A Levittown native has been promoted aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Rory Flagg was promoted to Chief Petty Officer earlier this month while stationed in Japan.
Flagg, like many local children, grew up in a military household. His father, a veteran, took Flagg to the Willow Grove air shows and he had a poster of the USS Carl Vinson up in his room.
Despite his upbringing, Flagg did not seriously consider joining the Navy until the 11th grade. To his surprise, his first ship was the USS Carl Vinson.
Since then, Flagg has traveled the world and visited more than a dozen countries. He was onboard the ship that buried Osama Bin Laden’s body at sea and was involved with recovery efforts in Haiti.
Having lived three years in Japan, Flagg says there is still a sense of culture shock. Despite the humid summers and earlier mornings, he calls the people “fantastic.”
“They’re extremely polite, courteous, helpful, and dedicated. They’ve also got conveniences and technology far beyond what I expected,” Flagg told WBCB in a written statement. “You can round any corner and get your choice of a hot or cold coffee (actually good coffee) or almost any other drink in a can from a vending machine. I do however miss the openness and feeling of freedom you can get from driving around the U.S.”
As for Levittown, it still holds a very special place in Flagg’s heart.
“I will go back to visit a few of my friends that still live in the area, I have a lot of good memories of it!”