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MY SON LEFT FOR PARRIS ISLAND ON 6\13\11

Posted By: JAMI SMITH 07-02-11

 
MY SON LEFT FOR PI ON JUNE 13TH, 2011. I MISS HIM SO BAD. I HAVE RECEIVED 4 LETTERS FROM HIM SO FAR. IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO GET LETTERS FROM HIM, BUT IT ALSO MAKES ME MISS HIM EVEN MORE! THIS IS JUST SO HARD, I CAN NOT EVEN IMAGINE HOW HARD IT IS GOING TO BE WHEN HE LEAVES THE FIRST TIME AFTER BOOTCAMP. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO'S CHILD IS AT PARRIS ISLAND NOW.

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Lakeeta Voss Davis Avatar

Mother

Hi! I understand your frustrations. My son is there right now as well. Left the MEPS center in Nashville on 6/13. What platoon is he in? My son is in 1067 Bravo Company.

Posted by: Lakeeta Voss Davis on 07/10/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR POST, IT IS WONDERFUL TO HEAR FROM ANOTHER MOTHER. MY SON IS IN 1064 BRAVO CO. I RECEIVED MY 7TH LETTER FROM HIM TODAY. HE SEEMS TO BE DOING WELL BUT I CAN TELL HE IS VERY HOMESICK. HAVE YOU HEARD FROM YOUR CHILD YET? I KNOW THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME TO WRITE. I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW HARD THIS IS FOR THESE KIDS! I AM SO VERY PROUD OF CALEB BUT ON THE SAME HAND I MISS SO BAD I CAN NOT STAND IT. WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD BE DOING AFTER BOOT CAMP, WHAT TYPE OF JOB DID HE SIGN UP TO DO? AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST. I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR CHILD AND I WILL ALSO PRAY VERY HARD FOR YOU BECAUSE THIS IS SO TOUGH ON US MOTHERS!

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/11/2011

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Lakeeta Voss Davis Avatar

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He has written more than I thought he would. He has said that he is doing fine but he loves the everything Military. All this came out in 8th grade when he informed me he would be signing up for ROTC in 9th grade. It was a shocker. But we've been dealing with this ever since. I went from panic to pride in 4 years deciding that I should support him in the decision he has made - a very valiant one. I worried the first few weeks that he was regretting it. But the first letters came with a very positive outlook, not at all what the recruiter said would happen. He says he is enjoying himself. He also shipped with a buddy and they vowed to keep each other positive. Seems to be working. Thanks for the prayers, we will return the favor. I think that your son will improve as they get closer to graduating. You might ask him if he is allowed to receive photographs and send him pictures from home. Also, any hometown or national news. I talk about the weather and the garden in my letters too. I read that they like to feel like they are keeping up with things at home because they are so disconnected from the real world. Stay positive, they are eating well and being well taken care of.

Posted by: Lakeeta Voss Davis on 07/12/2011

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Lakeeta Voss Davis Avatar

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I forgot to mention the type of job he will do. He's going into the Reserves while he goes to college. Then will join full up after gradution. He goes to Ft. Leonard Wood 10 days after graduation for MOS school. I'm not sure what it's called but he'll be driving big trucks. What is your son going to do?

Posted by: Lakeeta Voss Davis on 07/12/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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MY SON IS A LOT LIKE YOURS, HE HAS LOVED EVERYTHING MILITARY SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE BOY SO I SUCH HAVE BEEN PREPARED FOR THIS. IN MY MIND I ALWAYS THOUGHT HE WOULD GO TO THE CITUDAL AND AFTER 4 YEARS THERE HE WOULD HAVE ENOUGH MILITARY BUT IN THE 10TH GRADE HE DECIDED THAT HE WAS GOING INTO THE MARINES, AT FIRST I WOULDN'T EVEN TALK TO HIM ABOUT IT BUT I REALIZED THAT I HAD TO SUPPORT HIM. I THINK HE' S REALLY HAPPY WITH HIS DECISION. I KNOW THAT BOOT CAMP IS SO SO HARD AND HE IS HOME SICK BUT THIS LETTERS HAVE BEEN VERY POSITIVE SO THAT MAKES ME FEEL BETTER. I AM HAPPY TO HEAR YOUR SON IS GOING TO COLLEGE AFTER THIS, MINE IS NOT, HE WILL BE DEPORTED SOON AFTER INFINITY SCHOOL.
I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU WRITING TO ME. IT IS REALLY NICE TO TALK WITH SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS.

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/14/2011

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corban Dale Avatar

Former Marine

I know a mom grandmom and granddad with a recruit there that left about the same time .I make it a point to get them all to this website.

Posted by: corban Dale on 07/11/2011

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corban Dale Avatar

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wow the recuit I know and his family hes in1 rctb plt 1065 so your son is in the same series . they should graduate the same day letter says sept 9 2011

Posted by: corban Dale on 07/11/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST, IT IS SO NICE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND! MY SON IS IN BRAVO COMPANY 1064, HE WILL GRADUATE ON THE 9TH AS WELL. I RECEIVED MY 7TH LETTER FROM TODAY, HE IS VERY HOMESICK BUT SEEMS TO BE DOING WELL. I WILL PRAY FOR THE RECUIT AND FAMILY YOU POSTED ABOUT. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR POST!

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/11/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR POST, IT IS SO NICE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND! MY SON IS IN BRAVO COMPANY 1064, HE WILL GRADUATE ON THE 9TH AS WELL. I RECEIVED MY 7TH LETTER FROM TODAY, HE IS VERY HOMESICK BUT SEEMS TO BE DOING WELL. I WILL PRAY FOR THE RECUIT AND FAMILY YOU POSTED ABOUT. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR POST!

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/11/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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I RECEIVED MY 7TH LETTER FROM MY SON TODAY! IT IS SO EXCITING TO OPEN THE MAIL BOX AND FIND A LETTER FROM HIM. HE SAYS HE IS DOING WELL BUT HE IS VERY HOMESICK. HE SAYS THE FOOD IS GOOD, THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR ALL US MOTHERS OUT THERE THAT WORRY OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT GETTING ENOUGH FOOD!
I APPRECIATE THE PEOPLE THAT POSTED A COMMENT, IT IS SO NICE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTAND THIS. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.
I WILL KEEP EVERYONE'S FUTURE MARINE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AS !!!
THANK YOU.
JULY 12, 2011

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/11/2011

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Diana  Thompson Avatar

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My son left for Parris Island on 6/13/11 and I miss him really bad also. We have gotten several letters from him and his girlfriend and I switch up letters so we get to read twice as many as we would have alone. This is one of the hardest things to have to go through is having your child leave. He is my oldest son but I have 3 more kids at home but it doesn't make it hurt any less. What Bn, plt and co is he in?

Posted by: Diana Thompson on 07/13/2011

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Diana  Thompson Avatar

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My son is also in plt 1067! I am glad to see someone else on here who's son is in the same plt as mine. He said he was sick but is feeling better now and had cellulitis but it is getting better also.

Posted by: Diana Thompson on 07/13/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR POST! YOU AND I ARE FEELING THE SAME WAY, I AM SO VERY PROUD OF MY SON BUT IT IS SO HARD. I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO TALK TO HIM FOR JUST 5 MINUTES. HE HAS BEEN GONE A MONTH AND I AM STILL CALLING HIS NAME AT DINNER TIME OR CALLING HIM DOWN TO TAKE OUT THE TRASH. I EVEN COOKED A BAKED POTATO FOR HIM THE OTHER NIGHT, I COOKED 4 LIKE I ALWAYS DO. WHEN I REALIZED WHAT I HAD DONE, I CRYED UNTIL I COULDN'T EAT MYSELF. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW HARD THIS IS.
WHAT PLATOON IS YOUR SON IN? CALEB IS IN 1064.
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR POST. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU AGAIN.

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/14/2011

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Keryl Cruickshank Avatar

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Diana, My son is also in Plt 1067 at Parris Island and is scheduled to graduate in 2 weeks! I can't wait to see him! It has been pretty incredible to hear how much he has changed through his letters. He had a few illnesses, including one trip to the ER, but he sounds strong, healthy, and proud. I just can't wait to see him!! My son is 1st BN, CO B, how about yours?

Posted by: Keryl Cruickshank on 08/27/2011

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Pam zelkovsky Avatar

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My son is on parris island now
me left on july 11th 2011
Im feeling the same way
ITS TO HARD
I CANT STOP CRYING AND NOW ONE UNDERSTANDS HOW HARD IT IS TO
GO ON WITH YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE THINKING ABOUT THE PAIN IN YOUR HEART

DONT GET ME WRONG I AM SO PROUD OF MY SON BUT NO ONE TELLS YOU HOW HARD ITS GOING TO BE

Posted by: Pam zelkovsky on 07/14/2011

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JAMI SMITH Avatar

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MY SON ASKED ME TO SEND HIM SOME GRANOLA BARS. HAS ANYONE SENT THEIR CHILD ANYTHING LIKE THAT? IN THE FORM LETTER WE RECEIVED IT SAID WE COULD SEND POWER BARS SO I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS OK TO SEND GRANOLA BARS OR NOT. IT SAID I HAD TO SEND ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE SO THAT IS 85. I AM HOPING I CAN GET BY WITH THE GRANOLA BARS BECAUSE I CHECKED AT COSTCO AND THE POWER BARS COST A LOT MORE. CAN ANYONE ANSWER THIS FOR ME? I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO SEND THEM NO MATTER THE PRICE BUT IF I CAN GET GRANOLA BARS INSTEAD OF POWER BARS I CAN SEND THEM A LOT MORE.

Posted by: JAMI SMITH on 07/14/2011

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Lakeeta Voss Davis Avatar

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I would probably just stick to the power bars and cough drops. The letter says no other edible items. I ordered some Clif bars from AMAZON.COM and got them shipped free. It says it takes 5-9 days for the free shipping option but they shipped 2 days after I ordered. This is so much cheaper than purchasing then paying to ship - and easier too.

Posted by: Lakeeta Voss Davis on 07/18/2011

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Pam zelkovsky Avatar

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i know how you feel
i cant stop crying and sitting in his room
ive taken out old videos and pictures and sat and cried
People keep tell me it will get easier but i dont think so
I havent gotten any letters yet
they say it takes a while
my son left on monday 7/11/11
how long did it take to get a letter??

Posted by: Pam zelkovsky on 07/15/2011

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Lakeeta Voss Davis Avatar

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God love you. My heart goes out to you. I hope everything does get better real soon. I recieved my form letter with his mailing address 11 days after he left. 5 days after that I received the first letter. I've heard it takes longer for some. Probably depends on how much time they have. Some days they work so hard I'm sure they get to bed ASAP. Hang in there!

Posted by: Lakeeta Voss Davis on 07/18/2011

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Liz Fruzzetti Avatar

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My son, Mike left on July 18th ( Parris Island) I have posted earlier but wanted to update . His info : 2nd RTBN plt 2085. I have recieved 4 letters, so far. I was heart broken when ( todays ) letter stated that he hasn't recieved any of our letter's yet . I wanted to post this, to see if anyone eles has experienced this ??? I would love to connect with anyone who's son is in Mike's Plt. It is heartwarming to see all the Mom's out there who care soooo deeply for their son's . There is a special bond between Mother and Son that is unbreakable ! Liz soon to be ... Marine Mom Liz !!!

Posted by: Liz Fruzzetti on 08/01/2011

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