I tried to enlist in the Navy V7 program in 1944, but a doctor from my home town was on the final review Board at Third Naval District Headquarters in New York. He knew I had seasonal hay-fever and disqualified me since he said I couldnít wear an oxygen mask.
So I started college at Lehigh University where I was in Army ROTC. We learned to field strip an M1 Garand rifle.
I lasted two terms at Lehigh. Couldnít understand Calculus or an Engineering Drawing Course, so I enlisted in the Navy in April 1946 as a S1/c(Etm). I was sent to Great Lakes for Boot Camp and Electronics Materiél School. In boot camp we field stripped the M1 rifle. I did it the Army way which included disassembly of the trigger assembly. The young Gunnerís Mate who was instructing saw my work and asked if I could put it back together, which I did.
Heíd never seen the trigger assembly dissembled.
In Electronics Materiél School a group of us were asked to take the exams for the Naval Academy as none had been given in the Spring. We did and in late August several of us were ordered to the Naval Academy Prep School in Bainbridge, Maryland. There we had two instructors who had just graduated from the Academy and were at Bainbridge to play football.
Before each class they asked us why we didnít dis-enroll, get out and use the G.I. Bill for college. That was rather discouraging. Several of us did dis-enroll and I requested destroyer duty in the Atlantic. I was ordered to USS Agerholm DD826 in Boston. As soon as I boarded, she got underway for San Diego where I was transferred to USS Richard B. Anderson DD786. Served aboard her until February 1948 when I was discharged.
I was selected for the NROTC program and enrolled in Princeton in the fall of 1948. Graduated in 1952 and was commissioned Ensign USN. Was assigned to USS John W. Weeks DD701. Served aboard her until May 1955 when I was transferred to the Reserve and released to inactive duty.
I joined NRSD 3-40 in Perth Amboy, NJ, then NROS 3-4 in Elizabeth and later instructed in NROS 3-6 in Earle, NJ. I transferred to Stand-by Reserve and retired in 1988 as an LCDR USNR with 27 years credit for basic retirement.
Iím also a member of the USS Richard B. Anderson DD786 Association and Tin Can Sailors and of course NAVetsUSA.
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