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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.
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
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.
posted on 07/29/2007 6:58:49 AM PDT
"Don't give up. Don't ever
posted on 07/29/2007 7:01:48 AM PDT
(No! BAD Rich!)
To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
posted on 07/29/2007 7:02:01 AM PDT
by Joe Brower
(Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
God Love You Walter! You’re awesome!
posted on 07/29/2007 7:09:56 AM PDT
How sweet! Kudos to you, Mr. Hart!
posted on 07/29/2007 7:34:19 AM PDT
(Tagline free since 10/20/06)
Wow, look at those OLD Merit Badges!
Great job, Walter, and thank you for serving!
posted on 07/29/2007 7:45:24 AM PDT
("Go ahead and water the lawn - my give-a-damn's busted.")
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.”
posted on 07/29/2007 8:12:20 AM PDT
posted on 07/29/2007 8:42:39 AM PDT
(A Gun A Day Keeps The Government Away)
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.
posted on 07/29/2007 8:46:19 AM PDT
Okay! All Cubbies! Front And Center! Cub Scout Salute!
posted on 07/29/2007 8:47:00 AM PDT
(A Gun A Day Keeps The Government Away)
To: SandRat; indcons
one for the list
BTW that is not his old scout uniform that is a modern uniform with a vintage sash.
posted on 07/29/2007 8:57:40 AM PDT
(Proud parent of a Star scout.)
I noticed that and the fact that it is stil one size too small.
posted on 07/29/2007 9:06:14 AM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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.
posted on 07/29/2007 9:57:53 AM PDT
(Soon to be Fredbacker1)
posted on 07/29/2007 10:37:58 AM PDT
(Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
To: Old Sarge; SandRat
posted on 07/29/2007 7:38:47 PM PDT
(This country is not free by the pen but by the back,brains and bullets of a soldier. ~advertsng guy)
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!
posted on 07/29/2007 7:44:29 PM PDT
by Old Sarge
(This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
One of my biggest regrets is that I was never a boy scout.
posted on 07/29/2007 7:48:12 PM PDT
by Grizzled Bear
("Does not play well with others.")
Congratulations, Walter Hart, on receiving your Eagle Scout award.
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.~)
posted on 07/30/2007 5:05:50 AM PDT
by Greg F
posted on 07/30/2007 5:12:23 AM PDT
by Fresh Wind
(Without the fence, deporting illegals is like shoveling water.)
To: Old Sarge
Yeah, I seen that this morning on the local news up here.
posted on 07/31/2007 7:33:35 AM PDT
(The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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.
posted on 08/14/2007 6:21:51 AM PDT
(Support Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
Among us old Scouts, popping shirt buttons is like a fine patina on an antique.
posted on 08/14/2007 6:24:30 AM PDT
(K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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