Ernest Thompson served on the USS Missouri during World War II. It was there that he witnessed the surrender of the Japanese.
Now, in his 90s, Thompson enjoys visiting the USS Missouri's sister ship, the USS Iowa. Unfortunately, due to his health, the Los Angeles-area veteran has been unable to visit the memorial, which is 15 minutes from his house. Due to a recent fall, Thompson has been unable to stand or walk, reports KTLA.
When word about Thompson's condition got out, volunteer coordinators at The Pacific Battleship Center knew they had to do something special.
In a video (below), which was captured by volunteer coordinator Susan Schmidt, Chief Selects from the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center surprised Thompson by marching down his street and singing the Navy's march song, "Anchors Aweigh," for the WWII vet, reports Independent Journal Review.
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In an incredible and touching moment, Thompson manages to stand up to salute the Chief Selects.
According to Thompson's grandson, Jonathan Williams, the veteran said that it was "one of the best days of his life."