Navy Rescue

This is a truly wonderful story about our military from the AP:

Zulfahmi was about to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment of a leg that was gashed to the bone as he was swept up in the Dec. 26 waves. The tsunami also took his parents and two siblings, all missing and presumed dead.

As the chopper prepared to take off, Zulfahmi’s grandmother Adawiyah — his only surviving relative — had to get off.


“I was sitting in the helicopter when they told me to get out,” Adawiyah said Saturday through an interpreter. “I was distraught because my only surviving grandson was leaving me. I didn’t sleep all night. I asked everyone how to get to Banda Aceh.”

When the U.S. military heard what had happened, they set about tracking down Adawiyah, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.

One helicopter crewman on the USS Abraham Lincoln (search) said Navy sailors passed the boy’s photograph around Sabang Island in their search for the grandmother. The pilots who brought about the reunion were from the USS Rainer, another ship in the U.S. military’s relief mission.

But, of course it is from the AP and so they had to include this:

The grandmother has mixed feelings about how the U.S. military handled the rescue.

However, you can be assured that the grandmother is feeling grateful to the US Navy as the rest of the article points out. It is the AP that has the mixed feelings about how the US handled the resue.

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