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03/21/05

Kennedy In Iraq

 
Nacogdoches County Jailer Michael Kennedy on leave to take a job training Iraq police continues his chronicle of his experiences. The following is the latest e-mail from Kennedy.
 
Adnan Palace
Baghdad, Iraq
Hello all,
It is 430pm on this beautiful Sunday afternoon in Iraq. All is well here. I am still in transition waiting to be assigned to a duty location. I am staying in a tent on the grounds of the Adnan Palace, which was the Vice President's residence under Saddam's regime. It is minute in size when compared to the Presidential Palace which is now the US Embassy.
I attended church services at the Embassy this morning which was nice. After lunch I went to visit the wounded troops at the Baghdad hospital. It was very humbling to realize the freedom we enjoy everyday due to the sacrifices these brave souls make for us.
I spoke to one young man who couldn't have been more than 22 years old who had a piece of shrapnel lodged in his throat from an IED (improvised explosive device.) He is unable to eat solid food because of the obstruction and is waiting to be flown to the States to have it removed.
Another man was at the hotel earlier this week when the truck bomb exploded killing 2 and wounding 30. He lost his left eye and his left arm was severely injured. He is waiting to be flown to Germany. I was supposed to be assigned to that same hotel, but was asked, reluctantly, to change assignments when I was in Washington. It is amazing how the Lord works, insn't it?
Another lost his leg in an IED and said that he has not contacted his family because he refuses to tell his mother that he lost a leg over here because he does not want her to worry. One soldier is there due to pnuemonia. He was in go spirits and laughed saying "can you believe that I came all the way across the world to war and caught pneumonia?"
I brought all of them Snickers candy bars and asked if they needed anything. I offered them my phone to call anyone back home and just sat and visited with them. You would have thought that I gave them a million dollars by the smiles on their faces. That is more rewarding than any accolade I could ever achieve.
The troops over here deserve our praise. Everyday at lunch, I take the Marines guarding the checkpoints a cold coke and tell them that their country is proud of them and I am proud of them and appreciate their service. They smile ear to ear and say "thank you sir."
I ask that all of you remember these fine soldiers and their families in your prayers and thank God for the liberties they so gallantly sacrificed to give to all people.
God bless all of you and God bless the United States.
Your friend,
Michael Kennedy
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