MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) - A Mount Pleasant man who helped bring the Yorktown to its home in the harbor in the 1970s has passed away.
In 1976, Capt. James "Buster" Denney led 10 tug boats and the Yorktown through the Charleston Harbor.
"He said getting her in the harbor was no biggie, that it was like textbook. He said we really had to think about what we were doing when we tried to park it. He said the slit had minimal room to maneuver, but he pulled it off," said Capt. Buster's son John Denney.
Denney said it was a Father's Day he would never forget, but the captain seemed not to notice all the excitement around him.
"For the most part with him, he was like, 'Alright that's done. What's next? Container ship at 4 o'clock? No problem.' He took everything in absolute stride," said Denny's son.
John Denney said his father lived a very by-the-book kind of life. Capt. "Buster" served in the Navy during World War II.
"He answered the call; it was about freedom. Our country was under attack. Even though he said he was getting bombed one time on the beach, he said, 'I was never scared, I was there fighting for our county,'" said John Denney.
Denney said when his father returned from the war he met his wife of 68 years and started a family. He said his father was a devoted Christian and self-made man full of wisdom.
"He said, 'Son, let me tell you something.' He said, 'Just be who you are and don't try to be nothing you aren't and people will like you for that,'" said John Denney.
Capt. Buster died at the age of 93.?