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What He Did To A Veteran's Military Trunk Will Leave You Speechless

When we talk about soldiers, the first thing that strikes our mind is the sacrifices they make for the country. But we often forget that although they are entitled to the job of serving the nation and taking care of its citizens, they also are a part of our society, and there is a lot that we too as citizens can pay them back as a tribute rather than just making up stories on their names.

One such incident came into news when the retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, Sgt. Tommy Lemastus, who was posted at various positions in Hawaii (Japan), died in April 2015 and a soldier Andrew Powell decided to honor him in a very heart touching way.

The sergeant was also a parachutist with over 100 jumps and an achiever of many medals, lover of cats, reading, gadgets, having a bachelor's degree in zoology and master's in education. 

We have to agree, not everybody could have done this the way Andrew Powell did, as it needed not only efforts, but selfless efforts because there was nothing to earn other than the satisfaction of being able to do something like this.

What He Did To A Veteran's Military Trunk Will Leave You Speechless

What He Did To A Veteran's Military Trunk Will Leave You Speechless

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The Footlocker

The Footlocker

Sgt. Tommy Lemastus used this to keep his stuff during his posting to Japan for Operation Gyroscope.

Strong over years

Strong over years

Footlocker got this name as there was a practice to keep them near foot side on the soldier's bed.

Some damage

Some damage

A Soldier Andrew Powell received the honour and opportunity to recreate the old Footlocker exactly as it was.

Army colour

Army colour

He soon recognised that there was something written on the top of the box which was not visible now due to the opaque green paint.

What's written over there?

What's written over there?

As is the rule in the U.S. army, the name ,the roster number and a note describing from where it got shipped out was written on it.

Empty!

Empty!

It didn't seem to be very easy for restoration.

The work starts

The work starts

Everything of Army is made very strong. "The disassembly of the footlocker was quite time consuming because the entire piece was fastened by rivets," he wrote on Imgur.

Some idea

Some idea

He then replaced the old rivets with new aircraft grade ones and did all other cleaning and polishing that was needed.

Makeover continues

Makeover continues

As the tray inside was missing, he placed a new one made out of wood and also laid the country flag perfectly.

Got new leather handles

Got new leather handles

He attached some new brown leather handles on both the sides of the handy locker.

Writing restored

Writing restored

The stencils were painted again as per the marks that were somewhat lightly visible on the footlocker.

Watch this

Watch this

Now what a look it has got!

He filled it with all of Sgt. Lemastus' Badges and awards

He filled it with all of Sgt. Lemastus' Badges and awards

The great para-glider's badges

The great para-glider's badges

Gallantries

Gallantries

When asked in detail , he said- "Sgt. Lemastus served as a paratrooper prior to the Korean War and was qualified as a glider paratrooper until gliders were removed from the force,".

Perfect fit

Perfect fit

That's how it looks and how it was really meant to look like to qualify as a tribute to the Sergeant.

A nostalgic collage

A nostalgic collage

He did take some help of the Sergeant's family to find some of his earlier life's pictures to create a picture collage.

WOW!

WOW!

Stunning, isn't it? Can we not learn something through this? Share among your friends and ask them.

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