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The Day I Found the Letter

I don't think I'll ever forget the day I found the letter.

We were in the process of moving in May of 2000. A new house, a new state, a new church/job in an old, familiar town...Mrs P's hometown to be exact. In the process of moving boxes, I found the letter.

More like letters, actually. An entire shoebox of them. Love letters some guy had written my wife, even going back to college days...and yes, they were as sappy as they were long. Ug. Even worse, I quickly discovered the identity of the jerk that had written my wife all those years ago.

Me.

Why she kept all those cards and letters I have no idea. I honestly had forgotten I had written them all, but I think I get it now...not because of those letters, but the love letter I recently found.

In my son's room.

I had tossed a bunch of mail and magazines in the Blonde Tornado's room, knocking over a stack of previous stacked items awaiting the now Marine to come home and sort or toss. In the process of collecting said mess, I found the letter I assume he didn't mean me to find so soon.

"Dear Mom and Dad," it began simply enough, and instantly I knew...I had found the letter he intended me to find after he would be killed in combat. My heart froze.

"First of all, I love you guys so much and if I ever did anything to disappoint or make you mad I'm sorry. I truly appreciate all the work and love you put into raising me and thank you so much for helping me become the man I am.

Even though I might be gone, take it as comfort that I am with my Father in heaven and will know no pain, nor tears, and now am at peace.

I love you guys so much. -  Josh"

As the tears flowed and I prayed it never ever would have to be used for the purpose BT intended, I knew then and there...I would never forget the day found the letter.


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Damn, another tear jerker!   Love is pretty amazing, isn't it?  :)

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Damn, another tear jerker!   Love is pretty amazing, isn't it?  :)

Lol...it's all your fault, too...you're the one that wondered where I'd gone!

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But still glad to have you back, Preacher.  :)

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Wow!

Scary but so evident of the kind of a young man you have raised. A Tear jerker yes, but one that makes you smile  through your tears. Hope you never have the need to read it again.


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Wow.

You've done something right, Preacher.


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Don't worry, Preacherman.

There's a message waiting for me too. I have not opened it, but I already know what it says. It sits in his room.

This is the reality that these guys face as the USMC is first to fight. At some point after the training and on to other things, they come to the realization that they are in a serious situation. I asked my Josh just before enlisting twice if he's ready, because if he wants to fight, the Marine Corps will find him one. He assured me he understood. What else can a dad do? At that point....he's his own man.

Another reason why I don't worry is because these guys have each other's backs. They fight, bicker and argue among themselves, but then again.....what brother's don't? There is a code among them to take care of each other. I know that your Josh is in good company with mine and vice versa.

And just think, in less than a month, you'll see my point when our two young Marines get together at Chesapeake as soon as mine gets back there.
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Lorax and Preacher, the offer still stands that if either of your Marines finds themselves with a layover in a DC area airport, they have a home cooked meal waiting for them if they like, even if I have to bring it to the airport for them.

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Don't worry, Preacherman.

...these guys have each other's backs. They fight, bicker and argue among themselves, but then again.....what brother's don't? There is a code among them to take care of each other.

They most certainly have each other's backs.  They share a bond that transcends anything most folks will ever be able to understand.  They are in a family that is not limited by blood, ethnicity, religion or generation.  

Wherever two or more Marines bump into each other they will be instant friends even if they served decades apart (one of my dearest friends is a WW II Marine and I didn't enlist until '83).  You can also count on the fact that they will talk about how each had it harder than the other and that the BS will get deep but the beer will not get warm.

Preacher & Lorax, know that your boys are doing something they love with people who treat them like family and most definitely have their backs.


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I have all the letters that my husband and I wrote back and forth to each other while he was away at Navy boot camp in 2004. It is an entire binder full! I haven't looked at them in years, but I know someday they will bring back intense memories of loneliness, separation, and longing. But also of determination, a desire to love each other more completely, and eventually our engagement :)

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You did good, Mom and Dad.  :)
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Don't worry, Preacherman.

...these guys have each other's backs. They fight, bicker and argue among themselves, but then again.....what brother's don't? There is a code among them to take care of each other.

They most certainly have each other's backs.  They share a bond that transcends anything most folks will ever be able to understand.  They are in a family that is not limited by blood, ethnicity, religion or generation.  

Wherever two or more Marines bump into each other they will be instant friends even if they served decades apart (one of my dearest friends is a WW II Marine and I didn't enlist until '83).  You can also count on the fact that they will talk about how each had it harder than the other and that the BS will get deep but the beer will not get warm.

Preacher & Lorax, know that your boys are doing something they love with people who treat them like family and most definitely have their backs.

A few weeks ago, a 20 year old marine in uniform walked into our church and went to the back of the chapel.  He was noticed by a 92 year old marine, a WWII vet, who stood and made his way to the back and introduced himself.  They embraced, sat together during the service, and hung out talking for quite a while after it was over.  It was pretty cool to see.

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Words escape me to be able to convey the special feeling you have bestowed upon me when there is something that touches the heart and is shared so as to touch other hearts too, well done Sir, Thank you.  :)

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To the young Marine, just starting out, and the older ex-Marine who is in his twilight years, let me say thank-you for your service. Always Semper Fidelis, to your family, community and nation.
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I wish the wars this country has engaged-in over the last half century amounted to anything worth the blood and gold expended... I believe they haven't.

My first memory of a Marine was in my local church in the 1960's... I'll never forget that dress uniform. He never made it back. That never left me.

Little did I know I'd marry the daughter of a USMC devil-dog... three landings in the Pacific in the second wave as a forward gunnery observer (including Peleliu where he received his purple heart).

I love that man and led him to Christ on the back porch of his home where he wept over fallen comrades, the closest of which died in his arms on a forgotten beach whispering his name, never to see this earth again.

It's a fraternity I'll never know because I wasn't there, but one I respect immensely...


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I wish the wars this country has engaged-in over the last half century amounted to anything worth the blood and gold expended... I believe they haven't.

Three things I'd like to see in future Memorial and Veterans Day observances:

1.  A BIG THANK YOU to all who gave their lives - and to our vets and to the men and women currently serving.

2.  A BIG NATIONAL APOLOGY to our war dead -- and to our vets and to the men and women currently serving -- for sending them to dubious wars that were anything but 'last resort'!!

3.  A PROMISE FROM THE NATION that we will treat any future threats of war with the utmost sobriety and gravity.  We will send no more of our young to their deaths fighting dubious wars abroad.  We promise no more war whooping and no more empty and meaningless gestures like slapping on "Support Our Troops" bumper stickers!  :angry:


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Lorax and Preacher, the offer still stands that if either of your Marines finds themselves with a layover in a DC area airport, they have a home cooked meal waiting for them if they like, even if I have to bring it to the airport for them.

I think I can go along and speak for Preacher when I say, Thank you for such a kind offer.
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