Sunday, December 4, 2011

Deployment takes a toll on an Oklahoma mother serving in Army

Oklahoma Army mom sacrifices for daughters
Deployment takes a toll on an Oklahoma mother serving in Army.

Published: December 4, 2011
It's a day Jj Murphy never will be able to erase out of her memory.

“Those of you with family members here, you have five minutes to say goodbye.”

She recalls falling out of formation from her company, turning around and seeing her husband, Chad, and looking into his eyes as he held their two little girls. She had five short minutes left with her family before boarding the plane to Iraq.

“Shoshoni just started screaming and latched onto me and she wouldn't let go. Everybody in my company turned around and watched. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. Everybody started crying and Chad had to grab Shoshoni. I remember walking away, listening to her say, ‘Don't leave.' I was just looking into her eyes and giving them a kiss and a hug and I said ‘I love you and I'll talk to you soon.' I had to walk away and I remember telling myself, ‘Don't look back.' I couldn't look back and I couldn't see them crying and screaming.”
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