Marines in Iraq


October 31, 2004, 11:12 PM
I am not sure if this is allowed in the forum..but I'll post it ...Mods please remove if I screwed up I'm risking this because... I think it is something we could all help with, our chance to give alittle back.

I recieved this from John Farnham today..thought I'd share with you as X-mas is coming and our boys could use some "love" so to speak. Here is your chance to play Santa!!! I'm sure most of us have a decent folder or fixed blade we're not using, lying around, or could afford a few pairs of socks, some SF123 Lithium batteries or a G2 Surefire. Thanks for your help...

"Mr and Mrs Farnam,

Well, bare with me for I'm not of elegant speech or writhing, but I will do
my best to express my gratitude for your support, and support of your friends
and comrades over here. There have been some wonderful packages containing
items that all have enjoyed.

It is nice to see the faces of those who receive gifts, like a knife, a
flashlight, cleaning gear, socks, and Surefire batteries. They all know these
items our not cheap and are usually bewildered when they receive such items;
thinking who in the world would be so generous to give such things and how did I
get so lucky to receive them. For many, a Sgt and below, they have not had a
wonderful childhood were parents had money, nor do they. So, buying items
such as ones given by you and your friends is a luxury they do not have. I know
lot of us take this for granted and can buy these things with little or no
thought of the price, but, to the ones to whom I give these items, I can see
written in their faces the thanks that they will never be able to express, but
they cherish the item as if they had received a sack of gold!"

A message like that makes my day! If you want to really help these guys,
put a package together and send it on. Here is the original message:

What deployed Marines need:

Cold Steel, Emerson knives, fixed and folding
White socks
Dry lube, Hoppe's, Outer's, Remington
9mm and 223 Boresnake
Beretta OEM 92F normal-capacity magazines
Leatherman tools
Surefire flashlights
LED "soft" lights

This is what my students in Country tell me they need and can't get. If you
want to help, put together a care package and send it to:

MSgt Earl Mitchell
UIC 41106
FPO, AP 96426-1106

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