VIDEO: WWII vet back on the water
Ray Olley, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, was on the amphibious assault ship LSM311 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf as Allied Forces drove out Japanese insurgents and enabled Gen. Douglas MacArthur to return to the Philippines.
Eric Peterson, founder of Project Headspace and Timing, a nonprofit that supports veterans with mental health struggles, met Olley two years ago and they became fast friends.
Last summer, Peterson headed the project to restore Olley’s childhood canoe. Olley paddled in that canoe for the first time in 22 years. Watch here.