Official U.S. Navy photo NH 97468 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command, Public Domain

Official U.S. Navy photo NH 97468 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command, Public Domain

By Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso

When his family’s apartment caught fire, Ed Cochran was aboard the USS Intrepid (CV-11) in the shipyard at Portsmouth, Virginia. He had no idea what had happened until he got home that night. Fortunately, his wife was unhurt, but their furniture and belongings were destroyed.

“I went to the Society,” Ed recalled. “I told them what happened. ey reviewed my case and said, ‘We can’t give you a loan. You don’t make enough money to pay it back.’ I said, ‘what can I do?’ ‘We can give you a grant’ they said.”

The Society provided the funds for furniture and other household items the family needed to start over.

“Throughout the years, I’ve thought about that fire and decided that, when I had enough money and the time came around for the annual fund drive, I would be happy to give,” Ed said. “During my career, I did well enough and could afford to donate to the Society. Now that I’m retired, I’m in a position to give back even more. I think it’s time for me to do just that.” And so Ed set up a monthly donation to the Society by credit card.

Ed’s Navy career began in 1953. “When I was a teenager, I got hit in the face with a stickball bat. As a result, my teeth were a mess,” he said. “Kids always asked me when I was going to get my teeth fixed. I told them after high school I would join the Navy and the Navy would fix my teeth. So, as soon as I graduated, I went down to the Navy recruiting station on Whitehall Street in New York City and signed up.”

In his last assignment, Ed served as a recruiter in Las Vegas, Nevada, and retired from the Navy in 1977 after 22-1⁄2 years. Then, he joined the Las Vegas Police Department, where he worked for 12-1⁄2 years before retiring again. Now 80, Ed has been retired from the Navy for nearly four decades, but his home office is still decorated with his Navy memorabilia. “I’d go back in a minute,” he said, “if it was necessary.”

Ed Cochran’s monthly support for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society makes a tremendous difference. Your gifts will also help Sea Service members and their families in need.

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