Viral Photos on Internet Fulfill a promise to a old friend, keep watch one last time aeonsource 4 weeks ago 35 Comments Facebook Prev Article Next Article Fulfill a promise to a old friend, keep watch one last time View Reddit by gsteelbk – View Source Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Facebook Prev Article Next Article About The Author aeonsource More from this Author 35 Comments Anonymous January 1, 1970 Reply serter November 18, 2017 I read the article. This was a friendship made in Vietnam. Reply OUTKST November 18, 2017 Hes standing “parade rest” and its similar to what happens in war. When soldiers die they are never left alone or never left behind, whichever way you want to look at it. Someone keeps watch until they are buried. Even when the deceased is in flight from over seas, a soldier is there escorting them home. Usually ive only seen it with active duty deaths. Passing after retirement, soldiers will come to the funeral, do the multi gun salute and the flag folding ceremony etc… these guys must have been through some shit together. I think its a battle buddy seeing his brother off as well. Reply uscEE November 18, 2017 Saw this on the news. The basic story was these two soldiers were pinned down in Vietnam on New year’s Eve. They made a pact that if they got out they would meet again every year. This was one of them standing guard for their final meeting. Reply platypode November 18, 2017 First Louie DeBrusk watching his kid score lead to visiting /r/happycryingdads then the Santa doing sign language, now this? Reddit has made me an emotional wreck this morning. Edit: DeBrusk, not debris Reply Ovedya2011 November 18, 2017 Master sargeant or gunny? Edit: He’s a Master Gunnery Sargeant. The guy has seen some shit. Much respect. Edit 2: As pointed out, Master Sargeant. Still, *oohrah !* Reply Quicksplice November 18, 2017 That’s what loyalty looks like. Reply thinkB4WeSpeak November 18, 2017 We’re losing a lot of generations of vets fast. If you’d like to get to know more vets I’d suggest volunteering at the VA or another vet project. https://www.volunteer.va.gov I’d also suggest if you know of a WW2, Korean, or Vietnam vet that you encourage them to do Honor Flight where they’ll be able to visit Washington D.C. to see the monuments and when they return most places have an airport full of people to clap and cheer for the veterans. https://www.honorflight.org Reply IAmRyanCamden November 18, 2017 Fucking rah. I may have placed myself far from the Marine Corps after I got out, but this shit brought a tear to my eye. When someone calls you ‘brother’ or ‘sister’, and is willing to lay down their life for yours, that’s something fucking special. Not just in the military, but life in general. Excuse me while I go cry. Reply unknown_human November 18, 2017 >On New Year’s Eve 1968, just before the dawn of 1969, Master Sgt. William H. Cox and his buddy First Sgt. James T. Hollingsworth were holed up in a bunker in the Marble Mountains of Vietnam. >Rockets and mortars were raining down all around them, or as Cox puts it, “Charlie (the nickname for the North Vietnamese) was really putting on a fireworks show for us.” >As they hunkered down, the two Marines made a pact: “If we survived this attack, or survived Vietnam, we would contact each other every year on New Year’s,” Cox recalled. >For nearly five decades, Cox, who lives in Piedmont, and Hollingsworth, whose nickname was Hollie, kept their promise to each other. >And earlier this year, Cox kept another promise: He stood guard at Hollingsworth’s casket and then delivered the eulogy at his funeral. http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2017/11/10/83-year-old-retired-marine-keeps-promise-made-bunker-vietnam/850811001/ Reply frinkhutz November 18, 2017 An Reply mattm68w November 18, 2017 I was on funeral honors for a while and that was pretty taxing emotionally. I can only imagine how rough it is to stand watch over a friend. Reply RalphIsACat November 18, 2017 His uniform still fits. Reply XtremeGuy5 November 18, 2017 I read somewhere that this man normally used a cane but refused to do so when watching over his buddy. So much honor and dedication to camaraderie in one human being and I guarantee it would’ve been the same way had roles been reversed. Reply Liltronz November 18, 2017 r/USMC Reply OfficialTopHatJoe November 18, 2017 Fuckin rah Reply ObscuredReasoning November 18, 2017 Semper Fidelis friend. Reply SerjoHlaaluDramBero November 18, 2017 Semper Fidelis Reply hotcarl23 November 18, 2017 No such thing as a former marine. Reply boxception85 November 18, 2017 Wow this hits home. Loosing a brother in arms is such a heart breaking feeling. I lost my best friend in April. He was 36. Being the only other soldier at his funeral was hard for me. I gave him his final salute and let him to rest. Stupid reddit. Now I have to go chop onions. Miss you so much Jeremy. Reply I_Am_TheGreyMan November 18, 2017 Semper Fi my brothers. Reply Frankie_Wilde November 18, 2017 This is my Saturday reddit! I’m not supposed to spend it sad. Wtg Reply MilyV November 18, 2017 This actually made me tear up. On my grandpa’s funeral, the only man alive of his class showed up. It was so heartbreaking. What a great friend. RIP. Reply cmonmam November 18, 2017 Wow. That hit me hard Reply MongoJazzy November 18, 2017 Semper Fi . Reply MisterScraps November 18, 2017 My grandfather died a couple years back and had served following WWII, in Germany as they were rebuilding. His many friends who had either served with him or served and had gotten to know him later asked to carry him out of the church to his plot. These men ranged across conflicts and in age between 65 and 85, and though it wasn’t easy for them to carry the casket, they saw it as their final duty to him. Reply snareman11 November 18, 2017 Motivating! Semper Fi! Reply shooter1977 November 18, 2017 Semper Fi, Devil Dog Reply KoltiWanKenobi November 18, 2017 My grandfather was in the 4th Marine Division during WWII. When he passed, Marines came and did the gun salute, folded the flag, whole nine yards. It was impressive. He served 70 years ago, and they still came. I was lucky enough to know him well and he was one of those guys who didn’t mind talking about it every now and then. Lots of crazy stories I could never imagine living through. He watched his friends die and killed men, and I’m bitching about a dude pulling out in front of me. Really puts shit into perspective. Reply Estadounidos November 18, 2017 Semper Fi to both of you. Reply HarleysAndHeels November 18, 2017 We just buried my father in law yesterday, and this picture (aside from the friend standing vigil) reminds me of the day. The graveside ceremony was performed by 3 extremely old ex-military. The reading of the meaning of each fold in the flag was so moving. I’d never heard it, and I couldn’t hold back my tears. But, when they handed it off to my husband my heart exploded. For all of the madness going on, I love my country so much. Hearing taps played, seeing flyovers and the national anthem sung, or men/women in uniform during ceremony always fills me with emotion. And, yesterday we put to rest a beautiful man who served in both WWII and North Korea. Rest well now, Pop. Reply justinfish November 18, 2017 People forget that this is America, it’s what makes us. I don’t mean necessarily war, but the length many of us will go for a stranger. It’s our identity. I’ll give you the shirt off my back if you need it, but not if you’re trying to take it from me. Reply silenthanjorb November 18, 2017 Shit. My grandfather was in ww2 – as a bubble gunner/ball turret operator on a few different aircraft. At his funeral, his best friend from the war, ‘shorty ‘, stood up from his wheelchair and saluted while ‘amazing grace’ was played on bagpipes… it was one of the saddest things I’ve ever witnessed. Reply robbzilla November 18, 2017 My father passed away in 2016. He was a 22 year veteran who served in WWII, Korea, and during Vietnam, although he stayed in the U.S.during that one. He retired and served another 10 years as an ROTC instructor. At his funeral 3 men came up to my mother and introduced themselves as 3 of his students from the 70s. One had traveled from Washington State just to be there. He was a retired full bird colonel who told my mom that my dad had literally been the difference in his life, and that he wouldn’t be the man he was without him. I’m tearing up as I write this, and am so proud to have known my father. Just thought I’d share here since this reminded me of my dad, a soldier until the end. Reply manderly808 November 19, 2017 Dammit Reddit. First a signing Santa and now a brother in arms. MY EYEBALLS CANNOT KEEP UP. Reply Add Comment Cancel reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.