Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Identical twin loses brother to war

I cannot even begin to imagine losing any of my children (nor have I any desire to do so), and I have no recollection of a sibling I lost at too-early an age.
But even farther beyond my comprehension is the loss of an identical twin.
My heart aches for Osmany De Oca, whose identical twin brother, Lance Cpl. Osbrany Montes, was killed in Afghanistan Friday while serving his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, according to the Bergen County Record.
Osbrany Montes was 20.
Yes, the twins and their older brother,  Sandro Moreta, knew they were risking their lives when they enlisted, but who honestly considers that reality when they sign up?
I have read about identical twins and loss and the permanent void it leaves within them. I have talked about such loss with a friend who lost one of her identical twin brothers at a young age, and the effect his death has had on her surviving brother.
I hope that is all I ever know of it.
I hope my children never know any of it.
My deepest condolences go out to the De Oca family along with my deepest gratitude for the service and sacrifices of their sons.

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