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On May 7, 1945, while beating back a Japanese counterattack not far from Sugar Loaf, 19-year-old Pfc. Michael Fenton was killed. When his father received the bitter news, he traveled to the site of his son’s death and knelt down to pray over the flagdraped body, a scene that produced one of the Pacific war’s most touching photographs. Upon arising, Colonel Fenton stared at the bodies of other Marine dead and said: ‘Those poor souls. They didn’t have their fathers here’.
No one wants their children to die before them
As it is said, the heaviest coffin is that of your child.
The father seems to be drawing from an infinite well of sadness
A father’s love will always want to protect you no matter what age you are.
In peace sons burry their fathers, in war fathers burry their sons.
Is the grave flooded?
That Col. Fenton, no doubt consumed with grief at the sight of his son laying dead in the mud, would speak of the other Marines who had died, speaks volumes about his character.