In a moving scene, an Army wife met her husband on the airport tarmac last week—but he was in a coffin.
This heartbreaking video was taken by Lisa West Williams, who was traveling in the plane that transported Shawn Thomas' body home to North Carolina. As Thomas' widow rests her head on the flag-draped coffin, it is Williams you hear crying from inside the plane--and, she says, she wasn't the only one.
The video shows members of the military removing Thomas' flag-draped coffin from the plane before Tara, dressed all in black, approaches and rests her head against the coffin. "There was not a dry eye around me," wrote Williams. The video has been viewed nearly 10 million times since she posted it Tuesday.
The Army Times wrote:
A Special Forces warrant officer has died from injuries he suffered in a vehicle accident while serving in Africa, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman confirmed to Army Times on Thursday. Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, of 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, died Feb. 2, Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt confirmed. "Our deepest condolences go out to Warrant Officer Thomas' family, friends and colleagues," 3rd Special Forces Group officials said in a statement.