04 Feb 2014
- By Raquel C. Bagnol - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
A 90-YEAR-OLD World War II veteran who returned for the first time to Saipan after 71 years was given a medallion, certificate and commemorative flag at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center yesterday.
|American Memorial Park Chief Ranger Jason Beatty presented Lloyd Glick with a flag that was flown on June 15, 2004 during the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan.
CNMI Military and Veterans Affairs Office Director Vicente Camacho presented a medallion to Glick on behalf of the 60th Commemoration Committee and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 3457, Saipan
Walt F.J. Goodridge, founder of WeLoveSaipan.com, DiscoverSaipan.com and NewSaipan.com, presented a surprise gift to Glick after telling the audience how he and the veteran had met and corresponded through email since October.
Goodridge said he had been asking Glick lots of questions and compiling all the information he got from their email conversations which he turned into a biography of the veteran.
He described Glick as a bugle boy scout, an enlistee, a musician second class, a battleship sailor and now a returning war veteran.
Goodridge presented Glick with a copy of “Bugle Boy to Battleship: A Battle of Saipan Veteran’s Memoirs…as told to Walt Goodridge,” the first chapter of which can be found at http://www.bestofsaipan.com/bugleboy/.
Glick said he had no idea he would be given a medallion and a certificate.
He told reporters that his return to the island was a “bit overwhelming.”
“It takes a few moments to get used to it, but by the end of the day I will come to terms with it,” he said.
His wife Judy said from the cruise ship, Crystal Serenity, she saw Saipan’s beautiful beaches and lush green beautiful areas. On island, she said the people they had met were very friendly.
Glick was on the USS North Carolina which saw action in the Saipan, Guam, Palau and Pohnpei.