Just wanted to write to you and tell you another story about
an experience we had over here. As you know, I asked for toys for the
Iraqi children over here and several Americans send them over by the
box. On each patrol through the city, we take
as many toys as will fit in our pockets and hand them out as we can. The
kids take the toys and run to show them off as if they were worth a
million bucks. We are as friendly as we can be to everyone we see, but
especially so with the kids. Most of them don't
have any idea what is going on and are completely innocent of this.
On one such patrol, the lead security vehicle stopped in the
middle of the street. This is not normal and is very unsafe, so the
following vehicles began to inquire over the radio. The lead vehicle
reported a little girl sitting in the road and said
she would not budge. The command vehicle told the lead vehicle to simply
go around her and to be kind as they did. The street was wide enough to
allow this maneuver and so they waved to her as they drove around.
As the vehicles went around her, a marine soon saw her
sitting there and in her arms she was clutching a little beanie baby
bear that he had handed her a few patrols back. Feeling an immediate
connection to the girl, the marine radioed that they
were going to stop. The rest of the convoy paused and the marine got out
to make sure she was okay. The little girl looked scared and concerned,
but there was a warmth in her eyes toward him. As he knelt down to talk
to her, she moved over and pointed to a
mine in the road.
Immediately a cordon was set as the Marine convoy assumed a defensive posture around the site. The mine was destroyed in place.
As you can see your donation of stuffed animals to our troops can really make a difference. If you are interested in donating to AdoptaPlatoon please see our chapters page listed under Texas for more information. Thanks so much for wanting to help SAFE and our military!