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Dying Wish Comes True For Pearl Harbor Survivor

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  Original Published: 11/28/2013A dying wish came true for a Pearl Harbor survivor. He got to tour a Navy ship and share stories with the current generation of service members. Erica Fox has the story. Ninety-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor Bud Cloud had just one request. "It was his dying wish," says Jennie Haskamp, who organized his special day. See the Navy one last time, see the ship with the same name as the one he served on in Pearl Harbor. "It was one of the few ships that got out of Pearl so that's why he was so close to the Dewey," says his wife, Anita Cloud. His beloved friend, Jenni Haskamp, organized the day. She told him in the hospital. "Bud yells from his bed I want discharge papers I want to be on hospice I'm going to see the Navy before I die," says Haskamp. Alomg with his wife, Anita, they arrived at Naval base San Diego. "We thought were were just going to come by take pictures of the ship and drive on by we didn't think anything like this was going to happen," says Anita Cloud. "There was about 40 or 50 sailors there just waiting to say hi just to say thank you," said one Navy crew member. "They carried him up all the stairs in his wheelchair and they honored him with hats medals the captain gave him special medal. They went up to him one by one and shook his hand," says Anita Cloud. "And he just started to cry he pretty much cried the entire time he was on the ship," says Haskamp. "Just hearing his stories and hearing that connection from our past to where we r now it was a great thing for not only myself but as well as the crew," says Dion Eisma, Gunner's Mate Chief Petty Officer. "At the end of his visit, they did something really special for Bud. It's called "piping someone ashore. They blow a pipe and the person of honor walks across the ramp that you see right there and they did that for Bud," says KSWB reporter Erica Fox. "He was on hospice at the time and he said I'm ready to go I could die happy now," says Anita Cloud. Bud Cloud died 13 days later at pease and feeling whole. "They fulfilled something that he needed and I hope he helped fulfill something for them," says Anita Cloud. Those who were there say they'll never be the same.
   
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