A letter from a Marine to his parents:

Well if you are reading this, then things didn’t go well for me over in Iraq. I’m sorry for the pain that I have caused you because of this. Please do not be upset with the Marine Corps, the military, the government, or the President. It was my choice to go into the military. The President and my higher commanders were just doing what they thought was best. Realize that I died doing something that I truly love, and for a purpose greater than myself.

Marine Capt Ryan A. Beaupre died in a helicopter crash in Kuwait on March 30, 2005. Read the whole letter.