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    my father spent the last three years of WW II as a radar repairman in the US Navy. He mustered out as a Petty Officer 2nd Class. He used to tell the story of his unexpected entry into the Navy: He was a 25-year-old married man with two small children in 1943, so he hadn't been high on the draft list. He had wandered into a Navy recruiting office just as the recruiting NCO had started a group of potential recruits on the Eddy Test, and he talked Dad into taking it. He said Dad could have a little extra time at the end to finish it, but he finished it quickly, then forgot about it. A month or so later, he received his draft notice, and was sworn into the Army with a number of other draftees. As they were waiting for the next step, a sergeant came into the room and called his name. He told Dad, "Get out of here. You're in the Navy." Apparently, his test score had put him on the Navy's "list" of people to be trained in electronics. He spent the war in San Francisco training in radar repair school, then working on ships that came into the Naval Yard there. He never deployed overseas, which was fine by him! Mom took a trip by train to San Francisco and met him for a brief leave, resulting in my brother who was born in April of 1945, one of the first of the "baby boomers."
          Dad had started college in 1936, intended to be a civil engineer, but decided he wanted to marry Mom more than he wanted to be an engineer, so he dropped out during his first year and went into the auto business with his father. After the war, he said that for many years he, the owner/manager of a small-town Chevrolet dealership, was the only one in the garage who could read an electronics blueprint, and the mechanics occasionally had to consult him for help.

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:02:32 PM PDT

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