An Airline Sandwich.

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12-21-2009 10:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: remember

The Airline Sandwich.

This was sent to me by a buddy who served with me in the R.A.N., did his twenty years ended up a a Chief Petty Office … Torpedo and Anti-submarine ….and now is retired.


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.
soldier seated nearest to me.
and then we’re being deployed to Afghanistan
lunch was available for five dollars. It would be several
hours before we reached the east, 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 sandwiched. Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks. I’ll wait
till we get to base ’ His friend agreed.
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.’
soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, ‘Which do you
like best – beef or chicken?’
later with a dinner plate from first class. This is your thanks.’
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
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 seatbelt 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.
legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached o out
his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars
in my palm.
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!
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….
cheque made payable to “AUSTRALIA ’ for an amount of
‘up to and including my life.’
who no longer understand it.’

May you have the strength and courage to pass this along to
everyone on your email buddy list….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 12:17 PM

Great story Larry. This will get passed to my buddy list by this comment.


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 12:26 PM

Great story Larry. Really grabs your heart doesn’t it? Whenever I see a soldier in uniform I always shake his/her hand because I remember how I was treated when I returned home from the Army. I thought I’d surprise my family and hichhick home from the Lansing airport. Only twenty miles. I was in my winter dress greens, all wool. I was fingered, spat at, yelled at, called names, cussed at, they would also stop and let me run up to the car and take off once I got to the car, very humiliating stuff. I finally got picked up by my brother in laws brother who had just gotten back from Vietnam a few month earlier. He was as mad and sad as I was when I told him what happened. By the way it was only about five miles from my home. Good thing I was used to marching. I was bitter for a long time. I won’t let that happen again to another service man/women if I can help it. Sueves Moi and Semper Fedelis, Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-21-2009 01:39 PM

Brought tears to my eyes, Larry.
Just a nice thing to read in a world filled with so much selfishness.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 04:38 PM

Wow Larry. What a story. I’ll try and pass it along to. Lord, please protect all our military that are protecting us and our countries to make the world safer. May those soldiers and all their families have a Merry Christmas and a safe return of their loved ones.

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL THOSE SERVING DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. If you are traveling and see a soldier, reach out and shake their hand and tell them you appreciate what they are doing.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 05:28 PM

Thanks Larry, it was a very touching story. While it so relevant at Christamas time, may we all make a habit of that kind of unselfih giving as a way of life all year.


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#6 posted 12-21-2009 07:33 PM

Thanks, Larry.

Just forwarded this to my old USN squadron- VA65. I know they will appreciate it.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-21-2009 07:44 PM

Great story Larry. Thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#8 posted 12-21-2009 11:20 PM

Thanks Larry
When were in our safe homes with plenty of heat surrounded by our love ones we need to remember those who are out there serving our country and even if you don’t pray(I do) send a good thought to all those brave men and woman so far away from home.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 03:38 PM

Hi Larry;

It’s good to read there are still good people out there.

It would be a nice change of pace if the media would report more about them.

It’s gets old hearing about all the bad, and very little about the good.

Happy holidays.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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