The crew of our boat received a very thoughtful and heartfelt gift from Ireland Watterud, a Girl Scout from Columbus, North Dakota. With her own money she donated 300 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the crew of USS NORTH DAKOTA (SSN-784)! Here is the message to XO posted on You Tube with the photos.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to take this opportunity to share the story of Ireland Watterud, a Girl Scout from Columbus, ND. In her own words, please read the story of her patriotism and commitment to the crew of USS NORTH DAKOTA.
==================== Military Cookie Share Ireland Watterud Girl Scout Troop #1001
Ireland Watterud, a patriotic Girl Scout!
Girl Scout Troop #1001 of Columbus, North Dakota
Here is her letter to the crew:
My dad, mom, my brother, and I planned to go to the Commissioning of the USS North Dakota in May. It was moved to October and we were unable to attend.
While reading and hearing so much about the grand vessel the USS North Dakota my mom spoke to Chief of the Boat Tim Preabt and his wife (his wife and my mom graduated from the same school) and they helped me find out about who to contact and where to ship my cookies for my Military Share badge.
I decided to use my saved Quarters for Girl Scout Cookies in honor of my of my Grandpa John R. Conlin who served in the Navy during WWII from 1944-1946. My Grandpa John R. Conlin lives in Fargo, ND today with my Grandma, Mary. Both are in very good health and so grateful for the fine men aboard the USS NORTH DAKOTA today.
Thank you for protecting my freedom.
I hope they enjoy the Girl Scout Cookies from me.
In girl scouts we learn: On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.
Ireland Watterud Columbus ND USA ====================
She also wrote this letter to the crew:
The crew enjoyed the Girl Scout cookies!!
Here is what the XO wrote to Girl Scout Ireland Watterud:
Ireland, it is my pleasure to tell you the men of the NORTH DAKOTA enjoyed your cookies but were more impressed with your patriotism and selfless service.
Thank you again, LCDR Cameron Aljilani, Executive Officer
She submitted this drawing nicely setting forth the boat’s motto on its crest.
And she also enclosed this drawing from her sister.