Marine Floored By What He Saw Upon Closer Inspection Of Baby’s Ultrasound

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As most parents usually are, this Georgia couple was overjoyed when they were finally able to catch a glimpse of their unborn baby during an ultrasound appointment. However, the baby’s dad, a former Marine, was absolutely stunned when he peered a little closer look at the scan. What he saw left him in complete disbelief, and he has proof to show exactly what he saw.


Mehgan Merriott and Robert Charles Cooper Jr, a former Marine, were anxious to go to their unborn baby’s first ultrasound appointment. But, during the scan, everyone in the room, especially Robert, was left in complete disbelief when they realized what was happening inside the woman’s womb.


Their unborn baby raised his hand and appeared to give the dad a salute.

“While they were doing the sonogram the baby was actually sleeping on its side and they tried several times to get him/her to wake up to take the picture that they needed to take,” Merriott of Columbus, Georgia, said. “The baby didn’t want to wake up, then threw [its] hand in the air and then threw it back down.”

“I almost cried,” she added. “I thought it was sweet.”


Robert and his family are a generation of marines, he spent four years in the Marines, including serving a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. His grandfather served in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

“[Robert] was pretty excited given his military background,” Mehgan stated. “It was right around his grandfather’s birthday, so it was a touching moment.”

Robert’s grandmother plans on hanging a photo of the ultrasound picture that they have dubbed “the salute” on her wall to honor her late husband. Obviously, this cute little youngster has some military training encoded in his DNA. There aren’t many families,if any, that have been able to say that their child “saluted” them from the womb. That’s about as patriotic as it gets.

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