A Tale of Two Sergeants: One SAS, One Marine

It is a previously undocumented fact that Thursday is a day highly prized by Sergeants worldwide. Exhibit A is Sergeant Danny Nightingale of the Special Air Service. Who almost ended up in the clink:

An elite British sniper jailed for illegally possessing a gun and ammunition won an appeal Thursday to suspend his sentence, after pleading that he forgot about having the gun as a result of a brain injury.

Sgt. Danny Nightingale, centre, his wife Sally Nightingale and father Humphrey Nightingale.

Sgt. Danny Nightingale of the Special Air Service admitted illegal possession of the 9mm Glock pistol and more than 300 rounds of ammunition at a court martial earlier this month. He was sentenced to 18 months military detention on Nov. 7.

Lawyers for the 37-year-old, who has served in Afghanistan and Bosnia, had said that he was given the gun as a present by soldiers he helped train in Iraq and that he had forgotten about it because of a brain injury.

And Exhibit B is Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Donnelly from beautiful, resonant Lake Ronkonkoma, New York:

Tina McGory, Sgt. Ryan Donnelly

It was truly a home sweet home on Thursday for an American hero thanks to a team effort on Long Island.

For Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Donnelly and his fiance, Army veteran Tina McGory, the day meant independence and the American dream.

Through a VA Mortgage, the couple was able to buy a new, specially designed three-bedroom home in Lake Ronkonkoma valued at $400,000 for only $175,000, CBS 2′s Dana Tyler reported.

The house is equipped with custom-heated floors and wider doorways to meet the special needs of Donnelly, who lost his right leg above the knee to a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2005.

It was made possible thanks to the charitable arm of the Long Island Home Builders Institute and the Town of Brookhaven, which donated the land.

Don’t forget, find a Sergeant next Thursday. And keep him out of jail or buy him a house!