A year ago, if you have followed me since then, you may remember that my husband was in Afghanistan. While there, he had the wonderful opportunity to see this USO "show."
David Hartman accompanied three Apollo astronauts: Gene Cerman, Jim Lovell (remember Apollo 13? Tom Hanks played him!) and most thrilling of all--Neil Armstrong. I'm not sure if you know this, but Neil keeps a pretty low profile. I know in all the bios that were put out this past week after his death that they frequently mentioned that and the fact that he is a very modest man. Anyway, when my husband told me that this was going to happen, I got really excited for him!
When I was little--maybe 5?--I met Buzz Aldrin (the second man to walk on the moon) and so I told my husband that if he could meet Neil Armstrong, that would be the only way to "one up" me!
Well, the day finally arrived (August 15, 2011) and there was a panel discussion and a "meet and greet."
David Hartman is on the left, then Neil Armstrong in the blue shirt, Gene Cerman, and Jim Lovell. My husband said they answered questions--Jim Lovell was asked about Tom Hanks, etc. They were so gracious and entertaining!
The Meet and Greet
However, I think partially becasue I was so excited about it, and in turn got my husband excited about it, he was paying attention to the arrival. (By the way, he worked at night, so this was during his free time) He saw them enter the camp and so he went over to the location and was one of the first soldiers to get there, so he had an opportunity to talk and more importantly, get photos will all of them.
Here he is with David Hartman. "Boy is he tall" was my husband's overwhelming impression. Do you remember when he hosted Good Morning America? I do.
Here he is with Gene Cerman. If I remember correctly, Gene was the last American to walk on the moon.
Jim Lovell. If you are wondering what the black thing is around my husband's neck, the black "bag" on the left is his ammo pouch and under the other arm is his sidearm. They were armed at all times!
And finally, and most thrilling of all, he talked with Neil Armstrong. I think right now he is telling Neil about me and Buzz Aldrin. Neil being the man he was, was telling my husband that I still win. (So very modest!--Of course my husband "wins!!!")
My husband was very thrilled to meet all of these geniune heros, and I think it is awesome that they would spend their valuable time in visiting the troops. Considering that one year and a few days later, Neil would pass away, I am even more grateful.