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Turning 18 on 10-1-43 I got my draft notice about 7 days later. We were required to have a physical to determine our status and I was scheduled for Cleveland. I wrote to the Cleveland Draft Board and asked them if I might have a physical in Massachusetts. A few weeks later they answered and said yes and I was told to go to Ware Massachusetts to the exam. I was of course classified ‘one-A’ and told to report to Boston for induction. I again wrote to Cleveland and asked if I couldn’t be inducted through there rather than Boston. For some reason the finally replied and said yes and I had to come home before Xmas to go into the service. That delay enabled me to finish my freshman year and assure my being accepted when the war was over.

In the meantime I knew I didn’t want to go into the army and my Dad helped by talking to a friend of his who was an officer in the Navy stationed in Cleveland. He told Dad not to worry when I went through the line my service jacket would be marked Navy—and it was. I have often thought that if that had not happened I would definitely have been a part of the D-Day invasion in the army and me thank God that didn’t happen.