A Hero’s Due
By Don Abdul
Copyright 2011 Don Abdul
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A Hero's Due
Charles Donovan’s grandparents had emigrated to America from Ireland in search of a better life. A couple of generations later the family had made good. Charles had married Agnes O’Shea, daughter of a policeman whose father was also a cop.
As the Donovans drove away from the visit with their son Chad at Walter Reed, the sad sober expression on their faces told a story of stoic suffering. They were both proud of their boy Chad; he had chosen to serve his country thus bringing honor and dignity to his family. He had served as a marine deployed in Iraq until he was near fatally wounded in the battle of Fallujah.