Monday, September 12, 2011

Petty Officer James

My sister's fiancé James is in the United States Navy and he came into town a few days ago because he's on leave for two weeks. James is stationed in San Diego, California, and returned last week from a six-month deployment last week.

We don't see James very often since he live in California, so it's nice that he's in town for a few weeks so that I can get to know him better since he's going to be my brother-in-law. I don't know much about the Navy, so I was asking James all sorts of questions about the Navy, his job on the ship (firefighter), what deployment life is like when they are out on the ship for months on end, only docking for brief periods of time, etc. It was a very interesting and enlightening conversation.

James also told me that he spent some time in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami earlier this spring. He helped pass out food, water, clothing and other supplies to the people that were affected. He said that witnessing the devastation first-hand is very different from seeing the damage on TV. He said he saw people's houses just floating away. I'm proud that my future brother-in-law is doing such a great job representing the United States of America.

We put our flag out yesterday in remembrance of September 11, so I made sure to get a picture of Chandra and James standing in front of it since James is a veteran of our country. I also had to get a picture of the Chandra, James and me because I don't have any pictures of the three of us.


Karen Mortensen said...

What a wonderful guy.

Maren said...

Hey Heather, I came across your blog and saw this post and had to comment. My parents are mission presidents in Sendai, Japan right now...right in the thick of all the devistation. Infact, their missionaries do weekly service days where they go and help clean up and rebuild that part of Japan. If your soon to be brother in law goes back, have him look up my parents!

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