This Week’s Friday Feel-Good

| February 8, 2013

Elbert Wood, 93, of Houston, TX, is a USMC World War II veteran. He came home from a medical appointment on January 21st.

His home had been vandalized. Two juvenile “little darlings” had broken in. They’d spray-painted many of the walls, furnishings, carpets, and appliances.

Wood served in the Pacific in World War II. He was wounded in action twice. He also recently lost his wife – 19 days before the incident, to be precise. Let’s just say he deserved better than this.

Just another case of big-city vandalism and taking advantage of the elderly, eh? Perhaps. But here’s where the story takes a good turn.

Seems as if word of what happened to Mr. Wood got around. Independently, many pitched in to help.

Like MAJ Roberto Rodriguez, A/1/23d Marines – and his troops. They went to the man’s home to help.

On arrival, they were joined by a group of contractors laid-on by a local radio station. So instead of doing clean-up work, the Marines instead cleared the entire house so the contractors could do a better job while doing the rehab.

GruntLife – a vets organization – also got wind of the incident. They started a fundraiser to send Wood and his children on a trip to DC to visit the World War II memorial and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The fundraiser achieved its initial target of $5,000 within 72 hours.

The revised plan is to send Woods’ children to accompany him to DC in April as well. They’re well on the way to making that happen.

No, this won’t make the incident “go away”. It happened; nothing can change history. But it does help mitigate the damage done to Mr. Wood – both that done to his property and his dignity.

And it also shows that, while there are indeed many jerks among us, there are also those who still give a damn.

Category: Marine Corps, Veterans Issues

Comments (12)

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  1. SJ says:

    Only thing better would be if the youts had stumbled in for a return visit not knowing all the Marines were there.

  2. Houston says:

    As a follow up, the two juveniles that were arrested for this were matched by palm print to another elderly person’s house they had done the same thing to a couple weeks prior. And they’ve been charged for both Criminal Mischiefs.

  3. NR Pax says:

    @2: Things like that are why I think Singapore has it right with caning as a punishment.

  4. PintoNag says:

    The thing that should be done is the punks should be made to go back and clean up their mess…with the Marines standing over them to make sure it got done right.

    “Scared straight” wouldn’t even begin the cover what would happen to those two!

  5. Twist says:

    It’s nice to see the Marines taking care of one of their own.

  6. Twist says:

    Just to clarify, #5 wasn’t trying to imply that it was an uncommon occurrence.

  7. streetsweeper says:

    The radio station and talk show host that kicked it off are on Michael Berry is the talk show host that got the ball rolling to repair the damage and replace some furniture then it snowballed from there.

  8. CWO5USMC says:

    Way to go Major Rodriguez, and the Marines of A Co, 1/23. Semper fi!!

    With all the craziness in the world, it’s good to see something positive.

    Thanks for the story!!

  9. Ex-PH2 says:

    Thanks for the story. Positive stuff is always welcomed with open arms at my house.

    I think a fitting punishment for those two little snots would be 10 weeks at Marine Corps basic with the meanest SOB drill instructor on the planet.

  10. MAJMike says:

    Gotta love Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children!!!

    Shai Dorsai!!

  11. Joe Williams says:

    The Boot Camp idea is halfway good. Remove the hands off policy from the Drill Instructions. Now we have the full package. Sharp hand salute for A !/23. Joe

  12. Bruce says:

    Taking care of those who came before us, it’s what
    we do, it’s who we are. Semper Fi