A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.
Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he… dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.
The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.
Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.
Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.
Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her, “Who was that man?” he asked.
The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.
“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”
“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”
“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed. I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name? “
The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, “Mr. William Grey………”
The next time someone needs you … just be there.
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Meet Kate and Rich isn’t this the cutest photo ever!!! She’s in the Air Force and he’s a marine. I’m so happy she’s back home again. I love my family!
Holy shit balls I am so sick of seeing a million and ten posts from girlfiends and wives of military personel about how CQ and staff duty and deployments suck and shit like that.. And how life is so hard for you and all this other bullshit, ESPECIALLY on fucking tags like #army #cq #staff duty #military shit like that - those are our mothe fucking tags get out of here man! You don’t see husbands and boyfriends being crazy retarded about their girlfriends and wives being in the military!! Gahd you all are annoying.
Sorry for the rant but damn these people are obnoxious as shit.
This will be us one day… I’m gonna miss my baby when he leaves. Good luck sal! <3 US Marine Corps will have one of the best troops pretty soon (:
This is amazing, skip to 4:00 to get to it
marine corps drill instructor picture was submit to me today :)
A Marine with one of the kittens he and his unit rescued in Afghanistan
My best friend left for bootcamp today…. I havent stopped crying and this was 8 hours ago…. The last thing he told me was that I’ll always be his little stinker… He couldn’t have treated me any better like his little sister, I’m so grateful and proud of him, it takes a lot to do what he’s doing. Going into the Marines isn’t easy…. I’ll love him now and I’ll love him forever.
He’s packed and ready to go he leaves for MCT won’t see Anthony for another 4 months. Love ya Marine.