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the beginning of 2004 I received a letter from a soldier
I am CSM Brian Carlson with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment currently deployed to Iraq. I am inquiring if your company would be willing to donate some combat or fighting knives to be awarded to some of our soldiers for their efforts during our tour of duty in Iraq. Currently I am interested in awarding 7 soldiers out of our Task Force prior to our redeployment (possibly in July). If your company can assist me in this, I would greatly appreciate it. I know it is not normal company policy for this action, but feel that some of the soldier’s contributions merit me asking for help and I also feel that combat knife of your quality would make an excellent, useful memento for their service that they will never forget. Your reputation is what has led me to asking you for help. If the quantity is to high I would be grateful for anything that you can see fit to do for us.
At The time, and today, I could not afford the undertaking my self. I wrote to him with
my situation, and told him I would make the first knife, and ask
for YOUR HELPThen I wrote this to anyone who would respond....!
I don't know Brian personally, but I figure that doesn't matter. He is an American who has volunteered to risk his life so that me and you can live in a free country.
Now I'm asking you to help me, to help Brian, to help his men. I told Brian I would try to raise the funds to be able to fulfill his request, as I am a simple craftsman,and in case no one out there realizes, I make about the salary of your average PFC( no complaint.) I will make as many knives at 1/2 price as possible and send them to Brian for distribution to his men. Anyone who contributes can monitor the whole thing to make sure the soldiers get the knives.
WELL IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Frank Sample Jr. June 2004
"Freedom is never free- Honorable men must count the cost"
I've learned that there is a satisfaction
that comes from doing the right thing and that when it gets noticed by
someone else, I get the bonus of their gratitude. I know I made a
difference, and thats enough for me. Frank Sample Jr.
I made the knives at cost
and CSM CARLSON HANDED THEM
Chris Meikle AUG 2004
"Let's get these guys 4 knives"
Oct: 2004 Knives are ready .
These took awhile, but the extra time was well worth it. 4 excellent knives for the 32nd Infantry
SPECIAL THANKS TO CHRIS WHO IN MAKING THIS DONATION HAS STRENGTHENED HIS COUNTRY in the following ways.
1) These products are made in the United States of America, by an American Citizen.
All of the raw materials used in making these products, are also made in the USA by Americans.
The purchase of these products strengthens the economy of the USA by dispersing funds to American business.
If each of us simply directed their buying power in this direction.................................
2) These products are given as gifts to United States of America Soldiers, engaged in the Task of Protecting me and you from attack from outside hostel forces who want us dead.
These men and women are volunteers, who have taken up this task for little pay, their greatest reward, the belief that they served in the cause of FREEDOM.
The man who donated these products, as well as myself are in this act, joining the men on the battlefield in this perilous endeavor.
Knives can be used as weapons, but they will see more use as camp utility tools, or treasured mementos to the men that receive them. Perhaps a last ditch back up weapon hand to hand combat. We hope not.
The best thing is, that each of the men who receive these tokens, will know that we the people are with them in mind and body. There faces will smile, their inner strength and resolve to meet and defeat the enemy, enhanced. If each of us would in their own way, follow the lead of the kind man who made this possible the benefits to the USA and the world .......................astronomical.
BRAVO to ALL.
Each of us involved was able to do something real personal to help make at least one day in the life of a man willing to die for us,
end with a big smile.
After that, CSM Carlson came home
and we lost touch. I figured he was alive and well, and his battle days were over for this life time.
Well, I was wrong.
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