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Worried Soldier's Mum Emails Colonel In Afghanistan
Ananova ^ | 01-09-2002

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


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"Ah Mom." This put a smile on my face. Don't get in the way of a mother and her babies!
1 posted on 01/09/2002 8:50:20 AM PST by blam
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To: blam
This kid can't put pen to paper so that his mother would know that he's alright??
2 posted on 01/09/2002 8:54:18 AM PST by bandleader
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To: bandleader
There is a Sgt in Afganistan now thats main concern is to see that this kid writes to his mom, because he was told by ther company commander , who was told by the battalion commander, who was told by the etc. etc.
3 posted on 01/09/2002 9:07:33 AM PST by maximus@Nashville
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To: blam
My civilian pastor (when I was stationed in Las Vegas) was so upset that I never wrote to my parents (despite the fact that I told him I talked to them on the phone at least twice a week), that he contacted my first shirt and commander regarding it. They called me on the carpet and had me write a letter to my parents, despite my explaining to them that I called my folks twice a week. I wrote a letter to them saying "Mom and Dad, despite the fact that we talk on the phone twice a week, I'm being ordered to write you a letter. Your son, Bob."

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...

4 posted on 01/09/2002 9:17:21 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob
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To: blam
If the kid needed a "mum" then the Marines would have issued him one. Anyways, a "GOOD" NCO would have made sure the kid wrote his parents.
5 posted on 01/09/2002 9:52:46 AM PST by SolitaryMan
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To: SolitaryMan
Right you are.....in the Corps, it starts with reception at Parris Island or SD, where each new recruit calls home to report his safe arrival. Of course, since you arrive there at like 2-3am, you usually wake up the whole house back home....and woe betide the recruit who doesn't write several letters or postcards each week back home.....
6 posted on 01/09/2002 10:05:43 AM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
"in the Corps, it starts with reception at Parris Island or SD, where each new recruit calls home to report his safe arrival."

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...

7 posted on 01/09/2002 10:15:34 AM PST by Jarhead_22
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To: blam
I got a laugh out of that one. A good laugh, not a bad one. If there's one thing a company commander doesn't want to hear is that one of his soldiers hasn't written home. It usually starts with their Congressman, then a General, then a Colonel... It's one of those things that each guy in succession gets yelled at about all the way down the line. (It's actually quite a funny part of being in the service)I can still remember in basic training (30 years ago) there were one or two guys that didn't write home, their moms called, and man did that cause trouble! LOL LOL LOL.
8 posted on 01/09/2002 10:18:31 AM PST by Johnny_Apollo
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To: blam
This is tooo funny! That poor guy is never going to live that down.
9 posted on 01/09/2002 10:26:54 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: teacup; truelove; calico; ladyx; always a marine; racebannon;whiskeypapa; smedleybutler
semper fi --- ping for your Momma :)
10 posted on 01/09/2002 10:29:47 AM PST by MudPuppy
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To: Jarhead_22
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!

Walt

11 posted on 01/09/2002 10:44:02 AM PST by WhiskeyPapa
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To: Johnny_Apollo
If there's one thing a company commander doesn't want to hear is that one of his soldiers hasn't written home. It usually starts with their Congressman, then a General, then a Colonel

OUCH!

not a CONGRINT! (Congressional interest). That would keep some poor lieutenant hopping, oh yes. :)

Walt

12 posted on 01/09/2002 10:46:56 AM PST by WhiskeyPapa
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To: blam
"Initially "spammed" Marine Corps Headqurters...."

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.

13 posted on 01/09/2002 10:47:11 AM PST by N00dleN0gg1n
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To: maximus@Nashville;ken5050;Johnny_Apollo
There is a Sgt in Afganistan now thats main concern is to see that this kid writes to his mom, because he was told by their company commander , who was told by the battalion commander, who was told by the etc. etc.

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.

14 posted on 01/09/2002 10:51:57 AM PST by LTCJ
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To: blam; mrsmith
"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."

That is such a sweet story; thanks for posting it. And thank you, Mr.Smith, for giving us this link at the Canteen.

15 posted on 01/09/2002 10:56:57 AM PST by Billie
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To: blam
"The lieutenant responded..."

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.

16 posted on 01/09/2002 11:02:38 AM PST by XJarhead
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To: blam
During a room inspection back in '82 top was not happy with me at all, and letting me know about it. Finds a picture of a gal dressed as a belly dancer in my desk. "Well at least you got good taste in women. She's a hottie." "that's my mother first sergeant, it was a haloween party."

".......Ummmmm....Fine looking lady."

And he walked out without saying another word.

17 posted on 01/09/2002 11:34:26 AM PST by fourdeuce82d
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To: MudPuppy
Thanks for the ping.

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.

18 posted on 01/09/2002 12:29:09 PM PST by Calico
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To: Billie
I almost wish I had a "military ping list" for this thread.

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

19 posted on 01/09/2002 4:23:33 PM PST by mrsmith
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To: mrsmith; Barnacle; mdittmar; sit-rep; VOYAGER; Mr_Magoo;XNavyNuc;All-American Medic; dk-coro...
Let me ping for you. I've done it on another thread today for FreedomsWorthIt. Some may have already seen the thread because of your link at the Canteen.
20 posted on 01/09/2002 4:41:43 PM PST by Billie
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To: Billie
Thanks! What a story....
21 posted on 01/09/2002 4:45:44 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Billie
Thanks for the ping Billie...and thanks for the smile.
22 posted on 01/09/2002 4:53:35 PM PST by d4now
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To: jwalsh07;uncleduck
This story put a smile on my face. Bumping for Mom's who have children in the military. This story hits home LOL
23 posted on 01/09/2002 4:55:42 PM PST by deadhead
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To: Billie
I've had this happen to me several times...Mom's worried because her son's far away and hasn't written or called...it's an easy fix...I just tell his NCO that the Marine will write his momma every week, or the Marine and his NCO will be digging machinegun pits and burning sh!%%ers till I get tired...
24 posted on 01/09/2002 4:56:56 PM PST by g'nad
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To: harpseal,Travis McGee,Squantos,sneakypete,Chapita;COB1
bump
25 posted on 01/09/2002 4:58:35 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: All
Please e-mail a service person today and let them know they are not forgotten.
We have military all around the world that are there to ensure our Freedom.
It's really easy to e-mail any service person and say Thanks!
USO Canteen Post Office
26 posted on 01/09/2002 4:59:07 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: deadhead
Instead of contacting my C.O., my mother sent me a "dear John".
27 posted on 01/09/2002 5:02:47 PM PST by stumpy
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To: Billie
All I ever told my mother when my destroyer went to Viet Nam was that I was "somewhere" in the Pacific.
Back then, in a war zone, no postage was needed for letters, but I had the ship's post master stamp my letters to her.
She never knew until I got back.
28 posted on 01/09/2002 5:05:27 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: blam
He attached a digital picture taken moments before. Ms Tejera said: "Pretty cool picture, huh? He looks embarrassed though, doesn't he? Poor kid."

ROFLMAO! Mothers! Waddayagonnado? This guy is gonna catch HELL the next couple of weeks,though.

29 posted on 01/09/2002 5:16:29 PM PST by sneakypete
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To: N00dleN0gg1n
Yeah, it's only January 9th, but this one will be hard to top.

Yeah,but you know what? I'll bet this helps this young Marine with his superiors more than it hurts him. They now KNOW he was properly raised,and wasn't running around like a wild animal without supervision.

30 posted on 01/09/2002 5:21:13 PM PST by sneakypete
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To: deadhead
LOL, not much difference between Irish Moms and Mexican Moms, eh?
31 posted on 01/09/2002 5:22:25 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: Calico
I think I will call her and thank her.

This is ALWAYS something worth doing. Do it while you still can,and do it often.

32 posted on 01/09/2002 5:24:29 PM PST by sneakypete
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To: blam; Billie
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."

The colonel speaks much truth. The pinhead Marine has had many more opporunities to stay in touch with his Momma, than at any other time in military history. I am sure his platoon sergeant will be on his butt to ensure there is no repeat of this type incident again!

33 posted on 01/09/2002 5:25:15 PM PST by Norb2569
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To: blam
Very Happy Bump!

I can empathize with her.

34 posted on 01/09/2002 5:31:25 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: Jarhead_22
Yeah, they CALL home now.

I remember the post card that we were handed, and given about one minute to fill out to say that 'all was well'. The Red Cross did that.

Since 1990, the Corps has changed everything: New 782 gear, no more M-60 machinegun, new M4 carbines, no more M1911-A1s, 'lost-and-found' nametags on the utility uniform just like the Army and Navy retards wear, the new casual 'fleece'-style pullover issued in boot camp, dress blues are *issued* now, new sneaker-like boots, etc. etc. etc.

You and I are now officially 'Old Corps', pal.

35 posted on 01/09/2002 5:37:50 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Billie; blam
Thanks for the ping Billie, Great post Blam!

That Lieutenant is something else! Bet his Mom's proud too! Kudos to that Mom who checked on her son, I believe I probably would've done the same thing.
36 posted on 01/09/2002 5:42:51 PM PST by firewalk
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To: stumpy
"Instead of contacting my C.O., my mother sent me a "dear John"."

LOL. When I came home from the Navy, my parents had moved.

37 posted on 01/09/2002 5:53:00 PM PST by blam
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To: Billie
Thanks for the flag, Billie. What a heartwarming story.
38 posted on 01/09/2002 6:01:10 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Billie
What a great chuckle!!! I can assure you this was one "mission" that the Commander and First Sargeant enjoyed doing!!!

I'm sure this soldier will NEVER forget his Momma that way again!!! (he deserved the embarrassment!!) Good grief.. your away during a war and don't write MOM!!! He was probably enjoying his RR,.. but ya have to let Mom know your ok. Its inhumane to do otherwise. Poor Mom!!! She must have been worried sick.

I'm still laughing that she " 'spammed' the whole Marine Corps headquarters by accident with the query about her son John Leger's wellbeing."

ROFL!!! Thats one young man who won't EVER forget his Mom again!!

39 posted on 01/09/2002 6:19:42 PM PST by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Billie; Snow Bunny
Thanks for the ping. You canteen gals could have handled this for all involved. Next time.....
40 posted on 01/09/2002 7:25:35 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: The KG9 Kid
Since 1990, the Corps has changed everything: New 782 gear, no more M-60 machinegun, new M4 carbines, no more M1911-A1s, 'lost-and-found' nametags on the utility uniform just like the Army and Navy retards wear, the new casual 'fleece'-style pullover issued in boot camp, dress blues are *issued* now, new sneaker-like boots, etc. etc. etc.

You forgot "stress cards" ;) Ah, the "old Corps"...but, then, what am I talking about? I was swinging with the wing. Semper Fi!

41 posted on 01/09/2002 7:31:31 PM PST by Calico
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To: HighWheeler
I love your threads HW.
42 posted on 01/09/2002 8:25:11 PM PST by Snow Bunny
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To: blam
We had a guy that went home on leave before we shipped out for the 'Nam, and his family had moved w/o a forwarding address. Spent his whole leave looking for them. Two months after we were overseas his mail caught up with him.

His folks had written him about the move, but the base screwed up and sent that letter overseas while he was on leave, so the FPO sent it back, this letter was like a ping-pong ball for a couple of months. Boy was he relieved to find out his family still loved him. Ha.

43 posted on 01/09/2002 9:07:39 PM PST by stumpy
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To: blam
LOL Good Story Blam !! ...........During Desert Storm my brother and I were deployed he was northwest of Iraq and I was south (we had em surrounded). My sister said my Mom didn't sleep at all unless they took her TV away from her. She just didn't understand that our jobs were the safest in the world. He as a Pararescueman and I as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technican . He's still active duty and deployed currently, .....I'm retired and sitting at home understanding now why Mothers worry........

God Bless all Mothers who worry and make it easy on em please ! Stay Safe Blam.......

44 posted on 01/09/2002 9:38:07 PM PST by Squantos
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To: Calico
You forgot "stress cards"

I've seen Marines on this forum comment that the new Marine basic is even tougher than what they went through. These are guys who have seen both. It must be a bunch tougher, because basic never gets easier with the passage of time. Sort of like having to walk 12 miles through the snow, uphill both ways, to get to school.

45 posted on 01/10/2002 3:52:38 AM PST by FreedomPoster
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To: SolitaryMan
re : Anyways, a "GOOD" NCO would have made sure the kid wrote his parents.

I agree as a recruit in the second week of training we were all told to write home to are parents.

Cheers Tony

46 posted on 01/10/2002 3:57:17 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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To: SolitaryMan
When you are in the field in a foxhole, letters home is not your first priority.
47 posted on 01/10/2002 4:09:00 AM PST by HapHaszard
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To: HapHaszard
When you are in the field in a foxhole, letters home is not your first priority.

If the BN CO gets another e-mail from Momma, PVT Dumbwillie is gonna need that IFP!

48 posted on 01/10/2002 6:56:47 AM PST by LTCJ
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To: MudPuppy
LOL, thanks for the ping. Boy this brings back memories. When hubby was XO of 2-11, we'd get these kinds of calls all the time. Parents looking for their kids, wives looking for their husbands, LOL. I'm glad to see the Lance Corporal emailed his mommy.
49 posted on 01/10/2002 7:29:28 AM PST by Teacup
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To: FreedomPoster
I was only teasing, really. I think The Crucible adds a dimension to Boot Camp that I never experienced. Marines deserve respect no matter when they serve(d).
50 posted on 01/10/2002 7:36:05 AM PST by Calico
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