Sailors chat with veterans during Pearl Harbor tribute

Chief Yeoman Ryan Arnoldussen of Navy Operational Support Center Ventura County visits with Navy veteran Kenneth Freberg during a Pearl Harbor memorial event Dec. 7 at the Shoreline Care Center in Oxnard. Full-time support and Navy Reserve Sailors visited the facility as part of a Spirit of ’45 celebration, organized by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

Photo by MC1 Kim McLendon / U.S. Navy

Chief Yeoman Ryan Arnoldussen of Navy Operational Support Center Ventura County visits with Navy veteran Kenneth Freberg during a Pearl Harbor memorial event Dec. 7 at the Shoreline Care Center in Oxnard. Full-time support and Navy Reserve Sailors visited the facility as part of a Spirit of ’45 celebration, organized by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.

Sailors from Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Ventura County, along with local veterans in hospice, paid tribute last month to those lost in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor during a Spirit of ’45 event organized by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and the Shoreline Care Center in Oxnard.

“This visit was especially important to our veterans and our currently serving Sailors given the 71st anniversary of this infamous day in history,” said Capt. Ronald Oswald, commanding officer, NOSC Ventura County.

In residence at Shoreline are 40 veterans who served during World War II or the Korea or Vietnam wars or the years between. To demonstrate the high regard they hold for these veterans, 19 Sailors volunteered their time to visit with them Dec. 7.

“There are few things more precious than our time, and our Sailors seek to show their respect and appreciation to our local veterans by giving their time and a ‘listening ear,’” Oswald said.

Command Master Chief Terry Delacruz asked those in his command at NOSC to take time to remember this historical and somber day in American history.

“On this day 2,335 service members and 68 civilians were killed in the one hour and 50 minute attack on our Pacific Fleet 71 years ago,” said Delacruz.

The event began with colors being presented by the Ventura County color guard.

“Presenting the colors to these heroes is going to be one of my greatest memories that I will share with friends and family for many years to come,” said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class William Gibson, NOSC Ventura County. “It was truly an honor to spend time with them and listen to their incredible stories.”

A static display of World War II memorabilia from Touching History, a touring military museum, and a POW/MIA presentation table set by the NOSC provided a historical and solemn atmosphere.

“It’s wonderful to have the younger military spend time with our residents,” said Shoreline Activities Director Joan Ponce. “They can relate to each other and share experiences.”

Added Oswald: “There is a very unique bond between those who have taken the oath of military service, regardless of their generation or age. There is a quiet sense of kinship and understanding of commonly shared sacrifices and challenges endured and overcome.”

Master of Ceremonies Lyndsey Hale, wife of Lt. Rondal Hale, an instructor for the Civil Engineer Corps Officers School at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, said Dec. 7 was her grandfather’s birthday, and he joined the Army two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Although he is gone now, I think of him and our many World War II veterans every December 7 and how that moment was such a tragic call to action,” she said.

For more information on the Spirit of ‘45 movement, visit www.spiritof45.org.

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