In the northern neck of the Commonwealth, one proud veteran passes his love of country onto the next generation.
It’s an unassuming house nestled in the northern neck.
A small American flag on the mailbox, doesn’t do justice to the American hero who lives inside.
At 90, Alfred O’Daire Senior is among the youngest living World War II veterans.
“I turned 17 in January and I wanted to get in as soon as I could possibly get in,” said Alfred O’Daire Sr., a navy veteran.
He enlisted in the navy, just months before the war ended in 1945.
Even getting activated again by President Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
“Flying off the coast of Virginia we tracked Russian submarines off the east coast and we fly down 50 feet off the water,” said Alfred O’Daire Sr., a navy veteran.
And when there’s a senior, there’s a junior not far away.
“He said even if you don’t make it a career you need to pay the country back for what you’re gonna get out of it and we grew up knowing we were going to go into the service,” said Alfred O’Daire Jr., a marine veteran.
Alfred O’Daire junior, took a different path enlisting in the Marine Corps.
“They’re surprised I went into the marine corps since he was in the navy but I think that was being a stubborn teenager,” said Alfred O’Daire Jr., a marine veteran.
It’s a bond veterans know well.
In this case, strengthened by blood, too.
“Lotta times in the service I would think what would dad do right now and it got me through without getting in trouble,” said Alfred O’Daire Jr., a marine veteran.
Junior says senior has trouble remembering fine details these days, but when it comes to telling stories about his time in the navy…
“It really amazes me he’s got the recollection that he does,” said Alfred O’Daire Jr., a marine veteran.
“Im just happy I got to serve my time in the navy I wish I could’ve served more time,” said Alfred O’Daire Sr., a navy veteran.