Wesley Homes Des Moines resident Ted Gary gets the red carpet treatment at Safeco Field on Armed Forces Day.
Ted Gary is on the bottom row on the right side.
“We had a truce with the Germans during the war to drop food to the Dutch in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. We went in on our plane at a 400 foot altitude to drop the food. They were starving, you know, so we were sent to change that. We saw all these people, and we saw the Germans standing next to their artillery. They told us, ‘Man your guns, but don’t fire.’ We didn’t know if the Germans would keep their truce.”
This photo was taken shortly before Ted and his crew dropped the food
Luckily, the Germans did honor the truce.
Armed Forces day proved to be exciting in more ways than one. Aside from Ted’s exciting honor, the Mariners won in the last inning!