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We are mailing to these ships which are carrying the 15th MEU.  

If you have any pillowcases made or can make some please let me know.  Thanks!

USS Essex

wave 1  6-11 thru 6-15    778   DONE

wave 2  6-25 thru 6-29    543   DONE

wave 3  7-11 thru 7-14    622   DONE

wave 4   7-25 thru 8-1     527   DONE

USS Rushmore

wave 1  8-12 thru 8-17   373   DONE

wave 2  8-26 thru 8-29    490  DONE

USS Anchorage

wave 1  9-10 thru 9-12    476  DONE

wave 2  9-25 thru 9-28     492  DONE

wave 3  10-8 thru 10-12   254  DONE

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Nancy W,

        My name is Norman and I am a LCPL in the Marine Corps. I am
currently on deployment and I have received this really nice pillow case. I
just wanted to say thank you for the pillow case and thank you for thinking
of us. It does get lonely out here sometimes and we love receiving gifts
from people back in the states. This made me smile and put me in a good mood
when I was handed this pillow case. Once again thank you for the gift

Lcpl Norman
ACE Hazmat Rep

No photos.  She didn't take any :(

To the wonderful people at Heads at Ease and the Polka Dottie Quilters,

Hello, my name is Scott.  I am a Major in the Marine Corps currently
deployed aboard the USS Essex.  I was lucky enough to have received one of
your wonderful pillowcases and I just wanted to say thanks!

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is deployed with the 15th Marine
Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and we are currently in the Middle East helping the
people of this region.

Polka Dottie Quilters...I got a GREAT pillowcase with toy, monster trucks
all over it.  It's wonderfully soft and definitely makes my bed (or "rack")
more comfortable.  Mary Lee, Andrea, Dottie, Vivian, Karen, Patty &
Brenda...thank you so much!!

Take care!   V/r,

Maj Scott AirOps, USS Essex (LHD-2)

Hi Barbara,

This is Derrick and I am on the USS Rushmore, I received your package with the pillowcases; I chose the pillowcase with the yellow daisies, very funny story behind it, but I really appreciate the pillowcase. I would like to thank-you dearly for your prayers and care while I am on deployment. We’re going to take a team photo with our pillowcases, I will send you a copy when it becomes available. Thank-you and take care. 

Respectfully and with Thanks, 

SN (SCW/SW) Derrick xxx Amphibious Construction Battalion 




I am LCDR Jill  a surgical nurse currently stationed onboard the USS ESSEX, deployed to the Middle East.  We recently received numerous packages filled with wonderful pillowcases from your organization!

What a delightful surprise to have opened all the boxes to see the wide array of colors and patterns with each pillowcase!  And even more encouraging and supporting was the amount of care, love and prayers sent along with these!

I wish I could send you pictures of the looks on the sailors' and marines' faces when they picked out their own personal pillowcase - there were countless smiles and numerous stories about why he or she picked the specific pillowcase - it may have brought back childhood memories, favorite characters, or, as in my case, my favorite flower (daisy).

I'm not certain if your organization is nation-wide, or a local group.  According to the slip of paper attached to my pillowcase (as with many others), it came from the Polka Dottie Quilters from Burlington, Washington - and was made by Mary Lee, Andrea, Dottie, Vivian, Karen, Patty, & Brenda.  Ladies, I want to send my most heartfelt THANK YOU to you all, for giving us each a little piece of home and love to get us through our deployment.

Respectfully, from a grateful sailor,

Jill LCDR/NC/USN  Perioperative Nurse,
Fleet Surgical Team 1

Love this note cause I sent the pc.  AND Jean was my boss and once she retired she started

sewing for HAE!

Heads at Ease,

Thank you for the awesome Arizona Cardinals pillowcase! It was sewn by Jean
from Tucson and is perfect! I'm an Arizona native, a University of
Arizona grad, and a Cardinals season ticket holder. This pillowcase will
take a little bit of the sting out from missing their games this year.
Thanks for all the service members who've got to enjoy these thoughtful

AEC(AW/SW/IDW) Matt USS Essex (LHD 2) Command FAP Representative

Work: 619-556-4768 x7450
Cell: 808-561-7792

What a cool job has!

Today I selected a very nice pillow case made by Sandy B (please
forgive me if I messed your name up) from dozens available to fellow crew
members here on the USS Essex. They all looked so very nice and everyone
was very happy to get something home-made from the USA. When I was on
active duty during the Viet Nam war, I was on a submarine and experienced
nothing like this at all.

Obviously, I'm no longer in the Navy, but took this job for one last
adventure and to serve our country once again.  My job is to keep all the
printers, copiers, scanners, and related equipment running.  The Essex is a
small city, and there are over 250 machines to take care of and supplied.
Printing is an important commodity... especially since carbon paper has
been out of date for dozens of years (that's what I used to type multiple
copies of radio messages).  I've integrated quite well with the crew, and
am glad I'm supporting them in a small way.

We're currently in the Persian Gulf where it's very warm.  It's nice to
have email as a way to stay in touch with home.

Thank you again Sandy.  I sincerely appreciate the effort.


Art Deployable Xerox Field Service Technician


My name is Chief Warrant Officer Manuel. I am currently serving aboard
the USS Essex out on deployment in the Middle East. I have received one your
custom pillow cases and would like to thank you and your group for this
gracious gift. It warms my heart to know that we are thought of by our
Country. I will cherish this gift and it will remain as part of the
mementoes I have collected throughout my Naval career. Please convey this
message to your entire group.


CWO4 Manuel
United States Navy

Hello! My name is SN Kayna and about  a month ago my ship got pillow cases from your organization.  A note and card was find in mine from a Carol C from Alexandria, PA. I just wanted to say thank you very much. We all loved the pillow case. It was very hard choosing just one.  Thanks for taking the time and god bless you all. 

SN Kayna

this came to me at the end of August!  To say that I am behind is an understatement!

I subscribe to a service online where I get email alerts anytime the Essex is mentioned in the news, and your story popped up! Here is the link: 
Another navy mom from the Essex posted this in one of our closed Facebook groups, I thought you'd appreciate the feedback: 
"A group called "Heads At Ease" just finished sending all of our sailors pillowcases that were made by different women across the country. They choose a ship and make sure they send one to every sailor. Then they start on the next ship. My son got one with snowflakes and said he needed to be reminded of snow!! LOL. It is so nice that there are groups out there that remember our sailors!!! Thank you "Heads at Ease!" I had some spare fabric I sent to them."
What a beautiful difference you make to our sons and daughters! 
Thank you! 

Carie Canterbury
Canon City Daily Record


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