Danville Express

Living - August 17, 2007

Of note

During the months of April, May and June the Rotary Club of Alamo sent an estimated 12 care packages, close to 300 pounds, to Lance Cpl. Joshua Lawlor, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Mobile Assault Unit in Barwanah, Iraq. Lawlor's mother, Lydia, is the waitress where the Alamo Rotary hosts its weekly luncheons. Upon Lawlor's return home, Alamo Rotarians invited him to share his experiences with them.

Lawlor spent five months out of a nine-month deployment in Barwanah a mix of urban and desert terrain. There was no power or running water in the city.

"All the baby wipes, all the books, socks, beef jerky and other supplies were used by everyone in my company," Lawlor told the Rotarians. He said he and his company learned to ration their supplies and "the care packages made it so much easier on us in terms of comfort and morale."

The experience in Iraq made this young soldier very "wise and humble," he also noted. Lawlor intends to complete his education at CSU-Stanislaus with degrees in criminal law and communications.

"No one likes war. And after being there no one wants to go back. But if I had to do it again I would request to stay with Mobile Assault Company 2/4," Lawlor said in his closing remarks. "These were the men I saw 24 hours a day, worked side by side with, laughed and cried with. I know I'm in good hands and we'll get the job done."

"Day of Emeralds," by Robin Purcell, a member of the Danville Alamo Artists Society, has been juried into the 2007 California Watercolor Association National Exhibition that will run from Oct. 6-Dec. 2 at the Presidio in San Francisco. The exhibition is in its 39th year.


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