Sam’s medical status: They are still seeing some eye movement and now some lip movement with Sam. His mother Kelley arrived in Bethesda around 4:30 eastern time so she was able to be at his side for his birthday. They celebrated his birthday with a cake in the ICU along with the medical staff.
Email from another Marine: I received another email from a Marine who was actually in the same vehicle with Sam when the IED hit their convoy. His name is Corporal Jared Reeder, USMC. Here is a little of what he said about Sam:
“…Myself and many others look up to Sam for just about anything you could think of. As a Marine, I only tried to walk in his foot steps, but was happy to be in his shadow. I have never met a more down to earth and selfless man as Sam.
…He is truly one of the strongest men I know and I am very proud to have been lucky enough to have crossed paths with him.”
It is interesting to note that both Marines who emailed me said they didn’t want to talk about the actual experience that day because it was so terrifying. Of course, I want to honor that request and won’t ask any further questions of them about any details. I was also very touched by the sincerity and heartfelt nature of both emails. The Marines are truly brothers and are connected to each other by bonds we can not even fathom. In a message Erin posted in response to one of her friends comments in this blog (who also has a Marine husband) about this whole experience, she said, “This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase Semper Fidelis“.
A call to serve: Allison (Erin’s younger sister who is 19) called me last week and out of the blue told me she wanted to join the Air Force. She was so impressed with the staff at the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center, that she wants to do something in the medical field to help others in the military who are suffering. I’m not sure how I feel about Ali joining the Air Force. My father is a 20 year Air Force veteran and I was in the Air Force for 5 years, so I guess it runs in the family.
I know it’s easy to brag about your children, but in my case, both of my daughters are my “Dream Girls”. I am so proud of both Erin and Allison. They have grown up to be such strong, mature, loving and caring young women. Nothing I have ever done in my life has given me more joy and pride than being the father of my two little girls.
Faith Overrules Fact!
“By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father”.
General Douglas MacArther