CAMP HANSON, Afghanistan — We’re waiting for a ride to one of the infantry companies that falls under 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. In the meantime, photographer Tom Brown and I watched a heartwarming part of Marine life today: Mail call.
I’ll be honest: From my tent, all I could hear at first was “Meatloaf!” “Meatloaf!” “Meatloaf!” I assumed they were distributing Meals Ready to Eat.
Turns out, the Marines in the back of a 7-ton truck were actually yelling “Kilo!” “Kilo!” “Kilo!” as boxes headed for Kilo Company were pulled off the truck.
As the process started to wind down, I chatted up Lance Cpl. Joseph Attaway, an administrative clerk with Headquarters and Support Company, 3/6. Originally from Statesboro, Ga., he serves as 3/6’s mail clerk, and was praised by several other Marines when I asked who was in charge.
Attaway said the truck typically comes about once a week from Camp Leatherneck as part of a convoy with other armored vehicles. The time and day of the week varies, but the Marines “always hop right on it” when the mail truck arrives.
“People always show up for this, if nothing else,” Attaway said.
OOH RAHH KILO!!!!:)need more pictures:)
I love to see those smiles! This photo makes me happier to head to the post office. I have a package sitting next to me to ship…NOW.
Now I wish I had put better markings on my package to my husband in Kilo so I could pick it out of the crowd 🙂 I’m off to send more today as well.
i agree with patti 🙂 more pictures please
Makes me want to send still another package this week. Love the pictures.
I love it. How can you not smile at this 🙂
OOOORAH KILO KILO KILO. Hey Who sent the meatloaf anyway of were they listening to Meatloaf!!!!!
I definitely agree, more pics please, and so happy to see those pkgs arriving. Sending another out soon. Love you Son, Miss you like crazy, stay safe Kilo and God Bless
Ahhhhh … I would have loved to know the driver of that 7 ton…. Mail call is so important to those guys. Now to get it from Hansen out to the guys!
That mail call photo by Thomas Brown is classic. Keep up the good work. More photos.
yes definately more pics.
stay safe kilo!!
Great work Dan. Glad you’re showing the little things that we civilians take for granted – makes people appreciate the Marines’ sacrifices even more.
Great job, I am looking forward to more article and PICTURES from 3/6! ooh rahh.
A visitor from Yankee land – but so happy to find out about your blog. Have a son in 3/6 Kilo and soooo happy to have any info. Thanks and God bless. Stay safe!
I have just caught up with you. I have a son in 3/6 Kilo too. I have not heard from him for weeks. Miss him like crazy too. More picts and video. Is Yazzie named for L Crpl Yazzie?
what happened to the pics for life at camp hanson?
I think this is the site that i have to bookmarked, many thanks !
I love this picture – I think that is my son LCPL Warren in the back – tallest Marine!! He is at Hanson
If you have anyone out that you know would like a care package sign them up at http://www.packagesfromhome.org. You request them will send them!! Keep up the good fight and Oorah!
PS to the Marines out there in the field please feel free to forward us your request…
Thank you for your service..