Mart resident honored for serving in World War II on the USS Sal - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Mart resident honored for serving in World War II on the USS Salt Lake City

(Source: KXXV) (Source: KXXV)
(Source: KXXV) (Source: KXXV)
MART, TX (KXXV) -

A Central Texas man is influencing residents throughout his community because of his service to his country.

Robert Storey is a 98-year-old World World War II veteran. Storey served in the U.S. Navy between 1939 and 1945. He started his career as a first class seaman. Then, ended up in the ammunition room.

"This lieutenant says hold up your hand. Then, we pledged allegiance to everything. As soon as we got through, he said now you're in the Navy get over here," Storey said.

They're incredible stories of heroes and some died fighting for our country.

"I think we had a good bunch of people back there then," Storey said.

"I learn every time I talk to him something about his career and what he did," Sergeant D.L. Wilson, Texas Department of Public Safety, said. "It kind of gets me emotional a little bit."

Storey served on the USS Salt Lake City, a heavy cruiser, also known as the "Old Swayback."

"I have a very, very high regard for veterans," Rhonwyn Rush, a Mart resident, said. "I don't think people realize what a lot of them sacrificed."

"To me, it's just an honor and a privilege to know him and to know all the things he has done and to listen to his stories," Linda Cannon, another Mart resident, said.

The folks in Mart realize the importance of having veterans from World War II and the importance of learning from history.

"They're community heroes, they really are," Sergeant Wilson said. "We need to keep on remembering the past so we can't let that thing happen again."

The USS Salt Lake City received 11 battle stars for its World War II service.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Thousands attend Barbara Bush's funeral

    Thousands attend Barbara Bush's funeral

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:37 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:37:00 GMT

    The funeral services have been set for former first lady Barbara Bush.   

    More >>

    The funeral services have been set for former first lady Barbara Bush.   

    More >>
  • Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:44:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:35 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:35:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...(AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    More >>

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Guests start arriving for Barbara Bush's funeral

    The Latest: Guests start arriving for Barbara Bush's funeral

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:44:47 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:06 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:06:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly