Navy Veteran reflects on diary he kept during World War II

The one thing Bob Jarvis, 93, of Cameron Park was told not to do during his time serving in the Navy in World War II, he did.

The one thing Bob Jarvis, 93, of Cameron Park was told not to do during his time serving in the Navy in World War II, he did.

"The Germans could attack us any time," said Jarvis. "[The admiral said don't] write a diary. And that was the day I started my diary. And I wrote a diary my whole time in the war."

The writing is now too small for Jarvis to read himself, but many of the stories...he remembers. 

"I was scare a few times. We were in the Philippines invasion," said Jarvis. "A Japanese plane flew over, right over our deck." 

Jarvis said his job unhooking airplanes is now done automatically. When the Navy was first looking for volunteers, he was confused on why he was the only one who raised his hand.

"Now that's gotta tell you something," laughed Jarvis.               

The reason? Jarvis said he found out 60 years later when he saw an interview with a Navy Admiral on television. When asked what the most dangerous job was...

"'By far, by far, there's nothing close to it...unhooking airplanes,'" was the answer Jarvis heard, to which he was shocked. "I feel very fortunate being alive."

Jarvis said he also feels fortunate receiving a birthday letter from the Secretary of the Navy on his 90th birthday, thanking him for his service. 

"He was a good looking guy!" joked Jarvis, looking at a picture of his 19-year-old self.

What Jarvis feels most lucky for is the love of his life of nearly 70 years and his tight-knit family.

"We're a laughing family," said Jarvis. "I think that's what makes me young."

© 2017 KXTV-TV


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