August 13, 2005


Ladies and gentleman, My little corner of the blogoshpere has recieved Over 50,000 visitors as of yesterday, over half of them visiting yesterday! Thank YOU for the continued support of myself and all troops out there, and for all those who like to spread negativity, please remember that we stand in front of you, so that you may continue to have the right to spread your negativity and your beliefs. As for me, I will continue to soldier on until the day I leave this great Army. HOOOOAH! Nuff said.
In other news, I went out last night for the first time in ages, and as it was 80's night dressed appropriatly:

The cigarette is a prop!
Today we have a company picnic out by the lake and those of us who so choose plan on staying the night. I am dragging my (army issue) Pup tent, air mattress (not THAT hardcore), and my sleeping bag, and I plan on having a blast.
Someone made the request (Street) yesterday for me to relate a REALLY bad story about myself that occured about 4 years ago while I was on an exercise in Camp Casey, Korea. So it goes something along these lines: We had been up in Camp Casey for an exercise, out of Camp Humphreys, so all of us females were staying in one tent together. There was a couple of other girls from another unit, and one of them had her tongue pierced. I was very fascinated by this, and asked her about it. She told me that she could actually do it, having done it before, so long as she was able to get the necessary equipment. Me being the impetuous 21 y/o I was at the time, decided what the hell, why not? A few days later, we had everything together, needle soaking in listerine, and me with a paper towel under my tongue. "This won't really hurt" she said as she stuck the needle through and I proceeded to wince in dire pain while giving her the look of "you will die evil being". I was good and done and I had a metal post running through the rear of my tongue. Of course, just about everyone in the unit found out in rapid time, and I was subject to a bit of ribbing and warnings (this is not allowed in the Army after all). A couple of days passed by, I didn't eat much and had exceedingly fresh breath from all of the listerine I was swishing about. I was on night shift and about the second night, my tongue began to swell to the point where the bottom ball dissapeared INTO the tongue. BAD THINGS! So I had to fess up to my Master sergeant, as I needed to go to the hospital soon. He, after a bit of laughter, loaded me up and off we went to the emergency room where we spent two hours. The first hour the docs were trying to contain their laughter and figure out just what to do with me. They finally ended up shooting my mouth with lidocaine, relaxing me with Valium, and then prying this post out. Almost immediatly my tongue began to ease. They then gave me Tylenol with codiene and sent me packing. By the time we returned, I was high as a kite and there were thankfully only a few hours before time to go home. I spent the rest of the night blissfully high, and as we left, the girls tried very hard to get me to bed. ("see the pretty purple elephants............") I don't remember exactly when it was, but my BC (Battalion Commander) came up to me, and mentioned that he had heard about the little incident. His only remark was "did you learn your lesson?" YES SIR!!!! and I was left alone, subject only to the endless torment from my peers. (No, I didn't learn my lesson I did it again 8 months later, this time by a professional. It ended up getting pulled about a month later under threat of punishment. NO we will NOT being doing this again (maybe) :-)


Anonymous said...


couldn't you have, instead, offered your gratitude for your's host's efforts, both in her service to her counrty, and in her tirelss efforts to share her experiences of war (and other private matter) with us, instead of posing on an innocent bystander's blog to promote your agenda, freeper?

to sarge:
thank you for your courage, your dedication, and your self-sacrifice. you honor all americans and their spirit with your honorable service.

please remove that offensive post, sarge, and edit any reference of it from mine.


Garrison Steelle said...

Ya' got that 80s look NAILED!

uhm, have you been borrowing your mother's clothes again? ;)

And Jacques, I DARE YOU to not be anonymous, you sewer swill sucking waste of skin. You're such a coward.


Mark said...

I think the stupid one is the person who isn't grateful for their freedom! I wish I knew what I could do to encourage the service men and women of the United States! I can say THANK YOU for all you do to keep myself and family free! Keep up the good work and if I could do anything to help you out let me know ok? :)

Sean from DocintheBox said...

Hawt! You're getting your groove back, to bad you're not a local, we might be having a milblog meet in the near future in my area!

Apostle John said...

My son decided to get his tongue pierced and decided to show me while we were eating hot dogs at a church BBQ -- gross in more ways than one :) He kept it for a long time, but when he went into the Air Force, stopped wearing the post.

TexasFred said...

Keep up the good work on the blog, my Son is in Iraq right now, 256th BCT at Stryker, getting ready to come home in a month or so... I am proud of each and every one of you guys and gals... Keep your spitits up and your asses low to the ground... Semper Fi from this Old Marine... And don't let the bastards get you down, be YOU, no matter what...

Anonymous said...


If you want to do something to thank & encourage our troops you should go to It's a wonderful site. You can send the troops packages or letters. You should check it out if you haven't. I send at least on package a week & ususally a couple of letter. The soldiers are very thankful (most send you a thank you notes).


Lisa said...

Great blogs. As an old Army vet, wanted to say how proud I am of all of you and everything you're doing. I wish we had finished this the last time we were there so you wouldn't have to be there now but unfortunately that wasn't the case.

Keep up the fight, keep your head held high and don't listen to idiots like Jaques. It takes people like him to watch a snail climb a wall and wonder what it would taste like smothered in garlic butter.
Lisa Hash

Donna From Florida said...

I look at my six year old little girl who's greatest concern tonight is a visit from the tooth fairy.

She doesn't understand the work, the sacrifice and the hardships you endure. But I do.

She is free to be a little girl. Which is more than can be said for so many little children who don't have that luxury; who don't know where their next meal will come from, who don't understand why their mother was stoned to death or why their sister was gang raped or why her brothers won't acknowledge her as an equal human being. They don't know any different and are forced to accept these things as a fact of life in a very brutal world.

Your courage and dedication amazes me.

I just can't thank you enough for your service to our country, and for the freedom my daughter and our family enjoys.

God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

Stupid French Jacques. I love it when the French welcome mats have such lofty opinions. It really cracks me up. This is mainly due to the fact that we bailed them out in WWII. Moronic little Frenchies would be licking th boots of the Nazi's if we hadn't expended so many lives at Normandy. But leave it to the French to conveniently forget that, waste of human shells those French are. Shaddap and make some bread Jacques, that's about all you people do well.

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Anonymous said...


I'm not sure if you remember me, thi is Witt. I serve with SPC Tim in the 844th. We used to play games and screw off when you were in from up north. My email is

Hope to hear from you!

Alex Brunney said...

You know it is hard to be over here for a year, and then come back over here a year later just to have people like Jacques, to say that we are stupid humans. He really has no idea how stupid he made himself in that comment. It is because of us military personnel that he is able to even say a dumb comment like that. I am proud of what I do, and I would not change that. My family has pretty much all been in the military. Right now my older brother will be over here, and I am hoping that I will be able to see him before he travels up north. This will be his first time over here and I worry for him more than myself. Thank you for this page. It is nice to see people with good comments for us soldiers that fight every day to keep our Nation free.


Me said...'re too brave.
next time....think twice....thrice....

Delta Recon said...

Sgt. Lizzie:

I fought my wars some 30+ years ago in the jungles of Viet Nam and Central America. As an Old School Special Forces soldier, I was never in favor of being around females in a military environment. In those days, at least in Special Forces, there just were no females around. We saw them occasionally around the line units, and in those days, the line units were a pretty sorry affair full of racial and drug problems.

I want to express my gratitude to you and all of your fellow soldiers for the sacrifices you are making in that miserable part of the world. Your bravery and commitment to duty are an inspiration and worthy of the highest respect from any combat soldier anywhere. If I had the opportunity, I would love to buy you a drink, listen to your experiences and accord you military courtesy.

My son is a US Navy SEAL with tours in the Stan and Iraq. This family supports you. The hell with the crybabies and those without the character and courage to stand to the line.

I am certainly not surprised by many of the incredibly illiterate, stupid, hateful and anti-American comments I see from some of those responding to your very interesting vignettes. As has been noted by others, they are free to make those comments due to the efforts of men and women far better than themselves.

De Oppresso Liber,

United States Army Special Forces Association
Special Operations Association
SSG, Project Delta, 5th Special Forces (1965-1974)

Hal said...

Sgt. Liz,

Saw and article about your blog address in this morning's Pittsburgh Post Gazette and had to check it out. As a Vietnam era veteran who also spent time in Korea your writing brough back some very fond memories of some of the shenanigans I pulled at Camp Humphreys as a very young MP.

Keep up the good fight and know there are millions of people who support what you and are comrades are doing and pray that you make it home safe.

As far as Jacques goes, what can you say, after all he is French and we know how much support they are giving.

Best Regards,


prizmwolf said...

Yo,Any news that comes from OUR forces is better than the news that comes from the (retrictive) media. Also, you are entited to your views.( e.g. what your eyes have seen, what YOUR thoughts are ) Futhermore, our freedom and the freedom of the Iraqi people depend on OUR fighting soldiers, not our government.

DirtEater13 said...

I would like to verify that Witt and I "play games and screw off" in a completely heterosexual way. Please, do not be misconstrued.

What would be the male equivalent to bootleg tongue piercing? I'm sure I've done crazy stuff like that, but to me it all seems normal.

Erik said...

Sgt. Le Bel,

First, looking very fine in your 80's picture! Do not let the idiots(negative people) bring you down..there are alot more of us who truly appreciate the sacrifices you and your fellow soldiers have done! Please take care of yourself and your fellow soldiers come home safe and soon!

Wichita_witch said...

Hey Liz, I am an old(yeah really old) Military brat.I read about your blog in the Wichita,Kansas Eagle today.8/14/05 I am so impressed with todays Army; Not to take anything away from those who served in years past.I wish you good luck and Blessings.You have a fan in Kansas!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Read about your blog in Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Thanks for your service, and for showing us the "everyday life stuff" about your experiences in Iraq.

Akinoluna said...

I was happy to see you mentioned in the paper. You don't hear much about female milbloggers like us!

Bob Sego said...

You Go Lizzie !
As an Vit Nam Veteran of TET OFFENSE of '68, I can say to all my Brother and Sister Vets, 'GOD bless You"
As far as Jacques, that yellow- bellied French of his sort, you have no pride and dignity. Just self- centered....non- commital...and scared to take risk for a better world. Should have let the Naziz have you people. Never again, will we Americans come to your aid. Just you wait and see. The repercussions will last you a long time, ...Pepe

Anonymous said...

We are all proud of you Lizzy and your also beautiful.

Consul-At-Arms said...

Loved your 80's look, "Sarge."

No more piercings, though. Bad Lizzie! Bad!

Keep up the good work, you're looking beautiful as ever.


p.s. Jacques is a jacques-ass.

Anonymous said...

street says:

Yes, but you were very brave. I remember when it happened because I figured if anyone could get through that, they'd be alright.

Do you have any updates on what happened to some of the folks we served with over there? I lost track of everyone who didn't end up at Meade.

To ALL: This was a pretty miserable experience for Le Bel but she did OK. She's pretty brave to talk about it, too. I think she should get another 50,000 hits just for explaining why tongue piercing can go wrong.

But then again, you're wearing that Purple Heart and that's special, too.

Trolls are a fact of life and this troll says adios...

Anonymous said...

I have to admit, I was one of those 25000+ who came to visit you the other day. I was reading an article in the Early Bird which brought me to your blog.

I just wanted to let you know that I was over there when you had your "accident". I actually read about it in one of my daily SIGACTS briefs. I felt compelled to write after reading about you again.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about the people I served with in Iraq. The sad part is, I never really knew most of them. It brings a smile to my dace knowing just one of their names... SGT Lizzie.

Keep writing. I'll keep reading. Thanks again for your service. At least one sailor appreciates the sacrifice you've made.

A Sailor

Ian said...

I'd just like to say that as much as Jacques moronic hate post with no real point didn't help anything, racism against the French isn't going to help either. And in case anyone has forgotten, WWII was not only 60 years ago, it was a WORLD WAR, and as much in our interest to 'bail out the French' as it was in theirs.

Aaron Vehling said...

Thanks for your courage. Keep up the good work.

As for the Jacques fellow, I venture to think the anonymous poster used a French name to piss people off. I highly doubt he is actually French, so folks don't need to freak out with odd statements about the French being cowards, etc.

Cobalt60 said...

LOL! It's a rare thing to hear a tale from Korea that doesn't involve soju!

I did my time at Camp Greaves but it was at Camp Casey where the soju bit me!

I know that unit isn't stationed there anymore but: "Keep up the fire!"

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I am very pleased and proud to read your blog. I saw an article about it in the Army times.
Myself, being an army vet. and having a sister who is now doing her second 12month tour in Iraq. I have to say I feel proud to have served and to have soldiers like you and my sister serving and protecting our rights and freedoms as americans but more so as humans on this planet.
Keep up the blog good work....I am thinking of starting one myself.


SPC Adams,US Army (Disabled Vet.)