and NASWI Search and Rescue
(SAR), where he is senior SAR medical technician. He has been the
recipient of the Navy and Marine
Corps Medal for heroism, according
to a report from Nancy Tull, an Oak
Harbor Council vice president.
Sgt. Frank Rodriguez Jr., an instructor with the Center for Naval
Aviation Technical Training Unit,
was named Marine of the Year.
Logistics Specialist 1st Class
Rosmond L. Shaw was named Sea
Sailor of the Year. Shaw currently is
deployed with Electronic Attack
Squadron 130 as material control
leading petty officer in support of
EA- 18 Growler aircraft. Her husband, Gabriel, accepted the award
in her absence, according to Tull.
The winners received certificates and honors from a variety of
local businesses that support the
Navy League and Rotary Club.
Help Nevada Honor
Pearl Harbor Survivor
Thanks to a bit of good fortune and
assistance spearheaded by Carson
City, Nev., Navy Leaguers, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor
aboard USS Nevada was able to travel to the state to be saluted for his
service and made an adopted “son
of Nevada” in October.
Charles T. Sehe, 92, from
Mankato, Minn., spent three days
in Nevada, a trip made possible
through the efforts of Darrell Fike,
president of the Navy League’s
Pacific Central Region, his wife Pat
and Nevada Appeal columnist Ken
Beaton, who helped spread the
word of Sehe’s service and raise
funds for the journey.
Sehe was an 18-year-old seaman
2nd class aboard the battleship
Nevada when Pearl Harbor was
attacked, according to a report on
the visit in the Mankato Free-Press.
He served aboard the ship, which
was damaged during the attack but
repaired and put back into service,
for much of the remainder of the
war, taking part in the assaults on
Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa,
Following the war, Sehe earned a
Ph.D. and was a professor of anato-
my and physiology, retiring as a pro-
fessor emeritus at Mankato State
University in 1990. Yet he had never
visited Nevada’s namesake state,
despite it being an item on his
“bucket list,” according to Beaton.
Last year, Nevada officials began
looking for native-born Sailors who
served aboard Nevada during World
War II to help mark the 75th
anniversary of the attack this year,
but all now were deceased, accord-
ing to Beaton, who chronicled
Sehe’s visit in a series of articles.
By coincidence, Sehe had sent a
box of documents and artifacts to
the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Newsletters he had written to promote the legacy of the
USS Nevada were forwarded to the
Fikes with a note commenting:
“This guy is the one you have been
looking for, even though he is not
a Nevadan,” Beaton wrote.
Pearl Harbor survivor Charles T. Sehe and his son-in-law Clarence Ites, at left,
stand with Navy League Pacific Central Region President Darrell Fike and his
wife, Pat, during Sehe’s October visit to Carson City, Nev. Sehe was serving
aboard USS Nevada during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Fikes, Nevada
Appeal columnist Ken Beaton and area residents helped raise the funds to
make Sehe’s visit to the ship’s namesake state possible.