When my son returned from his Afghanistan deployment in late July he had not seen the below video yet and was super excited. He knew some of the Marines in the video via his job in Air Wing support at Camp Bastion, but this was filmed in Kandahar before the squadron moved to the larger, more secure, base. It wasn’t until he returned home he learned about about the video.
This version below is especially poignant now. They are part of the 3rd Marine air Wing‘s Marine Aircraft Group 13 out of Yuma AZ, the same ones who recently was attacked September 14, 2012 where two of their Marines were killed. I heard first the news on Facebook where I’m friends with a number of Marine Moms who have sons stationed at Yuma, or connected to the Harriers, posted the news on Friday and I slightly freaked out thinking it could have been my son if he was there. I can’t help but think of the Marines and their families as they waited for news from their sons and husbands.
As my son said, this is what we do Mom, other Marine bases get a “..whole lot more IDF’s” (indirect fire) it’s our job. So as a good Marine Mom, I go on and want to remember the young men and women as they took time out for this very fun video. I think they would want their families to remember them this way, with a smile on their face, taking a break from the seriousness of their jobs.
Now for a version the Marines REALLY like to watch. Before you watch it, here’s a little bit of background. For obvious, logistics and otherwise, most Marines and soldiers don’t have internet access and they rely on other forms of electronic entertainment. For example, my sons group had an electronic library of specific downloaded YouTube videos.
Many times a day this particular Call Me Maybe video by the Miami Dolphin cheerleaders was watched, he had it memorized and knew what cheerleader came on at what time. The look on his face when he talked about this song at the dinner table was priceless. Can you just guess why it’s popular with a bunch of testosterone filled young men, in the middle of a desert, in Afghanistan?
Hey, the stress over there is hard enough, 12 hour+ days, seven days a week. Whatever can take their mind off insurgents for a little while is fine with me.
- Two Marines killed in Afghanistan from Yuma (yumasun.com)
- Attack on Afghan base kills 2 Marines (cnn.com)
- The Taliban Attack On Camp Bastion Sends An Unmistakable Signal (businessinsider.com)
- 2 Marines killed in attack on base in Afghanistan (foxnews.com)
- ‘Well coordinated’ Camp Leatherneck attackers wore US uniforms (twitchy.com)
- Two Marines Killed at Afghan Base, Prince Harry Safe (newsy.com)
- Marines Sing ‘Call Me Maybe’ (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)