Wyatt Gillette, 8, passed away on Sunday a day after the Marines made him an Honorary Marie at Camp Pendleton in California. He always wanted to become a Marine like his father.
— Gina Harkins (@GinaAHarkins) August 1, 2016
His father, drill instructor Jeremiah, helped his son achieve his dream:
“I literally only had two goals my entire life. Become a Marine, and become a Drill Instructor. I have accomplished my goals and as both, nothing could make me happier than to see my son Wyatt Seth Gillette become an honorary Marine,” Jeremiah said. “He has fought harder in the last almost eight years than I will ever have to. If I earned the title, I believe he has as well.”
Meet our newest and youngest Honorary Marine: Wyatt Seth Gillette. Ceremony held today at Camp Pendleton CA. S/F .. pic.twitter.com/SA3F0BAYYg
— ❌ OneUSMarineRet ︻̷̿┻̿═━一? ❌ (@MasterGuns1313) July 31, 2016
Doctors diagnosed Wyatt with a rare condition called Aicardi-Goutierres Syndrome Type 1-(Trex 1 mutation), which causes “problems like seizures and kidney problems,” when he was 4. Unfortunately, they only gave Wyatt two more weeks to live.
One of the easiest decisions yet as CMC was to make this 8-yr old a Marine. Keep fighting, Wyatt! You are a Marine! pic.twitter.com/bSDrEHcc3c
— David H. Berger (@CMC_MarineCorps) July 30, 2016
So on Saturday, the Marines granted Wyatt’s wish. At the ceremony, Wyatt received his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor along with a smart salute making him the “96th person to receive the honor since the program began in 1992.” Marine Corps Commandment Gen. Robert Neller approved the decision:
“The courageous fight that Wyatt continues is absolutely ‘Marine,’” Neller told Marine Corps Times on Thursday. “Wyatt is the epitome of Semper Fidelis, and we are hoping and praying for him and his family.”
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