STOCKTON, CA (WCMH/AP) — The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan said he and his family were booed as they exited a plane en route to meet his son’s remains.
Sgt. John W. Perry was one of the soldiers who died after an apparent suicide bomber attacked the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Nov. 12.
Sgt. Perry’s father Stewart told the Stockton Record that he, his wife, and his daughter were on a flight from Sacramento to Phoenix, where they would then travel to Philadelphia and Dover to pick up his remains.
The flight to Phoenix was delayed, and the captain of the plane asked other passengers to remain seated so a “special military family” could exit first.
Perry said several passengers in first class began to boo and complain.
“Some people were saying ‘This is just baloney,’ and ‘I paid for first-class for this?’” he told the Stockton Record.
The Department of Defense said 30-year-old Perry and 20-year-old Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.
Both received a Purple Heart Medal and a Bronze Star, among other awards.
The brigade shared photos of a memorial service they held at Bagram Airfield on Friday.