278th ACR...

... well, they are gone.... Johnny has gone for a soldier today... Fathers, Brothers, Husbands, Boyfriends, Sons... East Tennessee's Regiment is now officially underway.... they left this morning... from Sevierville, Lenior City, and many other places.... the caravan snaked it's way from the foothills... down towards the Great State of Mississippi... our boys are gone now... God Speed, dear ones... stay safe...

... this morning, I listened to the Convoy's movements on the radio while driving to work.. my cousin, Big Daddy C, took this morning off.. he wanted to help send off the troops.... when he got to work, I asked him about it... children, it was touching... as he described the scene, I was filled with pride, compassion, and love for my Country and her Troops.... I asked Big Daddy if he'd mind scribbling down his thoughts on the event for me to put on the blog.... well, just now, he sent me an e-mail.... so, I'm going to share with you...

"Well, good afternoon. Hope the drive home was nice and uneventful. Im sure it was quite wet though. Anyway, just writing to let you know about the send off of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment, Troop D out of Lenoir City, TN of which my brother-in-law is a member. This morning as we (Missy, Bryce, Colton, Piper, Major, and Me (Big Daddy C), and Grann-Grann (Missy and V.J.'s Grandmother)) came out of the Village Parkway to merge onto 321, the traffic was pretty much bumper to bumper at 6 am. We saw, and heard, lights and sirens, to which Missy responded, "Shit B.D.C., they are lined up plum to HERE from the Armory".

So, I sit for a bit to wait, but no asshole would let me into the traffic, so I decided I would pull out anyway. They were only going about 10 mph anyway. The traffic was that way for about 5 miles until we reached I75. That was when we realized that it was the Blount County Troop and their convoy of supporters giving them their proper send off. At that point things began to hit home for Missy and Grann-Grann and, of course, Me too. We arrived at the Armory about 15 after 6. 200 people were already there (members of Civilian-Soldiers families and friends). We went inside to be with V.J. and the rest of the troop to tell them how much we support them, and man, was I not ready for what I walked into. It was like attending a funeral.

Guys were huddled with their families and friends talking quietly amongst
themselves. The closer it got to time for the bus to pull out the worse
it got. At 25 till 8 the bus arrived. At that time, the guys got up and took
their gear to the bus to load and the families went with them. Here we all
were in the pouring rain. Standing. Hugging. Oh, by the way V.J. has a 8 year old daughter (Abbey). She was just beside herself crying. But, what was so weird was how V. J.'s new girlfriend, his ex-wife, and her new husband were all in a nice little huddle - along, of course, with about 12 more of us, and just to see how everybody got along and were hugging, crying, and consoling each other was incredible.

At one point, he and his ex-wife were over there hugging and talking. All the while, her husband was with us talking like he was just one of us. But all through the building it was all just so sad. Fathers, brothers, sons, all leaving their families' - maybe to never come back, and seeing their children crying, and just wondering what they were thinking. Of course, my children were emotional as well. As was Missy and everyone else.

I was watching people say their goodbye's, and I saw this one fellow with his young wife and two small children. It was almost time to board the bus, and he was going through his keychain explaining each key to her, and what it was for, and how to unlock some door. Of course, that was the farthest thing from her mind, and she was balling her eyes out, and dealing with their 4 year old and 2 year old. All the while, tears were streaming down his face too. That kinda stuff just tore me up.

The bus had 10 city and county cops as an escort, but in front of the bus - and behind - it were two of Tennessee's finest with lights and sirens blaring. They escorted them all the way to the Georgia State line, I understood a family member say. I have been through many things, but this was quite emotional. Especially for a big slug whom many think doesn't have a heart, such as myself. Well that's about enough of that. There is too much to say, and I just can't type worth a F@%&...... I just thought you, of all people, could understand the thoughts and feelings I have at the present. Last, but not the least, may God be with the 278th, their families, and all of our Military Personnel and their families, and keep them safe. You know me I am in support of our troops just as you are.

Much Love Cuz,

Big Daddy C"

.... I wish I could have been there to help send them off... but, Big Daddy and his family seemed to have done a fine job without me.... Fair winds, and following Seas, 278th... thank you for your service and sacrifice...

by Eric on June 25, 2004 | Bullshit (24) | Military Stuff
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Bullshitted by dean on June 25, 2004 08:14 PM

I wish them Godspeed and a safe return home when their honorable work is done.

Bullshitted by Parkway Rest Stop on June 25, 2004 09:37 PM

Fair Winds and Following Seas indeed. And may they return hale and heathy, with tales of daring do.

God speed 278th. And thank you for your service from an ol' retired Navy fella.

Bullshitted by Guy S. on June 26, 2004 08:08 PM

I wish them all the best. I have to read of my brother's mobilization and deployment from Iraq myself. We went through initial entry training together, and I wish I could be there in the same unit still.

Bullshitted by Paul Robertson on June 29, 2004 06:18 PM

..thank you, Mr. Robertson... stay safe, and good luck... we're all thinking about you guys daily...

Bullshitted by Eric on June 29, 2004 06:25 PM

Our group left K-port the same day. This call- up got several employees of my company and several spouses of employees as well. God bless them all.

Bullshitted by Deliverance on June 30, 2004 01:20 PM

hey well i wish you all the best luck and take care of my daddy "SGT harold nau", my uncle"SGT neal huff",and my friends " jeremy,jeff"

Bullshitted by Amber Nau on July 17, 2004 11:42 PM

Hey I just wanted to say God Speed also to the 3/278th ACR out of Tennessee. The L-troop along with others are all going to Iraq and of course My boyfriend is in the National Guard and is in L-troop. God bless and God speed.

Bullshitted by AmyNewell on July 31, 2004 05:48 PM

God speed and be safe to the soldiers of the 278th. To the families - a salute and a prayer that this time quickly pass and bring your family member home safe. God bless our soldiers and our country.

Bullshitted by MJ on August 14, 2004 10:11 PM

I know our men are strong willed and determined! I'm sure they will all be home safe and sound. God bless each and every one of them - and if they read this "SPIDEY" - I love you!

Bullshitted by 278thACRGIRL on September 17, 2004 10:56 PM

I would to say stay safe boys, and take care of my better half Sgt Richard S Tomlinson we love ya. You go 278th/L troop.

Bullshitted by Tabitha Tomlinson on October 1, 2004 01:02 AM

Hi all, just know that all of us (278th RCT) will be taking care of each other in Iraq. Pray for us, and most of all, help each other 'for it is definately harder on the families than it is on us. We are a brotherhood which will not be undone. Thank all of you for your support and prayers. SFC Asberry, Troop K 3/278th ACR, Jamestown, TN.

Bullshitted by SFC Asberry on November 2, 2004 05:28 PM

Company C Medical my prayers are with you. I regret I was not healthy enough to go with you. Please bring all of them home Major Kyle!

Bullshitted by Spencer on November 14, 2004 11:23 AM

Especialist George A. of 3/278th,Danielle and I are sp proud of you.You are always in our prayers!!! I love you very much Darling.Mahal na Mahal Kita,Padaba Taka George!!!Be strong in the Lord.God Bless you all.

Bullshitted by Neliza on November 29, 2004 02:48 AM

George my love,my hubby,my bestfriend my soulmate, I MISS YOU SO MUCH !!! Daddy i love you very much.Danielle and I is just right here waiting for your return my Love.Take Care of yourself Always and Keep on Praying fro Prayer makes everything...

Bullshitted by yzang on November 29, 2004 02:52 AM

Well here I am in Kuwait on my way to Iraq, coming from Cleveleand TN , a scout medic for the 278. We have to watch out for Hodgi everywhere.I don't know whose brite idea it was but they've got Hodgi working in our chow halls, supplying us with water(water's scarce here-send all you can,lol)took my first hot shower in a week, lasted 3 minutes last night. Had a dust storm so bad you couldn't see ten feet in front of you. Chow hall line's so long you barely have to leave the tent.I miss my wife and family like crazy but I'm very glad to be a scout and a medic for the 3/278th . There must be 20,000 soldiers here in camp Buehring(borring-ha).Anyway, thank God we have internet here. Love ya'll, God bless America!!!

Bullshitted by SPC Albinus on November 29, 2004 06:23 AM

Well here I am in Kuwait on my way to Iraq, coming from Cleveleand TN , a scout medic for the 278. We have to watch out for Hodgi everywhere.I don't know whose brite idea it was but they've got Hodgi working in our chow halls, supplying us with water(water's scarce here-send all you can,lol)took my first hot shower in a week, lasted 3 minutes last night. Had a dust storm so bad you couldn't see ten feet in front of you. Chow hall line's so long you barely have to leave the tent.I miss my wife and family like crazy but I'm very glad to be a scout and a medic for the 3/278th . There must be 20,000 soldiers here in camp Buehring(borring-ha).Anyway, thank God we have internet here. Love ya'll, God bless America!!! PS, no BS I have the finest wife and child a man could have , Mahal Kite(Filipino for I love you) My sweetest filipina wife and daughter.

Bullshitted by SPC Albinus on November 29, 2004 06:28 AM

Hi 3/278RCT If you see my son SPC TAYLOR Tell him his mom Down in Louisiana sends her love and prayers.My arms are around all of you. Stay safe and stay alive. We will all be here when you get back. Love and thoughts are with you every minute. Barbara

Bullshitted by Barbara Corkern on December 7, 2004 10:37 AM

Hello Dustin and Andy, I Love You both and I hope you two are doing just fine. I miss having my husband here next to me and my boss showing me how to be a great employee. You both are wonderful men and I am thankful for it. See you soon.

Love Always,
Kimberly Taylor

Bullshitted by kimberly taylor on December 17, 2004 01:33 AM

I love you John!!! I support 3/278th L troop and all our men and women fighting to make our country a better place. I love you John Brooks!

Bullshitted by jennifer fuller on December 24, 2004 11:16 PM

We are so very proud of all of our troops in Iraq. We are praying for you and you are in our thoughts daily. My son, Sgt. Christopher Daniels, and my cousin, Sgt. David Walker, are with the 3/278th,L troop, in Iraq. My heart is with them and all our brave soldiers. Stay tough and stay safe! Love You All, Linda Eatherly

Bullshitted by Linda Eatherly on February 1, 2005 07:03 PM

I'm with the Troop L (-) 3/278th ACR in Springfield, TN. and i just finished basic and im going to AIT in July and I hope I will be Joinging my friends and family in Iraq. Thank For Your Support

Bullshitted by PFC Edwards v. on April 29, 2005 11:42 PM

WE'RE A MILITARY FAMILY WITH 3/278TH, COOKEVILLE,TN. MY HUSBAND & ALL THE CREW SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR THEIR WORK. THE FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND ARE TOUGH & SHOULD BE APPRECIATED MORE ALSO. IT'S NOT EVERY DAY THAT YOU FIND SOMEONE WHO IS AS LOYAL & DEDICATED TO HIS CAREER AS MY HUSBAND. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU

Bullshitted by Jennifer on May 3, 2005 06:04 PM

I just want to send a big thanks out to my good friend Lt. Melton... everyone at home is proud of you and we all miss you like crazy, hurry home...and to all the other awesome soldiers good luck and take care and God speed to everyone

Bullshitted by Bailey on June 26, 2005 04:27 PM