By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and solid in the US. certainly one of 9 young ones turning out to be up in a brand new Jersey relatives, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom prior to changing into a celebrity linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the hot England Patriots. while his illustrious NFL occupation used to be over, he earned a legislation measure from Fordham collage and went to paintings for the recent York urban district attorney's workplace. From that vantage aspect he witnessed close-up the autumn of the dual Towers on that world-altering morning in September 2001—an occasion that encouraged him to go away public lifestyles and sign up for the U.S. military to raised serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting legal professional, Captain McGovern has steered battlefield commanders on criminal ideas of engagement in Afghanistan and has prosecuted suspected terrorists in Iraq. A devoted soldier and a guy of religion who has been at the entrance traces of the battle on Terror—both at domestic and within the heart East—Captain Robert McGovern is a unprecedented American with a outstanding and significant tale to tell—one that each American must pay attention.
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Shoe) YOU! (shoe) TO! (shoe) BE! (shoe) QUIET! (shoe)! I was pretty scared, but my friend Mark was absolutely horrified. He took cover in a corner of the bedroom, trying to make himself as small a target as possible. My brother Mike was doing the same in another corner. But I was the only one in her crosshairs that evening. This was a side of “Mrs. ” that Mark had never seen before. Then again, neither had I. I’m just glad I lived to tell the tale. Thankfully, my mother’s aim wasn’t very good.
I wanted to do whatever I could to avenge the horror I saw at Ground Zero, to avenge the crime committed against my country and against my friends. ’s office and called the headquarters of my reserve unit, a civil affairs battalion based in Connecticut. “Are we mobilizing,” I asked. I was fired up and ready to go. I expected to hear that we were getting ready to move out. “We’ll get back to you on that,” came the reply. So I waited. ’s office took an unexpected turn. Before 9/11, I was helping to prosecute drug cases.
Just like a drill sergeant. “You know, Ma, a lot of mothers would be crying about this,” I said with a smile on my face. “They’d be saying, ‘Oh, son, I don’t want you to be drafted. ’ But not you, Ma. ” I knew that line of reasoning wasn’t going to work. Because I’d known for years that my mother wasn’t like a lot of other mothers. My dad is the same way, as you might expect of an ex-Marine. Actually, as the Marines say, there is no such thing as an exMarine. So put my father down as a Marine. He fought the Cold War in uniform during the 1950s and served in Greenland as well as over in Europe and at sea.