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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003 02:20 pm

Your Turn . . . 10-2-03

Article in poor taste

Dear editor,

I must say I did not appreciate the recent article on the 233rd M.P. Battalion stationed in Iraq ["Wrong moves, right moves," September 18]. To compare Infantry with Military Police is like comparing the Boy Scouts with the Girl Scouts. First of all, I am ex-infantry and very proud of the fact. I also served in the Gulf War in the early 90s in a Mechanized Infantry Unit. I was never taught or trained to "shoot first, ask questions later." There is protocol for all tactical engagements!

Military Police and Infantry have been internal rivals for numerous years and many wars. However, a true "Active Duty Solider" would by no means insult another unit in the press. All due respect: The article was in very poor taste and by no means good for any soldier's morale!

Spc. Brian J. Bowles
United States Army Infantry
1990-1994

Best of Baghdad

My husband is with the 233rd M.P. Company, and I just want to say your article was wonderful. It spoke the truth when saying that the 233rd was one of the best in Baghdad right now. Those men work very hard every day and put their lives on the line. I e-mailed the article to my husband, and he was very pleased with the encouraging things that were said about the unit. It gives them the motivation to continue to be the best that there is.

Thank you
Mrs. April Stewart
Springfield

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