World War II Navy Armed Guard Vets Meet in Richland
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Some of the "Greatest Generation" are in the Tri Cities Tuesday and Wednesday for a special reunion. They're Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine veterans from World War II. More than 60-years ago they were on the high seas around the world protecting and carrying precious cargo that helped win the war against Germany and Japan. Tuesday night about 70 of these veterans and their wives from Washington, Oregon and even California got together to share their experiences from that important time period. "I went around the world twice as it turned out, dropping off munitions and supplies to all these different ports and actually I was on three Liberty ships and a tanker," said veteran Stan Barney from Portland, Oregon. These sailors were trained in everything from small arms to anti-aircraft guns, Morse Code and signal flags. Their reunion in Richland continues Wednesday night with a banquet.