May 2, 2014 Troop 94 of Armonk, New York recently made a trip to Battleship Cove, in Fall River, Massachusetts, to explore the world’s
largest collection of historical naval ships. After touring the battleship Massachusetts, destroyer Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., submarine Lionfish, PT Boats 617 and 796, and the Russian missile corvette Hiddensee, the scouts, their parents and adult leaders spent the night of April 26 on board the famous U.S.S. Massachusetts.
Battleship Cove’s Nautical Nights program included knot tying, storyteller, living history presenter, major motion pictures and Morse Codes class. The trip has enabled the scouts to better understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans of all military branches in all wars.
Accompanying the scouts were two Veterans. Louis Sabatino, father of scouts Sam and Louis Jr. and John P. Hickey, grandfather of scout Michael Gertz. Lou served in the Navy from 1988 to 1993 as a store keeper-SK2. John served in the Navy from 1952 – 1986; 4 years active duty Korean War and 30 years in the Navy Reserves. He retired in 1986 as a Captain. The scouts interviewed both men while onboard the ship as part of their work toward earning the American Heritage Merit Badge.