Letters from home keep the Marines going | SummitDaily.com

Letters from home keep the Marines going

Our grandson, Chris Bay, is a Marine serving in Iraq. This is part of a long letter from his commander to his parents:”I believe I’ve met at least half of you, but for those who don’t know me, my name is Guillermo Rosales, and I’ve had the honor of commanding the Marines of Third Platoon, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division …”Please don’t let up on the mail or care packages. Even in this age of e-mail, telephone call centers, digital pictures, etc, every Marine looks forward to the joy of opening up a box, letter or card. It’s like Christmas …”We’ve been on a mission for the last couple of weeks. Not the most glamorous mission, but one that had been assigned to us nonetheless, and hugely important. “We were able to set up in positions that allowed the Marines to get rest indoors. Anyway, after five days or so, other Marines in the platoon were able to bring mail to our position. It was about 9 p.m. or so, and I was trying to get some sleep before my shift, when the mail came in. “Since there was only one room we all occupied, the mail was brought to that room. Each Marine received a box or two. There was no electricity at our position, so lights were out. But small red flashlights came on, Marines who were dogged tired woke up and everyone attacked their mail like it was Christmas for 5-year-olds.”For an hour, I couldn’t get any sleep. I almost got to the point where I was going to yell at the Marines to be quiet and get some sleep before their duty began.”I didn’t want them to be tired on post. However, with all the bantering, laughter and joking, I realized that the Marines wouldn’t be tired on duty … thoughts of home would keep them awake and alert.”

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