I recently received a touching letter that says a lot about the state of America in these difficult times, a letter from a fourth grade girl with a father in the military.

"As much as I don't want my dad to fight,'' she wrote, `"I'm willing to give him to you.''

This is a precious gift. The greatest she could give. This young girl knows what America is all about.

Since September 11, an entire generation of young Americans has gained new understanding of the value of freedom and its cost and duty and its sacrifice.

The battle is now joined on many fronts. We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.

Thank you. May God continue to bless America.



From speech given after the first strikes on Sunday, 7th October 2001

  • Captain Rich Barbato

    HHC, 3-325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Task Force FALCON, OIF-1

    Captain Barbato served in a variety of roles during his deployment including, Battalion Chemical Officer for SSE (Sensitive Site Exploitation) which was searching for WMDs. He also led several dismounted patrols around Bagdad until he was promoted to Captain.

    During his deployment he would fight in the Battle of Samawah, this was one of the hardest fights the Americans had during the war. 

© 2021 The War Dungeon. Proudly created with Wix.com