Lee County's Deployed Soldiers
May God protect them while they are away protecting us

"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of
them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you;
He will not fail you or forsake you."
- Deuteronomy 31:6

1st Battalion 149th Infantry
Capt. Jeffrey Cole Sgt. Rodney Ayers
Sgt. Terry Blanton Spc. Christopher Shackleford
Oda Hopkins


SFC Casey W. Vanzant from Dryden is currently
serving his second tour in Iraq. He is part of the
2/17 CAV D Troop 2/17 CAV D Troop out of Fort Campbell, KY.

SPC Ashley Large from Lee Co. has been sent
back to Iraq. She is with the 535th En Co. (regular Army).

SPC Brandon Lawson will be returning to the United States
on December 28th.

Eric M. Burgin was deployed with his National Guard unit
from Clinton S.C. on July 18. He is a 1SG with 1-178th FA unit.

Sgt. Chad Burch with the 44th Signal Battalion, Task
Force Bayonet is currently in Afghanistan.

We continue to pray for their safe return

Thankful for safe return

Thank You Father, for answered prayers. To think of the sacrifice and
the selfless actions and duties of our men and women, and to welcome
them home, is an honor and a privilege for which we give the deepest
thanks and appreciation. Thank You Lord, for giving us the
opportunity to let them know just how much we love and respect "our"
military personnel. Thank You for keeping them safe and returning
them to us. We thank and honor those who are not coming home and
praise them for the ultimate sacrifice they've made in keeping our
country and citizens free and safe. To the young men and women who
honor us with their actions, we honor you with our hearts. Thank You
Father, for our troops, and for their priceless gift of freedom they
give. We give these thanks in Jesus' name. Amen.

- Anonymous by request (written especially
for this site by a local citizen)

Welcome home Soldiers!!!

SPC Danny Adkins, SPC Brandon Boggs, SPC Stephen Countiss,
SPC Derrick Knight, SSGT David Taylor, SGT Clint Johnson,
SGT Tommy Lawson, SPC Kenny Stanford, PFC Bradley Doss,
PVT Eric W. Roberts have recently returned from Iraq.

SPC Eddie Reasor has returned back home to Lee
County from his tour in Iraq.

Sgt. Teddy Ray Vanzant (US Army) of Jonesville served in
Iraq for one year and is now back with his family in Ft. Riley KS.
He arrived back to the states in April 2004.

SPC James E. Ramey from Keokee is now home.

Capt. Frankie Brooks of Jonesville returned from Iraq in
March after serving a year there. He is currently at Ft. Knox.

Welcome home
1030th Engineering Unit!!!
Tony Biggs Tim McElyea Tim Pillion
Adam Reuille Micah Terry Edward Woods
Martin Young Phillip Pridemore

Welcome home
1032nd Transportation Unit!!!
Farron Collier Perry Collins Jeffrey Combs
Christina Cook Rick Cope Michael Davis
Billy Dillowe John Fannon Michael Howard
John Jerrell Bill McDavid Dennis McKnight
John Mullins

Welcome home
1031st Engineering Unit!!!
Phillip Adams Thurman Anderson Timothy (T.J.) Bayless
George Burgan James Campbell Bryan Clinebell
David Collins Marvin Garrett (Billy) Clyde Hester
Justin Hill Renfro Howard Jonathan Massey
Steve Middleton Zane Robbins David Rose
William "Bill" Willis, Jr. Shane Woodard

Welcome Home Soldier

Welcome home soldier
We finally get to say
You just don't know how good it is
To finally see your face.

Welcome home son
We've missed you more each day
Please let our boy come home safe and soon
is what we'd often pray.

Welcome home brother
You've filled our hearts with pride
The love we have for you right now
is something we just can't hide.

Welcome home soldier,
The journey's been tough and long
But you finally made it back to us,
back home where you belong.

- By Andrea Senter

If you know someone who should be listed
on this site, or ones who have returned,
please email pgapgal@hotmail.com

The Soldier is My Friend

I have a friend who may not know or ever call my name,
A friend who may not visit, but I thank them just the same.

My friend is called the soldier who's on duty day and night,
For me to pledge allegiance, they have fought and paid the price.

Where would we be today without the brave hearts who have served,
So we can wave "Old Glory"; so our voices can be heard.

And what would life be like today without the many soldiers,
Who walked into the jaws of death with guns upon their shoulders.

Life would not be as great today, with freedom in our halls,
And we'd live in oppression and great fear would grip us all.

So when you see a soldier you should thank your God above,
For here's someone who represents the greatest gift of love.

And when you pledge allegiance, you should see a uniform,
Of those who walked through battlefields and weathered many storms.

We cannot take for granted what is takes to pay the price,
And be a U. S. Soldier who has made a sacrifice.

And whether they are fighting on the ground or in the air,
Or sailing on the ocean, we can rest assured they're there.

Oh what a peace it is for me to hear the sound of jets,
Of flying Air Force pilots who have bravely passed the tests.

And what a happy feeling when a ship pulls into port,
With smiling Navy Sailors who were holding down the fort.

Then what a sense of pride I have to see in my hometown,
A soldier in the Army who is serving on the ground.

And then there are the soldiers who are training on a team,
They're proud and they're courageous, the United States Marines.

If you have fought a battle or have lived through several wars,
And freed a camp of prisoners, saved a life or fed the poor.

Or if you've volunteered to go to places I've not been,
I salute you, U. S. Soldier, National Guard and Veteran friend.

For you have made the difference in America today,
And when I see the stars and stripes, I see a soldiers face.

A fearless face of courage lined with dignity and truth,
A face with battle scars or an enlisted face of youth.

And whether you are young or old, still serving or retired,
I live my life in debt to you who's walked through many fires.

I sleep in peace at night because you will defend our borders,
To go where you are needed, you will follow any orders.

So thank you, may God bless you and this country you defend,
This land is what it is because the soldier is my friend.

- By: Norma E. Wright, Copyright 2004

I've Got Your Back

I am a small and precious child, my dad's been sent to fight.
The only place I'll see his face is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days for my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud. My daddy's got your back.

I am a caring mother. My son has gone to war.
My mind is filled with worries that I have never known before.
Everyday I try to keep my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud. My son has got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified in a way most never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile as I watch my husband pack.
My heart may break, but I am proud. My husband's got your back.

I am a soldier, serving proudly, and I am standing tall.
I fight for freedom, yours and mine, by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing the thanks it sometimes lacks.

Say a prayer that I'll come home. It's me who's got your back.


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