Chatham County neighbors and friends celebrate Navy veteran’s 95th birthday

By Gene Galin

Chatham County, NC – Neighbors and friends came out on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate World War II Navy veteran, Sam Greco’s 95th birthday.

US Navy veteran Sam Greco on his 95th birthday (photo by Gene Galin)

A special surprise for Sam was when three sailors arrived at his home for the celebration. The sailors proceeded in a short marching detail from the start of Greco’s driveway to the front walk beneath his second-floor window. The sailors, assigned to the Navy Talent Acquisition Group Carolina, sang “Anchors Aweigh” and “Happy Birthday” in the front yard of his Chatham County home.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Noel Perry, Petty Officer First Class Sheba Kanjelkheir and Petty Officer First Class Anthony Augustine also presented Greco with a command coin and baseball cap on behalf of NTAG Carolina.

After the hand-off of the cap and coin to Sam Greco’s son, the assembly of people broke into a rendition of “God Bless America.”

Sam Greco served from on the USS Saratoga, part of the Pacific Fleet in WWII, from 1942-46. His daughter, Tracy Carbone, mentioned that her dad wrote her mother 54 love letters during his service. Tracy still has the letters. She added that the letters helped her mom to fall in love with her dad. She has many happy memories of her mother and father and feels that her family has led a blessed life.

Sam’s old-time friends, Bob and Judy Perretti were happy to join the crowd to celebrate Sam’s birthday.