Grows In Iraq (S553)
From: darrellvip on 8/24/2007
The photograph displayed
below is genuine and shows Warrant Officer 1 Brook Turner tending a plot
of grass with a pair of scissors at a military post north of Baghdad.
The picture was taken by Staff Sgt. Mark Grimshaw in mid-July 2004.
Planting plots of grass are just one of many ways soldiers decorate their tents at other arid U.S. military outposts in the Middle East, including this example of a similar grass plot grown alongside a tent at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar:
Photo from Snopes.com
A former staff sergeant with the United States Air Force wrote to tell us:
The grass patch [just above] is located at the recently declassified Air Force base in Qatar, known as Al Udeid. I lived three months of my life (fall of 2002) two tent rows from that grass. It was the only grass on the whole base, and though I don't know who planted it originally I do know that the soldiers who rotated through that tent each became caretakers of it. They watered it from their water bottles, trimmed the grass with scissors (as seen in the photo) and kept it shaded in the summer with a tarp awning over the front of the tent (many of the tents had such awnings, but this tent had a more elaborate one while I was there) to protect it from the 135+ degree summer sun.
The grass is real, and really is a comment on how we (US soldiers) work to make the best of things when we deploy in defense of our country and your freedom.