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Posted: 4/6/2006 12:43:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/7/2006 4:46:47 AM EDT by thompsondd]



Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: "See the people in the windows? They'll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what's going through their minds, knowing that they're on the plane that brought him home," he said. "They're going to remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They're going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should."






Todd Heisler The Rocky Mountain News
The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it," she said. "I think that's what he would have done..........



UPDATED: The first photos were temp removed due to excessive bandwidth. All I can say is thank you for very this so many time that that happened. I have gladly reposted them. In the process, I found a third photo that sadly explains the already sad second photo a little better.




Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News. At the first sight of her husband's flag-draped casket, Katherine Cathey broke into uncontrollable sobs, finding support in the arms of Major Steve Beck. When Beck first knocked on her door in Brighton to notify her of her husband's death, she glared at him, cursed him, and refused to speak to him for more than an hour. Over the next several days, he helped guide her through the grief. By the time they reached the tarmac, she wouldn't let go.





Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News. Katherine Cathey pressed her pregnant belly to her husband's casket, moaning softly. The baby, due Jan. 1, will be named James Jeffrey Cathey Jr.


I weep like an infant.




Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News. As his son's funeral neared, Jeff Cathey's tears rarely stopped. He often found comfort in the men who shared his son's uniform. "Someone asked me what I learned from my son," he said. "He taught me you need more than one friend."


Fallen Heroes Memorial: Marine 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey

Guest Book for 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey



Marine 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey, 24, of Reno, Nevada.
Cathey died of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Al Karmah, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 21, 2005.



ETA: The first photo was actually chosen as a Photo of the Year: bop.nppa.org/2006/still_photography/winners/GNN/57291/108807.html
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:46:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:49:20 PM EDT
those have to be the most emotional photographs I've ever seen.


God Bless us all

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:49:26 PM EDT
Something I think about everyday..
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:50:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:51:25 PM EDT
You just made a grown man cry.

God bless our fallen heros.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:51:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 12:52:34 PM EDT by newracer]

Originally Posted By BuckeyeRifleman:
You just made a grown man cry.

God bless our fallen heros.


+1

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:53:09 PM EDT
Thank you for this.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:53:35 PM EDT
wow.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:54:34 PM EDT
Glad to have you home, Marine.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:55:36 PM EDT
Thanks.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:56:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:57:18 PM EDT
I remember voting for the first photo in that Time magazine photo of the year poll, but never knew the whole story. Thanks for posting it.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:58:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 12:58:56 PM EDT by MrPink123]

Originally Posted By newracer:

Originally Posted By BuckeyeRifleman:
You just made a grown man cry.

God bless our fallen heros.


+1



+1 again

thank you for your sacrifice 2nd Lt. James J. Cathey
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:58:41 PM EDT
RIP Marine
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:01:47 PM EDT
moving stuff.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:01:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Wombat_SCSO:
wow.

www.ar15.com/images/smilies/smiley_salute.gif



+1
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:02:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 1:03:59 PM EDT by DK-Prof]
Heartbreaking.

RIP brave warrior.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:05:15 PM EDT


Semper Fi.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:06:44 PM EDT
Valhalla definitely has a good seat for him. RIP. hooah.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:08:49 PM EDT
What can you say?

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:10:22 PM EDT
I have chills from reading that.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:12:54 PM EDT
...speechless.....

This just makes me more pissed and angry towards all the war protestors/activist ect. These men died protecting our freedoms. We all need to be thankful. Regardless of the feelings on war, agree/disagree is not the issue. But Showing support for our men and women in uniform should not be a question. If you do not support our troops, You are NO AMERICAN in my eyes!!!

God Bless~
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:16:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 1:16:46 PM EDT by DrFrige]

Originally Posted By Chesh97:
...speechless.....

This just makes me more pissed and angry towards all the war protestors/activist ect. These men died protecting our freedoms. We all need to be thankful. Regardless of the feelings on war, agree/disagree is not the issue. But Showing support for our men and women in uniform should not be a question. If you do not support our troops, You are NO AMERICAN in my eyes!!!

God Bless~



I could not have said it better myself...
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:20:01 PM EDT
that last picture choked me up bad
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:22:56 PM EDT
Great pics!

[sniff]I think I got something in my eye.[/sniff]
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:25:29 PM EDT
That second photo choked me up.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:25:39 PM EDT
I wish I had the link to the story about him. It was actually a tory about the casualty assistance officers and they wrote about this wife and how they went about helping her.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:25:47 PM EDT
WOW! Renewed thoughts for our men and women in harms way. God Bless.

Thanks for the post.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:28:47 PM EDT
By the time I finished reading the caption on the second pic, I was reading through teary eyes.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:31:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
By the time I finished reading the caption on the second pic, I was reading through teary eyes.





Me too.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:31:50 PM EDT
Puts things in perspective doesn't it

We must not forget our sons and daughters
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:35:46 PM EDT
Wow, very nice
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:38:41 PM EDT
Wow. That's breathtaking.



-K
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:39:15 PM EDT


Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:41:01 PM EDT
Thank God for the US Marines. Makes me proud to pay my taxes to support their effort protecting my butt.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:43:22 PM EDT
I've been a cop for the last 12 years, doing Traffic Homicide for the past 10. I've seen so many tragedies in my career. Not much bothers me anymore. My wife sometimes tells me I have a calloused heart.

That last picture and it's description brought tears to my eyes.

RIP Marine.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:49:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By triage1998:
that last picture choked me up bad



+1

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:51:11 PM EDT
Wow. That second one is .......

Wow.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:51:36 PM EDT
Hopefully, an arfcommer who is also a history or political science teacher will share this with his/her classes.........

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:55:11 PM EDT
There has never been a time in which we could have been more proud of our uniformed services than right now.

When I see young people like those Marines, I know in my heart as sure as I know anything that I am witnessing Another Great Generation.

Sure, there aren't as many, but there have never been any better.

I have never been prouder to be an American nor felt more unworthy of such sacrifices. As God is my witness, I can never do anything to deserve the the service that these Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Coasties render me.

Like the man onced asked, "Where does America keeping finding young people such as these?"
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:59:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 1:59:40 PM EDT by Ragnaroc]
Powerful.
RIP
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 1:59:57 PM EDT
I can't help but cry after reading the captions and viewing those pictures. Very moving.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:00:53 PM EDT
Wow.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:02:47 PM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:06:06 PM EDT
Excellent post.

May God be with you, Marine, and all of our courageous men and women in uniform.

Semper Fi.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:07:53 PM EDT


God bless Mrs. Cathey, God bless the Marines and God bless the United States of America!
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:11:13 PM EDT
Brings a tear to your eye doesn't it?

It's a real shame that we would probably never see this reported anywhere but here.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:13:32 PM EDT
Y'know....I was already having a pretty crappy day here..... but these kinda put things into a bit of perspective.

My heart goes out to Katherine Cathey, for the loss of her husband (my fellow Marine), tears shed for a brother I never knew.

Semper Fi.

No Expert
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:13:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:33:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thompsondd:





Wow!


Travis
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