Anthem of the Angels. So Funnyjunk, I'm sure some people will hate this because it's "feels" but you guys have always gotten me through the hardest ti
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Anthem of the Angels

So Funnyjunk, I'm sure some people will hate this because it's "feels" but you guys have always gotten me through the hardest times and I just felt like I needed to come back here today.

This man in that bed is my hero, he served in the Air Force for 20 years, anywhere from Alaska to Texas, to Scotland (where he met his wife) to Germany (where my father and one of my uncles were born). He was my hero, he was my Pepe (grandfather) he was so much more than I could explain. He was the reason why I joined the Air Force, so I could be like that man who was so incredible to me. A couple months ago his condition degraded excessively quick when he suffered a stroke, losing all ability to walk and talk over time. He wasn't able to see me swear in, or even know that I had. Last Friday, they gave him 2-3 days to live, as he hasn't eaten in 2.5 months, and they finally removed him from the IV and any extra support, tomorrow will be a week of him fighting to stay alive. He hasn't been able to talk in a long time, though occasionally he tries. In this picture though, is his Sister and Brother in Law who he hasn't seen in 6 years being displayed across Skype.

He couldn't talk, he couldn't speak, but his eyes, the ones that have been glossed over for days, shot to that screen, to hear those voices and look into that screen, he raised his hand and just looked, his mouth moved and air came out and you could see him fighting to speak, yesterday I heard people talking about how technology is harming the world, but **** that, technology gave this man the ability to see his sister one last time.

And a final story that I wish I could have captured an image of, his best friend since his childhood, Butch, came for the first time yesterday minutes after this. He walked in and my Pepe shifted towards him in recognition, he sat beside his bed, my Pepe held out his hand, Butch grabbed his, and said "We were supposed to go fishing." For the first time in 3 months, my Pepe cried, he cried alongside his friend.

This is the first time I'm going to have to bury someone who've I've been close to, the first family member I've really known. This has been the hardest thing in my life because he's my hero, but thanks for reading my stories FJ...

A1C Kyle Nadeau,
out.

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Submitted: 03/21/2013
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#5 - sirbustyabals (03/21/2013) [+] (1 reply)
For your grandfather.
#3 - numbersixtyseven **User deleted account** (03/21/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I'm going for a cigarette. Perhaps contemplate on a few life-choices...
#8 - metalguitarest (03/21/2013) [-]
We stand by your side friend
#17 - gibroner (03/22/2013) [-]
I'm so sorry man
I'm so sorry man
User avatar #1 - hjgamer (03/21/2013) [-]
That gave me a feel.
#94 - feffog ONLINE (03/22/2013) [-]
now we just wait for that guy who treats thumbs like transplanted organs to flip out about how this shouldnt be posted or its thumbwhoring
#9 - cheesewithmold (03/21/2013) [-]
Not again...
Not again...
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User avatar #18 - brandenman (03/22/2013) [+] (1 reply)
im sorta the same way, my grandfather was in the air force and wanted me to join at first i didnt want to but as i grew older and started to understand everything i decided that i will join and he promised me he would be there when i was sworn in and he wanted to see me dressed up and with spit shined shoes, he was the reason ive made important decisions in my life and i loved him. even though he had shrapnel in the back of his head from the Vietnam war and survived throat cancer he was the strongest person i knew, one day i got a call from my dad and i could hear him crying and i knew something had happened, my grandfather had suffered a stroke at his house before going to church and my grandma called an ambulance, they said he was waving to all the neighbors as they loaded him inside. he was on medicine for blood clots and it reacted with the stroke and he became brain dead. seeing the toughest person i knew in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of his mouth broke me down. they said he had 24 hours to live, he had another son that he didnt see often that lived in cali. and wouldnt be able to make it in time, the next morning i was told that my grandfather had fought till his son came to see him then after he passed. at his funeral i wore a suit and learned to spit shine shoes just for him. i am getting a tatto of his dogtags wrapped around my arms with his name on them.
RIP Ronald P. McLaughlin i will never forget the times we had
User avatar #66 - hentailovers (03/22/2013) [-]
******* lost it at, we were supposed to go fishing, im crying like a baby
#77 - anonefg **User deleted account** (03/22/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Holy **** this is FUNNYjunk not RETARDEDBAWWSTORIESjunk you ******* faggot get the **** out back to 9gag yo *******
#96 to #77 - RayIII ONLINE (03/22/2013) [-]
dont worry guys i got this sonavabitch
dont worry guys i got this sonavabitch
User avatar #116 - yeoldsnipermissile ONLINE (03/22/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Infinite respect for your grandfather, who no doubt helped lead to the strong ties our Air Force has with our SOFA-status countries. Good luck, and Godspeed my friend.

Amn Weston Hites
35 MXS /MXMWPC
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User avatar #117 to #116 - Closebehind (03/22/2013) [-]
Thank you so much and God bless you for serving.
#111 - kiwiblunt (03/22/2013) [+] (1 reply)
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#109 - midgety (03/22/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Manly tears being shed I will probably get thumbed down for this but if you see it we funnyjunkers are here for you   
even through the weird jokes and stupid 						****					 on the internet    
send me a personal message dude im here for you
Manly tears being shed I will probably get thumbed down for this but if you see it we funnyjunkers are here for you
even through the weird jokes and stupid **** on the internet
send me a personal message dude im here for you
#108 - sonicsyndicate (03/22/2013) [-]
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User avatar #61 - quantumlegend ONLINE (03/22/2013) [-]
Hearts out to your family. Unfortunately for all of us all great things come to pass.

P.S. Please name your child Thor.
User avatar #41 - gayboard (03/22/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I hate this.
I hate everyone.
I hate everything.
I hate life.
I hate myself.
User avatar #43 to #41 - penusflytrap (03/22/2013) [-]
I don't hate you...

Actually, I probably do
#15 - xiiichuckles (03/22/2013) [-]
I know you'll get through it.
Stay strong.
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