This was sent to me by our friend, Al Finn.
Subject: Makin Island; 5-29-2013
THIS IS QUITE A STORY!!
A true story about 19 marines killed on an island (defending against the Japanese). U.S. survivors had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us.
Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and remembered where they were buried. They sent a C130 and an honor guard over there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job. As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing "The Marine Hymn"..........gave everyone goose bumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end.
This of course was WWII
IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS - BE SURE YOU'RE SITTING DOWN. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GESTURES FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO WORDS.