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Wednesday, 9-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
DoD Photos - 2/2 Easy 3rd and Golf 1st

Easy 3rd in Zaidon
Golf 1st in Bad Kharma

U.S. Marines from 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division enter the Al Sadan market in Zaidon, Iraq, to search for arms and high-value targets on Nov. 6, 2005. The 2nd Marine Division is conducting counter-insurgency operations in the area. DoD photo by Sgt. Paul S. Mancuso, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)


U.S. Marines of 1st Platoon, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines conduct a security patrol in downtown Kharma, Iraq, on Oct. 26, 2005. DoD photo by Sgt. Paul S. Mancuso, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

Tuesday, 8-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
LCpl Hutchison gets to watch his son born!

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For those that may not recognize LCpl Hutchinson you will find his photos throughout this fotopage. Congrats go out to the LCpl and his lovely bride!

Now get back out and take more pics LCpl!


Akron, Ohio, native deployed to Iraq sees birth of child via internet
Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division
Story Identification #: 200511844448
Story by Pfc. Chistopher J. Ohmen

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 8, 2005) -- While deployed to Iraq, many Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, will unfortunately miss important family events that happen only once a year or perhaps once in a lifetime.

But one Marine, Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Hutchison, a combat cameraman with the battalion, was fortunate enough to see one of the most important events in his life, his first child being born, via video transmitted across the World Wide Web. He received some help from the hospital and fellow deployed Marines, allowing him to see the birth shortly after the actual event.

“The hardest part of being sent to Iraq was that I would miss the birth of my son,” said the 25-year-old Akron, Ohio, native. “But knowing that the hospital and Marines from Regimental Combat Team-8 were going out of their way to help me see the birth was a great feeling.”

While Hutchison was on leave a few months ago, he and his wife Sarah, 23, took a tour of the Akron City Hospital. While they were there, they asked if there was a way to view the birth of his son via a web broadcast.

They were directed to Kimberly Holm, a member of the corporate communications section of Summa Health Systems, who set up a meeting to discuss the request and determine what they would be able to do. This would be the first time this hospital would do anything like this and the staff was excited to do what they could.

Holm contacted other hospitals that had fulfilled similar requests for deployed service members. The whole process took approximately six weeks to complete and included 11 individuals from the corporate communications, public relations, audio-visual support, legal and nursing departments.

“When the idea first came up that the hospital was going to help us make it like Matthew was there, I was excited,” Sarah stated. “This way he could see an hour of video online and much quicker than if we did it ourselves. I felt like someone was looking out and helping us.” After the hospital’s capabilities were assessed and the group discussed the options available, Holm decided to allow the families to utilize some of the hospital’s digital video equipment. They were allowed to take footage of Sarah and their newborn son Benjamin after he was born. The family also brought their own equipment as a backup.

The hospital then set up a secure website for Hutchison to access the video footage from a computer in Iraq. Staff Sgt. Christopher Rogers, Regimental Combat Team-8’s data chief, exchanged emails with the hospital computer technicians so they could test the site.

With a successful test of the website and all of the equipment prepared and ready, all that was left was the arrival of Benjamin.

“This was a learning experience for all of us and we were very happy to do this for the Hutchisons,” Holm said.

Once Hutchison was informed that Sarah was in labor, he sat by the phone for the whole night waiting for the phone call. After hours of waiting patiently he heard it ring. Upon picking up the receiver, he heard the faint crying in the background of his newly born son.

Ecstatic with joy, Hutchison sat up for as long as he could, talking to Sarah and their parents, who filmed the birth. Knowing that everything was fine and everyone was healthy, he reluctantly hung up the phone.

“It gave us both a piece of mind to know that I would be able to see the birth shortly after the real thing instead of having to wait a few weeks for the digital video disk to arrive in the mail,” the 1998 Arch Bishop Hoban High School graduate stated.

“We were honored to be able to provide this service to Sarah and Matthew,” Holm said. “And now that we have a process in place we will be able to do the same for others serving overseas.”


# 1 -CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Hutchison, Combat Cameraman with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, talks to his wife Sarah, shortly after the birth of their first son, Benjamin. Hutchison was given the opportunity to see his son’s birth via a website the hospital made for him.
Photo by: Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen

# 2 -CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Hutchison, Combat Cameraman with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, accesses his email account to watch the birth of first child, Benjamin, being. Hutchison coordinated with the hospital while on leave a few months prior and the hospital was willing to assist him in seeing his son’s birth.
Photo by: Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen

Sunday, 6-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
MAP Black - Camp India with IA 1-4! 10/27/05

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# 1 - Iraqi army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, wait for U.S. Marines to distribute ammunition at Camp India, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2005. The Marines are assigned to Mobile Assault Platoon Black, Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

# 2 - U.S. Marines assigned to Mobile Assault Platoon Black, Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, lubricate the rifles of Iraqi soldiers at Camp India, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2005. The Iraqi troops are with 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

# 3 - Iraqi army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade listen to instructions on proper shooting positions by U.S. Marines assigned to Mobile Assault Platoon Black, Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, at Camp India, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

# 4 - An Iraqi soldier with 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, listens to instructions on corrections to his shooting position given by U.S. Marines with Mobile Assault Platoon Black, Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, at Camp India, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Hutchison

Thursday, 3-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sgt. Michael Paul Hodshire

Sgt Michael Hodshire
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Michael Hodshire laid to rest with military honors

Art Bukowski, Staff Writer
Nikki Sattler-Case, Staff Writer

In a gymnasium packed with hundreds of friends, relatives and servicemen, Hillsdale County Undersheriff Jeremiah Hodshire remembered his nephew.

“Michael was a rugged young man, full of enthusiasm...and guided by the golden rule,” he said, speaking of Marine Sgt. Michael Hodshire, who died in Iraq Oct. 30. “He could put a smile on the sternest faces.”

Hodshire, 25, was Hillsdale County’s first serviceman killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At his funeral Thursday in the gym of North Adams–Jerome High School, every full–time staffer of the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Depart–ment as well as representatives from the Michigan State Police and other law enforcement agencies were present.

When state Rep. Bruce Caswell spoke of Hodshire, his speech shared a common thread with the ministers, former teachers and others that spoke of him — his sacrifice was for each of us.

“The words I speak cannot compare to the sacrifice of Michael,” he said, in a talk that implored others to serve their community and country. “I submit to you today that as Michael Hodshire has died for our freedom, it is incumbent upon us to live to make men free...we must honor Michael by living the words duty, honor and country every day.”

Thursday was the 230th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, and as Ken Kurtz of Kurtz Funeral Homes pointed out, it seemed appropriate.

“It is fitting to say that Sgt. Hodshire was a proud Marine,” he said.

During the funeral procession to Northlawn Cemetery, about 100 people of all ages lined the streets bearing American flags.

Toddlers waved flags, women wiped away tears and men held their hats over their hearts as a procession of police, family and friends escorted a hearse carrying Hodshire to his final rest. A boy leaned out of one limo carrying the family, an American flag gripped tightly in his hand. Others in the procession acknowledged those gathered with solemn nods and raised hands.

North Adams resident Sharon Titus wiped away tears as the procession rolled by. She said she came out “just to be patriotic I guess. We’re just very thankful that there are soldiers willing to die for our freedom.”

Earl Rockey of Jonesville was also on hand. “I read about this in the paper and made the decision that I’d be here for it,” Rockey said.

Hodshire received full military honors at Northlawn.

Those interested in contributing in his memory can make donations to the Sgt. Michael P. Hodshire Memorial Education Fund at the Hillsdale County Community Foundation

Pete Mowry / DAILY NEWS Marines salute the memory of Michael Hodshire with rifles during Thursday's service in North Adams. #1

Pete Mowry / DAILY NEWS Marines carry the casket of Michael Hodshire through the graveyard on Thursday afternoon. The service drew a large number of family, friends, and community members. #2

Pete Mowry / DAILY NEWS Marines escort the casket of Michael Hodshire from the gymnasium at the end of Thursday's memorial service at North Adams-Jerome School. #3

Pete Mowry / DAILY NEWS J.J. Hodshire says some words about his nephew and religion as he speaks during Thursday afternoon's service for Michael Hodshire. #4

Pete Mowry / DAILY NEWS The gymnasium of North Adams-Jerome School is packed on Thursday afternoon, to honor the memory of Michael Hodshire. #5

Pete Mowry / DAILY NEWS The Rev. Clyde Wonders says a brief prayer as he honors the memory of Michael Hodshire during Thursday's service at North Adams-Jerome School. #6

Mark Rogers/DAILY NEWS Residents of North Adams, and people from all around Hillsdale Countyshow their respects to Sgt. Michael P. Hodshire as his funeral procession passes on the way to Northlawn Cemetery. #7


Michigan Marine, 25, killed in Iraq
Second soldier dies of noncombat cause
October 31, 2005


Marine Sgt. Michael Paul Hodshire, 25, of North Adams always dreamed of joining the Marine Corps.

Army Staff Sgt. Lewis J. Gentry, 48, was a career soldier from Detroit.

Both men died while serving in Iraq within the last five days. They are the 65th and 66th members of the U.S. armed forces with known Michigan ties to die in Iraq.

News of Hodshire's death came Sunday, devastating the small town in Hillsdale County.

"We're a small, rural community here," said Kenneth Kurtz, a family friend. "He had a lot of friends here."

Hodshire, a father of two, was three months into his second tour of duty in Iraq with the 2nd Marine Division when he was killed Sunday morning by indirect gunfire near Fallujah, Kurtz said.

Serving in the Marines fulfilled a lifelong dream for Hodshire, he said.

"That's been a passion of his from his school days," he said. "He wanted to be a Marine."

Four days after Hodshire graduated from North Adams-Jerome High School in 1999, he went to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego for basic training. He spent the next six years on active duty.

Carl Christenson, principal of the North Adams-Jerome Public Schools' junior and senior high schools, said Sunday night that students will be upset by the news.

"It's a small district. Obviously, it will have an impact," said Christenson. The district includes a total of 550 students.

Christenson said he met Hodshire last summer during a Little League baseball game. Christenson's 11-year-old son and Hodshire's younger brother play on a local team together, he said.

A man who answered the phone at the Hodshire residence in North Adams on Sunday night declined to comment.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense could not confirm on Sunday that Hodshire had been killed.

The Defense Department announced Sunday that Gentry had died Wednesday in Mosul from a noncombat-related cause.

Gentry had been assigned to the Army's 94th Engineer Battalion in Vilseck, Germany.

Vianne Gentry, 64, remembers the day when her little brother enlisted in the Army. It was Nov. 26, 1986.

"He was my baby brother, that's why I remember the date," she said Sunday night from her Detroit home. "He was a really good guy."

Vianne Gentry's son, VonEric Gentry, had already enlisted in the military. He encouraged his uncle to join.

"He really wasn't doing that much at the time," said VonEric Gentry, 45, of Detroit. "I wanted him to go into the military. I told him it would give him a good start. Get a career and training."

Lewis Gentry enlisted and served in a transportation unit. That took him to the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War and into Somalia. He was assigned to a transportation unit in Germany most recently, but VonEric Gentry wasn't sure what his uncle was doing in Mosul last week.

Lewis Gentry hadn't been back to Detroit since Christmas. He leaves behind a wife and several children.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Sunday night for both men. A memorial fund is being established to benefit Hodshire's children. He is also survived by his parents, a brother and three sisters.

Contact DAN CORTEZ at 586-469-1827 or cortez@freepress.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report

Wednesday, 2-Nov-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Commander's Update!

1 November 2005

Warlord Family and Friends,

Following a successful constitutional referendum, 2/2 continued to aggressively pursue the enemy throughout the area of operations. Data received indicates that a significant increase in the percentage of Sunnis voted in comparison to the January 2004 interim government election. Now that the people have accepted the constitution, another election in mid-December will be to elect a new government to serve for the next five years. Whatever final form the government takes, the important point is that the Iraqis are exercising democratic rights.

A big part of counterinsurgency is separating the people from the insurgent, causing them to lose popular support. Our Civil Affairs effort is working to support that goal by identifying needs within each given area, coordinating with the Marine Company Commander and local Iraqi civil leaders and Sheikhs. The ultimate goal is to assist the Iraqis in developing their economy. Long-term employment will improve the lives of the populace and provide hope and reason to pursue peace for all.

Our Iraq counterparts in the Iraqi Army continue to do an outstanding job in their assigned area of operations. Their competency and skill continues to improve and with their ability to conduct operations with minimal or no Marine support has furthered our ability to influence a much wider area. They are a major part of the future success of this country. As well, Iraqi Police forces are developing and will begin to provide the enforcement of laws as the new government develops. The rule of law is vital to achieving peace and security. With Iraqi Security Forces providing security, the people can feel safe to live their lives, educate their children, go the mosque, and work to improve the economy.

Amidst our success, the Warlords suffered very painful losses. From Mobile Assault Platoon White, Weapons Company, SSgt Pummill, LCpl Russoli and LCpl Szwydek were killed in action. Easy Company lost Capt Swisher their company commander, Sgt Hodshire, Cpl Cockerham, HM3 Thompson, and LCpl Butler. We will miss them deeply and will continue to pray for their families that they may find peace and strength. The Warlords will continue the fight against insurgents while improving the daily lives of Iraqi citizens. By continuing to do so, we honor our fallen Marines.

After such sobering and tragic losses the news of newborn Warlords help us recover and find hope in troubling times. I’m pleased to announce the additions to two families in Golf Company.

Captain Joel and Lisa Schmidt Alexander Golf
Corporal Michael and Nichole Donnelly Dylan Golf

More great news for the Donnelly family. Corporal Michael Donnelly (Co G) was selected for meritorious promotion to Sergeant Nov 2nd. He was competing against a very competitive field from several other battalions and independent commands. We are extremely proud of him and happy for his family.

The following Marines were promoted and I want to offer my congratulations to them.

Maj Brandon Conway Weapons Company 1 October
GySgt Keith Harris Golf Company 1 October
Capt Stephen Musick H&S Company, Supply 1 November
SSgt Michael Skinta H&S Company, Sniper Platoon 1 November
GySgt Mike Smith (frocked) H&S Company 1 November

In closing, I would like to express my continued THANKS for the great support our Men are getting from those of you back home. You are truly “force multipliers” as you pump-up the morale with care packages, letters and emails. Special thanks to our Key Volunteer Network, led by Jayme Alexander and her terrific team of coordinators. During these trying times as we deal with our casualties they have been superb. We are half way to the end of our deployment. We remain focused on the mission and each other and will not get distracted by approaching “Homecomings”. We have too much to accomplish. To be sure, we all cherish the day we are home with our loved ones.

I remain Semper Fidelis,

James J Minick

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