96-YEAR-OLD VET GETS WISH OF NAVY STA­TION VISIT

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD -

R.I.» A 96-year-old NEW­PORT, World War II vet­eran who dreamed of re­turn­ing to a Navy in­stal­la­tion to rem­i­nisce about his more 20-year-plus naval ca­reer got his wish Thurs­day.

Ed­mund DelBarone toured Naval Sta­tion New­port in a visit ar­ranged by Den­ver-based non­profit Wish of a Life­time. Af­ter see­ing some of the ships as­signed to the base, he said he’d have no trou­ble tak­ing them out to sea.

“It’s ex­cit­ing,” he said af­ter. “I didn’t ex­pect to see so much.”

DelBarone at­tended boot camp in New­port af­ter join­ing the Navy in 1940. He was amazed at how much the in­stal­la­tion has grown, and he pointed out many build­ings that weren’t there nearly 80 years ago.

DelBarone, who spent much of his ca­reer at sea main­tain­ing ships, said he was sta­tioned on a de­stroyer dur­ing World War II. He wore a cap from the USS Wadleigh, one of the ships he served on.

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