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Company Command’s greatest hits, Vol. 3: Writing letters to their families

This selection, my 2006 pick, strikes me as a thoughtful contribution: I took the approach that best way to recognize a warrior is to praise him to his family. During my first tour in Iraq, I wrote to specific Marines’ families. During my second tour in Iraq, I wrote thank-you letters to each Marine’s family ...

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This selection, my 2006 pick, strikes me as a thoughtful contribution:

I took the approach that best way to recognize a warrior is to praise him to his family. During my first tour in Iraq, I wrote to specific Marines' families. During my second tour in Iraq, I wrote thank-you letters to each Marine's family in my unit. -Chris Douglas, K/3-25 IN

This selection, my 2006 pick, strikes me as a thoughtful contribution:

I took the approach that best way to recognize a warrior is to praise him to his family. During my first tour in Iraq, I wrote to specific Marines’ families. During my second tour in Iraq, I wrote thank-you letters to each Marine’s family in my unit. -Chris Douglas, K/3-25 IN

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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