This is a story of heroism and of survival. It is about the dedication that Marines have for one another on the one hand and about the will to live on the other. It will move you and make you think about what combat veterans know and remember for the rest of their lives.
This is as real as it gets in battle. This is what heroism and the will to live looks like.
John Musgrave was with his Marine unit out in the bush in enemy territory when they were hit by an extremely intense ambush by the NVA. It was as up-close-and-personal a battle as you can get. The enemy waited until the Marines were only a few yards from them, and then opened up with all they had.
Musgrave was hit immediately and went down. Listen to him tell the rest of the story about his Marine brothers attempts to get him out of the kill zone, then about how, on three separate occasions, he was literally told he was going to die, he was not going to make it. He tells the story much better than I can, so I well let the man speak for himself.
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In the end, as he was being put under for surgery finally back in Da Nang, he simply said, “Well, Lord, into your hands I commend my spirit. By faith and God’s love and grace, John Musgrave survived to tell this story.
The Veterans Site honors John Musgrave and his Marine brothers, who will do what it takes to never leave a Marine behind. Semper Fi! OooRah!
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.