This story is a perfect example of what Jesus was talking about when he said, “ you also should wash one another feet.”
Putting the needs of others before yourself is living a life of giving of your time and/or monetary items. How many people can you help by washing their feet today?
US Marine Captain Donald Cook (1934-1967) deployed to Southeast Asia in 1964 with the 3rd Marine Division and was assigned to Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Marine battalion until he was wounded and captured near the village of Binh Gia.
He was the first Marine captured during the Vietnam War. North Vietnamese soldiers would later parade him through the streets. During his three-year captivity he put the needs of the other prisoners ahead of his own, by giving them his needed medicine as his health deteriorated.
He refused to stray even the slightest from the code of conduct which earned him the respect of the other prisoners. Rather than negotiate for his release or better treatment, he frustrated attempts by the NVA to break his steadfast determination. His injuries were probably from being hit repeatedly in the head with the butt of a rifle. He would later die of malaria.