WINTER IN IRAQ
It was the longest night, the shortest day in December 2003 as winter set-in in Iraq.
and New years had just passed when we got our first
MESSAGES FROM MIKE:
MEMORY OF MY BELOVED NEPHEW
ARE MESSAGES FROM MICHAEL PRICE
Hello to all of you,
This is the beginning of a big
trip for me and all of you also, so bear with me. You are all part of my MASS
email now, so expect many emails coming your way in the future. I set this up,
of course, to be efficient in my writing to you all, I don't know my
availability of email once I'm in Iraq, but once we're settled in it should be a
little more 'standard' hopefully. Before I continue I'll give you some facts:
We will be providing security for
EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) personnel.
There are 42 members of the team. We
will be in Mosul and Tikrit, Iraq (Saddams hometown).
I will be gone for 6-12 months
We are ALL well trained
professionals in what we are doing.
One thing I need from everyone is
your mailing address. Please send this to me ASAP ( I already have most of your
addresses but send it anyway) This is my way of confirming your email existence.
I hate for this to sound impersonal to everyone, but get use to how my MASS mail
works. I will send ALL of you personal mails as often as I can, I promise that.
I don't know when my next mass mail will be, but I will do it ASAP when I'm in a
position to do so. I will be
leaving for Ft Bliss in TX 1/3/04 for my processing, and we are scheduled to be
in Baghdad 1/10/04, so we're all standing by to standby.
I want all of you to know that you
are a small group of family and friends that I love and care about, and I
appreciate everyoneís support in what I am doing.
I will be sending with some of my emails pictures and video clips, these
will be sent in a zipped/compacted format so you MUST have Winzip or another
extractor to download this stuff. My
cell phone will be on while I'm processing in Tx, so if you want to give me a
call, do it. My # is (925) 890-9456. Once
again, I thank you all for your support in this, and I want you all to know
something....that each and every one of you are important to me, your love,
friendship, and existence in my life is important to me, otherwise you would not
be receiving this email! So let's
all stay in touch, I will do only my best.
Well, I'm just sitting here in Ft.
Bliss TX waiting to fly out on Tuesday. We finished our out-processing on
Thursday and have been just hangin out. About 15 of us are going into Mexico
today to kick back and relax, I'm looking for a 'velvet Elvis' picture, and I
know they got one somewhere, LOL. Anyway, hereís some new info:
We will be flying into Camp Wolfe
Kuwait and we will drive up to Baghdad. Mike
drank too much yesterday, I'm getting it out of my system.
So, a good Mexican breakfast is in order...huevos rancheros,
charizzo,,,mmmmm. ce I leave here
expect no mail rom me for about 3 weeks, we'll be setting up and thereís no
guarantee that we'll have comms, so standby. And as soon as I get my APO mailing
address, I'll let you all know, and there will be some things I need from you in
the states. Well, thatís it from me, take care my friends and family. Out.
I donít have much time to write, so I'll be brief. We
landed in Kuwait yesterday, slept 4 hours, and then drove to Baghdad. We had 15
vehicles, no escort, but we're heavily armed. We almost shot one guy with an
AK47, but it was slung on his shoulder, he's lucky we weren't army; they
probably would have hosed him down. The trip took 10 hours of crappy roads mixed
with highway, but was otherwise uneventful. We're all pretty tired still from
the jetlag and the drive right now. Tomorrow we'll drive to Tikrit, which is the
Wild West out here. I'll be in Tikrit for 6 months, so YEE HAW!
ll be in touch soon, I have to go eat, then sleep, maybe I'll shower
tomorrow morning. And so you all know I'm being safe, and I'm with some of the
best guys in the business out here, so donít worry too much.
Well I'm at my new home already. I
was separated from the rest of the group and assigned to another unit outside
Tikrit. We have a pretty nice setup here; internet, showers, 2 man rooms, pool
table, chow hall, its deluxe....except for the occasional mortar round, LOL.
Yeah, no kidding, I was here about 1 hour and the bad guys started lobbing
mortar rounds in on us, but donít worry, they donít have a clue as to what
their doing (idiots). Sorry about the garbled email I sent last, I was in a
delirium from no sleep. I got a much-needed 8 hours last night. This morning we
left BIAP (Baghdad international airport) around 8 am and started a very
exciting 3-hour drive through the most dangerous road in the country, hwy 1
through the "Sunni triangle". This is the main road where all the
IED's (improvised explosive devices) are blowing people up, about 1 per day. It
went smooth for us though, but nonetheless, it was quite exciting. There were 16
vehicles in our convoy driving as fast as possible bumper to bumper, weaving
through locals and military convoys, with rifles out the windows to let'em know
you mean business. We had 1 suburban full of Iraqis try to get in our convoy a
couple of times by cutting off vehicles, so we had to box'em in and check his
intentions....fortunatly, 5 M-16's and 1 light machine gun pointed at them
changed any possible bad intention they may of had, if only we could do this to
some of the drivers back in the states, it works, and the look on their faces is
priceless. LOL, I'm really just kidding, out here its business, and you better
be "switched on" or you will end up dead, cuz I'll tell you what, out
here they don't like us. Iíll be
working at a sight about 5 miles from here starting tomorrow night. So right now
I have to stay up late to change my sleeping schedule. I thought it was going to
be a drag working nights, but then I found out what I'll be doing....I can't say
what it is exactly right now, but lets just say the hunting is very good in
these parts. Iíll give out my APO mailing address as soon as I find out what
it is. And so you all know, I love what I'm doing here, and this is definetly
the most exciting and awesome thing I've ever done in my life (and most
profitable) But I do miss you all, and expect personal emails to all of you in
the immediate future. I have to go, my turn is up.
This is my current mailing
address, it will be changing in March and I will notify when that change is.
HHC/366 AR BN
APO AE 09323-2600
Talk to ya'al soon. I go on shift
in 30 minutes.
Just thought I would give a
rundown of my new daily routine, or I should say 'nightly' routine. First off,
I'm working out of and living on an army firebase called K2 which is about 25
miles NW of Tikrit. We get chow around 430 PM, then convoy through 'Indian
country' for 15 minutes to our worksite. This is where the actions at. What is
at the site is classified, but we are the American advisors and core security
team for this particular site. We have 300 Iraqi army personnel on our perimeter
as our main security force, and trust me, it aint easy to trust these monkeys,
you watch yer ass out there in the dark. But for the most part, these are the
loyal ones, to explain how and why is difficult. It comes down to religious
sect, language dialect, and where they were born. These people are VERY tribal.
I've had chai tea with an Iraqi General and 2 Colonels each night since I've
been here! They're pretty cool, and speak perfect English. This group is also of
the "whirling dervish" persuasion: eat hot coals, eat razorblades, jam
rods through there cheeks, yeah
,they're religion is quite funky. Who needs beer when you got this freak show.
So, in a nutshell. Using night vision we patrol (2 of us)the perimeter, ensuring
that all fighting positions are manned, equipped, etc. I stepped out of the
truck last night...whhooosh! right into a 4' deep fighting hole! We laughed our
asses off. Those Iraqis like to dig. We have them pretty well equipped; heavy
machine guns, AK 47's, grenades, night vision. I have an M-16 A2, 9mm pistol, an
AK 47, and some grenades for now. I hopefully will be getting a Draguov sniper
rifle in the next 2 days for big game hunting at a distance. After our rounds,
we go off to one of our hide sites and wait for "ali baba"(the bad
guy). Then at 0530 am its go home time, or I mean K2 home. So standby for more
stuff soon. I have to go with my bro and get some night vision parts before we
go to work.
Hope all is well.
Yeah right, LOL.
All's well here in the land of
sand. Its been an interesting 24 hours so far. Last night 1 of our fighting
positions with 6 Iraqi's was attacked with small arms fire, nobody was hurt in
the shooting, that includes the bad guys (too bad). I was on the other side of
the compound when it went down, so I just heard it. The terrorists got balls
attacking a heavy machine gun emplacement, but instead of balls, I think its
stupidity. There probing us to see what we're all about, and I have a feeling
they're gonna find out the hard way soon. I woke up this morning to a rocket
attack on base. I heard the launch (5 poofs), them whizzing over, and then the 4
impacts. Its no big deal because thereís nothing you can really do except
listen and hope they donít get ya'. Crazy. 1 landed close enough that debris
hit my hooch (yee haw) and1 damaged a humvee about 1/2 mile away, no injuries at
all which is good. This is almost a daily occurrence here, pretty soon I wont
even write about it. I am now one of the armories for are group, so working on
and appropriating parts for all of our weapon systems is what I'm doing in my
spare time. I'm also learning Arabic and Kurdish now. My Arabic is coming along
well considering I havenít even been here a week (80 words, 20 phrases) and
the Kurdish is coming along slower, but I'll get it. We have a mix of troops
that we work with (Iraqi and Iraqi Kurds) and they HATE each other. We keep them
separated to avoid conflict of course. Saddam really turned these people against
each other, what a P.O.S. I really like the Kurds, and they love us to death, no
kidding. I was dancing with them last night (a whole other story!) and they
pretty much told me they would block bullets for me. Thatís some real good
warm and fuzzy stuff there. So anyway, I should be quite fluent in Arabic and
Kurdish by the time I leave, right now not getting them confused is the big
issue, LOL.I hope all is well in the U.S. and I miss you all. I'll shoot out
another sitrep (situation report) soon.
REPLY TO MIKE
Thanks for the sitrep.
It's Friday morning and I'm moving pretty slow right now. Iíll write
you more later - this evening when I'm not pressed for action.
Watch your ass!
Mar haban, hello,
All's quiet here so far. Its
raining and cold, so its all about hiding from
the weather with a watchful eye
always open. And so you all know, today was a first for me in a long time....my
hair went into a pony tail! YAY! I got tail, YAY! LOL. Ahh, the little things in
life....I have a small request if you want to send anything over here. My peersh
merdga (Kurdish soldiers), who are some of the greatest people I have ever had
the privilege of working with, need to be hooked up. I want to give them all
puka shell necklaces, so if anyone can find some cheap ones to give as gifts,
I'll score more points than you can imagine. I would greatly appreciate it. The
picture was taken last night after dinner with our Iraqi counter-parts. The
Colonel is the one in desert camis, one is an interpreter, one is a religious
leader, and the other is a....person that doesn't exist. I'll send more as soon
as we get our photo shops up and working better.
I miss you all, take care.
Everythings good over here. Nothin'
really new, just staying busy. Here's a couple of pics. One of them is me and my
huntin' partner Dave. The other is me and my buddies I came over here with
before we were seperated. We're standing on a runway outside of Tikrit after
driving up from Baghdad, from left to right: Thomas, me, Clay. Standby for more
stuff soon, and thanks for the puka response. These Kurds are gonna freak out,
and I'll definitely have a pic of that. Thanks for everything.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2004 20:20:37
Cho nee marhaban ah salam ah likum,
Sorry that I've been delinquent in my emailing. I've been very busy with no time even for new pics,
but some will be coming soon. The days seem to run together now, and I honestly couldn't even tell you what day
of the week it is. I am definitely set into a routine. I would like to share the part of my daily/nightly routine
that is the most exciting; the 20 minute convoy from hell.
Its still dark early in the AM, we take off in our trucks with no lights, weapons out the windows covering all sides,
wearing night vision goggles, driving across the flat farmland on very small 2 lane roads at speeds between 90-100mph.
We travel that fast because it makes it more difficult for the bad guys to command detonate a roadside bomb,
and with the lights out they cant even see us. It is very intense and it may sound crazy, but I enjoy it.
And can you believe they even pay me to have this much fun!
I love it! Oh, and I forgot to mention, there are no traffic laws here, so
you can basically drive like a complete maniac at all times.
You actually have to be a wild driver because the Iraqis are wilder than you sometimes.
I just got off and I'm gonna go crash soon.
I usually wake up around 2 in the afternoon and go "out on the town" at 5 for the all night show.
I found out today that I will probably be changing to a full time convoy gunner,
which is basically doing the above for 12 hrs a day. It reminds me of the movie "Road Warrior",
except there's no crazy kid with a boomerang (not yet).
So I'd be back on days driving all over Northern Iraq looking for ali-baba so I can run his ass over....
then reverse and do it again! AAHHHH, what fun...So anyway, the hairs getting longer, the goat-tee is huge,
I've lost 8 lbs and I'm eating well (???), and I got a new machine gun (a M249 SAW belt fed for all you gun lovers out there)
that makes me happy. I'm staying low and moving slow, and I'm always *AWARE*, and I am not complacent,
so no worries. I'll have some good pics soon, promise.
Qua ha vees, ma salama, fia mana la
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2004 12:30:44
My new un-official title here in the land of sand; now its the land of the stickiest mud in the world, as its raining
crazy right now. Nothing really new happening in the big scheme of things, but lots of little stuff.
Hereís a crazy little ditty...We all have fears right? Of course. Some of them we know about, some we don't till it has been
exposed to us. Well, for me I hate centipedes, they freak me out and always have (and this place is full of them!)
but I can face it and squash it, literally. Well, I found a new fear the other day, land mines, in this particular case 2
soviet 15-kilo anti-tank mines. Now the story that follows this experience is for another time and place while sitting
and enjoying a tasty beverage, but let me tell you, pucker factor washigh! LOL. And if we catch the little bugger that laid
them....well, let your imagination run....So my Arabic is coming along quite well. I have many teachers that test and
teach me daily. Some of the annunciations are very tough as we do not have these sounds in the English language;
ie. the hacking up sound, the guttural aaarrrhhh, and some other primitive grunting sounds. They all laugh as one of my
favorite terms is used a lot; kabir teezy or monkey ass. I can now say "monkey ass" in 7 languages, and when I can say
it in10 I'll hold the record. Oh yeah, this is cool.... I'll get to drive an M1 Abrams tank this week. A bunch of my Army buddies
are gonna teach me, and I can't wait. I just need to find a couple of cars to drive over and I think my life's checklist will be
complete....naaa...there's more stuff to do...like driving a tank through a used car lot! now were talkin'. So anyway,
don't be worrying any extra about me. I'm working with some of the best operators in the world and feel very safe out here,
and if I was a bad guy I would be very afraid. Hopefully I'll have some new/good pics soon.
Fia mana la.
Same stuff here. I just wanted to shoot out a quick mail. I started working normal human hours here doing an abnormal
human job, some things never change, LOL. You won't believe this...it snowed here yesterday! It started with a massive
dust storm (massive to me) then it rained, then it snowed. It didn't stick anywhere but the mountains, but it is super cold
out now, and very muddy. The mud here gets all over you, and there's no way you could possibly wash your clothes everyday,
so here's what you do: hang your muddy pant up and let them dry, put on clean pair, next day you take old muddy pair and
beat/chip the old mud off and viola! you have clean pants! So 2 pair of pants last all week, and they have to because laundry
detergent is at a premium here, its very difficult to find, but we manage. Yeah, I know, we have internet, steak, showers,
and no laundry detergent.....go figure. Hopefully in the future it will be easier for me to send pics. Right now I have to
download them in a buddies computer, then he sends them to me, and then I send'em to you. I have a ton of good one's,
so hang on. Well its time for me to get racked up for work; clean mud off rifle, shower, breakfast, put the rack on (the rack
is the 35 lbs. of gear I wear every day: armor,ammo,radio,med, etc.), and get ready for a cold ride. Hope all is good, and
standby for some new pics soon.
Here's my new mailing address. Anything in transit after 4 March will be sent back to the states.
APO AE 09393-2600
Good stuff coming soon.
Well, go figure. The Army gave me the wrong mailing address, and of course thats the new one I gave you.
Do not send anything to that address, just hold on to it. If you did, oh well, it'll be back in 7 weeks.
So, don't send me ANYTHING until this new address is sorted out. Sorry about the prob.
Here it is, the real new one:
USA Environmental Inc.
APO AE 09393-2600
Its been very busy the past couple of weeks. I work in the sunlight hours now, which is still a big change from the nights
for me. The mission is different also, but no less exciting. One of the items in my "life checklist" was checked off the other
day. I got to drive an M1 Abrams main battle tank! BAM!, and oh yeah, it kicked butt. Thats one serious piece of equipment.
We even went out to the range and shot it. Hopefully this week I'll get to go out with those Army boyz again, they got some
cool toys, LOL. The weather is starting to warm up fast, its in the 70-80 degree range every day. We better enjoy it while
we can because it gets up to 140 degrees here in the summer. My new Kurdish name is 'Hivill', pronounced 'Hevall', it means
friend and brother....it probably means****head and their just not telling me, LOL. Na, these guys love me. We get along
great and I do my best to make sure they get takin care of. My Kurdish is coming along slowly, but my Arabic is flying. Its
amazing, now big sentences are being formed, and its really freakin' out the Arabs. I even had my first dream in Arabic the
other night. Whoa. Well, I gotsta go get breakfast and then haul booty. I'm working on my picture problem so standby
This is almost unbelievable....the Army gave us the wrong address again! If you sent something, oh well,
we'll see what happens. Otherwise DON'T SEND ANYTHING till someone pulls their head out of their ***.
This is some pretty bad form on someoneís part, and it has caused an uproar as I'm sure you can imagine.
So standby. When I get the new address I'll wait for 3 days to see if they change it again, and THEN I'll give it out, ok?
Otherwise, everythingís great....busy and crazy. Pics and video comin soon...
Maybe this address will work for a week or so....
Michael Price, civilian
APO AE 09392
This address thing has been a big pain in the booty. No one seems to be able to figure it out. So send it if you got it.
Things have gotten pretty crazy here the past couple of days. I wish I could tell you more, but I can tell you that there's
been a lot of shooting going on around here, and fortunately most of it is from us. I'll try to send some new pics and maybe
a video clip in a zipped format later today (I keep promising this huh?) Other than that, I must get back to the grind.
EDIT; THIS E-MAIL IS INSERTED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND MIKEíS MESSAGE, AS OUR BIRTHDAYS FALL ON MARCH 29TH.
>From: Sylvan Tyrrel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Michael Price <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: maybe
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 14:49:47 -0800 (PST)
>Nice to hear from you, always. The 29th is coming up - I'll be 68 - did I say that! Shit - just another day in the life of an
old fart. My single cylinder (Kidney) is still working good - taking medication to keep it that way, and watching my carbs
and sugar. If your address proves to be good I'll be sending you something that I know you'll need - no not condoms -
more practical for the times.
Take good care of yourself.
Yep, we complete another trip around the sun again soon. We'll have to party it up when I come to Dallas next.
When that is I don't know. This address should be good. It will work, we just have to drive 40k if it doesn't come to our
camp direct. All is well, tell everyone I said hi.
MARCH 16, 2004 23:11:43
Here's 1 of 2 pics I'm sending out. Because of the picture size I had to compress it using winzip, so to view it you will
have to 'un-compress it'. Here's what you do if you want to see it.
1. download winzip if you don't already have it. (www.winzip.com)
2. extract it
Its pretty simple, and you'll need it when I start sending video clips. The picture is about 2 weeks old.
I'm with some of our Iraqi security counterparts doing some "security" stuff. A funny story. Before we go on a convoy,
we have what's called a convoy brief, basically going over the route, contingencies, threat assessment, etc.
We're all standing there and the team leader says "current threat level in this AO (area of operations) is high" right at that
EXACT moment, THOOMP THOOMP.........shhhrrrrrr... shhrrrrrr.... BOOOMM BOOOOOM!!!! 2 mortars rounds were fired at
us from about 2000 meters away and flew over our heads and landed about 500 meters away, can you believe the timing?
Nobody even flinched, we laughed our asses off! LOL. We would've chased them down, but the terrorists haul butt quickly
after shooting because they want to live, besides, sometimes they booby trap the areas. So you just kinda blow it off.
I know this all sounds wild, but this is such a normal thing around here, you just have to laugh. LOL. Everythingís going
very well around here. Eating and sleeping good, working a lot, training, operating, etc, etc. I love it. I do miss everyone
though, and wish the U.S. wasn't so far away. I'll be sending another pic in a different email after this one, so standby.
I'll also throw in another story from the land of 'the camel's butt'.
MARCH 17, 2004 04:40:37
Here we go. choppin' photos is not my specialty, so bear with me. A buddy of mine took this picture back when
I was workin' nights. I'm at an Iraqi position called 'Cobra' about 10 at night. The launcher in my hand is one of our
special treats for ali baba, its called an AT4 anti tank rocket, and it is 84mm of high explosive love for any vehicle that
warrants dismantling. Meow! Today has been somewhat of a lazy day for me, so I'm kickin' around getting a lot of the
little stuff done; cleaned my room, laundry, 2 hrs cleaning my guns (I know a couple of you just scoffed in dis-belief,
as gun cleaning has never been one of my desires), and DVD watching. There really is absolutely nothing to do here
if your not out 'in the bush', I hate sitting around. Now, if I could sit around and have a couple of beers that would be
different. But, alas, there is NO alcohol consumption of any kind allowed in this theatre. A good policy all things considered.
Well, it is time fo me to go. Thank you again for your back up. Oh, if your mail box is too full to receive a 700kb mail,
you might want to CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT!!!
MARCH 25, 2004 21:35:56
I think we moved....but my stuff is still in the same place. Yep, the address changed AGAIN. Our 2 star general didnít like
'forward operating base Lancer' so he changed it to 'forward operating base Summerall'. UUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHGG, ok.
So here it is:
Any mail coming to any of the old addresses' will still get here, so don't worry. I'll send a pic later.
Fia mana laMichael
>From: Sylvan Tyrrel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: Michael Price <email@example.com>
>Subject: Once A year
Sun, 28 Mar 2004 20:46:41 -0800 (PST)
To My Nephew in the Land of Sand,
>My toast to you - for a happy March 29th Birthday.
Live Long and Prosper,
Got your phone message....
SUNDAY MARCH 28, 2004 22:08:14
And to You, Uncle
Here's to another trip around the sun. Happy Birthday
I look forward to seeing you soon
MARCH 29, 2004 15:58:39
I appreciate the gesture of some fine booze, but as you know, can't have it. This environment is too hectic to drink
anything in anyway, your just too "switched on" here. The past few days have been stressful in many ways, but Its not
a problem for me. Most people would shit their pants if they had to do some of this stuff, LOL, but if you stay focused
your OK. I hope your doing well, keep that kidney happy, and let me know if you need anything. I'm all set here, so don't
worry about sending anything....unless you can slip a fine piece of Dallas pussy in the box! I'll talk to ya' soon. Look forward
to seeing you in Dallas soon.
TUESDAY MARCH 30, 2004 16:17:36
Hellos from the other side of the planet,
I have some pics going out in the next mail. They are: My partner Dave and I with some Iraqi security force guys
taken just the other day. And the other is me posing with a 3 lb. piece of shrapnel that had just recently gone flying by.
Let's see... in bullet form: *My Arabic is coming along great. I regularly dream in it and have quite a few teachers now.
Its cool now that I can actually sit with Arabs and actually figure out what their talking about. Its not an easy language
for an English speaker to get as there are quite a few tones that we have never used in our lives. *The weather is getting
much warmer now, and this is just the beginning. We can expect temps as high as130 degrees this summer. So now we
enjoy the cool 85-90 degree weather. *CRITTERS. This place is full of nasty little buggers. Asps and sand vipers are bad
news; the asps will kill you as there is no antivenin. 2 types of scorpions, both big and ugly, one of which is deadly.
Centipedes (my favorite) and the award winning Camel spider. Get on the internet and search for the camel spider,
it has to be the ugliest/scariest thing I've ever seen, and whoa is it huge. Flies? Only the most vicious disease carrying flies
in the world (so it seems). They will attempt to fly into any orifice you present, so watch out! Ah, that was an easy way to
get some stuff out. Stand by in the next mail for the pics, with more to come. Can anyone host a 50 meg video on their own
server for me? I have a great music video clip that we made and would like to share it. Let me know.
More to come soon.
MARCH 30, 2004 16:21:04
2-PICS FROM MIKE
MARCH 30, 2004 16:30:45
This is my buddy "Lucky Ducky". He lives in a pouch on my belt and is....well, my lucky duck. My friend Kelly gave
him to me right before I left and 'Lucky' and I have been inseparable since. Some of you have met him, and some of
you will, just remember to pet the duck.Michael
APRIL 1, 2004 17:16:20
Due to overwhelming response I need to inform everyone that I'm ok. The crap that happened yesterday is a good
example of the brutality and terrorist mindset of a lot of people here. Where in Islam does it say this is ok?
I knew one of the 'Blackwater' security guys killed in Falluja, most of us here knew him as he used to work for us here.
So, another day begins here, but nothing has changed. We remain vigilant, never complacent; today could be the day
for some payback. I'll send some more pics in a couple of days. I'm really busy right now, barely had time to write this
SUNDAY APRIL 11, 2004 17:14:33
Just a quick note or now. I don't have much time to write these days. As I'm sure your aware it has 'hit the fan' here,
and this is no understatement. I'm pissed; I'm pissed at many things. Oh well. Unfortunately, as normal, due to security
restrictions I can't go into it. Just keep watching the news and don't take them too seriously Weíre all fine currently,
we've had some injuries, but nothing serious. I watched the Army go to work on some Maddi Army in the open yesterday
and it was good. I had 'ring-side' seats. My free time is rare now, so expect a decrease in communication from me for a
while. We're bustin' our butts on a lot of different missions, some of which keep us out all night. Stay in touch. I have some
great pics coming soon.
MONDAY APRIL 19, 2004 17:55:51
Here's a pic my buddy took yesterday North of Tikrit.
APRIL 20, 2004 18:17:41
The Trunk Monkey.
If you didn't already know, I'm currently on the convoy team here in lovely Iraq. Our job is basically to protect the convoy
vehicles, personnel, and certain cargos from the little nasties that plague us here. I cannot be specific as to who, what,
when, or why, so just roll with it. My current position is that of the "trunk monkey"
Mission: Rear security
Tools: M249 SAW (squad automatic weapon) 5.56mm belt fed love.
1-4X SN4 scope attached.
I'll be sending more pics of me and the other "road warriors" as were affectionately called soon. Everything here is great.
I've never had so much fun.
THIS WAS THE LAST MESSAGE I RECEIVED FROM MIKE.
APRIL 25, 2004 21;52;07
Dear all from Michaels mother,
Mike's brother has just sent you an email. Please understand that he is very upset at this time as we all are.
Michael has been wounded and to the extent we do not know. I got a call from Washington, D.C. and from his captain
saying that he was in Baghdad at a U.S. Army hospital and he is stable. That is all they can tell us right now, except
that he has undergone surgery. We know nothing more. I will be up all night for any calls that I may get on his update
and if any more details arrive, I will let you know by email. Pray for Mike - he needs all the love and support from his
family and friends
God bless Mike and all of us.
MIKE, ITS KEITH PLEASE BE OK PLEASE BE OK.!! I WANT TO BE THERE WITH YOU SO BAD!! I DON"T KNOW WHAT
TO DO I'M GOING F_______ CRAZY CRAZY!!
I"M LIKE A CAGED WILD LION.!
NEVER HAVE I HURT!! LIKE I DO RIGHT NOW, NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MY MIND IS RACING, MY HEART IS POUNDING, MY CHEST HURTS.THE THOUGHT
OF YOU LAYING IN THE HOSPITAL BED AND NOT KNOWING. I CAN"T TAKE IT.
PLEASE GOD,LORD,JESUS BRING MY LITTLE BROTHER HOME SAFE!! I PRAY,
YEAH I"M A MAN I'M STRONG! BUT I CAN"T STOP CRYING, I LOVE YOU MIKE
I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!
YOUR BROTHER, KEITH
APRIL 26, 2004 01:16:28
From Michaels's mother:
Michael is in a U.S. Army hospital in Baghdad. I have heard from his captain and he said that he was walking and
trying to help his 2 buddies that were killed before they took him in. He is in stable condition but was hit in the head.
Pray for Mike - he is always the one that will watch out for all of us. An update when I have one.Alice Smith
APRIL 26, 2004 12:39:59
FROM ALICE SMITH:
I received the following email this a.m. from Cochise. Mike is at the U.S. Army Hospital in Baghdad.
Please pray for him.From: CarolLCoffey@aol.com [mailto:CarolLCoffey@aol.com]
Subject: Information for Mrs. Price, Tammi or Steve (and Jesse),
The neurosurgeon who operated on Mike Price is named Dr. Gulick. (sorry no first name or rank.)
I have a DNVT phone number to the hospital, but I don't know how you can reach that kind of line from the US,
unless she can be patched through by calling a military base. I have heard of people doing that, but I have never
done it myself.
George gave Jesse the latest medical update on Mike, which is critical but stable, and he will be having a CAT scan
this afternoon, as I understand it. The Dr. believed that considering the damage to the brain and the loss of blood that
Mike is hanging in there incredibly well and is really fighting to live. The Dr. said that due to the area of the damage
(right side of the brain) he could have left side paralysis, but speech is controlled by the left side of the brain so he may
be able to speak if he is able to pull through. He has some damage to the left side of the brain from particles that
continued through from the right side, but they can't tell how much damage they made, they are hoping to know more
after the CAT scan. We will keep you informed when we hear anything. We plan to check in twice a day. At the end of
the week they will evaluate where and when to take Mike for further medical care, after he has healed some and
The DNVT number is: 302-538-2802.
If you cannot patch through a military base, my next recommendation is calling the International Red Cross,
supposedly they can connect family members to anywhere. Not sure how, Their numbers are:
1-877-272-7337 or their DSN number 318-438-5552
Hope this helps,Carol Coffey
APRIL 27, 2004 12;16:34
update on Michael:
APRIL 27, 2004 20:38:26
those of you that inquired about the two of Michael's team that lost their lives
- they are:
- had previously been with Delta Force
- had previously been with Special OPS
received this info today from Cochise.
a great update will come tomorrow on Michael.
APRIL 28, 2004 21:11:47
dad talked with his doctor early this morning and he reported that Michael is
stable enough to move to Landsthul, Germany as his blood pressure is good and
the swelling is down in his face and brain. Another CAT scan has been done
but we do not have the results yet. Michael is scheduled to be moved in
the next day or so to Germany for evaluation and then be moved on to Walter Reed
Hospital in Washington. My husband and I will be leaving Friday from
Dallas to Germany and Michael's dad will be leaving Friday from Los Angeles.
It is unknown at this time what his injuries may have caused or will cause for
him in the future. We will soon know and will deal with whatever it is and
so will Michael. He will need the love and support from his friends and
family. Right now he needs your prayers for his continued improvement and
I know he has them. I will update you when we learn more about his
you all know Michael and each of you mean something special to him or you would
not be on his email list. So, I am going to share the following with you.
When I could see that Iraq was going down hill overnight and the contractors
were being brutally killed, I emailed Michael and begged him to come home.
This was his response to me:
understand your concern, I really do. But you must understand that its not
just the money that drives me here. I am staying safe as possible, some things
as you know are just inheritly dangerous, and there is nothing I can do about
that except stay strong and vigilant. I am not stupid like some people who
greatly underestimate the bad guys here, they hate us. I know and understand
your concern, if I was in your shoes I would feel the same way. I am sorry to
put you through this stress and you know it is not my intention to worry you. I
just can't help who and what I am, and as crazy as it may sound to some, there
is no other place in the world I'd rather be at this moment. I will be home
soon, I don't know when, but I promise I will be there.
I love you Mom.
APRIL 30, 2004 04:59:39
note is the saddest one of all, Mike was unable to be evacuated from
Baghdad, and he passed away at the staging area.
to all of you for your support.