Monday, April 9, 2012

John Peters, HRNM and Battleship Wisconsin Docent

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our good friend John Peters. John passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, with his family at his side. Formerly a Master Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, John volunteered at HRNM and on the Battleship Wisconsin since January 2001. In his time here, John conducted many educational programs for kids, adults, active-duty military, and retired military. He was always willing to help out staff and fellow volunteers when needed, and he also served on the Hampton Roads Naval Historical Foundation's board.

As one of his fellow docents said about him, "John was a '4.0' sailor who went...out of his way to help others. I will miss him on the Saturdays we are onboard the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the USS Wisconsin."

Another docent wrote, "Whenever John was on the quarterdeck as I reported for docent duty on the Wisconsin, he greeted me with a broad smile and a firm handshake. We shared sea stories, mostly John's, as well as lots of trumpet talk. I played taps on the fantail for several occasions, at John's request. Now, even though we are not able to be there on Friday [at his funeral], I'll be thinking of those 24 notes.....this time for John. Farewell good friend."

Our thoughts go out to John's family in this difficult time. We miss him already.

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