The 17-year-old enlisted in the Navy on June 8 as an apprentice seaman
enrolled in the V-5 program, which trained Navy and Marine Corps pilots.
During the war,he served on patrol in the Special Boat Section,but most remarkably he was an apprentice seaman
on one of the last great square-riggers, thefourmasted Finnish barque Moshulu ,during 1938-9, trad-ing betw een the UK and Australia, viaCape Horn.
He rose through the ranks from apprentice seaman
to flight engineer and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington and numerous aircraft squadrons during World War II and the Korean Conflict.