Fallen Soldier Leaves His Buddies $1 Million to Party in Vegas


las vegasIf it were up to me, David Hart would be canonized. That the world was robbed of such an incredible person at such a young age -- he was killed in combat the day before his 24th birthday -- is terribly, terribly sad. But one thing is for certain: The Royal Marine's last wish made a lot of people very, very happy.

Particularly 32 of his buddies (and their girlfriends).

Before his deployment to Afghanistan, Hart took out a $3 million life insurance policy. In the event of his death, just under $1 million would go to a charity for disabled Marines. Roughly another $1 million would go to Hart's family.

The remaining $1.2 million? I guess Hart really wanted to leave his pals something incredible to remember him by ...

Like an unbelievably amazing all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas.

Now that's what I call a good friend!

There's something else I love about this story, though, besides the fact that it's an awesome example of how strong the bond of brotherhood can be. It's also an awesome example of how to celebrate the life of a lost loved one, as opposed to simply mourning his death. Of course nothing can take away the incomprehensible sorrow David Hart's family and friends are experiencing, but this trip was his way of reminding the people closest to him to live their lives to the fullest. To remember him with joy, not just tears.

In this case, what happens in Vegas won't stay there -- it will live on forever as part of David Hart's memory.

If you had a million bucks to leave to your friends, how would you want them to remember you?

Image via Steven Depolo/Flickr

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bills... billsfan1104

it might not be covered under his insurance policy. Because I used to sell life insurance, and it asked the question about being deployed to a war zone. And if you were about to go to "war", we couldnt insure you.

lehof... lehoffman

yeah I was wondering what company would ever give such a policy....

tis.u... tis.unnatural

That is so cool! What an amazing guy!

I really hope the insurance company paid up...

Hisba... Hisbabym0mma

1 mil to his family and 1.2 mil for friends to party in Vegas??

Ms.Pu... Ms.PuNkrOckStar

YES PP. I guess he thought 1M would be enough for his parents and he is changing the life of all his military brothers. I guess he thought that after going to the hell that is war they all deserved a little happiness.

nonmember avatar mrshughes13

There are several insurance companies that will insure military members, even if they are going to a combat zone. It's all just a matter of if they are military friendly. I think what he did it amazing because he took care of his family, donated to a very worthy cause, and gave his friends a wonderful way to honor his life. Rest in peace and thank you for your service from the wife of a combat veteran.

nonmember avatar Jessica

When the original story came out over the summer, it said he gave $160,000 to his friends of the $400,000 life insurance provided my the military....

nonmember avatar Jen

There are several companies that will insure military members with no war or aviation clauses. Here in Norfolk where my husband is stationed there are several like Navy Federal, USAA, Langley Federal... They understand that military members need to make sure their families are taken care of in the event of the worst case happening. And what an incredible young man to do something like this. He has given his friends an amazing way to celebrate his life, not just grieve, given to a charity for Marines, AND given his family financial stability. Amazing... God bless him.

Sonom... SonomaKids

What a waste - of money and of a young life. Why didn't he give them the money towards education or as seed money for a small business instead of being blown in Vegas? I love me some Vegas but I don't think this is admirable in any way.

2Boun... 2BouncyMonkeys

Jacqueline ~ You need to check your facts.  It was not a $3,000,000.  It was roughly R3,000,000 (R is for the Rand, South Africa's currency.)  The Policy was for 250,000 British Pounds ($387,000)

He left his buddies about 100,000 British Pounds which roughly converts to 150,000 US Dollars.  It wasn't 32 buddies and their girls.  It was his buddies and their girls so a total of 32 people.  That's about 4,600 USD each for Air/Hotel to Vegas..... 

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