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December 03, 2003


janet in venice beach

hey major--there's still time for us to send you christmas present thru the army mail system, right? you stay in a stationary location, so they know where you are and can get stuff to ya. how bout giving us your APO address so we can send you some presents to unwrap?? and what do you like? you havent given us any clues to what kind of presents you like to get. and what you can have, in the CSH. jewelry? perfume? books? hair doodads? instant foods? c'mon. help us help you!


I think this is the full poem. It's attributed to Lt. Col. Bruce Lovely, USAF

'Twas the night before Christmas,
he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney
with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live.

I looked all about a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.

With medals and badges, awards of all kind
A sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and dreary,
I knew I had found the home of a soldier,
once I could see clearly.

I heard stories about them, I had to see more
So I walked down the hall
and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping silent alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one bedroom home.

His face so gentle, his room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?

His head was clean shaven,
his weathered face tan,
I soon understood this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night
Owed their lives to these men
who were willing to fight.

Soon 'round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate
on a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
Because of soldiers like this one lying here.

I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone
On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
Just the very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
my life is my God, my country, my Corps."

With that he rolled over and drifted off into sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I watched him for hours, so silent and still,
I noticed he shivered from the cold night's chill.

So I took off my jacket, the one made of red,
And I covered this Soldier
from his toes to his head.
And I put on his T-shirt of gray and black,
With an eagle and an Army patch
embroidered on back.

And although it barely fit me,
I began to swell with pride,
And for a shining moment,
I was United States Army deep inside.
I didn't want to leave him on that cold dark night,
This guardian of honor so willing to fight.

Then the soldier rolled over,
whispered with a voice so clean and pure,
"Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right,
Merry Christmas my friend,
and to all a good night!

Christmas Eve 1993
while assigned to US Forces Korea
Lt. Col. Bruce Lovely, USAF
(Printed in the Fort Leavenworth Lamp, 1995)


Hello, Major Pain, I ask the same as Janet from Venice Beach did on 12/07/03. Is it too late to send on some Christmas goodies to you & your co-workers & patients? I'm a retired RN in NY. Found your site thru links on another site. I used to work floor staff at Albert Einstein in the Bronx, NY, my first job after graduation from a NJ hospital nursing school in '66. Moved to Columbia Pres. to catch kids next. Almost went for a CNM, but opted for other nursing areas till some med problems sidelined me in the late 80's. My best memory from my L&D nites was picking up on twins on a mom in for a C Section. Got a thanx from the resident the next nite who was not believing me, lol. The girl who took over prepped the DR for twins that morning. If you have some spare free time you can reach me @ [email protected]. It might be interesting to exchange stories. I am new to computing & the net , leaving nursing just as it was getting online. Started in 7/02 & am learning fast. I am into learning healing & working with this online. Keep the sand to a bearable minimum & stay safe. Please pass on good wishes & a Merry Christmas to those you work with & your Patient's from me? Thanx! And send your APO address so I can send some things you might enjoy? Jeanette/Canny (CannyQuietOne thanx to MSN)

Bobby Sr

Holiday Greeting to Those in Iraq
‘Twas the night before Christmas; lights lit on the tree.
Someone is missing, and I think it is thee.
The stockings all hung by the chimney with care;
But we were still wishing that you would be there.
We were all nestled all snug in our beds, with thoughts not of Santa, but a soldier instead.
I wonder how lonely this Christmas will be for our loved one who's stationed away overseas.
Christmas for families is not quite the same.
Because terrorists to our country came.
Brave Americans answered the call.
Against cowards and evil who were showing such gall.
You have taken the challenge and chosen to stand;
For goodness and justice and protecting our land.
We pray for your safety and peace on this day.
We are honored and blessed to be able to say;
How proud and grateful we truly are,
Of YOU brave soldier serving our country afar.
Does the sand look like snow? Do the stars twinkle bright?
Are you cold and lonely on this most blessed night?
Do you know that you're loved? Do you know that we care?
When you feel all alone, know we will always be there.
Feel all our love, get strength from our prayers.
Miles cannot separate or keep us apart.
And although you're not with us you're here in our hearts
Stay true to your values, steadfast to your faith.
Come home to us soon, God's speed in your race.
Does the Jolly old man with the sack on his back;
Remember to visit our troops in Iraq?
He will be there for you, tonight in your dreams.
Good home cooking all part of the theme.
Visions of presents and other good things;
All the fond memories this holiday brings.
Warmth to your heart and a smile to your face;
Tonight find your peace in this far away place.
Remember you are part of a new history;
Helping Iraqi people learn to be free.
For this is just a caption in time
A small mountain for you to steadily climb.
Remember what is important to you.
2004 will bring something worthwhile and new,
And it's all because of the things that you do.
May all of God's blessings be bestowed upon you!
Proud 82nd Airborne Mom

desiree adib

Hi, I'm looking for letters from troops in Iraq about being away from their families during the holidays. We want to read the letter on CNN for our Christmas special show. Major Pain's latest message seems perfect. Please call me or email me to give permission to do this. I'm a producer for cnn's morning show, called "American Morning"
[email protected]

James Daley

not to burst anyone's bubbles, but lets give credit to whom the original author is justly due...

a Marine


Semper Fi! =)

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