Mother of fallen Marine hands out a Bible for every day of son’s life
The mother of a Marine who died in combat more than five years ago has handed out more than 11,000 personally inscribed Bibles, each marking a day of her son’s life.
Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph H. Fankhauser, 30, was killed in action on April 22, 2012 in Helmand province, Afghanistan while serving with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Since his death, his mother, Mary Wyscarver, of Temple, has kept his memory alive with photos, quilts, car stickers, and more than 11,000 Bibles.
"I counted the days that he was alive, 11,197, including leap year days, and I vowed to give that many Bibles away in his memory,” Wyscarver said.
Since her son’s death, Wyscarver bought hundreds of bibles at a time, added a handwritten inscription to each, and then distributed them.
"Every time I write it, it reminds me to thank God for the 30 plus years that I had him,” she said.
Most of the Bibles went to Churches Touching Lives for Christ in Temple.
Wyscarver then sent some to troops overseas, and handed out the rest on her own.
This Memorial Day, the Bibles were gone, but the deeper meaning of the holiday remained for Wyscarver.
"For most people, it's a backyard barbecue and a sale at the store, and just wish that everybody would think about the real meaning,” she said.