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WWII Veteran Gets Surprise Honor At His Home

By Eric Scheiner | August 24, 2016 | 12:53pm EDT

KTLA reports a World War II veteran had one of the best days of his life after being honored by chief selects in front of his California home recently.

Veteran Ernest Thompson, was aboard the USS Tennessee when Pearl Harbor was attacked and later witnessed Japan surrender while he was serving on the USS Missouri, according to a release from the Battleship Iowa Museum.

Thompson regularly visited the USS Iowa, which is the sister-ship to the USS Missouri and located approximately 15 minutes from the veteran's house.

Due to health reasons, however, Thompson -- now in his 90s -- has been unable to visit the ship.

With the help of volunteer coordinators, the chief selects from the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center brought some Navy heritage to him, visiting Thompson's home earlier this month and singing "Anchors Aweigh" in the middle of his residential street.

While the singing went on, Thompson stood and saluted.

After the singing concluded, the chief selects walked one-by-one up to Thompson on the veteran's porch to shake his hand.

h/t KTLA

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