I have no reason to doubt Josh McJilton’s wife claim that her Marine husband died a hero. In death, McJilton exemplified the Marine Code of Honor, as described by Marion F. Sturkey: “Simply stated, courage is honor in action — and more. Courage is moral strength, the will to heed the inner voice of conscience, the will to do what is right regardless of the conduct of others. It is mental discipline, an adherence to a higher standard. Courage means willingness to take a stand for what is right in spite of adverse consequences. This courage, throughout the history of the Corps, has sustained Marines during the chaos, perils, and hardships of combat. And each day, it enables each Marine to look in the mirror — and smile.” That said . . .
as you read this story [via San Diego’s 10news.com] please remember that you are not legally obliged to intervene in a violent dispute. Your moral code is your moral code. If it’s death before dishonor, so be it. But there are some armed Americans who believe that, as civilians, their first obligation is to protect their families. Which they can’t do if they’re dead. Something to think about . . .
A woman in Oceanside is mourning the death of her Marine veteran husband who was shot and killed in Ohio while he was trying to break up a bar fight.
Lydia McJilton said her husband Josh McJilton saved her life when they met and married five years ago. She said she was lost and he became her best friend. She believes Josh died a hero.
He was visiting family in his hometown of Wauseon, Ohio, and was at a bar when he noticed a fight starting between a man and a woman in a car.
When Josh tried to intervene, there was a struggle and the suspect shot Josh three times. He later died at the hospital . . .
No arrests have been made in Josh’s death.