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90 year old Pearl Harbor survivor Bud Cloud had just one request: he wanted to see the navy one last time and see the ship with the same name as the one he served on in Pearl Harbor

"It was one of the few ships that got out of Pearl. That's why he was so close to the Dewey," Cloud's wife Anita said.

His beloved friend Jennie Haskamp organized the day.

"It was his dying wish," she said. "Bud yells from his bed, ‘I want discharge papers; I want to be on hospice; I'm going to see the navy before I die.'"

Along with his wife Anita, they arrived at naval base San Diego.

"We thought were just going to come by, take pictures of the ship and drive on by. We didn't think anything like this was going to happen," Anita said.

"There were about 40 or 50 sailors there, just waiting to say hi, just waiting to meet him just to say hi, just to say ‘thank you,'" recalled a soldier who witnessed the event.

"They carried him up all the stairs in his wheelchair and they honored him with hats and medals. The captain gave him a special medal. They went up to him one by one and shook his hand," recalled Anita. "And he just started to cry... he pretty much cried the entire time he was on the ship."

"Just hearing his stories and hearing that connection from our past to where we are now, it was a great thing for not only myself but as well as the crew," said Dion Eisman, Gunner's Mate Chief Petty Officer.

And they did that for Bud.

"He was on hospice at the time and he said, ‘I'm ready to go. I could die happy now,'" Anita said. "They fulfilled something that he needed and I hope he helped fulfill something for them."

Bud Cloud died 13 days later, at peace and feeling whole. Those who were there to see Bud say they'll never be the same.

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