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“Into the Jaws of Death” by Robert F. Sargent, CPhoM, USCG A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of the Company E became casualties. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a historic photograph taken by Robert F. Sargent, CPhoM, USCG titled “Into the Jaws of Death.” This photo depicts American invaders heading from those flat boats, aka landing barges, onto the beaches of Normandy. These soldiers knew that it was very likely they’d die from enemy fire. They ducked down to wade onto the beach, walking through water filled with the corpses of men who only moments before had been among the living. They kept walking, terror and adrenaline gripping their hearts. They kept going. They kept going.

When I think of the word bravery, it is the image of the American soldier that pops into my mind. Bravery, to me, means knowing that you’re facing something terribly scary, feeling that fear, but then doing whatever you need to do anyway. And that’s what you must do, dear hg mama.

A pregnant women has little control of her body. Yet a pregnant woman with hg has even less control. It’s scary. But you can’t give up. You have to be brave because you are in charge of another living, growing, human being. Being brave does not mean that you’re not scared. It does not mean that you don’t feel like you want to give up. It means allowing yourself to experience those feelings and then continue to fight. I can’t promise you that it will be easy, but I can promise you that it will get better. Many people died at Normandy, but some survived—you will too.

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