Mountain Warriors Arrive In Iraq

By: Julie Maloney
By: Julie Maloney

The military says ten american deaths Tuesday in Iraq means October could become the coalition's deadliest month in two years.

Hundreds of eastern Kentucky National Guard Soldiers just arrived in the war torn country and WYMT talked to some of their loved ones about the surge in violence.

For Carol Whitson, Barbara Chaney, and Sue Holland this is their worst nightmare. It is something that is always in the back of their minds.

"You walk around just always in the back of your mind, how he is doing, where he is, what he's doing now," Carol Whitson said.

These three women are moms of soldiers National Guard Mountain Warriors.

"I won't take credit for it, but we've got some good boys." Whitson said.

Four weeks ago they said good-bye to their sons with lots of hugs as their soldiers left for training in Mississippi and then on to Iraq.

Today, they say it's constant prayer and a heavy heart just waiting for the phone to ring.

But behind the smile they fight the tears knowing that right now their nightmare is reality and that October is expected to be the deadliest month in Iraq.

Despite the grim circumstances and lots of tears these mother's strongly support their children...

And now tears and prayer have bonded these three mothers in support of three men who are fighting in a land far away.

The soldier's mothers say the Mountain Warriors won't be able to come home for the holidays, but their tours should end next October.

While they fear the worst, they say they're keeping their hopes high and already planning a homecoming celebration.


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