The ones left behind


The Gaston Gazette of North Carolina has a touching story about the family of Capt. Mark McDowell, a pilot who was killed when his F-15E crashed in Afghanistan two years ago.

“Some days, I feel like he could walk right in the front door, and it wouldn’t surprise me, and other days and nights, I know he’s not,” Karen McDowell told the newspaper. “Of course there are certain things that trigger the grief, but my husband and I have learned to share our grief with one another. We have really grown closer during this time than we had ever been before.”

Monday was the second anniversary of McDowell’s death. Also killed in the crash was Capt. Thomas Gramith. The story about the grief of McDowell’s family is well worth a few minutes.


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