The Stockton father of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan last week says he and his family were booed by passengers on the plane that was taking them to retrieve their son's remains.
According to the Stockton Record, Stewart Perry, an ex-Marine himself, his wife Kathy and their daughter were flying to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pick up the remains of their son, 30-year-old Sgt. John W. Perry. A connecting flight in Phoenix was delayed, and to make sure the family didn't miss their next plane, the captain asked the passengers to stay seated so a "special military family" could exit first.
Perry told the paper that's when several passengers in first class began to boo the family. The father also said the passengers were complaining about having to wait to exit the plane.
The Department of Defense said two soldiers, 20-year-old Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois and John Perry , died Saturday from injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan.