As a young naval aviator, I knew at least a couple of folks – myself included – who’d pledged a hundred bucks on the O’Club bar for their friends in case of a fatal mishap. We knew they’d head there anyway. It seemed a nice gesture to offset the expense.
But this rather takes the cake:
David Hart, 23, of York was killed last year in the Sangin district of Helmand province while on a foot patrol.
He was part of the 40 Commando Royal Marines unit, assigned to fight beside U.S. Marines from Camp Pendleton to oust Taliban fighters from their longtime stronghold…
After his death, his family found Hart had designated 50,000 British pounds for a charity that helps wounded service personnel — and 100,000 pounds (about $163,000) for his military and civilian buddies and their girlfriends to go to Las Vegas.
Last month, 32 of them flew to the gambling capital.
“Out of 10, I would give the holiday 11,” Hart’s best friend, Andy Hare, told the Daily Mail. “It was incredible from start to finish. Some of the lads who hadn’t been to Vegas before couldn’t believe what it was like.”
Per mare, per terram, ad Vegas.