To my fellow islanders,
As a member of the United States Navy, I would like to thank you for your contributions, prayers, and many heartfelt words of encouragement. I would like to recall and pay tribute to the many great men and women whom I was privileged to serve alongside on the USS LEYTE GULF (CG-55).
Upon first meeting each of my sailors, I first ask them, “Why did you join the Navy?” The answer is almost always, “To serve my country.”
I believe the same goes throughout the Navy and all branches of the Armed Forces.
However, not all have received the same love and support I receive from many of you who are reading this now. Many don’t receive a piece of mail from friends or families, and the look of disappointment I see in their faces when mail arrives is truly heart wrenching. I asked my loving parents to collect goods for dispersal among the crew.
My gratitude for those who contributed can never truly be expressed. Many of the sailors who never received a package were given a “special” package tailored to each of them. Much of the crew start off with small wages and the love and kindness you have shown ensure they are able to receive the comfort foods of homes even when thousands of miles away.
The story I have shared is one of many. For those who pledge to defend the Constitution and this wonderful country of ours, I humbly ask that you continue to show your support in whatever way you can.
Miranda M. BoudreauLTJG USN
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