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SEMPER FI was the way my husband lived.

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Margaret Richendrfer February 6th, 2013

My husband of 22 yeara passed asway April 14, 2012. He was in the Corps from 54-75 and retired as a Mustang Captain. We were married in 1989 so I never knew about military life, just that he was an Officer and a Gentleman. In 2005 I started a project called TREASURED TROOPS making Helmet Liners for our military. I had 3 90 yr old women & 3 pre-teens! I passed out flyers and our Museum put a liner on display & gave out patterns. I received boxes of liners from Wyoming, Kentucky, NY and PA, as well as SC, where we lived.
My husband drove me to Camp LeJeune in Feb of 2006 with 164 Liners for an Engineering Unit leaving for Iraq in March. He always supported me in my efforts. In 2010 we gave Helmet Liner #1,000 to our grandson upon his graduation at Parris Island - he wanted to be a Marine like his Pop-Pop.
My group also made lap robes for VALUED VETERANS. We gave 36 blankets to disabled military in a Nursing Home here in SC. I am presently writing to Wounded Marines to see if they could use any items.
I was not born until after WWII and I always watched the movies and wished that we had something to do for the military like they did (paper drives, etc). So this is my way of saying THANK YOU to all Military Active, Retired or Deceased.


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Jason Van Steenwyk February 7th, 2013

Sorry for your loss, Margaret, but thank you for everything you do for servicemembers!


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Margaret Richendrfer February 8th, 2013

Thank you Jason. In 2002 we went cross-country and I got to stay at many bases along the way. From Miridian to Twenty-Nine Palms. I even went into the Pacific Ocean. But the best was when we went with the Mustangs to Parris Island and got off the bus with the DI yelling at us to put our feet on those yellow footprints. I've even been to see the Silent Drill Team at 8th & I. Everywhere we went I was made to feel welcome as the wife of a Marine. I only wish I could have been with him during those years. Our grandson is in Okinawa now and those are the reasons I will continue to do anything I can for our Troops.


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Margaret Richendrfer March 27th, 2013

I am currently working on crocheting lapghans (small afghans/blankets) for Veterans at the Dorn VA Center in Columbia, SC. Is anyone else doing something along those lines?


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Ernest Danks Sr July 19th, 2013

Margaret, how is you grandson doing?

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