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Old 04-24-2012, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Rahway N.J
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Just Stay
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. Stay.
**************
WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A
TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.


WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE.


PLEASE PASS THIS ONE ON AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU!

THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DO ANYWAY. RIGHT ?
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND BLESS SOMEONE ELSE IN SOME LITTLE WAY TODAY!
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Between Heaven And Hell.
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I’m all choked up after reading that. Great story, yes, probably true.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Great Story!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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Wow, couldn't hold back the tears!
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:43 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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His son was there thru the Marine at his bedside. As a Vet I also choked at the end of the story.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Rahway N.J
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His son was there thru the Marine at his bedside. As a Vet I also choked at the end of the story.
i was thinking the same thing
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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I don't know about the veracity of that story, but this was on the local news here recently.

Garrett Carnes, Wounded Warrior, Finds Mystery Marine Who Gave Him Heartfelt Embrace (VIDEO)
Mooresville crowd welcomes wounded Marine | CharlotteObserver.com & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper

edit:

Check this out as well, though I believe it may have been posted in the past:

The Long Salute | Marines Magazine

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:47 PM
 
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If it is not true.... it should be..........
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Awesome story. And I can see it being true. Military service is a unique bond, that transcends race, and generation. Put two veterans in a room, who have never met each other, and by the end of the hour, most of the time it is like seeing two men who have known each other for years. I see it every day.
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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Awesome story. And I can see it being true. Military service is a unique bond, that transcends race, and generation. Put two veterans in a room, who have never met each other, and by the end of the hour, most of the time it is like seeing two men who have known each other for years. I see it every day.
True. It's a special bond.
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