Veteran finds peace in service bird

Almost sixty years later, Mike Batnick still doesn’t like talking about it. “The incident I had involved a Marine, a .45 automatic, and a nuclear weapon,” said Batnick, “That’s as far as I’ll get into it.” The incident happened in 1961 when Batnick was a U.S. Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer on the USS Midway aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam.