Do you know anyone who is in the Navy? I do, my grandfather Edward was in the Navy. There are 40 million people who have served in the Navy. The Navy started in 1775.
When he was 16 years old and still in high school, he decided to join the Naval Reserves, which is a force of highly trained men and women available to meet the expanded needs of regular Navy. The reason he joined so young was so he could gain seniority. This allowed him to be in charge of other people.
While on duty, he was stationed on the USS Constellation in San Diego, California. This was a ship that carried aircraft. Aircraft carriers is a special boat that carries airplanes and helicopters. Airplanes and helicopters would launch and land from this ship. After that he was reassigned to River Assault Squadron 15 in Vallejo, California.
My grandfather said he was in the Vietnam war.
His job while on the U.S.S. Constellation was in the engine room. This was an important job because he was in charge of making sure the engine for the ship ran smoothly. His job on the River Assault boat was Petty Officer in charge of weapons, ammunition and flight deck. For this job, he had to make sure all the weapons were all clean and worked properly. He also had to make sure there was enough ammo.
The Navy is the part of the country’s military that fight on the water using boats.
You can win some awards when you are in the war. He won some awards such as, National Defense Service Medal, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, a Presidential Unit Citation and Empire State Conspicuous Service with V For Valor.
He was awarded these because he did a great job serving our country. The Purple Heart was given to him because he got wounded in action on May 5, 1969.
When you go in the war, you sign up for as long as you want to serve. My grandfather signed up for six years. You can stay in the military for as long as you are able to serve. Some people stay in their whole career.
I am so proud of my grandfather because he risked his live to serve for our country. I am so glad he is still with me today.