Join the Navy!
At one point during the war, Dad looked around and noticed that
he was working much longer and harder than the Navy SeaBee officers
who were doing about the same things. Well, this can be solved,
just join the Navy! Easier said than done.
As told to me (WGI) by my father (WOI) on 13 January 1996.
I have done some editing and rearranging, to improve the readability
and keep things in sequence. - WGI
WGI: Tell me about why [at one time] you decided you might
want to join the Navy.
WOI: Oh! that was again old Admiral Calhoun! I said to him
that I like to see if I could join the Navy [the SeaBees,
specifically -WGI] and not have to go back to the sates
for Officer Training. There was no Officer Training in
Admiral Calhoun decided that he would recommend that I
be commissioned in the Navy as a Lieutenant JG but I would
have to go back to San Francisco to Officer Training
I don't know what happened. Somehow it fell through. I
decided not to do it.
WGI: Did they have to give you permission, or something like
WOI: Yeah! The Navy wouldn't give me a release to join the
WOI: That was the reason...
WGI: [You were a] critical employee, or something like that?
WOI: Yeah, yeah! The Navy just wouldn't give me a release to
join the Navy.
WOI: Crazy, crazy!
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