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November 10, 2013 / iDriveWarships

A Sailor’s Dying Wish

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 greeted by CMDCM Joe Grgetich and a squad-sized group of Sailors. Bud started to cry before the doors of the van opened. He’d been oohing and pointing at the cyclic rate as we approached the pier, but when we slowed down and Mandy said, “They’re all here for you, Bud,” he was overwhelmed.

After we were all out of the van directly in front of the Dewey, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries, Petty Officer Simon introduced himself and said as the ship’s Sailor of the Year he had the honor of pushing Bud’s wheelchair for the day. Unbeknownst to us, they’d decided to host Bud aboard the Dewey, not at the Dewey. And so they carried him aboard. None of us expected him to go aboard the ship. I’d told him we were going down to the base and would have the chance to meet and greet a few of the Sailors from the new Dewey. He was ecstatic. The day before, he asked every few hours if we were “still going down to visit the boys from the Dewey,” and “do they know I was on the Dewey, too?”

Once aboard, we were greeted by the CO, CDR Jake Douglas, the XO and a reinforced platoon-sized group of Sailors. To say it was overwhelming is an understatement. These men and women waited in line to introduce themselves to Bud. They shook his hand, asked for photos with him, and swapped stories. It was simply amazing.

They didn’t just talk to him, they listened.

Bud’s voice was little more than a weak whisper at this point and he’d tell a story and then GMC Eisman or GSCS Whynot would repeat it so all of the Sailors on deck could hear. In the midst of the conversations, Petty Officer Flores broke contact with the group. Bud was telling a story and CMDCM Grgetich was repeating the details when Flores walked back into view holding a huge photo of the original USS Dewey. That moment was priceless. Bud stopped mid-sentence and yelled, “There she is!” They patiently stood there holding the photo while he told them about her armament, described the way it listed after it was hit, and shared other details about the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Bud finally admitted how tired he was after more than an hour on deck. While they were finishing up goodbyes and taking last minute photographs, GMC Eisman asked if it’d be OK to bring Sailors up to visit Bud in a few months after a Chief’s board. I hadn’t said it yet because I didn’t want it to dampen the spirit of the day, but I quietly explained to GMC Eisman the reason we’d asked for the visit was simple: Bud was dying.

I told him they were welcome to come up any time they wanted, but I suspected Bud had about a month left to live. Almost without hesitation, he asked if the crew could provide the burial honors when the time came. I assured him that’d be an honor we’d welcome.

Leaving the ship was possibly more emotional than boarding.

They piped him ashore. CMDCM Grgetich leaned in and quietly told me how significant that honor was and who it’s usually reserved for as we headed towards the gangplank. Hearing “Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, departing” announced over the 1MC was surreal.

Later that night Bud sat in his recliner, hands full of ship’s coins and declared, “I don’t care what you do with my power tools; you better promise you’ll bury me with these.”

He died 13 days later. For 12 of those 13 days he talked about the Dewey, her Sailors and his visit to San Diego. Everyone who came to the house had to hear the story, see the photos, hold the coins, read the plaques.

True to his word, GMC Eisman arranged the details for a full honors burial. The ceremony was simple yet magnificent. And a perfect sendoff for an ornery old guy who never, ever stopped being proud to be a Sailor. After the funeral, the Sailors came back to the house for the reception and spent an hour with the family. This may seem like a small detail, but it’s another example of them going above and beyond the call of duty, and it meant more to the family than I can explain.

There are more photos, and I’m sure I missed a detail, or a name. What I didn’t miss and will never forget, is how unbelievable the men and women of the USS Dewey were. They opened their ship and their hearts and quite literally made a dream come true for a dying Sailor.

They provided the backdrop for “This is the best day of my life, daughter. I never in my whole life dreamed I’d step foot on the Dewey again or shake the hand of a real life Sailor.”

Without question, it’s the best example of Semper Fidelis I’ve ever seen.

Jennie Haskamp is a Marine Corps veteran who was fortunate to be adopted by a Pearl Harbor survivor after her first tour in the Corps. She’s an accidental tourist of sorts, keeping her friends entertained with anecdotes and photos, while she continues college and decides what she wants to be when she grows up. Follow Jennie’s personal blog here.

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  1. Scott Boyle / Nov 11 2013 10:31 am

    Amazing story. Makes me proud to have served in the Navy. Makes me proud to be an American.

    • Phil B. Troskey / Nov 12 2013 11:28 am

      makes me proud to be a Sailor in the USNavy

      • Dean Greener / Nov 26 2013 11:02 am

        Thank you. ’81-89. I haven’t been back aboard a Naval vessel since ’85 and this story makes me proud as well. Crying proud.

    • Sheila Sweeney / Nov 15 2013 6:34 pm

      I’m with you Scott. Proud as heck. El Centro NAF and NAS Guam, 1973-1977.

      • Norman Parker / Nov 20 2013 1:48 pm

        I retired in 1984 as a Command Master Chief and this article brought tears to my eyes. I still miss the Navy after all these years. Miss Sweeney, I believe you and
        I served together @ NAS Guam during the mid-70′s. I was an ACCS at the time

      • Dan Fish / Nov 21 2013 6:01 pm

        I spent 4 years in the Navy, drew Sea Pay in the Pacific, spent 5 days aboard ship, and drew 30 mont’s of Sear Pay , and Flight Pay! Check out AEWBARRONPAC!

      • Norman Parker / Nov 22 2013 7:32 pm

        Dan, I served in AEWBARRONPAC June 1960-May 1962. Was on Crew F-45 with Cdr Pruski
        as PPC.

      • Jim McShane / Nov 21 2013 7:01 am

        Hi Sheila. Are you my Sheila from Tolentine?

    • Michael LaBella / Nov 16 2013 11:25 am

      i Have been with all my fellow brothers and sisters of the Navy, and of course all of the services, we are a brotherhood the civilian population will never understand, God Speed Bud. and thank you for this wonderful ending

      • Vince Przybyszewski (Seawolf31) / Nov 24 2013 7:16 am

        I see the HAL-3 squadron patch on your comment page, Michael, and that you were in Det-3, as was I; Vinh Long, 1968.

      • charlypriest / Dec 20 2013 2:10 am

        “A brother hood civilian population will never understand” You got that right, and though I spent half my life in the U.S I´m from Spain and joined the Spanish Legion there spend 4 years and I´m out. But been to two screwed up countries, but you never see us in the news nor we get any recognition either by the government or the people, which I don´t give a shit. I actually think the Spanish people don´t know they have an army and the ones who know it most of them see it as a threat to their democracy. I have 2 former Marines friends, and when I rarely get to talk to them, I tell them not to bitch so much about civilians not knowing about this or that, look at me,look at Spain. They even have the communist kids running around trying to get into fist fights with us. They usually loose by the way.

        Nice story by the way.

  2. jaredhm2013 / Nov 11 2013 2:12 pm

    As a Sailor and lucky Grandson of two Pearl Harbor Sailors that missed the day, by hours, i want to thank you for validating my 23 years of service and the fact that i don’t do it for me or a stable family life, but for the men to my right and left and the honor of trying to live up to the legacy of true heros, and “Steel Sailors” like Bud. thank you for sharing–HMCS

    • Jennie / Nov 24 2013 6:03 pm

      You’re right, Jared. It’s about the men on either side of us. Seeing the Dewey carry that across generations was fantastic. S/F. Jennie

  3. jaredhm2013 / Nov 11 2013 2:15 pm

    Reblogged this on tattoos, patriotism, and parenting and commented:
    The reason we serve isn’t for money, its for opportunities such as this, Fair winds and following seas Bud…

    • Ben Weihrich / Nov 12 2013 10:48 am

      ATTENTION ON DECK
      PRESENT ARMS
      ORDER ARMS
      SEMPER FIDELIS, MY BROTHER

      Bud, from an old hardhead Jarhead:
      “Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw!”

  4. Kenton Henry / Nov 11 2013 10:55 pm

    “Anchors away”, Bud and thanks for telling the story of his sendoff, Jennie.

  5. Tom O'Grady / Nov 12 2013 4:37 am

    Thanks, Jennie Haskamp for sharing this with us, the recipients of the efforts of all our military women and men.

    It seems to me that you already are doing “what you’re going to do when you grow up,” and very well!

    Tom O’Grady

    • Jennie / Nov 24 2013 6:08 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Mr. O’Grady. I’m just now circling back to see the comments. I’m astounded by peoples response. ~jennie

  6. Destinee99 / Nov 12 2013 4:55 am

    Thanx

  7. Michael Wolfe / Nov 12 2013 5:49 am

    This was simply amazing. I had tears in my eyes while reading this. Mike

  8. Kyle Morrison / Nov 12 2013 7:31 am

    Mahalo Nui Loa from an old retired sailor from Kaua’i. A wonderful article about a beloved shipmate. That is the one thing I love about being a sailor more than anything, no matter when you served, or where you served, if you wore the uniform of a sailor you are my shipmate forever. I know how Bud feels, I would love to walk the deck of a newer version of one of my old ships. A newer USS Ouellett FF-1077 or USS O’brien DD-975. Those two were my favorites of the 4 I served on. Great ships and crews one and all.

    • Carlton "Mike" Reed / Nov 17 2013 11:22 am

      Bud, God be with you SHIPMATE, you are my mentor.
      BTCM (CMC/SW) USN Ret.

  9. LC Aggie Sith / Nov 12 2013 7:38 am

    The room is so very dusty now…

  10. Carolyn T. LeBeauf / Nov 12 2013 8:31 am

    Awesome.

  11. militaryspecialneedsnetwork / Nov 12 2013 9:15 am

    I don’t have words. I have a lot of tears, though. <3

  12. Anthony Bennett / Nov 12 2013 9:18 am

    That is a great story.

    Anthony Bennett
    Atlanta Ga.

    Navy 85 -92
    USS Ranger CV-61
    San Diego Ca.

  13. Jeff Hotchkin / Nov 12 2013 9:26 am

    Chills while reading this story turned into tears. I am so proud of the sailors on board. It is so good to read a positive story about our Navy after being saturated with negative stories. Bravo Zulu to the son, the PAO, the Naval Base, and the USS Dewey crew.

    ETCS(SS) J Hotchkin USN Retired

  14. Jessica Sorber / Nov 12 2013 9:29 am

    Had tears in my eyes from start to finish,…..simply amazing, words can’t describe

  15. John Johnson / Nov 12 2013 10:00 am

    I served on the U.S.S. DEWEY DLG-14 , this story rocked my boat. John Johnson, BTC,retired

    • Julie / Nov 18 2013 7:48 am

      My Dad was on the Dewey DLG 14. Perhaps you served together. (Cuban Missile Blockade)
      Thankyou for your service.

      • Don Matthews / Nov 21 2013 6:12 pm

        I was at the blockade too. VS 36 aboard USS Randolph CVS15.

      • Larry Nobles / Dec 7 2013 9:30 am

        I was on the blockade, USS Forrestal, CVA 59.

      • Woody Sherwood / Dec 7 2013 5:17 pm

        I too was in the blockade… U.S.S. Aldebaran AF-10

  16. Richard Palka, Commander American Legion Post 1, Leonia, Nj / Nov 12 2013 10:54 am

    Makes you proud to be on the same team as the Dewey Sailors and Jeannie Haskamp. Bud, I know you enjoying your cruise on the original Dewey. Anchors Aweigh.

    • nb / Nov 14 2013 8:01 am

      I was in the Army, but this makes me want to say, “Go Navy.”

      Well done.

  17. Mick Crawforf / Nov 12 2013 11:01 am

    Proud to have served in the same Navy as. Bud Cloud. Well done to the crew of the USS Dewey.

  18. Tim Lewallen / Nov 12 2013 11:29 am

    God Bless you and your crew. This is what America is about.

  19. Kris Smith (proud Auntie of a Marine) / Nov 12 2013 11:58 am

    what a wonderful tribute to Bud! Well done well done!

    • Kris Smith (proud Auntie of a Marine) / Nov 12 2013 12:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing this tribute!

  20. pilar bustillos / Nov 12 2013 12:01 pm

    Amazing and great story it make me cry, I am very proud of all sailors, because my son is one of them God Bless

  21. Bruce F. Barr GMGSN (DD858) 1969 / Nov 12 2013 1:17 pm

    Absolutely an amazing story. Had a hard time reading it because my eyes kept welling up. What an awesome way to honor this Navy veteran’s heart felt dream. I am so proud of all those involved that had a part in this old sailor’s dream come true. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all! Anchors away to Bud And God Bless you all!!

  22. Christopher Hawk / Nov 12 2013 2:42 pm

    God bless the men and women (past, present, and future) of the USS Dewey!

    This story isn’t surprising. Men and women from all branches of the military tend to have a better connection between them, whether they are stationed together or separated by a generation or two.

    There is no surprise, either, of the “above and beyond.” One of my sisters married a sailor many years ago, and three or four of my new brother-in-law’s shipmates attended the wedding and HUGE after-the-reception party at our house. The party lasted until the wee hours of the morning, and the sailors finally crashed out on couches and chairs in our living room.

    When the family woke up around 9 am the next morning, we discovered that the sailors had woken up early and cleaned the living room, family room, and kitchen before heading back to their ship! The dishes were done and stacked neatly on the counter, all the trash was collected and bagged outside the back door, and they apparently managed to vacuum the carpets without waking anyone up!

    So, whether it’s a relatively tiny event (like cleaning a family’s house) or a big deal (making a dying veteran happy), “above and beyond” seems to be what to expect from our men and women in the military.

    God bless them all, and thank you for sharing your story with us!

  23. FC1 John R Yates, USS Brooke FFG-1 / Nov 12 2013 4:09 pm

    What an amazing story. I’m a Navy veteran and I am bristling with pride for how my brothers-in-arms aboard the USS Dewey handled the opportunity of hosting such an honored guest. Well done, shipmates, well done. To Bud: Fair Winds and Following Seas. Your impact on the crew members of the USS Dewey, as well as all that have the privilege of reading this story, will long be remembered. Anchors Aweigh.

  24. James Frady / Nov 12 2013 4:18 pm

    This touched me. The USS Dewey is awesome. I’m still proud I was a Tin Can Sailor. This is what real Class looks like.

  25. PO1 Rivet / Nov 12 2013 5:23 pm

    For this man to be honored like that was a great way for the ship to give back a little something this one man was missing. A feeling of his youth being around all the sailors made him feel young again, Farewell Bud, A true American hero thank you for sharing this story.

  26. Larry C / Nov 12 2013 6:41 pm

    I read this with tears in my eyes. Magnificent tribute to a deserving veteran. My hat’s off to the crew of the USS Dewey and all who participated in this.

  27. Aaron / Nov 12 2013 6:45 pm

    That was an amazing tribute & sendoff for Bud. My uncle served in the Navy and I had the privilege of taking a tour of a ship and aircraft carrier. They even treated me to a ballgame. I have to give props to the people who arranged this and successfully accomplished Bud’s dream. Go Navy!!!

  28. Ron Ayotte / Nov 12 2013 8:23 pm

    What a great story!

  29. John Martin / Nov 12 2013 9:18 pm

    Oustanding event and thanks to all who made it a great send off for Bud. These ceremonies and the life long friendships built only on a common service in the Navy are a large part of what makes me feel honored to be a sailor. My Dad was a pharmacists mate during WWII and I joined at age 37 as an E-3. Has been a fullfilling and great career.

    LT John Martin – EUCOM JAC – NASIC WPAFB,OH

    • K.C. / Nov 13 2013 7:01 am

      Tears are running down my cko Anne for another Great lose America has suffered. They really were the Greatest Generation. They just did what was right and good for America and didn’t complain. And I am sure your Uncle never complained. We have lost another of greatest generation they just did what they knew was right. Thank you and your family for sharing him with all of us.
      K.C.

  30. Megan Bess / Nov 12 2013 9:29 pm

    This is the kind of story that reminds me, and makes me proud, to currently be a sailor in this fine service despite it all. Hard not to tear up thinking of Bud.

  31. Stanley Krute / Nov 12 2013 9:44 pm

    That is such a wonderful story. Tears streaming down my face. Thanks for making it happen and telling it so beautifully.

  32. Shaun Dennis / Nov 12 2013 10:55 pm

    Now that is the reason I continue to serve. Fair winds and following seas Bud! From a former EM to another….I have the watch!

    • Greg Baylor / Nov 15 2013 6:13 am

      My dad was an EM on a sub in WWII and his twin was in Pacific. I was a sailor in Viet Nam Era. My baby bro served on Saratoga early 80′s. I am so proud of my family’s Navy heritage

  33. Madalynn55 / Nov 13 2013 3:04 am

    Good work. Gratz.

  34. Mark / Nov 13 2013 6:44 am

    Not a very good typist especially as tears roll down my cheeks. My father, gone 3 years now, was in the Navy from 1939 to 1952 and was aboard the USS Cummings DD-365 at Pearl Harbor. How I loved to listen to his stories. This story is about the amazing capacity of thoughtful humans to embrace an opportunity to honor the very beliefs so many men and women have served to protect.
    I believe Bud’s visit was as priceless to the current crew as it was to Bud.

  35. B.Rodway / Nov 13 2013 6:55 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the people leading this country had half the class that the crew of the USS Dewey has ?

    CDR Bill Rodway
    USS Midway ’75-’78
    A-7 pilot

    • Lisa / Nov 17 2013 1:42 pm

      unfortunately that is wishfully thinking… :(

  36. Nita Stewart / Nov 13 2013 7:43 am

    My father and three of my four brothers served inthe Navy. They are the same kind of men as these men and women.Thank you for sharing this story. I am grateful for all of the men and women that serve and protect our country. I hope they will see this thank you from a grateful citizen of the United States of America.

  37. Alan Thiese / Nov 13 2013 7:57 am

    “The Band Of Sailors” Terrific tribute to a sailor from the Dewey from so many years ago.

  38. Dave / Nov 13 2013 8:14 am

    We would love to republish this in our the USS Bausell’s (DD-845) newsletter called Flank Speed, if you have any objections please let me know.

  39. Everett Wilson / Nov 13 2013 8:15 am

    Absolutely moving. What an amazing opportunity for the crew to keep their heritage alive while making a real connection with their history. Your Father will now live on in their memories as well. Thank you for sharing this!

  40. Ruth Mattson / Nov 13 2013 9:22 am

    Heartfelt and empathetic, the men and women who shared with Bud are the salt of the earth. This is the kind of news everyone should read each day. it made me believe once again in the human kindness of our species. Thank you.

  41. Warren D. Stroud / Nov 13 2013 10:03 am

    I am not a sailor, but I have a dear friend who is 90 years old and served during WWII. I went thru the Admiral Nimitz museum in Texas this past spring, and was very pleased to see how he was treated as he spoke to the young people who listened to him and treated him like the hero that he is, at least in my opinion.
    I had tears in my eyes as I read of the story of how this sailor was treated during his visit to the USS DEWEY. May God Bless each of those men and women who gave this veteran one last trip aboard the ship that he loved.

  42. ROSELY ROBINSON / Nov 13 2013 10:52 am

    Absolutely beautiful story….thank you for sharing this beautiful piece with us.

  43. George Gatling, LTC(R), US Army / Nov 13 2013 11:27 am

    It’s stories like this that makes me proud to be an American, and honored to have served with outstanding Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines such as this over my 23+ years. The American public needs to see and hear more of these stories that occur on a daily basis.

    This is real-life “reality TV” – God bless the Sailors of the USS DEWEY.

  44. Clif / Nov 13 2013 11:28 am

    Thanks for sharing that with us, it was a story that many of us could not ever experience.
    Also thanks to the crew of the USS Dewey.
    Carry on: Snow IC1(SS) “E” Div.

  45. David / Nov 13 2013 1:29 pm

    Proud to say that I am member of the band of sailors. This story is just one of those moments that will live on forever.

  46. Robert Wendle / Nov 13 2013 1:32 pm

    Outstanding story gives hope Uss Dupont DD941 1976-1979. RIP

  47. George Villa / Nov 13 2013 2:37 pm

    Great story – good ideas

    George Villa, HM2-USN, Ret. (disabled)
    USN 1968-1973

  48. sonworshiper / Nov 13 2013 3:06 pm

    Well done, to my Navy brothers and sisters in arms, and most of all to Bud. I am grateful for his service and glad to know the honors bestowed on him before it was too late.

  49. NotClauswitz / Nov 13 2013 3:07 pm

    Damn, I got something in my eye.

  50. iDriveWarships / Nov 13 2013 3:09 pm

    Thanks for all the heartfelt comments – we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to this blog. Watch video of Bud being piped ashore here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPVGW6YpX6k

  51. Steve J. / Nov 13 2013 3:40 pm

    Crossing the Bar

    Sunset and evening star,

    And one clear call for me!

    And may there be no moaning of the bar,

    When I put out to sea,

    But such a tide as moving seems asleep,

    Too full for sound and foam,

    When that which drew from out the boundless deep

    Turns again home.

    Twilight and evening bell,

    And after that the dark!

    And may there be no sadness of farewell,

    When I embark;

    For though from out our bourne of Time and Place

    The flood may bear me far,

    I hope to see my Pilot face to face

    When I have crossed the bar.

    ……………………….

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1889)

    ……………………….

    RIP shipmate, you have earned it.

    God bless and keep you and yours AND the fleet.

    Amen

    • Steve J. / Nov 15 2013 11:35 am

      With sincere apologies, I unaccountably forgot to commend the crew and command of the Dewy for how they treated Mr. Cloud.

      Bravo Zulu Dewy!

      My personal thanks to you all as an ex Vietnam destroyer man myself, (DLG30 USS Horne/DDG33 USS Parsons).

      “CAN DO!”

  52. M Lutz / Nov 13 2013 5:15 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes. It’s moments/stories like these that make me proud to be an American. Thank you Mr. Bud Cloud and thank you to all retired and active military on this blog and around the world for putting your lives on the line for all of us back here on the home land. God Bless all of you.

  53. Cybrludite / Nov 13 2013 6:05 pm

    Dusty in here…

  54. josephsharpe / Nov 13 2013 6:10 pm

    Incredible. This made my day.

  55. Daughter of LCDR Kohler / Nov 13 2013 6:51 pm

    What a wonderful story! My dad served and retired from the navy and served in WWII and Korea. I recall when I was a young girl, after my dad retired, we would request to board a carrier when docked in San Diego, and they would always welcome my dad aboard and with a salute….I looked up and thought thought how cool! To all the cool sailors, soldiers, airmen and marine currently serving and retired, including Bud, may God Bless you all! It makes me so proud to be a daughter of the navy!

  56. daveintexas / Nov 13 2013 6:53 pm

    Thank you for this. Thank you very much.

  57. Corey / Nov 13 2013 7:16 pm

    Rest easy, shipmate. Thank you for your service.

  58. Gary Foster / Nov 13 2013 8:14 pm

    Rest your oars, sailor. Fair wind and following seas. I’ve read this a dozen times now and teared up every single time. God bless the boys of the Dewey and God bless Bud. I was a submarine sailor and there is no brotherhood that understands respect and honor better than our military brotherhood.

    • Nita Stewart / Nov 13 2013 8:30 pm

      Gary,
      I was grateful for your personal farewell to Bud and your commendation to the members of the crew of the USS Dewey. Just thinking about this story and how compassionate the crew was to this hero still makes me cry. I shed many tears the first time I read this story I am grateful for you and Bud and the many heroes that have faught to give me freedom. Every time I go to church now I thank God afresh that I still have the freedom to go to church and worship God as I believe and choose to. My choir has chosen to adopt the members of our church that are currently serving actively in the different branches of our military. Please let me know if there is something we can do for you as well. Thank you again.

  59. Pat Reynolds / Nov 13 2013 8:36 pm

    My Dad was a sailor and I have always been proud of his service. My dad died in 1962, so I have nothing to remember his service by other than his flag and certificate signed by John F. Kennedy. I would love to find out more about his service and some details, if you can point me in the right direction I would love it. Birchus O Watson….1942-1945 I believe or the dates he served. I know he was stationed on Long Island, NY and was a SP………. Thanks

  60. joe mack / Nov 13 2013 8:49 pm

    My dad recently passed, he served at the end of WWII and didn’t see combat (God bless you, Harry Truman and 2 A bombs). We are children of greater men.
    Wish we could honor our men and women in uniform with better civilian leaders.

  61. Nita Stewart / Nov 13 2013 9:21 pm

    I am Music Minister at my church in Dallas, Texas. Every year we remember the Veterans and those actively on every holiday and special event that honors our Military Men and Women. We currently have 5 members that are in active duty. In addition our church family is rich with Veterans that are still alive and serving at our church. We also have a number of families involved in our ministries whose loved ones died while in active service during wars, etc. I have been doing special PowerPoint presentations to include pictures and any information I can for these events as well. Would it be possible to include the pictures and Bud’s story to share with our congregation next year at any of our events? I will respect your answer but would love the opportunity to share this particular story with our congregation. Thank you for your consideration.

  62. thebronze / Nov 14 2013 12:34 am

    What an awesome story! But my darned allergies must’ve been acting up, because the screen was all blurry.

    Fair winds and following seas and Semper Fidelis, EM2 Cloud…

  63. Tana Crapnell / Nov 14 2013 3:59 am

    Thank you Bud for your dedicated service and loyalty. Rest in peace and God be with your family and loved ones !!!!!!!!

  64. Dwayne L Williams / Nov 14 2013 4:22 am

    Rest well my shipmate. From a very proud Aviation Ordnanceman

  65. Bill Greco / Nov 14 2013 4:57 am

    I am ex Air Force and think this story typifies the attitude of all ex or present military members. We all are a band of brothers regardless the branch we served. I so touched with this story and my Navy brothers. It’s stories like this that make me proud to have served my 12 years and to be apart of the special group of people. God bless all who wear or wore the uniform…..Thank you son for your service in the Army and thank you USS Dewey.

  66. terrina / Nov 14 2013 5:41 am

    We would like to republish this article for All Hands Magazine. If you would allow that, please contact me at terrina.weatherspoon@dma.mil. We would just need the high resolution photos. We can pull the text off of here. Thank you in advance for considering it.

  67. Crystal Kochendorfer / Nov 14 2013 6:00 am

    My 92 year old father was a sailor in WWII at the Amphibious Base on Coronado. My son is currently active duty USN. I hold members of all branches of the military in high esteem but have a special affection and appreciation for men and women in the Navy. Thank you to the USS Dewey for the beautiful tribute to Bud.

    God bless you, Bud. Fair winds and following seas.

  68. smzolar123 / Nov 14 2013 6:14 am

    Reblogged this on Whats Up and commented:
    This is one of those great stories…Military are family – no divide, just respect and honor. Love it.

  69. Bill Shelton / Nov 14 2013 6:39 am

    Semper Fi mate! May your new journey be warm and smooth.

    Bill Shelton
    USN 5/5/64 – 10/10/65
    Disabled Veteran
    AN USS Kitty Hawk CVA 63 (now retired)

  70. Ron Soupy Sayles / Nov 14 2013 6:54 am

    As a former sailor, this was a fitting tribute to one of our own. God bless him and the crew of the USS Dewey.Anchors aweigh.

  71. Bob Rolloff / Nov 14 2013 8:33 am

    Great story, when our men in uniform and this kind and generous, it makes me even prouder that I already am of being a retired Navy man. Thanks for the story.

  72. Amazing story.

  73. Gunner Kev / Nov 14 2013 10:15 am

    Bravo Zulu to these fine young shipmates.

  74. salty dawg / Nov 14 2013 10:27 am

    USS Dewey, BRAVO ZULU, the Navy flag hoist for Well Done. I remember walking the original WWII Gunnery Officer of my ship, the battleship USS IOWA (BB-61), around the deck one day in 1985. He was retired rear admiral. He told me about a bunk the captain had had welded to the bulkhead of the bridge because he did not want him, the Gunnery Officer, away from his battle station while in enemy waters. After he left, I went up there, and sure enough, there were the marks where it had been cut off after the war. He died a coupe of years later, and I was glad I had been able to tour him around.

  75. Barb Higgins / Nov 14 2013 10:34 am

    This story brought tears to my eyes! God Bless you sir! May you rest on peace. Thank you for your service 🇺🇸🇺🇸

  76. Jim Burch / Nov 14 2013 11:42 am

    Fair winds and following seas shipmate.

  77. Wade Ritter / Nov 14 2013 11:53 am

    I never served and I truly have no concept of the forever brotherhood concept enjoyed by those who have. I do have deep respect and reverance for our veterans and active duty personnel and reading this story only reinforces my pride in the United States Armed Forces and my love and patriotism for America. Thank you, all.

  78. Frank Morris / Nov 14 2013 12:05 pm

    I know what she decided to be when she grows up- a Marine. Thanks for that story.

  79. The Absent Minded Housewife / Nov 14 2013 12:12 pm

    I’m the mother of a sailor and I think I’ll go cry now.

    • Khalila RedBird / Nov 14 2013 4:37 pm

      I am the daughter of a WWII sailor, and I’m already crying. I wish we could have sent Dad off that well. He did have a Navy honor guard and Taps. He was Robert L. Harris, mm2/c USNR, USS Eichenberger DE-202. I’m sure he and Bud are getting along fine.

  80. Joe Gonzales / Nov 14 2013 1:57 pm

    What an amazing story and touching tribute to one of the greatest generation of shipmates ever. This is what makes me proud to have served, and humbled to have served amongst the finest sailors in the world past, present, and future. And to all my fellow vets of all branches of service God bless!

    Fairweather and following seas shipmate, rest in peace.

    HS-2 CVW-2 / CV64

  81. Jerry Adams / Nov 14 2013 2:03 pm

    The Dewey sailors going above and beyond the call of duty for your father was awesome. That was good for your father and the Dewey sailors.

  82. David Navarre / Nov 14 2013 2:16 pm

    Reblogged this on We're not lost, Sergeant, We're in … France and commented:
    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.

  83. notsofancynancy / Nov 14 2013 2:44 pm

    I am touched. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

  84. notsofancynancy / Nov 14 2013 2:47 pm

    Reblogged this on notsofancynancy and commented:
    A touching story

  85. Chatter Master / Nov 14 2013 2:54 pm

    Incredible show of honor, respect and love.

  86. warturoadam77p / Nov 14 2013 3:14 pm

    Terrific, heart-warming story–thanks for sharing it.

  87. DA Freiberg / Nov 14 2013 4:14 pm

    “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” (GEN Patton) Let us thank Almighty God for EM2 Bud Cloud’s faithful service and may he rest in peace! What a wonderful tribute by the USS Dewey.

  88. Greg Dogwill / Nov 14 2013 4:17 pm

    What a beautiful story. It warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eye.

  89. Operation Gratitude / Nov 14 2013 4:21 pm

    THANK YOU for sharing this story here. We “pinned” a link to it here — http://www.pinterest.com/pin/264375440599170138/ — so others may find it like we did!

  90. wildninja / Nov 14 2013 6:16 pm

    Thank you for doing this for a great man and for sharing the story. I have a soft spot for WWII veterans, especially since two of my grandparents were WWII Navy veterans. They are now dying at the rate of 600+ a day and now is the time to capture their stories before they are forever lost.

    A few years ago I had the chance to interview a civilian survivor of Pearl Harbor, http://wildninja.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/shop-26/. I never tire of hearing those survivors’ stories.

  91. Brandy / Nov 14 2013 6:47 pm

    Wonderful beautiful moment for that man…God rest his soul <3 <3 <3 Proud of my grandfather who served in the Navy…Lord knows I miss him every single day.

  92. Peter Budd / Nov 14 2013 6:49 pm

    Fair Winds and Following Seas Bud……

    AXC Peter Budd
    ASCAC ADAK
    VP-48
    NAMTD 1011

    Well done USS Dewey!!!!

  93. Mark Berger / Nov 14 2013 6:55 pm

    I just read this aloud to my wife. Had to stop every other sentence because I was crying. I was a sailor on the USS Albuquerque (SSN706) and the USS James Madison (SSBN627). Beautifully written article – I’m going to send it to my dad (USS Odax SS484)

  94. Glen Swanson / Nov 14 2013 6:55 pm

    Makes me proud to have been a sailor.
    Glen

  95. Jeffrey A. Lakes / Nov 14 2013 7:12 pm

    I just read this story about Bud and our US Navy hero’s. My heart was touched and made me proud of our sailors currently serving. With our government leaders being so untrustworthy it warms my heart to know that our Navy still treats its own with dignity and honor. Thanks to all who made Bud’s last days on earth good ones.

  96. John Albers / Nov 14 2013 9:08 pm

    Fair winds and following seas Bud.
    A hearty Well Done to the crew of the of the USS Dewey.

    John Albers AQF2
    VF-84 / ’65-69

  97. Candy Lewis / Nov 14 2013 9:53 pm

    What a wonderful story. God Bless and Protect the men and women serving on the USS Dewey. Your actions are so heartwarming. My dad was a retired member of the USAF and like many of the Greatest Generation he spent his last years talking with his cronies talking about where he served and solving the worlds problems. He was so proud of my son who is currently serving in San Diego as a Doctor with the Seals. Thank you for posting this – it has warmed my heart.

  98. huntmode / Nov 15 2013 12:37 am

    Reblogged this on Chasing Rabbit Holes and commented:
    Semper Fidelis indeed and in deed.

  99. huntmode / Nov 15 2013 12:39 am

    Thank you – reposted. God bless all the crew of the USS Dewey, past and present.

  100. gpcox / Nov 15 2013 3:12 am

    An outstanding story !

  101. langdon wilson / Nov 15 2013 4:09 am

    Thank you sailor and thank you to the crew of the U>S>S> Dewey.What a fitting tribute to a real American hero and his wonderful family.It makes a fellow Navy man proud of his service and proud of the men and women who serve now!!!!! Thank you all.

  102. Dreams Mellici / Nov 15 2013 4:49 am

    This is what America is about my friends. It’s not Obamacare, wealth redistribution, democrats vs republicans, class warfare or government handouts, it is men like this. This is how it all started and this is where we need to get back to. Semper Fi, Anchors Away to you all!

  103. Herbert Boudrot from the cold state of maine / Nov 15 2013 4:56 am

    Thank for sharing this story it brought tears to my eyes one old sailor .may bud Cloud rest in peace

  104. BryonRenee Sergent / Nov 15 2013 6:18 am

    My Grand father Missed Peral by 24 hrs. The story is that something happened on the ship that keep them 24 hrs out, they got underway again that faithful morning.He served on a flat top the USS Bunkerhill. He passed 5 years ago. I wasn’t fourtuaneate enough to make the funeral. As a service member my self this is the best thing I think I have heard of in my 14 years of service. You all should be proud of what you done for this Sailor by the crew of the Dewey.

  105. Greg Baylor / Nov 15 2013 6:28 am

    Thank you USS Dewey for your honorable service to this old sailor. This wonderful story makes me so proud to have been a sailor in the U.S. Navy. I wish I could have been privileged to meet Bud. That would have been a real honor. Jennie, I know you are so proud of your dad…you should be. I was a sailor in Viet Nam era. Thank you for this post. To Bud, fair winds and following seas. To Jennie, Semper Fi!

  106. Bob Sauer / Nov 15 2013 6:32 am

    Awesome story!!! I am also a son of a former WW2 vet.I never served but am very proud of all these people and the jobs they do. Thank you to all that serve.

  107. Thomas M Hadden tom-i-ha / Nov 15 2013 6:43 am

    I served on the Independence CVA-62 the last of the diesel power aircraft carrier. She was commissioned in late 61 and I boarded her in Nice, France July 1962. I served a hitch for 6 years. At the time in the reserve you could serve 2+2+2 years. I joined as a juror in High School and when I graduated in 62 went right in the Navy. My time in the service was not what it should have been, I was immature and missed many opportunities. But what I gained was ever so life changing. I was in X Division, Special Services, and did things I never thought possible. I was in Cuba for the crisis and as far as Beirut, Libyan. I learned to survive and only this year 51 years later comes to mind what we really did. The Independence was sunk off a riff and I had no idea until I searched to find out what happened to her. I never got to see the Craft from the year 1964. The days, people, and events live on way after in the minds and hearts of the crew. I would like to find the Independence fellowship some where. The Lord was good then as well as now. I pray fro the country that is about to spoil all what God has given for us to be thankful. He is coming soon and few want to know or care. It is the old SALT that remembers the days of past. Thomas M. Hadden X-Division, SS. RRR. 545 57 55!

  108. ACC Kent Long, USN Retired / Nov 15 2013 7:42 am

    Would be proud to be his shipmate. The crew of the Dewey,”Bravu Zulu”, God bless you.

  109. Bob Pezold / Nov 15 2013 7:57 am

    My Dad was a Spanish American War Navy vet; oldest brother – WWII Navy(still living); next oldest brother Navy – Korean War. Because of them, I was proud to serve Navy (60-84) and my younger brother USMC (62-78). God bless the Dewey and her crew and twenty-one guns to shipmate Cloud! May our nation always Honor and Respect all of our troops – the greatest brotherhood on earth.

  110. Lonnie Henricks, 108 N. Greenfield Rd. Mesa Arizona 85205 #1348 / Nov 15 2013 8:14 am

    Thank you for that very perfect storie, it was so very heart warming, and like so many of them yes as I was reading this the key board was getting washed and didnt realize it. It is such a beautiful story. I know, I was aboard the USS Randolph CVA 15 A carrier from 1955 to 1959, I was in catapaul and aressting gear and loved that flight deck, and hear them roar just before the shot, or stand there at night and all you could see was the lights on the plane till she touched down. I got to go to the mediteranian three differant time and loved every minute of it. So I know how proud Bud was to be able to go aboard the new USS Dewey, and to be greeted with such respect from all those that partisipated in the event. my hat is off to the young lady that set this event up, and to all who made Bud the happiest man in the world at that very moment, that he was hoisted aboard showed around and piped off couldnt have been a better story. other than the fact that the men did just what they said they would do and that was to go and do the honors with a full military funeral, thank you for that USS Dewey and her men.I know how he felt about wanting to go back to san diego, yes because ive always wanted to go back to Norfolk to look at all the ships, and try to go aboard a carrier. but hopefully ive still got time as Im only 75 so maybe that gives me anoher 20 years. thank you for such a beautiful story, that you can treasure the rest of your life.

  111. STG2 Reaves (retired) / Nov 15 2013 8:27 am

    I work a contractor now for the US Navy down on 32nd street San Diego where the Dewey home ports. I know some of the crew and served with a few personally. There some of the best examples of people I have ever known. A little upcoming trivia a new tv series called The Last Ship is currently being filmed aboard the Dewey.

  112. Craig / Nov 15 2013 8:36 am

    I love my Naval Service. Teared up reading this.

  113. Jordan W / Nov 15 2013 9:31 am

    Thank you Bud, You were a true American hero. R.I.P. sailor.

  114. Ed Beaman / Nov 15 2013 9:39 am

    And this is why I love this country! Still have faith! Great story!

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  116. Tim Mumford / Nov 15 2013 10:17 am

    Outstanding! Not only his service and determination after the attack on Pearl Harbor and his ship, but the men and women of the new Dewey, OUTSTANDING! It may be, the finest generation this country has seen, the ones who were in both world wars. Thank you service men and women for honoring that. Thank you for all you do, and have to do without.

  117. Steve Rose / Nov 15 2013 10:46 am

    Fair winds shipmate!

  118. Cate / Nov 15 2013 12:51 pm

    God Bless Your Pops! God Bless the Dewey and her crew!

  119. Bill Wyko / Nov 15 2013 4:47 pm

    I never served but I thank every service man and woman that comes into my business and I always give them a discount. A small gesture of my appreciation to those that protect the finest country in the world. God bless all of you, you are in my prayers.

  120. John / Nov 15 2013 4:51 pm

    Wow….Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force, this story is one of the reasons we served or are serving, we are all Sisters and Brothers and we all share in the heartbreak of losing another one of our Warriors. Mission accomplished and a life well lived Bud, you may now advance to your next assignment

  121. James Fagan / Nov 15 2013 5:13 pm

    Thanks a lot for this story. While I was in the US Navy I served in “Honors and Ceremonies” division while in Pearl Harbor. I helped lay to rest several of the sailors and marines who were Pearl Harbor survivors and those were always the emotional ones for me. This is one of the examples of why The Greatest Generation is priceless. He did not do it for money, glory, or to be brave. He served to keep freedom’s fire from being extinguished. Thank-you again for this story.

    STS1/SS James W. Fagan retired.

  122. William K. Bowers / Nov 15 2013 5:34 pm

    USN, EM3, Bill Bowers, 1960-66, USS NIMBLE MSO 459 (SECOND TO NONE) Charleston, S.C.
    Never seeing any real action, except patrolling in Cuba, during Cuban Crisis. It’s hearing of men like Bud and so many, many more that makes me remember how proud it was to serve.
    Derby,Ct

  123. Karla / Nov 15 2013 5:48 pm

    Great story. So glad he was treated aboard the Dewey as his last hooah!

  124. Edward McGLone / Nov 15 2013 5:49 pm

    Great job to the crew of the Dewey!!! as we all know we will leave the navy at some point!!! but you can never take the sailor out of the sailor,you have kept with traditional values that should be instilled in every sailor,commitment to each other past, present ,and future!!!tradition is not taught it is built in buy being handed down from one shipmate to another officer or enlisted we all live buy traditional values,That is why we are the best naval service the world has ever known,stick to your traditions and committed to our navy the United States Navy.

  125. Don Aslinger / Nov 15 2013 6:24 pm

    i salute the us navy once again for the endless worth as human beings god bless you all

  126. Scott / Nov 15 2013 6:43 pm

    Fair seas to you and the crew of the Dewey. I am an old Army soldier but even I felt this. There is much more to service than what the many can’t know or understand. Be well.

    • Ron / Nov 16 2013 7:59 am

      Amen, Scott!
      As a 12 year Air Force vet, I, too, was deeply touched by this great story. We may have
      served in different branches, but we all served and we are all brothers in the larger fraternity
      of military service.
      Semper Fi, Bud! May you know only fair winds and following seas and may the Lord call you home in a gentle, quiet manner.

  127. Dennis / Nov 15 2013 7:10 pm

    Did my first 5 in the Navy, then switched to Army. Took a load off the Grunts about being a Squid. This story reminded me of why I enjoyed being a Sailor. EM2 Cloud, Fair Winds and Following Seas, mate. From one “ShellBackt” to another.

  128. Ray Conrad / Nov 15 2013 7:29 pm

    I’m sure as most of us that served in the navy we never considered ourselves hero’s when we served, Bud you and the people Dewey who served with you and those who honored you are true American hero’s. Fair winds and following seas Bud, God bless you for your service.
    EM3 Ray Conrad 68-71

  129. tim / Nov 15 2013 7:32 pm

    Even though I do not know Bud Cloud but as a Disabled Navy Veteran, I understand his honor. I got teary eyed reading the last few paragraphs and send a fair winds and following seas to my brother shipmate Bud and shipmates.

  130. Faylene Adams / Nov 15 2013 7:36 pm

    As the daughter of a WWII sailor, it makes me proud that we still have such honorable sailors today. My dad served on the Saratoga which I believe was in San Diego for repairs when Pearl Harbor occurred.

  131. Dave Marsh / Nov 15 2013 8:33 pm

    It makes me proud that I share a Brotherhood with Shipmates like these.

    • Jay / Nov 16 2013 1:24 pm

      We all want to leave a legacy, and he left his. Schatlivova puti, do vstretchy!

  132. Gene / Nov 15 2013 11:02 pm

    This is awesome. I was in the army but it is an amazing thing these sailors did for this WWII veteran.

  133. Edward Schuda / Nov 16 2013 12:11 am

    Had tears from start to finish. I can listen to WWII stories all day long as the men on the Dewey did. Proud to be a Navy vet. Served 83-93. On board the USS Carl Vinson and other bases on both coasts.

  134. mikeandlessie / Nov 16 2013 4:46 am

    Fair Winds and Following Seas Bud, God has a EM2 to help him run his ship.

  135. Don / Nov 16 2013 6:17 am

    I hope Fair Winds and following seas are with Bud. Would have liked to have met him as I’m sure he had some stories to tell. As a sailor myself (BMC, USCG, Ret.) I can honestly say that the crew of the Dewey made me proud to be an American fighting man. BZ Dewey!!!

  136. ETC Stephen Johnson / Nov 16 2013 9:19 am

    Makes me even prouder to have served in the Navy (1987-2007). These sailors are the norm rather than the exception! Thank you for a wonderful story. Thank you, Bud, Fair Winds and Following Seas.

  137. Patricia / Nov 16 2013 9:30 am

    Thank you for sharing this magnificent story. I’m overwhelmed that all the pieces fell into place for your Pop to to experience the Dewey once again. Piped Ashore – that gave me chills. Blessings to all who made this possible.

  138. John Taylor / Nov 16 2013 9:33 am

    I am a 6 year Navy Vet. This story show how all Navy men are “shipmates” and care for one another.

  139. Chuck / Nov 16 2013 9:57 am

    Ooh RAH!

  140. Justin Ahlquist / Nov 16 2013 10:18 am

    Its a brotherhood that surpasses time and generations. Semper Fi not a dry eye

  141. steven anderson / Nov 16 2013 10:22 am

    Makes me Proud to be a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and the South Dakota Air National Guard, thank you to the Crew of the U.S.S Dewey. E-6 Steven L. Anderson B64-44-73 old navy nr.

  142. BPForbes / Nov 16 2013 12:18 pm

    I am so proud to be an American and I am very proud of those who make it possible for me.

  143. Kelley / Nov 16 2013 1:43 pm

    Honorable event for an honorable veteran.
    Sincerely,
    Kelley
    granddaughter of Henry Franklin Thaw, EMC1
    USS Edsall DD-219
    Asiatic Fleet
    ABDA Forces

  144. D. Atkins / Nov 17 2013 4:13 am

    I am proud to have served In the United States Air Force… God be with you Bud… You do not have to be in the Navy to appreciate the gratitude that this man received from the members of the Navy. God Bless all of you.

  145. Rick Woolf / Nov 17 2013 12:09 pm

    Perhaps President John F. Kennedy said it best, “If a man is asked anytime during this century what he did to make his life worthwhile…I think can reply with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, ‘I served in the United States Navy.’

    Bud’s story makes me even prouder to have served. Bravo Zulu to the men of USS Dewey. Safe journey, Bud.

    Rick Woolf
    USS Platte AO-24
    Vietnam 1968 – 1969

  146. Tom Garrett / Nov 17 2013 12:41 pm

    Thanks so much for the moving tribute to this great American. I was emotionally fine until you got to the part about him being piped ashore. That’s when I lost it. I know the significance of that, having been an old tin can sailor myself. Anchors Aweigh…..USS SOUTHERLAND (DD743)…’72-’75.
    TG..PN2

  147. Lisa / Nov 17 2013 1:39 pm

    That’s military brotherhood for you! I’m Air Force, and these actions make me proud to call the Navy a sister force :D

  148. antonio sandoval / Nov 17 2013 3:32 pm

    Men of Bud’s caliber, committment and loyalty bring honor to the rest of us who served with pride and still miss those years of cammeradie and friendship. Antonio Sandoval RMC, USN 1958-68, U.S.S. Waddell DDG24.

  149. Van / Nov 17 2013 3:40 pm

    I’ll look you up when I reach Fiddler’s Green, Bud. We old Snipes have to stick together. First round is on The Olde Chief.

  150. Robert Hurley / Nov 17 2013 4:23 pm

    This story brought tears! My Dad was in the Navy during World War II. What stories he told, which I miss. I never had a chance to serve, but I appreciate all that our servicemen do to keep us safe. What they did for this gentlemen is nothing but fantastic!

  151. D. Bjorn Christian / Nov 17 2013 4:46 pm

    Fair seas and following winds, Sir.

    And Semper fi from a Cold War Marine.

  152. Johnotaz / Nov 17 2013 5:50 pm

    Very powerful, uplifting and a tribute to you as Americans. and people of pride. I thank you for showing us the spirit you all have. From an Aussie proud to be Navy as well.

  153. Bruce Kingdom / Nov 17 2013 6:03 pm

    This is a wonderful story. I am Ex Royal Australian Navy and this was posted on our Facebook page. Well done to all concerned.

    Once a sailor always a sailor. RIP Bud.

  154. dave miclette / Nov 17 2013 7:38 pm

    What an honor and thank you Navy. I was on the aircraft carrier Intrepid. Very proud what you did for Bud. God Bless you all.

  155. John Wright, Sr. / Nov 18 2013 7:22 am

    This is a most endearing example of the best of the military, past and present. Forgive me, but our current President is the worst leader this country has ever had, and is doing his utmost to destroy the camaraderie, honor, and respect that is illustrated in this article. God bless our military. God rest Bud Cloud. God bless the United States of America.

  156. Steve Lyverse / Nov 18 2013 10:20 am

    Because of Bud and people like those who left a heartfelt message about respect, thanks, duty, this country will always be strong and there will always be people who will answer the call; Steve Lyverse SK2 (USNR ’69-’75)

  157. Mustang.Koji / Nov 18 2013 10:40 am

    Somebody broke my eye plumbing. Job well done…both of you.

  158. Carlos coronado / Nov 18 2013 11:16 am

    I am an Army Retiree “Army Sailor”; nonetheless, this “live” story truly touched my heart and it definetely reminded us all why we served. Thanks for sharing.

    • stanjan0 / Nov 18 2013 1:40 pm

      Men like you is what makes our country great, smooth sea’s always.

  159. Ken Messersmith / Nov 18 2013 12:53 pm

    I was army aircorps and I had tears in my eyes. Well done ! Ken M….

  160. Loretta Nemechek / Nov 18 2013 4:30 pm

    My husband, Mike Nemechek, CAPT, USNR- Retired served aboard Claude V. Ricketts, DDG-5 from 1975-1979. As a young Navy bride I had no idea what being a Navy wife would be like and what my life “in the Navy” would be like. I met some of the finest people I have ever known and had an amazing time during our Navy years and his subsequent Reserve tours. I’m not surprised that these Navy men and women gave Bud Cloud the “best day of his life” – they go over and above the call of duty every single day. This was a wonderful article forwarded to me by one of the finest Navy men I’ve had the privilege of sharing a friendship with for almost 40 years. Loretta Nemechek

  161. MN / Nov 18 2013 7:57 pm

    Semper Fi Bud! & Semper Fi Sailors of the USS Dewey, awesome stuff..

  162. Paul Weisner / Nov 18 2013 11:16 pm

    This was one of the best stories I have read about the care, respect and kindness shown and old and loyal Sailor. It was such a meaningful gesture to this proud and dying man, to show him such genuine love and respect during his last days, and to give him such good memories before the last transition in his life.

  163. Craig / Nov 19 2013 1:15 am

    Wish this sorta shit happened in the Aussie navy

    • Dan / Nov 19 2013 6:35 pm

      An old X sailor, with tears in his eyes, says, “This is very SPECIAL!”

    • Jennie / Nov 24 2013 6:13 pm

      Hey, Craig. Make it happen! It only takes one person to start a fire, right? Great to know the story made it Down Under. ~jennie

  164. AW1 Donald Bolster (retired) / Nov 19 2013 7:36 am

    For military veterans, the first military experience has an important and most significant impact on a young persons live and lasts forever. One with pride and realization that it points us in a positive direction and sets our ethics and morality in a profound manner. God’s speed to all of our WWII heros like this sailor and his buddies!

  165. thefloridacynic / Nov 19 2013 4:14 pm

    Go Navy!

  166. ADCS(AW) Sherry Sanders, USN (Ret) / Nov 19 2013 4:37 pm

    Rest in Peace Shipmate. Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service.

    • stanjan0 / Nov 20 2013 1:30 pm

      God Bless People like your Father is what made this USA

  167. Daniel Prakash James / Nov 19 2013 10:01 pm

    I cried.

    • Jennie / Nov 24 2013 6:14 pm

      Sorry ’bout that. You weren’t alone in that regard, Mr. James. S/F. Jennie

  168. Rene Velez / Nov 21 2013 12:31 pm

    From a retired tin can sailor…well done to the USS Dewey. Thank you for posting this…reaffirmed my faith in our young men and women that choose to serve our country.

  169. Don Matthews / Nov 21 2013 6:31 pm

    Thank you, Bud. Young people now days do not understand the sacrifice made by others for their freedoms. Thank you men and women of the Dewey for such a tribute to one sailor who knew the cost of freedom.

  170. Alton Bell Jr. / Nov 21 2013 10:33 pm

    GOD BLESS OUR SAILOR’S ,FOR A SAILOR’S LAST WISH, AND HOW THEY PROTECT US IN THIS TIME ! THANK YOU ALL !

  171. Steven Blythe / Nov 22 2013 12:54 am

    EM2 Bud Cloud

  172. Steven Blythe / Nov 22 2013 1:24 am

    EM2 Bud Cloud honored himself with his service on the USS Dewey. It is fitting that his dying wish inspired the crew of the USS Dewey to honor him and exceed all expectations by their fulfillment.
    It is an honor to read the account of EM2 Cloud’s final days. I can understand his love and pride for the USS Dewey. I’ve received many honors and acknowledgements in my life, but they all pale in comparison to my accomplishment of earning the blue cord of an Infantryman serving in the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. I’ve recently had contact with several of the men I served with and they all acknowledge their time in the 3rd Infantry Division as being the proudest time in their lives.
    When I die, my wish is to be sent off with my blue Infantry cord and my crossed rifles and military honors preformed by Infantrymen of the 3rd Infantry Division. For they and all who served before them are “The Rock of the Marne” carrying on a proud tradition.

  173. Dr. William Michael(Mike) Wynn / Nov 22 2013 2:00 am

    I never served in uniform, but I spent nearly 42 years as a Navy research physicist at NSWC Panama City Florida. I worked on countermeasure systems, detection systems, Intelligence interpretation, and numerous other projects. I am basically a REMF, but I also consider myself as an honorary sailor/marine. In my retirement years, I am developing a self-contained documentation of the physics of magnetic and electric mine sweeping systems. Go Navy/USMC! Mike Wynn.

  174. Richard Truman / Nov 22 2013 4:37 am

    What a great story. Fair Winds and Following Seas Bud. May you Rest in Peace.

    Semper Fidelis!
    Richard Truman
    1stSgt USMC (ret)

  175. segmation / Nov 22 2013 6:44 am

    What an awesome son you were to your dad! May his memories be a blessing to you!

  176. Lloyd Lofthouse / Nov 22 2013 6:54 am

    Reblogged this on The Soulful Veteran's Blog and commented:
    Make sure you have a box of tissues ready.

  177. Tiare Meegan / Nov 22 2013 9:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and moment…

  178. Soul Walker / Nov 22 2013 10:22 am

    This is beautiful. Rest in peace sailor.

  179. Jason Ministries / Nov 22 2013 11:14 am

    Thank you, so much, for sharing this story. I feel honored to have shared in it. I always try and say “Thank you” to our servicemen/women when I see them. I would like to say (post-humously) “Thank you, for serving our Nation” to Electrician’s Mate, Second Class, William Bud Cloud. May God hold you close for all eternity.

  180. terresall / Nov 22 2013 12:01 pm

    Sitting here in a puddle of tears, I thank you wholeheartedly for sharing this!

  181. Bill Hook / Nov 22 2013 12:14 pm

    I served in our Navy in the 50′s.. I’m so proud of my time in
    the Navy that I even have Song Anchors Away as the ring tone on my cell phone.

  182. MCCS Joe Kane / Nov 22 2013 12:16 pm

    This is the reason I’m still in the Navy after 19 years when I really only joined for “one tour”. Great men and women who go out of their way to honor and respect those who have served to protect this nation. Fair winds, Bud.

  183. Charles Nierling / Nov 22 2013 2:21 pm

    Great job MARINE, you did a great job for an old swabby. And a size 4 BZ to the crew of the Dewey. Charles Nierling, SMCM(SW) USN RET

    • Jennie / Nov 24 2013 6:35 pm

      Thanks, SMCM(SW) Nierling,
      The Sailors of the Dewey did all the work; all I did was write it down.
      It was an amazing day.
      Semper Fi,
      Jennie

  184. R. Hans Miller / Nov 22 2013 2:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this experience with us. As a veteran (U.S. Army – 1996-2000) I truly appreciate the efforts you and the Dewey’s crew put out for Bud. Thank you for honoring his dignity and service.

  185. Anjali / Nov 22 2013 4:06 pm

    What a tribute!!!!! RIP sailor..we are all with you… A great read…We are proud of everyone who are sacrificing their life for their country..A BIG SALUTE…

  186. maemuyot / Nov 22 2013 6:05 pm

    nice story,so inspiring!

  187. Jack Macholl / Nov 22 2013 7:27 pm

    A story that helps renew my faith in people. May he rest in eternal peace.

  188. halrold / Nov 22 2013 8:54 pm

    Right in the feels.

  189. halrold / Nov 22 2013 8:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Halrold's Pad and commented:
    Right in the feels.

    • Terry L. Berry / Nov 25 2013 7:08 pm

      I am a Navy man from the Vietnam era serving on oilers and COMNAVAIRLANT, and it does my heart and soul so great to see Navy personnel to honor one of their own with such Pride and Glory.
      Hail to them all and to Bud (Anchor Aweigh) We sail at the break of day.
      YN3 Terry L. Berry USS Natahala AO60 and USS Milwaukee AOR2.

  190. mllemurray / Nov 22 2013 9:58 pm

    Reblogged this on mllemurray and commented:
    Omg. What a story about Bud, Pearl Harbor Survivor.

  191. The Rider / Nov 22 2013 10:35 pm

    Thanks! This is an amazing story that really touched my heart. And respect to the US Navy for honoring a Veteran like this!

  192. Cynthia Baker-Simple Pleasures / Nov 22 2013 10:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story
    Love and Warm Wishes your way

  193. nicolafilledenoel / Nov 22 2013 10:47 pm

    Reblogged this on nicolaandthediamonds and commented:
    This made me cry. Ahh! <3

  194. norzu / Nov 22 2013 11:10 pm

    what a beautiful story. thank you for sharing this

  195. spiralsturn / Nov 22 2013 11:39 pm

    This is so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing this story.

  196. romielesmana / Nov 23 2013 3:36 am

    Reblogged this on romielesmana.

  197. Greg Urbano / Nov 23 2013 5:23 am

    You gave him a great memory near the end of his life. Your story brought tears to my eyes.

  198. Constance Ann Morrison / Nov 23 2013 7:00 am

    Wonderful, touching story. Bless you for arranging the trip to the Dewey.

  199. aburrows6 / Nov 23 2013 7:45 am

    A thoughtful tribute to a former sailor.

  200. sdobie / Nov 23 2013 8:01 am

    A touching tribute.

  201. captcooke / Nov 23 2013 10:57 am

    I cant figure out what touch me so much. The military service, a loved one passing or that it was a dad or a man named Bud. But this story was really amazing and I am grateful that you shared it.

  202. Linnart Felkl / Nov 23 2013 11:57 am

    Great story! Greetings form Denmark!

  203. Robin / Nov 23 2013 12:31 pm

    Reblogged this on Robin's Life Blog and commented:
    What a touching gift…..

  204. rick / Nov 23 2013 2:47 pm

    great story

  205. flammetjie / Nov 23 2013 2:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Returning to Camissa and commented:
    There are some stories that just have to be shared! So moving, so touching, so human. Death with honour and diginity. I cried from start to finish.

  206. Turning Pages: Of Books and Life / Nov 23 2013 3:01 pm

    This story had me in tears. As a law enforcement wife, I often hear the police mantra ‘Heroes in Life, not in Death’. This is a perfect example of that sentiment. Thank you so much for sharing.

  207. Turning Pages: Of Books and Life / Nov 23 2013 3:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Turning Pages: of Books and Life and commented:
    In case you skimmed by this; Freshly Pressed and well deservedly so.

  208. Dana / Nov 23 2013 3:55 pm

    Jennie, Thank you so much for sharing this story with us!! I had chills, tears and joy while reading it , but I’m very sorry you lost your Pop. I’m so proud of all of the fine men and women of the Navy for giving him such a wonderful send off! God bless Bud and God bless America!!

  209. Lenny / Nov 23 2013 4:21 pm

    I am extremely proud of the wonderful tribute given to
    Bud Cloud by the US Navy. God Bless all of you for making his last days on earth so memorable.

  210. thenakedtruth2 / Nov 23 2013 5:46 pm

    Reblogged this on THE NAKED TRUTH 2 and commented:
    No added words here-

  211. bcomardelle / Nov 23 2013 6:54 pm

    just amazing….definitely brought a few tears to my eyes.

  212. legendsofyouth / Nov 23 2013 7:38 pm

    Wow…this is truly an amazing story. God bless America. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed, this story deserves to be heard.

  213. Richard F Lukofnak II / Nov 24 2013 1:15 am

    What a beautiful story! Hard to read though, through the tears. Thank you so much for sharing.

    As a USAF Vietnam Era Veteran, Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, I salute you Sir. Thank you for your service. Now, go Rest in Peace…

    -Rich Lukofnak

    ********

    OLD SAILORS

    Old sailors sit and chew the fat
    ’bout how things used to be
    of the things they’ve seen
    and places they’ve been
    When they ventured out to sea.

    They remember friends from long ago
    and the times they had back then
    of the money they’ve spilled
    and the beer they’ve swilled
    In their days as sailing men.

    Their lives are lived in days gone by
    with thoughts that forever last
    of cracker-jack hats
    and bell-bottom blues
    and the good times in their past.

    They recall long nights with a moon so bright
    far out on a lonely sea
    and the thoughts they had
    as youthful lads
    When their lives were unbridled and free.

    They know so well how their hearts would swell
    when the flag fluttered proud and free
    and the stars and the stripes
    made such beautiful sights
    as they plowed through an angry sea.

    They talk of the bread ole’ cookie would bake
    and the shrill of the boatsun’s pipe
    and how the salt spray fell
    like sparks out of hell
    when a storm struck in the night.

    They remember mates already gone
    who forever hold a spot
    In the stories of old
    when sailors were bold
    and lubbers were a pitiful lot.

    They rode their ships through many a storm
    when the sea was showing its might
    And the mighty waves
    might be digging their graves
    as they sailed on through the night.

    They speak of nights in a bawdy house
    somewhere on a foreign shore
    and the beer they’d down
    as they gathered around
    cracking jokes with a busty whore.

    Their sailing days are gone away
    never more will they cross the brow
    But they have no regrets
    for they know they’ve been blessed
    ’cause they honored their sacred vow.

    Their numbers grow less with each passing day
    as their chits in this life are called in
    But they’ve nothing to lose
    for they’ve all paid their dues
    and they’ll sail with their shipmates again.

    I’ve heard them say before getting underway
    that there’s still some sailin’ to do
    and they’ll exclaim with a grin
    that their ship has come in
    and the Lord is commanding the crew.

    *****

    Larry Dunn
    June 4, 2001

    http://www.mrfa.org/poem09.htm

  214. kevindevlin / Nov 24 2013 1:33 am

    A very moving story and thank you for sharing it. It has set me up for the day.

  215. rupacoach / Nov 24 2013 4:30 am

    Reblogged this on life coach.

  216. cancerinmylife / Nov 24 2013 6:34 am

    Reblogged this on Cancer In My Life – Author Lora A. Montgomery and commented:
    Proud and Thankful!

  217. awax1217 / Nov 24 2013 8:36 am

    Made me proud even just to read this. Reminds me of meeting one of the Tuskegee Air Men. It was an honor.

  218. Jason B. Ladd / Nov 24 2013 8:38 am

    Thank you for this wonderful story. Semper Fi!

  219. tepoll / Nov 24 2013 8:47 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this. What an amazing and life-affirming story.

  220. David Lee Chichester / Nov 24 2013 10:39 am

    I to, wish to thank you for sharing this with all of us old sailors……..Served aboard the Hugh Purvis in the early 50′s

    • David Lee Chichester / Nov 24 2013 10:40 am

      Aye.

  221. osaroboeghosahenry / Nov 24 2013 10:44 am

    Reblogged this on osarobohenry.

  222. michaelzworld / Nov 24 2013 1:51 pm

    Reblogged this on MICHAEL'S INN.

  223. egraphicdesigns / Nov 24 2013 2:14 pm

    Reblogged this on egraphicdesigns.

  224. urbangrizzly / Nov 24 2013 5:19 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post.

  225. krchriswell / Nov 24 2013 7:11 pm

    Both of my uncle’s served in the Navy on the USS Worden during Vietnam and both of my grandfather’s served in the army in WW2. This story was an incredibly emotional read for my mother and me, but so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this personal moment with us.

  226. jerricajohnson / Nov 24 2013 9:59 pm

    This is an amazing story. Most of the men in my family are/ were involved in the military. Including my father who was in the Navy. It’s stories like this that make me proud to be from a country of so much respect. I know anytime my father sees on knows someone in service he always makes sure to thank him. For example, over this past summer my family and I went to go see Toby Kieth in concert. It was the most patriotic concert I have personally ever experienced. For the last song Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue, Toby had 6 Army soldiers up on stage with him. This act alone brought my father to tears. After the concert my dad somehow made his way to those 6 men and women and thanked them for eveything they do. It’s things like these that can make such an impact on peoples lives. Thank you for sharing such a great story!

  227. Jackson Williams / Nov 24 2013 10:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Homie Williams. and commented:
    Great read. Thanks. — J.W.

  228. Ron Star CS3SS / Nov 25 2013 10:13 am

    I am an x submarine , and DD851 sailor 1959-1963 and this really brought tears to my eyes, We are all brothers.A special thanks to the Crew of the Dewey

  229. John Hennelly / Nov 25 2013 4:52 pm

    Well done USN! (From a USMC)

  230. nikstar01 / Nov 25 2013 11:50 pm

    Such a heartwarming story, a tribute & memories he will take with him forever. Bless him, RIP Bud.

  231. Raymond R. Beadle jr . / Nov 26 2013 6:52 am

    Dad was Iwo Jima survivor ! Got blown up when the jap triggered the ammo hill! Was burried alive they dug his squad leader up n saw his arm. Pulled him out spent a year in hospital ! Then discharged ! Fought japs for 45 years in his sleep only to die of AML cancer in 21 days! Dec 6th 2012!

  232. twilk68 / Nov 26 2013 1:41 pm

    Reblogged this on A Work in Progress and commented:
    What an amazing story. Sailors are good people

  233. tarusugandha / Nov 26 2013 2:17 pm

    A very touching gesture. This shows how deep the camraderie runs in the Armed forces and how well they look after their veterans who had been the torch-bearers at one time . My good wishes with all those in uniform.

  234. askmeanythingtoday / Nov 26 2013 9:16 pm

    Reblogged this on I HAVE BEEN DECEIVED and commented:
    This Story is a good Example of how you should always be Proud of who you Are

  235. gijoefun79 / Nov 26 2013 10:37 pm

    First let me say thank you for sharing this. Stories like this, although they happen often, never seem to get much attention. Second, no matter where or when anyone has served they deserve much more respect and gratitude than we can ever show them. Third, and I will keep this short, this story helped me realize another reason why I have had such a hard time “Re-adjusting” after my time in the Army. There is no where out here in the “civilian” world that offers as much brotherhood, commitment, dedication, purpose, honor, pride, etc, etc (could go on and on). No matter what I has done or accomplished since I separated from the service, it falls short of the feeling I had dedicating myself to my country. Thanks again.

    • Jeff Hennesay / Dec 7 2013 5:45 pm

      gijoefun79. You are not alone with that feeling. I’m an older veteran that has been around a longtime. I work for Veterans Administration now and enjoy every minute of helping my fellow veterans. Being able to give them the respect they deserve and being treated with respect in return is enough to last me a life time of Woes Be Gone. If you can get yourself into a position with the VA hospital or regional office, do it. It has been so very rewarding for me and I believe it would you as well.

  236. abdusu / Nov 26 2013 11:47 pm

    what picture is it?

  237. Joe / Nov 27 2013 1:34 am

    God bless EM2 Bud Cloud, the men and women (past and present) of both USS Deweys, and all veterans and currently serving members of all of our Armed Forces. From an Army Vietnam Veteran, thank you all for your service. I also HAVE to add Jennie Haskamp to this list. Thank you for your service Jennie! And thank you for making a dying man’s wish come true. YOU are a very special person also!

  238. Ollie / Nov 27 2013 6:44 am

    Reblogged this on Buoyed Up and commented:
    In the spirit of the season, I share with you how a group of current Sailors shared their gratitude with an old salt. (caution… this one requires a tissue)

  239. rabbite / Nov 27 2013 10:38 am

    Reblogged this on koleksi iseng2 kholish and commented:
    Bisa sebagai wacana.

  240. progressivewatch / Nov 27 2013 2:57 pm

    This did my soul good to hear about this.

  241. Ed / Nov 28 2013 7:03 am

    Fair winds and following seas, EM2 Cloud.
    AW1 Ed
    USN (Ret)

  242. goulart / Nov 28 2013 1:36 pm

    Hooyah! This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. For all the good it did Mr. Cloud to step foot on the Dewey, you better believe he touched those sailors’ hearts on that ship! What a gift to so many people. God bless him.

  243. goulart / Nov 28 2013 1:36 pm

    Reblogged this on instaculture and commented:
    Beautiful.

  244. Chad Parsons / Nov 29 2013 7:24 pm

    Really loved this, As an old sailor this once again proved that vets are took care of by those that really care. And as Marines always say “Once a Marine always a Marine.” Well now we all know that “Once a Sailor always a Sailor.”

  245. MBev / Nov 30 2013 4:11 am

    Just wonderful. If there’s one thing Americans have it’s heart.

  246. Chet Branham / Dec 1 2013 6:03 am

    This is why I’m proud to have served in the Navy from 63-67 aboard the USS Grand Canyon AD-28
    Chet Branham MR3

  247. justamonkie / Dec 1 2013 3:51 pm

    That was very heart warming to read about that, I have to say although very emotional, it was very warming to know that wishes and dreams do come true for people of any age,shape and size.

  248. joe7775 / Dec 1 2013 7:27 pm

    God Bless”

  249. jeweledangel37 / Dec 1 2013 10:14 pm

    Beautiful story.

  250. sheilamariegrimes / Dec 1 2013 11:36 pm

    I was moved by this story. I always knew big hearts were in the military and you’ve written a beautiful story. Thank you. Sheila Marie Wilder grimes veteran USN

  251. foodisthebestshitever / Dec 2 2013 6:03 pm

    touching story my friend…

  252. Lou M / Dec 3 2013 8:28 am

    Beautiful story, misty-eyed throughout. I am father to a Marine (Infantry, Cpl.) and a Navy (MM3, E5, USS Topeka) nuke. God bless Bud Cloud. Well done officers and men of the USS Dewey.

  253. kimfrizt / Dec 3 2013 10:32 am

    Beautiful story. Thank you to all the men and women serving in our Armed Forces past, present, and future. May God bless you all.

  254. Ted Clark / Dec 4 2013 5:47 am

    Not only did the story about Bud Cloud bring tears to my eyes, some the comments also did. The best 4 years of my life were spent on the USS Springfield CLG-7 ’60-64 and my greatest regret is never visiting or seeing that ship again or becoming a plank owner.

  255. LG / Dec 5 2013 7:56 pm

    Reblogged this on I think.. and commented:
    A couple of days back, we watched “White Christmas” for the nth time, and as ever, I cried over the scene where the veterans of Waverly’s squad give Waverly a soldier-honour as a Christmas surprise. I think if I watched the movie again, I’d cry at the exact same scene. And again.
    This post, to which I hopped from Almost Wisconsin, made me tear up too. Very touching.

    • Aubrey Moses / Dec 7 2013 7:13 pm

      BZ Wonderful story….. RM1 76-86 USS GUAM LPH9, WILLIAM V. PRATT DDG-44.

      RIP Bud.

  256. John / Dec 7 2013 9:13 am

    once a shipmate, ALWAYS a shipmate. no matter when you served..

  257. Tim Bond / Dec 7 2013 9:20 am

    My dad served in the Navy back in the early 60′s on the USS Putnam. I loved to listen to his stories of the ship and shore leave. I had his 8MM movies converted to DVD not long before he died (age 60) and it was great to see him smile. Thank you for this amazing tale of honor. I served 7 years in the US Army and an proud to be a veteran like my dad. God bless the US Navy and all who served & are serving with her.

  258. Randy Huot / Dec 7 2013 9:45 am

    Bravo Zulu….Wonderfull story….HT3 Huot USS NEW JERSEY 83-86…..

  259. Dan Swisher / Dec 7 2013 11:00 am

    Navy vet, longest tour us navsta san juan, puerto rico. nice story,GO Navy.

  260. Corey Bouchard / Dec 7 2013 12:06 pm

    Outstanding! To show this amount of respect and honor to a former one of their own as a sailor and member of their ship’s predessor, is a tremendous representation of the greatest navy in the world. We must always hold those who did their duty and protected this nation from enemies, in the absolute highest of regards. Congratulations men and women of the Dewey, you gave this man the proudest sendoff a person could ask for. God bless you angels and may He keep you all under his divine protection always.

  261. Willow Brooke / Dec 7 2013 12:33 pm

    I ran across this on Facebook and had to check it out. Sitting on the couch next to my own vet, I bauled my heart out as I read this. It is things and people like this that make a true difference in the world. Thank you so much for sharing!! I will forever remember this great hero and am so happy that during his final days he was able to relive the memories and time in his life that meant so much. Hugs to the family, and all of the great sailors!

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 8:05 pm

      Hey Willow! I think that’s the best (and most unexpected) part about sharing this story… the idea so many people will now remember Pop’s story. Thanks for the note. Please tell YOUR veteran I said thanks for serving. ~jennie

  262. Jack Rudy / Dec 7 2013 12:45 pm

    Jack Rudy HM2 61 to 67 Semper Fi, Bud and may the Eternal Father guide your ship home. Whether I was wearing Greens or Blues I was always Navy. Bud thank you for your service and Jenn thanks for sharing this wonderful story. To my Brothers and Sister aboard the Dewey, God Bless you all for the kindness you have shown this Sailor and his family.

  263. www.zombiefactor.com / Dec 7 2013 1:01 pm

    What a great story. I love all our vets but the WWII era vets hold a very special place in my heart. My grandfather was in the army and my uncle service in the Marines during WWII. They were all heroes. zombiefactor.com

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 7:58 pm

      I agree re: WWII vets and a special place. Must say, my friends who’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan are right up there with ‘em at this point. Pretty much anyone who ships out and follows orders is special in my mind. Best, Jennie

  264. Amy / Dec 7 2013 1:16 pm

    God Bless you and your father and the sailors of the Dewey. They are true Americans as are you and your father. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 8:06 pm

      Thank’s for reading, Amy. ~jh~

  265. Jonah / Dec 7 2013 1:40 pm

    That might be the best thing I’ve read in a long time. Dammit something in my eyes.

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 8:00 pm

      Sorry ’bout that, Jonah. We set it up so it piped onion fumes through your speakers while you were reading it. (heh) Jennie

  266. lj / Dec 7 2013 2:43 pm

    King Neptune and his Royal Court piped Bud aboard just 12 days after being piped off the Dewey!

  267. arthurfrymyer / Dec 7 2013 3:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Grace and Stuff and commented:
    What an awesome story! Enjoy it with a Kleenex handy.

  268. Frank / Dec 7 2013 4:18 pm

    I am Army Vet… and could not be more proud of our military!!!!

  269. Randy / Dec 7 2013 4:21 pm

    Fair Winds and Following Seas, EM2 Bud Cloud. and Thank You USS Dewey (DDG-105)

  270. AJ Palmer / Dec 7 2013 5:53 pm

    This made me cry… That is a truly incredible story. God bless all those who still survive and let us forever remember Pearl Harbor!!

  271. Jeff Hennesay / Dec 7 2013 6:04 pm

    Jennie, Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. This ole Sea Dog just went through an entire box of Kleenex reading your story and all of the replies. And just when I thought I had gotten salty enough to not feel anything again. Fair Winds and Following Seas Bud Cloud. God I hate losing my fellow veterans.

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 7:43 pm

      Mr. Hennesay,

      Glad to know your feelings are still in working order.I hate losing fellow Veterans too but he had a long life life and a fantastic send off. Semper Fi,

      Jennie

      • Jeff Hennesay / Dec 11 2013 5:50 pm

        Thanks Jennie, I was trying to say thank you for helping me feel again and I guess I have been so salty that it just wouldn’t come out.

        I spent 13 years in the Army (on boats) and then 12 more in the Navy. Now I am getting ready to retire from the Veterans Administration Hospital. I have been Blessed with being able to share a lifetime with my veterans.

        In the near future, there is going to be a program called “My Veteran” through the VA hospitals. It has been my baby since 1974 when my battle buddy lost his life and had started the My Veteran program in California when he was spit on when he went home on leave. It never took off then, but it will now in his name, Billy Ray Coffee. Keep an eye out for it and blog about it if you will.

        I read the following posts tonight and I have to agree with one that mentioned your story should be in the Stars And Stripes. The Veterans at the VA Hospitals would enjoy this so very much.

        Thank you for YOUR Service Jennie, and like us ole salty dogs use to say to the girls (with respect of course) Semper Fi Skirt, Semper Fi.

  272. wtram46 / Dec 7 2013 6:58 pm

    This does another old heart good!! Our US Navy is proud and I had the honor of being a sailor from 1964-1967 aboard the USS Buck, Cochrane, Newell and Epperson!! Was homeported in San Diego and Pearl Harbor!!

  273. Al Molina / Dec 7 2013 7:07 pm

    What an amazing story. This is a story that should be in Navy Times (if not yet) and seen by every sailor, officer and enlisted, to show what our sailors in the Navy can do. I also had a tear in my eye as I read this wonderful account of what the crew of the Dewey did for this man. Well done Dewey. RIP Sir, and may God shine his love on you.

    Alfred Molina
    RM2,USN 1962-1966
    Midway Island
    Commander Carrier Division One Staff

  274. Davey Bunce / Dec 7 2013 10:12 pm

    Navy 90-94
    Pearl Harbor Hi.
    very proud

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 8:07 pm

      Thanks for your service, Mr. Bunce.

  275. David Hollander / Dec 7 2013 11:01 pm

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful story. Bud got to sail beyond the bar with a happy heart.

  276. Mary Branstetter / Dec 8 2013 12:27 am

    My Dad was on the Dewey and the USS Phelps when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was a Chief Signalman on the bridge. The Chief engineer aboard got the ship underway (as the officers were at a party at the time). They left the anchor in the harbor and made it out of the harbor without getting hit.
    The Navy in Norfolk Virginia had him aboard many ships here and the base Commander always celebrates them on Pearl Harbor Day with a large ceremony and a ringing of the bells by the Pearl Harbor survivors at the Pearl Harbor Memorial on Base. We only have 4 survivors in the area now.
    I lost my Dad in July of 2011 and miss him every day. He was my hero!
    A couple of years before he died I asked him to put his memories on tape for me. He said he didn’t know what to say. I said do the best you can. A week later he had 4 cassettes of his memories of his life and the war. I have had them made into CD’s and will always treasure them and past this history on to my grandchildren as they will be able to hear his story in his voice. Hopefully this will continue to be passed on through the generations in our family. He was Senior Chief Earnest Frank Maloney.
    I spent six months researching and obtaining documents and pictures from the Navy Archives in Washington. I was able to obtain copies of the USS Phelps ships log with detailed reports of the day Peal Harbor was attacked; the ships muster logs and pictures. I took all of this to a bookbinder had all of this bound into a book with the ships picture and Name and my Dad’s name and the years he was aboard on the front. I gave the book to him for Christmas and he cried; he was so surprised that I was able to obtain so much information on his ship. It was worth every minute I put into it.
    This story brought tears to my eyes that the respect by the younger enlisted and Officers is still being given to these men. The men and women that fight for our country to preserve our freedom are a Legacy to us. I am a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary; and it is a pleasure to sit and listen and talk with these men and women. They have so much to teach us. May God Bless each and every one of them for their sacrifices.
    Mary Branstetter

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 7:51 pm

      Mary,
      Thanks for sharing about your dad! Bud wasn’t keen on the idea of ‘talking to a machine” about his time in the Navy; I’ve written down the stories he shared through the years but, as is the case with most of his and your dad’s peer group, many of his memories were hard to relive. I love the idea of making sure the next few generations know the story of the Greatest Generation. Best, Jennie

  277. Joan / Dec 8 2013 2:29 am

    What an amazing, touching story! My husband was a Marine and my whole family is extremely proud of our military and how committed they are to their fellow soldiers, veterans and our country! They always seem to be willing to go that extra mile and I am so thankful they showed this man how deeply they care about their own. Kudos to his daughter for executing this extraordinary surprise for her father, I know it was the very best thing she could have done to make him happy in his last days!

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 7:57 pm

      Thanks, Joan. All I did was write it down; the Sailors did all the work. Please tell your husband I said Semper Fi and have a Merry Christmas. ~jennie

  278. Randy Bonham / Dec 8 2013 6:20 am

    My father had a similar experience with the Coast Guard. He went back to his Guard base in Rhode Island after almost 60 years. Thee welcome they gave my dad was a total shock. After a personalized tour they gave him the flag that flew that day. He treasured those memories of that trip until his death. Military member will ALWAYS take care of their own

  279. Peter Kwastavich II / Dec 8 2013 7:20 am

    it is not ok to pass away …

    Mr. Peter Kwastavich II
    227 Carverton Road
    Trucksville Pa. 18708-1721

    570-696-2469 landline

    570-239-2851 restricted radio telephone

  280. Jim McDermott / Dec 8 2013 10:28 am

    I never had the opportunity to serve , but I want to thank all of you former military and present for your service. This story brought tears to my eyes and I thank you for sharing it.

  281. Marie Rigoulot / Dec 8 2013 10:43 am

    Wow. What an awesome story. Made me well up with tears. God Bless the crew of the USS Dewey and all involved to help make EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) dying wish come true. Jennie you should be very proud of this amazing tribute. Mad God bless you and to Bud Cloud – May he rest in peace….

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 8:10 pm

      Thank you, Ms. Rigoulot. I’m humbled and amazed so many people have enjoyed this story. Pop would grumble about the spotlight but he’d certainly marvel at the response. He was high speed and up until late Spring he was on his computer googling stuff all the time. I’ve had a good laugh about the notion of him googling THIS and flipping out. Ha. ~jennie~

  282. jerry gomez / Dec 8 2013 2:24 pm

    you have no idea how rediculous I must look crying my eyes out at 31 years old reading this story in its entirety. I wanna call you a jerk but thank you for sharing this incredibly touching story. wow

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 7:45 pm

      Call me a jerk if you must, Jerry. (I’ve been called worse) Sorry you were caught with your feelings on… glad you enjoyed the story. S/F, Jennie

  283. Vincent Tooley USN Ret / Dec 8 2013 5:13 pm

    Fan tastic. Best bit of navy prode and a Good mix of scuttle Butt. Good waters ahead Bud. Thank you for your service.
    You paved the road for my navy career.
    God bless the Shipmates of the Dewey.
    Bravo Zulu!!

  284. Jeffrey Burcham / Dec 8 2013 5:46 pm

    Proud to be a United States Marine. Semper Fi EM2c William Cloud. Fair seas to you Sir. US Navy-no other comes close.

    • Jennie / Dec 8 2013 8:26 pm

      Semper Fi, Mr. Burcham. Me too. Meeee too. Was a proud day to be “Department of the Navy” for sure. Thanks for reading. ~jennie~

  285. Thomas Carl Reyes / Dec 8 2013 6:21 pm

    It is absolutely heartwarming to read about how so many people rallied together to make a dying combat veteran’s last days so memorable. The enormous support and acts of compassion displayed in this story is truly epic. It does reinforce the fact that the military does indeed take care of its own. Well done!

  286. mickr44 / Dec 9 2013 5:43 pm

    Jennie,
    Thank you so much. Of all the blog’s that I have seen this has truly garnered more likes and comments than any other. I went to you blog and read your comments about hos htis wasn’t about you. That statement says a lot, and a lot about you. When we do something for others without expectation of anything in return, because it’s the right thing to do, that defines true service and honor. You embody that and I am proud to have seen your post. I know Bud is proud of you and must have seen soemthing special in you. Thank you for your service and for sharing this heartwarming event. CDR Mick Rankin

  287. ed / Dec 10 2013 4:00 am

    Bravo Zulu USS DEWEY!

  288. PO1 Ed Greenlee, USNR(R) / Dec 12 2013 11:50 am

    bravo zulu to the men and women of the USS Dewey. Someone once said that those who serve walk in the footsteps of giants. Bud created the footsteps that I walked in and the crew of the Dewey now walk in. I sent this out to my veteran friends with a subject of ‘loyalty never goes out of style’.

  289. Sabrina / Dec 15 2013 6:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Life's Assessments and commented:
    Soldiers are real heroes on the battlefield and deserve our praise.

  290. joe7775 / Dec 15 2013 7:15 pm

    God Blessing with you always

  291. moi / Dec 17 2013 1:52 pm

    Fantastic story, he went a happy and proud man I’m sure.

  292. alittlegreyhair / Dec 18 2013 1:57 pm

    God bless USS Dewey and all who sail in her and have sailed in her.

  293. panikikubik / Dec 19 2013 8:47 am

    Reblogged this on Panic yesterday and commented:
    A month ago when I got Liebster award I visited this blog and nominated it, because I just admire the passion the blogger have about his/her topic. And since then I can’t forget this post of the dying sailor and the honor the people around him showed. It’s about having values and about respect for another person. Today people are sometimes too busy to value this. Do click on the link “they piped him ashore” in the text.

  294. mud fur and feathers / Dec 23 2013 5:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Mud 'n Feathers and commented:
    A Sailor’s Final Farewell

  295. NJK / Dec 24 2013 10:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your Pop’s story…took a while to read ’cause I had to stop and dry the tears.

    My Grandad was on Bataan when the island fell, and survived the Bataan Death March, spending the rest of the war in a Japanese POW camp. He suffered horribly, but like many men of that war, would not speak of it to the women in the family. He was offered OCS and commissioned, then given command of a ship (I don’t know her name). He retired as a Lt. Cdr., and to his dying day, had USN Retired on his license plate, his checks, his mailing labels…everything. He was intensely proud of ‘his Navy’. I come from a strong military background – and while all the men (and a few of the women) in my family, related by blood or marriage for more than two generations, have served in one or more of the Armed Forces, it is my Grandad’s courage, strength, and love of his Country and the Navy that has had the greatest impact on me. They were a generation of quiet heroes and we honor them now.

    That your Pop should be so honored by the crew of the Dewey is wonderful, and speaks volumes for him…and for them. Fair winds and following seas, Bud. BZ to the Dewey crew for going above and beyond. Semper fi.

  296. warren graham / Dec 27 2013 8:12 pm

    I stumbled across this blog as an accident, however seeing “a sailor’s dying wish” caught my eye and prompted me to read on. having served usn 77-83 cvn69
    the son of a sailor and brother of a sailor navy blue runs through and through.
    ms haskamp your story reads beautifully, very clear concise, very well written.
    bud was very lucky to have you in his life, not many a child or grandchild would bother to make a dying sailors wish come true. your effort and determination and the work of the crew of the Dewey shows why we have the finest Navy in the world. I hope you know your story has touched the lives of many people.
    Its funny at the end of your story the blog reports that you are still trying to figure out what to do when you grow up……. my dear you are wise beyond your years.
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story with me.
    Dear Bud Rest In Peace… red skies at night….. may you always have a fair wind and a following sea.
    ms haskamp may life bring you peace love and everlasting joy

  297. doublesalute / Dec 30 2013 12:10 pm

    What a fantastic story. Thank you for sharing this.

  298. doublesalute / Dec 30 2013 12:13 pm

    Reblogged this on My Blog / Website and commented:
    What an amazing story. The crew of the USS Dewey went above and beyond the call of duty.

  299. peacelove013 / Jan 3 2014 8:19 pm

    Reblogged this on peacelove5863 and commented:
    Beautiful!!!

  300. Sweeping The Temple / Jan 3 2014 8:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Sweeping The Temple and commented:
    Why I am so proud to be the daughter and wife of Navy Vets…

  301. catnipoflife / Jan 31 2014 4:47 pm

    My dad served in the Navy, WWII, Iwo Jima. My husband also served in the Navy but not in wartime. I am so moved by this article…by the love of the men and women…by the courage and commitment … by the service to fellow man and country … Thank you for sharing!

  302. catnipoflife / Jan 31 2014 4:52 pm

    Afterthought, I can’t reblog this because my patriotic site is Blogspot, instead of WordPress. But I can repost. Here is my URL for your information: http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/

  303. dhewowdhewow / Mar 3 2014 5:37 am

    wooww

  304. FlaHam / Mar 19 2014 12:34 pm

    What a heart warming story, I was reduced to tears and felt so honored just reading about the event. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story of our Navy, the men and women of the USS Dewey, and especially Pop. Take care,
    William L.Hamilon – RM2
    USS Independence CV 62 75-78
    US Navy 69-78

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