Messages from home

This feature is offered by the Whidbey News-Times for troops involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom can be submitted to the paper to be printed and posted on our Web site at Many in the military visit our Web site frequently to get news from home. Messages from home are on the site.

To: AOC Clark, EOD Det. 19, USS Lincoln

From: Grace Clark

Hi Dad,

We miss you so much! We are looking forward to seeing you soon. We are counting down the days until you get back home. It's hard to believe you have been gone nine months! When we did things we normally do with you, it wasn't as much fun as it is with you. We can't wait for you to take us camping, hiking, fishing and rock climbing! I also can't wait to see the look on your face when you see the two new kitties. Although they are getting very big now.

Here is a joke:

Grace: Knock, knock

Dad: Who's there?

Grace: Eric

Dad: Eric who?

Grace: You don't who you are??

With All Of My Heart,

I Love You!


To: AEC Santner

From: Krystal and Duke O'Whidbey

Hi Papa,

We love you and miss you. We look forward to having you back here with us safe and sound. We are so proud of you. You are our Hero. Big hugs and power smoochies from home.

Krystal and Duke

To: AT2 Richard Fierro

From: Christine, Gabriel, Joshua & Abi

Hi babe,

We just wanted you to know that we love you and miss you so much! We are so proud of you and you will always be our HERO!! Your 3 little troops can't wait to give you tons of hugs and kisses. I love you honey. We will see you soon.

All our love,

Christine, Gabriel, Joshua and Abi

To: MMCPO Jun Sapida

VAQ-131 Maint. Mat. Control

USS Constellation

Hi Honey,

Hope all is well with you and your guys there in the Lancers’ MMC department, keeping those EA-6Bs up and flying for the great US Navy. We [i.e. our friends, church families, and the Sapida girls and relatives) are very proud of what you guys are doing there in support of the operation. Long hours of work, I understand but keep yours and the crews’ spirit high for we know that your mission there is necessary to liberate the poor people of Iraq from the injustices of the current regime. Stay healthy and safe. Our love and prayers are with you all. May God be with you and the troops of the coalition. We hope to see every one of you back on the “rock” real soon.

Love and miss you much,


To: AEC(AW) David Nichols


USS Nimitz

Hi Dad,

That sure is a big aircraft carier. I have been raising my grades

and on my report card I got Bs and Ss and I am a superstar again.



To: AEC(AW) David Nichols


USS Nimitz

Hi dad, I like those pictures that you sent us, I'm really glad that your still doing fine, but watch out there are mines in the water and I found out by watching the news. I also hope you come back,so send some more pictures that we can see of what's on the ship. I miss you and I love you very much.



To: AM2 Paul Shank


Now that you have children of your own, you must know and feel that special bond of love that ties you to them in your heart. So any chance I get to let you know how much you are missed and loved, I will take the opportunity to do so. I know it must be very hard to be away from your family for so long -- so keep in mind, everyone here appreciates you and all the troops out there who are fighting for their country.

On the lighter side . . . keep up the good work and I will keep the cookies coming ! I’m sooooo proud of you and the “Lancers.”

Love, your mom, Helen Shank, “one heck of a proud mom.”

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