When a Tiverton military man received the news about his next tour overseas, stress set in, but his friends wanted to make sure he didn’t leave without feeling love and appreciated.

Josh Haskell has been in the military for over 20 years. He has completed seven tours of duty, with three of those tours overseas. For his eighth tour, he will be packing up and heading to Japan with his wife and two children, eight and 10 years old.

“It’s been really stressful,” Haskell said. “It’s the hardest move now that the kids are older. I could’ve retired, but I didn’t. This one is harder.”

WFHN-FM/FUN 107 logo
Get our free mobile app

When he is not in his uniform, he’s in one of his Dodge Vipers, his prized possessions on four wheels.

Courtesy of Josh Haskell
Courtesy of Josh Haskell

“As a kid, it was always my favorite car,” Haskell said. “Just over four and a half years ago, I purchased my first one.” Soon after, he joined the New England chapter of the Viper Owners Association, where he has been an integral part for three years.

Every now and again, the VOA will host a car cruise or gathering, and Sunday’s event was extra special.

Haskell knew the association would be taking a cruise to Battleship Cove and enjoy a night out with friends, but the other members surprised him by doing a drive-by past his home.

Viper after Viper drove down his street to show love and support to the Haskell family, before each car set off to Fall River, where they celebrated Haskell before his eighth tour.

“It showed me that the car community can be like a second family. For me, it’s the third family, military being the second. It made me feel special," he said.

Haskell plans to retire back to the SouthCoast in the next three to four years, spending time with his family and his beloved Viper community.

Courtesy of Josh Haskell
Courtesy of Josh Haskell

Men like Josh Haskell, who continue to answer the call to action, are heroes. The Vipers Owners Association made sure to remind him of that.

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

See the Must-Drive Roads in Every State

More From WFHN-FM/FUN 107