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Last month, the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and the city, with the help of Boy Scout Sam Brown, shipped 100 large boxes to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines who are deployed to Afghanistan. Packages included food and toiletries, according to Wayne Eggleston of the Heritage of San Clemente Foundation.
The 2/4’s commanding officer Lt. Col. Bill Vivian responded with a letter of thanks from the Magnificent Bastards, the unit’s nickname. “Many, many thanks for all that you and San Clemente do for the Magnificent Bastards,” Vivian wrote. “It seems your support grows each day. We’re fortunate that the Spanish Village by the Sea adopted us.”
The groups plan to assist the city’s second adopted unit HMLA-367 at Camp Pendleton. Residents can donate an unwrapped gift of $10 or less by December 2 at the Chamber of Commerce 1100 N. El Camino Real, the Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville or City Hall at 100 Avenida Presidio.