If you think YOUR job is bad, try doing this one.  

Ladywithatti2d 76F  
383 posts
12/28/2005 3:30 pm

Last Read:
2/7/2007 9:05 pm

If you think YOUR job is bad, try doing this one.

When you grumble about how miserable your job is, would you want to change places with this job?

I receive orders to report to duty. I make sure my uniform is squared away. When I arrive at my destination, I report to the senior Marine officer.

Then I attend a 2 hour briefing on my job assignment.

I go to my room and wait until my departure the following morning, at 0800, I meet a Marine who I know nothing about, but I am eager to get to know him.

I inspect his uniform to make sure he's properly dressed and view his paperwork to make sure everything is in correct order. I render a salute, yet he remains still and silent. He hasn't spoken and has not given any direction, which leads me to believe that I have to fill in all the blanks.

As we depart, all eyes are upon us as we silently pass. Everyone stops to show respect and say goodbye. At that moment I realize that my job is only beginning.

We check in at the ticket counter, and to my surprise, we are moved to the front of the line. My seat is upgraded to first class. We are personally escorted through security and all other areas where we need to go. As we carry our flags ever so proud, everyone stops to look and wonders what happened. All I see are proud Americans who nod their heads or place their hands over their heart to say a silent prayer, as if they knew a secret.

As we arrive at our destination, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and say a quick prayer to prepare myself. When I open my eyes I see a limousine and his family waiting. Still he won't say anything, not one word. I try to fill in the blanks to understand his story.

As we depart the plane, I meet his wife, children, father, brothers, and sisters and something happens. Through them he finally speaks. As I listen his story becomes clear. All my quesitons are answered. I finally get to meet Marine Reserve Staff Sgt. Jason Lehto.

At first, I was escorting a Marine who I didn't know. By the time we arrived at Arlington National Cemetery, his final destination, I realized I had met a friend and became part of his family. Everything became crystal clear, all the blanks were filled, and I finally understood my mission.

My mission was to ensure that a fellow Marine made it home safely. I finally understood the complete meaning of "semper fidelis"

Who am I?

I am a Marine casualty escort.

Gunnery Sgt. Edward Mosley Jr. stationed in Washington, D.C. escorted Staff Sgt, Jason Lehto, a Marine Reserve who was killed in Iraq on Dec, 28, 2004 from Delaware to Warren, and then to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.

Jason was from my parish, and my son and myself attended, and help officiate at the funeral services. A year will soon have passed since this day, and yet it is as clear and vivid as the day of the funeral.

Jason, is not forgotten nor are any of the others who gave so freely of their life for our country.

Freedom isn't free.


rm_CpuDocMi 67M
38 posts
1/1/2006 4:24 pm

I'm not sure what else to say, but I want to thank you for your post.


rm_OneHappyDad 82M
34 posts
1/2/2006 12:19 am

Thanks for taking time to write this up for all to read - it was well put - and could only have been written by someone who has been there and done that.
Some of us can't find the words nor the strength to paint the picture. In this case, you have reminded many readers of what American military members, their families and loved ones, and you, Lady, have felt (and shared).
Some of us who have survived, have trouble as we remember that we did survive. And, sometimes, we appreciate others who are able to put into words some of the things that we can't.
Thanks again..... OHD

Become a member to create a blog