I just read an article/forum on Entertainment Weekly (got there through CNN’s website) talking about some of TV’s moments that make people cry the most. There have been some good ones submitted… Radar announcing Henry Blake’s death on M*A*S*H… the Pedigree “I’m a Good Dog, How Did I End Up Here (at the pound)… and of course, coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But I think my saddest TV moment had to be one that I covered as a broadcaster in the Air Force… and I’m sure one that not too many people know about.

In 1996, Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and several American business leaders died when the plane they were riding on slammed into the side of a mountain in Croatia. While the national media focused on Brown’s death, I covered the funeral at Ramstein Air Base, Germany for the six U.S. Air Force crew members stationed at Ramstein who also perished. I can never forget the picture of the fellow airman as her eyes were filled with tears, placing the folded American flag at her picture, and giving a trembling salute to her fallen colleague. In the front pew of the Ramstein chapel, was a father and his young son… maybe four or five. The boy’s grief was nearly unbearable, and I still well up with tears when I think of his crying eyes looking almost unbelieving at his mother’s funeral.

I’ve seen many sad things and faced some tough shoots… but this was easily the most difficult story I have ever had to do.

“I’m just saying…”