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Operation Open Arms

My wife's late grandfather was a fishing charter Captain out of Fish Tales Marina on Estero Island of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  He was also a tail gunner on Naval aircraft in the Pacific in WWII.  He would like this idea:

Man strives to give area troops warm welcome

By JENNIFER BOOTH REED JREED@NEWS-PRESS.COM
JAMIE PAGE, SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-PRESS

Published by news-press.com April 23, 2005

A chance meeting between a soldier on leave and a fishing guide has blossomed into a community effort to send off troops and welcome them home with gusto.

On Sunday, U.S. Army Spc. Travis Downes, on a two-week leave from Iraq, met Pine Island fishing guide Capt. John "GiddyUp" Bunch. Bunch and Downes' mother are friends. Downes mentioned how much he'd love to go fishing. So Bunch took him on a free chartered fishing trip, worth $495.

The excursion sparked an idea....

Read the story and here's the web site for Operation Open Arms.

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