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A Sailor’s Dying Wish
14 November 2013, 17:16
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As time goes by, we lose more and more of our WWII veterans. My good high school buddy, Joe Meakin, who served in the Navy on carriers, passed along this blog entry about a Pearl Harbor survivor being granted a final wish. He wanted to visit the Navy in San Diego and he got more than just a visit. The sailors he met got more out of it than they expected as well.

Let’s wish fair winds and following seas, EM2 Bud Cloud.

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Bud Cloud

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.

We linked up with Mandy outside Naval Base San Diego and carpooled to the pier where we were…

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