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” As a crowded airliner is about to take-off, the peace is suddenly
shattered by a five-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild
temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does
to try to calm him down, the boy continues to cream furiously and kick
the seats around him. Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an older
man in the uniform of a US Navy Chief begins to make his way up the
aisle. Stopping the frustrated mother’s upraised hand, the white haired,
courtly, soft-spoken Chief leans down and, motioning toward his
collar, whispers something into the boy’s ear. Instantly, the boy calms
down, gently takes his mother’s hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt.
All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause. As the Chief
slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants
touches his sleeve. “Excuse me Chief”, she asks quietly, “could I ask
you what magic words you used on that little boy?” The Chief smiled
serenely and gently confides, “I showed him my anchors, service stripes,
and battle ribbons, and then explained to him that they entitled me to
throw one passenger out of the plane.” “

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