Don't let the title throw you....it's a GREAT
story and well worth reading - even humorous in
parts. This is from a mother of a Marine in Iraq
. She writes:
My son told me how wonderful the care packages
we had sent them were and wanted me to tell
everyone thank you. He said that one guy we'll
call Marine-X, got a girl care package and
everyone was giving him a hard time. My son
said, Marine-X got some really nice smelling
lotion and everyone really likes it, so every
time he goes to sleep they steal it from him. I
told my son I was really sorry about the
mistake, and if he wanted I would send Marine-X
another package. He told me not to worry about
Marine-X because every time I send something to
him, Marine- X he thinks it's for him too. He
said when my husband and I sent the last care
package, Marine-X came over to his cot picked up
the box, started fishing through it, and said,
"What's we get this time?"
son said they had the most fun with Marine-X's
package. He said he wasn't sure who we were
sending the pack to, but the panties were size
20, and he said one of the guys got on top of
the Humvee and jumped off with the panties over
his head and yelled, "LOOK AT ME, I'M AN
AIRBORNE RANGER!!!!" One of the guys attached
the panties to an antenna And it blew in the
wind like a windsock. He said it entertained
them for quite a while. Then of course, they had
When he brought this up my imagination just went
running, but he continued. My son said they had
to go on a mission and Marine-X wanted the
Chapstick and lotion for the trip. He grabbed a
bunch of the items from his care package and got
in the Humvee. As luck would have it he grabbed
the tampons too, and my son said everyone was
teasing him about not forgetting his feminine
said things went well for a while, then the
convoy was ambushed and a Marine was shot. He
said the wound was pretty clean, but it was
deep. He said they were administering first aid
but couldn't get the bleeding to slow down, and
someone said, "Hey, use Marine-X's tampons!" My
son said they put the tampon in the wound. At
this point my son profoundly told me, "Mom did
you know that tampons expand?"
They successfully slowed the bleeding until the
guy got better medical attention. When they went
to check on him later the surgeon told them,
"You guys saved his life. If you hadn't stopped
that bleeding he would have bled to death."
My son said, "Mom, the tampons sent by the
Marine Moms by mistake saved a Marine's life."
At this point I asked him, "Well what did you do
with the rest of the tampons?"
He said, "Oh, we divided them up and we all have
them in our flak jackets, and I kept two for our
first aid kit."
I am absolutely amazed by the ingenuity of our
and can't believe that something that started
out as a mistake, then turned into a joke, ended
up saving someone's life.
My sister said she doesn't believe in mistakes.
She believes God had a plan all along. She
believes that female care package was sent to
Marine-X to save our Marine.
Either way, our efforts have boosted the morale
of many Marines, provided much needed items for
our troops, AND saved the life of a Marine!! God
bless everyone of you for your efforts and hard
work, and God bless our Marines, Navy, Air
Force, Army and everyone.
AND KEEP IT SAFE!!!
A PROUD MARINE PARENT
God is good and so are women's tampons