Soldier Pays $200 to Have US Dirt Shipped to Italy So His Son Could Be Born on Texas Soil

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Tony Traconi, a U.S. paratrooper stationed in the Italian province of Padova, had a commendable but complex wish – for his first son to be born on Texas soil. But with just a month before his first child was due to come into the world, he was thousands of miles away from his home state, with no chance of getting home and back before the big day. But then an idea sprouted in his head: he would ask his parents to fill a Tupperware container with Texas dirt and ship it to him. The end goal – to hide it under his wife’s hospital bed, so his son would technically be born on Texas soil.

“I spent over $ 200 on shipping costs for dirt from Texas. The plan is to hide it under the hospital bed so when my wife gives birth my son will be born over Texas land,” Traconi wrote in a July 20 post that has since been set to ‘private’.

On August 17, a day after his son Charles was born, Traconi followed up with another tweet where he confirmed that the baby had been “born in an Italian hospital, over Texas land, on national Airborne day”. But that wasn’t the end of this intriguing adventure.\

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11 Comments on Soldier Pays $200 to Have US Dirt Shipped to Italy So His Son Could Be Born on Texas Soil

  1. That might seem a little over the top for people who are not from Texas. They’ll soon be taking photos of their precious little one wearing a team “onesie” from UT, A&M, Tech, Baylor, etc. Actually, if it’s a Aggie family, the kid will have an entire maroon wardrobe and a bumper sticker on his stroller.

  2. Traconi and Traconis would both be correct. If the guy is Greek. Which he may be.
    The “S” at the end usually describes the person as a male, or ‘son of’. Which in this case, the baby is the
    son of Traconi.

  3. My wife’s father’s last name was Tarabanovski. Her last name was Tarabanovskaya. It’s the femininized version of the last name.

  4. HOOAH!! Airborne, all the way!

    “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity”. – G.S. Patton, GEN USA –



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