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Hats off to an American hero

By Matt Adams, August 04, 2017

When Angelo DiLiberti made his way to the gate prior to his flight from Boston's Logan International Airport to Chicago-O'Hare on July 25, United Customer Service Representatives Allison Wakefield, Bob Dirice and Anthony Roman were certain that they were in the presence of a man who had lived an extraordinary life. They would quickly learn just how right they were and the lengths people will go to pay tribute to a true patriot.

Mr. DiLiberti and Ms. Axelrod, center, with Flight Attendant Athena Lolis and Captain Randolph Mitchell

"He was wearing a veteran's cap, so that identified him," Allison said. "While he was waiting to pre-board, Bob found his name and looked him up on Google. That's when we saw that he had been a paratrooper with more than 100 jumps under his belt."

Inspired by the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. DiLiberti served in the Army during World War II and went on to have a 33-year military career that spanned the Korean and Vietnam wars before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

"We greeted him at the gate, and people were coming up to recognize him," Allison continued. "As that was happening, one customer walked up to us and asked where he was seated on the plane. I told her that he was in 23A."

That customer, Lisa Axelrod, offered up her first class seat to Mr. DiLiberti.


Mr. DiLiberti poses in the captain\u2019s seat

The gate agents escorted Mr. DiLiberti and Ms. Axelrod onto the plane before the other passengers, where, as another sign of respect, Captain Randolph Mitchell offered his chair on the flight deck to Mr. DiLiberti for a photo op. Flight Attendant Sarah Dargan then showed him to his seat in first class and ensured that Mr. DiLiberti was well taken care of during his trip.

"The entire crew was great. They were really committed to making Mr. DiLiberti feel appreciated all the way to Chicago," said Allison. "And Ms. Axelrod was so sweet and genuine in wanting to show him respect. Mr. DiLiberti was clearly honored."

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