I hope this is the right area for this-
So, I'm flying back from Police Week in DC last Thursday with a layover at DFW. I had earlier decided to upgrade to first class even though it was a short flight because I kept getting stuck in the ass-end of the plane on the flights out to DC and I hate that. I notice a young man with a prosthetic arm and his wife at my gate. When we board, the man and his wife are sitting directly in front of me, and I'm seated next to a US Army LTC in full uniform with a chest full of ribbons.
About halfway through the flight, the stewardess announces over the PA that Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry is flying with us today, and gives a brief bio on him and how he was awarded the MOH by the President last year for his actions in Afghanistan.
The entire plane bursts into applause and everyone immediately assumes that it's the colonel sitting next to me and starts congratulating him. He starts shaking his head "no", but gets very excited due to the fact that there's only been 3 living service members awarded the MOH for post-Vietnam combat and one of them is on this plane. I point to the man and his wife in front of us, and lo-and-behold THAT was SFC Leroy Petry
- anyway, we all started conversing (well, I was mainly listening) and he very graciously passed his medal back to us so we could check it out. SFC Petry and his wife were the very epitome of class and it was a great experience to meet someone who'd experienced so much and still had such a great attitude!
Here's a picture of SFC Petry's medal sitting on my knee-
Police Week in DC is always a great trip, but this was definitely an experience I'll never forget. Thank you Sgt. Petry, for your service to an all-too-often ungrateful nation!