Today’s Military Monday feature comes to us from Beth Layton, State Leader for the Idaho chapter. Beth has quite the amazing dad! Thank you Beth for sharing his story with us and thank you Mr. Layton for your service. I’m sure you have some amazing stories from your time as a pilot!
Q1: Please tell me about the veteran in your life.
A1: The veteran in my life that has had the biggest impact on me is my dad, Daryle Layton, Lieutenant Commander; Chief Warrant Officer 2.
Q2: What branch of the military did he serve in?
A2: US Navy Reserve; Army National Guard.
Q3: What was his job (MOS) in the military?
A3: He was a helicopter pilot in both the Navy and the ARNG.
Q4: Does he have any memorable items that he held on to?
A4: He has kept all of his awards used on uniforms, as well as photos from his time in both the Navy and Army. Those are fun and precious to look through.
Q5: Does he openly talk about their time in the military?
A5: Yes! When asked, he loves to share stories of his time during flight training and different bases where he was stationed. He volunteers regularly at our local air museum and was recently asked to speak about his service during Vietnam.
Q6: What moment had the biggest impact during his time in service?
“In retrospect I have to say that my service in the mine sweeping operation [of Hai Phong Harbor] at the end of the Vietnam War was most memorable. It was one of the things required by the North Vietnamese so that the US POW’s could be released from their years of captivity.”
Q7: How has having a veteran in your life influenced you?
A7: I grew up knowing that patriotism was always very important to my Dad. It has taken me till adulthood to really understand what that truly means. He is very humble about his service, but you can see how proud he is and the patriotism he holds dear to his heart through his eyes when he shares about his experiences. Being able to share time at the air museum with him and learn from him about our country’s service men and women has been a delight. It makes my patriotic heart grow and want to share the stories and give back to our veterans.
Q8: What would you like to say to that veteran?
A8: Dad, I know all of us kids are proud of your military service. I am always grateful for your example to work hard and live an honest life, as well as for sharing with me how passionate you are about serving our country. Thank you for all you’ve done!
If you are a veteran or family member and would like to share your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you!