Ernest Thompson Viral Video: WWII Veteran Moves 5 Million People To Tears

Ernest Thompson Viral Video: WWII Veteran Moves 5 Million People To Tears
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It was an emotional moment for a World War II veteran honored by a U.S. Navy crew by singing “Anchors Aweigh.”


Ninety-eight-year-old Ernest Thompson fought in the World War II and currently resides near the Fleet Anti-Submarines Warfare Training Center in Gardena, California.

As reported by the Daily Mail, problems associated with his health do not allow him to visit the Battleship Iowa Museum; though he lives a few miles from it.

The USS Iowa, the sister ship to the USS Missouri, brought the boat to his home. Chief selects from the Fleet Anti Submarine Warfare Training Center visited Thompson at his residence. They sang “Anchors Aweigh” on the street outside his home.

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Ernest Thompson Viral Video: ,It was one of the best days of his life,

The heart warming moment was captured on video by his grandson Jonathan Williams, who is also the CEO of Battleship Iowa Museum, and shared on social media. The footage has since gone viral.

After completing the song, the selects walked up to the veteran and shook his hand.

“My grandfather told me that it was one of the best days of his life,” Williams wrote on Facebook.

As reported by FOX 17 Online, the video was posted by Williams on August 13. As of Tuesday it had been viewed more than 4.3 million times and shared 95,000 times.

“I am so surprised and overwhelmed at the attention that it has received. I was so incredibly impacted by this that I felt other veterans should be able to experience this too,” Williams said, as reported by KTLA.

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