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November 21, 2006
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Dear Tracy,

If this is the first edition of the Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us. We thank you for your support and hope that we can support you.

It seems appropriate that we begin the holiday season by giving thanks and counting our blessings. Many of our families have loved ones deployed this holiday season, others are struggling with combat recovery, and still others are coping with the emotions of holidays after the death of a loved one. Take a moment this holiday season to reach out to your fellow military families and help one another see all that we have to be thankful for.

On behalf of the volunteers of, I would like to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful start to this holiday season. May your blessings be many and your hearts be full.

National Museum Opening
The National Museum of the Marine Corps
National Museum of the Marine Corps

QUANTICO, Va. — In what seemed like Mother Nature’s nod to the Corps, the sky above the National Museum of the Marine Corps was free of clouds. It was unusual for a November day in northern Virginia, as the sun heated the area just outside Quantico to nearly 70 degrees.

Not a bad day to turn 231.

Following a year of construction, the Corps got its own museum today during a dedication that included President Bush, every living commandant, Marine- turned-country-artist Josh Gracin, veterans — and of course, a whole lot of Marines. The dedication fell on the Corps’ 231st birthday.

Recommended Reading
We Were One
We Were One 3/1 Marines in Fallujah November 2004

This book is a first-hand account of the Battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in November of 2004. The Marines of Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment (3/1) tell the story of the battle that ended in thirty-five casualties, including both wounded and dead.

As the founder of Marine Parents, remembering what November 2004 was like for our families at home, I was compelled to read this book. I talked with many 3/1 families on the phone during that month; I heard their fears, and then listened again when those fears became a reality. I heard the families tell their stories, and now I've read the Marines telling their story. The book is well written and the story is told well, from the actions in battle to the emotions afterward. I recommend reading the book not only for a good understanding of the grit and determination of our Marines in battle, but because these are the Marines whose families we know and support. As the title of the book so aptly states, these Marines are indeed One; they are our sons, our husbands, our brothers, our fathers.

OPSEC: Operational Security
Your Role in Keeping Our Marines Safe
OPSEC Operational Security

Please Maintain Personal and Operational Security Standards in ALL Environments!

Help keep you, your Marine and our military personnel safe by not sharing any personal or military information in email or in any online environment.

Online communities, including those that are "Military" by design, do NOT have a way to assure that every member has the same goal of safety and security for our Marines and military personnel. Knowledge is power; the enemy does not need to know anything other than our Military is ready to act and defend. To help keep you and our military safe, do not share information except with your family and very close friends.

Sailors & Marines Save Lives
Surgical company saves lives at Al Asad
Marines in Trauma Unit Iraq

AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 31, 2006) -- During the midst of wartime, most people are more concerned with the chaos of the bombs and guns in the conflicts that rage rather than with the scalpel or suture that reassemble what the former tears apart.

For the sailors and Marines with Charlie Surgical Company at Al Asad, Iraq, the latter is their only concern, as it is their job to resuscitate the men and women who have met with ill fortune on the battlefield.

"Our main mission here at Al Asad Surgical is to provide level-two care for all patients who are brought to us," said Navy Cmdr. Richard P. Sharpe, Chief of Professional Services officer-in-charge, Charlie Surgical Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward). "Level-two care involves any seriously injured or ill patient and their surgical management, stabilization and (medical evacuation)."

Devil Dog Chow™
The cookbook has arrived, shipping has begun!
Devil Dog Chow Cookbook

Devil Dog Chow™ is an amazing collection of recipes and inspiration. Families and friends from around the United States have contributed the favorite recipes of our Marines and recruits, honoring them in our own small way. Our love for our Marines and recruits can be found throughout this cookbook as it is found in our everyday lives.

The cookbook arrived this week. All pre-ordered books are being packaged for shipping now. If you had pre-ordered and paid for Devil Dog Chow™, you can expect it to arrive from 1- 2 weeks depending on the shipping method you originally selected.

The finely illustrated and professionally finished 3-ring binder cookbook is a perfect addition to any collection of cookbooks or Marine Corps memorabilia. The laminated cover will assure years of use and show beautifully in any collection.

Medal of Honor
Cpl. Jason L. Dunham
Jason Dunham

Quantico, VA (Nov. 10, 2006) -- A corporal who died shielding men in his care from a bursting grenade deserves America’s highest military decoration, President Bush has confirmed.

Actions by Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who would have turned 25 today, merit the Medal of Honor, Bush said at the National Museum of the Marine Corps’ dedication ceremony, which coincided with the 231st Marine Corps anniversary.

“And on this special birthday, in the company of his fellow Marines, I’m proud to announce that our nation will recognize Cpl. Jason Dunham’s action with America’s highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor,” Bush said in front of approximately 15,000 people.

Gift of Valor
Read Cpl. Jason Dunham's Story
Mike Phillips Gift of Valor Medal of Honor Jason Dunham

Michael M. Phillips, author of The Gift of Valor and a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has done four tours in Iraq with 3/7, the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines. The Gift of Valor is the story of Medal of Honor recipient Jason Dunham, a 3/7 Marine corporal from upstate New York, who threw himself on a grenade to save fellow Marines during a firefight in western Iraq, and of his long journey home to die in the presence of his grief- stricken parents.

Mr. Phillips has been involved with since his first tour of Iraq with the 3/7. Each time he returned from Iraq, he shared hundreds of photos with our families. He was a guest speaker during the 2006 conference in Houston, Texas and autographed copies of his books for families in attendance.

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We hope this week's edition of our email newsletter has been useful for you and your family. If there are topics you would like us to address, or if you have other suggestions for the newsletter, please contact us.

Top Photo courtesy of the USMC. Marines and sailors rush to get a patient from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter into the Shock Trauma Platoon area for immediate resuscitation at Al Asad, Iraq, Oct. 19. Having a slogan that names them the "Cheaters of Death," the Marines and sailors with Charlie Surgical Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), strive to do just that everyday, as it is their routine job to save people's lives. Photo by: Cpl. James B. Hoke, 10/19/2006., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity., Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to Connect & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends and we're now offering the Annual National Conference in St. Louis, 2007. We've helped over 30,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped thousands of care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and sent thousands of prayers and letters to injured Marines. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.

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