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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Picture Says It All

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac.

During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said.

"They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."

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  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Ghostrider said…

    I remember reading the whole story and watching the slide show a while back. I do not at all envy the men that have the burden of being a CAO, I would never in my life want that duty. This story is a true testament to "Semper Fidelis" the care that these Marines gave Lt. Cathey's wife and family speak volumes about the kind of men and women that the Corps produces. RIP Lt. James Cathey.

  • At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Karla (threadbndr) said…

    Broke my heart to see his widow sleeping beside the casket with the Marine on guard beside her. I get all weepy just thinking about it.

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