I was born and raised in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. I joined the USN after high school because my father was in the Navy during WWII. I was in the 13th company to go through boot camp in Orlando, FL in Oct. 1972. I was stationed at Traron Thirty-One (VT-31) in Corpus Christi, TX as a logs and records yeoman. I did daily statistical reports that were sent to Training Air Wing Four. I also maintained the pilot logbooks.