The Experiences of Army Sergeant Joe Roche

Keep the Faith: A Letter from Iraq by Joe Roche
(this is the most widely-read essay of this collection, reprinted by newspapers nationwide and in Stars & Stripes, and read on the air by Rush Limbaugh, Kirby Wilbur and other talk radio hosts in April 2004. It subsequently was quoted by President Bush in the then-President's speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention and a line from it was featured on the wall of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington)


Blog: On Veteran's Day, We Remember the Importance of What American Soldiers Achieved in Iraq - 11/11/11

Blog: A Soldier's Take on Wikileaks - 11/29/10

Blog: On Veterans Day, Americans Should Be Very Proud of Our Military - 11/11/10

Blog
: Joe Roche: Antidote to Defeatism - 8/26/05

Blog Entry: A Honeymoon for American Soldiers Based in Europe - 2/18/05

Blog Entry: Iraq: Stay Determined - 1/12/05

Blog Entry: Death of a Patriot by Joe Roche - 10/4/04

Blog Entry: Joe Roche to be quoted in Smithsonian Institution exhibit - 9/10/04

Blog Entry: Joe Roche quoted in page one Washington Post article - 9/10/04

Blog Entry: President Bush quotes Joe Roche in Republican National Convention speech - 9/2/04

Blog Entry: Fahrenheit 9/11 and Its Impact on Military Morale, by a Soldier - 9/26/04

Press Release: Fahrenheit 9/11 is Having "Devastating" Impact on Military Morale, Says Soldier Deployed Overseas

Blog Entry: "Here in Baghdad We are Facing a Serious Sustained Terrorist Offensive" - 6/27/04

Press Release: A Soldier's Update: "Here in Baghdad We are Facing a Serious Sustained Terrorist Offensive"; Soldier Recounts Support for Enemy from Iran and Elsewhere; Describes Fortitude and Dedication of U.S. Servicemen - 6/27/04

Blog Entry: "I've Seen Many Tears Today in the Eyes of Big Strong Soldiers As We Watch the News Coverage of Reagan's Death"- 6/7/04

Blog Entry: Right in the Middle of the Karbala Fighting - 5/24/04

Blog Entry: A New E-Mail from the Front in Iraq: "I Ask That the American People Be Brave" - 5/12/04

Press Release: A Combat Soldier Writes From Iraq: "I Ask the American People to be Brave" - 5/12/04

Press Release: From the Front lines: A Combat Soldier's View of the Iraq Prison Abuse Case - 5/5/04

Blog Entry: "I Hope People Don't Lose Faith in Us": A Soldier Discusses the Prison Abuse Incidents - 4/30/04

Press Release: From the Front lines: A Combat Soldier's View of the Iraq Prison Abuse Case - 5/5/04

Blog Entry: "One of the Most Inspiring and Important Things to Us Has Been the Incredible Arrival of Care Packages..." - 5/4/04

Blog Entry: The Good Men Do (list of the battalion's achievements) - 4/30/04

Press Release: Amid the Nightline Controversy, Remember: Our Troops Are Doing A Great Deal of Good - 4/30/04

Blog Entry: Page One Washington Post Coverage for Joe's Unit - 4/20/04

Blog Entry: It is Like They are in Denial - 4/19/04

Blog Entry: "It's Mentioned by Nearly Every Soldier That I Have Met..." - 4/16/04

Blog Entry: But, Mostly, He Talked About the Children - 4/15/04

Blog Entry: Democrats.com Claims Soldier Who Proclaims News is Good in Iraq Doesn't Exist  - 4/11/04

Letter-to-the-Editor in Maui News: Hang in There, Says Vietnam Vet - 4/11/04

Blog Entry: Help a Soldier, If You Can - 4/10/04

Blog Entry: "My Battalion is Right in the Middle of Sadr's Challenge" and the News from Iraq is Good, Soldier Says - 4/7/04

Press Release: "My Battalion is Right in the Middle of Sadr's Challenge" and the News from Iraq is Good, Soldier Says - 4/7/04




A Selection of Photos of and by Joe in Iraq
(First Deployment, 2003-2004)



Army Spc. Joe Roche (L) with an Iraqi friend

 
Spc. Joe Roche of the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division, on a Humvee. Joe's duties typically include driving his platoon's lead Humvee


Joe Roche's captain with Iraqi children in a school built by the 16th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division

 

Iraqi children at the back of Joe Roche's Humvee. According to Joe, the children are saying "Thank you America," "Bush good" and "I love you."


 


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