Skip to comments.Relatively unscathed after 3 tours in Iraq, Marine has unfortunate meeting with bull in Cowtown
Posted on 08/14/2009 5:57:57 AM PDT by Dysart
FORT WORTH The color was different this time around, brown instead of black.
And there was pain. And confusion.
"I didnt have a clue what happened," recalled Morgan Howell. "I saw brown and then I didnt see anything. There was a collision and then I realized something had gone horribly wrong."
Howell, 25, was driving on Southwest Loop 820 toward the Fort Worth Stockyards to meet friends Sunday evening when he ran into a bull that had gotten loose from a nearby rodeo. The bull died. Howells 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier didnt fare much better. The front was bashed in, and the drivers side of the windshield has a big hole in it.
Howell remembers switching on his hazard lights.
"Are you OK?" a womans voice asked.
He doesnt know the womans name. She left after police arrived a couple of minutes later. But he says hes grateful to her for calling 911 and keeping him company in those early minutes, when he was dazed and glass and pain had temporarily blinded him.
"I wish I knew who she was, just to thank her," he said.
For veterans like Howell, he said, a little support in tough moments can mean everything.
In Iraq, Marines supported Marines.
During his first tour, in Rawa, they were mortared every night. There were rockets, sniper fire, roadside bombs. "Explosions were going off for hours, but wed go to sleep," he said. "Youd sleep through someone trying to kill you."
During his second tour, he and fellow Marines would hear about platoons hit by improvised explosive devices on the same roads they would be driving on a few minutes later. Many Marines, his friends, were wounded.
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Fortuitous that he was driving a “smart” car. On second thought, a guy like him would never be caught doing such a thing.
Our car looked much worse after my husband hit a cow one night.