Mr. Cathey was compelled to leave his wife during the heat of battle between Iraq and Afghanistan. However, something terrible happened.
The unfathomable feeling of grief and sorrow rushed into the veins of Katherine Cathey after she heard the terrible news about her husband’s death.
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Major Steve Beck drove to Brighton, Colorado to share the news with Mrs. Cathey, however he was greeted with profanity and obscenity. Mrs. Cathey refused to speak with him, as she settle her emotions for over an hour.
Major Beck aided the grieving wife over the next several days. He assisted her when the casket of Mr. Cathey arrived in Reno airport.
Before 2nd Lt. James Cathey left for Iraq, he wrote a letter to his wife that says, “There are no words to describe how much I love you, and will miss you."
Katherine was pregnant at that time and her husband ensured that he'll take good care of them.He promised his wife that he'll be home with her and his baby.
2nd Lt. Cathey perished after a massive explosion in Iraq. His body was enclosed in a shroud by the military morticians.
Mrs. Cathey decided not to see her husband’s body, so Major Beck gave her the uniform and he quietly said, “He’s here. Feel right here.”
Katherine slept with her deceased husband the night before the burial. The Marines made her bed, slipping in the sheets below the flag. She played songs that reminded her of her husband such as ‘Cat’.
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A marine office offered to stand watch as she sleeps. “I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,” she said. “I think that’s what he would have wanted.”
Sometimes, we take our freedom for granted. We owe our debt of gratitude to the soldiers and their family who made the ultimate sacrifice of serving and protecting the country.
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Source: Free Republic