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November 04, 2009

Our Awesome Marines and Vaklour IT....Come and Meet Lava from "From Baghdad With Love"

From Baghdad With Love

When Marines enter an abandoned house in Fallujah, Iraq, and hear a suspicious noise, they clench their weapons, edge around the corner, and prepare to open fire.

What they find during the U.S. led attack on the "most dangerous city on Earth," however, is not an insurgent bent on revenge, but a tiny puppy left behind when most of the city's population fled before the bombing. Despite military law that forbids the keeping of pets, the Marines de-flea the pup with kerosene, de-worm him with chewing tobacco, and fill him up on Meals Ready to Eat.

Thus begins the dramatic rescue attempt of a dog named Lava and Lava's rescue of at least one Marine, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman, from the emotional ravages of war.

From Marines to war-time journalists to endangered Iraqi citizens, From Baghdad, With Love tells an unforgettable true story of an unlikely band of heroes who learn unexpected lessons about life, death, and war from a mangy little flea-ridden refugee.

The book "From Baghdad With Love" is a wonderful book.


Special Thanks to Maj. Mike Corrado who wrote this awesome song that perfectly describes why our Marines serve. So many people have asked us why the Marines do what they you are.


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Posted by Wild Thing at November 4, 2009 04:49 AM


Thanks SOOO much for posting this WT! What a heart-melting story. I WILL own the book - and will bring it back with me from my trip to the States in February.

Posted by: BT in SA at November 4, 2009 07:50 AM

I think it is great that a lot of troops in Iraq have been able to get their adopted dogs and service dogs back to the States. That wasn't possible in Vietnam. We had to leave our animals behind.

Posted by: TomR at November 4, 2009 12:33 PM

Nothing like a dog to heal the soul, not to take a thing away from a good cat. Visited my fur faced friends yesterday, nothing compares to a 90lb lab thinking he's a baby in your lap. I echo your words Tom, we left ours behind too.

Posted by: Jack at November 4, 2009 02:11 PM

Hi BT SA good to see you.

That is great, I had not even heard about
it till this post.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 4, 2009 07:31 PM

Tom, I agree, it is such a special bond.
I am so sorry it was not possible during
the Vietnam War.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 4, 2009 07:32 PM

Jack,I agree sooo much, animals have
something so very special about them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 4, 2009 07:33 PM