A Sailor’s Dying Wish

Semper Fidelis in deed and indeed.

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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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2 thoughts on “A Sailor’s Dying Wish

  1. Hunt,Thank you for pointing me to this post. I did go, and I was reduced to tears before I could finish. Once I composed myself I did complete the read. It was one of the most heart warming stories I have read. I wasn’t at all surprised by the reaction of the crew of the Dewey, and I am sure they were as happy to meet Pop as Pop was to meet them. I left a comment on the original post, and just wanted to thank you for guiding me there. Take care, Bill

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