Brothers from Cincinnati are in Baghdad.
Michael wrote of going on patrols, looking for weapons and members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. His unit, he said, captured two of the former Iraqi leaders included in the famous deck of cards.
Both have told their parents of the extreme poverty they have witnessed in Iraq. In one letter, Patrick described being invited to lunch with an Iraqi family, sharing a meager meal of lamb and rice with several people eating from a single bowl.
"I think that has made more of an impression on them than anything else," Vicki Schmalle said. "They have seen how fortunate we are in this country."
Nice story here.