Naval Recruits March Miles Away From Training Center to Honor WWII Veteran-The Look on His Face Says it All

A respected veteran is honored by his fellow comrades for his acts of service decades later. This encounter has a surprise ending guaranteed to pull tears from your eyes.

Decorated veteran Ernie Thompson gets a surprise he won't forget

Decorated veteran Ernie Thompson gets a surprise he won’t forget

As a decorated veteran of World War II, Ernie Thompson had seen it all. Sadly, he had witnessed one of the most devastating events in history: the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Fellow sailors felt it necessary to remind Ernie he’s just as respected as ever.

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24 recruits had marched all the way to the veteran's front door to serenade him with the Navy's song

24 recruits had marched all the way to the veteran’s front door to serenade him with the Navy’s song

Sitting on the porch of his California home, Ernie gets the surprise of his life. A crowd of servicemen marched down the street and stopped directly in front of his door. The men were chanting the classic Navy song, “Anchors Away.”

Ernest made a point to salute the man in gratitude

Ernest made a point to salute the man in gratitude of their moving gesture

At nearly 100-years-old, Ernie stood up to salute his fellow sailors. Bursting with emotion, the veteran wept with tears of gratitude. Ernie’s grandson, Jonathan Williams, was there to film the entire event.

“He’s always honored to be around members of the military,” Jonathan said.

The recruits had marched all the way from the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Traning Center just to shake Ernie’s hand. All 24 of the men expressed sincere gratitude for the man’s courage and service to his country.

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In his younger years, the elderly man served on the USS Tennessee and the USS Missouri. To this day, Ernie studied the history of the military. His favorite pastime? Visiting the Navy museum.

“He’s one of the many veterans in the country that risked their lives to protect our freedom,” Jonathan states. “We have a duty to thank and take care of them.”

Watch the clip below to view the emotional experience.

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Source: Inside Edition

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