Lost Marines’ Journey Home


When Corporal Ryan Stickney and 200 of his Marines got ready to return to their homes after completing Operation Desert Storm in 1991, a logistics mistake compelled them to turn to an unexpected source for a ride back: President Donald Trump. Now, Ryan wishes to express his gratitude.


Stickney was a squad leader in a TOW company of a Marine reserve unit based in Miami, FL and spent approximately six months in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War between 1990 and 1991.

Ryan was a squad leader in a TOW firm of a Marine reserve unit in Miami, and was in Saudi Arabia for around six months during the Gulf War from 1990 to 1991. When his team returned to their home country, Ryan claims the group spent a few weeks decompressing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina before going back to Florida.


Ryan remembers being informed that some logistical mistake has been made within the unit and that at aircraft was not available to take the group home on the date of their scheduled departure. Here, Stickney says, is where the President had come in.


“The way the story was told to us was that Mr. Trump found out about it and sent the airline down to take care of us. And that’s all we knew….I remember asking ‘Who is Donald Trump?’ I truly didn’t know anything about him,” Ryan said.

The corporal took a photograph in order to remember that day:

Trump’s camp informed Hannity.com that the President really dispatched his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami, Florida to return more than 200 Gulf War Marines home. This is all that is known so far.

The marine says that he and his family are eternally grateful for Trump’s kind gesture. “It may not seem like much to most people, but it was very important to a bunch of jar heads and more importantly their families waiting for them on the hot tarmac.”