NEW BEDFORD - More than 70 years ago, a young Tony Enos enlisted as a submariner in World War II.
Today, the 89–year–old veteran honors his past by collecting
war memorabilia, including a 2800 lbs torpedo from the war he fought
"People used to say to me, what do you want one of those for?
And I'd say, nobody's got one, and I want one. And they'd say nobody wants one
but you!" Enos said.
He acquired the dud more than 30 years ago, and after making its mark in his New Bedford driveway for so long, he decided
to donate it to the Fort Taber–Fort Rodman Military Museum.
"If you go down to the museum, there is nothing down there on
submarines. And if there is it's a few little trinkets. This will bring
attention to the submarine force," he said.
Before it's unveiled at the museum in the spring, it's being
refurbished at N. C. Hudon Inc. in New Bedford, free of charge.
Once I saw Mr. Enos's face when we picked it up it was
just... I'm proud of him donating it first of all, but just to see it down
there in that condition when it's finished... it'll be nice to see his face," said Dennis Hudon, owner of N. C. Hudon Inc.
The torpedo will be shiny and new by the time it's done and in a strange way the Enos's say that they'll miss it outside
of their house.
"I was a little sad to tell you the truth, I don't know why," said Joan Enos, Tony's wife. "People would say where's your house? And all I would have to say was just find
the house with the torpedo in the yard and that's it! And some people came with
their kids and sat them on the torpedo and the kids enjoyed it."
Restoration should be complete within the next few weeks.
"It'll look like brand new... then I might feel
bad I gave it away!" said Enos.
This is the first of many donations Enos plans to make to the museum.