In his twilight years on Fridays, Ed would go to the beach and stand on the end of the pier and take shrimp from his little bucket and fling them heavenward for the air patrolling seagulls to swoop down in delight and catch the crustacean gifts before they descended into the restless waters below. This became an act of thanksgiving on Ed’s part. In his early fifties he was on a personal mission for the Secretary of War to Gen. Douglas MacArthur. En route his plane crashed and Eddy and seven friends were stranded at sea on a small inflated raft. They found a few oranges that were part of the debris from the crash and this was all the food they had. After eight days there were no more orange segments to frugally ration. They were starving to death. Each morning the dying eight would begin their day with a time of prayer and devotion. On the eighth day, weak from food deprivation and dehydration, the men laid back to take a nap. Within an hour of asking God for a miracle on that bleak morning, a seagull landed on the cap that covered Eddy’s eyes. He seized the heaven sent, feathered cuisine and within seconds the gull was defrocked of its feathers and portioned out to the haggard and starving survivors. The bird’s inwards were spared for bait to catch more food. That one sacrificial gull served hope and resource for survival. Ed and his surviving friends were rescued sixteen, grueling days later.
Ed went on to return to his occupation as the president of Eastern Airlines and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he never forgot the hope and relief that bird and the gift of answered prayer brought. So, on Fridays, Eddy Rickenbacker would make his way to the breezy pier to throw aloft his little gifts of gratitude to hovering seagulls.
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