Randy, "7400 Hunter" 2 Mar 2003
Thank you so much for your words and gifts of support. Your package arrived today. I scratched my head a little when I saw this box for me with an unfamiliar sender. When I read your letter it became clear and I recognized your handle. I passed your letter around to the guys and explained our acquaintance through the "campfire". They all thank you, and all the great Americans supporting us.
Our transit took a little over a month. We left the coast of N. Carolina on 12 January, and began going ashore in Kuwait on the 15th of Feb. We sailed in a F-ship ARG (amphib. ready group) we stayed pretty busy planning and training in transit, no stops along the way. We were all ready to go ashore when the time came. My section went by helo (CH-53 along with many others from the brigade. Walking out onto the flight deck with 6 thundering 53's was exciting. The air thick with fumes of exhaust, the roar. The ride ashore took about 45 minutes, we landed in Northern Kuwait, and walked to our assembly area about 1000yds away. We are still here living in GP Tents, sleeping on the deck. Training and planning continues. The weather is not bad at all for now, night time lows in the 40's-50's, daytime highs in the 70's.
We are all anxious to "get this party started", but if diplomacy works it will no doubt save lives. I cannot go into specifics about our plans, training, as I am sure you understand. (If my memory serves me, you are a Gulf War USMC vet?) The contents of your package are perfect. Thanks again! Mail is a bit spotty, but today we received 2 trucks full of it! (7-tons)
Please feel free to share this with the Campfire and send all of our Thanks for your support, and the support of the others at the Campfire.
During the trip over here, we had access to CNN. We saw mostly Anti-War Protest and such, from all over the world. Your words and acts of support are truly Heartfelt by us. Here on the ground we are pretty remote. No access to current events. But, it is ok really, it keeps us focused on the job at hand.
When this happens, I think it will be furious and fast, The threat of chem. weapons is very real...
We are here and ready to do our thing, whenever the President gives the word.
Semper Fi !
This is exactly as wrote from MM, His memory is off a little as I am a USMC Vietnam Vet, not USMC Gulf War vet.