Two Marines, both veterans of the Vietnam War, made a three-week trek on foot from their homes in North Carolina and Virginia to plead a fellow Marine’s case in front of Barack Obama.
Though they served in the same battalion, Terry Sharpe and Allen Brown had never met prior to the former’s decision to make a 300-mile pilgrimage to the White House. Brown decided to join the cause as Sharpe walked through his hometown.
Along the way, the pair attracted curiosity and support for the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who has served six months in a Mexican prison for entering the country with legally owned firearms.
Instead of meeting with Obama – or anyone on his staff – upon reaching their destination, reports indicate they were not even acknowledged. Nevertheless, a crowd formed around them and Sharpe read aloud the letter he had prepared for the president.
“As Marines, we pledged long ago to never leave another Marine on the battlefield, and you have expressed the same sentiment as commander-in-chief.”
Sharpe challenged Obama to call his Mexican counterpart in an attempt to facilitate Tahmooressi’s release. Despite the administration’s reluctance to get involved, however, recent reports indicate authorities in Mexico are ready to set the prisoner free so that he can obtain adequate treatment for his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Photo Credit: Facebook/Free Tahmooressi Rally with Terry Sharpe and Allen Brown