I woke up at 4am and I could not get back to sleep. No reason. I wasn't worried or anything, just did not feel tired, so I read for a little bit and then I visited the blogoshere.
I came across this post and followed the link here. I had never read the blog of Neptunus Lex before last night, but after I had read several of his post, I am sorry I missed it. This appears to be the last post before he died.
While reading his older posts I stumbled onto How Marines Talk Amongst Themselves. My husband served under Gen. Mattis during his time in Iraq. The first time was at the beginning of the war and while Gen. Mattis is a bit controversial, my husband loved him. I don't think he would have wanted to be a company commander during war time under any other general. Anyway, it made me wonder if Neptunus Lex was doing his thing at the same time my husband was doing his. Funny how certain things make one feel connected to another.
From what I read, he was smart, funny, cleaver, kind...a great American. I didn't know him at all, but I am saddened by his passing and I pray for his family to have some peace and comfort in the fact that they did.
I couldn't help, but think, he was happy to be welcomed into Heaven by the Marines standing guard at the Pearly Gates.