Sep 21st 2009 By Nick Prueher
When a burglar climbed over the fence of a 91-year-old Florida man's home this weekend, the World War II veteran sprang out of bed, grabbing his .38-caliber revolver but not a shred of clothing
Robert E. Thompson, who was awarded a Purple Heart during his military service, awoke to hear his dog growling ferociously outside. He called the cops and went out back to confront the intruder, shouting and waving his hollow-point bullet loaded gun in the air.
"The funny part was I didn't have any clothes on," Thompson said. "I was standing out there with a .38 in my hand, and I was stark naked."
When the intruder took a step toward him, he fired a warning shot into the air. Frightened by either the gunshot or the sight of Thompson's genitals, the burglar stopped dead in his tracks and both men waited for cops to arrive.
Police showed up a few minutes later and told Thompson to drop the gun, but just when the NRA thought it had found its poster boy, the gun accidentally went off when it hit the ground, lodging a bullet fragment into the old man's shin.
The U.S. military is planning to honor Thompson with a Beige Heart for performing an act of bravery while naked.