Message From Dad

I was just watching MSNBC interview the parents of POW Jessica Lynch, a native West Virginian, and something her dad said made me very proud to be a Mountaineer. When asked if he had any messages for his daughter, he stated:

“Keep being tough.”

*** Update ***

This was not Jessica’s parents who said that. I still like the message, and I will try to find out whose father said this.

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11 replies
  1. 1
    cameron says:

    are you a West Virginian or did you gradutate from WVU?

    just wondering, I went there from 91 thru 95.

    One hell of a state.

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    S says:

    Jessica’s from my hometown (I’m proud to say). I haven’t had a chance to see the press conference the family did this morning, but judging from what I’ve heard on the radio, I’m also very proud of how the family is reacting.

    I’m only slightly irked that reporters keep citing the lack of jobs in Wirt County as the reason she joined the military. Some make it sound almost like she had no other choice. While there are certainly few jobs in Wirt County, it seems to somehow (inadvertently, I’m sure) belittle her brave decision to serve the country.

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    Mac Diva says:

    Why aren’t you volunteering to take her place, John Cole? Have you no sense of chivalry?

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    David Perron says:

    Ah, the flippant drive-by trolling of Mac Diva. How I thought I missed that.

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    Eric Weaver says:

    I am not giving up hope. I expect the Iraqis to pull her out as a bargining chip later. She better come home.

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    Mary Ellen Thorn Thatcher says:

    I grew up on the same Mayberry Run,Palestine, Wv. as Jessica Lynch,and went to school with her grandparents. The impression that we lived in poverty never entered our minds. We worked hard and supported our families as best we could. I walked three miles each way to school and we did what we had to do. We did not realize that we did not have much as we were warm and well fed thanks to our own hard work.
    But most of all you have the strength and support of your friends,families and
    church and if you needed help your neighbors are there for you. We never felt poor. As we were rich in what counted most love,family,church and genuine caring for each other. We did not know you had to lock you doors. And we had no lock on our doors.
    There is peace there, peace that all the world should know. Perhaps, Jessica wanted this same peace for all the world also.
    Yes, I moved away but I go back several times each year to the old farm place that is slowly deteriorating also to renew the memories of times past and perhaps to restore my peace of mind too. The old log church, A historic site, is still standing and used for services sometimes. Jessica’s family helps with upkeep of this old church.
    Don’t label us as poverty stricken as we have riches in the only things that really matter.
    Love,peace,family and hope. Hope for a better peaceful world. Please ask everyone to pray for Jessica and many angels to surround and protect her and her fellow servicemen and women.
    I moved away and did do O.K. in the world. I have worked 30 years as a U.S. Postal worker. But your heart never really leaves the wild wonderful and peaceful hills of Wirt Co. Wv. May god be with Jessica’s family .

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    Charlie Thorn says:

    I was brought up and raised in that valley of wv.Called Mayberry,Wirt county.I left home
    when i was 18 joined the Air Force becuase the job were few. Kew the Grand parents of Jessica Lynch.Know what they are going through. and i pray for them and Jessica everday.Since i found out that she was missing in action.i was in Viet Nam a few yrs. and dealt with a lot of them,that were Mia’s or killed.Have been in a lot of places but haven’t found one that’s as friendly and close nitted as good old wv.My heart goes out to the family and friends that she will be brought home safe and sound.I am not in wv right now left when i was 18 spent 23 1/2 years in the Air Force.But wouldn’t trade that 23 1/2 years for anything been to a lot of places and bases.Found West Virginia people arn’t as bad off as a lot think we are.We are rich with the love and friendship that should be in every neighabor hood in United States and the world.But i still can’t get it into my Military mind that i still have why was that convoy sent out without armed personnel to protect it and why were they so far apart from the rest of the convoy. I watch the tv of what’s going on over there,trying to figure that out but haven’t saw or heard a thing about that. while i was in that was the most important thing to protect those supplies and the personnel that move them to the front lines.Guess that is about all I gotta say. But i want to express to the family of Jessica my prayers are for her save return.

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    Charlie Thorn says:

    I was brought up and raised in that valley of wv.Called Mayberry,Wirt county.I left home
    when i was 18 joined the Air Force becuase the job were few. Kew the Grand parents of Jessica Lynch.Know what they are going through. and i pray for them and Jessica everday.Since i found out that she was missing in action.i was in Viet Nam a few yrs. and dealt with a lot of them,that were Mia’s or killed.Have been in a lot of places but haven’t found one that’s as friendly and close nitted as good old wv.My heart goes out to the family and friends that she will be brought home safe and sound.I am not in wv right now left when i was 18 spent 23 1/2 years in the Air Force.But wouldn’t trade that 23 1/2 years for anything been to a lot of places and bases.Found West Virginia people arn’t as bad off as a lot think we are.We are rich with the love and friendship that should be in every neighabor hood in United States and the world.But i still can’t get it into my Military mind that i still have why was that convoy sent out without armed personnel to protect it and why were they so far apart from the rest of the convoy. I watch the tv of what’s going on over there,trying to figure that out but haven’t saw or heard a thing about that. while i was in that was the most important thing to protect those supplies and the personnel that move them to the front lines.Guess that is about all I gotta say. But i want to express to the family of Jessica my prayers are for her save return.

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    Tiff says:

    I played basketball and went to school with jessie, shes a very special person…i just want to give out my love and prayers for her and her family. May god keep her safe and bring her back to her friends and family where she belongs.

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    Diane Hickel says:

    It was great to hear that Jessica has been rescued on the news tonight. Our thoughts and prayers have been with her and her family since we learned that she was missing. God was surely with her and brought her through the horrible ordeal. We wish her a speedy recovery from any injuries that she may have recieved and also a speedy return to her parents and the hometown that misses her very much. We are proud of Jessica for being a soldier and defending our country and the people of Iraq who live in tyranny. God Bless Jessica and bring her home safely. We wish her the very best in the future…….

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