From an Australian whose son is in Iraq

Rocky asked me to place this here for Capt Todd and others:


From an Australian whose son is in Iraq





I am an Australian and my son is an Australian - as far as we are concerned there is not place on

God's earth better than Australia, and there are no people better than Australians.


That was until the past week or so.


My son is in the Australian Army and he is currently on deployment in Iraq. I can not go into his

duties in great depth, but shall we say that he and his fellow army buddies are on a glorified

guard duty looking after the Australian Embassy. They don't go out looking for "action", though it

is a different story in Afghanista n, there the Aussie troops chase the baddies over the hills

and into the valleys..


My son and I just ended a long 'phone conversation and here are some of his comments, believe me this

is what he said. We have all seen the bullshit emails written by some clown in his lounge room

pretending to be at the coal face, but this is what was said.:


"Before I came over here I thought we (the Australian Army ) were pretty shit hot..... was I ever wrong!

....The Yanks (I hope you don't mind me using that word) are so professional from the top to the bottom

that it is almost embarrassing to be in their company, and to call yourself a soldier....don't get me

wrong, we are good at what we do but the Yanks are so much better.....they are complete at what they do,

how they do it and their attitude is awesome....they don't complain they just get on with the job and

they do it right.....I carry a Minimi (SAW) so I am not real worried about a confrontation but I tell you

I feel safer just knowing that the US Army is close by....If we got into trouble I know that our boys

would come running and we could deal with it but they would probably be passed by a load of Hummers. No

questions asked, no glory sought, the Americans would just fight with us and for us because that is their

nature, to protect those in need of protection.....We use the American Mess so you could say that we are

fed by the Americans.....they have every right to be pissed at that but they don't bitch about that they

just make us feel as welcome as possible....what gets to me is that the Yanks don't walk around with a "we

are better than you attitude" and they could because they are, they treat us as equals and as brothers in

arms. If nothing else, coming here has taught me that the Americans are a truly great Nation and a truly

great bunch of people.....Let's face it they don't HAVE to be here, they could stay in America and beat

the shit out of anyone who threatened them, BUT THEY ARE HERE because they believe they should be here, and

the Iraqis would be screwed if they weren't here.....When I come home, you and I we are going to the US, we

will buy some bikes and we are going riding...."




The reason why I am sharing this with you is because I realize that you (as a nation) must get pretty pissed

with all the criticism you receive by the so-called "know it alls" who are sitting at home - safe. The reality

is that they are safe, just as I am, because of America. If the world went arse up tomorrow there is f**k all

we (Australia) could do about it, but I know that the Americans would be there putting themselves on the line

for others. That to me is the sign of greatness.


The most precious thing in my life is my son, I look at him and I thank God that I am fortunate enough to be able

to spend time in his company. We laugh, we discuss, we argue, we dummy spit, we have the same blood. I am not

happy that he i s where he is but that is his duty. He joined the Army to protect and to defend, not to play games.

I mightn't like it but I accept it. My reasons for not liking it are selfish and self centered. I felt assured that

he would be safe because he is in a well trained army with an excellent record, BUT NOW, I feel a whole lot better

knowing that he is with your sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.


Whilst he was growing up. I was always there to look after him, I would not let harm befall him and I would always

put myself before him to protect him. I can't do that now. When it comes to looking after him now he and his mates

will do the job, but also THANK GOD FOR AMERICA.


Gentlemen, I have rambled on for too long. but as I finish I say to you, as a foreigner and outsider, a nation is

only a collection of its people and its attitude is the attitude of its people, collectively and as individuals. I am

really glad you are here on this Earth and I respect you as a nation and as people.


Stand up and feel proud because you deserve it, there is no one else who will do what America does without question.

The next time someone howls you down, take some comfort in the fact that America is defending their right to act like

an idiot.


Finally, thank you for looking after my son.


Peter Turner

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"

What a wonderful letter from Mr. Turner! :armata_PDT_37:


This is why we had so many friends around the world - and still do, despite our agenda driven media and America bashing celebrities. How many weeks did the NYT devote to Abu Graib? Where are they when it comes to reporting the greatness of our Servicemen and women?


How proud we should all be of our men & women in uniform! Their high caliber of character, ability, intelligence, and good will shows the very best America has to give.


Somebody should tell people like Michelle SnobObama that the rest of us have been PROUD of our country for a LONG time. :14_1_106: !

I have my own very long list of reasons why - and our troops are at the TOP!




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