Recently, our local council of Boy Scouts of America honored veterans as part of their centennial camporee and National Military Appreciation Month.
Ed Harrell, USMC, USS Indianapolis survivor and author of “Out of the Depths,” was brought in from Tennessee by sponsorship from various local military organizations and corporate donations. He spoke to the boys about the USS Indianapolis tragedy, the providence of God that allowed him to survive by treading for 4 1/2 days in the shark-infested Philippine Sea before being rescued. He also spoke of the determination required to survive a tragedy of this magnitude and to never give up.
In my opinion, the Boy Scouts hit a home run with this event and with our current political environment, I am glad we still have an organization whose oath has not changed in 100 years and promises duty to God and country.
Assistant scoutmaster, Troop 430