I know the deep joy of holding a baby. I know the deep sorrow of losing a loved one. I cry at the news of another fallen Marine, Sgt. Derek Wyatt, of Akron. Derek was only twenty-five years old. He was killed while on duty by a sniper in Afghanistan. The next evening his wife, Kait, gave birth to their son, Michael.
The day before Wyatt was deployed to Afghanistan last October, he spent time on a California beach with his pregnant wife, who is a Marine veteran. They picked a name for their child and on the beach they wrote, “Derek + Kait = Michael.”
Derek’s ROTC Marine instructor from high school, Master Sgt. John MacLean, said in an article by the NewsChannel5 Staff, “He didn’t die. He changed jobs. He went from being a Marine here on earth to guarding the gates of Heaven. That’s what Marines do.”
Please hold Kait, baby Michael and their family and friends in prayer.