To honor and recognize Veterans Day, here is a piece I wrote about my Uncle Jimmy when I was in college for his service in the Navy. Enjoy!
Jimmy Edmunds, Navy Veteran, shared his experience of being in the Navy. He was 23 when he served first-class USS Pinkey in the Navy which dated from October 1943-1946 in South West Pacific. He was in 5 of the invasions. The first invasion was on the Philippians Island, where he got attacked by a submarine and heard sirens going off when a gas tank dropped in the water. He went into the National Guard for eighteen years after the Navy.
The Japanese suicide was another invasion he faced when serving in the Navy. He went into Tokyo, and the Japanese had surrendered when the bomb dropped that killed several troops. “I didn’t know what to do at the time,” said Edmunds. It was a scary time for him and the other Navy troops. Japanese suicide showed the Japanese surrendering to the United States.
Edmunds went into the National Guard after the Navy and built float bridges. He earned a riflemen badge for his shooting qualifications at boot camp. He became a part of the Cattlemen Association and took part in the Final Phases of the Renovation Project of Don Field, where he was a public maintenance supervisor for sixteen years. The National Guard and being a part of the Cattlemen Association taught him how to develop relationships with others.
The experience of being in the Navy taught him how to face invasions that would impact the world. He served in the National Guard after the Navy and became a part of the Cattlemen Association. Edmunds earned several badges for his service in the National Guard. The riflemen identification showed his excellent shooting qualifications. He will never forget being in the Navy and experiencing significant invasions.