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The finest kind of gift

Books are passports to places of which even the imagination was unaware.Classmates wrote in my high school yearbook I was most likely to become a social worker. I don’t why they thought that.

I had no idea what I was going to become. I had picked rocks out of the family garden, gathered hay at the farm up the road, and built houses with my uncle.

And I enlisted in the U.S. Navy soon after graduation, as a so-called “Kiddie Cruiser.” That’s what they called the program in which if you enlisted while you were 17, your first enlistment period ended when you turned 21, with credit for the full four years active service then required of all reasonably healthy young men. I stayed 20 years.

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