2011 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The eagle landed on the grave of Sgt Maurice Ruch, US Army Air Corps. A noted rifle marksman, he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, served four years in the military, and earned a bronze star.
A soldier in Iraq asked his wife to send him dirt (U. soil), fertilizer, and some grass seed. When the men of the squadron have a mission, they take turns walking through the grass and the American soil to bring them good luck.