'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

01 August 2013

Oorah To The Marines And Lance Corporal Myles Kerr

How do you identify good men? It's actually pretty easy. A Marine, a young boy and a 5K race that ultimately meant nothing except to a boy who just wanted to finish. And, of course, the Marine who refused to leave him behind. I got a chill from reading that account and seeing this picture.


Being a man and a warrior is about so much more than just strapping on the gear and being a badass. It's about honor and fidelity and simple humanity. It's about courage, decency and the willingness to put anothers needs above your own. I am so proud of a nation that still produces men and women like Lance Corporal Myles Kerr. What an impact we can have on the lives of others simply from being honorable. Sometimes being a hero means finishing last.

A huge salute from me to a proud and worthy Warrior. Well done Marine. Very well done indeed. I am honored and humbled to consider myself your comrade in arms.
Six


ht/Ace of Spades

13 comments:

poliwog said...

"strapping on the gear and being a badass"

IMHO this is the least important, and probably easiest quality of being a warrior ... the other qualities mentioned are more difficult to accomplish, and less "glamorous" but much more revealing of the men/warriors who embody them.

I think the attitude that "It's not about me." is becoming far too rare in our world today.

Thank You Sir! for your service and for your words about men/warriors.

paul e. wog

Six said...

I agree with you completely Poliwog. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts!

OldAFSarge said...

Oorah!

Old NFO said...

Outstanding is right!!!

RabidAlien said...

The more I read, the greater my respect for the Marine Corps. They truly look out for their own, anyone they consider to be their own, and those around them who are in need. Sure, this guy could have blown past the kid and finished the race, probably won an award with his team. An award that nobody will really remember a year from now. But this kid will remember this race for the rest of his life. Oorah, indeed!

Anonymous said...

Simplesmente linda a atitude dele. Parabéns, Myles. Realmente me emocionou.

Anonymous said...

Never ceases to amaze me, Six, how the Marines always seem to get it right. regards, Alemaster

Brighid said...

Great post, and an awesome young Marine.

juvat said...

Anybody want to place a bet on the career choice of the 9 year old. Actions like the Lance Corporal's have influence.

Six said...

Indeed Sarge!

Makes ya proud don't it NFO?

I agree RA. That's a kid who will never, ever forget that race and that Marine!

Anonymous: Obrigado pela visita e compartilhar seus pensamentos com a gente.

I gotta agree Alemaster. I'm dang proud of our Marines!

Agreed Brighid!

No bets Juvat. That's a boy who will grow up to be a man, I am absolutely convinced. It's amazing how much effect one person can have.

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

That's what you call "character"...

Dann in Ohio

Six said...

Yes sir. Gives me cause for hope yet Dann.

MattinMesa said...

This is something I have come to expect from Marines! What truly elevates Marines above any other military force in the world is their commitment to honor! When I was in Iraq during Desert Storm Waaaaay back when I was humbled and inspired by the actions of a Marine. An Iraq soldier was surrendering, other Iraq soldiers did not like what they saw and opened fire on the soldier who was surrendering. That soldier was hit in the leg and shoulder. Gun fire erupted from both sides, we had much better aim and the firefight did not last long. During that fight I saw a Marine run through the field of fire and drag the soldier who was surrendering to safety. A British soldier asked the Marine what the hell he did that for, and the Marine replied "If I let him die I would have become the very thing we are fighting against."