The Marine behind an email that went viral on military networks was surprised by the Corps’ top general and senior enlisted leader Monday, when they both showed up in Afghanistan to present him with a brand new helmet.
The Marine, Cpl. Ian Gorman, a machinegunner with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, had written a nonchalant statement about his helmet, which needed replacement after being hit by gunshot. We obtained the email between a number of generals on Dec. 18.
“I just signed what was probably the best damaged/missing gear statement I’ve seen,” Lt. Col. Collier, his battalion commander, wrote in an email. “Cpl Gorman: ‘I was shot in the helmet by enemy. I need a new one. I do not desire to reimburse the government.'”
The email quickly went from Collier’s immediate superior, Col. Daniel Sullivan, who described Gorman as “a real character,” up to many senior officers and enlisted leaders in a matter of hours, before finally reaching the commandant’s inbox.
Well, it looks like the commandant enjoyed reading the email and wanted to meet this “character,” as photos released from the Marine Corps show.
At Camp Leatherneck, the commandant and Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett presented Gorman and Lance Cpl. Indy Johnson, who were both wounded in combat, with autographed helmets.
Here are the photos from that day:
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