Sunday, October 22, 2006

Marine's Marine

Young Marine honors World War II Marine Prisoner of War
A chance encounter between a young, proud Marine currently serving his country as a member of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom' and an honored Marine World War II Prisoner of War has led to a unique friendship that exemplifies the old saying: ‘Once a Marine, Always a Marine.'
Corporal Scott D. LaMothe first met Lloyd Willey while visiting his grandparents in San Marcos a few years ago. LaMothe was enroute to Camp Pendleton to report for duty when he found himself in a dilemma, he couldn't seem to get the perfect knot in his tie. THIS CONTINUES IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. Story is FROM THE NORTH COUNTY TIMES.

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North County Times said...

His grandmother, Pat Balan, couldn't seem to get the knot right either and suggested going to her next door neighbor Dorothy Willey for assistance. When Willey couldn't master the knot she turned to her husband Lloyd, 92, a retired Marine and ex-POW, a master of tying knots. The veteran Marine assisted the young warrior and a friendship began that has continued to grow between them.
LaMothe never forgot Lloyd Willey's kindness and he had been deeply touched by Lloyd's ordeal as a POW during WW II. He also wanted to repay him for his kindness and for his service during WW II. When LaMothe returned from his first tour of duty in Iraq he presented Lloyd his unit's medallion, a coin cherished by its members.
After returning from his second tour of duty, LaMothe presented Lloyd with an American flag flown over Camp Fallujah in Iraq on Aug. 21 in personal recognition of Lloyd's contribution and service to his country.
Then, on Sept. 17, LaMothe, above left, arrived at the Willey house wearing his Marine dress blues. In a brief, but touching ceremony he presented Lloyd, right, with a perfectly folded American flag, accompanied by a framed Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Commanding General, officially recognizing Lloyd for his WW II service and dedication to his country.
A thousand memories flooded through Lloyd's mind, but first and foremost was the fact that this young 22-year-old Marine had taken the time to pass on his respect from one generation to another -- the true meaning of ‘Semper Fi' -- ‘always faithful.'