Skip to comments.Marine Michelle Klimarchuk's dying wish was to see a Marine in dress blues one last time!
Posted on 10/15/2017 12:24:15 PM PDT by COBOL2Java
Marine Michelle Klimarchuk's dying wish was to see a Marine in dress blues one last time!
That photo brought tears to my eyes. And to think: for so many years I equated the NFL with patriotism without realizing we were being played.
Makes me cry...
Well said At.
Here's a story about Sgt. Mom from http://massmarineandcorpsman.blogspot.com/:
The Corps, Motherhood, CompassionSome experts believe that the current wave of technology and social media has created a society that is more and more detached. With many tools and ways to be in touch, relationships are shallow and friends are superficial contacts on the internet. There are predictions of increasing separation and deterioration of relationships.
One bond that has not been weakened by the changing technological landscape is the one that is created among those who have worn the Eagle Globe and Anchor. This is the bond that rallied support for a dying Marine in the Boston area from points all over the world. A series of Facebook postings by a loving daughter initiated a need on others to reach out to assist a Marine in need.
Evelyn Wood joined the Marine Corps in 1950. Women had established their strong contribution to the military prior to this, but it was still a time when being a woman in the service was relatively uncommon. The Marine Corps became a big part of life for Evelyn and she progressed through the ranks, becoming a Sergeant. With five years of service behind, Evelyn Moore also commenced another big role in her life as she became pregnant with her first child. In the 1950s , motherhood and the Marine Corps were not roles that went together well. Maternity uniforms did not come onto the scene for a number of years. .Sergeant Moore reached the point where her pregnancy no longer was consistent with her uniform. Although she was recognized as an excellent Marine and NCO, her military role ended in 1955 and her parenting role began. While she was no longer active in the Corps, Evelyn Moore was still very much a Marine.
Throughout her life, Evelyn would share stories of her time in the Corps with family and friends. It was never hard to get her to talk about the Marines and she would gladly share her stories with Marines and civilians alike. Like her time in the Corps, Evelyn put her heart into being a parent and raised a family with commitment and faith. She passed on her strong values and beliefs to her family and continued to cherish her memories of the Marine Corps.
Time passes and we progress through the stages of our lives. After 84 years of independent living, Evelyn was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimers Disease, followed by a fall that resulted in a broken hip. The shift from health to dependence on others came quickly for Evelyn but never slowed her love of the Marine Corps. Even as her faculties faded, her memories of the Corps stayed in the forefront of her memory. A spoken phrase or a hint of a Marine in the area would result in a smile and a salute worthy of the drill field at Parris Island. While many more recent events faded in her mind, her time in the Marine Corps remained in the forefront as a source of joy. Although her health would deteriorate, her Marine Corps memories would stay strong.
In December 2013, her children launched a Facebook page dedicated to Evelyn Moore. Throughout their lives they had been witness to the love Evelyn had for the Corps. As they grew, they integrated her two great loves, family and the Corps, into a distinctive nickname, Sergeant Mom. It is by this name that a steadily growing group of supporters came to know Evelyn Moore.
By linking the Sgt. Mom Facebook page to the Woman Marines Association, the Moore family was able to chronicle the steady decline in Sergeant Moms condition to an audience of interested Marines. Members of The Woman Marines Association began to follow the updates on the page and passed the contact to others. Facebook notes, cards and other contacts began to pour in. The family made it clear that no money was being solicited, only contact from others with interest in Evelyns beloved Corps. Active, reserve, and inactive Marines and families saw the page and responded with contact to Evelyn. She would smile and respond with a salute and a rendition of the Marine Corps Hymn. On New Years Day, a Woman Marine came to Mass General Hospital and spent the day with Evelyn, sharing reminiscences of the Corps.
As her health faded, Sergeant Moms fame grew. Marine Corps Units sent pictures and plaques. A package came from Marines at Iwakuni, Japan. Across the country, individuals sent notes and cards and passed the contact information on to others. Marines deployed overseas contacted Evelyn. On Memorial Day, her 90th birthday was commemorated with a flag flown over the U.S. Capital. The flow of contacts continued to increase as more and more Marines became aware of Sergeant Mom.
In late July, Evelyns condition worsened. She was no longer able to stay with her many friends in a residence for elderly patients as her condition required more complex care. Throughout this period, her family continued to update her growing following on Sergeant Moms decline. Contacts and interest continued to grow.
MSGT Kathey Brennan USMC (ret) did not know Evelyn Moore, but was made aware of her via the Woman Marine Association. A resident of South Carolina, she followed the Sgt Mom web site regularly. In July, it became clear that Evelyn Moore was dying. Her family posted their desire to have Marines visit her in the hospital. Compelled to try to help a sister in arms, MSGT Brennan knew that there was a limit to what she could do from South Carolina. Knowing that the Marine Corps League is active throughout the country, she found the Massachusetts Marine Corps League web site and assembled an email list by cutting and pasting addresses that were listed there. Her description of Sgt. Moms condition reached Massachusetts State Chaplain Roger Hoffman, unfortunately after Sgt Mom had died. Fortunately, Gunnery Sgt Joe Karle of 25th Marines had seen the request and arrived at the hospital in dress blues. Gunny Karle sat with Sgt Mom as she passed away. The gunny would later participate in her funeral detachment.
Following through on MSGT Brennans request, MCL Chaplain Roger Hoffman arranged for the presence of the Marine Corps League to perform the prayer ritual at Sgt. Moms wake. Sgt Evelyn Moore was interred with a strong Marine Corps presence provided by 1/25 from Fort Devens, representatives of the Marine Corps League, an escort from the Patriot Riders, and the condolences of Marines and supporters from around the world. From the determination of a retired Woman Marine Master Sergeant in South Carolina who would not let a compatriots wish go unanswered, to the compassion of a Gunnery Sergeant who responded to the request of a Marine family facing a death, the bond that joins Marines across locations, generations, and genders was clear. Sgt Evelyn Moore, Sgt Mom, joins those who have gone before us, leaving us with memories and hope.
Beautiful. Thank you.
What a hero! This story brought tears.
This old Army guy,for many reasons,has always had enormous respect for the Marines.
God bless this man.
That is a picture of two heroes. God bless them. Semper Fi
I need a Kleenex.
Love those Marines.
The screen's all blurry!
What's up with that?
Hey NFL, i’ll see your 200+ grievance mongering negro millionaires and raise you ONE MARINE !
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