Jason Dangel is the Marine that proposed to his girlfriend Chrissy Reckelhoff on Christmas Eve on CNN. You had also come out to interview us and also his girlfriend. I thought you would like to read a letter I received today from him.
I am proud of him and all the service men who were so willing to fight the fight of a just cause.
Sincerely, Mrs. Dangel
It's me again! I have to get reacquainted with the keyboard it's been a while since I've typed a letter. I've attached a few pictures of the place that I will be staying for a while. It is the Presidential Palace in Saddam's home town of Tikrit , and let me assure you that the pictures do not do the place justice!! It is absolutely amazing with chandeliers that rival the size of most rooms in a house hanging from the ceiling. I don't want it to be confused that it is just some rich mans palace for that is a far understatement. You should know that many innocent lives were at cost to build this house of royalty. People persecuted because they weren't the right religion or right skin color!!! Innocent lives gassed with in his own country because Saddam didn't want them in his country. That is what we should realize....the reality of what really went on here! I have no doubt in my heart that what we Americans did here was right, because it is self-evident in the faces of the people on the side of the road. People yelling "Good Good!", "Thank You", and "Down Saddam!!" in what ever broken English they know. The smiles of the children says it all, and the looks of relief of the adults as they don't have to worry about losing there lives for saying freely what they really think of Saddam. On the trip up here we had to slow down because we were getting ambushed, but not by whom you would think. Not people who wanted to fight....People who had to fight, because back at their home there was a Bath Party Official holding a gun to his families head. They were threatened that if they didn't go out and fight their family would be killed. That makes me sick to my stomach, and I'm glad that it's not something that would happen in our free country!!!! We stop for a few days and cleaned those cities out, asking the locals who was doing this to them and they would gladly point out the house of the men that were causing them so much anguish!!! I just want you all to know, that even though there is a little left to do, what we have done was right!! Lives were lost, and those brave few will never be forgotten!! There is no price high enough for putting your life on the line for what is right in the world. Even more so there is no price high enough for freedom!! The honor and pride in my heart will always be enough, and that is not something that can be bought!!! I also want to thank all of you for the support you gave with letters and emails. There are many letters I have yet to receive, because mail was cut-off prior the start of this war. Your prayers kept me going, and I only have a little more before I can sit back and enjoy a cold one with all of you. Thanks again and I'll try to send more pictures later.