Thursday, January 05, 2006


A local family struggled over their decision to let their 17 year old daughter, Sarah, graduate from high school early and join the Marine Reserves. The decision is never easy, but for the Dyer's, one very important factor weighed heavily on their minds.

Sarah's older brother, Lance Corporal Christopher J. Dyer, was killed in Iraq in August by a roadside bomb, along with four other Marines.

He is buried at Arlington. During his memorial service, his mother spoke about her son's decision to join the Marines, and about the war. She urged mourners to "honor me in this way" and not let their anger and sadness turn them against the war in Iraq or the US military. (ahem. Mrs. Sheehan- take note.)

Sarah and Christopher were very close growing up, and often played "army" in the backyard. Her high school principal calls her "focused" and says she has a lot of "internal drive." US Representative Steve Chabot calls her "impressive" and "extraordinary"- which is why he nominated her for an appointment at West Point.

She leaves for Parris Island on January 22. One day later she will learn whether or not she's been awarded a Navy ROTC scholarship. She's already been awarded an Army ROTC scholarship, but her choice is the Marine Corps. "The few. The proud. I want to be a part of that and I want to be a part of the Marines", she says.

I am in awe of this young woman. She has an Army ROTC scholarship, may get an appointment to West Point, but is hoping to get a Navy ROTC scholarship... so she can go to VMI. HOLY COW.

YOU GO GIRL! (and your parents frikkin' rock)


  • To follow up, Sarah did receive an appoinmtent to West Point and is waiting to hear from the Naval Academy. She is in training week 6 at Parris Island and recently passed CWS Level 1.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:21 AM  

  • Sarah graduated PI 21 April, 2006 as a PFC. She turned down the WP appointment in favor of an NROTC scholarship (Marine option) at Ohio State University, to major in International Studies and Business.

    Yesterday, she was an invited guest at 8th and I for the Marine Evening Parade and had lunch at the WH West Wing basement dining facility. She also visited and laid flowers at her brothers grave in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:59 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home