Edward Boniberger, of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, returned from Iraq in September and Monday he found a winning lottery ticket...
When he couldn't find the owner, he took the ticket to a police station where the woman that had purchased the ticket, Mary Ann Doerrbecker, was tracked down. She offered the soldier a reward --to which he replied, "Absolutely not".
"Detectives located Mary Ann Doerrbecker, who had not realized she had dropped the ticket, according to Detective Sgt. Thomas Groneman.
"She was shocked," Groneman said. Doerrbecker met the couple at the Third Precinct and offered them a reward, which they declined. "He said, 'Absolutely not,"' Groneman said.
Boniberger said he told Doerrbecker she should donate something to charity instead. "There's people out there who need it a lot more than I do," he said.
He said he would have wanted someone else to do the same if it had been him who lost the ticket." (source)
We shouldn't lose sight of the fact that most of these boys still have something many Americans do not ...honor.