We first brought you the story of the Marines whose camp was burned out here: Marines Need Our Help
MAJ Gilmore is a confirmed member of the USMC, and he has requested we cease the Fire Relief Effort at this time. The support these Marines received has been “overwhelming.”
As time goes by, we are getting personal letters from the boots on the ground, and other groups stepping up to help our beloved Marines. The latest comes to NewsBlaze via Susan Warren at GrassRootsTroopSupport.com :
The attached emails and photos say it all…
these Marines truly need our help… I will be doing all I can to raise more money to direct more care packages to Lima Company 3/6, Alex’s old battalion, although he was with India.
Please pass this on and anyone who might know anyone who might want to help, I will be needing extra funds. The address is there if you want to send something yourselves. If you are unable to help at this time, but you know someone who can help, here is my address:
10201 Grosvenor Place #806
Rockville, MD 20852
Blessings, Semper Fi.
Editor’s Note: Susan Warren had been sending large care packages to Marines and Soldiers in Iraq for the past five years. She REALLY knows how to build a care package – around 10 every week, no matter what. If you want to contribute, one great way is to send a few dollars to Susan. 100% of everything she gets goes to the troops or postage – this is why NewsBlaze supports Susan’s effort.
This is a chain of emails that was forwarded to me. 1/8 knows what it is like to have your living accomodations and all of your gear burn up in a fire. They experienced that in 2004, the only difference being that they were living in tents at the time. Follow the story below and ship something their way if at all possible. Thank you! K.
From: K Anzevino
Date: Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 12:34 PM
Subject: News from Iraq
Good morning everyone. I hope you are all doing well. I hate to send out mass emails, they seem so impersonal to me. There was a pretty big event that happened to Jeremy’s company and this was the most efficient way for me to get the word out. There was a pretty big fire that started and pretty much wiped out everything in its path. I won’t go into all the details, but below is an excerpt from one Jeremy’s emails. If any of you are willing and able, they could certainly use some material things. Fortunately, no one was injured! Most Marines lost everything, but the clothes on their back.
Jeremy did mention that they are getting weapons, uniforms, military gear, etc all taken care of, but could use any hygiene items, towels, flip flops, etc… pretty much anything that they would use on a day to day basis. Please keep these Marines and Jeremy in your thoughts and prayers. THank you all for everything. Kim
Our outpost burned to the ground! No kidding! I got a call on the radio because I was in a meeting in the city. My XO says, “Sir the Marines’ berthing area (huts made of wood) is all on fire.” I didn’t think it was that bad until I showed up and every single house (14) burned to the ground. The only things left standing are the COC (where I live), the chow hall (another wood hut) and the hut where the computers are. All of the Marines gear, all of their personal stuff, gone! I showed up and helped fight the fires for a while with the Iraqi fire department but it was no use. It’s so hot and everything is made of wood, it all was gone.
3/6 L Co.
FPO AE 09509-3305
Gentlemen, If you could pass along to your respective lists of people who want to help by sending a care package here or there, I’m sure the Marines of Lima Company, 3/6 will appreciate as this fire took place within the last 48 hours. Jeremy is my one of my best friends and the pictures tell the story best. Hope all is well.
Anthony Giardino Capt, USMC
I don’t usually send out mass emails, except when there is an important message to be sent out. I have just received an emergency message from someone in our Military Family advising me of a Fire in one of the Forward Operating Bases in Iraq that destroyed 14 buildings (mostly the buildings in which our fellow American’s were living in) they lost everything, including personal items such as toiletries, clothes, books, etc.
I ask that everyone who receives this message dig deep into your heart and made a decision to help these Marines out in their time of need. If you have ever been deployed to Iraq, you know that it is hot, dusty, and uncomfortable without being able to strip down to your skivvies and relax. Well with no tent or building to do this in, it’s kind of hard, especially when you only have the clothes on your back.For those of you who have been deployed to other locations around the world, you know what I am talking about. So I ask that you take a few minutes out of their busy schedules this weekend and stop by your local CVS, Eckards, Target or Walmart this weekend and pick up some stuff and mail it to them to show your support.
If everyone grabs a handful of toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes, mouthwash, wet-ones, hand sanitizer, flip flops, tee-shirts, socks, writing paper/envelopes, snacks, etc, and stuffs a mailing box filled of these items and mails them out ASAP, we might be able to make a company of Marines smile a little brighter. It doesn’t matter if you are in another branch, these young guys are our family – they are American’s who are trying to survive a difficult situation. Remember the post office has boxes that only cost $8.95 to ship overseas and believe me you can pack a lot into one of those boxes. (don’t forget to fill out the overseas declaration form)
It might cost you in total fifty bucks to do this… our Marines are Worth that much aren’t they? I know first hand how these guys live over there and from the bottom of my heart; I pray you will help them out. If you should be second guessing your participation in this request, when you go home tonight, look around your home – you have the comforts of air conditioning, they don’t; you have the comforts of a bed, they don’t; you have toiletries and clothes to change into, they don’t; you also have running water and a bathroom, they don’t.
We have it made in this country; we give to anyone who needs help, including the shirt off our back, why not smile brighter next week knowing you helped out a few American Marines who need your help NOW! Feel free to pass this message onto to anyone you feel might be able to assist in this request. If you belong to a VFW or American Legion, ask them to help as well.
Thanks again and I pray you will all help in this request. The address to send to is below.
Although this event is about Marines – who suck – and who should know better than to live in wooden shacks, what’s described is indeed unfortunate.
I sent this to you and those who care enough to actually send these Marines the items listed or at least encourage others they know to send something.
In case I wasn’t clear about the Marines in the beginning – GO ARMY!!!
More seriously, having deployed myself, what happened to them drains your morale to new lows and while “something from home” always puts a smile on your face, now more than ever, that’s true for these Marines.My thoughts and prayers are with them and may God bless them for their tireless commitment, dedication, and patriotism to unconditionally protect our freedoms!
BRING IT! Andras M. Marton MAJ, U.S. Army Chief, Military Justice (“MOJO”) Headquarters, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center & Fort Bliss ——————- ——
Good day all: thanks to my friend Major Marton, U.S. Army, we are aware of the plight of these marines in iraq. read this message, I ask each of you to please help make a difference for these marines who lost everything in a fire in iraq. the list is below of items needed. Send a care package to the address below…
Let me know you’re helping and, i will send a message to the captain letting him know that, San Diego and all of america cares.
Thanks everyone, send a note with your address if you’d like to get a note of thanks.
President, We Thank Our Troops
Subject: FW: ATTENTION ALL: PLEASE RESPOND AND HELP THESE MARINES Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 07:23:29 -0700 From: “Paxton CIV Bill” [email protected]
Please Support and Pass On, Thank You All.”””OOORAH”””
SgtMajor “Bill” Paxton
“USMC FOREVER” “”””OOORAH”””””
“Retired but still Active”
“Once a Marine always a Marine”
Service & Supply Div. MCRD San Diego, CA.
Many ways to help our Marines! Let’s get this taken care of for our heroes.