Originally Posted by storktaylor
Major Samuel Leigh, USMC was a good friend of mine from flight school and we winged together. He was in the USMC AH-1W that collided with the USCG C-130. He was a great pilot and a better guy with a great family. I went to his memorial service on Veterans Day in Maine.
I have to hand it to the state of Maine, the governor, BOTH US Senators, their US Congressman and the National Guard Adjutant General were all there. At first I thought it was a Veterans day political ploy, but they all came and left through the side door and did not talk to the media. They were there simply for Sam's family. Very Classy. It is good to know that there are still places in our country where service members get this type of respect.
Never met him myself...but in testimony to how tight the aviation community is- lots of folks I do know have had direct contact with him at some point. He also moderated the Airwarriors forum that I frequent.
It's great to hear that he got such a dignified ceremony...Every single things I've heard about him indicates he deserved it.
Sorry to you for your loss sir.