KENNEWICK, Wash. - A pair of World War II veterans visited with The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday in Kennewick. They shared stories and memories of their service as well as a few laughs with the men and women who currently guard our coasts.
Don Worden and his friend Wayne Van Gorder both served in the second world war. Tuesday they shared their stories and experiences with active members of the coast guard in Kennewick.
"It's always great to hear stories from the old wars. Just kind of gives you more pride and remembrance of an older time," said Nicholas Michaels with The U.S. Coast Guard.
Nicholas Michaels was honored to get pinned with his new rank Tuesday but it was even sweeter that his new veteran friends took part in the ceremony.
"The whole core values of the whole Coast Guard, it hasn't changed. It's still the same, everybody still puts on the same uniform and has the same goal same everything," Michaels said.
Van Gorder says he was happy to share his stories with the younger service members but was pleasantly surprised when they shared something with him.
"I went to the Coast Guard and wound up going aboard the Winebago," said World War II veteran, Wayne Van Gorder.
One of the guys looked up the Winebago on his smart phone and showed Van Gorder a picture of his ship that he had not seen for a while.