December 14, 2018

Three More Days

Three More Days

Vincent “Jell-O” Aiello
U.S. Navy (Retired)

This is the fourth and final installment chronicling my 2003 deployment with VFA-97 aboard USS Nimitz, as told through emails from the time.

It is early November and we are nearing the end of a very long and challenging deployment. My two older brothers have joined me on the ship, along with over a thousand other “Tigers” who boarded in Hawaii. The last leg home is a festive occasion.

This closing email to family and friends, penned while my tigers sleep, summarizes the previous eight months and explores the joys of an impending reunion. It is a bittersweet time…