A Marine’s Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

For The Faster Times:

Now Zad, Afghanistan—This morning I woke up, fumbled on flip flops, rolled out of our hutch, and couldn’t see anything. I glanced at my watch. Happy Thanksgiving, Afghanistan.

A dust storm had descended on the Marines of Weapons Company, stationed in the district center of Now Zad, Helmand province. Huge pillars the color of leather rolled through the camp, one after another, cutting visibility to thirty or forty feet in the middle of them. Then the rain started, tamping the dust down and clearing the air. Our Pakistani-American translator, Yousef, raised an eyebrow at my mild delight with this change of events.

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  1. Levitra says: January 11, 20126:17 pm

    Many thanks for posting this. I fully agree with your thoughts.

  2. Sam W says: November 28, 201110:53 pm

    Lars – great stories. I am a friend of your Dad’s and he put me onto your writing. A long, long time ago, I was a young Lt in 2/4, so it’s great to hear how the old Magnificant Bastards are doing. Keep up the great work.

    Semper Fi.

    • Lawrence Dabney says: November 28, 201111:58 pm

      Thanks, Sam–they seem to be doing pretty damn well right now. Great group of guys to work with (and count on to cover my ass).

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