Naval Officer Returns Home To Be By Ailing Father's Side - New York News

Naval Officer Returns Home To Be By Ailing Father's Side

Posted: Updated:
LANGHORNE, Pa. -

This is a Memorial Day Weekend reunion the Wynkoops will never forget.

"It's been a while. Glad I'm actually able to be here with my family," exclaimed Petty Officer Richard Wynkoop Jr.

Escorted by "Warriors' Watch Riders," Petty Officer Wynkoop traveled to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne to be by his father's side. The 36-year-old naval officer took emergency leave from serving in South Korea after his 64-year-old dad suffered a heart attack Tuesday.

"I was just hoping he was going to be OK," the son said. "That was my prayer. I felt like my world was going to crash down."

The first sight of his son in nine months triggered a flood of emotions and yearning.

"I want him to come home and stay home. I don't want him in Korea," said Wynkoop's father.

Both military men were honored with Warrior Watch beads for their service.

"The red is for blood shed protecting the nation. On this Memorial Day weekend, we thank you for being a true American," one of the Warrior Watch Riders said, as he presented the Wynkoops with beads.

Richard Sr., a Vietnam vet is thankful for all the praise, especially from his son who's following in his footsteps and took time out from serving his country to be by his side.

"This particularly being Memorial weekend, for him to come this far, just for me is unbelievable," the father said.

Petty Officer Wynkoop will spend the next week with his father at St. Mary's.

He's scheduled to ship out back to South Korea in two weeks.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices