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Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, March 14, 2010

Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto, March 14, 2010

Today is the two year anniversary of the death of Cpl. Jonathan Daniel Porto in Afghanistan, as noted here before:

His wife’s original blog post, I Will Always Be A Marine Wife, is worth reading again, as is her post today, Seven Hundred Twenty:

We’re sorry to inform you….

It happened. He was gone. My love, my hero, my soulmate. He’d left the earth. At some point I screamed. At some point I fell on the floor. I had to get up, I had to get to Ariana.

Thank God for that little girl who made me survive through those early days. I had no choice, I had to take care of my little girl, his little girl, our little girl.

I had to survive. And so, I did. I have. Two years later, I’m still here.

Along with Johnny “Mike” Spann, Cpl. Porto and his family always will be remembered here, as we honor all the fallen heroes.


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I don’t know if I can read the rest.
I’m already crying the way it is.
God Bless these heroes and their dear, dear families.

Her blog articles are moving and important, because they put a face on faceless news. May I add a God Bless to every one of our military heroes. Some die young without a spouse or a child or a parent to remember them. Some die only in part from hideous injuries and keep dying the rest of their lives. May we remember and honor and support all of them.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

LukeHandCool | March 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thank you for this post, Professor. We must never forget these men. They are in my prayers for protecting America, my family and me.

I’ll never forget this young man, forever young. I remember as a boy often seeing him walk his dog around our block.

I think of things like this in a way that I hope honors all our fallen heroes:

I may have died just so the New York Times could publish an anti-Catholic ad from Anni Gaylor (Freedom Against Religion) last week in March 2012.

Yet I wonder if I also died for the New York Times decision a few days later to reject an ad from an anti-Mulsim group?

All I know is I was serving my country. I just wonder if it was for the MANY who get to choose what to believe (read the anti-Catholic ad and believe what you want to believe) or was it for the few editorial folks in high places to preserve their right to reject messages from advertisers with the same offering of choice to readers?

For the few or the many? An age old question – and my own belief is injected here. In America, it is rarely for the few elite to control the language and ideas and always for the most who could benefit from hearing all the possible ideas expressed in all possible languages.

Dear Professor, thank you for this post.

Her post at I Will Always Be a Marine Wife is beautiful. The comments there are so moving. I’m so sorry for her loss. Her love, their love, their family, her faith are beautiful. I’m so sorry. I’m so touched.

Thank you for the reminder.

Thank you Professor for this post. Truely moving. Our troops are the real American heroes.

Oh, how my heart aches for her pain. Thank you, Professor, for sharing this story.

Juba Doobai! | March 15, 2012 at 5:04 am

Thanks for the post about our heroes. Mike Spann was the desktop pix on the iMac when I had it.

This is gut-wrenching and sobering stuff and I am doing my very best to fight back the tears right now. She is right, life is short.

Thank you for posting this.

So, so many choices to name a ship — a navy ship, and our moronic bureaucrats choose “the Gabrielle Giffords”. Here are suggestions for the next one: Mike Span, Dan Porto, Tyler Seidemann, even Fabriccio Quatruchi — he is the Italian who ripped off his blindfold while standing in his own grave prior to being executed by Iraqis and screamed, “I will show you how an Italian dies!” COntrast that to Panetta requiring no arms for his speech in Afghanistan. Why did any Marine go in to hear the speech if these were the rules? Must have been under orders. Name names == what is the name of the Commander who gave the order?

Thank you very much for remembering. Jon Porto is my nephew. My sister and Jon’s siblings appreciate keeping his memory alive.