The star power of Stan Brock drew my attention to Remote Area Medical about nine years ago when I interviewed him for a “Where Are They Wednesday” bit. I called him because he was on “Wild Kingdom” but I quickly became fascinated by the wonderful work of RAM.
On Saturday, Remote Area Medical hosted its 10th annual Salute to Service Day at Island Home Airport. The event always takes place within a few days of the anniversary of D-Day. RAM still flies a World War II era Douglas C-47 as part of its fleet. The plane was on display before and after a ceremony honoring veterans.
Brock delivered an excellent speech about the tragedy of war. He highlighted two stories of chivalry, one from each World War. On Christmas Eve 1914, German and British soldiers agreed to an informal ceasefire and even played soccer on Christmas Day. Thirty-nine years later, a Luftwaffe pilot named Franz Stigler spared the life of a B-17 pilot named Charlie Brown instead of shooting down Brown’s crippled plane.