|The geezer at age 17|
I had no idea what lay ahead of me. I told my mother I would make the Navy a career and she kind of just laughed -- didn't think it would happen. I re-enlisted three months before my 21st birthday.
Dad drove me to Sanford (Maine) on his way to work, and the recruiter drove me and a couple of others to Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, it's now Fort Williams Park; where Portland Head Light is located. After a short physical we were lined up and took the oath. We were bussed to Boston and flown, with recruits from all over New England, to Chicago. At Chicago a Navy bus picked us up and drove the plane load to the Recruit Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois. By then it was about 2:00AM, we were taken to a barracks, given a bunk took a nap and up at 6:00AM and the lines started. Lines for chow, lines to see a dentist, lines to be issued uniforms and stencil them (how 'bout that Wilbur?), haircuts, and some other stuff too. Welcome to the United States Navy, the best group I was even in.
|The geezer 18 years later.|