May 15, 2012

All Gave Some. Some Gave All.

This is the case with Sgt. Wade Wilson, U.S.M.C.





We feel cheated when we loose people we care about. 




We're sad and we hurt.
The loss leaves a hole in our hearts and in our world.





Even though my family and I have only known Wade for a few years, it seems he left a big impression.


Marine Ball

I think he'd be pleasantly surprised to find out how many lives he's actually touched.



Andy and Wade at the Cabin - 2009


We met Wade through my niece, Misha, and her husband, Andy.

Misha and Andy



Andy and Wade were stationed together at Camp Pendleton.


~Halloween ~
Leland (Wade), Beth (Misha) and Dog (Andy)


According to one of his friends, "Wade was very Patriotic".

April 2011

I think that might be an understatement.



Here's the pumpkin he carved for Halloween one year.





He had a infectious smile and bright, blue eyes that could light up a room.



Wade with my great-niece, Layla


He could be very quiet at times and it took me sitting in the emergency room with him in Springerville, AZ during Thanksgiving weekend one year to get to know him (You'll have to ask Misha and Andy why we were in the ER that night!).


Thanksgiving 2009




The conversation went something like this:



"So, how you like the Marines, Wilson?"



"I like it, Ma'am."  (Ma'am?!!)



"How about California vs. Texas?  Are you enjoying California?"



"Yes, Ma'am.  I really like it up here in the mountains (AZ) though. It's nice."



"So, you're from the same town in Texas as Fisher, huh Wilson?" 



"Yes, Ma'am.  That's funny how he's Misha's family friend and you guys all know him.  I'm pretty sure I know right where his property is back home, too."



"Dude, you gotta stop with the Ma'am stuff!  I'll tell you what. I'll stop calling you Wilson and you stop calling me Ma'am,...okay Wade?!"



"Okay, Ma'am" (with a very big grin!)





My son really liked Wade and looked up to him; just as he does all the young Marines he's met through Andy and Misha.

Cody, Andy, Logan and Wade




It's going to be hard to let Logan join the Marines when he graduates here in a few years like he plans to. 

But, what's a mother to do?  Be proud.


Wade, Derek, Tom and Andy



The Marine's lost a good soldier last week when they lost Wilson.


 

The world lost a wonderful young man.









20 comments:

  1. A beautiful tribute to an outstanding young man. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I send you hugs and love and support. Our men and women that pledge to serve and protect the rest of us are true treasures and hero's.

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  3. I am sorry for your loss. He looks like a wonderful, wonderful young man.

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  4. Alice, thank you for your kind words!

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  5. Yes they are Kristen!! Thanks for your kind words!

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  6. Thank you so much Courtney!

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  7. Tears in my eyes. What a beautiful tribute to is too short life and lasting legacy. So very sorry for your loss.

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  8. What a wonderful tribute. We all owe so much to Wade Wilson, and thousands of young men and women like him. Thinking of you and you family and Misha and Andy and all the people he touched. So sorry for your loss.

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  9. Thanks so my Lynda for your kind words!!

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  10. Regina, thank you for your sincere comments and for thinking of all of us - we truly appreciate it!

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  11. This is so powerful! I am so sorry for your loss. As a wife to an Air Force Air Man, I know how hard it is to stand by your soldier, to wait for phone calls or emails, trying to explain to your children why daddy is gone, and sleeping alone almost every 6 months out of every year.
    I will be praying for Wade's family. And I will be praying for you. This literally made me cry so hard, as my hubby is deployed at the moment.

    What a great way to remember such an inspiring person!!

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  12. Shelly, that is just beautiful... Your tribute touched my soul. Sending love, healing and gratitude out to all. Much love, Kristen

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  13. Just beautiful, Shel! I am so sorry for your (and our) loss, as it sounds like it is truly a loss for our world. I guess it's true, that only the good die young. Hugs and prayer to you and to his family in this sad time. Lisa

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  14. Kristen and Lisa - thanks so much for you loving comments.

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  15. This brought tears to my eyes, and I am NOT a cryer. Thank you Wade Wilson for your service to our country.

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  16. Christina - thanks for your wonderful words. I pray your husband returns safely to you and your family.

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  17. what an amazing tribute. it is humbling to think of these young men and women and how they put their lives on the line so we can live free. we do have so much to thank Wade for, and all that serve with him. Thank you for sharing your story

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  18. What a nice tribute..God bless these young men who put their lives on the line for us.

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  19. How incredibly sad. My heart goes out to his family and those whose lives he touched.

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  20. Wow this is so beautiful and sad at the same time.

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