When passing comment on the recent sad demise of John “Big Mac” McAleese, I intimated he was just one of the many many soldiers (past and present) who in my opinion were “men of true virtue”.
Today I would like to present another illustration of that mindset by bringing to your attention to the example set by a Royal Marine by the name of David Hart who was tragically killed at the ripe old age of just 23 by a roadside bomb in the Helmand province of Sangin in July of last year where he was serving a tour of duty with 40 Commando.
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Royal Marine Hart like every other serviceman and woman serving in a combat situation left a letter which was only to be opened in the event of him being killed, a letter which totally shocked each and every one of his comrades in so far as he had bequeathed them a legacy of £100,000 in order for all 32 of them and their girlfriends to go and have themselves a holiday of a lifetime in Las Vegas.
Reported in today's Daily Mail was an article which stated the “will and pleasure” of Royal Marine Hart was carried out when his colleagues and their partners had a wonderful holiday last month in Las Vegas where the Marines of 40 Commando were feted like Royalty once word got out about the nature of their visit.
Men of true virtue come in all guises - just count your blessings every day we have men of the calibre of Royal Marine Hart serving in the uniform of HM’s armed forces.
The motto of the USMC in America is Semper – Fi (Always Faithful) it just seems so appropriate in this instance.