The ladies of the Moravia American Legion Auxiliary and Carletta Stocker were instrumental in getting me to San Pedro, Calif., for the commissioning of the USS Iowa battleship as a museum. The gift was both heartwarming and humbling.
To be able to attend and participate in the commissioning ceremony was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Having served aboard this battleship for three years, and retiring from the Navy under her 16-inch guns, this ship has been a very special part of my life.
Stepping aboard the USS Iowa after 23 years really brought back a lot of memories — memories of shipmates (both living and deceased), memories of foreign countries visited, memories of missions accomplished.
What I miss most about shipboard life is the camaraderie which is unlike any other.
However, as a result of the generosity and caring spirit of the American Legion Auxiliary, I now have wonderful new memories. For this I am forever thankful.
GMC (SW) US Navy Retired