June 24, 2004

WHEN I HE (via Mike Daley):

Mourning Families Touched by President (Diane Lacey Allen, June 17, 2004, The Ledger)

Petty Officer Ron Ginther was the stern one. He always helped 8-year-old Alayna with her homework, searching the Internet for tips on preparing for the FCAT. He was the backbone of the Auburndale family.

So when the Seabee was killed by mortar fire last month, Donna Ginther worried how she would carry on without her husband. She was terrified her daughter would grow up to be a different adult without Ginther to lead the way.

Donna Ginther told President George W. Bush about her fears Wednesday when he met with families of fallen servicemen following a speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

"When I told him that, he pressed his forehead against mine and said, `You can do it, and we'll all help you through it,"' she said.

Donna Ginther took his words to heart.

"It wasn't something he was saying to make me feel better. Like trying to pacify me and walk away and forget it," she said. "He wasn't afraid to touch you. It wasn't like he was better than us. He kissed us. He cried with us. When I was crying, he cried."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 24, 2004 7:20 AM

I have a story on this one.
One of my friendís was/is in the Seabees based out of Florida.
He was injured in a mortar attack. I think it is the same one. As I understand it, they were assembling out in the open to be reviewed by some admiral.

While I have been, and continue to be very supportive about this war, I am angered at the stupidity of having a large group of people out in the open.

Posted by: RoboDruid at June 24, 2004 8:03 AM