A gift from a fallen soldier has made its way from the Middle East, to Texas, and finally to the University of Alabama.
Sarah Chamberlain realizes the impact she made on a man she'd never met face to face.
"I really wish I could say 'thank you' for this wonderful gift," she said.
Chamberlain helped former professor Stan Jones with an online engineering class that included students on active duty.
Air Force Captain Mark Voss was one of them.
"He emailed me last summer saying 'thank you from all of us' and that he wanted to send me a small token of appreciation," she said.
The token turned out to be an American flag.
"They bent over back words to accommodate his schedule. With him being in the military, it's not always easy to do your homework," UA engineering professor John Baker said.
Voss and two others died in a refueling accident in May.
A mailing problem stopped the flag from getting to Alabama sooner. After Voss' personal items were sent to his home in Texas, his father made sure Voss' gift got to the right people.
Chamberlain says the fact that one of Voss' final wishes was for her to get this flag makes it all the more special.
"It just means a lot and I will definitely cherish it that much more and make sure it has a good home," she said.
Chamberlin hasn't decided where the flag will go, but she wants Voss' family to know she'll display it proudly.
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