To whom it may concern:
Last year my wife and I took our two daughters on our annual vacation to O.C. As always the fractured prune was a must. (If my memory serves me correct it was on 28th street) We walked in and were greeted with the normal cheer. After ordering we were looking at pictures on the wall and noticed pictures of some Soldiers deployed in Iraq that had sent some pictures with a frisbee from the shop. About that time the owner / manager (couldn’t tell you for sure) asked if I was in the Marines… of course I stood out like a sore thumb, clean shave, fresh haircut, and a wife with a Marine t-shirt on. We chatted for a few minutes, in the conversation I mentioned that we were on my pre-deployment leave, and I would be leaving for Iraq shortly. Just as soon as the conversation had started our order was ready. Needless to say, piping hot fractured prune Doughnuts and two anxious children are a bad combination. To occupy the kids the gentleman at the counter gave my daughters a few tattoo’s, two frisbees, and said don’t worry about the Doughnuts, they are on me. I thanked him and told him it wasn’t necessary, he politely said something to the effect of “you are serving our country, its the least I can do.” I told him that I would repay the favor.
I am currently in Iraq, going on 5 months now. Your frisbee now has its Iraqi campaign medal, sea-service deployment medal, and an Army achievement medal. It has completed over 60 combat patrols, 14 route clearances, and has been in Kuwait, the Dialya Province, Balad Air Base, and is currently in Camp Ramadi in the Al Anbar Province. I have kept it with me in my day-pack on every mission so far. I had promised the gentleman at the store pictures of his combat-frisbee. So I figured I would take the time to write and send some pictures. My wife and I are currently trying to plan a vacation to O.C. when I get back: #1 to relax and spend time with the family #2 eat at the fractured prune #3 to make sure the frisbee makes it home safe.
Thank you again for your hospitality over the years. You have always provided a good atmosphere and a flawless product. I have even considered opening up a shop myself after my time is up in the Marine Corps.
Sgt Fritz Kern, USMC
Camp Ramadi, Iraq