Packed Atlanta flight to Detroit goes silent for fallen Korean War vet returning home

A moment in time captured on the tarmac of a Detroit airport is drawing an outpouring of emotion on social media.

Ruth Malhorta was traveling from Atlanta to Detroit on Sept. 6 when she said the pilot announced that they were carrying the body of Korean War veteran, Private First Class Curits J. Wells. The then 19-year-old was reported missing in action was finally returned to the United States where he will be buried with full military honors.

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Malhorta said immediately all chatter stopped inside the cabin of the packed plane and when the plane touched down, a "somber applause erupted from passengers."

As the flag-draped casket was pulled from the plane, passengers looked out the windows to view the remainder of the ceremony, which continued for several minutes. However Malhorta said it "felt like time stood still."

"Witnessing such respect for a fallen hero and unity around the American flag on an airplane full of diverse people -- all coming and going in different directions, yet caught together in a moment of history -- is something I will never forget," she wrote.

So far, the Facebook post has been shared by more than 6,000 people.


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