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After Boot Camp in San Diego, I was assigned to a destroyer out of Long Beach. Did some time on a Destroyer Escort and was later assigned to the Kearsarge, CVS-33. Ran the 9 man Print Shop, as a third class petty officer, in lieu of the First Class who was seldom there. Tried to do most of the work myself while training the shop members for advancement. After release from Kearsarge, I returned to my parent Reserve Center where I was an Instructor, Master at Arms, worked a few years as a Recruiter and ultimately advanced to Chief Petty Oficer. I was transferred to U.S.S. Sperry, a Submarine Repair Detachment where I was initially assigned as a Division Officer, PQS Instructor, Damage Control Instructor, Small Arms Instructor and ultimately, Chief of the Boat. The Unit became the Dixon Detachment when the Sperry was decomissioned. I retired in February, 1989. I was General Manager of the Independent Journal Newspapers in Santa Monica, California until they closed down in November of 2004. Am now retired and very active with the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood and the Freemasons. Still working privately as a freelance Lithographer. I have been putting out the Camarillo, California phone book for over 20 years and publish my Lodge's monthly bulletin for the last 14 years.

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