Belleville News Democrat
BY PATRICK KUHL
January 29, 2016
‘I knew they were military by their haircuts – high and tight’
Actions got the attention of diners at Caseyville restaurant
Even 32-year police officer got emotional
“When the waiter came over after the meal, waving the check, he said, ‘This is your lucky day. Those young men bought your dinner.’
Vietnam Veteran Lou Zezoff was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by several Marines during his recent dinner. Derik HoltmannThe Marines landed in Caseyville at seventeen hundred thirty hours on 15 JAN 16.
Lou Zezoff, of Granite City, will never forget it.
“My wife Annette and I went out to dinner at Cracker Barrel,” Lou said a week and a half later, wearing the same “US Navy Vietnam Vet” cap he wore that evening. “When we were seated, I noticed five young men sitting at a round table. I knew they were military by their haircuts — high and tight.”
Lou and Annette ordered fried cod. It came with a side of R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
After the Zezoffs finished ordering, the Marines sprang into action.
“One of the young came over and stood at our table. I stood up and we were eyeball-to-eyeball,” Lou said. “He threw out his hand, thanking me for my service.”
A second one came did the same. “He said, I’m thanking you for all five of us,” motioning to the others.
Lous waved in acknowledgement, then went over to talk with them briefly.
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