Marines can find irony in anything

US Marines send unique greetings from Fallujah

Happy Holidays:

Holiday cards will soon be pouring into mailboxes across America. But some families might be a little shocked when their season’s greetings arrive adorned with bombs and gunmen, and the words “Greetings from Fallujah” spelled out against the backdrop of a shattered city skyline.

Marines killing time in the aftermath of last month’s ferocious battle for the Iraqi rebel stronghold have spun a grim joke into an unlikely source of holiday cheer.

Marine James Brisch, a corporal with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines’ Charlie Company, takes postcard-sized pieces of cardboard cut from provisions boxes and carefully inks in Fallujah’s low, stubby skyline underneath a generic greeting: Merry Christmas from Fallujah.

He then gives them to other members of his squad to colour in and personalise – most often with bombs, flames or bullet holes – before writing a message to their families on the other side and putting them in the mail.

No doubt we’ll hear about how this underscores how horrible war is and the cost it’s exacting on our young men and women.

Very Oohrah. (via FR)

Comments

  1. No doubt we’ll hear about how this underscores how horrible war is and the cost it’s exacting on our young men and women.’ This sentence sounds kind of sarcastic. If that’s true, I don’t understand your point. Are you saying war is not horrible? That is doesn’t exact a cost on our young men and women?

  2. No, I wasn’t being sarcastic at all. And no, I wasn’t saying that war is not horrible or that it doesn’t exact a cost on our young men and women. I was saying that we’d be hearing about this as if it proved anything that we don’t already know. I was saying that we’d be hearing about this as if it explained why the invasion of Iraq was wrong. Some things can be horrible AND right. I think that the invasion and occupation of Iraq is one of these things. And we shouldn’t act all outraged when the horribleness of war makes the evening news.

  3. Just so you know, this isn’t really new. Marines have been doing all along in OIF. I can remember sending these out when I was in country (Iraq) with I MEF. It’s easier than finding paper when all you have to do it grab your K-Bar and slice off a piece of MRE box. I’d try to write something funny that would make the people back home relax a bit. ‘Took this pictue in a sandstorm…if you look really hard you can see my teeth.?’ When I got home, it meant a lot to me that everyone I sent them to thought enough of them to keep them. They said it was even better than the regular letters. Semper Fi and keep up the good work Murdoc.

  4. Just goes to show, those jarheads are really something else. I think the ‘civilized’ people of this country have forgotten that the ‘barbarian’ warrior is what allows them to keep living their trivial little lives. Hannibal is at the gates, and the boys in green, brown, and digicam are keeping him out. Thank God for all our brothers in the armed forces this year.

  5. James is a good friend of mine. One thing I have told him is that you HAVE to keep a sence of humor. Even if it gets a bit morbid. These cards will be priceless to these guys as they get old and loose their hair. They are a statement – this IS Christmas to them. And except for stuff sent from home, as about as close to Christmas as they will get. GOD BLESS EM ALL. Semper Fi Secondhand Soldier.

  6. James is my brother, and that sounds just like him. He always has a sense of humor even when things are rough. We love him and miss him!