WWII Sailor Gets Birthday Wish

| March 19, 2021

A WWII Sailor gets his birthday wish:  https://www.navytimes.com/military-honor/salute-veterans/2021/02/14/wwii-veteran-wants-to-be-buried-in-navy-uniform-so-she-made-one/

All his old shipmates had passed away, and his wife of 67 years had preceded him in passing on.

He did have one set of his dark blues, but they didn’t fit. Fortunately, when he went to a shop to ask for alterations, he got a new set of dark blues out of it, thanks to the generosity of someone who knew how to duplicate those old 13-button pants. Once she had his new blues tailored properly, he got the surprise of his life.

Read the story, but have a box of tissues handy. You might find yourself sniffling.

Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Hall, and a very happy birthday to you.

Category: Geezer Alert!, Navy

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  1. MustangCryppie says:

    Awesome story. I’m really happy that my shipmate got the help he needed. I would have thought, though, that it would have been much easier if some Sailor had simply gotten him a set from the uniform shop!

    And I have to say that dress blue cracker jacks are the greatest uniform ever made. I LOVE them! If you’re a fleet squid, all you have to do is fold them the way you were taught in boot camp, put them under the mattress on your rack and they are “fresh” as a daisy all the time. Not a wrinkle on them.

    Put some liberty cuffs on them and you are BADASS! They look great, just like Buddusky said!

    • rgr1480 says:

      I don’t remember that line from the movie! Saw it when it first came out and really enjoyed it.

      …. especially the semaphore part.

      • MustangCryppie says:

        Great flick. I was convinced that Nicholson had been a Sailor. He was absolutely perfect.

  2. KoB says:

    Don’t re-post this one Mi’Lady Ex, it made us cry. (not that there’s anything wrong with that) It was FIRST posted here; https://valorguardians.com/blog/?p=110591

    The pollen, Dust Bunnies, and Onion Fairies will be out in full force…AGAIN! Another BZ to the Seamstress and a Hearty Thank You for Your Service to this Swabbie.

    I know that I am going more crazy by the day, but I was reading your post on the investigations on looking into extremist organizations in the Military and referencing to the draft Kent State, went to comment and it just went POOF! and this post showed up. Did I just step into a Slide Zone?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      No, what happened with that is I clicked ‘post’ too soon and hadn’t put in the time for it to appear.

      It’s coming up before long. Be patient, Gun Bunny. Do you still have that old Ma Deuce?

      • KoB says:

        Whew! Tanks, I weren’t sure for a minute there. Seeing things? Flashbacks? Deja View (sic) all over again? The other post did, literally, go POOF as I was typing my comment and this article appeared.

        Ma Deuce? My next boat WILL be soaked in a vat of that new fangled Flex Seal stuff.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        II am waiting for the WOT to come up. If API is visible anywhere, he will be happy to know that the rails are alive and trains are running. And I could do something on how many tanker cars I counted going south on the La Plata, MO, line: LOTS of them. Probably all empties going for refills.

        • David says:

          we just became a stop on virtualrailfan last August. Have yet to watch (too cheap to become a member) but at least we are there.

          • David says:

            and find if it was up I could watch up to 32 trains a day go through on Youtube. When shopping for a house here we looked at several very close to the tracks….think I am glad we bought several miles away whewre I can hear ’em but don’t feel ’em. 32 a day might be a bit much!