Wednesday, March 20, 2013

They Did Not Die in Vain

An accident killed 7 Marines in Nevada. No official word on what exactly happened, but it sounds to me like munitions were mishandled and they went off.
"We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time," said the force's commander, Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox. "We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice."

What will happen next is that there will be a detailed investigation and whatever mistakes were made that caused the explosion will be written up in an incident report and used to improve training so that no other Marines make the same mistake out of ignorance or carelessness.

The deaths of these Marines will save the lives of countless other Marines in the future, and in doing so, these dead Marines will have fulfilled their mission - to save American lives, even at the cost of their own.

The beauty of the American military is that it seeks the truth in order to learn from its mistakes, even if those mistakes are embarrassing to people in positions of power. This is the root of honor and integrity.

God bless them all.

1 comment:

  1. Amen. It seems as though the military is one of the only places where loyalty, honor and complete selflessness still exist.