I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of myself and all the Marines of 9th Communication Battalion. We received your generous gift of fudge today and believe me, when I tell you that you certainly brightened our spirits. Not to mention, you reaffirmed our faith and commitment in what we are doing. We know now that with true Americans like yourself, we will not be forgotten during the holidays or any other time of the year for that matter.
The holiday season is traditionally a hard one for any Marine or sailor. For many of our young Marines, this is their first time away from their parents, loved one and families. That is why your gift will always hold a special place in mine and their hearts. My only regret is that you can not see the faces of the many Marines whose holiday is a little brighter this year because of your generosity and warm heart.
I've been in the Corps for 18 years and am currently the commanding officer of the best bunch of Marines in our Corps. It's amazing how well these kids are doing. They are truly a cross section of our society and come from all over the globe. I've got Marines from East L.A., New York, Texas, Minnesota, Georgia, Pakistan, Kenya and Mexico. They're truly a diverse bunch who love what they do and serving our country. Some are rich, others poor; but they all have one goal in mind and that is to better themselves and the world they live in. They really are proof that America's youth isn't as bad off as everyone may think. I like to think of them as the cream of the crop; but they're not. They're just average kids who continue to perform the impossible on a daily basis.
Oh well, let me get off the soap box and thank you once again for your more than generous gift. Ronald Reagan had a quote I like to use when referring to our Corps; he once said, "Many Americans go through life wondering if they made a difference; but a Marine doesn't have to." Well, neither do you! You have made a lasting difference in the lives of the many young men and women whose lives you have had the opportunity to touch through thoughtfulness.
Once again, thank you and god bless,
Semper Fi and Merry Christmas
Lt. Col. USMC