Thought we'd share them with you...
April 4, 2007
I am Kori, an Army Reservist from Torrance area of Los Angeles, currently deployed. Yes, I am a proud Southern Californian Native girl. I wanted to send you a thank you for the care packages your chapter members have graciously sent to me and my fellow Soldiers here in Iraq. I loved the Bath and Body lotions, gels and shampoo, I am a big fan of Bath and Body works. I passed on many of the items you both sent, including the Easter decorations to my fellow Soldiers. Thank you all for supporting the troops! You are all great Americans, thanks again for all you do in supporting our great Military.
February 10, 2007
Thank you very much for the Valentine's Day chocolates! I have distributed them throughout the unit and everyone says, "thank you". It was such an unexpected and generous treat.
We truly appreciate your support and thank you for your thoughtfulness.
Sincerely, Kerry K, USN
Thank you so much for sending a care package. Make sure all the people who were involved get a "Thank you."
My soldiers and I have spent the last 4 months in very austere conditions; a gift like the great care package from home makes life a lot easier; and to know that there are people that care back in the States motivates us. On behalf of myself and the soldiers of my platton, thank you.
1st Lt Riley, Charlie Co 1-32 Inf. 10th Mt Div
Just a quick note to say how much I apprecited the care packages. Came at just the right time. It was a real boost to my morale. Thank you very much! Missions and insurgents keep us really busy, which at the very least, makes the time go by much faster. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks again for your love, prayers and support for those of us that are serving over here in Iraq. Thanks to Blue Star Mothers of America and all your efforts to show us that we're appreciated.
Cpl Palmeria, Iraq
You are the "hero", I'm just doing my job. I put the Joker Santa up in my office for all to see.
Semper Fi - Gunny Bar - Somewhere in Iraq.
From the Commanding Officer:
Thank you very much for thinking of our Marines and Sailors. I have been following the efforts of teh Special Marines and Sailors' Program and I think that it is a wonderful way to support our warriors. This is a difficult fight, but the men are of great characters and carry on without question each day. Thank you for your support and good luck.
Capt Bob - Marines of Weapons Company 3/2
November 10, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving from Fallujah, Iraq!
Hello Blue Star Moms:
We received 4 packages today and I just wanted to say you are great! We are very thankful this holiday that we live in a country that truly is blessed with freedom, opportunity & prosperity. God Bless You.
From the Marines of Fallujah
October 30/31, 2006
Today is my mother's birthday, but October 31st has another special meaning for me. It was five years ago yesterday that I reported to basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. I had enlisted in the Army on the 17th of August, almost one month prior to the events of 9/11. Something in me made me realize that it was my time to serve. Maybe it was seeing photos of my father in uniform, or maybe it was the realization that I was meant for something other than working in a call center for a car company. Whatever the reason, I am proud of my decision. I still remember being in a gym the morning of 9/11, trying to get in shape for basic. I was jogging on the treadmill when the images flashed upon the TV screens. I stayed on that treadmill for over an hour, unable to avert my gaze.
Following my workout and finding out the status of friends and family in New York, I contacted my recruiter to find out if I would need to report to basic training early, due to us being at war. My report date of 30 October stood. My basic training element was filled with men that enlisted due to 9/11. I was happy to be among them, even if my reason for joining was different. So, it was five years ago yesterday that I changed who I was, and found out what I was meant to be.
Samuel Goldman, US Army requested this be posted on Blue Star Mothers Chapter 5 site
Sam, we are pleased to support you and your new lovely wife who are both serving our Country.
God Bless you both.
Unit from the 5/14 Marines DET CO 4th PLT
Thank you so much for your kindness & support. God Bless You all. Sgt. Perry
Thank you for your support & prayers. LCpl Hughes
Thank you for sending so much for thinking of us, and sending all the snacks and other items. We appreciate all that you do especially around the holiday season. GY Slick
Words cannot express how much your support means to us. LCpl Edwards
Thank you for everything. We appreciate all that you do. Most people only talk about supporting the troops, you guys really do. Semper Fi SSgt Alexander
It's hard to say thank you for all you've done!! The care packages have been a great help. LCpl Golden
Many say they support the troops but not many actually do. Thanks for supporting us Cpl Spencer
Sincere Thanks - Mjr MD
Merry Christmas - LCpl Richardson.
Nov. 26th, 2005
Thanks for the package. It was a great surprise. The food here is pretty good. Thanksgiving here was great with awesome food. I miss good old McDonalds & Mac and cheese lol. Gotta get back to work. Thanks again for the package. I loved it! Emily 101st ABN
May you have the spirit of Christmas which is peace ...
the gladness which is hope...
and the heart which is love..
Happy Holidays. 1Sgt Derrick - Iraq
November 2005 -- Wanted to say thanks for the package. It is nice to know that people care! I'll be in touch - 1st Sgt Derrick - Iraq.
Blue Star Mothers:
I'm sorry it took em so long to return your letter. As you know, things can get pretty busy over here. I do appreciate the package that you took time to send me. I shared all the goodies with the rest of the Marines I work with. I work in an RDF (Regional Detention Facility).
Things are as good as can be. I look forward to hearing from you. Let me just say thank you very much. The Marines out here appreciate your support very much. Sincerely, CPl Knight 5/14 Marine - DET Co.
Hey Mom - please tell everyone in your Blue Star Group and the people of the South Bay.. We are overwhelmed at the sacrafices of the donated gifts; and then you guys packaging all the items for all of us whether we are Marines or in any other branch. I can't believe people say they give up Christmas to donate items to ship over here. It has been great. But I know there are Marines and Army snipers out in the field who truly need more stuff than we do. Just let everyone know that it is so awesome when we see all this stuff and know people care. The ammo pouches were the absolute BEST. They work great! Thanks for getting them to us we really needed them.
The postcards are great to read and look at.
Better go.. Tell Dad Hey.. I love you. LCPl Ryan USMC 5/14 MP Co - Iraq