Skip to comments.Worried Soldier's Mum Emails Colonel In Afghanistan
Posted on 01/09/2002 8:50:20 AM PST by blam
Worried soldier's mum emails colonel in Afghanistan
The mother of a US marine in Afghanistan emailed his regiment because she was worried she had not seen him in the news.
Faith Tejera initially 'spammed' the whole Marine Corps headquarters by accident with the query about her son John Leger's wellbeing.
Eventually she contacted the Lieutenant Colonel in charge of her 19-year-old's battalion and her son was summoned from a foxhole to email her back.
Ms Tejera of Louisiana emailed: "I haven't heard from him since November 19. I saw 5,000 pictures of Marines in the last month and not one of my son." She had seen footage of other marines telephoning home, reports the New York Daily News.
"I would appreciate it if you could just find him and, understandably without disclosing his location, let me know if he's okay. This is the first Christmas my son and I have ever been apart. Please help me."
The lieutenant responded: "Your son is a member of my command and I see him often. He has always stood out as the youngest-looking Marine in the battalion. He's doing quite well, and his platoon commanders tell me he's one of the best Marines in his platoon. I will ensure he sends you an e-mail from my account so you can hear from him that all's well."
An embarrassed Lance Corporal John was summoned from his foxhole and emailed his mother: "Hey mom, I told you I wouldn't be able to talk to you for a while. I even said about how long, but that's okay. I'm fine and safe and out of harm's way, but very smelly. Well, I can't blame you for worrying. Jeez, what are you trying to do get me in trouble or something? Just kidding. It's okay mom."
He attached a digital picture taken moments before. Ms Tejera said: "Pretty cool picture, huh? He looks embarrassed though, doesn't he? Poor kid."
She e-mailed the lieutenant colonel back: "I feel much better now. I am sorry to have caused you trouble. You are a wonderful commander and God will bless you for not holding my son responsible for my hysteria."
He replied: "Ms Tejera, It was no trouble at all. Besides, my mother still worries about her oldest son and I've been active duty for nearly 20 years."
Story filed: 17:38 Wednesday 9th January 2002
They didn't like it, but they sent it anyways. A couple days later, I get a call from dad asking what the hell was going on. I explained it, and he asked how to get in touch with my commander. I told him, and shortly after that, I get summoned to the major's office. His question..."Why didn't you tell me your dad was a colonel?" Heck, I didn't think it was important at the time. He also asked why I didn't bother to explain that I talked to my folks at least twice a week. Go figure...
They call home now? When I got there (March, 1990), we were given a postcard and a pen and wrote out a dictated statment with our return address and that we had arrived safely and would write again soon, but not to worry if we weren't heard from right away, as we would be very busy for a while...
Same in '73.
In my experience, your squad leader/platoon commander, etc. would ask you if you were -getting- your mail. Whether you were writing yourself was not an issue; of course if your mom spams the whole Marine Corps... ;-)
Good for her!
not a CONGRINT! (Congressional interest). That would keep some poor lieutenant hopping, oh yes. :)
Meet the likely winner of the Embarassing Mother of the Year Award for 2002 . Yeah, it's only January 9th, but this one will be hard to top.
And the S1 is writting the revision to Battalion Personnel SOP as we speak.
ROTFL. I'm red-in-the-face reading this. Reminds me of being called into the Day Room many years ago for a call from the White House switchboard under similar circumstances. Lord Almighty, did I have a hard time living that down. Learned that lesson well.
The Chain-of-Command starts with Mom and Dad, soldier.
That is such a sweet story; thanks for posting it. And thank you, Mr.Smith, for giving us this link at the Canteen.
Wow! I didn't know we'd suffered so many casualties that our battalions are now commanded by Lts.
This is a nice story, but I just wish that I could read one story reporting on the war that doesn't screw something up. Sheesh.
".......Ummmmm....Fine looking lady."
And he walked out without saying another word.
It reminds me how important our families are when we are serving far from home. I am home now, but I remember in boot camp, my brother-in-law [a former Navy Viet Nam era vet] wrote such inspiring letters to me that other members of my platoon would ask me to read them aloud.
My mom was one of the most understanding parents one could ask for about such things, though, with two children in the Armed Forces and one in Law Enforcement. She accepted sacrifices like Christmases with us away on duty with excellent grace, and she whipped up some mean care packages. Thanks for making me think of her dedication. I think I will call her and thank her.
My "lifer" Navy dad used to complain about getting his boots to write home, then I was in the Army (and wrote home regularly!), then my son wrote home "once in a while" from the Air force.
I think every military family can identify with the story.
Like many here, I look in on, and enjoy, the "canteen" threads