US Navy celebrates its birthday

Newport Beach, CA

The U.S. Navy had a special birthday party at Newport Harbor Post 291 Saturday, Oct. 12. During the Global Force for Good 238th Celebration, Post Commander Jess Lawson was "piped-aboard" along with Jack Hammett, warrant officer, U.S. Navy (retired), a World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor; and John Quante, Boatswain Mate 2nd Class, WWII veteran and surviving sailor from the USS Ross (DD-563).

The USS Ross was heavily attacked while underway during the invasion of Saipan by Japanese aircraft, was torpedoed and is the only ship in U.S. naval history to survive two underwater mine explosions.

Other dignitaries included Past Department of California Commander and Chaplain Hugh E. Crooks, Jr., Department of California Judge Advocate Robert Carolan and Department of California Service Officer Scott McKee. Following dinner the revelers enjoyed an evening of music, dancing and a stirring all service musical tribute with flag presentation.

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