Presently, I am 86 years young and am a World War II veteran. I served in the U.S. Navy, retiring Nov. 8, 1986. I also served in the Air Force Reserves for a spell.
I come from a family that was pretty much military:
My father, Charles H. Willey, received the Medal of Honor on Aug. 1, 1932, for bravery on the USS Memphis in 1916 in Santo Domingo City.
Dad was a life member of Legion Post 6 in Concord, N.H., and would march in every Memorial Day Parade beating a drum. When I was a child, he made me sell poppies for the Legion each Memorial Day.
My sister Doris was in the Women's Army Corps in World War II. My brother Richard served with the Army in WWII. He got hit at the Battle of the Bulge but survived. Both are now deceased.
My grandson Manuel was even on the USS Carrier Carl Vinson when they buried Osama Bin Laden at sea.