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Marine Spends All Night In Dying Dad’s Hospital Room, Then Tells Nurse He’s Not The Man’s Son

“The Night Watch” was a story written in 1964 by Roy Popkin. The story was published in a 1965 Edition of Reader’s Digest. When you read it, you will see that it is something that could happen today. The whole story takes place in a hospital. A Marine has just arrived and was ushered into the room of a dying man.

The nurse told the man that his son had just arrived. The patient was groggy from the medication, but he reached out his hand.

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The Marine took the old man’s hand and held it – all night long. Nurses and staff came in and out of the room and offered the young soldier a place to rest and food. He politely refused the offers.

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