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Three years ago today — Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto

Three years ago today — Cpl Jonathan Daniel Porto

Today is the third 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 a year ago, 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.

Her blog is A Little Pink in a World of Camo, where you can see photos of their daughter, who now is three.  Jon’s uncle writes that she “looks like Jon and is quite the character.”

Along with Johnny “Mike” Spann, U.S. Army, Spc. Dennis Weichel , Lt. Roslyn Schulte and Melissa Harrington Hughes, Cpl. Porto and his family always will be remembered here, as we honor all the fallen heroes.


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BannedbytheGuardian | March 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Regarding this wife. A little pink in a world of camo – she is jumping up & down in singlet top & what looks like shortie pyjama pants with her boobs hanging out.

She looks pretty happy to me .wooeee life time benefits!

The little pink bit is a slur on the women who are putting in the work in uniform & at least trying to make it in a world of camo.

It is hard to keep track of all the people who have been lost in this war on terror. But Terrorists prey on our fears, and our complacency. We must be vigilant, not only in rooting out the plots of evil men, but also in defending the liberties of our law abiding citizens. This takes work, and dedication to the values we hold dear: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Take the time to thank a veteran, and pray for those still involved in the conflicts, who keep us safe.

Thank God for all the people who fight for justice, righteousness, and for those who stand for Truth at all times, even when it hurts to hear it.

Most of all, Thank God and bless those individuals who gave their lives defending these ideals, against tyranny.

Professor: Thank you for this posting. While our Iraqi and Afghani wars are almost history, our memories of the cost of those wars and all our wars needs to be kept front and center.

God Bless the Porto family and everyone who has lost family in those wars.

Thank you for remembering the Porto family on this sad anniversary. Their loved one is gone and it is a wound that time does not heal. Those are shoes none of us ever want to walk in. If acknowledging their loss once a year or on a birthday or the daughter’s birthdays makes that family feel a little less bereaved or relieved that people still remember what they lost, then it is what each of us needs to do.

Voluntarily stepping into harms way to make it less likely to happen here deserves eternal respect.