Afghanistan crisis has Gold Star mom remembering Marine son she lost in 2010

È stato più di 11 years since her son, Lancia Cpl. Eric L. Ward, 19, a Marine from Redmond, died fighting in the country.

Today is – would have been – Eric’s 31st birthday,” his mom, Monica McNeal told Q13 FOX of Seattle. “The hardest thing right now is the fact that all these emotions are being resonated.

Today is – would have been – Eric’s 31st birthday. The hardest thing right now is the fact that all these emotions are being resonated.

— Monica McNeal, Gold Star mother

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Ward died in ahostile incidentin southern Afghanistan in 2010, according to the U.S. Defense Department. A machine-gunner, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Base Camp Lejeune, Carolina del Nord, the Seattle Times segnalato.

Ward joined the Marines, just like his father, nonno, and great-grandfather had done before him.

He was a natural leader,” his father Steven Ward said in 2010. “He was proud to serve. He was proud for his family. He was strong.

He was a natural leader. He was proud to serve. He was proud for his family. He was strong.

— Steven Ward, father of fallen Marine

Martedì, McNeal wondered what her son would be doing today.

Would he be married? Would he be having kids? Non lo so,” lei disse.

U.S soldiers stand guard along a perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Lunedi, Ago. 16, 2021. (Associated Press)

U.S soldiers stand guard along a perimeter at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Lunedi, Ago. 16, 2021. (Associated Press)

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