Real quick shout out to the Army;
Happy 237th Birthday!
Oh, and Happy Flag Day.
To the greatest branch there is (although I am biased); HOOAH!!<3
Some things are just not allowed when soldiers are standing in formation. One of them is 4-year-old girls.
However, there was no soldier stern enough to pry Paige Bennethum of Laureldale, Pa. from her father as he prepared to leave last July for a year-long deployment in Iraq.
Abby Bennethum captured her daughter’s emotions in a photograph that she passed along tothe Reading Eagle, the newspaper in Berks County, Pa. The image immediately captured many other people’s emotions.
Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum was preparing to depart from Fort Dix, N.J., for Iraq, leaving behind his pregnant wife and two little girls. His family was there to see him off. His commanding officer didn’t have the heart to tell Paige she had to let go of her daddy.
“I didn’t want to let go of him,” she told NBC Philadelphia.
Sgt. Bennethum, 30, is scheduled to return home next July. Until then, he’s transporting supplies across the Iraqi border. He serves with the 733rd Transportation Company based in Reading, Pa.
Abby Bennethum said she got pregnant right before her husband left for Iraq. “I’ve heard of deployment babies, but I never thought I’d be having one,” she told the Reading Eagle. The couple’s other daughter, Lena, is just 10 months old.
Staff Sgt. Bennethum got a four-day pass so he could spend some quality time with his family and they could make the two-hour trip to Fort Dix to see him off. Almost immediately upon arrival, his commanding officer ordered the soldiers to fall in.
“Gotta go,” he told his family. But Paige walked up behind him in formation, grabbed his right hand and would not let go.
“I called her a couple of times, but she wouldn’t budge,” her mother said. She still wishes she was holding her father’s hand.
“I just miss my dad right now,”
Being a soldier in the United States Army isn’t always easy, but because I have her; I believe there isn’t anything I can’t do. I’ve known her since 1st grade and she is now the woman I want for the rest of my life. I’ve been on a deployment for 5 months now and she has been just as much of a soldier as I have.
She deserves the world and if I could I would go get it for her, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try. She is my everything and I wouldn’t be the man I am if it wasn’t for her. If I could win this wedding for Theresa, I would love to show her my appreciation for all she’s done. I could really use some help in this.
This link takes you to Facebook, where my fiancee and I are entered into a contest to win a free wedding. All you have to do if you’re already logged in, is click the link, like the page, search “Theresa Ybarra,” and click “add entry.” Then search “Joshua Fuller,” and click “add entry,” for my name as well.
It takes ten seconds and you’d be giving me a chance to give my fiancee the wedding she’s always dreamed of and the wedding she deserves. I can only think of one happier moment than when I get to hold her in my arms again, and that’s when I get to make her my wife. I need your help in this.
PFC Fuller, Joshua. C Co. 37th STB.
“Daddy interrogates daughter to get a confession on who is her favorite parent.”
Bahahha this is so cute :]