Angels Under Adversity
Spring 2007 Editorial
NNMC Bethesda Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Ellen Crown and Sgt. Stan Mayer.
Poor Sgt. Stan Mayer. That fine
Marine has been interviewed too many times, he'd probably say. Combine that
with 10 months in Iraq with 3rd Battalion 25th Marines in 2005 and the two
conspire to create a press-weary and somewhat paranoid yet very patient and
Unfortunately he spilled to this
journalist last fall, while he provided extensive interview time on the
Graham project, that he would rather work few other places in the Corps than
with the Liaison office at NNMC Bethesda.
Ashamedly, at the time I wasn't
thinking about the patients there. I was thinking that then Cpl. Mayer
should get whatever he wants. He'd been heartbroken by the horrific and
complicated death of his best friend LCpl. Lance Graham
(click here for Graham project).
He'd watched dozens more from his battalion die. He'd been betrayed by loved ones. He'd
worked hard for little pay. He needed to find his spot - even if briefly, I
Life moved on and Corps Stories
interests spanned, but NNMC Bethesda came up again when a former Marine and
Corps Stories interview, retired NYPD detective and confidant Tom Nerney
told how he's enjoyed his work with Wounded Warriors at NNMC Bethesda and
Soon I realized that what little
press the Liaison office had received was enough to stir my interests. And
if Tom would go with, Corps Stories might be a great forum for more positive
coverage for those Marines. If Stan thought so much of it, it had to be a
Tom, although heavily committed
with NYC investigations of varied sorts, dropped everything on short notice
to navigate me through our visit there. The Marine Corps has few better
friends than he.
And one last caveat: the PAO
Ellen Crown would be hard to replace for that post. Ellen met Tom and me,
and Corps Stories mission to reveal the best in our Marines, right at the
starting gate. She efficiently powered us through several angles, interviews
and considerations to make this piece come together for a strong finish.
So, beloved readers, keep these
wounded - and those who care for them - in your prayers.
Affairs Officer Ellen Crown.
Meriwether Ball, Editor