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January 10, 2013

Making Afghanistan feel like home

City women send Marines care packages of sweets, squirt guns

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“She showed it to me on the bus, then sealed it in clear tape to protect it,” Harold Lloyd said. “The girl carries it with her in her backpack every day and won’t let anyone touch it.’’

On Dec. 21, Capt. Lloyd returned home for Christmas and presented Giangregorio and her mother with an encased American flag that was flown in their honor on March 8 of last year at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. An accompanying certificate included a note of thanks from the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. The presentation took place at Coppola Bus company.

“He said the packages were very much welcomed and that it made them feel like they’d received a little piece of home,” Giangregorio said. “When you get a package from home, it makes you feel like you’re just across town, at least for a little while.”

Capt. Lloyd III graduated from Pentucket Regional High School in 1997 and from Norwich University in 2001, where he majored in criminal justice. He serves in the Marine Corps as a pilot of C-130 Hercules aircraft and is currently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

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