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  •  Coaxing anything out of him is difficult... (6+ / 0-)

    ...but I have his copy of Cmdr. Stafford'd book Enterpise, in which he added notes about his time aboard. He was also the first chief engineer of the USS Newport News (CA-148), the first Naval ship with Freon air conditioning, amongst other things. All in all, he gave the US Navy 26 years, joining as a enlisted man in 1934, right out of high school, and swallowing the anchor in 1960, after Calam ity Jean's youngest sister was born (he claims he couldn't afford 4 kids on a Commander's salary!). He worked 20 more years in private industry, retiring again in 1980.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:29:04 PM PST

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    •  I had the same experience (3+ / 0-)
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      Coaxing anything out of him is difficult...
      My father never, never talked about his time in France and Belgium in 1944-45. Except for the funny stories.

      Now that I know enough about it to put a lot more in context and ask more intelligent questions, I wish he were still around to question.

      Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

      by Mnemosyne on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:47:51 PM PST

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