#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Ivan Woodford


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Ivan Woodford.

Ivan joined the Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor. He was 31-years-old and was not subject to the draft, but he volunteered anyway.

He served in the various campaigns across the Pacific as a Navy Seabee and was directly involved with the liberation and subsequent rebuilding of the Philippine Islands.

Ivan rates both the World War II Victory Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

He is now retired and lives in Carson City, Nevada and is currently Nevada’s oldest living Veteran. He turns 106-years-old in July.

Thank you for your service, Ivan!

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.