Uploaded on Oct 28, 2007
So many of you have asked, so here it is. This is my first youtube posting. I may post more later but none of them will be as important to me as this one. If you like it, I would be very grateful if you would take a moment to rate it by simply clicking the appropriate red star.(Favorited over 80 times and only 40 rating? Come on guys!)
I was "born in the Navy" at Pearl at Tripler Army Hospital in the early 60's.(Don't let the "Army hospital" throw you off- it's where all the wounded from December 7th were treated.) Both of my parents were in the Navy. My father was aboard the USS Skate SSN 578 when she was the first to surface at the North Pole (No, it wasn't Nautilus SSN 571- look it up.) He later served in the Cold War submarine service. I grew up on several Navy bases on the west coast during the Vietnam War era with Riverine Warfare sailors, Marine Corps veterans of Khe Sahn, sailors from the USS Coral Sea, the USS Kitty Hawk and so many more. I was raised among heroes- guys who's dress blues probably had to be reinforced to hold a hundred pounds of medals. These were the men who taught us to play ball, to be good sports, good boy scouts and good Americans. I remember the friendships, the farewells, the homecomings and sadly the funerals.
This is my father and mother. These are the uncles who raised me, the brothers and sisters I was privelged to serve with, the nephews and nieces who now carry on in the footsteps of the great and courageous ones who came before us. I am so very grateful to have the opportunity to honor you all with a Hero's tribute. Thank you all for your service to America. Thank you all for never letting me down. Thank you all for making the Navy the pride of the seas. Thank you (most importantly) for everything all of you have given to me.
I made it with free software on a computer running Win 98 using film I gathered off the web. It took a long time but for me it was worth it.
NOW HEAR THIS :
The WW II sub USS Silversides is moored at
Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum in Muskegon, Michigan. I had the honor of being able to visit her and I hope you can too. I think you'll fall in love with her as I did.
She needs our help. From what I understand they can always use help by volunteers (call or visit to see what and how) and of course they need money for her upkeep. She's in need of regular maintenance and has got to get into dry dock. Please do what you can to help. It our Navy, it's our heritage, it's our history. Most of all, she's OUR BOAT!!!!!
There are many such vessels that need our help. Some are in better repair than others but all need to be preserved. I know you'll do what you can if even just to spread the word. The more people know the better.
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