...it tolls for thee..." Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, (age 30 and 25 respectively).
As I read Second missing U.S. sailor in Afghanistan is found dead, I couldn't help but think of a Navy tradition that has always been near and dear to my sentimental, sap of a heart: the Two Bell Ceremony - a solemn part of the annual commemoration of the Navy's Birthday. It is a simple and silent (but for the bells and MC) tribute to our fallen shipmates.
"In days past, two bells (toll two bells here) marked the end of the routine day aboard a ship. It was time for tattoo, and soon, taps would sound throughout the ship. Certainly, this is a most appropriate time to honor our departed shipmates."
And it is. Fair winds and following seas Petty Officers McNeley and Newlove...