Local 85-year-old Navy veteran granted dying wish


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Doctors say 85-year-old Navy veteran Bob Mountz doesn’t have much time left to live. Last July he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. Mountz says he has always wanted to go back to see the ship he served on for four years as a medic. His wish came true last week.

“I thought I died and went to heaven. It was just so amazing to be able to go back after all of those years,” U.S. Navy Veteran Bob Mountz said.

It had been 60 years since Mountz was on the U.S.S. Midway last.  He says not much had changed, but he’s okay with that.

“It was a great experience to go back and see it. It is something that I will never forget.”

Mountz was a medic on the U.S.S. Midway during the Korean War and worked in the sick bay, hospital, and operating room. He talked with his daughters years ago about how much he would love to go back and see the Midway again. Little did he know, they were working to make that wish come true.

“It was amazing! They put me in a wheel chair and wheeled me whereever I wanted to go. I was able to crawl down the ladder and look at the sick bay where I used to work. We went through the whole ship.”

Bob’s daughter Laura saw an ad in the newspaper for a non-profit called Wish of a Lifetime. She submitted her dad’s dying wish. When leaders there read his story, they called Bob and told him he’d get to go back to the U.S.S. Midway again.

“I can never repay them. I just can never do it. I can thank them every day, but I can never repay them.”

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