Charlie Ottinger of Fort White was recently recognized for his military service by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers. Ottinger served in the United States (U.S.) Navy as a commissary man during World War II. He spent time onboard the USS Washington and the USS Bon Homme Richard. Ottinger served in the Navy for 21 years before retiring as a Chief Petty Officer.

During Ottinger’s time aboard the USS Washington, the ship fought several naval battles including the Battle of Guadacanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Saipan.

“Charlie joined the Navy when he was 17. The ship he was stationed on was off the coast of Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor attack,” said Betty Ottinger of her husband’s time spent in the Navy. “He often talks about his time spent on the USS Washington. He talks specifically about serving onboard the ship when Rear Admiral John W. Wilcox was famously lost at sea.”

The Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans.  The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service.