Thread: Son leaving for Iraq

wavrnr - 6/22/2004 at 04:38 PM

Sorry for the bad vibe.

My oldest son is a Marine, and he is leaving later today for Iraq. This is the worst day we have ever had as parents. Please pray and send as much good karma his way as you can.

Thanks brothers and sisters.

Once again sorry.

Proud Marine dad of Wes

LinnieXX - 6/22/2004 at 04:41 PM

Best wishes Wavnr.

i hope that it turns into a good vibe. i'm sure he'll come home to you safely.

If wes needs some music to keep him company, be sure to let me know.

You should be proud.

johnwott - 6/22/2004 at 04:42 PM

I will be sure to include your son in my prayers.

bring all the boys home safely.


Benjamin - 6/22/2004 at 04:43 PM

No need to be sorry about the thread - this should be, and is, a place to come with stuff like this.

You all will be in our prayers.

Marley - 6/22/2004 at 04:45 PM

No need to be sorry about the thread - this should be, and is, a place to come with stuff like this.

What he said. You can keep in touch with guys in the military reasonably well these days, can't you? I hope he stays safe.

MundeleinHoward - 6/22/2004 at 05:08 PM

Best wishes to Wes! Hopefully he'll come home as healthy as he left.Too bad he has to go...I wouldn't finish the rest of my thought,so as to keep the peace in here

phoneman - 6/22/2004 at 05:17 PM

Wishing you and your son the very best!!!

zephyr - 6/22/2004 at 05:18 PM

I know how you feel. My oldest son was sent over two weeks after turning 19. He was scheduled to leave on his birthday but we had a major snowstorm so we were able to celebrate together. He is now home and attending college until the next call...... Many don't realize how quick it is from little league to this......It really reached inside me when the time to see him leave arrived. The families were all there. some were newlyweds, others with small babies, some didn't look old enough to shave but all looked braver than those left behind. When I saw my youngest daughter, eight years old, squeezing her brother with tears rolling down her cheeks it took all of the air from my lungs. It's so hard, the news is more than just the news....

No need to say you are sorry, it is not a bad vibe, you are not alone.

awman - 6/22/2004 at 05:27 PM

I know where you're coming from as far as saying this is the "worst" day as parents you've ever had. But you and your spouse should be damn proud, try to look at it as the proudest day as parents you've ever had! Not trying to be corny, but a grateful nation is with your son all the way.

Denza - 6/22/2004 at 05:58 PM

All my best to your son and your family. I hope you find a peace about it. I am grateful for his and every other person's sacrifice for duty. Thanks for letting us know.

I have a stepson that will be deployed very shortly, and he is so ready to go it has allayed most of my fears. He could have just finished out his time here in the states, but he has wanted to go all along and now that he has been given the opportunity, he will go.

lyricwriter - 6/22/2004 at 06:13 PM

Prayers and good wishes to your son Wes.

I'm sure it's a very difficult time for your family but try to stay strong and positive. We all wish the best for Wes and the rest of the men and women deployed overseas as well as a safe and speedy return.

No need to be sorry for coming to friends for support

ridenhighr - 6/22/2004 at 06:52 PM


Prayers and good vibes go out to Wes and the rest of your family. I am sure the time will fly by and he will be right back beside you. Let him know and all the soilders that no matter what we think of the president, our support and thoughts are with them everyday they are away from their families and loved ones. Keep your head high and be proud your son is doing something honorable.

Please come to us anytime you need support. That is one of the reason we are here.


Bobo - 6/22/2004 at 06:57 PM

Nothing to be "sorry" about. I can tell you from 1st hand experience that there are LOTS of decent, caring people here at this site. God Bless, and keep safe, your son.............and all over there.

slidemon - 6/22/2004 at 07:21 PM

Best of luck to your son. May he be both courageous and careful during his service in Iraq. You should be proud!

leftyblues - 6/22/2004 at 07:36 PM

Best wishes...a girlfriend of mine had her son there for 7 months..he made it home ok..I will pray for you..

Edge - 6/22/2004 at 08:34 PM

My prayers are with Wes and his unit. God bless all the Marines, Navy, Army, and flyboys too...

seneca - 6/22/2004 at 08:35 PM

Wavnr, I'll be hoping that your son is brought home safely. Remember, what your son is fighting for is just - it is necessary, he is part of something that needs to be done and very few take that responsibility. He'll be in my thoughts, along with other service men and women who I know that are serving our great country.

gina - 6/22/2004 at 09:34 PM

You can keep up to date with what is going on over there at Good luck to you.

CliffnTina - 6/22/2004 at 10:17 PM

Good men, both you and your son, our thoughts are with him and all the men and women serving in our armed forces,

Cliff and Tina.

pixielf - 6/22/2004 at 10:29 PM

I will be sure to include your son in my prayers.

bring all the boys home safely.


Ditto-what John said.! God bless them all!! Hang in there.


TerriB - 6/22/2004 at 10:41 PM

Please give Wes a Thank You from us and let him know that he will be in the thoughts and prayers of many.

If you can, keep us updated as to how he's doing.

DerekFromCincinnati - 6/22/2004 at 11:03 PM

He is already a good man just by serving. We would be nothing without those like your son. If he needs some mailings or news from the homefront, let us know. I am sure he will serve honorably, and he is in my prayers for sure.

Derek H

allmostbrothersbanddotcom - 6/22/2004 at 11:09 PM

Best Wishes to your Son, Bro. We just played a tune for, and recognized a Fellow Marine at a gig this past Saturday who is leaving today for Iraq, and I made it a point to shake the Man's hand during our break, as I would do if I had the pleasure of meeting your Son. We owe a great deal to the brave Men and Women who wear The United States Flag on their sleeve. Semper Fi. TR

sundancekeed - 6/22/2004 at 11:10 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. You've got a son to be extremely proud of. And I second what someone said about music. Let me know what he likes to listen to and I'll be more than happy to put together some compilations for him.

nalpak7 - 6/23/2004 at 03:04 AM

Prayers for your son,family,and all the men and women in harms way--- come home safe

josh - 6/23/2004 at 03:52 AM

Karmic powers heading Wes' way. Please remind him constantly how grateful we as a nation are of the young women and men serving in our military during these troubled times.


bonscott55 - 6/23/2004 at 04:02 AM

He's already covered in my blanket of prayers for all our servicemen/women.
got a best friend who was on the abe lincoln just a few months or so ago.

GO NAVY!!!!!!!!!!

mcpeach - 6/23/2004 at 04:35 AM

My prayers are with your son.
Best wishes to you and your family.

The American flag flies in front of my house everyday in honor of your son and all the good people who serve!!

If you need help sending a care package: tunes, letters, please let us know.

Positive vibes from all of us!!

wavrnr - 6/23/2004 at 11:22 AM

Thanks everybody!

ABB fans are the coolest.

My emotions are a little more...shall we say...controlled today. When I started this topic yesterday I had just gotten off the phone with my wife. Wes had just called her to say good-bye and that he loved her. Now when a kid...check, who has always been "way too cool" to show any emotion makes a call like that. Well, it just tore us both up. Wes had leave from 5/28 to 6/14 and we had a great time while he was home. When we took him back to Lejuene on the 14th and said our good-byes, we thought that was it until his return in Feb. Then he called us on the 17th to let us know he was getting the weekend off. So off we go back to North Carolina. It was an awesome weekend. But then Sunday evening came and we had to go through the good-byes again. Two times in one week was brutal.

Anyway, unfortunately Wes is not really into the Brothers, Even though I've tried brainwashing him since he was 1. He's into "alternative", you know, todays "alternative" like Godsmack,P.O.D, Papa Roach, Nickelback etc. Who knows, with his schedualed return in February,if he is still on leave. Maybe, just maybe, I can talk him into the Beacon, that way he can keep his "old man" out of trouble.

Well, thanks again I will keep you updated.


jim - 6/23/2004 at 03:10 PM


Just got a message from my buddy serving with the Marines in Fallujah. These guys, including your son, are the best. He'll do just fine, be proud! They also love it when you send them things from home even if it's just a letter, although my friend loves getting alcohol in his packages, so I try to send him some kettle one every once in a while, hopefully he is getting it.

"Nothing to report over here. It has been real
since April but things have been picking up in the last week. Send me
stories from back in the states. Any word on any packages coming my way?"

DougMacKenzie - 6/23/2004 at 04:06 PM

Wavrnr -
All my best to your family and your son, will keep him in our prayers.

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