Michael's Dispatches

Memorial Day - 2011

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ben-and-elaina-morton-jwh-editBen and Elaina

29 May 2011

Ben Morton answered America’s call from Kansas.  He joined the Army and served in Korea, then reenlisted and served as an infantry Sergeant in Mosul, Iraq.  On the night of 22 May 2005, intelligence was received that high value targets were in a certain large house.  Ben’s recon platoon moved in.  Sergeant Ben Morton led the way up the stairs, and in the ensuing firefight Ben was shot and mortally wounded.  Ben died from blood loss just near the spot where he had been hit. 

It was two nights after the first year wedding anniversary for Ben Morton and Elaina Salinas.  Elaina got word even while flowers and cards poured in, many of them from Ben.  He had ordered flowers each day for the entire month.  The Mortons were a couple deeply in love.  The course of their romance had been like something from a novel and now this.  Even after his funeral, the flowers and cards continued to arrive from Ben.  With Ben’s loss, and his love still pouring in, Elaina was inconsolable, so heartbroken that nobody from either side of the family could reach her.  Their love had been so deep that even their families had fused into one.  Together they searched for answers.  Some nights, Elaina would take Ben’s sleeping bag to the cemetery near the small church on the windswept Kansas plains.  She would weep beside Ben’s grave until she fell asleep even while his family would ask her to come home.  But even when she would come home, she cried all night in Ben’s bedroom until she would finally go quiet. 

One day, Elaina drove to a special place beside a lake where she and Ben had spent much time.  Elaina was alone when she took a small tree branch and traced in the sand by the lake, “I Love You Ben Morton, R.I.P.”  She traced a heart around the words and then joined her love forever. 

Rest In Peace Ben and Elaina.  Many people miss you.

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    M. Kyle · 10 years ago
    He does fantastic work and reports as no one else can or does. I don't think some know that he does it all at his own expense. Besides putting himself in serious jeopardy! He deserves our thanks, our prayers, our support and our donations.
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    tango-four · 10 years ago
    this is one of the silent effects of the war. it puts a human touch to all the stories we read and hear about. thanks mike for reminding us. nevertheless, there should be no let up in our desire to serve the cause we believe in.
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    Coop · 10 years ago
    [quote name="adam"]You should prey that you are open to truth, not just to confirm your bias.[/quote]
    Adam, It's pray not prey. A Freudian slip perhaps?
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    Larry Wood · 10 years ago
    Give it a rest.
    The story was what this day was supposed to stand for. Tragic and compelling.
    God bless them both and thank God that there are young men, and women, willing to do the job.
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    Chase · 10 years ago
    "A Day to Remember, Not to Celebrate"

    I don't agree with that. It should primarily be a day to remember those who have and are still serving but also a day to celebrate their lives. Unfortunately a lot celebrate a day off work or school but there are many in this country who do celebrate the lives of the United States' Armed Forces.

    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." -- General George S. Patton
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    Frank · 10 years ago
    Right you are Adam, this guy spends 1% of the donations in equipment and the rest in Thailand prostitutes.

    The copyright of 1 picture can pay the equipment of 5 embedded michaels.

    Stand you ground.
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    Danielle · 10 years ago
    I wasn't very close to my cousin Elaina...but really, how black is your heart to be so bitter??? This is not manipulative and it is not taking advantage of people's emotions. This is a story about love, and it says a lot!!
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    Michael Yon · 10 years ago
    It was deeply saddening to read the trajectory of some of the comments on Memorial Day. It is what it is.

    A note, it's true that the signature line goes on all dispatches. We cannot selectively remove it. (Been through this with my webmaster more than a year ago.) It's part of the archetecture.

    Since my last embed, I've spent three periods unembedded in Afghanistan and covered the fighting in Thailand from up close. Am packing now to return to Afghanistan in the morning.

    Michael
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    Deogi · 10 years ago
    [quote name="Chase"]"A Day to Remember, Not to Celebrate"

    I don't agree with that. It should primarily be a day to remember those who have and are still serving but also a day to celebrate their lives. Unfortunately a lot celebrate a day off work or school but there are many in this country who do celebrate the lives of the United States' Armed Forces.

    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." -- General George S. Patton[/quote]

    Chase:
    Veterans Day is when we remember those who have served. Memorial Day is when we remember those who have fallen.
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    Deogi · 10 years ago
    Michael: Stay safe and may God bless you and all of our military with safety.
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    Violette · 10 years ago
    .....-Je l'aime a en mourrir- : Ben for the Country and Mankind,idiots included,Elaina for the the Eternal Dissapearance of Ben.
    Universal Love.
    Tshuss...and snd STAY ALIVE !
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    TerriLPN · 10 years ago
    Thank You Michael for sharing the Touching Story of a Ben and Elaina, Most of all this reminds me to Pray for the Loved ones of Fallen Soldiers...That Peace of Mind will come to them, and for them to know their brave spouses did not die in vain, they are Honored, and Never forgotten..Lesson Learned to Embrace the Family of a Fallen Soldier and Hold Up w/love and support.
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    TheOldMan · 10 years ago
    I've been telling my oldest son that he doesn't have to respond to everything his younger brother says to him. Same thing with trolls. If you don't like what someone writes, ignore it. When there's no reaction, they fade away...
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    Brett · 10 years ago
    Each and every day I remind my four sons that those in the military risk their lives, and many pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. This story brings it home that the sacrifice made rrow never be taken for granted...and it is with sorrow that I see that many in our country do just that.We will never get this from the MSM. Michael, your work is of great importance.
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    mike burgoyne · 10 years ago
    We should think of our fallen and their families more than just one day a year. Yon reminds us with every post that we are at war. Sometimes they spark discussions, controversy, but we are better off for having read them. Thought provocking, yes. But do not doubt his integrity.
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    Paul Garner, AF Ret · 10 years ago
    [quote name="Larry Wood"]Give it a rest.
    The story was what this day was supposed to stand for. Tragic and compelling.
    God bless them both and thank God that there are young men, and women, willing to do the job.[/quote]


    Thanks for recognizing that there are no children serving in the ranks. These are the young - and some not so young - men and women who are willing to take the "queens shilling" and serve their country. They are all volunteers and I, for one, am deeply grateful. God bless them all.

    The Old Sarge

    In memory of CWO A.W. Gunn and the crew of MEDEVAC Flight Dustoff 90, who went MIA in Vietnam the 12th of February 1968.
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    Rickvid in Seattle · 10 years ago
    Too bad she did not have this to comfort her.

    http://www.jayandmolly.com/ballouletter.shtml
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    Military Mom · 10 years ago
    It is apparant that ADAM has never loved or been loved by someone. I wonder why?
    Thank God we have unselfish men and woman stepping forward to fight terrorism while others complain about the war and look for faults in those who support our troops.
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    Teal · 10 years ago
    Thanks Michael for honoring Ben and Elaina. I graduated with Elaina in 2004 from our small rad tech program. I am amazed and very grateful that six years later their story was remembered.

    May the Lord protect those who protect us, and always keep their families in His warm embrace.
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    Tommy Barrios · 10 years ago
    How about let's focus on the point of the article instead of the rhetoric of an obvious malcontent, mkay!

    People like Adam thrive on bomb throwing and disparagement of others trying to do the "right" thing!

    He probably has Code Stink in his bookmarks so please ignore her gay sounding liberal attitude!

    That said, No matter what is in the FOOTER, I agree with Michael's posting of this article and the message it sends.

    Depression can kill you, just as well as any bullet!

    I outta know, it killed my father after his wife of 50 plus years and my precious little mother, died of cancer!

    Adam shame on you, shame, shame, shame!
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    disrespect · 10 years ago
    I am sorry to burst everyones bubble but this is very disrespectful to me that you have to sit here and argue over my family memebers memorial that was written. It honestly made me cry more! :cry:: And for the ending part to argue over makes you miss the whole point of the article!

    Micheal I absolutely appreciate this article, because it is a very true one. People find it as a celebration to have fun, go to the lake, and etc. When honestly it is a day of mourning for some families.
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    Jon · 10 years ago
    What a desperately sad story
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    Mick0311 · 10 years ago
    Uh...no, no you don't. You make me sick Adam. I just don't understand people like you. You have some serious growing up to do young man.
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    Leyla Najma · 10 years ago
    This is really a sad story! :sad:
    What can any of us say..........may they both rest in peace together, forever!
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    Leyla Najma · 10 years ago
    And to Adam........we all love Michael so freak off!!!
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    Captain · 10 years ago
    It would be nice if Michael didn't post it like he wrote it himself instead of just a repost of someone elses writing!
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    SSG Anthony Armstron · 9 years ago
    I was with Morton when he passed. I saw a lot of soldiers pass but I felt helpless when Morton left us. I'm still dealing with him/me/us. He will always be with me. I worked with him several times as he brought patients to me for continued care from the front lines. Morton saved lives. He is a hero. He was a front line combat medic.

    As to some comments on this thread I would like to address them directly but Morton would probably tell me not to waste my time as they are all of no consequence in the long run as he dealt with life and death and not bullshit.

    My love and my respect to the biological and Army family of Doc Morton.

    SSG Armstrong
    strongarma@gmail.com
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    Hope lutz fry · 7 years ago
    It's been nine years today, I miss you my sweet cousins. May you be together forever in the kingdom of God. Today we are all thinking of you. Gone but never forgotten.

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