From the article: 12 Year-Old Cancer Victim Cody Green Becomes An Honorary Marine " Dwight Moody once said, “character is what you are in the dark”. May this poignant story be an inspiring reminder that great virtue does exist and may the inner strength of Cody Green live on to carry his family through." The Gateway Pundit | Where Hope Finally Made a Comeback The gist of the story is this: Honor. Courage. Commitment. These are the core values that define a U.S. Marine. Along with their solemn code of Semper Fidelis, it is what makes elite warriors of the few and the proud and distinguishes them as individuals bonded together by loyalty and enduring greatness. Cody Green, a young 12 year old boy in Indiana battling leukemia, shared these characteristics and the local Marine Corps recognized them. With the “strength and honor and courage” he showed through his long struggle to be rid of his disease they decided to make the brave, young admirer of the U.S. Marines an honorary Marine, himself. And from the Daily Mail: Cody’s repeat cancer battle inspired the local Marines, who thought ‘he’s fought as hard as any marine has and because of that we’re going to honour him’. … The youngster’s father David Snowberger told local station WLFI: ‘They decided Cody, with the strength and honour and courage he showed through the whole thing, he should be a Marine.’ When Cody’s condition took a turn for the worse on Friday night, his family got in touch with a local Marine who said that he would rush to the hospital to be with the boy during his final hours. Former Marine Mark Dolfini, 39, who was introduced to Cody through Mr Snowberger, presented the boy with a flag and Marine navigator wings. In keeping with the Corps motto of Semper Fidelis, latin for always faithful, the Marine stood post outside of Cody’s door all night, saluting Mrs Green as she went in and out of the room, right up until Cody passed on Saturday. ‘The night before Cody passed, he stood guard at Cody’s door at the hospital all night long for eight hours straight,’ Mr Snowberger said. Honour guard: Mark Dolfini, 39, a local Marine, was so moved by Cody’s story that he helped make the 12-year-old an honorary Marine before he passed on Saturday due to an infection related to cancer. (Daily Mail) And here's a link to a local news report: Boy made honorary Marine before death | WLFI - Flora, Indiana I believe they are quite right. Heroes don't need to spike footballs. And may God bless these Marines with hearts of gold.