knights in dirty uniforms

There dozens of fairy takes featuring knights in shining armor. There are the Golden Knights who jump out of airplanes. There is Dog Day Night (Halifax Group Album), Boca Knights (by author Steven Forman) and Blackmore’s Night (Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night).

Then there are all the quotes, phrases and books that have to do with the dark of night, that which comes out to play at night, and general evil deeds under the cover of darkness. All of which, of course, should lead to heroes rescuing fair maidens between the covers of books, on screen, and in ballads.

In real life, it is the small acts of kindness that are more important and usually less noticed than the grand gestures. It doesn’t take a knight in shining armor. Instead, it is a couple of young Air Force guys loaded down with rucksacks, rifles and covered with muck. What they also have between them is a half-size Tuff box that is obviously heavy as well as awkward. They stop every dozen or so feet to get reorganized, swapping places and re-adjusting their load so that nothing lands in the filthy snow or major water hazards they are attempting to traverse.

The third member of the group is an extremely petit SrA. She is as loaded down as the guys, with the exception of the Tuff Box. Its her box that they are hauling to the post office; both of them reassuring her that it is really no problem to help her. They were going to the USO which is in the same direction. And besides, even if they weren’t team mates, they both have sisters.

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5 Responses to knights in dirty uniforms

  1. Isobel says:


  2. Maryt says:

    Loved the piece about the flying knights helping with the tuff box!! Nice to know chivalry still exists!

  3. Berg says:

    ‘One team – one fight” is the only way to survive

  4. Alison says:

    And they just made far more people happy than they will ever know. Thank
    you for this and my thanks to them.

  5. Cheryl says:

    That’s my Air Force! They will drive you crazy 23 hours of the day, and then they turn around and do something like this that melts your heart.

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