He was a son of the south, a brother to a dozen other siblings. After graduating high school in the late 1920s with the Great Depression taking away the ability to make a living for virtually everybody, he decided to join the Navy knowing at least he’d have a paycheck coming in.

He was assigned to the USS Utah, a battleship built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation that was “laid down” in March 1909, ironically the month and year of the young sailor’s birth. Incidentally, the Utah is one of the ships now lying in a watery grave at Pearl

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