A 9-year-old boy named Logan Kettle recently got a very special present from his uncle, Clay. The present was a jacket, far too large for Logan to comfortably wear, but it meant the world to him. That is because it was a replica of the jacket that was worn by Logan’s late father, Jeff and it was lost years ago.
Jeff Kettle was a Green Beret, and he and three others were killed in Afghanistan by a buried IED 8 years ago. Logan was only a baby when it happened– he never had the chance to know his father– but keeping his legacy alive is still a priority for Logan.
“It’s been really tough,” says Logan in the video below. “I don’t know what its like to have a dad. Everyone else in my class has a dad, and their dads are so great. I bet mine was greater, but I couldn’t have spent time with him.”
Uncle Clay recently learned that Jeff’s jacket had never been found, so he took it upon himself to create a replica, studying Jeff’s records and photos, searching for every piece so that he could put a jacket together that exactly mimicked the one his brother wore down to every single medal and honor.
“When I was in school, I always wore my dad’s air force jacket.” recalls Clay. “It was very important to me.”
It took Jeff months to piece together the jacket, but he wanted the finished piece to be as close as possible to one Jeff wore; as a gift for young Logan and as a way to remember Jeff. The moment when he finally presents the gift to his nephew and Logan tries it on is absolutely heart-wrenching and there are tears around the room.
“I promise you, he died doing what he loved.” says Clay to Logan.
Logan adds: “My dad was a true hero.”
Watch the beautiful moment below and share.
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