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Master-at-Arms 2nd Class William Ellwood "fills in" at shortstop for Chicago Cub shortstop Starlin Castro. It cost Castro an autographed ball to get his job back -- a small price to pay to play in the show. Ellwood was honored by the Cubs as part of Chicago NATO Summit 2012 pregame festivities in the May 19 game between the Cubs and White Sox. Submitted Photo

Hudson sailor represents Navy at Wrigley

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Hudson's William Ellwood, a U.S. Navy Master at Arms Second Class stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill., got a chance to be close up and personal with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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"I was personally selected to represent the Navy during Armed Forces Day in conjunction with the NATO Summit at the Cubs vs. White Sox game May 19," Ellwood said in a recent email conversation.

"The Chicago Cubs honored me as part of the "Hometown" team," he said.

The Hometown team is group of military personnel that have deployed and recently returned from Afghanistan, Ellwood said.

"The game was the Fox game of the week televised nationally and included such dignitaries in the audience as Gen. John Allen, commander of US/NATO Forces Afghanistan, and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton," he said.

The American League White Sox defeated the National League Cubs by a 7-4 margin in intra-league play.

Ellwood served a tour in Afghanistan between Sept. 11, 2010, and April 20, 2011.

"Since I've been back here at Great Lakes, my normal duties have resumed. My title is Command Investigator for the Training Support Center Legal Offices," he said.

"We handle interviews and interrogations into all types of crimes on base and involving our sailors...anything from underage drinking to illegal drug cases. We basically find out who all the bad apples are before they make it out into their ship," Ellwood said. "At the end of the day, I'll know I've done my job when they successfully make it out to the fleet."

Ellwood is a 2003 graduate of Hudson High School. He joined the Navy shortly after graduation.

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