A nurse took the tired, arious serviceman to the bedside.
Your sen is here.‘ she said to the old man.
She had to repeat the wards several times befire the patients eyes
Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw
the young uniformed Marine standing outside the tent. He
reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around
the aid man' s limp arses. squeezing a message of leave and
The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine cpuid sit beside the bed. it
All through the night the young Marine sat there in the pearly lighted
ward. helding the old mews hand and him wards of bye and
strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away
and rest awhile.
He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward. the Marine was
m her and of the night noises of the hospital - the
clanking of the airmen tank. the laughter of the night staff members
exchanging greetings. the cries and means of the other patients,
Now and then she heard him say a few gentle wards. The dying man said
nothing, only held tightly ta his son all through the night.
Along towards dawn. the old man died. The Marine released the new
lifeless hand he had been holding and went ta tell the nurse. While
she did what she had to dd he waited.
Finaaly. she returned, She started to offer wards of sympathy, but the
Marine interrupted her,
Who was that man?" he asked,
The nurse was startled, 'He was your father," she answered,
No, he wasnt'' the Marine replied, " never saw him before in my life."
Then why didn' t you say samething when I took you to him?'
I knew right away there had been a mistake. but I else knew he needed
his sen. and his
sen just wasn' t here.
When I realised that he was tee sick ta tell
whether er net I was his sen.
knawing haw much he needed me. I stayed.“
i came here tonight ta find a Mr, William Gray,
His Son was Killed in Iraq teddy. and I was sent to
inform him. What was this ' s Name?
The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered,
Mr. William Grey,,,