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Good Samaritans treat crew aboard Navy destroyer in New London to pizza

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Reid Burdick and Glenn Hamler treated crew members to pizza on Monday. (Submitted) Reid Burdick and Glenn Hamler treated crew members to pizza on Monday. (Submitted)
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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

Hermine left the Navy destroyer, the USS Truxtun, docked in New London, and while they wait out the threat, they were treated by some Good Samaritans.

The USS Truxtun is supposed to be back in Norfolk, VA, so it was a rare sight to see in New London on Monday.

That sight got some people thinking that the crew must be getting sick of their food on the ship.

"I thought this would be a nice thing to do for the people, they eat the food on the ship all the time and I thought why not do something locally, like pizza. Who doesn't like pizza,” said Glenn Hamler, who donated pizza to the crew members.

Reid Burdick and Glenn Hamler had seen the ship sitting out at Fort Trumbull since Friday, so Monday they thought they would make a special delivery.

Once they got the clearance, they called Empire Pizza on Broad Street in New London and ordered 35 pizzas.  

"I want to help them out, give them a real good deal. We cut half the price actually. I'm very surprised. I'm very happy and I'm glad to help them out,” said Haci Demir, owner of Empire Pizza.

Thirteen cheese, 11 pepperoni, and 11 sausage and off they went. Once on the ship they got to snap a few photos at the captain’s chair, but mainly made a whole lot of sailors happy.

"We got a really nice tour, we went into the mess, we saw everybody having a good time, we got to interact with the cooks a little bit so they didn't think we were usurping their talents and everybody was pretty good with it,” Burdick said.

Now that the weather seems to be dying down, the USS Truxtun will likely head back to Norfolk soon enough, but its stop in New London will certainly be a memorable one, and the whaling city may just get an added reputation for its friendliness and its pizza.

The ship was reportedly out on a mission in the Atlantic Ocean when they were ordered to port in New London.

There are about 300 people on board.

A very similar ship, the USS Ramage will be in New London this weekend for the CT Maritime Festival.

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