A Miracle on Blogosphere Street

A year ago, I wrote about the kindness that retired Colonel Bernie Moore showed in responding to a request posed on this very blog by a guy named Shaun Strickland, whose father was killed in a military training accident back in 1982, shortly before Shaun was born.

Some of you might remember Shaun’s post, which read “I was born on March 23, 1982. On April 26, 1982 my father was in Stuggart, Germany and attempted Mission Skyhook. My father died due to faulty equipment and fell to his death at 1400 hours. Any information would be great.”.

And some of you might recall Col. Moore’s response, which began “Shaun, I was the co-pilot (right seat pilot) on the flight on which we lost your father…”.

What are the odds, right? Well, that was 22 Dec 2008. I tried to contact Shaun to give him the news. Col. Moore tried to contact Shaun to give him the news. We tried several times over the last year, but were unable to get in touch with him over the last year.

I promised, in that earlier post, I’d make an update whenever I heard from Shaun about this little Christmas miracle.

Saturday, I got a message…

It was from Shaun Strickland, and if it doesn’t make you at least a little teary-eyed, well… Here’s what it said:


In July of 2008 I went to watch Batman: The Dark Knight with my Mom.
They used the Fulton Recovery System in the movie which is the first time I had ever heard or seen it. She started to cry. I had no idea why and I didn’t ask.

As of October 2008 I had no idea how my father died.
I went to see my Nana (his mom) who lives thousands of miles away that month. She then gave me a short book she wrote about my dad which gave away minor details of SkyHook. When I got home from there in 2008 I posted on this website…..then do to lifes busyness, I forgot to ever get back on.

This Christmas 2009 my older sister gave me a book with pictures of my dad in it and all the messages you guys sent above. I had know idea where she got all the info from until she told me it was from the site I posted on over a year ago.

Anyways, I can’t believe it. This is an AWESOME Christmas. Any more info you guys would like to share…ANYTHING…please post on here again or email me at stricklandengineering@yahoo.com

You guys are awesome.

That’s got to be the coolest thing that’s ever happened because of this blog. I mean, if that doesn’t provide empirical evidence that not all humans are irredeemable bastards, I don’t know what does.

So Happy Holidays, Shaun. And all the other readers of this blog. And I owe a big thanks to Col. Bernie Moore, as well as “Paul”, “Buff” Underwood, and SSG Patrick Keon, who all contributed time and comments for Shaun’s benefit. Like Shaun says, you guys are AWESOME, all caps and everything.

Published in: General, History | on December 28th, 2009| Comments Off on A Miracle on Blogosphere Street

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