A tribute to Marine and his selfless ‘duty’
By Joe Fitzgerald
Jan 7, 2013
Perhaps you, too, have seen the piece on Swifty that’s been sweeping the Internet lately, regarding the death of this Screaming Eagle from the 101st Airborne Infantry whose parachuting into Normandy was highlighted on HBO’s “Band of Brothers” episodes.
The email’s author, noting the enormous attention we give to the passing of celebrities, lamented “this hero died with barely anyone’s notice,” correctly implying our priorities are skewed.
So this one’s for Chet Gould, a native of Plymouth, who died two days ago at 95, taking with him proud memories that only those who served could savor.
A member of the Marines’ Fifth Amphibious Corps, he was still a teen when he left “America’s Hometown” for the belly of wartime hell in the Pacific, fighting in Saipan, Tinian, Guam, all brutal bloodbaths held as sacred by every leatherneck.
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