Marines are soldiers of the sea. They fight wars against other nations. Their true battle is in the field between life and death.
Having a dangerous environment, you will think that these brave men only focused on serving their country.
But even with the guns firing and exploding devices scattered everywhere, true friendships are still made.
Master Sgt. William H. Cox and First Sgt. James T. Hollingsworth’s bond is one of the greatest examples of this.
It was during the Vietnam war in 1968 where these two fearless soldiers made a promise to each other that if they survive the battlefield, they would communicate with each other every New Year’s Eve that they’ll live out.
And they did make it through that horrifying day of dancing bullets and souls screaming for help.
However, after leaving Vietnam, they both continued serving the marines separately.
But for five decades, they both have proven their loyalty to each other by keeping the promise they have shared.
Sadly, last year, it changes everything for them.
Sgt. Hollingsworth had a terminal disease that led to his one final wish to his friend Sgt. Cox.
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He wanted him to do his eulogy saying that Sgt. Cox knows him more than his family.
With so many emotions overflowing him, Sgt. Cox then had a hard time accepting his request, but he didn’t want to disappoint his brother so he ended up agreeing to do it.
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As Sgt. Hollingsworth’s funeral took place on the 20th of October, 2017 where Sgt. Cox was wearing his full Marine dress uniform and wasn’t walking with the cane he usually uses.
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He was there the whole time guarding his friend up all throughout the service and delivered his last promise to him making every word full of love for the lost brother finishing it up with their combat mission’s closing words, “Hollie, you keep ’em flying, and I’ll keep ’em firing.”
Which some people find very touching. Here’s what others have to say,