Being in the military away from loved ones is a difficult challenge, and a long distance relationship can be especially hard to manage.
While he was stationed in Afghanistan, a U.S. Marine got a startling “Dear John” letter from his girlfriend that left him devastated.
The letter read:
I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated on you twice since you’ve been gone, and it’s not fair to either of us. I’m sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent to you.
Ouch, Becky. Cheating on your man while he’s away? That’s definitely not cool.
Ricky, understandably hurt by the letter, decided that a little retaliation was the best response and asked his fellow Marines to give him photos they had of sisters, wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, aunts, cousins, and any other women they knew for his plan.
He sent back Becky’s picture, along with 57 other photos, with this amazing response:
I’m so sorry, but I can’t quite remember who you are. Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me.
Take Care, Ricky”
Well played, Ricky. Well played.
If this sounds familiar to you, note that this is a fictional story from an episode of M*A*S*H, but we still think it’s the best response ever.
Readers of this story at various outlets were quick to point out the classic M*A*S*H prank, with one explaining: “Not original response. Same thing was done in a M*A*S*H* episode when US soldier got a ‘Dear John’ letter from his girlfriend while at the 4077th. Hawkeye and Hotlips gathered photos for the soldier to send to his ex back home.”
The site tvtropes.org further breaks down the details of the M*A*S*H episode explaining: “Doubling as a Heartwarming Moment, in a season 10 episode one of Hawkeye’s patients is depressed after getting a ‘Dear John’ Letter from his girl, including being asked to return his picture of her. Hawkeye, Margaret and BJ help cheer him up by collecting pictures of women from around the camp to send with a letter asking the corporal’s ex to pick her picture out from the bunch and send the rest back to him. Hawkeye’s patient adds the crown when he suggests to send the whole thing postage due.”
This prank also landed on Reddit, with one commenter noting: “A similar situation occurred, some 50 years ago, when one of my shipmates received a ‘Dear John’ letter from his girl. At first, he was devastated, but on the advice of the Petty Officer in charge of his Watch Section, he posted the letter on the bulletin board in our workspace. For the next week or so, we all made our contributions, by correcting her spelling, her grammar, her flaws in logic, obvious shortcomings in character, and the general sloppiness of her handwriting, etc. Then it was put into another envelope and mailed back to her.”