Wednesday, January 11, 2006
It was in the summer of 1959 that I made a big career change. There were three of us hanging around together that summer and I remember that we were sitting on Dan’s front porch one day and the conversation turned to “life”. What were we going to do to make life a little more exciting? It must have been a boring summer for us. We were just one year out of high school and we had jobs that seemed so ordinary. Someone suggested that we join the Air Force and then someone else mentioned the Marines. After a far too brief discussion of all the pros and cons of each service, we headed to Hawthorne to see the Navy recruiter. We explained that we wanted to see the world…and get a little education as well. And in a very short time, we were signed up. Boot camp would begin in October.