Military Profile - Don Delbert McCravy
In what branch of the military did you or do you serve?
What is/was your rank?
What led you to join the military?
It was the height of the Vietnam conflict and I wanted to do my part. My younger brother was already in the Navy, my father had been in the Navy, and I had an uncle who retired as a Captain (O-6) from the Navy and was a World War II hero.
What is the most valuable lesson you've gained from your military service?
A greater appreciation for the freedoms that so many of my comrades have fought and died for. I stand a little taller and straighter when the flag passes and when the National Anthem is played.
What are some medals, commendations, citations or other military honors you are proud of having earned?
Two Navy Achievement Medals while on active duty, an honorable discharge from active duty, several letters of commendation from commanding officers. I kept the family Naval tradition alive for my generation when I joined the Navy, at a time when going into the service was not a popular thing to do.
What would be your advice to someone considering or planning a career in the military?
Yes, I would (recommend military service). It's a great place to find out what the real world is like.
What are your hobbies and interests?
Spending quiet time with my wife, working in my yard, spending “quality” time with my puppies, the occasional golf game, playing bridge, writing poetry.
Who are your immediate family members?
My wife, Audrey Young, a retired school teacher; puppies Snicker, a 6-year-old Goldendoodle, and Sunny, a 4-year-old bichon-poodle mix; two older brothers, an older sister and a younger brother.