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Finish what he started - November 18, 2011, 02:19 PM

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'I need to finish what he started': Fallen soldier's fiancée to join Marine Corps the same month they were due to marry | Mail Online



'I need to finish what he started': Fallen soldier's fiancé to join Marine Corps the same month they were due to marry
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:05 PM on 18th November 2011


The fiancé of a Marine killed in Afghanistan is honouring his memory in a unique way – by starting the job he loved.
Madeline Cates, 21, from Bratt, Florida, enlisted in the Marine Corps at the end of October ‘to finish what he started’.
Her fiancé, Travis Nelson, was killed in Afghanistan in August – just two weeks after his 19th birthday and five weeks after being deployed.

Miss Cates will begin training in March - the same month Lance Corporal Nelson was supposed to return. They had hoped to marry shortly after.
Although she had never considered a career in the military, Miss Cates said that, on hearing about her fiancé’s death, she felt compelled to join the Marines.

‘Something just drove me to do it; it was driving me crazy,’ she told NorthEscambia.com. ‘I could not just keep sitting here.
‘I have to do something with my life, and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor him than to follow in his footsteps.

I'm going to finish what he started.’
Miss Cates said his letters had prepared her for what to expect.

‘He told me about everything good and bad, so I know a little bit what to expect,’ she told CNN. ‘I feel the need to finish it. I want to see what he saw, do what he did.’
Her mother Gina Perry admitted she was not keen on the idea at first – but has since grown to accept it.
She said: ‘[I thought] maybe it was just her reaching for some part of him that she missed so much.
‘But I so respect and honour her decision to want to honour him.
‘If you knew them as a couple, you knew they were truly in love.’
Miss Cates added: ‘People always say, “Oh Travis wouldn’t want you to do this,” but I know Travis better than everyone and I think that he’d be okay with it as long as it’s what I wanted to do.’
Miss Cates, who had already picked out her wedding dress, visited a recruiter last month.
‘They were really surprised I was able to go in there,’ she said.

She took her oath to the United States Marines in October and is due to report to boot camp in Paris Island, South Carolina, on March 5 of next year.
Miss Cates’s decision comes after her own disbelief at her fiancé’s choice of career.
Laughing, she said: ‘At first I was like, “Oh look at him. That’s so cool – that’s my boyfriend”.’
Lance Corporal Travis Nelson was honoured with a monument and ceremony two weeks ago.

Bratt Park, where he played as a child, was renamed the Travis M. Nelson Park during a ceremony on 8 November.
Lance Corporal Nelson, who was killed on his first tour, had left behind a short note just in case he did return from the battlefield.
It read: ‘Dear friends and family, if you are reading this, I didn’t get to come home. I love each and every one of you. I have no regrets, I died for a meaningful cause.’


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November 18, 2011, 02:21 PM

and now that she is in the news , she will attempt to use it to gain pity , which will be encouraged by officers who dictate to drill instructors how they are to treat her ...

I hope I am wrong, but I've seen this kind of thing before . it rarely ends well


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November 18, 2011, 11:04 PM

Sorry to hear of her loss.


*Not intended to be a factual statement.

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