Get The Jacket

Get The Jacket

I should have sent this long ago, but it has been quite hectic.

My father is a WWII Marine Veteran who served in four invasions on Kwajalein Atoll, Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He actually was assigned to duties stateside and stowed aboard a ship when the rest of his unit was deployed for combat. He didn’t want to be left behind.

My husband, also a Marine, takes him to a Veterans’ Memorial Celebration each year, and this year I ended up taking him since my husband was out of town. During the lunch, there was another Marine with a beautiful black leather jacket with the Marine Corps emblem on the back. My father, who never says he wants or needs anything, saw it and said, “I am going to steal that jacket.” I told him that I would find out where it came from and he said he didn’t need another jacket. I asked the gentlemen anyway and for the next 5 weeks, it haunted me as to what to do for Christmas, the gift card that he looks forward to (he is very frugal) or the jacket.

The Saturday before Christmas, my husband and I were out having dinner and I brought up the jacket/gift card issue, my husband immediately said, “get the jacket!” Saturday night, at 11:00 p.m., I placed the order, paid for overnight shipping and figured maybe it will come, maybe not and will he be disappointed it is not a gift card. The jacket showed up on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas Day, before I handed it to him, I told him when I presented him with a wrapped gift, I would not be insulted if he did not want to keep it and preferred the money instead. I cannot tell you the look on his face of excitement. He is not a materialistic person what so ever, he LOVES that jacket. A few hours later, he felt ill and we did end up calling an ambulance for him, he insisted on getting up and putting his jacket on before he would allow them to put him on the stretcher. He recovered fine, but it was heart wrenching to see him grab his new jacket when he felt very ill.

He wears it with pride everywhere and gets a great deal of “Semper Fi’s” each time he wears it. So glad we had such a cold winter!

Thank you for the amazing service, thank you for the quality product, you made my dad very happy!

On February 21st, my sweet dad will be 91, I’m not sure how I will top the jacket!

Diane Forro

 

Get this jacket at:

Leather Marine Corps Jacket

Leather Marine Corps Jacket

Sgt Grit wants to hear from you! Leave your comments below or submit your own story!

Leave a comment