Saturday, September 25, 2004
Camp Pendleton Triumph & Tragedy
From a NC Times and an LA Times article of this date entitled Marines Receive a Warm Welcome:
Battalion with the highest casualty rate in Iraq comes home. The parents of those killed also greet troops.
I'm Doc Mendez's mother. That's how I want to be remembered forever," Aceves said. Her son, Fernando Mendez-Aceves, 27, a Navy medic, was killed while trying to save the life of a wounded Marine. "I'm so proud of my son, I'm proud of all of them," she said. "I wanted to come and be sure these boys got home safely."