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Old 05-05-2013, 07:07 PM   #1
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A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us.

Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where they were buried. They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job. As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing "The Marine Hymn"..........gave everyone goose bumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end. This of course was WWII.

If you haven't seen this be sure you are sitting down. This is one of those gestures for which there are no words.

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Wayne, Thanks for posting. It was an honor for me to have heard this story. You were
correct in saying to be sitting down. I must say I was fine until TAPS started, then I about lost it.
A Solemn Hand Salute to this group of Marines. Semper Fi. Rest I Peace.
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Makin Island

A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us.

Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where they were buried. They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job. As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing "The Marine Hymn"..........gave everyone goose bumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end. This of course was WWII.

If you haven't seen this be sure you are sitting down. This is one of those gestures for which there are no words.

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Thankyou Wayne.... God Bless our Troops, past and present. I was blessed my Dad came home from the islands.....
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