Thank you to everybody who have sent your thoughts and prayers, please know it really does mean a lot to us. Things are crazy, and there’s about a million things I should be doing right about now besides blogging, but it’s kind of therapeutic, and something exciting happened last night that I wanted to share that gave us a little lift out of the funk.
Will Milam is a member of the Coast Guard, he works the Bering Sea, and he’s a bona-fide hero.
On a cold, dark February morning a year ago, Milam, a Coast Guard petty officer from Kodiak, jumped from a helicopter into the 45-degree waters of the Bering Sea to rescue four fishermen stranded on a life raft.
Milam, a 42-year-old rescue swimmer, was awarded one of the Coast Guard’s top honors: the 2007 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism.
Will was also my wife’s teenage boyfriend, and they have stayed in touch throughout the years. He called us last week to tell us he had been invited to sit with Luara Bush, in recognition of a daring rescue he made last Febuary.
On February 10, 2007, Petty Officer Milam responded to a distress signal in the Bering Sea. When arriving on location, he located a life raft from a boat that had sunk an hour earlier. Petty Officer Milam deployed into the 40-degree water to rescue four individuals who were mildly hypothermic. Even though Petty Officer Milam began to feel numbness in his legs due to the cold water, he was able to successfully rescue all four survivors in the life raft. Petty Officer Milam’s military decorations total nearly 45 awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Letters of Commendations, the 2007 Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism, and 2007 Captain Frank Erickson Aviation Rescue Award.
Will is standing right next to Barbara.
Needless to say, we’re incredibly proud to call Will Milam our friend.
Will’s quite a character, and my wife was just a little worried he’d do something silly. (He didn’t.) Just to give you an idea of what he’s like, he told us the thing he most wanted to do during his visit to Washington:
Poop in the White House.
In the bathroom of course. Just to say he did.
We haven’t talked to him yet, so I’m not sure if he accomplished that lofty goal, but I really hope he did. He said he’d settle for a picture of himself peeing there if he had to.
In the bathroom of course.
Here’s what Will does in his free time:
Yes that’s a real bear, yes he killed it, and yes he’s a badass.
Congratulations Will, we’re proud of you! And it appears G. has great taste in men.