Examples: [Collected via e-mail, May 2012]
Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at
Nowhere on the face of this planet is there a country so blessed as we to have men and women such as this. I wish I could personally tell this Marine how proud he makes me to be an American. God ... I do so love this country.
Origins: In April 2012, 12-year-old Cody Green, who had been battling leukemia since he was
"They decided Cody, with the strength and honor and courage he showed through the whole thing, he should be a Marine," said Cody's father David Snowberger.
Cody was given Marine navigator wings and was made an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps.
"I got the call from [his father] David about 3:00 or 4:00 that afternoon," said Sgt. Dolfini. "He made it pretty clear to me that he was terminal and he wasn't going to last too much longer. I thought this is something that needs to happen right away."
"When I was driving down there, I had no idea what I was going to say, I had no idea what I was walking into, I didn't know if Cody was conscious," said Sgt. Dolfini. "I didn't know anything. I didn't know what I was walking into whatsoever."
When Sgt. Dolfini arrived, Cody was not awake.
"He was not conscious, " said Sgt. Dolfini. "I mean, if he was, he was not responsive but he was heading to a better place."
Sergeant Dolfini made the decision to stand guard outside Cody's door for as long as Cody was alive, which turned out to be eight straight
He presented Cody with his navigator wings and let his family be with him in his final moments.
Sergeant Dolfini said leaving Cody and his family was not one of the hardest thing he's ever done. That moment came a week later when he attended Cody's funeral.
"I went and went in front of the casket and saluted Cody," said
"Marines don't do this sort of thing for acclaim," said Sgt. Dolfini. "That's not how we're wired. It's not why we join. We didn't join the Marine Corps. to be rich, we didn't join it for fame, you don't do it for that reason."
"If we all did just something like that once a day or just something small just think of what an incredible legacy that would leave for Cody," said
Sergeant Dolfini said he has spoken with Cody's family several times since his funeral. He said they will be friends for life.
Rentschler, Elisabeth. "Boy Made Honorary Marine Before Death." WLFI-TV [Flora, IN]. 30 April 2012. Rentschler, Elisabeth. "Marine Opens Up About Cody Green." WLFI-TV [Flora, IN]. 16 May 2012.