At Home Care Assistance, our mission is to change the way the world ages by enriching the lives of seniors, celebrating successful aging and promoting independence for older adults. Last September we honored our mission by partnering up with Wish of a Lifetime, a non-profit organization with a similar passion of fostering appreciation for seniors, to launch our Wish Possible campaign and sponsor one wish for a very deserving senior.
We are excited to share that on Tuesday, March 17th, Robert ‘Bob’ Mountz’s wish came true when he stepped aboard the USS Midway for the first time in sixty years. The Korean War Veteran and former Hospital Corpsman served on the Midway in 1952 until his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1954. The 85-year old often reminisces of the time he spent aboard and even keeps a self-made model of the USS Midway on a shelf in his home. He was thrilled at the opportunity to revisit the Midway, saying that he felt he had “died and gone to heaven”.
Along with his two daughters and childhood friend, Mountz traveled from Indiana to San Diego, California, where the group was greeted by military officers, a personal guide and staff from Home Care Assistance’s San Diego office. They were then given a private tour of the USS Midway Museum. He was eager to see both his old desk and the sick bay where he had spent most of his time. Afterwards, Mountz enjoyed watching a movie about the ship’s history and eating a nice lunch at the onboard café.
Mountz currently has stage four lung cancer, which made his visit to the USS Midway even more sentimental to him. His daughters knew how much the time he served on the Midway meant to their father, and when they stumbled upon the Wish Possible campaign, they knew it was their chance to see his final wish come true. Despite tremendous personal obstacles, Bob continues to keep up his positive attitude and said he had a “superb day”. He noted that he was especially touched when he was saluted as they descended the ramp at the end of their visit.
If you would like to see more of Bob’s trip, please enjoy the following news coverage of his special day on the USS Midway:
San Diego 6 CW: Veteran Fighting Terminal Illness Back on the USS Midway
Union-Tribune San Diego: USS Midway fulfills dying vet’s wish
We were honored to play a part in making Bob’s wish come true. His experience aboard the USS Midway, surrounded by loved ones, is a memory he will cherish forever and one that has touched our hearts.