Active-duty Navy sailors sit down with veterans at Soldiers’ Home

Two state legislators attended the event in Holyoke

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sailors that serve of the USS Springfield submarine visited Veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home on Tuesday. The USS Springfield SSN-761 is a 688I Los Angeles-class submarine. It’s name comes from two different Springfields: one in Illinois and the other in Massachusetts.

Young, active-duty Navy sailors sat down with veterans and got to hear their stories while telling them about their current situations. State Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Don Hummason were also in attendance.

22News spoke with 18-year-old Petty Officer 3rd Class Antonio Mitchell about his visit with the veterans. “I’m glad that there was someone to do the job that I’m doing now before I was born,” he said. “So we’re lucky to have these people when we did.”

Some of the veterans that were in attendance also served in the Navy during World War II. The USS Springfield is the fourth ship in the Navy’s history to bear the name. Its home port is Groton, Connecticut.