Mary Mingo Williams (left), Soldiers who stopped for Williams (right)
A group of soldiers was traveling down a busy street in Port Arthur, Texas when they came across a woman who seemed stranded. After noticing that she looked upset, they decided to stop for her to see how they could help but had no clue what was coming miles down the road.
Mary Mingo Williams was on her way home from work when she stopped at a traffic light but couldn’t get her car to go again after it turned green. As cars whizzed around her, honking and screaming at her for holding up the traffic, she desperately tried to push her car out of the road and onto the shoulder but was struggling to get it to move. Not a single car stopped for this woman until almost an entire “platoon of army men,” as she described them, appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
Seeing how dangerous the situation was, the suited-up heroes didn’t just move her immobile car out of harm’s way — they pushed it with their bare hands all the way to the gas station which wasn’t nearby. “I don’t know where they came from, but all of a sudden I had almost a platoon of army men. They pushed my car literally from Motiva Terminal Gate to the Citco station on Gulfway Drive. Do you understand what I’m saying? They pushed my car on their feet,” Williams wrote in her viral Facebook post about what came of this incident.
She was so struck by their effort that they didn’t hesitate to offer for a stranger, that when they all got to the gas station she asked if she could take a photo of them to share that there are still good men in this world who will help a woman in need. They kindly agreed, and as she snapped their picture, she felt a tap on her shoulder.
Man who offered soldiers $100
Another man at the gas station saw what these soldiers had done for her and pulled a $100 bill out of his pocket and handed it to the heroes to say their next meal was on him for their kindness. The men refused his generous offer, saying that they “were doing what we were raised to do.” That’s when the man turned back to Williams with something else.
“This same gentleman turned around and put gasoline in my car and told me to keep the money that I had in my pocket,” Williams wrote in her post. After trucks driven by men passed her by, refusing to stop to help and even going as far as to honk their horn for her to get out of the way, Williams was shown a contrast of character in the real men who ended up crossing her path. These soldiers and the generous passerby who was impressed by them are the result of having been raised right, taught respect and compassion for other people who just need a little help.