Virtually everyone has heard of Flat Stanley, the children’s book favorite who has been photographed all over the world. He’s the star of the Flat Stanley Project, which was launched to teach children how to write letters to each other while they learn about geography.
Marines and soldiers who served in Marjah, Afghanistan, have their own version of sorts of Flat Stanley, I’ve learned. Key difference: instead of the lovable children’s favorite, they went with Stan Marsh, the foul-mouthed South Park character. Consider the following:
These photographs come to me by way of the troops who served at the Yellow Schoolhouse, a small Marine outpost I visited in spring 2010 while embedded with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. A source serving in the Yellow Schoolhouse at that time says he brought Stan downrange “as a stress-relief comic thing,” and it caught on. No surprise, considering the morale there was pretty good.
Many of those Marines and soldiers serving in Marjah at the time have since left the military, but it’s never too late to share a good joke with the rest of the world. They would have taken Kenny, I’m guessing, but somebody clearly already had killed him.