Happy Veteran's Day: Navy Vet Runs Coast to Coast To Raise Money

Ernie Andrus, at the age of 90, is running from coast to coast to raise money for his navy ship. Ernie has always been a determined individual. When the navy would not let him enlist due to his lazy eye, he kept showing up at different recruiting stations. Eventually, he memorized the eye chart for the vision exam and got himself a spot in the Navy! Now he is a proud veteran who ran his first half marathon at 84 and has even competed in 200-mile relays. What a trooper! But I suppose when your hobby is running in the desert, you have to be!


He is running to put the LST 325, the ship he served on during his time in the Navy, back in Normandy for D-Day. The LST 325 is the only LST ship left (out of 1,051 made) that has been fully restored and still operational. Plans were initially made for a D-Day memorial service in 2014 for the ship, but was canceled because of shortage of finances. He hopes to raise enough money in time for a D-Day memorial in 2019.

He started his run in San Diego, CA and will finish his run in Brunswick, GA. To stay updated on Ernie's progress Coast2Coast, follow him on Facebook!

Special thanks to the LST Memorial for supplying photos.

This HooplaHa Original was produced and edited by Jon Jenkins. For more HooplaHa Originals, check out our YouTube page!

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