Right now, seven Marines and one Navy Hospital Corpsman are in the brig at Camp Pendleton on charges of murder. Their treatment, at times, has been severe (leg irons, etc.) and has caused many of us to question what has happened to the Marine Corps leadership to treat Marines so.
Like Ilario Pantano, they remain faithful to their Corps and Country. They send this letter for you today - via the NC Times:
LETTER SIGNED BY JAILED MARINES
There are no words to describe our solemn thanks to all of our sincere supporters. To know that there are people out there praying for us is a surreal feeling in which there is no comparison. On this upcoming 4th of July weekend we ask that your prayers are rooted solely to the men and woman fighting in Iraq. Regardless of our current disposition, we stand here safe and sound. It's those men and women who are still making the ultimate sacrifice lying their lives down for the country. To those of you who have had loved ones who have made that sacrifice know that we feel your pain first hand and understand that though they may never come back, they will never be forgotten. Once again, thank you for your support, and God Bless America.
--Sgt. Hutchins, Cpl. Trent D. Thomas, Cpl. Marshall Magincalda, HM3 Melson Bacos, LCpl. Robert Pennington, LCpl. Tyler Jackson, Pfc. John Jodka and LCpl. Jerry Shumate Jr.
You can read the whole article which tries to explain how all eight were able to sign the same letter.
Toni at Bear Creek Ledger has links to sites supporting the eight Americans:
Thanks to Desert Exile for the tip.