For his 92nd birthday dinner on Feb. 21, a World War II veteran’s son and two other family members took him to Outback Steakhouse in Sebring, Florida. When it came time to pay, the son discovered that some other customers paid their bill in full and left a hand-written note on the check that brought “tears” to his eyes.
On a bill for $58.59, anonymous patron wrote to the WWII veteran, also named Robert Neiman, “Thank you for your service!!” and signed the check, “Very Grateful Americans.”
Bob Nieman, the veteran’s son and an ex-cop, told Opposing Views that he had noticed a couple watching their group as they came into the restaurant, but he didn’t think anything else of them until they got their check. The waitstaff confirmed that the couple covered the cost of their meal.
[T]he waiter […] said to all of us, ‘Don’t Worry about the bill it’s already been taken [care] of because of this [man’s] service to our country.’ My dad was at the time wearing his Lexington Hat like he always does started beaming from ear to ear. My mom asked who did this & the waiter said, ‘Don’t worry they already left but they wanted to make sure you all were taken care of.’ Me being the ex-cop I am had to know and pressed him some more. ‘It wasn’t the couple sitting at that table?’ I asked, ‘the couple I noticed earlier?’ He told me yes, it was…how did I know? ‘Just a good guess, I said.'”
Nieman shared more about the elder Bob Nieman’s time in the Navy and describe how his father, at 92, has survived despite having a lot against him while serving in the military.
“He is one of the last remaining plank owners (first crew of the ship) of the USS Lexington CV 16,” Nieman explained. “He served there most of WWII and was taken off by a medical ship in 1944 when he was the only surviving member of his gun crew that was not killed by a Kamikaze that hit his gun turret. My dad attends the Lexington Reunion of all ship members and their family’s that ever served every year.”