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    Good thread. Great story. I was holding my brother's hand when he died. He was 44 yrs old so he lived some life and some would say he lived it fairly fast. He was a veteran. About 10 yrs after he died a boy called me asking to speak to "Brad". He was Kevin to me but I knew it was someone he met after he changed high schools. This "boy" had been in the army with Kevin and wanted to express his gratitude for my brother's guidance, friendship and help back then. I had to tell him Kevin was gone. Still miss my little brother.
     
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      Sorry for your losses deuce and coach. I can't imagine how tough that was and still must be.
       
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          Those kill me. I have an 8 year old and 1 year old boy. My biggest fear in life is something happening to me and them growing up without their father. They would have amazing men in their life to guide them (grandparents, uncles, family friends), but it's not the same. Those that sacrificed while knowing what could be left behind have my upmost respect.
           
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            One of the most difficult things for us to do was to write a will and appoint a guardian for our children if something catastrophic happened. We have wonderful family members that would step in but it just wouldn't be the same. It took us years to do it but it did finally give us peace of mind to have it done.
             
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              I spent 2 1/2 years on a ceremonial squad as an additional duty. I went kicking and screaming as nearly all details were at night or on weekends. We presented the colors at ballgames, civic activities, etc. We donned dress blues and traveled in school buses with no A/C. The reward was the groups always gave us plenty to drink and we got laid a few times.
              Then I moved over to the funeral detail....either as pallbearer or rifle detail doing 21 gun salutes. Did one where we presented a flag to the oldest son who might have been all of 8 years old. All of us tough Marines had tears streaming down our face and fought hard not to lose it altogether as taps played and that child struggled to be the “man of the house”. A Marine funeral is as solemn as it gets and often very emotional.

              I buried many Marines and it was the honor of my life.
               
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                Semper Fi !
                 
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                  Thank you for all that you've done for this country and for those families of the Marines that were lost.
                   
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                    that was me, Ginger. I had it done and in the clear. Then my dumasss had two more kids.........well, at least it makes me more health conscience and active to hang around much longer...........
                    I few years ago a student of mine that had to be the adult at the funeral. He may have been 12. His dad died from long drug abuse. Mom was the same. I never saw anything more impressive than Saul up there by the casket consoling people and letting them talk about his dad. He is my son's best friend. Thankfully his grandmother stepped in long ago to raise him and his two younger brothers. Thank you for your service as always.
                     
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                        The most-deserved belt in history was given to Bridger Walker the little boy who saved his little sister from a German shepherd dog. He had 90 stitches all over his body, but saved his three-year-old sister from certain death. And had stated ′′ If anyone has to die, it's me, I'm the big brother." The World Boxing Council (WBC) recognized him as a full-time world champion. He has the official WBC historical record, of being the best fighter in the world for one day.

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                          So very sorry to hear that you lost your son. I can't think of any worst heartache than losing a son or daughter.
                           
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                              Something I wrote two years ago for FB:

                              Two years ago on this day one of my best friends left this earth. We talked almost everyday on the phone. I would take the kids to see him every weekend in Branford after Kathy passed away. He always had time to listen to me and engage me in conversation about the gators or national politics. His journey in life began in 1930 as the youngest child of Fred and Ernie Acree. He was a walking encyclopedia of family information. Not a week goes by when I really need to talk to him or ask him about somebody or better yet tell him about someone we knew. He taught me so much and I always knew he had my back and loved me unconditionally. It is the least a father can do for his child. You could learn more fishing with him than in any classroom you ever sat in. Mike, Kevin and I were so fortunate to have him. Friends called him Stu, or Stuart or even Stuff. We called him daddy until we had kids and then it was dad. Yesterday, I saw two darling little boys at the Dollar General with their father. They must have called him daddy a dozen times the few minutes I observed them. It took me back to my childhood. I was so lucky to have him as my daddy. I am not sad today. I am just recalling how lucky I was.
                               
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