USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Whether they were wasting away again in margaritaville or enjoying a cheeseburger in paradise, Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) had something to cheer about as Jimmy Buffett visited the crew aboard the ship and performed a concert, Jan. 28.
The event featured most of Buffett's big hits as well as a debut from the ship's Ripper's band.
Storekeeper Seaman Brett Blakely, who attended the concert, said knowing that someone as famous and busy as Jimmy Buffett cares about the crew and mission proves its importance. He said the performance was one he will never forget.
"It was amazing to see him up close and personal, I never thought I'd get a chance to do anything like this," Blakely said. "Having visitors such as Buffett helps keep people motivated because you get to see that people care about what we do."
Lt. Cmdr. Will Williams, Truman's material maintenance control officer, said the event was exciting for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds and everyone is still buzzing, which proves the affect of Jimmy's impact on the crew. He said he was especially impressed with the amount of effort Buffett put forth to perform.
"I thought it was a good concert and enjoyed it thoroughly. I thought it was nice of him to come down here and spend time with us on his own time and his own dollar. People who've never even heard of him are now Jimmy fans," added Williams.
Cmdr. Ron Parker, the ship's intelligence officer, said although he wasn't very familiar with Buffett's music before his visit, it didn't matter because he put on such a great show.
"I'm a fan now," Parker said. "It was very nice of him to come out here for us. I was very impressed last night because he really seemed like he was enjoying himself up on stage and not like it was a chore for him. He came out here and did this for free. All around this was a great success story, for him and for us."
Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Jacob Murbach, said the concert was great, but hanging out with Jimmy Buffett was pretty amazing as well. He said his persona and attitude just amplified that of someone who cares about Sailors, his music and people in general. He said while Buffett was walking around the ship you wouldn't have known he was a visitor if it hadn't been for the excitement in the air.
"Of course the concert was awesome, but most of all I liked Jimmy himself," Murbach said. "He's a great entertainer and seems like a great guy. He was laid back and kind and seemed like he really wanted to be here. He was good with the Sailors. I don't know if he was in the Navy or not, but he seemed like he was with how comfortable he was with his surroundings."
Parker said beyond the benefit of seeing Buffett perform, Sailors were reminded of the support and importance of the mission at hand.
"I think it shows the Sailors that the people back home are supporting us and they think what we are doing out here is important," he said. "The fact that he would come out here and do that for us speaks volumes."
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