Friday, April 13, 2007

For Cpl. Todd Godwin

I found your site while I was still Iraq. I was going to buy a bracelet for Todd when I was still over there, but I never did. You see, Cpl Todd Godwin was a Marine with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines Scout Sniper Plt. I was the Navy Hospital Corpsman that was assigned to them. We were all en route back to Camp Fallujah on the 20th of July 2004 when our convoy was rocked by a massive IED. Todd was killed instantly, but as a young Navy Corpsman, you do your best and try to keep them alive.

During the rest of my deployment, we lost a total of 21 Marines and had countless wounded. I remember everyone of these young Marines, but Todd is the one that I took the hardest. I'm out now and have tried to put the stuff behind me. Since figured that I never will, I have finally accepted these losses, and purchased a bracelet with Todd's name. So I guess that's why it took me so long to get a bracelet.

Semper Fidelis,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To my brother-in-law Shawn who wrote this post. I don't know if you'll ever read this but I remember talking to Laura when Todd died and how hard it was on you personally. I don't think events like this will ever leave you. Accepting them for what they are and never forgetting the memory of Todd and the other 20 Marines is the best way to deal and accept what happened. You've made tremendous steps in the past year and continue to make larger ones going forward.

Here's to being with loved ones now and honoring those who are no longer with us.

Love you like a blood brother - Kevin