Musician Harry Hovis was promised a posting to the Navy School of Music when he joined up, but ended up as a Seabee in the bleakest, most unpleasant locations imaginable. His reminiscences are sometimes poignant, often hilariously funny and, never lacking in colorful characters completely incapable of performing the roles the military had assigned them. More
Harry Hovis, a skilled musician, joined the U.S. Navy after being assured by the recruitment officer he would be posted to the School of Music in Washington D.C. Unfortunately for him, he was assigned to naval plumbing school, and it was too late to back out.
From bleak volcanic islands off the coast of Alaska preparing to deal with the Cold War threat from Russia, to postings uncomfortably close to serious fighting in Korea, Harry’s experiences were rarely without drama. His story is sometimes poignant, often hilariously funny and, as with so many military tales of that era, never lacking in colorful characters completely incapable of performing the roles the military had assigned them.
This book and the books following in the same series provide a unique insight into the not so glamorous yet outstandingly eventful life of an enlisted seaman in the U.S. Navy in the 1940s and 1950s.
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