TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -On the age of 102, Captain Gerald Peddicord handed away on October third of this 12 months, and on Saturday morning he was laid to relaxation in his hometown of Wamego.
Throughout his life, he devoted his life to serving his nation, becoming a member of the U.S Navy, and combating in considered one of America’s greatest wars.
“He was born and raised on a farm throughout the Nice Despair, the Mud Bowl Period and he stated the day after he turned 18 he was eligible to affix on his personal with out his guardian’s permission and that’s what he did and he stated he wished to be close to water and that the mud was an excessive amount of and so he obtained close to water and by no means seemed again and spent 33 years within the Navy,” stated his son, Craig Peddicord.
Whereas studying about his dad’s bravery and dedication, Gerald’s son, Craig enlisted within the Military.
“However my dad was very supportive of me, he goes I don’t care what department of service you be a part of, simply serve your nation and I used to be within the Military for twenty-four years so, between the 2 of us, we had 57 years of lively obligation,” he stated.
Craig displays on his father’s accomplishments he admired.
“In his time within the Navy, I feel the time that impressed me essentially the most was his provider landings, he had 140 of them, and touchdown a aircraft on the plane provider could be very harmful and the truth that he did 140 occasions was unbelievable to me,” stated Peddicord.
“His time in Texas he was the commanding officer within the naval station there and that naval station is accountable for the entire Navy jet coaching so he commanded that and that’s when he retired from the Navy,” he stated.
After his father was a fighter pilot and fight veteran in World Battle II and Korea, Craig calls his father a legend.
“He was at all times a hero to me, I may look as much as him, he supplied an instance for me so rising up he was very a lot a disciplinary father and so it was laborious to please him however I strived in all my life to please him and I hope he’s resting in peace and is saying “Son you might be doing what I requested you to do” so very honored, very proud to be his son,”.
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