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Postby DominicanLou » Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:45 am

http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/12/marine.finger.ap/index.html

VICTORVILLE, California (AP) -- When Marine Lance Cpl. David Battle learned he'd either have to sacrifice his ring finger or the wedding band he wore, he told doctors at a field hospital in Iraq to cut off the finger.

The 19-year-old suffered a mangled left hand and serious wounds to his legs in a November 13 fire fight in Falluja. Battle, who is recovering at his parents' home in this desert city 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Los Angeles, came under attack as he and fellow Marines entered a building. Eleven other Marines were wounded.

Doctors were preparing to cut off Battle's ring to save as much of his finger as they could.

"But that would mean destroying my wedding ring," he said. "My wife is the strongest woman I know. She's basically running two people's lives since I've been gone. I don't think I could ever repay her or show her how grateful ... how much I love my wife, my soul mate."

With his approval, doctors severed his finger, but somehow in the chaos that followed, they lost his ring.

Although Battle was disappointed, his wife, Devon, said she was honored.

"I can't believe he did that," she said. "At first I was mad when he told me, but then I realized how lucky I am to have him in my life."

The couple, who met in the eighth grade, were married in June, just two weeks before Battle left for Iraq. He hopes to eventually return to the Marines, and to replace his wedding ring, but that will have to wait until he recovers.


I can't believe he went through all that, and they lost the ring! :-o
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Postby LBJackal » Mon Dec 13, 2004 4:26 am

Well it's the thought that matters I guess... but I woulda had them cut the ring off. He might need his whole hand when she divorces him in 5 years... :-°
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Postby kentx12 » Mon Dec 13, 2004 8:07 am

LBJackal wrote:Well it's the thought that matters I guess... but I woulda had them cut the ring off. He might need his whole hand when she divorces him in 5 years... :-°



LOL yea. I can buy another ring.
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Postby pokerplaya » Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:25 pm

At least he is home...
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Postby BigMusky » Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:26 pm

what a fricken idiot...
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Mon Dec 13, 2004 2:56 pm

LBJackal wrote:Well it's the thought that matters I guess... but I woulda had them cut the ring off. He might need his whole hand when she divorces him in 5 years... :-°


LOL, that's what I was thinking. :-D
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Postby BigMusky » Mon Dec 13, 2004 3:07 pm

you guys are all missing the funniest part of this....what is the point of keeping the ring if he has no finger to wear it on? They are probably going to have to cut it to resize the damn thing anyway to fit on another finger. Personally, I hope a doctor threw the ring away just to teach the guy a lesson.
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Postby acsguitar » Mon Dec 13, 2004 5:59 pm

Yes this guy is truly a dumbass...you know how superficial women are...shes probably gonna divorce him because of his freak hand...

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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Mon Dec 13, 2004 6:02 pm

BigMusky wrote:you guys are all missing the funniest part of this....what is the point of keeping the ring if he has no finger to wear it on? They are probably going to have to cut it to resize the damn thing anyway to fit on another finger. Personally, I hope a doctor threw the ring away just to teach the guy a lesson.


I hadn't even thought of that. :-? :-D
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Postby Rico The Retard » Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:11 pm

i wouldve got rid of the ring
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