Marines and Tampons
Tampons to the rescue in Iraq!! Don't worry, it's a good story, and
worth reading. It's even humorous in parts. It's from the mother of a
Marine in Iraq.
My son told me how wonderful the care packages we had sent them were
and wanted me to tell everyone thank you. He said that one guy we'll
call Marine X, got a girl care package and everyone was giving him a
hard time. My son said, "Marine X got some really nice smelling
lotion and everyone really likes it, so every time he goes to sleep
they steal it from him." I told my son I was really sorry about the
mistake, and if he wanted I would send Marine X another package. He
told me not to worry about Marine X because e very time I send
something to him, Marine X thinks it's for him too.
He said when my husband and I sent the last care package, Marine X
came over to his cot picked up the box, started fishing through it,
and said, "What'd we get this time?"
My son said they had the most fun with Marine X's package. He said
he wasn't sure who we were sending the pack to, but the panties were
size 20, and he said one of the guys got on top of the Humvee and
jumped off with the panties over his head and yelled, "Look at me,
I'm an Airborne Ranger!!!!" One of the guys attached the panties to
an antenna and it blew in the wind like a windsock. He said it
entertained them for quite awhile. Then of course.......they had
When he brought this up, my imagination just went running, but he
continued. My son said they had to go on a mission and Marine X
wanted the Chap-Stick and lotion for the trip. He grabbed a bunch of
the items from his care package and got in the Humvee. As luck would
have it he grabbed the tampons too, and my son said everyone was
teasing him about "not forgetting his feminine hygiene products."
He said things went well for a while, then the convoy was ambushed
and a Marine was shot. He said the wound was pretty clean, but it was
deep. He said they were administering first aid but couldn't get the
bleeding to slow down, and someone said, "Hey! Use Marine X's
tampons!" My son said they put the tampon in the wound. At this
point my son profoundly told Me, "Mom, did you know that tampons
They successfully slowed the bleeding until the guy got better
medical attention. When they went to check on him later The surgeon
told them, "You guys saved his life. If you hadn't stopped that
bleeding he would have bled to death." My Son said, "Mom, the tampons
sent by the Marine Moms by mistake saved a Marine's life."
At this point I asked him, "Well, what did you do with the rest of
He said, "Oh, we divided them up and we all have them in our flak
jackets, and I kept two for our first aid kit."
I am absolutely amazed by the ingenuity of our Marines. I can't
believe that something that started out as a mistake then turned into
a joke, ended up saving someone's life. My sister said she doesn't
believe in mistakes. She believes God had a plan all along. She
believes that "female care package" was sent to Marine X to save our
Either way, our efforts have boosted the morale of many Marines,
provided much needed items for our troops, AND saved the life of a
Marine! God bless every one of you for your efforts and hard work,
and God bless our Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and all our military
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND KEEP IT SAFE!
[ Author Unknown -- from Ruthie, via 'The Inspired Buffalo' (email@example.com) ]
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