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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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Dear Dana and family, 

Good evening from where I am currently at! As a deployed sailor from LHD-2 USS Essex I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you have given us by making these pillow cases. The fact that we are gifted such a personal creation means a  lot to us. We can all relate to the family member who gives us personal creations like this at holidays and these pillow cases really bring back the “Home” feeling. So again, thank you for what you’ve done! 

A little about us. 

We are V-3 division, which is for Aviation Boatswains Mates Handlers. Our job is to respond to aviation fires, move aircraft for storage, and maintain all flight deck operations. We work around the clock to maintain our primary mission of supporting marines! Our boat is a LHD class ship, which happens to be home for sailors and marines. We work cohesively together to tackle any mission from humanitarian aid to beach assaults. We can do it all! We also really appreciate your son’s service aboard CVN 68 USS Nimitz. I’m sure your son, being from a carrier, knows exactly what air department is all about.   

All in all, thank you. That is not only from me but from the entire division. Those pillow cases were grabbed up so quickly we couldn’t even pick a pattern! We all love them and continue to talk about how much more comfy the pillows are now with some real fabric on them! 

Very Respectfully,  ABH3 Rxxxxx


Good afternoon, 

I just want to take the time and say thank you for the beautiful pillow cases we received from Head at Ease. It is nice to know that you all took the time to give the crew a little something from home and make them know that their sacrifice from leaving their families and love ones is not forgotten. Once again thank you. My pillow case was made by Susan S, thank you Susan. 

V/r  ATC  Jorge

from Susan S in OH (there are 2 Susan S who sew for HAE)

Good morning Virginia,

My name is Maritza, I am serving onboard USS Essex, we are currently on deployment and the reason of my email is to thank you all ladies for the pillow cases. We love to go to bed and see the pillow cases gives us a little bit of a feeling that we are home. Thank you for taking the time to make them, we love them because they make us feel special and love. 

Thank you and God bless you all.

Respectfully,  ENC(SW) Maritza  N4 Material/Maintenance  Amphibious Squadron THREE

Thank you Sue!

We just received wave #2 last week in the mail and are beginning distribution 
today - mainly in Marine Berthing spaces, 1 per Marine!
So far, so good.  Very much appreciated!  Have a Blessed week,

Very Respectfully,
Chaplain Kelvington,

from an Essex mom who donated some fabric to Virginia in TX.  I was able to get those 2 connected since they don't live that far apart.  It is a small world sometimes:

Comment by Vickie360 on July 4, 2015 at 10:36pm

My son received his and loves the fact that it has snowflakes!! It is so hot on the ship!

Wave 4 for the Essex started on Saturday and will go thru the 31st!  I want to finish this ship this week,

as I head back to work on Saturday actually (that is a training)!  If you have any pcs made and can mail this week, please let me know.

 Looking ahead, we will be doing the  USS Rushmore at the end of August.  This ship is traveling with the Essex and carrying the 15th MEU as well.
On another note, my 90 year old dad is in a rehab place trying to get stronger
to go home.  I am asking people to mail him a card for a blitz!  He will be there until
mid August.  If you are interested please contact me for  the address.
Please tell him that you are part of Heads at Ease.  My dad is a Navy veteran, serving in
WW2.  Thanks so much!

time to catch up on Notes.  If you recognize this pillowcase please let me know.  He didn't have a name to go with it.

To whom it may concern: 

I just wanted to take the time out of my day to Thank You so much for the pillowcase that was sent to my ship. My name is LS2 Dxxxx and I serve in the NAVY onboard the USS ESSEX. Your kind gift on my long journey away from my friends and family really means a lot to me. I appreciate the time and effort put in to make this special pillow case. Can you please thank the person responsible for hand crafting my pillowcase, it is beautiful (its red, with a pretty flower trim). From all the military member that have received the pillowcases, I would like to Thank You for reminding us that we are not forgotten and the Lord is watching over. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and God Bless You.   

V/R  LS2 Dxxxxxxxxxx  USS ESSEX LHD-2

Does anyone have the address for the Rushmore, I have PC's to send but can't find this.

Hi Mommamac,

I am the one who sends out the address.  Glad that you emailed me!    Thanks!  

The USS Rushmore is finished and we have begun the USS Anchorage.  If you have pcs made please let me know.


I have some pcs but I'm leaving for Florida tomorrow and won't be back until Oct. 7th. So if there is a later mailing wave, keep me in mind


Wave 2 is complete for the Anchorage.  Wave 3 begins next Thursday. We need about 250 more so if you have some made please let me know.


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