By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Sailors assigned to Naval Magazine (NAVMAG) Indian Island visited with World War II veterans at Seaport Landing Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Port Townsend, Wash., June 18.
The “Commander’s Breakfast” is part of an ongoing monthly effort to keep a strong bond between local veterans and service members.
“There’s a common bond between warriors of all ages,” said Cmdr. Michael Yesunas, NAVMAG Indian Island commanding officer. “I truly believe that the same Navy values of honor, courage and commitment, you can hear it in all of these guys’ stories.”
“Every time they share (their stories) we learn from it every time. This is my favorite day of the month, every month. These guys are true heroes.”
During the visit, Sailors past and present shared a meal and personal stories about their individual experiences in the Navy.
NAVMAG Indian Island Sailors are not the only ones who look forward to the monthly breakfast, according to the veterans.
“I really enjoy these Sailors taking time off duty to share stories and have a meal with us,” said Ed Adams, a pharmacist’s mate during World War II. “It gives me and a few others a trip down memory lane and we see how the Navy has changed throughout the years.”
Even though there have been many changes in the Navy over the years with the ships getting bigger and faster and the uniforms changing from dungarees to the Navy Working Uniform, one thing remains an unbroken link: the Sailors.
“It was a great morning,” said Master-At-Arms 1st Class Daniel Sotello Jr., operations supervisor at NAVMAG Indian Island. “I’ve been here multiple times and it’s always a great honor to sit down and know their history.”
“Every time we show up and see their faces, it’s something to be proud about.”
Although Yesunas is nearing his final days as commanding officer at NAVMAG Indian Island, it is his greatest concern to continue this monthly gathering to visit some of America’s veterans.
“I am going to ensure that my successor keeps this up,” said Yesunas. “Our Sailors ask me about it all the time. I’d like say they look forward to it most.”