way, and spoke about his service
during an assembly for the Carson
High School NJROTC unit.
Sehe returned from his trip with
a Nevada flag in a display case, a
quilt created in honor of his military
service and a copy of a proclamation naming him a “Spiritual Son of
the State of Nevada,” according to
the Mankato Free-Press.
“Believe me, my recent visit to
Carson City has been one helluva
rich, rewarding, challenging and enlightening experience for this former
shipmate of the USS Nevada,” Sehe
wrote in a “thank you” commentary
Nov. 10 in the Nevada Appeal.
“I do appreciate the courtesy given
to me to visit your great state of
Nevada. I am obliged especially to
thank those individuals, and the
Navy League, who, with their generous support of financial aid and time,
provided me with this opportunity.”
Pearl Harbor Survivors,
Presents Youth Awards
The Aurora, Ill., Council and the
Rotary Club of Aurora honored
local Pearl Harbor survivors and
outstanding area high school students during a Dec. 7 combined
event at Gaslight Manor in Aurora.
The 46th Annual Pearl Harbor Day
Memorial Luncheon was held in
conjunction with the 29th Annual
Ted Brattin Civic Youth Awards.
Guest speaker for the event was
retired Rear Adm. Jack Mumaw,
the former commander of Naval
Region Midwest. Aurora Mayor
Tom Weisner led the Pledge of
Allegiance and colors were presented by the Aurora Division of
the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Council President Richard Todas
introduced the lone Pearl Harbor
survivor who attended the event,
Everitt Schlegel, who was serving
at Schofield Barracks at the time of
Survivors John Terrell, who
served aboard USS Perry, and Joe
Triolo, who served aboard USS
Tangier, also were recognized but did
not attend, and Jack O’Flaherty,
who served with the Marine Corps’
4th Defense Battalion at Pearl Harbor, was recognized posthumously.
O’Flaherty, who had attended previous Pearl Harbor survivor events in
Aurora, passed away in 2015.
Rotary Club President Lane
Allen presented the Brattin Awards
to 10 members of Sea Cadet and
Navy Junior Reserve Officers
Training Corps units supported by
the council. The recipients were:
Xiomara Cardona, Loryn Cole,
Courtney Kramer, Pal Shah, Quinn
Turcich, Meliton Chaidez, Nathan
Hartley, Matthew Schumaker,
Lauryn Streid and Christian Urrea.
The Brattin Awards are named for
Ted Brattin a Marine Corps veteran
who was a founding member of the
The Navy League’s Oakland Council
honored three USS Abraham Lincoln
crew members as Sailors of the Year
during a Dec. 14 ceremony aboard
the aircraft carrier. The awards were
presented by Command Master
Chief Lee Salas, who also honored
the ship’s Sailors of the Quarter dur-
ing the ceremony.
Senior Sailor of the Year was
Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Timothy
Vichaivattana, Sailor of the Year was
Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Starri
Bass and Bluejacket of the Year was
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class
Patrick also was presented with
a Bluejacket of the Fourth Quarter
award. The Senior Sailor of the
Quarter honor went to Aviation
Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st
Class Heidi Morgan and Hospital
Corpsman 2nd Class Gerald
Hollenzer was given the Sailor of
the Quarter award.
The Oakland, Calif., Council has
sponsored the carrier since it was
commissioned in 1989, according to
Council President Greg Brazil.
Lincoln currently is undergoing a
Refueling and Complex Overhaul at
Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding, Va.
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From the left, USS Abraham Lincoln Senior Sailor of the Year Machinist’s Mate
1st Class Timothy Vichaivattana stands with Command Master Chief Lee
Salas, Sailor of the Year Ship’s Serviceman 2nd Class Starri Bass and
Bluejacket of the Year Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sheldon Patrick after
Salas presented their awards Dec. 14.