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Trending Photo: Marine’s Wife at Casket

Trending Photo: Marine’s Wife at Casket

A photo which has been circulated heavily on social media sites is a photo of a marine’s wife laying on a mattress next to his casket. Is this photo and accompanying story real?

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The photo is real.

A touching story is included:

The night before the burial of her husband 2nd Lt. James Cathey of the United States Marine Corps, killed in Iraq, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of “Cat”, and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept.
“I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it” she said.
“I think that’s what he would have wanted”.

-Not sure what is more honorable: Being married to this faithful wife to the end or the Marine standing next to the casket watching over them both.

IN HONOR OF ALL OF OUR ARMED FORCES PLEASE SHARE AND RE-POST AS A DECLARATION OF OUR FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! —

 

 

This is a legitimate story, which was an award-winning special that ran in November 2005. The original story is here, but slide show containing the photo appears to be broken due to Rocky Mountain News having closed since then.

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