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Marine Gives McCain His Purple Heart: True Story of Support

This piece in the National Review this morning struck me deep down. Amid the rallies of thousands, and the ads and jabs and attacks of the waning days of the campaign, this story is what I want to remember most. It honestly doesn't require any embellishment — I'll let the Marine Sergeant's words speak for themselves. “I just gave John McCain my Purple Heart. I said, ‘I want to give this to you, sir, as a reminder that we want you to keep your promise to bring us home in victory and honor, so it will mean something."

The Marine Sgt. is Jack Eubanks, a 22-year-old was wounded in badly in Iraq in 2005 and fought 11 months of recuperation before volunteering to go back in 2007. He was wounded again in a similar way and now walks with a cane as he teaches Marine recruits at Quantico.

Eubanks says he saw huge progress in Iraq between his two tours, and he gave McCain his purple heart so that he might have it as a remembrance of the wishes of one Marine close to his heart. He said he's very anxious of Obama's plan for Iraq. “I think Obama’s just going to pull everyone home as soon as he can, despite what’s going on over there. I just don’t want it to turn into another Vietnam or worse where everything we fought for, and all my buddies who died over there, it was just for nothing.”

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shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 7 years
I think it is great that people are voting, period, whether it is for McCain or Obama. I was just trying to make the point that not everyone in the military will be voting for McCain just because he is a vet.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
And all the military and military spouses I know are voting McCain.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 7 years
That was a very nice gesture, but like many on this board, I agree that it is NOT the only reason someone should vote McCain. People should also be reminded that it is McCain not Obama, who has voted AGAINST funding for current service members and vets. That is SHAMEFUL considering he is a vet himself. I found this info in an article that I wanted to share: "The non-partisan group Disabled American Veterans gives John McCain a 20 percent rating for his voting record on veterans' issues. (It gives Barack Obama an 80 percent rating.)""The non-partisan group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gives McCain a "D" grade for his voting record on issues such as additional funding for combat body armor, and additional funding for post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical treatment. (Obama earned a B +.)"As a MILITARY SPOUSE, I will be voting OBAMA/BIDEN, as will many other military spouses I know.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 7 years
That was a very nice gesture, but like many on this board, I agree that it is NOT the only reason someone should vote McCain. People should also be reminded that it is McCain not Obama, who has voted AGAINST funding for current service members and vets. That is SHAMEFUL considering he is a vet himself. I found this info in an article that I wanted to share: "The non-partisan group Disabled American Veterans gives John McCain a 20 percent rating for his voting record on veterans' issues. (It gives Barack Obama an 80 percent rating.)" "The non-partisan group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gives McCain a "D" grade for his voting record on issues such as additional funding for combat body armor, and additional funding for post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical treatment. (Obama earned a B +.)" As a MILITARY SPOUSE, I will be voting OBAMA/BIDEN, as will many other military spouses I know.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Very lovely gesture but I really don't see how this makes McCain anymore Presidential or Sen. Obama less. When people speak about Sen. Obama's withdrawal plan they make two mistakes but the mistake depends on which side you're on. Conservatives make the mistake of seeing the withdrawal as a person leaving a room and never having further ties with it. This is not Sen. Obama's withdrawal plan. Liberals are all gun ho for withdrawal but focus on the end result making it seems as though we're just going to begin waltzing out of Iraq and never look back. Neither is true. Sen. Obama calls for a measured withdrawal in close cooperation with the needs of the Iraqi government and the situation on the ground. We will also be ready and able to provide special operations and air support whenever needed. It is just very unfortunate to me how a reasonable plan is misconstrued do to personal opposition or overzealous support.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Very lovely gesture but I really don't see how this makes McCain anymore Presidential or Sen. Obama less. When people speak about Sen. Obama's withdrawal plan they make two mistakes but the mistake depends on which side you're on. Conservatives make the mistake of seeing the withdrawal as a person leaving a room and never having further ties with it. This is not Sen. Obama's withdrawal plan. Liberals are all gun ho for withdrawal but focus on the end result making it seems as though we're just going to begin waltzing out of Iraq and never look back. Neither is true. Sen. Obama calls for a measured withdrawal in close cooperation with the needs of the Iraqi government and the situation on the ground. We will also be ready and able to provide special operations and air support whenever needed. It is just very unfortunate to me how a reasonable plan is misconstrued do to personal opposition or overzealous support.
prncssann1 prncssann1 7 years
That's a very touching story. I am so grateful for the men and women who are over there fighting for us. They are all amazing people. This reminds me of a cute story... My husband and I went to an airshow a few months back and a young marine (I think he was only 19) was telling us about the humvee (I'm not sure if that's the right name) and before we moved on I decided that I wanted my picture taken next to it. Before my hubby could take the pic, I suddenly decided that I wanted the marine to be in the picture with me. So I pulled him over and put my arm around him and that picture is such a treasure to me now. I think I embarrassed him a little though :).
prncssann1 prncssann1 7 years
That's a very touching story. I am so grateful for the men and women who are over there fighting for us. They are all amazing people. This reminds me of a cute story...My husband and I went to an airshow a few months back and a young marine (I think he was only 19) was telling us about the humvee (I'm not sure if that's the right name) and before we moved on I decided that I wanted my picture taken next to it. Before my hubby could take the pic, I suddenly decided that I wanted the marine to be in the picture with me. So I pulled him over and put my arm around him and that picture is such a treasure to me now. I think I embarrassed him a little though :).
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I got ya' Mykie!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I got ya' Mykie!
Mykie7 Mykie7 7 years
Thank you lilkim and haus for understanding the point I was making. I didn't explain it very well, as I said, but I'm glad that you knew enough from my explanation to figure it out.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I have to admit, I was the only Democrat on my ship. Soo... I would have to agree that most military are Republicans. I hate to add this in, but the truth is that most of them don't even know WHY they're Republican. Just falling in with the formation, as it were.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I have never heard that the dems were stronger economically. I agree some perceive this particular dem is stronger but I don't think it's that he's especially good economically, just that McCain has been coming out all over the place. Just my two cents.
stephley stephley 7 years
"If it was only Obama saying we need to get out by this timetable, and Iraq was asking us to stay, should we stay? I think that it resemble's Obama's timetable is irrelevant."I brought up that it resembled Obama's timetable because of your claim that what's going on is what Bush has always said would happen and I disagree with that. Iraq wants an Obama-esque timetable and the Administration is dragging its feet."We need to exercise our will in this to make sure that our troops aren't placed in a situation that could be catastrophic for them," As important as protecting against attack is, it is equally and possibly more important, to not negotiate away our soldiers legal protections in Iraq in order to protect the serious private business concerns in Iraq now.
stephley stephley 7 years
"If it was only Obama saying we need to get out by this timetable, and Iraq was asking us to stay, should we stay? I think that it resemble's Obama's timetable is irrelevant." I brought up that it resembled Obama's timetable because of your claim that what's going on is what Bush has always said would happen and I disagree with that. Iraq wants an Obama-esque timetable and the Administration is dragging its feet. "We need to exercise our will in this to make sure that our troops aren't placed in a situation that could be catastrophic for them," As important as protecting against attack is, it is equally and possibly more important, to not negotiate away our soldiers legal protections in Iraq in order to protect the serious private business concerns in Iraq now.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
you mean things on TV aren't true?!!?? i know gotcha TS and i agree, i only brought it up because i used to get so irked at the people who would go on and on and on and on about how much the military loves Obama. i didn't beleive it then and now i still don't believe it. but its all good, their vote counts once just like all ours do... that is if they can get thier ballots in...
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
you mean things on TV aren't true?!!??i know gotcha TS and i agree, i only brought it up because i used to get so irked at the people who would go on and on and on and on about how much the military loves Obama. i didn't beleive it then and now i still don't believe it.but its all good, their vote counts once just like all ours do... that is if they can get thier ballots in...
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Eh, I heard it on TV, assumed it must be true. (I kid!) But my point was that the parties will always do better with some groups no matter what. Republicans will get more support from the military, Democrats will get more support from college professors. With those groups, it's not super important who is running. (No saying individuals in those groups don't care...oh, you know what I mean!)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Anyway, I have a lot of work to do and a small amount of time to do it in! Have a great rest of the day, everyone.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I think <b>at this time</b> a generic Democrat is viewed more favorably, economically speaking, in the polls, but I certainly don't think that's a constant in the same way the Republicans being viewed as strong on military is a constant.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I think at this time a generic Democrat is viewed more favorably, economically speaking, in the polls, but I certainly don't think that's a constant in the same way the Republicans being viewed as strong on military is a constant.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
ts - i disagree, i think the economic mess was good for Obama because its another strike against Bush... maybe I can see republicans out of that. but historically I don't think many people would say that dems on a whole are better at the economy.but who knows! when i think pub i think defense, when i think dem i think social.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
ts - i disagree, i think the economic mess was good for Obama because its another strike against Bush... maybe I can see republicans out of that. but historically I don't think many people would say that dems on a whole are better at the economy. but who knows! when i think pub i think defense, when i think dem i think social.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
bas - no one here is saying this story means all the military are voting that way. i was merely pointing out a poll that gives us better direction on how the military might be voting. that gives us indication.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
ts - that was sorta towards bas but after reading her comment again, i see she had a different point. it was also in reference to "that's almost like backing a candidate because their favorite celebrity is supporting that person"
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