Letters From IraqThe months I spent in service were some of the most formative in my life. Here you’ll find the full text of my emails to loved ones during this time, recounting my experiences, emotions, and what soldiers in combat truly face day to day.
Aug 18, 2005
June 30, 2005 was my last day as an active duty Army soldier. What a ride it has been since I joined the Army in 1995...from being immersed in the front lines of combat in the ghettos of Baghdad, Najaf, and Fallujah, to treating Saddam Hussein, to being promoted to Major and thankfully returning to gain a new appreciation for life.Download PDF
Feb 28, 2005
Sudip is home!
Just to let everyone know: Sudip is indeed back home again. He flew back on February 21st and spent a few days with family.Download PDF
Feb 8, 2005
So now, after nearly fifteen months in Iraq, we are getting ready to go home. As the time draws near, the anticipation of reuniting with loved ones becomes almost unbearable. It is hard to imagine anything more wonderful than the first hugs from family and friends.Download PDF
Dec 7, 2004
A Word from Colonel Miyamasu
Every week our Battalion commander, Colonel Miyamasu, updates the families back at Fort Hood. With his permission, I share with you his last letter to our families. I thought you may enjoy another person’s perspective of life out here. In the letter he touches on our Thanksgiving meal, our everyday missions in conjunction with the Marines in Fallujah, and the ups and downs of our morale.Download PDF
Nov 23, 2004
As Thanksgiving approaches we wish we could be close to family and friends for the holidays. After an especially long year, this is something we were looking forward to. Unfortunately this will not be possible for about 140, 000 troops who will remain in Iraq through the holiday season.Download PDF
Nov 15, 2004
From One Suburb to Another!
Lucky for me, here too I get to experience suburbia! In a matter of hours I will fly by Blackhawk to a "suburb" of Baghdad. I have been selected to provide forward medical coverage for ongoing missions in the streets of Fallujah.Download PDF
Oct 22, 2004
The Past, The Present and the Future
Now we stare in the face of yet another challenge. Now approaching our 11th month, we find ourselves possibly traveling to secure yet another city in our grand tour of Iraq. A city that you will definitely hear about as the Iraqi elections approach.Download PDF
Oct 6, 2004
Our Future in Iraq As Clear as Mud
The most eventful news I write to inform you about today is that we are staying through the Iraqi elections. Thus the "one year" deployment will likely surpass the 365-day mark since we left the states.Download PDF
Sep 6, 2004
A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!
Many of you want to know "what is it like out there?" I'm sure there is lots of coverage on the news. I have already shared pictures with you of my living conditions. Here are some more personal shots that I would like to share with you guys.Download PDF
Aug 9, 2004
Think About It!
I am no longer in Baghdad. I am now heavily immersed as front line medical support and the sole doctor in a series of intense raids aimed at capturing Muktadr Al Sadr. The pursuit of this man and his militia has completely altered my life here.Download PDF
Jul 11, 2004
Baghdad Let's Talk Positive!
The Iraq situation is often portrayed negatively. But even through the harshest of combat environments some positives do pop up here and there. I thought I'd change the tone of this email and try to point out some of the positives, both on a larger level and for myself.Download PDF
May 25, 2004
Another normal day
When I would come home from school back in the day and my parents would ask.... "How was your day?" I would always answer "nothing much." No matter what happened to me the day seemed uneventful from my perspective. I guess here too I have fallen into the "same old routine." My life is so different from that just 5 months ago, yet things that I would never have imagined myself doing are becoming "normal.Download PDF
Apr 21, 2004
Proposed Solution for the Iraq Dilemma
Thought I'd share my uniquely proposed "Bose's Exit Plan From Iraq before June 30th" with you all today. I understand the Bush administration and nations are debating the future of this country. Below is my humble solution based on a very eventful day.Download PDF
Apr 6, 2004
Update from Baghdad
Two months 20 some days into deployment so far. Feels like an eternity yet not even 3 months. The novelty is gone as we settle into our "routines." Troops struggle to keep morale up. Now we look ahead only to see and endless tunnel of time.Download PDF
Mar 2, 2004
What a day!
I hope this goes down as my most terrifying day in Baghdad and these go down as my only injuries. I will consider myself extremely lucky.Download PDF
Feb 8, 2004
Home Sweet Baghdad
Wow! I cannot even begin to put in one email what I have experienced here in Baghdad since I arrived on the 1st of February.Download PDF
Jan 17, 2004
On the first day of arrival the outside perimeter of our camp was attacked and exchange of gunfire occurred! A very warm welcome indeed! Since then we have been dressed in full battle gear—a new look for me that some of you may not recognize.Download PDF
Jan 9, 2004
Greetings from Kuwait!
It has been a crazy past 72 hours! Received my 48 hour (less than 48 hour) notice on Monday of my Wednesday departure. Somehow managed to move out my household goods and tie up loose ends just in the nick of time!Download PDF
Dec 27, 2003
I've been assigned as a front line medical provider in downtown Baghdad and pretty much the only U. S. doctor on the west side of the city (close to the Red Cross building that was recently bombed). I'm apparently the sole doctor for about 1200 troops.Download PDF