March 18, 2005

The Horizon

Emphases mine.

Dear Dad -

Last night was my last spent in the city of Fallujah (at least for this tour). We came out of the city today and are back on our base. Our replacements have arrived and we are now waiting to rotate home.

Today was a perfect example of how far we have come on the backs of the incredible young Marines, Soldiers and Sailors who have been a part of the Regiment since we arrived in February 2004.

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December 31, 2004

However Humble it Be

Dave's mom sent this newest letter to us this morning. The emphasis is mine. Please remember to pray for the American troops, the Iraqi Soldiers, the civilians, the government here and abroad, and the upcoming elections.

Dear Dad -

For the past six weeks, the Regiment has been busy cleaning up the city and chasing down remaining pockets of insurgents. There have been some very stiff, isolated battles where the Marines continued to perform with the same tenacity and heroism that made them so successful in November. Unfortunately these efforts have not come without a price. We have lost additional Marines and many more have been wounded during these ongoing operations.

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December 09, 2004

In the news

R just sent me a link to some comments made by Lt. Col. Bellon printed in the Boston Globe.

Now, who was that commentor who said that Lt. Col. Bellon wasn't real and neither were the well-worded and accurate letters that he was sending home? So, I guess the reporter isn't real, and perhaps, the Boston Globe isn't either?

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November 24, 2004

Tell It Like It Is

I found out what the Marines wrote on the bridge. You can read it here.

Thanks for posting it, guys, and you can link my blog anytime.

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Photos of Lt. Col. Bellon

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Lt. Col. Bellon on the left.

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Lt. Col. Bellon in the center on "The Bridge."

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Lt. Co. Bellon center.

They can be seen on The Green Side, as well.

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November 13, 2004

From an e-mail to R,

From an e-mail to R, we found out that Lt.Col. Bellon was briefly on a CBS news clip. (Windows Media or Real Player required to view).

Please remember to pray not only for the Marines, but for the families whose hearts are anxious and nights are sleepless.

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November 10, 2004

November 04, 2004

Fallujah: Revisted

This has been a long time coming. My prayers of safety, wisdom, a swift hand and thinking are with the Marines. Take it to 'em and be done and Godspeed.

Dear Dad -

As you have no doubt been watching, we have had our hands full around Fallujah. It would seem as if the final reckoning is coming. The city has been on a consistent down hill spiral since we were ordered out in April. It's siren call for extremists and criminals has only increased steadily and the instability and violence that radiates out of the town has expanded exponentially. If there is another city in the world that contains more terrorists, I would be surprised. From the last two years, I just don't see a way that we can succeed in Iraq without reducing this threat. The cost of continuing on without taking decisive action is too high to dwell on.

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October 11, 2004

The Student Next to You

I missed this post by Lt. Col. Bellon in my travels. I so enjoy reading his writing and do hope that he considers penning a book when he returns.

The Marine he eulogizes in this letter was mentioned in a post by Blackfive.

Here are several other places of interest set up in memoriam to Lt. Col. Shea:
Arlington National Cemetary Website
Scuttlebutt & Small Chow

Emphasis mine.

Dad -

Right now we are finishing our rotation of units out of the area with new ones arriving and taking over. We were concerned about a spike in enemy activity as they knew we were rotating troops. Because of this we conducted a couple of operations on the front end of the rotation and put a hurting on them. Another unit here that operates with us also pulled a couple of operations at about the same time. The result is that we put the enemy back on its heels for a couple of weeks and got some breathing room. Unfortunately, if these guys are true to form, things will pick up again very soon.

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September 12, 2004


In the July/August edition of The Atlantic, an article caught R's eye, "Five Days in Fallujah" by Robert D. Kaplan (registration required). He determined to read it uninteruppted (try that in a house full of females!). So many publications are decidely liberal and against the military or the use of them that I anticipated a negative portrayal of his brothers in arms. When he completed it, he was refreshingly surprised at how Mr. Kaplan had written truthfully and with respect for the men with whom he had been embedded.

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Lt. Colonel Bellon writes us

Lt. Colonel Bellon writes us after several weeks of silence. It is relieving to know he is alive and well, and continues to encourage and lead the Marines under his charge and those who command him.

This letter admonishes those who seek to blame Russia for their recent horrific loss of young citizens. He also urges us to consider the breavity of this latest attrocity comitted by terrorists and to understand that it would be happening on U.S. soil, if they could make it happen.

As usual, emphasis mine. God be with you, Lt. Col. Bellon and with all those who serve to provide liberty for the oppressed.


As you have heard, we lost 7 Marines to a suicide car bomber the other day. We also lost 3 Iraqi Special Forces Soldiers. All were exceptionally brave men. The Marines are from a battalion that has fought as hard or harder than any other here in Iraq. These were the guys that were knee deep in the hardest fighting in Fallujah back in April and who have been going hard ever since. Even more tragic is that they were close to getting out of here.

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September 02, 2004


Congratulations to Major Dave Bellon on being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel!

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August 17, 2004

This one's for you, Teresa Ketchup-Kerry

Man! I love Dave's letters.

It's long, but worthy. Please note my emphasis to understand the blog title.

Dad -

You probably have not heard but the Regiment has been involved in a fight on the outside of Fallujah for the past week.

On August 9th, the insurgents in the city kidnapped the two Iraqi National Guard battalion commanders within the city subsequently killing at least one of them. It is another clear example of the savagery of the enemy here. The city is now without any coalition influence other than our fires. The local militia that was created as a solution to the April fighting has become a defensive army that is in collusion with the insurgents. The police are complicit with the enemy and the city is literally run by terrorists.

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August 03, 2004

Relieved and Sad

This is the latest from Dave. A few weeks ago while listening to NPR, I heard of the death of a Marine (and the wounding of several others) due to a car bomb and my heart skipped. The silence of Dave's parents assured me of his living, but I prayed for the fallen Marine and his family. In this latest letter, Dave intimates us with SSgt Clark and familiarizes us with this Marine's contribution to the Corps; his men; the war. He also accurately and informatively categorizes the enemy he and his Marines are fighting.

Read on.

Dear Dad -

We have been very active since my last update. Fallujah remains a closed city but we have made real progress in targeting and destroying the enemy where we find him. We know that our efforts have been effective and have a significant effect on the extremists inside the city. At the same time, we have gotten better at communicating our desire to improve the lives of the average citizens should they elect to cooperate.

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July 10, 2004

Everytime I read or hear

Everytime I read or hear about the death of a Marine, I catch my breath and pray. I pray that it isn't Dave. I plead that he has somehow escaped the bullet, the shrapnel, the ambush against an American simply for being American.

I really hope that he writes a book about his experiences and gets into politics. He would be a superior politician. As usual, the emphasis is mine.

Read and pray.

July 9, 2004

Dear Dad -

We have had a pretty hard week here. Unfortunately, we have taken some tough casualties and had a setback or two with the fledgling Iraqi Security Forces. Even though these setbacks are inevitable in this kind of insurgency, the 115 degree heat and general conditions seem to make them all the more bitter at times.

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July 08, 2004

Telling You Something You Already Thought Was True and Now Is

This via Pipe Line News.


Over the past few months we have been conducting an in-depth review of the Clinton administration's dealings regarding an offer made by the government of Sudan to extradite, or otherwise make available to the United States, Osama bin-Laden.

We are particularly interested in this story because we believe that the 911 Commission, whom we have been in contact with, is going to deny - in their final report - the existence of this offer by the Sudanese.

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June 23, 2004

This latest letter from Dave

This latest letter from Dave made me blink hot tears from my eyes. Anyone who critcizes the Marines is just speaking out of utter and complete ignorance. In the Persian Gulf War, my R was one of those sergeants (and Dave mentions him specifically as such). Please take a few minutes to read this and then be thankful for some young man over in Iraq who takes seriously his mission to serve his men, accomplish the missions, be respectful to the foreign civilians, and does so with the upmost respect, integrity, honor, and with every muscle and bone in his body.

Emphasis mine.

Dear Dad -

While you were gone, the effort here continued much the same. As you have no doubt seen, the violence has escalated as predicted but the average Iraqi actually appears to be more and more fed up with the acts of the insurgents. In our area, the viciousness and undisciplined nature of the enemy has caused them to fracture somewhat even to the point of fights breaking out between them.

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June 13, 2004

Ernie Pyle isn't here anymore

Maj. Bellon's dad forwarded this to us. After some internet investigation, I found that I really like William A. Mayer, the author of this "updated" account of D-Day. At the end of this article, written for the PipeLineNews web paper, Mr. Mayer, the editor and publisher, quotes a different kind of reporter that exisited during World War II, Ernie Pyle:

"Maybe Ernie Pyle can point the way - help us understand on this day of remembrance, where we need to be again, in the context of the battle in which we now find ourselves – precisely the same place where the infantry found themselves in that great war to which so many cloudily invoke and pay false homage.

'He wants to kill individually or in vast numbers. He wants to see the Germans overrun, mangled, butchered in the Tunisian trap. He speaks excitedly of seeing great heaps of dead, of our bombers sinking whole shiploads of fleeing men, of Germans by the thousands dying miserably in a final Tunisian holocaust of his own creation.

In this one respect the front-line soldier differs from all the rest of us. All the rest of us - you and me and even the thousands of soldiers behind the lines in Africa - we want terribly yet only academically for the war to get over. The front-line soldier wants it to be got over by the physical process of his destroying enough Germans to end it. He is truly at war. The rest of us, no matter how hard we work, are not.' "

He also examines the effect of judicial activism on the moral fiber of this country. I will be listing his organization in the Truthsayers section of my blogroll as he has gained a regular reader.

Mr. Mayer has "re-reported" the infamous happenings of D-Day as they would be recorded today by a typcial journalist with a personal agenda, rather than "just the facts."

Tragic French Offensive Stalled On Beaches
By William A. Mayer, Editor & Publisher -

Normandy, France - June 6, 1944

Pandemonium, shock and sheer terror predominate today's events in Europe.

In an as yet unfolding apparent fiasco, Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight David Eisenhower's troops got a rude awakening this morning at Omaha Beach here in Normandy.

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June 12, 2004

I am still amazed at the naysayers who continue to press that "America should have left well enough alone" in Iraq. Because I know Dave personally and know that he holds the highest standard of integrity, I believe his word over any reporter. I know that his purpose is for the people of America know the truth, not attempt to sway them to a liberal self-serving agenda.

Dave should have been a carpenter as he always hits the nail right on the head!

Dear Dad -

The past week has seen both an increase in temperatures and an increase in violence here. Unfortunately, the violence has been particularly deadly for the Iraqi citizens who have not picked up arms against the coalition. It is pretty obvious here that the insurgents have determined that their best course of action is to kill any Iraqi who assists the coalition in any way. This means that even if a man hates Americans with every fiber of his being but takes a job pulling weeds around a US base, he is subject to be killed. The mujahadeen literally wait outside the bases near the highway and watch for Iraqis leaving a base. They either flag them down or they simply pull up along side of them and empty a magazine from an AK47 in to the vehicle. This occurs daily - many times a day here. Of course we are out there patrolling and trying to interdict these murders but it simply pushes the muj back and they wait further down the road. The amazing thing is that the Iraqis keep coming to work because they want to feed their families. Lately, the workers have started to arm themselves and there have been full blown shoot outs in the streets.

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June 02, 2004

Round and Round and Round Robin

Last week R received quite a few junk e-mails, but tucked neatly away in the midst of them was a forward from his cousin entitled: "Letter from Dave." Knowing before he opened it what it contained, he responded with a brief history of his personal friendship with "The Real Soldier" (as the prologue captured him to be~sigh...I know people mean well, but a Soldier is in the Army, A Marine is in the United States Marine Corps). After a quick lesson in correct terminology, he clicked send.

I received the same forward the next day from the wife of R's cousin. I, too, replied. It was a strange moment to know that the thoughts of someone we actually know are flying around the world via the internet. I am glad that a voice of reason from the front is being heard, but I am prompted further to increase my prayer for his safety and that of his family.

Please read. As usual, Dave always satisfies the desire for real news like a Rib-eye instead of a drive-through burger. Savor the taste of truth.

Dad -

Some interesting developments out of Falluja and Iraq in general that I wanted to share with you. Since we have agreed to stay at arms reach with Falluja, we have been able to focus our efforts on the surrounding towns and villages. The result is that we have made great inroads in breaking up insurgent cells through ambushes and raids. Even more important, we have began to establish an early and still fragile rapport with the people of these areas. The areas are historical sanctuaries for terrorists so they are important.

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May 23, 2004

Put your money where your mouth is

Updated: Wow! It helps to have friends that have far more readers than yourself. Blackfive posted some of Dave's letter and many have linked it. Thanks, Blackfive for bringing Truth From the Front to the front page of the 'sphere.

All those that linked Blackfive's post:
Kimberly, at Anchored by Grace
Dawn at Redpony4
Citizen SmashThe Indepundit
The Four Lawyers at Advisory Opinion
WIlliam at The Crusader
James at The Curbside Prophet
Pat at Brainster's Blog
Mark at Liberty Just in Case
JP at Elderflower
Krotchety Keggler
Hugh Hewitt

This was posted on the 22 of May. It's been a bit busy here, so I just caught this one tonight as I was checking the site. As usual, Dave pitches a no hitter.

This one is loaded with facts (you know, those things that are gathered either through first-hand experience or from verifiable sources that our sad, agenda laden media doesn't seem to concern itself with anymore?) I underlined a few things that Dave said that caught my attention.

Read the last line (emphasis mine).- you gotta love Dave. And we do.

Dad -

You probably heard that Mike was wounded this week. We take rockets and mortars from time to time and he got caught outside when a rocket came in. He was lucky as he only got hit with some shrapnel in the back of the head. Grateful that it was only a flesh wound. He was medivaced to a surgical unit. I got word that he was going to be medevaced to the surgical unit on my camp and went by that evening looking for him only to find out he went to a different treatment facility. They put some staples in his head and he hopped a helo to return to his camp and was back at work that night. He is a tough guy. In fact, I actually saw him yesterday as I had to go to his position for some business. It is always a quietly thankful moment when you see a guy who has been wounded or who you think was wounded and he turns out to be ok. Mike was actually embarrassed about the whole thing and shrugged off any mention of it as he feels like he is not "doing enough" right now.

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May 18, 2004

Sometimes She Feels So Sad

So, anyone who wants to say that the Marines are randomly killing women and children, read this and then promptly shut up!

God rest the soul of Jeremiah and fortify his family with comfort and strength until they meet again.

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May 14, 2004

Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell (aka Liberal Lying Media)

R received this from Dave's dad just a few moments ago. You simply must read it. Must. The emphasis is my own.

The enclosed is from Captain Ben Connable, the intelligence deputy for the US 1st Marine Division, in charge of the western al-Anbar province. Something recent and encouraging, for a change. It came in this morning.

From: Ben Connable
Subject: Reorienting and Driving Forward

As you all probably know by now, we are turning Fallujah over to the Iraqis. This will give us an opportunity to focus on other areas, and hopefully to build a new Iraqi Army with some of the folks that are feeling alienated right now. We're all painfully aware of the various issues associated with this move, but there's no point in discussing them. We'll make this work, just like we make everything else work to the best of our ability. The Marines fought hard in Fallujah and took a lot of very evil people out of the fight. That effort, and the associated loss of Marine lives, was not in vain. We're already seeing a significant decrease in the enemy's ability to attack our forces. The supply lines are open again and everything is flowing freely through the country. Their efforts to cut us of in order to break our willpower failed. The Iraqi people are tired of the enemy and they are turning them over to us left and right.

I'm going to discuss a subject that I know does not apply to most of you... We're reading that everyone back home is starting to lose faith in our efforts in Iraq. The last CBS poll put the numbers under 50% for the first time. I know that doesn't mean a loss in support for the troops, but supporting "the troops" while not supporting the mission doesn't do much for us. If we're over here for nothing then vague "support the troops" statements carry little weight. The Marines are in high spirits. The troops in Fallujah are doing what Marines do best, and they're true professionals. Everyone else is driving forward, wondering what all the fuss back home is all about. We don't feel that we're losing anything - in fact, we're finally addressing issues that should have been addressed some time ago. The world seems to have forgotten what war looks like. It's not supposed to be pretty and happy. Force is used to kill those who are perpetrating evil on the people of Iraq. The images need to be put in perspective, something the news agencies just don't have time for.

It would be interesting to see someone track all the dire accounts and predictions that were issued over the past three weeks to see if they've been accurate. I read reports that we were cut off and couldn't get supplies. Reality: Not true, they failed. A popular revolution was taking place in the south and Sadr was leading a new Shia revolt. Reality: Not true. Shia militia are killing Sadr's folks in Najaf because they don't respect him and they're sick of him. He's the same buffoon he was last month. Fallujah would ignite the Arab world (how many times have we heard that one). Reality: Despite the best efforts of Al-Jazira to make us look like Atilla the Hun, there has been no explosion of populist anger. The same problems exist that existed last month - no better, no worse.

Please pass the word that we're doing great and the Marines are victorious in every battle. The enemy is a disconcerted, disparate group of disenfranchised dissemblers who have little power outside the realm of localized intimidation and the support of complicit al-Jazira reporters. We will be able to settle this place down and help the Iraqi people back on their feet if we're able to ignore the hysteria on T.V. and recall the national willpower we had in the 1940's. What happened to our country? Have we really become so addled and weak-willed that we can't stick something out through a little rough patch?

I have faith that we'll get the backing we need to finish our work in Iraq.

Please have that faith with me and support our mission as much as you support our Marines.

Semper Fidelis -


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May 12, 2004


Just in case anyone is interested in reading more about Major Bellon's outstanding leadership, check this out.

It is from last August, but there is more like this coming, believe me.

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May 11, 2004

The Execution of the Patrol: Major Bellon

Dad -

We executed the patrol yesterday - suspect that you have seen that on the news. Couldn't tell you last night for security reasons. The patrol went well. Interesting information that you probably did not see on the news: When the Iraqis came in to link up with us, they were very stoic. In fact, I had a pistol that I had to give to the leader of the Iraqi contingent today. I wanted to make it public in front of his men but he appeared very awkward. He only touched the pistol briefly and quickly gave it to his aid. The rest of the Iraqis looked somewhat hostile/worried. Frankly, I did not know what to make of it.

Shortly before the patrol stepped off, my element moved to our forward location and held fast. As we moved the short distance to our staging area, I was mulling over what may have been behind the Iraqi reaction. As I was looking around it dawned on me. We had Marines staged as a QRF (Quick Reaction Force) very near the area that the Iraqis came to link up with us but out of view of the city. The Marines all had their game face on and it was a very strong force. My guess is that when the Iraqis cleared the cloverleaf and saw our guys their hearts must have skipped a beat. The enemy was spreading disinformation that the patrol was a trick and that we were really going to attack. Remember what I said about the ignorance level and the rampant rumors here.

When the patrol exited the city and the Iraqis came back through our lines, they were literally chanting and singing. Their pride was evident.

There will be good days and not so good days. Today was a good day.



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From Marine 1st Lt. Robert L. Nofsinger USMC Ramadi, Iraq

A Plea from a Marine in Iraq

By Robert Nofsinger | April 27, 2004

Hello Everyone, I am taking time to ask you all for your help.

First off, I'd like to say that this is not a political message. I'm not concerned about domestic politics right now. We have much bigger things to deal with, and we need your help.

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A new letter from Dave:

Dad -

We are approaching a very significant phase in Falluja. Very soon, we will execute the first "joint patrol" into the city. The concept is that Marines and elements of the new Iraqi force will enter the town together.

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April 28, 2004

Email from Dave - Apr 26, 04

Dave's folks were so kind to share this with us. I have only altered it in removing the name of Dave's son.

Dad -

Got the first package with the jerky, chicken and tuna. It was great. Particularly like the beef jerky and chicken.

The Bronze Star and promotion are no big deal. Without being falsely modest, I was doing my job and many guys who did as much or more will have gone unrecognized.

The diplomatic efforts ongoing are a necessary part of our overall efforts to stabilize Iraq.

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April 26, 2004

You want the truth?

Updated: It is his desire in leading young marines like Chance, that Major Dave Bellon returned to Iraq when asked.
Thanks to BlackFive.

This letter is one that Major Dave Bellon, USMC, wrote to his dad recently. Strange how his perspective is vastly different than that of the "objective" media, isn't it? Please read and please pray for this Marine and the people of Iraq whose liberties aren't even emaciated, but rather, non-existent.

Dad -

As you have probably seen, the going is a bit tough here right now. I know
that there are times when it must seem like things are going to hell in a
hand basket - truthfully it seems like that to me from time to time - but
you should see the young Marines scratch and claw to keep the genie in the

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He is one of the few, I am one of the many proud

On our ride home from Las Vegas, in the course of sharing the happenings of the week, R told me that he thinks his boyhood friend, Dave Bellon has gone back to Iraq.

Dave was called up in 2003 as a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He and his wife had settled comfortably into their southern California home. His law practice was going well. They welcomed children into the world. He was called to active duty, he proudly went and he honorably served.

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