R.I.P. John Murtha

| February 8, 2010 | Comments (1)

I just saw on Hot Air that Congressman John Murtha, of Pennsylvania, has died. I knew he recently had surgery and had more recently been admitted to the I.C.U for a serious condition, but I assumed that no news was good news. That was a mistake.

Like Ed Morrissey and Sister Toldjah, I’d rather highlight the choice parts of Murtha’s life today instead of dwelling on his multitudinous sins. From the Washington Post obituary:

He entered the Marine Corps in 1952, during the Korean War period, and served until 1955. He returned to Johnstown to run the family car wash and finish his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962, and he joined the Marine Corps Reserve. During the Vietnam conflict, he volunteered for combat and served near Da Nang in 1966 and 1967.

In 1955, he married Joyce Bell. She survives, along with their daughter, Donna Murtha ; twin sons, Pat Murtha and John M. Murtha ; and three grandchildren.

…Murtha, whose military decorations included the Bronze Star and two awards of the Purple Heart, was one of the first Vietnam veterans to sit in the House.

My condolences to his wife and family. I am truly sorry for their loss.

UPDATE: More, both hagiographic and realistic, from Michelle Malkin, Ed Driscoll, and the torrent from memeorandum

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