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Bin Laden reaction: Marine widow not worried about retaliation: 'Bring it on'

May 2, 2011 | 12:44 pm

Kait Wyatt and her newborn baby, Michael, just before Christmas.

Kait Wyatt, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan the day before their son was born at Camp Pendleton, said the death of Osama bin Laden will add to the story that she will tell their son about his father's bravery.

"I'm definitely going to tell Michael that his father was fighting to get us one step closer to getting this monster," Wyatt said.

Photos: Osama bin Laden dead

Cpl. Derek Wyatt, 25, was killed Dec. 6 by a Taliban sniper while on a foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand province. The next night, Kait gave birth to Michael Everett Wyatt at the Camp Pendleton hospital. (The name Michael comes from the patron saint of the military.)

She and now 4-month-old Michael were at the memorial service Friday for the 25 fallen Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

"Getting Bin Laden is a victory for all of America," she said. "It shows that when America goes to do something, it gets done. America has gotten so impatient and skeptical: If it's not done in 20 minutes, we figure it'll never get done."

A former Marine, the 22-year-old said she is not worried about the possibility of Taliban retaliation on the battlefield.

"I think I can say for all Marines: Bring it on," she said. "The more of them that try us, the more we'll take on. They're all cowards."


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Photo: Kait Wyatt and her newborn baby, Michael, just before Christmas. Credit: Christina House / For The Times