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  1. #1 "A Moving Story,From an Airline Captain, Worthy Of Your Attention !" 
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    A MOVING STORY, WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION –

    AT 11:39 A.M. ET: This was forwarded to us by family friend Meryl Resnick:

    From an airline captain:

    My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H..R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I asked.

    "Yes," she said.

    "Is there an escort?" I asked.

    "Yes, I already assigned him a seat."

    "Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said.

    A short while later a young Army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.

    "My soldier is on his way back to Virginia," he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words. I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the flight deck to find his seat.

    We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. "I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying is on board," she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and two-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia.

    The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendant's voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. "I'm on it," I said. I told her that I would get back to her.

    I decided to contact my flight dispatcher directly. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.

    Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:

    "Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.

    Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks."

    I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, "You have no idea how much this will mean to them."

    Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge, with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area, with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.

    "There is a team in place to meet the aircraft,"

    we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate I asked the co-pilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, "Take your time."

    I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, "Ladies and gentleman, this is your captain speaking. I have stopped short of our gate to make aspecial announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you."

    We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, all passengers on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.

    When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words like "God Bless You," "I'm sorry," "Thank you," "Be proud," and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.

    Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.


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    As nice as this story is, I believe it to be urban legend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    As nice as this story is, I believe it to be urban legend.
    It Could be but don't just take snope's word for it
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    As nice as this story is, I believe it to be urban legend.
    Just checked with Snopes and they say its undetermined and they are checking it since last June.This means nothing,Snopes is politically driven !
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Just checked with Snopes and they say its undetermined and they are checking it since last June.This means nothing,Snopes is politically driven !
    Any proof of this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    It Could be but don't just take snope's word for it
    Snopes can't determine it but the story reeks of UL because it's missing key elements of the story like the name of the airline. Also, it's a forwarded e-mail. Common with UL's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m00 View Post
    Any proof of this?
    You need to do your own research to be convinced.Snopes is in reality a man and his wife who operate out of their home in LA.

    Their funding is a carefully guarded secret and their credibility is open to debate given their limited resources and their ultimate motive.They seem to be impartial but have on occasion been caught of base in some of their pronouncements.There are other sites such as FactCheck.Org or PolitiFact.com that provide fact checking and compete with Snopes.

    http://www.vikitech.com/454/get-your...know-the-truth
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    You need to do your own research to be convinced.Snopes is in reality a man and his wife who operate out of their home in LA.

    Their funding is a carefully guarded secret and their credibility is open to debate given their limited resources and their ultimate motive.They seem to be impartial but have on occasion been caught of base in some of their pronouncements.There are other sites such as FactCheck.Org or PolitiFact.com that provide fact checking and compete with Snopes.

    http://www.vikitech.com/454/get-your...know-the-truth
    snopes is on the list of top 6 sites in your link...
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    Quote Originally Posted by m00 View Post
    snopes is on the list of top 6 sites in your link...
    Believe what you will.I have no dog in this race.
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    Here’s the original story:
    http://acaptainslog.blogspot.com/200...oldier_04.html

    On the left of the page there’s even a follow-up.
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    This letter was originally sent to Neal Boortz, and was read by him on his radio show several years ago.
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    Captain's Log

    Captain's Log is the true story of a commercial airline pilot. I have logged more than 20,000 hours over 25 years. I have fought a war, delivered humanitarian relief, supported the U.S. President on visits to foreign lands, flown over 100,000 people like you, safely, to destinations large and small. I want to share normal, boring, odd, hilarious, and seat-of-the pants flying experiences. I thank you for your trust in me and humbly tell you my story.
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    Fallen Soldier Redux
    http://acaptainslog.blogspot.com/201...ier-redux.html
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