And now I’d like to take a short break from the ranting and raving in order to reflect for a while on the ones who’ve given their lives for my right to do so.

I can think of no better way to do so than to post this picture that LC Juandos submitted to a comment thread on this site. It is an “old” picture, meaning that it wasn’t taken yesterday, but it is a timeless one as well and, to me, it captures the ideas of grief, loss, pride, duty and honor perfectly.

Most of all, I can’t watch it without choking up.


Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. “I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,” she said. “I think that’s what he would have wanted.”

How did we come to deserve people like that?

UPDATE: In case you missed it in LC Beth, GLOR’s post in the comments, here’s a link to the full story. Just make sure you have the Kleenexes handy. I had a whole box and had to go get another.

42 Responses to “Rest In Peace, Proud Warrior”
  1. jaybear Comment by jaybear UNITED STATES

    The good Emperor sez:

    How did we come to deserve people like that?

    I don’t know…but I thank God every morning that we have them. And I never forget to shake their hand when I see them and let them know just how grateful I am for their sacrifices.

  2. LCJackboot Comment by LCJackboot UNITED STATES

    I’m not sure I’m deserving of the honor and sacrifice of these noble, silent heroes. One of our Lovelies of the Realm posted a link to the entire article from the Rocky Mountain News. I cried, stoppped and cried some more reading it, transfixed by the unwavering concept of Duty, Honor and Courage. I wanted to post on the original thread, but couldn’t pull it together to even start.

    God has truly blessed America, ensuring throughout our history that Men like this spring from our loins.

    Please tell me, Mr. Atheist, that man alone can rise to accept and pay this price for strangers, even those who disparage the very sacrifice he makes. The call from a Higher Power to motivate man, can be no more evident than in this simple photo.

    Rest well Marine, I didn’t have the chance to thank you here, but I pray for the chance to shake your hand when I too, am called home. I’ll see you at the gates, standing St. Peters post with a long line of your brethren from the past, present and future standing ever ready to watch over us eternally.

    “Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received, do; and the God of peace be with you. Amen.”

  3. Unregistered Comment by rarbolay GREECE

    How did we come to deserve people like that?

    We dont. We can only pray that one day we might.

  4. SoCalOilMan Comment by SoCalOilMan UNITED STATES

    This picture represents both her love for her husband and his dedication to what he believed, and her love for this country. It also represents the profound respect of our country for her, and her husband sacrifice.
    L.A. is huge city, and one would think that you would wee someone in uniform occasionaly, somewhere, but I don’t. If I saw you, I would shake your hand and thank you for your service. If you are out there, know that there are many of us wishing you all the best.

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  6. Xystus Comment by Xystus UNITED STATES

    I can only think of the link (”All four stanzas“, did it say?) to the Star-Spangled Banner’s lyrics that I seem to recall used to grace the Rott.

    “For thus be it ever, when free men shall stand….”

  7. Unregistered Comment by Tarquin UNITED KINGDOM

    I thought, forgive me, that I was viewing some kind of lefty, Liberal art installation protesting against further American involvement in the war. When I realised what I WAS seeing, I too became very upset. As an Englishman, I respect my brothers and sisters in the USA and commend them on their service to God, nation and democracy. God be with you all.

  8. Unregistered Comment by Infidel River Rat HONG KONG

    In Pace Requiestcat, fallen warrior.

  9. Nikki0414981 Comment by Nikki0414981 UNITED STATES

    I read this entire article some months ago and it just grabs you by the throat and tears you up. It really makes each soldiers death far more personal to you, whether you knew them or not.

    Something that needs to be brought out more and exposed are the lowlife scumbags that have been picketting soldiers funerals, claiming that God is killing soldiers because the US condones homosexuality. I normally try not to voice thoughts of “this person deserves to be shot” and so forth….but to think of these monsters intruding on private funerals such as the one described in the above picture and article just makes me madder than hell. They claim to be a Baptist Church….horse hockey. No true Baptist Church would condone such hateful activity. These people are free to do the unspeakable things they do because of soldiers like “Cat”, and to think that they gave their lives for these animals….well….sometimes I can’t help but feel that maybe it was a waste of a good life. “Cat” and all the other soldiers should be alive and well and these scumbags should be the ones laying 6 feet under. Here is a link to an article about them if anyone is interested.

  10. Unregistered Comment by LC Peter Bland UNITED STATES

    We as individuals may not deserve such people. That might be why I cannot afford one like him on retainer.

    We The People do deserve him, however. I don’t want to be a supercilious cunt, but it seems to me that it needs to be said again that people in the military do not join for a political cause, but rather for the bedrock of our republic.

    “I _____ swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America….

  11. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A. UNITED STATES

    Sire, and LCs:

    Second time I’ve posted this link, but I was a bit late to the comments section (had to find the link again) last time. As LCJackboot points out, it is so worth your time and trouble to read!!!

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/news/article/0,1299,DRMN_3_4224682,00.html

    For the story behind that poignant photo that Juandos (and now the Emperor) provided, please check this link; mostly pages 9-12, (however the whole article is a good one). It’s extremely moving, and provides some sense of this brave Marine whom we all lost, and how his brothers-in-arms do all they can for him, one final time.

    If you can still see after reading this, I don’t know how…
    How enormously lucky we are, to have MEN of such caliber. I’m repeating myself, but it cannot be said often enough.

  12. Unregistered Comment by LC & IB Hujonwi UNITED STATES

    I’m speachless

  13. LCBrendan Comment by LCBrendan AUSTRALIA

    One thing is certain..and though she will never hear this, gentle lady, be comforted…you have a far greater family than you ever have known…the Corps never forgets their own.

    Look behind you at the silent sentinels…they will remember you with honour and respect….where do we find them.

    We find them in the depths of grief in darkened halls
    Who stand near catafalques, rifles at rest
    Whose healing hands will touch, and keep you forever
    whose sacrifice and courage endure.

    Here we will find them, in the naves and the altars
    Who shed blood for our freedom, and those left behind
    are cherished forever,one hand in another
    No, you’re never alone.

    (Dammit…the tears wont stop…)

  14. Unregistered Comment by Sir Burstall UNITED STATES

    This shows the real love of the family. Not the mock one the Ms. Sheehan says she has for her son. I think her son would be embarressed by his mother.

  15. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    Note the following Pulitzer Prize winner: FEATURE WRITING: Jim Sheeler, Rocky Mountain News, Denver

    Sheeler won for “Final Salute,” a story about a Marine major who helps military families cope with the loss of their loved ones in Iraq.

    Sheeler chronicled the process of notifying and guiding families dealing with troops’ deaths in extraordinary detail and from multiple points of view.

    In one scene, he described how Marines given the grim task prepare “the same way they would if headed into battle. What if the parents aren’t home? What if they become aggressive? What if they break down? What if, what if, what if.”

  16. aaron Comment by aaron UNITED STATES

    wow. just wow.

  17. aaron Comment by aaron UNITED STATES

    link to page with original photo.

  18. LC & IB GuyS Comment by LC & IB GuyS UNITED STATES

    Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
    To all Marines, both night and day,
    The courage, honor, strength, and skill
    Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
    Be thou the shield forevermore
    From every peril to the Corps.

    In Pace Requiestcat,Marine.

  19. TPCrasher78 Comment by TPCrasher78 UNITED STATES

    I feel like crap for not achieving their selflessness, but feel great for their presence while it lasted and our ability to rise to what is better.

    God grant us the ability to live with what we cannot fix. But God grant us the desire to go for the highest goals you give us.

    God Bless our troops, and God Bless their families.

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  21. hOOt Gibson Comment by hOOt Gibson UNITED STATES

    “How did we come to deserve people like that”?

    Sad part is, we don’t deserve people like that…..just like when I hear folks say ‘GOD BLESS AMERICA’…. the way this country murders it’s unborn, allows itself to be overun by illegals and Islamic trash, we deserve neither the good people as described, or the blessings of our Lord and Savior.

    Call me whatever you wish, I love the United States the way it was formed and the purpose it was founded…..that country, sadly no longer exists.

    hOOt

  22. Unregistered Comment by Carrie UNITED STATES

    Oh..where to start?
    What a moving article to read. I was already in tears when I got to the part about LCPL. Kyle Burns. LCPL. Burns was a 1st LAR Marine. My husband commanded that unit from June 2003 to April 29, 2005. Charlie Company was originally scheduled to do a UDP (a deployment to Okinawa). They were picked up in Okinawa by a MEU out of Hawaii and pretty much dropped into Fallujah.
    A 7 month deployment became 10 months and two other Marines from 1st LAR lost their lives in that wretched place. I don’t know how many other servicemembers lost their lives in Fallujah but I was in the camp that said pave that damn place.

    I’ll be forwarding on this article to the Marine who commanded Charlie Company at that time. I have never seen this article before (I wish I had) and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t seen it either.
    My husband attended LCPL Burns’ funeral and said it was overwhelming the amount of support shown to the family by their community.

    Also, I know a dad from 2/2 (Lt. Cathey’s unit) and am forwarding this on to him. I believe he can give an update on Katherine and the baby.

    Last, I’m so glad that Major Beck was the CACO for both of those families. I don’t think I’ve ever met him but I hope I will someday. I’d like to shake his hand and tell him,”thank you”.

    Christ…is it too early for tequila?

  23. Unregistered Comment by ghamid UNITED STATES

    “But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

    A. Lincoln
    Gettysburg Address

  24. Unregistered Trackback by Presto Agitato UNITED STATES

    No Words…

    There is nothing I can possibly add to this….

  25. LCJackboot Comment by LCJackboot UNITED STATES

    ghamid- Thank You….Those words ring eternal within the spirit that we call America, applicable as well today as they were in 1863.

    Please allow me to finish them..

    that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Do we now stand at the cusp of this experiment called Freedom? Shall we perish from the earth with nary a whisper or do we stand and fight like those brave men? Think about it…51,000 casualties in 3 days how would our soft, cushy, head in the sand (or up their ass), whiny moonbats deal with THAT figure?

    Cut and run, surrender, impeach the Commander-in-Chief?

    I fear the answer, but how soon MUST we face the question?

  26. Unregistered Comment by tweell UNITED STATES

    I have no words, so borrow another’s…

    In Flanders Fields
    By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
    Canadian Army
    IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
    Between the crosses row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

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  28. jaybear Comment by jaybear UNITED STATES

    LCJackboot sez:

    Do we now stand at the cusp of this experiment called Freedom? Shall we perish from the earth with nary a whisper or do we stand and fight like those brave men? Think about it…51,000 casualties in 3 days how would our soft, cushy, head in the sand (or up their ass), whiny moonbats deal with THAT figure?

    Cut and run, surrender, impeach the Commander-in-Chief?

    First off, thank you Jackboot and Ghamid, thanks for quoting the Getysburg Address. It’s my favorite historical speech. truly inspiring.

    Hey Jack, During the Civil War there was a strong opposition to Lincoln and his handling of the war. Those in the opposition DID try to get an impeachment movement against him and failed…wanna know why?

    One reason was because Lincoln suppressed the most vocal of the dissidents by jailing them and treating them as the traitors that they were. He knew what the priorities of the Union were, and did not suffer fools who were blind to all but their own skewed agenda.

    Oh, that we could do the same to the michael moores and wolf blitzers and murthas who work so hard to see that we lose this war.

  29. Nikki0414981 Comment by Nikki0414981 UNITED STATES

    For those of you who watched President Reagan’s funeral, there was a song that was sung while his casket was being carried out of the cathedral. It was very haunting and beautiful and I did a search to find out the name of the song and who did it. I mananged to find this website that plays it when you load the page and also the words are printed, along with other poems, including the “In Flander’s Field” (which is what jogged my memory of it.) Listen to the song and follow the words. It gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes everytime.
    The title of the song is “Mansions of The Lord” and was featured in the movie “We were Soldiers”.

    To fallen soldiers let us sing
    Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
    Our broken brothers let us bring
    To the Mansions of the Lord

    No more bleeding, no more fight
    No prayers pleading through the night
    Just divine embrace, eternal light
    In the Mansions of the Lord

    Where no mothers cry and no children weep
    We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
    While through the ages safely keep
    The Mansions of the Lord

  30. Unregistered Comment by Gunny UNITED STATES

    Made me cry dammitall. Seriously, thanks for posting this, Misha. Semper Fidelis.

  31. Unregistered Comment by Carrie UNITED STATES

    I sent this to so many people after reading it.
    It’s gracefully written and when I finally got rid of the lump in my throat after reading the article, I viewed the slide show. Well, the lump is back.
    How sad but something else too. I am so proud to be a Marine wife (and Marine reservist Mom). The care, the love, the support, the tenderness with which the Buckley Marines take care of the families and the fallen. It takes your breath away. To them, it really IS a sacred duty.

    With all of the wonderful comments, I thought I’d take an opportunity and suggest something. Find the family of a deployed serviceman or woman in your area and mow their lawn/paint their fence/fix their shutters/etc. Somebody suggested that in an earlier thread as a way to make yourself feel better.
    Reservist families have it the worst. They seldom live near a military base and usually don’t know any other families in the unit. They’re usually not used to the military life and rarely have such a great support network as we spouses of active duty types do.
    Churches are a good resource. One group was always asking in our community if someone needed a lawn mowed or handyman work done.

  32. LC-IB-NeilV Comment by LC-IB-NeilV UNITED STATES

    Well ,
    I have had my tears for the day..
    Hard to put up with the MSM these days.
    As it is .
    I am going to have a stiff one and think about the great folks who serve in our military… We are blessed ..
    Thank you to all who have served… and your familys.

  33. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    The love I felt for that Marine standing guard…and the pregnant widow of another Marine………it chokes me up too…’nuff said.

  34. Unregistered Comment by CKO1986 UNITED STATES

    Marines,Army,Navy,Air Force,Coast Guard….every man and woman in uniform should be honored for their service.As the son of a former SAC computer programmer,I’d like nothing better than to drop off a memorial bouquet at that casket.

  35. Darth Bacon Comment by Darth Bacon UNITED STATES

    Man…

    For about the 2400th time, my heart is breaking.

    Not just for the loss of these fine heroes, but also with bittersweet pride that I come from the same place that they do.

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  37. Unregistered Comment by Tennessee Budd UNITED STATES

    We don’t deserve them. We can’t ever be worth that. I was one, plan to reenlist this fall, but I know I’m not worthy of that dedication & devotion to our country.
    God bless ‘em.

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  39. Unregistered Comment by manofaiki UNITED STATES

    It’s people like that who make this country great.

    Not the Ben Afflecks, the Alec Baldwins or the Tom Cruises, guys that make millions of bucks for appearing in movies or sing songs that entertain people for a few hours.

    Not the politicians that fight over pork in Washington.

    The people that make America great don’t appear on movie screens or TV screens and their voices don’t come out over the radio.

    Pop culture is automatically inclined these days to most easily lift up and glorify selfish, disfunctional people.

    Which is why the people that make America great are unknown. Nobody reads about them in magazines, or watches them hawk products during commercials.

    And that’s the way it should be.

  40. Apollyon Comment by Apollyon UNITED STATES

    “War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. ”

    - John Stuart Mill, English philosopher

  41. Unregistered Comment by afsister UNITED STATES

    I remember when this story first published, and how hard it was to read and watch. A year later, it isn’t any easier.

    I hope it never is.

  42. thomaska Comment by thomaska UNITED STATES

    Hi all, I can assure you all that Catherine will see the great things that you all have written here. And I can tell you that all the family members involved really really appreciate all of your well wishes.. I travelled to NYC this past Sunday to watch Todd and Jim receive thier Pulitzers( they invited us to tag along)these guys are amazing, they are so dedicated to bringing everyones stories out in an honest non-biased way. And for all the great things you have said about the Marines and all other service members, from the bottom of my heart, Thank you, it is great to see and hear these things…Semper Fidelis

    SSgt Kevin Thomas