San Diego Craftmaster Speaks to Patrol Craft Sailors Association
By Lt. Linda Hoffman, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – Jeffery Paul, a Chief Quartermaster and Navy Craftmaster from the Coronado-based Assault Craft Unit One, spoke to a group of World War II veterans at the 23rd Annual Patrol Craft Sailors Association Reunion held in Long Beach, California last week.
Paul honored the veterans during his speech, remarking on the important role the World War II Sailors had on our country and Navy, and paying tribute to their service in sacrifice. He also spoke about his current command, and described how the mission of the small craft has changed during his time in service.
“The active duty speaker gains so much from events like these,” said Paul, a third-generation Sailor who has always held a deep respect for veterans. “I believe that the group also benefits by reconnecting with the active Sailors that come to speak with them.”
Paul and his wife attended the reunion banquet, where they viewed photo albums, read logs and memoirs written by veterans and shared sea stories with the veterans.
“Sharing sea stories throughout the weekend and during the banquet dinner was priceless,” Paul said. “The Patrol Craft Association’s motto is ‘too good to be forgotten’, and it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Paul was introduced to the Patrol Craft Sailors Association through the Commander, Naval Surface Force Pacific (CNSP) Speakers Bureau, a program designed to facilitate opportunities for active duty Navy leaders to share their experiences with the local community.
The Patrol Craft Sailors Association is an international naval veteran’s organization dedicated to preserving the history of World War II and Korea-era Patrol Craft and their crews, and of the Cyclone-class Patrol boats of today's Navy. They provide a means of fellowship and communications between veteran and active duty Patrol Craft Sailors through an annual reunion and newsletters. For more information on the Patrol Craft Sailors Association, please visit www.ww2pcsa.org.
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