Vietnam veteran’s last wish fulfilled just before dying

A Vietnam vet had two things he wanted to do before he died–go fishing and get baptized.

When Connie Willhite entered hospice care at the Carl Vinson Medical Center in Georgia – he told staff members: “There’s nothing like fishing. Even when they’re not biting, it’s still a good day to be outside.”

Willhite was battling cancer and knew he only had a short time to live, but wanted to catch one last fish.

The Telegraph reports that the Navy vet was able to have his baptism done by Chaplain Sam Scaggs in his room at the facility– as his family looked on.

As far as the fishing trip, workers made the necessary arrangements and last Thursday –a few days before Willhite died at the age of 68– they wheeled him out to Lake Leisure so he could fulfill his dying wish.

He caught a “hand-sized bream,” the local paper reported.

Social worker Greg Senters said, “I’ll never forget the look on his face. After all the preparation, we had no idea if he would actually catch anything…Seeing Mr. Willhite achieve success in his final days was more than gratifying, it’s a memory that I’ll always cherish. Moments like that make me proud to be in social work and to serve veterans.”

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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