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- U. S. Army -
PFC Ranall Barletta|
Attn: Any Soldier®
(Address is expired)
15th Finacne BN
Added here: 24 October 2006|
End date: 20 Feb 2007
Where in Iraq: Near Taji (3*)
Contact for approx number of Males: 10, Females: 5 (4*)
Unit is from: Texas (5*)
Note: Soldier dropped from this list on 20 Feb 2007 due to 60 days of no contact.
From the Soldier:
22 Dec 2006:
Thank you for everything that has been sent. We are very thankful for everything that everyone has done. We would like to wish everyone a happy holidays and we will try to post a picture of the bulldogs soon.
Again, Thank you
24 Oct 2006
Hi, I'm PFC Barletta and I'm representing the 15th Finance BN out of Fort Hood Texas. We are supporting soldiers here in Taji. Our living conditions aren't too bad. We are living in trailers, they are kinda small but they are livable. We have a mix of males and females. I think a couple people have microwaves but most of us dont. For the most part we are looking for basic things, body wash, toothpaste, face wash, deoderant, lotion, shampoo. As for food, boxed food (wheat thins, cheese its, etc), beef jerky, anything that can be added to water (gatorade, kool aid, etc). Also any magazines and other morale items are apprciated. Any extra materials that we receive or items we cant use we plan on putting out in the finance office for other soldiers to take. So nothing will go to waste. We thank you in advance and look forward to returning home safe and sound.
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