James Tours a Sub

James Salvatore (88) has dreamed of going on a submarine for 80 years. When he was 8 years old he had a dream that he was on a submarine and was fighting the Japanese. Ever since, James has been fascinated by the idea of going on a submarine. He has also loved all television and movies about submarines for as long as he can remember. James served in the Navy, but he was never able to go on a submarine. His Wish of a Lifetime is to finally find out what it is like to be on a submarine.

In 1946, right after World War II, James and 8 of his friends joined the Navy. They went to boot camp together, but did not get to serve together. James served until 1948 as an Electronics Technician third class on the USS Coral Sea CVB43. His main job was to fix and maintain RADAR on different ships. After the Navy, James worked as a teacher and a principal. He was, and still is, passionate about providing the best education possible for his students. He made sure he was a competent and caring teacher and, as principal, that all of the teachers in the school were too. 

Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale were happy to help James go on a submarine on December 10, 2016 with his son Paul. In order to make this wish possible, James needed to train himself to use a cane to ambulate since a walker cannot fit through the vessel. For two weeks James and his physical therapist worked together and he is successfully using a cane on his own throughout the community. Not only is it inspiring that he has wanted to have the opportunity to go on a submarine for eight decades, it is remarkable that he was willing and able to physically prepare himself to make his wish come true.