Our soldiers do so many good things. And sometimes videos are made of those things, and here are 9 great acts of soldiers that went viral.
1. On a rainy night in Georgia, two young brothers were outside trying to sell some homemade desserts just so they could have a little money. Lt. Col. Robert Risden was returning to Columbus from Alabama when he spotted the boys.
They spoke for a few minutes then the boys told him they were hungry. Risden then decided to take them to eat at a nearby Taco Bell.
During that time, one of the young boys told Risden that one of these days, he wanted to be just like him. The boy then saluted the lieutenant colonel.
I was in a taco bell tonight when two kids came in trying to sell home made desserts for money. I over heard a soldier ask the kids if they were hungry and told them to follow him to the counter, he would buy them dinner. I had to video it and share. Our troops are always taking care of us. Thank u LTC Robert Risdon please please share this….I heard the little one say I want to be just like u when I grow up and saluted him.Posted by Jason Gibson on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
2. Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Tello and Sgt. 1st Class Rafael Fariarodriguez, members of a Technical Assistance Field Team in Panama were returning from a training event when they spotted a taxi that had been hit by another car. The taxi was straddling a ditch and the driver was trapped inside, with his leg pinned and an arm bleeding heavily.
The soldiers ran to the accident and told a bystander to call for emergency services. Fariarodriguez then got in the taxi and did chest compressions on the driver, as he was starting to suffocate from his own blood. Tello then stabilized the driver and cleared his airway. The driver was taken to the hospital and recuperated. The soldiers were awarded Joint Service Commendation Medals.
3. During World War II, a British soldier was saved when an Italian family hid him. In 2017, 98-year-old Eric Batteson got into his life savings to donate what he could to the people of Colleregnone, after many communities were left in ruins by a severe earthquake.
During the war, Eric was captured by the Germans but escaped. A peasant farming couple hid and fed him for four months, and he credits them with saving his life.
4. Colorado Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Atosha McGregor took a test six years ago to determine if she was a match to anyone who needed a marrow donation. She was contacted recently by an official with Salute to Life telling her that she matches someone in need. She then proceeded to give the life-saving marrow donation.
5. In the pouring Kentucky rain, a soldier exited his Jeep and stood stoically, saluting as a funeral procession drove by him.
The soldier was later identified as Col. Jack Usrey of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
6. A retired Marine lost one of his legs while serving in Afghanistan. Earlier in 2017, Staff Sgt. Jose Sanchez ran the Boston Marathon with a prosthetic leg… all the while… the entire 26.2 miles…carrying an American flag. He did it, he said, to inspire and motivate others.
7. In August, Royal Marine Matthew Goodman began selling his medals on eBay. Now, what would compel any soldier to do such a drastic thing?
He did it to help fund the expensive cost of cancer treatment for little 4-year-old Lottie Woods-John of Cornwall, England.
Goodman is the father of a young daughter, and he said he just couldn’t stand the idea of the little girl not being taken care of.
8. Military honor guards lined the hallway of a hospital after Staff Sgt. Matthew Whalen was taken off life support.
The 35-year-old veteran suffered a brain hemorrage and was left brain dead. In his last act of heroism, he donated his organs to save the lives of two fellow veterans who were in dire need of transplants.
Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Whalen Gets Final Salute..
WATCH: Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Whalen survived four tours in the Middle East. Sadly, he did not survive a sudden stroke after being diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage. His family made the difficult decision to take him off off life-support but not before donating his organs to two other military veterans. With this video provided by Sean Hatton, who served with him, he writes "There is no SOP or protocol for this type of ceremony, but with the help of Matt's wife Hannah, all of his family, the nursing staff, and an Honor Guard we were able to show our love and appreciation in the best way we could." Well deserved recognition for a hero.Posted by CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell on Monday, 28 December 2015
9. An 11-year-old cancer survivor, who was running a grueling children’s triathlon with a prosthetic leg, had problems when that leg broke a half mile from the finish line.
But a Marine on the sidelines, PFC Matthew Morgan, witnessed Ben Baltz’s problem, and quickly grabbed the boy up, put him on his back and carried him to the finish line. The two became quick friends.
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