One Marine's Homecoming

November 22, 2006 by susan

The stillness of the utterly crushed . . .

This was passed on to me by friend Deborah Morse-Kahn, forwarded to her by her friend Tom King, written by his friend, Ric Gillespie. It packs a special wallop as we all begin to gather for this Thanksgiving holiday.
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Last week I flew to Wisconsin - Northwest Airlines out of Philly. As I filed aboard and shuffled my way toward 21C I couldn't help but notice a young Marine Lance Corporal in blues sitting in First Class and looking very much out of place. I remember thinking it was odd, not so much that he was in First Class (courtesy upgrade?), but that he was in dress uniform.

I thought no more about the spit and polish jarhead up front until we got to Detroit where I had to change planes. As we were easing in to the gate I noticed a hearse and a couple of black limos parked beside the tug and the food service truck. Now it made sense. We had an extra passenger in the cargo hold and the Marine was his escort. All military fatalities from overseas come through the central morgue - officially the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs - at Dover AFB in Delaware. There's no commercial air service at Dover and the closest major airport is Philadelphia Int'l - so many, if not most, of our honored dead make their last trip home as cargo aboard standard passenger flights out of Philly.

There was plenty of time before my connecting flight so when I got into the terminal I went to the window. It was a gray, rainy day in Detroit. Not cold, not windy, not a driving downpour; just a dreary, steady drizzle. On the wet ramp beside the jet, among the baggage carts and fuel hoses, a detail of six immaculate Marines got out of a limo, adjusted their belts and hats, and formed up in column of twos. A female Marine officer, also in dress blues, held an umbrella over a small party of people as they got out of the other limo. More umbrellas opened to shelter a few men and women in dark clothes, standing quietly amid the din of whining arrivals and roaring departures. It was as if someone had plucked up a funeral in a peaceful country cemetery and plopped it down in this stinking, noisy, rain-soaked industrial setting.

In the terminal, almost no one else stopped to watch the surreal scene playing out below. They hurried on, cell phones to their heads, to catch their planes or collect their bags. Only three of us, all middle aged men, all strangers to one another, stood silently at the window. The Marine who had been on the flight with us was out there. A conveyor had been wheeled up to the aft cargo hold. He took off his white cap and climbed up into the belly of the plane. The six pall-bearers came to attention and marched, in half-step time, to the foot of the conveyor. Presently, a flag draped coffin emerged and traveled slowly down the incline. When it reached the bottom, the belt stopped. The six Marines shuffled into position and, on command, took up the burden.

They marched slowly to the waiting hearse, the steady rain soaking their red, white and blue uniforms and the red, white and blue flag that draped their comrade's coffin. The little group under the umbrellas stood silently. Theirs was the stillness of the utterly crushed. I quietly, reflexively came to attention.

This is the cost of war, multiplied by thousands. This is the price of fear. This is the consequence of tolerating the ignorance, the incompetence and the lies. It is time - long past time - for it to stop.

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BJ (not verified) | November 22, 2006 - 8:51am

Wow. Every American should read this. Read it and weep.

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Anonymous (not verified) | November 22, 2006 - 12:31pm

Movingly written description of yet another sad final journey. If we all saw and heard more about those who are giving up their lives and leaving families heartbroken, we would put more pressure on our government to find peaceful ways to solve differences. Thanks for including this.

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arejay (not verified) | November 26, 2006 - 2:57pm

i'm sending this one everywhere. such a pure
simplicity to the writing...

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