Gold Star family of slain Stockton soldier booed on flight

RecordNet – by Nicholas Filipas

STOCKTON — The father of a soldier who was killed last weekend in Afghanistan was disappointed and hurt after airline passengers booed him and his family as they flew to meet his son’s remains.

Stewart Perry, an ex-Marine who lives in Stockton, said the ordeal left him feeling disrespected.

“It was really disgusting on the passengers’ part,” he said Friday.  

His son, Sgt. John Perry, was one of two killed in an explosion at a United States airbase on Nov. 12. He was honored at a memorial service in Lodi on Thursday and will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

John Perry, 30, and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, died from their injuries after the attack by an apparent suicide bomber at the Bagram Airfield at about 5:30 a.m. local time.

The Department of Defense said this week that the blast also took the lives of two U.S. contractors working on the base. Sixteen other U.S. service members and one Polish soldier participating in a NATO mission were wounded.

Perry was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He was at the base supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

An avid runner, he had been preparing to participate in a 5K run at the base in northeast Afghanistan as part of a post-Veterans Day activity to benefit disabled veterans.

Stewart Perry said he, his wife, Kathy, and daughter were flying on an American Airlines flight from Sacramento on Monday to Philadelphia, with a quick transfer in Phoenix. From Philadelphia, they traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to receive his son’s remains.

For unknown reasons, Perry said, the flight to Phoenix was 45 minutes late. The crew feared the delay might cause the Perrys miss their connecting flight.

So, when the plane landed in Phoenix, the captain made an announcement for all passengers to remain seated and to let a “special military family” exit the aircraft first, Perry said.

Several passengers in first class began to boo and complain, Perry said.

“Some people were saying ‘This is just baloney,’ and ‘I paid for first-class for this?’ ”

He said American Airlines “did everything they could” to accommodate his family.

Perry and his family made their connecting flight, and the pilot in Phoenix stayed at the gate for 40 minutes to make sure they made it on board.

Perry said he does not know if the passengers from Sacramento knew there was a Gold Star family on board, nor does he know if there was a similar reaction from people sitting in coach.

“It was just disgusting behavior from people in first class; it was terrible to see,” Perry said. “You could see the disappointment from the flight crew.”

The real focus, Perry said, should be on the heroics of his son. The husband and father of two young children died a hero.

“He made a decision that saved a lot of people,” Perry said. “I was told that he was found protecting a female soldier. … He didn’t get to live a full life, but he lived.”

— Contact reporter Nicholas Filipas at (209) 546-8257 or Follow him on or on Twitter @nicholasfilipas.

23 thoughts on “Gold Star family of slain Stockton soldier booed on flight

  1. What is this world coming to when we can’t even honor our dead.
    Death is not a punchline.
    If I could…
    I would have thrown snakes in the f kng blue toilet on that sumbitch.

  2. While it was bad taste to boo, I for one am sick and tired of all the military-worship. Here’s why:

    1. It encourages more young people to join the Empire’s war machine so that they, too, can someday be thanked for their “service.”

    2. It’s a form of statist conditioning. Most Americans hate politicians and distrust the federal government. Rightfully so. Yet those same Americans hold “our troops” in high regard. Does that make sense? To hate politicians but love those who signed up to obey their every order? That’s cognitive dissonance at its worst, the result of relentless brainwashing.

    3. The military DOES NOT “fight for our freedom.” A standing infantry is the greatest danger to our freedom, as our Founders warned. In modern times the military does this not only by simply existing, but by providing an excuse to develop newer “anti-insurgency” weapons. Guess where those will someday be used? That’s right: here at home, to help undermine the Second Amendment deterrent against tyranny.

    4. The military IS NOT defending America in these occupations of faraway lands. It’s making money for Boeing, Lockheed, General Dynamics, and the rest. If these wars had never happened, we would not have seen an invasion of the US. The Taliban would not be marching into Iowa.

    5. These occupations incite more terrorism than they prevent. And they can’t possibly be effective, since terrorism is too surreptitious to admit a military solution. Using the military to “fight terrorism” makes as much sense as using the military to combat spousal abuse.

    Should we be grateful for these things? Have we been getting freer and safer over the past 15 years, thanks to the actions of “our” military?

    I still would not have booed this family (though it sounds like the passengers were actually booing the delay — also impolite). But I wouldn’t have honored them, either. I absolutely refuse to join in the “thank you for your service” statist bullshit. I owe no gratitude to someone who signed up to obey corrupt scumbags in Washington and to fight in wars I didn’t want to happen.

    While I can feel a shred of pity for some naive Americans who lose lives, limbs, or loved ones in these wars of choice, the lion’s share of my pity goes to the foreign victims who had no choice about their participation in American wars.

    1. You said most what I was thinking about this, and I never asked anyone to go fight for my freedom, that is total bs & propaganda…

      Well said BMF

      1. Thank you, sir.

        I suspect there are more Americans out there than we know who secretly agree with us about these things, maybe on a subconscious level, but are afraid to say aloud that “the Emperor has no clothes, and he also has an ugly tramp stamp.” The more the rest of us speak out on this, even if only on the Web, the more people might join in and break the spell of mass stupidity.

        1. I’ll openly agree, order following is the bane of this world. If people were acting on their conscientious alone and were held accountable by those around them, this world would be a vastly different place. Granted before that can come to fruition we need to get rid of the artificial scarcity/spice trade model, speculative market/bank manipulation, government backed monopolies and the crux of the matter which I feel is the propaganda networks in all their forms.

          Having more options/competition is the best way to accomplish this, we will most likely need to shoot some pricks to have a open market, that said I do not feel using or forming a government will offer long term success once the shooting is done (government should stay out of the market as much as possible if not entirely).

          Just my thoughts on the matter.

    2. Military and police are just order followers and no order follower should ever be respected, blanket statement I do not care who gets offended. To follow an order without question is immoral and can never be justified. To murder another because someone told you to is breaking the natural law right of that sentient being. Mark Passio is absolutely astounding in his presentation of the subject.

  3. Well his son fought for the Jews and NWO… This crowd knew as much and showed they disproved which is outstanding. If people would quit worshiping the bastards and yank their support and treat them like the enemy federal occupation force they are we might get somewhere.

    Good that they booed, shows progress in no longer worshiping the military occupation.

  4. Congratulations! Your son went to a foreign country to fight and die so some rich people could get richer.
    You get a gold star!
    Here, let me just paste this little gold star on your forehead…..there we go!
    Now don’t lose that star. That star can get you special privileges.
    Sure, sure, you’d like to have your son back and that would be just super but that’s not gonna happen.
    But at least you got that gold star, right?

    1. LOL

      Although the way you put it is funny, that really is a big part of how the system works: gain and keep loyalty (even after death) by heaping praise on the servants (and, if they die, their survivors). Making them feel special, “elite,” or whatever helps ensure obedience, and as I said in my earlier post, this also helps with recruiting the next generation of minions.

  5. I told my wife that I probably would’ve boo’d too if the only information I’d been given was to “remain seated so that a ‘special military family’ could blah, blah.” I totally agree with BLM who, like me is “sick and tired of all the military-worship.”

    The airline numbnuts should have said something like “we have a Gold Star family trying to get to Dover, blah, blah.” I would have cut them some slack myself, BS military operation or not. Therefore, there is no story here.

  6. If our military’s cause was just, I would’nt have had an issue, however, there’s no just cause for our military today other than indiscriminate invasions, killings, at the beck and call of Wall street.

    No, you are not “patriotic” joining the military. You’re a retard thinking your going to be fighting for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way”, whatever that is.

    The “American Way” is “let’s take what we want from these uneducated sheepherders, what are they going to do about it?

    “Hey, let’s test this new bomb on this island. We’ll just move all the people off of Bikini Atoll and let ‘er rip!” Have you ever watched footage of a nuclear detonation? If you’re unfortunate enough to see an nuclear blast, it may be the last thing you see before your maker comes for you.

    It’s like handing out stick matches to children. What was God thinking? And, yes, we are children when it comes to nuclear technology.

  7. If anyone can find a link or email to this very special greater than thou Gold Star family, perhaps we should fwd a link to this site so they can read these posts & begin to understand why that may have happened….but I’m sure they’ll never open their mind, well u know they’re special….!

  8. It does show the mood in the population that they are sick of endless war, and sick of a police state shoved down all our thoughts, and civil war is just under the surface in the hearts and minds of the population. They are sick of the globalist’s wars of empire and the death of the American Dream.

    Bad taste and cruel? Yes. It was. That was someones son. That is a tragedy in that family that will burn in their soul to their graves. It also shows that the morality of the population is also in a rotten state. In stead of booing and acting like jerks why not act like American MEN and go after the TSA, Federal Agents where ever they are and HUNT THEM like animals until they are gone, then go get their bosses who gave the orders from behind the scenes, in whatever order. Torturing some grieving parents servers NOTHING. Might say a prayer for them perhaps? Kind of cowardly actually.

    1. As you say, no need to be cruel to the family, especially without knowing their story. (For all we know, they might have begged their son not to join the military.)

      However, you mention that it would be better to go after the TSA or federal agents. How are soldiers any different from federal agents? In fact, soldiers ARE federal agents. They serve the same exact control system that is served by the FBI, NSA, DHS, and all the rest.

      If the federal government is our ally and our protector, then so are its soldiers. If the federal government is a threat and the enemy of our freedom, then so are its soldiers. The government and its soldiers simply cannot be separated. And order-followers, particularly those who sign up voluntarily, are just as responsible for their actions as those who give their orders.

      1. One thing that seems to be a common thread is to get patriots out of the country to fight foreign wars of conquest. That much we know. In terms of the unconstitutional Alphabet soup agents? They actually are enemy combattents. I do think when things kick off there are many tens of thousands of Americans who have their own story and are probably going to truncate the future of the operatives of that wrenched machine. Just a prediction. Don’t think the patriots will be crowing about it to their parents or families either. They may deport them, but not crow about it.

        Your point is well taken. What a one hell of a mess we are facing. Sorting it out properly will be a devine miracle. God help us?

  9. C’mon lighten the fk up people.
    Gettin all intellectual and wordsmithy and sht.
    Can we have just one second to say you died for bullshit and feel sorry for a lost soul…?
    For a dead guy…?
    I guess not….

    Just fkng brutal.

    1. I feel a great deal of pity for the innocent victims of these wars. By that I mean the people who had no choice about being involved in them because the US military bombed and/or invaded their countries.

      Those who volunteered to be US mercenaries and ended up getting killed or maimed only had done to them what they were going to do (and possibly did do) to others.

      It may seem brutal to lack sympathy for killed or wounded US mercenaries. It’s not nearly as brutal as what those mercenaries do to others overseas. And I doubt the victims of US forces — the people shot, blown up, burned, blinded, or otherwise maimed or killed — get much pity from those US forces after the fighting is over. Most likely it’s lots of stories like “You should’ve seen the look on that raghead’s face after I shot him in the balls!” over a few cold ones at the local watering hole.

      “Mercy to the merciful”

  10. I would boo too. Bit not because someone gets preferential treatment but because their son was a corporate murderer and that is why they get preferential treatment.

  11. I think it’s telling that all the “booing” came from the passengers flying first-class, displaying their complete lack of class, and proving to the world that money doesn’t wash the dirt away.

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