View Full Version : Taking Marine Chance Phelps home

04-29-2004, 11:03 AM
Marine LtCol M.R.Stobl writes about his duty in escorting a fallen Marine to his final resting place. I pass along two common warnings: have some tissues handy, and don't read this at work.


Jim H
04-29-2004, 11:30 AM
It's a very moving story, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

John of Phoenix
04-29-2004, 01:47 PM
Toughest duty I ever had was escorting my best friend back from Iran to Arlington. We left Iran in a C-5A. Just he and I and the crew. Damnedest thing I ever saw was that casket sitting in that massive cargo bay. Just one casket in that cavern. I still can find the words to describe it.

We spent three days in Wiesbaden Germany while they did what they do there, then to on Dover. It was February and dreary and gray and ass-biting cold. Fitting for the occasion. As they were putting him in the hearse, I noticed a hangar that had stacks and stacks of coffins inside. The officer of the guard noticed me looking at it and said, “Three hundred and forty two. The unclaimed from Jonestown.” Nothing you can you say to that. I just shook my head.

A couple of days later we drove down to Arlington. Buddies from all over the country, all over the world actually, came for his funeral. A truly impressive ceremony. Caisson, inverted stirrups, color guard, firing party, ruffles and flourishes, chaplain, escort platoon, and of course a bugler. The works. Full honors.


“This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation as a token of our appreciation for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your husband." I don’t know how I managed to get the words out.

Rest well Terry. I still miss you buddy.

Alan D. Hyde
04-29-2004, 01:55 PM
One of those debts of gratitude to those who serve that we can never wholly repay.

Requiescat in Pace.

God bless and guide and guard the family.


Jim H
04-29-2004, 05:29 PM
Thanks for that John, may he rest in peace.