Local Family Spots Their Marine on TV-3

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Virginia Dellinger usually isn't up to watch Daybreak. But Monday morning she was. And, she couldn't believe what she saw.

"It came down that we were going to be moving pretty quick and all of a sudden now we're stuck so we're pretty much guessing what's going on," said Cpl. Michael Guerrero, US Marine and Virginia Dellinger's grandson.

"When the face flashed on television, I stopped breathing," said Dellinger. "That's him. I'm looking at the hair, the eyebrows, and then it's over."

She and Michael's mother came to the station to make the positive ID. There was no doubt in their minds. That marine is corporal Michael Guerrero.

"He looked so good and healthy and he looked like his emotions and everything are fine. He doesn't look scared. He doesn't look worried. He looks confident and that really made an impression on me," added Dellinger.

The last day they verbally spoke to Michael was January fourth. The day he was deployed. Now letters are their only communication.

Poems and pictures give them support that their son and grandson will be home after he gets the job done.

"What I'd like to do is get on a plane and grab him and bring him home...that's what I want to do, but I can't," said Dellinger.

Guerrero's family says he enlisted in the marines when he was only sixteen. But he enjoys it so much he's re-enlisting.

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