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Stu Hedley, a retired Navy chief petty officer, World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, boards the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and stretches his arms out to greet Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman John Mantanona.
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SAN DIEGO (April 1, 2016) Stu Hedley, a retired Navy chief petty officer, World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, boards the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and stretches his arms out to greet Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman John Mantanona. Hedley came aboard to share his story and celebrate the 123rd chief petty officer birthday. America is an aviation centric amphibious assault ship that supports Marine aviation requirements, from small-scale contingency operations of an expeditionary strike group, to forcible entry missions in major theaters of war. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Scorza)

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