April 28, 2004


The death in Iraq of US Marine Chance Phelps was mentioned earlier here. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl now writes of returning Chance to his family in Wyoming. Itís a wonderful piece. Strobl begins:

Chance Phelps was wearing his Saint Christopher medal when he was killed on Good Friday. Eight days later, I handed the medallion to his mother.

I probably donít have to say this, but read the whole thing.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 28, 2004 04:28 AM

Thanks for posting this, Tim. It was powerful. It's good to know the extent to which the American public is behind the boys.

Posted by: Helen at April 28, 2004 at 05:41 AM

A Navy man I know e-mailed this to me last week. It's one of the most moving things I've ever read. You won't find anything like this anywhere else and I hope you anti-war types take the time to absorb it.

Posted by: gary at April 28, 2004 at 06:18 AM

The Marine hymn is right:

"If the Army and the Navy
Ever gaze on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines"

God bless the US Marine Corps, Lt Col Strobl, and of course, the Phelps family and the whole state of Wyoming, who could teach this country a lot about honor and ideals.

Posted by: GDubya at April 28, 2004 at 06:24 AM

Wow, thanks for the link Tim........it certainly is comforting to hear stories like this after reading through that "Dumb Jock Killed" post over at Indymedia- thanks a lot Allahpundit- I was ready to smash skulls after reading that on Tuesday.

I read this story and the blood pressure dropped considerably.

Thank you for your service US Marine Chance Phelps- may you rest in peace.

We will not forget those who pay the ultimate price to protect our freedoms..

Posted by: Tman at April 28, 2004 at 07:13 AM

Thank you for posting this, Tim.

Posted by: Polly at April 28, 2004 at 08:17 AM

When I read things like this, I'm reminded that my own troubles are trivial, and that there is still a wealth of honor and dignity in the world. Thanks.

Posted by: Rebecca at April 28, 2004 at 08:58 AM

If this is not the most touching thing I have read in some time, then I dont know what is.

we will win because of men like these.

thank Tim

Posted by: roddy at April 28, 2004 at 01:01 PM

Sounds like the US has gotten over vietnam.

Posted by: arlo at April 28, 2004 at 03:08 PM

Thanks for letting us know about this Tim. I am trying hard not to cry.

As a Brit with relations in the US and British armed forces, there is no greater admirer of the U.S. military than I.

May all the fallen rest in peace.

Tom, London.

Posted by: Tom at April 28, 2004 at 11:20 PM