Mike "Wuzzy121". Rest in peace, brother

Go Back   Tacoma World Forums > Off-Topic > Military

Notices

What can I say

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-11-2013, 05:14 AM   #1
BELT FED 2OZ. PULL
river rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
river rat 69's Avatar
Navy: River Boats,Mike's & PBR'S Viet-Nam 68&69
Name: Jim
Joined: Dec 2010, #47249
Location: Orlando, Fla., Green side of the grass
Gender: Dude
Posts: 15,056
river rat 69's Tacoma Gallery
What can I say



I emailed my friend and former Marine sergeant, Mrs. Mandy McCammon, who's currently serving as a Navy Public Affairs Officer, at midnight on 28 May. I asked Mandy if she had enough pull on any of the bases in San Diego to get me access for the day so I could give Bud, who served on USS Dewey (DD-349), a windshield tour.

The next day she sent me an email from the current USS Dewey (DDG 105)'s XO, CDR Mikael Rockstad, inviting us down to the ship two days later.

We linked up with Mandy outside Naval Base San Diego and carpooled to the pier where we were greeted by CMDCM Joe Grgetich and a squad-sized group of Sailors. Bud started to cry before the doors of the van opened. He'd been oohing and pointing at the cyclic rate as we approached the pier, but when we slowed down and Mandy said, "They're all here for you, Bud," he was overwhelmed.

After we were all out of the van directly in front of the Dewey, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries, Petty Officer Simon introduced himself and said as the ship's Sailor of the Year he had the honor of pushing Bud's wheelchair for the day. Unbeknownst to us, they'd decided to host Bud aboard the Dewey, not at the Dewey. And so they carried him aboard. None of us expected him to go aboard the ship. I'd told him we were going down to the base and would have the chance to meet and greet a few of the Sailors from the new Dewey. He was ecstatic. The day before, he asked every few hours if we were "still going down to visit the boys from the Dewey," and "do they know I was on the Dewey, too?"

Once aboard, we were greeted by the CO, CDR Jake Douglas, the XO and a reinforced platoon-sized group of Sailors. To say it was overwhelming is an understatement. These men and women waited in line to introduce themselves to Bud. They shook his hand, asked for photos with him, and swapped stories. It was simply amazing.

They didn't just talk to him, they listened.

Bud's voice was little more than a weak whisper at this point and he'd tell a story and then GMC Eisman or GSCS Whynot would repeat it so all of the Sailors on deck could hear. In the midst of the conversations, Petty Officer Flores broke contact with the group. Bud was telling a story and CMDCM Grgetich was repeating the details when Flores walked back into view holding a huge photo of the original USS Dewey. That moment was priceless. Bud stopped mid-sentence and yelled, "There she is!" They patiently stood there holding the photo while he told them about her armament, described the way it listed after it was hit, and shared other details about the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Bud finally admitted how tired he was after more than an hour on deck. While they were finishing up goodbyes and taking last minute photographs, GMC Eisman asked if it'd be OK to bring Sailors up to visit Bud in a few months after a Chief's board. I hadn't said it yet because I didn't want it to dampen the spirit of the day, but I quietly explained to GMC Eisman the reason we'd asked for the visit was simple: Bud was dying.

I told him they were welcome to come up any time they wanted, but I suspected Bud had about a month left to live. Almost without hesitation, he asked if the crew could provide the burial honors when the time came. I assured him that'd be an honor we'd welcome.

Leaving the ship was possibly more emotional than boarding.


Bud is piped ashore from USS Dewey (DDG 105). Photo submitted by Jennie Haskamp.




They piped him ashore. CMDCM Grgetich leaned in and quietly told me how significant that honor was and who it's usually reserved for as we headed towards the gangplank. Hearing "Electrician's Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor, departing" announced over the 1MC was surreal.

Later that night Bud sat in his recliner, hands full of ship's coins and declared, "I don't care what you do with my power tools; you better promise you'll bury me with these."

He died 13 days later. For 12 of those 13 days he talked about the Dewey, her Sailors and his visit to San Diego. Everyone who came to the house had to hear the story, see the photos, hold the coins, read the plaques.

True to his word, GMC Eisman arranged the details for a full honors burial. The ceremony was simple yet magnificent. And a perfect sendoff for an ornery old guy who never, ever stopped being proud to be a Sailor. After the funeral, the Sailors came back to the house for the reception and spent an hour with the family. This may seem like a small detail, but it's another example of them going above and beyond the call of duty, and it meant more to the family than I can explain.

There are more photos, and I'm sure I missed a detail, or a name. What I didn't miss and will never forget, is how unbelievable the men and women of the USS Dewey were. They opened their ship and their hearts and quite literally made a dream come true for a dying Sailor.

They provided the backdrop for "This is the best day of my life, daughter. I never in my whole life dreamed I'd step foot on the Dewey again or shake the hand of a real life Sailor."

Without question, it's the best example of Semper Fidelis I've ever seen.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:18 AM   #2
Vaginas are rad.
Boone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shedBoone is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Boone's Avatar
Name: Chris
Joined: Jul 2012, #82731
Location: Boone, NC
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Posts: 3,975
Boone's Tacoma Gallery
Speechless.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:24 AM   #3
Senior Member
flatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shedflatblack is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
flatblack's Avatar
Joined: Mar 2013, #100877
Location: CDA
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,379
flatblack's Tacoma Gallery
Thank you for that story
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:32 AM   #4
Senior Member
Nickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shedNickel is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Name: Diego
Joined: Nov 2012, #91659
Location: Rio Rancho New Mexico
Gender: Male
Posts: 447
Nickel's Tacoma Gallery
Awesome!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:37 AM   #5
`
rick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shedrick is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
rick's Avatar
Joined: Mar 2007, #993
Location: clearwater, fla
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,474
rick's Tacoma Gallery
absolutely incredible RIP Bud Cloud, may you never be forgotten
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:37 AM   #6
Senior Member
LeftyTom has a spectacular aura aboutLeftyTom has a spectacular aura about
Joined: Feb 2011, #50936
Location: Yadkinville NC
Gender: Male
Posts: 119
LeftyTom's Tacoma Gallery
That does bring a tear to my eye.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:41 AM   #7
Senior Member
virginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shedvirginiamarine is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Marines: Retired SNCO
Joined: May 2013, #104557
Location: Northern Virginia
Gender: Male
Posts: 175
virginiamarine's Tacoma Gallery
Huge throat lump! Fair winds and following seas bud....rip!

This is a reminder to ensure we always acknowledge our veterans and to make certain that all veterans have the right to a military burial having served honorably.

Having done dozens of military funerals in the SE PA and NJ region (even a couple Air Force and Army)....it was always an honor to ensure that our veterans were saluted one final time. It never mattered if they only served a few years.....they're service was always acknowledged. Something many of the families were always astonished by since most never spoke of their service, so seeing a platoon of Marines showing up to carry the casket, fold the flag, shoot 3 volleys, and present the flag....really leaves an impression of respect and grattitude that can't be bought.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:44 AM   #8
IAFF Local 34 Professional FireFighters
RearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shedRearViewMirror is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
RearViewMirror's Avatar
Firefighter:
Name: Craig Christ
Joined: Apr 2013, #102010
Location: Poles Apart
Gender: Guy
Posts: 9,837
RearViewMirror's Tacoma Gallery
Amazing Story!

Rest in Peace Electrician's Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor.

May you and the many men and women that serve never be forgotten.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:46 AM   #9
Slow as shit. Cute as Hell.
Steves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shedSteves104x4 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Steves104x4's Avatar
Name: Steve
Joined: Apr 2010, #35468
Location: Buffalo NY
Age: 5
Gender: Male
Posts: 5,149
Steves104x4's Tacoma Gallery
You are all Heroes. God Bless.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 05:48 AM   #10
Pasti-Dip Free Since 1983
Pugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shedPugga is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Pugga's Avatar
Name: Mike
Joined: Jun 2010, #39131
Location: Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Posts: 27,310
Pugga's Tacoma Gallery
Awesome story, Jim. Thanks for posting it up
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 06:05 AM   #12
Junior Member
Lray is a name known to allLray is a name known to allLray is a name known to allLray is a name known to allLray is a name known to allLray is a name known to all
Air Force:
Joined: Jul 2013, #108877
Location: deep south
Gender: Male
Posts: 24
Lray's Tacoma Gallery
somebody needs to forward this to Gov. Mike Huckabee's radio show. There is a lot controversy with religion being taken out of the military. Some people are getting a bad taste in their mouths. I'm not railing against that, but there are still people who are doing right. It would be nice to blast this across the country.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 06:12 AM   #13
Member
puppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shedpuppytruk is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
puppytruk's Avatar
Marines:
Name: al
Joined: Dec 2010, #47820
Location: southern oh
Gender: Male
Posts: 79
puppytruk's Tacoma Gallery
Thank God for men like Bud !
and all who serve, especially under fire. May your sacrifices never be forgotten by us, the forever indebted. God bless you all !
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 06:26 AM   #14
Senior Member
TacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shedTacoDaTugBoat is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
TacoDaTugBoat's Avatar
Joined: Mar 2009, #15090
Location: Goshen, Ct
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,085
TacoDaTugBoat's Tacoma Gallery
Thank You!
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 06:44 AM   #15
Member
tgrizzle73 is a jewel in the roughtgrizzle73 is a jewel in the roughtgrizzle73 is a jewel in the roughtgrizzle73 is a jewel in the rough
 
tgrizzle73's Avatar
Name: tim
Joined: Nov 2013, #116326
Location: Lewisville, Texas
Gender: Male
Posts: 52
tgrizzle73's Tacoma Gallery
Um... my eyes are sweating. Is it hot in hear? Great story. Thanks for sharing that.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 06:50 AM   #16
Senior Member
belone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shedbelone12 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
belone12's Avatar
Name: Brian
Joined: Sep 2012, #86222
Location: Long Island, NY
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Posts: 313
belone12's Tacoma Gallery
That was awesome. I am really glad I read that despite the swelling in my throat.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 06:54 AM   #17
Senior Member
Pyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shedPyrite Mica is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
Pyrite Mica's Avatar
Name: Steve
Joined: Aug 2012, #84527
Location: WA
Gender: Male
Posts: 154
Pyrite Mica's Tacoma Gallery
Did not expect to wake up and read this in the morning!
As others have said 'brings tears to the eyes'. Great story and tribute!
Thank you.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 07:15 AM   #19
BELT FED 2OZ. PULL
river rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shedriver rat 69 is one of the sharper tools in the shed
 
river rat 69's Avatar
Navy: River Boats,Mike's & PBR'S Viet-Nam 68&69
Name: Jim
Joined: Dec 2010, #47249
Location: Orlando, Fla., Green side of the grass
Gender: Dude
Posts: 15,056
river rat 69's Tacoma Gallery
When I found this on one of my Vet sites. I knew I had to share this on every site Im on. I know the Marines will not mind, So every time I read this I say Oorah for them & Hooyah for all my Navy brothers. I Salute you Mr. Bud & those like you, Dam few....Jim
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2013, 07:19 AM   #20
Banned
acdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shedacdronin is one of the sharper tools in the shed
Joined: Dec 2010, #47036
Gender: Male
Posts: 19,706
acdronin's Tacoma Gallery
Man Jim, beautiful story, brought tears to my eyes.
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Copyright © 2014 Tacoma Forum. Tacoma World is not owned by, or affiliated with Toyota Motor Corporation.