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Veteran's Voice: Three-war Navy vet looks back on 30 years of service

Posted at 11:05 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 14:44:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Like father, like son. Calvin Pascetta grew up watching his Navy father take pride in his service, so Calvin knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“All I seen was sailors coming in the house, all Navy people coming in the house, telling me these wonderful stories because most of theirs was all peace time,” said Calvin.

He joined the Navy in October of 1941 and just like his father, ended up dedicated 30 years to the sea. The major difference was that Calvin’s 30 years fell through many major conflicts, so this sailor served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He says he almost got tapped for the Gulf War as well.

Now, the 95-year-old looks back on his service with pride. He has a room in his home filled with memorabilia. There is a wall of photos of every ship he served on, plus a display case of the many medals he’s received through his life. Two photos hang, one of him at age 17 when he first enlisted and another when he was about 40 after he’d been promoted to Chief Calvin Pascetta.

"I love the sea, I just love the excitement," said Calvin.

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