Marines and Sailors get into Halloween Spirit aboard Peleliu

31 Oct 2003 | Sgt. Mark P. Ledesma 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit

Marines and Sailors aboard the USS Peleliu got into the Halloween spirit  during a 5k Halloween Fun Run on the ship's flight deck during the Fighting 13th's transit through the Arabian Gulf Oct. 31.

Service members dressed up in costumes during the run to compete for the best costume and $25 prize.  At the sound of the ship's loud horn, participants began their 10 laps around the flight deck.

Although runners had to struggle against the wind, which blew against them, many were still able to enjoy the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the event, according to Todd R. DeJulius, fitness boss, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, USS Peleliu.

"A lot of people showed up and everyone seemed to have a good time," said DeJulius.

Many of the costume participants created their innovative costumes from materials they borrowed, found or brought on board.

Sgt. Jodi L. Dube, Air Combat Element embark chief, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (Reinforced), of North Haverhill, N.H., created her beer can costume from an extra sheet she brought along with her for the long deployment.

"Creating the costume gave me something to do at night," said Dube, who spent three nights designing and painting her costume.  "I wanted to participate in the Halloween festivity to keep myself from getting bored."

"You make the float," she said.  "If you want to make it fun it's up to you.  That's why I did this, to make the float enjoyable for me."

13th Marine Expeditionary Unit