Photo of Wife Carrying her Double-Amputee Marine Husband goes Viral

Photo of retired Marine and his wifeIn 2009, Jesse Cottle was in Afghanistan as part of an infantry squad when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded, costing him both his legs.  He met his future wife when he returned to California for extensive rehabilitation.  Jesse met Kelly at a swim meet.  Kelly said she instantly became enamored by his endearing personality. 

Recently the couple visited Idaho to get pictures with Kelly’s family.  Kelly said the photographer asked to take a few photos of the group standing in a stream.  Jesse took off his prosthetic legs for the shots.  In an impromptu decision the photographer, Sarah Ledford, suggested Kelly carry Jesse on her back as they returned to the shore.

On August 17th, Sarah posted the photos on her Facebook account.  They’ve since gone viral.  Kelly said the overall feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  Kelly hopes the image will “represent overcoming any kind of adversity, big or small.”  Jesse thinks the photo is indicative of how his wife has “carried” him both literally and emotionally over the course of his rehab and their marriage.

Jesse and Kelly Cottle Family Photo

I think the photo is inspiring and beautiful.  I’ve chosen this photo as the first entry in a new weekly theme simply titled: “Photo of the Week.”  I think the message of the photo certainly warrants an inaugural theme.  I hope you tweet or email me your suggestions for next week’s photo.

What do you think of the photo?

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About adrakontaidis

A conservative who doesn't pander to the GOP.

2 responses to “Photo of Wife Carrying her Double-Amputee Marine Husband goes Viral”

  1. JF Owen says :

    Thanks for sharing that! It’s a wonderful photo and a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of the bond between two perfectly matched people in love.

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