“I’m so completely in love with the military, so [I thought] I’m gonna go there,” she said. “I was 21 and I arrived in Japan in February of ’47; the occupation was only a year and-a-half old.”
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“The port had been looking for a way to remove the dry dock from the harbor and in 2009, Congress appropriated $3 million to assist with preparations to scrap the dry dock,” said Capt. Mark Matthews, supervisor of salvage and diving. “As the Navy’s salvage expert, the Secretary of Defense tasked us to assist with the planning and removal.”
When someone finds a UXO, Barbour said the most important things to keep in mind are to not touch them and to call emergency responders, such as the fire department or security forces, immediately so EOD and the proper authorities can get to the scene as quickly as possible. Other items to keep in mind are to provide a 50-foot cordon around the area, don’t use cell phones until at least 50 feet away, and take note of the size, color or any distinguishing factors with the object.
When she was considering carrying on the tradition of military service, Draper’s grandfather didn’t coax her at all. But when she told him she had decided to join, she could see how proud he was of her.
“He gave me his full support, calling me ‘my Soldier,’” she said.
“I miss her, and I worry about her,” Draper Sr. said. “But America needs its defenders, and I support Chelsea.”