National Geographic : 2006 Mar
I still enjoy aerobic activities and have very few gray hairs. All of these benefits I owe to God, who has blessed me and given me a knowledge of the simple ways to care well for my body. WESLEY McDONALD Shamokin, Pennsylvania From our online forum ngm.com/0511 War Letters It is easy to forget that the men and women who fight in wars are just ordinary people who are sent for their leaders' ideas of right and wrong. To be able to read soldiers' thoughts while they are on duty is impor tant to keeping a perspective. MARTIN BISCOMBE St. Day, Cornwall I realized from the inscription on the tombstone that Robert B. Madrid was the same marine who practically died in my arms. "Bat," as his friend Robert Wada knew him, died almost instantly from mortar fire. Platoon Sgt. Bill Rodgers and I reached him about the same time to see if there was anything we could do while calling for a medic. Being his squad leader, I, like Wada, have thought of him many times. I have been able to locate and talk with Robert Wada thanks to the author, Andrew Carroll, Maggie Steber, the photographer, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. JACK R. UNDERWOOD College Grove, Tennessee I have received the biggest sur prise of my life. I got a message from a man in College Grove, Tennessee. When I reached him later, he said he saw the "War Letters" article and looked me up on the Web. He then told me he was Bat's squad leader and was with Bat during the attack on Hill 749. When Bat was hit, he quickly cradled him. He said God was merciful in taking Bat without any suffering. We had a great but tearful conversation. It gave me a very emotional moment of consolation. ROBERT WADA Fullerton, California Write, email, fax Write National Geographic Magazine, PO Box 98199, Washington, DC 20090-8199 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Fax 202-828-5460 Include name, address, and daytime telephone. Letters may be edited for clarity and length. It is what makes incubators, baby bottles and car seats possible. Itis chemistry.