A last wish granted

A fundraising effort on the Burn Pit has netted more than $14,600 so far to offset the funeral expenses for U.S. Marine Cpl. Brian Downard, who recently died of cancer.

To read the entire story, click here and find out the story behind Downward, his dying-wish meeting with country music singer Clay Walker, and how you can donate to the fund.


  1. As sad as this story is (cried like a baby), I can't begin to express my joy for the response thus far. I was and will always be NAVY at heart, but I salute all my brothers and sisters that serve so nobly...regardless of branch. May God hold you in his loving arms Brian and may your Mother and daughter feel the loving empathy of those who care and appreciate men and women like you. May God bless you and continue to bless this glorious nation, The United States of America. Patrick J. DeFore (kingmambo) Petty Officer 2nd class, 1971 to 1976
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