A wounded veteran of the U.S. Marines, Air Force and Army joined Fox & Friends Saturday to talk about his chance encounter with former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Anthony Maggert pulled onto the side of the road Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to assist the retired four-star general fix a blown-out tire on his car.

"It really just could've been anybody," he said. "But I said, hey we're here on the Beltway, somebody's broke down or whatever on the side of the road, I might as well pull over and help."

Powell was on his way to Walter Reed Military Hospital when the tire blew out, according to his Facebook post about the encounter.


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Maggert, who retired last year after serving in the armed forces for 23 years, said that Powell's face became "strikingly familiar" as he slowed down before pulling over.

"When I got out of the vehicle I just walked right up to him and I said, 'You're Gen. Powell' and he said 'Yes I am,' so I was glad I was right about that," he said.

Maggert said that he stopped to help Powell because of adherence to "selfless service" that's reinforced in the military.

"Why not? Why not take just a second out of your day to just help somebody else out?"

Powell wrote in his now-viral Facebook post that his encounter with Maggert made his day.

"You touched my soul and reminded me about what this country is all about and why it is so great," Powell wrote. "Let's stop screaming at each other. Let's just take care of each other."


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