Nov. 15, 1985 - Apr. 11, 2008
Most of you know that I have a very soft spot in my heart for Marines. Some of you know why.
I just read these articles, and they made me weep.
The things that hit me strongest about this remarkable young man's story were that he was only two weeks from returning home to the US when his vehicle ran into an IED in Baghdad, resulting in the burns that covered 97% of his body. That, even in his pain, he found joy in living, and tried to bring that joy to other people suffering as he was. And that, after three years and countless surgeries, when it all looked like he had won his battle for life, he died after a fairly minor graft procedure to his lip.
Even with all the pain and surgeries this incredible Marine dealt with, his biggest dream was to help children who had been burned as he was. He managed to get a charitable organization founded to help them before his death.
Merlin German is every inch a true hero. What a tragedy that he is no longer with us.
Please consider giving: http://www.merlinsmiracles.com/
Apparently, Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" was one of Merlin's favorite songs.
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
The US Marine Corp Hymn
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We fight our country's battles
In the air on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to bear the title
Of United States Marines.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job --
The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.