As someone whose Navy veteran father recently passed away, I know personally that he was never prouder of anything in his life than his military service. That is one reason I find this story so moving. I hope you will, too.
The account is of a “sailor’s dying wish,” that of Bud Cloud, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who passed away last June after having been enrolled in hospice care by his daugher. Cloud’s request to the U.S. Navy… well, I’ll let her daughter Jennie Haskamp, herself a Marine veteran, tell the story:
After signing my Pop, EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) up for hospice care, the consolation prize I’d given him (for agreeing it was OK to die) was a trip to “visit the Navy in San Diego.”
I emailed my friend and former Marine sergeant, Mrs. Mandy McCammon, who’s currently serving as a Navy Public Affairs Officer, at midnight on 28 May. I asked Mandy if she had enough pull on any of the bases in San Diego to get me access for the day so I could give Bud, who served on USS Dewey (DD-349), a windshield tour.
The next day she sent me an email from the current USS Dewey (DDG 105)’s XO, CDR Mikael Rockstad, inviting us down to the ship two days later.
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