Updated: Nov 19, 2021
The RADM C. W. Parks Battalion leadership are instilling character, pride, and integrity in the Sea Cadets involved in their Region 12 Vehicle Maintenance Advanced Training evolutions.
That hard work was on display this past Veterans Day in Pleasanton, California when one of their Jeeps was featured by Association of the United States Army member Patrick Leary. Leary, a Vietnam veteran and UH-1C pilot, hosted a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Don Crocker, in the parade.
Adorned with insignias and a new paint job, the old 1953 Willys M38A1 Jeep was prepared just in time to pay respect to our veterans who have given so much of themselves to defend our nation.
When first conceptualizing this idea, Lt. j.g. Boyce said of a Jeep they were restoring, “We wanted our cadets to learn every system of that old Jeep and our hope was that also discover the pride of their work in the process.”
Previously, C.W. Parks Battalion leadership attended an event at Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin CA, with the support of Camp Parks RFTA Garrison Command and the U.S. Army’s 91st Training Division to return a historic 1967 Ford MUTT military Jeep to Brig. Gen. Shane Buzza, the Commanding General of the U.S. Army 91st Training Division and U.S. Army Col. Jon Ellis, Commander of the 84th Pacific Training Command - at the time of the ceremony.
To date they have completed three full US Naval Sea Cadet Vehicle Maintenance Advanced Training evolutions. However, while plans are in store to offer advanced trainings next year, they continue to work on U.S. Army and veteran’s historic vehicles. The unit will work on everything from body and paint, engine, electrical and proper operation of all systems. The unit also researches the proper vintage and heritage of the vehicle to restore them as close as possible to when they rolled off the assembly line.