Cheers to Noblesville
I would like to share a story that took place over the course of a couple of days last week that involved a few extraordinary people in your community.
My son, Clay O'Neal, entered the United States Navy in April of 2016, who is an E-3 Airmen, currently serving active duty aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS CVN-74 stationed in Bremerton, Wash., was home (Kokomo, IN) on leave. Last Wednesday, he drove to Noblesville to visit with some friends before returning to Bremerton. He stopped at a local eatery, Wings etc., for some lunch and when he returned to his vehicle, he experienced engine problems. The truck would not start or even turn the engine over. After asking someone to help jumpstart the truck, all attempts failed.
So, after hearing the news, my father, Bill O'Neal, who served active duty from 1961 through 1963 aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN CVS-39 at the start of the Vietnam War and was active off the coast of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, held the rank of YN3 and was honorably discharged in 1967 and myself headed down to Noblesville to see if we could get the truck started. After 45 minutes, we did not have any luck. While we were contemplating our options, an eager gentlemen approached us asking if there was anything he could do to help. His name was Dale Lackney. We explained our story, how my son was on leave and only had two days left but still had places to go and people he wanted to see before returning. This extraordinary man went above and beyond the expected to make sure my son and family was not inconvenienced any more than possible. He handled everything! Everything from lining up the towing company (Miller Towing) to get the truck to the repair shop (Mufflers & More), talked to the mechanic, Scott, to explain the situation and he even offered to take my son wherever he needed to go. He called numerous times to keep us updated on the status of the repair and when to pick the truck up. Needless to say, Dale and his buddies, Scott and Jimmy, made an untimely bad situation turn into a blessing in disguise!
I just wanted to give a HUGE shoutout to Dale, Jimmy, Scott from Mufflers & More and Miller Towing for stepping up to the plate and for being extraordinary American citizens, giving back to those who have served this great country of ours. The Noblesville community should be very proud! I know the O'Neal family is!!!
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