The Quest ECSS-7 Former Marines Join Us for a Rescue
April 2021 Action Report
Some time ago, I got a call from a Marine. He had been a friend of as we called him, a “Brother” of The Quest ECSS Teammates we called “The Marine”. Those of you who follow us knew him as the “Lovable Giant”. He was killed during a rescue along with others. This Marine wanted to know about the work he had done with us, the things he did and so on.
This Marine had had conversations with him after The “Lovable Giant” had joined us. The friend said he and 6 others had served together with The Marine for a long time till they all left their service. They, the 7, got together recently and all they could talk about was how they missed “The Marine”.
So, they got the idea to reach out to me and talk about him. They wanted to do a rescue for us in The Marine’s honor. I argued with them that this is not how it works. Then, over the next few weeks, I got calls from every one of them. They were very annoying and persistent. Well, they had that going for them. So to shorten this story, they all got together and we had a phone conference. They were pretty convincing but it was not enough for me. So, I interviewed each one of them individually, tested them and with references of how The Marine had done his work for us. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to Argue and we sure spent a lot of time doing that!
Eventually, after doing my best to get them all pissed off at me and trying everything I could think of to dissuade them from doing this, I failed. Well, so to speak. They never broke respect or fought back with me, they just wanted to be a part of The Marine’s life. They wanted to find that most precious thing “The Marine” had ever found and was willing to give his life for. So, I ended it and told them not to call me again.
They never called. Weeks later, I decided to take this on because of a rescue that we could not do. The danger was too high and we did not have the equipment that would be necessary. The odds were far too great to win, but then I thought these are Marines so what could it hurt to pick their brains. I called them.
I could only talk to one of them and he went a bit crazy in his excitement and I had to calm him down. He said he would have to arrange the others schedules so we could all talk at the same time. All were on active contracts. But, within only a couple of days we had our conference. Lord, did I ever wonder what I had just gotten myself into!
I told them my idea for the rescue and filled them in on the situation. The biggest difficulty would be to get to the location. We would have to cross a lot of water. There would be no sanctuary at the location. They, with all the kids, would have to extract that location, cross the water and then their duty would still be on for miles on land to even get to a safe house. Their response was, “Would a couple of delta boats help?” Hahaha, I love Marines.
One thing I need to mention, because I think it has a bearing on this, is that one of the Marines is a female and she was the most emotional in our conversations about The Marine. The Marine was like her adopted big brother who was always watching out for her in and out of the service. She also took care of him because he was going thru some very rough times adapting to civilian life. As I was interrogating her during the interviews, his story also became her story. She cried several times because she too so wanted to experience what had saved her big brother, “The Marine”.
This is the end of part 1 because I thought you might want to know the pre-rescue and how it came to be.
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