November 17, 2006
Semper Fi, Marine
Jarhead Dad sent along this moving observation of how a fallen hero was brought home to Louisville Kentucky for the final time. It was written by Johnny Brooks, who I believe is an Army Colonel.
I had the priviledge tonight of observing how the USMC brings home their dead. The thought hit me that I have no idea, nor have I ever seen how our Soldiers are treated. I just hope we are at least as respectful.
The Marine Corps is the smallest Armed Force and the camaraderie among Marines is legendary. This young Marine, nameless to us, is known and held fiercely in the memories of those with whom he served. They will never forget him, will think of him often, for the rest of their lives. My son can name every 1/7 Marine who has been killed while fighting in Iraq. It's his extended family. I've met Marines who are tattooed with the names of their fallen brothers. It's a tangible symbol of that close bond - a lifetime link that is almost impossible for outsiders to understand.
On November 19, 2005, LCpl Tyler Troyer fell from a sniper's bullet in Karma, Iraq. The first anniversary of his death is Sunday - please think of him and his family on this anniversary. He was a very special young man, the best this country had to offer. He is missed dearly, not only by his blood family, but by the Marines of 2/2 who said goodbye to him and stayed to finish the fight. Semper Fidelis.
Posted by Deb at November 17, 2006 10:21 AM
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