USS Kidd Sailors Reach Out to Pattaya Community

Story Number: NNS090413-05Release Date: 4/13/2009 1:36:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Omar A. Dominquez

PATTAYA, Thailand (NNS) -- Sailors from the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) participated in a community service project at Banglamung Home for Boys orphanage during a port visit to Pattaya, Thailand, April 10.

Kidd Sailors cut down shrubs, performed landscaping and played soccer, Frisbee, and skateboarded with the children from the orphanage.

"It was enjoyable to play with the children from the orphanage, and I liked how their faces lit up when we started playing with them," said Seaman Eric Arroyo, a native of Las Cruces, N.M. "We had to do some yard work, but the smiles on the kids' faces were priceless."

Lt. Derrick Horne, a chaplain and native of Tulsa, Okla., led the group of nine Sailors who provided 18 man-hours of public service as well as gifts for the children.

"We brought the kids Frisbees, soccer balls and a couple other playful items that the children really enjoyed," said Horne. "It always good to serve other people and show them that the United States Navy is here to help."

Many Sailors in the group enjoyed getting the chance to lend a hand to the Pattaya community.

"I like donating my time for these projects, because it lets me experience the culture and the people," said Arroyo. "At first it was kind of hard to communicate with them, but in the end we got our point across."

Chamaipian Metasuth, orphanage superintendent, offered Sailors mangoes to show her appreciation.

"I just want to thank the Sailors for all of their hard work and effort," said Metasuth. "The kids really enjoyed having the Sailors visit. I could tell by the smile on their faces. They are happy."

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The Arleigh Burk-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) steams behind the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
October 24, 2008
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