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Grief, Honor, Prayer

Monday, a Marine Corps F/A-18D crashed into a San Diego neighborhood, killing four family members, including two children. The incident is under investigation.

Dong Yun Yoon, a naturalized citizen who was born in South Korea, lost his wife, mother-in-law, and his two children, ages 15 months and 2 months. From the CNN report, Yoon said ""I cannot believe that they are not here right now. I know there are many people who have experienced more terrible things, but please, tell me how to do it. I don't know what to do."

By itself, this story would be a horrific tragedy, a man who has lost everything due to something he could never have possibly foreseen or prevented. But what struck me was the character of the man, speaking even in his grief about the pilot of the plane:

"He is one of our treasures for the country," Yoon said in accented English punctuated by long pauses while he tried to maintain his composure.

"I don't blame him. I don't have any hard feelings. I know he did everything he could,"

I try to be a good man, but I have to say that I do not know if I could find such honorable words for the pilot, were I standing in Mr. Yoon's shoes right now. I could forgive the pilot, maybe, but it would be hard to show the grace that Mr. Yoon did in this place and time. It only reinforces the fact to me that here is a good man who is suffering a terrible, unbearable pain unjustly, even if it is no one's fault.

If you are a praying person like me, please add Dong Yun Yoon to your prayer list, a good and kind man who needs and deserves solace and comfort in this time.


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Comments (11)

The article mentions that Y... (Below threshold)
Steve:

The article mentions that Yoon was surrounded by members of his church. The Christian church in South Korea has a reputation for being solid, deep, prayerful and Christ-centered. The faith and depth of South Korean believers often puts that of American believers to shame.

A lot of letters in the San... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

A lot of letters in the San Diego Union this morning. Most start out "don't want to prejudge...", then finish by castigating the pilot.

That was great. What a gen... (Below threshold)
galoob:

That was great. What a generous man Mr. Yoon is.

God has a special place for... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

God has a special place for you Mr. Yoon.

I would say Mr. Yoon is als... (Below threshold)

I would say Mr. Yoon is also one of our treasures for the country.

We can all honor him by doi... (Below threshold)

We can all honor him by doing as he asks and praying for the pilot, too.

When I lived in Korea my fr... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

When I lived in Korea my friends and I would occasionally be approached by groups of Christians. Every single time, the extent of their message--in severely broken English--was "Jesus loves you. Be happy. Love each other. Have a nice day!" Not a shred of proselytization, no threat of damnation, only unconditional kindness.

The family's loss is sad, t... (Below threshold)
epador:

The family's loss is sad, the father's stance shows honor and integrity. I wonder at the decision to bring a crippled jet home over a route across the tops of residential neighborhoods. And the decision of local officials that zone residential areas in final approach zones for military aircraft. I recall an attempt of local Las Vegas officials to open up land near Nellis AFB close to the site where live ordinance is loaded and unloaded of the aircraft. It took a private live fire demonstration on the lower range to convince them this was a bad idea. At least temporarily. I think the money finally won out.

"I wonder at the decision t... (Below threshold)
res:

"I wonder at the decision to bring a crippled jet home over a route across the tops of residential neighborhoods."

Things happen pretty fast in a disabled aircraft (BTDT)... Unless you were riding along, your words are mere speculation, and unless you're a pilot, they're not even up to the level of a wild guess.

Unless you were ridin... (Below threshold)

Unless you were riding along, your words are mere speculation, and unless you're a pilot, they're not even up to the level of a wild guess.

Having read epador's comments for a while I think they are informed by experience, which is to say they are not close to "a wild guess".

How controllable is an F-18... (Below threshold)

How controllable is an F-18 without engine power? I'm not ready to blame the pilot, but if it were my family killed I don't think I could be quite as gracious as Mr. Yoon.





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