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