 18, 2005 10:41 AM
6. Welcome home Deuce Four. Thank-you for a tough job well done. We appreciate your efforts and sacrifices and hope for only the best for you and your families.

Posted by: SouthernRoots on November 18, 2005 11:27 AM
7. Just read it. I've read many of Yon's dispatches on the things that the Deuce-4 division has been through, and those soldiers did an amazing job.

I also really appreciate Michael Yon, and the excellent job that he does as a photojournalist. The media needs hundreds of more people like him.

Posted by: Nick J. on November 18, 2005 11:30 AM
8. Amen Nick!! I his article & was verry impressed with it I have had relatives & a father who are vets &this meant lot to me!

Posted by: Laurie on November 18, 2005 01:23 PM
9. I know this is off the subject, but does anyone know the reason for the conflict between the Sunnis and the Shi'ites? I have no clue on this subject, yet I hear about it on the news all the time. Any Islamic history scholars out there?

Posted by: Libertarian on November 18, 2005 01:55 PM

Posted by: TACOMA PHLASH on November 18, 2005 03:19 PM
11. Thank you, Andy. Very inspiring! I love these guys!

Posted by: Michele on November 18, 2005 09:00 PM
12. "Wow. And in the face of such heroism and dedication by our soliders and embeds, the Left wants to cut and run! Unbelievable! All of those Leftist cowards need a tour of duty in Iraq, just to educate and shame them!"

That's strange, katomar, I don't recall similar comments from the right back in June:

Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina will be among the lawmakers introducing legislation this week calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of American troops in Iraq.

"When I look at the number of men and women who have been killed it's almost 1,700 now, in addition to close to 12,000 have been severely wounded and I just feel that the reason of going in for weapons of mass destruction, the ability of the Iraqis to make a nuclear weapon, that's all been proven that it was never there," Jones said on ABC's "This Week."

Wow, katomar - I didn't know this right wing congressman from NC was a "leftist coward," too! Thanks for enlightening us! And how's about Chuck Hagel? Is he a leftist coward, too?

Did I mention the Iraqis want us out asap? Maybe they can have an election on the subject.

Posted by: GregL on November 23, 2005 01:33 AM
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