Overcome with emotion, I scroll through remembrances left for Private First Class, Daniel Dean Bruce, a Marine, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam on March 1, 1969.
I first heard his story, this past week on the Charlie Adams radio show. PFC Bruce grew up just miles from my current home.
According to Wikipedia, PFC Bruce, within less than a year of joining the Marines, on night watch at the Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam, the enemy threw a grenade. He caught the grenade, secured it near his body, and took off running. The grenade exploded, killing him instantly, but saving the life of three Marines.
The next day, after risking everything for his brothers, his wife gave birth to a baby girl.
I don't know about you, but it's hard for me to comprehend making such a selfless decision, knowing there is a life ahead you'll never experience and child you'll never get to see or know.
For his bravery, he received the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
May we take this day to remember Marines, like PFC Bruce, and all the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. John 15:13