Terminally Ill Man’s Dream Fulfilled with Return to Pearl Harbor

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 10.06.58 AMA decorated Navy veteran is getting his dream fulfilled with a trip to Pearl Harbor.

Milwaukee resident Charles Rushing was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. His dying wish was to return to Pearl Harbor to relive memories while he was stationed there in the 1970s. That wish was granted thanks to the Dream Foundation, who made him a VIP at Friday’s Medal of Honor dedication ceremony.

“I’m glad I’m back,” Rushing said, “especially being from Wisconsin, where they’re freezing. … I’m very thankful I got this opportunity to come back.”

Rushing volunteered for serve in the U.S. Navy when he was 17. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor where he guarded aircraft carriers, until he was called upon to assist the downed Apollo 11 space capsule. He went on to serve on the USS Carpenter, then served in special ops before deploying to Vietnam. (Read more…)