Once a Marine, Always a Marine

The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, who was killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time.


The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag.


Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of “Cat.”


One of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. “I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it” she said. “I think that’s what he would have wanted”.


Not sure what is more honorable: Being married to this faithful wife to the end or the Marine standing next to the casket watching over them both.


The above was posted on Facebook, I was so moved by the story that I felt compelled to re-post with the following personal message.



My family has a member serving in the military now. My family, like so many others, has a long history of service to our country. My father served in Korea, and continued to serve long after his release from full time service, in the reserves.


My father’s, father served in World War II and all the generations before, every time our country asked and there was someone of age to serve, my family did so. With pride and honor in gratitude to this great country and the liberties we enjoy.


While it is my greatest hope that our family, or his wife will never feel his loss, I know that it could happen, that it is a reality.


He seems so young, like many of the men and women serving, and he has so much to give. My nephew is the best of the best, of all of us, and is the future of our family and our country.


May God protect him and all service personnel, serving our country, men and women. Thank you for your service, can’t come close to repaying the debt owed by so many to those serving.


God Bless America!





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