Sailors Return Appreciation to Long Time Sweets Provider

Last Updated : 8/26/2011 10:07:07 AM

110819-N-7172V-069By MC2(SW/AW) Eric Crosby, NPASE

CORONADO, Calif. – A longtime supporter of the Armed Forces was honored during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly completed Americans with Disabilities ramp on Naval Air Station North Island Aug, 19.

The honoree, Mrs. Yoshi Tiffany, 84, has been supporting the servicemen and women of the United States since she was a child in World War II, when her and her family lived in a valley in Japan. A boarding school that was used to hold American prisoners of war was on
one side of the valley. On the other side, she said, was her home.

“I wanted to do something for the war effort,” Tiffany said. “The only way I could do it was to do some underground work by providing food. It was risky, but I survived.”

The young Miss Yoshi and the prisoners of war devised a system of communication at a big rock on the side of the valley. “Any chance they couldn’t make it, they’d leave a note,” she explained.

“Trying to do something like that in Japan and during World War II was pretty risky, and pretty tricky, but it gives a glimpse of her heart,” said Capt. Yancy Lindsey, commanding officer of Naval Air Station North Island.

Young Miss Yoshi married one of the American POWs and moved to the United States. She later remarried and became Mrs. Yoshi Tiffany. Her husband, Emory Tiffany, was stationed in Coronado and flew combat missions in Korea and Vietnam.  While her husband
was working abroad, Mrs. Tiffany stayed active and continued to help the
military by opening a Navy Relief Thrift Shop in Lemoore, Calif.

Mrs. Tiffany decided to move to London some time after her husband passed away in the 1970’s, where she worked as a branch manager at a Navy Federal Credit Union.  While serving in England, she resumed a practice she had done while living in Japan; bringing treats to Marines stationed with Naval Forces Europe in London.

She returned home to Coronado in 2000 to be with her “Navy Family,” and ever since, she has been bringing treats to security officers on North Island.

“She brings cookies, chips, apples, and a variety of doughnuts,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW/SW) Jennifer Daniels, a Middleton, Conn., native. 
“She’s really nice. She takes care of us.”

“I come here to see my boys and girls,” Tiffany said, referring to the security officers. “On Mondays and Thursdays I’m shopping twice. The first thing I do is shop for the precinct, and then I come back and do my shopping.”

“She definitely brings happiness and joy when she comes into the office,” said Daniels.

When Mrs. Tiffany had an accident, landing her in a wheelchair, she motivated herself to get back on her feet. “There’s nothing like walking, I enjoy walking,” she said.

She recovered and started using a three-wheeled walker. She walks two miles to the base from her house each way. But for Mrs. Tiffany and others who use walkers or wheelchairs, getting from the pedestrian gate to the Commissary and Navy Exchange required them to walk against traffic said Lindsey. “We’ve been working on pedestrian safety on the base,” he added.

To ensure pedestrians get to the shopping center safely, Naval Facilities Engineering Command began working on a ramp that reached completion in late spring.

“This only made sense, to put in a ramp so that those folks who need it can get to the Commissary and Exchange,” Lindsey said.

It was time though to honor Mrs. Tiffany’s dedication and show the commands’ appreciation, said Lindsey.  Now when someone walks up the ramp, they will see a plaque honoring Mrs. Yoshi Tiffany for the dedication and support she has shown to her military family.

“Thank you, all of you,” Tiffany said. “You give me a reason for being, for existing.” Now when she walks onto the base, she can walk down the sidewalk and use the ramp. Staying safe from traffic while passing the plaque in her honor.