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Angel Flight

If we don't tell, people wont know. If they don't know, they will call us liars when we speak of what these great men and women did for their country. God Bless every single one of them and their families, especially this time of year.

Semper Fidelis (pretty much sums it up for the below)

Maj Pain

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006
By Mal James
December 20, 2006
Ramadi, Iraq — The Air Force flight Chrome 24 took off before we had even landed, which was annoying, given that it taxied past 14 other people without bothering to stop and pick them up, and had left them stranded in Iraq along with us. Welcome to Air Force Air. Such is life in Iraq — you do not worry or even bother to complain, because it basically just happens.

Things like this happen, and all it means is that people work very hard to then make more things happen, and we got word last night that we were manifested on a C130 flight named Mercy 10 — an angel flight.
An angel flight is the saddest way to end our time in Iraq, because “angel flight” means that the plane is carrying a “fallen angel” — a young man or woman who has died and is going home.
In moments of reflection, we think of very golden images. I swear that if prophecy has an angel, then, as I climbed on board the C130 through a narrow door wearing body armor and carrying two bags, the scene inside the hold of the plane truly took my soul away.
Imagine an empty plane, stripped bare. No seats, nothing. At the end is a coffin, tied down, with a flag covering it. A beam of sunshine shines through the only window on the side of the plane, and the beam lands on the coffin exactly. Above the coffin, another flag hanging proudly, lit up by the spill of light on the coffin.
I stopped, just plainly stopped, and realized that a young soldier was going home a “fallen angel,” and I thought of the wife, mother, father, brother, or sister who would watch their angel carried off the back of a plane in the next few days.
We all know the image. We have all seen the pictures, and have heard words of bravery as the flag-draped coffin is carried of the back ramp.
Some people use the image of dead soldiers in body bags to describe how bad the war is going, and how the pundits in Washington do not want to talk about war casualties.
These people have never sat alone in the hold of a plane looking at the rays of sunshine reflected on a coffin. As we flew back into Kuwait, the rays of light changed and altered, but in the entire flight of just over an hour, the sunbeam rarely left the angel.
In the last minutes of daylight, we landed in Kuwait, and an honor guard lined up and slowly saluted as the coffin was carried out of the plane.
I do not know the name of the soldier, sailor, or Marine who was in the coffin. I do not want to know; it would of not made any difference. The respect a son was paid defies my words.

But an angel did cast a sunbeam on a fallen angel the whole way home.


Bob C.

Always gut wrenching and that will never change. A friend, a Marine Major and C-130 pilot, flew several angel flights last year. He said it was a special privilege, but always hard. We will never forget!
Semper Fi,

Veteran's Wife

May God bless all of our fallen angels and comfort their families. We will forever be in their debt. Without their ultimate sacrifice our country could not exist.

Thank you Major for another touching post.

Laura, Marine mom from Ohio

May all of our fallen angels rest in peace. May the families be comforted in knowing their son/daughter is a hero. We will never forget. God Bless Our Troops!
May all of you have a Blessed Christmas and a healthy new year. Keep your familiy close to you--they are very precious!


Thank you Major.


It is only fitting for an angel to watch over this special angel. So damn sad knowing America has lost another son, yet Heaven has gained a hero. At this special time I pray for our troops, that God watches over them and keeps them safe, and that they will be home with their loved ones soon.

Sammy D

What a touching story, and such a beautiful angel picture. I hope the families of their fallen heroes feel the prayers we send them every day, and know they are forever cherished.


May they and their families find peace at this Season! Thank you Major.

MissBirdlegs in AL

Thank you, Major. Thank you, too, to all who serve and their families.

Merry Christmas!

linda s.

Each loss is like a stab to the heart. One of the saddest stories is the wife who spent the night beside her husband's casket listening to music he liked. God bless them all.

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As one of 2 known survivors of a flight that originated from Bowling AFbase near Washington,DC to Eglin AFbase in Florida, in 1958, we were returning from an AFROTC weekend at Eglin when our C-47 crashed in the mountains near Charlotteville,VA during a horrific blizzard. It took local CAP rescuers 2 days to find the downed aircraft. I have always wanted to Salute the young ladies on board who all died in the resultant crash. They were members of George Washington Universiy's Angel Flight Program sponsored by Col. Carl Swyter, their commandant and friend. As it stands today, to my personal knowledge, only one other cadet lives to the the light of today. She wishes to remain anonymous.


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The Angel Flight organizations themselves do not provide the transportation. Instead, each acts as a "matchmaker," connecting people who have a compelling need for transportation but can not afford it with individual pilots who are willing to provide free flights as a charity.

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