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July 22, 2009

Here and There

Via Kate, rum, sodomy and the lash!

(well, not really) Happy Birthday William!


And via Nicki, "With Love, Cyrus":

For a start SHIT I got hit!! Now Iv got that out the way I can say the things Iv hopefully made clear, or if I havent this should clear it all up for me. My hole life you'v all been there for me through thick and thin bit like a wedding through good and bad. Without you I believe I wouldn't have made it as far as I have. I died doing what I was born to do I was happy and felt great about myself although the army was sadly the ending of me it was also the making of me so please don't feel any hate toward it. One thing I no I never made clear to you all was I make jokes about my life starting in the Army. That's wrong VERY wrong my life began a LONG time before that (Obviously) but you get what I mean. All the times Iv tried to neglect the family get angry when you try teach me right from wrong wot I mean to say is I only realised that you were trying to help when I joined the army and without YOUR help I would have never had the BALLS, the GRIT and the damn right determination to crack on and do it. If I could have a wish in life it would to be able to say Iv gone and done things many would never try to do. And going to Afghan has fulfilled my dream ie my goal. Yes I am young wich as a parent must brake you heart but you must all somehow find the strength that I found to do something no matter how big the challenge. As Im writing this letter I can see you all crying and mornin my death but if I could have one wish in an "after life" it would be to stop your crying and continueing your dreams (as I did) because if I were watching only that would brake my heart. So dry your tears and put on a brave face for the rest of your friends and family who need you.

Nineteen years old.

Posted by Cassandra at July 22, 2009 12:27 PM

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Hard chargers get used up. It's not a bad way to live, or to die. And at least he tried to give solace to his Mum.

Posted by: Mike Myers at July 22, 2009 01:42 PM

I loved the letters.
And what a man, young as he was.

Posted by: Cassandra at July 22, 2009 01:49 PM

I wrote one of those in Vietnam -- I think most of us did.

I can still tell you the exact location of the trash can I tossed the shreds into after I got back...

Posted by: BillT at July 22, 2009 02:04 PM


The screen is all misty and there is such a lump in my throat.

Stupid allergies.

Posted by: Carrie at July 22, 2009 02:26 PM

i have *allergies* too carrie. damn it!

Posted by: kate at July 22, 2009 02:30 PM


Burned mine. Watched it go up in smoke in an ashtray. Got my hopes and dreams back but they looked different somehow.

The young man may be 19 but he is all grown up. I like his reference to 'Right Determination' as a thank you to his family.


Posted by: vet66 at July 22, 2009 06:44 PM

MacGyver burned his when he got back as well.

I need a tissue.

Posted by: Sly's Wardrobe Mistress at July 23, 2009 04:37 AM

Thank you much, Cass!

Posted by: William Teach at July 23, 2009 10:31 AM