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(Baltimore Sun)   After deployment, a Marine meets his match. Bonus: Marine is a Farker we all know and love   ( ) divider line 189
    More: Hero, matches, Marine Corps Reserves, ringing in the ears  
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2012-06-30 12:50:13 AM  
I don't think I have every seen a better picture of baby and daddy.
2012-06-30 12:51:26 AM  
You never forget that homecoming. Welcome back. I'm just up the street from you at the Navy Yard, right by the Barracks.

2012-06-30 12:52:27 AM  
Neat! It's always awesome to hear stories like this.

Even if it IS about a Marine.

//Balt/DC area, do we have Fark parties up this way?
2012-06-30 12:57:14 AM  
Haven't been on Fark in ages but I needed to comment here. Welcome home, ahab. Saying "thank you" doesn't seem like enough. I don't think it ever will be. I'm glad you're home with your family again.
2012-06-30 01:01:46 AM  
Damn this dust . . .
2012-06-30 01:21:18 AM  
Welcome home, Marine.

Welcome home.
2012-06-30 01:24:23 AM  
Ahab, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Glad you're back home!
2012-06-30 01:29:54 AM  

DirkValentine: Well...who is it?

2012-06-30 01:30:48 AM

I can't stop looking at this beautiful picture of Judah and his son, Aaron.
2012-06-30 01:59:28 AM  
Welcome home cousin ('cause I'm a sailor)

Kudos to you for any contributions your unit has made towards even a few girls being educated in Afghanistan...I didn't actually watch the video...sorry my speakers are busted. I can't even fathom how detrimental to a society it is to deny education to the entire female gender, so by logical extension the benefit of healing such a problem is equally unfathomable.

Enjoy your time ashore.
2012-06-30 02:00:43 AM  
ahab, good job Marine! Enjoy all you do and do all you enjoy! You earned it.
2012-06-30 02:21:12 AM  
I have never been prouder of the FARK mods.
2012-06-30 02:47:41 AM  

ahab: Here's a before and after pic of a mine roller:

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You don't have RPG racks on those things?
2012-06-30 02:52:52 AM  

BronyMedic: I have never been prouder of the FARK mods.

They're good.
2012-06-30 03:50:11 AM  

Acharne: timelady: goodness, did you HAVE to make me teary on a sunday saturday morning?

For someone named 'timelady' that is really, really funny.

Wibbly wobbly timey wimey!!
2012-06-30 04:45:58 AM  
Wow, greenlit. Thanks to whoever submitted it. :) HI EVERYONE!

Hello to you, too.

I know, nothing original, but, thank you very much for your service. It is appreciated.
America would simply not work without people like you.
2012-06-30 06:33:12 AM  

ahab: Wow, greenlit. Thanks to whoever submitted it. :) HI EVERYONE!

Hi! Thanks for your service!
2012-06-30 06:39:23 AM  
So how does a "mine roller" work -- all you have to do is "roll" a mine and it becomes ineffective?

Who knew that mines got dizzy....
2012-06-30 06:46:16 AM

What a Marines Child may look like..

welcome home, congrats on Having a wonderful family!
2012-06-30 06:51:29 AM  
What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for serving your country, Judah.
2012-06-30 07:48:01 AM  
Thanks ahab and family. Your service is fully appreciated.

It's nice to see the happy stories. And enjoy those boys.
2012-06-30 08:45:54 AM  
Rock on with your bad self, Ahab.
2012-06-30 08:50:22 AM  
2012-06-30 08:52:43 AM  
Damn. All these homecoming threads are so bittersweet for me.

Glad you made it home in one piece, Marine. Enjoy your family.

Hope to follow you.
2012-06-30 09:16:25 AM  

Coming on a Bicycle: You don't have RPG racks on those things?

Nope. Wasn't a problem while I was there (but the Army route clearance guys always had them).

Christian Bale: So how does a "mine roller" work -- all you have to do is "roll" a mine and it becomes ineffective?

More like it rolls on top of a pressure-activated switch and blows up the mine/IED before it can blow the vehicle up. It's essentially a heavily front-weighted 10-wheeled target for IEDs.
2012-06-30 09:47:24 AM  
Welcome home, congratulations on son number two, and the next beer's on us. Thank you.
2012-06-30 10:12:53 AM  

ahab: Yeah, that was an interesting day. Moment of complete chaos, then we all laughed because we were ok, then we sat there for 4 hours waiting for EOD to come search for secondaries, do post-blast analysis, and help get the mangled mine roller off of our MRAP.

That must have felt like 100 years.

Glad you're safe.
2012-06-30 10:28:33 AM  
ahab - your lovely wife has such writing talent and motherly grit. She must make you quite proud.

Thank you for your service and thanks even more to you and your family for representing the rest of us so very well.
Welcome home.

/goes to blow nose
//allergies...or sumthin
2012-06-30 10:47:07 AM  

ahab: Wow, greenlit. Thanks to whoever submitted it. :) HI EVERYONE!

Congrats, welcome home, and tell your wife she is an AMAZING military wife.
2012-06-30 10:49:03 AM  

olddinosaur: Congrats, dude. Now keep yer head down and come back in one piece.

Stop trying to make detractapiece happen?
2012-06-30 11:05:22 AM  
Bonus: Marine is a Farker we all know and love

Thank you for your service, Bevets
2012-06-30 12:00:52 PM  
Thank You, Marine

Semper Fidelis

/nothing cute or glitzy to say
//just an unfathomable gratitude
2012-06-30 12:16:23 PM  
[pees in Begoggle's shoes, in a friendly way]
2012-06-30 12:36:58 PM  

ahab: Wow, greenlit. Thanks to whoever submitted it. :) HI EVERYONE!

Right back atcha, dude, and thanks for your service.
2012-06-30 01:38:39 PM  

dethmagnetic: Whoever you are, thank you for your service. You are a better person than I am.

To our nation's leaders: BRING THEM HOME. Let them meet their sons and daughters. Let them be reunited with their husbands and wives, their mothers and fathers, their brothers and sisters. Let's end this godforsaken war.


Also... this site features many exceptional Farkers, but Ahab stands head and shoulders above most. Welcome home, Sir, and congratulations. You're the best of the best.
2012-07-01 12:03:56 AM  
Thanks for reading and for your kind words, everybody! ahab's pretty awesome, I agree. And it was a crazy experience -- and a rollercoaster to write about -- but definitely one to remember.

And for tl;dr person, this version is 1,000 words shorter than the first draft was, so it could have been worse.
2012-07-01 04:32:24 AM  
Congrats, man.
2012-07-01 12:18:36 PM  
Many, many thanks for your service, ahab - cheers to you and kicksie!
2012-07-02 02:40:37 PM  
Thanks for your service Ahab (and all you other Farkers/Liters that served). Darn onion dust or something.

Glad you are safe
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