Brit Marine Leaves Pals $150K for Vegas Extravaganza
David Hart liked to have a good time
By Sarah Whitmire, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2011 4:44 PM CDT
They may not remember their entire Vegas vacation, but David Hart's friends won't likely forget the soldier's kindness.   (

(Newser) – A British marine killed in Afghanistan left 32 of his closest friends a hefty parting gift: $150,000 for a Las Vegas vacation, reports the Huffington Post. Before David Hart left for duty, he took out a life insurance policy for roughly $400,000, and gave strict instructions that a portion of that money should send his friends and their girlfriends to Sin City, saying ‘Go and have a good time and spend all this money.” Hart was a big fan of holidays himself, a friend remembers, saying their "lad's holidays" were “always the best two weeks of the year.”

The remainder of his policy will go to charity for injured Marines, and to his family, who isn’t at all put off by their late son’s support for a good time. Hart, described by his fellow officers as ‘the perfect Marine,’ was killed in Afghanistan after a Taliban bomb explosion, on the day before his 24th birthday, reports the Daily Mail.

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Jun 21, 2011 3:42 PM CDT
"One of the greatest casualties of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq." (Martin Luther King Jr.) Paraphrased from original quote, which referenced Vietnam.
Jun 21, 2011 7:48 AM CDT
Those who have served in the military understand this gesture. It is my hope that his fellow Marines will go to Vegas, have a great time, hoist a few drinks, and remember their fallen comrade. It is a fitting honor to do so.
Jun 21, 2011 6:05 AM CDT
What a gift to leave behind.