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Pasco U.S. Naval Academy grad drives 1,100 miles to give grandfather first salute

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Taylor Batye, 22, drove 1,100 miles from her home in Trinity to a hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, so she could give her grandfather her first salute. Photo courtesy Marty Teufel Taylor Batye, 22, drove 1,100 miles from her home in Trinity to a hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, so she could give her grandfather her first salute. Photo courtesy Marty Teufel
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

A Tampa Bay resident went out of her way to honor her ailing grandfather when the Vietnam veteran could not make it to her graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Taylor Batye, 22, drove 1,100 miles from her home in Trinity to a hospital in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, so she could give her grandfather her first salute.

David Teufel, 82, has a special place in his granddaughter's heart. Tuefel served in Vietnam and Korea and was looking forward to attending Batye's U.S. Naval Academy graduation with his wife when he became too sick to travel and wound up in a hospital intensive care unit.

"She always wanted to give her grandfather her first salute," said Batye's mother, Marty Teufel.

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So, the Naval Academy grad drove to the hospital where her grandfather was being treated and gave him her first salute.

She made sure a photo was taken of the special moment.

"It was so wonderful," said Taylor's mom, who mentioned that her father had been in and out of consciousness.

"He was happy. You could see it in his face," she said.

"On so many levels, I am proud of her."

Taylor Batye will be stationed in Quantico, Virginia.

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