Socks For Heroes
First, this is from an Army Lieutenant responsible for resupply of remote bases for his unit. He writes:
"Thanks so much for the socks. My guys are so appreciative. I think itis safe to say that we don't need anymore socks! We have a little over 3months of deployment, so we are starting to slowly pack up all of our excess gear. Thank you so much for all of your support. It really does mean a lot to have people thinking of us while we are over here. With news coverage being limited to celebrity gossip and tragic events stateside, it's nice to get the occasional package.I hope you are well, and please tell everyone thanks!"
Next we heard from a Marine Captain who served with LCPL Donald Hogan. He writes:
"Thank you for the socks. I received a package a couple days ago and handed them out to my team. I have attached a picture of us. The guys were happy to receive them, especially something useful."
And this from another Marine Officer who has befriended the project:
"Doing very well here - the boxes arrived and I managed to push severalof them to units where we have soldiers who are deep in the fight these days. I know they will be appreciated. THANK YOU for all the work in continuing to support the troops over here. I know themedia doesn't tell the story very well these days, but the young men and women here are doing some remarkable things to ensure Afghanistan is well poised for the future. It means a lot to all of them to know that you and others like you still think of them."
Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), conduct a barricade drill on the flight deck. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Bartlett/Released)
SAN DIEGO (Feb. 22, 2013) Sailors pick up trash on Breakers Beach during a beach clean up on Naval Air Station North Island. Service members and civilians cleaned three beaches in the San Diego area over a three-day period during this annual event. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Behnke/Released)
SAN DIEGO BAY (Feb. 11, 2013) Sailors pull out an arresting gear cable on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is underway conducting Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) and flight deck certifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob G. Kaucher/Released)
San Diego, Calif. - Recruits of Company L, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, dive into a pool for an approximately 25-meter assessment swim aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Feb. 11. The 25-meter swim was done before any exercises were conducted to ensure weaker swimmers received extra time to better their swimming skills. Photo By: Cpl. Walter D. Marino II
San Diego, Calif. - Recruits of Company C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, pull themselves up the rope at the end of the obstacle course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Jan. 3. The exhausted recruits are forced to climb a rope after going through the course twice, which focuses on building upper-body strength. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane
A Port Security Unit 309 boat crew conducts tactical boat crew training during a pre-deployment exercise at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.
SAN DIEGO U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto's crew get underway from Naval Base San Diego after replacing both of the cutter's main diesel engines, Dec. 3, 2012. Engineers from Sector San Diego assisted the Edisto's crew with the project that took 24 days to complete. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy.
Camp Pendleton, Ca - Marine veteran Cpl. Casey Owens takes aims at a target during a preliminary archery shoot on the second training day of the 2013 Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 27. The Marines with Wounded Warrior Regiment competed in seven sports, including archery, cycling and basketball for a chance to win gold at the 2013 Marine Corps Trials and a chance to participate in the 2013 Warrior Games in May. Owens, 31, is from Aspen, Colo. The Trials took place March 1-6. Photo By: Cpl. Joshua Young
Camp Pendleton, Ca - Marines and veterans with Wounded Warrior Regiment conducted wheelchair basketball practice on the third training day of the 2013 Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 28. The Marines and veterans competed in seven sports including sitting volleyball, swimming, cycling, shooting, archery, wheelchair basketball and track and field events for a chance to win gold at the 2013 Marine Corps Trials and participate in the 2013 Warrior Games in May. The Trials ran March 1-6. Photo By: Cpl. Joshua Young
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Some Tuskegee Airmen react to a new Interstate 15 sign dedicating a portion of the California highway to the Airmen in a ceremony at the Officers' Club here, Feb. 22. The unveiling followed a morning colors ceremony in honor of the first African-American military pilots. Photo By: Cpl. Melissa Wenger
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 flies over mountainous terrain during division-form training and confined-area landings north of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Feb. 14. This training enables the squadron to transport combat-loaded Marines and equipment into small landing zones or difficult flight situations.. Photo By: Cpl. Melissa Wenger
A formation of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 421st Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, depart the snow-laden state en route to San Diego, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Ben Bloker)
Camp Pendleton, Calif. - Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, left, presented Gunnery Sgt. Andy Darnell Jr., right, with the Armed Services YMCA's 2012 military volunteer of the year award, during the 69th annual Board Installation and Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Jan. 18, for over 100 hours of volunteering with the organization. Coglianese is the base commanding general of Camp Pendleton and regional authority of five Marine Corps bases in the Southwestern United States and Darnell is from 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. Photo By: Cpl. Christopher Duncan
SAN DIEGO (March 1, 2013) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) departs San Diego Bay for a deployment to the Asia-Pacific region. Freedom will demonstrate her operational capabilities and allow the Navy to evaluate crew rotation and maintenance plans. LCS platforms are designed to employ modular mission packages that can be configured for three separate purposes: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare or mine countermeasures. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christine Walker-Singh/Released)
SAN DIEGO (March 3, 2013) Marines parade the colors during the christening ceremony of the Mobile Landing Platform USNS Monford Point (T-MLP 1) in San Diego. Monford Point is the first ship of its class and will serve as a floating base for amphibious operations and operate as a transfer point between large ships and small landing craft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Benjamin Crossley/Released)
Recruits perform curls with their group during log drills aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Dec. 18. Recruits learned the importance of teamwork during this event as they worked to move a log weighing more than 250 pounds. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane
LCPL D.J. Hogan, son of Jim and Carla Hogan the founders of Socks for Heroes, name is on at least 5 Memorials to casualties on the War on Terror. It is on the 1st Marine Division Memorials at Pendleton, the Memorial at Northwood in Irvine, the "Walk of Heroes" in Yorba Linda, the Wall at the Marine Corps Memorial in San Francisco, along with the plaque at the Barracks that carries his name at Pendleton. The picture of the memorial was built by the Marines of 1/5 at the Forward Operating Base (FOB) during their deployment in 2009-2010. It is done in plywood, with the Battalion Logo, the names of the 4 Marines killed during LCPL D.J. Hogan's deployment and the dates of their deaths. Below the names is a quote from Abraham Lincoln "That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause to which they gave the last full measure of devotion."