To Thee I See

Arby L. Hambric

Sr. Petty Officer USNRet.

  • 20 years in U.S. Navy

  • Author of To Thee I See: From picking in the fields of Texas  to cooking for dignitaries on U.S. Navy ships, a journey I wouldn’t change

  • Commissioned USS Palau CVE-122

  • World War II

  • Korean War

  • Vietnam War

  • Admiral Staff

  • Captain Staff  

  • "War Hero" medal

  • "Good Conduct" medal

  • "Peace Ambassador" award 

  • Co-Founder Male Chorus

  • ​"Outstanding Community Leader" award

Arby L. Hambric served 20 years in the United States Navy and fought in three war eras (World War II, Korea, Vietnam). In 2012, he was awarded the “War Hero” medal by the Universal Peace Confederation, and has been recognized by United States political figures and organizations for his outstanding community efforts.  From his unit, he is one of the few living plank owners of the 1946 commissioned USS Palau CVE-122 aircraft carrier. For over 30 years, he has volunteered his time at convalescent centers, homeless shelters, and since 1956, has served at over 1,000 veteran funerals as a traveling flag bearer.  He has been a member of Second Baptist Church for 39 years, co-founded the Male Chorus, served as the Vice Chair of the Trustees Board, and was the president of the Brotherhood program for 27 years. In 2014, he was appointed by the F Street Coalition to serve on the Southern Nevada Enterprise Board. He is the author of his autobiography To Thee I See and proceeds from each sale will go towards the Arby L. Hambric Scholarship.  Arby was born in Centerville, Texas, and presently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FROM PICKING IN THE FIELDS OF TEXAS TO COOKING FOR DIGNITARIES ON U.S. NAVY SHIPS, A JOURNEY I WOULDN'T CHANGE