I ran across this story while flying back from Memphis last month, it’s a World War II story about a sailor, his life belt and his mother. I didn’t know for sure if this story was true or not, I wanted to get it verified before I shared it with you. Come to find out the story is 100% factual and the sailor in the story was signalman 3rd class Elgin Leroy Staples of Akron Ohio. Watch the video to see how a mother’s love and her work saved her sons life during an attack by enemy forces.


The story is narrated by Academy Award actor Gary Sinise, one word of advise though, grab a tissue, this story will move you.