More than 200 people wrote the crew of SHILOH to express their appreciation for their sacrifice and service. The Shiloh, named after the pivotal Civil War battle that has been memorialized into a national park, is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations since 2006.
Visitors wrote to the Shiloh pouring out their hearts in appreciation. It was the most meaningful way for them to thank the Sailors for their sacrifice.
“Thank you for keeping the American people safe and free,” said the Harrison family, from Murfreesboro, Tenn. “Our family owes a debt so great, that we can scarcely begin to repay it. And “thanks just isn’t enough. Nevertheless, we do thank you and lift you all up in prayer, God bless you all.”
“Thank for all you do to help keep the world safe and running! Your service is not unnoticed,” said Evelyn and Janice Brazzle from McEwen, Tenn.
A “fellow vet” wrote, “As an Air Force veteran SAC (Strategic Air Command) of the Vietnam era I salute all courageous service members. Thank you for your service.”
The families who visited the National Park used the letters to give recognition to the service of those who have given up so much in the name of freedom.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Walston, of Rancho, New Mexico, said, “This little reminder is something we as service members appreciate, with our busy schedules of work and deployments. We often forget to appreciate ourselves for what we accomplish day in and day out.”
The Shiloh crew is thankful for all of the heartfelt words sent to them from home during this holiday season and hopes to continue receiving letters for years to come.
Shiloh is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.