Posted: 10:45 p.m. MST
Note: The upcoming MCAS-Yuma airshow will honor Vietnam and Korean War veterans. News 11 is sitting down with some veterans this week to share some of their military memories.
In 1973, toward the end of the Vietnam War, 60-year-old Bob Carey served aboard an aircraft carrier that was bringing Americans out of the war zone.
He recalls a scary moment while serving when a plane crashed into the carrier he was on, and six people died.
"Working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is probably the most dangerous job in the world because planes can crash, the cable when they land can snap, and all different kinds of things can happen."
But he also shares proud moments.
His father had a long military career, serving in the Korean War and World War II.
"I'm pretty proud of him; he served for 37 years. I think of him as a hero."
Carey Sr. was wounded when he saved the lives of eight Marines--earning him a bronze star for that act of valor. That's just one of the senior Carey's 23 military awards.
"He would never talk to much about it. When he was here he just did his job and served his country and was proud of it."
Today, Carey spends a lot of time making dioramas to share with students as history lessons. But he also shares another message.
"I like to teach people about it so they don't forget. Are we ever going to learn? You know--World War I, World War II, Korea--I mean, are we ever going to learn to stop killing each other?"
Although Carey is fortunate to never have been wounded in service or gone to combat, he says he knows too many others who have.
"I hope they all come home and it ends and they get back home and we don't have to do this anymore."
Carey says he has gone to every MCAS-Yuma airshow.
He'll be there this Saturday to show off his military re-enactment dioramas.