Soldier’s Family Needs Help

December 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Fire destroyed the family home of Major Shannon Bledsoe who is currently deployed in Kosovo.  His family has been left homeless.

Shannon Bledsoe’s fellow Water Patrol officers have taken up a collection for the family and set up bank accounts, if you wish to do the same. Donations can be sent to the Central Bank locations in both Jefferson City and Lake Ozark for the “Shannon Bledsoe Benefit Fund”.  Here are those address: Central Bank of Jefferson City, PO Box 657, Jefferson City, MO 65102; Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, PO Box 207, Osage Beach, MO 65065.

KRCG has:

LINN CREEK — A Camden County family left homeless by fire is learning the true meaning of Christmas. The Bledsoe family in Linn Creek is working to put their lives back together. A mother and her four children escaped the flames that destroyed their home early Monday with nothing but the pajamas they had on.<CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY>

Christmas Shipments – Messages from the Troops !!

December 19, 2008 at 9:58 am | In Uncategorized by admin
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Below are messages from the Troops concerning the Christmas Shipments (for more details on the shipments click link at top of page).

Thanks to all who helped !!

I will add additional messages to this should they arrive.

From: Friese, Susan
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 8:53 AM
To: Lauer, George
Subject: Christmas Boxes

My son Peter received his Christmas boxes from you, and from assorted family members on Christmas Eve.  He was delighted.  I had warned him about the Christmas tree being sent.  His reply was “Mom, what am I going to do with a 6.5’ Christmas tree?”  I told him anything he wanted.  Well, it ended up in the dining hall for all the troops there to enjoy.  The troops have a habit of sharing most of their goodies.  So whatever else was in those boxes was well received by Peter and all of his friends.

On behalf of the 62nd Engineer Combat BN, I wish to thank you very much for scurrying around at the last minute to get him (them) a tree and other goodies for Christmas.

Susan Friese


From: “Crispin St. John”
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 04:39:26 -0500
Subject: Merry Christmas

Hello everyone,

Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope that you spent it surrounded by friends and loved one. For those that don’t know I am currently located in Mosul, Iraq. They transferred me there to replace a hospital that has been here for 15 months. Mosul is located in North Iraq and is the 3rd largest city. In comparison to Al Asad it is much more compact and is located in the heart of the city.

For those watching the new we were attacked on Christmas morning and the hospital was hit by a mortar. One of our doctors passed away and two more where injured. Please pray for the family of the fallen Angel, he just arrived in country a week ago and his family had to endure the worst possible news on Christmas that their loved one was added to the casualty list of this war.

I appreciate all the love and support that you have given me in this deployment and hope to see you all soon.

Love Crispin
—– Original message —–
From: “Tamara Boyer”
To: “George M Lauer”
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 10:05:28 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Troop Support – Messages from the Troops!

wanted to let you know I received an additional Christmas box today. Thank you so much for the treats and the supplies it all comes in handy to someone. Please thank everyone for the cards and letters. I would especially like to thank the children whose letters I received. If I write to them personally can I send those letters through you. Thanks again Tamara

Message from Lori Buchanan sister to Msgt. Doris Kliethermes –

From: Buchanan, Lori
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2008 11:55 AM
To: Lauer, George
Subject: RE: Troop Support – Messages from the Troops!

I received an e-mail from my sister and she thanks everyone for the tree and goodies.  She said she plans to write you later.  She said they are extremely busy.

She called my mom when she received the box.  My mom said she was excited to receive the tree and treats!  She said if she put it in her room, there wouldn’t be room for her!  She actually put it in an area that everyone could enjoy it.  She wanted to know who made the coconut treats.  She said everyone is raving about them and she and others would like the recipe.

She wanted to thank everyone at DHSS.  All of the goodies, the tree, lights, decorations, etc. was just what they needed to get into the holiday spirit.  She said they are extremely busy and this really helped morale!

Paul Sale –

—–Original Message—–
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 12:06 AM
To: Lauer, George
Subject: Christmas Packages

I would like to thank everyone at DHSS and their families for taking time out of their schedules and sending the goodies that we received. They were very helpful and very appreciated I shared all of the items that were sent with other soldiers in my squad and we put the Christmas tree up in our company area. You guys definitely helped make it feel more like Christmas. Thank you and god bless.

Paul Sale.


Crispin’s parents sent this from their face book wall:

Hey Pop’s, sorry I havn’t called or written, but I’ve been busy with the
move. They have us waiting at the airport now for about 2 day’s…
should be in Mosul tommorrow or Wed. I got the packages from your friend
George, but unfortunatley it was delivered on Saturday, which was the
day I was leaving. So I left the Christmas tree with the hospital
because by the time I get to Mosul and we take over the hospital
Christmas will be over. When things settle down I’ll send a card to
them, until then could you relay the message to them. They have really
been a great spirit lifter since I’ve been here. Well got to go, so I’ll
talk to you soon



—– Original message —–

From: “Tamara Boyer”
To: “George M Lauer”
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 10:20:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Troop Support – Wreaths Across America / Christmas

George and Janice,

Wanted to send out thanks for the Christmas packages. Both Xavier and I
received ours today. The tree was a big surprised. I never expected such
a large one and the ornaments are beautiful. Unfortunately our unit
already has a display tree but the one you sent has been put up in the
room I live in. My three roommates and I put it up today and had a
blast. We have put the gifts we are going to exchange underneath. It is
almost like being at home. We have become very much like family and
enjoy doing these holiday things together. I am going to try to send you
pictures if I can find a computer to download. Please thank everyone
involved on our behalf.

Thanks again for everything,


----- Original message -----
From: "Geno Bequette II"
To: "'George M Lauer'"
Cc: "'Renee Bequette'"
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008 08:28:26 +0300
Subject: RE: Christmas


I just wanted to let you know that I received the tree a couple of days ago and finally had the time to put it up.  Being aircraft mechanics, we don’t have a lot of inside space and we are usually outside anyway.  So, I felt that having it out in front of our trailer was the most appropriate place.  It was also the only place with a power outlet outside.  Lol

Thank you for everything that everyone has done for us.  From the amount of care packages that we receive, it is obvious to tell that we are truly blessed to serve those who so eagerly support us.

God bless, and a Merry Christmas to everyone at home,


Wreaths Across America – Jefferson City Missouri – 12/13/08

December 13, 2008 at 8:42 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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At exactly 11 am today (12/13/08), Jefferson City, Missouri took part in the Wreaths Across America ceremonies.  Seven wreaths were placed in honor of soldiers / veterans past and present.  One wreath was placed for each branch of service and a 7th for all the POWs

The United States Merchant Marines

The United States Air Force

The United States Coast Guard

The United States Navy

POW wreath

The United States Marine Corps

The United States Army

Click here to view additional photos.

Click here to view a VIDEO – sorry for wind noise. <–>