Thursday, August 18, 2005

Letter from Iraq

Dear Editor,

To the people of Holly Springs and all Marshall Countians, I’m writing from AnNaJaf, Iraq (fob-hotel). This is where I’ve been living for the past seven months, along with four other Marshall Countians.

We’re in the Mississippi National Guard Active Army with the 155 B.C.T. of Mississippi.

The men I’m speaking of are Sgt. Bernard Norman of Cayce, Ms. Sgt. Leon Powell and Sgt. Larry C. Payne, both of Holly Springs, and Sgt. Samuel E. Ivy, and me, Sgt. Sammie L. Payne Jr of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Holly Springs.

I just wanted to take time and tell you a little about how well these men are doing in upholding their jobs and their performance here in Iraq. Everyone should be proud of the way these men are handling responsibility and conduct while here in these troublesome times. Each one has proven themselves time and time again.

I would especially like to express to the Ivy family how well Samuel is doing. I want to say he’s all right and I still have his back like I promised.

To my sisters and brothers and friends of my brother, Sgt. Larry C. Payne, he has shown such great leadership and control in his duties and job performance, words cannot say how proud I am of his triumph here in Iraq doing (OIF) Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I would like to thank the VFW for letting us have a wonderful send-off at their place; the Holly Springs Primary School; the Holly Springs Fire Dept.; the Holly Springs Family Support Group; my church, Strawberry, and all other churches that have been sending prayers; and yes, my friends and the class of 1975 and 1980; and last but not least my darling sisters, Pauline Evans, Lena Howell, Gladys Payne, Eva Dowdy, Alberta Isabel, all of Holly Springs, and Georgia Alexander and family of Starkville, and my brother, Terry Payne of Memphis.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your prayers and thoughts in our overseas tour.

Thank you and God bless you all. See you soon.
Sgt. Sammie L. Payne Jr.
Son of the late Sammie and Magnolia Payne


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