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Utah Father Sees Marine Son on TV

Utah Father Sees Marine Son on TV

Posted - Nov. 11, 2004 at 8:52 p.m.



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Jed Boal Reporting It's the 11th day of the 11th month and at Arlington National Cemetery President Bush honored Veterans who fought and died on faraway battlefields -- places like Verdun, the Ardennes, Inchon, and Khe San. He reminded us not to forget America's future Veterans at war right now.

One Utah family has experienced three generations of military service, and keeps a close eye on the battles in Iraq.

We've seen a lot of video of US Marines and soldiers during the last few days in very intense fighting in Fallujah. At times it's difficult to watch. Imagine how tough it is for families hoping their sons and daughters are safe.

Mike Batty, Marines' Father: "My mind is pretty well hooked up to them."

Mike Batty has a tight connection with his sons in Iraq. He catches news reports throughout the day, especially when the fighting is intense and he knows his two Marine sons might be in the line of fire.

Mike Batty, Marines' Father: "When the news says, we lost a couple of marines, I'm very concerned."

When a story on an Iraqi hostage, saved by Marines popped up on CNBC, he spotted his son Paul in the room where Marines were interviewing the Iraqi. At first he couldn't believe it, then he fired off a computer newsletter to the family.

Mike Batty: "I was incredibly surprised and delighted he was o.k., little bit emotional, hadn't heard from him in a day, so yeah."

That was Capt. Paul Batty, fighting in Fallujah. Lt. Nathan Batty is stationed in Ramallah. Until the most recent operation, Batty stayed in touch with his sons each day.

Mike Batty is also a battle veteran. He was a Marine during the Vietnam War, that gives him some peace of mind.

Mike Batty: "I understand how they work. I trust who they are. They don't like to back up."

And his father fought in World War Two, but Batty says that legacy of service depends on survival.

Mike Batty: "We have an acronym that stands for keep your tail down...we say that at the end of every conversation."

Batty hopes to see his sons home as proud veterans a year from today.

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