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Old 10-25-2008, 7:51 PM
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Subject: Sack Lunches


I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down
in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight.
'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I
will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the
aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding
me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are
you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me.
'Chicago - to Great Lakes Base. We'll be there
for two weeks for special training, and then we're being
deployed to Iraq '
After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made
that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It
would be several hours before we reached Chicago, and I
quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time.

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his

buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like
a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably
wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we
get to Chicago '


His friend agreed.


I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying
lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the
flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to
all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed
tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked
me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost
like you are doing it for him.'
Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the
soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked,
'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?'
'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked.
She turned and went to the front of plane, returni ng a
minute later with a dinner plate from first class.
'This is your thanks.'
After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the
plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me.
'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here,
take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.
Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain
coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he
walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he
was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane.
When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand,
and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'
Quickly unfastening my seat belt I stood and took the

Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I
was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone
bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never
forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard
from all of the passengers.
Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch
my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of
me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left
another twenty-five dollars in my palm.
When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and
started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door
was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket,
turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another
twenty-five dollars!


Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering
for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and
handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you
some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a
sandwich. God Bless You.'
Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect
of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car,
I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers
were giving their all for our country. I could only give
them a couple of meals.
It seemed so little...

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Old 10-26-2008, 1:39 PM
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This thread just got a BSOD and reboot. Must be a Microsoft problem...

It's also been moved to the CGN In Service, since it seems better suited there. This forum has different rules. Heed them.

Now, let's try again, but with some class.

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Wish I could witness something like that.
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VCC, Ive tried to refrain, but at this point I really dont give a rats *** if I get banned or whatever.

Youre a tool.

I highly doubt you have ever had any intention of joining the Military, and if you did, you didnt follow through because you were afraid to be engaged in combat. Following your posts on this board I can guess you are young, uneducated, possibly unemployed, and probably still live at home with your mother.

Id love to escort you around an active Military post and then to Walter Reed and allow you the opportunity to voice your opinions about these warriors to them in person.

Cmon down.

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I believe you are allowed to say what you want to me even insult me. It doesn't bother me. I did intend to join the military when my friends were. I had a ship date that was a month away but didn't go, not because of the thought of combat or dying. Not afraid of either... I wanted to join cause i thought I'd get to do something I wouldn't get to do anywhere else... well legally.

I had the pick of the litter because of my asvab score, (94) I chose 03 infantry at the time even though I could of been anything else.

The real reason I didn't join, because I didn't feel like getting yelled at by a drill instructor for 3 months then get ordered around by an officer whos daddy paid for em to go to college but afterwards joined the service instead of getting a $5-8k a month job in the private sector.




Also the thought of me being invited to a military base to say these words is idiotic to believe that I would do so... in the same sense that it would be IDIOTIC for you to go to a village in iraq and say their religion is violent and that they are trying to destroy everything we stand for.

Ya that won't end badly at all
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i'm gonna stay out of the thread-jack portion of this... i just wanted to put my .02 in and say this very thing was done to me and my buddy.

waiting at the airport (mid-tour leave) me and my buddy jumped in line to get some burger king and the gentleman in front of us starting talking to us. by the time we got to the front of the line, the gentleman wished us well and told the cashier that he was paying for our lunches along with his. thanked us for our service and went along his merry way.

i too must be retarded or stupid in VCC's eyes cus i joined the military out of high school, even when given the opportunity to go to a 4 year college. it definately wasn't the money that made me choose to go 19D instead of a "safer" MOS.
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You are a tool and trolling, take some time off to figure it out.

I'll help.
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Thank you!
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Looks like this thread got cleaned up. Thank goodness.
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Markedly different from when I served. Mostly we got overcharged for stuff, spit on, beat up, set on fire in a couple of cases, and heaven forbid you asked for a military discount. That would get a derisive sneer and an invitation to leave.

I did 20 years in the Navy, all over, and although I thank goodness that there are better and more respectful people now, I REALLY wished they had been around when I was in.

Now that I travel a lot, I'm almost ALWAYS seeing some SSAM at the airport lounge where I usually wait for my flights. I ALWAYS buy them a beer too!


Great story, thanks for posting.
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THAT's what i'm talking about,,,,,,,,,,, THANK YOU
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Markedly different from when I served. Mostly we got overcharged for stuff, spit on, beat up, set on fire in a couple of cases, and heaven forbid you asked for a military discount. That would get a derisive sneer and an invitation to leave.

I did 20 years in the Navy, all over, and although I thank goodness that there are better and more respectful people now, I REALLY wished they had been around when I was in.

Now that I travel a lot, I'm almost ALWAYS seeing some SSAM at the airport lounge where I usually wait for my flights. I ALWAYS buy them a beer too!


Great story, thanks for posting.
and what happened to you is a black mark in the history of this country that we must never forget...everyone once in a while you run into someone who does
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Markedly different from when I served. Mostly we got overcharged for stuff, spit on, beat up, set on fire in a couple of cases, and heaven forbid you asked for a military discount. That would get a derisive sneer and an invitation to leave.

I did 20 years in the Navy, all over, and although I thank goodness that there are better and more respectful people now, I REALLY wished they had been around when I was in.

Now that I travel a lot, I'm almost ALWAYS seeing some SSAM at the airport lounge where I usually wait for my flights. I ALWAYS buy them a beer too!


Great story, thanks for posting.
Those were dark times.
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an OUTSTANDING article. thanks for sharing. i'm sure glad that people do this for our guys and gals in uniform.

this news makes me very happy and that people have not lost sight as to the sacrifice we all make day in and day out. maybe some of the people here can learn from this.
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Markedly different from when I served. Mostly we got overcharged for stuff, spit on, beat up, set on fire in a couple of cases, and heaven forbid you asked for a military discount. That would get a derisive sneer and an invitation to leave.

I did 20 years in the Navy, all over, and although I thank goodness that there are better and more respectful people now, I REALLY wished they had been around when I was in.

Now that I travel a lot, I'm almost ALWAYS seeing some SSAM at the airport lounge where I usually wait for my flights. I ALWAYS buy them a beer too!


Great story, thanks for posting.
That's because you were in the NAVY. No father would like sailors
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Some people can't tolerate military people because the contrast accentuates their cowardice.

Yep, still angry after all these years...
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Some people can't tolerate military people because the contrast accentuates their cowardice.
Yep, still angry after all these years...
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Awesome article, thanks for posting.
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Coming back right after Gulf War One, it was like that all over the US, our money was no good in many places, it made me proud and humble at the same time to have served...
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That's because you were in the NAVY. No father would like sailors
Awww come on. Us squids just spread the love around. Can't trust the grunts to do it as they are stuck in a foxhole with their best buddies.
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Awww come on. Us squids just spread the love around. Can't trust the grunts to do it as they are stuck in a foxhole with their best buddies.


At every port...
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And among themselves.
Naw, that was just the bubbleheads! That was rare among the surface types! (don't know about the brown shoes, they were just 'different'!)


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