NEWS | Nov. 30, 2017

World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

By Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Matthew Jones, Commander Navy Region Southwest Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO -- Retired Chief Warrant 2 and World War II veteran, Arthur "Art" Roemmich, celebrated his 100th birthday at a ceremony held at Admiral Baker Clubhouse Nov. 27.

During Roemmich's 22 years in the Navy, he was stationed in five different locations and served on seven different ships, his first being USS Northampton, which played a role during the Battle of Midway, a turning point in the war in the Pacific.

While reflecting on his own service, Roemmich encouraged the young men and women of our country to seek out the experiences the Navy has to offer.

"If you're interested in seeing the world, the Navy is number one," said Roemmich. "You're going to see it. I saw a lot of places I wouldn't have gotten to see otherwise."

Roemmich said his time in the Navy left him with treasured memories of friends made, bonds shared and experiences he couldn't have imagined before he joined.

Commander, Navy Region Southwest Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey presented Roemmich with a letter from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, commending Roemmich for his years of honorable service during such a difficult time in our nation's history.

"I think it's important to recognize everybody that has served our nation," said Lindsey. "Warrant Officer Roemmich comes from a great generation who served during an incredibly challenging time for our country. It's an honor to be here and thank him for a life filled with service."

While Lindsey felt honored to be the one to greet and thank Roemmich, he wasn't the only one moved by their meeting.

"It almost knocked me out," said Roemmich. "I had never shaken hands with an admiral before!"

After several sea stories, a slide show of photos from throughout Roemmich's service and life, as well as warm remarks from friends, the ceremony concluded as Roemmich blew out the candles on his cake as the room filled with cheers.