Semper Fi — always faithful

by Bill Rogers, LDHH-H volunteer

Marine Corps logoEditor’s note:
Since we observed Memorial Day this week, the following post from volunteer Bill Rogers is wonderfully appropriate, not to mention beautifully written.  Bill met and visited with a Marine almost a year ago at Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville.  This is his emotional recount: 

United States Marines of any generation are taught a sacred oath to offer other Marines when facing pain and difficulty:

“I know you are wounded.
I have come to get you!
I will not let you die.”

In other circumstances, that oath has been delivered to my life by Marines who learned of my pain. 

Last night, in my current volunteer duties at Levine & Dickson Hospice House – Huntersville, I met Sonny, a Marine.  In light of his circumstances, I have now modified that oath.  I offered him this version:

“I know you are wounded.
I have come to be with you!
Along with others, I will help comfort you.”

At which point Sonny said, “But Billy, I want you to let me die.”

My Marine under hospice care died on June 9, 2012.  When last we visited on June 8, 2012, our parting words were:

“Sonny, Semper Fi!” 
“Billy, Semper Fi!”

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2 Comments on “Semper Fi — always faithful”


  1. I have such admiration for you. I’ve always been fascinated by Hospice work…both my mother and brother received services and they were soooooooooo comforting.

  2. lgf3 Says:

    So poignant!


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