Marine Sgt. Lesley Reed looks at the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. Her squadron works in the same hangar that Sgt. Jimmy Fordyce did.
Marine Sgt. Lesley Reed checks systems in a CH-53E helicopter at Marine Corps Air Station.(MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff)
Peg and Jim Fordyce of Newtown Square cosigned the enlistment papers so their son Jimmy, who was not yet 18, could join the Marine Corps.

Mourning Marine Girlfriend Joins Corps

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At 21, Lesley Reed met her handsome Sergeant, Jimmy Fordyce, through her Marine brother. They had only been together 6 months when Fordyce left for his third overseas tour. He planned for this to be the last deployment–he would quit the service, they’d move to Philadelphia, he’d get a job, and she’d go back to school.

He was killed in a  helicopter crash off the Horn of Africa in 2006.

“I didn’t have any reason to get up in the morning,” Reed said. “I had no reason to live anymore. There was nothing for me to do.”

After a loved one dies, everyone must find a way to cope. Reed immersed herself in Fordyce’s memory–by joining the Marines herself.

Read the full article from Tom Infield here.



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