Willis resident Tom Logan is angry with President Obama and his administration, and he wants things to change. Logan’s anger has nothing to do with the Republican Convention, the economy, or any of the other issues on the evening news. Tom Logan is angry because of what he and many others consider an unconscionable lack of respect shown to his family following the death of his son who died serving his country in the Marine Corps.
Cpl. Joseph D. “Joey” Logan was one of six marines killed January 19 when their Vietnam era CH-53D Sea Stallion heavy-lift helicopter crashed without warning while supporting combat operations in the Helmand province in the mountains of Afghanistan. Joey Logan was scheduled to wrap up his deployment and return home just over two months later, where he planned to reenlist and remain stateside. It was also supposed to be the last mission for the aircraft that was older than any of its crew. But Tom Logan and his wife Debi are not angry about where Joey died or why he was there. They are proud they raised a son who was such a patriot and offered the ultimate sacrifice for his country. In fact, both Tom and Debi served in the United States Air Force and they have two other children who remain in the military and Tom says his middle child’s death has not made him wish the other two had chosen different paths.
Notification of Joey Logan’s death was made in the traditional and appropriate way, by two uniformed Marines who knocked on their door that fateful night. Tom Logan says the Marine Corps has gone above and beyond what he and Debi expected in the days and months following their son’s death, making every effort to assist the family with whatever they needed and making sure the Logan’s know Joey was also part of a much larger family and would not be forgotten by his brothers and sisters who remain in the US Marine Corps. The Logans received numerous letters of condolence from high ranking Marine Officials, with the first dated January 19, the day of their son’s death. They also saw a tremendous outpouring of support not only from their friends in the Willis community, but from all over Montgomery County and far beyond. Even members of the news media, typically known for being cold an indifferent, seemed to go out of their way to show their respect and gratitude for the service and sacrifice of the 22-year-old whose life was cut short.
The one person who treated Marine Cpl. Joseph D. Logan’s death as though it were insignificant, ignoring it for five months before mailing a form letter with what appears to be an electronic signature to Tom and Debi Logan was the United States commander-in-chief, President Barack Hussein Obama.
The form letter of condolence from the President was dated May 9 and delivered by a UPS driver on May 16, three days shy of exactly five months after Joey Logan and five other Marines died in that helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
The Logans have since learned their experience is not unique, nor is their outrage.
The question posed by Tom Logan – “Is this any way to honor a young man that gave his life for his country?”
Read more about Tom and Debi Logan’s struggle to create awareness and bring about change in part 2 of this article, including the letters they each sent to Mr. Obama. Part 3 will cover their plans to honor their son’s memory by helping Marines who return home alive, and what you can do to let the current administration know this country’s fallen sons and daughters deserve more respect than a form letter with an electronic signature delivered by a UPS driver months after their deaths.
Below are links to articles published by MCPR regarding Joey Logan’s death and the unprecedented show of respect and support in Montgomery County when he arrived home and when his family and friends said goodbye: