I quit high school to fight in the Pacific during WWII. I'm fortunate to be alive at 88. AMA!
I enlisted in the US Marine Corps at age 17, on February 19, 1943. I went in as a private (3 years) and was called back in the Korean war when I got a commission. I trained on Naval guns as a sight setter, and was on Naval ship in South Pacific for submarine defense, and I was involved in defense forces on Midway (2 years). I came back near the end of the war and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, where we trained for a possible war with the Russians. I married in 1950, and stayed in Marine Corps reserves. I was executive officer of reserves in Des Moines, and moved to Milwaukee where I was commanding officer of the staff unit. I retired from the Marines in 1969 after 26 years, 3 months service as a Lt Colonel.
My daughter is typing answers to your questions today. She's very fast, so AMA!
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11:52 (CST): Nurse is here for Dad, so we are taking a little break. We'll be back! Dad is happy that you all have put him "on the front page" of reddit.
2 PM (CST) Taking a break here, Dad is getting tired. 2:45 pm Dad is taking a short nap. We'll be back later.
4:30 PM (CST) We're wrapping it up now. Thanks to all who participated and asked questions! Dad appreciated all the thanks, especially from the Marines!