Even Death Threats Won’t Stop This Decorated Marine from Guarding War Memorial
When Corporal Nathan Cirillo was murdered by an Islamic extremist while guarding the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa, people all over the world were impacted. Canadians reacted with grief and shock, but one man was moved to act. Former United States Marine Major R.E.G. “Fox” Stinke, Jr. Stinke put on his uniform, went to the memorial, and stood guard himself.
Western Journalism reported the story:
Sinke, a Canadian-American dual citizen who lives in Canada, said “the murder of the young Cpl. Cirillo was so despicable and craven that I just couldn’t find it within myself to do nothing.” He arrived at the memorial at 6:30 a.m. Friday and stood guard by himself until the Canadian honor guard and eight Canadian police officers with fully automatic weapons joined him at 9 a.m.
The senior police officer was initially concerned about Sinke guarding the monument alone.
“He says, ‘God man, you got more balls than brains don’t you?’ ” Sinke said. “So I said, ‘Well actually, sir, I was kind of hoping that one of those scum-of-the-earth radicals would show up and take me on because, to tell you the truth, I have always dreamed of being able to confront an evil-doer and run him through with this damn sword.’ So he kind of liked that, you know.”
Since he started guarding the memorial, Sinke has received some threatening phone calls. He said the people on the other end scream at him in Arabic – the only words he recognizes are, “kill you” because he’s heard them before – and then hang up. Despite some concerns from police, Sinke isn’t worried:
“If they’re looking for a fight, they came to the right guy… I promise you this: If they come here, they’ll die here.”
After news of Sinke’s actions came to light, Guardian of Valor, a group that checks claims made about military service, posted Major Sinke’s service records on their site. It turns out he is a Vietnam veteran who was awarded five Purple Hearts.
This Tweet from one grateful Canadian speaks for the whole country: