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    In Memoriam

    A smile for a soldier a long ways from home

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     cjtf180afg fondly remembers seeing Robin Williams' USO show in Afghanistan in 2003. He sent his family and friends the following account of the performance:

    "Robin came out in a camouflage T-Shirt and vest over that. Some type of military cap and green pants. He started out with his trademark "Goood Morning Afghanistan!!!!" What a nut. Had us rolling for the first words he spoke. He went from one thing to another about what it will be like when we get home with our significant others (can't tell you what he said); about other activities (can't tell you what he said); and everything else that I can't tell you what he said. He is pretty raunchy when talking to a bunch of soldiers in a war zone. I think the chaplains were a little stunned and the generals looked uncomfortable but the soldiers loved it. What a funny guy. He jumped down off the stage and interacted with some of my soldiers. He said a couple of things I can't repeat about women with guns and went and sat on the lap of one of my female soldiers. She is a sweet kid and her husband is also over here but he is in a 'stan' right now on a mission. She was holding a sign that said 'Hi Pete' for her husband so he made a couple of jokes about that.

    The show lasted 30 minutes and he spent about an hour signing autographs and having his picture taken with the troops. He was here about a year and a half ago and a lot has changed since then. What a pleasure it was to meet him. What a great American and human being to come over here, at this time of the year, to remind us all why we are here and to remind us a little of home.

    It was a nice break from the usual routine."
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    In December 2003 I, along witha couple hundred other soldiers, had the pleasure to attend a Robin Williams USO show at Bagram Airbase Afghanistan. After being away from home for 10 months, his show brought tears to my eyes. His humor was just what I needed to get through the remainder of my tour. It was and continues to be one of my fondest memories of a very difficult time. I will be forever greatful for his sacrifice on leaving his loved ones to travel halfway around the world to entertain a few troops at Christmas time. Rest in Peace Robin and thank you for your service to this country and its soldiers. I salute you.

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