Several months ago my brother John and I decided we wanted to do something special for Dave Waters.
Dave is a young enlisted Navy man that is stationed here in Norfolk Virginia. He was on a 7 month deployment that turned into 9 months aboard the USS McFaul. His ship returned to port on Sunday.
While Stationed here Dave has shown a genuine enthusiasm for salt water fishing. He has participated in many seminars and local Angler Club meetings.
Before he deployed Dave dropped his pwc off at Martin's Custom Structures in Gloucester Va. to have some custom pipe work done. My brother John and I surprised him by taking care of the expense while Albert Martin also agreed to store Dave's ski under cover while he was out to sea.
I had told some friends and local businesses of my intentions to surprise Dave when he returned from deployment and they were all were eager to join in.
Some of the items given to Dave;
Two nights at a Hampton Inn
Two Custom rods w/ Shimano reels
Several shirts and hats
Dinner for two
Several gift certificates
Custom embroidered back pack
Many fishing lures
Framed pictures of USS McFaul
These are the great people and businesses that donated Items.
Aberdeen Barn Williamsburg
Appomattox River Outfitters
Atlantic Bait and Tackle
Bishops Fishing Supply
Grafton Fishing Supply
Hampton Inn Capital Landing
Martinís Custom Structures
West Marine Hampton
Last Sunday as the McFaul finally pulled in to Norfolk Rob Cowling and I where there to great the ship and take several pictures.
We all gathered last night at Yorktown beach, and with the help of Dave's girlfriend Melanie, we were able to totally catch Dave off guard and surprise him with all these things.
Thanks Dave for your service in the United States Navy!
Dave is next year going to be stationed in Connecticut. For the next several weeks he will be in the Chesapeake Bay after Striped Bass on his PWC.
Here are a couple pictures of Dave's newly rigged Sea Doo and some of last night.