Iraq War Veterans Celebrated Last Christmas...
This photo was sent as a Christmas card last year from
Balad Air Base in Iraq. The "tree" is made from an
aircraft drop tank. Men and women in the military have always found ways
to brighten their days at Christmas. Left to
right: Maj. Bruce Willett, Lt. Col. Greg
Parsons, Lt. Col. Don Fitzgerald, Lt. Col. Mark Burns, Maj. Dan Whannell, Maj. Ron Burgess, and Maj. Keith
Major Daniel Whannell and Captain Tammy Whannell were married October 16, 2004, in Seaside, Oregon. They met each other in March 2001 when Tammy was stationed at the Royal Air Force Base, and Dan stationed at NATO headquarters in Belgium. Tammy is a nurse manager and Dan an intelligence flight commander.
Dan met Tammy's brother for the first time when he was stationed in Iraq for six months. His brother-in-law to be walked into the " intelligence shop" dressed in his full army combat uniform. His appearance in a classified area gave Dan a moment of concern. The visit was planned by Tammy, and friends, so Dan could meet her brother, Sergeant 1st Class Roger Clark, who served twelve months in Iraq, just 20 miles from Dan.
Dan and Tammy are both stationed at Dover, Delaware Air Force Base and are glad the military has joint spouse assignment so they can be together. As far as they know there is no future plans for either of them to go to Iraq.
Dan has thirteen years military service, and Tammy has been in the service for eighteen years. Their future is to finish out 20 years and plan on settling near Bend, Oregon.
The Whannell family met the Van Eaton family many, many years ago when they were business people in Morton.
Newlyweds on Their First Day of Marriage
The newlyweds spent their first day of marriage at Dan Dan's parent's cranberry farm in Warrenton, Oregon/ The harvest was beginning at Whannell Cranberry Farm.
Bob Whannell has Some Fun
This is Bob Whannell, Dan's Dad, trying to recruit harvesters. It was a fun thing to do with so many military people there. The business is Whannell Cranberry Farm.
Harvesting the Bog Berries
Ever wonder where your Thanksgiving and Christmas cranberries come from? Possibly from a place like this. There are also cranberries which are grown on dry land.
A Truckload of Berries
Loading the berries onto dump truck
Dan's Berry Proud Parents
Bob and Sally Whannell, parents of Dan Whannell, live on their cranberry farm in Warrenton, Oregon.
"Person of the Year"
From left to right: Maj. Bruce Willett, Lt. Col. Greg Parsons, Lt. Col. Don Fitzgerald, Lt. Col. Mark Burns, Maj. Dan Whannell, Maj. Ron Burgess, and Maj. Keith Peloquin.
by Dixie A.
Christmas card was sent to Edwinna and Pat Van Eaton from their friends
Bob and Sally Whannell parents of son
Major Dan Whannell. The families became friends many years ago when
the both lived in Morton. The major's parents now live in Portland, Oregon.
The decorated "tree" proves the "American Soldier" named
"Person of the Year" by Time Magazine will find a way to
have some fun and celebrate Christmas even while in harm's way.
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