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  •  Never received care packages in Vietnam (7+ / 0-)

    Sure I got packages from my Mom, Aunt, Sister, Girlfriends but never a care package from an anonymous sender like what is sent today. It must make the soldiers feel special to receive these gifts from total strangers.

    Mom worked in a grocery store and would seal any food she would send to me in plastic wrap at work. Amazing how it would stay fresh and usually got delivered in a week at most. That is, if I could get any packages where I was in the jungle. Once she sent a cake and surprisingly it arrived in almost one piece. It was for my 23rd birthday and we lit the enclosed candles in the jungle near Cambodia and the guys sang Happy Birthday to me (gooks must have thought it was a warrior chant) and we devoured it. It tasted great and the other packages of cookies were out of this world. Mom printed "UP" with arrows and "Birthday Cake" on the sides of the box and the cake was inside a plastic container from the store. The icing was sort of hard but you could make out the writing easily on the cake. Probably got hand carried halfway around the World.

    Mom always sealed cookies like they did the meat at the store and used popcorn in plastic bags as packing for the boxes. The guys liked to nibble on the popcorn whenever I opened my packages from home. I always shared with everyone cause most of the guys never got anything from home. Except for my cans of Charlie Tuna Fish, I shared. Mom must have spent a fortune sending me those packages as they had to go from NY to APO San Francisco.

    Some guys never got a letter from home even though they wrote home a lot. One of the guys in the platoon got his Sister in school at Kutztown State in Pennsylvania to get her sorority sisters and others there to write to the guys (if they wanted) and send photos. Would be nice to see the lonely guys get some mail. After I was shot up and sent to Valley Forge General Hospital in Pennsylvania, these girls came down to the hospital and put on a show for the patients with help from the Red Cross. They were amazing and everyone had great fun. They even came down a couple more times when I was still hospitalized there. I and a couple of the guys went down to Kutztown State when I was allowed my car at the hospital. The school was very nice.

    Almost forgot about that cake. Mom was a special person and cared about her baby boy! That was my first birthday without family around. Sorry about the ramblings of an old man but diary just got me to thinking of what our soldiers have to endure in foreign lands and it brought back ancient memories. Great work with the care packages!

    Amazing the Time I waste Here! Sometimes it's not wasted though!

    by raster44 on Thu Mar 11, 2010 at 12:57:20 AM PST

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