My name is Walter T. and I’m 99 Years Old.


What made you enjoy your youth so much?

When I was only 30 years old, I was drafted into the United States Navy and sent to Chicago, Illinois United Service Organization and the Great Lakes Center for training. Sadly, my Dad passed while I was in training. After training, I took my first ship ride into the Pacific Ocean and was on a fast track for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Sounds like you worked hard. What made you feel the proudest?

While assigned to Pearl Harbor, I worked in a hanger performing plane maintenance. During the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, December 7, 1941, the Naval Base experienced a bombing that caused me numerous stitches from mid-thigh to the bottom of my shin from shrapnel. I needed a knee replacement and part of the shin bone reconstructed. During the time of the attack, I had a 9mm weapon and had the opportunity to take down two enemies on the boat.


“After the attacks, the President himself, Franklin D. Roosevelt met the troops and commended us for our heroic bravery and I experienced the honor of shaking his hand”

So now you’re able to feel a sense of community again!

My recovery took around six months and it was a tough time in my life. I was then sent back to training and continued on to finish my seven years in the Navy as an airplane mechanic. Retiring from the United States Navy with an Honorable Discharge. Once I came home, I worked in a machine metal shop for almost ten years and was given a gold watch for my retirement. I’m now here at MediLodge of Richmond enjoying my 99 years with care from my family and this staff.

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