Proud Pacifist Grandmother Writes of Warrior 2nd Lt. David Donahue ’07 in New York Times Magazine
Story posted August 03, 2009
Novelist Anne Bernays, author of Growing Up Rich and Trophy House, is a self-described "dyed-in-the-wool pacifist."
So imagine her astonishment when she found her finger on the trigger of an M-16 rifle at the firing range during Warrior Day at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va.
Not only that, she hit the target five times.
In the "Lives" column of the July 5, 2009, issue of The New York Times Magazine, Bernays describes the experience of traveling to the base this spring to witness her grandson, David Donahue ’07, graduate from the Basic School.
Initially stunned by her grandson's decision to become a warfighter, Bernays writes of conflicting emotions, and how her liberal convictions and her opposition to war coexist with the pride that swells within her as she proudly remembers this "solid, handsome athlete who also excelled academically" at Bowdoin.
Donahue excelled in his Marine training as well, graduating 11th in a class of 282, making him an honor graduate.
Bernays remembers Donahue telling her, "You know, I’m responsible for the lives of 40 men," and writes of her appreciation for the character, integrity and warrior spirit possessed by the Marines who received their diplomas on the stage that day.
The Bowdoin Bond: Marines in the Media
Read about NPR's coverage of the Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, who count Brendan Murphy '07 among their ranks. The unit, known as "America's Battalion," is in Afghanistan as part of the 21,000 additional forces President Obama is deploying in the largest American military operation in years.
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