Please share my big adventure in the service of Uncle Sam and Aunt Betsy.

The time is during the Vietnam War. The Tet Offensive has occurred just before I enlist, and things continue to heat up both in the Western Pacific and on the home front.

My story is not one of combat and harrowing experiences against shot and shell. Mine is about life in the Navy circa 1968-72, on bases and onboard ship, and about interactions between the Navy and a civilian population not too happy we are involved in Vietnam. It is also about travels and experiences in exotic countries, as a young man not an officer and a gentleman but a petty officer and a swabbie is introduced to a sometimes belligerent but always fascinating world.

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Last modified: Saturday September 25, 1999

Jennie Paige at the helm on Lake Minnetonka, MN Home or Go to table of contents (non-frame)

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