SSGT Bruce

I am a retired homicide detective and now a widower at age 70. I lost my wife, the other half of my life, last year when her Mini Cooper exploded in fire killing her just down the road to our home. She was returning from a dental appointment and I was at an appointment at the VA. She was a critical care RN of 43 years. We were married for 48 years and net at age 17 just prior to my joining the Marine Corps and she beginning nursing school. I served in combat with the First Force Recon Company as a scout Sniper and overcame many a harrowing mission. I saw things as a homicide detective that no human should ever experience and my wife Jane did as well in CCU as an RN. Nothing could prepare me for my losing her in a horrible car fire but, my faith in God has seen me through each day of indescribable grief. I shall always be honored to be forever called a Marine and to have served with my brothers in arms more than 51 years ago. Keep your faith in our Lord my brothers and we shall be rewarded in the end. My wife Jane awaits me.
Semper Fi
Oorah
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  1. Bruce – Please accept my most sincere condolence on the recent loss of your soul mate. Seems like the older we get, the more we realize how precious life and relationships are to us. Yet, we must also remember that no one gets out of this life alive, some earlier and some later. Keep the faith, Brother! Semper Fi!! Top Pro

  2. As a marine and retired police officer who served in fatal accident bureau and homicide , my sympathies and prayers go out to you . Truly a great wife will be waiting for you .
    My wife passed also so I know your grief but GOD has HIS reasons for keeping us here to continue on .
    HE will be standing by you the rest of your days . GOD BLESSINGS be on you always
    semper fi -recon all the way

  3. So sorry for your loss Staff Sergeant. I too, served in the Marine Corps, 1969 – 1975. And, I retired from law enforcement having served both as a police officer in Hollywood, FL and later as a federal agent retiring in 2001.
    I’m your age. And like you, I’ve seen things as a police officer, that most people should never see. I worry every time my wife goes out that it could be the last time I see here. Stay strong brother.
    Wishing you all the best Marine.

  4. I didn’t want to join this club and I didn’t want the T-Shirt, but five years ago, I got stuck with both. We were married, after I was already out of the Corps. She had to share me with the Marine Reserves for one year after my regular hitch, ’67-’71. We attended one Marine Birthday Ball, during my reserve year. We had 41 good years good together, before the angels came for her. My Sweetie, waits for me in God’s good Heaven.
    Bruce, Hang in there bro. It is but the blink of an eye for our darlings, but we will meet them again.

  5. Semper Fi SSgt. So sorry for the loss of your wife and your grief. Keep the faith and you will be joined again with her one day!

    Cpl Kunkel

  6. American author Henry Van Dyke wrote a piece I found very comforting when my wife, Loretta, passed 08Oct. this year. It goes as follows:

    I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There, she is gone!”

    “Gone where?”

    Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of her living freight to her destined port.

    Her diminished size is in ME, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

    And that is dying…

    –Henry Van Dyke–

    Hope this helps.

  7. SERVED IN CORPS 7 YEARS. LOST WIFE 5 YEARS AGO. STILL HAVE PROBLEMS WITH HER ABSENCE BUT READ SCRIPTURE DAILY AND AM ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN. WHEN MY TRAIN REACHES END OF LINE, SHE’LL BE THERE WAITING. SEMPER FI TO ALL PRESENT & PAST MARINES!

  8. SSgt Bruce , sorry to hear of your loss . Thank you for your military service and your service with the police force . Served two years with the Corps and a tour in Nam . Always held high respect for Recon . Your faith in God will reunite you and your beloved wife . Semper Fi and God bless

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