Father of active U.S. Marine reflects on son’s enlisting

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - It was an emotional moment during the services of Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza as two buglers who are active Marines from Laredo played a special rendition of Taps.

A 2020 graduate of Alexander High School Private First Class Kristopher Montemayor was an accomplished trumpet player throughout high school and also a drum major of the Mighty Bulldog Band his senior year.

Like David Lee Espinoza, Montemayor also enlisted in the Marines upon graduation.

His father Mike Montemayor says having a son enlist in the military can be unpredictable at times.

Montemayor says, “You can be a dishwasher, you can be a cook, but you can also lose your life from one day to the next.

When Montemayor heard about the bombing in Afghanistan, it was an emotional moment that hit home, which is why Mike said it was important for his son to come home and play during Espinoza’s funeral as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps of Musicians.

Mr. Montemayor says it always important to pay respects for a fallen brethren, especially one that grew up in our hometown.

Like Espinoza, Montemayor also enlisted in the Marines upon graduation, something that took his father by surprise, but he took comfort knowing he was ready.

Montemayor says, “If you ask my son right now, he’ll tell you, send me wherever you want to send me, I don’t care if I’m a musician or wherever I’m at, I’m ready to go, I’m ready to fight for my country.”

And every day that passes, Mike makes sure that he and his kids express their love for one another on a daily basis.

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