TV star visits USS Chung-Hoon to thank military members

Story and photo by
Brandon Bosworth

Contributing Writer

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) hosted Richard Harrison of the popular reality TV series “Pawn Stars” Aug. 24. Harrison was in Hawaii on vacation and wanted to pay a visit to Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“I wanted to thank service members,” he said.

Richard “The Old Man” Harrison is considered the expert appraiser on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars.” He also served 21 years in the U.S. Navy.

“I primarily served on ASRs [submarine rescue ships] and fleet tugs,” he said.

Harrison opened his Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1988. His recent television success is the result of long hours and hard work.

“We film 45 weeks a year,” he said. “No one thought the show would grow like it did. It’s shown in 140 countries.”

Harrison began his tour of the Chung-Hoon with a visit to the office of the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Justin Orlich. They discussed their mutual fondness for diving, and Harrison talked about his time as a Navy diver.

“It was a good gig,” he said. As Harrison left to see the rest of the ship, Orlich told him, “It’s great to have people like you come aboard … It shows that there are many opportunities for Sailors once they leave the Navy.”

Harrison was then led around the Chung-Hoon by Lt. j.g. Travis Harlow. The tour included visits to the ship’s bridge, combat information center, break room and galley.

Along the way, Harrison took time to talk to Sailors and pose for photos. The tour ended topside where Harlow showed Harrison the Chung-Hoon’s 5-inch gun.

As he left Chung-Hoon, Harrison commented about how important it was to take time and honor Pearl Harbor’s Sailors while he was in Hawaii.

“I love the Navy,” he said. “I had a great time when I served.”

Lt. j.g. Travis Harlow shows Richard Harrison the USS Chung-Hoon’s bridge.

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