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At 88, Florida man is finally an Eagle Scout
The Seattle Times ^ | Sunday, July 29, 2007 | Associated Press

Posted on 07/29/2007 6:58:47 AM PDT by indcons

FORT MYERS, Fla.: Decades after he finished the requirements to earn the rank, an 88-year-old man was honored as an Eagle Scout on Saturday, making him possibly the oldest person to ever collect the honor.

Walter Hart couldn't become an Eagle Scout at the time he earned the rank because his service in World War II got in the way.

"I've been looking forward to this for a long time," said Hart, who lives in a retirement center in nearby Lehigh Acres.

Scout officials say he may be the oldest person to earn the honor.

Hart joined the Cub Scouts in 1928 in Malden, Mass., and earned 23 merit badges during his years as a Boy Scout, scouting officials said. Of the 120 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout rank.

It all got set aside when he joined the Navy during World War II and served two years aboard the USS Alfred A. Cunningham.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: boyscouts; bsa; eaglebadge; eaglescout; elderly; florida
Walter Hart, in his old Scout uniform, made Eagle Scout recently. "I've been looking forward to this for a long time," he said.


1 posted on 07/29/2007 6:58:49 AM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons
"Don't give up. Don't ever give up."

--Jimmy Valvano

2 posted on 07/29/2007 7:01:48 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Florida Freeper


3 posted on 07/29/2007 7:02:01 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: indcons

God Love You Walter! You’re awesome!


4 posted on 07/29/2007 7:09:56 AM PDT by cblue55
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To: indcons

How sweet! Kudos to you, Mr. Hart!


5 posted on 07/29/2007 7:34:19 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: indcons

Wow, look at those OLD Merit Badges!

Great job, Walter, and thank you for serving!


6 posted on 07/29/2007 7:45:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Go ahead and water the lawn - my give-a-damn's busted.")
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To: indcons; Joe Brower

Excellent post!! And thx for the ping Joe.

Scoutmaster: “Those biscuits look like charcoal, son.”

Scout: “That’s the way I like ‘em, sir.”


7 posted on 07/29/2007 8:12:20 AM PDT by shove_it (nonilligitimus carborundum)
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To: indcons

bump


8 posted on 07/29/2007 8:42:39 AM PDT by lowbridge (A Gun A Day Keeps The Government Away)
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To: indcons

Good for him!

May God bless all the Scouts. I recently had a bit of car trouble. Guess who stopped to see if he could help? An Eagle Scout of course.


9 posted on 07/29/2007 8:46:19 AM PDT by kenth
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To: indcons
Okay! All Cubbies! Front And Center! Cub Scout Salute!


10 posted on 07/29/2007 8:47:00 AM PDT by lowbridge (A Gun A Day Keeps The Government Away)
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To: SandRat; indcons

one for the list

BTW that is not his old scout uniform that is a modern uniform with a vintage sash.


11 posted on 07/29/2007 8:57:40 AM PDT by scottteng (Proud parent of a Star scout.)
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To: scottteng

I noticed that and the fact that it is stil one size too small.


12 posted on 07/29/2007 9:06:14 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: indcons
Doing his best to do his duty to God and his country.

Scout Oath (or Promise)

On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

13 posted on 07/29/2007 9:57:53 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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To: SandRat

:)


14 posted on 07/29/2007 10:37:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Old Sarge; SandRat

Ping.


15 posted on 07/29/2007 7:38:47 PM PDT by StarCMC (This country is not free by the pen but by the back,brains and bullets of a soldier. ~advertsng guy)
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To: StarCMC; Skyraider; WakeUpAndVote

Thanks, Star, and pining a few Scouters on our end!

Look at the old badges! Even OURS aren’t that old!


16 posted on 07/29/2007 7:44:29 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: indcons

One of my biggest regrets is that I was never a boy scout.


17 posted on 07/29/2007 7:48:12 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: indcons
Congratulations, Walter Hart, on receiving your Eagle Scout award.


18 posted on 07/29/2007 9:53:54 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: indcons

Good for you Walter.


19 posted on 07/30/2007 5:05:50 AM PDT by Greg F (<><)
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To: indcons

20 posted on 07/30/2007 5:12:23 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Without the fence, deporting illegals is like shoveling water.)
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To: Old Sarge

Yeah, I seen that this morning on the local news up here.


21 posted on 07/30/2007 8:54:39 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Got Towel?)
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To: indcons
Most excellent Mr. Hart!

Norman Rockwell was one of Scouting's most avid supporters. His Scouting posters are wonderful.


22 posted on 07/31/2007 7:33:35 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: kenth

I just came across this story of the 88 year old Eagle Scout and saw your post. [May God bless all the Scouts. I recently had a bit of car trouble. Guess who stopped to see if he could help? An Eagle Scout of course.]

I have to tell you about my son, a Tenderfoot Scout. Last week, my kids and a neighbor managed to corner a runaway dog in our backyard. A few hours later, as he was outside waiting to get picked up by another Scout family for a Troop meeting (I was out of town) the dog’s owner drove by yelling the dogs name. In uniform, my Boy Scout walks up and tells her that he has rescued her lost dog and has it in the yard.

Pretty cool.


23 posted on 08/14/2007 6:21:51 AM PDT by cyclotic (Support Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: SandRat

Among us old Scouts, popping shirt buttons is like a fine patina on an antique.


24 posted on 08/14/2007 6:24:30 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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