Margaret Jataine, left, gives Marine Sgt. Ricky Hernandez of Floresville, Texas, a kiss on the cheek after Hernandez presented her with a teddy bear, flag and certificate from him and his fellow Marines in the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division on Feb. 16 in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Michael Zamora / Corpus Christi Caller-Times via A)
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A South Texas Marine has made a surprise thank-you visit to a produce company owner who sent care packages to him and his fellow troops overseas.
Sgt. Ricky Hernandez wore his dress blues Saturday to meet Margaret Jataine, who owns Corpus Christi Produce Co. Inc.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times http://www.caller.com/news/2013/feb/17/produce-matriarch-meets-her-marine/">reports Jataine sent the tank crew commander and his team about 20 boxes of food and other comfort items.
She first saw a photo of the Marine serving in Afghanistan on Facebook. Jataine connected with the Marine's mother-in-law — a vegetable supply woman from nearby Floresville.
Henandez has served two tours in Iraq and returned last month from Afghanistan. He's stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and was visiting at home before heading to master gunner school.