Watch the volunteers fixing the veteran’s roof;
Video Credit: Youtube/Oregon Marketing Group (OMG!)
A veteran was left teary-eyed when a group in Oregon City, Oregon offered to help him.
93-year-old World War II veteran, James “Buddy” Walker joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17.
“My dad said, ‘Buddy you sure you want to do this?’ And I said, ‘Yes, sir. I’m little but I’m tough, and I know they need me,’” Walker told KATU.
Within two years, Walker was sent to Japan five days before the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, Enola Gay, dropped an atomic bomb on the island.
He was told to say goodbye to his family because they thought they’d never return home alive.
“We were going into Japan and [our captain] told us to write home and say goodbye to our families, because we were going to be dead,” Walker said.
Fortunately, he made it out alive.
After seven years, Walker shifted to a mobile home in the Maple Lane Estates subdivision of Oregon City which needed some work to be done.
“The pipes under the house were brass and they were too small and had to be replaced,” he said.
The roof also needed to be fixed and Walker was unable to afford it.
That’s when Ken Klarfield, president of the Disabled Veterans Motorcycle Club, stepped in to help the veteran.
Klarfield, who is also a contractor, learned about Walker’s situation and decided to pay $20,000 to fix his roof.
“I climbed up on the roof and said ‘oh my goodness this place needs a roof in the worst way,’” Klarfield said.
Klarfield, roofers and other companies volunteered to pay $20,000 to fix Walker’s roof.
Walker was left speechless when he learned that the group had paid $20,000 to fix his roof.
“He just surprised me something awful. I never thought a thing like this would be possible”, he said.
“Homeless Veteran Timelapse Transformation”