Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A close friend of fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Jared Verbeek decided to honor his former comrade by re-enlisting at his grave.
Sgt. Jonathan Diehm said it was his way of keeping a promise to Verbeek. The two men vowed they would always attend each other's re-enlistment ceremonies. Diehm told the Visalia Times-Delta:
“I want to continue my career for the both of us."
Verbeek left behind a wife, Vanessa, and toddler son, Jacob.
Fresno television station KMPH-TV covered Diehm's re-enlistment at Verbeek's grave. I've posted that video up top. It is a heartbreaking, yet beautiful story. Tissues required.