Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Hetherington Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Det. Northwest
OAK HARBOR, Wash—Fleet Readiness Center Northwest hosted a special frocking ceremony for Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn Allard so that her grandfather, James Mulcahy, could pin on her new chevrons.
Mulcahy served as a Radioman 3rd Class aboard the USS Appalachian (AGC-1) in the Pacific during World War II.
“She outranks me now,” said Mulcahy. “I never made 2nd Class.”
“We found out late Wednesday that I’d made it, and it was a whirlwind from there,” said Allard. “It was just by happenstance that he was up here at the right time because of Thanksgiving. To me it meant the world because it was just totally by luck.”
Allard credits Mulcahy with inspiring generations of her family to serve in all branches of the military.
“It’s an honor for her to ask me to pin it on her,” said Mulcahy. “I’m so pleased.”