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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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