September 8th, 2009
10:07 PM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 9/8/09

Editor's Note: Tuesday night’s AC360° continued to draw viewer response on Anderson’s reporting from Afghanistan. Many wrote to thank Anderson for highlighting the work being done by U.S. Marines in the region. Family members and friends of the soldiers wrote to us, sharing stories and expressing gratitude over this glimpse into the day-to-day life of their loved ones. We welcome your thoughts and comments on this as well:


I greatly appreciate your reports from the ground in Afghanistan. My 19-year-old Marine son will soon be deployed to Afghanistan. Your reporting puts a reality to the situation my son will be facing – danger and all. As a parent, that's the kind of information I am seeking. I don't want my news sugar-coated, I want to see and hear about the realities facing our troops over there. On behalf of my family, please extend our sincere thanks to all of your crew that made this week-long special possible.

My son is serving as a Marine with 1/5 in Afghanistan. Thank you Anderson for giving me a glimpse into his life....

Anderson & Team, Thanks for what you are doing…most people in the US have no idea that America is winning favor & helping the Afghans through this type of service from our military men & women…

I have a son in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment … I’m watching every minute hoping to see my son and i pray for all our troops thank you A.C.

Thanks for keeping me informed on situation in Afghanistan, May God protect all of you and keep you safe.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Dusty (1/5 Wife)

    I wrote you last night thanking you for the coverage. I just want to take the time again to thank you for what you are doing. With my husband over there and no one doing any reporting, except on deaths, its hard to know what exactly he's doing over there. He tells me as much as he can but when you only have 5 mins to talk and letters from 3 wks ago, it doesn't do a lot in the information area. So I appreciate what you are doing, by giving us a glimpse into their world. I watch everyday hoping to see him even for a few seconds. I was wondering if you could do some interviews with the other marines, beside Lt Col McCullough. Don't get me wrong he is a wonderful man, I have met him myself and couldn't ask for a better man leading my husband. But I also want to know what all the other guys are thinking and how they are feeling about what they are doing. Plus, I know that many families would love to see their loved ones just like me and our son. Once again if you can tell LCpl Shipp that his wife and son love and miss him and can't wait for him to come home. You'll have lifetime fans, and you'll be on our christmas list. =)

    Thank you again, and stay safe. We are all praying for the men in 1/5. And we're waiting for them to come home! We have a lot of bbq's waiting in the future!! Thanks again
    Dusty Shipp
    1/5 B Co wife

    September 9, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  2. Andy (C1A)

    Being with 1/5 should have been an eye opening experience for you and your viewers. Lt. Col Bill McCullough is a leader and warrior. His experience in this area is vast and I hope you were able to convey to the viewers that matters are in hand. The job that service members have in front of them is a difficult one, if there is anyone for the job the is the Marine. Sir, S/F hope you and your Marines are doing well. C1A out!

    September 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  3. CHaslam

    The last few weeks for the 5/2 SBCT 1/17 battalion have been rough in Kandahar. Please try to cover some of their activities. Family & friends are starving for information about their loved ones. Thanks!

    September 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Kate

    My 20 year old boyfriend is in Kuwait and is considered an old soldier because he has been to Iraq and Afganistan before. He just learned this morning that Afgans civilians are being paid for each US soldier they kill and now they also have weapons capable of going thru their armor. He is career army. We need to bring our men and women home and let Iraq and Afganistan kill each other if that is what they want to do. How many Americans have to die before we do something!

    September 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  5. Dave

    Yes critical it sounds. I am not sure we can stabilize a country surrounded by instability in itself unless we decide to truly occupy it. The problem is public Global opinion. People in that part of the world are happy with surviving and don't have long term visions for the future. If occupation is the key then the global public has to see a multi national force doing it for humanitarian reasons. Right now all we have going is us against radical Islam !

    September 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm |